CHRISTOPHER DEAN to Join ANGEL VIVALDI & NITA STRAUSS on The Guitar Collective 2018

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New Jersey based rock / metal multi-instrumentalist CHRISTOPHER DEAN (former Michale Graves, Darkness Descends, Alyxx) has announced that he will be joining the The Guitar Collective 2018 tour with ANGEL VIVALDI and NITA STRAUSS (Alice Cooper, The Iron Maidens, Femme Fatale). Launching November 19th in New Bedford, MA, the tour winds through the US, finishing December 21th in Asbury Park, NJ.

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“I’ve been friends with Angel and Jay for so many years and I’m so excited to be playing alongside them on the Guitar Collective Tour. We came up in the same scene together in NJ. Its gonna be great to slay faces with those dudes. I’m also honored to be playing bass for Nita, she’s been killing the game out there. With those three shredders and Jacky Vincent on this tour, I’m pretty sure all the notes possible are going to onslaught the crowd into harmonic bliss……and I can’t wait!”

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 Tour Dates:
11/19 @ Greasy Luck – New Bedford, MA
11/20 @ Voltage Lounge – Philadelphia, PA
11/21 @ Dingbatz – Clifton, NJ
11/23 @ Brooklyn Baazar – Brooklyn, NY
11/24 @ Outpost Concert Spot – Kent, OH
11/25 @ The Loving Touch – Detroit, MI
11/27 @ Wire – Berwyn, IL
11/28 @ Gabe’s – Iowa City, IA
11/29 @ The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
11/30 @ Marquis Theater – Denver, CO
12/01 @ Club X – Salt Lake City, UT
12/02 @ The Shredder – Boise, ID
12/04 @ Club Sur Rocks – Seattle, WA
12/05 @ Paris Theatre – Portland, OR
12/06 @ The Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA
12/07 @ Brick by Brick – San Diego, CA
12/08 @ Pub Rock – Scottsdale, AZ
12/09 @ 1720 @ – Los Angeles, CA
12/11 @ Come and Take It Live – Austin, TX
12/12 @ Scout Bar – Houston, TX
12/13 @ Trees – Dallas, TX
12/14 @ Hi-Tone – Memphis, TN
12/15 @ Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
12/16 @ The Haven – Orlando, FL
12/17 @ O’Malley’s – Margate, FL
12/18 @ Crowbar – Tampa, FL
12/19 @ Ground Zero – Spartanburg, SC
12/20 @ Canal Club – Richmond, VA
12/21 @ House of Independents – Asbury Park, NJ

Click HERE for Additional Dates and Ticketing Info

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Dean is a self-taught guitar-smith with pounds of passion combined with years of determination and an over achieving brain that yearns for endless knowledge. On the eve of his 13th birthday, the embers of a burning desire began an everlasting journey toward a blissful state as long as harmony and melody were at the helm. Growing up in a small town in New Jersey, Dean came from a working family, so when it came time to learn the techniques of the craft, it was up to making friends at a local music shop who would discuss the wonderful world of guitar and the endless possibilities. Through the years it became more of the bottomless enigma that he had to crack, so at every single VFW hall or firehouse punk show, Dean would study the hands of the talent on stage and their every move. Soon Dean was playing all of the live albums of any band he could find, down to the guitar spins and all. Hard work and dedication persevered because, before he knew it, he wasn’t just playing the midnight blue Ibanez with a blood soaked pic guard and a Felix the cat sticker, he now had a (1 of 6) Marilyn Manson custom guitar that he worked for 3 solid months of the summer his Sophomore year in HS just to afford….Then it all changed…. From there the quest to understand this intrinsic world became even greater…. Even more addicting. The itch to plug in his axe somewhere and KRANK it to 11 was even stronger with this young, notorious adolescent.

Naturally, as time went on, this grew as a way for this completely misunderstood teen to use this gift that he had so magnanimously received, to become a form of creative therapy. “JUST AN AXE ON MY BACK,” that wasn’t his motto per se but definitely the lifestyle that was led. By Senior year he had been voted most musical of his graduating class, not because anyone ever listened to him play, other than when his band DEATHSICK blew the death metal doors off the performing theatre during the talent show, but more because he had a guitar in a hard case with him EVERY DAY IN EVERY CLASS. The Manson guitar had its own table in his JR year Anatomy and Physiology class….Right by the bucket of cow eyes and baby frogs.

After finishing high school and then college, he joined several bands out of the back page ads of local music billboards and magazines, many everlasting life lessons were learned. His first REAL jump to “success” was in 2011 when he joined up with his best friend Angry Jay along brothers at arms, Chuck Gowan and Zaki Ali, to form the super slow motion breakdown masters Darkness Descends, which lead to SIRIUS XM radio play and air time interviews, alongside two album releases and co-headlining stage spots on the both the Bamboozle and GOTJ festivals. These accomplishments only fed the monster.

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In 2013, all of those countless hours disassembling, painting and Frankenstein-ing of his arsenal of Amps and Axes, Dean landed his first 6 week full us tour as the guitar tech for Darrow Chemical Company. Before the completion of the tour, the lead guitarist Loki had to leave early due to a severe family emergency, so the band asked Dean to fill in on Lead Guitar, and it was one of the best moments of his life, it’s every musician’s dream. This was the moment he had been waiting for. Sure he was playing tons of shows for years, but there is something different about cruising Tarvan around the country basically living on $7/day for over a month, all in the name of PUNK ROCK. This opportunity lead to further touring and Tech gigs for bands such as Gotham Rd (tech 2014), Michale Graves (tech 2015/bass 2017 to 2018), The Independents (bass us tour 2015), Black Cat Attack (Lead Guitar various shows US and Canada 2015), GOTH from Portugal (2016 Lead Guitar various shows) The Draf Ft. Retro Glam (Special Guest solo on single release collaboration), Children of October (Bass and back up Vox 2016), Alyxx (Bass 2017-current).

That being said, it may seem like a lot on the plate of destiny, But Wait There’s More. Starting September 2016 Dean began studio time composing his debut solo album, justly deemed Life Lessons, officially released on Friday the 13th of October 2017 everywhere. This album consists of 13 tracks of true emotion and the precarious journey of dealing with the real things that happen in life from death and divorce, love and loss, and everything we deal with day to day that tries to break us down. This album stands as a testament to Deans constant strive to never just give up. This album is about having the strength to make art out of life’s lemons. Our relationships with our fellow man are constantly how one is defined, this is only the beginning.

Dean’s also runs a music school in North Jersey, Rockstar NOW. Within the curriculum of Rockstar NOW, students learn from a custom tailored lesson plan based on the students interest as a starting point. From there the musical journey continues to cover the basics within a specific genre and correlating it throughout the world of harmony and how in fact all music is relative, related, and connected.

Dean is also now a brand including (but not limited to) Music, Skateboards, Tattoos, Beard Oil, T-shirts, Characters, Guitar Pickups and more. Those who choose to do what they live-in turn love what they do.

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Concert Review: Clutch, Zakk Sabbath, Kyng, and School of Rock at Stage AE Pittsburgh

A triple threat triple bill of crunchy goodness, that’s what last Saturday night was in Pittsburgh at Stage AE.  The almighty Clutch, Black label Society’s crusher Zakk Wylde playing Sabbath tunes as Zakk Sabbath, and the up and coming contenders Kyng out of Los Angeles.  There was not much to top this line up except the surprise openers, The School of Rock kids of Pittsburgh who are under the artist in residence, Nick Cantanese, former Black Label Society axeman.  It was an incredible night of fast and loud guitars, three expert drummers, and a cornucopia of musicians who put on arguably the best show of the year.

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It is hard to say anything about Clutch that has not already been said.  The blue collar based hard working band from Maryland has been at it since ’91.  They have graced Pittsburgh’s presence more times than we can count and consistently jam pack Stage AE.  Neil Fallon is just so much fun to watch as he has that signature style of moving around that on anyone else might look geeky, but he makes cool.  The rest of the band stays tight in the pocket and stationary, but the crowd certainly did the moving for them.  A giant mosh pit formed, which is sort of unusual at a Clutch show, and the rest of the audience found it impossible not to bob and sway to the groove that Clutch puts out.  Getting to watch JP play the drums is a lesson in and of itself.  He serves the song and bashes with the best, but his technique is unparalleled.  Highlights include X Ray Visions, new song Quick Death in Texas, Electric Worry, and Sucker.

How could anyone miss Zakk Wylde along with Joey Castillo and Blasco playing Black Sabbath songs?  The anticipation before the show was brutal and in the words of Willy WOnka, “I hope it lasts”.  Opening with “Children of the Grave” Zakk ripped into some serious shredding of strings.  Rob Blasco was all business and set into his bass groove early, hair flying with wild abandon.  And Joey Castillo…wow, what an amazing force behind the kit.  Having seen Joey play with Queens of the Stone Age there was a certain amount of expectation and he far exceeded any to be had.  The band also played “Snowblind”, “Lord of This World”, “War Pigs” with Zakk playing an extended solo out in the crowd, “Into The Void” and “Fairies Wear Boots“.  This was a once in a lifetime (but hopefully not) thing to witness and maybe just maybe Zakk will put together more shows with these guys. Check out a snippet of “War Pigs” and Zakk getting Wylde in the crowd…

Kyng is poised to release their third record this Friday (Oct 7), entitled Breathe in the Water”.  This band is so underrated and it will be really fun to watch them breakout to bigger and better things, and they will.  Watching Eddie Veliz play a mean guitar while having a throat of gold, along with Pepe Clarke who is an absolute demigod on drums, as well as Tony Castaneda play bass and pull off killer back up vocals is like watching an Ocean’s Eleven film…perfect teamwork.  All three of these guys manage to put out a huge sound as well as craft tunes that are metal enough and vintage enough to create a hybrid that will rock your socks off.  The new tune “Pristine Warning” is killer and just as killer to witness live.  But don’t come expecting to hear “Electric Halo”…more on that in our  interview with Eddie.  Kyng is one of those bands that resonates with people who can appreciate great hard rock from the 70’s but also like the heavier drive of a good metal tune.  They are not commercial, not watered down, and not over produced.  They are however raw, blue collar ethic, down to earth guys who are putting out some of the best music out there today.

 

The special treat of the night was watching The School of Rock kids from the Castle Shannon/Pittsburgh school run by artist in residence Nick Cantanese, formerly of Black Label Society.  The kids range from middle school to high school ages and rocked Stage AE to the core, the audience absolutely eating up their renditions of four songs.  Playing some Sabbath and Maiden did not hurt in warming up the crowd either.  The fact that Neil Fallon of Clutch came out to sing with the kids had to be a highlight of their lives and increased the crowd’s fervor. These kids have chops and whatever they are learning at School of Rock is worth every penny.  It’s great to see the next generation of metal take up the torch, for some of these kids may one day grow up to be the next Zakk Wylde.

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ALICE COOPER performs “Rock Candy” with Sammy Hagar and Richie Sambora

Drummer Glen Sobel (IMPELLITTERIORIANTHISIXX A:MPAUL GILBERT) has posted footage of the MONTROSE classic “Rock Candy” from the annual ALICE COOPER benefit for the Maui Food Bank which took place on New Years eve in Maui, Hawaii.
Alice Cooper and band were joined on stage by actors and rock legends performing their biggest hits, covers and some left field surprises with the AC band members serving as house band. Steven Tyler (AEROSMITH), Sammy Hagar (CHICKENFOOTVAN HALEN), Richie Sambora (BON JOVI), ‘Weird’ Al YankovicPat Simmons(DOOBIE BROTHERS), producer Bob Rock (METALLICAMOTLEY CRUE) and actor Keith Carradine all performed along with actor Tom Arnold as the evenings emcee.
Original MONTROSE frontman Sammy Hagar and Richie Sambora took the stage with the band on “Rock Candy” which can be viewed below or at this location: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=di153Q83xaMAlice’s band for the night consisted of  Orianthi and Ryan Roxie on guitars, Chuck Garric on bass, and Glen Sobel on drums.  (Glen Sobel online: www.glensobel.com)

Alice Cooper & Picture Me Broken School Marilyn Manson in Rock N Roll at Stage AE

Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson swooped into Pittsburgh with openers Picture Me Broken on the Masters of Madness Tour at Stage AE on Sunday night June 23, 2013.  One night after Kenny Chesney made an absolute mess of the Northside at Heinz Field, the goth mob took over and showed how it’s truly done.  With a crowd of roughly 4000 in a place that holds 5500 at most, it was a pretty tight fit of fans who came to see a theatrical show from two legends of rock and take a peek at some newcomers trying to make their mark.

Alice Cooper’s set was exactly what his fans have come to expect time and time again, a broadway spectacle of horrific proportions.  With such classic hits as “Poison”, “No More Mr. Nice Guy”. and “Billion Dollar Babies” the night got off to an amazing start of pure rock in your face roll in the classic sense.

Cooper’s three guitarists, the beautiful and talented Orianthi Panagaris, Tommy Henriksen,  and Ryan Roxie as well as bassist Chuck Garric and drummer Glen Sobel all helped Cooper put together a set full of surprises for the uninitiated.  The band did a ten minute long instrumental  as Cooper did a costume change and came back for “Welcome to My Nightmare” and “Go to Hell” to set off the second half of the set.   This is when the Alice Cooper that is the true showman came out to play.

With a lab coat marked in blood and a Frankenstein-like table, Cooper went into “Feed My Frankenstein” complete with sparks flying and a giant Frankenstein hitting the stage to boot.  He then went into his old theatrics from his stage shows that many of us remember from his television appearances in the 1970’s with his trademark straight jacket and decapitation via guillotine.  Alice Cooper showed that he surely still knows how to put on a great show and rock with the best of them.  Incredibly gracious, generous, and intelligent, Cooper brings an intelligent blend of theatrical rock and roll to life, thus why he has lasted in the business as long as he has and kept the flame burning.

Highlights: “I’m Eighteen”, “Billion Dollar Babies”, “No More Mr. Nice Guy”

Marilyn Manson on the other hand could learn a thing or two from his shock rocker godfather.  This was the fourth time that I have witnessed Manson in his career from the very early stages until now.  Although the theatrics are certainly well intact, the true emotion and talent that was once aflame in Marilyn seems snuffed out.

At a time when Manson’s career is not exactly peaking, it seems he goes out of his way to act like he is a prima donna.  Of the ten press photographers at the show, only three were allowed to take pictures and only for one song as opposed to the usual three.  Strange to refuse PR when you could use it most.  Manson also accidentally hit a fan with a microphone that came loose and smashed the guy in the forehead.  The fan, whom I spoke with personally, had a large welt and was bleeding from the forehead and should have sought medical attention.  The problem is he has no insurance.  All he wanted though was to meet Manson.  A lawyer who witnessed the event suggested otherwise.  Alas, Manson refused a meeting and only offered up a signed set list and a used $50 microphone.  When did you stop caring Manson?  What happened to that guy who I liked so much on the “Bowling For Columbine” documentary?

Manson’s set had some good moments but those moments were somewhat heavily reliant on his props.  “Sweet Dreams” was accentuated by Manson in stilts and crutches as well as a mouthpiece reminiscent of the video that somewhat obstructed his singing. Marilyn shouted more than sang his way through the chorus and seemed more content at being a freak show than a rock star.  “Dope Show” was one of the better songs as he donned a partial fur and stuck to writhing around on stage and faking fellatio with his guitar player.  Oh, Manson.  The snot rockets heaved at the crowd were a bit much.  Not sure any fan was very excited to come home and never wash their t-shirt because your boogers hit their cotton.  A giant chair came out at one point prompting Manson to start singing/quoting his hero Willy Wonka and the wondrous boat ride scene, “There’s no earthly way of knowing which direction we are going…” and he took an opportunity to sing on the chair standing up and laying on it.  Manson has all the qualities to remain a star like Cooper if he quits acting the fool and goes back to his roots.  Bring back the old Manson and chill your ego a bit and maybe, just maybe, you can keep your career alive well into your sixties and still enjoy it.  But then again, if you talk to the headliner, Alice only lives on stage, and there is no separation of the Manson persona is there? And that may just be the key.

The openers for the evening were Picture Me Broken from L.A.  If you read this website at all you know that I’ve been telling you for a year and a half that Brooklyn and crew (Shaun Foist, Jimmy Strimpel and Dante Phoenix)are poised to break out and make huge waves in the industry.  They certainly made a massive impression on the Pittsburgh crowd who for the most part had not caught them the last few time they were in town supporting other bands.  The band went through material on their first LP Wide Awake and their new EP Corrupt Me as well as their awesome cover of Heart’s “Crazy On You”.  I talked to Brooklyn just a few weeks before the show and she was totally up for the challenge of getting the crowd warmed up for two legends.  The band was firing on all cylinders and made a ton of fans at the show proven by the massive numbers of people who lined up for the meet and greet signings that happened after their set and Manson’s set.  With incredibly versatile and strong vocals and a punky pop metal style that can fit in with so many genres, Picture Me Broken will soon be headlining shows themselves and becoming household names if they have anything to say about it.  For our previous articles on PMB check out…http://wp.me/p2k1M3-1mJ and http://wp.me/p2k1M3-4cy

Highlights: “Torture”, “Crazy On You”, “Skin and Bones”

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Picture Me Broken to Open For Alice Cooper & Marilyn Manson @ Stage AE June 23 (interview)

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Since catching Picture Me Broken last year when they opened for Modern Day Escape & Affiance here in Pittsburgh, it was very clear that PMB was definitely headed for big things.  Lead singer,  Layla “Brooklyn” Allman (daughter of Gregg- yes, that  Allman Brother and rock royalty legend) made quite the impression on the crowd with her stage presence that has been developing since age twelve (she’s now 20).  Our interview with her was like speaking with a seasoned pro and the rest of her equally young bandmates (Drummer Shaun Foist and dual-lead guitar players Dante Phoenix and Jimmy Strimpel) were just as professional and impressive.  What may be even more impressive is that PMB has not relied on Brooklyn’s dad’s contacts to make it in the biz and have instead opted to make it the old fashion way…hard work, and tour, tour, tour.

2013 brings probably the most exciting opening slot of Picture Me Broken’s career and possibly the most intimidating: opening for two rock legends in their own right from two different eras, Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson.

Pittsburgh Music Magazine caught up with Picture Me Broken recently and spoke with Brooklyn about what 2013 has in store for the band…

PMM: Opening for Alice and Manson must be both exciting and intimidating.  How/What are you feeling going on before these two legends?
 
Brooklyn:  I must admit I had mild stage fright for the first time since my very first show when I was a wee 12 year old while getting ready for the first handful of these shows. Going up in front of a crowd that large, knowing you’re warming them up for two timeless rock icons sort of knocks the wind out of you when you’re freshly 20 and know you’re the new kid on the block and better prove yourself or go home. I still feel like I’m dreaming every time I look down at my tour laminate. Watching them perform side stage makes me feel like a little kid discovering rock n roll for the first time again. 
 
PMM: What have you taken away/learned from playing with the bands that you have worked with recently (Opeth, Affiance, Modern Day Escape, etc.)?
 
Brooklyn:  Otep was truly our first real tour and I’m so glad it was. She’s an inspiration on every level, I have so much respect for that woman and her art. Affiance was one of those bands that I knew was special because they’re bringing clean vocals back to metal, Dennis is one hell of a singer and we would sometimes do vocal warm-ups together and now they’re out supporting Killswitch. I try to learn something from every band we play with, even if they’re not necessarily my cup of tea, there is always something you can learn from other artists who have been touring longer than you have. I think the road is where you learn to be a real musician and I hadn’t done as much touring as you would think because the bulk of my music career thus far took place during my schooling years and I wasn’t going to compromise my education, so I have a lot to learn from other artists who have toured far more than I have. 
 
PMM: Why an EP as opposed to an LP this time? 
 
Brooklyn: The EP was not the band’s decision, we wanted to put out a full length, we had one all finished but our record label decided otherwise for political reasons. We will never be put in that position again, but I suppose the silver lining is that the full length can come to fruition now that we’re a more cohesive band that’s been on the road. 
 
PMM: What distinguishes the material from your 2010 effort “Wide Awake”?
 
Brooklyn: If anything, “Mannequins” marks our departure from the “screamo” and “metalcore” scene. It was our way of saying, “Hey, we’re a rock n roll band and we’re going to be nothing but that from here on out”. It was time to grow up and abandon the trends and I think on our next release you can definitely expect more guitar solos than breakdowns. It was not easy going there, at one point we had to part ways with an entire team of people who wanted us to stay in that pigeonhole cause a band can sell lots of T-shirts on Warped Tour way quicker than they can build a major rock career and not many in the industry seem to have the balls, patience or determination to build a real band anymore so we had to vehemently go in that direction ourselves and butt heads for a while. You can also see how much we’ve changed even visually in our new music video for “Torture”. Shortly after touring “Mannequins” for a bit, the Cooper/Manson tour fell into our laps and nothing says authentic rock n roll quite like that. It was always a nice little middle finger to everyone who fought against the notion of us striving to break outside “the scene”. I feel like we’ve taken a huge step in the right direction. 
 
PMM: What are the essential survival tools for living on the road for PMB? 
 
Brooklyn:  It was not even 6 months ago that PMB was touring in a Dodge conversion van, pulling a trailer, sleeping in our seats and showering at truck stops so we didn’t have to spend money on hotels, I wouldn’t even go as far as saying that those days are necessarily over, if you’re a 20 something, you can make that a fun situation and come home with a lot more money. I will say, even though I’m in a much more comfortable touring vehicle at the moment, I still had a blast. My dad’s guitar player and a good friend of mine, Derek Trucks once told me, “If you’re bitching in a van, you’ll be bitching on a bus and bitching on a jet”, I couldn’t agree more, you either love touring or you don’t. As for my personal survival tools, nothing that bad can possibly happen in $400 cowboy boots, oh and I’ll never forget my vaporizer. 
 
PMM:  When you have downtime in a city, what are your favorite things to do?
 
Brooklyn:  I can be a bit of a reclusive sloth on days off. My vocals on stage are a lot to handle night after night going from belting to screaming to falsetto so I like to rest up as much as possible. You get lucky if a day off lands in a major metropolitan city, it’s somehow always bumfuck nowhere. We spent one of our most recent days off where we actually came out of our cave in Detroit with our good friend Tom Zutaut. We went by Eminem’s trailer park, checked out this insane clothing store called Showtime Dan’s and ate at the local Coney Dog hotspot. It’s amazing how you can wake up everyday and be told you’re in a different city and hardly realize it but it’s great to actually get out there and see where your travels are taking you if you have the energy. 
 
PMM: What else can we look forward to out of Picture Me Broken  in 2013?
 
Brooklyn: We’re planning to stay on the road as much as possible and get cracking at that full length late this Summer. I hope next year brings more international touring. 
 
How often do you get the “rock chick” question and the Gregg’s girl question and how sick of it are you?
 
Brooklyn:  I suppose I’m so accustomed to (and sick of) those questions that my sarcastic yet matter of fact replies have become second nature. Yes I have boobs and yes my father is who he is, are either of these things directly relevant to my career or artistic vision? No. Not at all. It is a superficial, surface assumption that either of these things define me musically or artistically. I must say thank you for noticing and discontinuing the monotony! 

Our story from the first time we met PMB…http://wp.me/p2k1M3-1mJ

 

GEOFF TATE Premieres New Song, “Take A Bullet” /In Pittsburgh 10/24

GEOFF TATE has teamed up with UltimateClassicRock.com for the exclusive, worldwide premiere of his new track, “Take A Bullet.” This is the second song to be released from his upcoming solo album, KINGS & THIEVES, due out on November 6, 2012 on InsideOut Music. Internationally recognized as the acclaimed voice of Queensryche, GEOFF TATE is one of the most respected vocalists in the history of hard rock and metal, having sold over 20 million records and earned four Grammy nominations.

The song “Take A Bullet” can be heard on UltimateClassicRock.com, here:
http://ultimateclassicrock.com/geoff-tate-take-a-bullet-song-premiere/

GEOFF TATE recently released a lyric video for “Dark Money,” another new song off the upcoming release, KINGS & THIEVES. The captivating video for the socially-charged single can be seen here:

Both “Dark Money” and “Take A Bullet” are now available on iTunes, and can be purchased here:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/dark-money-take-bullet-single/id570366858

Beginning tomorrow, GEOFF TATE will head out on a two-month tour in support of KINGS & THIEVES, including a two-week Canadian run with metal legend ALICE COOPER. More shows are constantly being added, and a list of currently confirmed dates can be seen below. Exclusive pre-order packages for the new album are now available via CM Distro and include a copy of KINGS & THIEVES, an autographed CD booklet and an exclusive t-shirt.

Tour Dates:
10/17/12 – Newton, NJ @ Newton Theatre
10/18/12 – New York, NY @ The Jewel – Rocks Off Concert Cruise Series
10/19/12 – Rochester, NY @ The Montage Music Hall
10/20/12 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
10/21/12 – Philadelphia, PA @ JC’s Washington House
10/22/12 – White Marsh, MD @ House of Rock
10/23/12 – Springfield, VA @ Empire
10/24/12 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theatre
10/25/12 – Teaneck, NJ @ Mexicali Live
10/26/12 – Amityville, NY @ Ollie’s
10/27/12 – Chesterfield, MI @ New York New York
10/28/12 – Akron, OH @ Ripper Owen’s Tap House
10/29/12 – Akron, OH @ Ripper Owen’s Tap House
10/31/12 – Milwaukee, WI @ Shank Hall
11/01/12 – Barrington, IL @ Penny Road Pub
11/02/12 – Columbus, OH @ Alrosa Villa
11/03/12 – Bolingbrook, IL @ Tailgater’s Grill
11/04/12 – Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Lights
11/07/12 – Calgary, AB, Canada @ Southern Jubilee Auditorium (*with Alice Cooper)
11/08/12 – Saskatoon, SK, Canada @ TCU Place (*with Alice Cooper)
11/09/12 – Moose Jaw, SK, Canada @ Mosaic Place (*with Alice Cooper)
11/11/12 – Medicine Hat, AB, Canada @ Medicine Hat Arena (*with Alice Cooper)
11/13/12 – Dawson Creek, BC, Canada @ Encana Events Centre (*with Alice Cooper)
11/14/12 – Edmonton, AB, Canada @ Northern Jubilee Auditorium (*with Alice Cooper)
11/16/12 – Vancouver, BC, Canada @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre (*with Alice Cooper)
11/21/12 – San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
11/23/12 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
11/24/12 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
11/27/12 to 12/1/12 – Shiprocked
12/04/12 – Orlando, FL @ The Social
12/05/12 – Jacksonville, FL @ Freebird Live
12/07/12 – Destin, FL @ Club L.A.
12/08/12 – Clearwater, FL @ Capitol Theatre
12/09/12 – Sunrise, FL @ Markham Park

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GEOFF TATE Releases Lyric Video for New Song, “Dark Money”

GEOFF TATE has unveiled the lyric video for his new song “Dark Money.” The politically-charged track is the first to be revealed from TATE’s upcoming solo album KINGS & THIEVES, due out November 6, 2012 on InsideOut Music. Internationally recognized as the acclaimed voice of Queensryche, GEOFF TATE is one of the most respected vocalists in the history of hard rock and metal, having sold over 20 million records and received four Grammy nominations.

GEOFF TATE will head out this month on a two-month tour in support of KINGS & THIEVES, including a two week Canadian run with metal legend ALICE COOPER. More shows are constantly being added and a list of currently confirmed dates can be seen below. Exclusive pre-order packages for the new album are now available via CM Distro and include a copy of KINGS & THIEVES, an autographed CD booklet and an exclusive t-shirt.

Geoff Tate is in Pittsburgh 10/24 at The Rex Theater in SouthSide and PMM will be there for the show and an exclusive interview with Mr. Tate…

Tour Dates:
10/17/12 – Newton, NJ @ Newton Theatre
10/18/12 – New York, NY @ The Jewel – Rocks Off Concert Cruise Series
10/19/12 – Rochester, NY @ The Montage Music Hall
10/20/12 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
10/21/12 – Philadelphia, PA @ JC’s Washington House
10/23/12 – Springfield, VA @ Empire
10/24/12 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theatre
10/25/12 – Teaneck, NJ @ Mexicali Live
10/26/12 – Amityville, NY @ Ollie’s
10/27/12 – Chesterfield, MI @ New York New York
10/28/12 – Akron, OH @ Ripper Owen’s Tap House
10/29/12 – Akron, OH @ Ripper Owen’s Tap House
10/31/12 – Milwaukee, WI @ Shank Hall
11/01/12 – Barrington, IL @ Penny Road Pub
11/02/12 – Columbus, OH @ Alrosa Villa
11/03/12 – Bolingbrook, IL @ Tailgater’s Grill
11/07/12 – Calgary, AB, Canada @ Southern Jubilee Auditorium (*with Alice Cooper)
11/08/12 – Saskatoon, SK, Canada @ TCU Place (*with Alice Cooper)
11/09/12 – Moose Jaw, SK, Canada @ Mosaic Place (*with Alice Cooper)
11/11/12 – Medicine Hat, AB, Canada @ Medicine Hat Arena (*with Alice Cooper)
11/13/12 – Dawson Creek, BC, Canada @ Encana Events Centre (*with Alice Cooper)
11/14/12 – Edmonton, AB, Canada @ Northern Jubilee Auditorium (*with Alice Cooper)
11/16/12 – Vancouver, BC, Canada @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre (*with Alice Cooper)
11/21/12 – San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
11/23/12 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
11/24/12 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
11/27/12 to 12/1/12 – Shiprocked

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The Treatment’s This Might Hurt Proves You Will Enjoy A Little Pain


When your head starts bobbing up and down and your arms are air drumming from the very first notes, that is always a good sign. That is how it was when PMM played The Treatment‘s opening track “The Departed” from their debut This Might Hurt. For fans of heavy rock with all the beautiful basics harkening back to when bands let the music do the talking; this band is for you. The Treatment is tight, fast, and unforgiving in their pursuit to “simply rock”.
The Treatment is a five-year old outfit out of Cambridge UK. Sighting early influences of UFO, Def Leppard, Guns N’ Roses Aerosmith, and Thin Lizzy they certainly stay true to their roots. The Treatment are “unashamedly inspired by an era when rock bands looked like rock bands and were generally intent on causing a stir (both onstage and off); an era when the lifestyle was important, when music was everything and vinyl was king”.
This Might Hurt was produced by Laurie Mansworth (guitarist/songwriter with UK melodic rockers Airrace) and mixed by Tony Newton at Iron Maiden guitarist Steve Harris’ Barnyard Studios, and the their fine tuned choices show with the material that has that perfect mix of raw with some polish added in for good measure. Check out highlight tunes, The Departed, Shake The Mountain, Drink, F**k, Fight, Road Rocket, and Just Tell Me Why (acoustic). This Might Hurt is a well crafted record with all the trappings of good time arena rock that has a place in all of our hearts and it showcases an extremely talented group of musicians. Fortunately for the band and audiences, apparently Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx got a good taste of what The Treatment had to offer when he saw the video for the sure to be concert anthem ‘Drink, F**k, Fight’ single. Thus The Treatment has been on the road opening for Motley Crue and Kiss keeping up with the tradition of Nikki being on the forefront of up and coming bands and bringing them out on tour.

Since 2008, when 15-­‐year-­‐old schoolboy drummer Dhani Mansworth (son of Laurie) decided to put a band together, inspired by the all-­‐time greats of the genre (AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, etc.) and working under the wing of his father and manager Laurie (More, Airrace, Roadstar), the search was on to find fellow rock-­‐headed, leather-­‐ wrapped musicians old an’ wise beyond their years. Unable to source players of the required standard, however, this search was soon extended to more far-­‐flung parts of the country, and bit by bit the line-­‐up began to take shape. First to join was lead guitarist Ben Brookland, then bassist Rick Newman (aka Swoggle), then rhythm guitarist Tagore Grey… but it was the crucial position of front-­‐man that proved the hardest to fill, and it was a full six months before vocalist Matt Jones was (finally) discovered in Norwich (UK).

The Treatment now formed they focused on intense practise and writing sessions, but rather than go the conventional route of booking rehearsal studios then travelling back and forth, the five decided that to get the very best out of themselves they would need to focus 100 per cent on the mighty task at hand; with school days now behind them (but only just), they opted to move into the Mansworth family home in Cambridge, where they could eat, sleep and breathe the music they loved around the clock, without distractions, without compromise.
12 months later, The Treatment – a fully-­‐rounded, finely-­‐honed rock‘n’roll machine with a battery of great songs at its fingertips – emerged blinking into the sunlight, guitars at the ready, sights set on the stars.
With a run of European special guest appearances now complete (playing with the likes of Black Stone Cherry, Alice Cooper, Thin Lizzy, Steel Panther, Motorhead and more) and European festival performances being ticked off at a rapid rate (Sonisphere, High Voltage, Hard Rock Hell, Download, etc.), the band are now ready to take things to the next level, setting their sights on the American market.
Lucky for Pittsburgh on September 2 (and all the dates with Crue and Kiss) we will be able to witness them first hand as they give us the treatment it might hurt but we’re pretty sure you’ll like it.
They also have scheduled some dates for club shows on their days off:
August 20th- Hawthorne Theater- Portland, Oregon
August 21st- The A Club- Spokane, Washington (supporting Bobaflex)
August 23rd – Base Camp- Denver, Colorado
September 6th- The Rave Bar- Milwaukee, Wisconsin
September 9th- The Frequency- Madison, Wisconsin
September 17th-The Met Café- Providence, Rhode Island

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