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Rock Legend Stephen Pearcy Drops New Track, ‘U Only Live Twice,’ From Upcoming Solo Album!

Rock Legend Stephen Pearcy Drops New Track, ‘U Only Live Twice,’ From Upcoming Solo Album!

Best known as the original vocalist and founding member of the platinum
selling hard rock band RATTStephen Pearcy is set to release his highly anticipated fifth solo album, “View To A Thrill” on November 9, 2018 on CD/LP/Digital via Frontiers.  Tuesday, Pearcy dropped another new track from the album ‘U Only Live Twice,’ listen to it HERE.

“View To A Thrill” includes 11 superb RATT ‘n Roll songs written by Stephen Pearcy, together with guitarist Erik Ferentinos, that will surely please fans of his last solo effort, “Smash” as well as fans of his original band, RATT.The tracklisting flows perfectly and takes you on an audio journey through blistering rockers mixed with slower, more measured numbers. Like RATT’s catalog, this is a record that showcases the art of the riff! Erik Ferentinos is truly Pearcy’s secret weapon as displayed by the mind-bending solos on display throughout “View To A Thrill”.

Pre-order “View to a Thrill”on CD/LP/Digital and stream the singles here: http://radi.al/ViewToAThrill

An exclusive Orange LP version can be purchased through FYE here: https://bit.ly/2OUPHvm

Listen to the first single ‘I’m a Ratt’ HERE.

BAND MEMBERS:
Stephen Pearcy- Lead Vocals
Erik Ferentinos – Guitars, Back Up Vocals, Keys
Matt Thorne – Bass Guitars, Keys, Back Up Vocals
Scot Coogan – Drums

For More Info Visit:
https://officialstephenpearcy.com/home

https://www.facebook.com/SEPearcy

https://twitter.com/StephenEPearcy

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Legendary RATT Frontman Stephen Pearcy To Release New Solo Album ‘View to a Thrill’ In November

Legendary RATT Frontman Stephen Pearcy To Release New Solo Album ‘View to a Thrill’ In November

Best known as the original vocalist and founding member of the platinum selling hard rock band RATTStephen Pearcy has announced the release of his highly anticipated fifth solo album, “View To A Thrill” on November 9, 2018 on CD/LP/Digital via Frontiers. Pre-order “View to a Thrill” on CD/LP/Digital and stream the single at this location.

Today, a new song from the album has been made available to stream and download. Get your first listen to “I’m a Ratt” below.

“View To A Thrill” includes 11 superb RATT ‘n Roll songs written by Stephen Pearcy, together with guitarist Erik Ferentinos, that will surely please fans of his last solo effort, “Smash” as well as fans of his original band, RATT. The tracklisting flows perfectly and takes you on an audio journey through blistering rockers mixed with slower, more measured numbers. Like RATT’s catalog, this is a record that showcases the art of the riff! Erik Ferentinos is truly Pearcy’s secret weapon as displayed by the mind-bending solos on display throughout “View To A Thrill”.

With over 15 million records sold worldwide with RATT, there is simply no slowing Pearcydown in the 21st century. Pearcy is an accomplished songwriter with credits on all of RATT’s records throughout the years, including the “RATT” EP, “Out Of The Cellar”, “Invasion Of Your Privacy”, “Dancing Undercover”, “Reach for the Sky”, “Detonator”, “RATT” and “Infestation”.  Stephen is also a producer, composer, owner/product creator of “Mic Knuckles” (hands free mic holder), and has also been involved in recording songs for TV, movies, ESPN2, and NHRA Drag Racing Series over the years. He is also involved in sponsoring several top fuel dragsters and funny cars, which he has been doing since the ’80s.

Tracklisting:
1. U Only Live Twice
2. Sky Falling
3. Malibu
4. One In A Million
5. Double Shot
6. Secrets To Tell
7. Not Killin’ Me
8. Dangerous Thing
9. I’m A Ratt
10. From The Inside
11. Violator

BAND MEMBERS:
Stephen Pearcy- Lead Vocals
Erik Ferentinos – Guitars, Back Up Vocals, Keys
Matt Thorne – Bass Guitars, Keys, Back Up Vocals
Scot Coogan – Drums

For More Info Visit:
https://officialstephenpearcy.com/home
https://www.facebook.com/SEPearcy
https://twitter.com/StephenEPearcy
https://www.instagram.com/septopfuel/

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You Can’t Stop Rock ‘n’ Roll: A First-Timer’s Look At The M3 Rock Festival

You Can’t Stop Rock ‘n’ Roll: A First-Timer’s Look At The M3 Rock Festival

It’s no secret that I’m the youngin’ here at Icon Vs. Icon. At 25 years old, I was a baby when grunge came onto the scene and I wasn’t even thought of when most of the bands that play Maryland’s annual M3 Rock Festival were kicking ass on their original run. I’m much more of a punk guy. Now don’t get me wrong, I can jam out to the occasional Poison or Motley Crue hit, and Dangerous Toys is one of my favorite bands, but I’d be lying if I said I was an expert when it came to the hair metal/80’s rock era. However, when Captain Jason Price contacted me and said he had a photo pass for the festival I just couldn’t pass it up. Spoiler alert: I saw a lot of folks living out their heyday, but I’ll be damned if they weren’t having one of the greatest times of their lives. I was too! Before I get into it I just wanted you all to know that my life changed on that day. On April 29th, 2017 I became a huge fan of 80’s metal and the bands that continue kicking ass today. Now, let’s get into it as I take you into the M3 Rock Festival, held on April 28th and 29th, 2017 at Merriweather Post Pavilion, through the eyes of a first-timer.

All good times start off with a fantastic breakfast. I’d feel terrible if I failed to mention that Jason and I began our day ingesting delicious pastries from our local “bed and breakfast” Turnbridge Point. Listen, if you ever find yourself on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, make it a priority to check this place out! The folks that run the place are incredibly polite and make some of the tastiest treats you can imagine. After digesting our phenomenal baked goods, we said our goodbyes to our significant others and were off into the land of hairspray and leather pants!

We pull into Lot 4 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion and I already feel a bit out of place. Mind you it was 90 degrees outside so I decided to wear a light, Hawaiian button down to counteract the temperature. Everyone else in the parking garage were not so thoughtful. The most notable of attendees had the largest lion’s mane Jason and I had ever seen. I mean this in the nicest way possible, I was honestly jealous of this guy. He looked as if he had just told Dorothy and Toto to piss off because he was on his way to see Ratt!

We make our way to the West Gate, check in and receive our media badges, and away we go. The merch booth was full of black t-shirts from musical acts that played both, the night prior and that night. Most of the shirts were rather similar: all black with the bands logo in big bold letters in the center. This definitely appealed to the audience as this merch booth had a growing line all day. Honestly, I was a bit disappointed as I’m used to festivals in which each band has their own booth, but it wasn’t that big of a deal. We had about an hour to kill before the first band took the stage so we decided to get the lay of the land, peeping out the entrances to both photo pits and seeing what sort of food we would be devouring as the day went on. Before you knew it, the first band took the stage.

The opening band, on the Forest Stage, was local cover band 1 Nite Stand. I know what you’re thinking, “local cover band”? These guys knew how to get the party started. They came out and opened with The Who’s “Baba O’Reilly”. The synth/keyboard opening was the perfect start to the day and the people began to flock to the stage. These guys know how to have fun and I would definitely like to see them perform these hits again, in the future.

It was now time to make our way over to the main Pavilion Stage to catch the first “Main Stage Act” Rhino Bucket! Make no mistake, I am 100% unfamiliar with these guys but I got to know them real quick. Led by vocalist Georg Dolivo, it wasn’t long to catch on to what these guys were all about. Coming up in the LA Rock scene, like GnR and Junkyard, Rhino Bucket pushes that dirty rock sound that separates them from the Glam/Hair Metal acts of the period. I would be hard pressed to say that these guys didn’t sound very similar to AC/DC. That’s not necessarily a bad thing though, who doesn’t love that sound?! It’s also important to note that Brian “Damage” Forsythe, of Kix fame, plays lead guitar. Just a bit of a fun fact. Rhino Bucket released their latest album “The Last Real Rock N Roll” this past April and are showing no sign of slowing down.

Set times alternated between stages which was both a blessing and a burden. Catching every set was doable but damn if it wasn’t a hassle going back and forth. That being said, it was a great work out on this 90 degree day. As we made our way back to the Forest Stage I saw about 50 or so people in Korupt shirts. Being another band I was unfamiliar with, I wasn’t sure what to expect as each member took the stage. Formed in 1982, Korupt is a Maryland “Metal Cover Band”. Now, in theory that sounds a bit lame but it was far from the truth. These guys know how to shred and own every song as if it’s being heard for the first time. There around the Maryland area all the time and are opening for Faster Pussycat on July 16th. Tickets are available now!

At this point Captain Jason and I decided to grab some food. After much debate we settled on some pit beef sandwiches. No lie, this was most definitely a highlight of the day. I don’t know what they put in these sandwiches but they were bangin’! Needless to say, we went back for another one later in the evening.

We missed a couple of sets but thankfully made it back to the Forest Stage for my favorite set of the day, Junkyard. As stated above, these guys came up in the 80’s LA rock scene with bands such as Guns N Roses and the formerly mentioned Rhino Bucket. As a matter of fact, Junkyard picked up in popularity after Axel Roses sported a shirt during a photo shoot. After further investigation, singer David Roach stated that he wasn’t even sure if Axel had heard the band, he just liked the shirt and decided to wear it. These guys were most definitely the stand out of the day. This is the only band of the day that I could see playing both M3 Rock Festival and Punk Rock Bowling. Their roots are definitely set in the LA punk scene rather than the Hair Metal scene of the era. These guys slayed. Their fast paced hard rock mixed with their DIY style attitudes definitely place them in my wheelhouse. Brian Baker from Bad Religion even joined the group for a live rendition of “Hollywood”. What a breathtaking performance! Junkyard just released their first studio album in 26 years, “High Water” in April. I picked it up as soon as their set ended and might I say…these guys KICK ASS!

Back to Main Stage for some Danger Danger! Again, I’m the youngster on the scene, unfamiliar with 80% of these bands. That may be a good thing though. I’m learning about all of these kickass bands for the first time, and that’s also the case for the Queens natives. The band kicked off in 1987 and despite multiple lineup changes, and legal issues, they’re back and going strong today. Lead vocalist Ted Poley knows how to have a fantastic time on stage. His constant audience interaction throughout each song really makes the crowd part of the show. From “Rock America” to “Naughty Naughty” these guys definitely know how to have a good time, and make sure everyone around them are having fun as well.

It was starting to get hot guys…really hot. We needed a break from the crowd so we decided to walk around the festival grounds and check out a few of the merch tents. We popped on by the HammerJacks tent, yes the legendary Baltimore venue is coming back! Being the “hipsters” that we are, Jason and I grabbed a couple of shirts just to show that we were there for the venue’s return! Jokes aside, I’m absolutely stoked for the re-opening. I didn’t get to experience the original location firsthand but I’ve heard plenty of phenomenal stories. Can’t wait to experience these things myself. After leaving the HammerJacks tent I began to notice the lack of vendors/merch tents in the area. I’m so used to each band having their own tents, ready to shill any amount of merch they possibly can. Sadly that wasn’t the case here. I was ready to spend some money dammit! Back to the tunes.

Next up, on the Main Stage, Jack Russell’s Great White! Great White was one of those bands that everyone has told me I would dig but I never got around to listening. You can bet your ass I’m listening now. Leading up to the festival I made sure to check out a few old Great White tunes as well as a bit of Russell’s solo work. Now listen, this guy’s voice hasn’t changed a bit in terms of listening to the through the computer…I never expected Jack to sound that good in person. Holy hell was I wrong. This man hasn’t missed a beat. He hit every single note necessary to take you back to the days of the original Great White. While it is understandable that their set mostly consisted of Great White hits, I would’ve loved to hear a few more of Jack Russell’s Great White songs. Regardless, Jack Russell has attacked his demons and has them in a chokehold. I can’t wait for them to make their way back to the east coast so I can experience those sweet sultry vocals again!

We began to make our way back to the Forest Stage for one of Jason’s choices Bang Tango. No surprise here, another band I am completely unfamiliar with. I’ll be damned if I didn’t get familiar real quick. Joe Lesté, the last original member, was king of the world as he entered the stage on the shoulders of either a security member…or training pro wrestler. They kicked off the set with “Don’t Count Me Out”, a track off of their final OG lineup album “Love After Death”. Throughout the show I could honestly see that this band never reached its full potential. Lesté is a star in terms of a frontman, it’s criminal that these guys never got the love they deserve. There’s a documentary entitled “Attack of Life: The Bang Tango Movie” that tackles this very topic. Fun fact, the filmmaker behind this documentary is now the band’s rhythm guitarist. Their last album, “Pistol Whipped In The Bible Belt” was released in 2011.

Alright guys, we’re down to the bands I’ve heard a lot about! I know, it’s been a long ride. This is in no way a shot at the bands mentioned prior, I’m just a young guy. The bands above all killed, but now we’ve reached a few I’m familiar with. We make our way back to the Main Stage for Warrant. With the departure and eventual death of former lead singer Jani Lane, this incarnation of Warrant receives a decent amount of “hate” from fans. This is a hatred I can understand by people who grew up with a different band. That being said, Robert Mason and the rest of the crew rocked the house! They played a plethora of hits, spanning the band’s lengthy career. I can honestly say their new stuff holds up just as well as “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” or even “Cherry Pie”. Their newest single, “Louder, Harder, Faster” is just as the title describes and I can only assume the upcoming album will be just the same. The new Warrant album, “Louder, Harder, Faster” will be released on May 12th.

Next up we had Vixen on the Forest Stage, finally a few females in leather to balance out the crowd. We had heard about Lita Ford making the introductions for each band but had yet to catch them in the act. Thankfully that all changed as she introduced us to four badass chicks who know how to rock! These gorgeous ladies came out and brought the house down. Kicking off their set with “Streets in Paradise”, Janet Gartner shows that she still has it…as a matter of fact, she never lost it! Also noteworthy is newcomer Britt Lightning, shredding through each track as if she’s been there since day one. These girls put on a spectacular show and closed out the set with “Edge of a Broken Heart”, even being joined by a few members of one of Friday’s bands, Faster Pussycat.

It was starting to get late and this young “old man” was getting sleepy…but we still had three performances left dammit! Back over at the Main Stage we were introduced to Cinderella front man, Tom Keifer. While not my favorite set of the night, it was definitely the coolest. Keifer just has this aura about him that screams “check this out”! He went through a multitude of Cinderella hits, ramping up the performance as he went on. Along with hits from the lead singer’s band, he also covered David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” and The Beatles “With a Little Help from My Friends”. Once he reached the Beatles cover, Jason and I had already made our way back to the Forest Stage but I’ll be damned if Keifer didn’t have everyone at that stage singing along as well. There’s just something about that man that makes you want to listen and be involved. It is incredible that even after intense vocal surgery this man can still perform the way he does. When Tom Keifer is in town, you make sure you’re there!

As I stated, Jason and I were back at the Forest Stage as Keifer’s set began to wind down. We were well prepared for the Forest Stage headliner, and one of my personal favorites, Dokken! Most of you know that I cover most of the horror stuff here at IconVsIcon, so I’ll have you know that “Dream Warriors” is my jam. When Don Dokken took the stage you knew you were in for a treat. I won’t lie and say that he sounds exactly as he did on past recordings, however, he’s adjusted the vocals of each song to match how he can sing now. It works perfectly. I respect any artist who can adjust their music to where they are in life, and still knock it out of the park. Dokken did just that. During this set we were also given another spectacular performance by Jack Russell as he joined Dokken during their song “Alone Again”. Am I the only one that wants a Russell/Dokken collaboration album that consists of Don and Jack sharing vocals? Just me? Well that’s too bad, because these guys killed it together!

Alright ladies and gentlemen, the main event of the evening. Back on over to the Main Stage everyone was getting set for RATT. Might I say that they pulled out all of the stops. Confetti and fog machines had us a little confused in the photo pit but damn did it assist in a great show. I know that former drummer Bobby Blotzer had his own version of RATT appear at M3 in previous years, but this was the real deal. There’s only one Stephen Pearcy. The guys started off the set with “Wanted Man” and, of course, ended with “Round and Round”. While few stated that Pearcy seemed a bit off throughout the set I feel as though he was just taking it all in. He had the crowd in the palm of his hand and was ready to go all night. This was a great finish to cap off a spectacular day.

So that was that; a first timer’s look at the M3 Rock Festival. No doubt that I had a fantastic time and hope to return next year. Speaking of next year, it’s going to be the tenth festival this company has put on and they promised a few special surprises. I’m personally hoping for a Twisted Sister reunion and Quiet Riot (I know their current lineup is a bit wonky). I would also love for Dangerous Toys to be back on the festival next year as they played Friday night and I was unable to attend. The fanbase for this hard rock/hair metal genre is remarkable and dedicated. I would expect nothing less from the amazing people I had the pleasure of interacting with at M3. Hope to see you all again next year. KEEP ROCKING!

For all the latest info on the big event, visit the official website at www.m3rockfest.com.

About The Writer: 
Dylan Lyles – Staff Writer
The Phenomenal Dylan Lyles is an obsessive fan of cinema, pro wrestling, horror, vinyl, and comic books. Bursting from the womb in 1992, Dylan’s surrounded himself with all things geek culture. Earliest memories include Wrestlemania 11, ‘The Death of Superman,’ and Jason popping out of the water. You may see him sharing his opinion on just about everything on the internet or maybe even working the MonsterMania Con on the east coast. You love him and he loves you!
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M3 Rock Festival To Rock Baltimore (And Surrounding Areas!) On April 28th and 29th!

M3 Rock Festival To Rock Baltimore (And Surrounding Areas!) On April 28th and 29th!

For the past 8 years, some of the biggest names in hard rock, glam and heavy metal have gathered at Merriweather Post Pavilion for one of the most satisfying weekends of music around. This year is no exception as the M3 Rock Festival returns to rock Baltimore (and surrounding areas!) for it’s 9th year on April 28th and 29th, 2017! This year’s lineup features a who’s who of the most notable names from one rock’s most storied eras and is not to be missed.

The lineups from M3 Rock Festival’s past have been legendary and this year is no exception. The festival organizers have once again ensured there will be many notable highlights for metal-hungry rockers. Faster Pussycat, Winger, Dangerous Toys, Station and Baton Rouge will kick of the festivities on Friday and the show will be closed out by Baltimore’s legendary, KIX. Saturday’s lineup is equally as stacked with performances by Vain, Rhino Bucket, Junkyard, Bang Tango, Danger Danger, Autograph, Jack Russell’s Great White, Warrant, Dokken, Tom Keifer’s Cinderella. The recently reunited RATT, featuring vocalist Stephen Pearcy, guitarist Warren DeMartini and bassist Juan Croucier, will be closing out the show on Saturday evening.

One of the best festivals on the East Coast, M3 Rock Festival is a celebration of the music created during the heyday of The Sunset Strip. It’s attended by people who lived the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle, those who missed out and an entirely new generation of classic rock fans anxious to see their favorites take the stage. While many artists featured at the M3 Rock Festival rose to fame decades ago, it’s important to remember the overwhelming majority of artists on this bill are active bands who not only continue to rock audiences around the globe and create new music for legions of devoted fans. There is no doubt you will hear the songs that provided the soundtrack to your youth but you might also walk away with some killer new tunes to add to your playlist! Either way, 2017’s M3 Rock Festival is going to rock you to your core.

For all the latest info on the big event, visit the official website at www.m3rockfest.com. Check out a complete list of set times below!

 

 

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SMASH: Stephen Pearcy On Longevity, Bringing His New Solo Album To Life & More!

SMASH: Stephen Pearcy On Longevity, Bringing His New Solo Album To Life & More!

Stephen Pearcy spent the better part of his life in the limelight. As the voice and founding member of RATT, he rocked audiences around the globe for four decades while continuing to push his creative limits. There is no slowing Pearcy down. The latest chapter of career begins with the release of his fourth solo album, “Smash,” via Frontiers Records on January 27, 2017. “Smash” features some of the most unexpected, powerful and cerebral music of his career. However, that isn’t all he planned for the year to come as he is planting the seeds, alongside Warren DeMartini, Juan Croucier and Carlos Cavazo, to bring the ultimate RATT record to the masses. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Stephen Pearcy to discuss his evolution as an artist, the challenges of bringing “Smash” to life, his recent legal battles to keep RATT’s legacy intact and the lessons he learned along the way.

Who had the biggest impact on you creatively over the course of your career?

Wow! It’s really hard to pinpoint anyone in particular because I have done so much on my own to put myself in the position to be able to play with certain people. My guitar player, Erik Ferentinos, who co-wrote “Smash,” is a big influence when it comes to the way we write. Of course, there are guys like Warren [DeMartini], Robbin [Crosby] and even Juan [Croucier], when it comes to RATT. Others influences range from Diane Warren, Desmond Child, Marti Frederiksen, Jim Vallance and the list goes on and includes Fred Coury, Johnny Angel for ARCADE music and Al Pitrelli for Vertex. When I write with others, I open the door and get something out of it whether or not it is put on plastic, so to speak. It’s always a unique experience.

You wrote a plethora of memorable songs through the years. What went into the process of finding your voice as an artist and frontman?

That’s interesting because I didn’t want to be a lead singer. In the early ‘70s, when I was introduced to the guitar, I just started writing my own songs right away. Some of those songs ended up on the first RATT EP and even “Out of The Cellar” — songs like “You Got It,” “Sweet Cheater,” “In Your Direction” and “Never Use Love.” Those were songs I wrote in 1978 or 1979. I really stumbled into the singing thing. It really came down to someone saying, “Can you sing?” And me saying, “I guess.” The next thing you know I’m singing in front of bands! It was seeing bands like Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith which had me saying, “Oh, OK. This is what they do? Alright, I’ll give it a shot.” I started singing and then I started playing guitar and singing. It wasn’t until late 1982, when Jake E. Lee was in the band, that I started singing with Mickey Ratt. I just went with a David Lee Roth, Steven Tyler, Robert Plant type of approach. How my voice is being how my voice is. It’s a mystery to me! I don’t take vocal lessons or do anything but sing… or yell at people! [laughs]

It certainly seems to be paying off for you as you have been very successful through the years. What are the keys to longevity in this business?

Becoming accomplished, making it and doing something when it mattered took a lot. Now it’s all a different world. It’s singles, Internet and streaming. However, to hang around for years, it all comes down to good songs. When I write songs, I don’t write a song thinking it’s going to be the next “Stairway to Heaven.” I just write. When we wrote “Round and Round,” we never thought, “OK, this is going to be our opus and biggest song ever.” It just happened and that’s been my approach ever since. I just write and, if the song is good, people will get it! When you start trying to formulate hits, it’s something that works for some but not for others. It’s something you learn along the way.

You have a new solo record titled “Smash.” What made now the time to release it into the wild?

It’s been a year-and-a-half to two year process actually. It has taken some time! The last four or five months, it has really been on the table, basically because I was doing a lot of shows. It started out with “Sucker Punch.” I had the idea to release four EPs with four songs each. Producer Beau Hill came in and mixed and mastered one song, “I Can’t Take It.” I thought, “OK! This is a good way to start!” He couldn’t get further involved with the projects because he was busy. We started compiling songs and Frontiers Records came into the picture. I thought, “OK, I will entertain this. I’ll license it through Top Fuel Records and give it to them.” That’s when we really changed tracks. We had to pick the best 12 or 13 songs and make the best record we could possibly make and we did!

Once you decided this was going to be a cohesive album, did you have goals or aspirations you wanted to achieve creatively?

Yeah. I wanted it to have a certain ebb and flow. A dark and a light side, if you will. I wanted to tackle some new subject matter. I wanted to talk about interstellar stuff, children of Earth and other different things, as opposed to a song like “Lollipop.” There had to be one of two of those in there but the other songs are pretty in-depth. For example, I wrote a song about my daughter called “Rain.” There is a lot going on but it’s not a concept record, it’s just a rock record. Cohesively, we wanted it to have a beginning, middle and end, hence ending the album with “Summer’s End.” It meant so much and it meant that we had completed the travel. I want the songs to be relatable to anybody, not just my situation. “Ten Miles Wide” isn’t about a couple or relationship. There’s an interstellar kind of thing going on there. As a matter of fact, this is the second and probably the last that I will put lyric sheets in. I hate putting lyric sheets in the albums because I like people to listen more than read. I feel they get something more out of it and make it their own that way. I think this album might have needed the lyric sheets, so people can understand some of the weird stuff going on here. It’s about the music. Reading the lyrics isn’t going to change the vibe of the music; it might just enlighten it a bit. In recording this record, we very consciously chose to not compress it, throw a whole bunch of vocals all over the place and to allow some space or air in between the songs. We might hit you a few times with the choruses on the intros of the songs. We did certain things to make it a different package. “Smash” is definitely a package.

What was the biggest challenge with bringing this record to life?

It came down to finding the time. We were doing shows often and finding the right time to get in there was a challenge. There’re times where I would scrap lyrics altogether. I would be driving in my car, singing melodies and writing things down on papers! I had so many papers together it was like a puzzle! [laughs] It took a while and it was quite a chore. The biggest obstacle was making sure all of the pieces were in place from the music to the lyrics to the presentation. We wanted the record to be able to be turned up as loud as you possibly could without distorting, being that we didn’t want to compress it. We know how people listen to music these days with their little headphones on their computers but it sounds better in a car. You have to be able to turn it up! That’s what this record is made for — To be turned up and up and up! As you turn it up, everything starts to become clearer and clearer and not just louder and louder. Those were the only obstacles. We made sure we had dotted the I’s and crossed the T’s many times over. If something wasn’t right, someone would step up and make it known. I scraped whole songs in the process and said, “No. We are moving to this song.” It had to be right!

You mentioned writing with Erik Ferentinos, who you worked with for many years. What do you bring out in each other creatively?

Erik and I started writing together years ago and then I brought him into my solo band about 14 years ago. He has progressed so much in his writing. I like the way his writing is because it is so adaptive. It can be RATT-like, metal, thrash or anything else. Then he comes up with these crazy riffs like the one on “Summer’s End.” He is very talented. Then you get me into the mix and we come up with a totally different entity. There is a big, big difference than me and Warren [DeMartini] writing, per se. RATT is pretty much a schematic in writing. By that I mean, you kind of know what you are going to get because we have been doing it, it works and people don’t want us to get too outside of the box. With my stuff I can get way out of box! With Erik and I, we just write very well together; it’s the craziest thing. With “Ten Miles Wide,” it kind of sounds like a RATT thing going on and he even mentioned to me that it felt like he had channeled Robbin [Crosby] through the song. I said, “Yeah! I think you did! He was probably there helping you along the way!” We have a whole different way of writing and we aren’t afraid to write anything. A song’s a song and you never know what’s going to be a hit. You know, you can spend a year writing with the best writers in the village but it doesn’t mean you’ll end up with a hit. It only works for some of the people some of the time. We tend to be the ones who write our hits so it tends to be the standard.

You mentioned having to pick the songs for the solo album. Is it safe to assume you have a bit of additional material waiting in the wings?

As a matter of fact, we wrote a lot of songs! We probably had well over 20 songs and that was before I even began to put my two cents in. I had plenty of great songs I wanted to start working on but they just didn’t fit what we wanted to do. This thing started taking on a life of its own. After the first song we tracked, “I Can’t Take It,” we just liked the song so much that we kept it on the side. When we started up again, we wanted to see this thing not have any boundaries and let it go wherever it would lead us. We didn’t want to feel locked down to keeping it in a particular style. We can do anything we wanted. I never had any boundaries and I’ll do whatever I want when it’s me writing. So we did! We ended up producing, engineering and finishing the record ourselves. The first song we went into record with Frontiers sessions was “Shut Down Baby.” It was the first song we went in there and tacked and it was the first and second vocal tracks we kept. We had nothing to do with that song after that! There was nothing else to be done, so we just kept moving! We’re trying to find something to do to it but it didn’t need anything else. Right then and there we knew we were onto something kind of interesting. Everything worked so perfectly with the way we tracked it.

As you said, you aren’t an artist who likes to be kept inside a box. Where are you headed musically in the future?

I have done music for movies and television. I’ve written, with Al Pitrelli, an industrial record. I can adapt to any kind of music. It’s not crazy to me to do something new. I tried a lot of stuff on “Smash” that I didn’t think I would try. Who knows? Maybe I will do some orchestrated stuff in the years to come. I just don’t know. We are planning on doing a RATT record later this year and Warren and I have dabbled with some songs already. That was right after the “Smash” sessions and they sound pretty cool. It’s just depends; it is time, place and where you’re at. I’m in a good place, so if it can be stirred up and bottled, it’ll be a good thing!

Everybody knows there has been a lot of back and forth over the last few months between current and former members of RATT. The band is your livelihood and legacy. How do you view the situation? Is it business or personal at this point?

It all comes back to the business standpoint because inevitably that is where it goes. It’s unfortunate that our audience has to be mislead and lied to. “Hey we are playing here but we aren’t telling you who’s in the band.” People say, “I didn’t pay to see this! Where is Stephen, Warren and Juan?” That’s a terrible thing. However, the dust is settling and the real guys, Warren, Juan, myself and even Carlos Cavazo, are back in the mix, which is the way it should be. Look, the legal system runs its course. It’s a game unto itself and if someone is out there making a mockery of the court’s ruling or making threats … well, that’s not my problem. That’s their problem. Justice is peace and karma is a bitch!

Any lessons you learned from going through this ordeal?

Yeah. Everybody get the fuck out of my way! [laughs]

What can we expect from the songs Warren and yourself worked on for the next RATT album? Do you see it headed in a particular direction?

It could be our last record but who knows. I mean, it took 10 years to do “Infestation” and it has been six years since the release of that album. We want this next album to be the ultimate RATT record.

You’ve come a long way and been through a lot. Looking back, how have you most evolved?

That’s an interesting question. Look, as an artist, I don’t let anything stand in my way. My development is shown through what I create. Music is timeless. Someone might not think it is such a big hit now because Rihanna is at the top of the charts. Charts are irrelevant. They don’t mean anything; it’s all political. You know if a song will become huge after the fact. I never really take any of that stuff into consideration. After being around this long, I am still writing. I can still write and I enjoy it! If you took the guitar away from me, I would probably get a little upset! [laughs]

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

Never settle for less. When somebody says, “No,” it means, “Yes!” You do what you do until you can’t do it anymore. That is how you will know if you are supposed to be on that path. Never … EVER … give up. That’s how you make it in anything by never giving up. That is how I made it in music. I said I was going to do it, no matter what, and I did it! It works if you follow that path.

You released a book a few years back but I imagine you have many tales to tell.

I do and I’m working on it. I hope to start putting it together at the end of this year. Like you said, there is still a lot left to tell!

Awesome! We look forward to spreading the word on “Smash” and everything else you have brewing! Take care, Stephen!

Thank you, man. I really appreciate it!

Stephen Peary’s “Smash” will be released on January 27, 2017 via Frontiers Records. For all the latest tour dates, visit www.stephen-pearcy.com.

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Rocklahoma 2017: Official Artist Lineup Announced!

Rocklahoma 2017: Official Artist Lineup Announced!

A massive music lineup has been announced for the 11th year of Rocklahoma, presented by Bud Light, May 26, 27 & 28, 2017 at “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, Oklahoma, just outside Tulsa. Soundgarden, Def Leppard, and The Offspring lead the music lineup for America’s Biggest Memorial Day Weekend Party, which features the best current rock artists and classic bands. The three-day camping festival features music on three stages, as well as a campground stage to keep the music going all night long. With onsite camping amenities and unparalleled VIP packages, Rocklahoma lives up to its motto of “Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Rock.” In 2016, Rocklahoma had its biggest year ever, with over 70,000 fans attending the festival’s 10th year.

The current Rocklahoma band lineup is as follows: Soundgarden, Def Leppard, The Offspring, Stone Sour, Seether, Three Days Grace, The Cult, Skillet, Ratt (featuring Stephen Pearcy, Warren DeMartini, Juan Croucier and Carlos Cavazo), Jackyl, The Pretty Reckless, Pierce The Veil, Taking Back Sunday, Suicidal Tendencies, Nothing More, Buckcherry, Zakk Sabbath, Diamond Head, Fuel, Black Stone Cherry, Rival Sons, In Flames, Slaughter, Starset, Norma Jean, Fozzy, Red Sun Rising, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Wage War, Badflower, Goodbye June, DED, Royal Republic, Aeges, One Less Reason, Wildstreet, Black Tora, Lynam, Ratchet Dolls, ASKA, Moxy & The Influence, Niterain, The Tip, Diamond Lane, Nova Rex, Dead Metal Society, Deathgrip, Desire The Fire, Wild Planes, Electro_Nomicon, 3-D In Your Face, Coda Cutlass, Kore Rozzik, Retrospect All-Stars, Adakain, 5 Star Hooker, Arson City, The Chimpz, As Above So Below, Keychain, Stolen Rhodes, Nicnos, Paralandra, Hoodslide, NonHuman Era, The Mendenhall Experiment, Midnight Mob, Another Lost Year, Wild Fire, Final Drive, Sun and Flesh, BC and the Big Rig, Screaming Red Mutiny, The Adarna, Locust Grove, Skytown, Difuzer, Save the Hero, Reliance Code, Sweatin Bullets, The Normandys, Thousand Years Wide, The Fairweather, The Revolutioners and Weston Horn and the Hush.

“Every year we try to find that delicate balance of talent at Rocklahoma, and the lineup we’ve put together for 2017 will not disappoint,” commented Joe Litvag, executive producer of Rocklahoma.  “Def Leppard has been on the wish list of our most loyal fans since the festival was created back in 2007, and to couple them, one of the most influential British rock bands of the last 30+ years, with Soundgarden, one of the most respected American rock bands of our generation, is really special for us. Add to the mix some of the hottest developing talent like Pierce The Veil, The Pretty Reckless, Nothing More, and Rival Sons, and I think we’ve accomplished the goal of achieving one of the most diverse festival lineups of the year anywhere. It’s going to be a really memorable weekend!”

Presale weekend tickets and layaway packages, as well as hotel, camping and VIP packages, are available for purchase starting Tuesday, January 10 at 10:00 AM CST at www.Rocklahoma.com. The layaway option allows purchasers to split the cost into four monthly payments.

Rocklahoma presale password to purchase the following tickets can be found on the festival’s website, Facebook and Twitter pages:

Weekend General Admission: $107

Weekend General Admission Ticket 4-Pack: $347

Weekend VIP Reserved: $386

*** Ticket prices do not include fees.***

Those looking for an expanded festival experience are invited to purchase special Weekend River Spirit Casino VIP Packages. Full details for the River Spirit Casino Groupie Package, Roadie Package and Rockstar Packages can be found at www.Rocklahoma.com. All Weekend VIP Packages include access to exclusive backstage bar(s), pit, upper deck viewing platforms, on-site concierge, and more.

Those purchasing a River Spirit Casino Rocklahoma VIP option (including Reserved Weekend and Packages) will have the ultimate Rocklahoma experience! All VIPs receive upgraded parking and access to the VIP tent that includes all you can drink Bud Light, soft drinks, coffee, iced tea, water and an amazing assortment of food, served buffet style. This is the ONLY way to truly experience Rocklahoma.

The Rocklahoma public onsale is Friday, January 13 at 10:00 AM CST. Beginning at that time, ticket prices will increase, so fans are encouraged to buy during the presale. At the public onsale, prices will be as follows:

Weekend General Admission: $117

Weekend General Admission Ticket 4-Pack: $387

Weekend VIP Reserved: $416

*** Ticket prices do not include fees.***

As in the past, General Admission ticket discounts will also be available for active military through Rocklahoma partner GovX (www.govx.com).

The campgrounds are a unique part of the Rocklahoma experience, with an endless party running around the clock for four days. General Admission Camping and VIP Camping tickets may be purchased as an add-on during online checkout at www.Rocklahoma.com. Campgrounds open on Sunday, May 21 at Noon and will remain open until Noon on Tuesday, May 30.

Rocklahoma is supported by our rockin’ sponsors: Bud Light, Monster Energy and River Spirit Casino. These partners, along with many others, will feature interactive experiences, artist meet & greets, and other unique fan engagement opportunities throughout the festival.

Rocklahoma is produced by AEG Live, and is part of the World’s Loudest Month concert series, which features the biggest names in rock music performing in eight distinct U.S. concert atmospheres during six consecutive weekends in April, May and June of 2017.

Rocklahoma is located just 45 minutes northeast of Tulsa, in Pryor, OK. The “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds is a premier destination for a multi-day festival and includes onsite camping with access to restrooms and shower house, a general store for campers, VIP reserved seating, hospitality areas and much more.

Website: www.Rocklahoma.com

Facebook: @Rocklahoma

Twitter: @Rocklahoma

Instagram: @Rocklahoma

 

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M3 Rock Festival: Official 2017 Artist Lineup Announced!

M3 Rock Festival: Official 2017 Artist Lineup Announced!

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Glam & heavy metal returns to Merriweather for the 9th year of the M3 Rock Festival. The lineup for this year’s event, which takes place on April 28th and 29th, 2017, has officially been announced and features RATT, Cinderella’s Tom Keifer, Dokken, Loverboy, Jack Russell’s Great White, Faster Pussycat, Danger Danger, Junkyard, Rhinobucket, Loudness, Autograph, Bang Tango, Winger, Dangerous Toys, Lita Ford and more!

One of the best festivals on the East Coast, M3 Rock Festival is a celebration of the days of decadence an glamour and is attended by people who lived it and their children who remember hearing about this cultural movement.

For all the latest info on the big event, visit the official website at www.m3rockfest.com.

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Stephen Pearcy’s To Release New Solo Album ‘Smash’ On January 27th, 2017

Stephen Pearcy’s To Release New Solo Album ‘Smash’ On January 27th, 2017

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Frontiers Music Srl has announced the January 27th release of Stephen Pearcy‘s fourth original solo album, “Smash“.  Stephen Pearcy, best known as the original vocalist and founding member of the platinum rock band RATT, has been working hard to complete his highly anticipated new album, while at the same time keeping busy performing shows across the U.S.   The first audio offering from “Smash”, entitled “I Can’t Take It” can be heard HERE.

Smash” canbe ordered here http://radi.al/Smashor at the below links:

Digital pre-orders include an instant download of I Can’t Take It”

Stephen will be supporting “Smash” with live dates in the U.S. and internationally.

stepehn-pearcy-2016-1“It took long enough to finish the new record “Smash” and it is well worth the patience taken, giving every song as much attention as the next. Erik Ferentinos (lead guitars & co-writer), Greg D’ Angelo (drums) and Matt Thorne (bass, keyboards) and myself didn’t settle on any first, second or third takes. We let some songs grow if needed, then go back and complete it. We’re very happy with the outcome, that we were able to experiment and grow with the new songs,” says Pearcy of the new album.

With over 15 million records and gold and platinum long form videos sold in the U.S. alone with RATT, touring the world with over 20 albums to his credit with other ventures, solo projects, compilations, best of records, and other bands he created, there is no slowing Pearcy down.

Pearcy is an accomplished songwriter with credits on all of RATT’s records through the years (including “Out Of The Cellar”, “Invasion Of Your Privacy”, “Dancing Undercover” and more). More recently, RATT’s last studio album, “Infestation” was released a few years ago to rave reviews around the world. Stephen is also a producer, composer, television program creator, art director, marketing director, and owner/product creator of “Mic Knuckle” (hands free mic holder) and has also been involved in music for ESPN2 NHRA Drag Racing. Additionally, he has been involved in sponsoring several top fuel dragsters and funny cars since the mid 80’s-90’s thru the 00’s.

‘Smash’ Tracklisiting: 
1. I Know I’m Crazy
2. Ten Miles Wide
3. Lollipop; Dead Rose’s
4. Shut Down Baby
5. Hit Me With A Bullet
6. Want Too Much
7. What Do Ya Think
8. Jamie
9. Rain
10. Can’t Take It (Album Version)
11. Summer’s End
12. Passion Infinity

Credits
Stephen E. Pearcy – Lead Vocals, Back-up Vocals
Musicians:
Erik Ferentinos – Rhythm & Lead Guitars, Back-up vocals
Greg D’ Angelo – Drums, Percussion
Matt Thorne – Bass Guitar
Chris Hager – Guitars, Lead Guitars on track (3)

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http://www.stephen-pearcy.com/home
https://www.facebook.com/SEPearcy
https://twitter.com/StephenEPearcy

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Rocklahoma 2013: Artists To Include Guns N’ Roses, Alice In Chains, Korn & More!

Rocklahoma 2013: Artists To Include Guns N’ Roses, Alice In Chains, Korn & More!

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Rocklahoma celebrates its seventh year May 24, 25 and 26 with a stellar rock lineup not to be missed. Guns N’ Roses, Alice In Chains and Korn will headline the three-day camping festival which features the top current active rock artists and classic bands at “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, OK. Rocklahoma is proud to be presented by Bud Light.

The initial list of performers for America’s biggest Memorial Day Weekend party includes: Guns N’ Roses, Alice In Chains, Korn, Bush, Cheap Trick, Bullet For My Valentine, Papa Roach, Skillet, Hollywood Undead, Steel Panther, Asking Alexandria, Ratt, Halestorm, Device (with David Draiman), All That Remains, Escape the Fate, Dokken, Clutch, Motionless In White, Big Wreck, The Sword, Young Guns, Thousand Foot Krutch, Otherwise, Red Line Chemistry, Mindset Evolution, Heaven’s Basement, We As Humans, American Fangs, O’Brother, and more.

In addition, the Retrospect Records Stage will feature performances from: The Last Vegas, London, Wildstreet, Mad Max, Bai Bang, Lynam, De La Cruz, The Glitter Boys, Black Tora, Sunset Riot, Firstryke, Ragdoll, Hessler, Switchblade Scarlett, Nasty Habit, Sister’s Doll, London’s Dungeon, Rhyme, Emerald City, Wicked, Down n Dirty, Station, Ruff Justice, Mystery, and Fist of Rage.

The lineup for the AXiS Campground Tent will be announced in the coming weeks.

“Bush is thrilled to be playing Rocklahoma with such great bands,” says Bush’s Gavin Rossdale.  “We look forward to seeing you all out there.”

General Admission and VIP packages for Rocklahoma go on sale Friday, February 22 at 10am CST at www.rocklahoma.com. To get access to the Rocklahoma internet pre-sale, which will be held from Wednesday, February 20 at 10am CST through Thursday, February 21 at 10pm CST, go to www.rocklahoma.com and sign up to receive the Rocklahoma newsletter. Fans save by buying early, as ticket prices will increase in the coming weeks.

Camping tickets may be purchased by calling the Rocklahoma Camping Office at (866) 310-2288 or emailing  info@feverfest.com. Campgrounds open on Sunday, May 19 and will remain open though Tuesday, May 28.

“We’ve waited seven years, and we’re finally bringing the #1 most requested band by the fans to Rocklahoma, the one and only Guns N’ Roses!  Couple that with the undisputed legacy of Alice In Chains, the unforgettable live spectacle ofKorn and the hits of Bush, and we’re in store for a truly legendary weekend,” comments Joe Litvag, Executive Producer of Rocklahoma for AEG Live.

Rocklahomais located just 45 minutes northeast of Tulsa, in Pryor, OK. The “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds is a premier destination for a multi-day festival and includes onsite camping with access to restrooms and shower house, a general store for campers, VIP reserved seating, hospitality areas and much more.

Established in 2007 as a classic rock destination festival with the motto “life, liberty and the pursuit of rock,” Rocklahomawas revamped in 2010 as organizers teamed with AEG Live to create an event encompassing a much broader mix of classic, current and up-and-coming rock artists. In 2011, a record-breaking crowd of over 35,000 fans turned out for the festival, which raised over $10,000 for the American Red Cross as part of their tornado relief efforts in nearby Joplin, MO. In 2012, a national television audience was able to experience many Rocklahoma band performances in HD when AXS TV aired live coverage of the festival.

Rocklahoma marks the final event of the 2013 World’s Loudest Month. Created in partnership by AEG Live and Right Arm Entertainment, the World’s Loudest Month features the biggest names in rock music performing in five distinct U.S. concert atmospheres: Welcome To Rockville, Carolina Rebellion, Rockfest, Rock On The Range, and Rocklahoma. In 2012, the World’s Loudest Month featured over 100 artists playing for more than 200,000 rock music fans across thecountry on five consecutive weekends, confirming that rock music is as vital as ever.

Rocklahoma is proud to be sponsored by Bud Light, Hard Rock (presenting the Hard Rock 2nd Stage), Jägermeister, and Monster Energy.

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Tracii Guns’ L.A. Guns To Record ‘Acoustic Gypsy Live’ In February 2011

Tracii Guns’ L.A. Guns To Record ‘Acoustic Gypsy Live’ In February 2011

L.A. Guns – the Tracii Guns version of L.A. Guns, that is – will record an acoustic live album at the Hotel Cafe in Hollywood, California, on February 19.

The album, to be called Acoustic Gypsy Live, will feature acoustic versions of the band’s hits as well as two new songs. Original L.A. Guns guitarist Mick Cripps will join the band on stage for some tracks.

Tracii Guns’ lineup of L.A. Guns features vocalist Jizzy Pearl (Love/Hate, RATT), who in addition to having a powerful hard rock voice is known for crucifying himself on the Hollywood sign in a promotional stunt. Pearl also sang on L.A. Guns’ 1999 album Shrinking Violet, following the breakup of Love/Hate earlier that year.

Another version of L.A. Guns, featuring original vocalist Phil Lewis, continues to tour, logging dozens of dates in 2010 and continuing into 2011.

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