NEAL SCHON & JOE BONAMASSA Join Forces in Las Vegas!

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NEAL SCHONJOURNEY Founder, recently joined forces with JOE BONAMASSA onstage at their respective shows at The Colosseum in Las Vegas. As reported by VEGAS NEWS, on October 26th, the legendary artists first faced each other on “Lovin’ Touchin’ Squeezin”, exchanging leads for an extended version of the classic JOURNEY hit single. Then, the following evening, BONAMASSA introduced SCHON to join him for the B.B. KING song, “Nobody Loves Me But My Mother.”

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Neal Schon Performs with Journey on the Journey & Def Leppard 2018 Tour

 

Neal Schon founded Journey in 1972 and has been the only consistent member, having participated in every album and tour to date. Schon is a Grammy-nominated guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist who is not only the founding member of Journey, but was a member of Santana and has performed with a variety of other acts including Bad EnglishJan HammerHSAS and has released 10 solo albums including his latest Votex. His guitar style has been described as soulful and melodic, admired by such fellow legends as Eric Clapton and Prince,

Journey’s worldwide sales have reached over 100 million records, making them one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time, with a wide selection of chart-topping hits like “Don’t Stop Believin­'”, “Any Way You Want iIt,” and “Wheel in the Sky”, among others.

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Hanging with DOYLE WOLFGANG VON FRANKENSTEIN…a misunderstood MISFIT

The question I most often hear from people when they learn that I have had the experience of meeting and interviewing Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein multiple times is typical, “Is he really that huge?”  The answer is more complicated than yes or no.  “Is he a mass of super tight muscle?”  You bet and he works hard at maintaining that physique at 53 years young and maintaining a vegan diet.  “Is he really that tall?” He is tall, some list him at 6’3″, but honestly it is hard to tell with those massive boots.  “Is he intimidating?”  Sure, he is a big dude with crazy makeup, but if you do your research and avoid the same old questions, he is downright awesome and very approachable.  In fact, when asked what I take away most from hanging with Doyle, it’s his humility.

Doyle will be the first to tell you that he ‘only plays 3 chords’ or that he can only play the ‘songs that he created (or is associated with)’, but if you study his work well enough, that is not exactly true.  There is a reason that his guitar playing with the legendary Misfits is one of the most widely influential from the punk era, just ask Metallica.  Doyle tends to downplay his abilities when it comes to writing songs, creating riffs, surviving in a cutthroat business, and in essence re-inventing his career to make it his own.  Since he partnered up with Cancerslug vocalist Alex Wolfman Story, he has produced some extremely hard-hitting thrash punk that borders more on the extreme metal side than the heyday of the devil lock.

Now with two full albums in the can under the Doyle moniker, the guitarist is taking the heavy music world by storm, one town at a time if he has too.  The band’s set is no longer beefed up with Misfits tunes, but Doyle’s own.  Opening with the brutal “Abominator”, Doyle, Alex, and company took no prisoners as they pounded the audience with songs like “Beast Like Me” and “Run For Your Life” and “Valley Of Shadows” in a relatively short, but killer set.  Alex kept with the running sarcastic joke of, “this is sort of a love song that you can dance to if you want’ as an intro to every song.  It did not take long for the crowd to become an entangled sweaty mess of humanity and was an amazing, if not overpowering, opening for Ghoul and GWAR.  The newest album, Doyle 2: As We Die picks up where Abominator left off, most of the guitar written and recorded actually at the same time as Abominator.  But, Doyle is a perfectionist, and definitely took his time until he was satisfied with the mix.  It paid off and is once again an awe-inspiring piece of savage songwriting.  His partnership with Alex and his giving over of lyrical/story content to him shows how much trust he has in him.  When asked how they hooked up, he talked about ads he placed on the East and West Coast and that Alex’s work, “was the only stuff where I listened to every song, the other stuff went immediately into the garbage”.  The pair play perfectly off of one another, Story having just enough Danzig in him to fit, but being a man completely of his own as well to create something entirely unique.

Doyle is a lot deeper than people give him credit for and personally, I think it has a lot to do with his humility and often times standoffish personality he uses as a deflection of attention, he certainly is more at home on stage than in front of a camera.  On his tour bus after his set while opening for GWAR in Pittsburgh, we started talking about the recent “concert shootings”, namely Las Vegas and the Eagles of Death Metal show in Paris, he is downright introspective, “Actually, I’m surprised it did not happen earlier, I mean look at what happened to Dimebag.  It’s taken a long time and tragedy to finally get metal detectors (wands as a normal procedure).  Glenn (Danzig) will not and has not performed anywhere in a long time without it for safety reasons.”  He also added, “we are vulnerable on stage as well and people don’t know if it’s part of the show or real when it happens”.

Our conversation took a darker turn when we discussed all the musical legends lost in the past year, “David Bowie probably personally affected me the most…Chris Cornell really impacted my girlfriend (Alyssa White-Gluz of Arch Enemy).  Delving deeper into the subject matter, Doyle brought up Chester Bennington of Linkin Park and how serious the problem of depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation can be and how it needs to be discussed openly.  But, we did not stay mired in the very heady and weighty topics the whole time.  We also got into an unexpected influence, that of Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, “if you are not a musician you don’t notice the underlayer that is going on there.  His use of feedback specifically.”  Not expecting a primarily blues-based player like Perry to be on his list of major influences, it just makes one think that there is a lot more to the man than the surface value, you just have to dig a little.

Being a private man, one does not want to go too deep into Doyle’s private life, but he will talk about Alyssa a bit, with enthusiasm.  Unfortunately, their touring schedules do not jive often.  In fact, before each of them headed back from just completed tours and headed off to new tours, they only had about three days together (listen to Alyssa and Michael of Arch Enemy guest on “Kiss Me As We Die”).  Their vegan lifestyle has been much chronicled and discussed as well as their respect and love for animals.  Doyle does not have any pets of his own but Alyssa has a ‘big orange cat’ that he thinks is cool and his mother has ‘like 20 cats’.  When he can he would like to get a Chinese Crested dog, “the ones without any hair except on the top of their head.” It’s not hard to search his Instagram and find Doyle with a dog in his massive arms with that big grin of his.  One is not nearly as intimidating with a chihuahua in their lap, and Doyle could give two shits if it is a dichotomy to his “image”.  But the page is also filled with fan art he receives playing off of that beloved image.  He gets a ton of stuff given to him and finds it hard to store it all.  Thus when we got into his love of “horror-themed art” (i.e. Basil Gogos) he spoke enthusiastically about his love for it, but his inability to collect anything, “I just don’t have anywhere to put it!”

And that image is not easy to maintain.  It can take as much as three hours for him to put his makeup on and style his hair, a whole hour for just the white face base.  Add to that the weight training,  (he actually has a sponsorship with an adjustable dumbell company that ships them to Europe just for his use), his dieting, interviews, soundchecks, etc…it is a pretty hectic schedule.  He definitely has knowledge when it comes to training and even follows The Pittsburgh Steelers own James “DEEBO!” Harrison on Instagram, to see what outlandish weights he throws around like toys.  It is hard for me to believe that no fitness magazine has not tapped Doyle for an in-depth article about what he personally does to stay in shape (and if any mags want to commission me for this I’m pretty sure Doyle and I could talk training all day!).  By the way, don’t bother asking him about his upcoming role in the “Death Warrant 3” movie, though he is fairly certain they will be respectful to his look, he really does not know much about it.  Doyle has been in some movie productions before and he is always amazed, “how some actors just become different people when the camera comes on, it’s incredible.”

Since The Misfit stuff is so often talked about, out of respect we did not get into it too much, but let’s just say the sold-out reunion shows coming up in LA and Vegas are going to be beyond special and he is pretty pumped. “They just call me and tell me where to show up,” just another example of Doyle’s deflection away from himself and his legend, making the man that much more endearing.

 

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WARPED TOUR PICTORIAL BY GUEST PHOTOGRAPHER JASON NELSON

Ohio/PA photographer phenom Jason Nelson was kind enough to shoot some of your favorite bands at Warped Tour in Pittsburgh and share them with our readership.  Amazing work as always by Jason, check them out!All photos  © 2017 Jason Nelson

ANTHRAX RELEASE LIMITED EDITION “FOR ALL KINGS 7-INCH BOX SET”

Anthrax are due to release a real collector’s piece to accompany their last LP For All Kings which really showed that the band may have started in 1981 but are very far from slowing down creatively. It is an absolutely stunning collector’s item for any Anthrax fan as this unboxing video will illustrate – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wU3e4hwzBR8&feature=youtu.be There have been band members who have come and gone and come back again with that time period, but on wax and live they are clicking on all cylinders.  Luckily the band will be hitting Pittsburgh next month with Killswitch Engage and The Devil Wears Prada.

What makes the set special are the demo versions of many of the songs from For All Kings.  The raw intensity gives a “live” vibe that production polishing does not allow.  Of course, this might be an acquired taste for some, but true Anthrax fans and collectors will be thrilled.  The nuanced differences take a discerning ear at times, but give a bit of insight into the process of creation, particularly through the instrumentation working in syncopation.  Also, the box set has never released in the U.S tracks that were not readily available previously (Check out“Vice of the People,” the “new-to-the-U.S.” track https://goo.gl/DAqOML), as well as two cover songs, including an unexpected White Stripes tune (so perfect for a thrash make-over it’s sick).

Available exclusively in North America and released in conjunction with the band’s upcoming Spring co-headline tour with Killswitch Engage – “KillThrax” – thrash metal icon ANTHRAX – Frank Bello/bass, Scott Ian/guitar, Joey Belladonna/vocals, Charlie Benante/drums, Jonathan Donais/guitar – announces the release of the limited edition “For All Kings 7-Inch Box Set” (Megaforce Records).  The set goes on sale March 24, will retail for $79.99.

The “For All Kings 7-Inch Box Set” includes a removable lenticular cover and contains 10 7-inch vinyl discs featuring 20 songs – the 11 finished album tracks, two brand new covers (The White Stripes’ “Black Math” and the classic Kansas song “Carry On”), six demos from the FAK track listing, and “Vice of the People,” a bonus track previously released only in Japan and now making its North American vinyl debut.  The original album cover art sketch by Alex Ross is also part of this package, as well as a download card enabling the holder to access the Box Set’s track listing for free.

 

Each 7-inch disc features gorgeous, double-sided four-color artwork designed by Douglas Heusser with additional art by Stephen Thompson, as well as band photos by Jimmy Hubbard.  The tracks are pressed onto different-colored vinyl discs – red, green, blue, maroon, orange, most with a two-color swirl design.

 

“Doing a box set edition of ‘For All Kings’ was something that we’ve always wanted to do,” said Benante, who worked closely with Heusser and Thompson on the box set’s artwork.  “We wanted to do something special, something that was so much more than the original release, and have it be fun for our audience when they open it up, just be floored by the different colored vinyl, the artwork, everything that’s inside.  And we think we’ve done that.”

 

The complete “For All Kings 7-Inch Box Set” track listing is below as are the dates for “KillThrax.”

 

“For All Kings 7-Inch Box Set” track listing:

 

Breathing Lightning (album version)

Breathing Lightning (demo)

 

Monster At The End (album version)

Monster At The End (demo)

 

Suzerain (album version)

Suzerain (demo)

 

Black Math  (White Stripes cover)

Carry On  (Kansas cover)

 

You Gotta Believe  (album version)

For All Kings  (album version)

 

Evil Twin  (album version)

This Battle Chose Us  (album version)

 

All Them Thieves  (album version)

Vice of the People (previously unreleased in North America)

 

Zero Tolerance  (album version)

Zero Tolerance (demo)

 

Blood Eagle Wings  (album version)

Blood Eagle Wings  (demo)

 

Defend Avenge  (album version)

Defend Avenge (demo)

 

 

“KillThrax” Dates:

 

MARCH

29        The Wellmont Theatre, Montclair, NJ *

30        LC Pavilion, Columbus, OH **

31        Arcada Theatre, St. Charles, IL  (Anthrax only)

31        The International, Knoxville, TN  (KsE only)

 

APRIL

1         Little River Casino, Manistee, MI  (Anthrax only)

1         Norva, Norfolk, VA  (KsE only)

3         The Fillmore, Silver Springs, MD *

4         The Dome, Wallingford, CT *

5         Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA **

7         20 Monroe Live, Grand Rapids, MI *

8         The Fillmore, Detroit, MI **

9         Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA *

11        The Ritz, Raleigh, NC **

12        Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA **

13        House of Blues, Orlando, FL *

15        Texas Independence Festival, Austin, TX **

16        Boggus Ford Events Center, Pharr, TX **

17        House of Blues, Houston, TX *

18        House of Blues, Dallas, TX  **

20        The Marquee, Phoenix, AZ *

21        Las Rageous, Las Vegas, NV *

22        The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA **

23        The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA **

25        Showbox SoDo, Seattle, WA *

26        Roseland Theatre, Portland, OR **

28        Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO *

29        Sokol Auditorium, Omaha, NE **

30        Midland Theatre, Kansas City, MO *

 

MAY

1         The Pageant, St. Louis, MO **

3         Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, ON  CANADA **

5         Paramount Theatre, Huntington, NY **

6         Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, NY *

7         House of Blues, Boston, MA *

 

 

* – KsE closes

** Anthrax closes

I PREVAIL ANNOUNCES “REBELS WITHOUT A CLAUSE” HOLIDAY TOUR/ @Diesel Pittsburgh 12/14

I Prevail’s Debut Album, Lifelines, Is Out October 21st Via Fearless Records
October 17, 2016 – Los Angeles, CA –  Just days before their debut album release, Detroit’s explosive rock band I Prevail has announced they’ll be returning to the road in December for their headlining “Rebels Without A Clause Tour 2016.” The band will be touring in support of their new album, Lifelines, which will be released on Friday viaFearless Records. Fans can purchase tickets to the shows on Friday, October 21st and pre-order the record now at  www.IPrevailBand.com.
I Prevail just wrapped up a support tour with Pierce The Veil, which has created a whirlwind of excitement for the upcoming record, Lifelines. The band’s highly-anticipated, first full-length album features a plethora of massive rock anthems like “Come And Get It,” “Scars” and “Stuck In Your Head.”
I Prevail will be joined on the “Rebels Without A Clause Tour 2016” by support bands Sleepwave, Hotel Books and Bad Seed Rising.
I Prevail Tour Dates:iprevail_18x24_flat_with_dates
Nov 27 – Peoria, IL – Limelight
Nov 29 – Iowa City, IA – Gabe’s Oasis
Nov 30 – Omaha, NE – Sokol Underground
Dec 2 – Ringle, WI – Q and Z Expo Center
Dec 3 – Fort Wayne, IN – The Hub
Dec 4 – Belvidere, IL – The Apollo Theater
Dec 6 – Syracuse, NY – The Westcott Theater
Dec 7 – Hampton Beach, NH – Wally’s
Dec 9 – Providence, RI – Fete Music Hall
Dec 10 – Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club
Dec 11 – Asbury Park, NJ – House of Independents
Dec 13 – Hartford, CT – Webster Underground
Dec 14 – Pittsburgh, PA – Diesel
Dec 16 – Toledo, OH – Headliners
Dec 17 – Lansing, MI – The Loft
Dec 18 – Pontiac, MI – The Crofoot
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SXSW Music Festival Announces Artists Performing at 2017 Event

SXSW | March 10-19, 2017 | Austin, TX
 

SXSW Music Festival – Connection, Discovery, Surprise
Additional Performing Artists Announced

October 12, 2016 – Austin, Texas – The South by Southwest® Music Festival (SXSW®) has announced additional artists invited to perform at the 2017 event. Each year the SXSW Music Festival hosts an extraordinary mix of new, up-and-coming, international, and legendary artists performing in venues around Austin, Texas. The festival is the destination for industry professionals and influencers, international media, and fans who all share a passion for new music discovery. The 31st annual SXSW Music Festival takes place Monday, March 13 – Sunday, March 19, 2017.

The lineup will continue to inspire and excite as the SXSW Music Festival programmers curate a wholly unique festival experience. A few highlights are Charlotte Day Wilson (Toronto, Canada), The Drums (New York, NY), Girlpool (Los Angeles, CA), Imarhan (Tamanrasset, Algeria), La Dame Blanche (Pinar Del Rio, Cuba), Minus the Bear (Seattle, WA), Roosevelt (Cologne, Germany), and SOHN (London, UK-England).

This is a small sample of the wide array of artists who will be performing for the attending global creative community. Other invitees include:

The 4onthefloor (Minneapolis MN)
Aero Flynn (Eau Claire WI)
Annabel Allum (Guildford UK-ENGLAND)
ALMA (Helsinki FINLAND)
AluviÓn Afrobeat Pacifico (Bogota COLOMBIA)
Aquilo (London UK-ENGLAND)
ARY (Oslo NORWAY)
Autre Ne Veut (Brooklyn NY)
Aye Nako (Brooklyn NY)
Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires (Birmingham AL)
The Band of Heathens (Austin TX)
Bash & Pop (Hudson NY)
BeatKing (Houston TX)
Be Charlotte (Dundee UK-SCOTLAND)
Michael Bethany (Dallas TX)
Big Phony (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
BIRTHH (Florence ITALY)
Biznaga (Madrid SPAIN)
David Blanco (La Habana CUBA)
The Blind Pets (Austin TX)
Blue Healer (Austin TX)
Busty and the Bass (Montreal CANADA)
Cardiel (Mexico City MEXICO)
Carnival Youth (Riga LATVIA)
The Ceremonies (Sherman Oaks CA)
Jorge Chafey (San Juan PUERTO RICO)
Chastity Belt (Seattle WA)
CJ Fly (Brooklyn NY)
Closeness (Omaha NE)
Kweku Collins (Evanston IL)
Charlie Cunningham (Leighton Buzzard UK-ENGLAND)
DakhaBrakha (Kiev UKRAINE)
Dardust (Ascoli Piceno ITALY)
Deep State (Athens GA)
Manu Delago Handmade (London UK-ENGLAND)
Delicate Steve (Frendon NJ)
Downtown Boys (Providence RI)
Draper (Sevenoaks UK-ENGLAND)
The Drums (New York NY)
The Dumplings (Zabrze POLAND)
Lincoln Durham (Austin TX)
Elle Exxe (Edinburgh UK-SCOTLAND)
Fastball (Austin TX)
Ripp Flamez (Cleveland OH)
Flamingods (London UK-ENGLAND)
Flasher (Washington DC)
Future Generations (Brooklyn NY)
Future Thieves (Nashville TN)
Ron Gallo (Nashville TN)
Sam Gellaitry (Stirling UK-SCOTLAND)
The Gift (Alcobaca PORTUGAL)
Girlpool (Los Angeles CA)
Giungla (Bologna ITALY)
William Harries Graham (Austin TX)
Gurr (Berlin GERMANY)
Half Waif (Brooklyn NY)
Heat (Montreal CANADA)
Hiccup (New York NY)
High Up (Omaha NE)
Hollerado (Toronto CANADA)
The Hollowbodies (Toronto CANADA)
IDER (London UK-ENGLAND)
Imaginary Tricks (Brooklyn NY)
Imarhan (Tamanrasset ALGERIA)
Joan of Arc (Chicago IL)
Kaiydo (Orlando FL)
Amy Klein (Brooklyn NY)
Kroy (Montréal CANADA)
Kučka (Perth AUSTRALIA)
La Dame Blanche (Pinar Del Rio CUBA)
Ladyhawke (Masterton NEW ZEALAND)
Letting Up Despite Great Faults (Austin TX)
SG LEWIS (Reading UK-ENGLAND)
Lng/SHT (Cancún MEXICO)
Lowell (Toronto CANADA)
LVL UP (Brooklyn NY)
Madame Gandhi (Los Angeles CA)
Mahogany (Philadelphia PA)
Mail The Horse (Brooklyn NY)
mansionz (Los Angeles CA)
Måntra (London UK-ENGLAND)
Meat Wave (Chicago IL)
Yael Meyer (Santiago CHILE)
Middle Kids (Sydney AUSTRALIA)
Raul Midón (Columbia MD)
Minihorse (Ypsilanti MI)
Mint Field (Tijuana MEXICO)
Minus the Bear (Seattle WA)
Missio (Austin TX)
The Moms (Morris Plains NJ)
Moor Mother (Philadelphia PA)
Morenito de Fuego (Monterrey MEXICO)
Mothers (Athens GA)
Moving Panoramas (Austin TX)
Mozart’s Sister (Montreal CANADA)
My Expansive Awareness (Zaragoza SPAIN)
Naked Giants (Seattle WA)
The National Parks (Provo UT)
Native Young (Cape Town SOUTH AFRICA)
The New Respects (Nashville TN)
Brett Newski (Milwaukee WI)
Now, Now (Minneapolis MN)
Oh Honey (Brooklyn NY)
Outer Spaces (Baltimore MD)
Overcoats (New York NY)
Palm (Philadelphia PA)
PAWS (Glasgow UK-SCOTLAND)
Pinact (Glasgow UK-SCOTLAND)
PINES (Adelaide AUSTRALIA)
Plush (San Francisco CA)
Priests (Washington DC)
Michael Prins (Haarlem NETHERLANDS)
Pronoun (Brooklyn NY)
Pure Bathing Culture (Portland OR)
Qawalistan (Islamabad PAKISTAN)
David Ramirez (Austin TX)
Ramirez Exposure (Valencia SPAIN)
Riel (Buenos Aires ARGENTINA)
River Whyless (Asheville NC)
Roosevelt (Cologne GERMANY)
Whitney Rose (Austin TX)
L.A. Salami (London UK-ENGLAND)
Sammus (Ithaca NY)
Satellite Stories (Oulu FINLAND)
Scotty ATL (Atlanta GA)
Señor Loop (Panama City PANAMA)
Joana Serrat (Vic SPAIN)
Shaded (Los Angeles CA)
She-Devils (Montreal CANADA)
SOHN (London UK-ENGLAND)
Dice Soho (Houston TX)
The Spook School (Edinburgh UK-SCOTLAND)
C.W. Stoneking (Melbourne AUSTRALIA)
St. Tropez (Amsterdam NETHERLANDS)
SuperGlu (Colchester UK-ENGLAND)
Supermoon (Vancouver CANADA)
SWEAT (London UK-ENGLAND)
Lucía Tacchetti (Buenos Aires ARGENTINA)
Tamarron (Austin TX)
Tancred (Minneapolis MN)
Tess & Dave (Huntington Beach CA)
Thigh Master (Brisbane AUSTRALIA)
This Is The Kit (Bristol UK-ENGLAND)
Trill Sammy (Houston TX)
Tristen (Nashville TN)
The Undercover Dream Lovers (Brooklyn NY)
VANT (London UK-ENGLAND)
Anna Von Hauswolff (Gothenburg SWEDEN)
Weird Black (Rome ITALY)
Candy West (Dallas TX)
WhyJae (Houston TX)
The Wild Reeds (Los Angeles CA)
Charlotte Day Wilson (Toronto CANADA)
Frankie C. Wilson Jr. (Dallas TX)
Emily Wolfe (Austin TX)
Yemen Blues (Tel Aviv ISRAEL)

(This list is subject to change. More performers will be announced at a later date.)

To apply to perform or for more information on the SXSW Music Festival, please go to https://www.sxsw.com/festivals/music/. The final deadline to apply is Friday, October 21, 2016.

Listen to the artists that will be performing at SXSW 2017 by tuning in on your mobile device or desktop to SXSWfm® at http://www.sxsw.com/fm.

SXSW dedicates itself to helping creative people achieve their goals. Founded in 1987 in Austin, TX, SXSW is best known for its conference and festivals that celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film and music industries. The event, an essential destination for global professionals, features conference programming, showcases, screenings, exhibitions, and a variety of networking opportunities. SXSW proves that the most unexpected discoveries happen when diverse topics and people come together. SXSW 2017 will take place March 10-19, 2017.

New for 2017, the Interactive, Film, and Music badges will now include expanded access to more of the SXSW Conference & Festivals experience. SXSW Music registrants will still receive primary entry to programming associated with the Music badge, but can now enjoy secondary access to most other SXSW events. Likewise, Interactive and Film badgeholders have secondary access to most SXSW Music showcases and conference programming tracks. SXSW’s next registration deadline is October 21, 2016. For more information, please visit sxsw.com. To register for the event, please visit http://www.sxsw.com/attend.

SXSW Music 2017 is sponsored by Sonicbids, Esurance, Mazda, Monster Energy, Anheuser Busch, Capital One, McDonald’s, and The Austin Chronicle.

 

Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus Jams with Anthrax

“THE WALKING DEAD’S” NORMAN REEDUS
JOINS ANTHRAX ONSTAGE IN ATLANTA
JAMMING ON “INDIANS”
L-R:  Anthrax’s Frank Bello, Norman Reedus (w/ hat), Anthrax’s Joey Belladonna

LOS ANGELES, CAL – Thursday, October 6, 2016 — Actor Norman Reedus, better known as Daryl Dixon on “The Walking Dead,” joined Anthrax on stage last night at the Tabernacle in Atlanta, jamming on guitar during the band’s classic “Indians.”  Anthrax’s Frank Bello and Scott Ian are both huge fans of the show – in 2015, Ian appeared in an episode playing one of the zombies, and unfortunately met a horrible demise with a metal pole through his head.

Before last night’s show, Bello and Ian dropped by “The Walking Dead” set, hanging out with Reedus and the show’s director/special effects artist Greg Nicotero.

Anthrax is current on tour with Slayer and Death Angel, upcoming dates are below.

L-R:  Jon Donais, Frank Bello, Norman Reedus,
Joey Belladonna, Scott Ian
Norman Reedus jamming with Anthrax at the Tabernacle in Atlanta, GA – 10-5-16
OCTOBER
 6   Varsity Theatre, Baton Rouge, LA*
 7   Gas Monkey Live, Dallas, TX
 8   ACL at the Moody Theatre, Austin, TX
10   Fillmore, Denver, CO
11   The Complex, Salt Lake City, UT
12   Rev Hall, Boise, ID*
13   The Wilma Theatre, Missoula, MT
14   The Hill event Center, Idaho Falls, ID*
15   Revolution Concert House, Garden City, ID
16   Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA*  (offer)
17   ENMAX Centre, Lethbridge, AB
19   S. Okanagan Cvents Centre, Penticton, BC
20   Abbotsford Centre, Abbotsford, BC
21   Hawthorn Theatre, Portland, OR*
22   Discovery Park, Elverta, CA (w/Aftershock)
23   Reno Events Center, Reno, NV
22   Aftershock Festival, Sacramento, CA
25   Orpheum Theatre, Flagstaff, AZ*
26   Top Deck, Famington, NM*  (offer)
* Anthrax & Death Angel

Concert Review: Styx at the Benedum

Review by: Ed Thompson

From the second the lights went down and Styx opened with Grand Illusion to the final note of Renegade, Styx had the Benedum in Pittsburgh PA “electrified”. It was also Steeler’s great Kevin Green’s hall of fame ring ceremony’s eve and mush like his playing days here in Pittsburgh was buzzing through the crowd all night. However, the electricity in the night had nothing to do with the Steelers, Kevin Green or him getting his hall of fame ring the following night. Styx was 100% responsible.

Grand Illusion was an incredible song to kick the night off with and truly set the tone for the night. Heading right into the Paradise Theatre hit “Too Much Time On My Hands” was a great second song that kept the crowd buzzing. Honestly, I can say the same for every song the band chose for the Saturday set list.  The list kept you wanting more and wishing the night would never end. Tommy Shaw is the “key element” of the Styx Machine followed closely by James Young and fellow founding member Chuck Panozzo when he has the time to tour and record. Tommy ran through the songs that he’s lead on. They ran through all the fan favorites like Fooling Yourself, Light Up, Crystal Ball and Blue Collar Man. All the songs were powerful and moving, to say the least. The nice thing about Styx is they have the different tempo songs fronted by James Young like Miss America, Snow Blind, and Lorelei. Like Shaw, Young hasn’t lost too much vocally over the years. Actually, his voice has deepened and shines, even more, these days on Snowblind with Shaw. The same can be said about Miss America.

 

One of the highlights of the night was Shaw’s vocals and performance on Man In The Wilderness.  He had the crowd believing it was 1977 all over again.  His vocals, along with stage presence truly did give it a feel of 1977 again. Like many of the other songs of the night, it was a moving moment hearing this song live. One I’m glad I got to hear and see.

 

Founding member Chuck Panozzo did make a guest appearance and it’s always great to see him on stage. Todd Sucherman and Ricky Phillips never missed a note.  Ricky was all over the stage played well with the crowd.  Todd? Well, Todd is Todd. One of the best and most solid in the business. Never misses a beat and is ALWAYS string and leading the band with the beats.
For the first time that I’ve seen, Lawrence Gowan had free reign of the stage and the songs he covers that were once sung by Dennis DeYoung. He shined on Lady early in the set list and brought the crowd to their feet screaming for more on Pieces of Eight. Quite honestly, it was a moment that I will remember for the rest of my life. He nailed every single note. And earned the standing ovation he received.   Gowan ran through the rest of his leads that brought him to the long but incredible lead into Come Sail Away.  He touched on Ground Control to Major Tom by David Bowie, Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen and finally Rocket Man by Sir Elton before belting out into Come Sail Away. It was a neat lead into the ending of the night’s regular set list.
They came back out for two show-stopping hits in Rockin’ The Paradise and the infamous Pittsburgh favorite “Renegade” that was a fitting end to the night that recognized Steeler great Kevin Greene.  Gowan’s and Shaw’s vocal’s on both the encores sounded like it was their first song of the night. The night closed with the band staying much longer than usual to thank the capacity crowd in Pittsburgh.

 

Styx along with Kevin Greene’s wife sang the national anthem at Sunday’s Pittsburgh Steeler game that was nationally televised.

ALL PHOTOS HyXposure Sports Photography © 2016

ALLEGAEON: Melodic Death Metal Unit To Kick Off Short Run Of Live Abrasions In Advance Of Metal Blade-Bound Proponent For Sentience Release

 

 

Melodic death metal outfit ALLEGAEON today kicks off a short run of live abrasions supporting Max & Igor Cavalera Return To Roots. Set to embark this evening in Las Vegas, Nevada, the band will level thirteen stages through October 12th including an appearance on Ozzfest Meets KnotfestSeptember 24th in San Bernardino, California. See all confirmed dates below.

 

ALLEGAEON will be touring in support of their soon-to-be-released fourth full-length, Proponent For Sentience, set for official unveiling via Metal Blade Records on September 23rd. Produced by Dave Otero (Cattle Decapitation), Proponent For Sentience, which featuring guest appearances bySoilwork’s Bjorn “Speed” Strid  and Scar Symmetry/ex-Bloodshot Dawn’s Benjamin Ellis, is a musically complex, intelligent, and absorbing concept record that can rightfully sit alongside the true greats of the medium. With a lyrical arc rooted in science-fiction yet uncomfortably encroaching upon the reality of the present, it captures the Fort Collins, Colorado natives at their most ambitious and accomplished, pushing the boundaries even further than on their three previous, critically-acclaimed full-lengths. Check out the band’s recently issued mini documentary for Proponent For Sentience, which gives fans a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the album with footage from the studio atTHIS LOCATION.

 

ALLEGAEON w/ Max & Igor Cavalera Return To Roots, Combichrist:

9/12/2016 LVCS – Las Vegas, NV
9/13/2016 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
9/15/2016 Exit/In – Nashville, TN
9/16/2016 Diamond Concert Hall – Louisville, KY
9/17/2016 Montage Music Hall – Rochester, PA

9/18/2016 Canal Club – Richmond, VA
9/19/2016 The Concourse – Knoxville, TN
9/20/2016 Georgia Theater – Athens, GA
9/22/2016 Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK

9/24/2016 Ozzfest Meets Knotfest – San Bernardino, CA *

10/10/2016 Mavericks – Ottawa, ON #
10/11/2016 Opera House – Toronto, ON #
10/12/2016 Les Foufounes – Montreal, QC #

* ALLEGAEON only
# Max & Igor Cavalera Return To Roots, The Black Dahlia Murder, ALLEGAEON only

Proponent For Sentience can be preordered now at: metalblade.com/allegaeon.

Gemma Ray Announces Nov/Dec U.S. Tour Dates/ Nov 11 in Pittsburgh @Hambones

 
NEW ALBUM THE EXODUS SUITE OUT NOW
credit: Steve Gullick
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Berlin-based, British-born Gemma Ray will bring her unique torch song psychedelia to the U.S. via a November/December tour in support of her new album The Exodus Suite. The tour will take Ray and her band throughout the country, beginning November 11th in Chicago, IL and wrapping up on December 6th in Los Angeles, CA. A current itinerary is below.
The Exodus Suite – released on June 10, 2016 – has earned Ray international praise, from outlets including Paste (“shadowy beauty”), Mother Jones (“Spine-tingling”), American Songwriter (“riveting”), She Shreds, Mojo (“beautiful, as ever”), Uncut (“a moving collision of past and present”), and Rolling Stone Australia (“deep and meaningful seduction”), among others.
Her sideways blues songs are cinematic and brooding, and sit more comfortably in the Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds/PJ Harvey school, “blowing sugary femme-pop out of the water” (NME). It should come as no surprise that Ray has collaborated with several Bad Seeds, as well as the late great Alan Vega of Suicide, Howe Gelb, Sparks, Heavy Trash and the Filmorchester Babelsberg, among others.
Recorded live in seven days at Berlin’s infamous Candy Bomber Studios (situated in the former Tempelhof Airport) by Ingo Krauss, the title The Exodus Suite reflects the personal-political themes of the songs within. An unexpected yet inescapable influence on the album sessions was the presence of 8,000 Syrian refugees housed in the hangar beneath the studio during recording. While Ray’s lyrical explorations of love for all life, exile and relocation, nature’s sovereignty, technology, class, and most of all the need for human empathy were all written prior to entering the studio, she explains, “I realized, more after the fact, that it gave an immediate mirror to some of the lyrics which are, though not political in any direct sense, influenced by these strange and tense times.”
Gemma Ray tour dates:
NOV. 7             CHICAGO, IL                SCHUBAS
NOV. 9             CINCINNATI, OH          MOTR
NOV. 10           GRAND RAPIDS, MI    FOUNDERS BREWING
NOV. 11           PITTSBURGH, PA        HAMBONE’S
NOV. 12           PHILADELPHIA, PA     PHILAMOCA
NOV. 15           BOSTON, MA               ATWOODS
NOV. 16           BROOKLYN, NY          THE OWL
NOV. 17           ARLINGTON, VA          IOTA
NOV. 18           DURHAM, NC              DUKE COFFEEHOUSE
NOV. 19           ATLANTA, GA              THE 529
NOV. 21           HOUSTON, TX            SATELLITE
NOV. 23           AUSTIN, TX                 MOHAWK
NOV. 27           TUCSON, AZ               CLUB CONGRESS
NOV. 28           SAN DIEGO, CA          SODA BAR
DEC. 2             SPOKANE, WA            OBSERVATORY
DEC. 3             PORTLAND, OR          BUNK BAR
DEC. 6             LOS ANGELES, CA     BOOTLEG THEATER

Big B set to release new album “Fool’s Gold” in July

Big B, aka Bryan David Mahoney, is a man of puzzling contradictions. He’s white, as all three of his real names suggest, but his main musical influences are reggae and rap. On his upcoming album he complains about our lazy, video-game-addicted fast food nation in spite of being 330 lbs. with a tattoo of the grease-chain icon Big Boy–burger in hand–inked on his belly. In an interview with Vegas radio station X107.5 Big B claims that post-911 America rejected his old band 187, and yet, I’m almost positive he has nothing to do with Al-Qaeda. Sounds like an excuse to me, Big B. You’re a hard one to pin down.

You might recognize Big B as a cast member of A&E’s Inked, one of his side jobs.  He also paints cars.  All of the glitz and colors that would naturally pour from someone covered in tattoos who paints vehicles on the side as he struts down the glittering Sin City Strip come out on his upcoming record, “Fool’s Gold,” a rap/rock/reggae product that sounds like a hybrid of 311, ICP, and LFO. Although I guess I’d classify him as a rapper if I was forced to pick a title, Big B never quite raps, or sings, or rock and roll yells: the lyrics are delivered in a sort of lazy, angry growl. But not actually angry, it’s more like an exuberant guy at a college party who is fake-angry for fun.

Album collaborators include Pink, Butch Walker, Slightly Stoopid, the Dirty Heads, country artist Colt Ford, and members of NOFX and Pennywise. Penny-wise the album’s producers must have been stocked: the sound is very tight, polished and professional and the invisible players behind the curtain sitting in and guest semi-stars alike play nicely together.  Here and there throughout “Fool’s Gold” you’ll hear chord changes strangely reminiscent of the Beatles, sunny Kinks nods and Beach Boys turnarounds—unexpected and welcome additions.

The songs have a lot of variety to them, designed with all audiences in mind, as long as those audiences are drinking and under thirty-five.  Hip hop beats and scratches meet acoustic and electric guitar hooks.  Pop choruses meet pop rap mixed with radio friendly alt-rock. At times the beats and melodies are catchy in a lighthearted, summery kind of way. Riding on a boat on a lake in a small town drinking very cheap beer music, appropriately placed on said background seafaring set list in between Jimmy Buffett, Kid Rock and Afro Man. Other times the mood goes deep and introspective.  Those with ink in their skin and thug in their souls gaze out their windows and think about the state of the world too, people.

If you, like Big B, have a dinner plate sized logo of an automobile manufacturer tattooed on your belly (in Big B’s case, Cadillac, but any make will do) this record might be for you.  Or, if like Big B, you consider yourself “High Class White Trash,” an older album title of his, you just need to wait about a month. If you want help knowing how long that is, start counting the daily empty Busch cases you throw in your front yard: once there are thirty more out there than when you started counting, you’re golden to go snag Big B’s new album, out on Surburban Noize Records, and have yourself a Rasta-tinged, punk speckled, pop sprinkled, hootenanny of a bumpin’ party.

THE ROLLING STONES Kick off Opening Night at STAPLES Center with 23 Song Set

The Rolling Stones kicked off their “50 and Counting” tour Friday, May 3, at STAPLES Center. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood played an extraordinary 23-song set to a sold out crowd. Fans got a special treat when they played “Emotional Rescue,” live for the very first time. “Honky Tonk Women,” “Start Me Up,” “Miss You,” “Tumbling Dice,” “Brown Sugar,” “It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll,” “Paint It Black,” and “Gimme Shelter” had fans on their feet throughout the entire show.

Photos:  Kevin Mazur

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The band was joined on stage by special guests, Gwen Stefani on a moving rendition of “Wild Horses” and Keith Urban on a smoking performance of “Respectable.” Mick Taylor, who will be a guest throughout the tour, played with the Stones on “Midnight Rambler.” The Rolling Stones ended their two hour plus show with a three-song encore of “Can’t Always Get What You Want,” “Jumpin’ Jack Flash and “Satisfaction.”

The tour will continue onto Oakland, San Jose, Las Vegas, Anaheim, Toronto, Chicago, Montreal, Boston and Philadelphia.

http://www.rollingstones.com/tickets/

“50 AND COUNTING” TOUR DATES
May 5 – Oakland – Oracle Arena
May 8 – San Jose – HP Pavilion
May 11 – Las Vegas MGM – Grand Garden Arena
May 15 – Anaheim – Honda Center
May 18 – Anaheim – Honda Center
May 20 – Los Angeles – STAPLES Center
May 25 – Toronto – Air Canada Centre

May 28 – Chicago – United Center
May 31 – Chicago – United Center
June 3 – Chicago – United Center
June 6 – Toronto – Air Canada Centre
June 9 – Montreal – Bell Centre
June 12 – Boston – TD Garden
June 14 – Boston TD – Garden
June 18 – Philadelphia – Wells Fargo Center
June 21 – Philadelphia – Wells Fargo Center

THE ROLLING STONES ARE BACK! “50 AND COUNTING”

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Tickets On-Sale Beginning April 8

 

The Rolling Stones, who rocked London and New York in 2012, announced today that they will kick off their “50 AND COUNTING” tour in Los Angeles at the STAPLES Center.  (Date TBA pending NBA/NHL playoff schedules.) The tour debut will be followed by performances in Oakland, San Jose, Las Vegas, Anaheim, Toronto, Chicago, Boston and Philadelphia.

 

“50 AND COUNTING” continues the exhilarating celebration of the band’s first 50 years—five decades of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood bringing their iconic music and ground-breaking stage shows to audiences around the globe.

 

The Rolling Stones were recently crowned the ‘Best Live Band’ at the NME Awards in London, and over the past 12 months have thrilled fans with their release of a greatest hits collection, “GRRR!,” a groundbreaking documentary film “Crossfire Hurricane,” a photographic book “Rolling Stones: 50,” and have taken the stage by storm for their first live shows in many years. The tour is the band’s highly anticipated return to the stage.

 

“’50 AND COUNTING’ has been pretty amazing so far,” said Jagger. “We did a few shows in London and New York last year…and had such a good time that we thought…let’s do some more.  It’s a good show.  Lots of the classic stuff everyone wants to hear…with a few little gems tucked in here and there.  The stage is shaped like lips and goes off into the venue so I get to run around in the crowd.  It’s great fun to be able to get that close to the audience.”

 

“From day one at rehearsals it sounded so fresh.  You could tell that everybody was dying to get their teeth into it.  It was like…open the gates…let us out!” said Richards. “Cause man, it is the life and blood of us to play in front of people.”

 

Tickets for Oakland, San Jose, Toronto and Chicago go on sale beginning Monday, April 8 at 10AM local time and will be available at www.rollingstones.com.

Citi® cardmembers will have access to presale tickets beginning April 5 at 10AM local time through Citi’s Private Pass® Program. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com.

 

“Our mission is to offer Citi cardmembers more access to the music and entertainment they love, and the Rolling Stones have been a soundtrack for the life experiences of so many,” said Jennifer Breithaupt, SVP of Entertainment Marketing at Citi. “We are thrilled to be providing exclusive presales and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for Citi cardmembers to see one of the most iconic bands in history perform live.”

 

Mick Taylor, who was a member of the Rolling Stones from 1969-74, will be a special guest throughout the tour.

 

The band will treat their generations of fans to an evening of classic Stones hits like “Gimme Shelter,” “Paint It Black,” “Jumping Jack Flash,” “Tumbling Dice,” and “It’s Only Rock and Roll,” curated with lesser known gems, and a cover or two.

 

The stage design for the tour is based on the band’s ubiquitous tongue and lips logo, which extends out into the crowd, allowing the Stones to interact directly with their audience.  Known for their ground-breaking sets and use of cutting-edge technology, the Stones’ set design will feature video screens and special effects that will enhance the high-octane experience of attending a live Stones’ show.

 

The band will also play London’s Hyde Park on Saturday, July 6 following a headlining appearance at UK’s Glastonbury Festival on June 29.

 

The Rolling Stones “50 AND COUNTING” tour will be the band’s first venture with worldwide tour promoter AEG Live’s Concerts West.

 

“50 AND COUNTING” TOUR DATES

TBA                  Los Angeles    STAPLES Center          TBA

May 5              Oakland          Oracle Arena               On sale April 8 @ 10AM PST

May 8              San Jose          HP Pavilion                 On sale April 8 @ 10AM PST

May 11            Las Vegas       MGM Grand               TBA

Garden Arena

May 15            Anaheim         Honda Center             TBA

May 25            Toronto           Air Canada Centre      On sale April 8 @ 10AM EST

May 28            Chicago           United Center             On sale April 8 @ 10AM CST

June 12            Boston            TD Garden                  TBA

June 18            Philadelphia    Wells Fargo Center     TBA

 

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OTHERWISE Releases Lyric Video for New Single, “I Don’t Apologize (1000 Pictures)”

Las Vegas has watched local Sin City rock group OTHERWISE move their way up from a hometown favorite to national name. OTHERWISE has had widespread radio success with their first single “Soldiers,” which became the first song by an unsigned artist to ever occupy the #1 spot on the Sirius Octane channel. The track peaked at #19 at Active Rock radio and has sold over 75,000 singles to date, making the band the top selling debut rock act of 2012. OTHERWISE’s next single, “I Don’t Apologize (1000 Pictures)” is currently going for adds at Active Rock radio, and the band has released a lyric video for the track, which can be seen here:

A heartbreak anthem, “I Don’t Apologize (1000 Pictures)” tells the familiar story of a bitter break up. Whether the song vocalizes everything ‘you should have said’ to your soon-to-be ex or justifies the reason for parting, anyone who’s dealt with a difficult relationship break will have someone in mind when listening to this song.

Both “I Don’t Apologize (1000 Pictures)” and “Soldiers” are featured on OTHERWISE’s debut album, TRUE LOVE NEVER DIES, that was released on May 8, 2012. The debut placed at #2 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and has since sold nearly 25,000 albums.

OTHERWISE just wrapped up a tour with MY DARKEST DAYS and have just announced a handful of dates with Daughtry and 3 Doors Down. A full list of dates is below:

Tour Dates:
10/26/2012 – Lakewood, CO @ Grizzly Rock (w/ Rev Theory)
11/27/2012 – Pikeville, KY @ Eastern Kentucky Expo Center (w/ 3 Doors Down & Daughtry)
11/28/2012 – Huntington, WV @ The Big Sandy Superstore Arena (w/ 3 Doors Down & Daughtry)
11/30/2012 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Park Convention Hall (w/ 3 Doors Down & Daughtry)
12/01/12 – Binghampton, NY @ Broome County Arena (w/ 3 Doors Down & Daughtry)
12/03/12 – Huntington, NY @ The Paramount (w/ 3 Doors Down & Daughtry)
12/15/2012 – Wallingford, CT @ Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre (WCCC Chaos w/ All That Remains, Fozzy, Hinder and 3 Days Grace)

For more information on OTHERWISE, please visit:
www.weareotherwise.com
www.facebook.com/otherwiseofficial
www.twitter.com/weareotherwise