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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.

Rock On The Range, America’s premier hard rock festival, returns to central Ohio’s Columbus Crew Stadium May 15, 16 and 17, 2015 for its ninth year with a stellar lineup of top rock bands led by multiplatinum band Linkin Park, global rock juggernauts Slipknot and heavy metal legends Judas Priest–who are currently celebrating their 40th Anniversary. The full weekend of non-stop rock will also feature performances from Godsmack, Marilyn Manson, Breaking Benjamin, Rise Against, Volbeat, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, Papa Roach, Halestorm, Of Mice & Men, Anthrax and many more of the world’s most exciting bands on three stages over three days, plus the biggest Rock n’ Roll comedians in the ROTR Comedy Tent.
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Rock On The Range–part of the World’s Loudest Month festival series–has sold out in advance for two years in a row, with 120,000 concertgoers on hand in 2014. In 2015, ROTR will welcome live music’s top cable channel, AXS TV, to film the weekend as part of their live festival coverage, allowing fans around the world to experience Rock On The Range.

To kick off the ROTR weekend with a laugh, Guitar World & Revolver’s Roast On The Range returns to Columbus, Ohio Thursday, May 14. Look for more details to be announced in early 2015 at www.RoastOnTheRange.com and www.RockOnTheRange.com. The 2014 Roast featured nearly a dozen musicians and comedians who honored and lampooned Slipknot and Stone Sour vocalist Corey Taylor in front of a live audience.

The current band lineup for Rock On The Range–fueled by Monster Energy Drink–is as follows: Linkin Park, Slipknot, Judas Priest, Godsmack, Marilyn Manson, Breaking Benjamin, Rise Against, Volbeat, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, Papa Roach, Halestorm, Of Mice & Men, Ministry, Anthrax, Tech N9ne, In This Moment, Hollywood Undead, Live, Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, Yelawolf, In Flames, Motionless In White, Saxon, Rival Sons, Falling In Reverse, Apocalyptica, Hatebreed, Periphery, Nonpoint, Baby Metal, The Devil Wears Prada, Dillinger Escape Plan, We Are Harlot, Starset, New Medicine, Beartooth, You Me At Six, Young Guns, Dorothy, Crobot, Shaman’s Harvest, Like A Storm, Unlocking The Truth, Islander, Marmozets, Sabatron, Upon A Burning Body, From Ashes To New, Red Son Rising, and Santa Cruz, with more bands and entertainers to be announced soon.

A specially priced pre-sale for Rock On The Range is available now through Friday, December 5 at 9:59 AM ET. Visit www.facebook.com/rockontherange to receive a code to purchase pre-sale tickets now. The ROTR ticket pre-sale offers a limited number of weekend tickets at discounted prices as follows (plus fees):

Weekend Field: $169.50
Weekend Stadium GA: $99.50
Weekend Stadium 4-Pack (save $100, while supplies last): $299

Regularly priced general admission tickets go on sale Friday, December 5 at 10:00 AM ET and will be priced as follows:

Weekend Field: $184.50
Weekend Stadium GA: $124.50
Weekend Stadium 4-Pack (while supplies last): $349

These prices will stay in place through late February.



New Zealand prosecutors on Friday backtracked by dropping a murder-for-hire charge against AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd, saying there wasn’t enough evidence to proceed.

But the 60-year-old member of the popular Australian band still faces a serious charge of threatening to kill, which comes with a maximum prison term of seven years. He also faces charges of possessing methamphetamine and marijuana.

Rudd‘s lawyer Paul Mabey said the decision to charge Rudd was made by police without consulting with prosecutors.

The charge alleging an attempt to procure murder should never have been laid,” Mabey said in a statement, adding “Mr. Rudd has suffered unnecessary and extremely damaging publicity as a result of widespread and sensational reporting of a very serious allegation, which on any basis was never justified. The damage to Mr. Rudd is incalculable.

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From stuff.co.nz:
AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd allegedly tried to have two men killed.
He appeared in the Tauranga District Court this afternoon, charged with attempting to procure a murder.
Rudd, 60, dressed in jeans and a grey sweater, said nothing during his short stint in the dock of the court, before being released on bail.
PhilRuddHe entered no plea to the charges and will reappear in court in three weeks.
Media applied for permission to film and photograph Rudd in the dock.
His lawyer Tony Rickardsson argued against that saying the media just wanted to get photos of Ruddat his worst“.
But Judge Bidois allowed filming of Rudd.
Rudd had been in custody since 7am when his house was raided by police.
In releasing Rudd on bail he ordered that he should have no contact with the man he allegedly tried to hire to carry out the murder.
According to the charges laid by police, Rudd had tried to get two men killed – their names and that of the intended hitman were all suppressed by the judge.

Last month, AC/DC fuelled rumours of a falling out with Rudd after sharing a promotional photograph of their new line-up — minus the drummer.
The snap features singer Brian Johnson, bassist Cliff Williams, guitarist Angus Young, and Stevie Young, who has stepped in to replace his uncle Malcolm Young, who is battling dementia.








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

 

From Static-X‘s Press Agent:

wayne staticToday is a sad day in the music industry – Front-man and founding member WAYNE STATIC of STATIC-X passed away quietly in his sleep at his home last night.

The couple was getting ready to leave for a Fall/Winter tour this morning. They were to have left the night before on Halloween, but decided they would head out early in the morning November 1st.

The couple, known for partying heavy, had left hard drugs in 2009 and had not touched them since. Static’s first solo album – Pighammer – was a tribute to his new non-drug life and hoped it would help others to get clean from hard chemical drugs.

More official information about his passing will be released in the following days. This is not a drug related incident or an O. D. Please be courteous to his family and wife and leave positive messages.

jack bruceFrom Jack Bruce‘s official Facebook page:
It is with great sadness that we, Jack’s family, announce the passing of our beloved Jack: husband, father, granddad, and all round legend. The world of music will be a poorer place without him, but he lives on in his music and forever in our hearts.

Jack Bruce co-formed legendary supergroup Cream, which also included Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker, are now considered one of the most important bands in rock history. They sold 35 million albums in just over two years and were given the first ever platinum disc for Wheels of Fire.

Bruce wrote and sang most of the songs, including “I Feel Free” and “Sunshine Of Your Love“.

Jack Bruce is believed to have succumbed to liver disease. He was 71.













metal churchFrom the Metal Church Facebook page:
AFTER 10 YEARS, 4 ALBUMS AND MANY GREAT SHOWS & PERFORMANCES, LEAD VOCALIST RONNY MONROE[sic] WILL BE LEAVING METAL CHURCH TO PURSUE OTHER INTERESTS. THIS IS REGRETTABLE, BUT UNDERSTANDABLE. WE WISH RONNY SUCCESS WITH HIS NEW ENDEAVORS. TO OUR FANS WE WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT METAL CHURCH IS STILL VERY MUCH ALIVE AND WE WILL HAVE SOME BIG ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR YOU IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE \m/








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!

 

Virginia’s long running epic metal legends are commemorating their 25th year of existence with the release of their sixth studio album, Suspended At Aphelion. The album will be released digitally via Nuclear Blast on November 18th. Ambitious, epic, and progressive, the album is comprised of a single track divided into 11 parts and is performed by the entire Fear Of Infinity line-up as well as several esteemed guests, including two FATES WARNING alumni that unite two eras of the band for the first time ever: drummer Mark Zonder and co-founding guitarist Victor Arduini.

WHILE HEAVEN WEPT guitarist & songwriter Tom Phillips shares more insight on the album:

while heaven weptWhile most of our albums have been thematic, this is the first time we’ve released something entirely of a conceptual nature in the grand tradition of PINK FLOYD, GENESIS, RUSH, MARILLION, IRON MAIDEN, KING DIAMOND, QUEENSRYCHE, and of course FATES WARNING. Musically, this album falls somewhere in the middle of all of that with a touch of Viking-era BATHORY as well.”

While the signature sound of WHILE HEAVEN WEPT remains fully intact, the band has evolved. Phillips explains:

We’ve always been characterized by emotional sincerity, bombast, sweeping melodies, and dense orchestration. Suspended At Aphelion is no exception – however, this really is another level for us in that it’s the first album featuring all-new material composed in this decade (as opposed to previous releases which often culled from years of archival material). It’s full of twists, turns, modulations, time changes, harmonic content rarely heard in metal, and tons of counterpoint. This is all augmented by actual cellos, violins, classical guitars, an array of percussion, and genuine analog synths.”

Over the last few years, we’ve had some audiophiles reaching out to us regarding the ‘loudness wars,’” Phillips continues, “so we were very much committed to delivering an album with a wide dynamic range, with very little peak reduction or compression… ensuring it was as dynamic and organic as possible versus being Pro-Tooled to death or overtly compressed/limited for loudness…not unlike our labelmates SATYRICON, who definitely impacted our approach to Suspended At Aphelion. So you may have to turn it up compared to ‘X album’ from 2014, but we feel like this epic journey is even more gratifying because of this.

“‘Icarus And I’ is Part 2 out of 11 and establishes the foundation of Suspended At Aphelion’s plot: The pursuit of the sun with passion and vigor, only to succumb to the reality that it is beyond reach,” explains Philips. “That is really what Suspended At Aphelion is all about: Being instead condemned to the furthest point from the sun… the failure to achieve the dream despite all the faith, hope, spirit, strength, and heart any one of us could muster. And musically, there are so many more twists, turns, modulations, so much more madness that follows this. It’s impossible to represent the totality of this song with any individual part; however, ‘Icarus And I’ was the inception of what we feel is the most gratifying journey in the history of WHILE HEAVEN WEPT.

The track listing for Suspended At Aphelion is:
I: Introspectus
II: Icarus And I
III: Ardor
IV: Heartburst
V: Indifference Turned Paralysis
VI: The Memory Of Bleeding
VII: Souls In Permafrost
VIII: Searching The Stars
IX: Reminiscence Of Strangers
X: Lifelines Lost
XI: Retrospectus







Sister-Sin-Black-LotusSister Sin skillfully inject elements of classic, metal-tinged hard rock in the vein of Motley Crue, Accept, and Judas Priest, while remaining contemporary, fresh and pushing heavy metal to wider audiences, akin to bands like The Pretty Reckless and Halestorm. Revolver adds, “If you think Sister Sin are just another female-fronted metal band, you’ve got another thing comin’. Spiked and leather-clad, these Swedes crank out music for fighting hard and partying harder.

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