C.C. STORM Releases Official Lyric Video for “Cross”

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Las Vegas based multi-instrumentalist C.C. STORM has released the official lyric video for his single, “Cross.” Fully written, composed, vocalized, and instrumentalized by C.C. STORM, “Cross” is off of the artist’s debut album, Passionately Angry, which is available NOW via Psycho Records.


“‘Cross’ is about giving your everything to one person but they can never see the harm they return back to you. You keep giving your best and sometimes, it’s hard to walk away when you believe the person will change. It’s almost the definition of insanity. You keep repeating the same mistake over and over expecting a different result. It never happens.” – C.C. STORM

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Track List:
1. Cross
2. Silence in the Silent Scream
3. So I Am over You
4. Different Light
5. Audio-Videp (Catch Me When I Fall)
6. Shatter Me (feat. Wendy Rush)
7 Sin
8. Mademoiselle

Download / Stream Passionately Angry Online:


“(Passionately Angry) is one of those releases where I came in having no idea what to expect; This is a powerful, personal project that manages to wow despite its brevity. The musical direction is scattershot and it is difficult to tell what the focus here was, but when the songs are all this good, no one is going to care about that” – Taylor Carlson – ZRockr Magazine

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Las Vegas transplant, C.C. Storm, launches his debut solo effort, Passionately Angry from local label, Psycho Records.

Storm hails from his native Pocono Mountains, and moved to Las Vegas in 2010. Storm has been playing since 1982 and studied at the prestigious Musicians Institute in Hollywood California. He has been long sought after in various bands due to his knowledge of being able to play intricate parts and being able to sing at the same time. Storm cites KISS as his biggest influence musically but even he says his styles vary.

After taking a long break in the 90’s and in the early 2000’s, Storm returned to his passion when he decided to move to Las Vegas in 2010. After a rough start and a marriage separation, Storm returned to the stage on a fluke one night after being invited to “KISS KARAOKE” at the world famous Monster Mini-Golf featuring KISS. Stepping up to the microphone with his bass in hand, Storm belted out many KISS Classics which garnered the attention of musicians like Armored Saints’ Jeff Duncan and Sunset Strip legend Johnny Lust. Singing Paul Stanley is not an easy task, but after years of studying the Starchild, C.C. nailed it.

Deciding for himself using his real first name wasn’t going to cut it, he decided to change his name to C.C., where he then began to work on his first solo album at his long time friend owned Chase Music Studio. Studio owner, Dave Chase, began to hone and shape his sound delivering what was a sudden shock to the local musician scene. Within a few weeks of its initial release, “Cross” was gaining attention amongst the local rock radio scene. Former Faster Pussycat guitarist, Brent Muscat, was spinning it on his radio show regularly.

C.C. is currently recording the follow up to “Passionately Angry” which will be titled, “Rise The Horizon”, which will be released by mid 2021.


WORLDWIDE PANIC Release Official Music Video for “Party”

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LA Based Heavy Metal Band WORLDWIDE PANIC has released the Diego Gonzales directed official music video for their newest single, “Party.”

“In my perspective it was a challenge to us as a band as well as in respect to finding a director. There are no shortages of videographers and directors in Los Angeles County. I know a lot of great ones that are total visionaries and could have easily shot this video and it would have just been another day at the office for them and I didn’t want that. I wanted to find someone who had the same passion for the song that we had. The moment I spoke to and met with Diego and showed him the song and saw his reaction we immediately started storyboarding with each other. It was not an easy task to complete in any regard. We wanted something extremely specific that was based on true life events that occurred in my life. Finding the actors, booking a sound stage, finding a crew, getting props, and be lengthy processes to deal with. A week to the date, Worldwide Panic, myself and Diego spent four hours at a professional soundstage filming the band performance and that weekend we had casted the actors who take this dream and turn it into a nightmare. The scenes portrayed in this video most actually happened to me. It is still difficult for me to watch this and not feel empathy for the actor on screen. I could not believe that those things happened to me in real life and now I am where I am living a happy fulfilling life. I think the rawness captured in this video encapsulates many life lessons I had to learn the hard way. Even with the dark subject matter of the song and video I like that it is done in a fun way and makes something that was very painful entertaining and fun and teaches people to avoid the many pitfalls that exist in society. It is with great pleasure I present, Party!” – Lane Steele (Bass / Vocals)

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“On this track we had the pleasure of having my good friend Aaron Nordstrom help produce the vocals. He had this to say, “I’ve known Lane Steele for many years since we were in school together. I’ve seen him evolve and work very hard for awhile and find his voice as a musician. I had the pleasure of working on the song “Party” and enjoyed it very much. It was a smooth workflow and resulted in a great song. Take a listen and be sure to catch them on the road with Flaw this fall.”
– Aaron Nordstrom (Gemini Syndrome)

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Tour Dates:
09/17 @ Paris Theatre – Portland, OR
09/18 @ El Corazon -Seattle, WA
09/20 @ Diamondz Event Center – Jerome, ID
09/21 @ Liquid Joes – Salt Lake City, UT
09/22 @ Sunshine Studios – Colorado Springs, CO
09/23 @ Herman’s Hideaway – Denver, CO
09/25 @ Original Bar & Nightclub – Minot, ND
09/27 @ The Playhouse – Eau Claire, WI
09/28 @ Offsides – Woodstock, IL
09/29 @ Pierre’s – Ft Wayne, IN
10/01 @ The Forge – Joliet, IL
10/03 @ Nikki’s – Sturgis, MI
10/04 @ Empire Concert Club – Akron, OH
10/05 @ Blue Note – Harrison, OH
10/06 @ Diesel – Chesterfield, MI
10/07 @ Nightshop – Bloomington, IL

Click HERE for Additional Dates and Ticketing Info:

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Band Line Up:
Francis Cassol (drums)
Lane Steele (lead vocals / bass)
George Gutierrez (rhythm guitar)
George Patmas (lead guitar)

Based out of Los Angeles, Worldwide Panic is a hard rock/heavy metal band that started out in 2016 with the aim of writing heavy, catchy music and personal, meaningful lyrics. In a world mired with social and political controversies, Worldwide Panic offers a more relatable take on everyday life and overcoming the trials and tribulations the common man faces. With a songwriting approach that focuses on a mix of clean and aggressive vocals and a guitar-driven sound, Worldwide Panic appeals to listeners all across the hard rock and heavy metal spectrum. This music is presented on stage by engaging the audience in a theatrical and unique experience. The band has completed work on new material which was mixed by Mike Plotnikoff (In Flames, Warbringer, Fear Factory, Mudvayne, Van Halen, Aerosmith, KISS, and many others) and mastered by Howie Weinberg (Slayer, Pantera, Korn, Deftones, Nirvana, etc). Worldwide Panic is gearing up to release new singles and music videos, and the band looks forward to conquering stages everywhere. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for lots from Worldwide Panic in the near and distant future!

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VICIOUS RUMORS to Release New Album This Spring

Vicious Rumors is on fire. 3 albums in 3 years! “Razorback Killers” (2011), “Live You To Death” (2012) and the new studio album “Electric Punishment” 2013 ……..and the ball keeps rolling!

The legendary San Francisco bay area metal band released a new live CD “Live You To Death” last year on Steamhammer / SPV. Tight and full of energy “Live You to Death” captures the power and excitement of the Vicious Rumors live performance! 9 live tracks with 2 Vicious Rumors style covers of Black Sabbath’s “Sign of the Southern Cross” and Judas Priest “Running Wild” complete this must have live album.

No rest for the wicked. The band is in the Trident studios in San Francisco right now with Geoff Thorpe and Juan Urteaga – the same production team that brought you “Warball”, “Razorback Killers” and “Live You to Death”. The new studio album “Electric Punishment” will be out on Steamhammer / SPV in April 2013.

Geoff Thorpe, Brian Allen, Larry Howe, Stephen Goodwin and Thean Rasmussen are back with 9 new songs and a wicked cover of “Strange Ways” by KISS sure to satisfy the Vicious Rumors faithfull fans.” Black X List “, ” D-Block ” are two thrashy speed killers while “Escape (From Hell) ” and “Together We Unite” add a classic flavor. Guest appearances by Mark McGee, Brad Gillis as well as touring guitarist Bob Capka all along with Geoff Thorpe round out this 5 man guitar gun slinger army. It’s all there … the killer guitar attack, power and speed, melody and double bass thunder and of course shredding guitar solos!!

The Vicious Rumors ball is gaining speed and rolling through your town this year…the first confirmed date is July 26th at the Headbangers Open Air in Germany. More details regarding the new studio album and live shows coming soon.

The Girls of Metal Part 2: Samantha Mae- Talent, Tattoos, and the Total Package

We get bombarded by images all day long. Advertisements, Facebook, Instagram, emails, TV, on and on and on. We filter unconsciously and viciously. So when an image stops one dead in their tracks it has to be for good reason. Such was the effect when seeing Samantha Mae for the first time. Being a tattoo enthusiast and covered a bit beyond the norm (okay- way beyond the norm), I respect and enjoy looking at quality artwork. A friend forwarded a picture of Samantha and I could not only appreciate her body art but her obvious pulchritudinous outward appearance. After one has a chance to communicate with her, Samantha wows with the total package- she is smart, funny, endearing, motivated, strong, and raised on rock n roll. We here at Pittsburgh Music Magazine predict big things ahead…go like her Facebook, check out a Charm City Devils Show, and keep an eye out for this fast rising star…

photo by Jim Wrigley
photo by Jim Wrigley

What is your employment with Charm City Devils? And what is it like working with John and the boys?

I wouldn’t say that I’m employed by them exactly. I have a full time job myself so it would be very hard for me to take time away from it to go out on tour and work solely for them. Depending on the size of the stage they’re playing at their local shows, I’ll dance for them. We have a cage that we set up on the stage with them and I come out and do a couple of songs. It’s a ton of fun but super exhausting! At the smaller shows I’ll sell their merch.
Working with the guys is a blast. They’re the nicest guys in the world.

photo by Jim Wrigley
photo by Jim Wrigley

Can you tell us a bit about the times you have met Nikki Sixx?

I met Nikki a couple of times out in Ohio and another time in Philly. The first time was a big shock. I was standing on stage watching Papa Roach out at Rock on the Range and I’m super short so everyone kept standing in front of me, which got frustrating since I couldn’t see anything. All of a sudden someone put their hands on my shoulders to get past me and it was him. I couldn’t believe it. I got a picture with him but didn’t get a chance to talk. I always thought I’d be a fan girl and go crazy but I actually kept calm which surprised me. The next day I met him again and actually got a chance to talk to him, he was so sweet which made me love him even more! Last was at a book signing which wasn’t too thrilling since you really don’t get more than 3 minutes with him at those!

photo by Jim Wrigley
photo by Jim Wrigley

Who are your favorite bands right now?

My all time favorite band has always been KISS. I grew up with a father who listened to nothing but bands like them, Motley Crue, Ozzy Osbourne, AC/DC, Van Halen and I could keep going!! He really raised me and my brother to appreciate what good music really is and not this teeny bopper crap we have out these days. Other than that I am really into newer rock and metal like Avenged Sevenfold, Papa Roach, Five Finger Death Punch and so many more! But, my heart will always belong to KISS. =)

photo by Jim Wrigley
photo by Jim Wrigley

Besides modeling and working with CCD, what else are you into?

I’m a cosmetologist! I work quite a bit so it’s really hard for me to get into anything else with the schedule I have. Not to mention, I’m a homebody, don’t really get out all that much except for the occasional concert.

photo by Jim Wrigley
photo by Jim Wrigley

Being heavily tattooed myself, people always ask why. So, why?

I’m a huge fan of art in general. I took numerous art classes throughout high school and college so it’s something I’m really passionate about and there’s no better place to hang art than on your own body in my opinion. It’s always with you and they tell a story. I went through a stage of my life where I was very stressed out. I was dating a guy and it wasn’t really working out and school was being a huge pain as well so I sort of needed a way to release my stress. I think that was the point in my life when I was getting tattooed the most frequently. In a weird kind of way it helped me through those times because it was a way to escape from it all. Now I’m at a good point in my life and I find myself visiting the tattoo shop less frequently and my second sleeve is taking longer to complete!!

photo by Jim Wrigley
photo by Jim Wrigley

When is your next tattoo and do you know what it will be?
This week I’ll be adding more to my sleeve! My right sleeve is horror themed, I have Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees and Michael Myers, so I want to fill it in with elements that fit in with the theme I have going.

photo by Jim Wrigley
photo by Jim Wrigley

What are you most attracted to in people?

Look wise, I like a guy with long hair and tattoos. Other than that I really enjoy someone who has a great personality and a sense of humor. I love a person who can make me laugh. Also, I prefer someone who is like me and isn’t a drinker or a partier. It’s just not my style and never has been.

photo by Matt Ryb
photo by Matt Ryb

Any celebrity/musician crushes?

Ahh I have numerous, but I’d have to say my top 3 are Nikki Sixx, Paul Stanley and the odd man of the bunch, Jason Bateman. There is just something about Jason that I absolutely love!

photo by Matt Ryb
photo by Matt Ryb

Are you loyal to Philadelphia teams?

Absolutely not! Haha! Im a diehard Dallas Cowboys fan! I’m not much of a basketball or baseball fan.

photo by Matt Ryb
photo by Matt Ryb

Where do you want to be and want to be doing in 5 years?

I don’t have a specific place or anything like that in mind for my future. All in all I just really want to be successful at whatever it is I’m doing with my life at that time. I don’t plan on having any children or anything like that, I just want to be sure that wherever I am and whatever I’m doing makes me happy.

photo by Matt Ryb
photo by Matt Ryb

Special thanks to Jim Wrigley for use of his photos: www.facebook.com/jimwrigleyphotography

Kirk Hammett Performs “Trapped Under Ice” with Death Angel

Metallica guitarist, Kirk Hammett, invited Bay Area thrashers Death Angel to perform at the release party for his new book, Too Much Horror Business: The Kirk Hammett Collection.

Hammett joined the band for a handful of songs, including renditions of Metallica’s “Trapped Under Ice,” Kiss’ “She” and, fittingly, Misfits’ “Horror Business.”

Pittsburgh Gets The Treatment

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-All photos Alan Welding/Pittsburgh Music Magazine

If you came late to the Motley Crue and KISS show on Sunday in Pittsburgh, what you missed was an up and coming band who is a complete throwback to good time rock n roll. The Treatment are gaining fans across the world for their unabashed love of classic power rock. The Pittsburgh crowd absolutely loved these guys. Their CD’s were being scooped up right alongside all the Kiss and Crue merchandise- which is no easy feat. The Treatment made sure to make appearances after Crue and after KISS played, connecting with a new fan base that will serve them well. As previewed earlier here in PMM (http://pittsburghmusicmagazine.com/2012/08/15/the-treatments-this-might-hurt-proves-you-will-enjoy-a-little-pain/), The LP “This Might Hurt” is an instant classic with so many rockers it will certainly be blasting out of your speakers for a long time to come. Obviously growing up watching AC/DC, Def Leppard, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Motley Crue, KISS, Aerosmith, and all the classic good time bands- these guys not only put out a great musical effort- they back it up on stage. Their sound and show was brilliant, especially for an opening band with two of the biggest legends in rock who are also their heroes. The Treatment performed under the pressure and really won over what would usually be a non-interested crowd. By all means, if you have the opportunity to catch these guys on the remaining dates of “The Tour”, please get there early and feast your eyes and ears on true talent. We can only hope these guys stay on this side of The Pond for awhile and continue to entertain us.

For a little history on the band their official bio states, “The Treatment were formed in 2008, when founder member drummer Dhani Mansworth was still at school in Cambridge . Although only 15 at the time he already had a clear vision of the kind of band he wanted to form. Having grown up on a diet of ACDC, Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith he began to put the band together under the watchful eye of his father guitarist and manager Laurie Mansworth (More, Airrace, Roadstar).

Having had little success with local musicians he decided to go further afield. First to join the line up was 18 year old Ben Brookland from Tadley, he shared the same passion for classic bands as Dhani. Ben’s unique guitar style suited the bill perfectly. Soon after came bass player Rick Newman (aka Swoggle) also 15. Rick’s enthusiasm and solid bass sound fitted perfectly. Rick suggested that the band audition Tagore Grey his school friend and guitarist from Petersfield. Rick’s recommendation was spot on as Tag’s guitar style was exactly what they had been looking for. The boys passion for the band was proved when they all packed bags and moved to Cambridge were they shared a home with The Mansworths so they could focus completely on the band and rehearse on a daily basis.

After a 6 month search they found the final piece of the jigsaw. Matt Jones a 17 year old wonder kid hailing from Norwich . His high energy rock vocals was exactly what the guys were looking for. Matt moved to Cambridge within 1 week of joining the band and after locking themselves away to refine their sound, they emerged one year later, they were ready to showcase”.

Some stellar reviews:
“What [THE TREATMENT] also possess is a surprisingly mature approach to writing and performing songs. Which is why This Might Hurt sounds vibrant, even after several listens. They’ve been called the new Def Leppard. In truth, the album suggests THE TREATMENT are their own masters.” – Classic Rock Magazine, January 2012
“These young Brits delivered a brash, Jager-swilling, all night party of a debut that fizzed with endless energy and power.” – Kerrang!, December 2011

Kissburgh 2012: Kiss Takes Over Pittsburgh and makes Kisstory

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-All photos Alan Welding property of Pittsburgh Music Magazine

Kiss brought the classic horror kabuki rock n roll circus back into Pittsburgh last night with none other than Motley Crue and The Treatment with them. The gods of rock truly smiled upon the Burgh because all three band brought their “A” game and gave every ticket holder their monies worth and then some. The crowd was truly primed and ready with make up, dragon boots, vintage concert tees, and their hands horns up. The clamor for merchandise was unbelievable; the lines were ridiculously deep until the first notes of Crue. Pittsburgh loves their metal acts and like all metal cities and fans, we proved just how loyal by packing First Niagara from top to bottom. A perfect summer night (besides being very hot) set off the evening having the rain past us and the music ahead of us. The show included all the trappings you expect at a Kiss show: a grand entrance, Gene spitting blood and breathing fire, Paul and Gene flying in the air, pyrotechnics, Tommy Thayer’s blazing guitar work, and Eric Singer’s bold backbeat. The lights, the sound, the screens all brought Kiss up close and personal. There is a reason that Kiss has been around since the 70’s- they know how to play an audience and keep them coming back for more. Even though Gene’s bass solo has been seen by many of fans over a dozen times in person, it never gets old. The crazy demon eyes batting back and forth, the bass shaking your innards, the blood dripping from his throat and covering his body- it’s all part of the fun that has kept everyone enthralled by the music superheroes. Particularly enjoyable was Paul’s use of the wires to go into the middle of the audience to sing and strut his way on a platform by the sound stage. Even though many miss Ace and Chris, Tommy and Eric are great musicians in their own right and certainly have all the moves down to transport back to your heydays or to create some new ones. Personally, PMM cannot wait until the boys come back to blow us away another time. Hopefully Kiss and Motley Crue will continue their ways of the past few years by visiting every summer and taking us back to 70’s and 80’s and being part of our history.

Pittsburgh Setlist:
Detroit Rock City
Shout It Out Loud
I Love It Loud
Hell or Hallelujah
War Machine
Shock Me
God of Thunder
Love Gun
Lick It Up
Black Diamond
Rock and Roll All Nite

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


THE TREATMENT to Release Covers EP: In Pittsburgh 9/2 with Crue and KISS

If you are headed to see Motley Crue and KISS on Sept. 2 at First Niagara Pavilion in Pittsburgh, you might want to check out their opening act The Treatment:

Listen to some their tunes here

To celebrate their debut album release, This Might Hurt, in the United States on July 17th, THE TREATMENT will make an exclusive iTunes bundle available July 17 – a five song covers EP originally released exclusively in the UK as a 300 copy limited edition.

The covers EP features THE TREATMENT’s interpretations of:
‘Run Run Run’ – Jo Jo Gunne
‘Evil Woman’ – ELO
‘Motor Biking’ – Chris Spedding
‘Lets Work Together’ – Canned Heat
‘Take Me Back Home’ – Slade

The covers EP was produced by Laurie Mansworth, who also produced This Might Hurt. Three days after the release of This Might Hurt, the band will commence their 43 date opening slot on the Kiss/ Motley Crue tour on July 20th in Bristow, VA.

New Crue

Motley Crue has announced that they will release their new single called Sex, on July 17th. Apparently Crue will debut the track on Sirius XM radio four days earlier (Check out Sixx Sense). The band’s co-headlining tour with KISS begins on July 20th (and hits Pittsburgh Sept 2 at First Niagara Pavilion).

The song was recorded earlier this year at Tommy Lee’s Atrium studio. At the time bassist Nikki Sixx said, “Got a nasty little song that we’re thinking would be perfect to rev up your engines for summer. We are cutting drums, bass and guitars this weekend at Tommy’s studio. This one is a panty dropper for sure… I was just thinking, I’ve been writing music for most of my life and it still feels fresh every time I pick up the pen, guitar or bass.” Seems Nikki has been trying to go back to the old style of Motley as he told VH1, “I’ve been writing very simple riffs for the last year and focusing on how these riffs would work for Vince, basically, and took it in the studio with Tommy and Mick and the thing just came alive.”

Should be a killer song and show as always and PMM will be there!

THE TREATMENT Sets U.S. Album Release Date for ‘This Might Hurt’

In anticipation of their first visit to North America as the opening act on the 43 date Kiss and Motley Crue tour, THE TREATMENT will release their debut album, This Might Hurt on July 17, 2012. The album, released by Spinefarm Records outside of North America in the fall, received critical acclaim around the world:

“What [THE TREATMENT] also possess is a surprisingly mature approach to writing and performing songs. Which is why This Might Hurt sounds vibrant, even after several listens. They’ve been called the new Def Leppard. In truth, the album suggests THE TREATMENT are their own masters.” – Classic Rock Magazine, January 2012

“These young Brits delivered a brash, Jager-swilling, all night party of a debut that fizzed with endless energy and power.” – Kerrang!, December 2011

Since the release of the album outside of North America, the band has done extensive touring in the UK and Europe—supporting Alice Cooper, Motorhead, Steel Panther, and Thin Lizzy. The band is appearing this month at UK’s Download festival, Belgium’s Grasspop Festival, Germany’s Reload Festival, and Switzerland’s Earshaker Days Festival.

The new video from This Might Hurt, ‘Nothing to Lose’, premieres today with Revolver Magazine at Revolvermag.com in the United States and can be viewed elsewhere at this location.

The Kiss and Motley Crue tour runs July 20 to September 23, 2012. See all current dates below:

Friday, July 20, 2012 Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
Saturday, July 21, 2012 Virginia Beach, VA @ Farm Bureau Live
Sunday, July 22, 2012 Raleigh, NC @ Time Warner Cable Pavilion at Walnut Creek
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 @ Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 Charlotte, NC @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Friday, July 27, 2012 West Palm Beach, FL @ Cruzan Amphitheatre
Saturday, July 28, 2012 Tampa, FL @ 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheater
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 Pelham, AL @ Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center
Friday, August 3, 2012 The Woodlands, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Saturday, August 4, 2012 Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
Sunday, August 5, 2012 San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
Tuesday, August 7, 2012 Albuquerque, NM @ Hard Rock Pavilion
Wednesday, August 8, 2012 Englewood, CO @ Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
Friday, August 10, 2012 Phoenix, AZ @ Ashley Furniture Home Store Amphitheatre
Saturday, August 11, 2012 Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay Events Center
Sunday, August 12, 2012 Chula Vista, CA @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
Tuesday, August 14, 2012 Irvine, CA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheater
Thursday, August 16, 2012 Concord, CA @ Sleep Train Pavilion
Saturday, August 18, 2012 Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheatre
Sunday, August 19, 2012 Ridgefield, WA @ Sleep Country Amphitheater
Friday, August 24, 2012 Grand Junction, CO @ Rock Jam
Sunday, August 26, 2012 Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
Monday, August 27, 2012 Maryland Heights, MO @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 St Paul, MN @ Minnesota State Fair
Friday, August 31, 2012 Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
Saturday, September 1, 2012 Noblesville, IN @ Klipsch Music Center
Sunday, September 2, 2012 Burgettstown, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion
Tuesday, September 4, 2012 Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
Friday, September 7, 2012 Tinley Park, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Saturday, September 8, 2012 Elkhorn (East Troy), WI @ Alpine Valley Music Theatre
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 Allegan,MI @ Allegan County Fair
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center
Thursday, September 13, 2012 Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Saturday, September 15, 2012 Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Sunday, September 16, 2012 Mansfield,MA @ Comcast Center
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 Scranton, PA @ Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
Friday, September 21, 2012 Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
Saturday, September 22, 2012 Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Sunday, September 23, 2012 Hartford, CT @ Comcast Theatre

Merchandising Madness: What’s Cool and What’s Tool

Recently, an article from Metal Insider regarding strange merchandise from legendary band Slayer, piqued interest.  Some of the choices were depicted as bizarre and others possibly just intriguing.  It begs the question, “When is the band just pocketing money and when is it actually providing for the fans?”.  Much of this would depend on the individual, thus making for an opinionated debate.

The ultimate gods of merchandising of course are KISS.  It is well known that Simmons and Stanley typically put their names on anything, from coffins to potato heads.  One of our favorites, actually here in the office, just happens to be the Gruntz Dressed to Kill KISS collectibles (shown below).  Still, what makes these collectible over a potato head, or the ultimate collectible, a coffin?

KISS Gruntz Dressed to Kill figures in the PMM office

A plethora of wines have been produced lately with mainly classic rock groups as the benefactor.  The Rolling Stones, The Grateful Dead, even AC/DC have signed on to wine their wares.  Vince Neil is no stranger to lending his name to liquor, having a tequila brand and wine label.  Of course, Sammy Hagar made a small mint when selling off his Cabo Wabo Tequila and Maynard from Tool has a very legit wine orchard in Arizona (enough to have a whole documentary about it).

Other oddities include: Durex  marketing their condoms using bands from JLS to Slayer. Rammstein apparently has their own lines of sex toys.  Having seen them in concert numerous times, this actually makes a lot of sense.  Bill Wyman of the Stones endorses a metal detector.  Mastadon have a “horn” to drink from and Motorhead has a beach ball (We must confess this is in the office also- when we think Lemmy we think beach!).

Perfumes, pasta sauces, sodas, energy drinks, if the money is there the bands will come.  The line of action figure type replicas are very collectible and can increase in value rather quickly.  Motley Crue, Lemmy, Slash, Iggy Pop, Ozzy, Hendrix, Morrison, and Metallica are just a few who have been immortalized in plastic.  The bobblehead industry is booming too.  Just “head” on over to Amazon or any number of websites to check out the various bands that are represented.

Jerry Only-Misfits bobblehead in the PMM office

The bottom line is that consumers want these products.  If they did not no one would be putting the money into manufacturing the trinkets and toys and who knows what.  Let the consumer beware and judge.  If someone loves KISS so much they want to be buried in a KISS coffin, so be it.  As rock n’ roll collectors ourselves, the variety beyond the usual tees and posters is exciting and also an opportunity to laugh.  With the market for song distribution so confusing these days let the bands make the money where and when they can.  And let us put the debate to bed.  Hey, where are my Misfits slippers anyhow?