Dj Ashba of Sixx:A.M. Teams Up with Dean Markley

Dj Ashba of Sixx:A.M. Teams Up with Dean Markley

“To be a true guitarist isn’t about anything except the art of playing guitar.” — Dj Ashba

Dean Markley USA announces the addition of guitarist Dj Ashba to their artist roster along with the Dj Ashba Artist Series of strings. Ashba joins many musicians who proudly play Dean Markley strings.

The Dj Ashba Artist Series is a custom set of gauges that feature .010, .013, .017, .028, .038, and .048 from the longtime favorite, Dean Markley Signature Series of nickel plated strings.

unnamedDj Ashba is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer, and graphic designer. He grew up in Fairbury, Illinois, where he worked in the cornfields to earn enough money to buy his first guitar. Influenced by Randy Rhoads and Eddie Van Halen, he practiced tirelessly, sometimes 17 hours a day. By the time he moved to Los Angeles at 18, he was proficient enough to become an in-demand session and touring guitarist. He released a well-received solo album, Addiction to the Friction, composed music for film scores, and in 2007 partnered with Nikki Sixx and James Michael to form Sixx:A.M. From 2009 to 2015, Ashba also played lead guitar in Guns N’ Roses. As a co-producer and songwriter, he has worked with a diverse list of talent ranging from Motley Crue to Neil Diamond. Most recently, Dj scored the title song to Eli Roth’s 2015 hit movie The Green Inferno. Dj has been featured on hit TV shows such as History Channel’s Counting Cars and Animal Planet’s Tanked. This Fall, see Dj Ashba touring arenas with Sixx:A.M. to bring the band’s two 2016 releases, Volume 1, Prayers For The Damned and Volume 2, Prayers For The Blessed live to fans across North America.

“Being a guitarist means being true to what you do,” says Dj Ashba. “Guitar is an art, and it takes a lot of years and dedication. It’s not an overnight thing. It’s a super-long road, and you’re going to hit the ground, but at the end of the day, what makes you a true guitarist is honing in on a unique style and never giving up.”

To learn more about Dj Ashba, visit and

About Dean Markley USA

Established in 1972, Dean Markley USA is recognized as an innovator and leader in the world of musical instrument strings. Over the years, the company has expanded its product line to include guitar amplifiers, pickups and accessories. Celebrated by retailers for their sales performance and endorsed by an elite caliber of musicians, Dean Markley products are the smart choice. For more information, visit

Lita Ford At The Rex Theater In Pittsburgh On April 26

Onward Promotions will be presenting rock legend Lita Ford at the Rex Theater In Pittsburgh PA on April 26, 2014.  11After, an all-female rock band based in Akron OH, will be the opener for the Lita Ford concert.  Ticket information will be available at
A British born rocker who grew up on the streets of L.A., Lita Ford is considered one of the most important female representatives of the rock genre. Being a founding member of the Runaways, one of the first girl groups who unexpectedly broke down barriers in the punk era as well as the male-dominated world of rock music, causing a stir with their six rebellious releases.

Following the demise of the Runaways, Lita Ford concentrated on her own career and now looks back on many memorable hits including: the chart topping duet with Ozzy Osbourne ́Close Your Eyes Forever`, ́What Do You Know About Love`, ́Shot Of Poison`, ́Larger Than Life` and ́Kiss Me Deadly’. With the release of Living Like a Runaway, expect many more songs to be added to the list of hits.

To Lita Ford, the title of her newest solo album, Living Like A Runaway, has two deep and distinct meanings: The first refers to her first band The Runaways, which she was a member of between 1975 and 1980, achieving her international breakthrough. The second reason is of a much more personal nature: “There have been days in my life when I ran away, when I was unhappy and had to get out of my previous life,” Lita confesses. “It‘s like walking through fire and being able to come through the other side unscathed.” She continues, “I wanted to write an album which gives people courage, inspires them and gives them new power, in other words the power of music. As it has done for me on difficult days, I want this music to help people to get through tough times, while remembering their happy times as well. It’s happened to me plenty of times: fans come up to me and tell me how my songs have helped them in difficult situations, in a way it is almost like a soundtrack to their lives.”

Living Like A Runaway was released in June of 2012. The album is available in five different formats: as a limited edition digipak featuring two bonus tracks and a poster, as a gatefold double LP, a jewel case version, an exclusive iTunes version including a bonus track, and for download.

Lita Ford teamed up with producer Gary Hoey and lyricist Michael Dan Ehmig to work on Living Like a Runaway. Together the team invested a lot of time and effort into this kick ass project: “We worked on the lyrics intensively to really give the songs a lot of meaning and that special emotional depth. I think that these are some of the best lyrics ever, period. Ford is referring to numbers such as ‘Devil In My Head,’ ‘Hate’, and ‘The Asylum’ which see her bare her soul in a way which she has never done before.

In addition to lead vocals, Lita and Hoey have arranged beautiful and melodic guitar harmonies rather than just rattling off a bunch of notes. Also contributing to the album is Nikki Sixx who wrote ́A Song to Slit Your Wrist By` which was taken by Lita and completely transformed into a nasty industrial style track with a real F You! attitude. On the track ́Bad Neighborhood` guitarist Doug Aldrich provided the riff, which Lita says, “is a high energy guitar riff that carries the song.” Elton John also gave his blessing to Lita to do a cover of his classic ́The Bitch is Back`, featuring special guests The Uptown Horns.

Unlike many albums today, Living Like a Runaway is an album that truly must be heard in its entirety from start to finish. “Listeners shouldn’t pick out individual tracks but listen to the full album,” says Ford. “It’s a fascinating musical journey, inspired by Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. I had seen a documentary about Dark Side of the Moon and it really motivated me to focus on Living Like a Runawayas a whole journey rather just an individual song.

Opening for Lita Ford in Pittsburgh will be the all-female rock band, 11After, Akron’s very own “Bad Girls of Rock n’ Roll”.  The band has three independently produced CDs and two videos under their studded belts.  The four-female-force of dynamic talents are well known for their tightly woven and loosely flowing sound throughout their diverse array of original music recordings and popular live shows.

D Cruise, lead singer/songwriter, is the driving force behind this exciting act and draws on her unique life experiences for both her lyrics and her incredible performing presence. Her raspy growl and stage antics combine for the ultimate ‘rock chick’ experience.

11After has toured extensively across the U.S. and have seasoned their sound at places like Cleveland’s House of Blues, Akron’s biggest summer party ‘Live at Lock 3’, and many other venues, dive bars, and clubs too numerous to mention. In 2012 they opened for Skid Row twice and were on the bill with Warrant, Firehouse, & Trixter for a festival in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

Originally opened as a vaudeville theater in 1905, the Rex Theater has been a fixture on Pittsburgh’s Southside for over a century. Over the last decade, the Rex has found a place as a concert venue with full service bar.

Onward Promotions has promoted concerts for 6 years now in over 30 states and in over 30 different venues ranging from 60 capacity up to 2540 capacity.  They promote local, regional, and national acts and several different genres.  Some of the artists they have promoted include Brian McKnight, Rick Springfield, Skid Row, The Motels, and A Flock Of Seagulls.

Loudwire gets Exclusive Q&A With Nikki Sixx + Vince Neil Read More: Motley Crue Final Tour: Q&A With Nikki Sixx + Vince Neil

by Chad Childers January 29, 2014 12:51 PM on

The end is nigh for Motley Crue. The band said as much during a Tuesday (Jan. 28) press conference in Los Angeles where they revealed the details of “The Final Tour” (first leg of dates below). In fact, to ensure that these next two years will mark the band’s final dates, the members of Crue went through the process of collectively drawing up a ‘Cessation of Touring’ legal document and signing it to solidify that their upcoming dates will be the final shows and that they won’t tour again beyond the year 2015.

The press conference itself began with representatives from Live Nation and Dodge speaking about the ticketing and sponsorship of the trek, Big Machine’s Scott Borchetta talking about the upcoming Motley Crue tribute album featuring country artists, director Jeff Tremaine speaking about the upcoming ‘The Dirt’ film, and the band’s attorney Doug Mark discussing the unique plan the group came up with to end their career by making it legal. In addition, tour opener Alice Cooper offered a few words about Motley Crue’s legacy before the four band members eventually took the stage.

Speaking about their legacy at the press conference, Vince Neil stated, “I’ve always thought it was just that they did it their way. It may seem a little cliché, but we did. We did everything against the grain and were never a critic’s band, never won any big awards, but we’ve always been a fan band and that’s the thing I think that people will remember about us is that we did it right because we did it the way we wanted to.” You can watch the full press conference in its entirety at this location as well as a promo for the tour here.

After the press conference, Loudwire had a chance to speak exclusively with Nikki Sixx and Vince Neil about ‘The Final Tour’ as well as the prospects of new Motley Crue music. Check out our brief Q&A below:

Did actually signing the ‘Cessation of Touring’ document during the press conference make it feel any more real to you than when you first came up with this idea?

Vince Neil: Not really. I think when we first decided to do this we were pretty stuck on it. We did this to prove, not to ourselves, but to everyone else that we mean this.

Nikki Sixx: We worked really hard on that document. We’ve been working on it for a month. We’ve had the idea for years. It just got more real. There are no loopholes and no grey areas. It’s an agreement between us. It feels really good to have people, when they’re interviewing us, going wow — this is no joke. I’ve talked to people over the years that have mentioned, oh yeah me and the guys have talked about maybe wrapping it up in a few years and they go, ‘yeah, for now.’

Let’s say the Crue were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame a few years down the line? Would you reunite to perform at the ceremony?

Vince Neil: Something like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, we’d have to sit down and talk about it.

Nikki Sixx: It’s ‘cease to tour.’ I think it’s going to be interesting when the next band announces a farewell tour. They’re going to say, ‘Well is it a farewell tour like Motley Crue? Or is it like all the other bands.’

As for this tour, we assume we’ll get the hits, but will you be playing any rarities or deep cuts?

Vince Neil: It’s one of those things we always have to deal with, no matter what: Do you play your hits? Or do you take ‘Girls, Girls, Girls’ out and play ‘Fight for Your Rights’? You’re going to piss people off no matter what. People don’t realize there’s limited time. There’s curfews at places and you only have so long to play you can’t put everything in. Once you put all your hits in, you’re already at your time limit.

What do you think it will be like for the fans that are seeing you for the last time?

Nikki Sixx: I’ve thought about what it’ll be like for the fans. I can see that final bow in Peoria, and they’re going, ‘This is it.’ I know I’d feel emotional if one of my favorite bands was going out.

What’s the status on any new music? Will there be a new Motley Crue album?

Nikki Sixx: It’s hard to find vehicles for your music. Working with Dodge is a great example. It’s such a perfect fit for Motley Crue and for them. Things we’ve done in the past like that where we’re able to extend our music to the masses and writing new music for situations like that, that’s exciting. It’s getting harder and harder to feel inspired to spend six months on a record. All that passion, all those great lyrics, all those melodies, performances, all that time and money and it falls on deaf ears. Where we’re at in the state of the music industry, we’re trying to find new ways to get our music to more people, rather than more music to less people.

The Motley Crue ‘Final Tour’ with special guest Alice Cooper begins July 2 in Grand Rapids, Mich. Tickets for fan club members go on sale today (Jan. 29). VIP packages will be available Jan. 30, with the general on-sale for most shows on Friday, Jan. 31. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster and The full itinerary and our photo gallery from the press conference can be seen below:

Motley Crue and Alice Cooper Tour Dates:

7/2/2014 — Grand Rapids, MI — Van Andel Arena
7/4/2014 — Milwaukee, WI — Summerfest
7/5/2014 — Noblesville, IN — Klipsch Music Center
7/6/2014 — Cincinnati, OH — Riverbend Music Center
7/8/2014 — Columbus, OH — Schottenstein Center
7/9/2014 — Maryland Heights, MO — Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
7/11/2014 — Des Moines, IA — Wells Fargo Arena
7/12/2014 — Wichita, KS — INTRUST Bank Arena
7/13/2014 — Tulsa, OK — BOK Center
7/15/2014 — Cedar Park, TX — Cedar Park Center
7/16/2014 — Dallas, TX — Gexa Energy Pavilion
7/18/2014 — Albuquerque, NM — Isleta Amphitheater
7/19/2014 — Phoenix, AZ — Ak-Chin Pavilion
7/21/2014 — Los Angeles, CA — Hollywood Bowl
7/22/2014 — Irvine, CA — Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
7/23/2014 — Mountain View, CA — Shoreline Amphitheatre
7/25/2014 — Reno, NV — Reno Events Center
7/26/2014 — Ridgefield, WA — Sleep County Amphitheatre
7/27/2014 — Auburn, WA — White River Amphitheatre
7/29/2014 — Wheatland, CA — Sleep Train Amphitheatre
7/30/2014 — Chula Vista, CA — Sleep Train Amphitheatre
8/1/2014 — Salt Lake City, UT — USANA Amphitheatre
8/2/2014 — Denver, CO — Pepsi Center
8/3/2014 — Kansas City, MO — Sprint Center
8/5/2014 — Sturgis, SD — Sturgis Buffalo Chip
8/6/2014 — Sioux City, IA — Tyson Events Center
8/8/2014 — Tinley Park, IL — First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
8/9/2014 — Clarkston, MI — DTE Energy Music Theatre
8/10/2014 — Toronto, ON — Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
8/12/2014 — Cuyahoga Falls, OH — Blossom Music Center
8/13/2014 — Burgettstown, PA — First Niagara Pavilion
8/15/2014 — Pelham, AL — Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
8/16/2014 — Alpharetta, GA — Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park
8/17/2014 — Tampa, FL — MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
8/19/2014 — Charlotte, NC — PNC Music Pavilion
8/20/2014 — Virginia Beach, VA — Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
8/22/2014 — Bristow, VA — Jiffy Lube Live
8/23/2014 — Camden, NJ — Susquehanna Bank Center
8/24/2014 — Mansfield, MA — Xfinity Center
8/26/2014 — Saratoga Springs, NY — Saratoga Perf. Arts Center
8/27/2014 — Allentown, PA — Great Allentown Fair
8/29/2014 — Wantagh, NY — Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
8/30/2014 — Holmdel, NJ — PNC Bank Arts Center
8/31/2014 — Darien Center, NY — Darien Lake Perf. Arts Center
10/10/2014 — Oklahoma City, OK — Chesapeake Arena
10/11/2014 — The Woodlands, TX — Cynthia W. Mitchell Pavilion
10/12/2014 — Bossier City, LA — CenturyLink Center
10/14/2014 — Louisville, KY — KFC Yum! Center
10/15/2014 — Nashville, TN — Bridgestone Arena
10/17/2014 — Hollywood, FL — Seminole Hard Rock Live
10/19/2014 — Jacksonville, FL — Veterans Memorial Arena
10/21/2014 — Greenville, SC — Bon Secours Wellness Arena
10/22/2014 — Greensboro, NC — Greensboro Coliseum
10/25/2014 — Atlantic City, NJ — Borgata Event Center
10/26/2014 — Montville, CT — Mohegan Sun Arena
10/29/2014 — Syracuse, NY — The OnCenter Complex
11/5/2014 — Biloxi, MS — Mississippi Coast Coliseum
11/6/2014 — Southaven, MS — Landers Center
11/9/2014 — Moline, IL — iWireless Center
11/11/2014 — Green Bay, WI — Resch Center
11/12/2014 — Madison, WI — Alliant Energy Center
11/13/2014 — Omaha, NE — CenturyLink Center
11/15/2014 — St. Paul, MN — Xcel Energy Center
11/16/2014 — Fargo, ND — FargoDome
11/18/2014 — Edmonton, AB — Rexall Place
11/19/2014 — Calgary, AB — Scotiabank Saddledome
11/21/2014 — Vancouver, BC — Rogers Arena

Read More: Motley Crue Final Tour: Q&A With Nikki Sixx + Vince Neil |


Nikki Sixx Meets The Kings of Chaos

Kings of Chaos is quite possibly one of the most decorated Supergroups in all of rock history.  Slash, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum, Corey Taylor of Stone Sour/Slipknot, Deep Purple’s Glenn Hughes and Steve Stevens of Billy Idol.  Nikki went to their only North American performance this year in LA and hung out with the band before the show.  He was particularly blown away by  Hughesacoustic performance of the Deep Purple gem, “Mistreated.”  Nikki shared stories from the evening, click HERE to listen to that.  Then Nikki shared the story about the very first time he met Glenn Hughes, years before anyone ever heard of Motley Crue.  Click HERE to hear this classic story of the LA rock scene.

Take home Nikki Sixx’s Schecter Sixx from Vegas



We’re counting down to the start of Motley Crue’s 2013 Las Vegas residency! They’ll be returning to The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino for “An Intimate Evening in Hell” September 18th – October 6th!   Want to make the night even more special?   Nikki is giving you the chance to get your hands on a one-of-a-kind piece of memorabilia and a story to make any rock fan jealous!

Imagine going to see Motley Crue and taking home the Schecter Sixx that Nikki used on stage to play “Kickstart My Heart” during the show, signed and inscribed for you by Nikki himself!  Did we mention the pre-show meet and greet/photo op with Nikki?  Yeah, you get that too.
From Nikki: “I have said no to this for a long time and still have collectors come backstage and offer to buy my basses.  I wanted to do something I feel good about and give that person a personal experience on top of taking home one of my played basses from the show.  These are not cheap junker basses.  These are what I play.”
This offer is EXTREMELY limted (only one per show) and only available at


Nikki Sixx Launches His Own Signature Shades

Nikki has teamed up with BluBlocker sunglasses to create his own limited edition signature line.  Nikki was so blown away with this sunglasses that he wanted to find a way to share his discovery with fans.  For $49.99, you’ll get a collector’s box, carrying case, BluBlocker pin, BluBlocker neck strap and a special message from Nikki.  Plus, the first 200 orders will also receive a signed autograph.  Check them out HERE.

Iconic rock star and co-founder of Mötley Crüe and Sixx:A.M., Nikki Sixx has partnered with BluBlocker to create his limited edition signature shades.

“I was blown away with BluBlocker sunglasses and asked my manager to find the head of the company that makes them. I want to share my discovery with my fans,” says Sixx.

The signature sunglasses will be available for purchase beginning August 1st for the price of $49.99 and will include a collector’s box, carrying case, BluBlocker pin, BluBlocker neck strap and a special message from Sixx. The first 200 purchasers of the style will also receive a signed autograph and can be purchased here:

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A message from Nikki Sixx…



Hey all, I am really excited about our Canadian tour in a few days.  It’s our biggest tour of Canada in our whole career and i  wanted to say thank you for sticking by us for over 30 years.  It’s been a crazy ride.  We have just a few American show on the east coast and we promise they are gonna over the top.  With that being said I wanted to share with you a post from my Facebook page and let you know how positive the response has been and how excited i am to try this….



For the unique collector I am finally going to be selling one of my basses I play during the show this tour.  I have said no to this for a long time and still have collectors come backstage and offer to buy my basses.  I wanted to do something I feel good about and give that person a personal experience on top of taking home one of my played basses from the show.  These are not cheap junker basses.  These are what i play. Here is the link:








Tickets on-sale Friday at 10am!

Tweet it: They’re coming back! @MotleyCrue returns for 2nd residency @TheJointLV @HardRockHotelLV, 9/18 – 10/6. On sale Fri at 10a! #MotleyReturns

Las Vegas, NV (April 2, 2013) – The world’s most notorious band will be coming back to the world’s most notorious city this fall, when Mötley Crüe returns to Las Vegas. The rockers best known for going to the extreme will once again take over the stage at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino for an exclusive twelve-show engagement September 18 through October 6. The band blew away fans and critics last February with twelve over-the-top, sold-out shows. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10am.

The fall shows will be an all-new production and the band is pushing their own envelope once again. The production will be designed exclusively for The Joint in partnership with AEG Live. There will be plenty of surprise elements for fans and a set-list full of hits.

“We are proud to have pioneered the Las Vegas rock residency last year and can’t wait to come back this year to take it over the top with a brand new show that will be unlike anything you’ve ever seen Mötley Crüe do before,” said Nikki Sixx.

“The guys had such a wild and successful run the first time around, I’m sure they will want to do everything bigger and better this time. We are extremely excited to see what the band brings to The Joint and Vegas during their second residency,” said Paul Davis, vice president of entertainment at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

“If some is good, more is better! That was our thought when we got serious about bringing the Crüe back to The Joint.  The run went so well last time…..the show was awesome, the numbers outstanding and working with the band and their management was a pleasure,” said Bobby Reynolds, Vice President of Booking for AEG Live Las Vegas. “I’m honored to bring one of the most entertaining bands ever back to their element.”

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Check out highlights from Mötley Crüe’s 2012 residency

Tickets, starting at $49.50 (plus applicable service fees), go on sale Friday at 10am at the Hard Rock Hotel Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, online at or charge-by-phone at 800.745.3000.

Mötley Crüe will perform 12 shows at The Joint. Show time is 9pm.

Wednesday, Sept 18

Friday, Sept 20

Saturday, Sept 21

Sunday, Sept 22

Wednesday, Sept 25

Friday, Sept 27

Saturday, Sept 28

Sunday, Sept 29

Wednesday, Oct 2

Friday, Oct 4

Saturday, Oct 5

Sunday, Oct 6

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Hailing from Los Angeles, CA, the quartet-Vince Neil (vocals), Mick Mars (guitars), Nikki Sixx (bass) and Tommy Lee (drums)-has commandeered the rock pantheon for over 30 years. In that time, they have accumulated worldwide album sales exceeding 80 million, seven platinum or multi-platinum albums, 22 Top 40 mainstream rock hits, six Top 20 pop singles, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, three Grammy nominations for Best Hard Rock Performance and countless sold out tours across the globe, playing to millions of fans. The first rock band in history to have completed an epic sold-out Las Vegas residency at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, MÖTLEY CRÜE is best known for continuing to reinvent not only their live show and music, but remain on the forefront of entertainment via cutting edge social media interaction. The band was featured in the award winning Super Bowl commercial for the KIA Optima. MÖTLEY CRÜE’s New York Times bestselling memoir, The Dirt is currently being adapted into a major motion picture.


About The Joint
The Joint is a 4,000-person capacity venue that serves as a sophisticated, intimate and unparalleled entertainment destination.  The Joint features seven Luxury Suites, a VIP Studio Level, state-of-the-art sound system, superior video system and a production package tailor-made for artist comfort.  It has received numerous accolades including “Best Concert Venue” in Las Vegas Review – Journal’s “Best of Las Vegas” awards 2010 – 2012, “Best Music Venue” in 2012 Las Vegas Weekly Awards, “No. 1 Hottest Club in America” award by Billboard Magazine in 2011, “Best Live Music Venue in Las Vegas” by in 2011, “Best New Major Concert Venue” at the 2010 Pollstar Awards, and “Best Live Music Venue” in AOL City’s Best 2010 awards.  The Joint delivers unforgettable live music experiences with performances by both legendary and ground-breaking artists including Paul McCartney, The Killers, Bon Jovi, Kenny Chesney, Arcade Fire, Avenged Sevenfold, Rise Against, Paramore, Muse, Drake and No Doubt. The venue created the successful concept of rock ‘n’ roll residencies with Supernatural Santana: A Trip Through the Hits, Mötley Crüe in Sin City, Guns N’ Roses Appetite for Democracy and Def Leppard VIVA Hysteria! as well as Tiësto In Concert, featuring the world’s No. 1 electronic DJ and producer Tiësto. For additional information, visit or call 702.693.5583or 702.693.5000.

About AEG Live

AEG Live, the live-entertainment division of Los Angeles-based AEG, is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance.  AEG Live is comprised of touring, festival, exhibition, broadcast, merchandise and special event divisions, fifteen regional offices and owns, operates or exclusively books thirty-five state-of-the-art venues.  The current and recent concert tour roster includes artists such as Taylor Swift, The Black Eyed Peas, Bon Jovi, Usher, Carrie Underwood, Daughtry, Justin Bieber, Leonard Cohen, Wisin & Yandel, Kenny Chesney, P!nk, Enrique Iglesias and Paul McCartney.  The company is also currently producing residency shows at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas including Celine Dion, Rod Stewart and Shania Twain and is the exclusive promoter at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. AEG’s exhibition portfolio boasts the most successful exhibition of all time, Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs, which has attracted more than 8 million visitors since 2005. AEG Live is also the largest producer of music festivals in North America from the critically acclaimed Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival to Stagecoach Country Music Festival and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

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

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

photo by Jim Wrigley
photo by Jim Wrigley

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

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

photo by Jim Wrigley
photo by Jim Wrigley

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

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

photo by Jim Wrigley
photo by Jim Wrigley

Who are your favorite bands right now?

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

photo by Jim Wrigley
photo by Jim Wrigley

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

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

photo by Jim Wrigley
photo by Jim Wrigley

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

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

photo by Jim Wrigley
photo by Jim Wrigley

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

photo by Jim Wrigley
photo by Jim Wrigley

What are you most attracted to in people?

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

photo by Matt Ryb
photo by Matt Ryb

Any celebrity/musician crushes?

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

photo by Matt Ryb
photo by Matt Ryb

Are you loyal to Philadelphia teams?

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

photo by Matt Ryb
photo by Matt Ryb

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

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

photo by Matt Ryb
photo by Matt Ryb

Special thanks to Jim Wrigley for use of his photos:

30 years of Motley Crue: The Saints of Pittsburgh

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-All photos Alan Welding and property of Pittsburgh Music Magazine

The first time I saw Motley Crue I was in ninth grade and headed downtown on a bus to The Stanley Theater for The Shout At The Devil Tour. I remember running from the point I got off the bus and into the Stanley to get to my seats and hear the opening notes of Accept play “Balls to the Wall” and how much I could not wait for Motley to come onto the stage. There are also some things that I will never forget two things from that night. First, to me Nikki Sixx was the coolest dude on the planet and the reason I picked up a bass guitar. And two, after the show I saw one of the most beautiful women in my life dressed in an all spandex zebra skin-tight clothing. Motley’s bus was rolling out of town, came to a screeching halt upon seeing the girl, and she hopped right in. If there was ever a doubt in a young teenagers mind, it was no longer there, I wanted to be a rock n roll star. And I have been an abashed Cruehead ever since.
This being one of countless Crue shows that I have witnessed, you would think by this time I am jaded. But, the excitement is always there, the expectations build and builds, and the Crue did not disappoint. They came loaded for bear and with no intentions of coming off as second billing. Motley walked from the backstage out into the seats and onto the stage in a demented parade like fashion, complete with flags, girls, and smoke aplenty. The stage already contained a circus sideshow atmosphere that they are so famous for and seem to keep upping the ante each time.
As always the show started off with great fervor from the crowd and Motley came out like it was a finale. All the trappings of a great show were had including Tommy’s now famous roller coaster drum set and solo, Mick Mars’ vintage Fenders blazing underneath his fingers at top speed, Vince cavorting with the crowd and giving them every chance to sing along, and Nikki playing ringleader- throwing his bass around like a toy. A new addition to Nikki’s antics would be the fire throwing bass stock- it was by far one of the coolest effects ever. Just because I am a huge fan does not mean that I will not criticize them if they are not at the top of their game. I once travelled all the way to Vegas to see them on Crue Fest 2 and came away with a feeling that they just were not into it that night. Two weeks later they came into Pittsburgh and kicked my ass. Maybe there is something about our little Steeltown that primes bands up- but one thing is for certain- Motley Crue was flawless last night. Every band member seemed like they were having a great time, there were no sound issues to speak of, the lights and screens and dancing girls and twirling girls were amazing. Water squirting from cannons, Nikki spitting water on everyone, Tommy pouring champagne into the crowd, oh yea and then there was the music. This was rock n roll people in all its glory as it was meant to be- a spectacle. Here’s hoping Motley are around for another 30 years rocking our faces off.

Pittsburgh Setlist:
Saints of Los Angeles
Wild Side
Shout at the Devil
Same Ol’ Situation (S.O.S.)
Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)
Home Sweet Home
Tommy Lee Rollercoaster Drum Solo
Live Wire
Primal Scream
Dr. Feelgood
Girls, Girls, Girls
Kickstart My Heart

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

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

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

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

New Crue

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

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

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