New York City, NY
Photos by: Slim Jim Keller
New York City, NY
Photos by: Slim Jim Keller
Atlantic recording group HALESTORM has unveiled the first track “Get Lucky (Originally Performed By Daft Punk)” from their new EP, “ReAniMate 2.0: The CoVeRs eP” which arrives October 15th.
The EP marks the acclaimed hard rock band’s first new release since their stunning GRAMMY® Awards triumph earlier this year, as well as the follow-up to 2011’s “ReAniMate: The CoVeRs eP.” As with its predecessor, “ReAniMate 2.0: The CoVeRs eP” sees Halestorm putting their distinctive brand on a strikingly eclectic collection of classic songs, including legendary tracks by Judas Priest, AC/DC, Pat Benatar, Fleetwood Mac, Marilyn Manson, and Daft Punk.
“Like our first ‘ReAniMate’ EP, the songs included here are a collection of both our favorite songs and songs to challenge ourselves,” said Halestorm frontwoman Lzzy Hale. “We decided to go more ‘bare bones’ with this EP, meaning minimal production with live, gritty performances. We recorded this EP the week of the Grammys, so the excitement and debauchery you hear through your speakers is very real. We hope all our fans have as much fun with ‘ReAniMate: 2.0’ as we did!”
HALESTORM – “ReAniMate 2: The CoVeRs eP”
1. Dissident Aggressor (Originally Performed By Judas Priest)
2. Get Lucky (Originally Performed By Daft Punk)
3. Shoot To Thrill (Originally Performed By AC/DC)
4. Hell Is For Children (Originally Performed By Pat Benatar)
5. Gold Dust Woman (Originally Performed By Fleetwood Mac)
6. 1996 (Originally Performed By Marilyn Manson)
HALESTORM TOUR DATES – NORTH AMERICA 2013
9/25 Bloomsburg, PA Bloomsburg Fair
10/4 Jackson, MS Mississippi State Fairgrounds
10/5 Mobile, AL Bayfest
11/26 Memphis, TN Minglewood Hall
11/29 New York, NY Terminal 5
11/30 Watertown, NY McVean Gymnasium @ Jefferson
12/1 Montreal, QC Le National
12/3 Toronto, ON Opera House
12/4 Cincinnati, OH Bogart’s
12/5 Royal Oak, MI Royal Oak Music Theatre
12/7 Ft. Wayne, IN Piere’s
12/8 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
12/10 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
12/11 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE – Indoor Stage
12/13 St. Paul, MN Myth
12/14 Madison, WI Orpheum Theatre
12/15 Chicago, IL House of Blues
July 16, 2013–Omaha, Nebraska based hard rockers, Emphatic have announced a September 17th release date for their sophomore album “Another Life” with Epochal Artists Records/Capitol Music Group. The album will be the first to feature new frontman Toryn Green, who was previously the singer of multi-platinum rock band FUEL and the touring vocalist for Finnish cello rock band Apocalyptica.
“This band has seen its share of difficult situations and for me I was the guy that had to decide to give up or fix what was broken. Music is in my blood so giving up isn’t an option,” said guitarist Justin McCain. “After making that decision to continue we found Toryn and he was everything I’ve ever wanted in a frontman. The record is a reflection of the trials and tribulations we went through as a band over the past couple of years.”
Produced by Emphatic guitarist Justin McCain and co-produced by Ryan Greene at Validus Recording Studios in Los Angeles, “Another Life” showcases Emphatic’s newfound sense of maturity and creative firepower as they belt out a powerful dose of groundbreaking hard rock. Rejuvenated creatively, the band is now firing on all cylinders with a line-up that matches the intensity of their songs. “Another Life” is filled with gigantic hooks, powerful melodies and is an inspiring triumph over adversity.
Emphatic are best known for their major label debut album “Damage”, which produced the hit single “Bounce”, and shot the album onto the Billboard Heatseekers charts at #9. The album was produced by Howard Benson (Three Days Grace, Halestorm), and featured A Perfect Circle’s Josh Freese playing drums on the record. From there, the band went on to take part in the Carnival Of Madness Tour alongside hard rock heavyweights Theory of a Deadman, Alter Bridge, Black Stone Cherry, and Adelitas Way.
Red Hat Amphitheater
Photos by JAY BEADNELL
June 26, 2013 – SOiL premiered the brand new video for “Shine On,” the first single from their forthcoming sixth studio album, WHOLE, on Loudwire.com yesterday. The song is currently gaining airplay on radio stations nationwide and will be available digitally July 2. The full album will be released August 20.
WHOLE is the first album with original frontman Ryan McCombs since 2004′s RE.DE.FINE (after which he became Drowning Pool’s lead singer). It sees SOiL returning to the classic sound that fans have come to admire, calling it the album “that could have come directly after the SCARS album in 2001.”
New Noise magazine recently called the album (in a 5-out-of-5 star review): “…dirty hard rock influenced alternative metal that’s got more piss and vinegar going for it than anything I’ve heard on the radio these days…To hear something like this is just fucking refreshing in all honesty; and it’s the best thing I’ve heard from alternative heavy metal in years.”
In touring news, SOiL will hitting the road on June 19 for a show in Bowling Green, KY at The Rustic Room along with Pop Evil. The band is currently lining up shows for the entire summer, which will be announced in the coming weeks. One of the upcoming tour stops includes an appearance as part of the second annual Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival on September 15 in Sacramento, CA at Discovery Park, along with Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Megadeth, Volbeat, A Day To Remember, HIM, Buckcherry, Halestorm, Asking Alexandria, All That Remains, Falling In Reverse, Device, Steel Panther, P.O.D., and many others.
Check out SOiL at any of the following stops:
DATE CITY VENUE
Wed 6/19 Bowling Green, KY The Rustic Room (with Pop Evil)
Thu 6/20 South Bend, IN Cheers Pub
Fri 6/21 Wausau, WI The Fillmore
Thu 7/18 Marion, OH Tink’s Rock House
Fri 7/19 Battle Creek, MI Planet Rock
Sat 7/20 Pecatonica, IL Winnebago County Fairgrounds Breast Fest
Sat 8/24 Twin Lakes, WI Shadow Hill Ranch (WIIL Rock Fest)
Sun 9/15 Sacramento, CA Discovery Park
For more info, visit SoiL’s Official Website.
JohnMay 28, 2013 — Listen closely to what’s lingering in the distance…it’s the sound of some of Rock’s biggest bands converging together to bring pandemonium to eager and willing participants at the 2013 CARNIVAL OF MADNESS tour, powered by Monster Energy.
Sure to be known as the premier rock tour of 2013, the highly anticipated CARNIVAL OF MADNESS–sponsored by Monster Energy–returns this summer with multi-Platinum rock band SHINEDOWN, along with PAPA ROACH, SKILLET, IN THIS MOMENT, and WE AS HUMAN. The tour will begin on the east coast Sunday, August 11. Tour dates will be announced on Monday, June 3 with the general on-sale beginning Friday, June 7.
SHINEDOWN makes their triumphant return to the CARNIVAL OF MADNESS after headlining the 2010 inaugural launch, with a lineup that also included Sevendust, Chevelle, Puddle of Mudd, and 10 Years. The first CARNIVAL OF MADNESS proved to be one of the biggest tours of the summer, heralded as a Top 50 tour by Pollstar. Last year’s trek featured Evanescence, Chevelle, Halestorm, and New Medicine.
“CARNIVAL OF MADNESS is more than a show–it’s an experience,” proclaims SHINEDOWN frontman Brent Smith. “This year, it’s all about reinvention. The culmination of five powerful and dynamic bands joining together to prove to the world that rock-n-roll is alive and well. So, step right up. Come one, come all. The CARNIVAL OF MADNESS has arrived!!!”
PAPA ROACH frontman Jacoby Shaddix says, “We’re so stoked to be on CARNIVAL OF MADNESS this year. It’s an absolutely killer bill from top to bottom…fans better be ready to get crazy at these shows.”
“I can hardly wait for the CARNIVAL OF MADNESS,” says SKILLET lead singer John Cooper. “SHINEDOWN is one of the best bands in the business and we’re excited to share the stage with them and great performers like PAPA ROACH, IN THIS MOMENT, and WE AS HUMAN. Also, it’ll be our first tour playing songs from our new album, RISE, so SKILLET will be doing our best to bring the pain every night!”
As IN THIS MOMENT declares, “We are thrilled to be a part of CARNIVAL OF MADNESS this year. SHINEDOWN is one of our favorite bands and it is truly an honor to share the stage with them again. All the bands involved this year bring something unique and exciting to the table, making this a ‘do not miss’ event! We are humbled and grateful that we get to be a part of CARNIVAL OF MADNESS this year, and can’t wait to surprise you with our brand new show this summer!”
WE AS HUMAN lead singer Justin Cordle agrees, “I can’t begin to tell you how stoked we are to be on the CARNIVAL OF MADNESS this year. To be able to meet new fans on a tour with so many bands that we’ve admired for so long is incredible. We are ready to do this!”
SHINEDOWN is indisputably one of the most successful rock bands of the past 10+ years, enjoying an unparalleled streak of hits. The band’s current album, AMARYLLIS, entered the Billboard “Top 200 Albums” chart at #4 upon its release (#1 on the “Top Rock Albums” chart), and has already spawned three consecutive #1 singles with “Bully,” “Unity,” and “Enemies.” Over the course of their illustrious career, SHINEDOWN has scored a staggering 17 #1 singles (including their current streak of 10 consecutive #1 rock radio hits). The band’s latest single, “I’ll Follow You,” is currently #3 on the rock chart. The band’s performance of the song for their just-released THE LIVE ROOM EP can be viewed at The Warner Sound . One of the most exciting live rock acts, Pollstar has listed SHINEDOWN’s most recent headlining trek on their Top 20 Concert Tours of 2013. The band’s unprecedented ascendancy over multi-format rock radio commenced with their RIAA Platinum-certified 2003 debut LEAVE A WHISPER, its Gold-certified 2005 follow-up, US AND THEM, and 2008’s Platinum-certified THE SOUND OF MADNESS. SHINEDOWN’s numerous national television appearances include performances on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “The Today Show,” CBS’ “The Early Show,” among others.
SHINEDOWN is also releasing THE LIVE ROOM EP in conjunction with the tour announcement. Available at leading digital retailers starting today, the five song-collection features tracks from the band’s fourth studio album, AMARYLLIS, recorded live at Henson Studios (formerly the historic A&M Studios) in Hollywood, CA. Highlights include audio and video performances of SHINEDOWN’s current single “I’ll Follow You,” chart-topping smash “Bully”, and a rendition of Carole King’s “I Feel The Earth Move.”
Proving that they haven’t gone anywhere, PAPA ROACH recently scored yet another #1 radio hit, which is their career fifth and comes 13 years after their first with “Last Resort.” “Where Did The Angels Go” topped the active rock radio chart, according to BDS/Billboard. Very few bands have achieved #1 success at multiple times spanning over a decade – a feat that PAPA ROACH is highly underrated for accomplishing. The single comes from the band’s latest acclaimed album, THE CONNECTION (Eleven Seven Music), which was released in October 2012 and debuted as the #2 rock album on iTunes. Revolver declared the album, “a fist-pumping return to form…” PAPA ROACH has sold upwards of 10 million albums worldwide. The band boasts two Grammy® nominations, an MTV VMA nomination, as well as eleven Top 10 rock hits, seven Top 10 alternative hits and can claim the Most Played Alternative Song of the Decade (BDS) with their breakthrough single “Last Resort.” The band also recently surpassed 4 million fans on Facebook. Known for their electrifying and explosive live shows, PAPA ROACH has become the common denominator for some of the most successful rock tours in recent years.
Two-time Grammy®-nominated rock band SKILLET recently made headlines when their last album, AWAKE, became one of just three rock albums to be certified Platinum in 2012, forming an improbable triumvirate with the Black Keys’ EL CAMINO and Mumford & Sons’ BABEL. The news that SKILLET had sold more than a million albums in the U.S. came as a shock to all but the band’s wildly diverse horde of fans. AWAKE debuted at #2 on Billboard’s “Top 200 Albums” chart and #1 on the magazine’s “Top Modern Rock/Alternative Albums” chart. In addition, the record hit #1 on iTunes‘ Top Album Chart, garnered three Billboard Music Awards and spawned four hit singles including the #1-charting, Gold-certified “Awake & Alive,” the Gold-certified “Hero,” “It’s Not Me It’s You” and the Platinum-certified “Monster.” “Monster” lived up to its name, selling more than a million copies while its companion video has generated over 52 million YouTube views. The hook-happy “Hero” was featured in season-long spots for NBC’s NFL Sunday Night Football and served as the official theme song for WWE’s Royal Rumble Pay-Per-View. The band toured endlessly in support, playing to sold-out crowds across the country, which earned them a spot on Pollstar’s Concert Pulse Chart of the Top 50 Tours for Fall of 2010. The band is now gearing up for the June 25th release of new album, RISE. Anticipation surrounding the album is red-hot, thanks to two new songs, “Sick Of It” and “American Noise,” both of which hit #1 on the iTunes Rock Chart.
IN THIS MOMENT joins the CARNIVAL OF MADNESS in support of their latest Century Media release, BLOOD. The album was released in August of 2012 where it debuted at #15 on the Billboard “Top 200 Albums” chart and has scanned over 150,000 units to date. BLOOD has spawned the hit singles “Blood” and “Adrenalize.” IN THIS MOMENT began in Los Angeles in 2005, when singer Maria Brink and guitarist Chris Howorth met at an open jam. Their debut album, BEAUTIFUL TRAGEDY, landed the band on the 2007 and 2008 editions of Ozzfest. Their first collaboration with producer Kevin Churko came with the release of 2008’s THE DREAM – earning them a slot on the 2009 Warped Tour. Their third album, A STAR-CROSSED WASTELAND (2010), was their highest-charting album until the release of their latest album took the distinction.
WE AS HUMAN signed to Atlantic Records via Hear It Loud, a partnership helmed by John Cooper of SKILLET, manager Zach Kelm and attorney Todd Rubenstein, in 2011 after they were discovered by Cooper. Made up of musicians Justin Cordle, Jake Jones, Justin Forshaw, Adam Osborne and Dave Draggoo, the band toured heavily at the start of their major label career, performing before sold-out shows on the “Awake and Alive” tour with SKILLET and Winter Jam 2012. Their debut album, WE AS HUMAN, will be released on June 25.
For more info visit the Official Carnival of Madness Website.
Rock City Campground
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–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.
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 email@example.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.
Warner Bros. Records
Rating: 9 out of 10
Release Date: 4/9/13
When Disturbed frontman David Draiman stamps his name on something one can’t help but take notice. Armed with a plethora of superstar cameos, the debut album from Draiman’s latest incarnation Device is one of the most highly anticipated albums of the year. What you are about to read may do nothing to curb that anticipation.
The album kicks off with the tracks “You Think You Know” and “Penance”, two songs that, upon first listen, scream Disturbed. After a familiar introduction, you do indeed think you know, but the first single “Villify”, a microcosm of the entire album, reminds us that this is a different animal. You see, many a closed-minded critic has said ”Oh this is just another Disturbed album.”, but upon further listen you realize it has just enough subtle difference to distinguish itself. Think the difference between Nickelback and Theory of a Deadman, except with some actual real talent and appeal! Actually forget I said that, those two don’t even belong in the same conversation. The point I’m trying to make is… you can’t expect someone with such a distinct voice and styling as Draiman to completely abandon his identity just to say he did so. I mean, did Ozzy completely abandon who he was when he left Black Sabbath? Exactly. In fact that is probably the best comparison that can be made. Ozzy left the slightly mellower, but still rockin’, Black Sabbath and found his inner madman; Draiman makes the return trip and leaves the madman behind, and finds his inner Sabbath on this album.
Appropriately enough, that brings me to two of the album’s highlights. The first is a duet with Lzzy Hale (Halestorm), a brilliant departure from the norm, in which they cover the Ozzy/Lita classic “Close My Eyes Forever”. Lest we forget about the Black Sabbath reference, in comes Geezer Butler to team up with Serj Tankian (System of a Down) on the politically driven “Out of Line”. In sticking with the political theme, the party would not be complete without the help of one of the greatest guitarists of our time, Tom Morello, lending his unique styling to “Opinion”.
As if that wasn’t enough, the album’s two closers are perhaps it’s pinnacle. M Shadows (Avenged Sevenfold) lends his voice alongside Draiman’s to create the beautifully haunting, dark melody that is “Haze”; preparing us for the curtain call that is “Through It All”. A stirring ballad featuring Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple/Black Country Communion) that virtually hypnotizes the finger and has you pressing “Repeat All” before you know what happened.
All in all, the debut album from Device is an instant candidate for Album of the Year, and will make even the most rabid of Disturbed fans forget about their hiatus, and beg for the next Device album. This album comes VERY highly recommended, and if you don’t pick it up this Tuesday you might just be “Disturbed”!
For more Device, including Tour Dates and to pre-order the album visit the band’s Official Website here.
Device, a collaboration featuring modern hard rock icon David Draiman of Disturbed, has announced a series of US tour dates. They will be kicking off a string of headline shows on April 10th in Mobile, AL and will be performing at several spring festivals. Gemini Syndrome and Nonpoint will support on select headline dates.
This tour will support the release of their self-titled debut album on April 9, 2013 via Warner Bros Records, which Draiman co-wrote and recorded with Geno Lenardo [formerly of Filter]. Upon finishing the writing and recording process, Draiman enlisted Evanescence drummer Will Hunt and Dope and Rock of Ages guitarist Virus; the three comprise the touring incarnation of Device.
Device is already getting praise for its sound. They are nominated for a Revolver Golden God Award for “Best New Talent” and Artist Direct declared “welcome to the 22nd century of rock.” First single “Vilify” has been most-added at radio for the past two weeks and is heading toward a Top 15 slot. Watch the video for the track here. Their self-titled debut can be pre-ordered via iTunes here.
The album features guest artists like Serj Tankian (System of a Down), Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath), Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Black Country Communion), M. Shadows (Avenged Sevenfold) and Lzzy Hale from Halestorm.
Device tour dates are as follows:
10-Apr – Mobile, AL – Soul Kitchen*
12-Apr – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room*
13-Apr -Orlando, FL – Tinker Field – WJRR Earth Day Birth Day
14-Apr – Ft. Myers, FL – Fort Rock Festival
16-Apr – Destin, FL – Club LA**
17-Apr -Huntsville, AL -Sammy T’s**
20-Apr – Tyler, TX – Click’s**
21-Apr – Lubbock, TX – Lonestar Amphitheatre – KFMX Show
23-Apr – Dallas, TX – Trees**
25-Apr – Houston, TX – Scout Bar**
26-Apr – Beaumont, TX – The Gig**
28-Apr – Jacksonville, FL – Welcome to Rockville Festival
30-Apr – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues**
1-May – Little Rock, AR – Juanitas**
3-May – Atlanta, GA -Centerstage*
4-May – Rockingham, NC -Carolina Rebellion Festival
*with Gemini Syndrome
**with Gemini Syndrome and Nonpoint
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 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.
Jagermeister presents the fall headline tour from HALESTORM, in support of their new album, The Strange Case Of… The tour kicks off November 8th at Mobile, Alabama’s Soul Kitchen and continues through mid-December with support from IN THIS MOMENT and EVE TO ADAM.
Jagermeister has a long history of supporting bands, both from a local level to national amphitheater acts. “We are incredibly excited to be working with Halestorm on this upcoming headline tour,” says Cliff Rigano, Director of Music Marketing for Jagermeister. “The band is truly coming into their own as a rock powerhouse, and we are excited to be a part of their success.”
“We are so stoked to be partnering with our friends at Jagermeister for this upcoming tour,” said Lzzy Hale of Halestorm “We’ve known all of these guys for years and can’t wait to throw down with them out on the road! It’s going to be great to finally be seeing all of our Halestorm Freaks in all the cities that we have not yet been to this year. Joining us will be our good friends from JVC and our partners in crime, In This Moment and Eve To Adam. Rock it out, people! See you at the shows!”
A behind the scenes video will be filmed all tour long in conjunction with JVC and their cutting edge Adixxion action cameras for an in-depth look at one of the hardest working rock bands on the road.
8 – Mobile, AL – Soul Kitchen
9 – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s
10 – Backstage Live – San Antonio, TX
12 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
13 – W. Hollywood, CA – House of Blues
14 – Chico, CA – Senator Theater
16 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
17 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
18 – Reno, NV – Knitting Factory
20 – Kennewick, WA – Toyota Center (with ALICE COOPER)
21 – Garden City, ID – Revolution Event Center (with Alice Cooper)
23 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
24 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
25 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
27 – Jackson, WY – Pink Garter Theatre
29 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
30 – Omaha, NE – Sokol Auditorium
1 – Sauget, IL – Pop’s
3 – Sioux Falls, SD – The Vault
4 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
5 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre
7 – South Bend, IN – Club Fever
8 – Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre
10 – Richmond, VA – The National
11 – Knoxville, TN – Valarium
12 – Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
14 – Charleston, SC – Music Farm
15 – Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live
29 – Montclair, NJ – Wellmont Theatre
31 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
CARNIVAL OF MADNESS TOUR 2012
Featuring: Evanescence, Chevelle, Halestorm, and New Medicine
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Pier 6 Pavilion – Baltimore, MD
Photos by Marcy J Royce.
The Carnival Of Madness Tour 2012 came to Baltimore, Maryland bringing with it some really great bands. The night was to be kicked off by NEW MEDICINE. Notice the word ‘was’. However NEW MEDICINE had to cancel their set because singer, Jake Scherer, had an emergency procedure that rendered him unable to perform his usual duties. So up first was CAVO instead. Then HALESTORM. However, due to a scheduling conflict I missed both of those bands completely. I arrived just when HALESTORM had finished. I was okay with missing HALESTORM only because I’ve seen them numerous times, and I heard they did not disappoint. Like I had any doubt! So I readied myself to take in the mighty CHEVELLE.
CHEVELLE is one of those bands you don’t forget. Mainly because their set is filled with so many hits. While they don’t stand atop of their genre of music as a front runner, they still provide a good show laced with contained energy, giving the fans what they want, and the fans really get into their performance. They sounded good and I was pleased with the show from start to finish.
I was taken aback by the massive bull at dead center stage. Very much making it’s statement by its sheer size and the size of those testicles. OH MY! I mentioned it to one of my fellow media and both our eyes were large. Those things were hard to miss, let me tell you.
Some songs from CHEVELLE’s setlist included: Sleep Apnea, Face to the Floor, Jars, The Meddler, Another Know It All, Vitamin R, I Get It, The Clincher, Get Some, Send the Pain Below, The Red, Hats Off to the Bull.
Next was the main attraction, EVANESCENCE! I had never caught this band live even though I own several cd releases. My chance had come. I was really psyched to see Amy Lee perform because I’m a huge fan of girl power in rock and roll. I know Lzzy Hale is superb and I wanted to see how Amy stacked up compared to Lzzy.
As I stood in the press/photo pit area just in front of the stage, I was anxiously awaiting the opening song, What You Want from their recent release last fall. It’s a kick ass tune with heavy riffs and catchy licks. It’s one of those songs you play speeding down the highway, angry as hell, making you feel so much better. Amy Lee’s voice was everything I had hoped live. When I’m really into a song it gets very difficult for me to concentrate on the photos I’m taking. Balancing being a fan and working can get difficult, this was one of those times.
The next song, Going Under from their 2003 release Fallen, was great. The band had settled into the Pier 6 Stage and Amy was commanding the fans with that girl power I love so much. Fists were pumping, horns were up, and the temperature was beginning to rise under the cover of the pavlion. Look out! The groove was infectious and the pure power of the song just beat me in the chest. Next up was The Other Side, also from their fall 2011 release. Yowza! That song live is killer. I love the guitars in the beginning. The songs just oozes with melodies, riveting guitars, deep bass, and rocking drums.
I vacated the pit and went for my seat, and in my head I was saying WOW. She’s quite a female frontrunner. She performed quite well for the entire set, not once wavering in the power of her delivery. In my humble opinion though, I do believe that Lzzy Hale is the better of the two women. Lzzy has more range than Amy. Both present strong and hard for an entire set. And that is why I think Amy can give Lzzy a run for the money, but Lzzy is the better of the two women vocalists. Lzzy is also more in touch with the fans and makes a connection with them each performance. And that is something I was looking for in Amy as well. However, she seemed to me to be repeating over and over throughout the set the same moves and actions. Not quite making that personal connection to the fans I had hoped to see. Stone me now, but those are my beliefs and opinions. I call it how I personally see it.
The rest of the band delivered well. They held up their parts and contributed to the raw force needed to catapult Amy to the greatness the fans have come to expect. Some backing parts were missing compared to the recorded versions of the songs. I had hoped they would be tracks, loaded and played, along with the rest of the song. But they were missing, much to my disappointment. I knew the band wouldn’t be doing backing vocals when I first discovered early on there were no mic stands on stage, anywhere. It all was made better in my mind since I got to see EVANESCENCE perform Bring Me to Life. Here is the link to my video:
The setlist for the evening was: What You Want, Going Under, The Other Side, Weight of the World, Lithium, My Heart Is Broken, Whisper, The Change, Never Go Back, Made of Stone, Your Star, Lost in Paradise, Call Me When You’re Sober, Imaginary, Bring Me to Life, Disappear, My Immortal.
For more info on EVANESCENCE including tour dates, and to find out where to purchase music and merchandise visit http://www.evanescence.com/
Be sure to check out all my photos in the ‘PHOTOS’ section of our site, for both CHEVELLE and EVANESCENCE.
I want to give a big shout out to Bari Lieberman for making this opportunity happen for me and the Away-Team. Thanks Bari!
Halestorm recently made history with their electrifying new single, “Love Bites (So Do I)” when the track ascended to #1 at Active Rock radio outlets nationwide, marking the first ever female-fronted group to top the format’s airplay ranking. “THE STRANGE CASE OF…” made a #1 debut on Billboard’s “Hard Rock Albums” chart, while also making a top 15 entry onto the overall Billboard 200, upon its release in April.
The band just wrapped up the Mass Chaos tour with Staind and Godsmack.
Produced by Howard Benson (who previously collaborated with Halestorm on their self-titled 2009 debut), “THE STRANGE CASE OF…” includes such explosive tracks as “Here’s To Us,” which shot to #1 on iTunes’ “Top Rock Songs” chart after being featured in a February 2012 episode of Fox’s hit series, Glee. Along with its popular success, “THE STRANGE CASE OF…” has also drawn critical acclaim, with Billboard praising the collection as “full of chugging riffs, wailing solos, drums that kick like a boot to the gut, and never-out-of-style soft/loud dynamics that lead to massive choruses.” “Led by one of our favorite rocker babes, singer-guitarist Lzzy Hale, (Halestorm) promise a more personal album for their follow-up,” noted Revolver in its album preview. “But don’t expect them to get all sappy on us. There should still be more than enough of the band’s now signature raucous attitude and righteous riffs for any headbanger to get off.”
Formed by frontwoman Lzzy Hale and her brother, drummer Arejay Hale, Halestorm has been hailed far and wide as an incendiary force in modern hard rock. “HALESTORM” made a top 5 debut on SoundScan’s “Hard Music” chart upon its 2009 release, simultaneously bursting into the top 40 on the comprehensive Billboard 200. The album subsequently sold more than 300,000 copies, and half a million cumulative tracks. Produced by Howard Benson (Daughtry, My Chemical Romance, Flyleaf), the album earned extensive acclaim for its infectious hard rock anthems, sexy hooks, and rough-and-tumble grooves. True road warriors, Halestorm made its bones as a major league hard rock outfit via countless North American gigs alongside such artists as Shinedown, Avenged Sevenfold, Bullet for My Valentine, and Disturbed. Last year saw the band traveling the country on the blockbuster “Avalanche Tour 2011,” joining such hard rock luminaries as Stone Sour, Theory of a Deadman, and fellow Atlantic recording group Skillet.
23 Portland, ME State Theater
25 S. Burlington, VT Higher Ground
26 Northampton, MA Pearl Street
27 Providence, RI Lupo’s
29 Dewey Beach, DE Bottle & Cork
30 Stroudsburg, PA Sherman Theater
1 Buffalo, NY Town Ballroom
4 Toronto, ONT The Mod Club
7 Tremont, IL Twisted Spoke
8 Milwaukee, WI Milwaukee Summerfest
10 Des Moines, IA People’s Court
13 Colorado Springs, CO The Black Sheep
14 Salt Lake City, UT The Depot
16 Missoula, MT Wilma Theatre
17 Billings, MT Babcock Theatre
19 Fargo, ND The Venue @ Playmaker’s
The official video for “I Miss the Misery” has premiered over at Maxim! “I Miss the Misery” is the latest single off of Halestorm‘s new album The Strange Case of…, available on iTunes today!
CARNIVAL OF MADNESS, the annual touring rock extravaganza, will make its roaring return with rock titans EVANESCENCE, CHEVELLE, HALESTORM, CAVO and NEW MEDICINE. Kicking off Tuesday, July 31 in Springfield, IL, the 2012 trek will hit major cities across the U.S. including Boston, Baltimore, Atlanta, Nashville, Detroit, Chicago, Milwaukee and Pittsburgh (see full itinerary below).
Select radio pre-sale tickets will be available beginning Tuesday, May 22; Carnival of Madness fan club members can begin purchasing tickets Wednesday, May 23; artist fan club pre-sales start Thursday, May 24; and general public on-sale begins Friday, June 1. Please note that Halestorm will be performing on the majority of the tour. For more information on purchasing tickets, visit http://carnivalofmadness.com.
07/31 Springfield, IL Prairie Capital Convention Center
08/01 Columbus, OH LC Pavilion
08/03 Atlantic City, NJ House of Blues
08/04 Chester, PA Harrah’s Chester Downs
08/06 Boston, MA Bank of America Pavilion
08/07 Baltimore, MD Pier Six
08/08 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
08/10 Atlanta, GA Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
08/11 Gulfport, MS Jones Park
08/13 Belton, TX Bell County Expo
08/14 Laredo, TX Laredo Energy Center
08/15 Midland, TX Midland Horseshoe Arena
08/18 El Paso, TX Don Haskins Center
08/20 Sioux City, IA Tyson Center
08/21 Milwaukee, WI Eagles Ballroom
08/23 Grand Rapids, MI Rock the Rapids – Downtown
08/24 Detroit, MI DTE Music Theatre
08/26 Chicago, IL Toyota Park
08/28 Pittsburgh, PA STAGE AE
08/29 Holmdel Twp, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
08/30 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun
09/02 Buffalo, NY Carnival of Madness
09/05 Evansville, IN Carnival of Madness
Elm City Music
6 out of 10
Having heard great things about Mike Portnoy’s new project Adrenaline Mob, and then hearing the early reviews of their debut album Omerta, I really wanted to like this album. I was hoping it would just knock my socks off and fully expected it to just based on the hype surrounding its release.
And it almost did. Almost. It’s heavy, crunchy, well played, but it’s just not quite there. I think vocally is where it suffers the most for me. As each song starts I feel myself getting into the groove of it, and then Russell Allen’s vocals kick in, and it just loses its flavor to me. Not that Russell has a bad voice, it suits the music and songs well, but to me it is a little one sided. And each song comes off wholly similar to the last. Then when the solo kicks in and it is just the music I can get lost in it again, until Russell returns.
It is close. It really is. Maybe with them working together a little more the writing will shift and broaden, and vocally he may have the ability to change it up a bit. The whole album comes off very frenetic. And while that isn’t something that can be considered a wholly negative aspect, there isn’t much of a tempo change between songs. So the album kicks off, and you’re going 150MPH from the start. Great way to begin, but if you don’t slow it down a bit, bring it back up, push a little harder, lay off again, and push forward, then the listener isn’t so much taken for a rider as they are just hanging on. I’m not talking ballads here, it just seems every song but the cover has the same tempo and feel to it. Like Russell’s vocals a little one dimensional.
Yes, there’s Angel Sky, a much slower (ballad?!?!) paced song, and Russell’s vocals are actually better on this song than most of the album. A nice changeup from the dizzying tempo of the rest of the album, which I think accentuates my point entirely.
As much as I hate to say it, the best song on the album is a cover of Duran Duran’s Come Undone with some vocal help from Lzzy Hale of Halestorm. For several reasons this comes off as the strongest song. The change up of tempo, the slightly slower pace (though certainly beefed up from the original), the added vocals, and the overall feel of the song makes this something that AM should look at when the writing sessions begin for album number two.
Over 30,000 fans were in attendance–with VIP and camping packages sold out–at the second annual Carolina Rebellion, held Saturday, May 5 at the legendary Rockingham Speedway in Rockingham, NC. The festival implemented various upgrades and venue improvements in 2012 to provide a premier concert experience at the multi-stage rock festival.
Fans were treated to a major reunion in the hard rock world when Korn was joined onstage by former guitarist Brian “Head” Welch for the band’s classic song “Blind.” This marked Head’s first time playing with the band in over seven years and was a highlight of the festival.
According to Loudwire.com (May 6, 2012), Korn frontman Jonathan Davis brought Welch out with the following introduction: “For a long ass time, this spot right here has been very lonely – very very lonely. I want to bring out one of my truest and oldest and most beloved friends to come out and have some fun with this. You guys ready? My boyyyyyyy!”
Carolina Rebellion featured performances from headliners Shinedown, along with Korn, Evanescence, Staind, Five Finger Death Punch, Slash, Chevelle, Volbeat, Halestorm, P.O.D., Adelitas Way and more.
The festival is proud to be sponsored by Monster Energy, Jägermeister, Hangover Recovery, and f.y.e. - for your entertainment. 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. Rockingham Speedway is located at 2152 N US HWY 1, Rockingham, NC, less than two hours from Charlotte, Raleigh/Durham, Columbia and Greensboro.