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Soundtrack Of Summer Tour 2014According to TMZ.com, and verified by the bands publicists, two tour buses on the Soundtrack Of Summer Tour featuring STYX, Foreigner, and Don Felder caught fire Wednesday afternoon in Philly.  The buses were parked and unoccupied when one of them burst into flames and the fire quickly spread to the second bus.  The buses in question were “crew buses” and not “band buses”, and no one was injured in the blaze.  The bands still plan to play their scheduled show on Thursday night in Camden, NJ.

KIX-Band Promo 2014June 18, 2014 — For KIX, not recording any new music for two decades has been far too long. Fans have made it known for years that they want new music. And now, the time has finally come. The Maryland band is primed and ready to ROCK YOUR FACE OFF with their seventh new album set for release August 5 on Loud & Proud Records. It’s everything fans know and love them for: a raucous, roaring and real display of rock ‘n’ roll. The first single, “Love Me With Your Top Down,” will be released to radio and online retail outlets later this month. Eddie Trunk will exclusively world premiere the song during his “Friday Night Rocks” radio show originating from Q104.3 (heard in New York City, Long Island, NJ and CT) this Friday, June 20 from 11pm-2am ET. It will then air via his numerous North American syndicated affiliates on Saturday, June 20 and he’ll play it on Monday, June 23 during his “Trunk Nation with Eddie Trunk” show that airs on SiriusXM’s “Hair Nation” channel (39) at 3pm PT/6pm ET.

As guitarist Brian “Damage” Forsythe explains, “When we first played ‘Love Me With Your Top Down’ live just a few months ago, it went over like gangbusters with the fans. It’s a catchy little tune with classic KIX flavor, a perfect choice for the first taste of the record.”

What makes the new album even more exciting and anticipated is that it features most of the band’s original line-up: Steve Whiteman (vocals), Brian “Damage” Forsythe (guitar), Ronnie “10/10″ Younkins (guitar), Jimmy “Chocolate” Chalfant (drums), with the exception of Mark Schenker (bass).

With ROCK YOUR FACE OFF, KIX stirs up their truest statement to date in 2014. “It’s still hot women, fast cars, and great moments,” concludes Whiteman. “I want everybody to end up on their feet, whether they’re working out or stuck in rush hour traffic. This is a release, something to lift your spirits when you need it. You can party to this one.”

KIX gracefully eased back into the public consciousness in 2008. After sold out hometown gigs, the quintet hit the stage at Rocklahoma in front of over 20,000 people, venturing out of the Mid-Atlantic for the first time in 13 years. The band was hailed by many music websites and attendees as “Best Performance” at the festival, where they played alongside Sammy Hagar, Alice Cooper, Tesla, Queesryche, Ratt, and more. After capturing their fiery reunion on 2012′s LIVE IN BALTIMORE CD & DVD, the band agreed to enter the studio once again.

“In many ways, this is for the KIX diehards as much as it is for us,” guitarist Brian Forsythe explains. “When we started doing this again, tons of fans came out of the woodwork. They’d show up with their kids, and it was just incredible to see. We had to deliver for them.”

In order to deliver, the band enlisted the talents of producer Taylor Rhodes (Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne), with whom they had last collaborated on 1991′s HOT WIRE. Also, for the first time in the group’s history, each member contributed to the writing process, fostering an extremely creative and free environment in the studio. A new dawn commenced as they simultaneously harnessed their classic spirit.

“It was more free-flowing because everybody got to write and come up with ideas,” says singer Steve Whiteman. “We encouraged this new freedom within the creative process.”

Here’s the complete track listing of ROCK YOUR FACE OFF:

1. Wheels In Motion
2. You’re Gone
3. Can’t Stop The Show
4. Rollin’ In Honey
5. Rock Your Face Off
6. All The Right Things
7. Dirty Girls
8. Inside Outside Inn
9. Mean Miss Adventure
10. Love Me With Your Top Down
11. Tail On The Wag
12. Rock & Roll Showdown

Stay tuned for new tour news, but check them out at any of the following stops in the meantime:

DATE CITY VENUE

Sat 6/21 Idaho Falls, ID Rock The Falls
Thu 7/10 Hughesville, PA Lycoming County Fair
Fri 7/25 Royalton, MN Halfway Jam
Thu 7/31 Leemore, CA Tachi Palace Casino
Sat 8/2 Leonardtown, MD Southern Maryland Brew & BBQ Fest
Sat 8/16 Greencastle, PA Greencastle Legion Grounds
Sat 9/13 Berlin, MD Soundwave Festival at Airlift Acres
Sat 9/20 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live
Sat 10/25 Camp Hill, PA Radisson Convention Center
Sat 12/20 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live (KIXmas)

Watain 2014 promoThis past Sunday (June 15th), Swedish black metal tyrants WATAIN returned to North America to deliver their infamous stage ceremony of blood, fire, and death. During this special performance at the Brooklyn Bazaar, the band hurled pig’s blood into the crowd, baptizing NY fans in filth as part of their Satanic ritual. For a video clip from the show, head over to TMZ.com for the exclusive, “disgusting” footage:

While WATAIN‘s Brooklyn concert will be the trio’s only US appearance of 2014, the band promises to bring their uncompromised live show back to the States soon. Fans abroad can catch WATAIN at various European festivals throughout the summer, where the band will be playing in support of their critically acclaimed fifth full-length album, The Wild Hunt, which was unleashed last year worldwide via Century Media Records. To purchase The Wild Hunt, please visit iTunes for a digital copy or CM Distro for a variety of physical formats. For a preview of WATAIN‘s “most daring album yet” (Decibel Magazine), the video for “Outlaw” can be viewed here.

WATAIN live:
Jun. 20–Hellfest–Clisson, France
Jun. 27–Grasspop Metal Meeting–Dessel, Belgium
Jul. 26–Carpathian Alliance Metal Festival–Volosyanka, Ukraine
Aug. 1–Resurrection Fest–Viveiro, Spain
Aug. 7–Party San Open Air–Schlotheim, Germany
Aug. 8–Getaway Rock Festival–Gavle, Sweden
Aug. 16–Summer Breeze Open Air–Dinkelsbuhl, Germany
Sept. 5–Meh Suff! Metal-Festival–Hüttikerberg, Switzerland
Sept. 6–Fall of Summer Festival–Torcy, France

Sevendust Band Promo 2014June 17, 2014 –The City Drive Entertainment Group has announced it has made a deal to film Atlanta-based hard rock icons Sevendust for a landmark multi-show live DVD and documentary.

Production on the feature-length documentary is set to begin immediately and take six months, and will include historical footage; footage from the band’s current “An Evening With Sevendust” acoustic tour; interviews; and cameos from Tommy Lee, Mark Tremonti (Alter Bridge), Scott Phillips (Alter Bridge and also a member of Sevendust guitarist John Connolly and bassist Vince Hornsby’s band, Projected), Wolfgang Van Halen and many others. City Drive/DC3 will film the concert portion of the project in New York City. They expect to film two full-length shows back-to-back: an acoustic show followed by a plugged-in show—the band’s last plugged-in show of 2014. The band will offer tickets for both shows to fans at one price and they’re expecting a very quick sell out. Tickets will go on sale sometime in late June. On sale info will be announced soon.

The plugged-in show will showcase more firepower than Sevendust has ever deployed, with pyrotechnics, spectacular lighting, video projection and screens, and special effects. Drummer/vocalist Morgan Rose promises, “We’re going to bring on so much production, it will amaze people. We’re going to blow sh** up, we’re going to have fire, we’re going to have dragons, we’re going to have fire-breathing dragons. It may be the only time fans will ever get to see us this way!”

Guitarist Clint Lowery explains, “The essence of this band is playing live and that’s what we’re finally documenting for this project. What’s unique about it is that it will share both sides of this band—the melodic and the aggressive—with our most die-hard fans. This film is a heartfelt way to show them, our children and the whole world who we were, who we became, where we are and where we’re going.”

“We’re already on the road to make this project happen,” says award-winning film director Daniel Catullo III, CEO of The City Drive Entertainment Group and DC3 Music Group, the director and producer of the project. He started shooting Sunday, June 8th at the band’s show in at the Starland Theatre in Sayreville, NJ, just across the river from New York City. “We aim to capture the band’s live essence—acoustic and plugged-in—as well as to document their long history of genre-bending innovation in the hard rock arena.”

“Fans will be part of the films, and how could they not be?” Catullo adds. “They are the heart of Sevendust’s success and literally made the band’s current album possible.” The film will feature interviews with up to 100 fans. Catullo urges fans that want to be interviewed for the film to put in their requests at Sevendust@citydrivefilms.com. City Drive/DC3 expects to release the DVD/CD project in early 2015.

Atlanta-based Sevendust, comprised of Lajon Witherspoon (vocals); Morgan Rose (drums/vocals), Clint Lowery (guitar/vocals), John Connolly (guitar/vocals) and Vince Hornsby (bass/vocals) formed in 1994 and released their first eponymous record in 1997, which was certified gold.

Sevendust released their critically acclaimed tenth (and second acoustic) album, TIME TRAVELERS & BONFIRES, on the band’s 7Bros. Records label, in conjunction with ADA Label Services, on April 15. The album of new and re-recorded acoustic material debuted at the top of Billboard’s Hard Music Albums chart. Crowdfunded with a PledgeMusic campaign, which kicked off in November, fan response was so great the band was able to start recording TIME TRAVELERS & BONFIRES at Architekt Music in Butler, NJ—where they recorded their previous album “Black Out The Sun” in January 2013. By the time the campaign ended, they’d reached 235% of their goal with almost 3500 pledges.

The band is currently headlining an acoustic tour, “An Evening With Sevendust,” to support the release. The tour kicked off this past April in Athens, GA and has dates booked through the end of June, with more dates to come throughout the summer.

Daniel E Catullo III has produced over 200 music videos and 150 live TV specials in his 20-year career. Catullo was an Executive Producer of the Oscar-nominated 2013 documentary THE SQUARE. That film, chronicling the uprising the toppled Mubarak regime in Egypt, the went on to win many awards at film festivals from Sundance and Toronto to Dubai and Carmel. It also won the 2013 IDA Award for Best Documentary Feature.

Catullo has won or been nominated for multiple awards including Grammy, Telly, Golden Eagle Cine, IDA, Demmy and Webby awards in his career. In addition to Sevendust, Catullo has worked with recording and performing artists including: Alter Bridge; Rage Against The Machine; Godsmack; Creed; Chickenfoot; Black Eyed Peas; Guns N Roses; Slash; KISS; Rush; and many others. Catullo is also founder of former production powerhouse Coming Home Studios and the DC3 Music Group.

The City Drive Entertainment Group, Inc. is a finance, production and distribution company with offices in Orange County, Los Angeles, Sacramento and New York. City Drive specializes in documentaries and live concert DVD’s. Recent projects include Mariah Carey Live In Central Park; THE SQUARE; TED x Hollywood; and Alter Bridge Live From Milan. The Company currently has a number of productions in the works including four new documentaries and several high profile music projects, including a co-production with Electus and Eminem’s Shady Films. For more information please visit www.thecitydrivegroup.com.

Nothing More ST Album Cover

NOTHING MORE

 

Nothing More

 

Eleven Seven Music

 

9.5 out of 10

 

Release Date: 6/24/14

Every year a new band bursts unto the scene and takes the rock world by storm. In 2014 it’s nothing less than inevitable that the head-turner will be Nothing More.  For proof of that one need look no further than their forthcoming eponymous debut.

The album opens with “Ocean Floor” (or as radio listeners know it, the intro to “This Is The Time (Ballast)”), building with each note until plunging us headlong into the first single “This Is The Time”.  Now that the blood is pumping, enter the Escape The Fate-meets-My Chemical Romance sound of  “Christ Copyright”, and you’ll surely sign on the dotted line!  Buckle up kids, the roller coaster ride is just beginning.  “Mr. MTV” and “First Punch” show no mercy before the instrumental olive leaf that is “Gyre”.  While not a huge fan of instrumentals, this is one that could easily be placed on Metallica‘s …And Justice For All, and none would be the wiser.

The album’s second half is a true testament to the band’s diversity.  From the contrasts of the hard hitting “The Matthew Effect” to the radio friendly ballad “I’ll Be OK”, we can easily see why frontman Jonny Hawkins stepped out from behind the kit despite having what he described to me as an “atrocious” voice.  The anthemic “Here’s To The Heartache” continues the journey through the album’s third quarter, until we reach two of my favorites, “Jenny” and “God Went North”.  These are two songs that are not only a microcosm of the entire album, but the most powerful in their meaning.  “Jenny” is one of the rare songs where you can actually “feel” the music from the moment it hits your ears, in fact I challenge anyone to sit completely still while listening to it.  You’ve got better odds of seeing Charlie Manson in a church choir.  Speaking of church, “God Went North” is an ode to Hawkins‘ mother’s final year and her increasing religious beliefs, that draws from his emotional depths to bring us the softer side of Nothing More, before closing out with another instrumental in “Pyre”.

From the opening track “Ocean Floor” to the pounding rain of “Pyre”, this album is a non-stop onslaught of prog-rock perfection.  The only thing keeping this album from garnering a perfect score is my personal adversity to instrumentals.  All in all the self titled debut from Nothing More is nothing less than one of 2014′s best albums.  This album comes extremely highly recommended!

Well, what are you waiting for? “This is the time” when you make your ears happy and click here to pre-order 2014′s Top Album Contender! And don’t forget to check out Nothing More on Tour this fall with Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat, and Hellyeah!

Nothing More Promo 2014My first introduction to Nothing More came in the form of an announcement in March of this year that Eleven Seven Music had signed the band to a five album guaranteed contract.  Having known the type of bands that Eleven Seven rosters, my interest was immediately piqued.  My curiosity further grew when I found out the quartet from Texas would be headed to my neck of the woods to perform at Fort Rock, but when I received an advance of their forthcoming album I was completely blown away!  So when approached with the idea of interviewing the band, my answer was as obvious as Axl Rose‘s weight gain.  Little did I know that I would not only be treated to a mind-blowing live show, but I would get to sit down and chat with two of the nicest guys in rock and have a rare interview that literally lived up to the old quote: “You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, it’ll change your life.”  So join me as we talk, laugh, and even cry (sort of) about everything from beating drugs-to-beating the drums-to-beating the meat. (Yes, you read that last one right)

AWAY-TEAM: First I’d like to start off by saying Congratulations on the upcoming release of your major label debut album! It’s definitely one of my favorites that I’ve heard in a while! You guys really killed it…

JONNY HAWKINS: Awesome! Thanks man!

AWAY-TEAM:  Take us back to the beginning.  How did Nothing More come to be?

JONNY HAWKINS: I originally met Daniel (Oliver, bass) and Mark (Vollelunga, guitar) when I was in 7th grade.  We played in different projects, and school bands, and things like that for years; and then Daniel, by a stroke of fate, ended up living with Mark while they were in college.  They were a little bit older than me at the time, but then at some point we convinced Dan to join our band, Mark and I were in Nothing More.  Dan didn’t want to at the time because he thought we were way too committed, (laughs) and he was like “I don’t know if I wanna do it…”

DANIEL OLIVER: They spent the night at each other’s houses for band practices, and they were like full blown; I was like “I don’t know if I wanna do that” ya know. (both laugh)  I lived with Mark though, and i just kinda lost my mind, I was 20 years old, I quit everything and moved to Colorado.  I road 1,000 miles in a day on my motorcycle with just a tent and my coffee pot, just to kinda find myself again, and find a place where nobody knew me.  That whole experience, I met these amazing people that just, that’s how they lived, they went out and did what they loved despite any adverse reactions from family, or anybody pressuring them to make money or settle down.  This group that just did what they loved, they traveled, and rafted, or they were ski bums.  I came back and, I was studying mechanical engineering, and I just felt like I had to come back.  I lived with Mark and I saw what he was writing, and I was just like “Wow! This is awesome!”   I vividly remember going to a show and Jonny was the drummer at the time before I was even in the band, and it was this epic show, and Jonny does this drum solo; I was like “I can write some grooves with that guy!” (laughs) After that, I was like “I’m in!” We kinda pulled it together and were like “Let’s go out and do it!” Noone’s gonna tell us to drop out of school and not get normal jobs, but there’s nothing stopping us from going out and doing it for ourselves.

JONNY HAWKINS:  And we kind of adopted Daniel‘s philosophy on life.  we each kind of learn from each other, and one of the biggest things we learned from him was “Fuck Plan B! Throw it out the window!” because if you wanna do something that requires a lot of risk, you just have to go at it 100%  A lot of times when the going gets rough, it’s that “Plan B” that becomes your escape route.  So for us we united around that philosophy, and that’s why we’ve got these scars on our arms. (lifts sleeve to reveal scars caused by the band branding themselves for each year they spent on the road)  It represents our commitment to each other, and to the vision, and that we wouldn’t stop until we saw it through to it’s fruition.  We were on our way, and then about three years ago the final piece of the puzzle, Paul O’Brien (drums), joined the band.  We used to tour with his other band, Pandemic, they were from Louisiana and we were from Texas, so they were kind of our neighbor, brother band.  They ended up calling it quits, and Paul still wanted to go.  He always really respected what we did, and vice-versa we respected what he did in Pandemic, and it was just the obvious choice when we were looking for drummers.  The rest is history!

AWAY-TEAM: I know you used to be the drummer…

DSCN4529JONNY HAWKINS: Yeah, when I started out with Dan and Mark I was the drummer for about maybe 5-8 years.  At some point, the band kind of filtered down through a lot of going out there and touring, and it was just kind of a filtering process.  We had Mark, Dan, and myself, even though we had other band members throughout the process; we were at this point where we were like “What are we gonna do? We don’t have a singer…”.  I really felt this, I don’t know what the word is, but my gut, my subconscious; I had listened to it in the past in other really big life decisions, and in hindsight had seen that it would always lead me in the right direction.  I started getting that really strong feeling about being the singer, even though I had nothing but fear and doubt at that time.  Even my parents, who support me in everything, and people around me were all telling me it’s a bad idea because I was not a good singer.  If you would’ve heard me then, it was atrocious, and you would’ve thought the same thing, and I even thought the same thing, but I’ve trusted my heart in the past and I don’t think now is any different.  I really had that strong feeling, so I started learning how to sing over the next few years, and the guys supported me in that.  And it really turned out to be the right decision, and I’m happy that I followed that instinct.

AWAY-TEAM: And I know you’ve got a lot of fans that are happy about that as well! So when I received your album advance, the first song that I heard was “Christ Copyright”.  I immediately loved the sound.  My first reaction was that you guys had this Escape The Fate-meets-Coheed & Cambria or My Chemical Romance type of sound, but there’s a lot more to your sound.  For those who’ve never heard it before, how would you describe your sound?

JONNY HAWKINS: Umm, I would draw a symbol on the wall and say “It sounds like that.” (everyone laughs) But in all seriousness, it’s most definitely in the rock-progressive world.  Sometimes we joke around and say we’re diet metal.  Really we have a variety of influences, and I guess our vision for our music now and in the future, we really wanna extend beyond a particular genre and a title.  So when people ask us who we are and what we sound like, I get real reluctant to answer that question too specifically.  I really just wanna have a pair of headphones and go “We sound like this!” 

DANIEL OLIVER: I think one really cool thing about this band is that as a unit we’re all writers, we all push each other to write.  Ya know, there’s not only one guy writing songs and showing them to the band, it’s really this collective idea based on whatever our influences are.  Like I know for me personally there aren’t a lot of good bass players in the rock world, I don’t think; or it’s not like a prominent instrument anymore.  So to be able to play with a group of guys where I’ll do something, or write something just on bass, and to have it accepted and change how they were writing.  It’s all about building off each others ideas, and I think that’s the only way to get somewhere different.  It’s like the song started out sounding like a particular thing, and then each person threw in an idea that changed the writing of the other individuals to get it to where it’s complete and we’re happy.

JONNY HAWKINS: It really is, we sound like democracy.

DANIEL OLIVER: (laughs) Yeah, we sound like democracy! Democracy pushing it, moving it along.

AWAY-TEAM: (laughs)  There’s the answer I was looking for! (all laugh)… You mentioned having many different influences, who are some of your biggest influences?

JONNY HAWKINS:  Very hard to narrow down…

DANIEL OLIVER:  A huge one is Thrice for sure.  Both musically and lyrically, even philosophically.  That’s a band that really goes out and speaks their mind, they dig deep and they create interesting stuff.  It’s heavy, but then they’ll release something like “The Alchemy Index”, which is all of their interests in a full EP release kind of thing.

JONNY HAWKINS:  We’ve always found a lot of our strongest influences come from bands that, not necessarily musically are progressive, but conceptually are progressive.  What I mean by that is people who really think in layers, and have a deep quality to their lyrics and the music.  Ben Folds is an artist that does that with a lot of his songs.  Tool is a big influence, a band called dredg, The Mars Volta.  Even artists real outside of our genre like Alanis Morrisette, Imogen Heap, Jurassic 5.

DANIEL OLIVER:  There’s a band Fair To Midland, out of Texas, that’s been a big influence of ours.  We run across bands that really push the envelope sometimes, and to have it impact us, them doing something so crazy, I think that’s what really influences us the most.

AWAY-TEAM: You guys recently signed a five year guaranteed deal with Eleven Seven

DANIEL OLIVER: Five albums.

AWAY-TEAM: Five albums. (laughs) Geez, five years, like your baseball players. We’re at the baseball park so I’m thinking baseball deals! (all laugh)

JONNY HAWKINS:  It’s more like fifteen years! (all laugh)

AWAY-TEAM:  A deal like that is nothing to sneeze at.  How did that all come about?  Was it through shopping demos? Was it through someone caught you out on tour? How did that come to be?

Nothing More_Daniel OliverDANIEL OLIVER:  Well honestly there was one other time, like a year and a half ago, before Eleven Seven found us, that Red Bull Records was hot on us.  They ended up passing because they’re owned by an energy drink. (laughs) But, I don’t know, it was a cold call honestly.  No shopping, no great effort to meet labels.  We were playing L.A., en route to Sacramento to play the Aftershock Festival last September; we heard about them (Eleven Seven) about a week before, they said they were gonna send a deal proposal, they sent a couple scouts out to the show and that was kind of it with Eleven Seven. Then that festival out in Sacramento happened, we were the second band of the whole festival, first day, second band, Side Stage; we kinda went in there like “Oh man, you never know with festivals. We might be laying for nobody.”  Our manager was with us and he’s like “Guys, there is industry here.  Just go out there like you always do and slay it!”  Turns out, one it was an epic show, the audience was great, and we got asked to play the second day on the Main Stage at 3 p.m. in front of 15,00 people.  After that everything kinda blew wide open, but at the end of the day after different labels came to us and we talked with them, Eleven Seven was just so passionate about it.  Ya know, there a smaller label, they have a lot of huge bands, and they just dug it, and they got it, and they wanted to push it, and that’s all that mattered.  It doesn’t matter the name of the label, or how much money they have, it’s all about the people who are in charge caring and doing something for you.

AWAY-TEAM: I have heard that about Eleven Seven in the past.  Ed (Sloan) from Crossfade had a lot of great things to say about them. Tremendous label to be with… and there goes Jonathan Davis (as the Korn singer walks by our table)

DANIEL OLIVER: (in a cartoonish voice) Hey Dude! (all laugh)

JONNY HAWKINS: On a deeper level though, it was really just a “Build it and they will come.”  It was not really trying to fight to get on a label.  We had kinda given up hope that we’d even be on a label.  We thought we were gonna be DIY the rest of our lives.  we jsut focused on building ourselves and our show, and it really just came to us.  I think that was a huge lesson, not only about that, but about everything in life, ya know.

AWAY-TEAM:  Now when you signed with them, I’m sure things changed a little bit, you’re still you, but what was the first thing you bought when you signed with them? I know Will (Tour Manager) mentioned you guys were driving a taco truck, so I know it wasn’t a new bus! (all laugh)

JONNY HAWKINS: A ton of cocaine, a Corvette, umm. I’m just kidding…

AWAY-TEAM: (laughs)

DANIEL OLIVER:  No, we really just stuck to what we’ve always done, and that was just reinvesting in what we did.  We spent the money on equipment, and pushing to be a national band, and to do these festivals. We kind of have a complicated stage set up, so to really do it how we wanted we had to reinvest in a bunch of equipment.  we also took that opportunity to set it all up to where we can begin forwarding the next live show, which we’ve always been kinda known for.  So we’re just reinvesting to reinvent for ourselves.

AWAY-TEAM:  That’s probably the smartest answer I’ve ever heard to that question! (all laugh in agreement)  I wanna get to some of the songs that are on the album, I’d love to talk about the entire album but we don’t have enough time! (joking in reference to the 15 song album which will be reviewed right here in the coming weeks) But, the aforementioned “Christ Copyright”, what was the inspiration behind that?  It seems like Texas has kind of a strong Christian belief system, is that how you guys grew up? And is that kind of where this song came from? What was the inspiration? 

Nothing More_Jonny Hawkins 2JONNY HAWKINS:  Totally.  We most definitely grew up in the “Bible Belt”, and there’s usually one of two paths people typically take when they grow up in a very religious area.  They either stay very religious, and they’re just as hardcore as their parents were, or they’re equally as rebellious and opposite of that.  I think “Christ Copyright” was our intent to sort of find the middle ground between the two polar extremes, and try to find the root of these differences.  America is very, very polarized, whether politically or religiously, and with “Christ Copyright” we were trying to put a spotlight on the real problem at hand, that everybody is trying to preach about, or sell to you, or fix.  It’s not what’s appearing on the surface, it’s not what religion you are, or what political party you happen to subscribe to, it’s whether you’re dogmatic or not.  And dogma, which sounds like a complicated philosophical word, is really about whether someone is humble or not, and open to the idea that they don’t know everything, and neither do you, and neither do I.  So I think if we approach each other from this point of view that “Yes. I’ve lived my life, and I’ve learned a lot of lessons, and I do have beliefs and opinions; but I realize that at any moment I could learn something that changes all of that. Because there’s new information that I’d never considered before.” To be open in that way is the way of growth, and really the way of being a real man or a real woman, not a pawn.  I think you become a pawn the second you buy into the idea that red team’s the winner, or blue team’s the winner, or I’m this religion, or that political party.  Because it’s not really about that.  That’s all smoke and mirrors.  It’s really the heart of all of that.  So “Christ Copyright” was trying to convey that, but also say that there’s so many talking heads and pastors who are trying to sell you on this idea of heaven.  You can buy into it, and it may or may not be true, but at the end of the day what I do notice is that when you do buy into it usually somebody makes money!

AWAY-TEAM: (laughs) So true!

DANIEL OLIVER:  And I think even more pointedly, like for instance when I lived in Nashville for a year, and we all kind of grew up in the church, I got involved with this crazy charismatic group.  They literally just used fear in the name of God, to try to change people to be what they felt was right.  Just straight up fear.  When you really look at that it’s like, if someone is coming into the presence of quote-unquote God and their first emotional feeling for him is that of fear, out of some unreasonable death sentence to hell that we were all born out of, that’s the same thing as a woman’s first experience with sex is her being molested.  It’s just not right! It’s not right, and there are a lot of people that just fucking don’t see that!  They don’t see that they’re using fear, and they’re manipulating people because of that out of their own penance to God, because of their own guilt.  In the bridge it’s like “If they scream loud, they’ll muscle the crowd.”, and that’s all it is.  It’s just that you’re screaming louder than I am, you’re no smarter, you’re no better.  You happen to have a proclivity to not masturbate at night, so therefore you feel you’re a better Christian than I am? (all laugh as Tour Manager turns his head from a nearby table) You know, it’s like “Fuck You!” Anyway, if that makes any sense.

AWAY-TEAM: Amen!

JONNY HAWKINS:  Amen! (laughing)

AWAY-TEAM: I went to Catholic school up until my Senior year of High School, so I know what you’re talking about man!

JONNY HAWKINS: Oh Really? So you know. (laughing) That’s crazy.

DANIEL OLIVER: Will‘s like “Did I just hear masturbate in an interview?” (all laugh)

JONNY HAWKINS: And it ended with “Fuck You!” and “Amen!” (laughing)

Nothing More_Jonny Hawkins 3AWAY-TEAM:  (Management has given word that we only have another 2-3 minutes. Time flies when you’re having fun)  So there’s a couple songs I wanna touch on, and I know they’re probably a little bit painful for you (Jonny), but “God Went North” and “Jenny”.  I know they’re kind of straight forward and you get the message, but if it’s cool with you I’d like to know the back story behind them.

JONNY HAWKINS:  Yeah, totally.  My mom, whom I had a very great relationship with other than the normal annoyances of having a mom, was a painter.  I learned my creative side, and everything that I do in music from her.  She really instilled that in me.  As I was in High School, I got the news that she had an extremely aggressive cancer that was a 99% death rate.

AWAY-TEAM: Wow! Man.

JONNY HAWKINS: There was no chemo, radiation, none of that did anything for people who had this type of cancer.  So with that news, basically my family went a few different directions, as do most people when they’re given that kind of news.  First we tried to fight it every way we could, through health food and healthy living, and it didn’t really change what was happening.  Then the next thing, my mom had desperation to be here longer with her children who weren’t grown up yet all the way, she got more religious.  As we went through that time, I was becoming an adult and I was in college, my sisters were younger so they really had it harder going through that process.  One of my sisters is named Jenna, which is what the song “Jenny” was about.  As my mom got more religious, in hopes of getting healed, she joined one of those faith-based healing churches as kind of a “Hail Mary”, if you will.  The only way, those churches teach, that it works is that you really truly believe in it.  So she bought in, and the weird thing about it was that she did have a spontaneous remission after one of the weird experiences in those healing services.  It really did go away 100%, or I guess not 100%, but according to the doctors they could not find it anymore.

AWAY-TEAM: Wow!

JONNY HAWKINS:  So her life was extended another year or so more than it should have been.  So that really caused her to further believe this faith-based healing stuff, and as time went on she started getting more and more hardcore, and I was getting less and less religious because I saw a different point of view than she did.  I didn’t think that it was because of the beliefs that she had, as much as it was about this emotional state that she was in during that process that people of other religions have also had spontaneous remissions in.  I had a different theory as to why it was happening, and so it was a struggle for us to be going different directions but to still hold on to her as my mother through that sickness.  And at the end, I loved her and I didn’t want her to die, but she was suffering so much when the cancer came back a year later.  She was down to skin and bones, and had tumors just protruding out of her stomach, her legs were bloated like someone who had been submerged in water for days.  It was just heartbreaking to watch her live like that for us.  So I really wanted her to die, because I didn’t want her to be feeling like that anyomore.  That’s where the whole “If you won’t save her, please just take her” lyrics came from.  And at the same time, the song “Jenny” was written about my sister who at that time was going through her own denial and grieving process.  She got, unfortunately, involved with a lot of the wrong people, and she ran from the problem and got addicted to some hard drugs.  She also had some mental, very clinical level bi-polar mixed in with that.  When you mix a mental illness with hard drugs, that’s usually a cocktail for destruction.  She went down this spiral, and it got so horrible, it was breaking my mom’s heart because she was holding on for dear life trying to hang in there to get my sister through it, as a mother.  There’s a lot more to the story that I don’t have time to go into, but basically it just, those are the two most heartbreaking things I have ever been through in my life.  The one thing my mom… (visibly getting choked up) Sorry.  The one thing my mom taught me, bringing it back to why I started this story, she was a painter, and growing up as she’d teach me to paint and draw, she always taught me that there was no such thing as a mistake.  To be a good painter, you never viewed any stroke of the brush as a mistake, you viewed it as an opportunity for a new purpose, and you went with it.  She was an amazing painter because of that simple view.  With her death, and my sister spiraling out of control, I learned from my mom to look at that as an opportunity, so we wrote those songs together.  I felt like those things were just meaningless, purposeless, God-awful suffering; but I decided at the end of it that it could either be that, or I could make meaning out of it and give it purpose.  With the guys’ help, together we wrote those songs and we gave it purpose.  Now it’s touching other people who have gone through similar circumstances, and I feel healing through those songs.

AWAY-TEAM:  It takes a lot to put that out there for the world, and I appreciate you telling me the story behind it.  I hope everything works out well with you and your family.  Thanks so much for your time! Best of luck with the album! I look forward to doing this again sometime soon.  I feel like we could talk all day about your album, and I appreciate you giving me your time.

JONNY HAWKINS & DANIEL OLIVER: Thank you!

Nothing More is currently out doing a few dates with Killswitch Engage, and will be heading out this fall with Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat, and Hellyeah.  For more info including tour dates and to pre-order their killer debut album, which comes out June 23rd, click here.

 

 

 

Drill 187-From The Ashes Of Man Album CoverDRILL 187

 

From The Ashes Of Man

 

Turkey Vulture Records

 

10 out of 10

 

 

When Drill 187 took the Carolina metal scene by storm in the early 2000′s they quickly and effortlessly ascended into the ranks of rock royalty.  Despite all of the accolades and notoriety amongst the industry elite, Drill‘s biggest hit was to that of their fanbase when they decided in 2005 to take an indefinite hiatus.   Suddenly, and all at once, the world was left to wonder if there would ever be another to so swiftly and aggressively take the throne and become metal monarchy.  While many have tried, the answer was a resounding “No!”  Fast forward to 2014- Fear not, loyal subjects, the King has returned!

The royal ascension begins with what is perhaps one of my favorites, “More Than Man”, a gritty Alice In Chains-meets-Anthrax neckbreaker highlighted by the dynamic vocals of singer Jason Lilley and the crushing guitars of Ron Dalgo and Carlos Ameri.  Let the comparisons stop there, ask me who Drill sounds like and I’ll proudly tell you “Nobody!”, it’s refreshing to see a band with such talent that literally fucking rips off nobody!  Speaking of crushing, the next track “Crush” leaves nothing on the table for drummer Bobby Stansbury; two words for this one, Holy Fuck!  Follow that up with the radio friendly rocker and upcoming first single “Crucified”, and you see the kingdom rising before your very ears.

You want more? Be careful what you ask for.  The second half of the album takes no prisoners!  From “Hate Smiles”, to the SiriusXM Octane destined “Wake”, the energy builds; culminating in the air drummer’s ultimate stick breaker, “Rise”.  (No shit, I broke like 6 “drumsticks” and pulled a couple muscles rocking out to this one! Not to mention that I probably looked like a priest in a porn shop while doing it!)

“From Ashes To Man”, the latest album from a newly reformed, and reenergized Drill 187 shows that while they may have been gone, they could never be forgotten!  This album comes very, very highly recommended and is a front runner for 2014′s “Best Album”!

Now get your ass over to Amazon and prepare to be ruled with an iron fist!

 

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Rock N’ Roll Hall Of Famer, Music Producer, Movie Director/Producer, and frontman extraordinaire Dave Grohl can now add HBO Star, and possibly even Vampire to the list!  

In an interview with Classic Rock Magazine, Grohl biographer Paul Brannigan announced that the Foo Fighters frontman will host and produce a documentary series for HBO that will premiere later this year.  The documentary will center around Grohl visiting and recording music at various studios around the world.  Dave will also be interviewing music legends like KISS‘s Paul Stanley, Heart‘s Nancy Wilson, and The EaglesJoe Walsh to name a few.

The show is a follow up to the highly successful Dave Grohl produced & directed 2013 documentary, Sound City, which focused on the legendary Los Angeles studio of the same name.  In an interview with Rolling Stone last year Grohl was asked if it was hard to teach himself to be a director; “No. This movie was not hard to make. Apocalypse Now – probably. The Sound City movie was really getting together with friends and digging deep into what music means to each one of us, telling the story of a studio that’s very close to me, and trying to give the viewer something that will inspire them to fall in love with music like I did.

“Sound City is about having kids see this film and be inspired to go to a yard sale and buy a guitar and start a band and play in the garage and then take over the world. Because that can still happen. It happens all the time. To me, personally, it’s the most important thing I’ve done because it’s not for me.”

The hardest working man in showbiz has somehow managed to pile even more onto his plate, thus convincing me he may indeed be one of the undead; just not one of those homoerotic, glittery Twilight kind.

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DRILL Promo Band ShotRaleigh, NC - May 1, 2014 - Maniac Metal Monsters DRILL-187 have resurfaced onto a scene they left covered in carnage during their reign over the Active Rock charts and industry elite from 2002 to 2005.  From the release of their groundbreaking debut album, “The Faceless Majority”, in 2003, singer Jason Lilley, guitarists Ron Dalgo & Carlos Ameri, bassist Matt Fredrick, and skin basher Bobby Stansbury have enjoyed riding atop a mountain of accolades and honors working with Slayer manager Rick Sales and Marilyn Manson mastermind John Tovar.

Touring non-stop throughout the entire US for the duration of ’03 and ’04, DRILL-187 watched their career ascend capturing many journalist’s top spot for Album Of The Year in 2003, two weeks at #24 on the Active Rock charts, and album sales of over 6,100 copies sold at the close of 2004 all from a grass-roots, D.I.Y. approach. Then, Atlantic Records President Jason Flom, approached the band with interest in signing them, however, 2005 began with the band announcing an indefinite hiatus.  It was rumored that another “Up & Coming” act at the time that mirrored DRILL’s musical style, bombastic live show and even similarities in recorded material that was destined for their follow-up release, beat them to the punch.

Flash-Forward to May of 2014; and DRILL-187 is staging a return to form unlike any the scene has witnessed so far.  Working closely with founding member and original guitarist Jason Ussery, the band holed up in an undisclosed NC recording studio to produce six undeniably original entrees of Metal bliss that culminate in the forthcoming “From The Ashes Of Man” which will be Internationally released May 9th through Turkey Vulture Records.  In addition, the band has signed an exclusive management agreement with Away-Team Music through 2015.  Away-Team VP of A&R and Artist Relations Manager Craig “Bam-Bam” Stegall says, “I’ve been friends and a fan of these guys since I first heard demos dating back to 1998.  They’re simply a force to reckon with on the live stage and growing up a drummer myself, Stansbury’s drumming has just blown my mind for years, man!”  Singer Jason Lilley says of their relationship with Stegall, “He’s supported us for almost our entire career. He would sneak us into his playlist on his radio show [the syndicated “Bam-Bam’s RockLocker”] and we’d get bombarded with phone calls from people we never thought we’d hear from in a million years.  It only made sense that he should fly the DRILL flag for us on our return.  He’s done some cool stuff with bands like Slavemachine, Message To Venus and most recently Peter Murray’s new joint; White Noise Owl.  He’s seriously like family to us so we’re stoked to have him in our corner.”

On settling the undone score left bleeding by an unnamed rival back in the day, Jason says, “(laughter) Well, let’s just say they aren’t even around anymore so it’s time to show the world the way it should have been done all along!”

DRILL-187 is scheduled to headline their Raleigh, N.C. hometown on May 9th to coincide with the release of “From The Ashes Of Man” and then begin a full 38 date tour in June that will have them finishing up in August with more music being recorded this September.  With staunch supporters like C.O.C.’s Reed Mullin, Godsmack’s Shannon Larkin and even 80’s rocker-turned-”sludge”-icon Stevie Rachelle (who gave the band’s debut album the only 10 out of 10 review in the history of MetalSludge Magazine) this is far from a comeback, but rather a welcome return to form.

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Sevendust Band Promo 2014April 23, 2014 – SEVENDUST wanted to make an acoustic studio album, solely because their family of fans has been clamoring for one since the release of 2004’s SOUTHSIDE DOUBLE-WIDE live acoustic album. They gave their fans exactly what they asked for, and in turn produced one of their most critically acclaimed albums to date. And now, their family of fans has launched the album into the #1 slot on Billboard’s “Top Hard Music Albums” chart next week. TIME TRAVELERS & BONFIRES–released April 15 on the band’s 7Bros. Records, in conjunction with ADA Label Services–is the Atlanta band’s second consecutive #1 album.

Elsewhere in Billboard, TIME TRAVELERS & BONFIRES will debut at #19 on the “Top 200 Albums” chart, #2 on the “Record Label Independent Current Albums” chart, #4 on the “Top Current Rock Albums” chart, #15 on the “Overall Digital Albums” chart and #8 on the “Top Internet Albums” chart.

The band’s current headlining acoustic U.S. tour, “An Evening With SEVENDUST,” launched April 1 in Athens, GA and isn’t stopping anytime soon. Dates continue through June 28, with more dates to come throughout the summer.

Check out SEVENDUST at any of the following stops.
DATE            CITY                VENUE
Thu 4/24   Kansas City, MO      The Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
Fri 4/25       Joliet, IL                    Mojoes
Sat 4/26    Madison, WI            Orpheum 
Mon 4/28   Detroit, MI              Royal Oak Music Theatre
Tue 4/29    Cincinnati, OH       Bogart’s
Wed 4/30    Louisville, KY      Mercury Ballroom
Fri 5/2        Baltimore, MD       Sound Stage
Sat 5/3    Washington, DC      The Howard Theatre
Sun 5/4     New York, NY        Highline Ballroom
Tue 5/6     Hartford, CT          Webster Theatre
Thu 5/8     Patchogue, NY     Emporium
Fri 5/9      Portland, ME          Asylum
Sat 5/10   Philadelphia, PA  Electric Factory
Tue 5/27  St. Louis, MO         Pop’s
Thu 5/29   Mt. Pleasant, MI   Soaring Eagle Casino (with Staind, NOT ACOUSTIC)
Fri 5/30   South Bend, IN    Club Fever
Sat 5/31  Ft. Wayne, IN      Piere’s
Sun 6/1  Cleveland, OH      House Of Blues
Tue 6/3   Lancaster, PA     Chameleon Club
Wed 6/4  Boston, MA         Paradise
Fri 6/6    Albany, NY          Upstate Concert Hall
Sat 6/7   Stroudsburg, PA   Sherman Theatre
Sun 6/8   Sayreville, NJ        Starland Ballroom (LOW DOUGH)
Wed 6/11 Green Bay, WI    The Distillery
Thu 6/12   Arlington Heights, IL    Home Bar
Fri 6/13    Minneapolis, MN     POV’s
Sat 6/14    Milwaukee, WI     The Rave
Sun 6/15    Bloomington, IL    Castle Theatre
Tue 6/17   Oklahoma City, OK    Diamond Ballroom
Wed 6/18   Abilene, TX        The Lucky Mule
Thu 6/19   Beaumont, TX      The Gig
Fri 6/20    Broussard, LA     The Station
Sat 6/21   Tunica, MS           Horseshoe Tunica/Bluesville
Mon 6/23   Nashville, TN   Marathon Music Works
Wed 6/25   Columbus, OH    LC Pavilion
Thu 6/26    Flint, MI              The Machine Shop
Fri 6/27    Rochester, NY    Water Street Music Hall
Sat 6/28    Kent, CT             Club Getaway Resort

Soundtrack Of Summer Tour 2014April 23, 2014 – Responsible for some of Rock’s most indelible summer anthems, legendary groups FOREIGNER and STYX will release THE SOUNDTRACK OF SUMMER on May 6 to coincide with their highly anticipated tour of the same name, which also features very special guest DON FELDER, former guitarist of The Eagles. The album, which features 16 classics by both bands, will be available exclusively at Walmart. Pre-orders are available on Walmart’s website.

THE SOUNDTRACK OF SUMMER package includes FOREIGNER hits “Cold As Ice,” “Juke Box Hero” and “I Want To Know What Love Is,” and STYX hits “The Grand Illusion,” “Blue Collar Man” and “Renegade” (see below for a complete track listing). The collection finishes with the spectacular highlight, a brand new interpretation of one of Classic Rock’s most successful songs ever, “Hotel California.” Original songwriter DON FELDER teamed up with STYX and FOREIGNER for this very special collaboration, as well as a stunning new version of FOREIGNER’s massive hit, “I Want To Know What Love Is,” which will only be available as a limited edition vinyl disc and on iTunes.

Fans can check out an exclusive stream of “Hotel California” on USA Today’s website, which went live earlier today.

STYX is one of the most beloved rock bands on the planet, with more than 30 million records sold in North America alone. Spawned from a Chicago basement in the early ‘70s, STYX would eventually transform into the virtual arena rock prototype by the late ’70s and early ’80s, due to a fondness for big rockers and soaring power ballads. Over the course of their 38-year career they’ve released 15 studio albums, six best-of compilations and four live albums, garnering eight Top Ten singles. Tommy Shaw, James “JY” Young, Chuck Panozzo, Lawrence Gowan, Ricky Phillips and Todd Sucherman have been together longer than any other lineup in the band’s 40-year existence.

With ten multi-platinum albums and sixteen Top 30 hits, FOREIGNER is universally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world with a formidable musical arsenal that continues to propel sold-out tours and album sales, now exceeding 75 million. Responsible for some of rock and roll’s most enduring anthems, FOREIGNER continues to rock the charts more than thirty years into the game, Foreigner is led by founding member Mick Jones (guitar), and Kelly Hansen (lead vocals), Jeff Pilson (bass, vocals), Michael Bluestein (keyboards), Tom Gimbel (rhythm guitar, sax, vocals), Bruce Watson (guitar) and Chris Frazier (drums).

DON FELDER–former guitarist of the Eagles, New York Times best-selling author and four-time Grammy® Award winner—released his second solo album (and first since 1983), “Road To Forever” in October 9, 2012 and has been on tour throughout the U.S. ever since. The album has recently been re-released with four additional songs, “Road To Forever: Extended Edition,” on March 4 via INGrooves Music Group. The album’s latest single, “You Don’t Have Me,” is currently bulleted at #3 on the Mediabase Classic Rock chart. “Road To Forever” originally debuted on Billboard’s “Heatseekers” chart at #27. “Girls In Black,” the album’s first single, reached the Top 30 on the Mediabase Rock chart while the second single, “Wash Away,” co-written by FELDER and STYX’s Tommy Shaw and featuring Shaw’s signature vocal sound, quickly jumped to #4 on the Mediabase Classic Rock chart.

Here’s the complete track listing of THE SOUNDTRACK OF SUMMER:

1. Feels Like The First Time
2. Cold As Ice
3. Hot Blooded
4. Double Vision
5. Urgent
6. Waiting For A Girl Like You
7. I Want To Know What Love Is
8. Juke Box Hero
9. The Grand Illusion
10. Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)
11. Lorelei
12. Crystal Ball
13. Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)
14. Miss America
15. Renegade
16. Too Much Time On My Hands
17. Hotel California

Check out “The Soundtrack of Summer” tour at any of  these stops (with more to be added in the coming weeks). DON FELDER hits the stage at 7:00pm at every stop. FOREIGNER and STYX will alternate closing slots as listed.

KIX-Band Promo 2014April 16, 2014 – Look for KIX Steve Whiteman (lead vocals), Jimmy Chalfant (drums, vocals), Ronnie Younkins (guitars), Brian Forsythe (guitars) and Mark Schenker (bass)—to release their first new album in almost two decades on July 22, thanks to their new partnership with Loud & Proud Records. What makes the project even more exciting and anticipated is that the album features the band’s original line-up, with the exception of Schenker on bass.

“The boys and I are so happy that our old friend, Tom Lipsky, has invited us to join the Loud & Proud family,” exclaims Whiteman. “We worked with Tom and Madelyn Scarpulla on our last studio album, SHOW BUSINESS, and we’re looking forward to working with them again with the release of the first new KIX album in almost 19 years! We’ll still be coming to a dump near you very soon!”

Loud & Proud Owner & President Tom Lipsky adds, “What I have always loved about KIX is they make rock ‘n roll fun. What I love about their new music is that it’s pure, genuine KIX music, straight up guitar rock with no compromise. They’re not chasing trends or trying to re-invent themselves. They’re simply doing what they do best…and now they can do it Loud and Proud!”

Marking the re-emergence of KIX in the early-2000’s, the band had teamed up a few times a year to test the waters with reunion shows in the Maryland/Pennsylvania, which were very well received. Then in the summer of 2008, KIX performed outside the mid-Atlantic for the first time in 13 years at two of the biggest rock festivals in the U.S. Rocklahoma in Pryor, OK and Rock the Bayou in Houston, TX. The band was hailed by many music websites and attendees as “Best Performance” at both festivals, where they played alongside Sammy Hagar, Alice Cooper, Tesla, Queensryche, Ratt, and more.

As the demand for new music has never subsided and in fact has only increased over the last few years, the band decided that they can no longer ignore the overtures from their fans and are currently recording new KIX songs. The new album, due out summer 2014, is produced by Taylor Rhodes, who last worked with KIX on 1991’s HOT WIRE album. Rhodes has also written hit songs for Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne and Journey.

Stay tuned for new album news, which will be announced in the coming weeks, and check out KIX on tour at any of the following stops (with more to be announced soon):

DATE CITY VENUE

Fri 4/25 Columbia, MD M3 Festival
Sat 5/24 Pryor, OK Rocklahoma
Sat 5/31 Sandusky, OH Ohio Bike Week
Fri 6/6 Vernal, UT Thunder Rocks
Sat 6/21 Idaho Falls, ID Rock The Falls
Fri 7/25 Royalton, MN Halfway Jam
Thu 7/31 Leemore, CA Tachi Palace Casino