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Activision To Unleash Guitar Hero® Live In Fall of 2015!

Activision To Unleash Guitar Hero® Live In Fall of 2015!

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Guitar Hero Live

Guitar Hero Live

Guitar Hero, the pop culture phenomenon that exploded onto the scene and brought a new way to interact with music, is back, with true, breakthrough innovation that will re-ignite your dreams of becoming a rock star. Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. today announced Guitar Hero Live, introducing a brand new generation to Guitar Hero, which upon its release became the quickest console franchise in video game history to reach one billion dollars in sales in North America and Europe, and was played by over 40 million players. Developed by FreeStyleGames, the studio behind the critically-acclaimed DJ Hero and DJ Hero 2, Guitar Hero Live introduces two powerful ways to play, including GH Live, a first-person point of view where you are up on stage as the star of the show. A quantum leap forward in immersion and realism, GH Live is a live-action experience that delivers the full emotional roller coaster of being on stage and performing in a real band, in front of real crowds, who dynamically react in real-time to how well or poorly you play. As the lead guitarist, you play an array of songs that span the changing musical landscape, in a variety of venues, from the smallest club stage in front of a hundred people, to the massive main stage of an outdoor festival in front of a hundred thousand people.

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Guitar Hero Live also introduces GHTV, the world’s first playable live music video network. GHTV is a 24-hour mode that lets fans play along to a continually-updated collection of official music videos – across a wide variety of genres – from the newest releases to favorite hits. Fans can pick from multiple channels and themed shows, discovering new songs as they play, and can also choose songs to play on-demand. In GHTV, fans can also play with their friends in the same room and against players from around the world to see who has the highest score on a given song, while completing challenges along the way. GHTV is a living, breathing platform that serves as an ever-growing source for new music discovery while further bringing the party atmosphere back to the living room.

The breakthrough innovations in Guitar Hero Live also extend to mobile. Both GH Live and GHTV arefully playable both on consoles as well as tablets and mobile phones. More exciting details will be announced in the near future.

“Guitar Hero is a franchise that so many people love. Figuring out how to bring it back with true breakthrough innovation has been years in the making, and a labor of love,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing, Inc. “Guitar Hero Live lets people rock real crowds with real reactions. Our goal was literally to give people stage fright. And with GHTV, we have created the world’s first live, playable music video network. All of it is playable on consoles, or mobile devices. Guitar Hero is back and better than ever.”

Guitar Hero Live enhances the gameplay experience by introducing a modern, redesigned guitar controller, featuring two rows of three buttons that better reflects the way people naturally play. The new format ensures fun for players of all abilities. For beginners, you can feel like a rock star by mastering play with just the bottom three buttons. Medium-level players don’t have to stretch their fingers down the neck of the guitar controller anymore and can instead skillfully play two-row combinations that mimic real chords. Experienced players have a new challenge in creating complex chord-like shapes and finger combinations that will bring new thrills to veterans. This simple innovation makes it easier for beginners to play and harder for veterans to master.

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Music variety is at the heart of the game. Guitar Hero Live takes the approach of the modern music festival, with rock, folk, EDM, hip-hop, country and pop acts sharing the same stage. The game will feature hundreds of playable songs from a diverse array of artists, including The Black Keys, Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, Gary Clark, Jr., Green Day, Ed Sheeran, The War on Drugs, The Killers, Skrillex, The Rolling Stones, The Lumineers, Carrie Underwood, Pierce the Veil and Blitz Kids, with many more bands to be announced in the coming months.

“We are pleased to support the launch of Guitar Hero Live, building on one of the most successful music video-game franchises of all time, and providing our artists with a fun and interactive experience for their fans,” said Bruce Resnikoff, President of Universal Music Enterprises.

Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy and Gerard Way from My Chemical Romance are joining Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg and Jamie Jackson, Creative Director and Co-Head of FreeStyleGames, on-stage at the Best Buy Theatre on April 14th to showcase their songs featured in Guitar Hero Live and celebrate the reveal of the game.

“Guitar Hero changed the game – literally,” said Chris Koller, Vice President of Gaming for Best Buy. “And we are excited to bring Guitar Hero Live to consumers on April 18th at Best Buy stores in New York City and Torrance, California, where fans will be able to play the new game for the first time in North America.”

Eager fans can test out their skills at the following Best Buy locations:

April 14, 2015: Best Buy Theatre, New York City, 6pm – 9pm

April 18, 2015: Best Buy Store, Union Square, New York City, 1pm – 5pm

April 18, 2015: Best Buy Store, Torrance, CA, 1pm – 5pm

Guitar Hero Live will be available Fall 2015 on PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment systems, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system, Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, the Wii U™ console and select mobile devices to be announced soon.

Starting today, fans can begin pre-ordering their copy of Guitar Hero Live at select retailers worldwide.

For more information, please visit:

www.guitarhero.com
www.facebook.com/GuitarHero
www.youtube.com/guitarhero
www.twitter.com/guitarhero
www.instagram/guitarhero

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Gerard Way To Kick Off  First Solo U.S. Tour In October

Gerard Way To Kick Off First Solo U.S. Tour In October

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Gerard Way

Fresh off his weekend performances at the Reading and Leeds festivals in England, former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way has announced that he will hit the road for a string of U.S. tour dates in October performing songs from his upcoming solo debut album, Hesitant Alien, which will be released on September 30th by Warner Bros. Records. Rolling Stone remarked of the eight songs from Hesitant Alien that Way revealed during his Reading Festival set: “snappy, catchy songs delivered with arty panache.” Way will also perform four shows in Australia for the Soundwave Festival in February 2015. Tickets for the U.S. dates go on sale tomorrow, Wednesday, August 27. For ticketing and on sale information, click HERE.

Hesitant Alien is now available for pre-order from all digital retailers. Exclusive album bundles are also available for pre-order at GerardWay.com. Those who pre-order the album will receive the track “No Shows” instantly as a free download. Watch the music video for “No Shows” HERE.

Working with producer Doug McKean, Way knew immediately what he wanted Hesitant Alien to sound like. “I wanted to make the small things sound big,” he says. “My intention was to make 100 percent uncompromised art, using the currently least radio-friendly instrument, the guitar. I knew there would be lots of fuzz pedals. I knew I would play Fender instruments. I knew I would look at who my guitar heroes were in art school, Mary Timony and Carrie Brownstein, and I drew a lot of influence from shoe-gaze and Britpop. I want the record to sonically galvanize people.” Hesitant Alien was mixed by Tchad Blake (Arctic Monkeys, Black Keys).

Lyrically, Way wrote about what he knew at the time, “which was struggle, beginnings, finding a newness in the mundane and the abstract,” he says. “I looked to the Britpop poets like Jarvis Cocker and Damon Albarn, drawing upon everyday life. I also experimented with the abstract, and looked at Frank Black’s work both with the Pixies, and as a solo artist. There was no concept and no call-to-arms.”

10/12 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
10/13 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
10/14 – Los Angeles, CA – Fonda Theatre
10/17 – Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero Theatre
10/19 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
10/20 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
10/22 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
10/23 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
02/21 – Adelaide, AUS – Soundwave Festival
02/22 – Melbourne, AUS – Soundwave Festival
02/28 – Sydney, AUS – Soundwave Festival
03/01 – Brisbane, AUS – Soundwave Festival

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Gerard Way Unveils Video For “No Shows,” ‘Hesitant Alien’ Pre-Order Now Available!

Gerard Way Unveils Video For “No Shows,” ‘Hesitant Alien’ Pre-Order Now Available!

Gerard Way

Gerard Way

Hesitant Alien – the debut solo album from former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way – is now available for pre-order in all standard configurations plus a deluxe bundle giving fans a choice between CD / LP along with an exclusive t-shirt and Hesitant Alienzine hand drawn by Gerard (only 5k printed). Those who pre-order the album will receive the tracks“No Shows” & “Action Cat” instantly as a free download. In addition, the music video for “No Shows”, directed by Jennifer Juniper Stratford, premieres today. Watch the video and pre-order the album at GerardWay.com.

Working with producer Doug McKean, Way knew immediately what he wanted Hesitant Alien to sound like. “I wanted to make the small things sound big,” he says. “My intention was to make 100 percent uncompromised art, using the currently least radio-friendly instrument, the guitar. I knew there would be lots of fuzz pedals. I knew I would play Fender instruments. I knew I would look at who my guitar heroes were in art school, Mary Timony and Carrie Brownstein, and I drew a lot of influence from shoe-gaze and Britpop. I want the record to sonically galvanize people.” 

Hesitant Alien was mixed by Tchad Blake (Arctic Monkeys, Black Keys). Lyrically, Way wrote about what he knew at the time, “which was struggle, beginnings, finding a newness in the mundane and the abstract,” he says. “I looked to the Britpop poets like Jarvis Cocker and Damon Albarn, drawing upon everyday life. I also experimented with the abstract, and looked at Frank Black’s work both with the Pixies, and as a solo artist. There was no concept and no call-to-arms.”

Fans will get their first listen to some of the songs on Hesitant Alien when Way performs his first solo shows at the Reading and Leeds Festivals in England. He will perform at Reading on August 22nd and at Leeds on August 23rd. Stay tuned for additional live dates to be announced in the coming weeks.

Listen to “Action Cat” here.

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Gerard Way To Release Debut Solo Album, ‘Hesitant Alien,’ On September 30th

Gerard Way To Release Debut Solo Album, ‘Hesitant Alien,’ On September 30th

Gerard Way

Gerard Way

Former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way will release his debut solo album, entitled Hesitant Alien, on September 30th via Warner Bros. Records. The new album will be available for pre-order at all digital retailers beginning Tuesday, August 19th. Exclusive album bundles will also be available for pre-order on GerardWay.com on the same date. Fans who pre-order the album will receive the track “No Shows” instantly as a free download. The music video for “No Shows” will also be released on August 19th. Please see below for the full track-listing.

Working with producer Doug McKean, Way knew immediately what he wanted Hesitant Alien to sound like. “I wanted to make the small things sound big,” he says. “My intention was to make 100 percent uncompromised art, using the currently least radio-friendly instrument, the guitar. I knew there would be lots of fuzz pedals. I knew I would play Fender instruments. I knew I would look at who my guitar heroes were in art school, Mary Timony and Carrie Brownstein, and I drew a lot of influence from shoe-gaze and Britpop. I want the record to sonically galvanize people.”   Hesitant Alien was mixed by Tchad Blake (Arctic Monkeys, Black Keys).

Lyrically, Way wrote about what he knew at the time, “which was struggle, beginnings, finding a newness in the mundane and the abstract,” he says. “I looked to the Britpop poets like Jarvis Cocker and Damon Albarn, drawing upon every day life. I also experimented with the abstract, and looked at Frank Black’s work both with the Pixies, and as a solo artist. There was no concept and no call-to-arms.”

Fans will get their first listen to some of the songs on Hesitant Alien when Way performs his first solo shows at the Reading and Leeds Festivals in England. He will perform at Reading on August 22nd and at Leeds on August 23rd. Listen to “Action Cat” here.

The track-listing for Hesitant Alien is as follows:

Bureau
Action Cat
No Shows
Casting Shadows
Millions
Zero Zero
Juarez
Drugstore Perfume
Get The Gang Together
How’s It Going To Be
Maya The Psychic

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My Chemical Romance: Long-Running Band Announces Breakup

My Chemical Romance: Long-Running Band Announces Breakup

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My Chemical Romance announced on Friday March 21st, 2013 that they are disbanding. A message from the band posted on www.mychemicalromance.com states:

“Being in this band for the past 12 years has been a true blessing. We’ve gotten to go places we never knew we would. We’ve been able to see and experience things we never imagined possible. We’ve shared the stage with people we admire, people we look up to, and best of all, our friends. And now, like all great things, it has come time for it to end. Thanks for all of your support, and for being part of the adventure.”

The long-running group had been together for over a decade, releasing four studio albums. My Chemical Romance’s most recent effort was “Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys,” released in 2010. The album bowed at No. 8 on the Billboard 200, moving 112,000 copies.

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deadmau5 Plots September 25th Release For New Album ‘> album title goes here <’

deadmau5 Plots September 25th Release For New Album ‘> album title goes here <’

Available September 26th

The world of deadmau5—the world-renowned electronic artist—is always fast and furious. He recently overhauled his studio in hisTorontohometown and following his full-scaleEuropean tour this past spring, he locked himself in and went on a creative spree to finish > album title goes here <, his new album due out September 25 (Ultra Music).

Following his performance with the Foo Fighters at the Grammy Awards earlier this year showcasing his stellar remix of the group’s “Rope,” deadmau5 continues his collaborations in the rock world by enlisting the vocal talents of Gerard Way, lead singer of My Chemical Romance for his new single “Professional Griefers.” Out on August 14 on Ultra Music inNorth America, the single sits on the tougher end of deadmau5’s productions and already leading rock stations such as Los Angeles’ KROQ, Live 105 in San Francisco, KNDD inSeattle and SiriusXM’s Alt Nation have been lending early support.

Fans first got to experience “Professional Griefers” as an unreleased instrumental trackduring deadmau5’s North American Meowingtons Hax tour last year, premiering the track at his critically acclaimed headlining performance at Lollapalooza.  Now “Professional Griefers”–which kicks off with stomping beats and heavily distorted guitar stabs, then builds tension with discordant synth strikes leading into the chorus–features vocals from one of the most distinctive voices in rock.  Look for its accompanying video, featuring bothdeadmau5 and Gerard Way and created by Dave Stewart’s Weapons of Mass Entertainment production company, to emerge this month (exact date TBA).

All the tracks on > album title goes here < are deadmau5 original productions.  They include collaborations with “Animal Rights” co-producer Wolfgang Gartner (“Channel 42”); vocalists Imogen Heap (“Telemiscommunications”) and Chris James (“The Veldt,” the critically acclaimed track inspired by the Ray Bradbury short story); and legendary hip-hop outfit Cypress Hill (“Failbait”).   There are also new pieces like the Close Encounters of the Third Kind classic film-inspired “Closer,” the dance floor burner “There might be coffee”and electronica piece “Sleepless.”  Like “Fn Pig” and “October,” many of these tracks have been available on deadmau5’sSoundCloud as rough edits. For > album title goes here < they come together as finished songs in the format the way he intends them to be heardby his fans.

The complete track listing for deadmau5’s > album title goes here < is:
deadmau5 just headlined the VELD Music Festival in Toronto this past weekend.  His nextNorth American major performance is confirmed for Saturday, September 22 in Las Vegasfor the iHeartRadio Music Festival.

  1. Superliminal
  2. deadmau5 & Wolfgang Gartner – Channel 42
  3. The Veldt (featuring Chris James)
  4. Fn Pig 
  5. Professional Griefers (featuring Gerard Way)
  6. maths
  7. There might be coffee
  8. Take care of the proper paperwork
  9. Closer
  10. October
  11. Sleepless
  12. Failbait (featuring Cypress Hill)
  13. Telemiscommunications (featuring Imogen Heap) 
> album title goes here < is available on August 14 for pre-order athttp://itunes.com/deadmau5.

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‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ Soundtrack Details Revealed!

‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ Soundtrack Details Revealed!

On June 14th, Warner Bros. Records will release the album to the hotly anticipated motion picture Transformers: Dark of the Moon — the third film in the Oscar®-nominated summer blockbuster Transformers series, which hits theaters nationwide on June 29th. A pre-order for the exclusive iTunes Deluxe edition begins May 31st at http://wbr.fm/t3preorder.

Released in Standard, iTunes Deluxe, and Game Stop configurations, The Transformers: Dark of the Moon album features music from Linkin Park, including the first single “Iridescent,” (click here to view a special Linkin Park / TF3 Trailer), My Chemical Romance, Taking Back Sunday, Art of Dying, Theory Of A Deadman, Black Veil Brides, Skillet, and Mastodon (who contribute a cover of ZZ Top’s “Just Got Paid”), as well as new music from Paramore and Goo Goo Dolls debuting exclusively on the album. The iTunes Deluxe edition also includes tracks from Biffy Clyro, Stone Sour, and Serj Tankian, while the Game Stop version includes songs from Middle Class Rut and D.R.U.G.S.

Contributing the song “Iridescent” (which also appears on Linkin Park’s 2010 album A Thousand Suns) to Transformers: Dark of the Moon is Linkin Park’s third time working with Transformers director Michael Bay. The first Transformers film featured the band’s smash hit single “What I’ve Done,” which rocketed to No. 1 on both Billboard’s Mainstream Rock and Modern Rock charts, while the second film featured the specially written “New Divide,” which topped the Rock, Modern, and Mainstream radio charts simultaneously.

Fueled By Ramen recording artists Paramore will also be releasing “Monster,” debuting exclusively on the album and marking Paramore’s first new single since “The Only Exception” off their acclaimed third album brand new eyes. “We’re back for the attack! And we are so excited to be a part of the Transformers album,” says frontwoman Hayley Williams, “Tell your friends… Paramore is still a band.” Paramore will shoot a video for “Monster” next month before they embark on a series of international headline and festival dates as well as a number of U.S. Vans Warped Tour dates in July and August. Visit www.paramore.net for complete details.

John Rzeznik from Goo Goo Dolls adds: “It’s always awesome to be part of a project of this scale.” Their TF3 exclusive debut track, “All That You Are,” is also their first new music since the release of their current Warner Bros. Records album, Something For The Rest Of Us. Goo Goo Dolls have been touring the world non-stop for the past several months and will perform “All That You Are” live on Good Morning America on July 22nd. Go to www.googoodolls.com for further info.

Opening in theaters on June 29th, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, stars Shia LaBeouf, John Turturro, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Patrick Dempsey, and Kevin Dunn, with John Malkovich and Frances McDormand. Shia LaBeouf returns as Sam Witwicky. When a mysterious event from Earth’s past erupts into the present day it threatens to bring a war to Earth so big that the Transformers alone will not be able to save us.

Paramount Pictures presents in association with Hasbro a di Bonaventura Pictures Production a Tom DeSanto/Don Murphy Production, a Michael Bay Film Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Executive Producers Steven Spielberg, Michael Bay, Brian Goldner, Mark Vahradian. Produced by Don Murphy & Tom DeSanto, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Ian Bryce. Based on Hasbro’s Transformers™ Action Figures. Written by Ehren Kruger. Directed by Michael Bay.

The track-listings for the three editions of Transformers: Dark of the Moon album are as follows — * Denotes new music debuting on this album:

Standard Edition (CD/DMD All DSPS)
Linkin Park – “Iridescent” (Exclusive Remix)
* Paramore – “Monster”
My Chemical Romance – “The Only Hope For Me Is You”
Taking Back Sunday – “Faith (When I Let You Down)”
Staind – “The Bottom”
Art Of Dying – “Get Thru This”
* Goo Goo Dolls – “All That You Are”
Theory Of A Deadman – “Head Above Water”
Black Veil Brides – “Set The World On Fire”
Skillet – “Awake & Alive” (Exclusive Remix)
Mastodon – “Just Got Paid”

iTunes Deluxe (Exclusive)
Linkin Park – “Iridescent” (Exclusive Remix)
* Paramore – “Monster”
My Chemical Romance – “The Only Hope For Me Is You”
Taking Back Sunday – “Faith (When I Let You Down)”
Staind – “The Bottom”
Art Of Dying – “Get Thru This”
* Goo Goo Dolls – “All That You Are”
Theory Of A Deadman – “Head Above Water”
Black Veil Brides – “Set The World On Fire”
Skillet – “Awake & Alive” (Exclusive Remix)
Mastodon – “Just Got Paid”
Exclusive to Deluxe Version:
Biffy Clyro- “Many Of Horror”
Stone Sour – “The Pessimist”
Serj Tankian – “Gate 21” (Remix – Feat. Tom Morello)

Game Stop (Exclusive)
Linkin Park – “Iridescent” (Exclusive Remix)
* Paramore – “Monster”
My Chemical Romance – “The Only Hope For Me Is You”
Taking Back Sunday – “Faith (When I Let You Down)”
Staind – “The Bottom”*
Art Of Dying – “Get Thru This”
* Goo Goo Dolls – “All That You Are”
Theory Of A Deadman – “Head Above Water”
Black Veil Brides – “Set The World On Fire”
Skillet – “Awake & Alive” (Exclusive Remix)
Mastodon – “Just Got Paid”
Exclusive to Game Stop Version:
Middle Class Rut – “Lifelong Dayshift”
D.R.U.G.S. – “Graveyard Dancing”

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MTV To Celebrate My Chemical Romance’s ‘Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys’

MTV To Celebrate My Chemical Romance’s ‘Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys’

MTV announced today a slate of exclusive cross channel programming initiatives that span multiple screens timed to the release of My Chemical Romance’s forthcoming album, Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, including the video premiere for the band’s new single “SING” on November 18th, a live-stream performance of the band’s record-release party on November 22nd,  programming takeovers on MTV2mtvU, and MTV Hits, and being named the MTV PUSH artist for the week of November 29th.

The celebration will officially kick off on Thursday, November 18th, when MTV exclusively premieres the band’s new music video for their new single, “SING” at 7:56 P.M. ET/PT. The video will debut shortly thereafter across MTV channels including MTV2, MTV Hits, and mtvU, as well as internationally. VH1 will debut the video on November 20 as part of its Top 20 Countdown.

On November 22nd, the day of the album’s release, MTV.com and VH1.com will host an exclusive global live stream of the Live Nation event “Live in LA: My Chemical Romance” in which the band will debut tracks from Danger Days as well as fan favorites from their entire catalog. The concert, which will be made available to a global audience, will be available for free live streaming on the homepages of MTV.com and VH1.com beginning at 10 P.M. ET/7 P.M. PT. countries. During the live stream, fans can interact through a myriad of social media avenues. Fans in the UK and Ireland can view the show at MTV.co.uk.

“We are really excited to partner up with MTV for the “SING” video and the record release party for Danger Days,” says My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way. “The MTV platforms have always supported us and is amazing at getting our music and videos out there to our fans around the world, and we can’t wait for them to share this event with us.”

MTV2 will kick off a week-long My Chemical Romance takeover beginning November 22nd that will feature a variety of programming initiatives including music videos, exclusive interviews, and more. Subsequent takeovers will also take place on mtvU and MTV Hits.

The band has also been selected to serve as MTV’s PUSH artist for the week of November 29th. MTV will use its massive on-air and online reach to bring fans unparalleled access to the band ranging from live performances, music videos, interviews, and exclusive footage.

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