Archives

All posts by Jason Rybak

GooGooDolls_WarnerSoundSessionsEP CoverApril 8, 2014Goo Goo Dolls have released a live EP – Warner Sound Sessions­ – available digitally April 8 via Warner Bros Records. Recorded last April for The Warner Sound series The Live Room at East West Studios in Los Angeles, the EP features 4 tracks from the band’s highly-acclaimed new album Magnetic, as well as the classic hit “Slide.” Available on iTunes.

Warner Sound Sessions Tracklisting:
Rebel Beat
When The World Breaks Your Heart
Slide
Come To Me
Keep The Car Running

The multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated band has just kicked off a 3-week acoustic tour called The Otis Midnight Sessions. The sold-out tour offers fans a rare opportunity to see the band perform in an intimate setting that fosters a “story teller” format allowing the band to dig deep into an extensive catalog spanning their nearly 30-year career.

In June, Goo Goo Dolls are set to hit the road again with Daughtry for an extensive summer amphitheater and arena tour. Also on the bill, performing an acoustic set, are Plain White T’s.

The tour kicks off in Wallingford, CT, on June 12th and crisscrosses North America through the end of the summer.

The Goos are touring in support of their 10th studio album Magnetic, which debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and at No. 2 on the Top Rock Albums chart, propelled by the red-hot single “Come To Me” – the fastest-growing single in the Goos‘ history.

The Goo Goo Dolls have become one of the most globally respected and influential forces in popular music history, selling more than 10 million albums since 1986. They have scored 14 Top 10 radio hits (more than any other artist in the history of the Hot AC format), including “Name,” “Slide,” and “Iris,” the latter spending nearly 12 straight months on the Billboard charts and holding the No. 1 position for 17 consecutive weeks. The band, which also features bassist Robby Takac, has toured the globe countless times, performed in front of millions of fans, received numerous awards (including four Grammy Award nominations), and recorded and released nine studio albums. Vocalist-guitarist John Rzeznik has been honored with the Songwriters Hall of Fame Hal David Starlight Award.

The Goo Goo Dolls Acoustic Tour with Run River North:

04/07 Syracuse, NY The Carrier Theatre
04/08 Ridgefield, CT The Ridgefield Playhouse
04/09 Albany, NY Lewis A. Swyer Theatre@ The Egg
04/12 Niagara Falls, NY Seneca Niagara Bear’s Den*
04/17 Ponte Vedra Beach, FL Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
04/18 Biloxi, MS Beau Rivage Resort & Casino**
04/19 Nashville, TN 3rd & Lindsley
04/21 Lexington, KY Lyric Theatre & Cultural Art Center
04/22 Chicago, IL City Winery
04/23 East Lansing, MI Pasant Theater @ The Wharton Center (MSU)
04/25 Middletown, OH Finkelman Auditorium – Miami University
04/27 Green Bay, WI Meyer Theatre
04/30 Wilmington, DE The Baby Grand
05/02 West Palm Beach, FL Sunfest**

*No Support
** Full Electric Set

The Goo Goo Dolls and Daughtry summer tour dates with Plain White T’s are as follows:

06/12 Wallingford, CT Toyota Oakdale Theatre
06/14 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
06/15 Saratoga, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
06/19 St. Augustine, FL St. Augustine Amphitheatre
06/20 Tampa, FL MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
06/21 Orange Beach, AL The Amphitheater at the Wharf
06/23 New Braunfels, TX Whitewater Music Amphitheatre
06/24 Corpus Christi, TX Concrete Street Amphitheatre
06/25 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion
06/27 Houston, TX Woodlands
06/29 Maryland Heights, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
07/01 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
07/02 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
07/03 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
07/05 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
07/06 Virginia Beach, VA Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
07/08 Raleigh, NC Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
07/09 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion
07/11 Atlanta, GA Chastain Park Amphitheatre
07/12 Memphis, TN Live at the Garden
07/15 Denver, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
07/16 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
07/18 Eugene, OR Cuthbert Amphitheatre
07/21 Saratoga, CA The Mountain Winery
07/22 Los Angeles, CA The Greek Theatre
07/23 Bakersfield, CA Rabobank Arena
07/25 San Diego, CA Harrah’s Rincon Pavilion*
08/01 Las Vegas, NV Red Rocks Resort, Spa & Casino
08/03 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre
08/05 Enid, OK Enid Event Center
08/06 Lincoln, NE Pershing Auditorium
08/08 Tower, MN Fortune Bay Resort and Casino
08/09 Des Moines, IA Iowa State Fair **
08/10 Chicago, IL FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
08/12 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
08/15 Boston, MA Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
08/16 Big Flats, NY The Summer Stage at Tags
08/17 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
08/19 Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center For The Arts
08/21 Gilford, NH Meadowbrook
08/22 Buffalo, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
08/23 Essex Junction, VT Champlain Valley Exposition
08/25 Columbus, OH The LC Pavilion Outdoor Amphitheater
08/26 Indianapolis, IN Klipsch Music Center
08/27 Grand Rapids, MI Fifth Third Ballpark
08/29 Kansas City, KS Starlight Amphitheater
08/30 Sioux City, IA Hard Rock Casino

More dates to follow!

*On Sale 4/18
**On Sale 4/12

theguessinggame_band“@DuffMcKagan: Just listened to a preview of @GuessingGame5 new record! you guys are gonna dig this. Great job Mr @JeffreyRouse !!!!” …

Duff McKagan (GnR)~

 LISTEN TODAY THE SINGLE “SOMEDAY, SO CLEAR” ON THE  BAND’S OFFICIAL WEBSITE

 HOLLYWOOD, CA (April 8, 2014) – It’s coming ….. Duff McKagan of Guns n’ Roses sings high praises of the new album Holy Crow  from Seattle’s latest rising rock band, THE GUESSING GAME.

Holy Crow releases on April 15th on Guessing Game MusicThe Guessing Game has a knack for blending the energy of more traditional pure rock with great pop hooks, spiked with hair-raising guitar solos. The first single titled Someday, So Clear will hit airwaves late April in time for the band to announce tour dates. Someday, So Clear was written early one morning in the time it took me to drink a cup of coffee,” explains singer Jeff Rouse. “Some songs need to be fussed with and groomed, some need to just be what they are. Someday, So Clearturned out to be the latter – Thanks to the gods of rock and roll,   Here’s to a little heartache, a little regret, and shitload of hope. HOLY CROW!” 

 In advance of the April 15th street date, a special pre-order of the Holy Crow CD is available to the fans on AmazonHoly Crow drips of heartache, regret and finally redemption. Like that first drink Friday evening to that last sermon Sunday morning.

 HOLY CROW – TRACK LISTING:

 

01. Selling Heartbreak   [ 4:24 ]
02. Someday, So Clear  [ 4:30 ]
03. Where The Stars  [ 3:07 ]
04. All The Waste  [ 6:43 ]
05. Ready For Love  [ 4:45 ]
06. Doing Time  [ 4:04 ]
07. We’ll Hold On  [ 5:21 ]
08. I Must Be Stoned  [ 4:24 ]
09. Another Sunday Morning Regret  [ 4:37 ]
10. Dead Feelings  [ 3:33 ]
11. Dear God  [ 5:17 ]

 

For more information go to www.facebook.com/TheGuessingGameBand or www.theguessinggameband.com.

Sevendust Band Promo 2014March 24, 2014 — SEVENDUST has announced the second leg of their “An Evening With Sevendust” acoustic U.S. tour, which kicks off April 1 in Athens, GA at the Georgia Theatre. They’re hitting the road to promote their long-awaited and highly-anticipated acoustic album, TIME TRAVELERS & BONFIRES, which will be released April 15 on 7Bros. Records, in conjunction with ADA Label Services.

For TIME TRAVELERS & BONFIRES, the Atlanta band–Lajon Witherspoon (vocals), Morgan Rose (drums/vocals), Clint Lowery (guitar/vocals), John Connolly (guitar/vocals) and Vince Hornsby (bass/vocals)—took suggestions from fans about which SEVENDUST classics they should re-record acoustically. The final choices that made the cut are: “Black,” “Gone,” “Denial,” “Karma,” “Trust,” and “Crucified.”

“Black” is the album’s first single, which is already getting spins on SiriusXM’s “Octane” channel, is currently available on iTunes. Pre-orders are also available on iTunes and Amazon.

On Friday, November 22, 2013, SEVENDUST partnered with PledgeMusic for a direct-to-fan campaign to help fund the creation of TIME TRAVELERS & BONFIRES and was set to last a 130 days. Over the course of that first weekend, they reached their goal thanks to their “Family” of fans who had received the exciting news solely from the band’s and band member’s personal Facebook and Twitter sites. SEVENDUST has always said they consider their fans to be part of the SEVENDUST Family, and they certainly proved their love and devotion for the band with the immediate response to the PledgeMusic opportunity.

Even though there are still seven days left of the campaign, SEVENDUST has raised over 222% of their goal with over 3,400 pledges. Exclusive incentives that are still available include a digital download of the album before its available anywhere, autographed T-shirts, a “Making Of” DVD, as well as autographed guitars, amps, stage backdrops and cymbals that have been used on tour.

In radio news, SEVENDUST will guest on the nationally syndicated radio show, “Rockline,” with host Bob Coburn on Monday, April 14 at 8:30pm PT/11:30pm ET. Fans are encouraged to speak with the band that night by calling 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). For a list of stations and for information regarding how fans can hear the broadcast streaming live, go to www.RocklineRadio.com. The show will be streamed on the Rockline website for two weeks beginning the evening after the broadcast.

Check out SEVENDUST at any of the following stops.

DATE            CITY                VENUE

Tue 4/1         Athens, GA             Georgia Theatre
Wed 4/2      Destin, FL                Club LA
Fri 4/4       Houston, TX             Scout Bar
Sat 4/5       Dallas, TX                  Trees
Sun 4/6     Austin, TX                   Emo’s
Tue 4/8     Tempe, AZ                   Marquee
Thu 4/10   El Cajon, CA              Sycuan Casino
Fri 4/11   Los Angeles, CA          House Of Blues
Sat 4/12   Las Vegas, NV           Vinyl at Hard Rock
Sun 4/13   Reno, NV                     Knitting Factory
Wed 4/16  Sacramento, CA       Ace Of Spades
Fri 4/18     Seattle, WA                 El Corazon
Sat 4/19   Portland, OR               Hawthorne Theatre
Sun 4/20   Boise, ID                      Knitting Factory
Mon 4/21  Salt Lake City, UT   The Complex
Tue 4/22    Denver, CO                Gothic Theatre
Thu 4/24   Kansas City, MO      The Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
Fri 4/25       Joliet, IL                    Mojoes
Sat 4/26    Madison, WI            Orpheum
Mon 4/28   Detroit, MI              Royal Oak Music Theatre
Tue 4/29    Cincinnati, OH       Bogart’s
Wed 4/30    Louisville, KY      Mercury Ballroom
Fri 5/2        Baltimore, MD       Sound Stage
Sat 5/3    Washington, DC      The Howard Theatre
Sun 5/4     New York, NY        Highline Ballroom
Tue 5/6     Hartford, CT          Webster Theatre
Thu 5/8     Patchogue, NY     Emporium
Fri 5/9      Portland, ME          Asylum
Sat 5/10   Philadelphia, PA  Electric Factory
Tue 5/27  St. Louis, MO         Pop’s
Thu 5/29   Mt. Pleasant, MI   Soaring Eagle Casino (with Staind, NOT ACOUSTIC)
Fri 5/30   South Bend, IN    Club Fever
Sat 5/31  Ft. Wayne, IN      Piere’s
Sun 6/1  Cleveland, OH      House Of Blues
Tue 6/3   Lancaster, PA     Chameleon Club
Wed 6/4  Boston, MA         Paradise
Fri 6/6    Albany, NY          Upstate Concert Hall
Sat 6/7   Stroudsburg, PA   Sherman Theatre
Sun 6/8   Sayreville, NJ        Starland Ballroom (LOW DOUGH)
Wed 6/11 Green Bay, WI    The Distillery
Thu 6/12   Arlington Heights, IL    Home Bar
Fri 6/13    Minneapolis, MN     POV’s
Sat 6/14    Milwaukee, WI     The Rave
Sun 6/15    Bloomington, IL    Castle Theatre
Tue 6/17   Oklahoma City, OK    Diamond Ballroom
Wed 6/18   Abilene, TX        The Lucky Mule
Thu 6/19   Beaumont, TX      The Gig
Fri 6/20    Broussard, LA     The Station
Sat 6/21   Tunica, MS           Horseshoe Tunica/Bluesville
Mon 6/23   Nashville, TN   Marathon Music Works
Wed 6/25   Columbus, OH    LC Pavilion
Thu 6/26    Flint, MI              The Machine Shop
Fri 6/27    Rochester, NY    Water Street Music Hall
Sat 6/28    Kent, CT             Club Getaway Resort

My Chemical Romance May Death Never Stop You Album CoverMarch 25. 2014–My Chemical Romance‘s May Death Never Stop You is out today. The final chapter of the band’s decade-plus career features fan favorites such as “I’m Not Okay (I Promise),” “Helena,” “The Ghost Of You,” “Teenagers,” and “Sing,” among many others, as well as the previously unreleased “Fake Your Death.”

May Death Never Stop You is available as a Standard Digital Album (audio only) and as a Digital Deluxe Album (with audio and DVD content). It is also available as a standard CD (excluding the DVD content); as a Physical Deluxe edition that includes the DVD; as an 180-gram vinyl two-LP set with a gatefold sleeve, plus the DVD; and as a DTC package, which includes a “Thank You For The Venom” T-shirt. The MCR Online Exclusive Edition can be purchased today at www.mychemicalromance.com.

The track-listing for May Death Never Stop You is as follows:

CD:
1. Fake Your Death
2. Honey, This Mirror Isn’t Big Enough For The Two Of Us
3. Vampires Will Never Hurt You
4. Helena
5. You Know What They Do To Guys Like Us In Prison
6. I’m Not Okay (I Promise)
7. The Ghost Of You
8. Welcome To The Black Parade
9. Cancer
10. Mama
11. Teenagers
12. Famous Last Words
13. Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)
14. SING
15. Planetary (GO!)
16. The Kids From Yesterday
17. Skylines And Turnstiles (Demo)
18. Knives/Sorrow (Demo)
19. Cubicles (Demo)

DVD (2 Hours of Never Before Seen Music Video Footage):
20. I’m Not OK (I Promise) Version 1
21. I’m Not OK (I Promise) Version 2
22. Helena
23. The Ghost Of You
24. Welcome To The Black Parade
25. Famous Last Words
26. I Don’t Love You
27. Teenagers
28, Blood (previously unreleased)
29. Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na) and Art Is A Weapon (trailer)
(includes previously unreleased Na Na Na intro)
30. SING
31. Planetary (GO!)

 

Fan Republic LogoLONDON, FEBRUARY 5, 2014 – Island Records and Indiegogo have announced an innovative partnership, launching “Fan Republic” as the first collaboration of its kind between a music label and a crowdfunding platform. The partnership will provide a new place to discover and support emerging artists worldwide.
Fan Republic will be a crowdfunding destination powered by “Indiegogo Outpost” and hosted by Island Records, which uniquely offers exclusive rewards for artists who reach or exceed their funding targets. These will include deals and discounts negotiated by Island Records on everything from studio rates to video production and van rental. Island Records is one of the first companies to utilize the recently announced Indiegogo Outpost feature that enables companies to host Indiegogo campaigns on their own websites.
Emerging artists using Fan Republic will also have the chance to connect directly with the highly respected Island Records A&R team, who will be evaluating all projects which reach their funding targets.
Island Records President Darcus Beese says, “A&R is the life blood of Island Records and we also have a great track record of innovation in the digital space. There are many ways for artists to take the first steps in their careers and the crowdfunding route is increasingly one of them. Fan Republic shows our commitment to finding and nurturing great new talent, alongside our partners Indiegogo through their globally respected crowdfunding platform.”
To celebrate the site’s launch, Island Records is offering the incentive of a single release.  The winner will be selected by the A&R team from all the artists who reach their funding target within the first six months from launch–guaranteeing that at least one artist will get an Island Records release as the site gets underway.
Island Records Director of Digital Glenn Cooper says, “We are very excited about the launch of the Fan Republic partnership with Indiegogo. Crowdfunding is an important part of the digital marketing plot for many emerging artists and a great way to build a mutually beneficial relationship with their most engaged fans.”
 
The legendary Abbey Road Studios, a key Fan Republic partner, is also offering to mix and master a single via their world-class online service, for one lucky artist who successfully funds their campaign.
“Our Fan Republic partnership with Island Records is the latest example of how Indiegogo is committed to innovations and collaborations that harness the power of our open and global platform to help people fund what matters to them,” said Slava Rubin, Founder and CEO of Indiegogo.
Fan Republic powered by Indiegogo Outpost has the lowest administration costs of any music crowdfunding platform at 4%. Additional Fan Republic partners for launch include the following: Miloco Studios, Tiger Tours and Crossfire Productions.

Volbeat Trivium Digital Summer Tour 2014February 10.2014–Digital Summer has confirmed they are headed out on a U.S. national tour with Grammy Nominee Volbeat and metal heavy hitters Trivium this Spring. The tour kicks off in Denver, CO on April 3rd, 2014. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster for the following dates:

4/03  Denver, CO
4/04  Mescalero, NM
4/06  Anaheim, CA
4/08  Modesto, CA
4/09  Reno, NV
4/10   Medford, OR
4/11    Spokane, WA
4/13   Boise, ID
4/14   Seattle, WA
4/15   Missoula, MT
4/17   Fargo, ND
4/18   LaCrosse, WI
4/19   Clive, IA
4/21   Ft. Wayne, IN
4/22   Cleveland, OH
4/23   Louisville, KY
4/27   Chattanooga, TN
4/28   Nashville, TN
4/30   Pittsburgh, PA
5/01    Bethlehem, PA
5/05   Niagara Falls, NY
5/06   Poughkeepsie, NY
5/08   Huntington, NY
5/09   Hampton Beach, NH

Digital Summer will also be announcing a few additional one-off dates, both festival and headline shows. So far “Welcome to Rockville” in Jacksonville, FL on April 26th, 2014 is among one of the festivals Digital Summer has already confirmed. Following the tour announcement, the band recently signed on 13 year old YouTube drummer Austin Rios of Elk City, OK and guitar player Derek Kleoppel of Kansas City, MO. Kyle states “Austin is no gimmick, this kid is the real deal. He shocked us and he’s going to shock a lot of people very soon”. Digital Summer is known for their unconventional style of business and marketing, this member line-up proves to be right along those lines.

In other news, the band has recently stated they’ve been in the studio working on new material and possibly a Deluxe Edition release of their current studio album Breaking Point, which features their chart breaking radio hit “Forget You”. No release dates have been announced.

Soundtrack Of Summer Tour 2014February 4, 2014 – Combined, they’ve sold over 250 million albums worldwide.  They’ve had 36 #1 and Top 10 smash hit singles that are still being spun on Classic Rock radio over 500,000 times every year.  They’ve performed thousands of concerts worldwide to countless crowds.  Now it’s time for three of the most legendary names in rock to come together for a massive U.S. Summer tour.
STYX and FOREIGNER, with very special guest DON FELDER (former Eagles guitarist/songwriter) will join forces for the “The Soundtrack of Summer” three-month U.S. trek, which will kick-off May 16 in Oklahoma City, OK at the Zoo Amphitheatre.  Tickets for various cities go on sale starting February 7.  Fans can check out the tour’s official website, for info about all three acts, ticket on-sale dates, and more shows that will be announced in the coming weeks.
“The addition of Don Felder to ‘The Soundtrack of Summer’ tour means that the combined album sales of all 3 acts, as well as all the bands they were once members of, is well north of 200 million worldwide,” declares STYX guitarist/singer James “JY” Young “Certainly by this yardstick, ‘The Soundtrack of Summer’ has got to easily be in the Top Ten three-act concert tours to ever hit the road.  ‘Renegade’ ‘Juke Box Heroes’ partying at the ‘Hotel California’ will be your slammin’ soundtrack of a rockin’ hot summer!!!  What more could you ask for after this crazy cold winter we are having???” 
“As longtime friends, we’re happy to join STYX and DON FELDER for the ultimate soundtrack of summer,” says FOREIGNER founding member and lead guitarist Mick Jones“Our combined songs are some of America’s favorite summer anthems, and we’re excited to be bringing them to our fans across the country.”
“This tour will have the best vocalists and guitarists on the road today,” exclaims DON FELDER “The sheer volume of our combined catalogs is massive and should satisfy any rock & roll fan, and rock them until they can’t walk out of the place.”
DON FELDER–former guitarist of the EaglesNew York Times best-selling author and four-time Grammy® Award winner—released his second solo album (and first since 1983), ROAD TO FOREVER, on October 9, 2012 and has been on tour throughout the U.S. ever since.  Now, to coincide with the launch of “The Soundtrack of Summer,” the album is being re-released with four additional songs, ROAD TO FOREVER: EXTENDED EDITION, on March 4 via INGrooves Music Group.  The album’s latest single, “You Don’t Have Me,” will be serviced to radio in April.  FELDER’s ROAD TO FOREVER originally debuted on Billboard’s “Heatseekers” chart at #27.  “Girls In Black,” the album’s first single, reached the Top 30 on the Mediabase Rock chart while the second single, “Wash Away,” co-written by FELDER and Styx’s Tommy Shaw and featuring Shaw’s signature vocal sound, quickly jumped to #4 on the Mediabase Classic Rock chartFELDER wrote or co-wrote all the songs and performs guitar and lead vocals on the album, which boasts a long list of iconic guest performers including:  David Crosby, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills, Steve Lukather, David Paich and Steve Porcaro of Toto, Randy Jackson, Styx’s Tommy Shaw and others. It was produced by FELDER along with Robin DiMaggio (Posse 2.0 bandleader on the “Arsenio Hall Show,” United Nations’ Musical Director).
Spawned from a Chicago basement in the early ‘70s, STYX would eventually transform into the virtual arena rock prototype by the late ’70s and early ’80s, due to a fondness for big rockers and soaring power ballads.  Over the course of their 38-year career they’ve released 15 studio albums, six best-of compilations and four live albums, garnering eight Top Ten singles. STYX has sold over 30 million albums worldwide.  Throughout their illustrious career, they’ve performed more live shows since 1999 than all of the previous years of its career combined.  Two Super Bowl appearances, Pollstar box office chart-topping tours with Def Leppard, Journey, Boston, REO Speedwagon and Bad Company (to name only a few), two more studio albums and no end in sight, STYX continues to conquer the planet, one venue at a time.
With ten multi-platinum albums and sixteen Top 30 hits, FOREIGNER is universally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world with a formidable musical arsenal that continues to propel sold-out tours and album sales, now exceeding 75 million.  Responsible for some of rock and roll’s most enduring anthems including “Juke Box Hero,” “Cold as Ice,” “Feels Like The First Time,” “Urgent,” “Head Games,” “Say You Will,” “Dirty White Boy,” “Long, Long Way From Home,” and the worldwide #1 hit, “I Want To Know What Love Is,” FOREIGNER continues to rock the charts more than thirty years into the game.  JUKE BOX HEROES, a new compilation of digitally recorded Foreigner hits, spent over twenty weeks on Billboard’s “Top 200 Albums” chart in 2013.  The 2008 NO END IN SIGHT album re-entered the Billboard “Top 200 Albums” chart, joining JUKE BOX HEROES in July 2013.  Additionally, JUKE BOX HEROES spent most of 2013 in the Nielsen SoundScan “Top 200 Catalog” chart.  It rose to #4 in that chart in September, an astonishing feat that allowed FOREIGNER’s catalog sales that week to eclipse those of AC/DC, Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones, Queen, Van Halen and most of their Classic Rock peers (Source: Nielsen SoundScan Top 200, September 15, 2013).
Check out “The Soundtrack of Summer” tour at any of the following stops (with more to be added in the coming weeks).  DON FELDER hits the stage at 7:00pm at every stop.  STYX and FOREIGNER will alternate closing slots as listed below.
DATE               CITY                             VENUE                                                 CLOSER
Fri 5/16             Oklahoma City, OK        Zoo Amphitheatre                                  FOREIGNER
Sat 5/17            Grand Prairie, TX           Verizon Theatre                                     FOREIGNER
Sun 5/18           Houston, TX                  Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion             STYX
Tue 5/20            Clearwater, FL               Ruth Eckerd Hall                                   FOREIGNER
Thu 5/22            Estero, FL                     Germain Arena                                      STYX
Fri 5/23             St. Augustine, FL          St. Augustine Amphitheatre                    STYX
Sat 5/24            Atlanta, GA                   Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre               STYX
Sun 5/25           Orange Beach, AL         The Wharf                                             FOREIGNER
Thu 5/29            Tuscaloosa, AL             Tuscaloosa Amphitheatre                       STYX
Fri 5/30             Simpsonville, SC           Charter Amphitheatre                             FOREIGNER
Sat 5/31            Charlotte, NC                PNC Music Pavilion                              FOREIGNER
Sun 6/1             Virginia Beach, VA        Farm Bureau Amphitheatre                     STYX
Thu 6/5             Cincinnati, OH               Horseshoe Casino                                 STYX
Fri 6/6               Chicago, IL                   FirstMerit Bank Pavilion                         STYX
Sat 6/7              Maryland Hts., MO        Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre               STYX
Sun 6/8             Kansas City, MO           Starlight Theatre                                    STYX
Thu 6/19            Boston, MA                  Blue Hills Bank Pavilion                      FOREIGNER
Fri 6/20             Bristow, VA                   Jiffy Lube Live                                      FOREIGNER
Sat 6/21            Big Flats, NY                Summer Stage                                      FOREIGNER
Mon 6/23          Verona, NY                   Turning Stone Casino                            STYX
Fri 6/27             Mashantucket, CT          Foxwoods Resort Casino                      STYX
Sat 6/28            Wantagh, NY                 Nikon Jones Beach Theater                    FOREIGNER
Fri 7/4               Scranton, PA                Toyota Pavilion                                     FOREIGNER
Sat 7/5              Bangor, ME                  Darlings Waterfront                               STYX
Sun 7/6             Gilford, NH                   Bank of NH Pavilion                              STYX
Wed 7/9            Canandaigua, NY          Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center     FOREIGNER
Thu 7/10            Detroit, MI                     Freedom Hill Amphitheater                     FOREIGNER
Thu 7/17            Minneapolis, MN           Target Center                                        FOREIGNER
Fri 7/18             Walker, MN                   Moondance Jam                                   STYX
Tue 7/22            Denver, CO                   Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre                 FOREIGNER
Wed 7/23          Salt Lake City, UT          USANA Amphitheatre                            STYX
Fri 7/25             Las Vegas, NV              Orleans Arena                                       STYX
Sat 7/26            Los Angeles, CA           Greek Theatre                                        FOREIGNER
Sun 7/27           Santa Barbara, CA         Santa Barbara Bowl                               FOREIGNER
Winery Dogs Special EditionJanuary 21, 2014 — THE WINERY DOGSMike Portnoy (drums), Billy Sheehan (bass) and Richie Kotzen (lead vocals, guitars)— is getting 2014 started with a new round of tour dates and the release of two new special versions of their self-titled and self-produced debut album that debuted in the Top 10 on various Billboard charts.
Set for release in April, THE WINERY DOGS SPECIAL EDITION will be comprised of two-CDs.  Disc 1 is the standard album and Disc 2 is entitled UNLEASHED IN JAPAN 2013, comprised of 10 songs recorded live in Japan during their July ’13 tour including “Criminal,” a track previously unavailable in the U.S., along with a 16-page booklet of live photos and lyrics.  A deluxe package for die-hard fans will be released simultaneously.  DOG TREATS: THE WINERY DOGS DELUXE SPECIAL EDITION will be sold in a box resembling a box of dog treats, and will include the SPECIAL EDITION collection of music, a DVD featuring four music videos and interview footage, demos from the original recording sessions, a “studio diary” written by Mike Portnoy, as well as some unique merchandise unavailable elsewhere.
After THE WINERY DOGS was originally released on July 23, 2013 on Loud & Proud Records, it debuted on Billboard’s “Top Alternative Albums” chart at #3, “Top Independent Albums” chart at #4, “Top Rock Albums” chart at #5, “Top Internet Albums” at #8 and “Top 200 Albums” chart at #27.
It also landed on numerous “Top 10 Albums of 2013” lists, including the prestigious “2013 Pazz & Jop” critic’s poll in New York City’s Village Voice, EddieTrunk.com (#1), MetalExiles.com (#1), Examiner.com (#1), ZoiksOnline.com (#1), Hardrockhaven.net (#3), AmpsAndGreenScreens.com (#3), GuitarWorld.com (#6), BraveWords.com (#6), VintageRock.com (#8), ClassicRockRevisited.com (#17).  The album’s first single, “Elevate,” was the #1 Most Played song of 2013 on WDHA-FM in New Jersey and it reached the Top 20 on Mediabase’s “Mainstream Rock Tracks” chart.
The four videos that have been released (“Time Machine,” the latest single currently being serviced to radio, “Elevate,” “I’m No Angel” and “Desire”) have garnered over 1.5 million views on their official YouTube page.
Check out THE WINERY DOGS at any of the following U.S. tour stops (with more dates to be added in the coming weeks):
DATE               CITY                                         VENUE
3/25                  New York, NY                           B.B. King Blues Club and Grill
3/26                  New York, NY                           B.B. King Blues Club and Grill
3/27                  Chicago, IL                               Arcata Theatre
 

Fort Rock 2014 Monster EnergyJanuary 24, 2014–Monster Energy’s Fort Rock—Southwest Florida’s biggest rock festival—returns to JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Florida for its second year on Saturday, April 26 with a stellar rock lineup featuring co-headlining superstars Korn, Rob Zombie, and Five Finger Death Punch, along with Seether, Theory of a Deadman, Black Stone Cherry, Sick Puppies, Trivium, Skindred, The Pretty Reckless, KYNG, Nothing More, Twelve Foot Ninja, and more.

5FDP is incredibly excited to be part of the kickoff of the World’s Loudest Month,” says Five Finger Death Punch’Jeremy Spencer. “Having already ‘rocked’ Rockville, this will be our first time bringing it to Fort Myers. We are blessed to have so many fans in Florida that made it possible for the band to step up as a festival headliner standing beside giants like Korn and Rob Zombie! Thank you, Florida. See you all soon!”

The festival is offering a special discounted ticket pre-sale from January 28-30. During the pre-sale, a limited number of discounted general admission tickets will be available for purchase for the following prices (plus fees):

  • Papa Roach at FORT ROCK 2013

    Papa Roach at FORT ROCK 2013

    Tuesday, January 28: $29.50

  • Wednesday, January 29: $39.50
  • Thursday, January 30: $45.50

To obtain a password for access to the ticket pre-sale for Monster Energy’s Fort Rock, listen to your local Fort Myers rock radio station, or visit www.RevolverMag.com or www.FloridaWeekly.com.

Regularly priced General Admission and VIP tickets for Monster Energy’s Fort Rock go on sale Friday, January 31 at 10:00 AM ET at www.FortRockFestival.com and all Ticketmaster outlets. General Admission tickets start at $49.50 and VIP tickets start at $99.50, with ticket prices increasing on February 10. In addition, select Pita Pit locations will be selling General Admission tickets for $50, with no service fees. A limited number of discounted GA military tickets will be available for just $29 via www.govx.com. Visit www.FortRockFestival.com for full details.

“After a great first year, we couldn’t be more excited to return to JetBlue Park with an amazing band lineup and fantastic partners,” says Monster Energy’s Fort Rock co-producer Clay Busch of Danny Wimmer Presents.

Monster Energy’s Fort Rock is the kickoff event to a series of festivals produced by Danny Wimmer Presents and AEG Live, that also includes the massively successful Rock On The Range, and Carolina Rebellion festivals. Monster Energy’s Fort Rock is also part of the Florida kickoff—along with Monster Energy’s Welcome To Rockville in Jacksonville—of the World’s Loudest Month. The World’s Loudest Month was created in partnership by AEG Live and Danny Wimmer Presents and features the biggest names in rock music performing in six distinct concert atmospheres across the country on five consecutive weekends.

JetBlue Park is the spring training home of the 2013 World Champion Boston Red Sox, located at 11500 Fenway South Drive in Fort Myers, Florida.

Monster Energy’s Fort Rock is proud to be sponsored by Monster Energy, Jack Daniel’s, Jägermeister, and f.y.e.

Fort Rock 2014 flyer For more info visit: www.FortRockFestival.com and be sure to like the Fort Rock Festival Facebook page for all the latest updates.

 

Sevendust Band Promo 2012January 23, 2014 — SEVENDUST didn’t waste any time getting 2014 started the best way they know how:  being holed up in the recording studio to create their long-awaited and highly-anticipated acoustic album.   TIME TRAVELERS & BONFIRES will be released in April on 7Bros. Records, in conjunction with ADA Label Services.  On April 1, they’ll hit the road for their first U.S. headlining tour of the year, entitled “An Evening With Sevendust,” which kicks off in Athens, GA at the Georgia Theatre.  It’s their first acoustic trek since 2004, when they were touring in support of their second album, SEASONS, and a format their fans have been anxiously awaiting for once again.
The Atlanta band–Lajon Witherspoon (vocals), Morgan Rose (drums/vocals), Clint Lowery (guitar/vocals), John Connolly (guitar/vocals) and Vince Hornsby (bass/vocals)—entered Architekt Studios in Butler, NJ (where they recorded their previous BLACK OUT THE SUN album) at the beginning of the month to record their highly anticipated and much-talked-about acoustic studio album.
It will be a collection of brand new songs, along with re-recorded SEVENDUST classics.  Newly re-recorded songs will include:  “Black,” “Gone,” “Denial,” “Karma,” “Trust,” and “Crucified.”  Six brand new songs have also been written and recorded for the acoustic album.  It’s not the first time SEVENDUST has explored their acoustic side.  Their critically acclaimed SOUTHSIDE DOUBLE-WIDE live acoustic album was released in 2004.  As All Music Guide had praised:  “Fans should invest readily in SOUTHSIDE DOUBLE-WIDE…SEVENDUST’s famously confrontational sound smolders, and damn it if their sensitive side isn’t just as fiery.”
On Friday, November 22, 2013, SEVENDUST partnered with PledgeMusic for a direct-to-fan campaign to help fund the creation of TIME TRAVELERS & BONFIRES and was set to last 130 days.  Over the course of that first weekend, they reached their goal thanks to their “Family” of fans who had received the exciting news solely from the band’s and band member’s personal Facebook and Twitter sites.  SEVENDUST has always said they consider their fans to be part of the SEVENDUST Family, and they certainly proved their love and devotion for the band with the immediate response to the PledgeMusic opportunity.
With over 70 days left in the campaign, SEVENDUST has raised over 155% of their goal with over 2,550 pledges.  Exclusive incentives for pledgers included a digital download of the album before its available anywhere, exclusive updates during the making of the record, signed drumheads and guitar picks, being included in the album’s liner notes, autographed guitars used on tour, and dinner with the band (which was swiped up quick by two very lucky “Family” members).
BLACK OUT THE SUN debuted at #1 on Billboard’s “Top Hard Music Albums” chart, as well as #18 on the “Top 200 Albums” chart, #4 on the “Record Label Independent Current Albums” chart, #5 on the “Top Current Rock Albums” chart, #14 on the “Overall Digital Albums” chart and #17 on the “Top Internet Albums” chart.
Later this month, SEVENDUST will be aboard the ShipRocked 2014 cruise, along with Five Finger Death Punch, Papa Roach, Three Days Grace, In This Moment, Tremonti, Black Stone Cherry, and many others.  The ultimate rock music cruise vacation onboard the Norwegian Pearl will depart from the Port Of Miami and will visit Great Stirrup Cay–a private island in the Bahamas–during the January 26-30 excursion.  A limited number of staterooms for the ShipRocked 2014 experience are still available at www.ShipRocked.com.
Here is the official track listing of TIME TRAVELERS & BONFIRES:
1. Come Down
2. Under It All
3. The Wait
4. Upbeat Sugar
5. One Life
6. Bonfire
7. Gone
8. Denial
9. Trust
10. Crucified
11. Karma
12. Black
Check out SEVENDUST at any of the following stops.
DATE               CITY                             VENUE
Tue 4/1             Athens, GA                   Georgia Theatre
Wed 4/2            Destin, FL                     Club LA
Fri 4/4               Houston, TX                   Scout Bar
Sat 4/5              Dallas, TX                      Trees
Sun 4/6             Austin, TX                     Emo’s
Tue 4/8             Tempe, AZ                    Marquee
Thu 4/10            El Cajon, CA                 Sycuan Casino
Fri 4/11             Los Angeles, CA            House Of Blues
Sat 4/12            Las Vegas, NV              Vinyl at Hard Rock
Sun 4/13           Reno, NV                      Knitting Factory
Wed 4/16          Sacramento, CA            Ace Of Spades
Fri 4/18             Seattle, WA                  El Corazon
Sat 4/19            Portland, OR                 Hawthorne Theatre
Sun 4/20           Boise, ID                       Knitting Factory
Mon 4/21           Salt Lake City, UT          The Complex 
Tue 4/22            Denver, CO                    Gothic Theatre
Fri 4/25             Joliet, IL                        Mojoes
Sat 4/26            Madison, WI                  Orpheum 
Mon 4/28           Detroit, MI                     Royal Oak Music Theatre
Tue 4/29            Columbus, OH               Bogart’s
Wed 4/30          Louisville, KY                 Mercury Ballroom
Fri 5/2               Baltimore, MD               Sound Stage
Sat 5/3              Washington, DC            The Howard Theatre
Sun 5/4             New York, NY                Highline Ballroom
Tue 5/6             Hartford, CT                   Webster Theatre
Thu 5/8             Patchogue, NY              Emporium
Fri 5/9               Portland, ME                 Asylum
Sat 5/10            Philadelphia, PA            Electric Factory
For more info visit Sevendust’s Official Website.

WhiteNoiseOwl-EP Album CoverWHITE NOISE OWL

 

Until We Meet Again-EP

 

Away Team Music

 

Rating: 10 out of 10

 

Rarely does a supergroup team with a super-producer and have it result in a finished product that lives up to expectations, but rarely does not equal never… When I first got word last year that former Columbia Recording artist Chris Shy (Aurora Sky/Fear The Clown) would be teaming with Lo-Pro/Ultraspank frontman Pete Murray, I was cautiously optimistic, as we’ve seen these things crash and burn before with even the greatest of musicians.  But there was something different about this pairing, having known Shy‘s penchant for hearing things that take most others a second listen to grasp I was confident that Murray would be the man to take this thing to the next level.  Little did I know that the two would be adding the talents of bassist John Fahnestock (Snot/Amen) and drummer extraordinaire Will Hunt (Evanescence/Device) to the fold, and converging on the famed EastWest Studios to add the final piece of the puzzle in GRAMMY-Winning super-producer Ben Grosse (just about every great artist under the sun); the spawn of this musical marriage becoming White Noise Owl

Bandmembers often say that their band is their family, now I ask you to picture never meeting your family until you were about to be introduced, as a whole, to a worldwide audience.  Sound crazy?  Well as crazy as it sounds, all of this mastery was created by a group of guys who, for the most part, had never even met until they were in the studio!  We always hear of “the band that never was”, in a sense, White Noise Owl is really “the band that never wasn’t”!

Needless to say, I had been eagerly awaiting the final product, and it was well worth the wait!  From the opening chords of “Feed”, we can begin to see what this band is about, a perfect conjugation of early Filter-meets-STP.  Thought we had that already?  Think again!  This would be what we’d get if Army of Anyone had a “do over”.  Murray‘s vocals, combined with an ingenious riff that would make the DeLeo brothers quiver are all you need to beg for them to “Feed” you more! An appetite that is further prompted with the second track “Bomber”, another rocker that displays the mighty talents of these four, all the while wondering if Ben Grosse is having flashbacks to his “Title of Record” sessions. 

Enter “End Over End” and “Are You Breathing”, the final tracks off the EP and one is left with two questions, How the fuck did I not realize what a great set of pipes Pete Murray has until now? And when does the full length album come out?!

As I said before, rare does not equal never; rare is reserved for things like perfect scores on album reviews, happy neighbors of Justin Bieber, and Blue Moons, and it’s only appropriate this Blue Moon has an owl sitting under it, a White Noise Owl!  Mark your calendars for March 11, 2014, the Day of the Owl.

For more info on White Noise Owl visit the band’s Official Website.

 

Scorpions 2013 promoJanuary 16,2014–SCORPIONS fans worldwide can check out the exclusive worldwide premiere of the brand new live performance video for “Holiday” on USA Today.com. The never-before-seen (or heard) video was recorded during the beautifully orchestrated stripped-down concerts that became SCORPIONS’ forthcoming CD/DVD and Blu-Ray release, MTV UNPLUGGED, but does not appear on any configuration of the releases.

Due out in North America on January 21st, material from MTV UNPLUGGED is taken from SCORPIONS’ first-ever “MTV Unplugged” show and features new acoustic versions of their best-loved classic hits, as well as five brand new songs. MTV UNPLUGGED will be available in North America as a deluxe CD + DVD package and as a Blu-Ray, and is being released in 50 countries, a testament to the German band’s iconic status worldwide.

Recorded and filmed on September 11th and September 12th of last year,  SCORPIONS MTV UNPLUGGED was culled from two dynamic acoustic sets at the Lycabettus Theatre in Athens, Greece. The spectacular open-air theatre, situated 300 meters above the city, was an impressive backdrop for the first-ever open-air show in the history of “MTV Unplugged” (the theatre also shares a birth year with SCORPIONS themselves, having been built in 1965.). In other news, SCORPIONS are still in the midst of their epic Farewell World Tour; the tour has been going on for more than three years now. To the delight of their fans there is no end in sight, as to date the band has only played 23 out of the 38 countries planned on the itinerary.

SCORPIONS are Klaus Meine (vocals/guitar), Rudolf Schenker (guitars/vocals), Matthias Jabs (guitars), Pawel Maciwoda (bass) and James Kottak (drums); additional musical support on MTV UNPLUGGED includes contributions from Swedish musicians and producers Mikael Nord Andersson (guitars, mandolin, lap steel, vocals) and Martin Hansen (guitars, harmonica, vocals). The duo is also responsible for the arrangements on MTV UNPLUGGED.

SCORPIONS are one of the most successful international hard rock bands of all time, selling upwards of 75 million records worldwide and playing more than 5,000 concerts in 80+ countries globally. Formed in Germany in 1965, the band has come to be known for their colossal radio and MTV hits “Rock You Like A Hurricane,” “No One Like You” and “Wind Of Change,” as well as their status as international rock ambassadors. VH1 ranked SCORPIONS as the #46 Artist on the “Greatest Artists Of Hard Rock” special, while “Rock You Like A Hurricane” came in at #18 on VH1′s “Greatest Hard Rock Songs”. The band recently received a star on the Hollywood Rock Walk in Los Angeles. To date, the Scorpions have released 18 studio albums and 5 live records.

 

Bad Things Promo 2014January 15, 2014–LA rock band Bad Things - that consists of front man/lead singer Davis LeDuke, bass player Jared Palomar (formerly of Augustana), guitarist Anthony Sanudo, drummer Lena Zawaideh and lead guitarist Shaun White (professional snowboarder/skateboarder) will be releasing their debut, self-titled album January 21st on Warner Bros. Records (iTunes Pre-Order here). The record was produced by Rob Schnapf (Beck, Elliot Smith, The Vines). The lead single “Anybody, ““chugging rock anthem heavy with choirboy backing harmonies” according to Rolling Stone, is now for sale at iTunes and streaming on YouTube and Soundcloud.

Right on the heels of Bad Things‘ release, NBC is set to air “Shaun White: Russia Calling” on January 25th. The special gives an inside look at how the gold-medal-winning snowboarder prepped for the Winter Olympics in Sochi next month in addition to juggling his other commitments, including Bad Things.

Get a taste of what Bad Things are all about live, check out this video from Lollapalooza of the band covering Iggy And The Stooges’ “Search And Destroy” as well as this clip of “Anybody.” Bad Things completed a North American tour of the country last fall that included festival stops at Lollapalooza in Chicago, Osheaga Festival in Montreal and Voodoo Music and Art Experience in New Orleans, which earned the band much deserved acclaim.

Reports from Osheaga were equally as impressive. Canadian media outlet Dose.ca awarded Bad Things with the #1 Most Surprising Moment of the festival, raving about their performance. “Google ‘Bad Things’ and you’ll be inundated with articles that start with the words ‘Shaun White’s band…,’ which is totally misleading, considering how much more there is to these guys” says Dose. “They have great original material and the kind of solid musicianship and stage presence you’d expect from a group that’s been playing together for years.”

Bad Things earned their undeniable chemistry through sheer persistence and – in the case of Zawaideh, guitarist Anthony Sanudo, and lead guitarist Shaun White – a friendship forged in their San Diego hometown that dates back to their teens. In 2014 Bad Things is ready to share their electrifying sound and moving lyrics with the world. With the upcoming self-titled debut release, it’s only the beginning.  “Music is what we do,” Sanudo says. “It is all we can do and all we ever want to do. Though obviously Shaun is pretty good at a couple of other things.” 

For more on Bad Things including Tour Dates, Music, and Merchandise click here.

 

January 14, 2014 – Knoxville, TN death metal band WHITECHAPEL spent most of 2013 touring the world, and they’ve captured it all on film.  As a result, the band accumulated a large amount of live performance and behind-the-scenes backstage footage which they’re ready to turn into a brand new DVD.
This time, WHITECHAPELPhil Bozeman (vocals), Ben Savage (guitar), Zach Householder (guitar), Alex Wade (guitar), Ben Harclerode (drums), Gabe Crisp (bass)–decided to make a DVD after producing the 2013 fan-favorite “Spring Tour Documentary,” which exclusively appeared on the band’s official YouTube page.  What better way to get their devoted fans involved with this new project than a crowdfunding campaign filled with special product offers and ultimate access opportunities?
Says singer Phil Bozeman, “This campaign is not our way of asking for a hand-out, we are simply asking for help from our fans to create a special DVD that will make memories for us all.  Please join us in our Indiegogo campaign to make the best Whitechapel DVD ever!”
Some of the incentives being offered to fans who pledge will include digital downloads of the audio of the DVD, a DVD plus t-shirt, a DVD plus hoodie, a DVD plus poster, signed microphone by Phil Bozeman, and a private screening of the DVD with the band in Knoxville.
Whitechapel’s Indiegogo campaign can be found here: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/whitechapel-dvd.

Devour The Day-Time & Pressure CoverDEVOUR THE DAY


Time And Pressure


Fat Lady Music/Caroline Music

Rating: 10 out of 10



The past year plus has been very kind to the rock world.  We, as critics, have seen an unprecedented amount of high scoring albums pass through the Away-Team.com pages.  Even the harshest of critics [read myself] have been generous with the scores, in contrast to previous years.  Enter 2014; nothing has seemed to change.  Although Time and Pressure from Devour the Day was released digitally in 2013, the band has just released a revamped edition that is available in CD format at all major retailers, and with that garnered themselves a first in this critic’s career, and a feat rarer than a Cubs Championship (sorry guys)… two consecutive perfect scores!!!

Many of you who know me, know that I have been a huge fan and supporter of Egypt Central for some time now.  A fact that was further emphasized in 2011 when the band released “White Rabbit”, and earned one of the few perfect scores I had ever given out at the time.  So it goes without saying that disappointment was an understatement for the way I felt when I heard that the band had broken up after their most successful album.  There  was a silver lining, however, when I learned that Joey “Chicago” Walser and Blake Allison would continue to make music together in the form of Devour The Day.

When I first received the album advance, I was hesitant to open it.  I didn’t want that silver lining to turn to tin foil.  Not that I didn’t have faith in Blake and Joey, after all they are both tremendous musicians in their own right, but let’s be honest with ourselves, many a time bands have broken up and reincarnated with the uber-talented drummer stepping out from behind the kit to become the front man, and it can either go the way of the Foo Fighters or (gulp)  Methods of Mayhem.  Let’s just say I’m thankful that, although it’s not a bad consolation prize, Blake probably won’t be making any sex tapes with Pamela Anderson any time soon!

From the opening seconds of the album we are fully aware of what we are in for.  “Respect” gives you all you need to hear to know that this album’s a winner.  It’s a right out of the gate sampling of Blake’s dynamic vocals, Joey’s blistering guitar, and a seizure-inducing drum track.  Somebody pinch me…

As if it couldn’t get any better, the debut single “Good Man” (which I might add is an acoustic bonus track on this version) immediately springs the most stoic out of their shells into a vocal eruption of “Is there any good left in… meeeeeee…”.  There is no doubt that with all of the sore throats, beverage sales will double after this song is played live (or if you’re like me, anywhere alone).

From there we “Blackout” on a killer blend of Walser and Allison‘s musical mindtrip with a hint of punk.  Highlights along the way include the new single “Move On”, which Allison wrote about the day he was left standing in the Chicago streets after being betrayed by his wife, and his former friend and frontman in a matter of minutes; one that is sure to hit home with Egypt Central fans, both musically and sentimentally.

“Oath”, which has the qualities that you’d expect to hear in a pro sports television lead-up, is a slightly industrial based track that has a backing track reminiscent of Tool‘s version of “No Quarter” and makes for the perfect lead-in to “Reckless”.  This track is that one that every great album has, which masterfully treads that ever-so-fine line between commercial appeal and sellout, and is sure to garner attention from a widespread audience.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention “Handshakes To Fistfights”, along with the questions that it garners for the hardcore EC fans.  It’s a musically brilliant, cryptic betrayal anthem that gets the inquisitive wheels turning, and more importantly, the heads banging.

Lastly the album’s signature ballad, “The Drifter”, a killer track in it’s own right, sets us up to have our asses kicked one last time with the brand new addition to the album “Check Your Head”.  A fitting end in that it’s exactly what should be done to all who do not buy this album!  I can honestly say there is not one hiccup on Time and Pressure, perserverence has paid off and the boys from Devour The Day have hit a home run!  Very Highly Recommended!!!

For more information on Devour the Day, including Tour Dates and to purchase music and merchandise visit the band’s  Official Website.







Shiprocked 2014 logoJanuary 6, 2014–For those looking to join the sold-out ShipRocked 2014, a limited number of staterooms have been released. The ultimate rock music cruise vacation sails roundtrip from the Port Of Miami to Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas from January 26-30 onboard the Norwegian Pearl. The remaining cabins are available on a first come first served basis at www.ShipRocked.com.

In addition, Tremonti (featuring Grammy Award winning guitarist Mark Tremonti), ShipRocked 2010 alumni Black Stone Cherry, and DJ Lippy Rage from Tulsa (spinning late-night) have been added to the power-packed ShipRocked bill.

The ShipRocked band lineup now includes headliners Five Finger Death Punch, along with Papa Roach, Three Days Grace, Sevendust, Candlebox, In This Moment, The Halo Method, Living Colour, Tremonti, Black Stone Cherry, Nonpoint, Love & Death (with Brian “Head” Welch), Aranda, Art of Dying, Young Guns, Crash Kings, Butcher Babies,Scorpion Child, Wilson, American Fangs, Digital Summer, and Andy Wood & The Amalgam.

ShipRocked will also feature two heavy metal-infused frenetic comedy performances from comedian and Saturday Night Live alum Jim Breuer, known for his impersonations of Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne and AC/DC. The 5-day ShipRocked cruise–fueled by Monster Energy–will include a special onboard DJ set by Neil Sanderson of Three Days Grace and a comedy set from Big Jay Oakerson. Rock and roll dance troupe Hells Belles Burlesque  is slated for a pair of performances, and will be offering burlesque workshops during the cruise. In addition, Fuse TV’s “Mistress Juliya” Chernetsky will join Kayla Riley of SiriusXM Radio and Ralph Sutton of Tour Bus Radio as guest emcees for ShipRocked 2014.

As in the past, ShipRocked guests will enjoy multiple performances from every band on different stages, artist meet and greets, Q&A sessions, along with artist-hosted activities including contests, game shows, insane parties, theme nights and more. Onboard, bands will perform on the large outdoor Monster Energy Deck Stage, in the beautiful Stardust Theater, the Crystal Atrium stage, and the Spinnaker Lounge. While in port at Great Stirrup Cay, guests will enjoy unforgettable performances on the island’s Beach Stage.

The fifth ShipRocked cruise will host a full ship of nearly 3,000 guests from 44 states across the U.S. and almost a dozen countries around the world.

Via our friends at BLABBERMOUTH.NET

joeyjordison promo 2013SLIPKNOT has released the following statement:

“To our Maggots and fans around the world,

“It is with great pain but quiet respect that, for personal reasons, Joey Jordison and SLIPKNOT are parting ways. We all wish Joey the best in whatever his future holds.

“We understand that many of you will want to know how and why this has come to be, and we will do our best to respond to these questions in the near future.

“It is our love for all of you, as well as for the music we create, that spurs us to continue on and move forward with our plans for releasing new material in the next year. We hope that all of you will come to understand this, and we appreciate your continued support while we plan the next phase of the future of SLIPKNOT.

“Thank you, The ‘KNOT

Jordison has spent the past few months touring with his new project SCAR THE MARTYR, whose self-titled debut album sold around 3,300 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 129 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was made available on October 1 via Roadrunner Records.

In addition to Jordison and lead vocalist Henry Derek Bonner (BLOOD PROMISE), SCAR THE MARTYR‘s current touring lineup features guitarists Jed Simon (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD) and Kris Norris (DARKEST HOUR), keyboardist Joey Blush and bassist Kyle Konkiel (IN THIS MOMENT).

Guitarist Jim Root revealed earlier in the month that he will sit out STONE SOUR‘s early 2014 tour so that he can concentrate on writing music for the next SLIPKNOT record. A post at STONE SOUR‘s Facebook page stated, “With an impending SLIPKNOT album on the horizon, Jim will not be touring with STONE SOUR this winter . . . It was a difficult decision, but as the fans have wanted another STONE SOUR tour and Jim had responsibilities to the writing process with SLIPKNOT, we feel this is the best decision where everyone wins.”

SLIPKNOT‘s long-awaited fifth album will be its first since 2008′s “All Hope Is Gone” and first since the 2010 death of bassist Paul Gray.

Root and SLIPKNOT singer Corey Taylor spent the better part of the last year on the road with STONE SOUR behind that band’s two-album set, House Of Gold And Bones”.”

Perhaps there is more work on the horizon for Roy Mayorga, a la Ozzy and Tommy Clufetos? Stay tuned to find out…
Read more at http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/slipknot-parts-ways-with-drummer-joey-jordison/#KlxHIR4m0joCKWAg.99

Scorpions 2013 promoDecember 9, 2013–The track listing for legendary international hard rockers SCORPIONS‘ new offering MTV Unplugged has just been revealed. Please see below for the complete list of songs on the CD and DVD. Due out in North America on January 21st, 2014, material from MTV Unplugged is taken from SCORPIONS‘ first-ever “MTV Unplugged” show and features new acoustic versions of their best-loved classic hits, as well as five brand new songs. MTV Unplugged will be available in North America as a deluxe CD + DVD package and as a Blu-Ray. MTV Unplugged is being released in 50 countries, a testament to the German band’s iconic status worldwide.

Recorded and filmed just a few months ago on September 11th and September 12th of this year, SCORPIONS’ MTV Unplugged was culled from two dynamic acoustic sets at the Lycabettus Theatre in Athens, Greece. The spectacular open-air theatre, situated 300 meters above the city, was an impressive backdrop for the first-ever open-air show in the history of “MTV Unplugged” (the theater also shares a birth year with SCORPIONS themselves, having been built in 1965, the same year the band formed). In other news, SCORPIONS are still in the midst of their epic Farewell World Tour; the tour has been going on for more than three years now. To the delight of their fans there is no end in sight, as to date the band has only played 23 out of the 38 countries planned on the itinerary.

SCORPIONS are Klaus Meine (vocals/guitar), Rudolf Schenker (guitars/vocals), Matthias Jabs (guitars), Pawel Maciwoda (bass) and James Kottak (drums); additional musical support on MTV Unplugged includes contributions from Swedish musicians and producers Mikael Nord Andersson (guitars, mandolin, lap steel, vocals) and Martin Hansen (guitars, harmonica, vocals). The duo is also responsible for the arrangements on MTV Unplugged.

SCORPIONS are one of the most successful international hard rock bands of all time, selling upwards of 75 million records worldwide and playing more than 5,000 concerts in 80+ countries globally. Formed in Germany in 1965, the band has come to be known for their colossal radio and MTV hits “Rock You Like A Hurricane,” “No One Like You” and “Wind Of Change,” as well as their status as international rock ambassadors. VH1 ranked SCORPIONS as the #46 Artist on the “Greatest Artists Of Hard Rock” special, while “Rock You Like A Hurricane” came in at #18 on VH1′s “Greatest Hard Rock Songs”. The band recently received a star on the Hollywood Rock Walk in Los Angeles. To date, SCORPIONS have released 18 studio albums and 5 live records.

SCORPIONS MTV Unplugged track listing:
CD:
Sting In The Tail
Can’t Live Without You
The Best Is Yet To Come
Dancing With The Moonlight – new song
Delicate Dance – new song
Love Is The Answer – new song
Follow Your Heart – new song
Send Me An Angel
Where The River Flows
Rock You Like A Hurricane
Rock & Roll Band
Blackout
Still Loving You
Big City Nights
Wind Of Change
No One Like You

DVD:
Sting In The Tail
Can’t Live Without You
Pictured Life
Speedy’s Coming
Born To Touch Your Feelings
The Best Is Yet To Come
Dancing With The Moonlight – new song
In Trance
When You Came Into My Life
Delicate Dance – new song
Love Is The Answer – new song
Follow Your Heart – new song
Send Me An Angel
Where The River Flows
Passion Rules The Game
Rock You Like A Hurricane
Hit Between The Eyes
Drum-Athenica
Rock N’ Roll Band – new song
Blackout
Still Loving You
Big City Nights
Wind Of Change
No One Like You
When The Smoke Is Going Down

Pre-order SCORPIONS MTV Unplugged here: DVD/CD Blu-Ray

Digital Summer Headbanger promo2013December 9, 2013–Maybe you’ve heard or maybe not, but heavy rock band Digital Summer is directly partnered with a national wine brand called Headbanger. With several major distributors and an ever expanding reach, the brand seems to have found its audience in the rock world and beyond. Throughout 2013, Digital Summer has been posting photos, dropping mentions, and even handing out bottles of Headbanger Zinfandel while on tour. As the name grows, so has anticipation of what’s to come. It’s just been released that the band will now be directly involved with the unveiling of the new Headbanger American Gold Whiskey in early 2014. The partnership has proven to be a natural catalyst, as Headbanger is now the Official Wines of Shiprocked 2014! Shiprocked is a 5 day cruise, from January 26-30, promoted heavily on SiriusXM Octane, that goes through the Bahamas with 20+ big names in rock, including Five Finger Death Punch, Three Days Grace, Papa Roach, Digital Summer, and more performing and hanging out on board the ship. The coming year is looking to be all about the headbangers!

(Sonoma, CA) Hoffman Family Cellars announced Dec. 5, 2013 that it plans to unveil Headbanger American Gold Whiskey in early 2014. This comes as an expansion to the brand’s growing Zinfandel focused wine line and partnership with renowned national music artist, Digital Summer. “Having made wines in Sonoma over the past decade, I always dreamed of expanding the Headbanger brand into the spirits and beer categories when the timing was right,” said Paul J. Hoffman, creator of Hoffman Family Cellars Wines & Spirits. “That time is now! Whiskey is growing in record volumes and everyone is looking for innovative brands that are fresh, exciting, and have a serious cool factor that speaks globally.”

Hoffman stated, “In developing any of our wines or spirits we like to work backwards knowing our end brand profile and presentation. It all starts with quality in the bottle therefore we took a winemaking approach to the blend desiring an intriguing aroma, a smooth texture, and a clean/non-burning finish. The result is a golden beauty that has a vanilla aroma, a bright flavor, a refined finished, and a mix-ability unlike any other whiskey so we have appropriately labeled the gem as “American Gold.” The mix-ability element was a key development piece for us as the cocktail application is endless given the color and flavor. Recent testing with mixologists, operators, and consumers found several panelists enjoyed Headbanger as a replacement in classic non-whiskey cocktail versions AND strictly on it’s own. One major Rock and Roll themed operator is already basing their Signature Cocktail around Headbanger, a true statement of validation.”

Kyle Winterstein, partner and creative director for Headbanger is behind the cutting edge packaging for the brand. “As much energy as we put into making the blend, I knew the package had to reflect the quality in the bottle and have a serious wow factor”, said Winterstein. “I wanted this bottle to jump out and let you know it’s not a member of the Old School: This is a Brand New Animal.”

“We’ve built the Digital Summer Band independently to levels many signed artists have yet to achieve. Early days of Guerrilla Marketing in the local market followed by heavy social media efforts allowed us to speak directly to the consumer without all of the stopgaps of the gatekeeper. We currently reach 400,000 people a day through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and I’m excited to flick that switch on for Headbanger and watch it explode. With the Headbanger-Digital Summer partnership we’ve dipped our toes in the water promoting the wine with good success but we’ve been waiting on the American Gold release to go full tilt in both Spirit and Wine Channels. I’m swinging for the fences now,” said Winterstein.

Hoffman Family Cellars owns and makes four wine brands (Headbanger, 401K, Curveball, Atmosphere) and has two tasting rooms, one on The Historic Sonoma Square and the other on Treasure Island in the San Francisco Bay, and an office in Phoenix, AZ. In addition the wine brands, the company has two clothing lines, Napa Valley Surf Club and Keep Sonoma Weird. Headbanger is the official wine sponsor of national recording artist, DIGITAL SUMMER

For more info visit www.drinkheadbanger.com and www.digitalsummer.net