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The Winery Dogs-Album Cover

 

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!

ALICE IN CHAINS


Carolina Rebellion


Rock City Campground


Concord, NC


2013-05-04








Updated band performance times have been announced for Carolina Rebellion, the Carolinas’ BIGGEST Weekend of Rock. Carolina Rebellion has grown to two full days in its third year and takes place May 4 & 5 at Rock City Campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina, just outside of Charlotte. Carolina Rebellion 2013 features a lineup full of rock heavyweights, including: Alice In Chains, Soundgarden, Limp Bizkit, Rise Against, Bush, Deftones, and many more.

carolina rebellionFor the most current Carolina Rebellion info all weekend long, download the “World’s Loudest Month” mobile app at http://bit.ly/WLMApp_iTunes or http://bit.ly/WLMApp_Android to access social feeds, lineup, band information, maps and more.

Don’t wait, get your tickets now! Weekend General Admission tickets for Carolina Rebellion are currently available for only $139 plus fees, and Single Day tickets are currently $79.50 plus fees.

At the door, Weekend GA tickets will be $149 and Single Day GA tickets will be $89. Active military with valid military ID, will receive a $20 discount off Single Day GA tickets. Military 4-Packs still available while supplies last.

A limited number of upgrades are still available at current prices! Prices will increase at the door as follows, and are only available with a Weekend GA ticket purchase:
Friday Night Party Upgrade: $30
VIP Lounge Upgrade: $125
Basic Tent Space Upgrade (Includes Friday Night Party): $135
Basic RV Upgrade (No Hookups and Includes Friday Night Party): $160
RV Full Hookup Upgrade (Includes Friday Night Party): $260

Tickets are available at www.CarolinaRebellion.com, and general admission parking is included with each paid ticket.

The updated band performance times are as follows (subject to change):

Friday, May 3
Friday Night Campground Party presented by Jägermeister
Jägermeister Stage
7:30 PM Eye Empire
8:10 PM Beware Of Darkness
9:10 PM Hells Bells
10:10 PM Night Train
Note: All who have purchased a Camping Upgrade, Camping Package, Hotel Package or Friday Night Campground Party upgrade are invited to attend.

Saturday, May 4
Monster Carolina Stage
11:35 AM Otherwise
1:20 PM In This Moment
3:15 PM Halestorm
5:25 PM Papa Roach
7:45 PM Deftones
9:45 PM Alice In Chains

Monster Rebellion Stage
11:00 AM Young Guns
12:45 PM Sick Puppies
2:30 PM Asking Alexandria
4:35 PM Bullet For My Valentine
6:50 PM Three Days Grace
8:40 PM Limp Bizkit

Jägermeister Stage
12:10 PM 3 Quarters Dead
1:55 PM MonstrO
4:00 PM Aranda
6:15 PM Device

Sunday, May 5
Monster Carolina Stage
Noon Nonpoint
1:20 PM All That Remains
3:15 PM Hollywood Undead
5:25 PM Volbeat
7:50 PM Rise Against
9:45 PM Soundgarden

Monster Rebellion Stage
12:50 PM Pop Evil
2:30 PM Steel Panther
4:35 PM Sevendust
6:50 PM Buckcherry
8:45 PM Bush

Jägermeister Stage
12:25 PM American Fangs
1:55 PM Heaven’s Basement
4:00 PM Red Line Chemistry
6:15 PM Escape The Fate



The daily performance lineup for Rocklahoma has been revealed and single day tickets will be available for purchase beginning Wednesday, April 17 at 10:00 AM CT at www.rocklahoma.com.

rocklahoma

Rocklahoma–proud to be presented by Bud Light–will celebrate its seventh year May 24, 25 and 26 with a stellar rock lineup including Guns N’ Roses, Alice In Chains, Korn and many more. The three-day camping festival features the top current active rock artists and classic bands at “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, OK.

The current daily performance lineup for Rocklahoma is as follows:

Thursday, May 23 (AXiS Campground Stage):
Triple 7, Bruce Flea, Searching for Sanity, Sleepwalking Home, Motortrain, Baron, Von Swagger, Rocker Lips, Drek, Kingshifter

Friday, May 24:
Guns N’ Roses, Bush, Papa Roach, Device, Ratt, All That Remains, Clutch, Escape The Fate, The Sword, Otherwise, Zero Crossing, Down & Dirty, The Last Vegas, Hessler, Bai Bang, Ruff Justice, London’s Dungeon, Fist of Rage, The Summit, Wanton Looks, Kicktree, Shotgun Rebels, The Kul, Mine Enemies Fall

Saturday, May 25:
Alice In Chains, Bullet For My Valentine, Skillet, Halestorm, Asking Alexandria, Big Wreck, Young Guns, We As Humans, O’Brother, Mindset Evolution, Gypsy Pistoleros, Rhyme, Sunset Riot, Wildstreet, London, Black Tora, Big Trouble, Sister’s Doll, Emerald City, Strikes at One, Well Hung Heart, Vilifi, For the Broken, EchoFuzz, The Chimpz, Memory of a Melody

Sunday, May 26:
Korn, Cheap Trick, Hollywood Undead, Steel Panther, Dokken, Motionless In White, Thousand Foot Krutch, Red Line Chemistry, Heaven’s Basement, American Fangs, Scorpion Child, The Glitter Boys, Nasty Habit, Mystery, Lynam, Switchblade Scarlet, Firstryke, Station, Ragdoll, Wicked, New Dawn Day, Unwritten Rulz, Framing the Red, Meganaut, The Bourgeois

Rocklahoma continues to offer fan-friendly ticket prices for the three-day-weekend rock event which features over 70 artists on four stages.

SINGLE DAY general admission tickets (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday) will go on sale Wednesday, April 17 at 10:00 AM CT for $69 (plus fees).

THREE-DAY general admission tickets are currently available for only $125 plus fees and will increase to $150 plus fees on Wednesday, April 17 at 10:00AM CT.

WEEKEND VIP reserved tickets are currently available for as low as $350 plus fees and will increase to $380 plus fees. Quantities are limited, so get them while you can.



Rocklahoma celebrates its seventh year May 24, 25 and 26 with a stellar rock lineup not to be missed. Guns N’ Roses, Alice In Chains and Korn will headline the three-day camping festival which features the top current active rock artists and classic bands at “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, OK. Rocklahoma is proud to be presented by Bud Light.

rocklahoma

The initial list of performers for America’s biggest Memorial Day Weekend party includes: Guns N’ Roses, Alice In Chains, Korn, Bush, Cheap Trick, Bullet For My Valentine, Papa Roach, Skillet, Hollywood Undead, Steel Panther, Asking Alexandria, Ratt, Halestorm, Device (with David Draiman), All That Remains, Escape the Fate, Dokken, Clutch, Motionless In White, Big Wreck, The Sword, Young Guns, Thousand Foot Krutch, Otherwise, Red Line Chemistry, Mindset Evolution, Heaven’s Basement, We As Humans, American Fangs, O’Brother, and more.

In addition, the Retrospect Records Stage will feature performances from: The Last Vegas, London, Wildstreet, Mad Max, Bai Bang, Lynam, De La Cruz, The Glitter Boys, Black Tora, Sunset Riot, Firstryke, Ragdoll, Hessler, Switchblade Scarlett, Nasty Habit, Sister’s Doll, London’s Dungeon, Rhyme, Emerald City, Wicked, Down n Dirty, Station, Ruff Justice, Mystery, and Fist of Rage.

The lineup for the AXiS Campground Tent will be announced in the coming weeks.

Bush is thrilled to be playing Rocklahoma with such great bands,” says Bush’s Gavin Rossdale. “We look forward to seeing you all out there.”

General Admission and VIP packages for Rocklahoma go on sale Friday, February 22 at 10am CST at www.rocklahoma.com. To get access to the Rocklahoma internet pre-sale, which will be held from Wednesday, February 20 at 10am CST through Thursday, February 21 at 10pm CST, go to www.rocklahoma.com and sign up to receive the Rocklahoma newsletter. Fans save by buying early, as ticket prices will increase in the coming weeks.

Camping tickets may be purchased by calling the Rocklahoma Camping Office at (866) 310-2288 or emailing info@feverfest.com. Campgrounds open on Sunday, May 19 and will remain open though Tuesday, May 28.

We’ve waited seven years, and we’re finally bringing the #1 most requested band by the fans to Rocklahoma, the one and only Guns N’ Roses! Couple that with the undisputed legacy of Alice In Chains, the unforgettable live spectacle of Korn and the hits of Bush, and we’re in store for a truly legendary weekend,” comments Joe Litvag, Executive Producer of Rocklahoma for AEG Live.

Rocklahoma is located just 45 minutes northeast of Tulsa, in Pryor, OK. The “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds is a premier destination for a multi-day festival and includes onsite camping with access to restrooms and shower house, a general store for campers, VIP reserved seating, hospitality areas and much more.



The band performance times for Carolina Rebellion are now available at www.CarolinaRebellion.com. The Mid-Atlantic’s biggest rock festival–which has grown to two full days in its third year–takes place May 4 & 5 at Rock City Campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina, just outside of Charlotte.

carolina rebellion

Carolina Rebellion 2013 features a lineup full of rock heavyweights, including: Alice In Chains, Soundgarden, Limp Bizkit, Rise Against, Bush, Deftones, and many more.

Performance times are as follows (subject to change):

Friday, May 3
Friday Night Campground Party presented by Jägermeister
Jägermeister Stage
7:30 PM Eye Empire
8:10 PM Beware Of Darkness
9:10 PM Hells Bells
10:10 PM Night Train
Note: All who have purchased a Camping Upgrade, Camping Package, Hotel Package or Friday Night Campground Party upgrade are invited to attend.

Saturday, May 4
Monster Carolina Stage
11:35 AM Otherwise
1:20 PM In This Moment
3:15 PM Halestorm
5:25 PM Papa Roach
7:45 PM Deftones
9:45 PM Alice In Chains

Monster Rebellion Stage
11:00 AM Young Guns
12:45 PM Sick Puppies
2:30 PM Asking Alexandria
4:35 PM Bullet For My Valentine
6:50 PM Three Days Grace
8:40 PM Limp Bizkit

Jägermeister Stage
12:10 PM WEND Winner TBA
1:55 PM MonstrO
4:00 PM Aranda
6:15 PM Device

Sunday, May 5
Monster Carolina Stage
Noon Nonpoint
1:20 PM All That Remains
3:15 PM Hollywood Undead
5:25 PM Volbeat
7:50 PM Rise Against
9:45 PM Soundgarden

Monster Rebellion Stage
12:50 PM Pop Evil
2:30 PM Steel Panther
4:35 PM Buckcherry
6:50 PM 3 Doors Down
8:45 PM Bush

Jägermeister Stage
12:25 PM American Fangs
1:55 PM Heaven’s Basement
4:00 PM Red Line Chemistry
6:15 PM Escape The Fate

Weekend General Admission tickets for Carolina Rebellion are available for only $119 plus fees, and Single Day tickets are now $69.50 plus fees. General admission parking is included with each paid ticket.

Beginning Monday, April 22 at 10:00 AM Eastern, some ticket prices will increase as follows:
Weekend General Admission – $139 plus fees
Military 4-Pack – $198 plus fees
Single Day General Admission – $79.50 plus fees
Military Single Day General Admission (per person) – $59.50 plus fees

A limited number of Camping, Hotel and VIP Packages and upgrades are also still available. Details for all Camping, Hotel and VIP packages can be found at www.CarolinaRebellion.com.

The Carolina Rebellion Campgrounds open on Friday, May 3 at noon and close at noon on Monday, May 6. General admission, ADA, VIP and motorcycle parking lots will open at 7:00 AM on Saturday, May 4 and at 8:00 AM on Sunday, May 5. Festival doors open at 9:00 AM on Saturday and 10:00 AM on Sunday. For full event details, go to www.carolinarebellion.com/info.

Carolina Rebellion is proud to be sponsored by Monster Energy, Jägermeister, U.S. Army and f.y.e. Carolina Rebellion is produced by Right Arm Entertainment and AEG Live, the same team that produces the highly successful Rock On The Range in Columbus, OH.

Rock City Campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway is located at 7301 Bruton Smith Blvd. in Concord, NC, just outside Charlotte, and less than two hours from Raleigh/Durham, Columbia and Greensboro. Visit www.CharlotteMotorSpeedway.com for directions and additional venue information.

An expanded Carolina Rebellion returns May 4 & 5 at Rock City Campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina, just outside of Charlotte. After uncharted success in 2012, the Mid-Atlantic’s biggest rock festival is growing to two full days in its third year and will feature more camping and VIP space at its new location.

carolina rebellion

Carolina Rebellion 2013 features a lineup full of rock heavyweights, including: Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Limp Bizkit, Rise Against, Bush, Deftones, 3 Doors Down, Three Days Grace, Papa Roach, Bullet For My Valentine, Buckcherry, Volbeat, Halestorm, Asking Alexandria, All That Remains, Steel Panther, Device (with David Draiman), Hollywood Undead, Sick Puppies, In This Moment, Escape The Fate, Pop Evil, Nonpoint, Otherwise, Aranda, Thousand Foot Krutch, Red Line Chemistry, Young Guns, Tracer, American Fangs and Heaven’s Basement.

The bands listed above will perform on one of the three festival stages: the Monster Energy ‘Carolina Stage’, the Monster Energy ‘Rebellion Stage’ and the Jägermeister Stage. In addition, f.y.e will have a special artist tent where bands will stop by throughout the day to meet fans and sign their CDs.

After wrapping up our last U.S. tour, we were planning on recharging our batteries for awhile, but we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to play with the mighty Soundgarden in what will be one of the only shows we’ll play in the U.S. this year,” says Tim Mcllrath of Rise Against.

Michael Poulsen of Volbeat comments, “In Europe and the U.S., we have enjoyed the experiences that come from being a part of the festival environment, just as the fans do. Looking forward to Carolina Rebellion!

The ‘Rebels’ spoke and we listened,” says Gary Spivack, Co-Executive Producer of the event for Right Arm Entertainment. “More days, a new venue, huge bands…It’s our mission for Rebellion to be the biggest and best rock festival in the entire Mid-Atlantic region. We have our home at the Charlotte Motor Speedway and can’t wait for May 4 and 5!

Full Weekend General Admission tickets for Carolina Rebellion go on sale to the public Friday, February 8 at 10am EST, as do Single Day General Admission tickets, all at www.CarolinaRebellion.com. Full Weekend tickets will be available starting at $99 plus fees, and Single Day tickets will start at $59.50 plus fees. Parking is included with all tickets.

To get access to the special internet presale, which will be held from Wednesday, February 6 through Thursday, February 7, go to the Carolina Rebellion Facebook page or www.CarolinaRebellion.com and sign up to receive the Rebellion newsletter. Those who sign up can purchase the Full Weekend General Admission tickets for just $89 plus fees during the presale only.

Once again, ticket discounts will also be available for active military. For full details about military ticket discounts, go to www.CarolinaRebellion.com.

Carolina Rebellion will feature an even greater variety of Camping, Hotel and VIP Packages and upgrades. All Camping and Hotel Packages will also include access to the Friday night campground party. Details for all Camping, Hotel and VIP packages can be found at www.CarolinaRebellion.com.

Holding Carolina Rebellion at Charlotte Motor Speedway gives us the ability to create an even better experience for our fans,” comments Joe Litvag, Co-Executive Producer of the festival for AEG Live. “We have more space to expand, easier access in and out, upgraded tent and RV camping opportunities, and lots of participating hotels to cater to our crowd. But most importantly we’re able to continue to offer incredible value by keeping our ticket prices low while the festival grows in stature each year.

The daily band lineup for Carolina Rebellion is as follows:

Saturday, May 4
Alice In Chains, Limp Bizkit, Deftones, Three Days Grace, Papa Roach, Bullet For My Valentine, Halestorm, Asking Alexandria, Sick Puppies, In This Moment, Device (with David Draiman), Young Guns, Otherwise, Aranda, Tracer, Monstro

Sunday, May 5
Soundgarden, Rise Against, Bush, 3 Doors Down, Buckcherry, Volbeat, Hollywood Undead, All That Remains, Steel Panther, Pop Evil, Escape the Fate, Nonpoint, Thousand Foot Krutch, Red Line Chemistry, Heaven’s Basement, American Fangs

Carolina Rebellion is proud to be sponsored by Monster Energy, Jägermeister, U.S. Army and f.y.e. Carolina Rebellion is produced by Right Arm Entertainment and AEG Live, the same team that produces the highly successful Rock On The Range in Columbus, OH.

Have you ever been entranced by a band at first listen? Knowing that, even though you can’t pinpoint it, there’s something special about that band? Revelation Theory, as they were known then, first took our ears by storm back in 2005 with the hit single “Slowburn”. I remember being taken back by the soaring vocals of Rich Luzzi, backed by the harmonies of Matty McCloskey, and the heavy riffs of Julien Jorgensen, and having just that feeling. Turns out I have good instincts. Since then, they’ve added more fuel to that “Slowburn” with the addition of killer axe man Rikki Lixx, an abbreviated name, and a sophomore album that produced four hit singles. Six years later, as Rev Theory prepares to release their third major label effort entitled “Justice”, I had a chance to chat with guitarist Julien Jorgensen about everything from producers to presidents. Keep reading, but be careful… my theory is that this “Slowburn” is about to become an inferno!

AWAY-TEAM: First off I wanna congratulate you on the upcoming tour, and the release of your new album “Justice”, which hits stores Feb. 15th. It’s an amazing piece of work.

JULIEN JORGENSEN: Thanks bro!

AWAY-TEAM: Your last album “Light It Up” was a tremendous success. This time around you’ve enlisted the services of super-producer Terry Date. Aside from his stellar resume, what made you pick a guy like Terry?

JULIEN JORGENSEN: Umm, I think it was just obviously, like you said, we’re such big fans of all the records he’s done, and the bands he’s worked with. And ya know, I talked to my A & R guy in Kansas City, we were playing Rockfest in 2008 I think it was, we were in the middle of the cycle for “Light It Up”, and… I’m sorry 2009, and he had said to me “Man, to capture the sound and energy of you guys live…”, which is what we wanted to do, “I think Terry Date would be perfect”. I looked at him and was like “Absolutely”. So he reached out to Terry, and Terry was interested, and we felt like it was just the right fit. Definitely the right guy for the music, and the record we were making.

AWAY-TEAM: Was there a certain quality that you feel like Terry was able to bring out in you this time around? I mean, what was the recording process like?

JULIEN JORGENSEN: Terry is great at capturing the true essence of the band. And ya know, he’s really great at capturing the character of a band. I think that’s why his records stand the test of time. Recording with him was awesome, he pushed us to… basically we recorded the bass and the drums live off the floor. The record was really raw, and it was a really good experience. We didn’t take any shortcuts, we really dug into the parts, and he was just a wealth of knowledge. So the whole process was awesome, from stories from what he had done before, to all the little tricks he had up his sleeve, the whole thing was just a treat man. It was a good time.

AWAY-TEAM: On first listen, the title track “Justice” gives you the impression that the song was written for a certain someone in Washington, D.C. The video for the song even further supports that belief. Is that a correct assumption to make?

JULIEN JORGENSEN: Well, I think ya know, we had written the song a while back with some good friends of ours… our intention was kind of a bit political, we were a little bit upset about what was going on in the country at the time. We’re really not a politically driven band, so we weren’t really going to use the song, and it sort of brought itself back into the fold when we were writing this record. We just felt it was indicative of a lot of things we were going through. Ya know, socially, stuff that we were pissed off about in our own industry. Just a little frustration going on in the music industry in general. So we felt like it was the perfect song, it says a lot about our fight, what we’ve been through the last eight years as a band. It also encompasses the full body of the record as a whole, so we felt like it was the right song to use as the title track.

AWAY-TEAM: The song “Hollow Man” features your bassist, Matt McCloskey singing leads. How did that come to be?

JULIEN JORGENSEN: It was just… Matt had actually written that song when we were on tour, probably a year and a half ago. It was just one of those that came out in the back of the bus, and literally made it all the way through. And I think it made it because it was just a real honest song, and Matty had sung it originally and just kinda did it on the record as well. It was from him, and from his soul it sounded great with him singing.

AWAY-TEAM: So was this just a one shot deal? Or is this maybe the start of an Alice in Chains type thing where, as Jerry Cantrell would put it, you have two lead singers?

JULIEN JORGENSEN: Well, I mean we’ve sort of felt that way for a long time, we just never had the right opportunity to showcase it. I think that this record we do alot of sort of, I mean obviously we’ve done alot of harmonies in the past, there’s alot of counter-melodies and counter-vocals in there. We just try to feature Matty as much as possible, and we feel like this song is definitely the stepping stone…

AWAY-TEAM: With the last album, the WWE took notice. They actually made “Light It Up” the theme song for Wrestlemania 24. Then you went on even further to work with them, giving them “Hell Yeah” and “Voices”, and you were even part of a WWE skit?

JULIEN JORGENSEN: Yeah, we did a couple of skits with them backstage. It was actually pretty funny, we’re big fans of Festus and Biscuits and GravyJesse & Festus, they’re funny, they’re characters. So we actually got to do some skits with them backstage. It was fun.

AWAY-TEAM: Cool! Now “Enemy Within” seems like a song that’s tailor made for the WWE. What inspired that song? And are there any plans for the WWE to use any of the songs off of “Justice”?

JULIEN JORGENSEN: That song was written as a full collaboration with the whole band. I’m really proud of that song. It’s just a sort of “Take the world over” song, and “take a look at yourself in the mirror”, and all that type of thing. We felt like it was a bad-ass tune, I mean if you think it could be for the WWE that’s cool. We wrote it kind of for ourselves, and it’s fun to play live so we’re excited to put that one in the set for sure.

AWAY-TEAM:As we speak, you guys are on the road making the 20 hour drive up to Denver. You guys have toured relentlessly, and with a new album to kick off 2011, there appears to be no end in sight. When you’re out on the road like that, how do you escape and find solace, just to keep from going insane?

JULIEN JORGENSEN: Well this one’s a little.. we’re on a radio tour right now, we’re in a van and it’s really close quarters. We’re actually having a bit of fun with it, because we haven’t done something like this in a while. We’d been fortunate to have a bus during the last touring cycle; we’re all taking turns driving, and so we haven’t had much time away from each other in the last two weeks. When we are on the road in the bus each of us have things we do during the day to kind of… we have our own tour regiments, ya know, some of us like to go to the gym and at least get a shower, and other guys just chill in the back, play video games, and watch movies. Ya know, write songs, nap… some guys nap a lot, ya know what I mean? (laughs)

AWAY-TEAM: (laughs)

JULIEN JORGENSEN: Everyone’s got their own thing, and when it comes to like an hour and a half before gametime, before the show, we all start getting in the same mode. We have a pre-game warmup that we all rock out to, and we put a playlist together, and the cameraderie kicks in, and we take the stage together. So when it’s like an hour out, we’re ready to go.

AWAY-TEAM: What do you do to get amped up for a show like that? Is there a certain song or album you listen to?

JULIEN JORGNSEN: Yeah. We have a ton of go-to’s. I mean, on the last record, the last cycle we had “Whiskey in the Morning” by Buckcherry, some newer stuff from Filter, we had some Avenged Sevenfold, some Pantera on there. Followed by some Jäger and some Monster Energy Drinks. We have the Matty Mayhem special cocktail, which consists of Monster Energy Drink, and the Monster shots (The Hitmen), and Jäger. So we usually pound a few of those before we go out there.

AWAY-TEAM: (laughs) Sounds like you’d have to pound them! Holy Shit!

JULIEN JORGENSEN: (laughing) It’s a good time brother, it’s a good time. Well back in the day we used to drink Jäger and Monster out of a bowl. Cuz we didn’t have cups, ya know we drank them out of those cereal bowls.

AWAY-TEAM: (laughing) Lap it up!

JULIEN JORGENSEN: (laughs) We’ve graduated to shot cups that Jäger gave us.

AWAY-TEAM: (laughs) Despite the tremendous success of “Light It Up”, ya know, aside from the wrestling fans and the true rock fans, to the casual fan Rev Theory is still a bit of an unknown for some reason which is a sin. Is that a role you’re comfortable with? Or crave? Ya know, cuz some bands don’t want the spotlight if it means sacrificing who they are. Or is that something you’d like to change?

JULIEN JORGENSEN: I mean, we wanna get our music out there to as many people as we can. Ya know I think that the last record was a great stepping stone for us. I think it got our music out to alot of people, and I think that we’ll be able to kinda build on the success of that, and I think this record is that record to do it. I think it’s a defining record for our band, and we’re really proud of the whole record. We’re really excited to present this, I think that if we can get it to the people’s ears, they really gonna dig it. It’s not that we love the spotlight, but we’d definitely love to grow the band, and grow the listenership because we feel like we have a really great record.

AWAY-TEAM: I agree. I think after this one you’ll be drinking outta pint glasses. (laughs)

JULIEN JORGENSEN: (laughs) That is awesome. I hope so brother, I hope so.

AWAY-TEAM: Well hey man, thanks for your time. It’s been a great pleasure. Best of luck with the new album and the tour, I know you’re gonna do great. Look forward to seeing you when you make your way through Florida, and we’ll do this again.

JULIEN JORGENSEN: Yeah man. Stay in touch. Come out to a show.

AWAY-TEAM: For sure. Thanks again Julien, talk to you soon.

JULIEN JORGENSEN: Be good. Thanks Jason. Bye.

Rev Theory’s latest album “Justice” hits stores February 15th, and the Monster Energy Outbreak Tour featuring Rev Theory, Pop Evil, Hail the Villain, and The Black Cloud Collective kicks off February 16th in Phoenix. For more info on Rev Theory including tour dates, and to find out where to purchase music and merchandise visit http://www.revtheory.com/

Special thanks to Julien Jorgensen for making the time to speak with me, and to Steve Karas at SKH Music for making it all happen.

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White Fox Music

Rating: 9 out of 10

“Bat Out of Hell”… though that’s the name of one her father’s albums, Meat Loaf’s daughter Pearl Aday comes at us like a “Bat Out of Hell” right from the first lick of her debut album. The first track “Rock Child” kicks you right in the teeth and lets you know that this “Rock Child” is no ordinary chick rocker. Her amazing vocal talent, along with backing musicians Jim Wilson and Marcus Blake of Mother Superior fame, coupled with husband Scott Ian’s (Anthrax) guitar is enough to leave Lita Ford cowering in the corner. The onslaught continues with Pearl’s rousing rendition of Ike and Tina Turner’s “Nutbush City Limits”, just giving us a taste of what’s to come.

The fourth track on the album, “Check Out Charlie” has Scott taking a seat in favor of the Motor City Madman. With Ted Nugent at the helm, “Check Out Charlie” has a much welcomed 80′s rock feel to it. Continuing on the 80′s rock train, we are given “My Heart Isn’t In It” which is a sonic mixture of 80′s power ballad, and country that’s sure to land on the charts.

After slowing it down a bit, Pearl brings us right back to where we started, tapping our feet and bobbing our heads, with tracks like “Nobody” and “Whore”. All before leading us into the final curtain call that is “Anything” featuring a soulful Jerry Cantrell (Alice in Chains) on guitar.

Though not typically a fan of the female rock singer (no offense ladies), this album will get regular rotation in my playlist. Very highly recommended.

You can get more Pearl here at her MySpace site, her multimedia site, and you can pick up Little Immaculate White Fox here.