ECHOBATS–TONY HARNELL (TNT), JOEL HOEKSTRA (WHITESNAKE, TRANS SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA), JAMES LOMENZO (WHITE LION, MEGADETH), MATT STARR (MR. BIG) & ERIC LEVY (NIGHT RANGER)–Releases Official Music Video & Single for “Save Me from Loving You”

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TONY HARNELL (the former voice of Norwegian/American band TNT) is racing ahead with one eye in the rear-view fronting ECHOBATS, a new allstar, quarantine inspired project alongside WHITESNAKE/TSO guitarist JOEL HOEKSTRA (guitar), NIGHT RANGER’S ERIC LEVY on keys and the tight, crackling rhythm of MATT (MR.BIG, ACE FREHLEY) STARR’s kit and JAMES LOMENZO’s (WHITE LIONMEGADETH) bass. Highway fidelity for self-isolating rockers! …Featuring cool classic melodies, hi octane rocking and unmistakable vocals to chill out to.

“Save Me From Loving You,” mixed by Chris Collier, is the surprise new summertime, 70’s Glam-infused single that brings a Penny Lane-style spark to the pop side of Harnell’s sound with the bite of this banging EchoBats band. Highway fidelity for self-isolating rockers!

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“The lyrics for ‘Save Me from Loving You’ are ironic for such a happy song! They’re kinda dark; describing someone who’s pretending to be something that looks good to the world while hiding a dark and empty soul. I think, against the happy melodies, it gives it a kind of cinematic mood. “Isn’t there more to you than shine, or are you an empty room”. A friend of mine described the song as Bop-Noir:) I kinda like that!

The video for ‘Save Me from Loving You’ is just us using what we had around us in quarantine; I’m in England and had a phone booth nearby and the guys were at home across the US!

It was totally off the cuff and fun. The music and melodies are kinda 60’s/70’s, and I went with that for my shots, and Arielle edited the video with that energy and flair.” – TONY HARNELL

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“Nothing could be more welcome in this paranoid pandemic than a paisley perfect throwback love song. Tony Harnell and his electrified Echobats have crafted a deliciously infectious, instant summer classic. I dare you to find someone to save you from loving this song.” – Lonn Friend, author, Life on Planet Rock

“While Echobats members like singer Tony Harnell and guitarist Joel Hoekstra are known for raucous ’80s-style hard rock, ‘Save Me From Loving You’ finds them riding an effervescent ’60s pop vibe. The style is classic, the sound a bit more modern, and it makes for a fun summertime tune.” – Bryan Reesman

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Tony has been innately gifted with a gorgeous tone, pure soulful emotion and a limitless range. Truly a rare and unique voice. No question he is easily one of my favorite vocalists.”- James LaBrie-Dream Theater

California born, NYC bred, Tony Harnell’s music journey took off at 21 when he signed his first record deal with Mercury Records. Since then he’s been a fan favorite whether on his own, leading the Norwegian/American hard rock group TNT, or as the front man for the Tony Harmell & The Wildflowers featuring Bumblefoot.

A critically-acclaimed vocalist, Grammy winner, and Hall of Fame Inductee in Norway, Tony has sold millions of albums and received numerous gold and platinum awards. With multiple top requested MTV videos, sold out concerts worldwide, and a lifelong passion for music, Tony is considered by fans, critics, and peers alike to be one of the greatest rock voices of all time.

From his early days in TNT, to his various projects and collaborations along the way, he has proved time and time again that he isn’t afraid to take risks and reinvent himself.” — Myles Kennedy-Alterbridge/Slash

For Tony, it’s always been about the music. Growing, creating, becoming the next best version of himself as a singer, songwriter, and performer.

In 2019 Tony released two albums. Starbreaker “Dysphoria” and Lovekillers.

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New York guitarist Joel Hoekstra currently plays for Whitesnake and Trans Siberian Orchestra. Joel is also well known for his work with Cher, Night Ranger, the Broadway show Rock of Ages, his fill in work with Foreigner and annual sets on the Monsters of Rock Cruise. He is also a frequent columnist for Guitar World Magazine. In 2015, Joel released the debut album from his side project Joel Hoekstra’s 13 and a follow-up is in the works! He has also released 3 solo albums that YOU should own!

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For over 30 years, James has recorded and toured with some of the most noteworthy rock icons of our time, including Jerry CantrellJohn FogertyDave Mustaine (Megadeth), Zakk Wylde (Pride & Glory and Black Label Society), David Lee RothOzzy OsbourneSlashAce Frehley and many more. Thought of as the “go to” bass player for Heavy Rock and Metal, His fluid/aggressive style and at home stage presence have proven to be a perfect match to these musical giants!

Born in Brooklyn, New York, James officially started his touring and recording career in the 1980’s band, White Lion. They signed to Atlantic Records in 1986 and in 1987 the album Pride was released featuring the top ten hits, “Wait” and “When the Children Cry”. The album has sold millions of copies worldwide as did their follow up album, Big Game (1989) featured their top 20 hit “Little Fighter“ and a spirited rendition of Golden Earring’s “Radar Love”.

James is currently a member of American rock legend John Fogerty’s band.

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Matt Starr is a drummer, producer & speaker. Matt is currently the touring and recording drummer for guitarist and founding KISS member Ace Frehley. Matt has also worked with Joe Lynn TurnerPaul StanleyMr. BigMichael Des Barres as well as various projects with members of Bon JoviGuns N’ RosesForeigner and others.

In the studio he has worked with the following producers: Jimmy Bralower (VP A&R Atlantic RecordsMadonnaMick JaggerJoan Jett), Toby Wright (MetallicaAlice In ChainsKorn), Mike Chapman (BlondieThe KnackThe Sweet), Dave Bianco (AC/DCTom Petty, KISS) and Warren Huart (AerosmithThe Fray).

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Eric Levy was born and raised in suburban Chicago, and currently resides in northern California. He’s been a member of classic rock band Night Ranger since 2011, and spent the previous decade touring with jamband Garaj Mahal. In his diverse career, Eric has performed and/or recorded with jazz fusion greats such as Dennis Chambers and Dave Weckl, funk legends like Dawn Silva and Bernie Worrell, and early rockers including Fabian and Wolfman Jack. He’s sat in numerous times with jam bands like Umphrey’s McGee and String Cheese Incident, and performed at arenas and amphitheaters around the globe with Night Ranger.

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SHAWN PERRY Releases Official Music Video for “LAWNCHAIR”

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Country Rock Musician SHAWN PERRY has released the official music video for his pop-infused single, “LAWNCHAIR.”

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“This song has really been a blast to write, record and perform. I wanted to create sonic sunshine and distill liquid summertime…and I think I accomplished that. I hope everyone who hears the song steals their dad’s convertible and ruins the speakers and the tires with this tune all damn summer!” – Shawn Perry

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Shawn Perry is an American Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist, actor, and political activist.

Shawn Perry is best known for his work on the MTV series MADE, his guitar and amp company VALKYRIE, and several past and on-hiatus music projects. Shawn also runs an independent recording studio (Rock City) and was a 2013 SCENE Magazine nominee for Music Producer of the Year. Shawn has appeared on VH1, NBC, FOX, and in several independent films. Over his career, Shawn Perry and his various projects have shared the stage and lineup card with numerous music legends, including: Poison, Warrant, Guns-N-Roses, The Darkness, Slash, Creed, Korn, Megadeth, Puddle of Mudd, Papa Roach, P.O.D., Chimera, Chickenfoot, Motionless in White, Jackyl, Volbeat, Queensryche, Rob Zombie, Skillet, Thousand Foot Crutch, The Hollywood Undead, Steel Panther, Thin Lizzy, Michael Stanley, Killswitch Engage, Powerman 5000, The Guess Who, and Hellyeah. Heck, he has even played a show with actor Corey Feldman of “Goonies” and “Lost Boys” fame…ah, the memories…

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Since Shifting his focus to a solo career in 2015 with the release his debut EP Country Girls, Shawn Perry and his band The Hazzard County Rebellion have performed at some of largest festivals in Ohio (Rockin’ on the River, and Ohio Bike week Country, Blues and BBQ Festival) They have also been fixtures and some of the top music venues in the mid-west including: The world- famous Cleveland Agora, The Odeon, The Thirsty Cowboy, Lyman Harbour and Jewel’s Dance Hall, sharing the stage with world class artist like Finger Eleven, We Are Harlot (featuring members of Asking Alexandria), Demun Jones (formerly of Rehab), The Devil You Know (helmed by ex-Killswitch Engage vocalist Howard Jones), Charlie Farley, and Country legend Colt Ford. They have also appeared on the Fox 8 Morning Show and had their music featured on I heart media’s (Clear Channel) nationally syndicated morning show Rover’s Morning Glory.

In 2019 Shawn Perry and CRUE released their new single “Lawnchair” to critical and commercial acclaim. The song was recorded by Grammy winning producer Christian Davis at the Castle in Nashville and mastered by Grammy winner Maor Applebaum in Los Angeles. The song made its debut on the country charts in March 2019 and has been steadily climbing ever since. Lawnchair will be part of a new full length album scheduled for release in 2020

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Concert Review: Megadeth, Meshuggah, and TesseracT @StageAE Pittsburgh

Love him or hate him Dave Mustaine knows how to scorch on guitar, put together a killer band, and melt your metal face off when playing live.  The music of Megadeth has never been under question, but more of Dave’s attitude and his singing voice.  While Dave’s personality has not exactly calmed, his singing on their newest effort, Dystopia, is vastly more palatable to the ear.  Seeing Megadeth live can certainly change one’s opinion as well, for they play fast and hard and keep the crowd engaged the entire time.

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Kicking off with Hanger 18, Dave and company blazed a path immediately, moving about the stage more than any band that preceded them.  Kiko Loureiro is one helluva guitar player, just burning up the fretboard and following in the footsteps of Megadeth’s greats, including Chris Broderick and Marty Friedman, which is no easy feat.  Of course the legendary and original Megadeth bassman David Ellefson was engaging and entertaining and drummer Dirk Verbeuren filled the shoes of recording drummer Chris Adler (Lamb of God) with perfection.  Adding to the show were excellent graphics on the giant screen behind the band.

The second half of the show was filled with Megadeth gems such as, “Sweating Bullets”, “Symphony of Destruction”, and “Peace Sells”, all crowd pleasers.  The performance, musically, from all four band members was impeccable.  Dave’s voice went in and out at times which may or may not have been a sound issue.

Combining Megadeth with the ultra heavy Meshuggah was not only brilliant tour planning, but a great gift to Pittsburgh.  The steel city does not often see the Swedish band and the number of concert goers who came out just to witness their ferocity was palpable.  Meshuggah has been around since 1987, a time when many of the crowd were in high school or college.  Currently touring their eighth studio record, THE VIOLENT SLEEP OF REASON, the band was very cognizant of playing a nice mixture of their history.

The unbelievable aspect of Meshuggah is their ability to replicate what is put to wax, live, and perfectly.  Any musician can tell you the complexity of Meshuggah’s material and that it is a major feat to pull it off in concert.  Add to that the brutal and guttural vocals of Jens Kidman and it becomes an even tougher equation. Watching Mårten Hagström and Per Nilsson (Scar Symmetry), filling in for Fredrik Thordendal,  trade riffs was a clinic in metal guitar, playing so many strings it was dizzying.  The entire set was intense and mind blowing.  Also, getting to witness Tomas Haake throw down on drums was a special treat for he is definitely in the top five of metal drummers.  The seven song set (Clockworks, Born in Dissonance, Do Not Look Down, The Hurt that Finds You First, Violent Sleep of Reason, Bleed, and Demiurge)was a non-stop barrage of goodness.

TesseracT has been to Pittsburgh many times and the British prog metal band never disappoints.  Although not as “in your face” as the two main acts, TesseracT are extremely technical and melodically proficient.  They are a technically proficient band live, but maybe not the most exciting, although the crowd was very respectful (singer Daniel Tompkins’ words) and engaged.

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Dean Zelinsky Guitars New Engraved Paisley Dellatera Guitar With Antiqued Metalized Finish

Chicago, IL August 23, 2016 – World-renowned guitar designer, Dean Zelinsky, announces the release of his Engraved Paisley Dellatera in an Antiqued Nickel finish. Utilizing an exclusive metalizing process, Zelinsky achieves a realistic engraved metal look on a traditional alder wood body. Guitars are only available factory direct through Zelinsky’s ecommerce site, www.deanzelinsky.com.

Marrying the aesthetics of metal with the feel and tonal properties of wood was the maker’s inspiration. “I have been working on perfecting this look for several months,” stated Zelinsky. “Engraved metal guitars currently on the market have a sexy appeal but are extremely expensive. Additionally, they have other less desirable qualities associated with the metal bodies. We have 100% achieved that look ‘in wood’ without the lofty price tag. In a test at a local music store, players looking at my Dellatera side-by-side a metal body guitar were not able to tell the difference.”

The Engraved Paisley Dellatera comes standard with Zelinsky’s patented Z-Glide™ Reduced Friction Neck. Z-Glide™ utilizes a laser-textured design to eliminate that sticky/tacky feel by removing 70% of the neck surface. Z-Glide™ puts a little air between players and their guitar letting hands glide up and down the neck.

Players can custom configure their guitar with the choice of rosewood or maple fingerboards, various hardware packages, pickguards, and pickup options including Zelinsky’s revolutionary SideKick™ Pickup. SideKicks are the first pickups that enable a player to have a true single-coil and vintage humbucker in the same space. Players can switch from single to humbucker and the volumes absolutely match.

Additional features include a rock hard Canadian maple neck, 9.5” – 12” compound radius fingerboard, 20:1 locking tuners, Zelinsky’s Hi-Tail single-coil bridge pickup and Broad-Tone neck single-coil, master volume and tone control with 3-way switch, graphite nut and string retainer. Players can customize and order their Engraved Paisley Dellatera directly from Zelinsky’s website, www.deanzelinsky.com, starting at $1299.

About Dean Zelinsky Guitars:

Dean Zelinsky Guitars is the creation of master guitar builder Dean Zelinsky. Dean Zelinsky Guitars represents the crowning point of Zelinsky’s four decades as a guitar designer to the stars. The Dean Zelinsky Guitar collection includes the Tagliare, Dellatera, StrettaVita, Zenyatta, and LaVoce. Selected models feature new guitar technology options, such as his patented Z-Glide™ (Reduced Friction) Neck and SideKick™ Pickup. Celebrated guitarists such as Johnny Winter, Kim Simmonds of Savoy Brown, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Pantera’s Dimebag Darrell, Michael Schenker, Sammy Hagar, Elliot Easton of The Cars, Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine, Heart’s Nancy Wilson, Leslie West, Kerry Livgren of Kansas, Iron Maiden, Def Leppard and scores of others have all played guitars designed and built by Zelinsky. Now, musicians can buy the same quality instrument direct from the man who created such luminary guitars.

Zelinsky launched his new line of Dean Zelinsky Guitars in August of 2013 through his ecommerce website, www.deanzelinsky.com. The company has a USA facility in the Chicago, IL suburbs, offshore manufacturing and worldwide distribution. Dean Zelinsky Guitars range from $369 to $6,000.

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Book Review: “One For The Road: How To Be A Music Tour Manager”

Let me start by saying that if I had this book in my possession twenty-five years ago I would definitely be in a different place right now in my life and I certainly could have been a much better asset for the bands I managed.  Not that I have any regrets, but instead of watching “Almost Famous” and just wondering how one goes about getting on the road with the band, this book actually gives you a step by step guide.  Mark Workman lays out such a comprehensive strategy to becoming a working tour manager that if one has the will, Workman provides the way.

Mark Workman has been a successful tour manager and lighting designer in the music business since 1983. His list of past and present clients includes Anthrax, Megadeth, Slayer, Testament, Machine Head, Danzig, Mudvayne, Dio, Queens of the Stone Age, Devildriver, Soulfly, Sepultura and many others.

As a lighting designer, Mark Workman has designed high-impact lighting performances for many music tours, including the infamous Clash of the Titans (Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax, Testament, Alice In Chains, & Suicidal Tendencies) in 1990/1991 and American Carnage 2010 (Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax & Testament), as well as for many music videos and live DVDs such as Machine Head’sElegies DVD filmed at Brixton Academy in London, Megadeth’s Rust In Peace Live DVD shot at the Hollywood Palladium, and Testament’s Dark Roots of Thrash Live DVD shot at the Paramount Theater in Huntington, NY.

“One For The Road: How To Be A Music Tour Manager” starts of  with a very strong endorsement by Alex Skolnick of Testament, of which Mark Workman was the lighting director then later manager.  These are the topics that the book explores:

Part 1 tells you how I got started as a tour manager and why I wrote this book.
Part 2 teaches you how to organize a concert tour and:
create a complete and accurate tour budget;
hire the best road crew;
lease the right tour bus and safest driver;
book hotels and air travel the right way;
create a proper backstage pass system and where to get it made;
deal with foreign artist tax for your band;
apply for overseas visas and work permits for your entourage;
create a tour book and the vital information it should contain;
coordinate trucking and air cargo;
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hire sound and lighting systems for your tour;
understand tour riders and contracts;
prepare ATA carnets and equipment manifests;
get backdrops, scrims and stage sets made;
prepare your tour accounting and a lot more.
Part 3 shows you how to get organized and properly advance each show and:
what you should know about stage plots and input charts;
preparing your pre-advance package;
making a proper advance sheet;
how to advance each show;
advancing your cash requirements and much more.
Part 4 guides you through an entire show day and shows you:
what it takes to be a tour manager running a music tour;
the mechanics of how to do press, meet-and-greets, and in-stores;
the proper way to do your guest list each day;
the right way to handle venue security;
how to do your daily tour accounting correctly;
how to do your show settlement each night;
important information about merchandising, foreign currencies, and more.
Part 5 shows you how to:
promote yourself so you can build your successful career;
find your first job as a tour manager;
and the road hazards to avoid.

That list speaks volumes, but the content definitely backs it up.  Add to that Workman’s writing style that is very smooth, humorous at times, and easy to understand, and you have one hell of a how to guide.  The promise of a series of these books is very enticing and long overdue.  It would not be surprising to see Berklee School of Music or The Musicians Institute making this book, or eventually the series, part of their curriculum…it’s that good.

If you want to get into the music business, are in the music business already, or are like me, and just fascinated with the music business, you will find this to be a treasured find.

Mark Workman is also a former boxing writer whose feature articles have appeared on BoxingScene and Fox Sports.

OTHERWISE to tour with Sevendust, Three Days Grace

New Single “Die For You” Goes For Radio Adds July 9

Band Set For Aftershock 2013 With Korn, Avenged Sevenfold

Las Vegas road warriors OTHERWISE have a busy summer ahead of them, including dates with SEVENDUST in July, a three-week trek with THREE DAYS GRACE in August, and festival appearances including Monster Energy Aftershock and Chippewa Valley Rock Fest (see complete itinerary below). To support the dates, the band will officially release “Die For You” to Active Rock radio on July 9. The single will be the band’s third from their ‘True Love Never Dies’ debut, and the follow-up to breakout hits “Soldiers” and “I Don’t Apologize (1000 Pictures).”

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Led by the distinctive tones of frontman Adrian Patrick, Sin City’s OTHERWISE released ‘True Love Never Dies’ in May 2012 and propelled by album sales of more than 45,000 (and counting) became the best-selling new rock band of the year. On the single front, “Soldiers” has sold more than 100,000 digital tracks, and the song’s video (watch here) has surpassed 1.25 million views on YouTube. The band’s latest video, “I Don’t Apologize (1000 Pictures),” can be viewed here.

 

In addition to their July dates with SEVENDUST, OTHERWISE will also be appearing at Chippewa Valley Rock Fest in Cadott, WI, on July 21, performing alongside SKILLET, DEVICE, MOTLEY CRUE and more. Their run with THREE DAYS GRACE will be followed by a marquee set at the Monster Energy Aftershock festival in Sacramento, CA, where they will perform September 14 alongside KORN, MEGADETH, SHINEDOWN and PAPA ROACH, as well as Century Media labelmates BUCKCHERRY, IN THIS MOMENT, BUTCHER BABIES and GIRL ON FIRE, and a host of other bands. Day two of the festival includes AVENGED SEVENFOLD, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, VOLBEAT, ASKING ALEXANDRIA, HIM, DEVICE, HALESTORM and more. Visit http://www.aftershockconcert.com for further details.

 

OTHERWISE with Sevendust & Devour The Day:

JULY

11: Lincoln, NE – Red 9 *

12: Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe at Old National Center

13: Rochester, NY – The Wicked Moose

14: Spring Lake Park, MN – POV’s *

17: Cincinnati, OH – 96 Rock Party In The Park *

19: Louisville, KY – Diamond Pub & Billiards *

20: Peoria, IL – Heart of Illinois Fest *

21: Cadott, WI – Chippewa Valley Rock Fest **

23: Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance

24: Dewey Beach, DE – The Bottle & Cork

25: Allentown, PA – Maingate Nightclub

26: Vienna, WV – Fishbone Bar & Grill

27: Flint, MI – The Machine Shop *

 

* OTHERWISE headlining (no Sevendust/Devour The Day)

** with Motley Crue, Whitesnake, Skillet, Device and more

 

OTHERWISE with Three Days Grace:

AUGUST

09: Ft. Wayne, IN – Piere’s

10: Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room at Old National Centre

11: Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues

13: Flint, MI – The Machine Shop

14: Joliet, IL – Mojoes

16: Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s

18: Fayetteville, AR – Arkansas Music Pavilion (The AMP)

24: Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot

25: Boise, ID – Knitting Factory Concert House

27: Seattle, WA – Showbox SODO

28: Missoula, MT – Wilma Theater

30: Loveland, CO – Thunder Mountain Amphitheatre

 

OTHERWISE at Monster Energy Aftershock:

September

14: Sacramento, CA – Discovery Park (with Korn, Megadeth, Shinedown, Papa Roach, Skillet, Buckcherry, In This Moment and more)

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BLEED FROM WITHIN – supporting Megadeth in the UK

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After supporting Testament in March and doing their own, highly successful UK headlining tour BLEED FROM WITHIN have just been confirmed as direct support for the upcoming Megadeth tour in the UK in June.

 

The band is psyched about joining the metal legends on tour: “We are VERY proud to announce that we will be supporting Megadeth on all their UK dates from June 3rd – 6th. We are truly honored to be on stage with one of the Big Four and we cannot wait to bring more of the new songs to these big venues. Bring it on!”

 

BLEED FROM WITHIN supporting Megadeth

03.06.2013 (UK) Newcastle – O2 Academy Newcastle

04.06.2013 (UK) Glasgow – O2 Academy Glasgow

05.06.2013 (UK) Manchester – Manchester Academy

06.06.2013 (UK) London – O2 Academy Brixton

 

Tickets:

Festivals / shows:
01.06.2013 (UK) Dundee – Upload Festival

14.06.2013 (UK) Interlaken – Greenfield Festival

16.06.2013 (UK) Donington Park – Download Festival (http://www.downloadfestival.co.uk)
06.07.2013 (D) Münster – Vainstream Rockfest (http://www.vainstream.com)

20.07.2013 (B) Dour – Dour Festival (http://www.dourfestival.be)
23.07.2013 (SLO) Tolmin – Metaldays

27.07.2013 (UK) Redhill, Surrey – Robin Cooks Farm, Redfest (redfest.co.uk)
10.08.2013 (UK) Oxford – O2 Academy 2

11.08.2013 (UK) Bridgend – Throwfest

24.08.2013 (AT) Kapfenberg – Overdrive Encore Festival

 

 

BLEED FROM WITHIN are touring their latest album “Uprising” that was released via Century Media Records in March.

 

“Uprising” (OFFICIAL VIDEO):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfT_X-6VJZk

 

BLEED FROM WITHIN online:

http://www.bleedfromwithin.com  

https://www.facebook.com/bleedfromwithinband  

 

LOUDER THAN HELL THE DEFINITIVE ORAL HISTORY OF METAL

Based on Hundreds of Original Interviews with Metal Elite — Including Lemmy/Motorhead, Members Of Black Sabbath, Megadeth, Korn, Pantera, Limp Bizkit, Metallica, Marilyn Manson, Van Halen, and Many More!

Buy Your Copy NOW at Amazon.com

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“Essential.” REVOLVER (4/4 stars review!)

“An indispensable oral history of an often misunderstood musical genre.”

KIRKUS REVIEWS (a starred review!)

“I’m not saying this just because I’m in the book, but . . . if you love metal, great stories, and music history told by the people who made it, then Louder than Hell is a must-read.”

—ALICE COOPER

 

“…the authors’ inclusiveness give this examination a weight that is just as heavy as the music.”

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“This is the best oral history I’ve read since Please Kill MeLouder than Hell is the first book that really delivers the brutal truth from the mouths of the artists and key players themselves!

I couldn’t put it down.” —MATT PINFIELD

 

Compiled from over 400 interviews conducted by respected music journalists Jon Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman, LOUDER THAN HELL: The Definitive Oral History of Metal (It Books; May 14, 2013; Hardcover; $32.50) is a chronological history of heavy metal, told through the words of the men and women who created it, played it, re-invented it, and continue to rock it.

 

Revolver senior editor Wiederhorn and Nights with Alice Cooper producer Turman dug deep into their extensive list of contacts to uncover never-before-heard stories, eye-opening admissions and the truth behind metal’s most explosive legends. Candid and confessional commentary comes straight from icons of the genre, including: Ronnie James Dio, Ozzy Osbourne, Bruce Dickinson, Eddie Van Halen, Vince Neil, Tommy Lee, Lita Ford, Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield, Axl Rose, Slash, Corey Taylor, Dave Mustaine, Chuck Schuldiner, Lemmy Kilmister, King Diamond, Dave Grohl, Trent Reznor, Slayer’s Kerry King, Phil Anselmo, Rob Zombie and more. With an introduction by Scott Ian of Anthrax and an afterword by Rob Halford of Judas Priest, and with two 16-page photo inserts, with some never-before seen candid shots by celebrated rock photographers Stephanie Cabral and Robert Matheu, this is the book metal fans have been waiting for.

 

The many musicians interviewed by these veteran journalists offer their take on their influences, touring, the music business, and songwriting, as well as their often-traumatic upbringings, battles with substance abuse, and bizarre sexual exploits. Industry insiders (including managers, record label executives, family members, friends, scenesters, groupies, journalists, and porn stars) provide additional insight.
From the creation of Black Sabbath in the late 1960s, to Judas Priest’s development of the leather-and-studs look, to Metallica introducing the world to thrash, to the inception of Ozzfest, to Faith No More accidentally creating the first hybrid of rap and metal, to the provocative exploits of the Sunset Strip scene, to the death and destruction surrounding Norwegian black metal, LOUDER THAN HELL gets to the meat of the metal matter:

  • Rob Halford of Judas Priest reveals how he kicked cocaine and alcohol in 1986 after tragically witnessing his boyfriend’s suicide and sought solace in spirituality, which has helped the Metal God stay clean to this day.
  • Guns N’ Roses’ Axl Rose talks about the early days of Guns N’ Roses, the making of the 36-million-copy-selling debut Appetite for Destruction, and how Robert Willams’ graphic cover art was censored.
  • Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi explains how he lost parts of his fingers while working a day job in a factory – and created homemade prosthetics so he could play guitar, which changed the tonality of the instrument and the sound of heavy metal forever.
  • Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson shares how he dug through his own vomit in search of the balloon of heroin he’d swallowed to avoid being arrested by the police, and then used that heroin to celebrate his victory over not getting busted.
  • Members of Metallica and Anthrax detail the horrifying events of 1986 when Metallica’s tour bus crashed and tipped over, crushing bassist Cliff Burton beneath it while the rest of the members escaped relatively unscathed.
  • Alice Cooper reveals how it was really wheelchair-bound members of his AUDIENCE who tore the live chicken apart during his fateful concert in Toronto, while Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne give first-person accounts of Ozzy biting the head off a dove while wasted during a high-level record company meeting, and decapitating a bat onstage during his Diary of a Madman tour.
  • Hellhammer, drummer of Norway’s pioneering black metal band Mayhem, talks about ex-vocalist Dead committing suicide and how guitarist Euronymous used a chunk of Dead’s brain to make a Mexican stew.
  • Biohazard guitarist Billy Graziadei details how gang bangers stabbed a member of the group’s posse with a hunting knife while shouting, “Payback, Motherfucker!” and how the band vowed to retaliate. Vocalist Evan Seinfeld also recounts his graphic sexual liaisons while on tour, and how they led to his career in porn.
  • Slipknot bassist Paul Gray (who died of an overdose at age 38 during the writing of LOUDER THAN HELL) discusses the evolution of the lineup; physical fights between band members, and his own struggles with addiction.

 

LOUDER THAN HELL explores the transformation of metal culture, with stories and anecdotes straight from the mouths of the most infamous and successful bands. Filled with hundreds of revealing interviews representing every type and era of heavy metal—from metal progenitors such as Blue Cheer, Led Zeppelin, and the MC5 to current day innovators including Slipknot, Mastodon, and Lamb of God—LOUDER THAN HELL is the ultimate look behind the curtain at one of our most dynamic, controversial and enduring musical genres.

 

To learn more about LOUDER THAN HELL, please visit these official locations:

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LouderThanHellTheBook

Tumblr: http://www.tumblr.com/blog/louderthanhellbook

Twitter: https://twitter.com/louderthanhell

 

Buy your copy of LOUDER THAN HELL on Amazon.com now at this location.

 

 

 

About the Authors:

 

Jon Wiederhorn is a senior writer for Revolver who also writes for Guitar World, Yahoo.com, eMusic.com and Noisey.Vice.com. His second book, the authorized biography of Ministry’s Al Jourgensen, Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen, is scheduled for release in August. His work has also appeared in Rolling StoneSPIN, Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide, Loudwire.com, AOL Noisecreep, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer, RIP, Alternative Press and Cosmopolitan. Jon currently lives in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, down the street from legendary ‘80s/’90s metal club L’Amour. His greatest accomplishment is teaching his two pre-teens to flash the devil horns long before they discovered Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber.

 

Katherine Turman is the producer for Alice Cooper’s nightly syndicated radio show, Nights with Alice Cooper. A former editor of RIPmagazine and producer at TV’s The Sharon Osbourne Show as well as radio’s Rockline, her writing has been in major publications includingLos Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, SPIN, Billboard, Marie Claire, Guitar World, Metal Hammer, Village Voice and Daily Variety. A Los Angeles native, she now lives in Brooklyn.

 

 

Advance Praise for LOUDER THAN HELL:

 

Louder Than Hell comes straight from the twisted minds of rock icons and flows seamlessly through various eras of heavy metal. You hear from the guys that were there on the stage, in the pit, puking in the gutter. It brought back memories, and I even learned a few things I never knew. I really dig this book.”  —Riki Rachtman, DJ, VJ

 

“Books on the history of even something as cool as metal can be a bit antiseptic and boring—not this one. It’s the story straight from the horse’s mouth. Even better is when the horses have experimented with drugs and black out occasionally. . .” —Brendon Small, creator of Dethklok and Metalocalypse

 

“Who likes rock n roll here?? Well if you do, this is the book for you! Every rock has been overturned, every band has been analyzed, quoted, and lionized and every page offers a new fact or figure that you probably didn’t know. This is the definitive chronicle of all that is heavy metal and I’ve read them all!”  —Chris Jericho, Fozzy

 

“Katherine Turman and Jon Wiederhorn know metal. Louder than Hell is an amazing gathering of different breeds of heavy metal rockers telling the tales metal fans want to hear.”

—Tom Morello, Rage Against the Machine

 

“This is the book every metal fan should own. A fascinating high-octane chronicle of metal mayhem that takes readers on a wild ride, from metal’s earliest days to the head-banging present. I’m not saying this just because I’m in the book, but . . . if you love metal, great stories, and music history told by the people who made it, then Louder than Hell is a must-read.”

—Alice Cooper

 

Louder than Hell is a love letter to the misunderstood genre of heavy metal music, written by trusted companions who had a front row seat on the devil’s rollercoaster. The definitive chronological testimony by the people who were there, including some who are no longer with us.” —Mark McGrath, Sugar Ray and co-host Extra

 

“An amazingly comprehensive book on all eras and genres of hard rock and heavy metal. The stories and attention to detail make it an instant must for anyone who ever was or is a fan.”

—Eddie Trunk, DJ and host of “That Metal Show” on VH1 Classic

 

Benefit Concert Featuring David Ellefson (MEGADETH), Troy McLawhorn (EVANESCENCE), Sal G (STAIND) and MORE — Performing Together for ONE NIGHT ONLY in Celebration of the “Battlefield of the Mind” Film and Soundtrack Release

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Tickets Available Now!

http://battlefieldofthemindlive.eventbrite.com/

 

*A portion of the proceeds will go to support the Boot Campaign*

 

 

On April 24th, an all-star cast of musicians will perform at the legendary Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood, CA as part of a benefit concert for the Boot Campaign and their support of our military veterans. In a rare appearance, these alternative rock stars will appear together, performing songs off the “Battlefield of the Mind” documentary soundtrack, releasing on the same day on Chill (www.chill.com/botm). April 24th is also the official release date of the documentary.

 

“Battlefield of the Mind”, a film ArtistDirect calls, “the most powerful documentary of the decade,” is a full-length documentary that tells the raw and tragic details of what life is like as an Iraq and Afghanistan veteran today. Many veterans suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and among them are those whose lives have fallen apart and have become homeless as a result. Severe PTSD leaves these returning heroes on a downward spiral into their own personal hell. The documentary is available to stream and download at: http://chill.com/fran_strine/battlefield-of-the-mind

 

The musicians performing together for ONE NIGHT ONLY in support of the film and the cause include:

 

– David Ellefson of MEGADETH

– Troy McLawhorn of EVANESCENCE

– Sal G of STAIND

– Pete Murray of LO-PRO

– Neil Godfrey of LO-PRO

– Headliners EYE EMPIRE, featuring Corey Lowery (STUCK MOJO /STEREOMUD /DARK NEW DAY) and B.C. Kochmit (SWITCHED) and Ryan Bennett (TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION) and military veteran Donald ‘DC’ Carpenter (SUBMERSED)

 

 

Event Details

The event will open at 7:00pm with filmmaker and participant interaction, exclusive look at the documentary, and Q&A. At 8:30pm the doors will re-open for the all-star jam and performance from Eye Empire.

 

*A taste of the music from the soundtrack can be found here. (The track is “No Words” Featuring Mike Mushok, Pete Murray, David Ellefson and Sal G.)

 

Tickets are $20 for full access, $15 for performance only.

To purchase tickets and RSVP visit: http://battlefieldofthemindlive.eventbrite.com/

 

VIP tickets (which include early access to soundcheck) are made available atwww.chill.com/botm.

 

 

The Documentary

Narrated by David Ellefson (MEGADETH), Co-produced by Aaron Lewis (STAIND), this documentary by Fran Strine takes on a tragic truth – that those men that put their lives on the line to defend our freedom have come home to a world plagued by PTSD and homelessness.  1 in 7 homeless adults are veterans and over ¼ of homeless veterans suffer from mental illness, physical illness and substance abuse at the same time.

 

These sad truths moved a concerned public to donate en masse to get the film made leading to a rousing KICKSTARTER success.  The film raised 190% of its funding goal with the soundtrack raising 120% of its funding goal. The film is currently available on CHILL (chill.com/botm) and will see its official physical release along with its soundtrack on April 24th.

 

“After engaging in conversations with these veterans living on the streets and hearing their stories, I knew this was the documentary I had to make and show that we, as citizens can make a difference,” says director and co-producer Fran Strine. The VA was approved $1.35 billion for the homeless in 2013 – a mere 0.035% of the $8.3 trillion US budget, says The White House Office of Management & Budget.  Forbes adds that providing permanent housing for the chronic homeless would save taxpayers $3 billion.

 

The soundtrack for the film features members of many prominent rock bands. DC of EYE EMPIRE, a former soldier himself, said of his band’s involvement, “I have always been sensitive to issues that face our troops Stateside & abroad.  When our good friend Fran mentioned that he and Aaron were going to be making this film and that he would like for us to be involved with the music, we were very humbled.”  Vocalist, Pete Murray (previously of ULTRASPANK) called working with the likes of Ellefson and Mike Mushok of STAIND “…an amazing experience. Working with other musicians with different backgrounds and influences has been an incredible opportunity.”

 

In addition to his narration duties, MEGADETH’s David Ellefson contributed to the soundtrack.  He explains the synergy between the music and the film, “Lyrically these songs were inspired directly by the film and the people portrayed in it.  In many ways, the Soundtrack continues the narrative of the film in music form.  I am proud that the songs and people involved in making them took the subject matter to heart and used it as the springboard for our songwriting.”  Composing score and soundtrack music was a labor of love for STAIND’s Mike Mushok.  “In writing music to the film, I got to watch a scene and express how I feel about it by writing music to it,” explains Mushok.  “It was something that I really enjoyed doing and am happy with the way it ultimately turned out.”

 

Spread the information about the plight of these veterans by purchasing the film and soundtrack and sharing it with your friends and family. Information is power and “Battlefield Of The Mind” is the ultimate ammunition in battling veteran homelessness and PTSD.

 

 

The Soundtrack

Track listing:

1. War Isn’t Over Yet – Eye Empire

2. Give Me Life – LoPro

3. Tear It Down – Feat. Mike Mushok, Pete Murray, David Ellefson & Sal G.

4. Wake of War – Feat. Troy McLawhorn, D.C., Mike Mushok, Corey Lowery & Mike Froedge

5. No Words – Feat. Mike Mushok, Pete Murray, David Ellefson & Sal G.

6. Not Like You – Feat. Troy McLawhorn, Pete Murray & Mike Froedge

7. When – Life on planet 0

8. Witness – Viasava

9. Drop us in hell – Feat. Sal G & Joseph Dougherty

10. Awakening – When earth awakes

11. Wake up – Feat. Michael Benedetto & Keith Caro

12. Save me – Feat. Michael Benedetto & Keith Caro

13. Ask McFly – The Dreaded Marco

14. Hollow Destination – Otan Vargas

 

About Boot Campaign:

The Boot Campaign is a grassroots initiative started by five women from Texas known as The Boot Girls.  The campaign encourages everyone to ‘get their boots on’ providing an easy and tangible way for Americans to show appreciation for troops, cultivate awareness of the challenges they face upon return and raise funds for military programs meeting the physical and emotional needs of our heroes.  What better way to say “Thank You” to our troops than wearing a pair of boots just like theirs?  Proceeds from boot sales combined with donations and corporate sponsorships help us to assist wounded military and their families with job placement, mortgage free homes, PTSD counseling, adaptive clothing and so much more.

 

About Chill:

Chill is the premier video platform and marketplace to find entertainment content distributed for a global audience direct from artists, comedians and filmmakers. Consumers can stream or download-to-own top films, docs, series and comedy specials in HD quality to any device and transact worldwide. Chill recently released the critically acclaimed Maria Bamford: Special, Special, Special. Based in Los Angeles, CA, the company is backed by venture funding from Kleiner Perkins, William Morris Endeavor (WME), 500 Startups, Redpoint Ventures, Crunchfund, Science Media, Troy Carter and Atlas Venture. Chill is founded by Brian Norgard and Daniel Gould.

ARCANIUM TO RELEASE SOPHOMORE ALBUM ONTOGENESIS

One of Denver’s most successful metal bands, Arcanium, is back with their highly anticipated sophomore release, Ontogenesis. This unrelenting barrage of metal cuts like a chainsaw with surprising surgical precision. The album is set to hit the streets on May 7th, 2013.

In perpetual forward motion since it’s 2007 conception, Arcanium has toured with such notable groups as Megadeth, Machine Head, Suicide Silence, Otep, and Ill Nino, capturing the attention of an extensive fan base. Ontogenesis is a testament to the band’s skill, hard work, and dedication: this intensity permeates the album from beginning to end. “Arcanium is a very interesting band. They are going to have some good things,” exclaimed Dave Mustaine of Megadeth during the 2009 End Game Tour featuring Arcanium. “Ontogenesis is not only our sophomore album, it’s our rebirth into the worldwide music scene,” says J Sinn, Arcanium’s lead vocalist. “The new sound of Arcanium since the addition of our second guitarist Adam Stewart has changed incredibly. Our fans across the world will dig the new intense sound.” As Arcanium eagerly awaits arrival of the release date, they will prepare for their album release party, which will take place in Fort Collins, CO. Following the record release, the band plans extensive national and worldwide touring through mid and late 2013.

Arcanium Official Website

WHITE WIZZARD posts video from in the studio

Los Angeles heavy metallers WHITE WIZZARD have posted a new video from the studio where they are recording their brand new album, titled The Devil’s Cut. The studio video features clips of the band recording, as well as a track-by-track breakdown from bassist and main-man Jon Leon. Watch the video now here:

WHITE WIZZARD is once again working with producer Ralph Patlan (MEGADETH, UFO, MICHAEL SCHENKER) at Phase Four Studios in Tempe, Arizona to record The Devil’s Cut, the band’s third full-length album that features new vocalist Joseph Michael. WHITE WIZZARD released a demo in 2012 of one of the new tracks, called “Torpedo of Truth”, which was the band’s first recording to feature Michael. Listen to the track now here:

WHITE WIZZARD online:
http://www.whitewizzardofficial.com
http://www.facebook.com/WhiteWizzard
http://www.myspace.com/whitewizzard

Lordi Announces New Album:To Beast Or Not To Beast Out March 19th

“To Beast Or Not To Beast” was recorded earlier this fall at WireWorld Studio in Nashville, TN with renowned producer Michael Wagener (METALLICA, OZZY OSBOURNE, SKID ROW, DOKKEN, RAVEN, MEGADETH). The CD will mark the recording debut of LORDI’s new members, keyboardist Hella (replacing Awa) and drummer Mana (replacing Otus).

“The road to this album has truly been paved by hardships,” Mr. Lordi says. “However, the new line-up of the band has given us new and fresh touch and an energetic edge to the recording process, and to the album itself.”

“The album cover painting is actually a part of a larger picture. The original artwork had this vintage- styled lady holding a horned skull, which, however, was not the main point of the art piece. 
There was something not quite right with the setting, so I made experiments with various versions and framings. Album title was Upgradead at that point in time, and the painting was done with that title in mind.”


“But now, with a changed concept of the artwork, the title did not seem to fit anymore. We did not consider it an A-class name either. Our guitarist Amen came up with the final title, which we felt suitable and perfect both for the cover artwork and the album.”

– Mr. Lordi

Click Here To Pre-order ‘To Beast Or Not To Beast’

“Capturing Music: A Music Photography Seminar”

After a busy year culminating with shoots for Megadeth, Coheed and Cambria, Motionless in White, The Misfits, GWAR, Arsis and Epica, spreads in Alternative Press Magazine, Revolver Magazine AND Outburn Magazine, as well as time well spent raising over $1,500 for late Suicide Silence singer Mitch Lucker’s daughter Kenadee with a legacy print series (all proceeds went to Kenadee’s education fund), JEREMY SAFFER can now announce the new dates for his first west coast music photography seminar in conjunction with SoundCheck Hollywood.

The seminar will take place on February 9th and 10th at Soundcheck Hollywood, located at 8872 Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood, CA.

SEMINAR DETAILS:
The two-day seminar and workshop will focus on portrait work with musicians and will cover the entire process—from setting up the photo shoot, scouting locations, posing, different types of lighting and lighting equipment for different situations, shooting endorsements, promotional images, CD layouts, and magazine layouts, to walking attendees through the process of what to do post-shoot, invoicing, getting repeat business, and even how to price yourself. Many other business aspects of being a professional photographer within the music industry will be discussed.

The first day will be the official seminar day, where all of the above is taught in the morning, as well as a lightroom and photoshop post processing tutorial. In the afternoon of day one, attendees will complete mock-photo shoots experimenting with different types of lighting equipment, lighting set-ups, poses, etc. Jeremy has also expanded the music photography business section even more, and will also include private portfolio critique for attendees that specifically request it.

On the second day of the seminar, attendees will experience a hands-on photo shoot of special guest bands done first by Jeremy (as a real-life example), and next by themselves! Attendees will take over and complete a real photo shoot with the band in various locations.

Hopeful attendees must act now; there are only 10 tickets available to this seminar!

On February 9th at 6pm, SoundCheck Hollywood will re-open to the public for a brief meet and greet/signing where Jeremy will be signing his copies of his book Bring The Noise and will have exclusive limited edition prints available for purchase at a special one-time only price.

For more information and tickets, please visit www.jeremysaffer.com/soundcheckseminar.

ARCANIUM ANNOUNCES U.S. TOUR

Recently returning to Colorado in September from touring with Otep, Butcher Babies and One Eyed Doll, Arcanium has been home headlining festivals such as Wyoming’s “Zombie fest”, opening as direct support for acts such as Static-X and Gemini Syndrome, headlining hometown shows and writing new music for later release.

The time for Arcanium to hit the road is here again, and starts this November 30th in Dallas, TX, with dates as direct support for International act Ill Niño. The tour will also include headlining dates throughout, and will continue on through January, with dates as direct support for heavy metal super group Dirge Within (former members of Soil and Divine Heresy). “Our live show will resurrect the excitement for heavy metal that you may have lost over the years”, says the band’s lead guitarist Adam. “We will remind you of why you fell in love with heavy guitars, loud drums, howling screams and headbanging in the first place”. Arcanium has toured with household names such as Megadeth, Bullet for my Valentine, Machine Head, Suicide Silence and more. They plan to tour vigorously through the end of 2012, all of 2013 and have a new release on it’s way entitled “Ontogenesis”, tentatively scheduled for release in the coming months. A sampler release of this album entitled “F*ck Y*u EP” is available for purchase from the band’s website at . Additional dates will be added to this tour as they become available. Nov. 30th – Dallas, TX – Trees, w/ Drowning Pool and Ill Nino Dec. 1st – Houston, TX – Scout Bar w/ Ill Nino Dec. 2nd – San Antonio, TX – Backstage Live w/ Ill Nino Dec. 5th – Fort Wayne, IN – Sunset Hall HEADLINE Dec. 6th – Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall w/ Ill Nino Dec. 7th – Allentown, PA – Crocodile Rock w/ Ill Nino Dec. 8th – Lawrence, MA – Claddagh Pub w/ Ill Nino Dec. 11th – St. Louis, MO – Ciceros HEADLINE Dec. 15th – Fort Collins, CO – Hodis Half Note HEADLINE Jan. 3rd – Rockford, IL – Bar 3 w/ Dirge Within and Beyond Threshold Jan. 4th – South Bend, IN – Cheers Pub w/ Dirge Within and Beyond Threshold Jan. 5th – Crest Hill, IL – Bada Brew w/ Dirge Within and Beyond Threshold Jan. 6th -St Louis, MO – Fubar HEADLINE
www.arcanium.info

Black Dahlia Murder: A Pittsburgh Pictorial

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The Black Dahlia Murder derived their name from the 1947 unsolved murder of Elizabeth Short, and in Pittsburgh the absolutely killed. With influences ranging from Carcass, At the Gates, Darkane, Dissection, Darkthrone, Morbid Angel, The Haunted, In Flames, Dimension Zero, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Metallica, Pantera and Megadeth- the band has an interesting mix of very hardcore genres.

Mainly sticking to the genres of melodic death metal, metalcore, and deathcore, when asked to describe what kind of music the band plays, Strnad commented: “I’ve always said that we’re melodic death metal. We are mostly influenced by Swedish bands and Carcass. The heavy end of our sound is the American style creeping in, with some Floridian influences like Morbid Angel, Malevolent Creation and that kind of stuff. We’ve been labeled more often because of our look than our sound, which is dumb, and speaks volumes about what kind of geniuses are out there!”. In an interview with Uranium Magazine, Strnad also stated, “Some bands that get labeled as metalcore are actually good, like Between the Buried and Me or The Red Chord. Metal is what I grew up with, and then I learned about punk and hardcore. But a lot of our ethics, the way we carry ourselves, is more punk…I like that hardcore has a sense of community without the competition you see in metal.”

The only disappointment for many of the Pittsburgh fans was the “early” start of BDM. Most shows at Stage AE start about an hour after doors open, but BDM went on pretty early (6:30) causing many to miss part or all of their set.

-all photos property of AWeldingphoto and Pittsburgh Music Magazine

Kings and Thieves: The Geoff Tate Interview 10.24.12

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Being an unabashed Queensryche fan since the 80’s, I have had the pleasure of seeing them perform in this city many times. The first time I caught ‘The Rhyce’ was at Mancini’s (now Club Erotica) in McKees Rocks. It did not take too many years for them to play the Civic Arena and First Pavilion with their monster hit of ‘Operation Mindcrime’ and the mega hit of ‘Empire’ when you could not go anywhere without hearing ‘Silent Lucidity’ or ‘Jet City Woman’. If you would have told me then that one day Geoff Tate would call me to firm up a time for an interview, I would have said you were dreaming. Twenty some odd years later and just that happened…

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Geoff is overly gracious, intelligent, thoughtful, and humble. The interview was really insightful to where Geoff is at now, where he has been, and where he is going. His performance that evening was spot on in only the way a legend of a singer should be. On his solo tour for Kings and Thieves, Geoff sort of carries on where his last solo effort leaves off with a wide berth of musical genres. Do not expect a carbon copy of the signature prog-metal sound that Queensrhyce was so known for producing. This is a sound that is rawer, more experimental, and more of where Tate is at right now. But do not fret if that does not sound like your cup of tea, Geoff promises to be back with an All Star Queensryche with ex-members of Ratt, Megadeth, and Quiet Riot.

Geoff signing Alan’s copy of Operation Mindcrime
PMM’s Alan talking with Geoff Tate on his tour bus

ONE-EYED DOLL Releases Music Video

Power rock duo ONE-EYED DOLL has teamed up with Artix Entertainment’s popular, multi-player online video game AdventureQuest Worldsto premiere the new music video for their song “Committed.” Artix Entertainmentwill make the video available to over 150 million registered users by hosting it in-game, in a virtual insane asylum. The eerie video was directed by Patrick Kendall [Megadeth, Incubus, Theory of a Deadman] and is for the lead song and title-track off of ONE-EYED DOLL’s forthcoming album, COMMITTED.

For ONE-EYED DOLL fans that are not AdventureQuest Worlds players, the music video for “Committed” is being hosted by premier rock outlet Revolver Magazine on their website. Kimberly was recently featured in Revolver Magazine’s “Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock” Issue, and her complete interview can be read here:http://www.revolvermag.com/news/the-complete-interview-hot-chick-in-hard-rock-kimberly-freeman-of-one-eyed-doll.html

Due out in early 2013, COMMITTED will be the band’s fifth independently released album. Produced by multi-platinum, Grammy award-winning producer Sylvia Massy [Tool, Johnny Cash, Prince, The Red Hot Chili Peppers], COMMITTED offers 11 hard rocking tracks with addictive melodies, soulful, thought-provoking lyrics and perfect harmonies.

In addition to the video premiere, AdventureQuest Worlds will be putting out an album of ONE-EYED DOLL songs on October 31st. Titled SOMETHING ABOUT A DRAGON, the disc will feature songs that have been used in the game, and will be the first time some of the more popular tracks including “You’re A Vampire” and “Battle On,” will be available on CD. The first batch of these CD’s will be available exclusively at HeroMart (www.heromart.com) and at live shows. The download will also be available on ONE-EYED DOLL’s music site,www.music.oneeyeddoll.com.

A true DIY success story, ONE-EYED DOLL has been sweeping the nation since early 2011 with their addictive live show that is being called one of the most captivating and interesting performances of recent times. Adored by fans and press alike, within the past two years, the band has landed direct support slots with Orgy, Mushroomhead, Cold and Peelander Z, and has also toured with Wayne Static/Static X and Otep.

Behind The Suit and Tie: A Documentary On Who Rules The Metal Recording Industry

Thanks to our friend Robert Bolger for turning us on to this:

Long-in-the-making Behind The Suit And Tie, A documentary that takes you into the hearts and souls of the real people who rule today’s heavy metal recording industry appears to finally be on the brink of release.

This six minute extended trailer features segments from Alan Becker (RED Distribution), Brian Slagel (Metal Blade Records), Paul Conroy (Good Fight Entertainment), previous (Ferret Music), Carl Severson (Good Fight Entertainment), previous (Ferret Music), Eddie Trunk (VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show), Missi Callazzo (MegaForce Records), Bryan Mechutan (Demolition Records),
Rob “Blasko” Nicholson (OZZY OSBOURNE), David Ellefson, (MEGADETH)

To discuss piracy, corruption issues and the future of a record label.

The film will contain insight from:

* Carl Severson (Good Fight Entertainment), previous (Ferret Music)
* Paul Conroy (Good Fight Entertainment), previous (Ferret Music)
* Jason Lekberg (ELEVEN SEVEN), previous (epic records)
* Burt Goldstein (MVD), previous (Big Daddy Distribution)
* Eddie Trunk (VH1 Classic’s that metal show)
* Rob “Blasko” Nicholson (OZZY OSBOURNE)
* Adam Watson (Plastic Head Distribution)
* Bryan Mechutan (Demolition Records)
* Alan Becker (SONY RED, Distribution)
* Missi Callazzo (MegaForce Records)
* Ray Harkins (Century Media Records)
* Brian Slagel (Metal Blade Records)
* Doug Keogh (Roadrunner Records)
* Ed Rivadavia (RCA Music Group)
* Al Dawson (Earache Records)
* Pat Egan (Relapse Records)
* David Ellefson (MEGADETH)
* Gary Susalis (Music Choice)
* Ged Cook (Demolition Records)
* Ralph Graupner (Indevent Music)
* Lee Barrett (Ascendance Records)
* Ryan Forster (Moshpit Tragedy)

New Jersey Writer/Author BRIAN ABERBACK Pens New Educational Unauthorized Rockography, “BLACK SABBATH: Pioneers of Heavy Metal”

Esteemed New Jersey writer and author BRIAN ABERBACK has penned a new, educational Black Sabbath book, being released with Enslow Publishers, Inc. The book, titled Black Sabbath: Pioneers of Heavy Metal, is an unauthorized “rockography” that transforms the extensive knowledge about Black Sabbath that Aberback has amassed over the years to the page for future music enthusiasts and students alike to enjoy.

Black Sabbath: Pioneers of Heavy Metal is the only Black Sabbath biography written for middle and high school students. Thoroughly researched, annotated and highly informative, this book is an appealing read for all ages and a great way for parents to introduce their kids to some of the music they love and grew up with. This book chronicles one of rock’s most legendary band’s careers from its formation to the present day and does a superb job of conveying the group’s ups and downs, not glossing over any details while staying age-appropriate. Black Sabbath: Pioneers of Heavy Metal is available in high-quality library bound hardcover as well as softcover editions and can be found wherever books are sold online.

Black Sabbath: Pioneers of Heavy Metal has already been added to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Library and Archives and sits on the shelves of libraries throughout the United States to New Zealand, Singapore and the United States Army Base in Heidelberg, Germany.

Black Sabbath: Pioneers of Heavy Metal is part of The Rebels of Rock series from Enslow Publishing Inc. The Rebels of Rock books have a list price of $31.93 and a 25% discount price for Schools and Libraries of $23.95. Other books in The Rebels of Rock series include “rockographies” on Aerosmith, Def Leppard, The Clash, The Ramones, and The Rolling Stones.

BRIAN ABERBACK is a veteran music journalist specializing in hard rock and heavy metal. Aberback’s encyclopedic knowledge of heavy metal and hard rock spans numerous genres. His interview list is a who’s who of heavy metal and hard rock legends, including Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Metallica, Anthrax, Megadeth, Slayer, Overkill, Testament and Mercyful Fate. His work has appeared in daily newspapers, weekly and monthly magazines, and on news and music websites. Many of his stories have been published in The Record, the largest daily newspaper in Northern New Jersey.

What sets Aberback apart, in addition to his strong writing style and dedication to his craft, has been his passion for giving heavy metal bands a shot at attracting new audiences through mainstream newspaper exposure. Over the years he’s introduced such bands as Nile, Cradle of Filth, Amorphis, Morbid Angel, Opeth, Arch Enemy, The Haunted and many, many more, through the pages of The Record and other publications, to music fans, and even metal fans, who likely would have never heard of these bands. Not often do you find daily newspaper writers publishing stories about the likes of D.R.I., Diamond Head, Everytime I Die, Iced Earth or The Gathering.

***An articulate and well-informed speaker with a vast knowledge of the history of rock-and-roll, musically and socially, with a specific emphasis on heavy metal and hard rock, BRIAN ABERBACK is available for book talks, panel discussions and as an expert commentator for television and radio programs.

Check out some great reviews on Black Sabbath: Pioneers of Heavy Metal:

“Refreshingly levelheaded and loaded with sourced quotes, it’s that rare middle-grade biography (or “rockography,” as the title page insists) that is able to trace a band’s history, revel in its rock awesomeness, and be blunt about such things as drug abuse, all the while keeping things at an age-appropriate keel.”
–Booklist

“Through this book, old and new fans alike learn about the band’s history and impact on the music industry.”
–Children’s Literature

For more information on the book and the author Brian Aberback and to purchase Black Sabbath: Pioneers of Heavy Metal, visit www.brianaberback.com.

FEAR Reworks The Record To Create The FEAR Record

FEAR is an American Punk Rock Band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1977, credited for influencing the American punk rock movement. Along with SEX PISTOLS , FEAR helped define the sound and style of Post, Neo-Punk, Jazz-Thrash-Fusion and theoretical physics! Although they actually formed during the first wave of punk back in 1977, FEAR didn’t release an album until two years later- by which time they’d honed a blistering, thrashy attack that, for all its fury, was surprisingly tight and even intricate.

Musically, the band wasn’t as crude as frontman Lee Ving’s outrageous, humorously offensive lyrics, which were geared to piss off anyone within earshot; might have had you believe. His intellectualism was equaled only by his “sincere love of beer.”

The band has continued to be active since 1978, most recently with the release of The FEAR Record. FEAR’s November 6, 2012 worldwide release of The FEAR Record will be supported by performances worldwide. Since FEAR began recording in 1979, bands such as A Perfect Circle, Soundgarden, Megadeth, Sacred Reich and Guns N’ Roses have covered their songs, a new collaboration with Lee Ving and the Foo Fighters called The Sound City Players is also slated for fall release. Future plans involve forays into presidential politics, quantum physics, Lee is a registered Quantum Mechanic, and a post-Newtonian, sub-atomic particle, probability based, theoretical physics, guide- lined peaceful world, with liberty and justice for all.

Click here to pre-order ‘The FEAR Record’

‘The FEAR Record’ Tracklisting

1. I Love Livin’ In The City
2. New York’s Alright If You Like Saxophones
3. I Don’t Care About You
4. Let’s Have A War
5. Gimme Some Action
6. Foreign Policy
7. Beef Boloney
8. We Destroy The Family
9. Camarillo
10. Disconnected
11. We Gotta Get Outa This Place
12. Fresh Flesh
13. Getting The Brush
14. No More Nothing

Megadeth and Zombie Will Continue Co-Headlining Tour

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Megadeth and Rob Zombie rocked Stage AE in Pittsburgh last week and will continue to do so throughout the U.S. and Europe. MPAPPHOTO was there to capture the pure energy of the show and has joined Pittsburgh Music Magazine as a collaborator.

Metal icons MEGADETH are delivering volcanic performances and earning rave reviews on their co-headlining tour with Rob Zombie, which marks the first time the two bands have toured together. The trek kicked off Friday, May 11 in Holmdel, NJ and will include two high-profile rock festival appearances including Rock On The Range and Rocklahoma, where the tour wraps on Saturday, May 26. A list of confirmed dates is below. For additional information on purchasing tickets, visit www.megadeth.com.

Prior to the show, the New York Times proclaimed that “the speed pioneers Megadeth have the decibels to fill the grandiose PNC” and the New York Daily News said, “At last year’s faceoff with Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax, the band led by Dave Mustaine offered a set that did both their sub-genre and legacy proud (5/10/12).”

In a review of the first show, Tris McCall of the Newark, NJ Star-Ledger said, “While most of the band’s peers have either slowed down, broken up or switched to a more profitable style, Megadeth presses on, hard and fast as ever. Mustaine is a study in perseverance–and professionalism, too: He recently had to re-learn how to play guitar after suffering nerve damage in his arm. That trauma has left no mark on him–his solos, sometimes taken in harmony with sideman Chris Broderick, are as dextrous, and rapid-fire, as ever (5/13/12).” Theexaminer.com added, “The musicians ripped and shredded their way through riffs and solos with machine-like precision, yet somehow projecting an earnest passion through the notes that speaks to the raw emotion of Mustaine’s songwriting (5/13/12).”

After their tour with ROB ZOMBIE wraps at Rocklahoma, MEGADETH–singer/guitarist DAVE MUSTAINE, bassist DAVID ELLEFSON, drummer SHAWN DROVER and guitarist CHRIS BRODERICK–will head to Europe for shows in Germany, Poland, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Italy, Czech Republic, England, Luxembourg, Netherlands, France, Romania, Turkey, Switzerland, Greece, Belgium, Russia, Lithuania, Estonia and Finland, then in September will head to South America for concerts in Chile, Argentina and Mexico.

A newly released video for the group’s next single “Whose Life (Is It Anyway?)” can be seen now.. The video is a heavy metal tour de force, depicting youth angst turned violent, resulting in an apocalyptic finale.

The current tour comes on the heels of MEGADETH’s critically acclaimed return of the traveling festival GIGANTOUR, created and curated by frontman DAVE MUSTAINE. Rave reviews poured in for the festival, which also featured MOTÖRHEAD, VOLBEAT and LACUNA COIL. “The return of Gigantour, a nicely curated package tour of heavy metal bands, is just one more step in a great run underway by Megadeth,” wrote the Boston Globe. “It was a smart and well-paced show, one that illuminated metal’s various angles (1/31/12).”

2011 marked the release of MEGADETH’s 13th album, the appropriately titled Th1rt3en. Released November 1 on Roadrunner Records, the album debuted at #11 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and #1 on the Billboard Hard Rock chart. The album also landed on international charts including Top 10 placements in Argentina, Finland, Korea and Japan. MEGADETH also received their tenth Grammy nomination for this project, earning a “Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Performance” nomination for their single “Public Enemy #1.” The “Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Performance” category was, eerily, category #13.

Check out MEGADETH in the following cities:

DATE CITY VENUE
5/22 La Crosse, WI La Crosse Center
5/24 Sioux City, IA Tyson Center
5/25 Wichita, KS Hartman Arena
5/26 Pryor, OK Rocklahoma
5/31 Dessau, Germany Metalfest @ Airfield
6/1 Jaworzno, Poland Metalfest @ Zalew Sosina
6/2 Mining, Austria Metalfest @ Castle Mamling
6/3 Ljubljana, Slovenia Kino Siska
6/5 Zadar, Croatia Metalfest @ Zadar Beach
6/6 Milan, Italy Metalfest @ Alcatraz Club
6/7 St. Goarshausen, Germany Metalfest @ Loreley
6/8 Plzen, Czech Republic Metalfest @ Amphitheater Lochotin
6/10 Leicestershire, England Download Festival
6/12 London, England Electric Ballroom
6/13 Luxembourg, Luxembourg Den Atelier
6/14 Heerlen, Netherlands Parkstad Limburg Theater
6/15 Clisson, France Hellfest
6/17 Bucharest, Romania Ost Fest @ Romexpo
6/19 Istanbul, Turkey Hi-Voltage Festival
6/20 Athens, Greece Iera Oldos
6/22 Lausanne, Switzerland Les Docks
6/23 Dessel, Belgium Graspop Metal Meeting @ Festival Dessel
6/25 Moscow, Russia Stadium Live
6/27 Vilinius, Lithuania Teatro Arena
6/28 Tallinn, Estonia Rock Café
6/29 Helsinki, Finland Tuska Festival @ Sulvilhati
9/7 Santiago, Chile Teatro Caupolican
9/14 Buenos Aires, Argentina Estadio Cubierto Malvinas
9/16 Cordoba, Argentina Orfeo
9/19 Mexico City, Mexico Pepsi Center WTC
9/21 Guadalajara, Mexico Arena VFG

CARNIVAL OF MADNESS Featuring EVANESCENCE, CHEVELLE, HALESTORM and NEW MEDICINE


CARNIVAL OF MADNESS, the annual touring rock extravaganza, will make its roaring return with rock titans EVANESCENCE, CHEVELLE, HALESTORM and NEW MEDICINE. Kicking off Tuesday, July 31 in Springfield, IL, the 2012 trek will hit major cities across the U.S. including Boston, Baltimore, Atlanta, Nashville, Detroit, Chicago, Milwaukee and Pittsburgh (see full itinerary below). Select radio pre-sale tickets will be available beginning Tuesday, May 22; Carnival of Madness fan club members can begin purchasing tickets Wednesday, May 23; artist fan club pre-sales start Thursday, May 24; and general public on-sale begins Friday, June 1. Please note that Halestorm will be performing on the majority of the tour. For more information on purchasing tickets, visit http://carnivalofmadness.com/.
EVANESCENCE has sold more than 25 million records worldwide with more than 10 million in the U.S. alone. The band’s global, Top 10 hit singles “Bring Me To Life” and “My Immortal”–off their 2003 major-label debut Fallen (Wind-up Records)–led the group to two Grammy Awards (Best New Artist and Best Hard Rock Performance for “Bring Me To Life”). Propelling the band to sales of more than 15 million albums worldwide, Fallen spent over 100 weeks on Billboard’s Top 200 chart and was certified gold or platinum in over 35 countries. The band’s follow up was 2006’s The Open Door, which sold more than 6 million copies worldwide and spawned the hit “Call Me When You’re Sober.” In October of 2011, they released their highly anticipated third studio album Evanescence, which marked the band’s first album in five years and debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top 200 album charts. The newly released album has spawned hit tracks “What You Want,” “Made Of Stone,” and “My Heart Is Broken.” Check out the video for “My Heart Is Broken” which has been viewed over 5 million times online: http://youtu.be/f1QGnq9jUU0.
“We’re really looking forward to the Carnival of Madness tour this summer. We love Chevelle and haven’t hit the road together in years, and I’m really stoked to finally be playing some shows with Halestorm. Naturally I’m a fan of strong women in music and Lzzy’s voice is spectacular,” said front woman AMY LEE about the upcoming tour.
EVANESCENCE is AMY LEE (vocals, piano), TERRY BALSAMO (guitar), TROY MCLAWHORN (guitar), TIM MCCORD (bass) and WILL HUNT (drums). For more information, please visit their website, http://www.evanescence.com.
Platinum-selling alternative hard rock trio CHEVELLE–PETE LOEFFLER (Guitars, Vocals), SAM LOEFFLER (Drums) and DEAN BERNARDINI (Bass, Vocals)–released their latest and sixth full-length album Hats Off To The Bull (Epic Records) late 2011. The album debuted on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart at #19 and is being hailed as one of the finest albums of the band’s long and successful career. The explosive debut single, “Face To The Floor,” dominated the rock charts, claiming the #1 spot at Active Rock for 13 weeks. With a hypnotic and grinding riff, the song rails against the corporate corruption of Bernie Madoff and Wall Street and is a testament to the band’s songwriting prowess and eternal knack for a hit. The Chicago group’s latest single “Hats Off To The Bull” is following the same trajectory, shooting up the Active Rock chart, currently occupying the #3 position. A newly released video for the title track can be seen here: http://youtu.be/4MRLd1Cgbdg.
Pennsylvania quartet HALESTORM returned in April 2012 with their second full-length, The Strange Case of…. (Atlantic Records) after scoring two top 10 singles (“I Get Off” and “It’s Not You”) from their self-titled debut album and touring steadily with acts as diverse as Shinedown, Stone Sour, Disturbed, Megadeth, Papa Roach, Godsmack and countless others. Musically diverse and emotionally revealing, the album resonates with a newfound poignancy that takes HALESTORM–frontwoman LZZY HALE, drummer AREJAY HALE, guitarist JOE HOTTINGER and bassist JOSH SMITH–to a new level of creative achievement. The first single “Love Bites (So Do I)” is a storming rocker that illustrates frontwoman LZZY HALE’s individuality, sense of humor, and willingness to represent young women in today’s fast-paced society. The massive hit reached the Top Spot at Active Rock and is currently #2. Watch the official video here: http://youtu.be/FmkHqUwa4zg.
NEW MEDICINE–JAKE SCHERER (Vocals), DAN GARLAND (Guitar), MATTHEW BRADY (Bass) and RYAN GUANZON (Drums)–injects a little hope into hard rock on their debut album, Race You To The Bottom (Photo Finish Records). Each song tells a story, whether it’s about the loss of a loved one on “Little Sister” or the state of the world on “Race You To The Bottom.” “Laid,” the album’s first single, examines relationship troubles with a combination of wit and wisdom. The song is a propulsive lovelorn rocker that sugarcoats nothing. Scherer, who co-wrote the song with producers S*A*M & Sluggo, reveals, “It’s about an experience with a girl who’s the ultimate wild child. She gets under your skin, drives you totally crazy and she’s gone.” Their latest track at radio, “Race You To The Bottom,” has gone on to sell over 11,000 copies and the video for the song, which recently debuted on AOL’s Noisecreep, can be seen here: http://youtu.be/VjxE2RTevMQ.
For up-to-the-minute news on CARNIVAL OF MADNESS, visit http://carnivalofmadness.com/, http://www.facebook.com/CarnivalofMadness and www.twitter.com/carnivalmadness.

CARNIVAL OF MADNESS Tour Dates:

DATE CITY VENUE
w/ Evanescence, Chevelle, Halestorm and New Medicine:
TUE
7/31
Springfield, IL Prairie Capital Convention Center
WED
8/1
Columbus, OH LC Pavilion
FRI
8/3
Atlantic City, NJ House Of Blues
SAT
8/4
Chester, PA Harrah’s Chester Downs
MON
8/6
Boston, MA Bank of America Pavilion
TUE
8/7
Baltimore, MD Pier Six
WED
8/8
Charlotte, NC (**) Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
FRI
8/10
Atlanta, GA Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
SAT
8/11
Gulfport, MS Jones Park
MON
8/13
Belton, TX Bell County Expo
TUE
8/14
Laredo, TX Laredo Energy Center
WED
8/15
Midland, TX Midland Horseshoe Arena
FRI
8/17
Lubbock, TX Venue TBA
SAT
8/18
El Paso, TX Don Haskins Center
MON
8/20
Sioux City, IA Venue TBA
TUE
8/21
Milwaukee, WI (*) Eagles Ballroom
THU
8/23
Grand Rapids, MI (**) Rock The Rapids – Downtown
FRI
8/24
Detroit, MI DTE Music Theatre
SUN
8/26
Chicago, IL Toyota Park
TUE
8/28
Pittsburgh, PA (**) Stage AE
WED
8/29
Holmdel, NJ PNC Amphiteatre
THU
8/30
Uncasville, CT (**) Mohegan Sun
SUN
9/2
Buffalo, NY (**) Venue TBA
WED
9/5
Evansville, IN Venue TBA

(*) Show features Evanescence and New Medicine with very special guests
(**) Show features Evanescence and Chevelle with very special guests

Red Lamb featuring Dan Spitz & Dave Mustaine

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What happens when you collide some of the biggest heavy metal musicians to shout the truth to the world? You start a new band called RED LAMB. Dan Spitz, formerly of Anthrax, and Dave Mustaine of Megadeth, who together have sold records approaching 50 million copies, are telling the story of what it’s like for a family to live with identical/mirror image twins with Autism. Dan Spitz and his wife, Candi, have identical twins with Autism and are vocal advocates about the cause and taking the power of music to now help educate awareness on a global level as never before.

The new video for the song ‘Puzzle Box’ is a song with lyrics co-written by Mustaine and Spitz and with all music by Spitz is gaining a foothold in the music community rather swiftly and taking a stance in the usual heavy metal fashion of pulling no punches. In addition to these two legendary musicians of The Big 4, they have recruited Grammy winner Chris Vrenna ofMarilyn Manson as well as famed Grammy nominated producer Johnny K to mix the song.

Dan Spitz was one of the co-founders of the legendary band Anthrax, a band now included in the Big 4 (Metallica, Anthrax,Megadeth and Slayer), who single-handedly changed the face of heavy metal music by breaking down many barriers once never allowed. Anthrax first mixed hip-hop and heavy metal with the legendary collaboration on their track, ‘Bring the Noise’, as well as the first hip-hop/heavy metal world tour featuring Public Enemy and Anthrax. Now Spitz has returned to music after his hiatus in Switzerland, to become a master watchmaker of the world’s most complicated mechanical wristwatches, to once again pave new ground for a great cause.

Candi Spitz devotes all of her free to time to the largest Autism non-profit, Autism Speaks http://www.autismspeaks.org. She can be seen on every billboard, print ad, newscast and radio ad. Candi and RED LAMB have recruited Austism Speaks co-founders Bob and Suzanne Wright to be in the video for ‘Puzzle Box’. Bob Wright was the CEO and Chairman for NBC Universal for more than 20 years, who also has a grandson with Autism. The extensive filming of ‘Puzzle Box’ was done over a three month period and includes footage from the “Walk Now for Autism Speaks” in Palm Beach, Florida where thousands were filmed for the video. Other notable people in the video include WPTV Channel 5 anchor Mike Williams and television and film actors who open the video.

Dan Spitz says, “It’s time for someone in music to wake the world up to Autism. We have Holly Robinson Peete in film, we have vocal people in NASCAR and of course Dan Marino and others in sports. Now it’s time for someone who lives it to speak the truth to the people in true metal fashion. I come from a time when the lyrics of a song represented truth that can certainly change the world. Now it’s time to let people know we are in epidemic form with Autism, as 1 in every 88th child born (1 in every 54th boy) will be diagnosed in the spectrum. I feel that if we don’t do something now about this the Autism epidemic, more will people will suffer the consequences. Autism is on your block now.”

The band RED LAMB is a self-funded band with no outside support, working on the principle of releasing music on their own via iTunes/Amazon through Tunecore distribution.

See the new RED LAMB video and make difference by supporting this band any way you can. A band like no other: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDQ9HbH5rJ0