PRONG Announce European Tour Dates

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New York Metallers PRONG have confirmed that they will be heading over to Europe this Summer. The band is scheduled to play a handful of festival dates as well as a string of headline dates. Currently, the tour is scheduled to kick off June 23rd in Clisson, France at Hellfest and will run through July 14th in Serbia at Exit Fest. More dates are expected to be announced in the coming weeks. A complete list of dates can be found below.

 

PRONG are touring in support of their latest release Carved into Stone which was released in 2012 on Long Branch Records. The album which is quintessentially PRONG, stretches into the band’s earliest and dirtiest foundations on which the band was founded on to the present as a staple of today’s post-metal and rock scenes.

Carved Into Stone can be ordered from Amazon HERE. Be sure to check out the deluxe iTunes edition which features an exclusive bonus track which is a cover of the Rammstein track “Feuer Frei”.

 

PRONG‘s video for “Revenge…Best Served Cold” can be streamed HERE.

 

Visit the PRONG online merch store HERE.

 

PRONG European Tour:

6/23: Clisson, France @ Hellfest*

6/25: Luzern, Switzerland @ Schüür

6/26: Freiburg, Germany @ Café Atlantik

6/27: Manheim, Germany @ Alte Seilerei

6/28: Dessel, Belgium @ Graspop Metal Meeting*

6/29: Dordrecht, Holland @ Bibelot

6/30: Münster, Germany @ Sputnikhalle

7/12: Zlin, Czechoslovakia @ Masters of Rock*
7/14: Novi Sad, Serbia @ Exit Fest*

*Denotes Festival Appearance*

 

For more info visit:

http://www.prongmusic.com

http://www.facebook.com/prongmusic

http://www.spv.de

http://www.longbranchrecords.com

PRONG’s Tommy Victor Unveils Signature Schecter Guitar Confirms NAMM Signing and Performance

Tommy Victor frontman of quintessential New York Metallers PRONG is pleased to unveil his brand new signature guitar model from Schecter Guitar Research. Tommy will be showing off his new guitar at this year’s NAMM show. Tommy will be signing on Friday January 25th at 1:00 PM in room 210. PRONG will then take to the stage Saturday January 26th at The Grove in Anaheim, CA alongside Exodus, Jeff Loomis and Chris Poland.

Victor commented on his new signature model guitar:

“I am so happy to finally have my own signature model being released! And to have it done through Schecter is an honor and a highlight in my career. We put our minds together to design an intense model that we know guitar players and collectors of all sorts are going to appreciate. I’m personally impressed with the outcome. It’s amazing!”

“To help celebrate Schecter’s dominance in new designs and innovation and quality all around, along with the release of the Tommy Victor signature model, PRONG will be supporting Exodus at the Schecter NAMM Party Saturday Jan 26th at the Grove in Anaheim. Also performing is my old friend Chris Poland and his band Ohm, and one of the world’s top shredders Jeff Loomis. The incredible Gary Holt with the rest of us will be doing a signing at the new upstairs Schecter booth at NAMM (which will have my new model on display) Friday Jan. 25 at 1pm. See you at NAMM!”

PRONG latest release Carved into Stone was released in 2012 on Long Branch Records. The album which is quintessentially PRONG, stretches into the band’s earliest and dirtiest foundations on which the band was founded on to the present as a staple of today’s post-metal and rock scenes.

Carved Into Stone can be ordered from Amazon. Be sure to check out the deluxe iTunes edition which features an exclusive bonus track which is a cover of the Rammstein track “Feuer Frei”.

Madonna’s Music Man: The Monte Pittman PMM Interview

photo by Jeremy Saffer

Best known as Madonna’s guitar player, Monte Pittman is so much more than a “hired gunslinger”. Monte co-writes with Madonna, and taught her how to play guitar and her ex Guy Ritchie (which is how he met Madonna in the first place). He is also the music director and guitar player for Adam Lambert, used to play bass and guitar for the highly influential prog-metal band Prong, and has won tons of awards recognizing his skills and work including a nomination for Best Male Singer/Songwriter by the Los Angeles Music Awards.
Monte is a solo artist as well releasing ‘The Deepest Dark’ in 2009 and gearing up to release a trilogy of EP’s entitled M.P.3: The Power of Three Parts 1,2 and 3. In anticipation of playing Pittsburgh with Madonna next week (11/6/12), Monte took some time to answer PMM’s questions. Read on for some insight into Monte and the creative world that surrounds him:

What led you to want to do a trilogy of releases focusing on acoustic, metal, and blues?

I had all of these different songs I had written and there were enough to go together in parts. It seemed too drastic to have some really fast, heavy songs and then break it down to just guitar and vocals. Also, we recorded “Part 1” in one day and that’s something I can release now. I like that my third album is coming out in 3 parts.

What drew you to recording M.P.3: The Power of Three, Pt. 1 so raw and in one day?

Time. I had one day off in Copenhagen and went to record with Flemming just to see what came out of it. We recorded 5 songs but decided one should be electric and grouped with the blues songs. The songs are all starting to tell a story together like they did on “Pain, Love, & Destiny” and “The Deepest Dark”.

How is it you became involved with Flemming Rasmussen? Was it his versatility or metal driven productions that you found most intriguing? And will you continue to work with him for Pt. 2 and 3?

I met him years ago when I found out Sweet Silence Studios was no more. We would get in touch when I came through town and talked about doing something together someday. This time I came through, he was free so we started recording. Initially, I was drawn to some of the main classics he’s recorded. He creates a unique signature canvas that the music is painted on. Yes – he is recording “Part 2” & “Part 3”.

How is Guy Ritchie as a guitar player?

He was a great and dedicated student. I could play a series of chords and he could play all up and down the neck soloing over it once he got going.

Do you miss teaching guitar?

I haven’t stopped, I’ve just been on the road for a long time. I’ll probably teach online in the future. I’ll always teach. I love to do it and I’m always learning something new to pass on.

Besides your signature series Jarrell Guitars, what other gear is essential to your sound?

Orange amps and cabinets & Seymour Duncan pickups. This year I got a Fractal Axe-FX 2 and two Bourgeouis guitars.

Would you ever record with Prong again?

Of course! I’d love to. Tommy needs someone who can be there more than I’ve been able to. I really like where the band has gone musically. Their last album “Carved Into Stone” which came out in April is one of their best.

What’s the best part about being part of Madonna’s live band?

We get to travel the world, play in front of massive crowds and she takes exceptional care of us.

Who is (are) your dream collaborator(s)?
Ozzy Osbourne, Chris Cornell, Ray LaMontagne, Snoop Dogg.

Can you offer any advice to young people who are making a stab at the music business?

Don’t ever give up. Most the bands who have made it and had longevity were persistent. They also merged different styles which you normally wouldn’t think would fit but were all right in front of you. There’s nobody out there that doesn’t like good songs and a great band playing live…

Check out Monte’s acoustic work here on a German TV program (he starts playing around 3:05):

Madonna’s Guitar Player and Co-Writer Monte Pittman In Pittsburgh w/Madonna 11/6

Stay Tuned in with PMM…we will have an exclusive interview with Monte up next week!

Monte is an acclaimed rock musician, guitarist and songwriter, who just released his second album, “Pain, Love & Destiny” in October. Within its first week, the album hit #1 Pop Album, #1 Rock Album and #30 Top Albums on CDBaby, and cracked the Top 200 on iTunes. It’s an explosive, testosterone-fueled rock album chock full of electrifying guitar solos, and lyrics offering up an ancient, surreal campfire tale of Faustian deals, death and rebirth. The album also features Kelle Rhoads (Randy’s brother) on piano.

Monte has also been the live guitarist and a co-writer of Madonna’s since 2001, the live guitarist and music director for Adam Lambert, and former member of Prong . He is also the #1 top-funded rock musician in the history of Kickstarter, having raised a staggering $65,500 from fans to finance the new album. In February, Jarrell Guitars also released Monte’s own special edition guitar series, and he played the Superbowl with Madonna. He was also honored with a Best Solo Artist Award and four other nominations from the 2012 Artists in Music Awards, and was just honored with a “Career Achievement Award” from the Hollywood F.A.M.E. Awards and nominated for Best Male Singer/Songwriter by the Los Angeles Music Awards. Monte is getting ready to release his third album, “M.P.3: The Power of Three, Pt. 1” which was engineered by Flemming Rasmussen (Metallica), on Nov. 19.

Raised in Longview, TX, Monte Pittman made the bold decision at only 24 to move to L.A. to pursue a career as a professional musician. Upon arriving in LA, he worked at a local Guitar Center. Realizing he was better at teaching than selling, he left to start providing guitar lessons.

As fate would have it, his third student ended up being British filmmaker Guy Ritchie, who had just received a guitar from his girlfriend, Madonna. Monte was then introduced to her, and became her guitar teacher. A month later, Monte was invited to join Madonna on stage at the David Letterman Show. He has since supported her on five world tours, starting with 2001’s Drowned World Tour, and shares writing credits on a number of her songs.

Monte has also played guitar and bass for industrial rock band Prong, and is credited with co-writing songs on 2003’s Scorpio Rising and co-writing/co-producing 2007’s Power of the Damager. Monte has also been the lead guitarist and music director for Adam Lambert, and toured on the Glam Nation Tour in 2010.

In November 2009, Monte released his debut acoustic album, The Deepest Dark, which skyrocketed to No. 1 on CDBaby.com’s Best-Selling Acoustic Albums list, and No. 9 in the Top 10 Best-Selling CDs.

He is currently gearing up to release Part 1 of his next album, The Power Of Three, which will be released in three parts over the next year, starting in November. The first part will be acoustic, followed by metal, and then a blues EP. The first EP was recorded in one day with famed Grammy Awardwinning producer/engineer Flemming Rasmussen, best known for his work with Metallica, Cat Stevens and Morbid Angel.

Metal Insider Presents Rocks Off Concert Cruise Featuring the Return of PRONG to New York City

The band founded on New York’s Lower East Side is finally making their triumphant return home. That’s right PRONG will be returning to New York City as part of the Metal Insider Rocks Off Concert Cruise aboard the Star of Palm Beach. This special show will take place on Friday October 19th and is an official CMJ Show.

Support on the bill will come from This or the Apocalypse, For Sleeping or Jumping and Eminence.

Tickets for the show are on sale now and are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. The cruise departs from Pier 40, located at West Houston St. at West Side Highway.

PRONG frontman Tommy Victor commented on the bands homecoming:

“PRONG has not played NYC since the release of our latest album Carved Into Stone Actually, we haven’t done a gig anywhere in the five boroughs in a very long time. So I’m happy to announce our return home as we board the Rocks Off Cruise on Oct 19th for the Metal Insider Party at CMJ. The boat rolls out of New York Harbor and from what I hear it’ll be circling the Statue of Liberty while we’re on stage. What a great way to celebrate our return!”

PRONG is out on the road in support of their latest release Carved into Stone, which is quintessentially PRONG. It stretches into the band’s earliest and dirtiest foundations on which the band was founded on to the present as a staple of today’s post-metal and rock scenes.

Carved Into Stone can be ordered from Amazon HERE. Be sure to check out the deluxe iTunes edition which features an exclusive bonus track which is a cover of the Rammstein track “Feuer Frei”.

Discovery Channel’s THE DEVIL’S RIDE to Premiere ATTIKA 7 Tracks

Tune in to The Discovery Channel’s new hit motorcycle club series, ‘The Devil’s Ride’, next week for ATTIKA 7’s world premiere of select tracks appearing on the band’s upcoming full-length album, Blood Of My Enemies. The episode, featuring a previously recorded live performance with exclusive, never-before-heard tracks, will air on June 5, 2012 at 10pm ET/PT. The series often features ATTIKA 7 guitarist Rusty Coones and will include music from the band’s new album throughout the rest of the season.

ATTIKA 7 and Loudwire.com recently revealed the brand new track, ‘Devil’s Daughter’. Fans can head to Loudwire.com to listen to the track now at this location.

ATTIKA 7’s new album, Blood Of My Enemies, is set for a July 31, 2012 release and features ex-Biohazard vocalist Evan Seinfeld, lead guitarist, notable songwriter and famed (Sons of Anarchy) motorcycle builder Rusty Coones, and bassist Tony Campos, founding member of Static X, who also currently performs in Soulfly, Prong, Possessed, Asesino and Ministry. The band recorded Blood of My Enemies with legendary producer MUDROCK (Avenged Sevenfold, Godsmack).

Blood of My Enemies is a brutal slab of unrelenting hard rock, with the initial groundwork laid by Rusty Coones in the confines of a federal penitentiary. It was in this unforgiving environment that he penned the songs that would eventually become the band’s uncompromising debut.

For more information on ATTIKA 7, please visit:

www.attika7.com