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311 and The Offspring Join Forces For ‘Never-Ending Summer Tour’

311 and The Offspring Join Forces For ‘Never-Ending Summer Tour’

Two of rock’s most notable live bands, 311 and The Offspring, announced they are teaming up for the Never-Ending Summer Tour, a fun-filled summer amphitheater outing with special guests Gym Class Heroes. The tour will also make stops at select regional events throughout the summer. See below for itinerary.

The feel good tour of the summer, produced by Live Nation, will kick off July 25 at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA and hit 29 cities across North America before wrapping September 9 in Wichita, KS. Fans can expect an amazing night of music with countless hits from all three bands making for a can’t miss event this summer.

Citi® is the official presale credit card for the 311 and The Offspring tour. As such, Citi® cardmembers will have access to purchase U.S. presale tickets beginning Tuesday, April 10 at 12pm local time until Thursday, April 12 at 10pm local time through Citi’s Private Pass® program. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com. Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, April 13 at 10am local time at LiveNation.com.

Never-Ending Summer Tour Dates:

Wednesday, July 25
Mountain View, CA
Shoreline Amphitheatre
Friday, July 27
Salt Lake City, UT
USANA Amphitheatre
Saturday, July 28
Las Vegas, NV*
Downtown Las Vegas Events Center
Sunday, July 29
Chula Vista, CA
Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
Tuesday, July 31
Phoenix, AZ
Ak-Chin Pavilion
Thursday, August 2
Oklahoma City, OK
The Zoo Amphitheatre
Saturday, August 4
Austin, TX
Austin360 Amphitheater
Sunday, August 5
The Woodlands, TX
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Presented by Huntsman
Tuesday, August 7
Jacksonville, FL
Daily’s Place
Wednesday, August 8
Charlotte, NC
PNC Music Pavilion
Friday, August 10
Philadelphia, PA
Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing
Saturday, August 11
Gilford, NH
Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
Sunday, August 12
Syracuse, NY
Lakeview Amphitheater
Tuesday, August 14
Sterling Heights, MI
Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
Wednesday, August 15
Springfield, IL*
Illinois State Fair
Tuesday, August 21
Hartford, CT
XFINITY Theatre
Wednesday, August 22
Holmdel, NJ
PNC Bank Arts Center
Friday, August 24
Bethel, NY
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Saturday, August 25
Wantagh, NY
Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
Sunday, August 26
Bristow, VA
Jiffy Lube Live
Tuesday, August 28
Toronto, ON
Budweiser Stage
Wednesday, August 29
Allentown, PA*
The Great Allentown Fair
Friday, August 31
St. Paul, MN*
Minnesota State Fair
Saturday, September 1
Sioux City, IA*
Battery Park at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City
Monday, September 3
St. Louis, MO
Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Tuesday, September 4
Huber Heights, OH*
Rose Music Center at The Heights
Thursday, September 6
Chicago, IL
Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
Saturday, September 8
Thackerville, OK*
Winstar Casino
Sunday, September 9
Wichita, KS*
INTRUST Bank Arena
*non-Live Nation date

About 311
311 was formed in 1990 in Omaha, Nebraska by singer/guitarist Nick Hexum, singer S.A. Martinez, guitarist Tim Mahoney, drummer Chad Sexton and bassist P-Nut. The band now resides in Southern California. 311 mix rock, rap, reggae and funk into their own unique hybrid sound – and have developed a reputation as one of the most entertaining & dynamic live bands in the U.S. 311 has sold over 9 million albums in the U.S. alone. 311’s last 10 consecutive albums reached the Top 10 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Charts and they’ve had 9 Top 10 radio hits, including three No. 1’s. Their list of hits includes “Down,” “All Mixed Up,” “Amber,” “Love Song,” “Come Original,” “Beautiful Disaster,” “Don’t Tread On Me,” “Hey You,” and “Sunset In July.” 311’s celebratory live shows & incessant touring schedule have earned them a massive grassroots following nationwide.

About The Offspring
Dexter Holland (vocals, guitar), Noodles (guitar), Greg K (bass) and Pete Parada (drums) are The Offspring, one of rock’s most exciting and enduring bands. The Offspring have performed over 1100 shows across the globe and sold more than 40 million albums worldwide. Their 1994 release Smash remains the highest-selling album of all-time on an independent label. Among the band’s best-known hits are the rock anthems “Self Esteem,” “Come Out And Play (Keep ‘Em Separated),” “The Kids Aren’t Alright” and “You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid.” 

About Gym Class Heroes
Gym Class Heroes broke into the scene in 2005 with their debut The Papercut Chronicles, a classic coming-of-age album that spawned the platinum, record-setting Top 40 No. 1 single “Cupid’s Chokehold/Breakfast in America.”  Papercut served up a fresh, new palette for hip-hop: live instruments, slyly humorous lyrics, and eerie melodies that illuminated rapper Travie McCoy’s dark, personal subject matter. Since then, Gym Class Heroes has established themselves as one of the most exciting bands in pop music, topping the radio charts with hit singles, touring the world, making countless national television appearances, and winning multiple music awards, including the MTV VMA for Best New Artist in 2007.

 

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311 Announce New Fall Tour Dates And ‘311 Day 2018’

311 Announce New Fall Tour Dates And ‘311 Day 2018’

311 announced today, that “311 DAY 2018” will take place on Saturday, March 10 and Sunday, March 11 at Park Theater at Monte Carlo in Las Vegas. Pre-sales for the two-day event start on August 29 with the official on-sale starting August 31 (HERE). In addition, the band will return to the road this fall for additional live dates following their highlight successful summer Unity Tour.

March 11 (aka 3/11 or “311 Day”) is a holiday to 311 fans everywhere.  Every other year since year 2000, 311 play an arena show on March 11 that attracts 311’sbiggest fans from around the world–who come together to celebrate the band, their music and the 311 community. The special show includes an extended set list and state-of-the-art production. 311 Day typically attracts over 10,000 fans from all 50 U.S. States & 15+ countries. After the past two years in New Orleans, 311 DAY 2018 returns to Las Vegas for two weekend nights at Monte Carlo’s Park Theater, a brand new 5,700 capacity venue with state-of-the-art sound, lights & production.  The venue is half the size of the most recent 311 DAY arena shows making it an intimate and immersive concertexperience from any seat in the house.

311–singer/guitarist NICK HEXUM, singer/DJ S.A. MARTINEZ, drummer CHAD SEXTON, bassist P-NUT and guitarist TIM MAHONEY-just wrapped their extensive headlining tour of North America in support of their new album MOSAIC. MOSAIC–released via BMG–debuted at #6 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart which marks the multi-platinum group’s 10th consecutive Top 10 Album on the chart. Of 311’s 10 charting albums, five have debuted at #6 on the chart or higher. The band will continue to tour this fall with additional dates kicking off October 7 in Irvine, CA.  The new routing follows below.

In other news, 311 are currently making plans for the next video for  “‘Til The City’s On Fire” from MOSAIC.  In the spirit of the MOSAIC album cover, the band is calling out to their fans asking them to submit a video of themselves singing (or lip-synching) the lyrics to the song for a chance to be featured in its official video.  For all details visit: http://www.311fanvideo.com.

For more information on 311 Day 2018, visit:  http://www.311.com/311day2018/ 

Catch 311 on tour this fall in the following cities (HERE):

DATE
LOCATION
VENUE
SUN
10/7
Irvine, CA
 FivePoint Amphitheater
FRI
10/12
St Paul, MN
 The Myth
SUN
10/14
Chicago, IL
 Octoberfest at Petrillo Band Shell
MON
10/15
Madison, WI
 Orpheum Theater
TUE
10/16
Sioux Falls, SD
 The District
THU
10/18
Cedar Rapids, IA
 Club 5 at US Cellular Center
FRI
10/19
Grand Rapids, MI
 20 Monroe Live
SAT
10/20
Louisville, KY
 Mercury Ballroom
MON
10/22
Cincinnati, OH
 Bogarts
TUE
10/23
Nashville, TN
 Marathon Music Works
WED
10/24
Knoxville, TN
 The Mill and the Mine
FRI
10/26
Bethlehem, PA
 Sands Bethlehem Event Center
SAT
10/27
Providence, RI
 The Strand (formerly Lupo’s)
SUN
10/28
Montclair, NJ
 The Wellmont Theater
TUE
10/30
Port Chester, NY
 The Capitol Theatre
WED
10/31
Huntington, NY
 Halloween at The Paramount
FRI
11/2
Baltimore, MD
 Rams Head Live!
SAT
11/3
Athens, GA
 Georgia Theatre
SUN
11/4
Tampa, FL
 Cuban Club

MOSAIC is available now at: http://smarturl.it/MosaicAR.

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311 Unveil Cover Art And Tracklisting For Upcoming ‘Mosaic’ Album

311 Unveil Cover Art And Tracklisting For Upcoming ‘Mosaic’ Album

Multi-platinum band 311 have formally announced the June 23 release date of their 12th studio album MOSAIC (BMG) alongside the reveal of its unique album cover–which is made up of nearly 10,000 photos submitted by fans. Even the image of the 5 band members on the cover is made up of tiny fan photos–to solidify the concept of band and fans as one. Fans can view a high-resolution pan & zoom mosaic of the cover image now at 311AlbumArt.com.

“This cover captures the spirit of the collective nature that is 311–band and fans together to form something greater than the sum of its parts.”says NICK HEXUM (singer/guitarist). CHAD SEXTON (drums) adds, “We have a very symbiotic relationship with our fans that see us on tour year after year. We wanted to have an album title that would describe our fan base, our band & our music. And to tie all of this into a concept that could be presented in the album artwork as well.”

Beginning April 13, pre-orders of MOSAIC will come with the first single “Too Much To Think” and the new song “Too Late.” Listen to “Too Late” (here)and pre-order the new album MOSAIC (here).

MOSAIC’s first single “Too Much To Think”–one of 17 songs from the new album, which NICK HEXUM calls “a menagerie of styles created by five friends and our extended musical family at our best! Innovation, fun, chops, and heart”–premiered at alternative radio on March 10–and is already #28 on the Alternative chart. Watch the lyric video for the song (here). The album was produced by John Feldmann (Blink-182, Panic! At The Disco, etc.) and Scotch Ralston (who produced 311’s iconic Transistor, Soundsystem and Stereolithic albums). With MOSAIC, 311 are approaching their 10th consecutive Top 10 album debut on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart.

311 will hit the road summer 2017 for an eight-week headlining tour of North America. Marking the group’s 18th consecutive summer headlining the U.S, the outing features special guests New Politics plus The Skints / Passafire (on select shows). 311 will also make headline appearances at several festivals and radio events. *The full tour itinerary (June 22-Aug 20) is listed below and at: http://www.311.com/shows.

MOSAIC is available to pre-order now at Pledge Music http://www.pledgemusic.com/ThreeEleven and all other digital service providers here: http://smarturl.it/MosaicAR.

Watch and share the lyric video for “Too Much To Think”(here):

Check out the track listing for MOSAIC below:

1. Too Much to Think
2. Wildfire
3. The Night is Young
4. Island Sun
5. Perfect Mistake
6. Extension
7. Inside Our Home
8. ‘Til the City’s on Fire
9. Too Late
10. Hey Yo
11. Places That the Mind Goes
12. Face in the Wind
13. Forever Now
14. Days of ’88
15. One and the Same
16. Syntax Error
17. On a Roll

Catch 311 on tour this summer in the following cities:

DATE
LOCATION
VENUE
THU
6/22
Cleveland, OH
Hard Rock Live
SAT
6/24
Montebello, Quebec
Amnesia Rockfest
SUN
6/25
Detroit, MI
The Fillmore
WED
6/28
Columbus, OH
Express Live
THU
6/29
St. Louis, MO
Pageant Theatre
FRI
6/30
Lincoln, NE
Lincoln on the Streets Party
SUN
7/2
Chicago, IL
Northerly Island Pavilion
MON
7/3
Kansas City, MO
Crossroads
TUE
7/4
Indianapolis, IN
Pavilion at Pan Am Plaza
THU
7/6
Pittsburgh, PA
Stage AE
FRI
7/7
Hampton Beach, NH
HB Casino
SAT
7/8
Portland, ME
Maine State Pier
MON
7/10
Buffalo, NY
Artpark
TUE
7/11
New York City, NY
Hammerstein Ballroom
FRI
7/14
Long Island, NY
Great South Bay Music Festival
SAT
7/15
Asbury Park, NJ
Stone Pony Summerstage
SUN
7/16
Boston, MA
Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
WED
7/19
Glen Allen, VA
Innsbrook After Hours
FRI
7/21
Philadelphia, PA
Penns Landing at Festival Pier
SAT
7/22
Hartford, CT
CT Convention Center
MON
7/24
Washington, D.C.
Fillmore Silver Spring
TUE
7/25
Washington, D.C.
Fillmore Silver Spring
WED
7/26
Charlotte, NC
Metro Credit Union Amphitheater
FRI
7/28
Atlanta, GA
Tabernacle
SAT
7/29
Atlanta, GA
Tabernacle
SUN
7/30
Myrtle Beach, SC
House of Blues
TUE
8/1
Boca Raton, FL
Sunset Cove Amphitheater
WED
8/2
St Augustine, FL
St Augustine Amphitheater
FRI
8/4
New Orleans, LA
Bold Sphere Amphitheater
SAT
8/5
Houston, TX
Revention Music Center
SUN
8/6
New Braunfels, TX
Whitewater Amp
TUE
8/8
Dallas, TX
Southside Ballroom
THU
8/10
Albuquerque, NM
Sandia Casino
FRI
8/11
Denver, CO
Levitt Pavilion
SAT
8/12
Salt Lake City, UT
USANA Amphitheater
MON
8/14
Boise, ID
Revolution Concert House
TUE
8/15
Eugene, OR
Cuthbert Amphitheater
WED
8/16
San Jose, CA
City National Civic
FRI
8/18
Las Vegas, NV
Mandalay Bay Beach
SAT
8/19
Los Angeles, CA
Hollywood Palladium
SUN
8/20
San Diego, CA
Cal Coast Credit Union OAT
FRI
9/1
Virginia Beach, VA
American Music Festival

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311 To Return With New Album, ‘Mosaic,’ In Summer of 2017

311 To Return With New Album, ‘Mosaic,’ In Summer of 2017

311 are set to return with their 12th studio album titled MOSAIC, due out worldwide summer 2017 on BMG. The multi-platinum band’s first single “Too Much To Think” premiered at Alternative radio on Friday, March 10. Watch the lyric video for the song (hereand the group will launch a 40-show North American summer tour on June 22 in Cleveland. The new album MOSAIC is available to pre-order now at www.pledgemusic.com/ThreeElevenTour pre-sale tickets and VIP bundles start to go on sale March 14. Tour info at www.311.com/shows.

Watch and share the lyric video for “Too Much To Think” below:

The 17-song MOSIAC was produced by John Feldmann (Blink-182, Panic! At The Disco, etc.) and Scotch Ralston (who produced 311’s iconic TransistorSoundsystem and Stereolithicalbums). With MOSAIC311 are approaching their 10th consecutive Top 10 album debut on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart

311 will hit the road summer 2017 for an eight-week headlining tour of North America. Marking the group’s 18th consecutive summer headlining the U.S, the outing features special guests New Politics plus The Skints / Passafire (on select shows). 311 will also make headline appearances at several festivals and radio events. *The full tour itinerary (June 22-Aug 20) is listed below and at: http://www.311.com/shows.

  • Why is the album titled MOSAIC?

NICK HEXUM (singer/guitarist): “We wanted a title that pointed to our collective nature. Something that referred to the eclectic style of our music and the bond between the band members and our fans-and this title really captures that.”<

CHAD SEXTON (drums): “We wanted to include our fans in the concept of this record. We have a very symbiotic relationship with our fans that see us year after year.  We wanted to find a word or phrase that would describe our fan base, our band and our music and to tie it all into a concept that could be presented in the album artwork as well.  Where we landed was perfect….MOSAIC.  As one definition states:  “a combination of diverse elements forming a more or less coherent whole.” We feel this word can accurately describe our band, music and our fan base together. For us, it’s still a celebration. For the simple fact that if people have different sets of ideas and opinions, likes and dislikes, and are able to get along and come together over the one bond they share (music) – there is no satisfaction like the joy experienced when this happens. It’s a celebration over the triumph of our differences and it’s the main concept we’ve been presenting throughout our entire 27 year journey-UNITY.”

  • How would you describe the album’s overall sound?

NICK HEXUM: “A menagerie of styles created by five friends and our extended musical family at our best!  Innovation, fun, chops, and heart.”

P-NUT (bass), adds “Fresh, Hard and Satisfying… Future-rock at our best… We’ll always be forward-thinking and flipping the script on ourselves.”

HEXUM continues, “The key word for this set of tunes is innovation.  We went in some new directions, which will surprise people.  Music is a never-ending journey.  I’m always proud of how diverse the styles are that we include in our music.  MOSAIC is our most adventurous collection yet. Some of our highest energy jams ever.  Funky grooves, dub riddims, party anthems, heartfelt sincerity, it’s all in there. I think the dynamics are the newest feature.  Having builds inspired by very modern music raises the intensity to new heights.”

  • The cover artwork for your new album MOSAIC is made up of thousands of photos submitted byfans?

NICK HEXUM: “The MOSAIC cover captures the spirit of the collective nature that is 311-band & fans together to form something greater than the sum of its parts.”

  • Why 17 songs on MOSAIC?

CHAD SEXTON: “We know the trend these days is to release shorter albums or even just singles-but this album is dedicated to our longtime fans and we wanted to give them everything.  The album is 17 songs that we’re really proud of-and that really capture the musical range of 311. While we’ve been mixing the album there have been several moments that reminded me of Transistor (311’s seminal 4th album).  MOSAIC definitely takes some steps forward into more modern territory, but there are distinct reminders of where we come from in the songs.Something about blending an older 311 style with a newer 311 style is really exciting to us and I think it will be for the fans too.”

Catch 311 on tour this summer in the following cities:

THU
6/22
Cleveland, OH Hard Rock Live
SAT
6/24
Montebello, Quebec Amnesia Rockfest
SUN
6/25
Detroit, MI The Fillmore
WED
6/28
Columbus, OH Express Live
THU
6/29
St. Louis, MO Pageant Theatre
FRI
6/30
Lincoln, NE Lincoln on the Streets Party
SUN
7/2
Chicago, IL Northerly Island Pavilion
MON
7/3
Kansas City, MO Crossroads
TUE
7/4
Indianapolis, IN Pavilion at Pan Am Plaza
THU
7/6
Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
FRI
7/7
Hampton Beach, NH HB Casino
SAT
7/8
Portland, ME Maine State Pier
MON
7/10
Buffalo, NY Artpark
TUE
7/11
New York City, NY Hammerstein Ballroom
FRI
7/14
Long Island, NY Great South Bay Music Festival
SAT
7/15
Asbury Park, NJ Stone Pony Summerstage
SUN
7/16
Boston, MA Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
WED
7/19
Glen Allen, VA Innsbrook After Hours
FRI
7/21
Philadelphia, PA Penns Landing at Festival Pier
SAT
7/22
Hartford, CT CT Convention Center
MON
7/24
Washington, D.C. Fillmore Silver Spring
TUE
7/25
Washington, D.C. Fillmore Silver Spring
WED
7/26
Charlotte, NC Metro Credit Union Amphitheater
FRI
7/28
Atlanta, GA Tabernacle
SAT
7/29
Atlanta, GA Tabernacle
SUN
7/30
Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues
TUE
8/1
Boca Raton, FL Sunset Cove Amphitheater
WED
8/2
St Augustine, FL St Augustine Amphitheater
FRI
8/4
New Orleans, LA Bold Sphere Amphitheater
SAT
8/5
Houston, TX Revention Music Center
SUN
8/6
New Braunfels, TX Whitewater Amp
TUE
8/8
TBA, TX TBA
THU
8/10
Albuquerque, NM Sandia Casino
FRI
8/11
Denver, CO Levitt Pavilion
SAT
8/12
Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheater
MON
8/14
Boise, ID Revolution Concert House
TUE
8/15
Eugene, OR Cuthbert Amphitheater
WED
8/16
San Jose, CA City National Civic
FRI
8/18
Las Vegas, NV Mandalay Bay Beach
SAT
8/19
Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Palladium
SUN
8/20
San Diego, CA Cal Coast Credit Union OAT
FRI
9/1
Virginia Beach, VA American Music Festival



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311 Announces Release of Grassroots Uplifter™Premium Disposable Vape Pen

311 Announces Release of Grassroots Uplifter™Premium Disposable Vape Pen

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After two years of extensive research and development, multi-platinum rock band and legendary cannabis connoisseurs 311 have launched their highly anticipated disposable vape pen – the Grassroots Uplifter. The sleek, state-of-the-art stainless steel pen – designed in-house by 311 – requires no recharging, no refilling and is easy, discreet and convenient to use. Just pull it out and hit it. No cartridges, USB chargers or anything else needed.

Vocalist and guitarist Nick Hexum explained “I have been interested in this product for some time now, but was not satisfied with what others were offering. We’ve gone through two years of prototypes and redesigns, tested it at home and on the road, and finally arrived with our own, no-compromise product that meets our high standards.”

The Uplifter™ will be available soon in Colorado and other states in compliance with all applicable laws.

Stay tuned for more product information, special events, exclusive music, videos and shows from 311 in support of the Uplifter™ and much more.

For more details and the most up-to-date information, visit Grassroots Uplifter on the Internet and social media:

www.grassrootsuplifter.com
Instagram – grassrootsuplifter
Twitter – @GRuplifter
Facebook – grassroots.uplifter

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311 Turns 25: Nick Hexum On The Band’s Silver Anniversary And New Releases!

311 Turns 25: Nick Hexum On The Band’s Silver Anniversary And New Releases!

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For the members of 311, 25 years has gone by in a flash and have given them some of the best memories of their lives. From their very first show in their native Omaha on June 10, 1990 (opening for Fugazi), 311 have been on an incredible, unstoppable journey, fueled by an instantly recognizable, genre-defying sound, non-stop touring, and a fiercely loyal fan base. The band’s ingenious fusion of rock, reggae, hip-hop & funk – and tireless work ethic – saw them build an undeniable grassroots following. Alternative radio and MTV soon followed.

1995’s self-titled third album proved 311’s breakthrough, earning RIAA 3x platinum certification while catapulting them to the forefront of alternative music. Since then, nine consecutive 311 studio releases – from 1997’s Transistor to 2014’s Stereolithic – have peaked within the Top 10 of the Billboard 200, with total album sales now approaching nine million in the U.S. alone. 311 is of course also responsible for a rightly renowned streak of radio hits, with nine singles reaching the Top 10 on Billboard’s “Alternative Songs” chart, including the #1 classics, “Down,” “Love Song,” and “Don’t Tread On Me.”

Now based in Los Angeles, 311 is widely regarded as one of alternative rock’s most inventive, entertaining, and hard-traveling live acts, earning them an incredible community of passionate and faithful fans. Founded in 2004, the band’s annual “Unity Tour” is now a summer tradition. And the band has branded legendary destination events with their “311 Day” and “311 Caribbean Cruise” experiences.

Legendary alternative rock band 311 will celebrate its milestone 25th year with a career-spanning Volcano Entertainment/Legacy Recordings 4-CD box set 311 – ARCHIVE, available everywhere on June 30th, and supported by a 30-show US tour. Fans are now able to pre-order the 4-CD set, bundled with a limited-edition lithograph and/or collector’s patch, from www.PledgeMusic.com/ThreeEleven. The set is also available for pre-order on Amazon.

311 – ARCHIVE commemorates the multi-platinum band’s silver anniversary with an unprecedented four-disc 81 track compilation of unreleased songs, b-sides, bonus tracks, pre-production recordings, alternate versions & demos (see attached tracklisting). As if that weren’t enough, 311 – ARCHIVE also features a 60-page book filled with rare photos, flyers, memorabilia, and artifacts from the bands personal collection.

In addition to the release of ‘Archive,’ will kick off a hit-filled US Summer Tour. The celebration doesn’t stop there as partnered with Rock Brothers Brewing to create and release an exciting custom craft beer. 311’s Amber Ale will “shine bright,” as roasted caramel malts will be blended with Equinox hops, resulting in subtle hints of tropical citrus and kush aromatics. The craft beer’s blend of malted barleys and unique hops will set this beer apart from other amber ales. It is an endeavor the band has been working toward for years and all of the members have been involved in each stage of development – from selecting the style, to influencing the taste, to creating the name and other branding elements. 

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently sat down with 311 frontman Nick Hexum to discuss the incredible journey 311 set out upon 25 years ago, the challenges they faced along the way, how they are celebrating the amazing milestone and what the future holds for them musically.

311 is celebrating their 25th anniversary this year. What led you to a career in music and got the band on its unique journey?

Nick Hexum of 311

Nick Hexum of 311

My folks say that I was dead set on it by the age of 6 or 7. The first thing that blew my mind musically was my dad’s 1950s 45s of Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis. I loved the energy. I danced around and had my hair combed back in a ‘50s style. I also used to like to play the 45s at 78 to really crank them up! [laughs] In high school, Tim [Mahoney] and I had a band where we did originals and covers. We played in Battle of The Bands and things like that. I would say the 311 sound was born right when we graduated high school and started playing with Chad [Sexton], our drummer. That is when the funk came in with bands like Bad Brains, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jane’s Addiction and Faith No More influencing us. We just felt like we really had something. We had our first show in 1990 with P-Nut and SA [Martinez] was a guest vocalist at the time. Our first show opening for Fugazi 25 years ago was such a great launching board because there was a packed house ready to mosh and the place just blew up! We just never looked back!

Looking back on the early years of 311, what were some of the challenges you faced as a band early on?

Being a band from Nebraska and getting someone’s attention to take us seriously was a challenge, relentlessly calling A&R people, managers and lawyers. I was harassing people on the phone over and over and over again and bullshitting my way in by name dropping different executives that I had never even talked to just to get someone to give our tape a listen. Finally, that happened and the tape got to Eddie Offord, who produced our first couple albums. The labels said, “If you produce the album, then we will put it out.” They were kind of our only suitor at the time, so we said, “Let’s go for it!” I guess being taken seriously coming out of Nebraska was a lot of work but we were able to show them we were selling a lot of our own self-produced tapes and CDs, and, in some cases, the number one seller outdoing national artists in Omaha. They could see that people were really reacting to our music and heard something there. We had an unusual way in but we kicked open the door and barged in!

Twenty-five years as a band is an amazing milestone. What kept you inspired through the years and contributed to your longevity?

311 logoI guess we just feel like there is always a frontier of music that we can cross into. Music is a never-ending journey. Mentally, if you feel like you have already done everything, that is when you are screwed. As long as you keep curious, teachable, trying new sounds and not become stodgy by saying music sucks now is all very important. There are plenty of great creative artists to be influenced by. Being a music fan first is an important element. A composer is the sum total of their listening experience. As long as you keep finding new music to listen to, you are going to be fine. That holds true for us all.

You have a lot of special things planned for the anniversary. First and foremost is “Archive,” the four CD box xet. I am sure going through 25 years of your past is no easy task. What can you tell us about the process of putting it together?

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311’s ‘Archive’

We realized with the silver anniversary coming along that we should commemorate that in some way. We knew we had a lot of odds and ends in our tape closet and on hard drives. We quickly realized we had more than enough stuff for a box set. Really, that task fell upon Chad, our drummer, who is also the band’s archivist. He has always keep track of all the old tapes and so forth. It was about two years in the making. First we came up with the concept and then started categorizing what we had from B-Sides to demos to unreleased songs to pre-production versions. First we came up with those categories and then found all the songs to fit in those and it took about two years. It is nice now because we know that those things are out there for posterity. A lot of those things could have been lost and now there is a record of those which I think the fans are really going to enjoy.

What type of state was the 311 archive in when you started out?

[laughs] I don’t think it will ever be as messy as it was a couple of years ago. Through the years, it has been giving boxes to Chad to keep at our house. There was an interesting anecdote in regards to the archive. He lives out in the country and there was a wildfire. There was a huge wall of flames heading toward his house and the first thing he did was throw the boxes of tapes and hard drives into his truck to make sure they survived because they were irreplaceable. Fortunately, the firefighters were able to put out the brush fire before it got to his house but that was his mentality. Save those boxes because that is our life’s work and they are irreplaceable. Now, I think he has an organizing system in place, so we probably won’t have to wait 25 years for the next one.

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I would imagine you came across some material during the process you had long forgotten. What was that experience like for you?

Yeah. A lot of the demo versions got reworked quite a bit. To spark those neurons that haven’t been heard in so long and hear those early versions that we moved quickly on from was really a trip! I think it is going to be very interesting for the fans to hear songs in their infancy. It is almost like an old forgotten family album when you see pictures of your childhood that you had completely forgotten about. It really brings you back. Songs are time capsules in themselves. They bring you back to how you were feeling. Hearing a lot of the songs bring me back into the mindset that we all had at the time of making those. It is similar to the way a certain smell might take you back to a vacation or something. It is a trip down memory lane! I think the biggest trip for our fans will be hearing songs they have been living with but early versions. I actually don’t have my copy of it yet but I am excited to sit down and hear all four CDs in a row.

311 is also releasing their first craft beer — 311 Amber Ale. What can you tell us about the brew and how this collaboration with Rock Brothers Brewing and Cigar City Brewing began?

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311’s first foray into craft brewing.

We have been wanting to do this for about 10 years. 311 is a movement, a mentality and a lifestyle. Having fun and having parties is definitely part of that. We had talked to some people about it in the past but no one was geared up to do it right and the way we wanted to do it. The partners that we found for our Amber Ale really took a lot of time in collaborating with us to come up with the right formula, roll out and image that well represents our band. It was a dream many years in the making. P-Nut and SA [Martinez] were the ones who were very instrumental in helping them formulate and made sure it was something they really loved.

Is it safe to assume this release isn’t just a one-off? Any plans for future releases?

Yeah, there are some more ideas in the works in addition to other lifestyle products that we are working. It’s fun to diversify!

You are about to kick off another huge tour for the summer. What excites you about this upcoming run?

For a long time, we used to do the same circuit of sheds and amphitheatres. Now, on this tour, we are doing a lot more unusual venues, mixing it up and playing with a variety of different bands. That is always fun to see what we are going to get and show up to different settings and meet different bands. Since this is our 25th anniversary, we are going to have a new collection of music to pull from. We know that people come back to see us from year to year, so to have all that music to make sure that set is different from year to year is really important. When we play a particular city, we look at the set list from the previous year and make sure it is a very different experience. It is just the next step in a long strange trip! [laughs]

Obviously, an anniversary like this tends to make anyone reflective. How has 311’s success impacted you as an artist?

I have always had an interest in jazz, funk, playing with different instrumentation from keyboards to sax and so on and collaborating with my brother, so the Nick Hexum Quartet was a fun dream. Now, I am more into innovative rock which combines the latest electronic style production. Like I said, to me, there is always a frontier to go across. That is why I realize I have the greatest job in the world because I can go wherever the muse leads me. We are definitely all grateful to be able to do this for a living.

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The record industry changed exponentially over the past 25 years. What are the biggest obstacles a band like 311 faces today?

It definitely takes a lot of thinking to figure out how to navigate the current environment of streaming and the internet takeover. Fortunately, we have always had our focus on live music because it is something that is timeless and has existed for 100,000 years. Live music is much more of a timeless thing. Recorded music is cool and it is a great thing to hold over our fans to our next show but we have always realized you can’t fake live music. We are going to keep our focus on that and that way the twists and turns of the music industry doesn’t affect us as much.

Where are you in regards to new music with 311? Can you give us an update on what you have in store for us?

Absolutely. We have a great collection of pre-production songs. We have put together four as a complete band. We have maybe another 20 demos started. This summer, when we are on tour, we have our mobile studios so we will be able to work on the songs during the day, write lyrics and maybe work on some songs at sound check. As soon as we get done with the summer tour, we will get in the studio and crank out album number 12!

Nick Hexum

Nick Hexum

What is happening in regards to songwriting for the new album?

We continue to collaborate. I think if one person was making a song by himself, eventually that is going to become kind of linear. I think if you combine it with other people’s style within the band, along with Scotch, our producer, and the occasional outside writer, it keeps changing up the style. To me, it doesn’t feel stale at all and it feels very exciting. I can’t wait to get in there. Like I said, there is plenty of stuff coming out these days, whether it is Kendrick Lamar or the latest in dubstep and dancehall reggae, there is always new stuff to get turned onto as well as tons of old music I have never heard before. As long as you remain a music fan first, you are going to become inspired and find new things to try.

What is the biggest lesson to be taken away from the 311 story so far and how do you ultimately hope the band will be remembered?

I think that we gave our fans an outlook, a way of looking at life in a different way that is more positive. I think the musical innovation is important but also just the spirit of knowing that we have probably left the world in a better place than when we started is the legacy I hope to have.

Thanks for your time today, Nick. As I fan, I appreciate you and everyone in the band pouring your heart and soul into all you do. It’s truly inspiring.

We appreciate the support! I enjoyed the interview and I will talk to you again soon!

For the latest news, releases and tour dates from 311, visit their official website at www.311.com. Connect with the on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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311 To Celebrate 25th Anniversary By Launching Craft Beer

311 To Celebrate 25th Anniversary By Launching Craft Beer

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Multi-platinum rock band 311 has partnered with Rock Brothers Brewing to create and release an exciting custom craft beer in conjunction with the band’s 25th anniversary this summer.

“Besides the obvious connection to the band’s hit song of the same name, 311 wanted a very drinkable amber ale with a craft beer twist,” said Rock Brothers co-founder Kevin Lilly.

“After several meetings and tasting sessions with 311, it became clear the band wanted great taste with a bit of complexity,” explained Lilly, who is intimately involved with the flavor-profile-process that occurs between band members and brew masters.

According to Lilly, 311 Amber Ale will “shine bright,” as roasted caramel malts will be  blended with Equinox hops, resulting in subtle hints of tropical citrus and kush aromatics.  The craft beer’s blend of malted barleys and unique hops will set this beer apart from other amber ales.

“It’s been a long time coming,” said the band’s bassist Aaron “P-Nut” Wills, who explained a custom brew is something the band has been interested in for a while.

“We’ve explored the craft beer idea with several brewers over the years, but they were less inclined to do beers outside of their typical line,” said 311 co-manager Peter Raspler.  “But Rock Brothers came along with an authentic model that made it possible for the band to make the beer they wanted.”

311 band members have been involved in each stage of development – from selecting the style, to influencing the taste, to creating the name and other branding elements.

“We appreciate that our beer is not a side-project for Rock Brothers,” Raspler said.  “Creating custom brews for bands is their focus, and that is a big reason we feel this is a great partnership for the band.”

While Rock Brothers Brewing is based in Tampa, home to award-winning Cigar City Brewing with whom Rock Brothers partners on all its band brews, each of its band beers are created in collaboration with input from band members, and a local brew partner who additionally manufactures the beer – in this instance, with Paul Kavulak at Nebraska Brewing Company.

“311 has called Los Angeles home for many years, but Omaha is where the band is from,” said Tony Casoria, the other-brother at Rock Brothers Brewing.  “Having Nebraska Brewing on-board is a natural fit and adds another level of authenticity we strive for with all our band partnerships.”

Fans will get their first tasting opportunity at 311’s special concerts in Las Vegas over 4th of July weekend, and at special events in Omaha & Los Angeles the following month, with details to come.  311 Amber Ale will then appear on tap in bars and restaurants in select cities, with package goods hitting the market in 2016.

“I don’t think this first Amber Ale will be our last beer with Rock Brothers” Wills added, hinting of additional specialty beers in the future.

311 is the first west-coast act on the Rock Brothers’ roster, whose other beers include JJ Grey’s Nare Sugar Brown available in Florida, Hootie & The Blowfish’s Homegrown Ale in South Carolina, and Umphrey’s McGee’s Nothing Too Fancy Everyday Ale in Chicago.

311 will release 311 Archive (Box Set) on June 29, 2015, featuring 81 tracks (unreleased songs, b-sides, bonus tracks, pre-production recordings & demos 1992-2014) plus a 60 page book of rare photos and memorabilia. 

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311 Announce Summer Headlining Tour In Support of ‘Stereolithic’

311 Announce Summer Headlining Tour In Support of ‘Stereolithic’

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Multi-platinum rock band 311 is hitting the road this summer for a headlining tour of North America that starts June 26th at the Sandia Casino in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The band is touring in support of new release STEREOLITHIC, their 9th consecutive album to debut in the top 10 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album Chart. The album also entered No. 1 on both the Rock and Indie Charts.

STEREOLITHIC was released via the band’s own 311 Records and distributed by INgrooves, making it 311’s first truly independent release since their early days as an unsigned band in Omaha, Nebraska. The band celebrated the release with “311 Day,” a 5-hour, 66-song set at the New Orleans Arena. As pointed out by Consequence of Sound, “there’s something about a band playing 60+ songs over five hours that’s worthy of our attention. Aside from Springsteen or Pearl Jam, there aren’t many acts who can claim such a feat.”

While the upcoming 37-city tour won’t see any 5-hour shows, fans can expect an electrifying mix of new songs and classic tracks. Dates are as follows:

6/26 – Albuquerque, NM – Sandia Casino
6/28 – Las Vegas, NV – Mandalay Beach @ Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino
6/29 – Scottsdale, AZ – Talking Stick Resort Pool
7/1 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
7/2 – Springfield, MO – Gillioz Theatre
7/3 – Kansas City, MO – Crossroads
7/5 – St. Louis, MO – Verizon Wireless Amp
7/6 – Detroit, MI – Freedom Hill
7/7 – Columbus, OH – LC Outdoor Amp
7/9 – Lansing, MI – Common Ground Music Fest
7/10 – Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion
7/11 – Chicago, IL – Northerly Island
7/12 – Council, Bluffs, IA G – rass Roots Music Fest
7/14 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
7/15 – Wallingford, CT – The Dome @ Oakdale Theatre
7/17 – Boston, MA – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
7/18 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Summerstage
7/19 – New York, NY JBL – Live @ Pier 97
7/20 – Philadelphia, PA – Tower Theatre
7/23 – Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues
7/24 – Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle
7/25 – Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle
7/26 – Boca Raton, FL – Sunset Cove Amp
7/28 – Mobile, AL – Soul Kitchen Music Hall
7/29 – Austin, TX – ACL Live @ Moody Theatre
7/30 – Houston, TX – Bayou Music Ctr
7/31 – Dallas, TX – South Side Ballroom
8/2 – Tucson, Az – Rialto Theatre
8/3 – Costa Mesa, CA – Pacific Amp at the OC Fair
8/5 – Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium
8/7 – Des Moines – Val Air Ballroom
8/8 – West Allis, WI – Wisconsin State Fair
8/9 – Chillicothe, IL – Three Sisters Park
8/10 – Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights
8/12 – Fargo, ND – The Venue
8/13 – Sioux Falls, SD – The District
8/15 – Salt Lake City, UT – Usana Amp

311 recorded STEREOLITHIC with longtime collaborator/producer Scott Ralston, best known for his work on some of the band’s most popular releases, including 1993’s gold-selling Music, 1995’s triple-platinum selling 311, 1997’s platinum-selling Transistor and 1999’s gold-selling Soundsystem. STEREOLITHIC was mixed by Ralston and 311 drummer Chad Sexton. Rolling Stone described the album as an LP “bursting with joyous choruses and taut grooves” and Entertainment Weekly praised the disc for its “fattened power chords, reggae stylings and gentle melodies.” Relix Magazine wrote “Keeping true to one’s roots while still evolving musically for 24 years is challenging, but these five veteran rockers are arguably some of the most skilled musicians in their scene, and they pull it off with massive success.”

Over the course of their amazing career, 311 has sold close to 9 million albums in the U.S. alone. They’ve had 9 top 10 radio hits, including three No. 1’s. Their list of hits includes “Down,” “All Mixed Up,” “Amber,” “Love Song,” “Come Original,” “Beautiful Disaster,” “Don’t Tread On Me,” “Hey You” and “Sunset In July.” For 11 consecutive years, the band has headlined amphitheaters across the U.S. with their summer “Unity Tour.” They also host an annual Caribbean Cruise – a four-night trip from Miami to a private island in the Bahamas attended by thousands of fans from around the world.

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311 Debut Brand New Single “Five Of Everything” From Upcoming ‘Stereolithic’ Album

311 Debut Brand New Single “Five Of Everything” From Upcoming ‘Stereolithic’ Album

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Multi-platinum rock band 311 are premiering their brand-new single, “Five Of Everything,” which can be heard at this location.

“Five Of Everything” is the lead single from new 311 album STEREOLITHIC, set for release on March 11th (“new 311 on 3/11!”). The album arrives via 311 Records and is being distributed by INgrooves, making it 311’s first truly independent release since their early days as an unsigned band living in Omaha, Nebraska.

311 recently teamed with PledgeMusic for a pre-order album promotion that enhances fan interaction. Those that pre-order the album (available in CD, vinyl and autographed bundles) will receive exclusive updates from the band and will be automatically entered into a bonus prize drawing to win more than 100 prizes, including an autographed signature series PRS SE guitar from Tim Mahoney, handwritten lyrics from vocalists Nick Hexum and SA Martinez, signed drumsticks used during the recording of the album from Chad Sexton, a Skype call from bassist P-Nut, backstage passes to meet the band, and much more.

STEREOLITHIC  is also now available for pre-order at iTunes, with “Five of Everything” as an instant download (https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/stereolithic/id813957557?ls=1).

311 recorded STEREOLITHIC with longtime collaborator/producer Scott Ralston, best known for his work on some of the band’s most popular releases, including 1993’s gold-selling Music, 1995’s triple-platinum selling 311, 1997’s platinum-selling Transistor and 1999’s gold-selling SoundsystemSTEREOLITHIC was mixed by Ralston and 311 drummer Chad Sexton.

The new album is the follow-up to 2011’s Universal Pulse, which entered Billboard’s Top 200 Albums Chart at No. 7, making it the band’s 8th straight top 10 debut.

The quintet will celebrate STEREOLITHIC’s release—and their 24th year together as a band—with their bi-annual “311 Day.” The 2014 concert, which takes place on March 11th at the New Orleans Arena, will be a coming home of sorts, as the first “311 Day” was held in New Orleans back in 2000 (the last two events took place in Vegas). Tickets have already been sold to fans from all 50 U.S. States and 15 countries who will travel to New Orleans for the special event. Ticket information is available at http://www.311.com/311Day2014.

Over the course of their amazing career, the now-Southern California-based 311 has sold close to 9 million albums in the U.S. alone. They’ve had 9 top 10 radio hits, including three No. 1’s. Their list of hits includes “Down,” “All Mixed Up,” “Amber,”  “Love Song,”  “Come Original,” “Beautiful Disaster,”  “Don’t Tread On Me,” “Hey You” and “Sunset In July.” For 11 consecutive years, the band has headlined amphitheaters across the U.S. with their summer “Unity Tour.” They also host an annual Caribbean Cruise – a four-night trip from Miami to a private island in the Bahamas attended by thousands of fans from around the world.

 

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311 Launch Pre-Order For ‘Stereolithic’; Team With PledgeMusic For Unique Fan Opps

311 Launch Pre-Order For ‘Stereolithic’; Team With PledgeMusic For Unique Fan Opps

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Multi-platinum rock band 311 are teaming with direct-to-fan platform PledgeMusic for the pre-order of their highly anticipated new album, STEREOLITHIC.

Set for release on March 11th (“311 Day”), STEREOLITHIC will arrive via 311 Records and be distributed by INgrooves, making it the group’s first truly independent release since their early days as an unsigned band living in Omaha, Nebraska.

311’s PledgeMusic promotion enhances direct interaction with the band’s fans. Those that pre-order the album (available in CD, vinyl and autographed bundles) will receive exclusive updates from the band and will be automatically entered into a bonus prize drawing to win more than 100 prizes, including an autographed signature series PRS SE guitar from Tim Mahoney, handwritten lyrics from vocalists Nick Hexum and SA Martinez, signed drumsticks used during the recording of the album from Chad Sexton, a Skype call from bassist P-Nut, backstage passes to meet the band, and much more.

“We are thrilled to be working with the influential alternative rockers 311, who once again, are making the release of their latest album extra special for their fans,” says Benji Rogers, Founder &  President of PledgeMusic.

311 recorded STEREOLITHIC with longtime collaborator/producer Scott Ralston, best known for his work on some of the band’s most popular releases, including 1993’s gold-selling Music, 1995’s triple-platinum selling 311, 1997’s platinum-selling Transistor and 1999’s gold-selling SoundsystemSTEREOLITHIC was mixed by Ralston and 311 drummer Chad Sexton.

The new album is the follow-up to 2011’s Universal Pulse, which entered Billboard’s Top 200 Albums Chart at No. 7, making it the band’s 8th straight top 10 debut.

The quintet will celebrate STEREOLITHIC’s release—and their 24th year together as a band—with their bi-annual “311 Day.” The 2014 concert, which takes place on March 11th at the New Orleans Arena, will be a coming home of sorts, as the first “311 Day” was held in New Orleans back in 2000 (the last two events took place in Vegas). Tickets have already been sold to fans from all 50 U.S. States and 15 countries who will travel to New Orleans for the special event. Ticket information is available at http://www.311.com/311Day2014.

Over the course of their amazing career, the now-Southern California-based 311 has sold close to 9 million albums in the U.S. alone. They’ve had 9 top 10 radio hits, including three No. 1’s. Their list of hits includes “Down,” “All Mixed Up,” “Amber,”  “Love Song,”  “Come Original,” “Beautiful Disaster,”  “Don’t Tread On Me,” “Hey You” and “Sunset In July.” For 11 consecutive years, the band has headlined amphitheaters across the U.S. with their summer “Unity Tour.” They also host an annual Caribbean Cruise – a four-night trip from Miami to a private island in the Bahamas attended by thousands of fans from around the world.

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