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Wovenwar Band Promo 2014From Metallica‘s gig in Antarctica, to the death of Jeff Hanneman, 2013 was quite an eventful year in the world of rock. In a year filled with the good, the bad, and the downright ugly; perhaps the ugliest incident of that year was the arrest of As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis on allegations that the Grammy-nominated singer attempted to hire a hitman to kill his wife.  With the remaining band members dejected and disgusted with their now admittedly guilty former bandmate, the search was on for a new vocalist, and a new beginning.  Enter the mightily talented Oh, Sleeper guitarist/vocalist Shane Blay, and Wovenwar was born.

Shortly before all of the holiday madness, and on the heels of their killer debut effort, I had the chance to catch up with Shane to talk about everything from speeding in cars-to-speaking in tongues.  So grab a cold one, bang it below, and join us for a look inside the mind of one of metal’s newest rising stars. (You might even find out what that quote is all about that brought you here in the first place!)

Special thanks to Shane Blay for so graciously giving me his time, and to George Vallee at Street Smart for making it all happen.  For more on Wovenwar visit the band’s official website here.

 

  Century Media Records have signed Detroit area tech/nu-metal band, Gift Giver. Formed in the fall of 2012, Gift Giver gained notoriety and repute through their self-released EP, Daddy Issues, and constant touring through the US with acts such as Sworn In, Kublai Khan, Barrier and many more. Appearances at the New England Metal and Hardcore festival, Skate and Surf Fest and Michigan’s own Dirtfest raised their profile even higher, making them one of the most buzzed about bands in the scene. Vocalist Justin Johnson comments:

We are very proud to announce that we have signed to Century Media Records! We’ve got a brand new full length ready and a couple new singles that will be coming out shortly. We busted our asses, dealt with member changes, and other endless amounts of bullshit to make this record happen- and it’s finally ready! It feels good to have a badass label believe in what we are doing and we hope to see all of your support as well! See you guys on the road.”

The band has also been confirmed for this year’s South By So What?! Festival in March and will be touring with Barrier, Villains, Traitors and Adaliah on their way down to the festival.

 Gift Giver recently completed their debut album with Century Media, details on that as well as their first single will be released shortly.

Gift Giver on tour

w/ Barrier, Villains, Traitors and Adaliah

2/28 – Tampa, FL @ Epic Problem 

3/1 – Lake Worth, FL@ Propaganda 

3/2 – Orlando, FL @ BackBooth 

3/3 – Jacksonville, FL @ 1904

3/4 – Ringgold, GA @ Cloud Springs Deli 

3/5 – Troutville, VA @ Inside Out Venue 

3/6 – Taylor, PA @ Underwood Skatepark 

3/7 – Paterson, NJ @ The Wild Bull 

3/8 – Providence, RI @ DV8 

3/9 – Danbury, CT @ Heirloom Arts Theatre

3/10 – New York, NY@ TBA

3/11 – Albany, NY @ Bogies

3/12 – Buffalo, NY @ Broadway Joes 

3/13 – Kent, OH@ The Outpost 

3/14 – Detroit, MI @ The Magic Stick 

3/15 – Crest Hill, IL @ Bada Brew 

3/16 – Cudahy, WI @ The Metal Grill 

3/17 – St. Paul, MN@ Amsterdam Bar and Hall 

3/18 – Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground 

3/19 – Springfield, MO @ The Outland Ballroom

3/20 – Tulsa, OK @ The Vanguard 

Gift Giver are:

Vocals – Justin Johnson

Guitar – Nick Miller

Guitar – Eric Snapper

Bass – Troy Wilson

Drums – Jake O’Shaughnessy

Gift Giver online:

www.facebook.com/giftgivermusic

Daytona International Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Multi-platinum award-winning, American rock star Kid Rock will perform the DAYTONA 500 Budweiser Pre-Race Show, the prelude to the 57th annual “Great American Race” on Sunday, Feb. 22 (1 p.m. – FOX, FOX Deportes, MRN Radio and SiriusXM Radio.)

  Kid Rock will perform several of his hits, including his brand new single “First Kiss,” on pit road of the “World Center of Racing” prior to the start of the DAYTONA 500, the prestigious season-opening event of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. All race fans that purchase a Pre-Race/Sprint FANZONE access pass for the DAYTONA 500 can enjoy Kid Rock‘s DAYTONA 500 Budweiser Pre-Race Show up close, along with driver introductions.

“We’re thrilled to have Kid Rock entertain the thousands of race fans in attendance and the millions more watching on FOX,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. Kid Rock is an avid NASCAR fan and will provide race fans with a spectacular performance leading up to the start of the much anticipated DAYTONA 500.”

 Following his performance, Kid Rock will release his latest studio album First Kiss on Tuesday, Feb. 24.  Fans can pre-order the album now at participating retailers and at KidRock.com.  Kid Rock, whose musical style ranges from hip hop and rock to heavy metal and country, has sold more than 26 million albums worldwide.

 Kid Rock joins a long list of past performers of the DAYTONA 500 Budweiser Pre-Race Show including Luke Bryan, Zac Brown Band, Lenny Kravitz, Brad Paisley, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban and Bon Jovi.

In addition to his concert, a special ticket package designed around Kid Rock has been created that includes a DAYTONA 500 grandstand ticket, Pre-Race/Sprint FANZONE access and VIP area access to Kid Rock’s performance. Packages start at $169. Fans who have already purchased DAYTONA 500 tickets can add Pre-Race/Sprint FANZONE access along with VIP area access for just $104.

For more information on tickets for the 57th annual DAYTONA 500 and Sprint FANZONE/Pre-Race access, race fans can visit http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.

Fans can follow NASCAR on Twitter and stay up to speed on the latest news by using hashtag #DAYTONA500 and #SPEEDWEEKS. Fans can also stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter,Facebook and Pinterest for the latest news all season long. Fans can follow the latest on DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch renovation at the “World Center of Racing” by using #DAYTONARising on Twitter or visiting www.daytonarising.com.

For more information on Kid Rock, visit www.kidrock.com

Warner Bros Records

December 18th, 2014 - As its release date draws closer, we are happy to share more details on Kid Rock’s new album “First Kiss,” due on Top Dog / Warner Bros. Records. The pre-order for the album will start today, December 18th, at all participating retailers and at KidRock.com. The Official Music Store on KidRock.com features exclusive album bundles and all purchasers of “First Kiss” (the album) will be eligible for pre-sale ticket access (after fanclub members) to the 2015 US headlining tour (details forthcoming).  Fans who pre-order the album will get the first single “First Kiss” delivered starting January 6th, when a new music video premieres and the song debuts at radio.  Also starting this week with “First Kiss,” Kid Rock will be sharing the lyrics to a new song from the album every Monday on www.KidRock.com.

On New Year’s Eve, Kid Rock fans are encouraged to share a photo of their first kiss of the new year by posting it to Twitter or Instagram using #KidRockFirstKiss. The best shots will be handpicked to be part of a short video featuring a sneak preview of “First Kiss” on Monday, January 5.  All photos will be on display at kidrock.com/firstkiss beginning on January 1 as long as new ones keep coming in.

The tracklisting for First Kiss is as follows:

1. First Kiss 
2. Good Times, Cheap Wine 
3. Johnny Cash 
4. Ain’t Enough Whiskey 
5. Drinking Beer With Dad 
6. Good Time Lookin’ for Me 
7. Best of Me 
8. One More Song 
9. Jesus and Bocephus

Explicit Bonus Track: 10. FOAD 
Clean Bonus Track: 10. Say Goodbye

Richie Kotzen PromoDecember 8, 2014  Fans of guitarist/singer/songwriter RICHIE KOTZEN anxious to hear new music before his next solo album (details of which are forthcoming) should head over to iTunes, where he just released two new singles, “You” and “Cannibals.”
“You” was co-written by RICHIE’s daughter, August, who appears in the video posted on RICHIE’s official YouTube page.  He explains, “It must have been four years ago and my daughter, who is now 17, was constantly playing this piece of music on the piano.  I finally asked her what it was and she said she just made it up.   I set up the microphones and recorded her playing for about seven minutes.  Years later, I found this on my hard drive and decided to write lyrics to it over this past summer.  The end result is what you see and hear in the video.   It is one of my favorite things I’ve done and I’m happy to have been able to collaborate on music with my daughter.”
“Cannibals” made its debut during his recent three-month solo tour, which started in Europe, taking him through Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Columbia, and Chile, and concluding with a month-long trek of the U.S.  “I did something I’ve never done before on this tour,” RICHIE explains, “which is performing an original composition that has yet to be released.  The only place you could hear the song ‘Cannibals’ was at the show, and it went over quite well with the fans.  Rather than wait to release the song as part of the new album next year, I figured it would be cool to share the studio version now while it’s fresh in the people’s minds who attended my shows.  I was able to collect live footage that was shot during the tour and compile a live video to go along with the song.”  A newly released video can be found on his official YouTube page here.
RICHIE has been touring in support of THE ESSENTIAL RICHIE KOTZEN, which was released September 2 on Loud & Proud Records.  It’s a two-CD and DVD career retrospective set that encompasses this iconic talent’s entire career of his most essential work:  classic material; acoustic performances; bootleg material; and two brand new songs (“War Paint” and “Walk With Me”).  The DVD features music videos, acoustic performances, and bootleg material.
Stay tuned for new RICHIE KOTZEN album news in the coming weeks

Fort Rock 2015

Monster Energy Fort Rock will bring some of the biggest rock bands together Saturday, April 25 at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, FL for its third consecutive year, after selling out last year with 12,500 fans in attendance.

South Florida’s Biggest Rock Festival helps kick off the World’s Loudest Month festival series and will feature performances from Slipknot, Godsmack, Breaking Benjamin, Papa Roach, In This Moment, The Pretty Reckless, Motionless In White, We Are Harlot, Starset, Young Guns, Islander, and more.

The Monster Energy Fort Rock ticket pre-sale begins Tuesday, December 9 (see below for details) at www.FortRockFestival.com.

Slipknot’s Corey Taylor says, “It’s gonna be awesome bringing one of the world’s loudest bands to Fort Rock for the World’s Loudest Month. I hope the fans are ready because we’re coming for EVERYONE.”

“We’re excited to be returning to a great music market in Fort Myers, Florida,” says Clay Busch, Head of Marketing for Danny Wimmer Presents. “The past two years have proven to us that Fort Myers has a hunger for rock. With the help of our amazing regional partners, this year’s lineup will be the biggest show South Florida has ever seen.”

Check out the official Monster Energy Fort Rock announcement video trailer below.

A limited number of discounted General Admission pre-sale tickets for Monster Energy Fort Rock will be available for purchase from Tuesday, December 9 at 10:00 AM ET through Friday, December 12 at 9:59 AM ET.

Pre-sale tickets will be priced as follows (plus fees):

 Tuesday, December 9: $29.50

Wednesday, December 10: $39.50

Thursday, December 11: $49.50

A password for access to the ticket pre-sale can be obtained  via www.FortRockFestival.com, local Fort Myers rock radio stations, www.FloridaWeekly.com and select rock media outlets.

Regularly priced General Admission and VIP tickets go on sale Friday, December 12 at 10:00 AM ET at www.FortRockFestival.com and all Ticketmaster outlets. At that time, tickets will be priced as follows (plus fees):

General Admission: $59.50

General Admission Ticket 4-Pack: $199

VIP: $99.50

Zippo VIP Ticket 2-Pack: $225 (includes 2 commemorative Fort Rock Zippo lighters)

VIP tickets include: a VIP entrance to venue; access to VIP lounge area featuring dedicated bar, beverage and food service; viewing of main stage (seated and standing areas); seated area with shade for dining; private restroom facilities; and a VIP guest laminate.

In addition, select Pita Pit and 3 Pepper Burrito Co. locations will be selling General Admission tickets for $59.50, with no service fees.

A limited number of discounted General Admission tickets will also be available for active military via Monster Energy Fort Rock partner GovX (www.govx.com).

Ticket prices will increase in the coming weeks, so fans are encouraged to buy now and save.

Monster Energy returns as the festival’s title sponsor and will be on site conducting giveaways, hosting Monster Energy artist signings, and offering Monster Energy Drink samples.

Monster Energy Fort Rock is produced by Danny Wimmer Presents and AEG Live and is part of the World’s Loudest Month festival series kick-off. The World’s Loudest Month features the biggest names in rock music performing in eight distinct concert atmospheres across the country in April and May.

2015 sponsors for Monster Energy Fort Rock include Monster Energy, Jack Daniel’s, Jägermeister, Crazy Dave’s Music Experience powered by Musicians Institute, Fxck Cancer, Zippo Encore, Revolver Magazine, Alternative Press, and Loudwire, with more to be announced.

wayne staticThe widow of  recently deceased Static-X frontman Wayne Static, Tera Wray Static, has issued the following statement in which she thanks fans and friends for their support, and angrily slams some of her late husbands peers in the music business (read Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach) for falsely speculating that Wayne passed away due to a drug overdose.

TERA WRAY STATIC: RESPONSE TO THE FANS AND FRIENDS

HOLLYWOOD, CA (November 4, 2014) – The following is an additional response from Tera Wray Static to friends and fans that care about Wayne, as well as posts from Wayne’s peers that are negatively speculating on his cause of death.

“Today is my husband’s birthday and instead of celebrating his 49th year of life, we are grieving his short 48 years. It has come to my attention that many have questions and opinions about the cause of the death of my husband in which I now find is necessary to further respond.

 Wayne was not taking drugs, if anything he was a drinker, and did not OD. The autopsy will be done by this weekend at the soonest, however for some of the test results it will take up to 6 months to get the actual death certificate finalized. I hope that the results I am given will have some insight, but they told me what I will receive this weekend will be deemed incomplete until all tests are back.  

We can all have opinions as to why – We all know that both Wayne and I had abused narcotics with alcohol in the past, which I am sure took a toll on his body, heart and soul. We were packing to travel on tour and were to leave that night, but it was Halloween and we decided to leave in the morning with our animals. I wish we had traveled that night then maybe had he fallen ill we could have gotten to the hospital. I will never know.

I find it disrespectful to our families and myself for negative spins that are being posted. For Wayne’s music peers to take it upon themselves to make comment about us, when they are not part of our daily lives or know us outside of tour and music, just to grab a headline to get themselves at the top of the gossip page is disgusting. This is not about you or what you feel is your expert opinion on people you have no relationship with, so shame on you – Do not act like we liked your band either. Wayne was a good soul and he is gone – That is what we do know. Please show some respect to him and his memory – We thank all that have left kind and positive messages in support of this terrible time – I am sure Wayne misses you too” …… Tera Wray Static.

It looks like the gloves have come off.  Here’s hoping that Tera, the Wells family, Wayne‘s fans, and music peers find peace during these trying times.

Through Space And Grind Tour 2015NAPALM DEATH and VOIVOD will join forces at the end of January for a North American Tour aptly titled THROUGH SPACE AND GRIND.

NAPALM DEATH are set to release, Apex Predator – Easy Meat on January 27 right after they return from the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise and the night THROUGH SPACE AND GRIND starts.  They band had this to say:

“As a celebration of both the unconventional and more straight-out methods of musical attack, I think this tour line-up really hits home. To think that 30 years ago I was marveling at the savage eccentricities of ‘War and Pain’ and now I’m sharing stage / living space with Snake, Away and co…surreal, almost. From Napalm‘s perspective, we’ll bring the overdrive to the spaciness – it’s all going to rage whichever way you slice it.”  -Mark ‘Barney’ Greenway (Napalm Death)

VOIVOD released their latest album, TARGET EARTH in 2013 and took a brief hiatus. They are back with a new bass player and healthy vocal chords!  The guys are ready to bring their original style back to the stage. They had this to say:

“I am psyched to tour North America with Napalm Death, for which I’ve always had a huge respect. We crossed paths over the years and finally we’ll get to unite Voivod‘s spacy Thrash Metal with Napalm‘s Grindcore. A perfect combination!!” Michel ‘Away’ Langevin (Voivod)
Here are the dates and support bands:

 THROUGH SPACE AND GRIND TOUR 2015

Featuring Napalm Death & Voivod

w/ Exhumed, Iron Reagan and Black Crown Initiate

and special guests (on select dates) Ringworm, Dayglo Abortions, Theories and Phobia

1/27/2015            Miami, FL                             Grand Central*

1/28/2015            St Petersburg, FL              State Theater*

1/29/2015            Atlanta, GA                         Masquerade*

1/30/2015            Winston-Salem, NC         Ziggy’s*

1/31/2015            Baltimore, MD                   Soundstage*

2/2/2015              New York, NY                    Gramercy Theater*

2/3/2015              Philadelphia, PA               Union Transfer*

2/4/2015              Toronto, ON                       Opera House

2/5/2015              Ottawa, ON                        Maverick’s

2/6/2015              Montreal, QC                     Club Soda

2/7/2015              Worcester, MA                Palladium*

2/8/2015              Poughkeepsie, NY           The Chance Theater*

2/9/2015              Cleveland, OH                   Agora Ballroom*

2/10/2015            Chicago, IL                           Reggie’s*

2/11/2015            Minneapolis, MN             Amsterdam*

2/12/2015            Winnipeg, MB                   The Zoo

2/13/2015            Regina, SK                           The Exchange

2/14/2015            Calgary, AB                            Republik

2/15/2015            Edmonton, AB                   Starlite Room

2/17/2015            Vancouver, BC                  Rickshaw Theater**

2/18/2015            Seattle, WA                        Studio 7 #

2/19/2015            Portland, OR                      Hawthorne Theater

2/20/2015            Oakland, CA                       Metro ##

2/21/2015            Fresno, CA                          Strummers ##

2/22/2015            Los Angeles, CA                House Of Blues 

2/23/2015            Tempe, AZ                          Club Red ##

2/24/2015            Albuquerque, NM           Sunshine Theater ##

2/25/2015            Denver, CO                         Summit Music Hall ##

2/26/2015            Lawrence, KS                     Granada Theater ##

2/27/2015            Dallas, TX                             Gas Monkey ##

2/28/2015            Houston, TX                       Fitzgerald’s ##

 

* = RINGWORM

**=Dayglo Abortions

#= Theories

##= Phobia

For more info visit the Official Websites of Napalm Death and Voivod

2014-07-08 Goo Goo Dolls JB-0073November 3rd, 2014 – The Goo Goo Dolls are excited to be partnering once again with LA’s Good Shepherd Shelter and playing a very special benefit event at The Troubadour on December 15th. All proceeds from the show will go directly to the Shelter, and all ticket buyers are also encouraged to bring a new unwrapped toy for collection to the show. Tickets for the event are $40 and go on sale November 7th.

The Good Shepherd Shelter has an extensive history dedicated to helping women and girls who have been abused or exploited in their life situations. Their mission is “to stop the generational cycle of domestic violence by providing individualized, comprehensive services and shelter to battered women and their children and by raising the level of community awareness through advocacy and education,” through tools like their separate family apartment units, education and schooling options for children and adults, therapeutic services, and legal advocacy, all on site. They are online at http://www.goodshepherdshelter.info/ and via phone at (323)737-6111.

 

neil young storytone coverStorytone has 10 brand new compositions recorded live in the studio, some with a 92-piece orchestra, choir and Young, some with a 60-piece orchestra, and three with a big band. Configurations include a Standard Edition that features the 10 orchestral song versions of Storytone and a Deluxe Edition containing additional solo studio versions by Young of all songs. A 180gram Double Vinyl pressing, which will be released on December 16th, will feature both orchestral and solo studio versions of the album.

Those who order the Double CD Edition, 180g Deluxe Double Vinyl Edition, or the PonoMusic Deluxe Edition from the Neil Young Official Store will receive immediate download of both albums.

Bundles featuring the Deluxe Album and a heavy stock lithograph featuring Storytone artwork by Neil Young are available exclusively in the Neil Young Official Store.

Neil will be releasing a live video of each song as he recorded them (in the studio with an orchestra, choir and big band) on Neil‘s Facebook Page every day this week. Check out the page to watch Storytone in its entirety.

World's Loudest Month LogoThe dates for the 2015 World’s Loudest Month festival series have been revealed, including the addition of the new Northern Invasion festival outside Minneapolis/St. Paul.

Created by AEG Live, Danny Wimmer Presents and RockHouse Presents, The World’s Loudest Month features the biggest names in rock music performing in eight distinct U.S. concert atmospheres in April and May. Last year saw new attendance highs for the World’s Loudest Month festivals, with more than 368,000 fans turning out to see over 150 bands perform, proving that the hunger for rock and metal music in America is growing.

In addition to the already established festivals taking place in Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, and Missouri, the World’s Loudest Month creators are proud to introduce the newest addition to the series, Northern Invasion, which will bow as a one day, multi-stage camping festival just outside the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN.

The 2015 World’s Loudest Month festival dates and locations are as follows:

Monster Energy Fort Rock: April 25 in Fort Myers, FL

Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville: April 25 & 26 in Jacksonville, FL

Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion: May 2 & 3 in Concord, NC

Northern Invasion: May 9 in Somerset, WI

Rock On The Range: May 15, 16 & 17 in Columbus, OH

Rocklahoma: May 22, 23 & 24 in Pryor, OK

River City Rockfest: May 24 in San Antonio, TX

RockFest: May 30 in Kansas City, MO

 

“With each passing year we continue to work hard to bring something special to the rock fans around the country and to make it easy and convenient for them to attend our events,” comments Joe Litvag, co-executive producer of the WLM series for AEG Live“That was the reason behind starting Northern Invasion in the upper Midwest.  There is such a tremendous community of rock fans in places like Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North and South Dakota, and nothing was all that convenient for them.  So, we thought, ‘Why not bring them a rock festival that they can call their own?’”

 “After selling over 360,000 tickets last year for World’s Loudest Month we are constantly looking for great cities and strong markets to add to the family of festivals associated with WLM.  Minneapolis has an incredible rock radio station and it’s only fitting that we bring Northern Invasion to the region as our newest destination to the World’s Loudest Month,” says  Danny Wimmer, co-executive producer of the WLM series for DWP.

 

Here are additional details about each World’s Loudest Month festival:

 

Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville (April 25 & 26, Jacksonville, FL)

www.WelcomeToRockvilleFestival.com

After selling out in 2014, Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville kicks off the World’s Loudest Month and celebrates its 5th year anniversary, returning to Jacksonville, Florida April 25 and 26th. Florida’s biggest rock festival lineup will be revealed Monday, December 8, with tickets going on sale Friday, December 12.

 

Monster Energy Fort Rock (April 25, Fort Myers, FL)

www.FortRockFestival.com

The World’s Loudest weekend includes South Florida’s Biggest Rock Festival, Monster Energy Fort Rock, Saturday, April 25 at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Florida–the spring training home of the Boston Red Sox–for its 3rd consecutive year after selling out last year. The full festival lineup will be released Monday, December 8, with tickets going on sale Friday, December 12.

 

Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion (May 2 & 3, Concord, NC)

www.CarolinaRebellion.com

Rock City Campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway will host the fifth annual Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion. In 2014, the mid-Atlantic’s biggest rock festival sold out of camping and VIP packages, and over 60,000 fans were treated to two and a half days of picture perfect weather. For the 2015 festival, layaway packages will be offered for the first time beginning Cyber Monday (December 1, 2014). Further details regarding layaway (ticket prices, camping and hotel packages) will be announced in the coming weeks, with the concert lineup to follow in early 2015.

 

Northern Invasion (May 9, Somerset, WI)

www.NorthernInvasion.com

Look for details soon about this new rock and camping festival that will take place during the World’s Loudest Month.  Lineup, ticket information, and camping information will be announced in December.

 

Rock On The Range (May 15-17, Columbus, OH)

www.RockOnTheRange.com

ROTR sold out in advance for the second year in a row in 2014, with 120,000 concert-goers on-hand at Columbus Crew Stadium to experience blistering performances from 60 of the world’s hardest rocking bands on three stages over three days. In 2015, ROTR will welcome live music’s top cable channel, AXS TV, to film the weekend as part of their live festival coverage.  Weekend Field GA and Stadium GA layaway tickets are on sale now at www.rockontherange.com. Also new to Rock On The Range in 2015 will be the Jack Daniel’s Old No 7 VIP Lounge which features amenities such as dedicated Wi-Fi, charging stations, private restrooms, premium food options and more. This upgrade will be available on all ticket purchases.  Returning packages like the ROTR VIP Packages, Hotel and Ticket Bundles and Camping packages will go on sale Monday, November 10 at 10:00 AM ET. Details and prices for VIP, Hotel, and Camping Packages are available at www.rockontherange.com.  Regular tickets will go on sale once the band lineup has been announced in early December.

 

Rocklahoma (May 22-24, Pryor, OK)

www.Rocklahoma.com

In May 2014, a record crowd of over 60,000 fans turned out for the eighth year of America’s Biggest Memorial Day Weekend Party featuring the best current active rock artists and classic bands at “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds. Rocklahoma’s seat renewal process will begin on Monday, November 17, 2014 and runs through Wednesday, January 7, 2015. The renewal option is available to those who purchased a Weekend Reserved or VIP Package ticket in 2014. To renew seats for 2015, please call 866-310-2288 or email info@rocklahoma.com and a team member will contact you as soon as possible.  Rocklahoma’s 2015 lineup will be announced in January.

 

River City RockFest (May 24, San Antonio, TX)

www.rivercityrockfest.com

River City RockFest returns to the AT&T Center in San Antonio for its third year. Look for concert lineup details to be announced soon. In 2014, nearly 20,000 were in attendance at San Antonio’s premier rock festival, with 25 top rock bands performing on four stages.

 

Rockfest (May 30, Kansas City, MO)

www.RockfestKC.com

Rockfest returns to Penn Valley Park in downtown Kansas City for its 23rd year. In 2014, Rockfest closed out the World’s Loudest Month festival series with over 50,000 in attendance for the seventh consecutive year of America’s largest one-day music festival.

 

The World’s Loudest Month mobile app is available to download via iTunes and Android.  For more info visit WorldsLoudestMonth.com

 

Nothing More Promo 2014Our top contenders for 2014 Album Of The Year are at it again! After “This Is The Time (Ballast)” garnered them so many views on YouTube that even Roger Goodell has seen the video, NOTHING MORE are back with a new video for their upcoming single “Mr. MTV”, and not surprisingly it does not disappoint!

NOTHING MORE burst onto the scene last year when their performance on the second stage of the 2013 Aftershock Festival earned them the unheard of honor of being asked to perform on day two, on the main stage.  The buzz generated from those performances quickly earned them a 5 album guaranteed deal from Eleven Seven Music.  In June of this year the band released their eponymous debut to rave reviews (including the top nod for Album Of The Year from Yours Truly), and has since rocketed to stardom and a #1 spot on the  Active Rock Radio Charts.  Don’t take my word for it, check out the video for “Mr. MTV” below, and see why NOTHING MORE will be dominating the airwaves for years to come!

 

john 5HOLLYWOOD, CA (September 8, 2014) - Kick off the Halloween season, October 18th as John 5 and The Creatures lead you by the hand down the dark corridors of John 5’s mind and into the nightmarish world of the creatures. This is John 5’s first-ever live solo concert, bringing his twisted musical visions to life as he performs songs spanning his entire solo career including live performances of tracks from his new studio album Careful With That Axe, released August 12th through 60 Cycle Hum.

This once in a life-time LIVE online video concert is hosted by metal-shredder, Chris Broderick of MegadethLiveCast Entertainment, in association with Fender Guitar, Boss Electronics and Dean Markley Strings, are the proud sponsors – John 5 and The Creatures feature John 5 (guitar), Rodger Carter (drums) and Larry “Bones” Dennison (Dio, Tony MacAlpine, Lita Ford) on bass.

This live online experience allows the audience personal time with John 5 in an in-depth Q&A in real-time, which Chris Broderick will moderate. The audience will also have a chance to win unique giveaways throughout the show for the Top 13 supporters, including a signed John 5 Squire Telecaster, several signed BOSS pedals and other cool signed gifts.

This event will be broadcast online only, on October 18, 2014, across three time zones; The Americas at 7:00pm (PST); Europe at 7:00pm (BST); and the Pacific Rim at 7:00pm (HKT). This pay-per-view event goes on sale September 18, 2014. The tickets are not to a brick & mortar venue, but to a crazy online experience you will only get here, this night only – This will not be archived for later viewing so get your tickets before it sells out – Details can be found at www.john-5.com.

 

 

Twelve Foot Ninja_band photoLos Angeles, CA – September 9, 2014 – One of Australia’s hottest, most innovative, and experimental new bands Twelve Foot Ninja have announced they will join one of America’s most unique heavy metal live acts, In This Moment, on a U.S. tour this fall and winter. Ticketmaster pre-sale begins Thursday, September 11 and public on-sale begins Friday, September 12. With 30 dates confirmed, Twelve Foot Ninja will be on the road supporting the recent stateside re-release of their critically acclaimed debut album Silent Machine (Volkanik Music). Earlier this year, the band took home the prestigious “Best New Talent” award at the sixth annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards . Cementing a cult-like following on the back of their brand of alternative rock, the band recently wrapped their first North American headlining tour performing throughout the U.S. and Canada, winning over thousands of fans at festivals with their explosive live performances at Welcome to Rockville, Carolina Rebellion, Rock on the Range, and Rocklahoma.

The debut single from Silent Machine, “Coming For You,” is currently impacting and reacting at radio now and has surpassed more than 1,000,000 YouTube views.  Widely praised by audiences and critics alike for their ability to combine juxtaposing genres seamlessly, “Coming For You” is the perfect embodiment of this.  Check out the video below.

In conjunction with the album re-release (featuring two acoustic bonus tracks), the band has bundled a special edition of Silent Machine with a 72-page full-color companion comic book containing 12 individual narratives inspired by the 12 songs featured on the Silent Machine. The band collaborated with acclaimed comic artist Keith Draws to produce the comics, which are based on the original Twelve Foot Ninja fable co-written by guitarist Steve ‘Stevic’ Mackay. The story chronicles a sole ninja’s mission to restore balance in a world headed toward a self-inflicted apocalypse. The special edition CD/comic book bundle can now be purchased exclusively at their online store: http://chasemusic.com.au/twelvefootninja.

Twelve Foot Ninja are often classified as heavy fusion or progressive hard rock but whatever genre you call them, they are known for their seamless genre hopping, soaring melodies over heavy rock, and witty music videos – they take an authentic approach to each style and tie it all together to deliver an inimitable sonic flavor. Stamped with a five-star review by Blunt Magazine, Silent Machine has been described as “reggae, Fate of Nations-era Robert Plant rock, space-rock, djent, Queensrychean hard rock and more, yet they somehow manage to tie it all together without sounding too ADHD…if you loved Faith No More’s King for a Day, you’ll feel right at home in this Silent Machine.”

Twelve Foot Ninja is Nik “Kin” Etik on vocals, Steve “Stevic” MacKay on guitar, Damon McKinnon on bass, Shane “Russ” Russell on drums, and Rohan Hayes on guitar.

For more information, visit the band online at www.TwelveFootNinja.com


Twelve Foot Ninja confirmed tour dates with In This Moment:

DATE                        CITY/STATE                                          VENUE
Oct-26                       Reno, NV                                               Knitting Factory
Oct-28                       Spokane, WA                                         Knitting Factory
Oct-30                       Seattle, WA                                            Moore Theatre
Oct-31                       Garden City, ID                                      Revolution Concert House
Nov-01                      Salt Lake City, UT                                  In the Venue
Nov-02                      Denver, CO                                            Fillmore
Nov-04                      Omaha, NE                                            Sokol Auditorium
Nov-07                      Springfield, MO                                      Gillioz
Nov-08                      Peoria , IL                                               Limelight
Nov-09                      Chicago, IL                                             House of Blues
Nov-12                      Milwaukee, WI                                        The Rave
Nov-15                      Columbus, OH                                        LC Pavilion
Nov-17                      Silver Spring, MD                                   Fillmore
Nov-21                      Pittsburgh, PA                                         Stage AE
Nov-22                      Stroudsburg, PA                                      Sherman Theater
Nov-23                      Lancaster, PA                                          Freedom Hall
Nov-25                      Cincinnati, OH                                         Bogart’s
Nov-26                      Detroit, MI                                                The Fillmore
Nov-28                      St. Paul, MN                                            Myth Live
Nov-29                      Clive, IA                                                    Lazer 103.3 Lazerfest                      
Dec-02                      Houston, TX                                             House of Blues
Dec-04                      Abilene, TX                                              Civic Center
Dec-05                      Corpus Christi, TX                                    Concrete Street Amphitheater
Dec-06                      Pharr, TX                                                  Pharr Entertainment Center
Dec-08                      Dallas, TX                                                House of Blues
Dec-09                      Tulsa, OK                                                 Club Brady
Dec-10                      San Antonio, TX                                       210 Kapones Live
Dec-11                       Lubbock, TX                                            Lonestar Pavilion
Dec-13                      Las Vegas, NV                                         House of Blues
Dec-14                      San Diego, CA                                         House of Blues
 

Butcher Babies Uncovered Album CoverTaking a page from heroes METALLICA and GUNS N’ ROSES, Los Angeles breakthrough metal act, BUTCHER BABIES, has recorded an EP of cover tunes that will surely please fans of the band, as well as fans of the artists that performed them originally. Titled Uncovered, this EP will be released on September 30 in North America (October 6 in Europe) and features the following five tracks:

1. Beer Drinkers And Hell Raisers
2. They’re Coming To Take Me Away
3. Don’t Give A Fuck
4. Crazy Horses
5. Pussy Whipped

For a preview of Uncovered, BUTCHER BABIES has posted their cover of “They’re Coming To Take Me Away”, which can be seen below.

BUTCHER BABIES released their Century Media debut full length, Goliath, last summer and took part in that year’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, where they were a mainstay on the Jagermeister stage and a breakout band of the fest. Following that, they toured the US with the legendary GLENN DANZIG, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY and DOWN, plus played on many of America’s premier metal festivals – Columbus OH’s “Rock on the Range” and Oklahoma’s “Rocklahoma”, to name a few. It was during this time that BUTCHER BABIES made plans to record some of their favorite tunes. Each band member chose a track, and in the early summer of this year, they entered the studio with producer Logan Mader (DEVILDRIVER, GOJIRA, 5 FINGER DEATH PUNCH) to dissect and “butcher” these five classics, creating something all their own.

Shortly before the release of Uncovered, BUTCHER BABIES will embark on their first headlining run in the US.  See below for all upcoming dates.

BUTCHER BABIES live
9/12/2014–Knitting Factory–Reno, NV *
9/13/2014–Discovery Park–Sacramento, CA @ Afterschock Festival
9/14/2014–The Catalyst–Santa Cruz, CA *
9/27/2014–Pub Rock–Scottsdale, AZ **
9/28/2014–Launchpad–Albuquerque, NM **
9/30/2014–Aftershock–Merriam, KS **
10/1/2014–Mojoes–Joliet, IL **
10/3/2014–Altar Bar–Pittsburgh, PA **
10/4/2014–The Machine Shop–Flint, MI **
10/5/2014–Champions Park–Louisville, KY @ Louder Than Life Festival
10/7/2014–Baltimore Soundstage–Baltimore, MD **
10/8/2014–Upstairs @ The Palladium–Worcester, MA **
10/10/2014–Santos Party House–New York, NY **
10/11/2014–District N9ne–Philadelphia, PA **
10/12/2014–Empire–West Springfield, VA **
10/14/2014–The Masquerade–Atlanta, GA **
10/16/2014–Scout Bar–Houston, TX **
10/17/2014–House of Rock–Corpus Christi, TX **
10/18/2014–Sunken Gardens Amphitheatre–San Antonio, TX
10/19/2014–Jake’s–Backroom Lubbock, TX **
10/21/2014–The Black Sheep–Colorado Sheep, CO **
10/22/2014–Mesa Theatre & Club–Grand Junction, CO **
10/23/2014–Backstage Bar & Billiards–Las Vegas, NV **
10/24/2014–San Manuel Amphitheater–San Bernardino, CA @ Knotfest
*=with BLACK LABEL SOCIETY
**=with ANTI-MORTEM

To pre-order Uncovered, click here.

lacuna coil broken crown haloLACUNA COIL continues their world tour in support of their latest Century Media release, BROKEN CROWN HALO with a run of dates in the U.S. and Canada starting in Sacramento at this year’s AFTERSHOCK FESTIVALDevil You Know is set to support the entire tour and Starset are also appearing Sept. 23 – Oct. 12 except Oct. 7&8, where Unlocking The Truth will join for those two nights. Up and coming Canadian band Incura have been added to all Canadian shows.

The band recently premiered a video for their song “Nothing Stands In Our Way” from BROKEN CROWN HALO (2014).  Check out the video below, and find out when and where you can catch LACUNA COIL on tour near you.

 

LACUNA COIL TOUR DATES:

Sept 14 – Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock Festival (Discovery Park)

Sept 16 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom

Sept 17 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory

Sept 19 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory

Sept 20 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon

Sept 21 – Vancouver, BC @ Venue

Sept 23 – Edmonton, AB @ The Starlite Room

Sept 24 – Calgary, AB @ Republik

Sept 25 – Regina, SK @ The Exchange

Sept 26 – Winnipeg, MB @ West End Culture Center

Sept 27 – Thunder Bay, ONT @ Crocks

Sept 29 – Toronto, ONT @ The Opera House

Sept 30 – London, ONT @ London Music Hall

Oct 1 – Ottawa, ONT @ Mavericks

Oct 3 – Quebec City, QC @ Le Cercle

Oct 4 – Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre

Oct 5 – Portland, ME @ The Asylum

Oct 7 – Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon

Oct 8 – Silver Springs, MD @ The Fillmore Silver Spring

Oct 10 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater

Oct 11 – Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall

Oct 12 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre

Oct 15 – Chattanooga, TN @ Track 29

Oct 16 – Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligans 

Oct 17 – Jacksonville, FL @ Freebird Live  
Oct 19 – Orlando, FL @ House of Blues (Orlando)

 

 *Devil You Know - support all dates

*Starset will join the tour Sept. 23 – Oct. 12 (except: Oct. 7&8)

*Incura on all Canadian shows

*Unlocking The Truth will join on Oct. 7&8

The Essential Richie Kotzen CoverGuitarist/singer/songwriter RICHIE KOTZEN (Mr. Big/Poison/The Winery Dogs) has just released the video for “War Paint” (which can be seen below) from THE ESSENTIAL RICHIE KOTZEN, which came out last week on Loud & Proud RecordsTHE ESSENTIAL RICHIE KOTZEN is a two-CD and DVD career retrospective set that encompasses this iconic talent’s entire career of his most essential work:  classic material; acoustic performances; bootleg material; and two brand new songs (“War Paint” and “Walk With Me”).  The DVD features music videos, acoustic performances, and bootleg material.

 To celebrate his newest project, he’s hitting the U.S. concert trail starting November 1 in Annapolis, MD at Rams Head Tavern.  Tour dates are below.  Before then, he’ll be spending September and most of October on a headlining tour which will take him through Europe and Mexico.
DATE               CITY                             VENUE
Sat 11/1            Annapolis, MD              Rams Head Tavern
Mon 11/3          Londonderry, NH           Tupelo Music Hall
Tue 11/4            Boston, MA                  Wilbur Theater
Wed 11/5          New York, NY               B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Fri 11/7             Poughkeepsie, NY        The Chance
Sat 11/8            Reading, PA                 Building 24
Sun 11/9           New Haven, CT              Toad’s Place
Tue 11/11          Pittsburgh, PA              Altar Bar

Intronaut 10th Anniversary Tour

INTRONAUT will hit the road again after a short break and their recent tour with TesseracT.  The band has been on the road in support of their current album Habitual Levitations ever since its release on Century Media in March of 2013. This special run of shows is in celebration of the band’s 10 year anniversary!

 Guitarist/singer Sacha Dunable had this to say about the tour:

 “We’re taking a break from writing a new record to celebrate our 10th anniversary as a band with this special run of shows. We haven’t finalized a set list yet, but expect at least one song from every release, and maybe a special guest or two to come out and help us play them. Joining us on these shows will be our Canadian friends Anciients, and the LA show will feature Ides Of Gemini, Silver Snakes, and The Great Wall. We are also planning a couple special 10th Anniversary releases, hopefully to be available by this tour, so keep an eye out for that. Thank you to everyone who has supported Intronaut for these past 10 years! We love you forever.”

 

NEW TOUR DATES:

11/6/14 – San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge w/ Anciients

11/7/14 – Sacramento, CA @ Starlite Lounge w/ Anciients

11/8/14 – Portland, OR @ Branx w/ Anciients

11/9/14 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile w/ Anciients

11/10/14 – Boise, ID @ The Shredder w/ Anciients

11/12/14 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater w/ Anciients

11/14/14 – Fort Worth, TX @ Tomcats w/ Anciients

11/15/14 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Downstairs w/ Anciients

11/16/14 – Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog Bar w/ Anciients

11/18/14 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad w/ Anciients

11/19/14 – Mesa, AZ @ Club Red w/ Anciients

12/18/14 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy w/ Ides Of Gemini, Silver Snakes, and The Great Wall

 For more Intronaut visit here.