Monday, April 29, 2013

DAYBREAK EMBRACE studio updates (video)


Our friends DAYBREAK EMBRACE have had two No. 1 songs on Rockfile Radio FIRE, "Thirty Six" and "Suffocate" from their debut, Tomorrow Awaits.  They are currently in the studio working on album No 2 and have posted several bits of progress! 







From their debut:













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TESSERACT releases rehearsal footage (video)



TESSERACT is gearing up for the release of their upcoming album and European tour. The band has been rehearsing non-stop and recently recorded footage of them in their practice space jamming on the track "Singularity". 



"Singularity" is part of the "Of Energy" movement from Altered State and has been chosen as the first single and video off the album which will be release May 27th & 28th.



source: TesseracT






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Friday, April 26, 2013

SLASH speaks up for sharks (video)


SLASH recently filmed a spot for Shark Friendly Marinas in which he explains a new campaign to combat the slaughter of sharks and urges his fans to get involved. He says in the clip, "Recent data shows that over 100 million sharks are being killed a year. That's three sharks every second. That's unsustainable and it's not cool. We need sharks to have a healthy ocean. Please get involved by ending the harvest. Don't buy shark products, don't fish for sharks and if you happen to catch one, catch and release. Let it go."


Slash and Shark Friendly Marinas managing director Luke Tipple — who's also in the clip — urge viewers to visit the Shark Friendly Marinas web site for more information or to donate to the cause. Slash is a fierce advocate for animals and serves as a board member at the Los Angeles Zoo, for which he has also filmed several promo spots.
 




















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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Happy Birthday FISH (video)



Derek William Dick, better known as Fish, (born April 25, 1958, Dalkeith, Midlothian, Scotland) is a Scottish singer, lyricist and occasional actor, best known as the former lead singer of the neo-progressive rock band Marillion.

Fish was educated at Dalkeith High School. He was inspired by the music of many of the rock artists of the late 1960s and early 1970s, including Genesis, Pink Floyd, The Moody Blues, Yes, Van der Graaf Generator, The Kinks, T. Rex, David Bowie, Argent and The Alex Harvey Band. As well as his love for music, he was also a voracious reader, and his literary inspirations included Jack Kerouac, Truman Capote, Robert Burns and Dylan Thomas.
After working as a petrol pump attendant, gardener and forestry worker, Fish came to the public's attention in 1981 with the British rock group Marillion. The band achieved chart success in the UK, attaining top-ten hits in 1985 with "Kayleigh" and "Lavender", and again in 1987 with "Incommunicado". In 1988, Fish left Marillion in order to pursue his solo career. Many of Fish's later works contain lengthy spoken word lyrics, shorter examples of which can be heard on earlier Marillion albums. Vocally, Fish has sometimes been compared to Peter Gabriel, lead singer of Genesis in the 1970s. Music journalist David Hepworth described his voice as a “conflation of Roger Daltrey and Peter Gabriel”. Peter Hammill of Van der Graaf Generator was also a major influence on his songwriting and vocal delivery, which is especially notable on the first two Marillion albums.








According to Fish himself, his nickname originates from the amount of time he spent in the bathtub. Fish has one daughter, Tara.


FISH's albums:

    1990: Vigil in a Wilderness of Mirrors
    1991: Internal Exile
    1993: Songs from the Mirror
    1994: Suits
    1997: Sunsets on Empire
    1999: Raingods with Zippos
    2001: Fellini Days
    2004: Field of Crows
    2007: 13th Star
    2013: Feast of Consequences








source: wikipedia







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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Help TWELVE FOOT NINJA create an epic! (video)


The dynamic Australian band TWELVE FOOT NINJA have already created some very tasty rock videos (see below) but they have a plan to make a real EPIC! So, they have started a fund-raising campaign and they are already more than half way there. You have to give them credit for originality!



From the band:

"Internet trolls aka keyboard warriors: their cyber bullying pollutes the Internet with the primary objective of bringing people down. We, Twelve Foot Ninja, are embarking on an ambitious music video project to play out the most extreme, fantastical retaliation story we could conjure! Aiding us in combating this contentious issue: U.S band Periphery, a 7ft stuffed brown bear and a Penthouse model (to name just a few).

Want to see it? Well we need your help to make it all happen!

If we had a dollar for every Facebook, Twitter or Youtube comment asking us to make another music video we could have paid off multiple music videos by now, hence this crowd funding campaign. 


To make this concept a reality we will require more resources, more expertise, more crew, more special effects and more funding in order to make a truly EPIC music video. How EPIC? We're talking creating an actual troll using Lord of The Rings quality prosthetics, Quentin Tarantino quality gore, a fully choreographed fight scene, building props to smash, military grade weaponry, and if you can imagine...Mincing a troll into burger patties to be dowsed in mustard and ketchup and devoured by Periphery and Twelve Foot Ninja! Don't you think that would be satisfying!?"


Here is the link to the campaign: http://www.pozible.com/project/20103



Earlier videos:

















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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

TESSERACT release "Of Mind - Nocturne" (audio)


UK progressive rock band TESSERACT will release their second full length album, Altered State, on May 27th throughout Europe, and on May 28th in North America through Century Media Records. Altered State was produced, mixed, mastered and engineered by TesseracT guitarist, Acle Kahney, assisted by bassist, Amos Williams at Acle's 4D Sounds studio, and marks the first full release with new vocalist, Ashe O'Hara.







The official track listing for Altered State:

'Of Matter - Proxy'
'Of Matter - Retrospect'
'Of Matter - Resist'
'Of Mind - Nocturne'
'Of Mind - Exile'
'Of Reality - Eclipse'
'Of Reality - Palingenisis'
'Of Reality - Calabi-Yau'
'Of Energy - Singularity'
'Of Energy - Embers'



Teaser videos:


















source: TesseracT





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Monday, April 22, 2013

UPROAR Festival announces lineup (video)



ROCKSTAR ENERGY UPROAR FESTIVAL
BAND LINEUP ANNOUNCED
FOURTH ANNUAL TOURING ROCK MUSIC AND LIFESTYLE FESTIVAL
FEATURING ALICE IN CHAINS, ALSO WITH JANE’S ADDICTION,
AS WELL AS COHEED AND CAMBRIA AND CIRCA SURVIVE
ON THE ROCKSTAR MAIN STAGE



The fourth annual Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival will include a stellar lineup of multi-platinum superstars and breaking talent, featuring Alice In Chains, also with Jane’s Addiction. These seminal alternative rock bands will be joined by Coheed and Cambria and Circa Survive on the Rockstar Energy Main Stage. The Ernie Ball Festival Stage will host performances from Walking Papers (featuring Duff McKagan), Middle Class Rut, New Politics, Danko Jones, Chuck Shaffer Picture Show and the local Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands winner in each market.
The touring rock music and lifestyle festival will travel across North America from August 9 through September 15, 2013.


"I think it's going to be a fun tour and we’re really looking forward to it. It's only going to happen that one time, that way, and you're going to be there," says Jerry Cantrell of Alice In Chains.



Tickets for most Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival shows go on sale Thursday, April 25 at Noon local time and are affordably priced between $10.25 and $89.75 (plus fees). Go to www.RockstarUPROAR.com and www.LiveNation.com for full details and to purchase tickets.


“We’re excited to bring a diverse lineup to this year’s Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival,” says festival producer John Reese. Festival producer John Oakes comments, “Having such groundbreaking rock bands and incredible rising talent performing together will be an amazing experience for longtime fans and UPROAR newcomers.”


Check out an UPROAR exclusive interview with Alice In Chains’ Jerry Cantrell and Sean Kinney: http://bit.ly/XVL0FB.


Also, visit http://bit.ly/UPROARTV to see video clips of some of this year’s Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival bands talking about the tour.


The Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival will be giving away a trip for two to the September 15 show in Irvine, CA. The grand prize winner will receive roundtrip airfare for two from a U.S. city, hotel accommodations, airport transfers, $500 spending cash, and 2 front row tickets to the show. Go to http://bit.ly/2013flyaway to enter for a chance to win.


The Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival is proud to continue its alliance with MusiCares®, a nonprofit health and human service organization established in 1989 by The Recording Academy® that helps members of the music industry in times of financial, medical and personal hardship. Various fundraising and awareness campaigns will be implemented to support this charity and others which will be announced soon. More information can be found at www.RockstarUPROAR.com/causes.


Look for details about the 2013 Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands to be announced in the coming weeks. As part of the 2012 Battle Of The Bands grand prize package, winners the Chuck Shaffer Picture Show will perform on the Ernie Ball Festival Stage for the entire 2013 UPROAR trek. The band recently recorded an EP with legendary producer Jay Baumgardner at NRG Recording Studios in Hollywood, CA, and won $10,000 worth of music gear and many other prizes as a result of being named the grand prize winner in this annual competition for unsigned bands.


The Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival will entertain fans for a full afternoon and evening, with performances from the hottest rock bands, along with a concourse midway featuring band autograph signings, vendors and other activities.


The current Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival tour dates are as follows:

                                 
Fri 9-Aug - Scranton, PA - Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain
Sat 10-Aug - Hartford, CT - The Comcast Theatre
Sun 11-Aug - Darien Center, NY - Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Tue 13-Aug - Saratoga, NY - Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Wed 14-Aug - Mansfield, MA - Comcast Center
Fri 16-Aug - Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube Live
Sat 17-Aug - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
Sun 18-Aug - Wantagh, NY - Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Tue 20-Aug - Toronto, ON - Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Thu 22-Aug - Tinley Park, IL - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Fri 23-Aug - Noblesville, IN - Klipsch Music Center
Sat 24-Aug - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theater
Tue 27-Aug - Oklahoma City, OK - Zoo Amphitheater
Wed 28-Aug - Dallas, TX - Gexa Energy Pavilion
Thu 29-Aug - The Woodlands, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion *
Sat 31-Aug - Albuquerque, NM - Isleta Amphitheatre
Sun 1-Sept - Denver, CO - Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
Mon 2-Sept - Salt Lake City, UT - USANA Amphitheatre
Sun 8-Sept - Ridgefield, WA - Sleep Country Amphitheater *
Wed 11-Sept - San Francisco, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre
Fri 13-Sept - Phoenix, AZ - Desert Sky Pavilion
Sat 14-Sept - Chula Vista, CA - Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Sun 15-Sept - Irvine, CA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

*Main Stage bands only



The Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival is made possible through the support of sponsors including Rockstar Energy Drink, Ernie Ball Guitar Strings, Zippo Lighters, Schecter Guitar Research, Air Force Reserve, truth® Youth Smoking Prevention Campaign, SQUATCH, Matador Beef Jerky, Lunarpages



www.RockstarUPROAR.com

www.facebook.com/RockstarUPROAR

https://twitter.com/rockstaruproar

www.youtube.com/user/RockstarUPROAR


















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OPETH Newbury Comics Performance (video)


To celebrate Record Store Day, Swedish rockers OPETH performed a 5-song set at Newbury Comics in Leominster, Massachusetts on April 20, 2013. (If you ever get a chance to visit, Newbury Comics is an amazing store for comics, movies and music!)

Their US tour with Katatonia continues until May 25th. We will be chatting with OPETH May 2nd! Check out this fan-shot footage:


















source: Adam Morin






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Saturday, April 20, 2013

AMORPHIS release "Hopeless Days" (video)

Finland's AMORPHIS released their latest album, Circle, April 19th in Europe and will unleash it on April 30th in North America on Nuclear Blast Records. Production and mixing duties for the follow-up to 2011's "The Beginning Of Times" were handled by Peter Tägtgren (HYPOCRISY, PAIN) who has previously worked with such bands as CHILDREN OF BODOM, CELTIC FROST, IMMORTAL and DIMMU BORGIR.

Check out the video for "Hopeless Days":



AMORPHIS vocalist Tomi Joutsen says about the album: "The mystic, androgynous person on the cover represents a spiritual guide. This character was sent from another time and place to help the album's protagonist find a new path for his life."

"Circle" tracks:

01. Shades Of Gray
02. Mission
03. The Wanderer
04. Narrow Path
05. Hopeless Days
06. Nightbird's Song
07. Into The Abyss
08. Enchanted By The Moon
09. A New Day
10. Dead Man's Dream (bonus track)

The album's limited digibook edition features a bonus DVD containing: The Making Of "Circle" and Nightbird's Song (video clip)

Along with the CD+DVD digibook version, "Circle" will be available on CD (minus the bonus track), black 2LP in gatefold, brown 2LP in gatefold and as a huge limited box, including three bonus tracks and a wristband, exclusively via the Nuclear Blast online store.

Guitarist and founding member Esa Holopainen said: "While promoting 'The Beginning Of Times', we started to feel that we were giving the same explanations over and over again when people asked about the studio process and how the songs came about. Even though the music was very strong, the making process didn't offer any surprises and appeared to be quite secured. Now the addition of a new dimension to the developing process has inspired us to focus on our material even more. The songs are extremely strong, bombastic and skull-pummelling."







source: Amorphis







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Happy Birthday MIKE PORTNOY (video)

 Michael Stephen "Mike" Portnoy (born April 20, 1967) is an American drummer primarily known as the former drummer, backing vocalist, and a co-founder of the progressive metal band Dream Theater. Known for his drumming prowess and technical skill, Portnoy has won 26 awards from the Modern Drummer magazine. He co-produced six Dream Theater albums with guitarist John Petrucci, starting from Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory through Black Clouds and Silver Linings. From A Change of Seasons onwards, Portnoy had been writing a significant amount of Dream Theater's lyrics. He is the second youngest person (after Neil Peart) to be inducted into the Modern Drummer's Hall of Fame (at 37 years of age).




Besides his work with Dream Theater, Portnoy is known for his many side projects and tribute bands. He is a founding member of Liquid Tension Experiment, an instrumental progressive rock band featuring fellow Dream Theater members John Petrucci and Jordan Rudess along with bassist Tony Levin. He is also a founding member of Transatlantic, a progressive rock "super-group" featuring Spock's Beard keyboardist/vocalist Neal Morse, Flower Kings guitarist Roine Stolt and Marillion bassist Pete Trewavas. Portnoy has also recorded and/or toured/performed live with Neal Morse, OSI, Hail!, Stone Sour, Fates Warning, Overkill, G3 and played on Avenged Sevenfold's album Nightmare in place of their late drummer, The Rev. Over the years, Portnoy has also created tribute bands to The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Rush, and The Who, which has allowed him to perform the music of his four favorite drummers.




In September 2010, Portnoy announced that he had left Dream Theater after 25 years. Since his departure, Portnoy has started two new projects. One is called Adrenaline Mob, a straight rock/metal band with Russell Allen, singer of Symphony X, and guitarist Mike Orlando. He has also started a progressive pop oriented band with Steve Morse, Neal Morse, Dave LaRue, and Casey McPherson called Flying Colors.











source: wikipedia






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Friday, April 19, 2013

BLACK SABBATH - "God Is Dead?" (audio)


We now have the first full song from the new Black Sabbath album, give it a listen and let us know what you think!

"God Is Dead?" is the new single from Black Sabbath from their upcoming album '13'. Preorder your own copy of '13' from iTunes and get an instant download of "God Is Dead?"




Artwork by Heather Cassils

Be the first to get information about the new Black Sabbath album: 







source: Black Sabbath





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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Happy Birthday MARK TREMONTI (video)


Mark Thomas Tremonti (born April 18, 1974) is an American musician and songwriter, best known as the lead guitarist of the American rock bands Creed and Alter Bridge. He is a founding member of both bands, and has also collaborated with many other artists over the years. He released his debut solo album, All I Was, in July 2012.







Since his early years with Creed, Tremonti has received positive recognition as a guitarist and songwriter and has received a number of accolades, including one Grammy Award for Creed's single "With Arms Wide Open." He was also named "Guitarist of the Year" for three consecutive years by Guitar World, and in 2011 he was listed in Total Guitar magazine as the fourth greatest heavy metal guitarist of all time. As a vocalist, he has a high baritone vocal range.
















source: wikipedia






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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Happy Birthday MIKAEL ÅKERFELDT (video)

 Lars Mikael Åkerfeldt (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈoːkərfɛlt]) (born April 17, 1974) is a Swedish musician who achieved fame as the lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter of progressive death metal band Opeth as well as the former lead vocalist of death metal band Bloodbath. He was the vocalist and guitarist for the band Sörskogen, guitarist for the band Steel, and is part of the collaboration Storm Corrosion with Steven Wilson.
He is known for his progressive rock-influenced songwriting style and his frequent use of both clean and growled vocals. On stage, he is notably interactive with audiences, frequently making the audiences laugh with his dry humour, and giving humorous anedotes between songs.

Åkerfeldt was ranked 9th in the book The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists, #42 out of 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Guitarists of All Time by Guitar World along with Peter Lindgren, and #11 among "The Top 25 Modern Metal Guitarists" on MetalSucks.









source: wikipedia






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Happy Birthday MAYNARD JAMES KEENAN (video)


Maynard James Keenan (born James Herbert Keenan; April 17, 1964) is an American rock singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, winemaker, and actor. He is originally from Ohio, but spent his high school and college years in Michigan. After serving in the Army in the early 1980s, he attended Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids. He moved to Los Angeles, California in 1988 to pursue a career in interior design and set construction. Shortly thereafter, he formed the band Tool with Adam Jones.


Keenan is best known as the lead singer of the multi-platinum rock bands Tool and A Perfect Circle. He has released four studio albums with Tool, and three with A Perfect Circle. In 2003, he created Puscifer as a side project, and in October 2007, financed and released its first studio album. Since rising to fame, Keenan has been noted as being a recluse; however, he does emerge to support charitable causes.

In addition to his music career, he has performed improvisational stand-up comedy and ventured into acting. He currently owns Merkin Vineyards and the associated winery, Caduceus Cellars, and also partly owns Stronghold Vineyards, all of which are located in Arizona, where he lives. Among other business ventures, he is a partner in the Los Angeles restaurant Cobras & Matadors, and also owns an organic produce market in Cornville, Arizona, which features a food court and a tasting room for his wines.





source: wikipedia





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Monday, April 15, 2013

ALICE IN CHAINS releases "Stone" (video)

ALICE IN CHAINS has released a lyric video for the new track "Stone" from their fifth studio album, the second with vocalist William DuVall titled, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here (Due May 28th) Now that we have heard two tracks, are you as stoked as we are??




The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
Track List

‘Voices’
‘Low Ceiling’
‘Stone’
‘The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here’
‘Hollow’
‘Lab Monkey’
‘Hung On A Hook’
‘Pretty Done’
‘Breath On A Window’
‘Choke’
‘Phantom Limb’
















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Thursday, April 11, 2013

ALICE IN CHAINS live on Jimmy Kimmel (video)


ALICE IN CHAINS were the musical guests on last night's (Wednesday, April 10th) edition ABC-TV's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" The band performed three songs — "Stone", "Hollow" and "Man In The Box" — on the show's outdoor stage in front of a standing-room-only crowd. ALICE IN CHAINS' new album, "The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here", is scheduled for release on May 28.






"The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here" was recorded in Los Angeles with producer Nick Raskulinecz (FOO FIGHTERS, DEFTONES, RUSH). ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist Jerry Cantrell recently told Rolling Stone that the CD is "a unique record that's completely different from anything we ever did," adding, "The band is moving ahead in new territory that we haven't been to before, but we haven't lost our identity." 

The Pulse Of Radio asked Cantrell to talk more about the band's evolution on its fifth studio effort. "The cool thing about record is it's a snapshot of time, of that group of individuals," he said. "And when you line up all of those records back to back, you can see where the band changes, evolves, you can maybe feel what they're going through, you know, and I think you could probably say that with all of our records. You can get a pretty good snapshot of what's going on there and, you know, we're in a different place now."
Cantrell told Revolver magazine that the title track's lyrics take on the beliefs of certain organized religions, saying, "What I've seen is the most basic message to most faith systems is in contradiction with how it gets applied . . . It always amazes me that some of the most hateful and hurtful things are done in the name of some sort of belief system."

"The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here" is ALICE IN CHAINS' second with William DuVall on vocals. It follows up 2009's "Black Gives Way To Blue", the group's first all-new collection of material in 14 years and first since the 2002 death of original singer Layne Staley.

"The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here" track listing:

01. Hollow
02. Pretty Done
03. Stone
04. Voices
05. The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
06. Lab Monkey
07. Low Ceiling
08. Breath On A Window
09. Scalpel
10. Phantom Limb
11. Hung On A Hook
12. Choke















source: blabbermouth






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SOUND OF CONTACT releases debut album teaser (video)



SOUND OF CONTACT is a new "supergroup" led by Simon Collins (Phil's son). They recently played their first-ever gig at the Marillion Weekend in Montreal, and they’ll tour as support to Spock’s Beard and Beardfish as part of InsideOut’s 20th anniversary celebrations across Europe.  Prog Magazine just debuted the teaser trailer featuring clips from the entire album:


Collins recently told Prog: “There’s a lot of interplay between drums and keys, many of the sections have a sort of film score quality to them as well. I couldn’t be happier with it.”
The band’s debut album Dimensionaut, due out on May 20 via InsideOut Music.

STUDIO BAND
Simon Collins - Vocals, Drums, Sound Design, Producer
Dave Kerzner - Keyboards, Backing Vocals, Sound Design, Producer
Kelly Nordstrom - Guitars, Bass
Matt Dorsey - Guitars, Bass, Backing Vocals
Special Guest: Hannah Stobart (Vocals)
Special Guest: Wells Cunningham (Cello)

LIVE BAND
Simon Collins - Vocals, Drums
Dave Kerzner - Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Matt Dorsey - Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals
John Wesley Dearth - Guitars
Ronen Gordon - Drums



Spock’s Beard, Beardfish, Sound Of Contact tour

May 3: Corporation, Sheffield, UK
May 4: The Arches, Glasgow, UK
May 5: Academy 2, Newcastle, UK
May 6: Robin 2, Bilston, UK
May 7: The Garage, London, UK
May 8: La Scene Bastille, Paris, France
May 9: Z7, Pratteln, Switzerland
May 10: Hirsch, Nürnberg, Germany
May 11: Majestic, Bratislava, Slovakia
May 12: A38, Budapest, Hungary
May 14: Szene, Vienna, Austria
May 15: Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg, Germany
May 16: Das Rind, Rüsselsheim, Germany
May 17: Zeche, Bochum, Germany
May 18: De Boerderij, Zoetermeer, Netherlands
May 19: Markthalle, Hamburg, Germany




source: Prog Magazine




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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

How to make your own HOUSE OF GOLD & BONES (video)


STONE SOUR has released the second part of their concept album, The House Of Gold & Bones and if you own both CDs, you can make your own HoGaB!  And here is how:





Worldwide Tour Dates: http://stonesour.com/events







source: Stone Sour






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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Happy Birthday KEVIN MARTIN (video)

Kevin Martin (born April 9, 1969 in Elgin, Illinois) is an American hard rock singer who is best known as lead vocalist of the band Candlebox. He also provides lead vocals for the bands The Gracious Few and The Hiwatts.

Martin and drummer Scott Mercado set out to start a band in 1990. Candlebox was formed in 1991 after guitarist Peter Klett and bassist Bardi Martin joined them. They gained a Billboard 200 top 10 hit in 1993 with their self-titled debut album, released by Maverick Records. The album's success was largely due to the single "Far Behind," a song written about two of Martin's friends who suffered heroin overdoses. The single reached number 18 on the US Hot 100 and was a top 10 hit in both the US Modern Rock and US Mainstream Rock charts.






Candlebox released two more albums in the 1990s, but following several line-up changes and diminishing commercial success, the group broke up in an apparent attempt to be released from the Maverick label. Maverick considered Martin the sole remaining member of Candlebox and demanded a fourth studio album before finally terminating his contract in 2000. As a result, he would no longer receive album sale royalties while the other band members would. As of April 2011 Kevin has started receiving his royalties for all 3 Candlebox records.

 
Following Candlebox's demise, Martin became lead vocalist for the band The Hiwatts. The group recorded the album The Possibility of Being in 2002 and began touring in early 2003. In late 2005, Martin was asked to rejoin Candlebox to promote their The Best of Candlebox compilation. The band subsequently signed with the Silent Majority Group label and began working on a new album. In 2007, Martin recorded vocals with label mates Tantric for the song "The One" from their album, The End Begins. The new Candlebox album, Into the Sun, was released in 2008 and was promoted by an extensive tour.



In 2009 Martin was invited by three former members of the band Live to form The Gracious Few, a supergroup which also includes Sean Hennesy, a member of The Hiwatts who had also joined the re-formed Candlebox as rhythm guitarist for their live shows. The Gracious Few released their self-titled debut album in September 2010 and toured the US and Europe into 2011 to promote it.















source: wikipedia





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