July 31, 2013 –THE WINERY DOGS (@TheWineryDogs) is sending a huge thank you to their loyal fans in North America for giving their critically-acclaimed self-titled debut album a strong debut on the Billboard charts. Not only did it explode onto the “Top Rock Chart” at #5, it also opens on the “Top 200 Albums” chart at #27.
The power trio–Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Avenged Sevenfold), Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big) and Richie Kotzen (Mr. Big, Poison)—self-produced THE WINERY DOGS, which was released July 23 on Loud & Proud Records. The album has been hailed as “…one of the most intriguing releases of the year” by Loudwire.com, and in a recent reader’s poll on Revolver magazine’s website, fans called it their “Album of the Week.”
Success hasn’t been limited to the U.S. shores. THE WINERY DOGS recently kicked off their first-ever tour in Japan and South America to sold-out crowds wherever they played. After one more stop in Buenos Aires on August 1, they’ll head home for their first U.S. shows, starting August 3 in New York City at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill. While they’re in town, THE WINERY DOGS will appear on “The Artie Lange Show,” which will air Monday, August 5 at 10pm ET on DirectTV and is streamed live on the show’s website. On Tuesday, August 6 at 7pm, the band will take part in an in-store signing session at Vintage Vinyl in Fords, NJ. For more information, visit www.vvinyl.com.
Once the first leg of their U.S. trek concludes on August 8, Portnoy, Sheehan and Kotzen will take a much-deserved break before heading back overseas for their first shows in Europe throughout most of September, which will include stops in England, Germany, Spain, Italy and Portugal. The U.S. tour will start up again on October 3 in Agoura Hills, CA at the Canyon Club.
Meanwhile, THE WINERY DOGS will guest on the nationally syndicated radio show, “Rockline,” with host Bob Coburn on Wednesday, August 14 at 8:30pm PT/11:30pm ET. Fans are encouraged to speak with the band that night by calling 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). The show will be streamed on Rocklineradio.com for two weeks beginning the afternoon after the live broadcast.
Check out THE WINERY DOGS at any of the following U.S. tour stops:
DATE CITY VENUE
Sat 8/3 New York, NY B.B. King Blues Club and Grill
Sun 8/4 Lancaster, PA Chameleon Club
Tue 8/6 Fords, NJ Vintage Vinyl (in-store)
Wed 8/7 Newton, NJ The Newton Theater
Thu 8/8 Chicago, IL Reggie’s Rock Club
Thu 10/3 Agoura Hills, CA Canyon Club
Fri 10/4 Las Vegas, NV Vamp’d
Sat 10/5 San Diego, CA Romana Mainstage
Sun 10/6 San Juan Capistrano, CA Coach House
Tue 10/8 Sacramento, CA Harlow’s
Wed 10/9 San Francisco, CA Yoshi’s
Queensryche defeated a motion for a preliminary injunction on July 13 that would have kept it from touring and operating under the band name, AGPS Management senior manager Glen Parrish exclusively tells Billboard. The act is defending a complaint filed by former singer Geoff Tate in a Washington state court over whether he should be awarded the Queensryche name after being expelled from the group in June.
“We are excited that the Washington courts saw what we and the fans have always known, that Queensryche is more than any one member,” Parrish said in a statement. “We are sorry we had to go to court to show this, but we are determined to bring back the quality product Queensryche was known for. We can’t wait to unveil to the fans what [the band creates] next musically.”
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Rock band Queensryche is continuing forward without vocalist Geoff Tate, who will be replaced by Crimson Glory singer Todd La Torre, Billboard has exclusively learned.
“Over the past few months, there have been growing creative differences within Queensryche. We want our fans to know that we hoped to find a common resolution, but in the end parting ways with Geoff was the best way for everyone to move forward in a positive direction,” drummer Scott Rockenfield said in a statement. “We wish him the best of luck with all of his future endeavors. We can’t wait to bring Queensryche to our fans with Todd behind the microphone.”
The statement also said that scheduled Queensryche performances “are on hold at [the] present time and revised routing is being worked on. Fans can check the band’s website for all of the latest tour information as it [becomes] available.”
Billboard requested a comment from Tate through Jeff Albright of the Albright Entertainment Group, but it wasn’t received by press time.
La Torre said in a statement a few weeks ago, and reiterated during an interview on Ron Keel’s “Streets of Rock & Roll” radio show that was posted online on June 14, that he still remains a member of Crimson Glory.
Fans and media have speculated about the state of Queensryche, which marked its 30th anniversary last year, for weeks due to rumors of internal conflict. They were sparked by an unconfirmed posting on MetalSludge.tv that Tate allegedly became violent toward other bandmates prior to an April show in Brazil after allegedly being fired. Then, during the Rocklahoma fest during Memorial Day weekend, Tate told the crowd “you guys suck” as he tried to get the audience to respond more enthusiastically.
On May 29 the other members of Queensryche announced it was forming a project called Rising West with La Torre. Rising West posted June 5 on its Facebook page that it was “being denied access to our own Facebook page and website (meaning Queensryche),” which promoted other side projects, such as Tate‘s wine business and Rockenfield‘s recording endeavors. In response, Tate‘s step-daughter, Miranda, posted June 7 on Facebook that “it’s about time to get some truth on the table” and denied that other members couldn’t access the site, among other alleged problems. Rising West played Queensryche‘s older material at two sold-out shows June 8-9 at Seattle’s Hard Rock Cafe.
In subsequent interviews, Rising West and Tate deflected questions about the situation. When Rising West appeared June 7 on KISM Seattle radio show “The Men’s Room,” Rockenfield said it was “a day-to-day” process as Queensryche determined its next move, but the band would definitely continue. Blabbermouth.net reported that during a June 15 interview on KISW, Tate said, “Just hang in there. Everything’s moving along and everything’s looking good” regarding the group.
Queensryche was scheduled to perform June 11 to open for the Scorpions in West Valley City, Utah, but only Tate appeared, backed by his solo band. NRToday.com reported June 18 that Queensryche had canceled its Aug. 10 appearance at the Douglas County Fair in Oregon, with Eddie Money replacing the act. It stated that fairgrounds director Harold Phillips attributed the cancellation to a falling out between Tate and the band. Tate has continued playing dates on his solo tour, which coincided with Queensryche‘s dates for its current tour.
May 7, 2012 – (Burbank, CA) – Mastodon have announced that they hit the road in Europe, performing both major festivals, including Pinkpop, Sonisphere, and Nova Rock, as well as headlining shows beginning May 23rd and continuing through the end of June. Mastodon will also perform at both the Reading and Leeds Festivals in the U.K. in August. Mastodon have always commanded a high press profile abroad and The Hunter continues to amaze fan and critics alike. Kerrang! Magazine, the UK’s leading hard rock publication has nominated Mastodon in both “Best Album,” and “Best Video: “Curl Of The Burl” at this year’s Kerrang! Awards set for June 7th, in London. Click here for further info.
Mastodon are touring in support of their critically acclaimed current album The Hunter, which entered the Billboard Top 200 Album chart in the Top 10 and found its way onto several Year End/Best Of critics’ lists, including those compiled by Rolling Stone, Spin, Revolver, Decibel and many more. A video for the current single, “Dry Bone Valley,” shot live at London’s Brixton Academy, has been posted here. Another live video clip from the same show for “All The Heavy Lifting,” is being readied for release now. Details to be revealed soon.
The band travels to Europe a few days after performing at this year’s Rock on the Range Festival on May 20th. Mastodon have been on the road since early April co-headlining a triumphant U.S. tour with Swedish metal band Opeth and special guest Ghost that wraps on May 12th with a show in Mastodon’s hometown Atlanta at The Masquerade.
Mastodon on the road with Opeth:
05/07 Minneapolis, MN Brick – Ghost 8:00 | Opeth 8:50 | Mastodon 10:20
05/09 Washington, DC The Fillmore – Ghost 7:30 | Mastodon 8:20 | Opeth 9:50
05/10 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore – Ghost 7:30 | Opeth 8:20 | Mastodon 9:50
05/11 Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues – Ghost 8:00 | Opeth 8:50 | Mastodon 10:20
05/12 Atlanta, GA Masquerade Music Park – Ghost 7:00 | Opeth 7:50 | Mastodon 9:20
Rock on the Range Festival:
05/20 Columbus, OH Crew Stadium
European and Canadian tour dates:
05/23 Oslo, Norway Valle Hovin
05/25 Lisbon, Portugal Bela Vista Park / Rock in Rio Lisbon (w/ Metallica, etc.)
05/26 Madrid, Spain Getafe Sonisphere
05/27 Landgraaf, Holland Pinkpop Festival
05/28 Werchter, Belgium Boutique Festival (w/ Metallica, etc.)
05/30 Yverdon, Switzerland Sonisphere at Rives du Lac (w/ Metallica, etc.)
06/01 Bavaria, Germany Rock In Park Clubstage
06/02 Nurburgring, Germany Rock Am Ring Clubstage
06/03 Warsaw, Poland Ursynalia Festival
06/06 Horsens, Denmark Open Air
06/07 Sölvesborg, Sweden Sweden Rock Festival
06/08 Zagreb, Croatia Rokaj Festival
06/09 Muenster, Germany Vainstream Festival
06/10 Nickelsdorf, Austria Nova Rock Festival (w/ Metallica, etc.)
06/13 Bergen, Norway Bergen Calling
06/15 Copenhagen, Denmark Copenhell Festival
06/16 Gothenburg, Sweden Metaltown
06/17 Seinäjoki, Finland Provinssirock
06/19 Tallinn, Estonia Rock Café
06/20 Riga, Latvia Palladium
06/23 Roeser, Luxembourg Rock A Field Festival
06/24 Eindhoven, Holland Effenaar
06/25 Amsterdam, Holland Melkweg Max
06/27 Rome, Italy Atlantico
06/29 Werchter, Belgium Rock
06/30 Belfort, France Eurokennes
07/14 Ottawa, ON Ottawa Bluesfest
07/15 Quebec, QC Festival D’Ete Quebec
08/25 Reading, England Reading Festival
08/26 Leeds, England Leeds Festival