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Corey Feldman Doubles Fall Tour Dates And Gives Back To Hurricane Victims

Corey Feldman Doubles Fall Tour Dates And Gives Back To Hurricane Victims

Due to selling out venues across the country, legendary showman and pop culture icon Corey Feldman has extended his Heavenly US Angelic Tour schedule by doubling the dates previously announced for the fall. Feldman and his angelic band have entertained audiences with their theatrical and fun performances featuring lasers, lights, costumes, and signature talented all female band of Angels, with a few changes in the lineup as Corey is always trying to give new talent the chance to entertain audiences. Feldman stated, “this company was designed to give as many young female artists a chance to showcase their talents as possible, so I will keep changing the faces a bit.”

In addition to doubling the dates, Corey will be doubling the fun and giving his fans the experience they’ve come to expect with hit songs from his catalogue and iconic movies. This time, Corey will also be giving back. Corey and the Angels will be returning to Houston for the second time this year, doing a very special fundraiser for the Hurricane Relief fund. Feldman will also be contributing a portion of his ticket sales to the cause.

The tour will also include a special Halloween performance in St Charles Illinois, and the band will be visiting some new areas they are yet to visit such as Phoenix, Salt Lake City, and Flint Michigan. Feldman specifically chose several controversial areas with the intention of bringing their message of love and light to those who need it most right now.

At the completion of this run, Corey and his Angels will have performed this critically acclaimed show 80 times this year.

COREY FELDMAN & THE ANGELS FALL TOUR DATES:

10.13.17 – FRESNO, CA – FULTON 55

10.14.17 – RENO, NV – FACES NV

10.16.17 – SACRAMENTO, CA – HOLY DIVER

10.17.17 – DENVER, CO – THE ORENTIAL THEATER

10.19.17 – DALLAS, TX – CLUB DADA

10.20.17 – BATON ROUGE, LA – VARSITY THEATRE

10.21.17 – MONROE, LA – LIVE OAKS BALLROOM

10.22.17 – HOUSTON, TX – CONCERT PUB NORTH

10.24.17 – HAZARD, KY – THE FORUM

10.25.17 – MEMPHIS, TN – HI TONE CAFÉ

10.27.17 – EMPORIA, KS – EMPORIA GRANADA THEATRE

10.28.17 – SPRINGFIELD, MO – OUTLAND BALLROOM

10.30.17 – ST. LOUIS, MO – THE READY ROOM

10.31.17 – ST. CHARLES, IL – THE ARCADA THEATRE

11.03.17 – VALPARAISO, IN – BIG SHOTS

11.04.17 – LEXINGTON, KY – MANCHESTER MUSIC HALL

11.05.17 – DES MOINES, IA – WOOLY’S

11.07.17 – SALT LAKE CITY, UT – LIQUID JOE’S

11.09.17 – SCOTTSDALE, AZ – BLK LIVE

Shows may still be added so please check back in the coming weeks! For information on tickets and VIP Meet and Greets, you can visit the official website: Angelic2theCore.com or www.CoreyFeldman.net

You can also follow Corey and the Angels on Twitter @corey_Feldman and @Coreysangels

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Asking Alexandria Release “Into The Fire” Video; Announce Dec. 15 Album Release

Asking Alexandria Release “Into The Fire” Video; Announce Dec. 15 Album Release

Asking Alexandria have released a video for the new single “Into The Fire” (https://youtu.be/-jFgNreZPf0). The track, which will appear on the band’s as-of-yet untitled fifth album (Dec. 15, Sumerian Records) marks the first new music to come from the band since they reunited with singer Danny Worsnop.

“This is an incredibly exciting period in Asking Alexandria’s career. We have been through hell and back again,” explains singer/guitar player Ben Bruce. “It’s been an insanely long road but we couldn’t be more excited that it has brought us to where we are now. We have been given a new lease on life. As individuals, this is the happiest we have been in a very long time.”

The song, and accompanying video, arrives following the U.S. debut via SiriusXM Octane.

Asking Alexandria spent the summer recording the new album, with From First To Last’s Matt Good (Memphis May Fire, Upon a Burning Body) and mixer Taylor Larson (Periphery). The album’s title and cover art will be revealed soon.

Asking Alexandria is Ben Bruce (guitar/vocals), Cameron Liddell (guitar), Sam Bettley (bass), James Cassells (drums) and Danny Worsnop (vocals).

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Europe Unveil Title Track “Walk The Earth” Single Out Now; Album Out October 20th

Europe Unveil Title Track “Walk The Earth” Single Out Now; Album Out October 20th

EUROPE is pleased to announce the release of their title track and first single “Walk The Earth” from their up and coming new studio album WALK THE EARTH out October 20th.

WALK THE EARTH is now available for pre-order from the links below:
Jewel case CD: http://hyperurl.co/EuropeWTECD
Special Edition CD/DVD Digi-book: http://hyperurl.co/EuropeWTESE
White coloured vinyl: http://hyperurl.co/EuropeWTFLP
MP3: http://hyperurl.co/EuropeWTEMP3

If EUROPE’s 2015 album WAR OF KINGS was the album that made the rock world realise what a formidable act EUROPE had become then WALK THE EARTH is the album that is set to establish the band as one of the most exciting contemporary rock acts of current times.

“We’re simply a different band today,” says lead singer Joey Tempest. “Ever since we started up again in 2004, we have constantly explored our limits and new parts of our musical universe. After around 1,000 shows, we feel comfortable just improvising, jamming and pushing our lyrics and songwriting with much more ease. We have now been together recording and making albums longer than the early period of the band. Five albums in the ‘80s and ‘90s. Now six records with WALK THE EARTH. When we started up again in 2004 we all agreed to think ‘long-term,’ to take the long road and build up a new relationship with listeners and media. We all agreed on writing together, owning our music, and license it out to labels that really care and support us in the long run.

“We also agreed to not look back! And never stop looking for that deeper expression. We don’t have much in common with our contemporaries from back then. We have taken a different path, making sure we are constantly moving forward. We have little regard for outside influences and opinions. In order to enjoy this new journey and feel creative, it needed to be completely on our terms.

“In a EUROPE live show, there is of course some room for nostalgia, but in the studio there is none. Every album is a reaction to the one before, a new journey a new adventure. The music of a rock band needs to constantly move, challenge, upheave, evolve or the band will automatically become a nostalgia act. We are proud of our past and previous albums, but we simply can’t identify, recapture, emulate any of it. We simply can’t write like that even if we wanted to. We are a new act with a different expression.

“Over the years, we have learned how important recording techniques and recording equipment is by trying to search and research which producers, engineers and recording studios that can actually inspire and keep us wanting to be adventurous and daring. It has now taken us six albums to get here.”

The new album WALK THE EARTH will feature original artwork by famed Los Angeles artist Mike Sportes of Filth Mart.

“We were in the studio a few days into recording and Dave (Cobb, Producer) comes in wearing this very cool T-Shirt with one of Mike’s designs on it. Immediately we knew we had to check Mike’s other work and have him come up with an exclusive design for us based on the vibe of the album. We are very proud to have his amazing artwork as the WALK THE EARTH album cover!’ – Joey Tempest on the appointment of Mike Sportes to do the cover.

WALK THE EARTH tracklisting:
1. Walk The Earth
2. The Siege
3. Kingdom United
4. Pictures
5. Election Day
6. Wolves
7. GTO
8. Haze
9. Whenever You’re Ready
10. Turn To Dust

From the anthemic sound of the opening track “Walk The Earth” to the heavy vibe that is “Haze,” from the instant melody of “Election Day” to the lyrical content of “Kingdom United,” WALK THE EARTH is the album that should see EUROPE rightly acclaimed as a band at the height of their powers. The wonderful melodies and depth of Joey Tempest’s vocals along with a powerhouse rhythm section and the guitar playing of John Norum, one of the great underrated guitarists. Norum’s guitar playing shines across the record. This is an album that is big in its scope and sound. Much like previous album “War Of Kings,” WALK THE EARTH is an album that has instant appeal but is also an album that needs to be lived with, in order to uncover it’s depth. The album was recorded at famed Abbey Road Studios in London with Grammy@ winning producer Dave Cobb (Rival Sons, Shooter Jennings, Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton).

Late 2016 saw EUROPE perform a series of “The Final Countdown Anniversary Shows” across Europe – culminating in a show at The Roundhouse in London. The show has been immortalised in a July 2017 DVD release The Final Countdown 30th Anniversary Show – Live at the Roundhouse.

Preceding the landmark event, fans were also treated to a live performance of EUROPE’s last album, 2015’s WAR OF KINGS, a release which re-established them as one of the top rock bands in the world.

Since forming in 1979 EUROPE have sold over 25 million albums, toured across the world and become one of the greats of modern rock music. The bands all conquering THE FINAL COUNTDOWN album has alone sold over 15 million copies worldwide and the single of the same name was #1 in 25 countries.

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Josh Todd & The Conflict Announce First Co-Headlining U.S. Tour With Hinder

Josh Todd & The Conflict Announce First Co-Headlining U.S. Tour With Hinder

Josh Todd and The Conflict

In celebration of last week’s release of their debut album, Year of the Tiger, JOSH TODD & THE CONFLICT have announced their first U.S tour, which will see the group going out on a co-headlining run with Hinder. Support on all dates will be provided by Wayland, with Adelitas Way joining the tour on November 4th. The tour begins on October 21st in El Paso, TX and concludes on December 3rd with a headlining show in Hermosa Beach, CA.

JOSH TODD & THE CONFLICT – Year of the Tiger (Purchase Links):

Amazon: amazon.com/Year-Tiger-Josh-Todd-Conflict

Best Buy (Store Locator): myredmusic.com/joshtodd

JOSH TODD & THE CONFLICT – Tour Dates w/ Hinder, Adelitas Way & Wayland

Thursday, October 19th – San Juan Capistrano, CA @ Coach House**
Saturday, October 21st – El Paso, TX @ Speaking Rock*
Sunday, October 22nd – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live*
Tuesday, October 24th – Omaha, NE @ Bourbon Saloon*
Thursday, October 26th – Racine, WI @ Route 20*
Friday, October 27th – West Dundee, IL @ The Rakas*
Saturday, October 28th – Watseka, IL @ Watseka Theatre*
Tuesday, October 31st – Green Bay, WI @ Green Bay, WI*
Thursday, November 2nd – Detroit, MI @ Harpos*
Friday, November 3rd – Columbus, OH @ Al Rosa Villa*
Saturday, November 4th – Johnson City, TN @ Capones
Monday, November 6th – Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom
Thursday, November 9th – Savannah, GA @ Stage on the Bay
Friday, November 10th – Greensboro, NC @ Cone Denim
Saturday, November 11th – Murrels Inlet, SC @ @ Beaver Bar
Tuesday, November 14th – Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
Wednesday, November 15th – Jersey City, NJ @ White Eagle Music Hall
Friday, November 17th – Providence, RI @ The Strand
Sunday, November 19th – New Haven, CT @ Toads Place
Wednesday, November 22nd – Lake Dealton, WI @ The Reef
Friday, November 24th – Sioux City, IA @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Saturday, November 25th – Clearlake, IA @ Surf Ballroom
Sunday, November 26th – Fargo, ND @ Fargo Theatre
Tuesday, November 28th – Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre
Wednesday, November 29th – Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep #
Thursday, November 30th – Grand Junction, CO @ Summit Music Hall #
Sunday, December 3rd – Hermosa Beach, CA @ St. Rock ##

* – No Adelitas Way
** – Josh Todd & The Conflict ONLY
# – Josh Todd & The Conflict, Adelitas Way & Wayland (No Hinder)
## – Josh Todd & The Conflict headlining with Wayland

VIP packages for these tour dates will be announced through the band’s socials later this week.

JOSH TODD & THE CONFLICT Online:

Official Website: www.joshtodd.com
Facebook: facebook.com/joshtoddandtheconflict

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Powerman 5000 Announces New Wave Tour and LA Comic Con Appearance

Powerman 5000 Announces New Wave Tour and LA Comic Con Appearance

In support of the upcoming album, New Wave, Powerman 5000 announces the first leg of a worldwide tour that will last through the end of 2018. The band will first hit the West Coast, hosting their record release party on October 26, 2017, at the world famous Whisky A Go Go. Afterward, come visit the Powerman 5000 booth at LA Comic Con. The convention takes place from October 27-29, 2017, at the LA Convention Center.

New Wave hits the shelves of all digital and retail outlets everywhere on October 27, 2017.

POWERMAN 5000 TOUR DATES:

10/20 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
10/22 – Seattle, WA – El Corozon
10/24 – Sacramento, CA – Holy Diver
10/26 – Los Angeles, CA – The Whisky
10/28 – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
10/29 – Phoenix, AZ – Pub Rock Live
10/31 – Lubbock, TX – Jakes
11/2 – Dallas, RX – Canton Hall
11/4 – Austin, TX – Scout Bar
11/5 – Houston, TX – Dirty Dog
11/8 – St. Louis, MO – Firebird
11/10 – Flint, MI – Machine Shop
11/11 – Bloomington, IL – Castle Theater
11/12 – Joliet, IL – The Forge
11/14 – Dundee, IL – Rochaus
11/15 – Omaha, NE – Lookout Lounge

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Letters To Cleo Announce Vinyl Releases of Their First 3 Albums and 3 Nights At The Paradise!

Letters To Cleo Announce Vinyl Releases of Their First 3 Albums and 3 Nights At The Paradise!

Boston’s Alt. Rock pioneers Letters to Cleo are excited to announce that their first three albums Aurora Gory Alice, Wholesale Meats and Fish and Go  will be available on vinyl for the first time ever. To celebrate the release of the vinyl the band will  be revisiting each of these albums from front to back  over a  three night run at The Paradise in Boston November 16-18th. Thursday November 16th they will be performing Aurora Gory Alice, Friday November 17th will be Wholesale Meats and Fish and Saturday November 18th will be Go. Blake Babies (Juliana Hatfield, John Strohm, Freda Love) will be supporting on all three nights.  The vinyl is a limited edition pressing that will be available  exclusively at the three shows at the Paradise, on the Letters to Cleo website and at select Newbury Comics stores.

Ticket and vinyl packages will be available for pre-order on the Letters to Cleo website on Thursday (9/21). Single day and three day passes for the shows will be available on Ticketmaster.com on Friday 9/22 at 12pm EST.  “We have been hoping for a vinyl re-release of the Cleo catalog for years and with these albums having been made under an old record contract I wasn’t confident it would ever happen,” says Michael Eisenstein. “Thanks to a lot of hard work, it’s actually happening. We knew we wanted to do something special to commemorate this big 3 album vinyl re-release and when Greg (McKenna) suggested playing all three records in their entirety live, I shot it down right away. ‘It’s too much work! You’ll thank me later!’  The more he talked about it, the cooler the idea seemed. I’m pretty sure every song in our catalog has been performed live, but some only a few times and it’s been 20 years or more.  It’s an exciting challenge, that’s for sure.”

Letters to Cleo formed in 1990 in Boston, lead by guitarist Greg Mckenna and singer Kay Hanley. The band came onto the National spotlight with the release of their first hit single “Here & Now,” released by Giant Records (a subsidiary of Warner Brothers Records). The song reached No. 10 on the Billboard Modern Rock Singles chart. The band’s music could be heard on many of the top TV shows and films throughout the 1990’s, including the cult classic 10 Things I Hate About You, where the band contributed 4 songs to the soundtrack and were feature in the film.  The band played their last show in 2000 and each of the members went on to have successful careers working in different areas of music from production, writing, performance, musical directing etc.

The original members reunited in the fall of 2016 for the release of the Back to Nebraska EP, their first new music from Letters to Cleo in seventeen years.  ABC News said “These five songs deliver exactly the kind of infectious power-pop that made them famous” and the Boston Globe said “It’s full of sweetly sour confections that recall the Alternative Nation era, like “Can’t Say,” which undercuts its sunshine-bright chorus with a growling bridge, and the brooding title track, which showcases lead singer Kay Hanley’s pensive side.”

In addition to performing the first three albums in full, the band will be playing fan favorites and new songs from Back to Nebraska

LETTERS TO CLEO PARADISE SHOWS
Thursday  November 16, 2017 – performing Aurora Gory Alice in full INFO
Friday November 17, 2017 – performing Wholesale Meats and Fish in full  INFO
Saturday November 18, 2017 – performing Go in full  INFO

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Tom Keifer To Release Deluxe Edition of ‘The Way Life Goes’ In October

Tom Keifer To Release Deluxe Edition of ‘The Way Life Goes’ In October

TOM KEIFER once sang, “You’re only going once around the ride.”

He’s proving that theory wrong with the highly anticipated release of THE WAY LIFE GOES – DELUXE EDITION, an expanded compilation of his critically acclaimed solo debut album, THE WAY LIFE GOES, chock full of bonus content and special artwork.

THE WAY LIFE GOES – DELUXE EDITION is finally set for release October 20 on Cleopatra Records. Pre-orders are now available on Amazon and on Cleopatra’s website. The package will include the original album that has been remastered by Richard Dodd (Kings of Leon, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum). It also has two brand new studio tracks recorded in Nashville by three-time Grammy® Award-winner Vance Powell (Jack White, Chris Stapleton) with KEIFER and his bandmates (#keiferband: Tony Higbee, Billy Mercer, Paul Simmons, Paul Taylor, Savannah Keifer, and Kendra Chantelle). Fans will finally get to hear the long-awaited studio recording of The Beatles’ “With A Little Help From My Friends,” which KEIFER performs at all of his concerts, plus a powerful new take on the Cinderella classic “Nobody’s Fool,” newly recorded as a duet with Lzzy Hale of Halestorm

“The reason that I picked up guitar, the reason that I sing the way I do, was all because of that guy,” said Hale of KEIFER’s influence on her at a young age. The two first performed “Nobody’s Fool” live together in Atlantic City, NJ in September 2013.

“I remember the first time seeing Lzzy perform live at the House of Blues show in Atlantic City and being absolutely floored by the power of her voice and performance,” KEIFER continues. “She’s an amazing artist and has been a great inspiration to me as well.”

There will also be a bonus DVD with music videos, tour clips, and “The Way Life’s Goin,’” a 30-minute documentary produced by Tammy Vega (KEIFER’s longtime official photographer) about the creation of the bonus tracks, exclusive interviews with the band filmed during the new recording sessions, and live footage.

THE WAY LIFE GOES – DELUXE EDITION will be wrapped in an all new six-panel digipak designed by artist David Calcano (creator of the Fantoons comic strip series) with 20 pages of one-of-a-kind unique illustrations depicting each song.

As KEIFER explains, “Everything from the new artwork, documentary, videos and bonus tracks contained in the DELUXE EDITION is a sum of all the amazingly talented people who came into our world as a result of the initial release. The two bonus tracks were specifically chosen and recorded as we felt them both to be special collaborations that came about while touring for THE WAY LIFE GOES.”

New band members Jarred Pope (drums) and Kory Myers (keyboards/vocals) join the #keiferband lineup in 2017. Writing has begun for a follow-up to THE WAY LIFE GOES with recording slated for Fall 2018.

Upon its initial release, THE WAY LIFE GOES garnered rave reviews. To wit:

“A collection of 14 blues howlers, Stones-y rock and, yes, big ballads, the album calls to mind Cinderella but with an even more rootsy undercurrent.” –Joseph Hudak, Rolling Stone

“…14 songs that stay true to form – killer blues-rock playing and tones, hooks galore, and strong songwriting. If you’re a fan of harder-edged rock and long to hear genuinely enjoyable new tunes, it may be just the thing; the opener, ‘Solid Ground,’ offers pure Keifer guitar and vocals with a feel reminiscent the Stones’ Exile On Main Street while the remaining tracks are, much like his life the last 15 years, an up-and-down ride.”–Ward Meeker, Vintage Guitar

“…the record features such vital, vibrant guitar tones and parts that are immediate and honest.  They also have that cool, interlocking, layered quality that made so many classic rock albums so, well, classic.  Keifer flat-out knows how to play vibey guitar parts with ungodly tone, and fans of the Stones, Zeppelin, Steve Marriott, and early Aerosmith should definitely take notice.  And, although you wouldn’t wish hemorrhaging vocal cords on anyone, this guy is singing better than ever to complement his great 6-string parts.” –Matt Blackett, Guitar Player

THE WAY LIFE GOES marks the first release of any kind by Keifer since Cinderella’s last record, 1994’s STILL CLIMBING. In many ways, it picks up right where the band left off. The first single, ‘The Flower Song,’ echoes ‘Maggie May,’ the familiar grit in Keifer’s voice approximating Faces-era Rod Stewart; but for the most part the album replicates the blend of pounding hard rock, soaring ballads and blues and country tinges that characterized Cinderella’s sound beginning with LONG COLD WINTER.”–Shaun Brady, Philadelphia City Paper,

“’The Flower Song,’ his premiere solo offering, smacks of the Black Crowes/the Faces.” –Katherine Turman, Village Voice (NY)

Here’s the complete track listing for THE WAY LIFE GOES – DELUXE EDITION:

DISC 1: CD

1. Solid Ground
2. A Different Light
3. It’s Not Enough
4. Cold Day In Hell
5. Thick and Thin
6. Ask Me Yesterday
7. Fool’s Paradise
8. The Flower Song
9. Mood Elevator
10. Welcome To My Mind
11. You Showed Me
12. Ain’t That A Bitch
13. The Way Life Goes
14. Babylon

BONUS TRACKS
15. Nobody’s Fool feat. Lzzy Hale
16. With A Little Help From My Friends
17. Nobody’s Fool (Piano Version)

DISC 2: DVD

Chapter 1) The Way Life’s Goin’ (Documentary)
Chapter 2) Solid Ground (Music video)
Chapter 3) The Flower Song (Music video)
Chapter 4) It’s Not Enough (Music video)
Chapter 5) It’s Not Enough (Lyric video)
Chapter 6) Album Promo
Chapter 7) Cathouse Live
Chapter 8) Count Vamp’d Las Vegas
Chapter 9) Farm Rock Chicago

Check out TOM KEIFER at any of the following tour stops:

Sat 9/23 – Hopewell, VA – Beacon Theatre
Sun 9/24 – Big Flats, NY – Tag’s Summerstage
Thu 10/5 – Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Irving Music Factory
Fri 10/6 – Lexington, KY – Manchester Music Hall
Wed 10/11 – New York, NY – B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Thu 10/12 – Derry, NH – Tupelo Music Hall
Fri 10/13 – Chester, PA – The Block at Harrah’s Casino
Sat 10/14 – Warrendale, PA – Jergel’s Rhythm Grille
Fri 10/20 – Little Rock, AR – Arkansas State Fair
Sat 10/28 – Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium
Fri 11/3 – Galveston, TX – Lone Star Rally at Saengerfest Park
Sat 11/4 – San Antonio, TX – The Rock Box
Thu 11/9 – Pasadena, CA – The Rose
Fri 11/10 – Santa Clarita, CA – The Canyon
Sat 11/11 – Big Bear Lake, CA – The Cave
Sun 11/12 – San Juan Capistrano, CA – The Coach House
Thu 12/7 – Joliet, IL – The Forge
Fri 12/8 – Dubuque, IA – Q Casino

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THE DARKNESS: Frankie Poullain On Bringing ‘Pinewood Smile’ To The Masses!

THE DARKNESS: Frankie Poullain On Bringing ‘Pinewood Smile’ To The Masses!

Frankie Poullain – Photo by Simon Emmett

England’s most distinctive, multiple award-winning, platinum-selling, hugely entertaining rock gods and one-time saviors of rock n’ roll turned international pleasures The Darkness – Justin Hawkins (vocals / guitar), Dan Hawkins (guitar), Frankie Poullain (bass), Rufus Tiger Taylor (drums) – will unleash their highly anticipated fifth studio album, ‘Pinewood Smile,’ on October 6th through Cooking Vinyl. Written in Putney and recorded in Cornwall, England, ‘Pinewood Smile’ was produced by Grammy Award-winning Adrian Bushby (Foo Fighters, Muse). The compositions have all the crucial elements of classic Darkness fare, but with added layers for the ears to peel away at…like a sonic onion, but a lot tastier. The album also features the drumming and vocal talents of gorgeous new band member Rufus Tiger Taylor, son of Queen legend Roger Taylor.

‘Pinewood Smile’ finds The Darkness in electrifying form, delivering some of the most sharp-witted, infectious, humorous and downright brilliant songs of their career. In addition to the glorious, hard-rockin’, autobiographical album opener “All The Pretty Girls” that intellectually examines the fact that when you’re a rock star you get a lot of attention from ladies and discussing the ethical conundrums that come with that, the album boasts the swashbuckling “Buccaneers Of Hispaniola,” the expletive-strewn howl of frustration that is “Southern Trains,” the hugely emotional “Why Don’t The Beautiful Cry?,” the globally anthemic “Japanese Prisoner Of Love” and the ode to pumping out smash hit after smash hit “Solid Gold,” which finds The Darkness addressing the turbulent nature of the music industry and how they have enjoyed its flamboyant highs and spectacular lows.

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with The Darkness’ Frankie Poullain to discuss his life in music, the making of ‘Pinewood Smile’ and what the future might hold for these rock ‘n’ roll legends!

How did music first come into your life and what went into finding your creative voice early on in life?

In the back of my Mum’s car 1977, she taught Italian classes on Saturday afternoons and took us there because she couldn’t afford a babysitter. I remember hearing The Carpenters “Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft” and being blown away by the voice, the melodies, the arrangement and the words. Though of course at the time I didn’t break it down into those components, I just felt my young impressionable brain melt.

What made you want to pursue your passion professionally?

The deep feelings that music gives people, the ability to transport us and forget for a moment the horror show that we are as a species.

You’ve come a long way from the early years as a musician. Looking back, what are your fondest memories of your leaner years as a professional musician and how did these experiences impact the artist we see today?

I had many lean years. Those years made me less precious, blocked and fearful, as I witnessed many talented friends and acquaintances who fell by the wayside because of those traits. Sacrifice is key, sacrifice and courage, mainly of an emotional kind. Physical courage is overrated in my opinion, unless we’re talking about defending your country against Nazis.

The Darkness continues to explore new musical territory. What fuels your creative fire and keeps you so driven?

Our values, both musical and as people. The Hawkins brothers have a strong work ethic when they are fired up. We also have a sense of duty to do what we do best, which is to inject a sense of euphoric abandon into a sterile joyless world that takes itself way too seriously.

To what do you attribute the longevity of the band?

Propecia. Gym induced endorphins. Dolphins. Hawk The Slayer. Brotherly Love. Ice Eyes. Gibson. Erectile Dysfunction. Dementia. Death. Rebirth. The small of a woman’s back.

The Darkness’ ‘Pinewood Smile’ drops October 6th, 2017.

What got the ball rolling for ‘Pinewood Smile’ and made now the right time for a new record?

Mortgage repayments.

What were your aspirations or goals for this album as you started the process of creating this new album?

No goals as such, just to be true to our exacting standards. We are all tough on each other. Rufus Taylor was making his first album with us and we encouraged him to sing two duets with Justin – in at the deep end as they say.

How did what you envisioned this album differ from what you have ultimately achieved?

Interesting question. It’s never what you imagine it will be. Bands will always like to say ‘this is our Detroit soul album’ or our ‘White album’, but it usually sounds like just any other album by that band. However we are different, this really is our techno ‘Astral Weeks’. Finally.

For those haven’t heard the new record, how does it compare and contrast to the work The Darkness has done in the past?

It’s denser. And yet wetter somehow. It’s also exceedingly thick.

What can you tell us about the songwriting process for the album and gathering the right mix of tunes?

The process began in Alicante, on Spain’s Costa del Hell, and then Inverness in the Highlands of Scotland, before a couple of visits to Cornwall on England’s South West peninsula. The locations always seem to leave an imprint on the material. In this case they made them more watery and touristy. Tunes is the right word. The mix isn’t so important, more that each song has an identity.

The Darkness teamed up with producer Adrian Bushby for ‘Pinewood Smile.’ What did he bring to the table for a project like this one?

He brought two hard rock balls and a metal banana, plonked them on the table and said ‘Let’s do this’.

You have been working with the other guys in the band for many years now. What do they bring out in your creatively?

I’ve learnt so much from them – they don’t fuck around. Well they do sometimes, clearly, but whiny whimpery nonsense will not be tolerated. Neither will feeling sorry for yourself or ripping other people off; unless those people go by the name of AC/DC.

Frankie Poullain – Photo by Simon Emmett

What were the biggest challenges you encountered while bringing the album to life?

Stacking up harmonies while waiting for the Cornish pasties to arrive. Recording the backing tracks with Ru and Dan live, we had to do up to 50 takes sometimes, just to get the right feel but it was worth it.

They say you learn something from each album you put out. Does that hold true with this one?

Yes. We learned that a stitch in time saves nine. And to look before we leap. But most of all that a Rolling Stone gathers no Kate Moss. Not yet anyway.

The majority of music fans don’t give much thought to the business side of the music industry. What does it take to keep a band like The Darkness on the rails and moving forward in ever-changing climate like we see today?

Smoke and mirrors. Almonds. Ginger. A compass. An umbrella. A corporate slave trader cracking the whip behind us.

I’m sure the way you viewed rock ‘n’ roll as a kid differs slightly from the way you see things today. What does rock ‘n’ roll mean to you?

Good question. Making up the rules as you go along, to suit yourself and no one else. Trying to be rock ‘n’ roll is pathetic and should be kicked in the bollocks with steel toe capped boots.

How do you feel you have most evolved as an artist through the years?

I now play the cowbell with the thicker handle end of the drum stick as someone told me it would sound better.
It does.

Last year, The Darkness was joined on stage by Tim Cappello, the legendary sexy saxman from ‘Lost Boys.’ By all accounts, he is an awesome guy! What is your recollection of the epic meet up and performance? (Check out the performance here!)

He’s such a pro and like a lot of talented musicians who don’t give a shit, he’s unintentionally funny. Sheer attitude, class and dedication. When he thrust his hips towards me I was in heaven.

You have a lot of productive years ahead of you. Where do you see yourself headed musically in the future, both short and long term?

Thank you for the faith. Short term – explode into our pants. Long term – explode into oblivion.

‘Pinewood Smile’ is due out on October 6th. Pre-order the album at https://thedarkness.lnk.to/PS. Follow the continuing adventures of The Darkness on social media via Facebook and Twitter. For all the latest news and tour dates, visit the band’s official website at www.thedarknesslive.com.

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Evanescence Release New Single, “Imperfection,” From Upcoming ‘Synthesis’ Album

Evanescence Release New Single, “Imperfection,” From Upcoming ‘Synthesis’ Album

Evanescence – Photo by P.R. Brown

EVANESCENCE are returning with SYNTHESIS, their fourth and most ambitious album to date, set for a November 10th release. The album is a reimagining of some of EVANESCENCE’s best-loved songs recorded with a full orchestra and electronic combined with the band and AMY LEE’s virtuoso piano and voice. Listen to the first single and new song “Imperfection” below and pre-order the new album (here).

AMY LEE describes the meaning behind “Imperfection,”For me, this is the most important song on the album. I struggled with the lyrics for a long time because there was a lifetime of work to live up to and I wasn’t sure what to say or how to be good enough. When it finally started pouring out of me, it was undeniable. I had no choice. It’s for all the people we’ve lost, all the people who we could lose, to suicide and depression. I’m singing from the perspective of the person left behind, the person in the waiting room. It’s a plea to fight for your life, to stay. Don’t give into the fear- I have to tell myself that every day. Nobody is perfect.  We are all imperfect, and it’s precisely those imperfections that make us who we are, and we have to embrace them because there’s so much beauty in those differences. Life is worth fighting for. You are worth fighting for.”

EVANESCENCE–lead singer-songwriter and pianist AMY LEE, bassist TIM MCCORD, drummer WILL HUNT, lead guitarist/backing vocalist TROY MCLAWHORN and guitarist JEN MAJURA–worked with producers WILL HUNT and orchestra arranger and composer David Campbell on SYNTHESIS. SYNTHESIS will also feature two new EVANESCENCE songs, including the first single “Imperfection” and “Hi-Lo,” the latter of which includes a guest performance by famed violinist Lindsey Stirling.

Both Standard CD & Digital versions of SYNTHESIS are available now for pre-order (here), as well as a limited-edition deluxe box of the album, which includes the CD, a DVD featuring a documentary on making the album as well as instrumental and 5.1 Surround Sound mixes of the songs.

Last month, EVANESCENCE announced their U.S. and Canadian “Synthesis Live” tour, which begins in mid-October (dates below). The band will be bringing a live orchestra and electronic programming out on the road with them, which will truly deliver a transcendent experience.

Tickets for EVANESCENCE’s “Synthesis Live” fall tour are on-sale now (here). Every ticket sold will come with a download of SYNTHESIS when it is released later this fall.  As an added bonus, ticket buyers will also receive new songs from the album prior to the album’s release date, beginning with “Bring Me To Life” and the new song “Imperfection.”  For full tour details, go to:

www.evanescence.com.

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Clutch Announces Winter ‘Psychic Warfare’ Tour Dates With Devin Townsend Project

Clutch Announces Winter ‘Psychic Warfare’ Tour Dates With Devin Townsend Project

Clutch has just announced Winter tour dates for the continuum of their Psychic Warfare tour. Supporting the tour will be Devin Townsend Project and The Obsessed. Fan club pre-sale tickets will start at 2:00pm ET today, public stale starts 10am ET on Friday.  Exclusive fan club pre-sale tickets and show info available here: mt.cm/clutch.  The on sale date for the 4 Florida shows is TBD due to the hurricane in the region. Check the bands official website www.pro-rock.com for all upcoming ticket and show info.

Clutch will be entering the studio in early 2018 to begin work on their 12th studio album.

Psychic Warfare is the latest and eleventh studio effort from Clutch.  The disc debuted at No. 11 on the Billboard 200, No. 2 on the Billboard Independent,  No. 1 on the Billboard Hard Rock and Billboard Rock charts.     Psychic Warfare was produced by longtime producer Machine (Lamb Of God, Every Time I Die).

Clutch, Devin Townsend Project and The Obsessed Tour Dates:

Nov. 29 – Greensboro, NC – Cone Denim Entertainment Center
Dec. 01 – Myrtle Beach, SC – House Of Blues
Dec. 02 – St Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live
Dec. 03 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
Dec. 05 – Saint Augustine, FL – Backyard Stage @ St Augustine Amphitheatre
Dec. 06 – Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall
Dec. 08 – Baton Rouge, LA – Varsity Theatre
Dec. 09 – San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theatre
Dec. 10 – Houston, TX – House Of Blues
Dec. 12 – Springfield, MO – Gillioz Theatre
Dec. 13 – Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre
Dec. 15 – Peoria, IL – Limelight Eventplex
Dec. 16 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
Dec. 27 – Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
Dec. 28 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
Dec. 29 – Richmond, VA – The National
Dec. 30 – Knoxville, TN – The International
Dec. 31 – Columbus, OH – Express Live

CLUTCH:
Neil Fallon – Vocals/Guitar
Tim Sult – Guitar
Dan Maines – Bass
Jean-Paul Gaster – Drums/Percussion

For more  information, check out the band’s website: www.pro-rock.com

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