Archive for November, 2011
30th Anniversary Tour
I think I’ve said on here once or twice that I am a huge Queensryche fan. If not, here ya go. That being said, I have tried to like their newer albums. American Soldier actually was a good album, their best since Promised Land, but the rest just fall a little flat for me.
I have listened to Queensryche since I first heard the EP in 1984. I first saw them in 1988 when the opened for Metallica on the Damaged Justice Tour in San Francisco. Loved the music but thought they were lost on stage in an arena (I was really high that night too, so it could have just been me).
I wouldn’t have the chance to see them again until Building Empires Tour in 1992 where they blew me away by performing Mindcrime in its entirety! They filled the arena and performed like they deserved to be there too.
Many years have gone by and Queensryche has released several albums that the fans (me included) have debated whether they were Ryche worthy or not. But one thing Queensryche has always done well (at least since 92 for me) is perform well live.
They have made sure that they always have a reason for you to come see their show, whether it’s performing suites (large sections of albums) or albums in their entirety, they always give you a reason to see their next tour (besides being a tremendous live band now).
For their 30th Anniversary Tour they have actually reverted back to the old fashioned tour dogma of playing a little something from everything. And I do believe every album was represented (other than their recent covers album) in the set they performed here in Raleigh.
The band in their infinite wisdom didn’t just come out and perform ‘The Lady Wore Black’ and run through their hits chronologically, they mixed it up, Starting the set with the latest ‘Get Started’ and moved on to a brilliant version of ‘Damaged’. The sole representation of Promised Land was a real treat for me and live was great and no small feat to pull off in my opinion!
‘Desert Dance’ off of Tribe was actually a great tune live. And maybe that’s what their latest studio albums need to bring them to life or more favor to their fans, to be performed live. You can always tell the newer tunes (anything after Promised Land in my opinion is the ‘newer’ stuff) when they’re performed because they just seem to be a little less… connected maybe? It is very difficult for me to describe, but my girlfriend was with me at the show (her third Queensryche show thanks to me) and she would even turn to me during the newer stuff and remark that it must be a newer song because it was missing something. It wasn’t as ‘rich’ as the other tunes and this is from someone who only hears them when I play them and live she can even tell the difference between pre-Promised Land and post-Promised Land material.
The highlight of the night for me had to be ‘The Real World’. I have never seen it performed live and never thought I would considering it was a cast off from the soundtrack to Last Action Hero. And I wasn’t sure they could pull it live considering the heavy string arrangement by the late Michael Kamen (RIP Sir) but it sounded fantastic and had half the crowd shaking their head wondering where the song was from and the other half drooling over it.
Queensryche‘s run from NM 156 to Screaming In Digital was a stroke of brilliance and I’ve often wondered why they haven’t done it before. Geoff Tate’s voice hasn’t lost a step over the years, he may not be able to hold the higher notes as long as he used to, but he still puts on a hell of a show and sings his ass off and does himself and the band proud. In the age of all these 80’s bands trying to sing their old stuff after 30 years of vocal abuse and simple age and mangling their legacy doing so (see Joe Elliot of Def Leppard, Stephen Pearcy of Ratt, Joey Belladonna of Anthrax, etc, etc, etc) it is great to see someone able to still sing their material correctly and not just that, but very well done!
The Ryche may not be headlining arenas anymore but based on their live shows they should be. The theaters we’re seeing them in today makes for an intimate setting but the sound that the band generates should be filling arenas around the world. A live Queensryche show is always something to behold and they always come up with a new reason to go see them, and see them you should. The band has been around for 30 years for a reason, and their live show says everything you need to know about them. Michael Wilton is a great guitarist and Parker Lundgren holds his own with Michael and the band. Eddie Jackson has always been a beast at the bass and there may only be one or two people better on the drums that Scott Rockenfield. The man can certainly go step for step with Mike Portnoy and Neil Peart. And as I’ve already stated, the showmanship and vocals of Geoff Tate are nothing short of spectacular 30 years on!
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RAMMSTEIN has announced a new ‘Best Of’ collection to be released on December 13th and have released a new song and video to promote it.
The North American dates are:
20.04.2012 USA Ft. Lauderdale, FL BankAtlantic Center
21.04.2012 USA Tampa, FL St. Pete Times Forum
23.04.2012 USA Atlanta, GA Phillips Arena
25.04.2012 USA Baltimore, MD 1st Mariner Arena
26.04.2012 USA Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
28.04.2012 USA Uniondale, NY Nassau Coliseum
29.04.2012 USA Worcester, MA DCU Center
01.05.2012 CAN Montreal, QC Bell Centre
03.05.2012 USA Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena
04.05.2012 USA Chicago, IL Allstate Arena
06.05.2012 USA Detroit, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills
08.05.2012 USA Minneapolis, MN Target Center
10.05.2012 CAN Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre
13.05.2012 CAN Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
14.05.2012 USA Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
17.05.2012 USA Anaheim, CA Honda Center
18.05.2012 USA Glendale, AZ Jobing.com Arena
20.05.2012 USA Denver, CO Denver Coliseum
22.05.2012 USA Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
24.05.2012 USA San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
25.05.2012 USA Houston, TX Toyota Center
For more RAMMSTEIN click here.
BLACK SABBATH REUNITES TO RECORD FIRST NEW STUDIO ALBUM IN 33 YEARS AND LAUNCH MASSIVE WORLD TOUR IN 2012
OZZY OSBOURNE, TONY IOMMI, GEEZER BUTLER AND BILL WARD UNVEIL PLANS ON 11/11/11 AT A LOS ANGELES PRESS CONFERENCE AT THE WHISKY A GO-GO, WHERE THE BAND PERFORMED THEIR FIRST LOS ANGELES DATE EXACTLY 41 YEARS AGO
After much speculation, the original four members of BLACK SABBATH–OZZY OSBOURNE (vocals), TONY IOMMI (guitar), GEEZER BUTLER (bass) and BILL WARD (drums)–have reunited to record their first new studio album in 33 years with producer Rick Rubin (seven-time Grammy winner, two of those as Producer of the Year) and to embark on a massive world tour in 2012.
OSBOURNE, IOMMI, BUTLER and WARD as well as Rubin all gathered today on 11/11/11 to announce the news at a Los Angeles press conference at the legendary club, the Whisky A Go-Go, the site of the groundbreaking and influential band’s first L.A. concert exactly 41 years ago (Nov 11, 1970). The event was hosted by the revered musical and spoken word artist Henry Rollins who has said that “Any band worth their weight in napalm wishes they had written ‘War Pigs.’”
Selling over 70 million albums together, the Grammy-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees have signed a new record deal worldwide with Vertigo and Vertigo/ Universal Republic in the U.S., the band’s original label. BLACK SABBATH is now in the studio recording the as-yet-untitled new album for release in the fall of 2012 (exact date TBA). It will mark their ninth studio album together and their first since 1978’s Never Say Die!
Next summer, BLACK SABBATH will headline the mammoth multi-day UK Download Festival in the U.K. on June 10. The new album will then be supported with a worldwide headline arena tour (dates TBA).
BLACK SABBATH also announced today the launch of www.blacksabbath.com, the first-ever official BLACK SABBATH website for all authorized BLACK SABBATH news. In addition, the band’s online presence will also be supported by social media via Facebook and Twitter–again, marking the band’s first-ever foray into the social media world.
BLACK SABBATH released their self-titled debut album in 1970. “Black Sabbath is credited with creating heavy metal,” according to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. “The success of their first two albums–Black Sabbath and Paranoid–marked a paradigm shift in the world of rock. Not until Black Sabbath upended the music scene did the term ‘heavy metal’ enter the popular vocabulary to describe the denser, more thunderous offshoot of rock over which they presided.” The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame also noted, “…they remain one of the most misunderstood bands in rock history,” adding: “The band’s musicality was generally overlooked, but they possessed an inventiveness and fluency that, in hindsight, makes them seem as much of a progressive-rock band as a heavy-metal one.”
In 1998, BLACK SABBATH released Reunion from their 1997 concerts in Birmingham, England, a two-CD live set that featured two new studio songs. The band has also sporadically reunited for shows in 1999, 2002 and 2004; in 2005, the four performed concerts together when they toured Europe and then headlined the 10th anniversary of Osbourne’s namesake festival OZZfest. Also in 2005, they were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame by Brian May of Queen. This was followed by their induction in 2006 into the U.S. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, an honor bestowed on them by Metallica’s James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich.
Digital Summer- Counting the Hours
Rating: 10 out of 10
Reviewed by: Jay Rybak
As many of our loyal readers already know garnering a perfect score from this critic is a rare task, but this year I have managed to dole out more perfect scores than Metallica’s “Lulu” has fans. (That’s two if you’re counting.) The most recent being the latest offering from Arizona based rockers Digital Summer. Filled to the brim with active rock deliciousness, this 16 track monster is the perfect recipe of Staind-meets-Deftones sprinkled with a dash of Cold that is sure to satisfy your eardrum’s appetite.
Highlights of this aural entree include the single “Just Run”, an up-tempo rocker which has a slight Sevendust feel to it. Speaking of Sevendust, I would be remiss not to mention the fact that Sevendust skinman Morgan Rose lends his talents on three tracks, including what is hands down my favorite track on the album, “Playing the Saint”, where Morgan’s signature scream adds the perfect finishing touch to an already killer song. “Shallow” (Closer Than the Angels) follows up with a sound that could’ve easily been mistaken for a long lost Cold song.
Remember when I said I gave out two perfect scores this year? Well, “The Thrill” could’ve easily fit right in on the first perfect 10, the sound is a perfect compliment to “The Drug” off of Egypt Central’s White Rabbit. Now let’s take that EC sound and mix in a little Sevendust and you have another favorite, “Not Even God”, if this track isn’t enough to make you run out and buy the album then ‘not even God can save you’!
The monster sound on Counting the Hours would be a shadow of itself if not for the lyrical brilliance of frontman Kyle Winterstein. The album abounds with metaphorical mastery, complimented by killer musicianship, and is a MUST HAVE! This album comes Very Highly Recommended! So what are you waiting for? Get off your ass and “Just Run” to your local record store to pick it up, or if you’re a lazy piece of shit like me you can head here and learn more about the band while you’re at it.
CHILDREN OF BODOM have announced a North American headlining tour in celebration of the band’s 15th Anniversary. Support on the tour will come from Swiss folk metal band ELUVEITIE, Boston-based extreme metal band REVOCATION, and Canada’s THREAT SIGNAL.
CHILDREN OF BODOM Tour dates:
30 – Water Street Music Hall, Rochester, NY
31 – Harpo’s, Detroit, MI
2 – Intersection, Grand Rapids, MI
3 – The Rave, Milwaukee, WI
4 – Pop’s, Sauget, IL
6 – Granada Theatre, Lawrence, KS
7 – Gothic Theatre, Englewood, CO
9 – House of Blues, Las Vegas, NV
10 – The Complex, Salt Lake city, UT
11 – Knitting Factory, Boise, ID
13 – Yost Theatre, Santa Ana, CA
14 – House of Blues, San Diego, CA
15 – Marquee Theatre, Phoenix, AZ
17 – Sunshine Theatre, Albuquerque, NM
18 – Tricky Falls, El Paso, TX
19 – The Pavilion, Lubbock, TX
21 – Emo’s East, Austin, TX
22 – Warehouse Live, Houston, TX
24 – Expo Five, Louisville, KY
25 – Peabody’s, Cleveland, OH
26 – Sound Academy, Toronto, ON
27 – Metropolis, Montreal, QC
29 – Imperial, Quebec City, QC
1 – Webster Theatre, Hartford, CT
2 – The Paramount Theater, Huntington, NY
3 – Starland Ballroom, Sayerville, NJ
4 – Ram’s Head Live, Baltimore, MD
For more CHILDREN OF BODOM click here.
AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson was to embark on a short tour in February 2012, to recount stories all things automotive from his new book, Rockers And Rollers: A Full-Throttle Memoir.
Johnson is now scheduled to undergo surgery on his wrist in February, meaning the scheduled dates are now cancelled.
The following dates are now cancelled:
7 – Knoxville, TN – Bijou Theatre
8 – Atlanta. GA – Center Stage Theatre
10 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre
11 – Richmond, VA – The National
13 – Glenside, PA – Keswick Theatre
15 – Millvale, PA – Small’s Funhouse
16 – Covington, KY – Small’s Funhouse
18 – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room at ONC
19 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore
21 – Madison, WI – Overture Center
22 – Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theater
Full Metal Jackie Presents IN FLAMES Headlining North American Tour!
Highly praised heavy metal act IN FLAMES will kick off the New Year with a headlining North American tour. Presented by Full Metal Jackie, IN FLAMES will be joined by notable metal acts TRIVIUM, VEIL OF MAYA and KYNG.
TRIVIUM & IN FLAMES tour dates:
12 – The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
13 – Royal Oak Music Theatre – Royal Oak, MI
14 – Rams Head Live – Baltimore, MD
15 – Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
17 – The Ritz Ybor – Ybor City, FL
18 – Center Stage – Atlanta, GA
20 – Warehouse Live Ballroom – Houston, TX
21 – Emo’s East – Austin, TX
22 – Granada Theater – Dallas, TX
24 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
25 – Burton Cummings – Winnipeg, MA
27 – Edmonton Events Centre – Edmonton, AB
28 – MacEwan Hall Ballroom – Calgary, AB
31 – Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC
1 – Roseland Theatre – Portland, OR
2 – Knitting Factory Concert House – Boise, ID
3 – Showbox SODO – Seattle, WA
4 – Knitting Factory Concert House – Spokane, WA
6 – The Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
7 – Wiltern Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
8 – The Marquee – Tempe, AZ
9 – Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
10 – The Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
11 – The Beaumont Club – Kansas City, MO
13 – House of Blues – Cleveland, OH
14 – Sound Academy – Toronto, ON
15 – Metropolis – Montreal, QC
17 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA
18 – Best Buy Theater – New York, NY
19 – STAGE AE – Pittsburgh, PA
21 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL
Trivium – Built to Fall (Acoustic) by Roadrunner Records
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This month’s JAMMIT featured tracks come from guitar virtuoso, Steve Vai and legendary progressive masterminds, RUSH with their epic 2112 masterpiece in its entirety.
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Jammit’s patented variable timing technology provides easy, snap-to-grid looping for repeating and perfecting difficult sections. Meticulous note-for-note transcriptions in standard notation and tablature are derived from the isolated tracks providing a level of accuracy previously unavailable anywhere. The amazing variable speed feature allows users to slow down any part of a song without affecting the pitch, making the most complex musical performances easier to master.
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After months of overseas arm wrestling plus a little bit of back-island voodoo shenanigans that we can’t even begin to comprehend, we’re proud to announce that the GRAVEYARD guys are finally back. Here. As in “gonna play the States again.” Which forces us to ask, “America, ARE YOU READYYYYYYYY?!?!?!”
These Swedish Demigods of Psychedelic Classic Rock slayed everyone within earshot of the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival this past June. Don’t miss them. That’s an order.
GRAVEYARD drummer Axel Sjöberg checks in about the band’s eminent return:
“At last the circumstances of life and the music industry has allowed us to return to the land of infinite highways and corrupt bankers. Of mighty nature and excellent thrift stores. Of micro breweries and good Mexican food (which you can’t find in Gothenburg). Yes ladies and gentlemen, the boys in the ‘yard are returning to the U S of A in January, 2012. A good way to start the new year and an excuse to get fucked up and enjoy some good rocking music.
“With us on our travels across the nation are the very skillful musicians of Radio Moscow. With natural talent and relentless touring they are bound to leave jaws hanging and people wondering what just happened. Blues rock the way it’s meant to be played.”
The first 13 shows of the GRAVEYARD & Radio Moscow trek through the U.S. are:
01/12/12 Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY
01/13/12 Middle East – Boston, MA
01/14/12 Northstar Bar – Philadelphia, PA
01/16/12 DC9 – Washington, D.C.
01/17/12 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
01/19/12 Asheville Music Hall – Asheville, NC
01/20/12 Exit/In – Nashville, TN
01/21/12 Masquerade (Hell Stage) – Atlanta, GA
01/22/12 Hi-Tone Café – Memphis, TN
01/24/12 Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX
01/25/12 Mohawk – Austin, TX
01/31/12 Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR
02/01/12 The Tractor – Seattle, WA
Additional dates will be announced shortly.
For more GRAVEYARD click here.
TALKING HEADS will release a career-spanning DVD, Chronology, on November 21.
Beautifully put-together with classic performances and interviews, the viewer gets to see the transition from the early three-piece days (singer/songwriter/guitarist David Byrne, bassist Tina Weymouth and drummer Chris Frantz in 1975) to a quartet (keyboardist/guitarist Jerry Harrison joined in 1977), on into an ensemble of multi-cultural proportions. A deluxe edition of the release will also be available that will include a 48-page hard-cover book with photographs and an essay by the late Lester Bangs, originally published as a review of Fear Of Music for the Village Voice in 1979. The essay is the complete and unexpurgated version, available here for the first time.
The early clips from The Kitchen and CBGB in New York City…the global success in the 1980s…the celebratory reunion performance of “Life During Wartime” when they were inducted into the Rock’n’Roll Hall Of Fame in 2002…it’s all here. (Although they continued to record, Talking Heads stopped touring in 1983. They officially broke up eight years later.)
Bonus Features include a fascinating Byrne interview in 1978, a 35-minute 1979 documentary-styled British television show on the band and commentary from Byrne, Harrison, Frantz and Weymouth.
To purchase TALKING HEADS Chronology click here.
Kip Winger has kicked off a 45-day on-line fundraising drive to record an orchestral piece intended for ballet using Kickstarter, the crowdfunding platform website.
The $33,000 donation goal will be used to pay the Conservatory orchestra, conductor, and engineer to rehearse and record Conversations With Nijinsky, Winger’s follow-up to his composition Ghosts for Christopher Wheeldon at the San Francisco Ballet. Taking place over a two-day period in January 2012, the rehearsals and recording will also be shot for a future documentary film.
The work was inspired by the life and diary of famed Russian ballet dancer and choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky. Winger says: “I conceived the piece as the accompaniment to the unseen dances of Nijinsky, whose career was cut short by schizophrenia.”
Scott Yoo, one of the most buzzed about figures working in classical music today, will conduct the student orchestra. “I’m extremely excited to work with Scott Yoo, he is one of the best musicians in the world,” said Winger.
Rewards for supporters include thanks on the project’s website, Co-producer credit and the opportunity to visit Oberlin, meet the principals, and sit in on rehearsals and recording.
The Oberlin Conservatory of Music, located on the campus of Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, was founded in 1865 and is the oldest continuously operating conservatory in the United States. The Conservatory is the only professional music school to be honored by President Obama with the National Medal of Arts, the highest award given by the United States.
For more about the Kickstarter campaign click here.
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Danish modern metallers MNEMIC have issued the following announcement:
“We are back from the dead space.
“The circumstances are different now than what they where 1 year ago in the MNEMIC camp. After playing for 10 years, times do change, and some members of the band have started taking different paths in their personal lives. The first change started with Tomas “Obeast” Koefoed leaving the band, being replaced by Italian bass player Simone Bertozzi (EMPYRIOUS, MODERN AGE SLAVERY). Simone has been playing some shows with us and has actually been with the band since Tomas left back in March/April. The second change, due to personal and musical differences, we have also decided that it is best to part ways, with both Brian ‘Brylle’ Rasmussen and Rune Stigart. Like any relationship, there things that are impossible to work out, and we are extremely sadden by this situation, but there is nothing else to do than to take a step into a different direction. We wish our brothers all the best for the future, and we hope to see them soon again in their own musical and artistic endeavors. Their replacement[s are] found in the two new members Victor-Ray Salomonsen and Brian Larsen from Danish tech-act VIRA.”
MNEMIC guitarist Mircea Gabriel Eftemie comments:
“We’ve been together for a long time, and I am sad to see the guys not being there anymore, as we once used to. We were not able to work as a unit anymore, due to many reasons, being personal and even logistical. That is why we have chosen to part ways. It has not been easy at all, since lots of turns have taken place in our personal lives and unfortunately this has been the only solution. It’s been a spirit-crusher for me, not being able to create music, being creative and share the passion we once used to have. The band needs to tour a lot more, go to places we haven’t been, play for audiences that crave the music we make – and this is exactly what we intend to do with a new line-up. Apparently there is still a demand for our machine, and we are grateful for that. Therefore we are now reloading it by making a new album to be released in 2012, followed by an intensive touring schedule. See you all very soon in a not so distant future, over the rainbow…”
Vocalist Guillaume Bideau adds:
“O’beast in April and now Brian and Rune are not part of the band anymore. It’s a very weird feeling because a band, as often said, is like another family to you. It will be more than strange not to see their faces anymore on stage, in the rehearsal, in the studio and in all the other places we were used to share together. But we’re still friends and that’s the most important. We cannot look into the past, we have to be moving forward. I think this new line-up is the best we could have and Simone, Victor and Brian are great, creative and dedicated musicians. On top of that, they are great guys, so it could not be better. Today MNEMIC’s face on stage is different – but what are we here for?! To play some fucking metal and kick some asses! And this will not change, I promise. See y’all next year!”
MNEMIC 2011 is:
Guillaume Bideau – Vocals
Mircea Gabriel Eftemie – Guitar
Victor-Ray Salomonsen – Guitar
Simone Bertozzi – Bass
Brian Larsen - Drums
For more NMEMIC click here.