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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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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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Poison and Motley Crue To Reunite On “Glam–A–Gedon 25” Anniversary Tour

Apprentice winner and Donald Trump favorite, rocker Bret Michaels, currently recuperating from heart surgery, will reunite with all original Poison band mates for a 25th Anniversary tour tentatively titled “Glam – A – Gedon 25”. For the first time ever Poison and Motley Crue will co-headline a select date summer tour with special guests the New York Dolls.

Although several controversial statements have been made in the press by certain members of Motley Crue vowing this tour would never happen, that is simply not the case.

Fans of both bands have spoken and want the tour to happen and both Motley Crue and Poison have agreed. Concert promoters in these select cities state that the buzz is unbelievable for both the Poison dates as well as the Motley Crue / Poison tour. No doubt this will be the rock tour of the summer.

Both Poison and Motley Crue have a long history of hit songs, bigger than life stage shows, no holds barred live energy not to mention the two bands combined have sold over 100 million records and have over 24 top 40 hits between them. Tickets for the Motley Crue / Poison tour will go on sale March 18, 2011. Poison plan to kick off their 25th Anniversary “Glam -A – Gedon 25” tour in Tupelo Mississippi at the Bancorp South Arena Wednesday May 25th. Michaels will then continue solo, playing Thursday May 26th in Ft. Walton Beach where he will perform for the fans & troops as he did last Memorial Day weekend. Michaels will rejoin Poison in Little Rock at the River Fest Amphitheater on Friday May 27th. Michaels will then perform solo at the Hard Rock in Biloxi on Saturday May 28th. Bret will rejoin Poison and Motley Crue Sunday May 29th at ROCKLAHOMA.

Poison will then continue on alone playing arenas from Memorial Day until rejoining Motley Crue in Dallas at the Starplex Amphitheater on Tuesday June 7th. When reporters recently asked Bret Michaels if there was any bad blood between the bands, Michaels laughs ” there may be some friendly competition but there is no bad blood at all on my part. Nikki and I have spoken several times on the phone recently and the conversations went great.” Michaels continues, “Music is a universal language and I am extremely excited that this tour has come together as are the fans, they are truly going to see a great show. Honestly, I could care less about all the mudslinging, it gets nobody nowhere, and after all I have been through health wise in the last year, I am going to try to focus on what does matter which is the show, the fans, fun and personally throwing a hell of a backstage party.”

Bret Michaels solo tour will start March 19th when he appears at Muhammad Ali’s Celebrity Fight Night alongside Kevin Costner, David Foster, Billy Crystal, Halle Berry and Reba McIntire and will continue up until the Motley Crue / Poison tour starts. The Get Your Rock On solo tour in support of the album of the same name will resume immediately following the select summer dates with Motley Crue & Poison. Fans can go directly to BretMichaels.com to get the latest news and join his Titanium and Platinum Backstage VIP Fan Experience which he has done successfully for years. It will be the only VIP Backstage package offered for the Poison tour.

For more Poison/Bret Michaels tour dates and VIP Fan Experience information go to BretMichaels.com.

 

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M3 Rock Festival Announces Lineup For 3rd Rockin’ Year!

M3 Rock Festival Announces Lineup For 3rd Rockin’ Year!

No, you?re not having flashbacks. These intensely vivid heavy metal memories you?re about to experience will ignite in 2011. Kix, Warrant, LA Guns, Whitesnake, Tesla and Lita Ford will be among the acts taking over Merriweather Post Pavilion, playing full sets of their glam rock and heavy metal hits, along with other unexpected amazements.

In its third year, I.M.P. Presents M3 Rock Festival will add a Kick Off Party and Concert featuring full sets, since one day alone can?t contain all this metal. The Official M3 Kix-Off Party will get things started Friday, May 13th at 7pm. The full-blown 2011 M3 Rock Festival begins Saturday, May 14 at Noon. Last year VIP and Pavilion seats sold out faster than you could flick your Bic, so headbangers hoping to get close enough to smell the sweat will want to be at their computers Thursday, Feb 3 at 10am EST for the insiders pre-sale. Only members of M3 Rockers? Forum will be given the pre-sale promo code. Fans can sign up for the Rockers? Forum on http://www.m3rockfest.com/

Discounted 2-Day Packages will go on sale to the general public Friday, Feb 4 at 10am EST. If there are any tickets remaining as of March 4th, they will go on sale as Single-Day tickets at 10 am EST through Ticketfly. Tickets can also be purchased at the Merriweather and 9:30 Club Box Offices. For more information, visit http://www.ticketfly.com/

M3 Rock Festival will feature two music stages, the Freak Stage and a Festival Village. Playing Friday night, May 13: Kix, with special guests Warrant, LA Guns and JetboyPlaying Saturday, May 14: Whitesnake, Tesla, Lita Ford, Mr. Big, Slaughter, Great White, Danger Danger, Firehouse, Big Noize, Black and Blue, Hurtsmile, Faster Pussycat and Pretty Boy Floyd.

VIP ticket holders will have:

• Special VIP parking • Private VIP Entrance gate • Official M3 2011 Festival T-shirt • Official M3 2011 Concert Poster and sharpie • Access to floor and front of house seating • Access to M3 VIP Deck located backstage (access to VIP concessions and VIP restrooms) • Access to Artist Meet-&-Greet Lounge.

2-Day Packages (May 13th and 14th) – On Sale February 4

• VIP • Pavilion 1 • Pavilion 2 • Lawn

$175.00 Ticket Limit (4) $95.00 Ticket Limit (6) $65.00 Ticket Limit (6) $45.00 Ticket Limit (6)(IF AVAILABLE) May 13 Official Kix-Off Party and Concert Tickets-On sale March 4th

• VIP • Pavilion 1 • Pavilion 2 • Lawn

$60.00 Ticket Limit (4) $35.00 Ticket Limit (6) $30.00 Ticket Limit (6) $25.00 Ticket Limit (6)

(IF AVAILABLE) May 14th 2011 M3 Rock Festival Tickets- On sale March 4th

• VIP • Pavilion 1 • Pavilion 2 • Lawn $35.00

$150.00 Ticket Limit (4) $75.00 $55.00

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Nelson Announces U.S. Release Date for New Album ‘Lightning Strikes Twice’

Nelson Announces U.S. Release Date for New Album ‘Lightning Strikes Twice’

Multi-platinum recording artists NELSON led by twin lead front men Matthew & Gunnar Nelson announced the U.S. release date of their new original album Lightning Strikes Twice, a seamless sequel to After the Rain their classic multi-platinum debut album as they celebrate the 20th Anniversary milestone of the phenomenal record and its #1 Billboard hit “(Can’t Live Without Your) Love and Affection”. EMI / Frontiers Records USA / Stone Canyon Records will release the new NELSON album sequelLightning Strikes Twice in the U.S. on February 15, 2011.

To coincide with the new release and 20th Anniversary of After the Rain, EMI / Frontiers Records USA / Stone Canyon Records will also release twin (2) NELSON catalog albums:  Before the Rain the demo collection of songs that secured their recording deal with Geffen Records in 1990 and Perfect Storm – After the Rain World Tour 1991 live concert album. The North American release of the twin rare NELSON albums on February 15, 2011, will be a complement to the release of NELSON’s brand new original album sequel Lightning Strikes Twice.

“LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE is the creative masterpiece NELSON has waited over 20 years to unveil,” enthuses Gunnar Nelson.  “It’s given us the opportunity to resolve some unfinished business musically and artistically. American fans have waited long enough.  We’re thrilled the U.S. release is finally here.”

“The forecast for 2011 is incredible with releasing three NELSON albums,” adds Matthew Nelson.  “We are thrilled to be releasing our new original NELSON album LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE in the United States.  Plus, NELSON fans should enjoy the journey through the time capsule provided by these rare collectible albums – BEFORE THE RAIN and PERFECT STORM.”

Lightning Strikes Twice was recently released in Europe and the U.K. to overwhelming critical praise.  Frank Thiessies of Metal Hammer Germany writes, “The two blonds have done the almost impossible: a comeback sequel as strong as Meatloaf’s BAT OUT OF HELL II. This sequel alone has more hits than Bon Jovi’s made in 18 years over 6 discs.”

Britain’s well-known music critic Alison Joy, who originally dubbed NELSON “the Timotei Twins” in Kerrang! in the U.K. back in 1990, writes in CLASSIC ROCK / AOR Legends magazine that Lightning Strikes Twice is “absolutely and unexpectedly awesome!”

“NELSON’s return has been hailed by the Melodic Rock press as one of the highlights of the year,” affirms Serafino Perugino, President & C.E.O. of Frontiers Records. “These results, along with the intrinsic quality of the album, make Frontiers extremely proud of this artistic cooperation. We look forward to more albums together with NELSON”.

After the Rain was the debut multi-platinum album by NELSON in the early 1990s. They zoomed to number one with their hit song,  “(Can’t Live Without Your) Love and Affection,” which made history landing America’s iconic Nelson family (bandleader Ozzie Nelson, rock legend Rick Nelson, and twins Matthew & Gunnar) into the Guinness Book of World Records as the ONLY family in Entertainment with three (3) successive generations of #1 hitmakers.

NELSON’s After the Rain record and tour became a phenomenon just prior to the rise of grunge.  The last major success of the good time rock’n’roll era, NELSON has had (1) Number One, (4) Top Ten, and (5) Top 40 Billboard Hot 100 hit singles, plus (5) #1 MTV videos and has sold over 6.5 million albums worldwide!

Nelson has always been synonymous with entertainment in America. Matthew and Gunnar follow Ozzie Nelson’s vision of embracing connecting with people and audiences through all forms of media. They have been doing television-hosting work for VH1 and E!

Plus, Gunnar co-hosted LIFETIME Radio’s nationally syndicated morning show.

NELSON has been headlining at major rock festivals around the globe celebrating the 20th anniversary of After the Rain.  Touring in China, the U.K. where NELSON headlined the Firefest Rock Festival in 2010, and of course the U.S. where they have also toured extensively with Peter Frampton and Styx. A NELSON world tour in 2011 will soon be announced.

Lightning Strikes Twice tracklisting includes:

Call Me; Day By Day; Ready, Willing and Able; How Can I Miss You?; You’re All I Need Tonight; To Get Back To You; When You’re Gone; Take Me There; Come; In It For The Money; Change a Thing; Kickin’ My Heart Around.

The first single from the album released “You’re All I Need Tonight” andCall Me” are available to listen online exclusively with full in streaming on Frontiers Web radio. www.frontiers.it/webradio

NELSON filmed their first music video in over 15 years for the single “You’re All I Need Tonight”, which can be viewed on YouTubehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19N6YoIx7OI&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Musicians on Lightning Strikes Twice include:

Gunnar Nelson: Lead Vocals, Guitars

Matthew Nelson: Lead Vocals, Bass

With Special Guest Appearances by:

Gary Corbett: piano, keyboards

Brian Burwell: drums

David Morgan: piano, background vocals

Steve Lukather: guitar on “To Get Back To You”

The new NELSON CD album sequel Lightning Strikes Twice will be available for purchase in the U.S. on February 15, 2011 on iTunes, Amazon.com and through retail stores nationwide.

Twin catalog NELSON CD collectible albums Before the Rain and Perfect Storm will also be available for purchase in the U.S. on February 15, 2011 on iTunes, Amazon.com and through retail stores nationwide.

Weblinks: www.nelsonkicksass.com / www.myspace.com/OfficialNelson / www.Facebook.com/NelsonRockBand / www.frontiers.it /www.myspace.com/frontiersrecords

NELSON Billboard Hot 100 hit singles include:  “(Can’t Live Without Your) Love and Affection”, “After the Rain”, “More Than Ever”, “Only Time Will Tell” and “(You Got Me) All Shook Up”.

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Nelson Set To Release Epic New Album On 20th Anniversary

Nelson Set To Release Epic New Album On 20th Anniversary

Frontiers Records and NELSON led by twin lead front men Matthew & Gunnar Nelson announced the release date of their new album “Lightning Strikes Twice” a seamless sequel to multi-platinum debut album “After the Rain” on the 20thanniversary of their history making turn at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “(Can’t Live Without Your) Love and Affection” (September 29, 1990) which landed them in the Guinness Book of World Records.  The new NELSON follow up album “Lightning Strikes Twice” will be released in Europe on November 5th with U.S. and Asia release to follow.

“’Lightning Strikes Twice’ has allowed us creatively, artistically and musically to resolve some unfinished business,” explains Gunnar. “We’ve had a blast going into the studio writing and performing some of our best songs. Plus, being back on the road with NELSON is living the dream all over again.  New fans are discovering our music and original fans have shown incredible support all over the world. It ROCKS!”

Matthew adds, “Who could believe we would be doing a NELSON sequel to ‘After the Rain’ twenty years later?  Gunnar and I feel it’s our best work to date and should live up to its name ‘Lightning Strikes Twice’.  We believe NELSON fans will agree with that forecast and hope they feel it’s been worth the long wait.”

After the Rain” was the debut multi-platinum album by NELSON in the early 1990s. They zoomed to number one with their hit song,  “(Can’t Live Without Your) Love and Affection,” which made history landing America’s iconic Nelson family (bandleader Ozzie Nelson, rock legend Rick Nelson, and twins Matthew & Gunnar) into the Guinness Book of World Records as the ONLY family in Entertainment with three (3) successive generations of #1 hitmakers.

NELSON’s “After the Rain” record and tour became a phenomenon just prior to the rise of grunge.  The last major success of the good time rock’n’roll era, NELSON has had (1) Number One, (4) Top Ten, and (5) Top 40 Billboard Hot 100 hit singles, plus (5) #1 MTV videos and has sold over 6.5 million albums worldwide!

Nelson has always been synonymous with entertainment in America. Matthew and Gunnar follow Ozzie Nelson’s vision of embracing connecting with people and audiences through all forms of media. They have been doing television-hosting work for VH1 and E!  Gunnar is also a standout reality TV star with VH1’s “Celebrity Fit Club”. Plus, Gunnar co-hosted LIFETIME Radio’s nationally syndicated morning show.

NELSON has been headlining at major rock festivals around the globe celebrating the 20th anniversary of “After the Rain”.  Touring in China, the U.K. and of course the U.S. where they have also toured extensively with Peter Frampton and Styx. In October 2010 the band will head to the UK to headline day 2 of the Firefest festival appearing with Frontiers label mates Jimi Jamison, Lynch Mob, Strangeways, Pretty Maids amongst others. A world tour at the beginning of 2011 will follow.

“Lightning Strikes Twice” tracklisting includes:

Call Me; Day By Day; Ready, Willing and Able; How Can I Miss You?; You’re All I Need Tonight; To Get Back To You; When You’re Gone; Take Me There; Come; In It For The Money; Change a Thing; Kickin’ My Heart Around.

The first single to be released “You’re All I Need Tonight” and “Call Me” are available to listen online exclusively with full in streaming on Frontiers Web radio.

Tune in at: www.frontiers.it/webradio

Musicians on “Lightning Strikes Twice” include:

Gunnar Nelson: Lead Vocals, Guitars

Matthew Nelson: Lead Vocals, Bass

With Special Guest Appearances by:

Gary Corbett: piano, keyboards

Brian Burwell: drums

David Morgan: piano, background vocals

Steve Lukather: guitar on “To Get Back To You”

Weblinks: www.nelsonkicksass.comwww.myspace.com/OfficialNelsonwww.Facebook.com/NelsonRockBandwww.frontiers.it /www.myspace.com/frontiersrecords

NELSON Billboard Hot 100 hit singles include:  “(Can’t Live Without Your) Love and Affection”, “After the Rain”, “More Than Ever”, “Only Time Will Tell” and “(You Got Me) All Shook Up”.

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Motley Crue Frontman Vince Neil Busted For DUI In Las Vegas

Motley Crue Frontman Vince Neil Busted For DUI In Las Vegas

Vince Neil at the M3 Rock Festival

According to TMZ.com, Vince Neil was arrested for suspicion of DUI this morning in Las Vegas. He is currently in custody in Clark County Jail, where his bail has been set at $2,000.

Vince Neil spent 30 days in jail and was fined $2.5 million (GBP1.3 million) for a drunk driving accident in the 1984, which claimed the life of his passenger and friend, Hanoi Rocks star Razzle. The crash has haunted Neil for years and the singer even dedicated Theater of Pain, Mötley Crüe’s third studio album, to Razzle.

The legendary Motley Crue frontman recently released a new solo CD, titled “Tattoos & Tequila”(Eleven Seven Music) and is set to release a tell-all book by the same name on September 23 via New York’s Grand Central Publishing. The 12-track album (Neil’s third studio project as a solo artist) is made up mostly of covers of songs from some of Neil’s favorite artists, including Cheap Trick (“He’s a Whore”), Elvis Presley (“Viva Las Vegas”), the Scorpions (“Another Piece of Meat”) and Elton John (“The Bitch Is Back”).

More on this as it develops.

Source: TMZ

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Rock Legend Ozzy Osbourne Returns With A Mighty ‘Scream’

Rock Legend Ozzy Osbourne Returns With A Mighty ‘Scream’

Ozzy Osbourne has been a part of the music scene and the pop culture landscape for the better part of four decades. His ability to stay relevant and widely popular for such a long period of time is no small feat and is a testament to his iconic status in the realm of music. We are talking about the guy who introduced the world to heavy metal with Black Sabbath. This is the same guy who gave us one of the greatest albums of the eighties, ‘Blizzard of Oz’. Let’s not forget about his phenomenal and commercially successful album ‘No More Tears’. That is one hell of a resume and with his new album ‘Scream’, Ozzy proves that he still has plenty of tricks left up his sleeve.

‘Scream’ is full of plenty of hard rocking music and searing guitar riffs, but it also has a softer side at times. It is Ozzy’s most complete effort in years and may be one of his best albums to date. ‘Scream’ was recorded in Ozzy’s home studio in Los Angeles and all of the songs on the album were co-written by himself with the help of producer Kevin Churko. One noticeable change this time around is the absence of Zakk Wylde. Zakk has been a staple of Ozzy’s band since the late eighties and I am sure there are many people out there who will be disappointed with his absence on the album. Before all of you Zakk fans out there lose your mind and write off this album, I urge you to reconsider. Give this one a chance guys. Gus G of Firewind has replaced the legendary axe slinger and does an amazing job filling the beer soaked boots of Wylde. I am going to go out on a limb here and say that I actually enjoy Gus G’s shredding a little more than Wylde’s. Zakk had become so prominent on ‘Black Rain’ that it felt more like a Black Label Society album than an Ozzy Osbourne album. Hell, even Ozzy himself said the album sounded too much like Black Label Society and he wanted a change. Listen, I am a huge fan of Zakk Wylde and think he is an amazing guitarist, but he has a tendency to hog the spotlight. If you don’t believe me, check out his solo’s in footage of Ozzy’s old tours. Anyway, enough about Zakk Wylde. Gus G’s presence on the album definitely added new fuel to the unstoppable fire that is Ozzy and has rejuvenated his music.

The album kicks off with a back to back punch of heavy rock in the form of the grinding “Let it Die” and the first single “Let Me Hear You Scream”. Both songs adequately prepare the listener for a sonic assault on their ear drums. “Soul Sucker”, the album’s former title, is up next and comes off sounding like it should have been on Ozzy’s 1995 album ‘Ozzmosis’. It is one of my least favorite tracks on the record and probably should have never been included. The moody and melodic “Life Won’t Wait” follows and is a welcome departure from the sound of the previous track. While it is one of the least heavy songs on the album, Ozzy sounds fantastic and it could be one of the best songs he has done in a long time. “Diggin’ Me Down” begins with a continued lighter tone, but quickly ascends into a drum heavy rocker that is sure to please long time fans of the prince of darkness. After the banging drums have subsided, the listener is treated to the appropriately titled “‘Crucified”. The song delves into religion, but is far removed from the safety that is usually provided by the institution. Ozzy’s tone in the song is one of bitterness and anger. It is good to hear that there is still a little fight left in him after all of these years. Ozzy then switches gears again and delivers the unrelenting and unapologetic “Fearless”. This is the best song on the album. Everything from the guitars to the drumming is nothing short of astonishing. The album is worth picking up for this track alone. ‘Time’ is up next and leans toward being more of a ballad, but intermittently sees the return of heavier moments that are mostly in the form of great guitar work. The last two heavy tracks featured on the album are ‘”I Want It More” and “Latimer’s Mercy”. “I Want It More”‘ is more upbeat, while “Latimer’s Mercy” goes back to the darker and more grinding tone featured on ‘Let It Die’ at the beginning of the album. Both songs are among the best on the album. The last track, “I Love You All”, is a fitting end to the album. The song is mostly instrumental, but eventually features Ozzy singing what is essentially a love note to all of his fans. The song demonstrates that Ozzy is truly a humble man and is appreciative of all of his fans.

‘Scream’ is an amazing album from an even more amazing individual. Ozzy is nothing short of an icon and his status as such is not going to be in jeopardy as long as he continues putting material out of this caliber. While some fans may be put off that Zakk Wylde is not the guitarist on this album, I can tell you that you won’t miss him once you give this one a listen. Gus G is here to stay and that is OK with me. For fans of The Prince of Darkness, this album could prove to be a breath of fresh air and I highly recommend that you pick this one up. The album gets a very solid 4 out of 5. — Steve Johnson

RATING: 4/5

‘Scream’ tracklisting is as follows:

‘Let It Die’
‘Let Me Hear You Scream’
‘Soul Sucker’
‘Life Won’t Wait’
‘Diggin Me Down’
‘Crucify’
‘Fearless’
‘Time’
‘I Want It More’
‘Latimer’s Mercy’
‘I Love You All’
‘Jump The Moon’ (Japanese bonus track)

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M3 Rock Festival Returns To Rock Baltimore Once Again In 2010!

M3 Rock Festival Returns To Rock Baltimore Once Again In 2010!

The M3 Rock Festival made its triumphant return to Columbia, MD on June 19th and once again featured a great lineup of eighties rock bands. The skies were clear and the temperatures would climb into the nineties by mid-afternoon but the heat could not stop rock n’ roll! For many, the party started as soon as they touched down in the parking lot of Meriweather Post Pavilion. The parking area featured a killer atmosphere reminiscent of something out of the cult favorite rock documentary, ‘Heavy Metal Parking Lot’. A seasoned veteran of the rock n’ roll lifestyle, I have been to many of shows in my time. I can tell you that the atmosphere in the lots across this great land is not what it once was, however, that was not the case with M3. Just like last year, the parking lot was full of life and vast amounts of beer, loud music, classic rock tees and some of the most fantastic hairdos known to man. The impact that the M3 Rock Festival had on music fans in 2009 was evident by the stories being traded back and forth and the anticipation was clearly building even hours before the gates were to open. Shortly after arriving, the car in front of me had Warrant blaring out of a set of partially blown speakers and if I turned in the opposite direction, I could hear Motley Crue’s Dr. Feelgood belting out of a much higher quality sound system. It was like I had gotten transported back to 1989 and I was definitely enjoying it! Of course I had to join in the party, so I cracked a few ice cold Budweiser’s myself.

By 10:30 am there was a large line to enter the venue. Gates for the show opened at 11:00 am, the same time as last year’s event. The layout of the festival was exactly the same as it was in 2009 and proved very navigable. The main stage/pavilion was separated from the second stage and the “freaks” stage by a line of tents that were filled with businesses trying to sell their goods to whoever was interested. There was no lack of vendors selling cold drinks or something to eat, as there was a concession stand every ten feet. This would prove invaluable by mid-afternoon as the need to replenish fluids became a must for many battle worn fans. One noticeable omission from last year was that the Hammerjacks VIP area was not in use. The only reference to the once great rock club was a small booth that was selling shirts and stickers. I was really disappointed that they did away with that, as it added to the show’s nostalgia.

The festival did not open up with a notable band this year. Last year the audience was treated to Gilby Clarke and this year we got Dingleberry Dynasty. Needless to say, they were high on my priority list for the day. One of the returning bands from last years festival, Jetboy, would follow to jumpstart things the main stage. While I hadn’t been a huge fan of Jetboy in the past, they made me a fan of me this time around. They brought a high energy performance that turned a lot of heads. I definitely dig their song “Feel The Shake.” Speaking of which, give me a second to fire up iTunes and pick that one up! Jetboy was followed on the second stage by another band I was not all that familiar with by the name of Z02. While I didn’t catch all of their set, I did like what I heard and they were putting everything they had into it. Next up on the main stage was the forgettable Trixter, followed by the equally forgettable Black Mambooza on the second stage.

Phil Lewis of L.A. Guns

By 2:15 pm, myself and many of my rock n’ roll brethren were jonesing for a band to hit the stage that could quench our thirst for rock (and who managed to have more than one hit in their heyday). That thirst was quenched by none other than the epic L.A. Guns. The Phil Lewis fronted version of the band took to the main stage and did not disappoint. Stacey Blades and company ripped through their hits including “Sleazy Come,” “Over the Edge,” and “Rip and Tear.” The band sounded tight and were easily one of my favorite performances of the day. L.A. Guns are is one of the few bands of the hair metal era that still puts it on the line each and every night, playing each show as if it was the last time they would play to a capacity crowd. Next up on the second stage was Mass. I did not get to check out those guys, as I was preparing to shoot pictures of Kip Winger and company on the main stage. Speaking of Winger, his band took to the main stage at 3:30 pm and delivered an absolutely rocking performance. I could not believe what I was hearing. Winger sounded fantastic and treated the fans to a set that included “Seventeen” and “Headed for a Heartbreak.” I am still in amazement that Winger could deliver such a top notch outing. After wrapping that up, I took a trip to check out Bang Tango. This band has been growing on me the past couple of years and their funk driven rock was taken in by a surprising amount of festival goers. Frontman Joe Lesté proved that he still has vocal chops and that he loves his fans as he spent a lot of time wandering the crowd meeting and greeting the fans on the lawn. Next up was Kix to take the main stage at 4:40 pm, so I made my way through the still growing crowd to the pavilion.

Kix took to the main stage right on time and played to a full pavilion. If you grew up, lived in or experienced the late eighties rock scene in Baltimore, Maryland — Kix is in your blood. The love for these hometown hair metal heroes was evidenced by the plethora of vintage Kix tees in the crowd. Kix managed to turn the heads of many concertgoers who were just arriving during their white hot set. I had missed the band’s performance last year and was informed by a reader that by doing so I had missed one of the best performances that the inaugural M3 event had to offer. I wasn’t about to make the same mistake twice, so I hunkered down to soak in the set. I have to admit that I was very impressed and will likely jump at the opportunity to see them again in the future. Kix proved to be one of the more fun bands of the day, mostly due to their charismatic lead singer Steve Whiteman who seem to effortlessly energize the crowd. Highlights of their set included “Don’t Close Your Eyes,” “Cold Shower,” and “Girl Money.” After taking in the spectacle that was Kix, I wanted to head over to the second stage to check out what Guns ‘N Roses keyboardist Dizzy Reed had going on. Unfortunately I had to prepare to go photograph Vince Neil, so I never got a chance. That was the most disappointing part of my day. Well, if you don’t take heat stroke into consideration.

At 6:15 I found a spot directly in front of the stage to take pictures of Vince Neil. Jammed into a small area with a bunch of other photographers is bad enough when it is ninety degrees, but adding a thick layer of artificial fog takes it up a notch. I have never seen so much fog used on stage. I could barely see Vince and I was about three feet from him. I can only imagine what it looked like from the seats. After the customary three songs I got the hell out of there an enjoyed the rest of his set from the lawn. I am a huge fan of Motley Crue and was looking forward to this performance all day. Vince was absolutely amazing and sounded surprisingly good for someone who has delivered less than spectacular performances in the past. Vince’s set featured material from his covers album, ‘Tattoos and Tequila’ that is due in stores this week. The set also included a string of Crue hits including “Live Wire” and “Dr. Feelgood.” Towards the end of Vince’s set I decided to take a trip over to the second stage to check out Nelson.

Nelson Kicked Off 20th Anniversary Tour at the M3 Rock Festival

I have to admit that I was curious about what these two guys would bring to a festival that was full of testosterone driven bands. What I saw shocked me to my core, Nelson wasn’t that bad and they had Mark Slaughter on lead guitar. What was even more shocking was that the band had a large audience and most of them were guys. It was a strange site to behold. Matt and Gunnar Nelson were very gracious performers and sounded fantastic. Mark Slaughter, who has worked with Nelson before in Scrap Metal, is a fine addition to the band and shreds on guitar. Their energetic set included the hits “After the Rain” and “Love and Affection,” but also featured some of their unreleased new material. The twin brothers told the crowd that the material would be featured on their soon to be released album, ‘The Blonde Leading The Blonde’ on Frontier Records. But enough with Nelson, let’s get to the best performance of the night!

The biggest question in my mind going into Cinderella’s set was how Tom Keifer would sound considering he has had problems with his vocal chords in the past. Any doubt I had of Tom Keifer’s ability to front the band vanished when they hit the stage at 7:40 pm. Tom sounded amazing and although the band started off a bit on the sluggish side, they eventually got it together and the crowd ate it up. Their set featured their hits “Don’t Know What You Got (‘Till It’s Gone),” “Push, Push,” Nobody’s Fool,” and “Shake Me.” Cinderella was hands down the best performance of the day and I would highly recommend that you check them out if they are in your neck of the woods. After the spectacle that was Cinderella, I have to admit that I was winding down for the day — a better description may be that my body was shutting down due to heat exhaustion but I soldiered on. I had no interest in seeing Warrant without lead singer Jani Lane, so I skipped their performance in favor of some water. By now, the lawn had completely filled in with fans and everyone in attendance seemed to be looking forward to the upcoming Scorpions set despite a very long day in the heat.

'Tattoos & Tequila' M3 Rock Festival Style!

It was worth sticking it out as this we would all be treated to the last look at the band as they plan on calling it a career after their current world tour. Scorpions have never been a band that disappoints in a live setting and their appearance at the M3 Rock Festival would be no exception to that rule. The Scorpions took to the stage about thirty-five minutes late and it was noticeable almost immediately that lead singer Klaus Meine was under the weather. This became more widely known when Klaus took out a bit of frustration on some fans in the front row complaining that he wasn’t loud enough. At this point, the frustrated yet gracious frontman explained he had come down with the flu and that rather than disappoint the masses, the band would push on. The majority of fans that surrounded me let out a huge cheer as the legendary band continued. Even with his vocals not at 100%, Klaus Meine and company still managed to put together a set that would rival any of the bands that had performed earlier in the day. Highlights of their set included “Another Piece of Meat” with Vince Neil, “Wind of Change,” “Big City Nights,” and their encore “Rock You Like a Hurricane.”

Another very cool addition to this years M3 Rock Festival was that availability of a VIP ticket. This gave select concertgoers an opportunity to get special seating and to participate in special meet-and-greets with many of the bands. Obviously this was a great opportunity for fans, but what struck me was how excited the bands were to meet their adoring public. As photos were taken, autographs signed and stories exchanged, I could see this was truly a win-win for both artist and fan. In my opinion, it is providing the public with great experiences both on stage and off, and is one of the major factors that has helped M3 Rock Festival grow exponentially in 2010.

The fans are what is fueling the success of what is becoming one of the premiere concerts on the East Coast. The most noticeable change in the festival was that it was far more structured than last year’s event. Fans were able to check out more bands this year because the set times for the main stage and the second stage didn’t overlap as greatly as they had in 2009. The event organizers would be well served to continue with their current formula going forward. The majority of bands delivered phenomenal performances and I feel you would be hard pressed to find a concertgoer that didn’t feel like they got their fill of the bands they love. The M3 Rock Festival has once again brought awareness to a genre of music that doesn’t get the respect it deserves. Here’s hoping we get a third round of eighties excess and debauchery. Til’ then… Thank you and good night! — Steve Johnson

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