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TEARS ON TAPE: Ville Valo Discusses H.I.M’s Longevity, New Album and More!

TEARS ON TAPE: Ville Valo Discusses H.I.M’s Longevity, New Album and More!

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There’s a lot more to a record than simple notes, lyrics, and sounds. An impactful piece of music always remains wrapped in emotion. Love, hate, sadness, and joy resound at the greatest decibel imaginable. At the end of the day, a song’s feeling will carry on as long as the melody will—and just as loudly. HIM holds that philosophy in the highest regard on its eighth full-length studio album, ‘Tears On Tape’ [Razor & Tie]. The platinum-selling Finnish quintet—Ville Valo (Vocals), “Linde” (Guitars), “Migé” (Bass), “Burton” (Keyboards), and “Gas” (Drums)—finds rapture in divine rock ‘n’ roll hooks, eerie synths, and elegantly cinematic lyrics. You’ll undoubtedly feel each tear they shed.

After touring heavily behind 2010’s ‘Screamworks: Love in Theory and Practice, Chapters 1-13,’ the band began taking its next step musically. However, it wasn’t as easy as these five musicians might’ve hoped it would be. Drummer “Gas” had sustained a repetitive strained injury in his hand, and his doctors weren’t even sure if he would ever play drums again. It left the future of the legendary band in doubt. After waiting eight long months for him to return to action, the band found themselves ready to write the next chapter in the story of HIM.

That next chapter sees Valo and Co. venture into a new territory once again, while upholding the pillars of their patented “Love Metal” of course. They cut the album in their native Finland at Helsinki’s Finnvox Studios, the site of some of their seminal work including their debut ‘Greatest Love Songs Vol. 666’ and 2003’s ‘Love Metal’. In addition, they tapped longtime collaborator Hiili Hiilesmaa for production and Tim Palmer [U2, Ozzy Osbourne, Pearl Jam, Rober Plant] for mixing. The record also boasts paintings from long-time friend BBC Radio’s Daniel P. Carter as cover art. Teaming up with Razor & Tie, they’re marching into their next phase of their career with the powerful tunes that comprise Tears On Tape — an album which will certainly please the band’s truly diehard global fan base that wears the “Heartagram” logo proud. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently sat down with HIM frontman Ville Valo to discuss his musical influences, the creation of ‘Tears On Tape,’ the longevity of the band and what the future may hold for them.

It’s great to speak with you again, Ville. It has been a while since our last interview and we are excited to get the word out on the new album. Thanks for taking time out to talk with us today.

It is a pleasure, a pleasure indeed but don’t thank me yet! [laughs]

PrintH.I.M. has been around for many years and developed an amazing fan following. I wanted to go back to the beginning and learn about how music originally came into your life.

My daddy was a taxi driver when I was a kid. He would always take me to school and listen to old school blues a lot, so I grew up listening to Bo Diddley, Ry Cooder and whatnot. There was also old reggae, The Temptations and the Motown stuff as well. Those are really the first things that come to mind when I think of how music came into my life. Then, all of a sudden, I found rock ‘n’ roll. It was the early ‘80s, it was the time of making mix tapes on cassettes. Then I bought my first album, which was “Animalize” by KISS on vinyl. I thought a lot of the band and that Gene Simmons was so incredibly cool that I started playing bass guitar. That is basically what I did when I was 8 or 9 years old. That was how I got into music.

What was it about music that made you pursue it as a career instead of following a different path?

I think it was a series of lucky accidents. When I was about 14, I started playing at pubs already as a bass player. It was around that age I just started to get a bit of money out of it. It was a way of living I just couldn’t change. I didn’t want to change it for the world. I loved it. I played in six or seven bands at the time. I was playing a lot, not getting payed proper or anything like that but I was still living with my parents, so it was fine. After I got finished with school, I guess I was 17 or 18, I was at the point where people start to think about what they will study or what they will become. I realized there was nothing I wanted to do besides music. My parents were really supportive and helped me out with my first rent, instruments, strings and stuff like that and made it way easy for me to actually concentrate on music instead of figuring what I am was doing for my next loaf of bread.

With that said, did you have any idea when you picked up the instrument or even the mic for the first time it would lead you to a successful career?

Well, definitely not. Obviously, there are always high hopes. I think if you want to start off playing in a rock band, you definitely do want to be the first band to play on the moon and so forth. You have to have high hopes. That is required. You have to be a bit of a daydreamer and think everything is possible. For me, it all happened little baby step by little baby step. It has taken us ages to get this far and the journey is still going on, so it is tough to say what would have happened, if certain things wouldn’t have happened. The only thing I know now is that there is so much luck involved in the whole business that it is definitely not about talent. Talent doesn’t hurt but it is not the main thing. Timing, luck and a few decent songs.

You had your fair share of ups and downs along the way. To what do you attribute the longevity of the band?

It is probably the fact we grew up together. I met our bass player when I was 8 or 9 years old and we bonded over bass playing. We were fans of Steve Harris from Iron Maiden and all of that stuff. I have known most of the guys in the band before we had H.I.M. Now, being 36, I have spent more than half of my life in this band and it is such an integral part of who I am as a person that it is not just about music, it is a brotherhood. I think that is the main reason we have been able to sustain and keep it together for such a long time.

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Your drummer, Mika “Gas Lipstick” Karppinen, suffered a repetitive stress injury at the end of 2011. From what I read, you said it caused you guys to reevaluate if you would carry on as a band. How close was the band to calling it a day and what made you push through and carry on?

It was quite tough. We started working on the latest album, “Tears On Tape,” about two-and-a-half years ago. It was around that time his hand started acting up and we didn’t know what was going on. We realized we couldn’t rehearse and he went to see a gazillion, bazillion different doctors. They weren’t able to give us a proper prognosis. We had to wait a month at a time to see if there was any positive development there. After about six months or so, every one began to stress out and start freaking out about what would happen with the whole band and if we would be able to continue. Since we have the brotherhood type of vibe in this band, we just wanted to wait it out and be absolutely sure. If Gas wasn’t able to play, we would then have had to figure out what to do next but we didn’t want to give up. I kept on working on songs and demo-ing them back home while he was healing. I think it was late May of last year that he said he was feeling good enough to come back to the rehearsal space and pound some skins proper. That is basically what we did and everything fell into place and was fine. He hasn’t had any trouble since, so triumph through tribulation, I guess.

How did you arrive at the title “Tears On Tape” and what does it mean to you?

I had that song written down for quite some time and it is an ode to our idols, like Black Sabbath and all those bands. It starts with the lyrics “Church bells toll and the thunder rolls around me.” That is basically just me describing the intro for Black Sabbath’s debut album. For me it is about the nostalgic feeling I get from listening to Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Cat Stevens, Neil Young and those people who shed their blood, sweat and tears on tape back in the day and created the wonderful masterpieces that inspired us to become part of the world of music. It was these icons that led the way and showed us that you don’t have to be a plumber, you can be a sonic plumber! [laughs]

When you headed into the studio for “Tears On Tape,” what were your expectations? Was there something you all had in mind you wanted to achieve?

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‘Tears On Tape’

We more or less wanted to work with the Finnish producer Hiili Hiilesmaa at a studio called Finnvox where we have worked a gazillion times before. We also wanted to use Tim Palmer as the mix engineer. It was exactly the same team we used when we worked on “Love Metal” back in 2003 and on “Venus Doom” a few years later. With that team we pretty much knew what we were going to get but those two gentlemen really made it easy for us to really get deep into the heart of the process as opposed to having to introduce out macabre sense of humor and our musical perversions. It made the whole process fast, easy and painless. That is the reason we wanted to do it that way. We just wanted to have the album more lively, organic and noisy. We wanted it lively and analog in a way, even though it was digitally recorded and we didn’t want to over-polish it. That is what those two people do really well. They let the music live as opposed to crushing it to death.

What can you tell us about your typical songwriting process? Are you doing anything differently these days as opposed to earlier albums?

I think it is really close to how it was. I just find myself in the position of having something emotional to say but I can’t find the right words and then that is when I pick up a guitar. That is how it has always been. It is self expression or self therapy of sorts! I think it is nice that the process is not repetitive and is not the same old, same old every time around. It can start with a lyric, a melody or with the guitar. That is something that keeps us on our toes, I think. I get the basic core ideas down and then head to the rehearsal place where we flesh it up a bit. We turn the volume up to 11 and see how it flies!

How many songs did you write for the album? Was there anything that didn’t make the cut we might hear in the future?

I have always believed in fairly short albums. I think about 40 to 45 minutes is the perfect length for an album. I have never understood people who write 30 songs and then they pick 10 of them. I think I would rather spend my time working on the good songs! [laughs] It might sound a bit odd but I have always thought there is no reason to work on half-assed ideas. Obviously, at times there might be a riff that doesn’t work. The best thing to do is let that riff be for a while and come back to it at some point. A riff needs to be memorable. I don’t always believe in writing or recording riffs down because if you can’t remember the next day, then they are shit. I think that self-editing is one of the most important things I have learned along the way as opposed to having 15 hours of guitar riffs on a CD or cassette somewhere. Some people work like that and it’s fine. I think, at the end of the day, the only thing that matters is the result. I write a chorus and the ones that really speak for me and for the band are the ideas that live their own life and we let that be. That being said, we did try a couple of other songs as well that didn’t quite work yet. I am sure that they will. There was one slow number that was really dirty and doomy. We thought that it would slow down the whole feel of the album too much so we will probably save it for later.

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Looking back on that entire process, what was the biggest challenge in bringing “Tears On Tape” to life?

There were a gazillion different challenges, which is a good thing I think. If it feels easy, then it is wrong. It has to be this stressful and you have to have many a sleepless night. That is an important part of getting on along together so well. All of it was a painful joy, the whole process.

It sounds like you guys are in a terrific place creatively. Is that a fair statement to make?

Yeah, we are switching the gears up to start playing a few gigs in Europe and then a few in The States come May. Then there are festivals and so forth, followed by a proper worldwide tour in the fall. That is the interesting thing, creatively at least, because all the songs change and mutate into something different when you play live. Also, we can’t decide what songs people will gravitate towards. We have to wait it out until the album is out and see how the vibe is. That is interesting because now we have babied the songs in the studio and at the rehearsal place for such a long time and now they are coming out. It is interesting to see what happens with them and if people get them, hate them or something in between.

You mentioned the upcoming tour, which I know we are really excited about as well. Do you approach touring differently today than in the past or is it still mayhem on the road!?

[laughs] I think it is a different kind of mayhem. When we started out as a young band, the tours were really short. That enabled the opportunity of getting fucked up, messing about and all that. I think today we are a bit more responsible but not too responsible. I think there has to be a level when it comes to that thing and it should be balanced.

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Looking back at yourself as an artist, how have you evolved through the years and what have you learned about yourself along the way?

I have learned I am a fairly impatient bastard and that hasn’t changed! [laughs] That being said, I think the biggest change has been that I am a bit more patient than I used to be. People are different and you have to respect everyone’s head space. Some people are quick learners and some aren’t but that doesn’t mean they aren’t good at what they do. The whole band, all five guys, are very different characters. I think that is the strength of the band. For example, our keyboard player is a classically trained guy who loves to play chess, so he has a more mathematical mind. Our bass player is more of a psychedelia guy, who goes with the flow and it is all based on feel. There are all sorts of different aspects and angles in the band and it makes the whole creative process much more interesting.

If you could go back in time to where you were just starting out, what is the best piece of advice you would pass along to yourself?

Probably, brush your teeth or something! [laughs] I think there is little room for regret. It is important to make your mistakes but that doesn’t mean you have to make mistakes on purpose. I am pretty happy with everything I have gone through and everything the band has gone through over the years. We have done good stuff and we have done bad stuff and everything in between and that is important, otherwise, we wouldn’t be here. It can’t all be wine, dance and roses or wine, women and song. I think that would be boring. It is good to have those moral hangovers on occasion!

You mentioned the brotherhood you and your bandmates formed. Do you feel you would overstep your bounds by venturing outside with a solo project at some point? Is that something you are even interested in at this point?

Back in the day, I was figuring it would be nice to do something really left of center, psychedelic and folky but, at the end of day, I think most of what I call my musical perversions I can do with the band as it is. I am really happy about that and it is fairly rare. There is really no reason to fuck it all up.

Are there any misconceptions about yourself out there you can dispel?

No. I think, especially now, with the Internet and all, there is so much misinformation flying about everywhere and you can’t correct it all. The more the people talk about the band or myself, the better! It doesn’t really matter whether it is good or bad as long as people are interested.

I have been a fan of H.I.M. for many years and I have to say that “Tears On Tape” is one of your best outings. Is there anything you would like to say to your fans around the world before I let you go?

Obviously, we have to extend our gratitude for all their patience. I think the interesting things are going to start when the album is out. Just hold your breathe for a couple of weeks longer and peep the album to see how you like it. Then we can have another discussion about the details!

Thanks for your time today, Ville. We will spread the word on the album and look forward to seeing you soon!

Cool! Thank you so much! Take care!

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H.I.M. Launch Pre-Order Bundles For High-Anticipated New Album ‘Tears On Tape’

H.I.M. Launch Pre-Order Bundles For High-Anticipated New Album ‘Tears On Tape’

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HIM has officially launched fan pre-order bundles for their forthcoming new studio album, Tears On Tape (Razor & Tie).   Unique items featured in the various bundles include a limited-edition HIM poster, an album cover T-shirt, a “snake” T-shirt (available for both men and women), a HIM hoodie, and two different colored vinyl pressings.   All bundles include a Tears on Tape digital album download, a poster tube, a Tears on Tape CD or Vinyl, and an “instant gratification” download of a brand-new version of “When Love and Death Embrace” (recorded live in-studio during the recording sessions for the new album).

The first 2000 orders will receive the Deluxe Digipak Edition of Tears On Tape featuring a Bonus DVD with 5 new in-studio videos recorded specifically for this album release. Order now at him.merchnow.com.  

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The complete Tears On Tape track listing is:

  • Unleash The Red
  • All Lips Go Blue
  • Love Without Tears
  • I Will Be The End Of You
  • Tears On Tape
  • Into The Night
  • Hearts At War
  • Trapped In Autumn
  • No Love
  • Drawn & Quartered
  • Lucifer’s Chorale
  • W.L.S.T.D.
  • Kiss The Void

HIM’s upcoming headline Tears On Tour run is close to selling-out with both Los Angeles shows (May 3-4) and New York City (May 10th) already completely Sold-Out.  A second night in New York City has been added (tour dates below).

Tears On Tape will be released on April 30th on Razor & Tie in the United States & Canada. The album will also be released on April 26th in Finland and April 29th in the U.K./Ireland, Germany and the rest of mainland Europe.

The new album is the “Love Metal” band’s eighth official album and was recorded in their home country with long-time producer Hiili Hiilesmaa and mixed by long time-band associate, Tim Palmer (U2, Ozzy Osbourne, Pearl Jam, Robert Plant).

Formed in 1992 by vocalist Ville Valo, guitarist Mikko “Linde” Lindström, and bassist Mikko “Migé” Paananen, HIM’s previous albums have seen them win a worldwide following, becoming the first Finnish act to achieve platinum sales in the U.S.  To date, HIM has sold a combined 1.75 million albums and over 1 million digital tracks in North America. HIM’s current lineup is Valo(Vocals), Linde (Guitars), Migé (Bass), Burton (Keyboards), and Gas (Drums).

HIM U.S. Tour Dates

May 3 – Los Angeles, CA- House Of Blues  (SOLD OUT)

May 4 – Los Angeles, CA- House Of Blues (SOLD OUT)

May 5 – San Francisco, CA- The Fillmore

May 8- Chicago, IL – House Of Blues

May 9 – Toronto Canada -Danforth Music Hall

May 10 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza (SOLD OUT)

May 11 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza

May 12 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre Of Living Arts (SOLD OUT)

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MTV To Air Special Tribute To The Life of Ryan Dunn On November 28th At 10:30 PM!

MTV To Air Special Tribute To The Life of Ryan Dunn On November 28th At 10:30 PM!

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MTV announced today a one-hour special to celebrate and honor the life of the late Ryan Dunn, which will air November 28 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT. The tribute will give viewers an intimate look into Ryan’s life, from his early years in Ohio, to his antics with the Jackass crew, to his untimely death in June of 2011. The special will showcase his charm, charisma and genuine spirit that touched the lives of so many, through accounts by his family and closest friends, including Johnny Knoxville, Rob Dyrdek, Wee Man, Chris Pontius, Jeff Tremaine, Bam Margera and many more.

“It’s a surreal thing to undertake, doing a tribute to our brother Ryan’s life. I still can’t believe he’s gone but we wouldn’t trust anyone else with this, so we are doing the best we can for Ryan, his family, friends, and everyone who loved him,” said, Johnny Knoxville.

“Weaving together footage of Ryan for this special reminds us all of what a special friend he was to so many,” said Van Toffler, President of Viacom’s Music Group. “He is sorely missed by his MTV family and fans, but his mischievous, caring spirit lives on.”

MTV will reveal never-before-seen footage and intimate moments from Ryan’s days on “Viva LA Bam,” to the “Jackass” franchise and more.

The “Ryan Dunn Tribute Special” is executive produced by Jeff Tremaine, Johnny Knoxville, Spike Jonze and Derek Freda.

Prior to the special, MTV will air an all-new episode of “Ridiculousness,” hosted by Rob Dyrdek, at 10:00 p.m., guest starring Ryan Dunn in one of his final television appearances. Ryan is his typical self, energetic and hilarious, as he breaks down some of the most entertaining viral videos on the web with Rob, Chanel and Sterling “Steelo” Brim.

The evening will begin with two encore episodes of “Ridiculousness” featuring Johnny Knoxville at 9:00 p.m. and Jeff Tremaine at 9:30 p.m., and a special encore presentation of “Jackass 3.5” will round out the night at 11:30 p.m.
“Ridiculousness” is executive produced by Rob Dyrdek, Jeff Tremaine, Shane Nickerson and Christian Duguay.  “Ridiculousness” is produced by Dickhouse.  Lauren Dolgen, Michelle Klepper and Kristina Edwards are the MTV executives in charge.

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Jackass Star Ryan Dunn Remembered In Touching Tribute Video

Jackass Star Ryan Dunn Remembered In Touching Tribute Video

A moving tribute that was played at Ryan Dunn‘s memorial service for his family, friends and loved ones who gathered at a memorial held at Paramount Pictures in Los Angeles has been released. The very moving video tribute was played to honor Dunn, the second half of which was cut together by “Jackass” co-star Rick Kosick, and includes a song for Dunn by Roger Alan Wade, “The Light Outlives the Star.”

“Ryan was really crazy about my cousin Roger,” Johnny Knoxville said in a statement to MTV News. “He loved his music and really looked up to him. Rog’ was equally as crazy about Ryan and, like everyone else, was shook by his passing. Rest in peace, brother. We love you.”

Ryan Dunn was fatally injured by a car accident in the state of Pennsylvania almost two weeks ago. According to the police, Dunn’s alcohol level was twice the legal limit when his car jumped a guardrail, flew into a wooden ravine, and then burst into flames. He died along with his passenger, Zachary Hartwell. Dunn was 34.

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MTV Set To Premiere ‘Jackass 3.5’ On June 10th!

MTV Set To Premiere ‘Jackass 3.5’ On June 10th!

MTV is set to continue its insane relationship with the zany cast of the wildly successful series “Jackass”, with the television premiere of the all-new movie Jackass 3.5 on Thursday, June 9 at 10PM ET/PT. The film will encore on MTV2 on June 10 at 10PM ET/PT. Jackass 3.5 features the entire crew – including Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Ryan Dunn, Jason “Wee Man” Acuna, Ehren McGhehey, Dave England and Preston Lacy – reuniting to perform never-before-seen stunts, outrageous pranks and other side-splitting antics.

“We shot so much incredible stuff when we were making Jackass 3D that we literally had enough footage for another whole movie,” said Johnny Knoxville. “This film is balls deep in more awesome stupid stunts and pranks, our fans are going to be psyched.”

“Ten years ago ‘Jackass’ saw its television debut on MTV, and fans have been treated to some of the most creatively induced bodily functions that you can find anywhere,” said Van Toffler, President, MTVN Music/Logo/Films Group. “Today, we’re taking the gang back to their roots with the TV premiere of their latest movie; easily one of the grossest and most entertaining films I’ve seen in a long time.”

Jackass 3.5 includes gut-busting segments such as Steve-O’s up-close and personal encounter with a snapping turtle, Chris Pontius’ wood pecker and stun gun limbo with the whole gang. Fans can also get a look at the paranoid life on set, watch the madness unfold as they plan out new stunts that ultimately go awry, and laugh to tears at the successful prank finally pulled on Johnny Knoxville.

Fans can own the completely uncensored film when JACKASS 3.5 THE UNRATED MOVIE debuts on June 14, 2011 on DVD (nationwide) and on Blu-ray (exclusively at Best Buy) from Paramount Home Entertainment and MTV Films. The film will also be available On Demand and for digital download. The Blu-ray and DVD boast over an hour of bonus content including over 30 minutes of exclusive, never-before-seen footage. Bonus features include outrageous outtakes and deleted scenes, footage of the Jackass European tour and more.

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CKY To Release B-Sides & Rarities Album In March 2011

CKY To Release B-Sides & Rarities Album In March 2011

CKY have set a March 22nd, 2011 release for their B-Sides & Rarities on through Mighty Loud Entertainment and Universal/Fontana.

The 12-song compilation features a dozen unreleased, rare, and long out-of-print tracks culled from the historic past of a band that truly has done whatever they wanted for 15 years, without compromise.

Drummer Jess Margera shared, “We picked a lot of the songs based on our fans’ wishes. For instance, at CKY shows over the years, one of the most shouted-out requests has been ‘Shippensburg,’ which is a song we recorded in 1997 for a skateboarding video. And by far the most requested songs on the Internet over the years have been ‘To All of You,’ the acoustic version and the heavy recording of ‘Halfway House’. We wanted to properly mix and master these out-of-print songs and get them back out there and also record some of the stuff people have been asking us to do for over a decade.”

The complete track listing features: “Afterworld;” “Rio Bravo” (radio session); “Shippensburg;” “Halfway House;” “Chad’s In Hi-Fi;” “Santa’s Coming;” “Fat Fuck;” “The Deepest Depths;” “Rio Bravo” (Remix); “Don’t Hold Your Breath” (acoustic); “Halfway House” (original version); and “To All of You” (acoustic).

The album opener “Afterworld” continues CKY’s long affiliation with the Jackass crew. The tune is the end credits theme for JACKASS 3D, soon to be released on DVD following its 10/15/10 theatrical release, and was previously available on the film soundtrack.

Margera reflects, “It was cool working with the Jackass dudes again. They asked us to write a song specifically for the Jackass 3D movie which ended up being ‘Afterworld.’ They liked the song so much they decided to use it for the ending of the film.”

Confirmed appearances include:

3/02 – West Hollywood, CA – Viper Room
3/03 – Las Vegas, NV – Beauty Bar
3/04 – Costa Mesa, CA – Musink Orange County Fairgrounds
3/17 – Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club
3/18 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of the Living Arts
3/19 – New York, NY – Gramercy
3/21 – Hartford, CT – Webster
3/22 – Allston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
3/24 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony
3/25 – Morgantown, WV – 123 Pleasant St.
3/26 – Buffalo, NY – Mohawk
3/27 – Baltimore, MD – Bourbon Street
3/28 – Richmond, VA – Canal Club

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Bloodhound Gang To Release ‘Show Us Your Hits’ With New Track!

Bloodhound Gang To Release ‘Show Us Your Hits’ With New Track!

Bloodhound Gang is as offensive, juvenile and obsessed with sex as any adolescent boy. If the band’s songs weren’t so insanely catchy, hilariously clever and damn funny, they would be obnoxious. Instead, Bloodhound Gang, led by Jimmy Pop, is brilliant. Who else would name their “best of” album Show Us Your Hits? Only a band with songs such as “Kiss Me Where It Smells Funny” and “A Lap Dance Is So Much Better When The Stripper Is Crying.”

Featuring all of the group’s hits — including “The Bad Touch” and “Fire Water Burn” — and many fan favorites among its 14 tracks, Show Us Your Hits (Geffen Records/UMe), released digitally on December 21, 2010, spans the Philadelphia-based alternative/punk/pop/rap band’s major label career. Along with tracks from the Gang’s studio albums 1996’s One Fierce Beer Coaster, 1999’s Hooray For Boobies and 2005’s Hefty Fine, the collection includes the 2007 single-only “Screwing You On The Beach At Night” and the new recording “Altogether Ooky.” All are presented in their gloriously explicit versions.

Tracklisting:
Fire Water Burn
Kiss Me Where It Smells Funny
The Ballad Of Chasey Lain
Along Comes Mary
Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo
A Lap Dance Is So Much Better When The Stripper Is Crying
I Hope You Die
No Hard Feelings
The Bad Touch
Three Point One Four
Uhn Tiss Uhn Tiss Uhn Tiss
Screwing You On The Beach At Night
I Wish I Was Queer (So I Could Get Chicks)
Altogether Ooky

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Jackass 3.5 To Be Unleashed On Digital Platforms In March 2011

Jackass 3.5 To Be Unleashed On Digital Platforms In March 2011

Paramount Digital Entertainment in association with MTV, both part of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA and VIA.B) announced today that it plans to add another original project to its popular digital programming line-up:  JACKASS 3.5, which will premiere in March 2011.

The third installment of JACKASS from Paramount Pictures and MTV Films – JACKASS 3D – hit theaters on October 15, 2010 and has already grossed over $155 million at the worldwide box office.   The film stars Johnny Knoxville and the boys and was produced by Dickhouse Production’s Jeff Tremaine and Spike Jonze, along with Knoxville. JACKASS 3.5, which was tailor-made for launch in digital media, will feature all new content, including never-before-seen stunts, pranks and other side-splitting antics by the JACKASS crew.  New stunts and antics from JACKASS 3.5 will be released online weekly and then packaged together as a feature length film distributed digitally followed by other platforms including home video.

“I don’t want to say that the JACKASS guys invented the Internet, but they were doing viral videos before most people had even heard the term.  That distinguished heritage makes JACKASS the perfect franchise for digital,” said Thomas Lesinski, President of Paramount Digital Entertainment.  ”When the JACKASS guys went to make JACKASS 3D, we proposed that we shoot a follow up to the successful JACKASS 2.5 digital feature alongside it, and everyone was up for it.  In JACKASS 3.5, you are going to see an entire movie’s worth of new stunts, new pranks and new gags, on whatever screen you choose.”

“For JACKASS 3D we shot enough footage for two movies so a lot of great stuff didn’t make it in the film.  Luckily you will get to see those bits in 3.5.  We also shot some additional footage in Europe specifically for 3.5.  I have staples in my head right now to prove it.  Woo hoo,” said JACKASS co-founder and star Johnny Knoxville.

“It’s been ten years since JACKASS first launched on MTV and there is still more poo, stunts and hilarity to go around on every screen imaginable,” said Van Toffler, President, MTVN Music/Logo/Films Group.  ”Whenever the JACKASS crew gets together, you know there will be a plethora of valuable fragments of entertainment to satiate their fans, and JACKASS 3.5 will not disappoint as the latest installment in this fine franchise.”

In 2007, Paramount Digital Entertainment & MTV released JACKASS 2.5, the first digital movie released by a studio that quickly became the most successful non-theatrical release in the studio’s history.  In the first few weeks of launch, the digital property garnered over 20 million views and was the #1 title on iTunes the week it launched.

The JACKASS franchise first debuted as an original television series on MTV from 2000 to 2002, launching the careers of Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera and other now-popular personalities shown performing outrageous stunts and hysterical pranks.  Since 2002, three successful JACKASS theatrical films have been produced and released by MTV Films and Paramount Pictures.  JACKASS: THE MOVIE grossed more than $64 million in the United States alone, and finished in the Number 1 spot at the box office in its opening weekend.  JACKASS NUMBER TWO was released in September 2006 and like its predecessor, topped the box office in its debut weekend, and ultimately earned more than $72 million in cumulative box office revenues. JACKASS 3D, released this October 2010 dominated the weekend box office opening to $50 million in ticket sales, setting several records such as becoming the biggest opening ever for a non-scripted/documentary-esque film, the 10th highest opening comedy of all-time, notching the record for an October midnight gross with $2.5 million, making it a special event for throngs of moviegoers.

The JACKASS franchise also includes a JACKASS: The Game video game for the PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable and Nintendo DS. Its numerous DVD releases include JACKASS: VOL. 1, JACKASS: VOL. 2, JACKASS: THE MOVIE, JACKASS: VOL. 3, JACKASS: THE BOX SET, JACKASS NUMBER TWO, JACKASS 2.5, JACKASS WORLD PRESENTS: MATT HOFFMAN’S TRIBUTE TO EVIL KNIEVEL, and JACKASS: THE LOST TAPES.

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Daniel Lioneye Announces North American Tour Dates For 2011

Daniel Lioneye Announces North American Tour Dates For 2011

Daniel Lioneye, the band brought to you by Linde, Mige and Burton of H.I.M., have announced their first ever North American tour. The band, along with Nachtmystium and Turisas, will be supporting Cradle of Filth on their From The Black Abyss Tour in February.

The touring lineup will be: Mikko “Linde” Lindstrom on guitar and vocals, “Migé” Paananen on bass, Janne “Burton” Puurtinen on keyboards, Seppo Tarvainen on drums and Manu providing the screams and backing vocals.

Tickets will go on sale October 30th, while special pre-order tickets and VIP meet-and-greet ticket packages will go on sale today at 3 PM, local market time, exclusively through Artist Arena.

The tour dates are as follows:

February 2011
1 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
2 – Dallas, TX – Palladium Ballroom
4 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
5 – Pomona, CA – Fox Theater
6 – Las Vegas, NV@ House of Blues
8 – Los Angeles, CA – Club Nokia Live
9 – San Francisco, CA@ Regency Ballroom
11 – Seattle, WA – Showbox Theatre
12 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
13 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
15 – Edmonton, AB – Edmonton Events Center
16 – Calgary, AB – MacEwan Hall Ballroom
18 – Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre
20 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
21 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
23 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Zoo
25 – Detroit, MI – Harpo’s
26 – Toronto, ON – Sound Academy
27 – Montreal, QC – Metropolis
28 – Quebec City, QC – Imperial de Quebec

March 2011
2 – Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero
3 – New York, NY – Best Buy Theater
4 – Worcester, MA – Palladium
5 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
6 – Baltimore, MD – Bourbon Street Ballroom
8 – Norfolk, VA – Norva Theatre
9 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
11 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
12 – Orlando, FL – Firestone
13 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade

Formed in 2001, Daniel Lioneye’s debut album, The King Of Rock ‘n’ Roll, was only released in Finland and Germany and was a “tongue in cheek” psychedelic stoner rock album. Earning the group quite a bit of attention, the band played at handful of festivals in Finland which resulted in the title track being the theme song for Bam Margera‘s TV show, Viva La Bam. Simply called VOL. II, the band’s North American debut was released earlier this year. It showcases a heavier and more extreme sound.
More on the band at this location.

Source: Bravewords.com

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Johnny Knoxville and Company Return In New ‘Jackass 3D’ Trailer!

Johnny Knoxville and Company Return In New ‘Jackass 3D’ Trailer!

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past decade, you are probably familiar with the phenomenon that is ‘Jackass’. After two successful big screen outings with ‘Jackass: The Movie’ and ‘Jackass Number Two’, Johnny Knoxville and company are back and bigger than ever… and in 3D! Check out the first official trailer for the film below!

‘Jackass 3D’ stars Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Ryan Dunn, Steve-O, Jason “Wee Man” Acuña, Chris Pontius, Preston Lacy, Dave England and Ehren McGhehey.

‘Jackass 3D’ is slated to hit theaters on October 15th.

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