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Tom Delonge’s Paranormal Mystery Series, ‘Strange Times,’ In Development at TBS

Tom Delonge’s Paranormal Mystery Series, ‘Strange Times,’ In Development at TBS

As reported by Variety, TOM DELONGE’s ‘Strange Times’—about five dirty teenage skateboarders who solve paranormal mysteries while being chased by Deep State government agents—has been put into development by TBS.

In the spirit of speaking truth to power and offending everyone equally, the series, which is based on DeLonge’s graphic novel, is a love letter to punk rock culture and a middle finger to everybody else.

‘Strange Times’ will be written and executive produced by Aaron Karo. DeLonge, The Cartel’s Stan Spry and Jeff Holland and Strike Entertainment’s Russell Binder will serve as executive producers.

“My love for all things paranormal and skateboarding are sometimes only superseded by my love for offensive humor,” says DeLonge. “This series combines them all into one.”

“Tom is a storyteller,” says Binder. “His experiences and his interests are vast, and his desire to share those with a broad and diverse audience is an itch we are beginning to scratch. Strange Times is a comedic take on the tropes of coming of age, friendship, and how to escalate ways to humiliate your best friends while staying out of detention, and ideally, the hospital. “

DeLonge originally launched Strange Times back in 2011 as a fringe news site reporting on unexplained phenomena. It grew from there, expanding across multiple properties, including a graphic novel, merchandise, and in 2016 DeLonge’s To The Stars partnered with Simon & Schuster for the release of STRANGE TIMES: THE GHOST IN THE GIRL, the first in a planned trilogy of Young Adult science fiction novels co-penned by DeLonge and award-winning author Geoff Herbach.

DeLonge is repped by APA, Management 360 and Jackoway, Tyerman, Wertheimer, Austen, Mandelbaum, Morris, Klein & Trattner.

About To The Stars:
To The Stars is an independent entertainment company that creates original content across music, film, television, and publishing with a focus on next-generation scientific phenomena. Established by bestselling author, award-winning creator and entrepreneur Tom DeLonge, To The Stars is the entertainment division of To The Stars Academy of Arts & Science, a think tank of artists, scientists, intelligence officers and technology experts that explore and educate the public about scientific phenomena that can have a transformative impact on society. Since its inception in 2011, To The Stars has developed multiple franchises including Love, Poet Anderson, Strange Times, Sekret Machines, Cathedrals of Glass and The Lonely Astronaut. These projects have found their way into 10 bestselling books, a critically acclaimed feature, an award-winning animated short plus 5 chart-topping companion albums by Angels & Airwaves. DeLonge’s entertainment career began over two decades ago when he co-founded Blink-182, an American rock band that became a pop culture phenomenon and went on to sell over 25 million albums worldwide. www.ToTheStars.Media

About Cartel:
The Cartel is a feature film and television production and management company representing top-tier show runners, show creators, writers, directors, producers, talent and production companies in film, TV and new media. The Cartel has produced over 70 feature films, television series, and TV movies in the past eight years. Cartel is producing the upcoming Shudder series “Creepshow” with “The Walking Dead” EP, Greg Nicotero. Also, currently in production The Cartel is producing and financing the 26 episode series “12 Forever” for Netflix. Other previous credits include the series “A Place in the Sun” for Discovery and “Ties That Bind” for Up TV, as well several recent feature films including “Jeepers Creepers 3”, “Guns, Girls, & Gambling,” “Switched for Christmas,” “Pearl in Paradise,” “One Winter Weekend,” “Merry ExMas,” to name a few.

About Striker Entertainment:
Striker Entertainment is a full-service global entertainment licensing agency dedicated to maximizing consumer products opportunities and building brand equity for its clients. Striker represents some of the biggest global entertainment franchises including AMC’s The Walking Dead, Five Nights at Freddy’s, The Umbrella Academy, Laika Studios new and heritage films including Coraline and Kubo and the Two Strings, and Deadly Class to name a few. Striker has been actively optioning IP from a variety of sources and building a branded production business setting up film and television projects where broad franchise potential exists and where Striker can be in place to maximize those ancillary opportunities. Striker also enjoys a first look TV deal with Blumhouse Television. visit www.strikerentertainment.com.

About Aaron Karo:
Aaron Karo is a comedian and author of five books, including young adult novels Me You Usand Lexapros and Cons. He created the Channing Tatum animated vehicle Germany, which received a pilot presentation at Comedy Central, developed live-action comedy Living the Dream with DJ Dillon Francis at Comedy Central, and sold the multi-cam Squad Goals to CBS with partner Lindsey Rosin. He also starred in the one-hour Comedy Central stand-up special Aaron Karo: The Rest Is History.

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Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band Adds Additional Tour Dates To Final Tour

Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band Adds Additional Tour Dates To Final Tour

Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band are pleased to announce they are adding five new shows to their hugely successful final tour.  Tickets for new dates in Las Vegas, Ft. Lauderdale (Sunrise), Tampa, Saginaw and Bossier City go on sale December 14 at 10 AM local time.

Seger & his Silver Bullet Band kicked off their Roll Me Away Tour two weeks ago on November 21 in Grand Rapids, the first of 22 shows that have already sold out.

Bob Seger fan club members will have special access to purchase tickets in advance of the scheduled on-sale dates. To become a Bullet Club member, visit BobSeger.com/bulletclub.

Tickets for the previously announced dates are on sale now.

Tickets can be purchased at BobSeger.com.

Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band’s ‘Roll Me Away Tour’

Dec. 6 – Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena

Dec. 8 – Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center

Dec. 12 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Arena

Dec. 14 – Chicago, IL – Allstate Arena

Dec. 20 – Greenville, SC – Bon Secours

Dec. 22 – Atlanta, GA – Infinite Energy

Jan. 3 – Saginaw, MI – Dow Event Center

Jan. 5 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena

Jan. 9 – Toledo, OH – Huntington Center

Jan. 11 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena

Jan. 15 – Fort Wayne, IN – Allen County War Mem. Col.

Jan. 17 – Buffalo, NY – KeyBank Center

Jan. 19 – Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena

Jan. 22 – Peoria, IL – Peoria Civic Center

Jan. 24 – Milwaukee, WI – Fiserv Forum

Jan. 26 – Sioux Falls, SD – Denny Sanford Premier Center

Jan. 29 – Billings, MT – Rimrock Auto Arena

Jan. 31 – Boise, ID – Ford Center

Feb. 2 – Portland, OR – Moda Center

Feb. 7 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena

Feb. 9 – Seattle, WA – Tacoma Dome

Feb. 12 – Fresno, CA – Save Mart Arena

Feb. 15 – Phoenix, AZ – Talking Stick Resort Arena

Feb. 17 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center

Feb. 21 – San Diego, CA – Viejas Arena

Feb. 23 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum

Feb. 28 – Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center

Mar. 2 – Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden

Mar. 5 – Albuquerque, NM – Tingley Coliseum

Mar. 7 – Austin, TX – Frank Erwin

Mar. 9 – Dallas, TX – Ford Center at The Star

Mar. 12 – Bossier City, LA – CenturyLink Center

Mar. 15 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena

Mar. 17 – Ft. Lauderdale (Sunrise), FL – BB&T Center

May 2 – Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pav.

For additional information on Bob Seger, please visit BobSeger.com.

Stream your Bob Seger favorites, here.

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Guns N’ Roses Bassist Duff McKagan Putting The Finishing Touches On New Solo Album For 2019

Guns N’ Roses Bassist Duff McKagan Putting The Finishing Touches On New Solo Album For 2019

New York Times bestselling author and Guns N’ Roses bassist DUFF McKAGAN is putting the finishing touches on a solo album that’s coming in 2019.

McKagan began recording the album back in March with producer Shooter Jennings. The two worked out of Station House studios, located in Echo Park, CA, writing and recording in-between McKagan’s tour with seminal rock band Guns N’ Roses and the release of Jennings’ eponymous album, Shooter.

The album will be McKagan’s musical follow-up to 2015’s bestselling book, How To Be A Man (And Other Illusions).

“I wrote a couple of articles about historical places I passed through on this last tour and people kept asking if that was going to be the focus of my next book,” says McKagan. “But an unseen and irrepressible force guided me to write little vignettes of reflective prose…little instant-reactions.

The heartbreak, anger, fear, confusion and divide I have experienced over the last two and a half years of traveling this globe of ours coerced these words into songs that tell my truth, and one that I hope will spread and help us all. I do this for my daughters…I do this for my love of where I grew up…I do this, because I truly feel it must be done and said right now.”

“From the first night we sat together at my piano hashing out arrangements of his songs, before going into the studio to record them, I felt it was a really important record that had to be heard,” says Jennings. “The songs have so much heart and are so musical that I could just hear all the arrangements immediately and I could really feel them.”

About his connection to McKagan, Jennings says, “I met Duff right after I moved to Los Angeles nearly twenty years ago. I was such a massive Guns N’ Roses fan when I was younger. I’d say that they had a lot to do with me even moving to LA. But there was some kind of magnetic force I guess that kept us orbiting each other over the years. When the idea of collaborating with him on this album came up, I was very eager to get the job as producer. I felt like the music this man made was part of the fabric of my own musical identity and that I would really love building a record with him. Once we sat down and started going over the songs he had, I instantly knew that the two of us were going to be a great fit together.”

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Metal Legends Judas Priest Announce Dates For 2019 North American Tour

Metal Legends Judas Priest Announce Dates For 2019 North American Tour

With Judas Priest’s latest studio album, Firepower, confirmed as one of the most successful of the band’s entire career – landing in the “top 5” of 17 countries (including their highest chart placement ever in the U.S., at #5) – demand to see the legendary metal band in concert is higher than ever.

And North American headbangers will get their chance to experience the legendary band on a nearby concert stage this coming spring/summer, when Priest will tour throughout the continent – with the classic metal band Uriah Heep as support.

Kicking off on May 3rd at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida and wrapping up on June 29th at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, fans will get an opportunity to catch Priest at the height of their concert powers on any one of the tour’s 32 dates.

“Metal maniacs – Judas Priest is roaring back to the USA for one more blast of Firepower! Firepower 2019 charges forth with new first time performances born out of Firepower, as well as fresh classic cuts across the decades from the Priest world metalsphere. Our visual stage set and light show will be scorching a unique, hot, fresh vibe – mixing in headline festivals, as well as the in-your-face venue close ups. We can’t wait to reunite and reignite our maniacs…THE PRIEST IS BACK!” -Judas Priest

There are few heavy metal bands that have managed to scale the heights that Judas Priest have during their nearly 50-year career – responsible for issuing such all-time classic albums as British Steel, Screaming for Vengeance, and Painkiller, as well as the anthems “Breaking the Law,” “Living After Midnight,” and “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming.”

And Priest’s presence and influence remains strong, as evidenced by the chart performance of ‘Firepower’ and its glowing reviews, a Grammy Award win for ‘Best Metal Performance’, plus being a VH1 Rock Honors recipient and a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nomination.

Also, Priest can be credited as being one of the first metal bands to pioneer wearing leather and studs – a look that would eventually be embraced by metalheads throughout the world.

Undoubtedly, Judas Priest’s upcoming North American tour will only add to their ever-growing status of heavy metal legends.

JUDAS PRIEST TOUR DATES:

05/03/19 – Hollywood, FL – Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
05/06/19 – Nashville, TN – Nashville Municipal Auditorium
05/08/19 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre
05/09/19 – Biloxi, MS – Beau Rivage Resort & Casino
05/12/19 – Washington, DC – The Anthem
05/14/19 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount
05/15/19 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount
05/16/19 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
05/18/19 – Albany, NY – Palace Theatre
05/19/19 – Albany, NY – Palace Theatre
05/22/19 – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater
05/23/19 – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater
05/25/19 – Rosemont, IL – Rosemont Theatre
05/28/19 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at The Moody Theater
05/29/19 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at The Moody Theater
05/31/19 – Dallas, TX – The Bomb Factory
06/01/19 – Little Rock, AR – First Security Amphitheater
06/03/19 – St. Louis, MO – Stifel Theatre
06/05/19 – Colorado Springs, CO – Broadmoor World Arena
06/08/19 – Saskatoon, SK – SaskTel Centre
06/10/19 – Lethbridge, AB – ENMAX Centre
06/11/19 – Edmonton, AB – Rogers Place
06/13/19 – Dawson Creek, BC – Encana Events Centre
06/14/19 – Prince George, BC – CN Centre
06/16/19 – Kelowna, BC – Prospera Place
06/17/19 – Abbotsford, BC – Abbotsford Centre
06/19/19 – Airway Heights, WA – Northern Quest Resort and Casino
06/21/19 – Kent, WA – Accesso Showare Center
06/22/19 – Portland, OR – Moda Theatre of the Clouds
06/24/19 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theatre
06/25/19 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theatre
06/27/19 – Los Angeles, CA – Microsoft Theater
06/29/19 – Las Vegas, NV – The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel

For more information, please visit judaspriest.com

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Hootie & The Blowfish Join Forces With Barenaked Ladies For ‘2019 Group Therapy Tour’

Hootie & The Blowfish Join Forces With Barenaked Ladies For ‘2019 Group Therapy Tour’

Hootie & The Blowfish

Iconic pop-rock band Hootie & the Blowfish appeared on NBC’s TODAY this morning to announce a highly anticipated return to full-time touring in 2019, as the foursome sets out on the 2019 Group Therapy Tour with direct support from special guests Barenaked Ladies.

The band formed by Mark Bryan, Dean Felber, Darius Rucker and Jim “Soni” Sonefeld during their time as students at the University of South Carolina will visit 44 cities on the tour produced by Live Nation, kicking off Thursday, May 30 in Virginia Beach, Virginia and wrapping Friday, Sept. 13 with a Columbia, South Carolina homecoming.

Citi is the official presale credit card for the Group Therapy Tour. As such, Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase presale tickets beginning today at 10:00am local time until Thursday, December 6 at 10:00pm local time through Citi’s Private Pass program. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com.

Hootie & the Blowfish fan club members can also access an exclusive pre-sale starting today, Dec. 3, at 10 a.m. local time. Barenaked Ladies fans who have purchased VIP packages in the past will receive an exclusive code to purchase tickets early on Wednesday, Dec. 5 starting at 10 a.m. local time before they go on sale to the general public this Friday, Dec. 7 at www.LiveNation.com.

“Once the four of us met and started playing shows, we toured for years before signing a record deal,” reflects Rucker who, in the 10+ year break since their last formal tour and nearly 15 years since their last studio album as a band, has charted nine No. 1 singles on Country radio.

Felber notes, “Having those shows at fraternity houses, clubs and dive bars under our belt prepared us for success to a degree, and it’s something we’re proud of – that we put in the work – but what matters to me the most is that we’re still a band all these years later. We’ve never stopped being a band.”

“We were content playing clubs and small theaters, so playing to three-, four- and five-times that size was incredible, and we’re looking forward to that feeling again on this tour,” Sonefeld echoes.

Barenaked Ladies

Bryan adds, “There’s nothing like playing music live. For the first time in nearly 20 years we’ll be coming back to Columbia, South Carolina where it all began,” before Rucker interjects, “and we’re ready to rock.”

In addition to hitting the road on the Group Therapy Tour in 2019, the band described as “beloved” by the New York Times and praised by Billboard for their “undeniable charm” will also release a forthcoming sixth studio album under new label home Universal Music Group Nashville as their debut Cracked Rear View celebrates its 25th anniversary.

Cracked Rear View, certified by the RIAA as 21x Platinum and the fifth-most certified studio album of all time, marked the beginning of a whirlwind of success for the two-time GRAMMY winners who have gone on to sell over 25 million albums and notch 17 Billboard-charting songs to date.

Group Therapy Tour
May 30             Virginia Beach, Va. | Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
May 31             Raleigh, N.C. | Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek

June 1               Atlanta, Ga. | Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
June 6               Orange Beach, Ala. | The Wharf
June 7               Tampa, Fla. | MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
June 8               West Palm Beach, Fla. | Coral Sky Amphitheatre
June 13             Austin, Texas | Austin360 Amphitheater
June 14             Houston, Texas | The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
June 15             Dallas, Texas | Dos Equis Pavilion
June 19             Phoenix, Ariz. | Ak-Chin Pavilion
June 21             Chula Vista, Calif. | North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
June 22             Las Vegas, Nev. | T-Mobile Arena
June 23             Irvine, Calif. | FivePoint Amphitheatre presented by Mercury Insurance
June 25             Los Angeles, Calif. | Hollywood Bowl
June 28             Wheatland, Calif. | Toyota Amphitheatre
June 29             Mountain View, Calif. | Shoreline Amphitheatre

July 11              Englewood, Colo. | Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
July 13              Maryland Heights, Mo. | Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
July 14              Rogers, Ark. | Walmart AMP
July 19              Monticello, Iowa | Great Jones County Fair
July 20              Cincinnati, Ohio | Riverbend Music Center
July 21              Burgettstown, Penn. | KeyBank Pavilion
July 26              Cleveland, Ohio | Blossom Music Center
July 27              Bristow, Va. |  Jiffy Lube Live
July 28              Camden, N.J. | BB&T Pavilion

August 2           Guilford, N.H. | Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
August 3           Mansfield, Mass. | Xfinity Center
August 4           Saratoga Springs, N.Y. | Saratoga Performing Arts Center
August 8           Columbia, Md. | Merriweather Post Pavilion
August 9           Canandaigua, N.Y. | Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center: CMAC
August 10         New York, N.Y. | Madison Square Garden
August 16         Detroit, Mich. | DTE Energy Music Theatre
August 17         Noblesville, Ind. | Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
August 18         Des Moines, Iowa | Iowa State Fair
August 22         St. Paul, Minn. | Minnesota State Fair
August 23         East Troy, Wis. | Alpine Valley Music Theatre
August 24         Tinley Park, Ill. | Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
August 29         Toronto, Ont. | Budweiser Stage
August 30         Hershey, Penn. | Hersheypark Stadium
August 31         Hartford, Conn. | XFINITY Theatre

September 5      Charlotte, N.C. | PNC Music Pavilion
September 6      Birmingham, Ala. | Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
September 7      Nashville, Tenn. | Bridgestone Arena
September 13    Columbia, S.C. | Colonial Life Arena

For more information, visit www.hootie.com or follow on Facebook @hootieandtheblowfish, Twitter @HootieTweets and Instagram @hootieofficial.

About Hootie & the Blowfish
With the rich, bluesy vocals of Darius Rucker and gleeful harmonies of guitarist Mark Bryan, bassist Dean Felber and drummer Jim “Soni” Sonefeld, Hootie & the Blowfish have sold over 25 million records worldwide to date after their infectious melodies hit the airwaves in 1994 with hits such as “Hold My Hand”, “Let Her Cry” and “Only Wanna Be With You.”

The quartet met at the University of South Carolina where endless gigs at frat houses and local bars built a major local buzz. Their blend of pop, folk, blues, soul and rock made them hard to pigeonhole, but easily accessible to anyone who loved good music.

Atlantic Records, impressed by their regional draw, signed them and released Cracked Rear View in 1994. The album had been out for six months before the band played on the Late Show with David Letterman which sent sales skyrocketing, eventually landing at No. 1 on the Billboard chart the following spring. Cracked Rear View and the band went on to win two GRAMMY Awards, an MTV Video Music Award, a Billboard Music Award, and multiple People’s Choice Awards. Cracked Rear View went on to earn the band Billboard‘s Band of the Year Award in 1996 and the RIAA’s Diamond Award for sales in excess of 10 million units. Cracked Rear View remains the 5th most certified studio album in music business history.

The band remained a top draw nationwide and released five more albums for Atlantic: Fairweather JohnsonMusical ChairsScattered, Smothered & CoveredHootie & The Blowfish and The Best of Hootie & The Blowfish, as well as Looking For Lucky on their own Sneaky Long Records and LIVE in Charleston, The Homegrown Concert Event DVD and CD. The band took a break from full-time touring in 2008, reuniting annually for a variety of philanthropic events while also pursuing solo projects. 2019 will mark the band’s first full-time touring year in over a decade as they embark on the Group Therapy Tour in support of forthcoming new music under a new record deal with Universal Music Group Nashville.

About Barenaked Ladies
Over the course of their remarkable career, Barenaked Ladies have sold over 15 million albums, written multiple Top 20 hits (including radio staples “One Week,” “Pinch Me,” “Brian Wilson, “If I Had $1,000,000”), garnered 2 GRAMMY nominations, won 8 JUNO Awards, had Ben & Jerry’s name an ice cream after them (“If I Had 1,000,000 Flavours”), wrote and recorded the theme song to the award-winning TV series “The Big Bang Theory,” participated in the first-ever “space-to-earth musical collaboration” with astronaut Chris Hadfield and garnered an international fan base whose members number in the millions. In 2018, the band (vocalist/guitarist Ed Robertson, drummer Tyler Stewart, keyboardist Kevin Hearn and bassist Jim Creeggan) celebrated their 30th anniversary with the release of a dynamic new album, Fake Nudes, a much-deserved induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame (with Rush vocalist Geddy Lee handling the honors) and a proclamation from Toronto Mayor John Tory declaring October 1st “Barenaked Ladies Day.” The band is currently in pre-production for a new album due in 2019. For more information, visit www.barenakedladies.com.

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RUN FOR YOUR LIFE: Rock Legend Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein Speaks!

RUN FOR YOUR LIFE: Rock Legend Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein Speaks!

Lodi, a small borough of Bergen County, New Jersey, is just over two square miles. There’s not much to suggest the small village would be the birthplace of a world famous, blood-soaked form of music known as horror punk. Legendary acts The Misfits, Samhain and Danzig have origins in Lodi, and something monstrous indeed lurks there. Enter Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein!

Doyle’s first band, the infamous Glenn Danzig-fronted Misfits, helped create the genre of speed/thrash metal with their last album, 1983’s “Earth AD/Wolf’s Blood.” The poster child and originator of the genre spent the past few years unleashing an evil noise on an unsuspecting world: Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein’s first release, “Abominator,” and its follow-up, “As We Die,” by his eponymous band, Doyle. Released on Doyle’s label, Monsterman Records, “Abominator” and “DOYLE II: As We Die” are sonically thick and lyrically evil slabs of metal that find Doyle expanding in a logical progression upon the genre of music he helped create. These albums are not some punk guitarist gone metal – it’s the roaring return of one of extreme metal’s original architects to his blood-splattered drawing board.

Coming from a legendary band of almost mythological proportions, and having first worked with one of the most talented and respected vocalists of the century, Doyle’s new project needed a singer with brass balls, cast-iron pipes, a suitably twisted mind, and his own vocal delivery style. Enter Alabama’s Alex Story of Cancerslug, a Southern fiend who’s sand-blasted scream opens the record. The evil doesn’t relent until the ending growl of “Hope Hell Is Warm,” the album’s defiant closer. The man can scream and sing, and employs both styles to great effect, switching seamlessly from raw-throated roars to rough-edged, yet melodic, clean vocals. Alex’s live performances are unforgettable, disturbing and strangely addictive – a perfect complement to the already mammoth stage presence of Doyle. The unmistakable sound of Doyle’s signature Annihilator guitar cuts through every tune like a sonic fingerprint. The Annihilator’s tone is sharp as a butcher’s knife in the wrong hands and just as nasty – fans of the Misfits will recognize it right away. These albums serve as an unrelenting ride into the darkest corners of your mind. Take heed! These mad men with a sinister sound are on the loose, roaming the streets and headed to a town near you!

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with legendary Misfits guitarist Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein as he crisscrosses the nation on his As We Die World Abomination Tour 2018. In the interview, Doyle offers an inside look at his life on and off-stage, the challenges he faced along the way and what lies in store for him in 2019.

Back in the day: Glenn Danzig and Doyle

The music you’ve been a part of creating played a big role in many people’s lives. How did music first come into your life?

My mom was a ‘50s kid. She had all the 45s like Dion and The Belmonts, Elvis, The Ronettes, ‘50s and ‘60s Motown, rock ‘n’ roll and all that shit. When we were kids, we listened to it. Then we started buying our own stuff like David Bowie, Alice Cooper, KISS, Aerosmith, Queen and all kinds of crazy shit. I just got deeper into it from there and have always been listening to music.

Eventually you went from music fan to musician. What made you pick up the guitar?

My brother bought me a guitar for my eighth grade graduation. Glenn Danzig showed me two bar chords and Jerry showed me the two notes on the low strings. That’s pretty much all I still know!

You mentioned your brother, Jerry Only. Was it always brotherly love or more of a sibling rivalry?

Back then it was more of a brotherly love thing, but now it’s not. Now there’s issues for some reason.

You started playing professional at 16 years old. When did you come into your own as a performer?

I don’t know, man. I guess pretty much from the beginning.

Fair enough. I know you don’t want to focus too much on your past with The Misfits. However, I want to ask about the staying power of the band’s music. What is it about the band’s music that continues to resonate generation to generation?

Great songs, great singer, great imagery and great performances. That’s what a band is. It’s not about arpeggios, G-clefs and sweeps or sitting in your room being a technical guitar nerd. It’s about great songs! That’s what I tell everybody who asks me if I have any advice for bands starting out — “Yeah, learn how to write and arrange great songs. Get a great fuckin’ singer, a great look, perform great and have a great fuckin’ name!”

They call it the music business for a reason. What are some lessons you learned early on that impacted your career?

Trust no one!

So true, man! So true! You launched your own label, Monsterman Records, a few years back. What inspired that move?

I record the albums myself with all of the equipment I had bought and now I’m sponsored by those companies because I told them I used them and now they give me the stuff for free. Tascam, for example, is pretty awesome. I record them at home instead of paying the money, which is like $1,000 per hour, for a studio. Doing it this way, it’s only like $50 electric each month at your house! [laughs] Ya know, what are ya going to do? We figured if we put it out ourselves, we could keep all the money. We might take this third one to a label, maybe Nuclear Blast or Century Media. We’ll see who wants it!

A lot of times people end up with an album in their hands and don’t put much thought or value on how it got there. What does it take a project like yours to stay on the rails and move forward in this day and age?

The industry has changed as to how everyone has a computer in their hand and they want instant gratification. These people have grown up illegally downloading music and it’s totally destroying the whole business for the musicians. Ya know, it takes a lot to write a song. These people want more songs, but they are not paying for them, so how do we pay for them? I had one guy complain to me because I wouldn’t take a picture with him outside in the middle of winter after I had just got off stage from a show. I had no shirt on and was trying to get to the bus. Somehow, I’m a scumbag because he paid $20 for my record. I said, “Do you know how much my copy of that record cost me? I still haven’t made any money on it. Go fuck yourself!” I mean, I’m supposed to get sick, so I can’t perform for the next group of people? If I take a picture, 10 more people will walk up and want a fucking picture. Use your fucking head, ya know. That’s why we do meet-and-greets because everyone is illegally downloading music. Then they complain about the meet-and-greet. People these days want everything for fucking free. They don’t understand the cost to the artist. It’s like Spotify jerkin’ us off for fractions of a penny per play! Go fuck yourself, man! If you can’t give us a dollar per fucking song, then you shouldn’t have it. They should police the internet so that if you illegally download a song, it’s a $10,000 fine. I mean, if you had a motorcycle factory and I came in and took one, what would that be? It would be a crime. This is our fucking product. I had someone say the other day, “Why don’t you pay back the fans a little bit and post pictures of the band? The fans are what made you.” I’m like, “No. Wrong. My art and what I did is what made the fans.”

With that said, what is the best way for us as fans to support you and keep this project moving forward?

Stop illegally downloading everybody’s music. Pay for it. I pay for everything. All of my friends’ records, I buy. You don’t think I can get a pile of Arch Enemy records for free? [laughs] I go to the store and I buy it! I mean fuck! If you want more, pay for it!

How do the meet-and-greets factor in?

The meet-and-greets feed us on the road. It gives us enough money to feed everybody on the bus. Everybody who comes to the show, especially in The States, and they film it … people just sit in their house because they are too lazy to come out and they would rather just look at it on their phone, so nobody comes to the show. That’s why when we did those Misfits shows, there were no phones allowed. It was great because if everybody was filming it, nobody would go to those shows. Know what I mean?

Alex Story and Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein

You are currently out on the road on the As We Die World Abomination Tour. Having seen you play live in the past, I know you guys bring it every night. Alex Story is a tremendous front man. How did the two of you initially cross paths?

I just put ads out. My friend Blasko did the same for me. He didn’t tell me he was doing it, he just did it. He sent me the CD that he thought was the best, which was Alex. It’s funny because the one that I thought was the best was Alex’s too! [laughs] Then I called him up. His CD was the only one where I sat there and listened to the whole thing. Usually, I would listen to it until the singer starts and then throw it in the garbage. There were a few famous people who sent shit and their shit went right in the garbage. It’s not that they sucked, it just wasn’t what I was looking for. I listened to the whole thing and every song was great. His voice is just great, and I could listen to it all day! He is a master writer. I just write musical compositions, arrange them and send them to him. I’ll write gyp sheet like, “This is the intro, don’t sing. This is the riff, don’t sing. This is the verse … This, that, whatever.” At the end I write, “Just do whatever you want!” If he wants to sing on the riff, he can sing on the riff. From there, he comes up with all the words and melodies. It comes back to me and I’m like, “Wow! This is fuckin’ great!”

What were the biggest challenges bringing your last two albums to the masses?

Promotion. I would say maybe 5% of Misfits fans even know I have a band. I don’t have the money to advertise as much as a major label would but even the major labels don’t do that much anymore. They make product and distribute it. If you are lucky, they will give you money for a tour but that really doesn’t happen anymore.

You have two albums out now that are pretty fresh. Are you currently working on new material?

Any time I’m not doing a show, I’m playing guitar and trying to write something. What’s the sense of me playing the songs off the other records? Nothing, ya know what I mean? We’ve got at least 10 solid musical compositions and three songs that are finished. We might start doing singles. Maybe do a single a month until we get about 10 and then drop two or three more and then have a whole album and put it out. Maybe make vinyl 7″ inchers with artwork and different colors. Shit like that, ya know?

Yeah, that sounds great. It’s refreshing to see someone who’s been at it as long as you have keeping things fresh. Once you get into your loop on social media, you keep things really entertaining. Kudos to you on that.

Oh cool, thanks! I try to make it funny, ya know. I want to laugh. I also like pissing people off by posting vegan things without saying anything and watching them go fucking mental! [laughs]

Tell us about you becoming vegan and the impact it’s had on you.

Alissa White-Gluz. I was dating her, and it was early in our relationship when we were in New York City scrambling around to get her back to a plane. She had to go somewhere, it was freezing out and we were starving. She said to me, “If we can’t find me something to eat, we can at least find you something to eat.” I said, “Fuck that! I will never eat something in front of you that wigs you out.” I never did! Every time we went to a restaurant, it was always a vegan restaurant and I didn’t know what anything was! I would read it and be like, “I don’t even know what the fuck I’m reading!” She would order something and every time I would take a bite, I would slowly look up at her and go, “Holy shit! This is so good!” So, I got hooked on it with the food. Then she explained to me the agricultural debacle we are dealing with and how it impacts the environment, the cancer and all the other shit that eating meat is doing to this world. We are using all the food to feed these things and they are shitting all over the place … It’s a total fuck show, man! She showed me some films on how the animals are treated. To me, being vegan is a no-brainer. If you are enlightened on what the fuck is actually happening, it makes so much sense. It’s always the guilty people who feel guilty and say, “Oh, don’t tell me what to do.” You don’t even put a caption on the picture and they say, “Don’t tell me what to do … ” or they are so brilliant and they write, “Bacon, mmmmm.” I love blocking people, man. I think my last post like that lost me 500 followers. [laughs] I have to sit there and block them but at least they’re gone! [laughs]

You put out a vegan hot sauce called Made In Hell. Knowing I would be talking with you, I picked up a bottle. This stuff is killer. We incorporated it into our entry for our annual Chili Cook Off. We won!

How good is that fuckin’ sauce, man? That’s great! [laughs] I had wanted to do that for a long time. I wanted to do it with this one guy, but he would never send the recipe to the guy who wanted to fund it. Months went by and months went by and, finally, the guy was like, “I found another person.” I said, “Alright, I’m sick of people in my life not doing what they say they’re going to do and waiting for them.” So, I went with this guy. He came down and had a couple samples for me. I said, “OK, I want to add this, this and this into this. Send me that and let’s try it.” That’s what we’re using right now!

That’s cool. This sauce is what put us over the edge. It’s got great heat and flavor.

Yeah, I love it, man. I give cases of it to my girlfriend’s mom because she cooks like crazy and she loves it. It’s a win-win! [laughs]

Your Abominator guitar became iconic over the years. Tell us about the original design and are there plans to bring replicas to the market?

You know when your mom covers your school books in a paper bag when you are a kid? Well, I had one of those and I drew this guitar on there. I was leaving high school and I remember looking at it and thinking, “I’m going to save this. This is fuckin’ cool.” So, I saved it and eventually I started fuckin’ around making guitars with one of my friends at my machine shop. I was playing a Paul Stanley Iceman at the time. I laid the Paul Stanley on the ground and held the picture up to eyeball it and it was to scale. It was perfect! I was like, “Holy shit! I drew this thing freehand at about 4″ long and it’s exactly how it’s supposed to be.” I made it and everything about it is great. It looks like you can’t sit down and play it but, in reality, it’s the most comfortable guitar you will ever sit down and play with. It just fits perfect. I have a company making one right now — a pretty big, major company. I’m going to text them on Monday after the holiday to see where the fuck we are with that prototype!

You are driven when it comes to your endeavors. Was that attribute something you developed over the years or something instilled in you at an early age?

Well, growing up, I started working at my dad’s shop when I was about 6 years old. He was a working machine! He makes me look like a fuckin’ pussy! [laughs] Work, work, work, work, work all the time. It’s all about hard work and that’s where I learned that from.

What lesson can we take from your journey as an artist?

God, I don’t know. I guess … Just dare to be great, man. I’m a perfectionist, ya know. When I’m doing something, I have to make it perfect. For example, when I’m mixing a record, I will mix it for a year! [laughs] That’s what happened with the last one. I just kept mixing and thinking, “This is not it. This is not it.” I think it comes down to giving it all you’ve got, all the time. Right now, we just landed at the next venue. I’m going to do my sit-ups. I’m going to go in there and work out. Then I’m going to do soundcheck, put the clown suit on and fuck these people up! I mean, my day is planned out to the second. It’s go, go, go, go! You can’t just sit around and do nothing and expect something great to happen.

What can we expect to see from Doyle in 2019?

We’re working on festivals from Europe, some of the bigger ones. Hopefully, we get some of those. We’re also looking into Japan and South America. Hopefully, with Japan, that would include Australia and all of those areas. We would love to do that, plus Latin America and Mexico. We’re also trying to get our singer pardoned so he can go to Canada because those shows are off the hook as well. I think we are done with the United States for a while. This tour was almost too many venues and we’ve cut a lot of them out as we go because we don’t even fit on the fucking stage. We want to play better venues or open for somebody huge, ya know what I mean. We will probably start on DOYLE III as well. We will probably start on that and I’m thinking we will drop a couple of singles. I don’t know, we will see!

That’s great to hear! Thanks for your time today, Doyle. I’m looking forward to everything you have coming our way and we will be out here spreading the word!

Thank you, man. Bye-bye.

For all the latest news, tour dates and merch, visit Doyle’s official website at www.officialdoyle.com. Follow the continuing adventures of Doyle on social media via FacebookInstagram, Twitter and YouTube

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Riki Rachtman & Lea Vendetta’s Charity Ride Raises Over $30k For Stop Soldier Suicide

Riki Rachtman & Lea Vendetta’s Charity Ride Raises Over $30k For Stop Soldier Suicide

Riki Rachtman & Lea Vendetta spent most of 2018 on a motorcycle. Together they rode over 14,000 miles. They experienced a lot of rain, a little snow and several days over 106º. Much of the route featured stops suggested by social media which led to some very unpredictable moments all caught on video then posted to social media. They hung out with the Foo Fighters at Wrigley Field, were surrounded by buffalo in South Dakota and went searching for ghosts at the famous Stanley Hotel in Estes Colorado. Boston Creme Pie in Boston, New England Clam Chowder in New England, Chicago Pizza in Chicago, Denver Omelette in Denver, Cheese curds in Wisconsin are just a few of the toponym’s on the list of stops during RIKISRIDE18.

Most would know Riki Rachtman from his rock n roll career in radio and tv most notably as host of MTV’s Headbangers Ball. Riki has always had a passion for riding motorcycles which he combines with his immense desire to support some very deserving charities. 5 years ago Riki started Riki’sRide . In those 5 years he has ridden from Mexico to Canada twice, ridden coast to coast 11 times and during RikisRide2017 he rode through all of the 48 contiguous states. Riki has ridden his motorcycle alone on all of these adventures. 2018 Riki decided it would be the FINAL ride and he wanted to do it bigger and better

Lea Vendetta – She’s French, an award winning tattoo artist, a gorgeous model, a media personality and entrepreneur. She was featured on season 1 of Spike TV’s Inkmaster. Lea had never been on the back of a motorcycle when she accepted the invitation to join Riki for the first leg of RIKI’s RIDE 18 . A trip up the California Coast from Los Angeles to San Francisco. Lea never left the back seat of the Indian motorcycle14,000 miles later the two have seen practically every state in America and experienced the people places and true flavors of this country

RIKISRIDE18 was not only entertaining to the legions of fans waiting to see where Riki & Lea would end up next but it had a very important purpose. “On a ride in 2017 I was speaking to a man that had served in Afghanistan.” Riki Rachtman explains “ He had told me the small group of men and women he served with all made it back home but when he had reached out to them several months later he had found out that 2 of them had taken their own lives. Soldier Suicide was something I had not even heard of. I was floored and wanted to do something.

RIKISRIDE18 purpose was to educate and get the word out about Soldier Suicide and try to raise as much money as possible. 22 veterans commit suicide EVERY DAY. Riki made it his mission to raise $22,000 for STOP SOLDIER SUICIDE a non profit organization that helps service members and veterans in need of assistance. Through online donations and the sales of T-shirts and collectible mugs RIKISRIDE 18 raised in excess of $30.000 . No portion of the money raised was used as expenses for the ride.

DEATHWISH COFFEE served as a sponsor for RIKISRIDE18 in addition to helping with some of the travel expenses they arranged several stops in locations that were largely attended not only by fans of Riki & Lea but veterans and families of active military. “The stops in Alabama left a lasting impression on me” explains Lea Vendetta “Hundreds of people showed up and many shared their experiences how soldier suicide impacted their families. I had no idea this problem was as big as it is and is often ignored. I could not be more proud to be associated with the ride and STOP SOLDIER SUICIDE.

STOP SOLDIER SUICIDE works 1-on-1 with troops, veterans, and military family members to help navigate the maze of services, programs, and assistance available.

They work to identify each individual’s specific needs, find the right resources to meet those needs, and provide continued support and personalized case management for 24 months.
Resources include:

• Mental health, PTSD, and/or TBI referrals
• Emergency financial aid
• Housing assistance
• Alternative therapies (HBOT, art therapy, equine therapy, etc.)
• Retreats for military, veterans, and their families
• Education / GI Bill
• …and much more.

RikisRide17 and RikisRide18 was completed on an Indian Motorcycle. American Made since 1901.

The media and public are invited to meet Riki and Lea at the Check Presentation Party on Friday, December 7th, 2018 at Ride Now Powersports in Concord North Carolina. There will also be representatives of STOP SOLDIER SUICIDE.

Details:

Meet Riki & Lea at the RIKISRIDE 18! Free Death Wish Coffee Company & Bojangles’ Bo Berry Biscuits. Take a picture with Riki, Lea and the Indian Motorcycle from RikisRide 17 & 18!

CHECK PRESENTATION PARTY
FRI DEC 7 – 7:00 PM
RIDE NOW POWERSPORTS
254 CONCORD PARKWAY S
CONCORD, NORTH CAROLINA

The party will also be streamed LIVE on www.rikisride.com.

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Def Leppard Release ‘The Story So Far – The Best Of,’ Drop “Personal Jesus” Cover As Lead Single!

Def Leppard Release ‘The Story So Far – The Best Of,’ Drop “Personal Jesus” Cover As Lead Single!

Closing out a banner 2018, legendary British rock ‘n’ roll icons and 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame® nominees Def Leppard debut a string of releases. The group have assembled a brand new greatest hits collection entitled The Story So Far – The Best Of, available in stores and online today. It is available in multiple configurations: a 2-CD set comprised of 35 tracks, 1-CD comprised of 17 tracks, 2LP vinyl, and digital. Among a blockbuster tracklisting loaded with timeless hits, all four versions feature two stellar new songs, including the official recording of the band’s recent fan favorite, and previously unreleased Depeche Mode cover “Personal Jesus,” and the original holiday song titled “We All Need Christmas.” Also included, is the previously unreleased radio mix of “Rock On.” As a bonus for collectors, the first pressing vinyl copies of The Story So Far feature an exclusive 7″ single of “Personal Jesus” and “We All Need Christmas.” See full tracklisting below.

Rolling Stone stated of “Personal Jesus,” “it features a little more of the group’s signature giant vocals…and to great effect.”

Get it HERE and check out the video below.

Additionally, Def Leppard recently released, “We All Need Christmas” as a standalone digital single. A delicate acoustic ballad, the track proves fireside-ready with its uplifting, hopeful spirit and sense of seasonal soul.

Purchase “We All Need Christmas” HERE.

Essential for newcomers and longtime fans alike, The Story So Far plays out like the ultimate Def Leppard set upheld by stadium-size anthems.

The group also released Hysteria: The Singles, a new limited edition, 10-disc vinyl box set featuring all of the 7″ singles from their eponymous multi-platinum album Hysteria, which celebrated its 30th anniversary last year. Hysteria: The Singles features repressed versions of all eight 7-inch vinyl singles for Hysteria including their Top-5 hits “Pour Some Sugar On Me,” “Animal,” “Love Bites,” “Hysteria,” “Rocket” and “Armageddon It.”  Two bonus singles, “Excitable”/”Run Riot” (Album Version) and “Love and Affection”/”Don’t Shoot The Shotgun” (Album Version), are only available in this box set.

Housed in a beautiful box with a lift-off lid, Hysteria: The Singles features new cover art made up of all 10 of the single’s sleeves, including the rare Spanish “Animal” single, plus a booklet with a full band discography and an introduction written by Joe Elliott.

Essential listening for fans across the board, Hysteria dominated multiple charts, capturing No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 and U.K. album charts, and indisputably ranks as one of the most decorated and revered rock albums of all time. As the group’s second consecutive RIAA Diamond-certified record (10 million sales in the U.S.), it would go on to sell over 30 million copies worldwide and 12 million in the U.S. Moreover, the record staked a spot in the U.S. Top 40 for 96 weeks matched only by Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the U.S.A. Rolling Stone touted it on the prestigious 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list, and a poll in Q placed it among the 100 Great est Albums of All Time.

Capping off this robust release schedule, Def Leppard is offering a special color vinyl edition of their RIAA diamond-certified third full-length, Pyromania, available now as part of The Sound of Vinyl’s series of limited-edition releases.

Everything sets the stage for what promises to be an even bigger 2019. Be on the lookout for more from Def Leppard soon.

With more than 100 million albums sold worldwide and two prestigious Diamond Awards in the U.S., Def L eppard – Joe Elliott (vocals), Phil Collen (guitar), Rick “Sav” Savage (bass), Vivian Campbell (guitar) and Rick Allen (drums) – continue to be one of the most important forces in rock music. Over the course of their career the band has produced a series of classic groundbreaking albums that set the bar for generations of music fans and artists alike. The group’s spectacular live shows and arsenal of hits have become synonymous with their name, leading Def Leppard to be heralded as an institution in both the music and touring industry. Following the close of their historic 2018 co-headline stadium and arena run in North America, Def Leppard sold a staggering 1,000,000 tickets and the tour grossed over $100,000,000.00, a massive feat in today’s touring world. As always, the group keep pushing forward with their electrifying live shows and recorded music that continues to span generations.

THE STORY SO FAR TRACKLISTING:

Disc 1

1.     “Animal”

2.     “Photograph”

3.     “Pour Some Sugar On Me”

4.     “Love Bites”

5.     “Let’s Get Rocked”

6.     “Armaggedon It”

7.     “Foolin'”

8.     “Two Steps Behind”

9.     “Heaven Is”

10.  “Rocket”

11.  “Hysteria”

12.  “Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad”

13.  “Make Love Like A Man”

14.  “Action”

15.  “When Love & Hate Collide”

16.  “Rock of Ages”

17.  “Personal Jesus”

Disc 2

1.     “Let’s Go”

2.     “Promises”

3.     “Slang”

4.     “Bringin’ On The Heartbreak”

5.     “Rock On (Radio Remix)”

6.     “Nine Lives” (feat. Tim McGraw)

7.     “Work It Out”

8.     “Stand Up”

9.     “Dangerous”

10.  “Now”

11.  “Undefeated”

12.  “Tonight”

13.  “C’Mon C’Mon”

14.  “Man Enough”

15.  “No Matter What”

16.  “All I Want Is Everything”

17.  “It’s All About Believing”

18.  “Kings Of The World”

HYSTERIA: THE SINGLES TRACKLISTING:

DISC ONE: Wome n / Tear It Down (US Version)

DISC TWO: Animal / I Wanna Be Your Hero (US Version)

DISC THREE: Hysteria / Ride in To the Sun (Int Version)

DISC FOUR: Pour Some Sugar on Me / Ring of Fire (US Version)

DISC FIVE: Love Bites / Billy’s Got A Gun (Live)(Int Version)

DISC SIX: Armageddon It / Release Me (Can Version)

DISC SEVEN: Rocket / Woman (Live) (US Version)

DISC EIGHT: Excitable / Run Riot (Album Version)

DISC NINE: Love and Affection / Don’t Shoot Shotgun (Album Version)

DISC TEN: Animal / Tear It Down (Spanish Artwork Version)

 

Purchase The Story So Far – The Best Of here:
https://defleppard.lnk.to/TSSF

 

Purchase “We All Need Chris tmas” digital single here: https://defleppard.lnk.to/WeAllNeedChristmas

 

Purchase Hysteria: The Singles vinyl singles box set here: https://defleppard.lnk.to/HysteriaTheSingles

 

Purchase “Personal Jesus” digital single here:
https://defleppard.lnk.to/PersonalJesus

 

Purchase the limited edition color vinyl of Pyromania here:
https://SOV.lnk.to/Pyromania

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Last In Line To Unleash New Album In February of 2019, Unveil New Video For “Landslide”

Last In Line To Unleash New Album In February of 2019, Unveil New Video For “Landslide”

Vivian Campbell, Vinny Appice, Phil Soussan, and Andrew Freeman collectively known as Last in Line, are set to release their second album,”II” via Frontiers Music Srl on February 22, 2019.  The band has announced the impending arrival of their new album with the release of the first video and single, “Landslide“. Watch it HERE.

Pre-order IIon CD/LP/Digital and stream the singles here:

http://radi.al/LastInLineII

Pre-order “II”on PledgeMusic and gain access to exclusive and unique merchandise bundles and experiences with the band, plus behind the scenes access with exclusive photos and videos from the making of the record HERE: https://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/lastinline

Last In Line was formed in 2011, when Vinny AppiceJimmy Bain, and Vivian Campbell, (Ronnie James Dio’s co-conspirators and co-writers on the “Holy Diver”, “Last In Line” – the album from which they took their name, and “Sacred Heart”albums) teamed up with esteemed vocalist Andrew Freeman. The debut album “Heavy Crown“was released in February 2016, landing at #1 on the Billboard Heat-Seekers Chart. Initially, the release had been preceded by tragedy when bassist Jimmy Bain unexpectedly passed away at the age of 68 on January 23, 2016.  Last In Line, honoring what they knew would be Bain’s wish to keep the band moving, brought in renowned bassist Phil Soussan (ex-Ozzy Osbourne) and committed to sustained touring in support of the album, hitting festivals, headlining clubs, and sharing the stage with metal luminaries such as Saxon and Megadeth.

In late 2017, the band gathered in L.A. to start the recording of the second album, which was produced by the band members and Jeff Pilson (Foreigner, The End: machine, ex-Dokken), who also produced the debut album. Having really gelled as a band while touring in support of the debut album, the songwriting came readily to the members. They’ve created a record thatshows a big progression in sound, while immediately being recognizable as Last In Linethanks to Vinny Appice’s rhythms, thunderous bass from Soussan, amazing vocals from Andrew Freeman, and the roaring guitars of Vivian Campbell.

“The musical style of ‘II‘ is different from ‘Heavy Crown‘, but it wasn’t something that we planned to do,”explains Vivian Campbell. “Phil is a more intricate player than Jimmy was and that, together with the natural growth and development of the band led us to the songs on the album. As always, we simply started to jam on ideas and see where they led us. But it’s fair to say that the songs on this album sound more developed, with more parts and more experimentation than the songs on ‘Heavy Crown. The first album set a tone, but on ‘II‘ we developed that idea and took it to the next logical stage.”

Drummer Vinny Appice, on the sound of the new record and song writing process, says “I always sound like me. Viv and I have been playing together for years and have the same feel and pulse and attitude. Now with Phil on bass, he allows a more melodic approach on the bass parts making the songs even more interesting. He fits in perfectly being from the same musical family and time as me and Viv. Mr. Freeman sings from his soul and completes the band’s sound with his melodies and amazing range.”

He continues, “the songwriting process was the same as DIO’s ‘Holy Diver’. First, we have fun writing together. We get in a room and jam on riffs and chords until we hit on something good, then continue to build it into a song. Andy puts his magic on it and it all works out very well.”

Asked about first single ‘Landslide’, Vocalist Andrew Freeman says, ” ‘Landslide’ was the first song we wrote for this record. It was really easy to write as all of the parts fell into place quickly.  The title ‘Landslide’ is a metaphor relating to the day to day struggles that we all go through as people. Trying to keep on course when dealing with adversity, manipulation through media and leadership. It’s meant to inspire strength and resolve.

Phil Soussan says about how it was joining Last In Line and the development of the songs, “[i]t was refreshing to be able to write songs in such an organic fashion – by jamming and developing ideas as a group, without bringing in preconceived songs – something I haven’t done for ages. The result was a true collaboration, a concept that is so rare these days! Vinny has a unique style of drumming that, beyond keeping beats, inspires riffs and arrangements and Vivian has a way of playing that has a conviction to every note. He is able to turn every riff into a signature. Andrew was creative and unrestricted, focusing his contemporary influences into vocal stylings and hooks that are outside the classic rock clichés. He is very much a perfectionist.  Beyond trying to remain true to Jimmy’s playing and to the heritage of the relationship between Viv and Vinny, everyone was completely open to exploring any possible idea. I am honestly prouder of our efforts on this album than anything in which I have been involved in for a very long time.   With ‘II‘ I would like to think that we have stretched out from ‘Heavy Crown‘ to test some uncharted waters…. the evolution of Last in Line!”

Tracklisting:
1. Intro
2. Black Out The Sun
3. Landslide
4. Gods And Tyrants
5. Year Of The Gun
6. Give Up The Ghost
7. The Unknown
8. Sword From The Stone
9. Electrified
10. Love And War
11. False Flag
12. The Light

Lineup:
Andrew Freeman – Vocals
Vinny Appice – Drums
Phil Soussan – Bass
Vivian Campbell -Guitars

Catch Last In Line On Tour In 2019
January 
17 -San Jose, CA (The Ritz Theater)
18 -Fresno, CA (Tower Theater)
20 -Sacramento, CA (Ace of Spades)

February
1 -Hollywood, CA (Whisky A Go Go)
2 -Ventura, CA (Majestic Theater)
13 -Lubbock, TX (Jakes Backroom)
14 -San Antonio, TX (The Rock Box)
15 -Dallas, TX (Granada Theater)
16 -Houston, TX (Warehouse Live)

March
22 -St Charles, IL (Arcada Theater)
23 -Westland, MI (Token Lounge)

April
5 -Golden, CO (Buffalo Rose)
6 -Colorado Springs, CO (Sunshine Studio’s)
26 -Las Vegas, NV (Golden Nugget Casino)

More dates to be added!

For More Info Visit:
https://www.facebook.com/LastInLine/
https://www.instagram.com/lastinlineofficial/
https://twitter.com/lastinline
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Buckcherry To Release New Studio Album, ‘Warpaint,’ On March 8th, 2019

Buckcherry To Release New Studio Album, ‘Warpaint,’ On March 8th, 2019

Buckcherry’s ‘Warpaint’ – Album Art by Aaron Marsh

Buckcherry will release their new studio album, Warpaint, on March 8th, 2019. The 12 song album, featuring 11 new Buckcherry songs along with their cover of the Nine Inch Nails track “Head like a Hole“, was produced by Mike Plotnikoff, whose last collaboration with the band was the platinum certified album, 15. Preorders for Warpaint will begin on January 11th.

Singer Josh Todd comments, “Good things come to those who wait and we have been very patient and thorough with the song writing for Warpaint, we took into consideration all the factors and what this record means to not only us but the great Buckcherry fans around the world. This record takes the listener on an unforgettable journey and I’m very proud of it.”

The band plans extensive worldwide touring throughout 2019 commencing with four Southern California shows in January followed by a month long UK/Europe tour in February. The first leg of the North American tour will begin in March.

Today Buckcherry has premiered the video for the track “Head like a Hole“. The video was shot in Los Angeles and directed by Jeremy Saffer. Check out the music video HERE (embed link below).

BUCKCHERRY TOUR DATES
January 16 – San Jan Capistrano, CA – The Coach House Concert Hall
January 17 – Santa Clarita, CA – The Canyon
January 18 – Agoura Hills, CA – The Canyon
January 19 – Pasadena, CA – The Rose
February 5 – Manchester, United Kingdom – O2 Ritz
February 6 – Bristol, United Kingdom – O2 Academy
February 8 – London, United Kingdom – O2 Shepard’s Bush Empire
February 9 – Kingston Upon Hull, United Kingdom – Asylum
February 10 – Midlands, United Kingdom – O2 Institute
February 12 – Tyne And Wear, United Kingdtom – O2 Academy Newcastle
February 13 – Glasgow, United Kingdom – Galvanizers
February 15 – Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom – Rock City
February 16 – Oxfordshire, United Kingdom – Q2 Academy Oxford
February 17 – Norwich, United Kingdom – The LCR
February 19 – Bo, Germany – Zehe Bochum
February 20 – Berlin, Germany – Markthalle Berlin
February 22 – Zurich, Switzerland – Komplex 457
February 23 – Cervia, Italy – Rock Planet
February 24 – Saarbrucken, Germany – Garage Saarbruken

Listen to “Head Like A Hole” On:
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