Jimmy you are forever in our hearts.
We love you.
M Shadows, Synyster Gates, Zacky Vengeance and Johnny Christ
Saving Abel, Papa Roach, Buckcherry, and Aveneged Sevenfold came to the Bank of Kentucky Center, February 23rd, for this brand new arena’s first ever rock show.
Saving Abel seems to be the band I always miss when I attend these multi-band concerts. The start time for this concert was 6:30, which seems damn near impossible for me to make. I missed Saving Abel at another show last year when they opened for Airbourne and Theory of A Deadman.
While I can’t speak of how Saving Abel was, we made it the Bank of Kentucky Center just in time for Papa Roach. Both JT and I agreed that the band sounded better than they did at Cruefest. Papa Roach whipped out a few new songs off of their up and coming CD, “Metamorphisis” including “Lifeline” and “Hollywood Whore”, as well as a bunch of their hits including: “Last Resort”, “Getting Away With Murder”, “Scars”, “To Be Loved”, “Dead Cell and “Between Angels & Insects”. It was a fairly short set, but a very good one. Jacoby Shaddix knows how to get a crowd going, and commands the stage well. During the set, he ran out into the stands to join the fans while singing a song. He did this at Cruefest too, but it is still a cool move on his part, and the fans loved it. Jacoby was one hard person to photograph, as he is constantly moving. He never stands still during Papa Roach’s set. After several blurred atempts at catching a picture of him live, I gave and decided to enjoy the rest of the show.
Buckcherry is the second band from the Cruefest Alumni to take the stage in this show. They were a co-headliner with Avenged Sevenfold for this concert. As a result, they were far better than their appearance last summer with Motley Crue.
Buckcherry had a massive screen behind the drum kit that played random images throughout the whole concert. I thought Josh Todd and company sounded a hell of a lot better during this show as well. Buckcherry performed a set that mostly from their albums “15” and “Black Butterfly” but there were was some of their older tunes in there too. The set list had the following songs in no certain order: “Rescue Me”, “Don’t Go Away”, “Too Drunk”, “Everything”, “Lit Up”and the crowd pleaser “Crazy Bitch”. This version of “Crazy Bitch” was truer to the recorded song. No Billy Squier “Stroke It” mixed in, just the song as it was intended. It was MUCH better this way. I loved every minute of the Buckcherry set, but I must admit that Josh Todd is one vulgar, mo fo. While his antics didn’t bother me, his language and sexual innuendos would not be for the feint of heart, and definitely not for kids. Leave the kiddies at home if your going to see Buckcherry folks! Everyone else, get your ass to the show. Buckcherry is one hell of a good headliner. I thought they were going to be a hard act to follow, but Avenged Sevenfold soon proved me wrong.
The intermission between the Buckcherry and A7X sets was absolutely ridiculous, and the crowd was getting extremely impatient. Tempers were flaring and fights were starting a little too often.
When Avenged Sevenfold took the stage, I can only describe the crowd at this show as chaotic. Crowd surfing, and mosh pits consumed quite a bit of the floor. This was an open floor concert, no assigned seats on the floor, so the crowd was extra rowdy. This was my first time seeing A7X, and I thought they were a lot better than I expected them to be. They had a massive lighting rig, and one of the biggest drum kits I have ever seen at a live event.
Their set list included the following songs: “Critical Acclaim”, “Afterlife”, “The Beast and the Harlot”, “Scream”, “Dear God”, “Bat Country”, “Gunslinger”, “Unholy Confessions” and “Almost Easy”.
As a whole, A7X rocked hard, and the crowd never settled down until the last note was played. I thought the guitar solo of Synnester Gates was a little on the nerdy side. This guy is a pretty talented player, but his solo was somewhat disappointing. Aside from the long wait, and the lackluster guitar solo, Avenged Sevenfold put on a good show.
As a whole, this concert was well worth the money spent. If you get the chance, definitely catch these bands live!
As good as 2007 was for new releases, 2008 blew it away. At the beginning of the year, I don’t think anyone expected to have new releases by AC/DC, Metallica and Guns N’ Roses all in the same year.
This year Rocknrollcoastie joined the HRH team and I asked him to submit his picks for 2008 as well. This way you get a double dose of the The 15 Albums from Hard Rock Hideout.
The following are Rob Rockitt’s Top Picks for 2008!
15. Guns N’ Roses – Chinese Democracy
What’s this? Have I lost my mind? When Chinese Democracy came out, I expected Hell to Freeze over. Much like many of you, I didn’t expect this album to ever see the light of day, much less in 2008. I didn’t give this album the best review when it was released. After the first couple of listens, I didn’t like it very much. Lets face it, this more like the Axl Rose Project than a true Guns N’ Roses CD. There is no Slash, no Izzy, No Duff. The album has very few sounds that resemble the old band that once cranked out some awesome hard rock.
I didn’t give up on this album and kept it in my playlist. After a couple of weeks of repeat plays, I have warmed up to this disc. Sure it doesn’t sound like the old band, but there is some pretty good music to be found if you give this the proper chance.
14. Thunder – Bang!
When Rocknrollcoastie reviewed this CD earlier this year, I previewed all of the clips, then quickly purchased the CD. I have liked Thunder since their Backstreet Symphony CD, and this disc is on par with that one in my opinion. It is a great sounding bluesy hard rock disc Buy it!
13. Jaded Sun – Gypsy Trip
Ireland’s latest rock act delivers the goods with their excellent debut CD, Gypsy Trip. I have been playing this CD a lot as of late. I think you will be hearing a lot more about these guys in 2009.
12. Black Tide – Light From Above
Somebody must have forgotten to give the young men in Black Tide a calendar. These guys rock like is 1988. You have to love it when a new band can reproduce that classic 80’s metal sound. Light From Above is a great debut for these Florida rockers.
11. Shinedown – The Sound of Madness
I have never been a huge Shinedown fan, but this CD changed my mind. “The Sound of Madness” is the first Shinedown CD that I could listen to all the way through without wanting to skip a track or two. I like all of the songs on this disc. This is a very solid record, and one of 2008’s nice surprises.
10. JORN – Lonely Are the Brave
Jorn Lande has been bringing us great new hard rock every year for several years now. Whether it is a solo CD, or another project he is working on, you can always expect Jorn Lande to be fairly consistent. Lonely Are The Brave is a little darker than most JORN CD’s but is a very good disc. Take one listen to the songs “Night City”, “Shadow People” or the very Black Sabbath with Dio like tune, “Soul of the Wind”, and you are bound to love this disc.
9. Metallica – Death Magnetic
This album has divided fans with its sound, but I thought this was a pretty good disc from Metallica. Sure, this disc doesn’t live up to their classic thrash metal from the 80’s, but at least they gave it their best shot. They should take notes from Testament next time around.
8. Testament – The Formation of Damnation
In my opinion, Testament one upped Metallica for best Thrash album of 2008. Heavy and killer! No thrash metal fan should be without this.
7. Motley Crue – Saints of Los Angeles
With S.O.L.A. Motley Crue turned in their best album since Dr. Feelgood. This one is still in heavy rotation in my play list today.
6. Disturbed – Indestructible
From the opening air raid sirens of Indestructible, you can almost tell immediately that you are about to take in one excellent album. In my opinion, this is Disturbed’s best work ever. The songs on this disc have an excellent heavy groove, that will satisfy the majority of headbangers out there. There are a ton of awesome guitar licks on this disc by Disturbed axeman Dan Donegan. Disturbed even got nominated for a Grammy for their song, “Inside The Fire”. Don’t miss this!
5. Alice Cooper – Along Came A Spider
Alice Cooper is an artist that has always been hit or miss with me. When I first read about the new concept album, “Along Came A Spider”, I rolled my eyes and dismissed this disc as another Alice Cooper album that would not deliver. Boy was I wrong! “Along Came A Spider” is one of the better Alice Cooper releases. The story behind this disc is creepy and cool. Slash plays on a track, and this is probably the only place you will hear Ozzy Osbourne playing a harmonica. Cool stuff!
4. Black Stone Cherry – Folklore and Superstition
Black Stone Cherry has been one of my favorite newer hard rock acts, since 2006 or so. Folklore and Superstition wasn’t quite as heavy as their debut, but is still as solid as ever. “Blind Man”, “Soulcreek”, “Please Come In” and “The Bitter End” are as good as it comes.
3. Whitesnake – Good To Be Bad
David Coverdale nearly pulled an Axl Rose, by making us wait so long for this new disc. While Good To Be Bad isn’t as good as ’84’s “Slide It In”, or the fabled self titled album from 1987, it is a return to the sound that Whitesnake fans love, and easily one of the top discs of 2008. Doug Aldrich could be the best guitarist to take the stage with Coverdale since John Sykes. Don’t believe me? Give this one another listen!
2. AC/DC – Black Ice
I am sure a lot of folks will disagree with me, but I think “Black Ice” is the best new AC/DC CD since “The Razor’s Edge”. Some of the songs on this disc may go down as AC/DC classics.
1. Tesla – Forever More
Tesla is a band that rarely disappoints me. If you have ever seen my Last FM playlist, you know I play the hell out of this band. Tesla’s 2004 CD “Into The Now” was probably my least favorite out of all of Tesla’s releases. With that being said, it made Tesla’s CD Forever More sound that much better. I like every song on this disc, and I never grow tired of listening to it. This is easily one of the best discs that the band has releases to date. For my ears, it was the highlight of 2008!
RocknRoll Coastie’s Top 15 of 2008!
Man! What an amazing year both musically and personally. With releases from bands like Motley Crue, White Lion, Dokken, Alice Cooper, & Whitesnake, just to name a few, it felt more like 1988 than 2008. So much great music came out this year and it showed me more than any other year that hard rock is very much alive and well.
Personally it was a great year because I happened to not only stumble across HardRockHideout, which I happen to think is the best hard rock site on the internet. I harassed Rob Rockitt a few times and of all things he invited me to jump on this train that HardRockHideout has become and come along for the journey. Damn what a wild ride it has been so far not only have I made a good friend, I have been introduced to so much new music it is not even funny and let’s face it, it isn’t everyday a person pisses off a whole country but somehow I managed to do just that by giving a Hungarian band a bad review. As wild and crazy as it has been this year I have the feeling it is only going to get better.
When Rob asked me if I wanted to put together my top 15 albums I thought there is no way because there has been so much great music come out in the past year. Then I was faced with do I go with the popular choices loved by the masses or do I stick to my guns and go with the bands and albums that I loved? I decided to go with the bands and albums that I loved this year, I guess I should warn everyone not to expect a lot of big name bands on my list. NOBODY forced me to choose these albums, I chose them of my own free will so love’em or hate’em here they are:
15. The Wildhearts – Stop Us If You’ve Heard This One Before Vol 1
Yeah I know it is a covers album which has almost become a cliche in itself. But this isn’t your everyday run of the mill covers album with songs from Warren Zevon to the Toadies to Fugazi it is a pretty eclectic choice of songs here. To be honest the Wildhearts are probably one of the few bands that could get me to listen to the 90’s alternative music on here.
14. Theory of a Deadman – Scars & Souvenirs
I pretty much spent most of the summer cranking the third release from this Canadian band. Finally out of the shadow of Nickelback the guys really stepped out on their own with Bad Girlfriend, I Hate My Life, & Little Smirk just to name a few.
13. From The Inside – Visions
The second release from Danny Vaughn’s Journey inspired project. Tons of great music here including Light Years, Making Waves, Listen To Your Heart, and 21st Century.
12. Big Cock – Motherload
Taking sexual innuedos to a new level Robert Mason and the guys 3rd release simply rocks. I wish these guys would take themselves seriously and go on tour I could guarantee they would be one of the best shows out there. If you haven’t heard Breaking My Balls, Bump and Grind, or M.I.L.F. you are missing out.
11. Hinder – Take It To The Limit
I can see most people rolling their eyes at this pick and to be honest when I heard Hinder had a new album coming out I wasn’t expecting much. But the guys put out an album filled with good time party anthems and let’s be honest it is going to be bands like Hinder, Buckcherry, and Nickelback that are going to keep straight up rock in the limelight in the 21st century. Besides what man can resist a video filled with hot Playboy cybergirls??
10. Talon – Fallen Angels
This California band came out of nowhere and completely blew me away. Melodic rock at it’s finest, Chandler Mogel is a monster singer with a great voice and Jim Kee is a phenomenal guitarist. Burn, Baby Jane, What About Me, and Always Be My Baby are all great songs.
9. 7th Heaven – U.S.A-U.K.
This is another band that came from out of nowhere and blew me away. From what I understand these Chicago natives have been around for a while but replaced their former singer with Kevin Semple before recording this album and he is an awesome singer. If you are a fan of “Hysteria” era Def Leppard you have to get this album you would be hard pressed to tell the bands apart if you didn’t know the songs.
8. Marcello/Vestry – Self Titled
Another slab of melodic rock, this time it comes from Danger Danger axeman Rob Marcello and vocalist Frank Vestry, with a little help from Danger Danger’s Bruno Ravel who played bass and produced the record. Great catchy sing along songs like Fireworks, All I Wanna Do Is U, and Gone fill this record. It is exactly what you would expect from members of Danger Danger and I for one am not complaining at all.
7. House of Lords – Come To My Kingdom
After the fiasco that was the Power & the Myth, James Christian started pretty much from scratch with House of Lords and released World Upside Down in 06. In ’08 the band came back even stronger with Come To My Kingdom dare I say the best HoL album to date. James’ voice still sounds great and Jimi Bell, B.J. Zampa, and Matt McKenna have made the band even stronger. I don’t think there is a weak song on this album.
5. Extreme – Saudades de Rock –
One of the first albums I reviewed for HRH. 13 years is a long time to wait between albums but honestly I think it was a good thing for the guys in Extreme. They came back stronger than ever with some strong kick ass songs and the addition of Kevin Figueiredo was an awesome decision. I liked this album when it was released but the more I listened to it the more I loved it.
5. Tesla – Forever More
Four years between new albums also did Tesla a world of good. Forever More is head and shoulders above 04’s Into The Now and like Extreme the addition of guitarist Dave Rude did wonders for the band. I Wanna Live, Just In Case, All of Me, and Pvt Ledbetter are just a few of the stand out tracks on Forever More.
4. There is no number 4 because of a tie for third.
3. The Quireboys – Homewreckers & Heartbreakers (Tie)
One of my all time favorite bands returned in ’08 with a new album their first in 4 years and all I can say is Wow! Homewreckers & Heartbreakers is the best Quireboys album since A Bit of What You Fancy. Bluesy Faces inspired rock at it very best, Spike has never sounded better than he does on this album. Mona Lisa Smiled, I Love This Dirty Town, Louder, and One For The Road are a few of the highlights on this album. In case you didn’t know Spike also released a great solo album titled So Called Friends around the same time definitely worth checking out.
3. Badmouth – S/T (Tie)
If I had a song of the year hands down it would be Rivethead by these Swedish ass kickers. Just that one song makes Badmouth’s debut worth the money but on top of Rivethead this album is filled with straight up rock n roll anthems like Pedal to the Metal, Kick It Up, and Cocaine Girl. Throw in a couple of songs like Last Train and Take Your Toothbrush With You that remind me of one of my favorite bands Backyard Babies you have a can’t miss album.
2. Backyard Babies – S/T
This album was my choice for my number 1 for the longest time but it was dethroned when the band at number 1 now released their new album. But this album from Sweden’s finest has everything a great rock record should great sing a long in your face songs, great solos, a hell of a lot of attitude. Degenerated, Come Undone, Nomadic, Abandon, and Back on the Juice are just a few of the ass kickings you have in store when listening to this album.
1. D-A-D (Disneyland After Dark) – Monster Philosophy
Is it just me or did Scandinavian bands kick a lot of rock n roll ass this year? Another of my all time favorite bands and I know there may be only one person in the states that agrees with me here but hands down Monster Philosophy is the best album of the year. 22 years and 10 studio albums and still most rock fans in America have no clue who D-A-D are. In one word LEGENDS, this album is filled not only with great songs but great vocals from Jesper Binzer and the sounds Jacob “Cobber” Binzer gets from his guitar are unbelievable. I can’t forget Stig Pedersn on bass or drums by Laust Sonne. While there are albums that may have three great songs and the rest of the album are good songs, on Monster Philosophy there are 13 great songs and each one sounds completely different from the others. Maybe some person at an American record company will pull their head out of the sand and sign D-A-D and get their albums released and re-released here in the states but if they don’t I will keep paying the import price because every one of their albums are worth the money.
I hope you enjoyed our top picks for 2008. If you would like to see what other hard rock and metal writers have picked as their top albums of 2008, check out the following links below:
Heavy Metal Addiction — http://hardrockheavymetal.wordpress.com/
Heavy Metal Time Machine — http://metalmark.blogspot.com/
Bring Back Glam — http://bringbackglam.squarespace.com/
Rock And Roll and Meandering Nonsense — http://rnrnonsense.toomanyvoices.com/
All Metal Resource — http://allmetalresource.com/
Imagine Echoes — http://www.imagineechoes.com/
Metal Excess — http://metalexcess.wordpress.com/
The Ripple Effect — http://www.ripplemusic.blogspot.com/
Rock Of Ages — http://rockofages.wordpress.com/
Layla’s Classic Rock — http://laylasclassicrock.blogspot.com/
Hair Metal Mansion — http://hairbangersradio.ning.com/
The Metal Minute — http://rayvanhornjr.blogspot.com/
Warner Music Group said they will pull all of their music videos and related content off YouTube this weekend as negotiations between the label and the video site hit a stand still. WMG was one of the first of the majors to align itself with YouTube. “We are working actively to find a resolution with YouTube that would enable the return of our artists’ content to the site,” the label says in a statement. “Until then, we simply cannot accept terms that fail to appropriately and fairly compensate recording artists, songwriters, labels and publishers for the value they provide.”
While WMG has withdrawn their videos from YouTube, the videos are still streaming at YouTube’s biggest challengers, MySpace Music and MTV Music. “Sometimes, if we can’t reach acceptable business terms, we must part ways with successful partners,” YouTube responds in a statement. Despite the reports and threats to pull their catalogue from YouTube, pretty much every WMG video we looked up at YouTube is still streaming. Madonna, Van Halen, T.I., Led Zeppelin… all still there, their “official video channels” still intact.
HRH Comment: This seems like it would hurt the artists more than it would help them. What do you think?
Buckcherry have just released a live video performance of their new single, “Rescue Me.” The clip was filmed in Japan during their recent tour there supporting Black Butterfly. “Rescue Me” Building on the success of their current co-headlining tour, Avenged Sevenfold and Buckcherry have announced the next leg beginning on January 28th in Salt Lake City, UT. The next dates on the arena tour include Papa Roach and Saving Abel, offering fans 4 bands for under $40.00. The Buckcherry and Avenged Sevenfold package is considered to be one of the three major successful rock tours of the season, along with AC/DC and Metallica.
Check out “Rescue Me (live in Japan)” here:
Check out the tour announcement video here:
BUCKCHERRY/AVENGED SEVENFOLD 2009 TOUR DATES
With Papa Roach and Saving Abel
* Buckcherry/Avenged Sevenfold and Papa Roach only
28 Salt Lake City, UT “E” Center
30 Phoenix, AZ Jobing.com Arena
31 Albuquerque, NM Tingley Coliseum
2 Bakersfield, CA Rabobank Arena
3 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
5 Yakima, WA Yakima Valley SunDome
6 Portland, OR Memorial Coliseum
7 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
9 Spokane, WA Star Theater at Spokane Arena
12 Rapid City, SD Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
14 Council Bluffs, ID Mid America Center *
17 St. Louis, MO The Family Arena *
20 Cleveland, OH The Wolstein Center
21 Battle Creek, MI Kellogg Arena *
23 Cincinnati, OH The Bank of Kentucky Center *
24 Pikeville, KY Eastern Kentucky Expo Center
25 Pittsburgh, PA The Peterson Events Center
The 2nd leg of the Buckcherry tour with Avenged Sevenfold and Papa Roach has been announced. Buckcherry Bombsquad members will be getting their presale passwords in email tomorrow!! (December 10th).
Jan 28, 2009 Salt Lake City, UT E Center
Jan 30, 2009 Phoenix, AZ Jobing.com Arena
Jan 31, 2009 Albuqurque, NM Tingley
Feb 02, 2009 Bakersfield, CA Rabobank Arena
Feb 03, 2009 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
Feb 05, 2009 Yakima, WA Yakima Valley SunDome
Feb 06, 2009 Portland, OR Memorial Coliseum
Feb 07, 2009 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
Feb 09, 2009 Spokane, WA Star Theater
Feb 10, 2009 Great Falls, MT Four Seasons Arena
Feb 12, 2009 Rapid City, SD Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
Feb 13, 2009 TBA Kearney, Nebraska
Feb 14, 2009 Council Bluffs, IA Mid America Center
Feb 17, 2009 St. Louis, MO The Family Arena
Feb 19, 2009 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room
Feb 20, 2009 Cleveland, OH The Wolstein Center
Feb 21, 2009 Battle Creek, MI Kellogg Arena
Feb 23, 2009 Highland Heights, KY The Bank of Kentucky Center
Feb 24, 2009 Pikeville, KY Eastern Kentucky Expo Center
Feb 25, 2009 Pittsburgh, PA The Peterson Events Center
Nothing screams holiday spirit like a Buckcherry/Avenged Sevenfold tour. The hard rock co-headliners are extending their trek with a second leg set to begin Jan. 28 in Albuquerque, N.M. Joining them on the bill will be Papa Roach and Saving Abel.
The four-band bill is priced to sell, with tickets less than $40. “The idea was to take four acts that could tour alone and put them together for $40 or less to be able to let people hear three-and-a-half hours of music and experience some up-and-coming acts,” says Allen Kovac, CEO of 10th Street Entertainment, which manages Buckcherry and Papa Roach. “You’re talking about a demo that seems to be 15 to 25 [years old], and their disposable income right now is a lot less than it was before.”
Tickets go on sale Dec. 15, and the price tag will ensure they’ll be under the Christmas trees of many a headbanger.
Kovac points out that fans of these acts don’t wait for warm weather concerts. “We’ve found that rock is a 365-day sport in secondaries, tertiaries and major markets,” he says. “And when you start getting into the tertiary markets, rock is still king.”
Radio will be a key element in 10th Street’s tour marketing, Kovac says. “A lot of what we’re doing is making sure we have different bands on different formats,” he says. “Saving Abel is focusing on AC and pop, while Avenged works alternative and Buckcherry’s working active rock. And because Buckcherry has had some success with hot AC and pop, we’re using the new track to really make sure that audience knows they’re coming to town as well. Papa Roach will focus on the alternative side. It’s really a four-format tour; it’s not an active rock or alternative tour.”
Buckcherry and Avenged could have asked for higher guarantees, Kovac says, “but they wouldn’t have been able to take these other acts out with them. By taking these other bands out, they will more than make up the loss in guarantees. And when you’re doing 6,000- to 10,000- [capacity venues] as opposed to 2,000, that tends to make itself up in many, many areas.”
Buckcherry Announces New Tour Dates with Avenged Sevenfold, Saving Abel and Shinedown.
Nov 4 2008 8:00P Casper Event Center Arena Casper, Wyoming
Nov 5 2008 8:00P MetraPark Arena Billings, Montana
Nov 6 2008 8:00P Rushmore Plaza Civic Ctr. Arena Rapid City, South Dakota
Nov 8 2008 8:00P Roy Wilkins Auditorium St Paul, Minnesota
Nov 9 2008 8:00P Fargodome Fargo, North Dakota
Nov 11 2008 8:00P US Cellular Coliseum Bloomington, Illinois
Nov 14 2008 8:00P Alliant Energy Center Madison, Wisconsin
Nov 15 2008 8:00P McElroy Auditorium Waterloo, Iowa
Nov 16 2008 8:00P LaCrosse Center LaCrosse, Wisconsin
Nov 18 2008 8:00P Deltaplex Arena Grand Rapids, Michigan
Nov 19 2008 8:00P Roberts Stadium Evansville, Indiana
Nov 21 2008 8:00P Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti, Michigan
Nov 22 2008 8:00P Chevrolet Centre Youngstown, Ohio
Nov 23 2008 8:00P Schottenstein Center Columbus, Ohio
Nov 23 2008 8:00P James Brown Arena Augusta, Georgia
Nov 25 2008 8:00P BancorpSouth Center Tupelo, Mississippi
Nov 26 2008 8:00P Mississippi Coast Coliseum Biloxi, Mississippi
Nov 29 2008 8:00P Greensboro Coliseum Greensboro, North Carolina
Dec 2 2008 8:00P Tallahassee-Leon Co. Civic Ctr. Tallahassee, Florida
Dec 3 2008 8:00P UCF Arena Orlando, Florida
According to Billboard.com, Metallica’s “Death Magnetic” holds tight at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 for a second week after its first full frame at retail. The Warner Bros. set sold 337,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan; it debuted with 490,000 last week after just three days of sales thanks to an off-cycle Friday release.
Starting right behind at No. 2 is Ne-Yo’s “Year of the Gentleman” with 250,000. The Def Jam effort comes on the heels of two No. 1 bows for the artist: 2006 debut “In My Own Words” (301,000) and 2007’s “Because of You” (251,000). New single “Miss Independent” continues to climb the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs tally, moving 16-5 in this latest frame, while first single “Closer” sits at No. 7 on the Hot 100.
Nelly’s “Brass Knuckles” (Derrty/Universal Motown), the rapper’s first studio set since 2004, enters at No. 3 on The Billboard 200 with 84,000. Four years ago, he dropped two separate albums on the same day — “Suit” and “Sweat” – which debuted at Nos. 1 and 2 with 396,000 and 342,000, respectively.
In its 50th week on the chart, Kid Rock’s “Rock N Roll Jesus” (Top Dog/Atlantic) drops 3-4 on a 15% decline to 64,000 copies.
Hootie & the Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker debuts at No. 5 on The Billboard 200 and No. 1 on Top Country Albums with the Capitol Nashville project “Learn to Live,” with 60,000. On Hot Country Songs, his single “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It” hits No. 1 this week. This marks the second week in a row a singer best known from another genre crosses over to hit No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart, following last week’s penthouse debut for Jessica Simpson’s “Do You Know.”
Young Jeezy’s “The Recession” (Def Jam) falls 2-6 on The Billboard 200 with 60,000, a 33% sales decline. DJ Khaled notches his third straight top 15 album as “We Global” (We the Best/Def Jam) enters at No. 7 with 49,000. His first two charting albums — 2006’s “Listennn: The Album” and 2007’s “We the Best” — debuted and peaked at Nos. 12 and 8, respectively.
Buckcherry earns its best sales week ever and highest charting album as “Black Butterfly” (Eleven Seven Music/Atlantic) opens at No. 8 with 47,000. Previously, the rock band went as far as No. 39 with its last album “15,” and had never sold more than 26,000 in a single week with any release. But “15” wound up spending 126 weeks on The Billboard 200 and has sold 1.3 million copies to date.
Lil Wayne’s Cash Money effort “Tha Carter III” slips 9% in sales and descends 8-9 with 43,000 while the Game’s “LAX” (Geffen) moves 7-10 with 42,000 (-16%).
Other debuts this week include All That Remains‘ “Overcome” (Prosthetic/Razor & Tie, No. 16, 29,000), Raphael Saadiq’s “The Way I See It” (Columbia, No. 19, 23,000), Avenged Sevenfold’s “Live in the LBC &; Diamond in the Rough” (Warner Bros., No. 24, 20,000) and Eli Young Band’s “Jet Black & Jealous” (Universal South, No. 33, 15,000).
At 6.92 million units, sales this week are up 1.1% from last week’s sum and down a 16.5% from the same week last year.
Do you live within driving distance of Dayton, Ohio? Even if you don’t you may want to get ready for a road trip in September.
Check out this year’s lineup for the XFest 13!
Avenged Sevenfold, Buckcherry, Puddle of Mudd, Shinedown, Candlebox, 10 Years, Saving Abel, Five Finger Death Punch, Red, Black Tide
Tickets are only $30.00.
For more information, and to purchase tickets, go to this link: XFest 13 Tickets
The video below is a guitar solo by Avenged Sevenfold’s Synyster Gates at the XFest in 2006.
A7X to release rarities and live material.
Avenged Sevenfold have announced details of a special CD/DVD package to be released later on in the year.
Titled, ‘Live In The LBC And Diamonds In The Rough’, the tracklisting for the DVD portion of the package runs as follows:
Beast And Harlot
Seize The Day
A Little Piece Of Heaven
The CD will concentrate on the bands unreleased and rare performances, including some of the bands famed cover versions:
Girl I Know
Flash Of The Blade
Until The End
The package will be relased on September 8th.
Courtesy of Metal Hammer.
A7X has released a live video of their performance of the song, Afterlife, at the Taste of Chaos tour stop in Long Beach, CA.
I must admit that I have not heard of the band, Bomb Child until only recently. Their debut, Nothing Lasts Forever was recently recommended to me, so I decided to check them out.
Man oh mercy, am I ever glad I did. Nothing Lasts Forever blasts out of your speakers at cannonball speed, and offers listeners a ferocious feast of killer hard rock.
Bomb Child has a style that reminds me of Buckcherry, but mixed with a more modern overtone that might better resemble A7X. Nonetheless, this disc rocks out and rocks hard. It is chock full of angry tunes about life, love and broken relationships.
Nothing Lasts Forever isn’t a terribly long listening experience. The ten songs on this disc clock in just shy of 34 minutes. There really isn’t a band song in the bunch.
My only disappointment is that I didn’t hear about these guys, when they were out promoting this album. I don’t think Bomb Child is together any longer, and it is a real shame, as they were a very talented three piece.
You can find copies of Bomb Child’s CD, Nothing Lasts Forever on Amazon.com for next to nothing. It is worth the small price of admission. Go get it at this link!
You can also hear a couple of the songs on the band’s myspace page.
Rating:Out of 10
1. I Believe
2. Empty Hands
3. Make It Up To You
4. Say Goodbye
5. More I Think About It
6. How My Life Goes
7. Outta My Mind
8. Save You
9. Love The Way You Make Me Feel
10. The Story Of My Life
Bomb Child is:
TAKA – Vocals & Guitar
ARI – Bass
“Iron Maiden are 10% cooler than every other band!” Lars Ulrich, Metallica.
Kerrang! team up with Metallica, Machine Head, Trivium, Avenged Sevenfold and more for an a world exclusive, all star Iron Maiden tribute album!
15 of Kerrang!’s favourite bands have come together to pay tribute to the planet’s greatest metal band – Iron Maiden!
Following on from our 2006 Kerrang! Remastered CD in honour of Metallica’s Master Of Puppets, this latest collection – Maiden Heaven – features bands covering tracks from Iron Maiden’s legendary career, and will be given away free in Kerrang! issue 1219 on sale July 16.
The CD includes world exclusive performances from Metallica, Machine Head, Trivium, Avenged Sevenfold, Coheed And Cambria, Gallows and more!
Chatting exclusively to Kerrang!, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich tells the readers how much respect the Bay Area thrashers have for the Brit metal legends.
“Iron Maiden are 10% cooler than every other band,” says Ulrich. “From their relationship with their fans, to their album covers to their stages, to their live presentation, to their photos – whatever they did was always cooler than what everyone else did! I have always had an incredible amount of respect and admiration for them and obviously getting a chance to be part of this CD feels that that has come a full circle. We played Remember Tomorrow as it was basically the blueprint for songs like Fade To Black and Welcome Home (Sanitarium), and some of the more epic ballady type of songs that Metallica had done later. We had so much fun with this!”
Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn is equally excited to be a part of this project.
“When I was a kid Iron Maiden were a very big deal to me and the influence they had on Machine Head has been huge,” he reveals. “We decided to cover Hallowed Be Thy Name for this CD because it’s just such a great song, in fact it’s a classic. I just love the way the vocal line goes up and down, so dramatic. If someone who’d never heard them wanted to know what Iron Maiden sounded like I’d point them in the direction of Hallowed Be Thy Name.”
Metal heroes Trivium are happy to admit their own brand of heavy tunes could never have existed without Maiden’s worldwide influence.
“Iron Maiden helped create what we know as heavy metal,” states frontman Matt Heafy. “Their influence can be heard on classic and contemporary bands alike; their fan base spans across the youngest and newest of heavy music recruits all the way to the diehard, life-long metal elite. We chose to play the track Iron Maiden, as the song that screamed out our love for them musically, and we knew it would be a really fun song to jam out in the studio. It was an honour to be able to play one of Iron Maiden’s tracks and have the opportunity to contribute to this amazing CD. We hope everyone has as much fun listening to it as we did making it!”
Meanwhile, Avenged Sevenfold – who have been picked to support Maiden at their upcoming Twickenham Stadium show on July 5 – say they are “honoured” to be part of this Kerrang! tribute. “Maiden are by far the best live band in the world and their music is timeless,” says vocalist M Shadows. “This also gives us a chance to expose this great song to some of our younger fans who maybe aren’t as familiar with Iron Maiden.”
UK hardcore punk rockers Gallows chose to contribute a version of Wrathchild to the collection.
“We’re actually all huge Maiden fans and while learning Wrathchild we discovered a new found respect for the band as musicians,” says guitarist Laurent Barnard. “Some of their riffs are pretty fast and Steve Harris has definitely earned his place as a bass legend! We’re so happy we were asked to be included!”
This Kerrang! Maiden Heaven CD’s arrival coincides with the band’s European leg of their Somewhere Back In Time World Tour – and follows on from the release of their own collection Somewhere Back In Time: The Best Of 80-89.
“Maiden much appreciate and are very flattered by all the time spent on this by a lot of great bands,” says Iron Maiden’s manager Rod Smallwood, “and would like to thank them, and also Kerrang!, for the honour. Thanks everyone!”
Pick up your copy of Kerrang! issue 1219 on sale July 16 for your own copy of Maiden Heaven.
MAIDEN HEAVEN tracklisting
Black Tide – Prowler
Metallica – Remember Tomorrow
Avenged Sevenfold – Flash Of The Blade
Glamour Of The Kill – 2 Minutes To Midnight
Coheed and Cambria – The Trooper
DevilDriver – Wasted Years
Sign – Run To The Hills
Dream Theater – To Tame A Land
Madina Lake – Caught Somewhere In Time
Gallows – Wrathchild
Fightstar – Fear Of The Dark
Machine Head – Hallowed Be Thy Name
Trivium – Iron Maiden
Year Long Disaster – Running Free
Ghostlines – Brave New World
Avenged Sevenfold have released a new video for their song, Afterlife.
Check it out below.
Check out the brand new video, A Little Piece of Heaven by Avenged Sevenfold.