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Mark Knight & The Unsung Heroes Release Highly-Anticipated ‘Don’t Kill The Cat’ Album

Mark Knight & The Unsung Heroes Release Highly-Anticipated ‘Don’t Kill The Cat’ Album

Mark Knight & The Unsung Heroes have just their second studio album, ‘Don’t Kill the Cat.’ The album i snow available via iTunes! Mark Knight initially began working on the album at his home in Los Angeles where he wrote all twelve tracks on his 1969 Jumbo Guild acoustic guitar and then demoed each track himself using a DA-38 Tascam 8 track recorder.

“1955” was the first song Knight wrote. “My wife and I had been sort of reinventing our life and our family, and we were struggling a little bit to figure out who we were,” Knight says of the track that details the tedium and pleasures of day to day life and the struggles that we all go through when we begin new chapters. “I’m constantly writing songs and the riff in ‘1955’ was something I had been playing around with during the recording of my last solo record. When I picked it back up, it had this Seventies sort of pop feel to it that I wanted to flesh out.”

Knight went on to record the album locally at Shut Up and Play Studios with an old friend, engineer George Alexander Kerhulas, who had previously recorded Knight’s former band, Worry Beads. For this record, Knight wanted to create a new sound using previous collaborators. The notable exception to that rule is bassist Wayne Lothian of The English Beat and General Public.

Drummer Matt Abts and bassist Jorgen Carlsson, both of Gov’t Mule, contributed drums and bass, respectively, on “Free.”

Vocalist Oni Logan (Lynch Mob) duets with Knight on “Hey Mama.” Mark Tremalgia (Disreputable Few, Mark Knight & The Unsung Heroes) and Paul Ill (Disreputable Few, Alicia Keys) also appear on the album and have been longtime collaborators with Knight. Edward Shemansky (Worry Beads) contributed backing vocals as well as drums to the record. Alexander, in addition to recording, contributed backing vocals and keys to the record.

Danny Saber, well known for his prolific work with The Rolling Stones, INXS and U2, provided the “hot rod” mix for “Hey Mama.” In approaching the sound for this record, Knight wanted to leave behind the retro recording style that has previously defined much of his work and incorporate more modern production. Don’t Kill the Cat is “an electrified version of my singer-songwriter demos supported by world class musicians who really elevate the music,” muses Knight. As always, the guitars hold pride of place up front in the mix, while many of the songs are certainly diversions from Knight’s typical roots rock stylings. Fans of Knight will recognize the signature rock guitar riff and growling vocals on “Hey Mama.” The album’s title track, “Don’t Kill the Cat,” showcases Knight’s propensity to bleed his heart out lyrically and features his no-holds barred storytelling inspired by the events in his life. “It is a true story,” laughs Knight when asked about the curious title of the song. In keeping with his desire to bring new blood to the record,

Knight has reformed the Unsung Heroes with all new members, including guitarist Kyle Stevens (Bang Tango, Worry Beads), bassist Wayne Lothian and drummer Edward Shemansky. Knight and Stevens, who first played together as the original guitarists for Bang Tango, are reunited again as dueling guitars over 25 years later.

Produced by Mark Knight and Edward Shemansky and releasing on Knight’s own Knifewound Records, ‘Don’t Kill the Cat’ is now available! Check it out on iTunes now!

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Mark Knight & The Unsung Heroes Announce March 13th Release Date For ‘Don’t Kill The Cat’

Mark Knight & The Unsung Heroes Announce March 13th Release Date For ‘Don’t Kill The Cat’

Mark Knight & The Unsung Heroes will be releasing their second studio album, ‘Don’t Kill the Cat.’ Mark Knight initially began working on the album at his home in Los Angeles where he wrote all twelve tracks on his 1969 Jumbo Guild acoustic guitar and then demoed each track himself using a DA-38 Tascam 8 track recorder.

“1955” was the first song Knight wrote. “My wife and I had been sort of reinventing our life and our family, and we were struggling a little bit to figure out who we were,” Knight says of the track that details the tedium and pleasures of day to day life and the struggles that we all go through when we begin new chapters. “I’m constantly writing songs and the riff in ‘1955’ was something I had been playing around with during the recording of my last solo record. When I picked it back up, it had this Seventies sort of pop feel to it that I wanted to flesh out.”

Knight went on to record the album locally at Shut Up and Play Studios with an old friend, engineer George Alexander Kerhulas, who had previously recorded Knight’s former band, Worry Beads. For this record, Knight wanted to create a new sound using previous collaborators. The notable exception to that rule is bassist Wayne Lothian of The English Beat and General Public.

Drummer Matt Abts and bassist Jorgen Carlsson, both of Gov’t Mule, contributed drums and bass, respectively, on “Free.”

Vocalist Oni Logan (Lynch Mob) duets with Knight on “Hey Mama.” Mark Tremalgia (Disreputable Few, Mark Knight & The Unsung Heroes) and Paul Ill (Disreputable Few, Alicia Keys) also appear on the album and have been longtime collaborators with Knight. Edward Shemansky (Worry Beads) contributed backing vocals as well as drums to the record. Alexander, in addition to recording, contributed backing vocals and keys to the record.

Danny Saber, well known for his prolific work with The Rolling Stones, INXS and U2, provided the “hot rod” mix for “Hey Mama.” In approaching the sound for this record, Knight wanted to leave behind the retro recording style that has previously defined much of his work and incorporate more modern production. Don’t Kill the Cat is “an electrified version of my singer-songwriter demos supported by world class musicians who really elevate the music,” muses Knight. As always, the guitars hold pride of place up front in the mix, while many of the songs are certainly diversions from Knight’s typical roots rock stylings. Fans of Knight will recognize the signature rock guitar riff and growling vocals on “Hey Mama.” The album’s title track, “Don’t Kill the Cat,” showcases Knight’s propensity to bleed his heart out lyrically and features his no-holds barred storytelling inspired by the events in his life. “It is a true story,” laughs Knight when asked about the curious title of the song. In keeping with his desire to bring new blood to the record,

Knight has reformed the Unsung Heroes with all new members, including guitarist Kyle Stevens (Bang Tango, Worry Beads), bassist Wayne Lothian and drummer Edward Shemansky. Knight and Stevens, who first played together as the original guitarists for Bang Tango, are reunited again as dueling guitars over 25 years later. Produced by Mark Knight and Edward Shemansky and releasing on Knight’s own Knifewound Records, ‘Don’t Kill the Cat’ will be available for digital pre-order on March 13th and in digital and compact disc wide release on March 16th.

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‘Attack of Life’ Filmmaker Drew Fortier Launches New Production Company

‘Attack of Life’ Filmmaker Drew Fortier Launches New Production Company

Very few people are having as productive a year as Drew Fortier. Fortier first exploded onto the scene with as the filmmaker who brought ‘Attack of Life: The Bango Tango Movie’ to the masses. He would go on to play rhythm guitar with Bang Tango and launch a supergroup known as Zen From Mars, who are currently finishing up work on their debut album.

Drew Fortier

It was announced in late summer of 2017 that Fortier had joined the cast of director James L. Edward’s upcoming film, ‘Her Name Was Christa,’ which is currently in pre-production.

Hot on the heels of all of these developments comes news that this multi-faceted artist has launched Drew Fortier Productions.

Fortier had this to say about the new venture: “For all the years that I have been shooting and editing promo videos, music videos, documentaries, etc. I have only done it for close friends and friends of friends. Now, I have taken the next step and am providing my services publicly.”

You can check out the official Facebook page for Drew Fortier Productions at this location >

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Zen From Mars (ZFM) Enters The Mixing Stage On Highly-Anticpated Debut Album

Zen From Mars (ZFM) Enters The Mixing Stage On Highly-Anticpated Debut Album

Zen From Mars has officially begun mixing their long awaited debut album. Posted by Richard Easterling, who is mixing the record, a behind-the-scenes teaser has emerged from the studio! The band features vocalist Stephen Shareaux (Kik Tracee), drummer Mike Heller (Fear Factory, Malignancy), the legendary Chip Z’Nuff (Enuff Z’Nuff) on bass and backing vocals, guitarists Brynn Arens (Flipp) and Drew Fortier (Bang Tango), and Kate Catalina (The Showgirl of Rock) on keyboards. The debut album is tentatively set for a 2017 release.

Connect with the band on social media via their official Facebook page.

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Bang Tango To Ring Out The Summer of 2017 With Select Dates

Bang Tango To Ring Out The Summer of 2017 With Select Dates

Bang Tango frontman Joe Leste and his band will be ringing out the summer with a few select dates. First, they will touch down in Los Angeles for the Rainbow Bar & Grill’s Backyard Bash 2017. The outdoor stage will also feature performances by Dokken, Enuff Z’Nuff, Bow Wow Wow, Huntress, Brittney’s Rage and RESISTANCE. Doors open at 2pm and admission is FREE with a 2 drink minimum!

Bang Tango will be also appearing at The Grand Rocktember V Music Festival alongside Faster Pussycat, Warrant, Great White, Skid Row, Queensryche and Styx. The event takes place on September 9th at The Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN. Tickets are available at this location – Click Here.  

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Drew Fortier (Bang Tango, Zen From Mars) Joins The Cast of ‘Her Name Was Christa,’ Hits The Road With Chuck Mosley On New Tour

Drew Fortier (Bang Tango, Zen From Mars) Joins The Cast of ‘Her Name Was Christa,’ Hits The Road With Chuck Mosley On New Tour

Guitarist Drew Fortier (Bang Tango, Zen From Mars) will soon adding acting to his growing list of credits in 2017. Best known for his work behind the camera as the filmmaker who brought ‘Attack of Life: The Bango Tango Movie’ to the masses, it was recently announced Fortier has joined the cast of director James L. Edward’s upcoming film, ‘Her Name Was Christa,’ which is currently in pre-production.

Drew Fortier

In the film, Fortier is set to play “Nick,” who’s described as “an obnoxious yet loveable co-worker of the lead character who convinces him to voyage into the world of love for sale with terrifying results.”

2017 is shaping up to be a banner year for Fortier as ZEN FROM MARS’ debut album is currently in the mixing stages and is tentatively set for a 2017 release. ZEN FROM MARS (ZFM) was announced last year and features vocalist Stephen Shareaux (Kik Tracee), drummer Mike Heller (Fear Factory, Malignancy), the legendary Chip Z’Nuff (Enuff Z’Nuff) on bass and backing vocals, guitarists Brynn Arens (Flipp) and Drew Fortier (Bang Tango), and Kate Catalina (The Showgirl of Rock) on keyboards.

Currently, Drew Fortier is traveling the land with rock icon, Chuck Mosley of Faith No More on his “Reintroduce Yourself 2017 Tour.” Mosley, who has been hard at work prepping a solo record will be debuting the new material on the nationwide tour. Check out the dates below and visit Mosley’s official Facebook page for updates!

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You Can’t Stop Rock ‘n’ Roll: A First-Timer’s Look At The M3 Rock Festival

You Can’t Stop Rock ‘n’ Roll: A First-Timer’s Look At The M3 Rock Festival

It’s no secret that I’m the youngin’ here at Icon Vs. Icon. At 25 years old, I was a baby when grunge came onto the scene and I wasn’t even thought of when most of the bands that play Maryland’s annual M3 Rock Festival were kicking ass on their original run. I’m much more of a punk guy. Now don’t get me wrong, I can jam out to the occasional Poison or Motley Crue hit, and Dangerous Toys is one of my favorite bands, but I’d be lying if I said I was an expert when it came to the hair metal/80’s rock era. However, when Captain Jason Price contacted me and said he had a photo pass for the festival I just couldn’t pass it up. Spoiler alert: I saw a lot of folks living out their heyday, but I’ll be damned if they weren’t having one of the greatest times of their lives. I was too! Before I get into it I just wanted you all to know that my life changed on that day. On April 29th, 2017 I became a huge fan of 80’s metal and the bands that continue kicking ass today. Now, let’s get into it as I take you into the M3 Rock Festival, held on April 28th and 29th, 2017 at Merriweather Post Pavilion, through the eyes of a first-timer.

All good times start off with a fantastic breakfast. I’d feel terrible if I failed to mention that Jason and I began our day ingesting delicious pastries from our local “bed and breakfast” Turnbridge Point. Listen, if you ever find yourself on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, make it a priority to check this place out! The folks that run the place are incredibly polite and make some of the tastiest treats you can imagine. After digesting our phenomenal baked goods, we said our goodbyes to our significant others and were off into the land of hairspray and leather pants!

We pull into Lot 4 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion and I already feel a bit out of place. Mind you it was 90 degrees outside so I decided to wear a light, Hawaiian button down to counteract the temperature. Everyone else in the parking garage were not so thoughtful. The most notable of attendees had the largest lion’s mane Jason and I had ever seen. I mean this in the nicest way possible, I was honestly jealous of this guy. He looked as if he had just told Dorothy and Toto to piss off because he was on his way to see Ratt!

We make our way to the West Gate, check in and receive our media badges, and away we go. The merch booth was full of black t-shirts from musical acts that played both, the night prior and that night. Most of the shirts were rather similar: all black with the bands logo in big bold letters in the center. This definitely appealed to the audience as this merch booth had a growing line all day. Honestly, I was a bit disappointed as I’m used to festivals in which each band has their own booth, but it wasn’t that big of a deal. We had about an hour to kill before the first band took the stage so we decided to get the lay of the land, peeping out the entrances to both photo pits and seeing what sort of food we would be devouring as the day went on. Before you knew it, the first band took the stage.

The opening band, on the Forest Stage, was local cover band 1 Nite Stand. I know what you’re thinking, “local cover band”? These guys knew how to get the party started. They came out and opened with The Who’s “Baba O’Reilly”. The synth/keyboard opening was the perfect start to the day and the people began to flock to the stage. These guys know how to have fun and I would definitely like to see them perform these hits again, in the future.

It was now time to make our way over to the main Pavilion Stage to catch the first “Main Stage Act” Rhino Bucket! Make no mistake, I am 100% unfamiliar with these guys but I got to know them real quick. Led by vocalist Georg Dolivo, it wasn’t long to catch on to what these guys were all about. Coming up in the LA Rock scene, like GnR and Junkyard, Rhino Bucket pushes that dirty rock sound that separates them from the Glam/Hair Metal acts of the period. I would be hard pressed to say that these guys didn’t sound very similar to AC/DC. That’s not necessarily a bad thing though, who doesn’t love that sound?! It’s also important to note that Brian “Damage” Forsythe, of Kix fame, plays lead guitar. Just a bit of a fun fact. Rhino Bucket released their latest album “The Last Real Rock N Roll” this past April and are showing no sign of slowing down.

Set times alternated between stages which was both a blessing and a burden. Catching every set was doable but damn if it wasn’t a hassle going back and forth. That being said, it was a great work out on this 90 degree day. As we made our way back to the Forest Stage I saw about 50 or so people in Korupt shirts. Being another band I was unfamiliar with, I wasn’t sure what to expect as each member took the stage. Formed in 1982, Korupt is a Maryland “Metal Cover Band”. Now, in theory that sounds a bit lame but it was far from the truth. These guys know how to shred and own every song as if it’s being heard for the first time. There around the Maryland area all the time and are opening for Faster Pussycat on July 16th. Tickets are available now!

At this point Captain Jason and I decided to grab some food. After much debate we settled on some pit beef sandwiches. No lie, this was most definitely a highlight of the day. I don’t know what they put in these sandwiches but they were bangin’! Needless to say, we went back for another one later in the evening.

We missed a couple of sets but thankfully made it back to the Forest Stage for my favorite set of the day, Junkyard. As stated above, these guys came up in the 80’s LA rock scene with bands such as Guns N Roses and the formerly mentioned Rhino Bucket. As a matter of fact, Junkyard picked up in popularity after Axel Roses sported a shirt during a photo shoot. After further investigation, singer David Roach stated that he wasn’t even sure if Axel had heard the band, he just liked the shirt and decided to wear it. These guys were most definitely the stand out of the day. This is the only band of the day that I could see playing both M3 Rock Festival and Punk Rock Bowling. Their roots are definitely set in the LA punk scene rather than the Hair Metal scene of the era. These guys slayed. Their fast paced hard rock mixed with their DIY style attitudes definitely place them in my wheelhouse. Brian Baker from Bad Religion even joined the group for a live rendition of “Hollywood”. What a breathtaking performance! Junkyard just released their first studio album in 26 years, “High Water” in April. I picked it up as soon as their set ended and might I say…these guys KICK ASS!

Back to Main Stage for some Danger Danger! Again, I’m the youngster on the scene, unfamiliar with 80% of these bands. That may be a good thing though. I’m learning about all of these kickass bands for the first time, and that’s also the case for the Queens natives. The band kicked off in 1987 and despite multiple lineup changes, and legal issues, they’re back and going strong today. Lead vocalist Ted Poley knows how to have a fantastic time on stage. His constant audience interaction throughout each song really makes the crowd part of the show. From “Rock America” to “Naughty Naughty” these guys definitely know how to have a good time, and make sure everyone around them are having fun as well.

It was starting to get hot guys…really hot. We needed a break from the crowd so we decided to walk around the festival grounds and check out a few of the merch tents. We popped on by the HammerJacks tent, yes the legendary Baltimore venue is coming back! Being the “hipsters” that we are, Jason and I grabbed a couple of shirts just to show that we were there for the venue’s return! Jokes aside, I’m absolutely stoked for the re-opening. I didn’t get to experience the original location firsthand but I’ve heard plenty of phenomenal stories. Can’t wait to experience these things myself. After leaving the HammerJacks tent I began to notice the lack of vendors/merch tents in the area. I’m so used to each band having their own tents, ready to shill any amount of merch they possibly can. Sadly that wasn’t the case here. I was ready to spend some money dammit! Back to the tunes.

Next up, on the Main Stage, Jack Russell’s Great White! Great White was one of those bands that everyone has told me I would dig but I never got around to listening. You can bet your ass I’m listening now. Leading up to the festival I made sure to check out a few old Great White tunes as well as a bit of Russell’s solo work. Now listen, this guy’s voice hasn’t changed a bit in terms of listening to the through the computer…I never expected Jack to sound that good in person. Holy hell was I wrong. This man hasn’t missed a beat. He hit every single note necessary to take you back to the days of the original Great White. While it is understandable that their set mostly consisted of Great White hits, I would’ve loved to hear a few more of Jack Russell’s Great White songs. Regardless, Jack Russell has attacked his demons and has them in a chokehold. I can’t wait for them to make their way back to the east coast so I can experience those sweet sultry vocals again!

We began to make our way back to the Forest Stage for one of Jason’s choices Bang Tango. No surprise here, another band I am completely unfamiliar with. I’ll be damned if I didn’t get familiar real quick. Joe Lesté, the last original member, was king of the world as he entered the stage on the shoulders of either a security member…or training pro wrestler. They kicked off the set with “Don’t Count Me Out”, a track off of their final OG lineup album “Love After Death”. Throughout the show I could honestly see that this band never reached its full potential. Lesté is a star in terms of a frontman, it’s criminal that these guys never got the love they deserve. There’s a documentary entitled “Attack of Life: The Bang Tango Movie” that tackles this very topic. Fun fact, the filmmaker behind this documentary is now the band’s rhythm guitarist. Their last album, “Pistol Whipped In The Bible Belt” was released in 2011.

Alright guys, we’re down to the bands I’ve heard a lot about! I know, it’s been a long ride. This is in no way a shot at the bands mentioned prior, I’m just a young guy. The bands above all killed, but now we’ve reached a few I’m familiar with. We make our way back to the Main Stage for Warrant. With the departure and eventual death of former lead singer Jani Lane, this incarnation of Warrant receives a decent amount of “hate” from fans. This is a hatred I can understand by people who grew up with a different band. That being said, Robert Mason and the rest of the crew rocked the house! They played a plethora of hits, spanning the band’s lengthy career. I can honestly say their new stuff holds up just as well as “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” or even “Cherry Pie”. Their newest single, “Louder, Harder, Faster” is just as the title describes and I can only assume the upcoming album will be just the same. The new Warrant album, “Louder, Harder, Faster” will be released on May 12th.

Next up we had Vixen on the Forest Stage, finally a few females in leather to balance out the crowd. We had heard about Lita Ford making the introductions for each band but had yet to catch them in the act. Thankfully that all changed as she introduced us to four badass chicks who know how to rock! These gorgeous ladies came out and brought the house down. Kicking off their set with “Streets in Paradise”, Janet Gartner shows that she still has it…as a matter of fact, she never lost it! Also noteworthy is newcomer Britt Lightning, shredding through each track as if she’s been there since day one. These girls put on a spectacular show and closed out the set with “Edge of a Broken Heart”, even being joined by a few members of one of Friday’s bands, Faster Pussycat.

It was starting to get late and this young “old man” was getting sleepy…but we still had three performances left dammit! Back over at the Main Stage we were introduced to Cinderella front man, Tom Keifer. While not my favorite set of the night, it was definitely the coolest. Keifer just has this aura about him that screams “check this out”! He went through a multitude of Cinderella hits, ramping up the performance as he went on. Along with hits from the lead singer’s band, he also covered David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” and The Beatles “With a Little Help from My Friends”. Once he reached the Beatles cover, Jason and I had already made our way back to the Forest Stage but I’ll be damned if Keifer didn’t have everyone at that stage singing along as well. There’s just something about that man that makes you want to listen and be involved. It is incredible that even after intense vocal surgery this man can still perform the way he does. When Tom Keifer is in town, you make sure you’re there!

As I stated, Jason and I were back at the Forest Stage as Keifer’s set began to wind down. We were well prepared for the Forest Stage headliner, and one of my personal favorites, Dokken! Most of you know that I cover most of the horror stuff here at IconVsIcon, so I’ll have you know that “Dream Warriors” is my jam. When Don Dokken took the stage you knew you were in for a treat. I won’t lie and say that he sounds exactly as he did on past recordings, however, he’s adjusted the vocals of each song to match how he can sing now. It works perfectly. I respect any artist who can adjust their music to where they are in life, and still knock it out of the park. Dokken did just that. During this set we were also given another spectacular performance by Jack Russell as he joined Dokken during their song “Alone Again”. Am I the only one that wants a Russell/Dokken collaboration album that consists of Don and Jack sharing vocals? Just me? Well that’s too bad, because these guys killed it together!

Alright ladies and gentlemen, the main event of the evening. Back on over to the Main Stage everyone was getting set for RATT. Might I say that they pulled out all of the stops. Confetti and fog machines had us a little confused in the photo pit but damn did it assist in a great show. I know that former drummer Bobby Blotzer had his own version of RATT appear at M3 in previous years, but this was the real deal. There’s only one Stephen Pearcy. The guys started off the set with “Wanted Man” and, of course, ended with “Round and Round”. While few stated that Pearcy seemed a bit off throughout the set I feel as though he was just taking it all in. He had the crowd in the palm of his hand and was ready to go all night. This was a great finish to cap off a spectacular day.

So that was that; a first timer’s look at the M3 Rock Festival. No doubt that I had a fantastic time and hope to return next year. Speaking of next year, it’s going to be the tenth festival this company has put on and they promised a few special surprises. I’m personally hoping for a Twisted Sister reunion and Quiet Riot (I know their current lineup is a bit wonky). I would also love for Dangerous Toys to be back on the festival next year as they played Friday night and I was unable to attend. The fanbase for this hard rock/hair metal genre is remarkable and dedicated. I would expect nothing less from the amazing people I had the pleasure of interacting with at M3. Hope to see you all again next year. KEEP ROCKING!

For all the latest info on the big event, visit the official website at www.m3rockfest.com.

About The Writer: 
Dylan Lyles – Staff Writer
The Phenomenal Dylan Lyles is an obsessive fan of cinema, pro wrestling, horror, vinyl, and comic books. Bursting from the womb in 1992, Dylan’s surrounded himself with all things geek culture. Earliest memories include Wrestlemania 11, ‘The Death of Superman,’ and Jason popping out of the water. You may see him sharing his opinion on just about everything on the internet or maybe even working the MonsterMania Con on the east coast. You love him and he loves you!
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M3 Rock Festival To Rock Baltimore (And Surrounding Areas!) On April 28th and 29th!

M3 Rock Festival To Rock Baltimore (And Surrounding Areas!) On April 28th and 29th!

For the past 8 years, some of the biggest names in hard rock, glam and heavy metal have gathered at Merriweather Post Pavilion for one of the most satisfying weekends of music around. This year is no exception as the M3 Rock Festival returns to rock Baltimore (and surrounding areas!) for it’s 9th year on April 28th and 29th, 2017! This year’s lineup features a who’s who of the most notable names from one rock’s most storied eras and is not to be missed.

The lineups from M3 Rock Festival’s past have been legendary and this year is no exception. The festival organizers have once again ensured there will be many notable highlights for metal-hungry rockers. Faster Pussycat, Winger, Dangerous Toys, Station and Baton Rouge will kick of the festivities on Friday and the show will be closed out by Baltimore’s legendary, KIX. Saturday’s lineup is equally as stacked with performances by Vain, Rhino Bucket, Junkyard, Bang Tango, Danger Danger, Autograph, Jack Russell’s Great White, Warrant, Dokken, Tom Keifer’s Cinderella. The recently reunited RATT, featuring vocalist Stephen Pearcy, guitarist Warren DeMartini and bassist Juan Croucier, will be closing out the show on Saturday evening.

One of the best festivals on the East Coast, M3 Rock Festival is a celebration of the music created during the heyday of The Sunset Strip. It’s attended by people who lived the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle, those who missed out and an entirely new generation of classic rock fans anxious to see their favorites take the stage. While many artists featured at the M3 Rock Festival rose to fame decades ago, it’s important to remember the overwhelming majority of artists on this bill are active bands who not only continue to rock audiences around the globe and create new music for legions of devoted fans. There is no doubt you will hear the songs that provided the soundtrack to your youth but you might also walk away with some killer new tunes to add to your playlist! Either way, 2017’s M3 Rock Festival is going to rock you to your core.

For all the latest info on the big event, visit the official website at www.m3rockfest.com. Check out a complete list of set times below!

 

 

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Beautiful Creatures To Release Re-Mixed Re-Mastered Deluxe Edition of Classic Album “Deuce”

Beautiful Creatures To Release Re-Mixed Re-Mastered Deluxe Edition of Classic Album “Deuce”

Beautiful Creatures have released a remixed, remastered (by Anthony Focx), re-sequenced “Deluxe” edition of their sophomore album “Deuce”, which will include the BRAND NEW track “Get You High” – the band’s first new song released since 2004.

Following Beautiful Creature’s self titled release in 2001, the core band (Joe LeSte (Vocals), Kenny Kweens (Bass) and Anthony Focx (Guitar) immediately entered the studio with a new lineup which included lead guitarist Alex Grossi and began recording material for the follow-up to their debut, which would end up being titled “Deuce”.

Produced on mixed by guitarist Anthony Focx, with additional production by Beautiful Creatures founding member Kenny Kweens, Deuce” was released worldwide in 2005 and ultimately landed premier placements on the hit FX TV series “Sons Of Anarchy”, the Walt Disney/Touchstone hit film“The Proposal” starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds as well multiple other TV & movie soundtracks.

Kenny Kweens states: “Unlike our Warner Bros. debut record, “DEUCE” was NEVER properly released digitally due to all the changes in technology during that particular time period – We are really looking forward to everyone hearing “Deuce” as it was meant to be sonically in a digital medium”

“We are really excited to be doing this”, says Joe LeSte “We have all been through a lot both personally and professionally as a band – and even though we have all gone down different roads, whenever we see each other or chat on the phone, it’s like no time has gone by at all. I saw Kenny (Kweens) and Alex (Grossi) on the last Monsters Of Rock Cruise, we ended up all onstage together playing a Beautiful Creatures tune, it was really fun – within 48 hours, all of our phones lit up. So, we collectively said – F#ck it, let’s go for it- and well, here we are!”

Beautiful Creatures “Deuce Deluxe” features every track the band recorded for the Japanese Release (JVC Records) as well as the U.S. Release (Spitfire/Eagle Rock), In one digital package that has been re-mixed and remastered. It will also include new album cover artwork and edits that up until now, were not included in either initial release.

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M3 Rock Festival: Official 2017 Artist Lineup Announced!

M3 Rock Festival: Official 2017 Artist Lineup Announced!

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Glam & heavy metal returns to Merriweather for the 9th year of the M3 Rock Festival. The lineup for this year’s event, which takes place on April 28th and 29th, 2017, has officially been announced and features RATT, Cinderella’s Tom Keifer, Dokken, Loverboy, Jack Russell’s Great White, Faster Pussycat, Danger Danger, Junkyard, Rhinobucket, Loudness, Autograph, Bang Tango, Winger, Dangerous Toys, Lita Ford and more!

One of the best festivals on the East Coast, M3 Rock Festival is a celebration of the days of decadence an glamour and is attended by people who lived it and their children who remember hearing about this cultural movement.

For all the latest info on the big event, visit the official website at www.m3rockfest.com.

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