World’s Loudest Month, created in partnership by AEG Live and Danny Wimmer Presents, continues to grow in 2014. Featuring the biggest names in rock music performing in seven distinct U.S. concert atmospheres, the World’s Loudest Month is excited to announce the addition of two new festivals, as well as the 2014 festival dates. In 2013, the World’s Loudest Month featured over 125 artists playing for more than a quarter of a million rock music fans across the country on five consecutive weekends, confirming that rock music is as vital as ever.
The 2014 World’s Loudest Month festival events and dates are as follows:
Monster Energy’s Welcome To Rockville: April 26 & 27 in North Florida
Fort Rock: April 26 in Fort Myers, FL
Carolina Rebellion: May 3 & 4 in Charlotte, NC
Rock On The Range: May 16, 17 & 18 in Columbus, OH
Rocklahoma: May 23, 24 & 25 in Pryor, OK
RockFest: May 31 in Kansas City, MO
“When we created the World’s Loudest Month platform, we did it with the goal of growing it to become the launch pad for rock festival fans across the country,” comments Joe Litvag, Co-Executive Producer. “We’re excited to add Fort Myers to the mix in 2014, which further expands our reach for the rock genre.”
The World’s Loudest Month kick-off weekend begins in the Sunshine state of Florida with Monster Energy’s Welcome To Rockville, April 26 and 27. Florida’s largest rock festival returns to North Florida for its fourth year and–along with the addition of Fort Rock (Fort Myers, FL) on April 26–kicks off WLM! Only the state of Florida could handle two major events on the same day! For ticket specials, hotel and VIP packages, visit www.welcometorockville.com and www.fortrockfestival.com.
“I’ve been saying all year that I keep hearing rock is ‘dead,’ yet record numbers attend our shows every year. Our festivals are for music fans who buck trends and remain true to the music they like. Our job as tastemakers in rock and roll is to find the markets where music fans are underserved and I am happy to add Fort Rock to our World’s Loudest Month and include it on the same weekend with Welcome To Rockville,“ says Danny Wimmer, Co-Executive Producer.
Next up is Carolina Rebellion, returning to Rock City Campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina for its second consecutive year. With on-site camping, amazing VIP packages and a lineup featuring today’s biggest bands, in four short years Carolina Rebellion has quickly grown to be the Carolinas’ Biggest Weekend of Rock. www.CarolinaRebellion.com
Rock On The Range–the nation’s biggest and most-acclaimed active rock festival–will grow to three full days in 2014 after a successful expanded Friday Night in 2013. Over 105,000 die-hard Rangers attended ROTR last year, traveling to Columbus, OH from all 50 states and over the globe, resulting in a sellout for the first time since the inaugural, one-day Rock on the Range in 2007. Pre-sale Layaway tickets go on sale on Monday, December 2, and VIP, hotel, and camping packages go on sale Thursday, December 5 at www.RockOnTheRange.com
Rocklahoma–America’s biggest Memorial Day Weekend party–continues to be the ultimate destination Rock event in the country. The three-day camp & rock festival features the top current active and classic rock artists at “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, OK. Ticket renewals for 2014 will be available starting Monday, December 2. To renew your 2013 ticket location, call the box office at (866) 310-2288. www.Rocklahoma.com
RockFest celebrates its astounding 22nd year in 2014. Drawing crowds in excess of 55,000 annually at Penn Valley Park in downtown Kansas City, RockFest is definitely worthy of its title as “the BIGGEST one-day music festival in the United States.” www.RockfestKC.com
The World’s Loudest Month mobile app (available via iTunes and Android), released in 2013, will be updated early next year and will feature all festival information, the latest rock news, exclusive songs from current and previous WLM bands, and more. Band lineups and additional details for each festival will be announced in early 2014.
Monster Energy returns as a sponsor of the World’s Loudest Month for the second year in a row, along with the valued partnerships with Jägermeister, Jack Daniel’s and Ernie Ball. The World’s Loudest Month is also working with Revolver Magazine to bring you exclusive news, interviews and photos of all the festivals.
Los Angeles, CA & Bloomington, IL (November 21, 2013) - In response to the recent wave of storms that brought tornadoes and highly-damaging winds to the Midwest, STYX and REO SPEEDWAGON have announced that they are using their combined might to help raise funds for those affected by this tragedy. On Dec. 4, these proud members of the Midwest’s rock elite will appear with special guests (to be announced shortly) at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, Illinois in a fundraiser: Rock To The Rescue Extends A Hand To Those In Need. Funds will be earmarked for affected families in central Illinois communities that were left reeling in the wake of devastating tornadoes and winds. In order to maximize charitable proceeds, the artists, along with numerous vendors, crew and local staff, have generously forgone any personal compensation for the evening.
Tickets for this performance go on sale at www.ticketmaster.com for $58, $43 and $28 (tickets are subject to applicable service charges and event time and date are subject to change). Visit www.uscellularcoliseum.com for up-to-date information. Donations to Rock to the Rescue can be made here.
STYX guitarist and IL native James “JY” Young said, “As we approach the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination, I’m reminded of his famous quote, ‘Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.’ The good people of Illinois lent support and a helping hand to every artist on this bill at different times in their respective careers, and we owe a tremendous debt. It’s our turn to ask what we can do for this great State, and the best way we know to help those in need is to get on stage and let the incredible healing power of music play its part in rebuilding Illinois.”
REO SPEEDWAGON singer/guitarist Kevin Cronin said, “I am Illinois born and bred. REO Speedwagon is an Illinois band. The word ‘Illinois’ is music to me. The utter devastation and human suffering in Washington, IL and the surrounding areas is heartbreaking. I believe that we need to take care of our own… the people of Illinois are our own, and we are theirs.”
“With our company being based in this area for over 40 years and my family living in Pekin which was affected by the storm, we wanted to do something to help all those affected. Everyone at Jay Goldberg Events have had friends, family members and employees who were directly impacted by the storm,” said Jay Goldberg of Jay Goldberg Events and Entertainment.
City of Bloomington Manager David Hales said, “The City of Bloomington has heavy hearts for those affected in the recent tornado outbreaks around Central Illinois. We know that our city and surrounding cities will pull together to help out and support this cause. We are glad to be hosting this benefit concert in our city.”
“We are honored and excited to be hosting this benefit concert. We are passionate about our business and know this is the best way that we could help out. Everyone involved in putting on this concert has dropped everything to make this happen, and we are looking forward to a very successful event to help those that need it,” said John Butler, President of Central Illinois Arena Management that operates the US Cellular Coliseum.
Rock to the Rescue is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, whose mission is to build strong, healthy communities through the support of grassroots organizations across the country. Rock to the Rescue originally started in 2001 as a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and is the brainchild of STYX’s Tommy Shaw and REO SPEEDWAGON’s Kevin Cronin. The two musicians brought together bands and artists such as Bad Company, Journey, Survivor, Kansas, Lynyrd Skynyrd and many others to be part of “Volunteers For America” concert events in Dallas and Atlanta that ultimately raised over $775,000 for victims of 9/11, as well as the Port Authority police department in New York City. On the bands’ last tour together, the Midwest Rock N’ Roll Express, Rock to the Rescue not only raised thousands of dollars for local charities at each tour stop, but also raised $108,000 which went directly to the Boston One Fund, helping victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. For more information visit: www.rocktotherescue.net and www.facebook.com/rocktotherescue.
96 K-ROCK Rockwave Festival
Ft. Myers, FL
Photos By: Jay Rybak
96 K-ROCK Rockwave Festival
Ft. Myers, FL
Photos By: Jay Rybak
July 31, 2013 –THE WINERY DOGS (@TheWineryDogs) is sending a huge thank you to their loyal fans in North America for giving their critically-acclaimed self-titled debut album a strong debut on the Billboard charts. Not only did it explode onto the “Top Rock Chart” at #5, it also opens on the “Top 200 Albums” chart at #27.
The power trio–Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Avenged Sevenfold), Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big) and Richie Kotzen (Mr. Big, Poison)—self-produced THE WINERY DOGS, which was released July 23 on Loud & Proud Records. The album has been hailed as “…one of the most intriguing releases of the year” by Loudwire.com, and in a recent reader’s poll on Revolver magazine’s website, fans called it their “Album of the Week.”
Success hasn’t been limited to the U.S. shores. THE WINERY DOGS recently kicked off their first-ever tour in Japan and South America to sold-out crowds wherever they played. After one more stop in Buenos Aires on August 1, they’ll head home for their first U.S. shows, starting August 3 in New York City at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill. While they’re in town, THE WINERY DOGS will appear on “The Artie Lange Show,” which will air Monday, August 5 at 10pm ET on DirectTV and is streamed live on the show’s website. On Tuesday, August 6 at 7pm, the band will take part in an in-store signing session at Vintage Vinyl in Fords, NJ. For more information, visit www.vvinyl.com.
Once the first leg of their U.S. trek concludes on August 8, Portnoy, Sheehan and Kotzen will take a much-deserved break before heading back overseas for their first shows in Europe throughout most of September, which will include stops in England, Germany, Spain, Italy and Portugal. The U.S. tour will start up again on October 3 in Agoura Hills, CA at the Canyon Club.
Meanwhile, THE WINERY DOGS will guest on the nationally syndicated radio show, “Rockline,” with host Bob Coburn on Wednesday, August 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). The show will be streamed on Rocklineradio.com for two weeks beginning the afternoon after the live broadcast.
Check out THE WINERY DOGS at any of the following U.S. tour stops:
DATE CITY VENUE
Sat 8/3 New York, NY B.B. King Blues Club and Grill
Sun 8/4 Lancaster, PA Chameleon Club
Tue 8/6 Fords, NJ Vintage Vinyl (in-store)
Wed 8/7 Newton, NJ The Newton Theater
Thu 8/8 Chicago, IL Reggie’s Rock Club
Thu 10/3 Agoura Hills, CA Canyon Club
Fri 10/4 Las Vegas, NV Vamp’d
Sat 10/5 San Diego, CA Romana Mainstage
Sun 10/6 San Juan Capistrano, CA Coach House
Tue 10/8 Sacramento, CA Harlow’s
Wed 10/9 San Francisco, CA Yoshi’s
Grammy Nominated rock act Godsmack has had their share of surprises in their careers, but being accused of Satanism? Well that’s definitely a first! The St. Mary’s Parish (aka Westboro Baptist 2.0) led by Rev. Timothy Nelson [insert Father Nelson joke here] in Jackson County, MI has asked that Godsmack’s performance at the Jackson County Fair be cancelled citing that the band’s lyrics degrade women, children, and the weak, and wait for it… they promote Satanism!
Yeah, that’s right, the same band that has donated to Children’s Charities, and played for the troops that protect the very freedoms these morons use to spread their fear-mongering. I’ve personally seen the band nearly 30 times so I guess that makes me a regular Aleister Crowley! If these folks are so concerned about family values, where was the uproar when the famous homewrecker LeAnn Rimes took the stage at last year’s fair? It’s mind-blowing to see what lemmings people can become when their church leaders paint the picture of a fantasy world in which they think we live. Read for yourself and make your own judgement on their sanity…
JACKSON, MI – The metal band Godsmack promotes evil and Satan — that’s what the Rev. Timothy Nelson from St. Mary’s Parish and a group of residents believe.
The group was hoping the Jackson County fair board would cancel the Aug. 5 show at the 2013 Jackson County Fair, but fair organizers say that won’t be happening.
Denise Owens, the Jackson County Fair operations director, said tickets are selling really fast and there is no chance it will be canceled.
Nelson distributed a flier to parishioners Sunday, July 21 urging them to contact the county fair board members to express their disgust with the band’s presence at the county fair. In that flier he states that the lyrics of the band are “evil, strewn with obscenities and violent.”
“If you look at the name Godsmack, what does that mean? Do you smack God?” Nelson said. “The name is irreverent and when you look at the lyrics it’s less than edifying.”
He also has issues with the band Pop Evil opening for Godsmack.
“It leaves the suggestion that evil is not that bad. Evil is very bad,” Nelson said.
Jackson resident Billie Buda attended the Tuesday, July 23 fair board meeting with her husband. About 35 to 40 residents who are against the band playing attended the meeting and about 15 spoke during public comment.
Buda has grandchildren who will be attending the fair — but not on the day Godsmack plays.
“I don’t want them to be at the fair when this concert is going on and they are not going to the concert, I know that,” Buda said.
Her oldest grandchild is 15.
“Their (fair board) mission statement says it is a family-oriented venue. This goes against their own mission statement,” she said. “There are a lot of bands that are good and some that are into witchcraft and the devil.”
Nelson tied the issue into his Sunday, July 21 sermon where he told parishioners they should be “prudent” about who they let in their home.
“You need to be hospitable and kind to people ,but you also have to be prudent about who you let into your home,” Nelson said. “ I just think that the Jackson community deserves better.”
He is hoping the fair board will reconsider the type of bands that play in the future at the county fair.
Owens said a county survey was conducted in the past five years and residents asked for bands other than the traditional classic rock bands that were popular 30 years ago.
“We had a lot of input on the different types of music they wanted to hear,” she said adding that ticket sales for Godsmack have been “really good.”
Nelson said he will pray for Godsmack, Pop Evil and the members of the county fair board.
“I’ll keep them in my prayers,” he said.
Here’s hoping Sully and the boys play the show of their lives and rain down a plague of rock ‘n roll locusts unto Nelson and his lemmings!
July, 22,2013–According to the band’s Facebook page, Oklahoma City based rockers Hinder were involved in a minor tour bus accident last night, resulting in injuries to both crew and band members. The extent of the injuries is not known, but they appear to be minor. The band has been forced to cancel at least one date due to the accident. The following was posted by the band:
Earlier this month Hinder announced that they will be continuing with their tour, despite the absence of frontman Austin Winkler, who has entered his second stint in rehab, as a precaution because he “felt himself starting to slip”. The band has tapped Saving Abel frontman Jared Weeks to fill in for Winkler on most dates, with Marshal Dutton of Drankmore filling in the remainder of the dates. Hinder is currently on the road in support of their latest effort “Welcome to the Freakshow”. We at Away-Team.com wish not only the crew and band members involved in the accident a speedy recovery, but send our well wishes to Austin as he battles his illness.
The Winery Dogs
The Winery Dogs
Loud & Proud Records
Rating: 11 out of 10
Release Date: 7/23/13
Yes, you did read that right, 11 out of 10, we broke the scale on this one! The word triumvirate is often defined as a “rule of three”, in this case it’s “three that rule”. Guitarist and vocalist Ritchie Kotzen (Mr. Big/Poison), bassist Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big), and drummer Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater/Avenged Sevenfold) have long been considered three of the finest at their respective crafts, so it’s no surprise that when their talents collide we are left with nothing less than an Album of the Year contender.
From the opening riff of “Elevate”, you realize that this is going to be one of those albums where one can’t help but “feel” the music. A blues rooted rocker with a hint of Nugent-meets-Wolfmother, this opening track is just a pre-cursor of what’s to come. From “Desire” to “The Other Side” to “Regret”, the entire album is riddled with screaming, yet soulful guitar, pulse-pounding drums, killer vocals, and bass lines that would make Geddy Lee blush!
With such a great collection of musical genius, it’s hard to pick a favorite. There are, however, some highlights that cannot go unmentioned. One such highlight is “The Other Side”, which begins with Portnoy’s drums launching into a finger bleeding bass line from Sheehan, climaxing with Kotzen’s guitar solo, at which point he releases inner Eddie Van Halen.
Kotzen then takes that same style and melds it into “One More Time”. Yet another reminder that these guys are a force to be reckoned with, this track bears hints of Eric Johnson meets Van Halen’s “Eruption”. On the track “Six Feet Deeper” Portnoy’s drumming channels the spirit of the late, great, John Bonham. “Damaged” and “Not Hopeless” are two more favorites of mine that highlight just how much Kotzen’s voice sounds like that of one of rock’s greatest voices, Chris Cornell.
Perhaps the coolest song on the album is “Time Machine”. This track has a conceptual feel to it, in that it begins sounding very much like a modern day Alice In Chains tune, and transforms as we travel time, into some good old fashioned 80′s guitar power rock! Last, but certainly not least, the album culminates with “Regret”; a true blues based rock track that summons the air guitar and serves as a reminder that “blues gave birth to rock ‘n roll”, making our only regret not pressing the “Repeat All” button.
Every album has one or two band members on it that truly stand out, but The Winery Dogs smash that theory to pieces with their debut album. If you love blues-based power rock, July 23rd should be like Christmas morning for audiophiles everywhere. Hands down, the best album of 2013!!!
What are you waiting for??? Click here to pre-order The Winery Dogs debut album, and find out when they’ll be coming to your town to blow your mind in person!
CHICAGO, IL - Louisville-based eclectic rock act Tantric have just signed a deal with Pavement Entertainment and will release their eagerly awaited fifth studio album entitled ’37 Channels’ in September 2013. It’s the band’s first work since their 2009 release, ‘Mind Control’.
‘37 Channels’ maintains Tantric’s tradition of exploring new directions by integrating diverse influences such as old school country, southern and classic rock and Motown with the trademark Tantric sound. Frontman Hugo Ferreira’s unique soulful baritone vocals, ranging from angsty rasps to melodious melancholy are once again present, along with the usual intricate guitar work and infectious riffs layered over complex textures.
Featured guests on the album include Shooter Jennings and members of Hinder, 3 Doors Down, Saving Abel and Uncle Kracker. The album title comes from what Ferreira describes as “What goes on in my brain constantly; 37 things or channels if you will, all at once vying for my attention”. Typically diverse, the track selection offers unexpected content that will surely impress, as well as something for loyal fans. This album also marks a change in Tantric‘s structure, establishing it as Ferreira‘s ongoing musical project and allowing more freedom for collaborations without deviating from the established Tantric sound.
July 16, 2013–Omaha, Nebraska based hard rockers, Emphatic have announced a September 17th release date for their sophomore album “Another Life” with Epochal Artists Records/Capitol Music Group. The album will be the first to feature new frontman Toryn Green, who was previously the singer of multi-platinum rock band FUEL and the touring vocalist for Finnish cello rock band Apocalyptica.
“This band has seen its share of difficult situations and for me I was the guy that had to decide to give up or fix what was broken. Music is in my blood so giving up isn’t an option,” said guitarist Justin McCain. “After making that decision to continue we found Toryn and he was everything I’ve ever wanted in a frontman. The record is a reflection of the trials and tribulations we went through as a band over the past couple of years.”
Produced by Emphatic guitarist Justin McCain and co-produced by Ryan Greene at Validus Recording Studios in Los Angeles, “Another Life” showcases Emphatic’s newfound sense of maturity and creative firepower as they belt out a powerful dose of groundbreaking hard rock. Rejuvenated creatively, the band is now firing on all cylinders with a line-up that matches the intensity of their songs. “Another Life” is filled with gigantic hooks, powerful melodies and is an inspiring triumph over adversity.
Emphatic are best known for their major label debut album “Damage”, which produced the hit single “Bounce”, and shot the album onto the Billboard Heatseekers charts at #9. The album was produced by Howard Benson (Three Days Grace, Halestorm), and featured A Perfect Circle’s Josh Freese playing drums on the record. From there, the band went on to take part in the Carnival Of Madness Tour alongside hard rock heavyweights Theory of a Deadman, Alter Bridge, Black Stone Cherry, and Adelitas Way.
The first annual 96 K-ROCK presents Rockwave Festival–to be held Saturday, September 21 at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Florida–is offering a special ”Revolver 4 Pack” ticket package. A limited number of “Revolver 4 Pack” packages are now available for $135. Each “Revolver 4 Pack” includes 4 general admission tickets to Rockwave, along with a single one-year subscription to Revolver Magazine. Visit www.rockwavefest.com for more info, or click here to purchase tickets.
96 K-ROCK presents Rockwave will feature seminal alternative rock bands Jane’s Addiction and Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington, along with performances from newly announced addition Chevelle, as well as Filter, Anberlin, and Beware Of Darkness performing on the Monster Main Stage.
The festival is also offering a special discounted ticket pre-sale from July 16-18 at www.rockwavefest.com. During the pre-sale, a limited number of discounted general admission tickets will be available for purchase for the following prices (plus fees):
Tuesday, July 16: $19.50
Wednesday, July 17: $24.99
Thursday, July 18: $34.99
Regularly priced general admission and VIP tickets go on sale Friday, July 19 at 10:00 AM Eastern Time at www.rockwavefest.com, Ticketmaster.com, and at all Ticketmaster outlets. Beginning July 19, General Admission tickets will be $45.00 (plus fees) and VIP tickets will be $89.50 (plus fees). Doors open at 1:00 PM.
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 and private restroom facilities; and a VIP guest laminate.
For all things Rockwave, visit www.rockwavefest.com.
Los Angeles, CA – July 15, 2013 – Avenged Sevenfold today revealed “Hail To The King”, the blistering first single and title track from the band’s forthcoming sixth studio album due out on August 27th via Warner Bros. Records. Produced by Mike Elizondo, Hail To The King was recently proclaimed “the band’s crowning achievement” by Revolver Magazine.
Avenged Sevenfold also announced the Hail To The King Tour – a massive headlining U.S. arena tour to take place this October and the band’s first full scale American tour since 2011. The run of dates will kick off in Chicago, IL on Thursday, October 3rd and wrap up on October 26th in Las Vegas, NV. Supporting the band on all dates will be special guests Deftones and Ghost B.C. See below for a complete list of dates. Venues and on-sale information will be revealed in the coming weeks.
Additionally, starting today fans of Avenged Sevenfold can pre-order a special, limited-edition box set of Hail To The King (available on August 27th). The antique gold colored embossed foil wrapped “treasure box” will feature exclusive Hail To The King artwork and include a deluxe version of the album on CD with a download card to an extra bonus track, an exclusive Canvas Print, a 20-page photo book featuring photos of the band through out the years, a Death Bat Challenge Coin, Death Bat Skeleton Key, an instant download of the new single, and a download of the album on street date. Fans that purchase the box set will also receive pre-sale access to the upcoming U.S. tour. The box is available for purchase HERE and once they sell out no more will be made.
Hail To The King is the follow up to Avenged Sevenfold’s 5th studio album, Nightmare, which earned the band it’s highest ever debut on the Billboard album chart when it took the Number One spot and spawned three Number One, hit-singles “Nightmare”, “So Far Away” and “Welcome To The Family”. “Nightmare” broke radio records and was the most played current song at Rock Radio for all of 2010. Throughout 2010 and 2011 Avenged Sevenfold toured the world nonstop. They have achieved Diamond, Platinum and Gold awards for album sales in nearly a dozen countries and have sold out arenas the world over and headlined some of the worlds biggest and most prestigious music festivals playing to over one million people. Due to an overwhelming demand from the United States troops abroad, Avenged Sevenfold embarked on a USO tour in the Middle East including stops in Kuwait and tour of Iraq performing for US soldiers stationed abroad.
Avenged Sevenfold made an unprecedented appearance as characters in the Call of Duty Black Ops 2 video game in November 2012. The game was the biggest selling video game of all time and featured the band’s performance of a song written for the game, ‘Carry On,’ which then went on to Top the Billboard Monitor chart on January 13, 2013.
On August 26th, one day before the release of Hail To The King, Avenged Sevenfold will play a free show for their fans at the Hollywood Palladium. The show is a special thank you to their fans and for fans to celebrate the release of the new album with the band. Stay tuned for entry details, which will be revealed in the coming weeks.
Avenged Sevenfold Hail To The King Tour
October 3rd Chicago, IL
5th Indianapolis, IN
6th Cincinnati, OH
8th Baltimore, MD
9th Boston, MA
12th Bloomington, IL
13th Detroit, MI
15th Atlanta, GA
16th Orlando, FL
18th Houston, TX
19th Dallas, TX
20th San Antonio, TX
22nd Omaha, NE
23rd Oklahoma City, OK
26th Las Vegas, NV
July 9, 2013 — The April/May “The Midwest Rock ‘N Roll Express” tour with STYX, REO Speedwagon and Ted Nugent was successful in more ways than one. STYX and REO Speedwagon’s Rock to the Rescue charity organization not only raised thousands of dollars for local charities at each tour stop, but they also raised $108,000 which will go directly to the Boston One Fund, helping victims of the Boston marathon bombings.
Donations were collected along the 21-date trek when fans purchased a silent raffle ticket to win a guitar signed by all three acts.
“Like all Americans, we have watched the events in Boston and wondered what we could do to help. We know the fans of all three bands will once again rise with us to help our friends in Boston. We Are Boston!” — STYX
“We feel such sadness for those innocent people in Boston who have suffered so much and are still suffering now. We think of those victims of senseless violence as we sign the guitar which is to be donated on their behalf each night. In our small way, we do what we do.” — REO Speedwagon
“The Nugent band and family are surrounded by Americans who care deeply about each other and are dedicated to give all we got in times of need. We again face a tragedy that we can all help with, and are proud of this charitable heart and soul effort.” – Ted Nugent
Spearheaded by Tommy Shaw’s daughter, Hannah Shaw, Rock to the Rescue is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, whose mission is to build strong, healthy communities through the support of grassroots organizations across the country. As of last year, at every STYX tour date Rock to the Rescue partners with a local group to give back through community outreach, fundraising, and volunteer support.
Rock to the Rescue originally started in 2001 as a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and is the brainchild of STYX singer/guitarist Tommy Shaw and REO Speedwagon singer/keyboardist/guitarist Kevin Cronin. The two musicians brought together bands and artists such as Bad Company, Journey, Survivor, Kansas, Lynyrd Skynyrd and many others to be part of “Volunteers For America” concert events in Dallas and Atlanta that ultimately raised over $775,000 for victims of 9/11, as well as the Port Authority police department in New York City. For more info: www.rocktotherescue.net and www.facebook.com/rocktotherescue.
July 8, 2013 — AS BLOOD RUNS BLACK recently fulfilled their contractual obligations to their label and decided to take it DIY and partner with Indiegogo to crowd fund their next record. This will be the group’s third studio album and they are seeking $50,000 for the effort. The band states, “With the evolution of the music industry, it’s becoming more and more difficult for money to find its way to the artist from a record label. With a platform like Indiegogo, we can eliminate the money filter middle man and connect with the fans directly. They are the most consistent part of this bands history and the only reason why we’re around.”
The group is scheduled to return to Castle Ultimate Studios where they recorded their first album, ALLEGIANCE, in September with a planned winter release. The band states, “We’re really excited to work with Zack Ohren again! This is some of the best material we have ever written and collaborating with Zack will bring out that raw, aggressive vibe we got out of ALLEGIANCE. We managed to combine elements from both ALLEGIANCE and INSTINCT at the same time add mature colors we never have before. We’re also thinking of remaking an old song from our early demo days.”
Indiegogo allows fans to connect with artist in fresh unique ways like never before. Campaigners who contribute $25 or more can participate on voting on an album title, view live progress of the album art, listen to snippets of new songs, receive a single before the public, and more… all while having the ability to comment and leave live feedback along the way.
The band further comments, “Regardless if we hit our goal or not, we are still putting out a new record. This might be our last one so why not have some fun and invite the fans to be a part of it? This campaign will tell us a lot about our band and where we go from here. We are risking it all and putting the band’s future in the hands of our fans and are ready to accept our fate…Good or Bad.”
Find the campaign here.
Indiegogo.com has been used by artists as varied as OneRepublic, Protest The Hero, Misery Signals and George Clinton, and it’s fast becoming the go-to website for musicians wanting to raise funds for any number of projects. Indiegogo.com is an open platform and therefore does not curate which artists can launch projects. A flexible funding option allows artists to keep the funds they raise even if they don’t hit their goal.
For every art form there are “rules”, for every “rule” there are exceptions. Richard Patrick has been making such exceptions, and defying convention for 20 plus years now. Given the tremendous success he has achieved with his band, Filter, it came as no surprise that my interview with he and his guitarist Jonny Radtke was nothing less than extraordinary.
One of the first things every good journalist is taught is to always control the interview. There are, however, rare occasions where brilliance comes to life by simply listening, and enjoying the rants of a charismatic individual. I invite you to sit back and relax, and enjoy one of the most unconventional, yet enjoyable conversations with rock n roll royalty as we talk about everything from addiction, to a-dickhead, who nearly killed Patrick’s wife.
AWAY-TEAM: First and foremost, I’d like to congratulate you on the release of the new album, The Sun Comes Out Tonight, which hits stores June 4th. It’s a great record, I’ve been listening to it non-stop for about a week and a half now, if that tells you anything…
RICHARD PATRICK: Thank You!
JONNY RADTKE: Thank You!
AWAY-TEAM: I’m really impressed with it! Now, I understand this album was originally intended to be released independently, under the title “Gurney & The Burning Books”?…
RICHARD PATRICK: That was always a working title…
JONNY RADTKE: I mean we didn’t know, we were…
RICHARD PATRICK: I told the guy like three times. I was like, ‘This is a working title.’ And he went ‘Oh Burning Books, and da-da’ I was like ‘It’s not really gonna be called Burning Books’
JONNY RADTKE: We were in between tours, when we were initially writing stuff, and we had a few demos under our belt, and at that time it was still premature. We didn’t know where we were gonna be, like as far as what label we were gonna go with, or whatever. So it was sort of just us kinda having the freedom to do whatever we wanted, and that interview, the guy just sort of kinda ran with it. It was just a working title. Obviously when we went into the studio for real, and we were signed by Wind-Up Records, we had obviously a direction we were headed in. Something that we kept in mind throughout the recording process.
AWAY-TEAM: So, I mean is that true? Were you intending to release it independently, and then something came up with Wind-Up? How did that come about?
JONNY RADTKE: I mean, we didn’t know…
RICHARD PATRICK: I think Wind-Up was looking for a signing. Gregg Wattenberg (Wind-Up Co-Owner) has always been a huge fan of my voice… I think they were already pretty… no, we got signed before we wrote “What Do You Say”. We started emailing Gregg Wattenberg, and he had met us once, and said ‘I wanna sign you guys, but I want you to write the fucking rock hit, that like we’ve all been waiting for!’ And it was like ‘Okay’, and we just kinda listened to “Hey Man, Nice Shot” and Short Bus in general. Then Jonny and I sat there with Bob Marlette and pumped out five different parts that we loved, and as they were putting it together in the computer doing drums and stuff, I just started hearing ’Hey, What do you say’. We sent that to the label, and they were like ‘Great! Go in, finish the record. We’d love more hits, but you’ve got your first single, we’ll get this off the ground and, if we have to we’ll just release the single, and you guys can finish the record at your leisure.’ And then they were like ‘No. Finish it, and put on as many radio singles as you can.’ So for us, it was like ‘Okay, let’s make it catchy.’ You know, like “Self-Inflicted” is the other one where we intended to sit down and make something that was…
JONNY RADTKE: The huge impact.
RICHARD PATRICK: Yeah, and the “Hey Man, Nice Shot” big chorus, smaller verse, ya know.
AWAY-TEAM: That kind of answered one of the questions I was gonna get into. Ya know, a lot of guys will go into the studio with something in mind like, ya know, this is gonna be the heaviest record I’ve ever made or…
RICHARD PATRICK: Right.
AWAY-TEAM: And I noticed that, it shows that you went back and listened to Short Bus, and some of the older stuff.
RICHARD PATRICK: Yeah. Also, Gregg Wattenberg said ‘We need super fucking angry, heavy Filter! We need that. That’s what the label needs, that’s what your audience wants. That’s what Filter needs!’ So I was finally… cuz Bob Marlette is a great producer, and I’m not gonna say anything bad about him. It was kinda like, I want fucking heavy man, I want heavy shit! I was kinda saying that even on The Trouble With Angels, and we always had this bright shiny, glisteney chorus, and I just remember thinking to myself ’I wanna fucking scream my ass off!’ The only song we came close to on that, was “The Inevitable Relapse”. So this was like, ‘Fuck it! Great! Let’s scream a bunch of different choruses on the record, let’s have that screamed out, aggressive sound that everyone wants!’ That left us with a lot of room for “Surprise”, and “First You Break It”, “It’s My Time”, and “It’s Just You”. Then there were others like “We Hate It When You Get What You Wanted” that’s straight up industrial.
AWAY-TEAM: Right. Jonny, I know you’ve been a friend of Rich’s for a while now, but what was it like actually stepping into the studio for the first time with, not only Richard, but a legend in his own right in Bob Marlette?
JONNY RADTKE: It was amazing! It was an amazing experience, we started working on stuff before we went into the studio, and it just felt effortless. We both have the same influences, and we both know where we wanna go as far as songwriting, and what we like and think is cool, and we compliment each other very well. But at the same time it’s surreal sitting next to the dude looking at me, and kinda like ‘Fuck yeah, we’re working on something together’ It’s awesome, it’s amazing! And then, I’ve always known of Bob, and it was my first time working with him, and it was the same thing. The guy just shared our vision, ya know? He understood the kind of album that we needed to make. We bounced a lot of ideas off each other, we were around each other every day, and all the creative juices were flowing. Sometimes you get three people in a room together that… Rich and Bob are accomplished songwriters, and myself; there could be a lot of ego, there could be alot of disagreement, but that wasn’t the case. We were, Rich and I were always on the same page.
RICHARD PATRICK: Bob and I are old enough that we can’t tolerate; we’ve had other people that we’ve worked with and stuff, and it was just like ‘Man this isn’t working.’ Jonny is the kind of guy where he grew up listening to either bands that I’ve respected, or bands that I’m from, or bands that I was currently in and he always kind of respected that. Plus he’s got all the other stuff that I like, that he likes; you know A Perfect Circle, Tool, Pantera, Deftones, Ministry, and he comes from Chicago so there’s the entire scene that was going on there. So, ya know, it either works or it doesn’t, and in this case it was like ‘Hey dude, let’s make this, let’s do that’ and I was like ‘Yeah that’s great!’ and the songs wrote themselves. When it feels like it’s effortless, that’s when you gotta kinda just back up and just… He’s the only person I made a deal with BEFORE we went into the studio. We had already messed around with some songs, and I was like ‘When this record comes out, this is exactly what you’re getting. This is it.’ The ownership of the song is perfectly split. It’s not ‘I’m 60, you’re 40′. It’s not, ya know…
AWAY-TEAM: Right, right. It’s your song, it’s not YOUR song.
JONNY RADTKE: Right.
RICHARD PATRICK: Yeah. And having said that, here I am singing the vocals, and it’s like ‘Hey, what do you think of this melody?’ (changes voice) ‘Hey maybe try that’ So all of a sudden, it’s just a common good of the best idea wins, and there’s no ego, and it’s all been set in stone. There was nothing to gain from being the guy that wrote the melody and the lyrics, because I’m not going for 50 percent, I’m just going for the common good of the song. So, a lot of stuff like that. Everything is easy, instead of just me. (There’s a knock at the door, and in comes catering with a platter)
AWAY-TEAM: Rich, you’ve been sober for ten years now, which I wanna congratulate you on…
RICHARD PATRICK: Oh, thank you man!
AWAY-TEAM: … I know you’ve had songs in the past that have dealt with addiction issues, “This Finger’s For You” seems like it may be another one, is that true? What was the inspiration behind that song?
RICHARD PATRICK: Umm, that was one of those random kind of songs where it was like I’m upset. I don’t know exactly what started it, but ‘I can’t drink gin. I can’t do some of that.’ I can’t fall back into the old person that I used to be. The drug years, the alcoholic, drug years I call the “Gonzo Years” where I was literally in a Hunter S. Thompson phase of my life. I was trying to press the boundary of mind-altering substances to the point where, ya know, I’m in the middle of “Welcome to the Fold” and the bridge was 17 minutes long as it was. I’m sitting there going ‘Mama gimme my medicine’, and I’m peaking on mushrooms, and I’m trying to describe being a little kid being held up by this giant tree that is my mom, and just freestyling into this weird shit. Trying to capture what it’s like being on just a ton of drugs, in the same way that Dr. Hunter S. Thompson would for any of his books, or any of his reporting. But eventually, you end up not really learning anything, you’ve learned everything and now you’re just a drug addict. So as soon as I started feeling like that I pulled out. And I use the drug years as fodder for so many amazing songs. “The Sun Comes Out Tonight” is about being a “falling through the cracks” type of kid. Good person, but had nothing to do, couldn’t afford anything, I could afford some cheap drugs, and I could walk around the City of Cleveland, Ohio on acid and break into abandoned buildings, and have a look on the city that no one else would have because everybody else is in a club, or in a home, or a movie, or bar or whatever. So, ya know, I’m really proud that I went through that phase because; and then once you get really addicted to drugs and alcohol, then all of a sudden that’s a personal battle, and you gotta fight out of that somehow. It takes a couple years, and then you’re finally grateful that ‘Wow, I can’t believe how much I learned!’
RICHARD PATRICK: A lot of stuff right there. (laughs)
AWAY-TEAM: Amazing stuff! (all laugh) You mentioned “Watch The Sun Come Out Tonight”, you’ve always been one to sort of defy convention, and I know you did this on The Trouble With Angels, you actually use a bit of vocal effects on that…
RICHARD PATRICK: Yeah.
AWAY-TEAM: …which I’m normally not a big fan of, but your voice lends itself so well to it; not to mention that we all know you can sing your ass off without it…
RICHARD PATRICK: Yeah, that’s a vocoder. Rick James did a lot of that stuff.
JONNY RADTKE: It’s basically your voice coming through a keyboard.
AWAY-TEAM: Yeah, like a synthesized voice.
RICHARD PATRICK: Yeah, it’s totally an effect, and see that’s the thing. The first entire record was all programmed drums, on purpose, ya know fingers out (extends both middle fingers). We don’t need a neve console, we need this fucking computer and we’re gonna make it work. And then we’re gonna run it through a neve console, and mix it, and that was the idea. We were just literally leaving Nine Inch Nails, and before when Trent and I were working together in Nine Inch Nails we were listening to bands like Ministry and Skinny Puppy. I was never gonna be in a rock band again with like, the regular format. Because once you experience all the different crazy sounds you can make on a computer, you gotta take that. Now “The Inevitable Relapse”, I took a lot of shit for that, apparently I’m allowed to use drum machines, but I’m not allowed to use an obvious effect. Because the song is about going to the club to score, and then the “relapse” is “Drink it, Drink it, Snort it, Smoke it.” I took a lot of shit for that, and undeservedly so.
AWAY-TEAM: I’d have to agree with that. Now there are certain people who make their entire career out of that…
RICHARD PATRICK: Yeah, I mean I understand getting sick of Chris Brown and stuff like that, but dude. The interesting about that is, here’s this effect and it’s in your industrial rock band for half a second to make you feel like you were in the club, and then it’s all back to normal vocals.
AWAY-TEAM: Yeah, it’s not very long at all.
RICHARD PATRICK: Yeah, and it was the first song that was released to the fans, and they shit the bed, and completely freaked out like ‘Oh my God are you gonna do this?’ And I was just like ‘Oh God, here we go.’
JONNY RADTKE: But now with this song, I think it’s…
RICHARD PATRICK: That song is, honestly we stole that idea from The Deftones so we’re not even the first band to do that.
AWAY-TEAM: Over the course of your career, you’ve done a few cover songs, what’s the coolest cover you’ve ever heard of one of your songs?
RICHARD PATRICK: Well you know what, Brooke White sang “Take A Picture”, and we have the copy because we’re trying to do some stuff with it in film. It’s actually Brooke White, the song, and Mitch Marlow has done some stuff with it. It’s an amazing cover, maybe we’ll get that released somehow. Then there’s all kinds of people doing “Hey Man, Nice Shot”, it’s kinda wild. Then I met Shaun Morgan from Seether, and I was like (in a low, mean sounding voice) “Yeah I heard your cover.” (all laugh) But I was just messing with him, he’s a great guy, he said some good things to me. It’s a flattering, amazing thing that people would cover your music. You know who else did it, Lifehouse did “Take A Picture”; so there’s a whole bunch of people out there covering our stuff.
AWAY-TEAM: One of your covers, “Happy Together”, is now being featured in the movie The Great Gatsby.
Speaking of movies, obviously you’re the rock star of the family, and your brother is a successful actor, and it’s often been said that every singer wants to be an actor, and every actor a singer. Have you guys ever talked about anything like that, has Robert ever been like ‘Hey man, let me…
RICHARD PATRICK: Performance is amazing! He did, he was trying to get me to be an actor back when I was in my drug phase so I wasn’t into it. Performing is awesome, and when you have an opportunity to look into a camera or act in something, Jonny and I actually acted in our video. We had a cameo role in our video for “What Do You Say”, which is a great little short movie.
JONNY RADTKE: Yeah, it’ll be out soon. We both had this little acting cameo.
RICHARD PATRICK: Yeah, it was like ‘Look upset.’ or ‘Look like you’re thinking about it.’ (all laugh)
JONNY RADTKE: Cook that steak! (laughs)
RICHARD PATRICK: Cook that fucking steak! (laughs)
JONNY RADTKE: I think this dude would be an amazing actor! We fuck around all the time on the tour bus, we’re like brothers. If we’re not focused on work related stuff, we’re joking about stuff. He’s got his routines and shit, I think he would be perfect. You could see him in like a Vince Vaughn, you know that squad of dudes, Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller, all those guys, Jonah Hill…
AWAY-TEAM: Well I got to see his Forrest Gump first-hand! (all laugh) [Editors Note: Prior to the commencement of recording, we engaged in an ice-breaking conversation that culminated in Richard comparing his life to that of Forrest Gump, and doing a hilarious impersonation of him]
JONNY RADTKE: I’d actually like to see him in a film. I think he could do it. I think he could also do dramatic work as well. Me, on the other hand, I don’t know. I’m not an actor, and never really thought of myself as one! (laughs)
RICHARD PATRICK: I think you could easily do it. I think performing is all linked up man! Writing, performing, creativity; it’s all hooked up in some way. Even though my brother Robert does not have a musical bone in his body! Check out Filter-So I Quit w/Robert Patrick; it’s amazingly funny!
AWAY-TEAM: I definitely will! (laughs) You’re also close to an Academy Award Winner in your former bandmate, and friend, Trent Reznor…
RICHARD PATRICK: T-Rez!
AWAY-TEAM: He’s just announced that he’s got this creative fire burning inside, and he’s bringing back Nine Inch Nails to release a new album.
RICHARD PATRICK: Yeah, which I knew about for a couple months. (laughs) I didn’t wanna say anything…
AWAY-TEAM: (laughs) Let me ask you this, I know when you were a member of the band you didn’t really get to record too much with him; is that something you guys have ever talked about? Maybe doing some sort of collaborating in the future? You know, not necessarily for either band, but in general?
RICHARD PATRICK: Yeah, I mean I think it’d be interesting if I sang on something. He had a thing that he was trying to do called Tapeworm, he asked me if I wanted to do something with that, I don;t know if that ever saw the light of day, but… He’s asked me, and now that I’m older, I certainly would wanna do it. When I was younger I was too nervous, too crazy, you know it was back when I was drinking, crazy addict reporting from gonzo land! (all laugh) But the short answer is absolutely, I’d love to do something. I’d love to sing on something, I’m sure he’s got a bunch of music, ya know. (Trent, I hope you’re listening!!!)
AWAY-TEAM: Speaking of former bandmates, Frank Cavanaugh had some pretty harsh comments for you after an incident in which your wife was nearly run off the road because she had a bumper sticker that said “Ban Assault Weapons”…
RICHARD PATRICK: Yeah. (seemingly puzzled by the comments)
AWAY-TEAM: Really strange. The first thing I thought of, ya know Frank’s a military guy, and most military guys I know are staunch conservatives…
RICHARD PATRICK: Yeah it’s kinda wild…
AWAY-TEAM: …you’re a liberal. That must have made for some tough times touring, and working together…
RICHARD PATRICK: I was out of my mind when I was younger. I didn’t really have any political stance.
AWAY-TEAM: Have you spoken to Frank since everything?
RICHARD PATRICK: Ya know Frank…
JONNY RADTKE: I talk to Frank all the time, and right before that happened it was like…
RICHARD PATRICK: You talk to him on the phone?
JONNY RADTKE: We text, we email, he’s been a friend of mine for quite a long time. Every time I come through Texas, he’d come to shows. But yeah, when I saw that comment that Frank left I was like ‘Whoa!’
RICHARD PATRICK: Yeah, because I had said something like ‘The Tea Party’…
JONNY RADTKE: We were talking about our opinion on gun control, which is to ban assault weapons, and he kinda jumped on Rich about that!
RICHARD PATRICK: He jumped on it, he was like ‘I can’t believe you would say we’re all treasounous’, and I’m like “You’re obstructing the constitution. You’re obstructing getting the government working. You’re attacking the government. That’s treason to me.” The United States operates with a manual, and it’s called The Constitution. It’s an instruction pamphlet from the people that made the country, and you need to follow it! Filibustering 250 times in the Senate, to block every single thing that the president wants to try and work on, isn’t what we voted for! We voted for common sense! The Bush Administration had eight years, they were filibustered six times. The Obama Administration is not even through it’s fifth year, and it’s had 250 filibusters in the Senate. What the fuck is going on? Because I want a vote on gun control, eighty percent of the people in the United States want a background check. Every single thing that they’re talking about, in Sandy Hook he fumbled on the second clip, so he was putting the 30-60 rounds, and he dropped the first one and fumbled, eleven children ran out the door. Got the clip in, killed twenty, so practicality, common sense; the laws of this country are what separate us from anarchy, right? Society is based on laws, it’s based on rules. We wanna ban anything beyond eleven bullets, or ten bullets, apparently that’s an attack on the 2nd Amendment right. Okay, so you can’t have a grenade, you can’t have bazookas, but you can have a machine gun that fires as many times as you want. So it’s essentially an automatic weapon, somehow that’s an attack on the 2nd Amendment. Well, maybe we should look at the 2nd Amendment. This is just three gentlemen sitting here talking about this, my wife, we have a “Ban Assault Weapons” sticker on our car because why not? They’re not practical! You don’t need them, and if we’re in an arms race with our government, well they have the Atomic Bomb, they have tanks, they have more Abrams tanks than you could imagine! So if there’s a domestic dispute, they’ve got like 10,000 tanks; roll that into any fucking major city, and you’re done! I don’t understand what they’re going for. when I think about Ted Nugent, it blows my mind. I almost hear a panicked gun nut, not too far away from where David Koresh was! It’s like ‘Dude, chill the fuck out!!!‘, ya know? I’ve never owned a gun in my life. I’ve shot some guns, what’s the big fucking deal!!! You shoot a gun, ‘Wow I’ve hit the target!’, whoopty-fucking-do!!! Action movies are great, I love action movies, I don’t wanna go out and fucking kill anybody! It’s availability, it’s availability to the VT guy, it’s availability to the Columbine guys. It’s gun show loopholes, you know I went to a gun show once and they were like ‘So have you ever been arrested for a felony?’ and I’m like ‘Oh yeah, absolutely. Felonious assault with a can of beer.’ They’re like (in his best redneck voice) ‘Dammit son, you’re not supposed to say that! You’re supposed to lie!’ And I’m like ‘Really? I don’t want a gun.’ (cue redneck voice again) ‘Oh I thought you wanted to buy this thing.’ ‘No I don’t. I actually was just looking at it.’ (redneck voice) ‘Alright, well I didn’t hear anything anyways’. They don’t give a fuck, they just wanna sell guns, they don’t give a fuck who they’re selling them to! I don’t know, I’m so far left I’m in the middle. I’m so far left of the Tea Party, I’m moderately in the middle! I talk to Republicans all the time, and I’m like ‘So what about banning assault weapons?’ and they’re like ‘Okay, it’s practical.’ I’m like ‘You’re a Republican. What the fuck happened to your party?!!!’ It’s Tea-publicans! That’s who’s running the government! They’re using the stunt that, every time school’s in session, they’re pulling the fucking fire alarm! So every time everybody wants to get together for school, they pull the filibuster fire alarm! When are Americans gonna figure that out? These are the same people that (return of the redneck voice hilarity) ‘Know there’s something going on out there in that Area 51, and it’s aliens, I’ma tell ya!’ It’s the same shit, they’re the same fucking folks! (Redneck voice over the laughter of Jonny and myself) ‘I know that JFK was assassinated by the CIA back it the day! That’s the real story! What Lee Harvey Oswald, he was the guy in the grassy knolllll!!!!!!’ That’s who’s doing this shit! I don’t like it!
AWAY-TEAM: I’m a gun owner, but it’s for the protection of my family…
RICHARD PATRICK: You know what? I’ve probably been a gun owner at some point in my life.
AWAY-TEAM: It’s crazy nowadays, with the home invasions and shit! I’ve got a daughter almost the same age as yours, and I need to protect my family! But I’m a RESPONSIBLE gun owner, I keep it in a safe etc., etc…
RICHARD PATRICK: I honestly, the minute I get a chance, I’m gonna go buy a shotgun. I’m gonna buy a shotgun, I want a 12 gauge pump shotgun. I don’t want the big, huge, ridiculous long one. I just want the pump one that’s kinda shorter. Literally just to kinda scatter some bird shot, and that’s it. I understand the necessity to own a weapon, and lock it up in a safe, and put a lock on the trigger, and your kids can never find it. It’s only memorized in your head somewhere, or locked away on a hard drive somewhere. I stand behind my open-ended request to debate Rush Limbaugh and Ted Nugent. The debate’s gonna be simple, cuz I’m just gonna ask some questions and let them rant on about like (Limbaugh voice) ‘Buh, duh, duh. It’s just a scare tactic by Democrats. Global warming is totally made up by the Obama Administration. Who we all know resides in Kenya.’ You know, it’s just like their crazy wacko fucking shit! (laughs) I wanna ask Rush Limbaugh to his face, “Dude, I make music. I’m trying to bring people together, and I’m trying to make the world a better place. What are you doing? Cuz I know you’re rich, you’ve already made your money.’ But stirring up the fringe? How can that be, I know Bill O’Reilly’s like ‘Hey I don’t care, I’m doing it for the money.’ There’s guys that wanna hear the Democratic point of view, the liberal stuff. The far right is way crazier! What’s the worst thing a Democrat has done? What’s the worst thing? Are they denouncing science? Maybe they’re denouncing religion in schools, actually I don’t want a fucking church in my school! I want the church at church! What is so wrong from the liberal point of view? Where are the liberal extremists? What, PETA? Or the people trying to get between toxic waste dumping out in the ocean? I don’t know, some of the extreme far left, with the burning of those houses for infringing on forests, I get that. I’m against that, no one should burn someone’s property. How is it somehow the Obama Administration is the far left?
AWAY-TEAM: So we’re here for the opening night of the Summerland Tour with your band, Filter, as well as Sponge (whose sound check graced our eardrums throughout this interview), Live, and Everclear. What’s the band you most look forward to seeing tonight?
JONNY RADTKE: I can’t wait to see all of them!
RICHARD PATRICK: Yeah. I mean, how are we gonna pick a favorite? They’re all awesome bands.
JONNY RADTKE: The other three bands have all had great success over the years. Really cool songs, and we’ve all known each other, for the most part, for many years. So already today’s been kind of a ‘Hey it’s good to see you again’
AWAY-TEAM: High School Reunion type of thing.
RICHARD PATRICK: Yeah, yeah.
JONNY RADTKE: It’s gonna be fun for all the fans, but it’s a treat for all of us too. For all of us to be back in a room together, and hanging out.
RICHARD PATRICK: Yeah.
AWAY-TEAM: So let’s see it! What did you get?
RICHARD PATRICK: (shows arm)
AWAY-TEAM: Oh nice, for Sloan. (Rich’s daughter) That’s cool!
RICHARD PATRICK: My daughter Sloan. She is so, she’s just got such an amazing go-getter attitude. Just fearless, ya know. First day of pre-school she’s marching into pre-school holding her bags, her backpack was bigger that her, and she’s like ‘Let’s go!’ (laughs) She walks in ‘Whatta ya got here?’ Ya know, puts it in her little cubbie at school and just like...
AWAY-TEAM: Yeah, they’re amazing. They’re life changers!
RICHARD PATRICK: Yeah, and the funny thing is that a million years ago, it was that emotional bond that made us more successful, way more so than all of the other bi-peds. The brain would start to get bigger to grow more emotional. So having all of these super strong emotional ties, the byproduct of that is what gave us all of this intelligence. Isn’t that amazing? So when you have a kid, you’re so connected, and it’s like ‘I have to live as long as I possibly can. I have to take care of myself’ (laughs) When I was 30, I did not care. I was like ‘I don’t wanna be 40. I don’t give a fuck. I’d rather die. Who cares?’ I was like ‘I’m good. Became a rock star. Sold millions of records…’ Then all of a sudden when you have kids you’re like ‘Nope. I need to see her grow up. I need to protect her when she’s 30, 40, 50. I’m gonna eat my spinach.’
AWAY-TEAM: Yeah I know, it’s amazing what they do to us! Well hey, thank you both!
RICHARD PATRICK & JONNY RADTKE: Thank You!
AWAY-TEAM: It’s been a huge honor, and a great pleasure to speak with both of you, and I look forward to seeing you tear it up out there tonight! (And tear it up they did!)
RICHARD PATRICK: It’s gonna be great! We’re looking forward to it!
JONNY RADTKE: Thanks for coming out!
For more info including Tour Dates and to purchase music and merch visit Filter’s Official Website.
Special thanks go out to Richard and Jonny for so graciously giving me their time, and to Julie Lichtenstein at Wind-Up Records for making it all happen!
Rockwave will feature seminal alternative rock bands Jane’s Addiction and Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington, along with performances from Filter, Anberlin, Beware Of Darkness, and an opening band TBA performing on the Monster Main Stage.
A special discounted ticket pre-sale for Rockwave Festival will take place from July 16-18 at www.rockwavefest.com. During the pre-sale, a limited number of discounted general admission tickets will be available for purchase for the following prices (plus fees):
“I’m super excited to help launch the new 96 K-ROCK radio station in Ft. Myers, with Jane’s Addiction and Stone Temple Pilots, Filter, Anberlin and one of my new favorite acts Beware Of Darkness,” says festival creator/producer Danny Wimmer of Danny Wimmer Presents. “What a great party it’s going to be to close out the summer.”
Regularly priced general admission and VIP tickets go on sale Friday, July 19 at 10:00 AM Eastern Time at www.rockwavefest.com, Ticketmaster.com and at all Ticketmaster outlets. Beginning July 19, General Admission tickets will be $45.00 (plus fees) and VIP tickets will be $89.50 (plus fees). Doors open at 1:00 PM.
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 and private restroom facilities; and a VIP guest laminate.
96 K-ROCK presents Rockwave Festival is produced by Danny Wimmer Presents and AEG Live, part of the team that produces the massively successful Rock On The Range, Carolina Rebellion, Welcome To Rockville, and Fort Myers’ own Fort Rock festival. 96 K-ROCK presents Rockwave Festival is fueled by Monster Energy.
JetBlue Park is the spring training home of the Boston Red Sox and is located at 11500 Fenway South Drive in Fort Myers, Florida. It’s also the home to the Fort Rock music festival, which debuted April 14, 2013.
For more info visit the Rockwave Festival’s Official Website.
June 26, 2013 – SOiL premiered the brand new video for “Shine On,” the first single from their forthcoming sixth studio album, WHOLE, on Loudwire.com yesterday. The song is currently gaining airplay on radio stations nationwide and will be available digitally July 2. The full album will be released August 20.
WHOLE is the first album with original frontman Ryan McCombs since 2004′s RE.DE.FINE (after which he became Drowning Pool’s lead singer). It sees SOiL returning to the classic sound that fans have come to admire, calling it the album “that could have come directly after the SCARS album in 2001.”
New Noise magazine recently called the album (in a 5-out-of-5 star review): “…dirty hard rock influenced alternative metal that’s got more piss and vinegar going for it than anything I’ve heard on the radio these days…To hear something like this is just fucking refreshing in all honesty; and it’s the best thing I’ve heard from alternative heavy metal in years.”
In touring news, SOiL will hitting the road on June 19 for a show in Bowling Green, KY at The Rustic Room along with Pop Evil. The band is currently lining up shows for the entire summer, which will be announced in the coming weeks. One of the upcoming tour stops includes an appearance as part of the second annual Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival on September 15 in Sacramento, CA at Discovery Park, along with Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Megadeth, Volbeat, A Day To Remember, HIM, Buckcherry, Halestorm, Asking Alexandria, All That Remains, Falling In Reverse, Device, Steel Panther, P.O.D., and many others.
Check out SOiL at any of the following stops:
DATE CITY VENUE
Wed 6/19 Bowling Green, KY The Rustic Room (with Pop Evil)
Thu 6/20 South Bend, IN Cheers Pub
Fri 6/21 Wausau, WI The Fillmore
Thu 7/18 Marion, OH Tink’s Rock House
Fri 7/19 Battle Creek, MI Planet Rock
Sat 7/20 Pecatonica, IL Winnebago County Fairgrounds Breast Fest
Sat 8/24 Twin Lakes, WI Shadow Hill Ranch (WIIL Rock Fest)
Sun 9/15 Sacramento, CA Discovery Park
For more info, visit SoiL’s Official Website.