BLACKTOP MOJO Release Official Music Video for “Prodigal”

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Texas based hard rock band BLACKTOP MOJO has released the official music video for “Prodigal,” off of their most recent LP, Burn The Ships.

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“We had fun making the video with some of our good friends from our hometown acting out the main parts. We felt like the father-son dynamic in the video really reflected the song’s theme. The song is sort of autobiographical. It’s about the experience of growing up in a small town and always talking about ‘getting out’ one day. No matter where or how far you go, though, you always have a little bit of where you came from that you take with you.” – Matt James

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Burn The Ships Track Listing:
1. Where The Wind Blows
2. End Of Days
3. Burn The Ships
4. Prodigal
5. Shadows On The Wall
6. Sweat
7. Pyromaniac
8. 8000 Lines
9. Dog On A Leash
10. Make A Difference
11. Chains
12. Dream On
13. Underneath

Click to Download / Stream ‘Burn the Ships’

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A hard-driving Southern rock unit based out of Palestine, Texas, Blacktop Mojo’s fiery blend of post-grunge, classic rock, and metal falls somewhere between Soundgarden, Black Stone Cherry, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Founded in 2012 by frontman Matt James and drummer Nathan Gillis, the band eventually morphed into a five-piece with the additions of bass player Matt Curtis and guitarists Ryan Kiefer and Chuck Wepfer. They released their debut album, I Am, in 2014, followed by a heavy bout of touring that saw the group sharing the stage with a wide array of heavy hitters, including Bon Jovi, Sammy Hagar, Candlebox, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Black Stone Cherry, Shaman’s Harvest, Pop Evil, Puddle of Mudd, Drowning Pool and many others.

In 2017, the band teamed up with Muscle Shoals producer Jimmy Johnson for their highly anticipated sophomore outing Burn the Ships. The album was released via the band’s label, Cuhmon Records, in March of that year to critical acclaim. The record yielded two Top 40 hits on the Billboard Active Rock charts, with singles, “Where The Wind Blows” (#27) and the band’s cover of Aerosmith classic, “Dream On” (#31)

Throughout the rest of 2017 and 2018, the band toured heavily around North America in support of their record, getting added to major rock festival bills such as River City Rockfest, Louder Than Life, Rock Allegiance, The 25th annual Rockfest, Shiprocked, and many more. The band continues to all live together in “The Mojo Mansion” in Palestine, writing songs, recording and preparing for their 3rd full-length studio album entitled “Under The Sun” for release in 2019.

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Lead Vocals/ Rhythm Guitar- Matt James
Guitar/ Backing Vocals – Kenneth Irwin
Percussion – Nathan Gillis
Bass – Matt Curtis
Lead Guitar/ Backing Vocals- Ryan Kiefer

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ALICE COOPER performs “Rock Candy” with Sammy Hagar and Richie Sambora

Drummer Glen Sobel (IMPELLITTERIORIANTHISIXX A:MPAUL GILBERT) has posted footage of the MONTROSE classic “Rock Candy” from the annual ALICE COOPER benefit for the Maui Food Bank which took place on New Years eve in Maui, Hawaii.
Alice Cooper and band were joined on stage by actors and rock legends performing their biggest hits, covers and some left field surprises with the AC band members serving as house band. Steven Tyler (AEROSMITH), Sammy Hagar (CHICKENFOOTVAN HALEN), Richie Sambora (BON JOVI), ‘Weird’ Al YankovicPat Simmons(DOOBIE BROTHERS), producer Bob Rock (METALLICAMOTLEY CRUE) and actor Keith Carradine all performed along with actor Tom Arnold as the evenings emcee.
Original MONTROSE frontman Sammy Hagar and Richie Sambora took the stage with the band on “Rock Candy” which can be viewed below or at this location: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=di153Q83xaMAlice’s band for the night consisted of  Orianthi and Ryan Roxie on guitars, Chuck Garric on bass, and Glen Sobel on drums.  (Glen Sobel online: www.glensobel.com)

CHICKENFOOT DEBUT NEW LIVE VIDEO

After re-releasing “Chickenfoot I” this week, the band has debuted a live video for “Something Goes Wrong” at Rollingstone.com today, which appears as a live bonus track on the new release. Click HERE to view.

Sammy Hagar comments: “Normally, I write positive lyrics, but when Joe brought me the music it was spooky,” Hagar tells Rolling Stone. “So, I just wrote about what I saw around me in the present and tied it into the four elements: earth, air, fire and water in what we call a solar year, or a 2,000 year cycle.”

The release features live tracks recorded throughout the “Different Devil” tour this past spring while supporting their latest record, “Chickenfoot III.”

CHICKENFOOT released “Chickenfoot III” late last year to much critical praise. “It’s hard to hate big-boned butt rock from guys clearly making it because they still love the form,” said ROLLING STONE.

BILLBOARD said, “It’s a rare case of a group that’s equal to – or perhaps even greater than – the sum of its parts…this is an album that really wins hearts with its granite thump’n’roll.” USA TODAY went as far to say that “Chickenfoot III” could be “the beginning of a riff-driven renaissance.”

In addition to a GRAMMY Nomination for “Best Recording Package,” “Chickenfoot III” saw two top five singles on the Classic Rock charts with “Big Foot” and “Different Devil.”

CHICKENFOOT TO DEBUT LIVE TRACK, RE-RELEASE FIRST RECORD THIS MONTH

With the re-release of “Chickenfoot I” right around the corner, Ultimateclassicrock.com is debuting one of the live bonus tracks today. Click HERE to listen to “Lighten Up!”

Having established themselves in record time as one of the earth’s premier rock bands with their Gold-certified self-titled debut, CHICKENFOOT will be re-releasing their self-titled, “Chickenfoot,” as a deluxe double disc version on October 16th, 2012. Frontman Sammy Hagar comments:

“Chickenfoot 1 will always be special to me for exactly what it is. Our former label went out of business and the album had been discontinued. You could not find the album anywhere, which is crazy! We got the masters back and our new label will re-release the 1st album and we thought we should include some live tracks from ‘Chickenfoot lll’.”

The release will feature live tracks recorded on the “Different Devil” tour this past spring while supporting their latest record, “Chickenfoot III.”

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With the re-release of “Chickenfoot I” right around the corner, Ultimateclassicrock.com is debuting one of the live bonus tracks today. Click HERE to listen to “Lighten Up!”

Having established themselves in record time as one of the earth’s premier rock bands with their Gold-certified self-titled debut, CHICKENFOOT will be re-releasing their self-titled, “Chickenfoot,” as a deluxe double disc version on October 16th, 2012. Frontman Sammy Hagar comments:

“Chickenfoot 1 will always be special to me for exactly what it is. Our former label went out of business and the album had been discontinued. You could not find the album anywhere, which is crazy! We got the masters back and our new label will re-release the 1st album and we thought we should include some live tracks from ‘Chickenfoot lll’.”

The release will feature live tracks recorded on the “Different Devil” tour this past spring while supporting their latest record, “Chickenfoot III.”

DISC 1
Avienda Revolution
Soap On A Rope
Sexy Little Thing
Oh Yeah
Runnin Out
Get It Up
Down The Drain
My Kinda Girl
Learning To Fall
Turnin Left
Future Is The Past

DISC 2
Bitten By The Wolf
Lighten Up (Live in Chicago 5/12/12)
Big Foot (Live in Seattle 6/6/12)
Last Temptation (Live in Seattle 6/6/12)
Something Going Wrong (Live in Boston 5/16/12)

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CHICKENFOOT released “Chickenfoot III” late last year to much critical praise. “It’s hard to hate big-boned butt rock from guys clearly making it because they still love the form,” said ROLLING STONE.

BILLBOARD said, “It’s a rare case of a group that’s equal to – or perhaps even greater than – the sum of its parts…this is an album that really wins hearts with its granite thump’n’roll.” USA TODAY went as far to say that “Chickenfoot III” could be “the beginning of a riff-driven renaissance.”

In addition to a GRAMMY Nomination for “Best Recording Package,” “Chickenfoot III” saw two top five singles on the Classic Rock charts with “Big Foot” and “Different Devil.”

CHICKENFOOT TO RE-RELEASE FIRST ALBUM WITH LIVE BONUS TRACKS

Having established themselves in record time as one of the earth’s premier rock bands with their Gold-certified self-titled debut, CHICKENFOOT will be re-releasing their self-titled, “Chickenfoot,” as a deluxe double disc version on October 16th, 2012. Frontman Sammy Hagar comments:

“Chickenfoot 1 will always be special to me for exactly what it is. Our former label went out of business and the album had been discontinued. You could not find the album anywhere, which is crazy! We got the masters back and our new label will re-release the 1st album and we thought we should include some live tracks from ‘Chickenfoot lll’.”

The release will feature live tracks recorded on the “Different Devil” tour this past spring while supporting their latest record, “Chickenfoot III.”

DISC 1
Avienda Revolution
Soap On A Rope
Sexy Little Thing
Oh Yeah
Runnin Out
Get It Up
Down The Drain
My Kinda Girl
Learning To Fall
Turnin Left
Future Is The Past

DISC 2
Bitten By The Wolf
Lighten Up (Live in Chicago 5/12/12)
Big Foot (Live in Seattle 6/6/12)
Last Temptation (Live in Seattle 6/6/12)
Something Going Wrong (Live in Boston 5/16/12)

CHICKENFOOT released “Chickenfoot III” late last year to much critical praise. “It’s hard to hate big-boned butt rock from guys clearly making it because they still love the form,” said ROLLING STONE.

BILLBOARD said, “It’s a rare case of a group that’s equal to – or perhaps even greater than – the sum of its parts…this is an album that really wins hearts with its granite thump’n’roll.” USA TODAY went as far to say that “Chickenfoot III” could be “the beginning of a riff-driven renaissance.”

In addition to a GRAMMY Nomination for “Best Recording Package,” “Chickenfoot III” saw two top five singles on the Classic Rock charts with “Big Foot” and “Different Devil.”

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

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

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

KISS Gruntz Dressed to Kill figures in the PMM office

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

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

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

Jerry Only-Misfits bobblehead in the PMM office

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