Roadrunner Records is pleased to announce a new worldwide partnership with Anthem Records and rock trio Rush. The band will remain on Anthem/Universal Music in Canada only.
“We have tremendous respect for Roadrunner Records and what Cees Wessels and Jonas Nachsin have built on a worldwide level. After years of Roadrunner pursuing the band, Tom Lipsky presented a deal that worked and the timing was right. We wanted to be at a label focused on the rock genre — and that’s Roadrunner,” said Ray Danniels, manager of Rush.
“In another life I worked with Rush and their great management team more than 30 years ago and to have Rush finally on the Roadrunner label is a dream come true. I am grateful for Ray Danniels’ confidence in this new partnership,” said Cees Wessels, Roadrunner Records Chairman.
“Rush has a tradition of excellence and independence, both in the studio and on the live stage, and they remain as prolific today as at any point in their career. We are excited to be their label partners,” said Tom Lipsky, President of Lipsky Music, LLC, who brokered the significant deal for Roadrunner.
The first release from Rush through this deal will be various live configurations recorded during their highly successful Time Machine tour that wrapped earlier this summer. Details of the release will be revealed in the coming weeks.
With more than 40 million records sold worldwide and countless sold-out tours, Rush — Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart — is not only one of the most inventive and compelling groups in rock history, but remains one of the most popular. The RIAA has certified Rush for the third most consecutive gold/platinum studio albums by a rock band, topped only by the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Rush’s vast catalog includes such classics as 1974’s self-titled debut, 1976’s “2112,” 1981’s “Moving Pictures,” 1996’s “Test For Echo,” and 2002’s “Vapor Trails.” Rush’s most recent studio album, 2007’s “Snakes & Arrows,” debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200, marking the band’s highest chart debut since 1993, as well as their eleventh top 10 album in the U.S. Their 20th studio album, titled “Clockwork Angels,” is due in 2012.
In addition to their commercial success, Rush has also been recognized with a number of Juno Awards and multiple Grammy nominations, including one for the acclaimed documentary Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage at this year’s gala event. Enjoying a recent pop culture renaissance, Rush made a rare television appearance — their first in over 30 years — on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” and a memorable cameo in the film I Love You, Man. A career-chronicling Rolling Stone feature summed up the renowned rock trio’s continuing artistic vitality by observing, “It’s true that Rush doesn’t mean today what it did in ’76 or even ’96. It may mean more.” For more information about Rush, visit: www.rush.com.
About Roadrunner Records:
Originally founded in 1980 in the Netherlands, Roadrunner Records earned its place as one of the most prominent international independent record labels. Established primarily as a hard rock label, Roadrunner now boasts depth and variety in its artists. The label has experienced unprecedented success with multi-platinum artists Nickelback and Slipknot, platinum Theory of a Deadman, gold-certified Stone Sour and Killswitch Engage, as well as modern heavy hitters Korn, Dream Theater, Megadeth, Trivium and Opeth. Roadrunner’s current roster also includes Lenny Kravitz (via a partnership with Atlantic Records), plus diverse acts such as up and comers Young The Giant, The Parlor Mob, Black Stone Cherry and Airbourne. Loud & Proud Records, a label joint-venture with Roadrunner, is home to established rock acts including Rob Zombie, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, The Steve Miller Band and KISS (Europe and select territories). The Roadrunner catalog includes now-classic albums from seminal artists such as Type O Negative, Sepultura and King Diamond. For more information about Roadrunner, visit: www.roadrunnerrecords.com.
To celebrate this weekend’s Sonisphere festival, Kerrang! has teamed up with Roadrunner Records to bring you 11 FREE TRACKS from some of the biggest names appearing at the three-day bash.
Click here to get your hands on tracks by Slipknot, Megadeth, Airbourne, Kids in Glass Houses, Periphery, Opeth, Revoker and Cavalera Conspiracy – PLUS bonus tracks from DevilDriver, Underøath and Theory of a Deadman!
7th Son –featuring guitarist/vocalist Christopher Babbitt, guitarist Mikey Cross, bassist Andrew Cushing and drummer Alan Doucette–are a rag tag crew of young turks who formed the band two years ago in their native Sin City. The band recorded three fist-pumping, guitar-driven anthems with producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette (Incubus, Escape the Fate, Story of the Year) earlier this year. Those songs caught the attention of Roadrunner Senior VP of A&R Monte Conner, who quickly signed the band.
Of their signing to Roadrunner, Babbitt said, “Our battle cry since we started playing dives in dirty Vegas to being nobodies signed to the biggest hard rock label in the world has been ‘Be shred or be dead,’ so we have a lot to live up to and Roadrunner was the only label we knew who would have the balls and the vision to stand behind that credo.” Cross has a more tongue in cheek outlook on their new label home, saying, “We can’t wait to meet some of our esteemed new label-mates and sleep with their girlfriends.
” Lock up your daughters, girlfriends and wives, because 7th Son have arrived!
7th Son are currently recording their Roadrunner debut in Virginia Beach, Virginia, with Baskette manning the boards. They will commence recording in mid-November. The band is managed by Dark Angel Management, LLC (Trivium, Seemless, Dirge).
For a taste of 7th Son, check out their MySpace page, which is viewable at: www. myspace. com/7thsonband.
COSMIC UNIVERSAL FASHION IS THE FIRST RELEASE FROM ROADRUNNER IMPRINT, LOUD & PROUD RECORDS
Multi-platinum Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Sammy Hagar will release his eleventh solo album, Cosmic Universal Fashion, on November 18th via Loud & Proud Records (Roadrunner Records).
The title track and first single, “Cosmic Universal Fashion,” was written in an online collaboration between Hagar and a young Iraqi band in Baghdad, with the music video produced in the same spirit as the classic Van Halen video for “Right Now.” The album also features a rousing cover of the Beastie Boys’ “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party).”
Hagar has led a storied three-decade career that has established him as one of America’s most beloved hard rockers, selling over 20 million albums and winning two Grammys. From his trailblazing early work with Montrose, to his prolific and popular solo career, his massively successful time with Van Halen, and currently as front man for his band Sammy Hagar and The Wabos, the veteran singer/guitarist has continued to make melodic, hard-charging rock that’s short on subtlety but long on punch and personality.
“’Cosmic Universal Fashion’ is not about
supporting left or right, blue or red, but rather
an attempt to appeal to people on a personal
level to get involved.” – Sammy Hagar
Check out Sammy Hagar’s new video, “Cosmic Universal Fashion” below!
Roadrunner Records has a link available for a free tune from Slipknot, “The Blister Exists“. This is off their re-released album, Vol 3. The Subliminal Verses.
In the summer of 2007, The Parlor Mob signed to Roadrunner Records. On September 28, 2007 they began the process of recording their debut album at Asheville, NC’s Echo Mountain studios. Jacquire King (Tom Waits, Kings of Leon, The Dwarves, Modest Mouse) signed on to produce the album. The recording was completed on Halloween, 2007. The Parlor Mob’s debut release is slated for spring of 2008.
The debut album, And You Were A Crow will be released in May, 2008, but it is available as a download on ITunes for $7.99.
This band was a recommendation by Black Stone Cherry. Check them out!!
ROADRUNNER RECORDS SIGNS AUSTRALIAN ROCKERS AIRBOURNE:
Press Release / New York, NY- Roadrunner Records is proud to announce the signing of Aussie hard rockers, Airbourne. Forming a genuine brand of fist-pumping, beer-slinging rock ‘n’ roll, Airbourne have established a respectable name for themselves in their native country. Although still very young, the band sonically tears pages from the bible of anthemic rock of the 70’s and 80’s, taking us back to a time where music was loud, fiercely genuine and hook laden. Their dynamic and energetic live performances offer a much-needed cure for the downtrodden vibe of popular music. Much like their forefathers, Airbourne offers nothing but a good time! Airbourne is: brothers Joel O’Keeffe (vocals/lead guitar) and Ryan O’Keeffe (drums), David Roads (guitar) and Justin Street (bass).
Forming out of the musical connection of two brothers, Airbourne was conceived by Joel and Ryan O’Keeffe, and was vested in their mutual love for bands such as Rose Tattoo, Van Halen, Motörhead, AC/DC and The Angels. Later joined by David Roads and Justin Street, the quartet set out to make straightforward rock ‘n’ roll, complete with catchy choruses, decadent themes and the driving rhythm to match.
“It’s hard to explain,” vocalist/guitarist Joel O’Keeffe states, “but that’s what I always wanted to hear – straight-ahead Aussie pub rock.” The resulting product was a stripped down approach to rock with song titles to match the party oriented sentiment. Investing time and money for the love of the music, the band spent years working the local circuit, eventually graduating to national tours and exposure. Years of hard work paid off, catching the attention of music fans throughout Australia and the world.
Roadrunner senior VP of A&R, Ron Burman, instantly fell in love with “their brand of anthemic, catchy, hard rock-n-roll.” He states, “I am so excited that we signed Airbourne. They are a young, fists in the air, high energy, in-your-face type of hard rock band. I saw them play a few times in Austin at South By Southwest and they blew me away.”
Sharing national stages with the likes of the Rolling Stones, Motley Crüe and The Living End, the band has honed in on its performance Zen. A live show is sure to include bursting energy, rowdy crowds singing their hearts out and free-flowing beer. “We always go on-stage and try to prove a point,” O’Keeffe directs, “about how GOOD rock ‘n’ roll is!” The band takes on the mission to spread that infectious love of rock, even performing at Australia’s biggest rock festival in 2006, Big Day Out. They are currently playing dates throughout Australia.
In June the band released Runnin’ Wild, a red-blooded collection of rallying rock anthems with undeniable choruses and feel good momentum in Australia. Scheduled to be released in the US and Europe through Roadrunner Records in early 2008, the album channels the endearing qualities of classic rock while breathing new life through modern production and arrangement. Boasting an all-star team, Runnin’ Wild was produced by Bob Marlette (Black Sabbath, Quiet Riot) and mixed by Andy Wallace (Guns N’ Roses, Nirvana, Linkin Park). With lead tracks such as “Runnin’ Wild,” “Stand Up For Rock n Roll,” and “Too Much, Too Young, Too Fast,” Runnin’ Wild will be the new soundtrack to all-night partying. Airbourne have risen to the challenge and are ready to bring their authentic brand of power rock to the US in 2008!
WebLinks: www.airbournerock.com / www.myspace.com/airbournerock
You can check out their video for Too Much, Too Young, Too Fast below: