February 10.2014–Digital Summer has confirmed they are headed out on a U.S. national tour with Grammy Nominee Volbeat and metal heavy hitters Trivium this Spring. The tour kicks off in Denver, CO on April 3rd, 2014. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster for the following dates:
4/03 Denver, CO
4/04 Mescalero, NM
4/06 Anaheim, CA
4/08 Modesto, CA
4/09 Reno, NV
4/10 Medford, OR
4/11 Spokane, WA
4/13 Boise, ID
4/14 Seattle, WA
4/15 Missoula, MT
4/17 Fargo, ND
4/18 LaCrosse, WI
4/19 Clive, IA
4/21 Ft. Wayne, IN
4/22 Cleveland, OH
4/23 Louisville, KY
4/27 Chattanooga, TN
4/28 Nashville, TN
4/30 Pittsburgh, PA
5/01 Bethlehem, PA
5/05 Niagara Falls, NY
5/06 Poughkeepsie, NY
5/08 Huntington, NY
5/09 Hampton Beach, NH
Digital Summer will also be announcing a few additional one-off dates, both festival and headline shows. So far “Welcome to Rockville” in Jacksonville, FL on April 26th, 2014 is among one of the festivals Digital Summer has already confirmed. Following the tour announcement, the band recently signed on 13 year old YouTube drummer Austin Rios of Elk City, OK and guitar player Derek Kleoppel of Kansas City, MO. Kyle states “Austin is no gimmick, this kid is the real deal. He shocked us and he’s going to shock a lot of people very soon”. Digital Summer is known for their unconventional style of business and marketing, this member line-up proves to be right along those lines.
In other news, the band has recently stated they’ve been in the studio working on new material and possibly a Deluxe Edition release of their current studio album Breaking Point, which features their chart breaking radio hit “Forget You”. No release dates have been announced.
After more than three decades together, iconic rock ‘n roll band MÖTLEY CRÜE announced today their Final Tour and the band’s ultimate retirement. The announcement was solidified when the band signed a formal Cessation Of Touring Agreement, effective at the end of 2015, in front of global media in Los Angeles today. Celebrating the announcement of this Final Tour, the band will perform on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live TONIGHT and will appear on CBS This Morning TOMORROW MORNING.
With over 80 million albums sold, MÖTLEY CRÜE has sold out countless tours across the globe and spawned more than 2,500 MÖTLEY CRÜE branded items sold in over 30 countries. MÖTLEY CRÜE has proven they know how to make a lasting impression and this tour will be no different; Fans can expect to hear the catalogue of their chart- topping hits and look forward to mind-blowing, unparalleled live production. “When it comes to putting together a new show we always push the envelope and that’s part of Motley Crue’s legacy,” explains Nikki Sixx (bass). “As far as letting on to what we’re doing, that would be like finding out what you’re getting for Christmas before you open the presents. We think in an age of too much information, we’d like to keep some surprises close to our chest until we launch the Final Tour.”
The Final Tour presented by Dodge and produced by Live Nation will kick off in North America on July 2nd in Grand Rapids, MI and reach 72 markets before hitting international territories in 2015. To Live Nation MÖTLEY CRÜE tours are not only box office successes but artistically their shows have set the bar for production and entertainment value. “There’s no arguing that Motley Crue have been and always will be the definitive bad boys of rock and roll,” says Rick Franks, Live Nation’s Regional President of North America Concerts. “But behind all those notorious stories is a legendary rock band that has revolutionized heavy metal and created some of the biggest hits in music history. They are a hugely successful global brand and a touring powerhouse. Everyone at Live Nation has a tremendous amount of respect for these hard working and extremely talented gentlemen. The music industry will never have another Motley Crue.”
The Dodge brothers were a notorious duo, so it seemed only natural to partner with the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band. “Whenever I talk to people about Motley Crue, the common thread is how cool and relevant the band remains even after 33 years,” said Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO, Dodge Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “This irreverent ‘staying power’ resonates deeply with the Dodge brand as we turn the corner on our 100 year anniversary. What better way to celebrate the band’s final tour and the 25th anniversary of Kickstart My Heart than to do it together?”
Fans can look forward to Very Special Guest ALICE COOPER joining MÖTLEY CRÜE for an incredible package – Alice invented the genre and MÖTLEY CRÜE put steroids in it! “Real hard rock bands are hard to find these days,” said Alice, continuing,”Motley has always gone on stage with one attitude and that’s to blow the audience away. That’s exactly how we do it. Putting Motley Crue and Alice Cooper together is going to be just what this summer really NEEDS. We’re going to go out there and tear it up, and I can’t wait to see Motley on stage. Motley Crue and Alice Cooper – A match made in… Armageddon?”
As documented in the Cessation Of Touring Agreement the band signed at the press conference today, the band will not tour after this Final Tour. Band Attorney, Doug Mark of Mark Music & Media Law, explains “Other bands have split up over rancor or the inability of people to get along, but this is a mutual among all four original members and peaceful decision to move on to other endeavors and to confirm it with a binding agreement.” Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, and Mick Mars will go their separate ways after the lengthy 2-year touring cycle. Tommy Lee (drums) explains “Everything must come to an end!! We always had a vision of going out with a big fucking bang and not playing county fairs and clubs with 1 or 2 original band members! Our job here is done!!!” Of the band’s tumultuous history, Mick Mars (guitar) adds “(It has been) more drama than ‘General Hospital’ it keeps ‘em watchin’ and they keep comin’ back.” Vocalist, Vince Neil says of the Finality of the tour – “I’ll miss playing with the guys but I won’t quit playing rock and roll!! I feel there are a lot of great opportunities and exciting projects after Motley.”
The Final Tour will coincide with the film made from MÖTLEY CRÜE’s NY Times Best-Selling book The Dirt. Jeff Tremaine (Bad Grandpa) has signed on to direct the opus that is set to debut in theaters globally in 2015, coinciding with The Final Tour. The Dirt is not only one of the best selling rock books of all time but also one of the greatest rock books of all time because of its brutal honesty, its unique voice, its multiple perspectives on the same events and its first-person inclusion of all members of the same band. Most rock memoirs are salacious mud-slinging accounts of a single person and MÖTLEY CRÜE was adamant to include the perspectives of all four of its members. Tremaine’s intention is to make, not just a great movie about a band, but a great movie about four misfits who, despite themselves and everyone else, band together to overcome the odds and change the history of Rock & Roll. “The Dirt’ is a movie I’ve wanted to make ever since I read the book in 2002,” says Tremaine. “I relate to the story on so many levels; my whole professional career has been about boys behaving badly, so I have a real connection to the material. It’s awesome to be working with the band at such an exciting time in Motley Crue’s history.” The film will be produced by the members of MÖTLEY CRÜE, Rick Yorn, Julie Yorn, Erik Olsen and 10th Street Entertainment.
MÖTLEY CRÜE Fan Club members will get the exclusive first crack at tickets and VIP Packages, via a unique code, beginning on Wednesday, January 29th starting at 10am local time. VIP ticket packages will be made available to the general public on Thursday, January 30th at 10am local time. The general public ticket on-sale for most shows is Friday, January 31st. All tickets and packages can be obtained via Ticketmaster.com, LiveNation.com, or via MotleyVIP.com.
07/02/14 GRAND RAPIDS, MI, UNITED STATES VAN ANDEL ARENA
07/04/14 MILWAUKEE, WI, UNITED STATES SUMMERFEST
07/05/14 NOBLESVILLE, IN, UNITED STATES KLIPSCH MUSIC CENTER
07/06/14 CINCINNATI, OH, UNITED STATES RIVERBEND MUSIC CENTER
07/08/14 COLUMBUS, OH, UNITED STATES SCHOTTENSTEIN CENTER
07/09/14 MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO, UNITED STATES VERIZON WIRELESS AMPHITHEATRE
07/11/14 DES MOINES, IA, UNITED STATES WELLS FARGO ARENA
07/12/14 WICHITA, KS, UNITED STATES INTRUST BANK ARENA
07/13/14 TULSA, OK, UNITED STATES BOK CENTER
07/15/14 CEDAR PARK, TX, UNITED STATES CEDAR PARK CENTER
07/16/14 DALLAS, TX, UNITED STATES GEXA ENERGY PAVILION
07/18/14 ALBUQUERQUE, NM, UNITED STATES ISLETA AMPHITHEATER
07/19/14 PHOENIX, AZ, UNITED STATES AK-CHIN PAVILION
07/21/14 LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES HOLLYWOOD BOWL
07/22/14 IRVINE, CA, UNITED STATES VERIZON WIRELESS AMPITHEATRE
07/23/14 MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, UNITED STATES SHORELINE AMPITHEATRE
07/25/14 RENO, NV, UNITED STATES RENO EVENTS CENTER
07/26/14 RIDGEFIELD, WA, UNITED STATES SLEEP COUNTY AMPITHEATER
07/27/14 AUBURN, WA, UNITED STATES WHITE RIVER AMPITHEATER
07/29/14 WHEATLAND, CA, UNITED STATES SLEEP TRAIN AMPITHEATER
07/30/14 CHULA VISTA, CA, UNITED STATES SLEEP TRAIN AMPITHEATER
08/01/14 SALT LAKE CITY, UT, UNITED STATES USANA AMPITHEATRE
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08/09/14 CLARKSTON, MI, UNITED STATES DTE ENERGY MUSIC THEATRE
08/10/14 TORONTO, ON, CANADA MOLSON CANADIAN AMPITHEATRE
08/12/14 CUYAHOGA FALLS, OH, UNITED STATES BLOSSOM MUSIC CENTER
08/13/14 BURGETTSTOWN, PA, UNITED STATES FIRST NIAGARA PAVILION
08/15/14 PELHAM, AL, UNITED STATES OAK MOUNTAIN AMPITHEATRE
08/16/14 ALPHARETTA, GA, UNITED STATES VERIZON WIRELESS AMPITHEATRE @ENCORE PARK
08/17/14 TAMPA, FL, UNITED STATES MIDFLORIDA CREDIT UNION AMPITHEATRE
08/19/14 CHARLOTTE, NC, UNITED STATES PNC MUSIC PAVILLION
08/20/14 VIRGINIA BEACH, VA, UNITED STATES FARM BUREAU LIVE AT VIRGINIA BEACH
08/22/14 BRISTOW, VA, UNITED STATES JIFFY LUBE LIVE
08/23/14 CAMDEN, NJ, UNITED STATES SUSQUEHANNA BANK CENTER
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08/29/14 WANTAGH, NY, UNITED STATES NIKON AT JONES BEACH THEATER
08/30/14 HOLMDEL, NJ, UNITED STATES PNC BANK ARTS CENTER
08/31/14 DARIEN CENTER, NY, UNITED STATES DARIEN LAKE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
10/10/14 OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, UNITED STATES CHESAPEAKE ARENA
10/11/14 THE WOODLANDS, TX, UNITED STATES CYNTHIA W. MITCHELL PAVILION
10/12/14 BOSSIER CITY, LA, UNITED STATES CENTURYLINK CENTER
10/14/14 LOUISVILLE, KY, UNITED STATES KFC YUM! CENTER
10/15/14 NASHVILLE, TN, UNITED STATES BRIDGESTONE ARENA
10/17/14 HOLLYWOOD, FL, UNITED STATES SEMINOLE HARD ROCK LIVE
10/19/14 JACKSONVILLE, FL, UNITED STATES VETERANS MEMORIAL ARENA
10/21/14 GREENVILLE, SC, UNITED STATES BON SECOURS WELLNESS ARENA
10/22/14 GREENSBORO, NC, UNITED STATES GREENSBORO COLISEUM
10/25/14 ATLANTIC CITY, NJ, UNITED STATES BORGATA EVENTS CENTER
10/26/14 MONTVILLE, CT, UNITED STATES MOHEGAN SUN
10/29/14 SYRACUSE, NY, UNITED STATES THE ONCENTER COMPLEX
11/05/14 BILOXI, MS, UNITED STATES MISSISSIPPI COAST COLISEUM
11/06/14 SOUTHHAVEN, MS, UNITED STATES LANDERS CENTER
11/09/14 MOLINE, IL, UNITED STATES IWIRELESS CENTER
11/11/14 GREEN BAY, WI, UNITED STATES RESCH CENTER
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11/13/14 OMAHA, NE, UNITED STATES CENTURYLINK CENTER
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11/16/14 FARGO, ND, UNITED STATES FARGODOME
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11/21/14 VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA ROGERS ARENA
LACUNA COIL are proud to unveil the album cover and track listing to ‘BROKEN CROWN HALO‘, their new studio album due April 1, 2014 in North America (March 31 in Europe, Australia, New Zealand) on Century Media Records. The album is the band’s seventh studio effort, and the highly-anticipated follow-up to ‘Dark Adrenaline‘, which was released in January 2012 and saw the band tour with acts including Megadeth, Motorhead, Volbeat, Sevendust and Paradise Lost after debuting at No. 15 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart.
‘BROKEN CROWN HALO‘ Track Listing:
Nothing Stands In Our Way
Hostage To The Light
Die & Rise
I Forgive (But I Won’t Forget Your Name)
I Burn In You
In The End I Feel Alive
On Cold Day
The band had this to say about the album artwork: “We are fighting for a kingdom and a crown that is not what it seems to be, one that in reality represents the moment of confusion we’re living in, and the very fragile situation we’re facing every day.”
LACUNA COIL return to the road to introduce North America to ‘BROKEN CROWN HALO‘ as part of the REVOLVER HOTTEST CHICKS IN HARD ROCK TOUR, which launches February 20 and features LACUNA COIL sharing a stage with SICK PUPPIES, Century Media Records labelmates EYES SET TO KILL, and CILVER. The tour launches in Wilmington, NC, and runs through March 20 in Anaheim, CA. See complete itinerary below, and visit www.hottestchickstour.com for additional details and VIP packages.
20: Wilmington, NC – Ziggy’s By The Sea
21: Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
22: Lexington, KY – Buster’s
23: Springfield, VA – Empire
24: New York, NY – Irving Plaza
26: Worcester, MA – Palladium
27: Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club
28: Columbus, OH – Alrosa Villa
01: Joliet, IL – Mojoe’s
02: South Bend, IN – Club Fever
05: Broussard, LA – The Station Live
06: Houston, TX – Scout Bar
07: Austin, TX – Infest
08: Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey
10: Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
12: Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
14: Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
15: Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
19: Los Angeles, CA – House Of Blues
20: Anaheim, CA – House Of Blues
Monster Energy’s Welcome To Rockville triumphantly returns to Jacksonville, Florida’s scenic Metropolitan Park along the St. Johns River April 26 and 27, bigger and better than ever.
Following 2013’s third annual event which drew over 25,000 people and garnered widespread media acclaim, the two-day destination music festival anchors the World’s Loudest Weekend and will feature a massive all-star rock lineup featuring co-headliners Avenged Sevenfold, The Cult, Rob Zombie, Korn, Five Finger Death Punch and Staind. The initial daily band lineup for Monster Energy’s Welcome To Rockville is as follows, with more to be announced:
Saturday, April 26
Memphis May Fire
We Came As Romans
Middle Class Rut
Devour The Day
We As Human
Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands winner
Sunday, April 27
Korn, Rob Zombie
Five Finger Death Punch, Staind
Theory of a Deadman
Black Label Society
Black Stone Cherry
Motionless In White
The Pretty Reckless
Twelve Foot Ninja
Korn’s Jonathan Davis says, “Can’t wait for Rockville! We love coming to JAX – the fans there always bring it!”
“5FDP is incredibly excited to be part of the kickoff of the World’s Loudest Month,” says Five Finger Death Punch’s Jeremy Spencer. “We are blessed to have so many fans in Florida that made it possible for the band to step up as a festival headliner standing beside giants like Korn and Rob Zombie! Thank you, Florida. See you all soon!”
A special discounted ticket pre-sale for Monster Energy’s Welcome To Rockville will be held from January 28-30. During the pre-sale, a limited number of discounted 2-day weekend General Admission and VIP tickets will be available for purchase. Weekend General Admission ticket pre-sale prices are as follows (plus fees):
Tuesday, January 28: $69.50
Wednesday, January 29: $79.50
Thursday, January 30: $89.50
To obtain a password to access the ticket pre-sale for Monster Energy’s Welcome To Rockville, visit www.WelcomeToRockvilleFestival.com, www.FolioWeekly.com, www.RevolverMag.com, www.RevolverMag.com
or listen to your local rock radio station. A limited number of pre-sale tickets will also be available at select Metro PCS locations with no service fees.
Monster Energy’s Carolina Rebellion, the mid-Atlantic’s biggest rock festival, proudly returns to Rock City Campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC May 3 & 4 with a massive 2 day lineup including Avenged Sevenfold (who performed at the SOLD OUT inaugural Carolina Rebellion) and Kid Rock. Also features performances by Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch and many more.
Featuring on-site camping, VIP packages and a lineup featuring today’s biggest rock bands, Monster Energy’s Carolina Rebellion–celebrating its second consecutive year at Rock City Campgrounds–has quickly grown to be the Carolinas’ Biggest Weekend of Rock in four short years.
The daily band lineup for the fourth annual Monster Energy’s Carolina Rebellion is:
Saturday, May 3
Avenged Sevenfold, Rob Zombie, Motörhead, Seether, Volbeat, Black Label Society, Killswitch Engage, Black Stone Cherry, Fozzy, Adelitas Way, Thousand Foot Krutch, KYNG, Nothing More, Devour The Day and Truckfighters
Sunday, May 4
Kid Rock, Five Finger Death Punch, 311, Staind, A Day To Remember, Alter Bridge, Theory of a Deadman, Fuel, Hellyeah, Of Mice & Men, Trivium, Redlight King, Twelve Foot Ninja and Gemini Syndrome
“The Zombie crew is super-stoked to be heading down to the Carolina Rebellion this year,” says Rob Zombie. “We are ready to throw-down a badass Zombie party for all the Rebels. See ya there.”
“This festival has become one of the biggest in the country,” says Five Finger Death Punch’s Zoltan Bathory. “We have a ton of fans in the Carolinas and the crowds there are nothing short of legendary.”
“We’re excited to play Monster Energy’s Carolina Rebellion for the first time,” says 311’s Nick Hexum. “Looks like a cool festival. We’ll be rockin’ tunes from our new album plus 311 classics. See you there!”
All tickets will go on sale Friday, January 31 at 10:00 AM ET, including Camping, Hotel and VIP Packages, as well as Weekend 4-Packs and upgrades. All Camping and Hotel Packages will include access to the Friday night campground party. As in the past, ticket discounts will also be available for active military. For full details about military ticket discounts, Camping, Hotel and VIP packages, visit www.CarolinaRebellion.com. A special pre-sale will start on Tuesday, January 28 at 10am ET. To gain access, like our Facebook page or sign up to receive our e-newsletters via our website.
“We learned a great deal last year and have made some important improvements to the site, to better protect us from the elements,” said Joe Litvag, Co-Executive Producer of the festival. “Not to mention this bill is stacked with incredible talent, bringing our Rebels the biggest and best rock festival to ever hit the Carolinas.”
January 24, 2014–Monster Energy’s Fort Rock—Southwest Florida’s biggest rock festival—returns to JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Florida for its second year on Saturday, April 26 with a stellar rock lineup featuring co-headlining superstars Korn, Rob Zombie, and Five Finger Death Punch, along with Seether, Theory of a Deadman, Black Stone Cherry, Sick Puppies, Trivium, Skindred, The Pretty Reckless, KYNG, Nothing More, Twelve Foot Ninja, and more.
“5FDP is incredibly excited to be part of the kickoff of the World’s Loudest Month,” says Five Finger Death Punch’s Jeremy Spencer. “Having already ‘rocked’ Rockville, this will be our first time bringing it to Fort Myers. We are blessed to have so many fans in Florida that made it possible for the band to step up as a festival headliner standing beside giants like Korn and Rob Zombie! Thank you, Florida. See you all soon!”
The festival is offering a special discounted ticket pre-sale from January 28-30. During the pre-sale, a limited number of discounted general admission tickets will be available for purchase for the following prices (plus fees):
Tuesday, January 28: $29.50
- Wednesday, January 29: $39.50
- Thursday, January 30: $45.50
Regularly priced General Admission and VIP tickets for Monster Energy’s Fort Rock go on sale Friday, January 31 at 10:00 AM ET at www.FortRockFestival.com and all Ticketmaster outlets. General Admission tickets start at $49.50 and VIP tickets start at $99.50, with ticket prices increasing on February 10. In addition, select Pita Pit locations will be selling General Admission tickets for $50, with no service fees. A limited number of discounted GA military tickets will be available for just $29 via www.govx.com. Visit www.FortRockFestival.com for full details.
“After a great first year, we couldn’t be more excited to return to JetBlue Park with an amazing band lineup and fantastic partners,” says Monster Energy’s Fort Rock co-producer Clay Busch of Danny Wimmer Presents.
Monster Energy’s Fort Rock is the kickoff event to a series of festivals produced by Danny Wimmer Presents and AEG Live, that also includes the massively successful Rock On The Range, and Carolina Rebellion festivals. Monster Energy’s Fort Rock is also part of the Florida kickoff—along with Monster Energy’s Welcome To Rockville in Jacksonville—of the World’s Loudest Month. The World’s Loudest Month was created in partnership by AEG Live and Danny Wimmer Presents and features the biggest names in rock music performing in six distinct concert atmospheres across the country on five consecutive weekends.
JetBlue Park is the spring training home of the 2013 World Champion Boston Red Sox, located at 11500 Fenway South Drive in Fort Myers, Florida.
Monster Energy’s Fort Rock is proud to be sponsored by Monster Energy, Jack Daniel’s, Jägermeister, and f.y.e.
Until We Meet Again-EP
Away Team Music
Rating: 10 out of 10
Rarely does a supergroup team with a super-producer and have it result in a finished product that lives up to expectations, but rarely does not equal never… When I first got word last year that former Columbia Recording artist Chris Shy (Aurora Sky/Fear The Clown) would be teaming with Lo-Pro/Ultraspank frontman Pete Murray, I was cautiously optimistic, as we’ve seen these things crash and burn before with even the greatest of musicians. But there was something different about this pairing, having known Shy‘s penchant for hearing things that take most others a second listen to grasp I was confident that Murray would be the man to take this thing to the next level. Little did I know that the two would be adding the talents of bassist John Fahnestock (Snot/Amen) and drummer extraordinaire Will Hunt (Evanescence/Device) to the fold, and converging on the famed EastWest Studios to add the final piece of the puzzle in GRAMMY-Winning super-producer Ben Grosse (just about every great artist under the sun); the spawn of this musical marriage becoming White Noise Owl.
Bandmembers often say that their band is their family, now I ask you to picture never meeting your family until you were about to be introduced, as a whole, to a worldwide audience. Sound crazy? Well as crazy as it sounds, all of this mastery was created by a group of guys who, for the most part, had never even met until they were in the studio! We always hear of “the band that never was”, in a sense, White Noise Owl is really “the band that never wasn’t”!
Needless to say, I had been eagerly awaiting the final product, and it was well worth the wait! From the opening chords of “Feed”, we can begin to see what this band is about, a perfect conjugation of early Filter-meets-STP. Thought we had that already? Think again! This would be what we’d get if Army of Anyone had a “do over”. Murray‘s vocals, combined with an ingenious riff that would make the DeLeo brothers quiver are all you need to beg for them to “Feed” you more! An appetite that is further prompted with the second track “Bomber”, another rocker that displays the mighty talents of these four, all the while wondering if Ben Grosse is having flashbacks to his “Title of Record” sessions.
Enter “End Over End” and “Are You Breathing”, the final tracks off the EP and one is left with two questions, How the fuck did I not realize what a great set of pipes Pete Murray has until now? And when does the full length album come out?!
As I said before, rare does not equal never; rare is reserved for things like perfect scores on album reviews, happy neighbors of Justin Bieber, and Blue Moons, and it’s only appropriate this Blue Moon has an owl sitting under it, a White Noise Owl! Mark your calendars for March 11, 2014, the Day of the Owl.
For more info on White Noise Owl visit the band’s Official Website.
Photos by: Jay Beadnell
Photos by: Jay Beadnell
January 16,2014–SCORPIONS fans worldwide can check out the exclusive worldwide premiere of the brand new live performance video for “Holiday” on USA Today.com. The never-before-seen (or heard) video was recorded during the beautifully orchestrated stripped-down concerts that became SCORPIONS’ forthcoming CD/DVD and Blu-Ray release, MTV UNPLUGGED, but does not appear on any configuration of the releases.
Due out in North America on January 21st, material from MTV UNPLUGGED is taken from SCORPIONS’ first-ever “MTV Unplugged” show and features new acoustic versions of their best-loved classic hits, as well as five brand new songs. MTV UNPLUGGED will be available in North America as a deluxe CD + DVD package and as a Blu-Ray, and is being released in 50 countries, a testament to the German band’s iconic status worldwide.
Recorded and filmed on September 11th and September 12th of last year, SCORPIONS‘ MTV UNPLUGGED was culled from two dynamic acoustic sets at the Lycabettus Theatre in Athens, Greece. The spectacular open-air theatre, situated 300 meters above the city, was an impressive backdrop for the first-ever open-air show in the history of “MTV Unplugged” (the theatre also shares a birth year with SCORPIONS themselves, having been built in 1965.). In other news, SCORPIONS are still in the midst of their epic Farewell World Tour; the tour has been going on for more than three years now. To the delight of their fans there is no end in sight, as to date the band has only played 23 out of the 38 countries planned on the itinerary.
SCORPIONS are Klaus Meine (vocals/guitar), Rudolf Schenker (guitars/vocals), Matthias Jabs (guitars), Pawel Maciwoda (bass) and James Kottak (drums); additional musical support on MTV UNPLUGGED includes contributions from Swedish musicians and producers Mikael Nord Andersson (guitars, mandolin, lap steel, vocals) and Martin Hansen (guitars, harmonica, vocals). The duo is also responsible for the arrangements on MTV UNPLUGGED.
SCORPIONS are one of the most successful international hard rock bands of all time, selling upwards of 75 million records worldwide and playing more than 5,000 concerts in 80+ countries globally. Formed in Germany in 1965, the band has come to be known for their colossal radio and MTV hits “Rock You Like A Hurricane,” “No One Like You” and “Wind Of Change,” as well as their status as international rock ambassadors. VH1 ranked SCORPIONS as the #46 Artist on the “Greatest Artists Of Hard Rock” special, while “Rock You Like A Hurricane” came in at #18 on VH1′s “Greatest Hard Rock Songs”. The band recently received a star on the Hollywood Rock Walk in Los Angeles. To date, the Scorpions have released 18 studio albums and 5 live records.
January 15, 2014–LA rock band Bad Things - that consists of front man/lead singer Davis LeDuke, bass player Jared Palomar (formerly of Augustana), guitarist Anthony Sanudo, drummer Lena Zawaideh and lead guitarist Shaun White (professional snowboarder/skateboarder) will be releasing their debut, self-titled album January 21st on Warner Bros. Records (iTunes Pre-Order here). The record was produced by Rob Schnapf (Beck, Elliot Smith, The Vines). The lead single “Anybody, “ a “chugging rock anthem heavy with choirboy backing harmonies” according to Rolling Stone, is now for sale at iTunes and streaming on YouTube and Soundcloud.
Right on the heels of Bad Things‘ release, NBC is set to air “Shaun White: Russia Calling” on January 25th. The special gives an inside look at how the gold-medal-winning snowboarder prepped for the Winter Olympics in Sochi next month in addition to juggling his other commitments, including Bad Things.
Get a taste of what Bad Things are all about live, check out this video from Lollapalooza of the band covering Iggy And The Stooges’ “Search And Destroy” as well as this clip of “Anybody.” Bad Things completed a North American tour of the country last fall that included festival stops at Lollapalooza in Chicago, Osheaga Festival in Montreal and Voodoo Music and Art Experience in New Orleans, which earned the band much deserved acclaim.
Reports from Osheaga were equally as impressive. Canadian media outlet Dose.ca awarded Bad Things with the #1 Most Surprising Moment of the festival, raving about their performance. “Google ‘Bad Things’ and you’ll be inundated with articles that start with the words ‘Shaun White’s band…,’ which is totally misleading, considering how much more there is to these guys” says Dose. “They have great original material and the kind of solid musicianship and stage presence you’d expect from a group that’s been playing together for years.”
Bad Things earned their undeniable chemistry through sheer persistence and – in the case of Zawaideh, guitarist Anthony Sanudo, and lead guitarist Shaun White – a friendship forged in their San Diego hometown that dates back to their teens. In 2014 Bad Things is ready to share their electrifying sound and moving lyrics with the world. With the upcoming self-titled debut release, it’s only the beginning. “Music is what we do,” Sanudo says. “It is all we can do and all we ever want to do. Though obviously Shaun is pretty good at a couple of other things.”
For more on Bad Things including Tour Dates, Music, and Merchandise click here.
Time And Pressure
Fat Lady Music/Caroline Music
Rating: 10 out of 10
The past year plus has been very kind to the rock world. We, as critics, have seen an unprecedented amount of high scoring albums pass through the Away-Team.com pages. Even the harshest of critics [read myself] have been generous with the scores, in contrast to previous years. Enter 2014; nothing has seemed to change. Although Time and Pressure from Devour the Day was released digitally in 2013, the band has just released a revamped edition that is available in CD format at all major retailers, and with that garnered themselves a first in this critic’s career, and a feat rarer than a Cubs Championship (sorry guys)… two consecutive perfect scores!!!
Many of you who know me, know that I have been a huge fan and supporter of Egypt Central for some time now. A fact that was further emphasized in 2011 when the band released “White Rabbit”, and earned one of the few perfect scores I had ever given out at the time. So it goes without saying that disappointment was an understatement for the way I felt when I heard that the band had broken up after their most successful album. There was a silver lining, however, when I learned that Joey “Chicago” Walser and Blake Allison would continue to make music together in the form of Devour The Day.
When I first received the album advance, I was hesitant to open it. I didn’t want that silver lining to turn to tin foil. Not that I didn’t have faith in Blake and Joey, after all they are both tremendous musicians in their own right, but let’s be honest with ourselves, many a time bands have broken up and reincarnated with the uber-talented drummer stepping out from behind the kit to become the front man, and it can either go the way of the Foo Fighters or (gulp) Methods of Mayhem. Let’s just say I’m thankful that, although it’s not a bad consolation prize, Blake probably won’t be making any sex tapes with Pamela Anderson any time soon!
From the opening seconds of the album we are fully aware of what we are in for. “Respect” gives you all you need to hear to know that this album’s a winner. It’s a right out of the gate sampling of Blake’s dynamic vocals, Joey’s blistering guitar, and a seizure-inducing drum track. Somebody pinch me…
As if it couldn’t get any better, the debut single “Good Man” (which I might add is an acoustic bonus track on this version) immediately springs the most stoic out of their shells into a vocal eruption of “Is there any good left in… meeeeeee…”. There is no doubt that with all of the sore throats, beverage sales will double after this song is played live (or if you’re like me, anywhere alone).
From there we “Blackout” on a killer blend of Walser and Allison‘s musical mindtrip with a hint of punk. Highlights along the way include the new single “Move On”, which Allison wrote about the day he was left standing in the Chicago streets after being betrayed by his wife, and his former friend and frontman in a matter of minutes; one that is sure to hit home with Egypt Central fans, both musically and sentimentally.
“Oath”, which has the qualities that you’d expect to hear in a pro sports television lead-up, is a slightly industrial based track that has a backing track reminiscent of Tool‘s version of “No Quarter” and makes for the perfect lead-in to “Reckless”. This track is that one that every great album has, which masterfully treads that ever-so-fine line between commercial appeal and sellout, and is sure to garner attention from a widespread audience.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention “Handshakes To Fistfights”, along with the questions that it garners for the hardcore EC fans. It’s a musically brilliant, cryptic betrayal anthem that gets the inquisitive wheels turning, and more importantly, the heads banging.
Lastly the album’s signature ballad, “The Drifter”, a killer track in it’s own right, sets us up to have our asses kicked one last time with the brand new addition to the album “Check Your Head”. A fitting end in that it’s exactly what should be done to all who do not buy this album! I can honestly say there is not one hiccup on Time and Pressure, perserverence has paid off and the boys from Devour The Day have hit a home run! Very Highly Recommended!!!
For more information on Devour the Day, including Tour Dates and to purchase music and merchandise visit the band’s Official Website.
Heavy metal musicians and craft beer brewers take risks with song writing and recipes every day. The similarities in creativity, attitude and the willingness to take things as far as they can go (or “to extremes”) are just a few ways the two worlds are alike in my opinion.
In his Decibel magazine magazine column, Adem points out the metal/ craft beer crossover with a combination of interviews and beer profiles. He takes that concept to ELEVEN in his new book The Brewtal Truth Guide to Extreme Beers: An All-Excess Pass to Brewings Outer Limits. Adem took some time out to answer five questions for us!
When did you notice the connections between metal and craft beer and the fact that it goes beyond references to the Devil?
Well, five years ago when I started writing my Brewtal Truth column in Decibel, I honestly didn’t really think there was a connection. That said, the first piece I did was an intentionally irreverent pairing of specific metal subgenres with different styles of beers. It was just supposed to be funny. In subsequent columns I began to write about brewers who were into metal (like Barnaby Struve of Three Floyds) and metal musicians who were into craft beers (like Dave Witte of Municipal Waste), however, it took a while for me to really see the crossover. In some part, I’d like to think I helped foster that crossover by writing a craft beer column in a metal magazine. It exposed Decibel’s metal-loving readers, who were purely there for the music, to craft beer.
Because you reach a specific audience with your column, do you receive any feedback from Decibel readers who are now choosing good beer over mass market crap?
Definitely! I hear from readers via social media about beers or breweries I’ve turned them onto. In fact, another Decibel columnist (and metal musician), Richard Christy of Charred Walls of the Damned, has mentioned several beers or breweries he’s learned about through my column. Metal heads are super passionate about the things they love. There’s no halfway with them! I also think they like to try things that aren’t mainstream, because clearly the music they like is far from mainstream. That said, when it comes to people’s tastes in food and beverages, they like what they like and there sometimes can be no convincing them otherwise. Craft beer isn’t for everyone, and a lot of people still think it is snooty and expensive, but I think if you’re open-minded enough to listen to, say, Napalm Death or Carcass, you could probably handle a well-made IPA.
What are your consistently favorite craft breweries out there? National or local to you?
Man, that’s a tough question. In writing my book, The Brewtal Truth Guide to Extreme Beers, I had the opportunity to try some beers that I normally can’t get my hands on and some of them—like beers from Surly, Three Floyds, Mikkeller, The Alchemist and many others—were pretty spectacular. That said, my consistently favorite craft breweries are ones that I have regular access to (mostly West Coast), like Stone, Lagunitas, Bear Republic, Deschutes, Rogue, Unibroue and North Coast. My favorite local brewery here in Victoria, BC, is Driftwood. I love everything they make.
That’s actually a really timely question. I’m looking into that at the moment. I’d like to do a series of Brewtal Truth books that have the same tone and vibe as this first one, but different content—whether it be more extreme beers, or some other new ideas. If my first book sells well, I’ll hopefully get that opportunity.
What is in your beer fridge right now?
I have a bunch of Victory beers—Prima Pils, Hop Devil IPA, Winter Cheers, Festbier, and Headwaters Pale Ale—that were sent to me by Magrudergrind guitarist RJ Ober, who works as a sales rep for Victory. I also have some Phillips Blue Buck from a local brewery and a couple bottle of Iron Maiden’s Trooper beer that a friend gave me.
January 6, 2014–For those looking to join the sold-out ShipRocked 2014, a limited number of staterooms have been released. The ultimate rock music cruise vacation sails roundtrip from the Port Of Miami to Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas from January 26-30 onboard the Norwegian Pearl. The remaining cabins are available on a first come first served basis at www.ShipRocked.com.
In addition, Tremonti (featuring Grammy Award winning guitarist Mark Tremonti), ShipRocked 2010 alumni Black Stone Cherry, and DJ Lippy Rage from Tulsa (spinning late-night) have been added to the power-packed ShipRocked bill.
The ShipRocked band lineup now includes headliners Five Finger Death Punch, along with Papa Roach, Three Days Grace, Sevendust, Candlebox, In This Moment, The Halo Method, Living Colour, Tremonti, Black Stone Cherry, Nonpoint, Love & Death (with Brian “Head” Welch), Aranda, Art of Dying, Young Guns, Crash Kings, Butcher Babies,Scorpion Child, Wilson, American Fangs, Digital Summer, and Andy Wood & The Amalgam.
ShipRocked will also feature two heavy metal-infused frenetic comedy performances from comedian and Saturday Night Live alum Jim Breuer, known for his impersonations of Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne and AC/DC. The 5-day ShipRocked cruise–fueled by Monster Energy–will include a special onboard DJ set by Neil Sanderson of Three Days Grace and a comedy set from Big Jay Oakerson. Rock and roll dance troupe Hells Belles Burlesque is slated for a pair of performances, and will be offering burlesque workshops during the cruise. In addition, Fuse TV’s “Mistress Juliya” Chernetsky will join Kayla Riley of SiriusXM Radio and Ralph Sutton of Tour Bus Radio as guest emcees for ShipRocked 2014.
As in the past, ShipRocked guests will enjoy multiple performances from every band on different stages, artist meet and greets, Q&A sessions, along with artist-hosted activities including contests, game shows, insane parties, theme nights and more. Onboard, bands will perform on the large outdoor Monster Energy Deck Stage, in the beautiful Stardust Theater, the Crystal Atrium stage, and the Spinnaker Lounge. While in port at Great Stirrup Cay, guests will enjoy unforgettable performances on the island’s Beach Stage.
The fifth ShipRocked cruise will host a full ship of nearly 3,000 guests from 44 states across the U.S. and almost a dozen countries around the world.