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Black Label Society Celebrate 20th Anniversary With Reimagined Version of Their 1999 Debut LP and New Tour!

Black Label Society Celebrate 20th Anniversary With Reimagined Version of Their 1999 Debut LP and New Tour!

Entertainment One (eOne) has licensed the complete back catalog of Black Label Society (BLS), the hard rock group led by American guitar icon Zakk Wylde. In addition to the band’s last three albums which were released on eOne, the Company has licensed the following titles: Sonic Brew, Stronger Than Death, 1919 Eternal, The Blessed Hellride, Hangover Music Vol. VI, Mafia, and Shot to Hell. Fans can expect these titles in never-before-released formats over the next few years.

eOne’s Scott Givens, SVP, Rock, Music, says, “I’m delighted to expand our partnership with Zakk and Black Label Society to now include all his amazing earlier work.” 

Black Label Society has also announced their 20 Years of Sonic Brewtality Tour,” a brand-new batch of 2019 North American tour dates in conjunction with the release of a new, reimagined version of the band’s iconic 1999 debut LP, Sonic Brew, on May 17, 2019 titled Sonic Brew – 20th Anniversary Blend 5.99 – 5.19, original formula with enhanced flavor.

“The original recording back in 1997 was mastered with high volume, alcohol, and dance,”says Wylde from his home studio. “We went in and worked off the existing performances and focused on the high volume and dance while replacing the booze with viagra and anabolic steroids.” 

The new re-blended version of Sonic Brew will feature two new bonus tracks, a full band/piano version of “Spoke In The Wheel” and an acoustic version of “Black Pearl.”

Wylde continues, although we wish he would stop, “I wanted to re-blend and re-choreograph this release to be the most brewtal and dance-tactic album since Gloria Gaynor’s ‘I Will Survive” dominated the dance floor at Studio 54!”

The band will play two shows in each market – the first night will feature Sonic Brewplayed in its entirety, while the second night will see the band play a set of greatest hits. Support will come from Conan and The Atomic Bitchwax. Black Label Society will also participate in U.S festivals Sonic Temple, Epicenter, and Welcome to Rockville on this run.

Dates begin April 24 at The Oriental Theater in Denver and wrap up in Los Angeles at the famous El Rey Theater for two nights ending on May 23. Tickets are on sale this Friday, February 1, 2019.

Sonic Brew was initially released in Japan on October 28, 1998, and contained 13 tracks and a free Zakk Wylde guitar pick. The album was subsequently released in North America on May 4, 1999, with three bonus tracks including a cover of Ozzy Osbourne’s “No More Tears,” recorded with bassist Mike Inez of Alice in Chains.

2019 TOUR DATES:

Apr-24 Denver, CO The Oriental Theater
Apr-25 Denver, CO The Oriental Theater
Apr-27 Dallas, TX Canton Hall
Apr-28 Dallas, TX Canton Hall
Apr-30 Chicago, IL Concord Music Hall
May-01 Chicago, IL Concord Music Hall
May-04 Jacksonville, FL Welcome To Rockville
May-06 New York, NY The Bowery Ballroom
May-07 New York, NY The Bowery Ballroom
May-11 Rockingham, NC Epicenter
May-14 Toronto, ON Opera House
May-15 Toronto, ON Opera House
May-17 Columbus, OH Sonic Temple
May-18 Clarksville, TN O’Connors
May-22 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre
May-23 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre

Last year Black Label Society soared into the charts with their album Grimmest Hits, which landed at #4 on the Billboard Current Charts, the highest-charting LP since 2009’s Order Of The BackGrimmest Hits also reached #1 on the Billboard Hard Music and Independent Charts, and #2 on the Rock Chart.

Wylde, is now reunited on stage with Ozzy Osbourne, whom he refers to as “the boss,” after an eight-year break. Wylde will kick off the U.K portion of the “No More Tours 2” tour tomorrow night in Dublin, Ireland at 3Arena. Tickets are on sale now.

One part invading horde and all parts traveling carnival party, Black Label Societytraverses the world powered by caffeine and cacophony. BLS engages and inspires audiences everywhere they go, on every radio dial they burn, inviting all comers to join in and participate in their brotherhood and sisterhood of hard rock and vigor.

Now with ten BLS studio albums deep, with solo records, Ozzy shows, and Zakk Sabbath tours all kicking ass simultaneously, Zakk Wylde rides ever forward, fist held high.

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Soul Asylum Announces Tour Dates With The English Beat

Soul Asylum Announces Tour Dates With The English Beat

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Minneapolis rockers Soul Asylum announces new U.S. tour dates with The English Beat in support of its newest album, Change of Fortune, which was released on March 18, 2016.

In addition, the second single from the album, “Doomsday,” will impact at radio on May 23rd.  The song was featured as the Song of the Day on Minneapolis’ tastemaker station KCMP The Current.  Listen to “Doomsday” here.

Change of Fortune is three years in the making, recorded while the band toured non-stop, had a few line-up changes and some soul searching, but upon listening to Change of Fortune, it’s clear the band’s trademark ragged-but-right sound is still very much intact.

About Change of FortuneBlurt Magazine writes that the album “kicks serious f*cking ass,” while Relix adds, “the new album shows a band still at the peak of their prowess, with clear potential for garnering whatever fortunes the future may hold.”  And Innocent Words offers, “’Change of Fortune’ is a straightforward rock & roll album led by Pirner’s poetic gift for storytelling and finds the frontman soul-searching along the way…while maintaining that signature Soul Asylum sound which so many fans love.”

The heart and soul of Soul Asylum remains and they continue to produce heartfelt and passionate rock n’ roll.  The band consists of David Pirner on guitar and vocals, Michael Bland on drums, Winston Roye on bass and Justin Sharbono on guitar.

Tour dates (more dates to be added shortly):

Sat, May 21, 2016 – Dallas, TX – Wildflower Festival
Sat, Jun 4, 2016 – Memphis, TN – Marquette Park
Thu, Jun 16, 2016 – Burlington, ON, CAN – Sound Of Music Festival
June 18, 2016 – Apple Valley, MN – Weesner Family Amphitheater*
June 19, 2016 – Kansas City, MO – Boulevardia*
June 22, 2016 – Warrendale, PA – Jergel’s Rhythm Grille*
Jun 23, 2016 – Baltimore, MD – Sound Stage*
Jun 25, 2016 – Boston, MA – The Royale*
Jul 1, 2016 –  Fairfield, CT – Ridgefield Playhouse*
Jul 2, 2016 – Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero*
Jul 5, 2016 – Kent, OH – The Kent Stage*
Jul 9, 2016 – Chicago, IL  – Thalia Hall*
Jul 10, 2016 – Rochester, MN – Down By the Riverside
Jul 12, 2016 – Vail, CO – Gerald Ford Amphitheater
Jul 21, 2016 – Los Angeles, CA – Whisky A Go-Go
Jul 28, 2016 –  Royalton, MN – Halfway Jam
Jul 30, 2016 – Sterling Heights, MI – Dodge Park Bandshell

*Dates with The English Beat

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CHANGE OF FORTUNE: Dave Pirner On Life, Music & Soul Asylum’s New Album

CHANGE OF FORTUNE: Dave Pirner On Life, Music & Soul Asylum’s New Album

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With 35 years in the music game and 11 albums under his belt, Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum has seen it all. Through the years he experienced his fair share of ups and downs, along with occasional tragedies and triumphs. This struggle stokes the creative fire burning within him and carries him forward as a songwriter who continuously strives to explore new sonic territory.

The story of Soul Asylum began in Minneapolis, Minnesota, back in the early 1980s, when the original lineup took shape. However, the band was anything but an overnight success. After several indie releases on Minneapolis’ Twin/Tone Records and A&M, Dave Pirner and Soul Asylum exploded onto the national scene when the band released its groundbreaking album “Grave Dancers Union.” Soul Asylum followed up this success with “Let Your Dim Light Shine” in 1995, which climbed to #6 on the Billboard 200 and featured the #1 Modern Rock track “Misery.” After releasing “Candy From a Stranger” in 1998, the band members wanted to concentrate on writing and took a break from recording. The band reconvened in 2004 to begin work on their ninth full-length album, joined by a new drummer, Michael Bland. Sadly, shortly thereafter, bassist Karl Mueller was diagnosed with throat cancer and passed away after finishing his work on the new album. “The Silver Lining” was released in 2006 and was dedicated to Karl’s life and memory. The band took a long and unscheduled hiatus as they grieved and dealt with the loss of their friend and bandmate. In 2012, Soul Asylum released the aptly titled “Delayed Reaction.”

In 2016, Soul Asylum returns with their 11th studio album, “Change of Fortune,” released on March 18th via eOne Music. An effort three years in the making, it was recorded while the band toured non-stop, had a few lineup changes and some soul searching, but upon listening to “Change of Fortune,” it’s worth the wait. Soul Asylum loyalists will discover the group’s trademark ragged-but-right sound intact. The heart and soul of Soul Asylum remains and they continue to produce heartfelt and passionate rock n’ roll. The band consists of David Pirner on guitar and vocals, Michael Bland on drums, Winston Roye on bass and Justin Sharbono on guitar.

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with the driving force behind Soul Asylum, frontman Dave Pirner, to discuss his life in music, the challenges of bringing “Change of Fortune” to life, the music and artists who inspire him and what the future holds for the band.

Your music has been a part of our lives for many years. What are some of your earliest memories of music?

Hmmmm. Hold on, Jason. I am going deep! [laughs] Some of my first memories of music are listening to my mother sing in church and going to Methodist church camp. I guess I was singing campfire songs and shit like that. I also remember hearing the song “When You’re Hot You’re Hot!” I remember hearing that on the radio and saying, “You’ve gotta get that 45.” Sometimes, when I would hear things on the radio, I wouldn’t know the title of the song. I would end up going, “It goes like this mom! When you’re hot ‘cha hot and when you’re not you’re hot-tah!” [laughs] My mom was like, “What the fuck do you want me to do?” We used to go to Zare’s Shopper City, which is kind of like a Target nowadays, and sing the tune to the person working in the record section to see if they could figure out which song I was talking about! I also remember going to the lake with my folks and they had about four different cassettes. I listened to those cassettes quite a bit. Before that, I would make drum sets out of my mom’s pots, pans and round Quakers Oats containers. I made drum sets out of whatever I could find in the house and would bang on them. I would also sing Elvis Presley. I think it was “Hound Dog.” I was doing an Elvis Presley impersonation a long fuckin’ time ago! [laughs] I was into impersonating Elvis before I even knew it was a thing! [laughs]

At what point did you realize music was something you wanted to pursue seriously and, ultimately, do as a career?

Well, that is kind of a tough one. [laughs] One day, I called my boss from Milwaukee and I said, “I don’t think I am going to be coming in tomorrow because I am in Milwaukee.” He said, “Well, don’t bother coming back.” That was my last job so, at that point, there I was. I was with the band in a pickup truck and I was like, “Well, I guess this is it for me.” I never went and found another job, so it all sort of happened by default. I think it was all part of my dream but I never knew it was possible. In a way, I just sort of kept at it. When I was playing trumpet and stuff in school, I never really thought, “Oh, I am going to be a professional trumpet player!” [laughs]

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You achieved great success in your career but keeping the momentum going is not an easy process. To what do you attribute your longevity?

For me, it got to that point where I said, “OK, this is me and this is what I do.” The nature of it is to be relentless, passionate, patient, persistent and a little bit crazy! You just start thinking, “Fuck, I am going to do this come hell or high water and no one is going to give me permission to do it. Maybe no one will encourage me to do it but it is what I love to do and I’m gonna do it!” Things happen and bands change like they do, from people quitting, dying or whatever the case may be. When things like that happen I start thinking, “Oh fuck! It’s over!” Then somebody else in the band will go, “No it’s not. We’ll figure this out.” It is sort of a combination of dedication and raw devotion, as far as I am concerned. I love doing it and you can’t take that away from me, I guess! [laughs]

Soul Asylum just released their 11th studio album, “Change of Fortune.” When did you start planting the seeds for what would become this album?

My deal is that I start on the next record when the last one is finished, so I had an engineer over here yesterday and we are getting ready to demo some songs and stuff. It is really just an ongoing cycle. I just start doing it! I am always writing and always trying to come up with ideas or having things popping into my head. It is a process! We had a lot of the DIY aesthetic with this record and I am really proud of it. I am also really more convinced than ever that no one can grant me permission or tell me I can’t do it!

Did you have goals or aspirations in mind when you started?

Yeah, in the way that I have always been trying to get to Soul Asylum music. How it ends up becoming that is kind of a high standard, whether it is my own personalized standard or someone in the band. Someone might say, “That song doesn’t move me but that one does.” I am like, “Alright! Let’s work on that one then!” I just keep pitching songs to the band until we have enough songs for a record. Now that the band is versatile and incredibly adaptive at playing so many different styles, vibes, moods and grooves, it gives me the opportunity to put some music out that I have always wanted to put out. I think that is a big part of the motivation and satisfaction that goes with it. I get to crystallize some of these ideas that I have been struggling with for as along as I can remember. I have been trying to get them out of my head and onto the record for ages.

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What can you tell us about your songwriting process? What changed and what stayed the same through the years?

The major change is that I have started fuckin’ around with computers. As the digital thing is this weird angle, where if I have an idea, I can get it into Pro Tools immediately and start working on it. I sort of have the seed for the idea and I have to hum it into a tape recorder and play the guitar part into a tape recorder. It is probably always most constructive to sit down with an acoustic guitar, a piece of paper and a pencil and work it out. I am looking at all my tools right here. Sometimes I sit at the piano, sometimes I pick up the acoustic guitar and sometimes I pull a chair up to the Pro Tools studio. It has evolved in every which way. Back in the day, I used to bring a part into practice and we would play it over and over and over again. The next day, I would bring in another part and we would play that over and over and over again. Then we would play them both, one after the other. The next day I would bring in one more part and so on. At some point, you are like, “Wait a minute, this has too many parts!” [laughs] Or you might say, “I like that part but not the other part.” We would flesh it all out in the practice space. Around the time of “Grave Dancers Union,” I started playing acoustic guitar and that is what kind of made that situation different. Before that it was all punk rock and there were definitely no acoustic guitars involved! [laughs] It was kind of a delayed reaction, no pun intended, to pick up an acoustic guitar at that point was something I should have done much earlier.

I am sure each project brings a unique set of circumstances. Did you face challenges in bringing “Change of Fortune” to life?

Oh God! [laughs] Yeah, every record has its own trials, tribulations, drama and bullshit. There is always the questions of, “Where are we going to get the money? How’re we gonna … ? When are we gonna … ? Who’s available?” All those sorts of things go into this process. When we used to get bankrolled $800,000 to go to LA or New York to be in a studio for two-and-a-half months, there were fewer questions. Those days are long gone and now it is a lot more streamlined. When me, Michael [Bland] and John Fields started making some of the rough skeletons for the tunes, we were missing Tommy [Stinson], who had just gone back to Axl Rose. We didn’t really want to make a solo record or a Soul Asylum record. We found Winston and his playing on this record just tickles the cockles of my balls! Over the course of making the record, the band rallied around it. It wasn’t really a complete band when we started working on it, so that was a big challenge.

You worked with John Fields in the past. What does he bring out of the band creatively?

I think that Michael and John had a really, really great rapport before I started working with the two of them. They had worked on all kinds of projects together. Oddly, it was John who I ran into on the street and he said, “I’ve got to get you in the studio with Michael Bland.” I said, “That sounds great to me but I’m not sure how I am going to make that happen.” Before we knew it, Michael got freed up and auditioned for the band. It was the shortest audition in history! I instantly said, “Holy shit! There he is! I have been waiting my whole life for this guy!” To that effect, John can engineer and play bass at the same time, which is pretty awesome. He has producer chops, whatever that means. He understands all the engineering and all the ins and outs of a professional studio situation. To that degree, when the three of us are working, John is engineering, Michael is at the drum kit and I am playing guitar and singing, it is extremely efficient. He is just a super talented guy.

What does the title of the album, “Change of Fortune,” mean to you?

Well, I don’t know but it has a lot to do with New Orleans. I think that the music, song to song, is affected by the atmosphere of New Orleans. Maybe when you are in a Second Line parade and celebrating somebody’s death, perhaps it is a positive way of looking at something. Maybe it forces you to believe things are going to have to get better. Basically, that is it. It was Winston’s idea to name the record after the song. He did it in a way that was like, “Goddamnit, I am tired of talking about this! Let’s just call the record ‘Change of Fortune!’”’ I went, “OK! Done!”

What impact has New Orleans had on you as a singer, songwriter and performer?

Fuck, man! Probably so much that I don’t even have a full grasp of the full breadth of what is what I went down there for and how I absorbed it. The idea for me is not to co-op something or be influenced necessarily, inspired perhaps, but it was the spirit of the music that lives there that is unique to this one place in the world. I was so swept up and sucked into it. I would hear a few things and think, “What the fuck is this?! Oh, my god! I have to go where this music is coming from!” We would stop there on tour and take a day off in New Orleans. I was like, “Holy shit! What is going on here?! There is so much music just oozing out of everything.” I was also a trumpet player as a kid. I guess I didn’t really know how the trumpet was supposed to sound, even after seven years of taking trumpet lessons in Minneapolis. [laughs] When I got to New Orleans, there was a guy on every corner just playing the shit out of that thing! [laughs] The rhythm, dancing and culture was just so beautiful to me and so different than what I grew up with. I had spent time trying to live in New York and Los Angeles. I really wanted the culture. There is just such a crazy melting pot of culture and music in New Orleans that is not rock and roll. It is kind of all the things that informed rock and roll and enabled it to exist. It is a living history that sort of came out of Congo Square and some of these places where these different people coming to America from south of New Orleans and from Africa. Everyone was celebrating life in a way that is very musical. For me, it was so different than the punk rock thing. I am still an anger management punk rock dude! I still love the whole thing where the crowd is looking at the band and the band is looking at the crowd and everyone is like, “Fuck you, fuck you, I hate you, this sucks!” I loved that and then, all of a sudden, I am hanging out in these clubs that don’t have a cover charge, watching the most amazing musicians I had ever seen in my life and they are all smiling and happy. I was like, “Maybe it is time for me to stop screaming fuck you at everybody!” [laughs]

What is going on right now musically that has you excited? Anything we should keep an ear out for?

I just got back from SXSW and that is a crash course in what is happening right at this moment. A lot of the music I was hearing seemed familiar. I found myself saying, “Where have I heard this before?” My guitar player, Justin, who listens to the progressive radio station, The Current, in Minneapolis, said, “You probably heard it on The Current.” He was right. It was all the really fresh music that is coming out that is not hip-hop! I just thought it was bizarre that there was no jazz or anything like that at SXSW. It is pretty white. I love hip-hop. I am looking at a Lizzo record right now, who is a local artist. She is a singer and a rapper. A girl named Dessa.

My most recent discovery is Trixie Whitley. I was at the record store in Austin, Texas, called Waterloo. I grew up hanging out in record stores, so really love the feeling of being in a record store and talking to the clerk about what is going on with the new shit. I love that interaction and scouring the bins. Trixie Whitley is Chris Whitley‘s daughter. I was very close with Chris and I miss him. I always knew about Trixie. I was staying in Chris’s apartment in The Village in New York for a few months. There was a couple pictures of her around. She was 7 or 8 years old at the time. She was a kid who would occasionally come to her dad’s shows. I never actually witnessed it but she would dance around on stage or do something, I don’t know. Everybody said it was really awesome. Then she put out this album called Black Dub with Daniel Lanois. I met a lot of people who ended up being a part of some sort of post-Kingsway Studio community. It was this beautiful mansion in the French Quarter that had the most incredible gear. Chris [Whitley] had made a record there. He came back and visited quite a bit. He played on my solo record, this, that and the other thing. I have always been aware of Trixie and I knew there were producers, Lanois amongst them, who really loved Chris and really saw something there that was kind of magical. Trixie has taken that magic by the balls! It is ridiculous to me! She used to sound even more like her dad, which gives me shivers! I’m like, “Holy shit! I can hear her father in her voice and in the way she plays the guitar.” I put Trixie’s new record at the top of my list. I love it and think it is so good!

I listen to a lot of music. I mean, I bought 15 new CDs in the last week-and-a-half. That is the one that is really standing out to me. I also got the new Cage The Elephant record. I have been following that band since the first record. It has been interesting to watch them develop. I keep my ear to the tracks and listen to it all. I am really focusing on the jazz that is coming out of New Orleans and whatever Trombone Shorty is doing. I also love metal and hip-hop. I don’t really keep track of new country but I love old country music. I am always putting on something from Johnny Cash or Willie Nelson.

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When it comes to your body of work, how have you most evolved?

[laughs] I think I have devolved! [laughs] I had a Devo period there! Honestly, I guess it is kind of a constant reconstruction. You sorta have to build it up, break it down and figure out how the rhythm is fitting together. It is an ongoing learning experience. When I first got to New Orleans, I was very much into the fact that there wasn’t a lot of major chords going on. Coming from punk and folk music, it sounds really sophisticated to be listening to some really interesting chords, ya know? [laughs] It’s little things like that which are big things! It is learning how to play the drums was sort of essential to understanding how rhythm works on a trap kit. Those are ongoing things. I don’t know if my piano playing gets much better over the years but it certainly explores the instrument. It’s like the opposite of a Pandora’s box, things keep coming out of it that are cool! [laughs]

Where do you see yourself headed in the future musically as a solo artist or with Soul Asylum?

The solo thing is always something to fall back on and I think it is important for me to go do solo acoustic gigs just to keep the nerve sort of fresh. It kinda scares the hell out of me, so I have to do it now and again just to remember I can. [laughs] With those shows, I don’t have the comfort of having the band with me. I wanted the experience of making a solo record and I did it. Ultimately, I came back to the band. It’s like putting a really comfortable pair of jeans back on. I like being in a band and the gang sort of feeling. I also like that you are representing everybody, by being in a band, and not saying, “It’s all about me. What you are going to be hearing is a drummer, a bass player, two guitar players and a few dudes singing!” Hello! It’s Soul Asylum! That is what it is! It is much cooler, more fun and more exciting to people to be part of a team. I am happy that we are able to move it forward together.

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One last question before I let you go. I know you are big fan of Aquaman.

Oh yeah!

Are you excited about the push he seems to be getting in the DCU?

My Aquaman action figure still has the vintage orange and green outfit. I was at a comic con and I bought a DVD of all the animated shows. Originally, we had a band called the OGs and we had a song called “Superheroes.” The girl singer was Wonder Woman, the bass player was Superman and I was the drummer and I was Aquaman. We had this song where we each took a verse about our superhero adventures. [laughs] I hear he has some sort of a cameo in “Batman V. Superman,” I am not sure if it is true. Aquaman certainly seems to have a little bit of an elusiveness about him, ya know. I don’t think that will be spoiled by him getting more props from the DC world. I was also into the Sub-Mariner too. I’d be curious to know who would win that fight! [laughs]

Thanks for your time today, Dave!

Alright man, I appreciate you! Take care!

For all the latest news and developments on Soul Asylum, visit their official website at www.soulasylum.com. Connect with the band on social media via Facebook and Twitter.

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Zakk Wylde Debuts “Sleeping Dogs” From Forthcoming Solo LP

Zakk Wylde Debuts “Sleeping Dogs” From Forthcoming Solo LP

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Guitar icon ZAKK WYLDE today has debuted an all new music video for the track “Sleeping Dogs” from his forthcoming solo LP. Long time collaborator Justin Reich was tapped to direct.  “Black Label Brethren O’ Doom Father Justin Reich Did Another Amazing job Directing the video,” says Wylde. “I asked Father Justin to capture the sights, sounds, smell and feel of the first day my parents dropped me off at kindergarten. Watching the video made me realize why I’m so fond of reading and vegetables.”

Grammy nominated, SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR frontman COREY TAYLOR will appear on the “Sleeping Dogs” album version as well. Wylde continues, “Having Father Corey Taylor’s brilliant Voice sing on ‘Sleeping Dogs’ fulfilled my vision of the two of us as the modern day Simon & Garfunkel. We may not be as legendary, talented or as handsome as those two, but we’ve eaten at some of the same restaurants as them.”

“Sleeping Dogs,” “Tears of December” and “Lost Prayer” are now available as an iTunes instant gratification tracks, meaning fans who pre order the album on iTunes will get the single immediately. An additional pre order bundle is also available offering a Book Of Shadows II CD plus a 17″x11″ poster.

You can also find ZAKK WYLDE on the cover of the new April/May issue of REVOLVER MAGAZINE. The cover is being revealed for the first time today. Wylde is also on the cover of the May issue of GUITAR WORLD with legendary blues guitarist BUDDY GUY. Click here to view.

Zakk Wylde will release Book Of Shadows II on April 8th, 2016 via Entertainment One Music (eOne Music), his first solo release in 20 years. This release is the highly anticipated follow up to 1996’s Book of Shadows LP, a classic album Wylde released between his work with Ozzy Osbourne that has since become a fan favorite.

The fearlessly introspective melancholy and melody of Book of Shadows helped to make its follow-up one of Rolling Stone’s Most Anticipated Albums of 2016. As fierce and diverse as his work in Black Label Society and as large as his accomplishments as lead guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne have been, Book of Shadows II offers an even richer look into the spirit and psyche of one of the most beloved pillars of the hard rock community. Brand new tracks like “Sleeping Dogs,” “Tears of December,” “Darkest Hour,” “Harbors of Pity,” and “The King” are bold proclamations of intense feeling and powerful catharsis.

Zakk Wylde’s powerful pipes, mayhem-inducing charisma, mischievous humor, and instantly recognizable pinch-harmonic driven blues based histrionic guitar shredding have made him the world’s most beloved American Guitar Hero.

Keeping up with his road dog reputation Wylde has accumulated over the decades, he is treating 2016 no differently. Having just wrapped up a successful run on the The Hendrix Experience Tour featuring some of the biggest names in Rock N Roll celebrating the legacy of Jimi Hendrix. Wylde has wasted no time in announcing his participation in the 2016 Generation Axe Tour featuring Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt and Tosin Abasi. Click here for more info.

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Soul Asylum Releases “Doomsday” Single From Forthcoming Album; SXSW Dates Announced

Soul Asylum Releases “Doomsday” Single From Forthcoming Album; SXSW Dates Announced

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Soul Asylum has joined forces with Entertainment One Music (eOne Music) to release an album of all new material titled Change of Fortune on March 18th. To celebrate release week the band will be playing five shows at SXSW 2016.

””the new album shows a band still at the peak of their prowess, with clear potential for garnering whatever fortunes the future may hold” – Relix Magazine

SXSW shows include Thursday March 17 Grammy Museum’s ’40 Years of Ramones’ Tribute (Dave Pirner solo performance) at 9:15pm, Stand Up For Cancer Benefit at The Belmont at 12:30am, Friday March 18 Blurt Magazine / School Kidz Records party at 4pm, Saturday March 19 KGSR show at the W Hotel at 11:30am, Waterloo Records instore and electric set at 5pm and Official SXSW Showcase at The Scoot Inn at midnight.

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Change of Fortune’ is a straightforward rock & roll album led by Pirner’s poetic gift for storytelling and finds the frontman soul-searching along the way…while maintaining that signature Soul Asylum sound which so many fans love” – Innocent Words

Change of Fortune is the band’s eleventh studio album. Their career began with several indie releases on Minneapolis’ Twin/Tone that garnered them attention from a few major labels. The group signed with A&M Records in 1988 where they released three albums Clam Dip & Other DelightsHang TimeAnd the Horse They Rode In On. In 1992 Soul Asylum was signed to Columbia Records and released its groundbreaking album Grave Dancers Union, which included the Grammy Award winning “Runaway Train.” Soul Asylum followed up this success with Let Your Dim Light Shine in 1995, which climbed to #6 on the Billboard 200 and featured the #1 Modern Rock track “Misery.” After releasing Candy From a Stranger in 1998, the band members wanted to concentrate on writing and took a break from recording. The band reconvened in 2004 to begin work on their ninth full-length album, joined by a new drummer, Michael Bland. Sadly, shortly thereafter, bassist Karl Mueller was diagnosed with throat cancer and passed away after finishing his work on the new album.  The Silver Lining was released in 2006 and was dedicated to Karl’s life and memory. The band took a long and unscheduled hiatus as they grieved and dealt with the loss of their friend and band-mate.  In 2012 Soul Asylum released the aptly titled Delayed Reaction that was deemed “quick to embrace” by influential music blog Consequence of Sound.

“a perfectly blended mix of musical harmony” – ReadJunk

Soul Asylum is: David Pirner on guitar and vocals, Michael Bland on drums, Winston Roye on bass and Justin Sharbono on guitar.

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BOOK OF SHADOWS II: Zakk Wylde Debuts “Sleeping Dogs” Single,Album Art and Tracklist

BOOK OF SHADOWS II: Zakk Wylde Debuts “Sleeping Dogs” Single,Album Art and Tracklist

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Guitar icon ZAKK WYLDE today has debuted an all new single titled “Sleeping Dogs” from his forthcoming solo LP. Artwork, created by Wylde and longtime collaborator John Irwin, is being revealed today along with 14-song tracklisting. “Sleeping Dogs” will also be available as an iTunes instant gratification track, meaning fans who pre order the album on iTunes will get the single immediately.

An additional pre order bundle is also available offering a Book Of Shadows II CD signed by Zakk plus a 17″x11″ poster. Limited to 1,000 bundles.

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‘Book of Shadows II’

The track listing for Book of Shadows II is:

1. Autumn Changes
2. Tears of December
3. Lay Me Down
4. Lost Prayer
5. Darkest Hour
6. The Levee
7. Eyes of Burden
8. Forgotten Memory
9. Yesterday’s Tears
10. Harbors of Pity
11. Sorrowed Regret
12. Useless Apologies
13. Sleeping Dogs
14. The King

Zakk Wylde will release Book Of Shadows II on April 8th, 2016 via Entertainment One Music (eOne Music), his first solo release in 20 years. This release is the highly anticipated follow up to 1996’s Book of Shadows LP, a classic album Wylde released between his work with Ozzy Osbourne that has since become a fan favorite.

The fearlessly introspective melancholy and melody of Book of Shadows helped to make its follow-up one of Rolling Stone’s Most Anticipated Albums of 2016. As fierce and diverse as his work in Black Label Society and as large as his accomplishments as lead guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne have been, Book of Shadows II offers an even richer look into the spirit and psyche of one of the most beloved pillars of the hard rock community. Brand new tracks like “Sleeping Dogs,” “Tears of December,” “Darkest Hour,” “Harbors of Pity,” and “The King” are bold proclamations of intense feeling and powerful catharsis.

Zakk Wylde’s powerful pipes, mayhem-inducing charisma, mischievous humor, and instantly recognizable pinch-harmonic driven blues based histrionic guitar shredding have made him the world’s most beloved American Guitar Hero.

Keeping up with his road dog reputation Wylde has accumulated over the decades, he is treating 2016 no differently. Having just wrapped up a successful stint on the 2016 Axes and Anchors Cruise, Wylde wasted no time in announcing his participation in the 2016 Generation Axe Tour featuring Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt and Tosin Abasi. Click here for more info. Zakk is currently on tour with The Hendrix Experience Tour featuring some of the biggest names in Rock N Roll celebrating the legacy of Jimi Hendrix.

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Zakk Wylde To Release ‘Book Of Shadows II’ On April 8th, 2016

Zakk Wylde To Release ‘Book Of Shadows II’ On April 8th, 2016

Zakk Wylde

Zakk Wylde

Guitar icon Zakk Wylde will release Book Of Shadows II on April 8th, 2016 via Entertainment One Music (eOne Music), his first solo release in 20 years. This release is the highly anticipated follow up to 1996’s Book of Shadows LP, a classic album Wylde released between his work with Ozzy Osbourne that has since become a fan favorite. Book Of Shadows II was recently named as one of the “Most Anticipated Metal Releases of 2016” via Rollingstone.com.

Wylde has been feverishly working on new material since he wrapped up Black Label Society’s “Unblackened” spring tour last year. All songs on Book of Shadows II were recorded and produced at Wylde’s legendary home studio, The Black Vatican, which produced several of Wylde’s recent releases. The new effort will be followed by a wave of tour dates in support to be announced soon.

Zakk Wylde is no stranger to showing the lighter, introspective side of his music, having previously released two Black Label Society albums of stripped down material. The Song Remains Not the Same was released in 2011 which included acoustic versions of songs originally released on Order of the Black and 2013’s Unblackened, a live acoustic album that was recorded live at Club Nokia in Los Angeles.

Zakk will also be in full participation in this year’s NAMM Convention taking place at The Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA January 21-24. Zakk’s newly minted line of Guitars known as Wylde Audio will be on full display in Room 210-D and will be signing from 3pm – 5pm on Friday Jan 22. ZAKK SABBATH, a side project featuring guitarist/vocalist Wylde, bassist Blasko (OZZY OSBOURNE, ROB ZOMBIE) and drummer Joey Castillo (DANZIG, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE) performing only BLACK SABBATH SONGS will be playing at The Grove of Anaheim Saturday January 23rd.

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Soul Asylum To Release New Album, “Change of Fortune,” In March 2016

Soul Asylum To Release New Album, “Change of Fortune,” In March 2016

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Soul Asylum partners with Entertainment One Music (eOne Music) to release an album of all new material titled Change of Fortune on March 18th, 2016. When asked about the band’s upcoming and 11th studio album, frontman David Pirner replied Everything on the menu is excellent.”

”We are thrilled to be working with such a great trailblazing band as Soul Asylum,” adds Chuck Oliner, Director of Marketing and Promotions, eOne Music.  “We wait to lead off 2016 with the first single from their new album Change of Fortune.  Loyal Soul Asylum fans will be blown away with the new album, and new fans will understand why we are all so excited they are back.   Welcome back Soul Asylum, and get ready to see Dave, Michael, Winston and Justin on tour in 2016.

The band’s PledgeMusic campaign offers pledger exclusives that include signed copies of the new album, your name in the liner notes, live and rare Grave Dancers Union download, custom t-shirt designed for Pledgers only, Skype drum workshop with Michael Bland, guest list for life, private acoustic show, private full band concert, original Dave Pirner artwork, vintage band promotional posters and much more. Pledging also allows access to a Pledger-only section of the site where the band is continuously posting video updates, audio clips and more. New pledger exclusives are being added weekly so check it out at www.pledgemusic.com/projects/soulasylum

After several indie releases on Minneapolis’ Twin/Tone Records and A&M, Soul Asylum released its groundbreaking album Grave Dancers Unionwhich included the Grammy Award winning “Runaway Train.” Soul Asylum followed up this success with Let Your Dim Light Shine in 1995which climbed to #6 on the Billboard 200 and featured the #1 Modern Rock track “Misery.” After releasing Candy From a Stranger in 1998, the band members wanted to concentrate on writing and took a break from recording. The band reconvened in 2004 to begin work on their ninth full-length album, joined by a new drummer, Michael Bland. Sadly, shortly thereafter, bassist Karl Mueller was diagnosed with throat cancer and passed away after finishing his work on the new album.  The Silver Lining was released in 2006 and was dedicated to Karl’s life and memory. The band took a long and unscheduled hiatus as they grieved and dealt with the loss of their friend and band-mate.  In 2012 Soul Asylum released the aptly titled Delayed Reaction that was deemed “quick to embrace” by influential music blog Consequence of Sound.

Change of Fortune is three years in the making, recorded while the band toured non-stop, had a few line-up changes and some soul searching, but upon listening to Change of Fortune, the wait is most certainly worth it.  Soul Asylum loyalists will be happy to discover the group’s trademark ragged-but-right sound is still very much intact.

The heart and soul of Soul Asylum remains and they continue to produce heartfelt and passionate rock n’ roll.  The band consists of David Pirner on guitar and vocals, Michael Bland on drums, Winston Roye on bass and Justin Sharbono on guitar.

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Drowning Pool To Release ‘Hallelujah’ LP In January 2016

Drowning Pool To Release ‘Hallelujah’ LP In January 2016

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Platinum selling metal act DROWNING POOL have announced their plans to release an all new LP titled “Hellelujah” on January 22, 2016 via eOne Music. The latest LP will be the first since signing with the label earlier this summer. “We’re excited as hell to announce the release of our new record titled HELLELUJAH” says the band. “This is the most metal record from Drowning Pool to date. Be on the lookout for the new single. Can we get a Hellelujah!? Amen!” 

Hellelujah will be the follow up to Resilience, released in 2013. This time the band tapped renowned producer Jason Suecof (AUGUST BURNS RED, DEICIDE, DEATH ANGEL).

Drowning Pool have beaten the darkness and now they celebrate life on life’s terms. The core trio of C.J. Pierce (guitar), Stevie Benton (bass) and Mike Luce (drums) mine hardship, struggle and disappointment to emerge victorious each time, crafting empowering hard rock anthems. Drowning Pool songs conjure emotions that deeply connect with those who persevere against the odds and sacrifice to survive, and their music transcends boundaries of race, class and lifestyle as well, resonating with people from all walks of life who look to music to get them through life’s challenges.

Jason Moreno’s powerful vocals enabled him to quickly master Drowning Pool’s dense catalog when he became the band’s frontman in 2012. From his reverent delivery of the late Dave Williams mosh-pit ready lyrics in the ubiquitous signature hit “Bodies” to his powerful take on Top 5 Active Rock hits like “Step Up” from Desensitized (2004), “37 Stitches” from Full Circle (2007), and “Feel Like I Do” (Drowning Pool, 2010).

Moreno injects fresh life into the songs with his unique stamp. As Revolver Magazine noted in their review of Resilience“Drowning Pool continue to produce consistently killer albums with an unmistakable sound.” 

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PLAYING WITH FIRE & HEART: NHL Legend Theo Fleury On His Country Music Debut

PLAYING WITH FIRE & HEART: NHL Legend Theo Fleury On His Country Music Debut

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“My life is a country song.” When Theo Fleury says that, it’s hard to argue. From his small-town upbringing to the heights of hockey glory, from the depths of sexual abuse and alcoholism to his current health and happiness, the Canadian icon’s 47 years come packed with enough triumph and tragedy to inspire not just a single song but an entire album. That’s exactly what they’ve become. ‘I Am Who I Am,’ out October 23 on eOne Music Canada, finds the NHL superstar, Olympic gold medal winner, best-selling author, motivational speaker and entrepreneur tackling a new game: Country singer-songwriter. And it’s a more natural fit than you might expect.

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Theo Fleury

It wasn’t until 2009 — the same year he published his unflinching memoir ‘Playing With Fire’ — that Fleury moved music to the forefront. Wanting to cross an item off his bucket list, he teamed with Winnipeg musician Phil Deschambault to write a song about his life. Once they heard the results, they decided to keep going. Over the next few years, the duo — who discovered their fathers had made music together in Russell, Man., before either of them were born — penned more than a dozen songs, each stronger and more personal than the last. Fleury also began collaborating with fellow Calgarian Paddy McCallion, a longtime drinking buddy who turned out to be a talented musician and composer. He assembled Fleury’s backing band The Death Valley Rebels for his future live shows, and produced the autobiographical I Am Who I Am, which merges the hockey star’s Cash-deep vocals with the classic country twang he grew up hearing in his father’s car.

It’s about more than just entertainment or nostalgia, however. For Fleury, it’s also about helping others by sharing his story. “The album is definitely dark,” he admits. “The songs are all about my life, my experience, my struggle. But they’re also about coming through that struggle. At the end of every song, there’s hope. That’s what the lyrics and music reflect: Hope and healing. If people listen to this and there’s a line or a word or a phrase that helps them get out of the situation they’re in or how they’re feeling, that’s really why we’re doing this. The message is that no matter how far we may fall, we can make it back.” And turn it into a great country song.

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently sat down with the NHL legend, author and blossoming country artist to learn more about his musical roots, the creation of his debut album, ‘I Am Who I Am,’ his evolution as an artist and what the future might hold for him in both the short and long term!

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NHL Superstar Theo Fleury

We are familiar with the name Theo Fleury from your career in the NHL. Now, you are exploring new territory in the world of country music. That is a big swerve for sure!

[laughs] Yeah, I can see that!

Before we talk about what you have in store for us, let’s go back to the beginning. What are some of your first memories of music?

Some of my fondest memories I have as a child are sitting alongside my grandfather and listening to him play the fiddle. My dad and uncle also played guitar and would sing some old tunes by Buck Owens, Charlie Pride and guys like that. The first single, “My Life’s Been A Country Song,” has the first verse that reflects that time and place. It brings back a lot of great memories for me.

What was the catalyst that made you dive into this next chapter of your life?

I used to say that every house I lived in along the way in my NHL career had a karaoke machine and it was heavily used! [laughs] Initially, the plan was to strike something off the bucket list, which was to write and record a song. I had an old family friend in the music business, Phil Deschambault, who lives in Winnipeg. Our dads actually played music together before we were even born. I called him up and said, “How’d you like to write a song with me?” He said, “Yeah, I would love to!” I went to Winnipeg and spent a week there. We wrote the song, “As The Story Goes.” The song is now on iTunes and we have a video of it on YouTube. It was kind of a cool experience to take a thought, idea or phrase and actually turn it into a song. When he sent it back to me, when it was all finished, I listened to it right away. I called him immediately and said, “This sounds really good! Do you think it sounds really good?” He said, “Yes, of course!” I kept going back to Winnipeg and writing songs. I had an old drinking buddy here in Calgary, Paddy McCallion. The whole time we were drinking and partying together, I never realized he was a musician as well. The two of us started writing and wrote about 30 songs for this album. We picked the 10 best and here we are today!

Theo Fleury brings an unmatched authenticity to his debut album.

Theo Fleury brings an unmatched authenticity to his debut album.

What do you feel Phil Deschambault and Paddy McCallion bring to the table for a project like this one? Additionally, did you face any major challenges in bringing your first album to life?

I think the big experience and a real knowledge of songwriting. They are both incredible musicians and are both a lot of fun to work with. We had a lot of laughs along the way as we were writing. As far as challenges, I can say that logistics were the toughest thing. Phil has his own band and is extremely busy, so to be able to book time with him and get to Winnipeg. Finding the time to get in the studio and put my vocal tracks to the music was difficult because I also have a busy schedule. Coordinating all of that was probably the biggest challenge. I think what a lot of people don’t realize is that I just didn’t wake up one morning and say, “OK, I am going to start singing country music.” I think we took our time. This has been a six-year project. We all wanted it to be very good and I think we are all extremely proud of the finished product. It definitely developed over time. To be honest with you, I don’t think there was one song that we wrote that was difficult. We might have gotten stuck on a word or a verse. The serendipity of it all and writing these songs with Phil and Paddy came pretty easily. They say the best songs are written on napkins and take about 45 minutes to write. A lot of these songs on the album didn’t take too much time to write. I think people will enjoy the music. It is different and more old school with fiddles, banjos, accordions. There are a lot of elements that I remember hearing in the music I loved as a kid. We’re a bunch of guys who love that old-school country sound and we put our own stamp on it.

Did you find your songwriting process evolving much through the years?

Yeah, it definitely did. It is like anything else, the more you do it, the better you get at it. That has been the experience here. We are all looking forward to the next album and writing more songs. I think a song means more to an artist when you sit down and write them and perform them as they have a deeper meaning. It has been really interesting to see over the past few days that the single, “My Life Has Been A Country Song,” has almost 25,000 plays on SoundCloud. That has been pretty astonishing and it feels pretty good, so we are looking forward to getting out on the road and performing these songs!

What are your plans in regards to touring for the album? What lies ahead?

We have a PR group here in Canada called The Feldman Group and they are putting their feelers out right now. I can see us probably getting out there in the new year to play the music and meet the fans.

We have come to know you as being so open and honest through your autobiography, “Playing With Fire.” Did you find it was easier or more difficult to put yourself out there through song?

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Theo Fleury’s ‘I Am Who I Am’

It was easy. Through the process of writing “Playing With Fire,” I realized the things that I went through in my life are a shared experience. So, something I grew up thinking about my entire life was uncommon is actually the most common thing that happens in the world. That added fuel to the fire when it comes to finding ways to get the message out there. This is all about inspiring people and getting them to think differently about their lives. When I was growing up, I couldn’t tell you how many people said I was too small and would never do this or never do that and that I wouldn’t play one game in the National Hockey League. I played over 1,000 games in the NHL and I can see the music in a similar light. People will have their doubts but, if you work hard and surround yourself with good people, then anything is possible!

I have heard the music. The authenticity and passion in these songs definitely comes through. I think that is becoming more rare these days in country, so kudos to you.

Thank you so much! We really appreciate that!

Theo Fleury

Theo Fleury

You mentioned spreading the word on your story and the challenges you faced in life. What can you tell us about the work you do for charity?

We have created the Breaking Free Foundation, which can be found on the web at www.breakingfreefound.ca, because so many people are looking for professional help. There aren’t many things in place in Canada where you can get that help. It costs an arm and a leg, so what you can do is write a proposal or grant to our foundation. If approved, we will pay for your therapy. I think the subjects of sexual abuse and trauma are very important topics and I appreciate you helping us shine a light on them.

Absolutely. As you said, the next chapter of your story started as a bucket list item. You have done it all from playing in the NHL to winning gold medals to writing a bestseller. What else is on this bucket list of yours!?

[laughs] Jeez! I am getting close to the end of it! I think the message in all of these things is that if you have never tried something or always wanted to try something, and were hesitant or afraid, my advice is to go for it! Like I said, surround yourself with good people and let them know your intentions. Anything is possible and if you work at it, have a passion for it and love what you do then you will be successful!

Definitely great advice, Theo. Thank you for your time today and we wish you continued success!

Thank you, Jason. Take care!

For all the latest updates from Theo Fleury, visit his official site at www.theofleury14.com. Connect with him on social media via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

‘I Am Who I Am’ will be released on October 23 on eOne Music Canada. The debut single, “My Life’s Been A Country Song” is now available on iTunes!

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