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Green Day Release New Music Video For “Back In The USA”

Green Day Release New Music Video For “Back In The USA”

Grammy® Award-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Green Day today released a new song and accompanying music video for “Back In The USA,” which is featured on Greatest Hits: God’s Favorite Band. The album is available everywhere today via Reprise Records. Watch the video below and to purchase the album visit www.greenday.com. A complete track listing can be found below.

Greatest Hits: God’s Favorite Band includes 20 hits spanning Green Day’s prolific 31 years as a band. In addition to “Back In The USA,” it also features a new duet with award-winning Country Music superstar Miranda Lambert on “Ordinary World.” Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong previously collaborated with Lambert at the 56th annual Grammy® Awards in 2014 for a live duet in tribute of the late Phil Everly of The Everly Brothers.

On March 22nd, God miraculously came down to the Ed Sullivan Theatre to introduce Green Day as “God’s Favorite Band” on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. When God speaks people listen, and that day God bestowed upon Green Day the title: Greatest Hits: God’s Favorite Band. The collection chronicles the sonic journey of one of the most essential and dynamic rock bands in recent history. Formed in 1986 in Berkeley, CA, Green Day achieved breakout success with 1994’s Dookie, which has sold more than 10 million copies to date in the U.S. alone. Widely credited with popularizing and reviving mainstream interest in punk rock, Green Day would go on to release Insomniac (1995), Nimrod (1997), and Warning (2000). In 2004, Green Day released the rock opera American Idiot, which captured the nation’s attention and sold more than six million copies in the U.S. Mojo declared “It’s exhilarating stuff, the kind of record that sets new parameters as to what is possible from a punk rock’n’roll band in the 21st century.” In 2010, a stage adaptation of American Idiot debuted on Broadway. The band went on to release the critically acclaimed 21st Century Breakdown (2009) and the album trilogy Green Day ¡Uno!, Green Day ¡Dos!, and Green Day ¡Tré (2012).

Green Day is one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time, having sold more than 75 million records worldwide. The group has won five Grammy Awards. On April 18, 2015, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a part of the 2015 class in what was their first year of eligibility for induction. Green Day’s 12th studio album Revolution Radio was released on October 7, 2016 and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart. Upon its release, People proclaimed: “The punk vets still have a tattooed finger on the national pulse.”

Earlier this fall, Billie Joe Armstrong performed “Ordinary World” on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon before a show stopping Green Day performance at Global Citizen Festival in Central Park in New York City. This weekend they will wrap up the current leg of their global tour in Mexico City.

Track Listing
1. 2000 Light Years Away
2. Longview
3. Welcome To Paradise
4. Basket Case
5. When I Come Around
6. She
7. Brain Stew
8. Hitchin’ a Ride
9. Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)
10. Minority
11. Warning
12. American Idiot
13. Holiday
14. Boulevard of Broken Dreams
15. Wake Me Up When September Ends
16. Know Your Enemy
17. 21 Guns
18. Oh Love
19. Bang Bang
20. Still Breathing
21. Ordinary World (feat Miranda Lambert)
22. Back In The USA

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Chris Cornell’s Theatrical Version Music Video Released For His Song “The Promise”

Chris Cornell’s Theatrical Version Music Video Released For His Song “The Promise”

Multi-Grammy® Award-winning, Golden Globe nominee Chris Cornell‘s theatrical version music video for his song “The Promise” was released yesterday by Survival Pictures. “The Promise” was Cornell’s last release prior to his passing, and it served as the theme song to this year’s film The Promise. All proceeds from the movie are being donated to various charities. Watch the video below!

Earlier this week, The Los Angeles Committee of Human Rights Watch also introduced the inaugural Promise Award, which was inspired by the film and song that powerfully depicted the atrocities committed against the Armenian people. The award recognizes an outstanding song, television show, or film that advances the values of equity and justice in an original and powerful way. Fittingly, the inaugural honor was awarded to the late legendary singer and songwriter Chris Cornell in recognition of this song.

“Chris Cornell was not only a dear family friend for many years, but he was also a once-in-a generation talent who is missed more than words can convey. It was such an honor to collaborate and partner on The Promise over the years, said Eric Esrailian, Producer of The Promise and Co-Manager for Survival Pictures.  “His music and lyrics will not only shine a light on the Armenian Genocide and the human rights crises of modern times, but they will also inspire people and provide hope for years to come.”

The video was directed by Grammy Award winning director Meiert Avis (Audioslave, U2) and Stefan Smith (Madonna, Sting). “The Promise” is Cornell’s last music video performance.  It also includes media donated by Academy Award nominated director Evgeny Afineesvky (HBO’s Cries from Syria), UNESCO Prize for Peace Recipient SOS Méditerranée, Freshwater Films (Ross Kemp’s Libya’s Migrant Hell), Keo Films (Exodus:  Our Journey To Europe), Nazik Armenakyan (Survivors), Human Rights Watch, Refugee Rescue, and Nobel Peace Prize Recipient Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

At the time of the song’s release Cornell said, “The Promise” to me is mainly about paying homage to those we lost in the Armenian Genocide, but it’s also about shining a light on more recent atrocities. The same methods used in the Armenian genocide were used to carry out crimes against humanity in Bosnia, Darfur, Rwanda and right now in Syria on multiple fronts, contributing to a massive global refugee crisis. Unfortunately, the words ‘never again’ seem like just words when we recall these mass executions of the twentieth century, as well as renewed racism and prejudice around the world. Even in the US, the warning signs – isolating groups based on race and religion – are evident. We really need to tell these stories and keep telling them in as many different ways as we can. As humans, we have a tremendous capacity to trudge ahead in our lives and not look at the difficult and challenging moments… but I think it’s important. Educating ourselves on the past is the best way to understand the present and avoid future atrocities by understanding and intervening. We must educate and stand as one to combat this fear and violence, and as citizens of the world, work to protect each other’s human rights.”

In April 2017, Cornell and his family toured refugee camps in Greece and it was there that they decided The Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation would focus its efforts on child refugees and the issues affecting them including education, health and human trafficking.

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A Perfect Circle Debut Video For “The Doomed” From Forthcoming Album

A Perfect Circle Debut Video For “The Doomed” From Forthcoming Album

A Perfect Circle, who recently released “The Doomed,” the first new music to be heard from the band’s expected 2018 album, return with an accompanying video for the “apocalyptic” (Rolling Stone) track: http://smarturl.it/TheDoomedVideo.

The video, which was directed by Jeremy Danger and Travis Shinn, arrives as the band is in the final two weeks of their North American tour. A Perfect Circle also recently announced their first European tour in fourteen years (dates below).

Upon arrival of “The Doomed” (http://smarturl.it/TheDoomedVevo), Maynard James Keenan said: “Fourteen years have passed since we released eMOTIVe. A new release is long overdue. In light of this current difficult and polarized social, spiritual and political climate, we artist types need to open our big mouths and share the light a little louder.”

“Years of life experience has brought our music to this moment,” offered Billy Howerdel. “We know where we came from. Deeply connected to the path we’re on.”

A Perfect Circle have signed a worldwide recording deal with BMG and are working with producer Dave Sardy on the follow-up to 2004’s eMOTIVe.

Purchase or listen to “The Doomed” at this link: http://smarturl.it/TheDoomed.

The Doomed (Official Video) by A Perfect Circle on VEVO.

Tour dates:

November 17 Pittsburgh, PA Petersen Events Center

November 18 Cleveland, OH Wolstein Center

November 19 Highland Heights, KY BB&T Arena

November 21 Detroit, MI Fox Theatre

November 22 Grand Rapids, MI The DeltaPlex Arena

November 24 Chicago, IL UIC Pavilion

November 25 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center

November 28 Spokane, WA Spokane Arena

November 30 Vancouver, BC PNE Coliseum

December 1 Seattle, WA Key Arena

December 2 Portland, OR Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum

December 4 Eugene, OR Matthew Knight Arena

June 1 Nürburgring, Germany Rock Am Ring

June 2 Nuremberg, Germany Rock Im Park

June 5 Stockholm, Sweden Fryshuset

June 6 Oslo, Norway Spektrum

June 8 Aarhus, Denmark Northridge Festival

June 9 Helsinki, Finland Sideways Festival

June 12 Manchester, UK O2 Apollo Manchester SOLD OUT

June 13 London, UK O2 Academy Brixton SOLD OUT

June 14 London, UK O2 Academy Brixton SOLD OUT

June 17 Berlin, Germany Zitadelle

June 20 Zurich, Switzerland Halle 622

June 23 Esch-Sur-Aizette, Luxembourg

June 26 Paris, France Olympia SOLD OUT

June 28 Madrid, Spain Download Festival Madrid

June 29 Barcelona, Spain Be Prog! My Friend Festival

July 1 Verona, Italy Rock The Castle

The band’s current line-up is Maynard James Keenan (Tool, Puscifer), Billy Howerdel (Ashes Divide), James Iha (Tinted Windows, ex-Smashing Pumpkins), Jeff Friedl (Puscifer, The Beta Machine) and Matt McJunkins (Eagles of Death Metal, The Beta Machine).

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Aerosmith’s Joe Perry To Release ‘Switzerland Manifesto’ Solo Album On January 19th!

Aerosmith’s Joe Perry To Release ‘Switzerland Manifesto’ Solo Album On January 19th!

JOE PERRY–legendary guitarist, co-founding member, principal songwriter and co-producer of Aerosmith–is readying his new solo album SWEETZERLAND MANIFESTO for release on January 19, 2018.

Due out on his own Roman Records imprint (distributed worldwide by AMPED Distribution), SWEETZERLAND MANIFESTO marks JOE’s sixth solo album and is comprised of 10 new tracks. They were all written or co-written by JOE (many with the album’s guest vocalists), except for a cover of “Eve Of Destruction” with JOE on lead vocals and Johnny Depp on drums. The album features guest appearances from a long list of JOE’s friends, colleagues and rock and roll icons.  Highlights include “Aye, Aye, Aye,” which JOE co-wrote with the track’s vocalist Robin Zander,and three collaborations with David Johansen, who sings “I Wanna Roll,” “Haberdasher Blues,” and “I’m Going Crazy,” plus as many co-writes with Terry Reid whose lead vocals light up “I’ll Do Happiness,” (with Zak Starkey on drums), “Sick & Tired” and “Won’t Let Me Go.”

SWEETZERLAND MANIFESTO was recorded at Studio 1480 in Los Angeles and produced by JOE PERRY and Bruce Witkin, with Johnny Depp serving as executive producer and additional help from Jack Douglas who co-wrote and co-produced a number of tracks.  It was engineered by Witkin and Tony Perry.  The album was mixed by Tony Perry with Ari Blitz serving as assistant mix engineer at After Master in Los Angeles.  On the album, JOE also teams up with sons Tony and Roman on “Spanish Sushi,” which was produced and arranged by The Perry Boys with JOE on guitars and bass, Roman adding synthesizer programming and Tony handling drum programming.

“It’s going to be interesting to see what songs people gravitate to because there’s such a wide variety of tunes,” JOE notes.

The SWEETZERLAND MANIFESTO track listing is as follows:

Rumble In The Jungle (instrumental)
I’ll Do Happiness (featuring Terry Reid)
Aye, Aye, Aye (featuring Robin Zander)
I Wanna Roll (featuring David Johansen)
Sick & Tired (featuring Terry Reid)
Haberdasher Blues (featuring David Johansen)
Spanish Sushi (instrumental)
Eve Of Destruction (featuring Joe Perry)
I’m Going Crazy (featuring David Johansen)
Won’t Let Me Go (featuring Terry Reid)

About JOE PERRY:
Throughout his career, the electrifying lead guitarist of Aerosmith–America’s Greatest Rock & Roll Band–JOE PERRY has achieved permanent iconic stature in the pantheon of rock.  He has helped to drive his band, over the course of four decades, to sales of more than 150 million albums, critical acclaim, four Grammy Awards (one of which includes the guitar-based instrumental “Boogie Man”) and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. JOE PERRY’s work with Aerosmith has resulted in an unending array of accolades and honors. Beyond their Grammy Awards and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, other key milestones over the nearly 50 year history include:  12 MTV Video Awards; two People’s Choice Awards; six Billboard Music Awards; eight American Music Awards; 23 Boston Music Awards; and an Academy Award nomination for Best Song, “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” (from the soundtrack to Armageddon).

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Walking Papers (Duff McKagan, Jefferson Angell, Benjamin Anderson, Barrett Martin) To Release Sophomore Album, ‘WP2,’ On January 19th!

Walking Papers (Duff McKagan, Jefferson Angell, Benjamin Anderson, Barrett Martin) To Release Sophomore Album, ‘WP2,’ On January 19th!

Walking Papers (L-R: Jefferson Angell, Barrett Martin, Duff McKaganBenjamin Anderson) – Photo by Dean Karr

Seattle’s Walking Papers, featuring Jefferson Angell (The Missionary Position), Benjamin Anderson (both of The Missionary Position) Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver), and Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees, Mad Season) and will release the moody and carnal WP2, their second album with Loud & Proud Records on January 19, 2018. Fans can get a taste of WP2 by watching a snippet HERE.

“This record has exceeded my expectations of what I thought that might be,” says Jefferson Angell. “It perfectly captures the raw, explosive energy of a band primed from extensive touring while at the same time achieving the polish and elevation that comes from experimenting in the studio.”

WP2 is the follow up to their 2013 critically acclaimed debut album that Rolling Stonecalled “…dark, alternately sensual and sinister.”  USA Today said, “Sometimes an album sounds nothing like you expect yet still blows you away… It’s powerful yet nuanced, a kind of rock confident enough in itself that it rarely needs force to make its point.” Consequence Of Sound said, “It’s a record that largely eschews typical hard rock fare, opting instead for a blues rock that slinks and wafts as much as it crunches and blusters. This unlikely dynamic makes Walking Papers a pink slip you’ll actually be happy to get.” VH1 described the band’s sound as, “…weathered, bluesy and broken in by years of experience. This is hard rock as made by grown ass men with stories to tell and no one to please but themselves.”

“Walking Papers is happier than a tornado in a trailer park to have our second record see the light of day via Loud & Proud Records,” says Angell.  “It’s been a white-knuckled nail-biter since its conception, and we are pleased to have Tom and Madelyn behind the wheel as we make our way to the delivery room!”

Walking Papers will also be launching a PledgeMusic campaign for pre-orders todayHERE.  There fans will find exclusive offers for merchandise, unique items and experiences with the band, and the only place to purchase the song This Is How It Ends along with its companion comic book by Angell, graphic novelist Matt Hayward, and artist Csaba Master.

Walking Papers

Jefferson Angell – Vocals, Guitar

Barrett Martin – Drums, Vibes, Percussion, Backing Vocals

Duff McKagan – Bass

Benjamin Anderson – Keyboards, Backing Vocals

Walking Papers WP2 Track Listing:

1. My Luck Pushed Back
2. Death On The Lips
3. Red & White
4.Somebody Else
5. Yours Completely
6. Hard To Look Away
7. Before You Arrived
8. Don’t Owe Me Nothin’
9. This Is How It Ends
10. I Know You’re Lying
11. Into The Truth

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Greta Van Fleet Unleashes Their Powerful “From The Fires” EP Today!

Greta Van Fleet Unleashes Their Powerful “From The Fires” EP Today!

L-R: Danny Wagner (drums), Josh Kiszka (vocals), Sam Kiszka (bass, keyboards), Jake Kiszka (guitars)

Credited as the breakout rock band of 2017, today Greta Van Fleet – Josh Kiszka/ vocals, Jake Kiszka/guitars, Sam Kiszka/bass & keys, Danny Wagner/drums – celebrates the release of its double EP From The Fires  (Lava/ Republic Records), available digitally and as a physical disc.  For a taste, check out the brand new “A Change Is Gonna Come” here.  Use this link to access the entire release via outlets like iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, more.

The eight-track From The Fires combines four new tracks recorded in September at Rust Belt Studios in Detroit – two GVF original songs, “Talk on the Street” and “Edge of Darkness,” and two covers, Sam Cooke’s emotional “A Change Is Gonna Come” and “Meet On The Ledge” by the late 60’s folk rock band Fairport Convention – with the four songs from the band’s debut EP, Black Smoke Rising, released earlier this year.  From The Fires was produced by the same duo that helmed Black Smoke Rising, Al Sutton and Marlon Young.   As Greta Van Fleet vocalist Josh Kiszka said, “These eight songs belong together as they share a theme of basic humanity.”

The ‘From The Fires’ track listing is as follows:
1. Safari Song
2. Edge of Darkness
3. Flower Power
4. A Change Is Gonna Come
5. Highway Tune
6. Meet On The Ledge
7. Talk On the Street
8. Black Smoke Rising

The four new recordings shine a light on some of the band members’ earliest musical influences, the blues, soul and funk of artists like Muddy Waters, Joe Cocker, Sam & Dave, Howlin’ Wolf and Wilson Pickett.  As Screamer magazine said in its From The Fires review, “These new tunes show how much Greta Van Fleet is really capable of and how deep the talent runs.”

According to Josh, “Edge of Darkness” is about “the bravery behind the compassion that we feel for each other.  One of the lyrics is ‘I’ve got love in my heart,’ and I think, as a global community, it’s a spiritual thing to share all that we have together.  Giving love is giving power.”

Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come” is one that has special meaning for the band.  When Josh and twin brother/guitarist Jake first heard it, they thought it was a song they’d like to cover, but never did.  Fast forward a few years and ironically, co-producer Marlon Young suggested they cover it for this release.  “All of us are very affected by oppression of any type,” said Josh, “cultural, racial, sexual.  I’ve never experienced what Sam Cooke did so I have to admit, it was a little difficult for me, getting behind the mic, but I did it because singing this song meant a lot to me.”  As Icon vs Icon wrote about this track, “This is where the group truly shows they are like no other.  This isn’t simply a rock song, or even blues, it’s a gospel ballad that will move even the toughest soul.”

Josh has always connected with folk songs, with their beautiful melodies and harmonies and is a big fan of late ’60s folk-rock groups like Spyro Gyra, Pentangle and Fairport Convention.  “Meet On The Ledge was composed by Fairport Convention’s Richard Thompson.  “I was on a train going to New York,” he recalls, “and on the way, I listened to an entire decade of Fairport Convention’s music.  ‘Meet On The Ledge’ was the fourth or fifth track I heard and it caught me by surprise.  I was absolutely entranced, the verse and chorus blew my mind.”

About “Talk On The Street,” Josh describes it as “a fun song, full of catchy riffs and dynamic drums, kind of an ambiguous wild ride, a real rock’n’roll song.”

Greta Van Fleet will do some writing and recording this month, take some well-deserved time off for Thanksgiving, and then hit the last weeks of its first-ever U.S. tour – with all headline dates sold out in advance – on November 30 at Lincoln Hall in Chicago.  Dates are below.

November
30- Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL – SOLD OUT

December
1 – Limelight Eventplex, Peoria, IL (GVF co-headline) – SOLD OUT
2 – Sokol Auditorium, Omaha, NE – SOLD OUT
5 – Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY – SOLD OUT
6 – Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY – SOLD OUTT
12 – Capone’s, Johnson City, TN – SOLD OUT
14 – Delmar Hall, St. Louis, MO – SOLD OUT
15 – Granada Theatre, Lawrence, KS – SOLD OUT
16 – Wooly’s, Des Moines, IA – SOLD OUT
18 – Mercy Lounge, Nashville, TN – SOLD OUT
19 – Mercy Lounge, Nashville, TN – SOLD OUT
28 – St. Andrews Hall, Detroit, MI – SOLD OUT
29 – St. Andrews Hall, Detroit, MI – SOLD OUT
30 – Intersection, Grand Rapids, MI – SOLD OUT

ABOUT GRETA VAN FLEET
Greta Van Fleet is four young musicians, brothers Josh (vocals), Jake (guitar) and Sam (bass/keys) Kiszka, and best friend Danny Wagner (drums).  Josh and Jake have just turned 21, Danny and Sam are 18.  They’re all from the tiny Michigan hamlet of Frankenmuth known for its family-style chicken dinners and the world’s largest Christmas store.  All four were raised on their parents’ extensive vinyl collections (shared influences are Muddy Waters, Lightnin’ Hopkins, The Who, Jimi Hendrix), and were encouraged to be creative, daring and innovative.  Each band member has killer musical chops and Josh has a voice that is simply jaw dropping.  The band is making some of the most exciting, high-energy, sweaty, sexy rock’n’roll heard in a long time, and are bound and determined to bring real rock’n’roll back to the mainstream.

With their debut single “Highway Tune” spending five weeks as the #1 track at Mainstream Rock radio, more than 4.5-million YouTube views for the companion music video, 7.4-million Spotify plays, their first-ever tour of the U.S. completely sold out, and spectacular praise from the media, Greta Van Fleet is – in just a few months – as hot a developing band as one can be.

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The Legendary Alice Cooper Nominated for Songwriters Hall of Fame

The Legendary Alice Cooper Nominated for Songwriters Hall of Fame

Rock icon Alice Cooper‘s catalog is rich with hits and anthems that have become definitive of a generation, among them “School’s Out,” “Elected,” No More Mr. Nice Guy,” “I’m Eighteen,” “Only Women Bleed,” “You And Me,” “I Never Cry,” “How You Gonna See Me Now,” and “Poison.” Due to this illustrious history and legacy, Cooper has been nominated for induction in the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s prestigious “Performing Songwriter” category.

Listen to the “This is Alice Cooper” Playlist on Spotify here.

Many of Alice’s songs have been covered worldwide by other artists, everyone from Etta James, Elkie Brooks, Tina Turner, and Julie Covington to Anthrax, Joan Jett, Def Leppard, and Megadeth.

The Songwriters Hall of Fame is dedicated to recognizing the work and lives of those composers and lyricists who create music around the world. To qualify for induction, a songwriter must be a published writer for a minimum of 20 years with a notable catalog of hit songs. Inductees will be feted at the organization’s Annual Induction & Awards Gala on June 14, 2018, in New York City.

Cooper released his 27th album Paranormal this past July via earMUSIC.

Listen Paranormal on Spotify here.

Paranormal features special guests such as U2’s Larry Mullen Jr., who plays on 9 of the 12 new songs; Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top; and Deep Purple’s Roger Glover, as well as a long-anticipated mini-reunion of the original Alice Cooper band members on several songs.

Additionally, Cooper, who is currently wrapping up a seven-month world tour in Europe, running from November 8 through December 7, will be back on the road in 2018 for a North American trek, dubbed “A Paranormal Evening With Alice Cooper.” The tour kicks off on March 1 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, and runs through March 29 in Indianapolis.

Further information about all Alice Cooper tour dates is here.

ALICE COOPER ON TOUR:
3/1/18 — Windsor, ON —The Colosseum at Caesar’s
3/2/18  — Rama, ON  — Casino Rama
3/4/18  — Baltimore, MD  — The Lyric Theatre
3/5/18  — Englewood, NJ — Bergen Performing Arts Center
3/6/18 — Boston, MA — Boch Center Wang Theatre
3/8/18 — Uncasville, CT — Mohegan Sun Arena
3/9/18 — Morristown, NJ — Mayo Performing Arts Center
3/10/18  — Wilkes-Barre, PA — FM Kirby Center
3/13/18 —  Moline, IL   — TaxSlayer Center
3/14/18  —  Madison, WI  — Orpheum Theater
3/15/18  — South Bend, IN  — Morris Performing Arts Center#
3/17/18  —  Cherokee, NC —   Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center
3/18/18  — Jacksonville, FL  — Florida Theatre
3/20/18  — Melbourne, FL  — King Center
3/21/18 —  Ft. Lauderdale, FL  — Broward Center for The Performing Arts
3/23/18  — Clearwater, FL  —  Ruth Eckerd Hall
3/24/18   — Orlando, FL  —  Hard Rock Live
3/26/18  — Greenville, SC  — Bon Secours Wellness Arena
3/28/18  — Louisville, KY  — Palace Theatre
3/29/18  —  Indianapolis, IN  — Murat Theatre
#On Sale 11/17

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Corey Feldman Issues Open Letter To “Friends In Hollywood & Beyond” Detailing Aspects of His TRUTH Campaign

Corey Feldman Issues Open Letter To “Friends In Hollywood & Beyond” Detailing Aspects of His TRUTH Campaign

Actor/musician/activist Corey Feldman recently announced the launch of Corey Feldman’s TRUTH campaign. The movement starts with a crowdfunding campaign to bring a movie based on his life to the silver screen. The film seeks to expose the pedophilia he believes has run rampant in Hollywood for decades.

This morning, Feldman issued an open letter to his fans early this morning to detail the different aspects of the crowdfunding campaign. In the letter, Feldman appeals to his fans and new followers to donate to the campaign, as well as help spread the word on the movement. Most importantly, Feldman offers a detailed look at areas where the $10 million dollar budget raised by the campaign would be allocated. Since the launch of the ambitious campaign two weeks ago, Feldman has made several high-profile appearances, such as ‘The Dr. Oz Show,’ and ‘Today,’  and has already revealed the names of two alleged Hollywood pedophiles.

The TRUTH Campaign has already raised over $200,000 and continues to gain steam and well-deserved media attention. Check Corey Feldman’s full statement below:

AN OPEN LETTER 2 MY FRIENDS IN HOLLYWOOD & BEYOND…

HI #EVERYBODY, I would like to start off by saying THANK U to each and every 1 of U who has taken the time 2 TWEET, RT, post, share, or tell any1, about this very important cause. I’d also LOVE 2 say THANK U to all the loving souls who have visited my #TRUTH campaign: If https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/corey-feldman-s-truth-campaign#/

AND ACTUALLY MADE DONATIONS! GOD BLESS EACH & EVERY 1 OF U!!

However there is a bigger picture. As of 2day, I have gained 75,000 new Twitter followers in the past 2 weeks. In total I now have over 135,000 followers. Before I 1st announced this campaign, the numbers of followers had already been rising in great volume.

It seems as soon as the news broke of the Weinstein scandal, people immediately started turning to me for answers. I was both perplexed and dumbfounded by the sudden interest into a story I had been telling for decades. But suddenly and to my surprise, my story began to resonate and began building traction.

Suddenly people remembered what I had been saying for all those years, and it just started making sense. So within the 1st week of the scandal and by the time I made the 1st statement on it, the followers had already grown by 10k in 1 day. I am very Grateful for that!

I’m also forever grateful to the likes of Ashley Judd, Alyssa Milano, and the countless other women who came forward not just with stories about Weinstein, but to all of the strong women who came forward around the globe inspired by the #MeToo movement. It is because of your courage, my story has found new hope. This is a courage I pray will spread to the countless adults who were abused as children, and to the children who may have just recently suffered an abuse.

That said, I also made a battle cry 2 weeks ago sounding the alarms that the war had started, by creating and announcing a well thought plan, to both get the whole truth out, while figuring out a way to protect myself.

I was immediately blessed, with fire in the action of thousands of followers stepping up and donating to our cause straight away. However the next day things slowed down a bit, presumably out of fear perpetuated by false claims that I “would never give names” and “this is just a long con”. Well I immediately took action. I jumped right in and refuted those claims, by going on both The Today show & the Dr Oz show and publicly admitting the names of 2 abusers. I wanted everyone to know, this wasn’t a game, & I’m not playing.

However let’s step back & break it down & talk about the “long con” concept for a moment.

So let’s start with the question “why make a film?” Here’s why….I’m a film maker, that is my art, my talent, my strength, & my profession. I want to truly show people what a child experiences when living with abuse from the perspective only someone who has lived with that abuse can make. It is a very important commentary and a brave piece of film making, as there is no one else who can truly capture the essence, of what the experience, of an abused child, who is famous, goes through, in the way that I can.

And as this story must be told once and for all, & as I am the only one who can tell it, I must reveal these very painful memories by reliving them through this process. As a victim, nobody has the right to tell a victim the right way to address these feelings. Nobody can tell me how to heal. I must do this the best way I know how, and this is my choice.

I also want people who have been burdened with going through life as an abuse victim/survivor that U are not alone. For the 1st time U will recognize that there are many other people who feel exactly the same as U.

Therefore, I have initialized a crowd funding campaign with the support of my family, and with my wife leading the campaign. Let me be very clear about this. A film maker creating a platform for source revenue via asking for support and finance from fans and followers to make a film is not a new concept, & in my business it is certainly not out of the ordinary.

In fact it’s now standard practice amongst most independent film makers to use crowd funding platforms as the main source to get the funding to make their projects. Furthermore even studio level films ask the public for additional funds to complete certain aspects.

When I myself in the past have questioned whether it was ethical for a big production house or small studio to ask the public for finance, I was given a very simple answer by a well known producer. He said “the studios are now using this tool to get the public more involved with projects from the ground up, it gives them a deeper sense of involvement.”

So with that knowledge I then began looking at asks. It turns out that there are film makers and TV producers and even well known multi millionaire recording artists and celebrities that have asked for anywhere from $250k all the way up to 30Mil from public crowd funding of their various projects.

But somehow when Corey Feldman uses the very same tool with asparations to make a film it’s a con?

Furthermore people have balked at the number saying “it’s greedy”, or “he doesn’t need that much to make the film”. Let me be very clear about this. If 10Mil was the complete budget for the film and only the film, at a studio level it still would be relegated (more than likely) to a straight to DVD movie.

An example, The Lost Boys sequel “The Thirst” was shot with a budget around 7 or 8 Mil. That was a WB film, but made for straight to DVD.

The film I’m intending to make, will be made with a smaller budget, and will achieve a theatrical release. The way I can achieve it is by forewalling the theatres (renting them out).

Even if I get the 10 Mil, it couldn’t possibly all go towards the budget of the film. But unless U have spent your life as a film maker U don’t understand the costs or how the $ is dispersed. So let me break it down….

If I used all 10Mil to make the film, it would never go anywhere and likely never be seen. So that’s not an option. As I have previously stated I am planning on producing, & self distributing the film. Which entails, pre production costs, production, & post production.

Then when U get into the films release, we are talking about a marketing campaign (in the studio system they want 3 times the total budget just for this part) which would include TV and Radio ads, Billboards, & a cohesive marketing strategy with a publicity team, booking all the talk shows and personal appearances, screenings, etc.

Then U have the actual cost of P & A. For the general public who doesn’t study film costs, this means prints and advertising. There is a hefty price tag that comes along with renting out theater houses, and getting prints of the film made to send to each of those theaters, not to mention the cost of actually transporting those film reels or digital cards depending on the technology of the theater across the country, and with much higher rates for international releases.

Now let’s put the film aside, & talk about the subject matter, & what I’m up against…..

A legal team to defend cases of slander, defamation, and the like that will indefinitely arise from the direct allegations raised within the films context will likely ask for a retainer upwards of $100,000 and that’s just to open the case. Then the amounts will continue to skyrocket as the well lined pockets of my enemies, will stop at nothing, including hiring spies, publicists, lawyers, and God knows what else to smear my name, shatter my reputation and with any success leave my image as battered and broken as an unstable man who seeks to damage the pristine images of these wealthy and powerful men for personal gain.

I’m not afraid of their lies, because the #Truth always wins in the end. But without my own team, of lawyers, marketing specialists, publicists, and the like, they would extinguish my fire quite quickly as they have done to so many entertainers before me.

The more $ U have to work with, the more damage U can do to someone’s public profile. They are very well aware this fact. Additionally, big $ lawyers also have a special way to drag out court proceedings in a way that U are forced to keep your attorneys working around the clock to defend silly allegations, or even just to buy themselves more time to put their defense together.

The whole system is set up in this way for a reason. Because it keeps people from seeking justice. It keeps the little guys like me, from having the ability to STAND, & fight the good fight. It’s much easier and more cost effective to either dismiss it entirely or settle out of court. Neither of those will bring the justice we all desire.

Then finally we can discuss the security element. When I say I need protection, I’m not being paranoid, or acting delusional. In fact my concerns are quite valid. Point in case…. After all after all the stories I’ve heard, including the recent release of information that Weinstein hired private spies to prevent this information from becoming public, there has never been a report that he actually threatened many of his accusers with murder.

Well let me be very clear. The man at the end of this bread crumb trail, the coveted name A lister everybody wants to know about has, & does continue to threaten his victims with death. It’s actually his go to statement. Anyone that knows who I am talking about can find multiple court records in which defendants have claimed that they feared for their safety after confronting him. Point blank, he threatens people’s lives and has a history of violent behavior.

I don’t only fear for myself, I have lived half the life I long for, but if I die on this mission, than that is Gods plan for me, but my son does not deserve this injustice. He should not have to live in fear. He should not feel threatened. But his safety is first. So I must keep him protected. So please keep in mind, even if my life isn’t worth a donation, an innocent child and an innocent woman are also in jeapordy here. Surely they deserve mercy as this isn’t their fight.

To hire security, it costs an average of $7,500 per guy per week, for armed 24 hr security. I’m pretty sure it is illegal to make someone work 24 hrs with no break, and they also cannot work 7 days with no day off. Which means I need a team of security guards to keep myself and my family safe.

So if U do your own math, and start doing the actual numbers, it is quite easy to see I could never spend 10 Mil on just a movie. The idea would be to spend 6 Mil on the films various production phases, with 2 Mil set aside for marketing and distribution, and 2 Mil set aside for security detail spanning a 2 yr period, and a team of Lawyers to protect me at least until the film is released and can start making a profit. At which point the profit can be used to keep it in the theaters, and keep it from being banned and barred due to legalities.

If the film should do well, and make a large profit, much of the profits will be donated by me, to child rape centers, and abuse shelters. This has long been my dream. Since I was a child I dreamt of creating a safe house for children, maybe the success of this could help that dream become a reality as well.

Can I make it cheaper? Sure. And if I am forced to of course I will. But as an artist, and a visionary who has spent every day of his life in and around film sets and production meetings, I am well aware of the sacrifices I would need to make in the quality of the product I am delivering. Of course I want to make an Amazing film. With great actors, stunning cinematography, compelling musical score, and a visually engaging theater going experience.

But more importantly this film will finally give the abused masses a voice. This film will educate people in a way no other film can. And by donating $1 or more U are showing the world which side U stand on. It doesn’t take much, to set an example. Let them know U stand with me and will no longer tolerate an industry that turns its back on the children they help raise. U will Pay $20 at the box office, to see a film made by pedos, but won’t contribute $10 to make a film exposing them? Think about that….

This is specifically why I am reaching out to fellow film makers, and Hollywood at large. Because I am quite certain there are other good people, honest men & women who are in my industry, that would care deeply about this issue and want to make a difference. This is why I’m hoping that Producers, Directors, Writers, and film Stars, should be taking action, and lending their talents, services, and financial backing, so we can proudly stand as 1 and show the world that Hollywood isn’t all bad. Stand with me and show that many of us care. Many of us have big hearts. And many of us will stand together to make a difference.

This brings me back to my original point. When I 1st announced this plan, the biggest objection was seemingly the idea that this was some sort of black mail. Detractors started saying I was demanding a pay off for doing the right thing. I was also told by countless supporters that if I were 2 start naming names & show everyone I was serious and this wasn’t about the $, it was in fact about justice, that I would have their support.

Well we are almost 2 weeks into this campaign. I have publicly outed 2 of the 6 names, with many leads already perculating on #3. That means I have already given up half of the info to the public. I have also again given 100% of the info to the police and an official investigation has been opened. I have left myself wide open to ridicule, which several folks in both MSM & SM have taken advantage of.

Well in my estimation, we are establishing a trust. And that trust works both ways. U told me, if I proved I was sincere and this wasn’t a $ grab, that U would back my campaign and make a donation. Well I have gone above and beyond what any1 expected (including myself) at such an early stage of this campaign.

But when I look at 136,000 followers, & see only 4,300 donors, I am starting to feel that my support is not substantial. That this trust is only working 1 way. I’m risking my life here. I’m out on a limb. I have everything to lose, & yet all I’m asking, is for each and every follower to simply donate $1!

But at the end of the day, I truly, deeply, need your support to see this thing through. In the end, I will make work whatever I end up with, as I won’t have a choice by that point. But right now, the choice is yours. Where do U stand?

I’m not asking the average person for a million. Im asking Hollywood to spend the big $ on helping me create this project. But I know this business, & until they see 10’s of thousands of supporters, they won’t even recognize this is happening. However if each of U stood with me now, I truly believe we can change the world! We can start the wheels turning, to initialize a revolution within the film industry, to where everyone will start holding 1 another accountable for their actions.

Please realize this isn’t reality TV, this isn’t a video game, I’m a real live person, and my real life is in danger, & U all have the power 2 save my life. I’m not demanding $1,000 or even $100, or even $10 from any of U except love and support!

For all the 4,300 who have already donated, I’m not asking for anything more. I appreciate and LOVE each and every 1 of U already. Nothing 2 prove!

But each of U donating $1 can help my family stay safe, at least long enough to get the #TRUTH out in the open, where it belongs! But more importantly, when U donate U make a statement that U stand on the side of all that is good and pure and just.

Strength comes in numbers. Remember, this isn’t a war against Hollywood. This is a war against corruption of the highest order because of a few bad people who must be rooted out of the industry. This is the war of Good and Evil! I implore U to stand with me.

Please donate today!

God Bless us all!

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Pick of The Week: Like Moths to Flames Unleash ‘Dark Divine’

Pick of The Week: Like Moths to Flames Unleash ‘Dark Divine’

Hey guys! It’s Dylan back with another “Pick of the Week”. As you can probably tell, we here at Icon Vs. Icon are huge fans of Halloween. I know I am, so much so that I kind of lose track of everything else that is happening at the time. I surround myself with so much Horror and Halloween themed things, I basically lose track of the world around me. Well, with spooky season over I wanted to get back on track with the things I’ve missed. My “Pick of the Week” for this week is a perfect example; Like Moths to Flames“Dark Divine.”

Like Moths to Flames is a band that I’ve loved since their first full length in 2011. Going strong for almost a decade, LMTF has released 4 full length albums and an EP. They can definitely be considered one of the front runners for the metalcore resurgence. What always drove me to this band is the smooth transition in vocal styles. This, of course, leads me to the band’s latest release.

The “Dark Divine” is definitely a move in the right direction by the band. It’s a more mature sound. The instrumentation is tighter and the vocals are completely refined. Many are considering this a softer album, however, I feel this is untrue. There is a lot of pain and anger throughout the record, and it hits even harder due to vocalist, Chris Roetter, reserving his screams for those moments that need it. The metalcore genre is completely over saturated by bands that scream and break down for the hell of it. LMTF reserves these moments for when they will hit the hardest. This is most notable in one of the band’s slower tracks, “Empty the Same”; a track that builds until you just can’t take it anymore. At that moment, the band lays it all on the line.

If you’ve been a fan of LMTF then you will not be disappointed by this release. While the band is refining their sound, their signature is still there for the diehards. As for newcomers, this is the perfect starting point.

“Dark Divine” track listing:
01. New Plagues
02. Nowhere Left To Sink
03. Shallow Truths For Shallow Minds
04. Dark Divine
05. Empty The Same
06. From The Dust Returned
07. Even God Has A Hell
08. Mischief Managed
09. Instinctive Intuition
10. The Skeletons I Keep
11. False Idol

LIKE MOTHS TO FLAMES is:
Chris Roetter – Vocals
Jeremy Smith – Guitar
Zach Pishney – Guitar
Aaron Evans – Bass
Greg Diamond – Drums

“Dark Divine” hit stores on November 3rd, 2017.


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 shooting photos in every pit up and down the east coast. You love him and he loves you!
Twitter: @thedylanlyles
Instagram: @thedylanlyles

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From the Ashes, The Black Smoke Rises: A Review of Greta Van Fleet’s Brand New Double EP “From the Fires”

From the Ashes, The Black Smoke Rises: A Review of Greta Van Fleet’s Brand New Double EP “From the Fires”

L-R: Danny Wagner (drums), Josh Kiszka (vocals), Sam Kiszka (bass, keyboards), Jake Kiszka (guitars). Together they are Great Van Fleet and they are a force to be reckoned with!

“Rock and Roll is dead.” — A sentiment that has been shared amongst various music lovers across decades. A sentiment I may actually agree with, to an extent. In my honest opinion, we haven’t had a truly authentic rock band in years. In a genre over saturated by “jock rock” bands like Avenged Sevenfold, Five Finger Death Punch, etc. and “Warped Core” bands, true rock and roll may have taken a backseat. Rock music in which you can feel the truth in each and every note and lyric has, in a sense, died. From the ashes of rock’s fiery death rises a band harnessing the raw power of the unforgettable artists of 60’s and 70’s; a band that captures the glory days of rock and roll while also flipping the genre completely on its head. That band is Greta Van Fleet!

I first became aware of Greta Van Fleet this past Spring when they were opening for another band that’s rocking my socks, The Struts. The brothers Kiszka: Josh (vocals), Sam (bass), and Jake (lead guitar) joined forces with Danny Wagner (drummer) to resurrect heart felt rock. They’ve become my favorite band since that show. As soon as the show ended I rushed home to purchase their four song EP, “Black Smoke Rising”. Knowing that the band has such an extensive live catalogue I was a bit disappointed to see that they only had four songs officially released. But, perhaps that was a good thing. Those four songs left me wanting more. I listened to them on repeat, knew every word, and craved for new tracks. Earlier last month they announced that on November 10th they would be releasing their new double EP: “From the Fires”. How would these new songs stack up against the ones I love and adore?

Let’s get right to the elephant in the room. If you’ve heard Greta Van Fleet before then you’re aware that Josh’s vocal resemblance to Robert Plant is almost uncanny. I haven’t read an article yet that hasn’t considered them a modern day Led Zeppelin. That being said, I feel like that title puts them into a box they can’t escape from. While the similarities are there, Greta Van Fleet is a group of musicians doing something unique in a world full of artificial flavor. That continues on their latest release.

While I was a bit disappointed when I discovered half of the “mini-album” was just the “Black Smoke Rising” EP, as the opening guitar licks of “Safari Song” kicked in, all was forgotten. This high-intensity double EP is made up of the original four songs and four brand new ones, that being said, the re-order of the songs almost changes them completely. Call me a mark, or not, there is a change there.

The album first kicks off, as stated, with “Safari Song”. Jake kicks in with those opening licks and you know that you’re in for a magical blues rock ride. From there we move into “Edge of Darkness”. This is where I knew that the boys were not going to let me down. Josh’s screams of his lost love are heart wrenching, but extremely catchy. The next track, “Flower Power”, is a lighter track that is sure to make the ladies swoon. It tells a tale of an “outasight” girl that they just can’t stop thinking about. Perfect for any cool afternoon, to put on and drift away. Moving into another one of the new tracks, “A Change Is Gonna Come” is where the group truly shows they are like no other. This isn’t simply a rock song, or even blues, it’s a gospel ballad that will move even the toughest soul. Don’t worry boys, change is definitely headed your way. The following track is one I’m sure you’re all familiar with, “Highway Tune” the boys’ first single. I’ve got a love/hate relationship with this song. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a kickass track, but it’s also been my alarm for the past 6 months. We’ve all ruined a song by making it our alarm. Don’t let that deter you though, definitely a solid track. The 7th track on the album is appropriately titled “Meet on the Ledge”. Originally performed by Fairport Convention, I see it as the band’s tribute to their friends, both past and present. While it is my least favorite song on the album, it’s still a solid track that will never get skipped. “Talk on the Street” is the following track and it’s definitely the most danceable tune on the album. While the track talks about a person being spoken about in quiet, I can’t help but get down. I’m not kidding, this song had me out of my seat and boogying all over the place. The album finishes the same way the EP did, with the track “Black Smoke Rising”. I wouldn’t have it any other way. This is my favorite track by GVF, and I was happy to hear it once again. It’s a tale of standing as one, together to take down the forces against us as a people. It’s also damn catchy.

So, there you have it — Greta Van Fleet proves once again that they are a force to be reckoned with. There isn’t much else to say, you need this album in your life. With the release of the original EP and the subsequent Double EP, GVF has undoubtedly lit the fuse on what’s sure to be an explosive career in rock and roll.

For the latest news and dates for Greta Van Flee, visit the band’s official website at www.gretavanfleet.com. Follow their continuing adventures on social media via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.


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 shooting photos in every pit up and down the east coast. You love him and he loves you!
Twitter: @thedylanlyles
Instagram: @thedylanlyles

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