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Breaking Benjamin To Release ‘Dark Before Dawn’ On June 23rd! Tour Dates Announced

Breaking Benjamin To Release ‘Dark Before Dawn’ On June 23rd! Tour Dates Announced

Breaking Benjamin

Breaking Benjamin

Breaking Benjamin‘s highly-anticipated fifth studio album, Dark Before Dawn will be released June 23rd. Their first single, “Failure,” written and produced by Breaking Benjamin founder Ben Burnley, was released today and is now available (along with the album pre-order) on iTunes. Within an hour of release, Dark Before Dawn skyrocketed to #1 on both the rock single and rock album charts at iTunes, and landed in the Top 3 on the Overall Album chart. The first original music from the platinum-selling band since the release of Dear Agony in 2009 (certified Gold), Dark Before Dawn marks a new era for the acclaimed band. Burnley is joined by guitarists Jasen Rauch (Red) and Keith Wallen (Adelitas Way), bassist Aaron Bruch, and drummer Shawn Foist (Picture Me Broken).

After a string of sold-out club dates, Breaking Benjamin will hit the road again in April, headlining U.S. tour dates extending through July with performances at this year’s biggest rock festivals including Rock on the RangeCarolina RebellionRocklahoma! and Welcome to Rockville.

For more information on Breaking Benjamin, visit www.breakingbenjamin.com.

“Failure” Audio: https://youtu.be/2B8bXYXTb-o

Pre-Order Dark Before Dawn: http://smarturl.it/bba1

Tour Dates: 

4.17 Pharr, TX @ Pharr Events Center
4.18 Houston, TX @ Buzzfest 33 / The Woodlands Pavilion
4.21 Birmingham, AL @ Iron City
4.22 Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
4.24 Tampa, FL @ WXTB Rockfest / Amalie Arena
4/.25 Fort Myers, FL @ Fort Rock Festival / JetBlue Park
4.26 Jacksonville, FL @ Welcome to Rockfille / Metroolitan Park
4.28 Mobile, AL @ Soul Kitchen
4.29 New Orleans, LA @ The Civic Theatre
5.1 Memphis, TN @ Beale Street Music Festival
5.2 Chattanooga, TN @ Track 29
5.3 Charlotte, NC @ Caroline Rebellion / Charlotte Motor Speedway
5.13 Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE Indoor
5.15 Columbus, OH @ Rock on the Range / Crew Stadium
5.16 Camden, NJ @ WMMR BBQ / Susquehanna Bank Center
5.19 Grand Rapids, MI @ Orbit Room
5.20 Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room
5.22 Pryor, OK @ Rocklahoma
5.23 St. Louis, MO @ Pointfest / Hollywood Casino Ampitheatre
7.16 Mt. Pleasant, MI @ Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
7.17 Oshkosh, WI @ Rock USA / Ford Festival Park
7.18 Cadott, WI @ Rock Fest 2015

Breaking Benjamin Official Sites:
www.breakingbenjamin.com
www.facebook.com/breakingbenjamin
www.twitter.com/breakingbenj

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Charm City Devils: John Allen Discusses The Band’s Powerful Sophomore Release!

Charm City Devils: John Allen Discusses The Band’s Powerful Sophomore Release!

Baltimore’s Charm City Devils — singer John Allen, guitarist Vic Karrera, bassist Anthony Arambula, guitarist Nick Kay and drummer Jason Heiser — returned to the battlegrounds of rock ‘n’ roll with their powerful sophomore album, “Sins.” The album, which hits the streets April 10 on iTunes and CD Baby via Fat Lady Music, serves as a fitting follow-up to their 2009 debut, “Let’s Rock-N-Roll.” The album already started to create buzz as the first single, a cover of “Man Of Constant Sorrow” (from the Grammy®-winning soundtrack of the George Clooney Oscar®-nominated film “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”), has been exploding on the Active Rock radio airwaves ever since its release. With a video for the song just hitting the Internet, it won’t be long until the song is blasting from every stereo in the land! “Sins” finds the band pulling from real life experiences over the past few years and discovering a harder, edgier tone than their blues-based roots. Doing everything from promotion to mixing to shooting videos themselves, Charm City Devils embody the hardworking, blue collar mentality of the hometown. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently sat down with frontman John Allen to discuss the making of the new album, the challenges during the process and what the future holds for this band on the rise.

We like to give our readers a little background on the artist we are interviewing. How did music first come into your life?

Probably my mom singing around the house while she was cleaning and stuff, ya know? After that, I guess like a lot of kids in the U.S., it was Sesame Street and my parents record collection. They had the Beach Boys, the Beatles and Frank Sinatra. They had all kinds of wacky stuff in there! I was going through some of their stuff today while I was cleaning out and found some Ray Charles records in there. They had pretty eclectic tastes. They bought stuff that was hugely popular at the time they were growing up. It’s really interesting because classic music like that finds ways to bridge generations.

John Allen

Who would you cite as some of your biggest influences as an artist and a songwriter?

Again, growing up in the states, it seems to me that your friends and your friends older brothers, I didn’t have older brothers, but they tend to influence you as an early rock ‘n’ roll kid. My early influences work bands like Iron Maiden, KISS, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Metallica, Mötley Crüe and bands like that. Anything considered to be hard rock or heavy metal are right up my alley! Those guys are who I got turned onto early. Later, I got into The Ramones and a little bit of the punk thing.

What drove you to pursue music as a career as opposed to following a different path?

I don’t know, man. When I started listening to music and there was a moment when I knew I really wanted to learn to play? KISS is what really did it for me. From the incident that I heard them, I knew I wanted to play. I thought, “This is what I want to do!” and I was just a little kid at the time. I haven’t looked back since! I started a band in the fourth grade, we couldn’t really play or anything but we had a band! [laughs] We even put on a concert once but my mom wouldn’t let us charge admission! [laughs] But we tried, had to make some candy money! [laughs]

For people out there who may just be discovering the band, how did the lineup initially form?

I have known almost all of the guys in the band, except for the drummer, for a long time. I played in various bands around Baltimore with these guys. In trying to finalize this lineup, I called Victor to play guitar because I was playing guitar and singing initially. I called Victor to add the second guitar. Anthony and Victor are actually brothers. I asked if Anthony was still playing bass and he wants. We already had Jason in the fold. As soon as possible Anthony and Victor started playing, from the first note, Jason said, “These guys are great and they can really lay it down!” He was really fired up and I wound up coaxing my old friend Nick into joining the band. I said, “Why don’t you learn ‘Highway To Hell’ and play the encores with us.” Then I was like, “Well, why don’t you learn a couple of our songs?” Finally, I was like, “Man, fuck it! Just learn the whole set and join the band already!” [laughs] That way I was able to put my guitar down and stop torturing people with my terrible guitar playing! [laughs] Really, I just wanted to be able to set the guitar down and be able to move around more on stage and put out more energy. I felt that I was chained to the mic stand when I had to play guitar. I definitely have a lot more freedom up there these days.

You guys didn’t get your original record contract in the most conventional way. What can you tell us about that?

Yeah, 98 Rock [WIYY] here in town started playing “Let’s Rock-N-Roll,” which was just a demo at the time. I ended up sending an e-mail up to Eleven Seven in New York. I didn’t know anybody up there. I just said, “Look, we have some airplay happening down here in Baltimore and it is doing really well.” There is a thing called research that all radio stations do. I put in the e-mail that our song was researching right in the middle of their playlist, which I thought was pretty cool because it was a demo tape. We were competing with the other 30 songs on their playlist, which were all major label artists at the time. I laid out my track record and mentioned that I had played drums for SR-71 and I had co-written a bunch of songs with Mitch Allen, which had done fairly well. I never expected to hear anything but, much to my surprise, a day or two later, I got a phone call from New York on my cell phone. I didn’t recognize the number and I hadn’t received any phone calls from New York in a couple of years. I thought to myself, “Whoa! This might be interesting!” I picked it up and the guy on the other end was from Eleven Seven Music. His name was Steve Kline and he said, “You sent us an e-mail” and I said, “Yeah?” I really thought I was being punked! [laughs] I really didn’t believe it was for real but that is how it all got started. Then Nikki [Sixx] heard the stuff and he signed off on it. He said, “Yup! They are good enough to be on my label!” [laughs]

That is a pretty good endorsement!

Yeah! It felt really good, man. He is an amazing icon in the music business. I can’t thank him, that label and the management up there enough for all that they gave us.

Charm City Devils - 'Sins'

Your new album is titled “SINS.” I know we are pretty excited about it. What can you tell us about the album and what fans might expect sonically?

I think what we tried to do with this album was to try and grow as songwriters and musicians. I think we have taken a leap into what is uncharted territory for us. We really wanted to step up our game. Instead of such a raw, stripped down production, like we did on the last record, we wanted to be a little more elaborate but not grandiose. We wanted to tackle different aspects of songwriting and introduce heavier moments, in addition to some lighter moments, to cover the spectrum a bit more. That was something that Skipp Mills, the producer, really helped us with. He has had a lot of success throughout the years. He has won a Grammy, he is a fantastic songwriter, producer and engineer and I really feel he has helped us grow on this record.

The album has a slight change of musical direction, I guess you could say. Was that intentional or more organic?

Well, the last record wasn’t really a band record. The last record, I wrote the songs and I played a lot of instruments on the record. This time around, it was a whole band effort. In most ways it was very organic. As far as the songwriting goes, I wanted to grow. I felt like I was writing the same song over and over again after the Cruefest tour and I didn’t want to just rewrite the first record. I wanted to get better. It finally dawned on me that you should always try to be the best in whatever vocation you have picked. I am through with wasting time and I want to dive head first into becoming the best singer, songwriter and performer that I can possibly be. I owe it to myself and I owe it to the audience who are the paying customers.

How are you approaching songwriting differently these days?

I am trying to expand on melody. Most of the time, having been a drummer and an animal playing live shows, a lot of times my inspiration comes from the thought of playing it live. It is the thought of performing something up-tempo, in your face and very intense. I love that part of music but there is also a time for a mid-tempo groove for people to dance to or for strippers to shake their moneymakers to! [laughs] In all facets, I wanted to push the boundaries a little bit more.

Looking back on the process as a whole, what was the biggest challenge in putting this album together?

Probably just to get it out there. The biggest challenge is getting people to hear it. We have does this solely independently. We are working our butts off doing everything we can do ourselves. There is no record label staff. My friend owns the record label that we are on and we have done all this stuff ourselves. The first song, “Man of Constant Sorrow,” is exploding on radio out west in the heartland of the country. It’s insane. Tonight, I have been working on an acoustic mix of the song that we are going to offer as part of the digital download of the record, as a bonus track. I’m doing that along with different web updates. Our bass player is editing our video for the song right now and he is finishing up our new website. We are all wearing five different hats and trying to get this record out to music lovers everywhere. That is going to be our biggest challenge because we don’t have the big budgets that the major label bands have. We don’t have the promotional budgets, the big video budgets or the big touring budgets. We don’t have any of that but we are going to do this thing smarter, or in a way that is smart for us, than we ever have before because we have to make the dollars stretch. With gas prices at $4 per gallon, it makes that touring prospect very daunting at this stage of the game! [laughs]

The first single is “Man of Constant Sorrow.” How did that come about and did you expect it to take off the way it has?

Charm City Devils - "Man of Constant Sorrow"

Frankly, it really took us by surprise how the single has really caught fire! It is a good surprise though, I will tell you that! The cover came about because I have been a huge fan of the movie, “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” I love the movie and the song. When I heard Ralph Stanley sing it on the Grammys the year they were up for the award, it sent chills down my spine. I have always thought about that moment. When we were kicking around the idea of doing a cover for the record, I thought, “Why don’t we try that?” When we dug into it, I did research for the song and found out that it was a really old song and it wasn’t just written for the movie. It is an old folk song that has really muddy origins. For example, the guy that they credit with writing it says he is not sure that he wrote it! [laughs] I don’t know if that dude is too much of a partier, if he just doesn’t remember writing it or what the story is. If you believe what Wikipedia says, he may have borrowed heavily from an old Baptist hymn or he may have borrowed heavily from an old folk song from Ireland that may even be a hundred years older than that! That whole mystery and mystique around the song made me say, “Wow! That goes right along with the story of Robert Johnson selling his soul to the Devil down at the crossroads.” That mystique seemed very rock ‘n’ roll to me! I thought it could be a great rock ‘n’ roll song which made it all the more exciting to cut that song.

You guys are pouring your blood, sweat and tears into this album. I am sure there will be some relief when it is out there but also a time to celebrate. What are you doing to mark the occasion?

We are kicking off the tour at The Recher Theatre in Towson, Md. We are going to do the normal CD release party and we will have the physical copies there with us. We are having a lot of other bands there on the bill with us. I don’t know, maybe we will have some dancing girls up there with us and I don’t know, maybe we will do some live healings on stage! [laughs]

Sounds like it has potential to be an interesting evening! [laughs] You are probably at a good point to reflect on your body of work. How do you feel you evolved as an artist through the years?

Shew, I hope that I am writing better songs. Man, I go back and I listen to some of the early stuff and — I know a lot of people really love the first records that I put out. However, when I go back and listen to it or do the occasional reunion show with some of the bands that I have been in, I cringe at what I was doing songwriting wise. But it is a process, I mean, it is a learning process and hopefully I have evolved as a songwriter and artist. It is the only thing you can hope! It really is all left up to the public and whether they feel that way or not and if I strike a cord with a massive amount of people or not. I guess that will be the true test and if something lives on, like “Man of Constant Sorrow,” which has been around for at least a hundred years! I could dream of writing something that would last that long but realistically, uh, I don’t know!!! [laughs] I can hope though!

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You are definitely writing from a lot of personal experiences on this record. I was curious to hear what you might consider the defining moment in your career so far?

I don’t know. Ya know, as a performer, I have had a lot of great ups in my career and I really can’t complain. I have had some serious lows too! [laughs] The last tour, playing amphitheaters and opening the main stage of Cruefest was great. I can’t pick one of those nights because so many of them were stellar. We got the opportunity to play Hershey Stadium with this band alongside Jon Bon Jovi. That was great! At one point, I got to jump on stage with Mötley Crüe and sing one of their songs with them a few times. That was a freaky experience! I was up there singing and I am standing there next to Vince Neil. He looks at me and our eyes met and I was like, “Uh, oh, oh, uh, I don’t know what the next word is!” [laughs] I completely forgot the words because I was starstruck. I am actually on stage at Madison Square Garden with Mötley Crüe! That was a trip, man! If someone would have told me 10 or 15 years ago that, that was going to happen, I would have told them they were out of their freakin’ mind! [laughs]

You’ve seen the music industry change so much through the years. What advice would you give someone who wants to pursue a career in the music industry in this current climate?

Learn to do a little bit of everything, whether it is web development, video editing and, most importantly, songwriting. Learn how to write songs and to play your instrument as well as you can. Usually, the first thing that I tell anyone who is younger, is to get together with other like minded people and get a band together. Get that group together and start playing off of each other. I think that is probably the best thing you can do — learn how to be a band. I think that is the first step. There are a lot of bands that are able to do a little bit of everything and it gets tougher out here all of the time. At the same time, the rulebooks have been thrown out the window, so the music industry, right now, is kinda like the Wild West. Anything goes and anything can happen! Just look at how I got the deal with Eleven Seven Music that we were talking about earlier. It was completely unconventional. If anyone told me that is how they got their record deal, I would have told them that was total horseshit. But it happened, it happened to me. I had gotten other record deals the traditional way where you showcase, you court and it takes forever. There are all sorts of scenarios now and there is no set way of getting there. Just keep your dream alive, keep doing what you are doing and work as hard as you can.

It sounds like you are in a good place creatively. In your opinion, what does the future hold for Charm CIty Devils? Both long term and short?

Short term, we are going to get out there on the road and play all of the towns where the radio stations have been playing us to give back. We are playing towns like Colorado Springs, Boise, Spokane, Denver, Salt Lake City, Cedar Rapids and Waterloo. A bunch of dates were just added today like Johnson City, Tennessee, Shreveport, Louisiana and Greenville, North Carolina. Right after the Recher Theater show, we are going to Columbus, Ohio and we will be hitting Lansing, Michigan right after that and then Chicago. We are going to play every nook and cranny where they are supporting us! There are stations that are playing us that we are still finding out about that we didn’t even know were on the record as they say. We were just added to Rocklahoma as well and it is something we are very excited about! Long term, I am just going to keep going! Until I am in the ground and they throw dirt on me, I am going to keep writing and chasing after this crazy dream of mine! I’m too dumb to quit! [laughs]

Is there anything else you want to tell your fans out there?

Yeah! You can find our official website at www.charmcitydevils.com. Sign up for our e-mail list and write to us on Facebook. You can find it at www.facebook.com/charmcitydevils. We write back and we try to be really good about that! After all, the fans are the ones who enable us to do what we love to do.

Awesome! We appreciate your time today, John. We look forward to spreading the word on the album and wish you guys all the best out there on the road!

Thanks, man! I really appreciate that! Take care!

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Redlight King Go Top Ten With “Bullet In My Hand”, Announce Festival Dates

Redlight King Go Top Ten With “Bullet In My Hand”, Announce Festival Dates

Redlight King

Alt/rockers Redlight King have hit Top Ten at Active Rock Radio with their new song “Bullet In My Hand,” with many markets showing the song in their Top Five including Chicago, Phoenix and Nashville. To cap it off, Redlight King will perform “Bullet In My Hand” on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on NBC Thursday, February 23 at 11:30pm (check local listings).

Redlight King will also be joining the likes of Korn, Evanenscence and Chevelle at this year’s Carolina Rebellion, followed by appearances at Rock on the Range alongside

Incubus, Shinedown, Marilyn Manson, etc., and at Rocklahoma! sharing the stage with Megadeath, Rob Zombie, Slash and more (dates below).

For more on Redlight Kings, visit their official site at www.redlightkingmusic.com, as well as their Facebook and Twitter.

Tour Dates:
5/5 Rockingham, NC – Carolina Rebellion@ Rockingham Speedway
5/18-20 Columbus, OH – Rock on the Range @ Columbus Crew Stadium
5/25-27 Pryor, OK – Rocklahoma! @ Pryor Festival Grounds

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Guitar Legend Slash Unveils Cover Art For Upcoming Album ‘Apocalyptic Love’

Guitar Legend Slash Unveils Cover Art For Upcoming Album ‘Apocalyptic Love’

Apocalyptic Love

'Apocalyptic Love'

SLASH–the iconic, Grammy-winning rock guitarist and songwriter–has revealed the cover artwork and album title for his second studio album APOCALYPTIC LOVE. Due out May 22, the new album features Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators and will be released on SLASH’s own label Dik Hayd International and distributed through EMI.SLASH is currently in a Los Angeles studio putting the final touches on APOCALYPTIC LOVE. This week he announced his headlining U.S. tour will begin May 3 in Baltimore. A fan pre-sale is happening now on www.slashonline.com, with the regular on-sale starting tomorrow, Friday, February 17. See the full itinerary below, with more dates to be added.

APOCALYPTIC LOVE, will follow his 2010 debut album Slash and his November 2011 first-ever live  solo album, the two-CD/DVD set Made In Stoke 24/7/11. Notably, the Slash album debuted on the Billboard Top 200 chart at #3(#1 on the Rock chart, #1 on the Independent chart, and #1 on the Hard Music chart). Digitally, the album also became the #1 overall digital album and hit #1 on iTunes in 13 countries. Internationally, the disc achieved Top 5 chart positions in over a dozen major territories, hitting #1 in both Japan and New Zealand.

On APOCALYPTIC LOVE, SLASH–along with and his bandmates Myles Kennedy (vocals), Brent Fitz (drums) and Todd Kerns (bass)–have teamed with producer Eric Valentine, who also produced the Slash disc. All the songs were written together by SLASH and Kennedy and cameras have been rolling throughout the entire making of the album. Check out exclusive behind-the-scenes footage airing weekly at:

Episode 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIYbyb8xXTQ

Episode 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIYbyb8xXTQ

Episode 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIYbyb8xXTQ.

www.slashonline.com

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SLASH’s 2012 headlining U.S. tour dates are as follows:

Thu 5/3 Baltimore MD Rams Head Live
Sat 5/5 Rockingham NC Carolina Rebellion, Rockingham   Speedway
Mon 5/7 Orlando FL Hard Rock Live
Thu 5/10 Biloxi MS Hard Rock Hotel & Casino –   Hard Rock Live
Sun 5/13 Boone, IA Lazerfest, Central Iowa Expo
Mon 5/14 Minneapolis MN The Brick
Wed 5/16 Madison WI Orpheum Theater
Thu 5/17 Grand Rapids MI Orbit Room
Sat 5/19 Columbus OH Rock On The Range, Columbus Crew   Stadium
Sun 5/20 Camden NJ MMRBQ, Susquehanna Bank Center
Sat 5/26 Albuquerque NM Route 66 Casino-on sale 2/27


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Rock Legend Slash Announces U.S. Headlining Tour Kicking Off In May

Rock Legend Slash Announces U.S. Headlining Tour Kicking Off In May

Slash

As he puts the finishing touches on his as-yet-untitled second solo album due out May 22, SLASH–the iconic, Grammy-winning rock guitarist and songwriter–has announced that his headlining U.S. tour will begin May 3 in Baltimore. A fan pre-sale begins this Wednesday, February 15, with the regular on-sale starting Friday, February 17. Tickets will be available at: http://www.slashonline.com/.  The itinerary (see below) encompasses three festival appearances: Saturday, May 5 at Carolina Rebellion, Saturday, May 19 at Rock On The Range and  Friday, May 25 at Rocklahoma.

Meanwhile, this Saturday, February 18, SLASH will join Stevie Wonder, Sean Combs, Chris Cornell, Lenny Kravitz,LL Cool J, Common, Snoop Dogg, former President Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, actors Anthony Hopkins, James Gandolfini and more at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas for a 70th birthday celebration to honor boxing legend Muhammad Ali. “Muhammad Ali is & always has been a role model & a hero to me,” says SLASH. “It’s a huge privilege to be able to perform in his honor. He is one of the great icons of American culture and history.” The 16th annual“Power of Love Gala” celebrates the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali and his contribution to the world and raises awareness for Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, ALS, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s, the disease “The Champ” has been battling since 1984.  Proceeds from the event will benefit the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health’s work toward enhanced treatments and research of neurocognitive disorders and the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Ky. The show will also feature appearances from boxing legends such as Sugar Ray Leonard, Ken Norton, Tommy“Hitman” Hearns, and more. Tickets for this once-in-a-lifetime event are on sale now. ABC will also televise the show nationally on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. EST/ 4 p.m. PST. For tickets and more information, visit: keepmemoryalive.org.

SLASH is currently in a Los Angeles studio working on his new album with Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators. It will be released SLASH’s own label Dik Hayd International distributed through EMI and will follow his 2010 debut albumSlash and his November 2011 first-ever live  solo album, the two-CD/DVD set Made In Stoke 24/7/11. Notably, theSlash album debuted on the Billboard Top 200 chart at #3 (#1 on the Rock chart, #1 on the Independent chart, and#1 on the Hard Music chart). Digitally, the album also became the #1 overall digital album and hit #1 on iTunes in 13 countries. Internationally, the disc achieved Top 5 chart positions in over a dozen major territories, hitting #1 in bothJapan and New Zealand.

For the new album, SLASH–along with and his bandmates Myles Kennedy (vocals), Brent Fitz (drums) and Todd Kerns (bass)–have teamed with producer Eric Valentine, who also produced the Slash disc. All the songs were written together by SLASH and Kennedy, and cameras have been rolling throughout the entire making of the album. Check out exclusive behind-the-scenes footage airing weekly at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIYbyb8xXTQ.

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Poison and Motley Crue To Reunite On “Glam–A–Gedon 25” Anniversary Tour

Apprentice winner and Donald Trump favorite, rocker Bret Michaels, currently recuperating from heart surgery, will reunite with all original Poison band mates for a 25th Anniversary tour tentatively titled “Glam – A – Gedon 25”. For the first time ever Poison and Motley Crue will co-headline a select date summer tour with special guests the New York Dolls.

Although several controversial statements have been made in the press by certain members of Motley Crue vowing this tour would never happen, that is simply not the case.

Fans of both bands have spoken and want the tour to happen and both Motley Crue and Poison have agreed. Concert promoters in these select cities state that the buzz is unbelievable for both the Poison dates as well as the Motley Crue / Poison tour. No doubt this will be the rock tour of the summer.

Both Poison and Motley Crue have a long history of hit songs, bigger than life stage shows, no holds barred live energy not to mention the two bands combined have sold over 100 million records and have over 24 top 40 hits between them. Tickets for the Motley Crue / Poison tour will go on sale March 18, 2011. Poison plan to kick off their 25th Anniversary “Glam -A – Gedon 25” tour in Tupelo Mississippi at the Bancorp South Arena Wednesday May 25th. Michaels will then continue solo, playing Thursday May 26th in Ft. Walton Beach where he will perform for the fans & troops as he did last Memorial Day weekend. Michaels will rejoin Poison in Little Rock at the River Fest Amphitheater on Friday May 27th. Michaels will then perform solo at the Hard Rock in Biloxi on Saturday May 28th. Bret will rejoin Poison and Motley Crue Sunday May 29th at ROCKLAHOMA.

Poison will then continue on alone playing arenas from Memorial Day until rejoining Motley Crue in Dallas at the Starplex Amphitheater on Tuesday June 7th. When reporters recently asked Bret Michaels if there was any bad blood between the bands, Michaels laughs ” there may be some friendly competition but there is no bad blood at all on my part. Nikki and I have spoken several times on the phone recently and the conversations went great.” Michaels continues, “Music is a universal language and I am extremely excited that this tour has come together as are the fans, they are truly going to see a great show. Honestly, I could care less about all the mudslinging, it gets nobody nowhere, and after all I have been through health wise in the last year, I am going to try to focus on what does matter which is the show, the fans, fun and personally throwing a hell of a backstage party.”

Bret Michaels solo tour will start March 19th when he appears at Muhammad Ali’s Celebrity Fight Night alongside Kevin Costner, David Foster, Billy Crystal, Halle Berry and Reba McIntire and will continue up until the Motley Crue / Poison tour starts. The Get Your Rock On solo tour in support of the album of the same name will resume immediately following the select summer dates with Motley Crue & Poison. Fans can go directly to BretMichaels.com to get the latest news and join his Titanium and Platinum Backstage VIP Fan Experience which he has done successfully for years. It will be the only VIP Backstage package offered for the Poison tour.

For more Poison/Bret Michaels tour dates and VIP Fan Experience information go to BretMichaels.com.

 

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Rock Legend Ozzy Osbourne Returns With A Mighty ‘Scream’

Rock Legend Ozzy Osbourne Returns With A Mighty ‘Scream’

Ozzy Osbourne has been a part of the music scene and the pop culture landscape for the better part of four decades. His ability to stay relevant and widely popular for such a long period of time is no small feat and is a testament to his iconic status in the realm of music. We are talking about the guy who introduced the world to heavy metal with Black Sabbath. This is the same guy who gave us one of the greatest albums of the eighties, ‘Blizzard of Oz’. Let’s not forget about his phenomenal and commercially successful album ‘No More Tears’. That is one hell of a resume and with his new album ‘Scream’, Ozzy proves that he still has plenty of tricks left up his sleeve.

‘Scream’ is full of plenty of hard rocking music and searing guitar riffs, but it also has a softer side at times. It is Ozzy’s most complete effort in years and may be one of his best albums to date. ‘Scream’ was recorded in Ozzy’s home studio in Los Angeles and all of the songs on the album were co-written by himself with the help of producer Kevin Churko. One noticeable change this time around is the absence of Zakk Wylde. Zakk has been a staple of Ozzy’s band since the late eighties and I am sure there are many people out there who will be disappointed with his absence on the album. Before all of you Zakk fans out there lose your mind and write off this album, I urge you to reconsider. Give this one a chance guys. Gus G of Firewind has replaced the legendary axe slinger and does an amazing job filling the beer soaked boots of Wylde. I am going to go out on a limb here and say that I actually enjoy Gus G’s shredding a little more than Wylde’s. Zakk had become so prominent on ‘Black Rain’ that it felt more like a Black Label Society album than an Ozzy Osbourne album. Hell, even Ozzy himself said the album sounded too much like Black Label Society and he wanted a change. Listen, I am a huge fan of Zakk Wylde and think he is an amazing guitarist, but he has a tendency to hog the spotlight. If you don’t believe me, check out his solo’s in footage of Ozzy’s old tours. Anyway, enough about Zakk Wylde. Gus G’s presence on the album definitely added new fuel to the unstoppable fire that is Ozzy and has rejuvenated his music.

The album kicks off with a back to back punch of heavy rock in the form of the grinding “Let it Die” and the first single “Let Me Hear You Scream”. Both songs adequately prepare the listener for a sonic assault on their ear drums. “Soul Sucker”, the album’s former title, is up next and comes off sounding like it should have been on Ozzy’s 1995 album ‘Ozzmosis’. It is one of my least favorite tracks on the record and probably should have never been included. The moody and melodic “Life Won’t Wait” follows and is a welcome departure from the sound of the previous track. While it is one of the least heavy songs on the album, Ozzy sounds fantastic and it could be one of the best songs he has done in a long time. “Diggin’ Me Down” begins with a continued lighter tone, but quickly ascends into a drum heavy rocker that is sure to please long time fans of the prince of darkness. After the banging drums have subsided, the listener is treated to the appropriately titled “‘Crucified”. The song delves into religion, but is far removed from the safety that is usually provided by the institution. Ozzy’s tone in the song is one of bitterness and anger. It is good to hear that there is still a little fight left in him after all of these years. Ozzy then switches gears again and delivers the unrelenting and unapologetic “Fearless”. This is the best song on the album. Everything from the guitars to the drumming is nothing short of astonishing. The album is worth picking up for this track alone. ‘Time’ is up next and leans toward being more of a ballad, but intermittently sees the return of heavier moments that are mostly in the form of great guitar work. The last two heavy tracks featured on the album are ‘”I Want It More” and “Latimer’s Mercy”. “I Want It More”‘ is more upbeat, while “Latimer’s Mercy” goes back to the darker and more grinding tone featured on ‘Let It Die’ at the beginning of the album. Both songs are among the best on the album. The last track, “I Love You All”, is a fitting end to the album. The song is mostly instrumental, but eventually features Ozzy singing what is essentially a love note to all of his fans. The song demonstrates that Ozzy is truly a humble man and is appreciative of all of his fans.

‘Scream’ is an amazing album from an even more amazing individual. Ozzy is nothing short of an icon and his status as such is not going to be in jeopardy as long as he continues putting material out of this caliber. While some fans may be put off that Zakk Wylde is not the guitarist on this album, I can tell you that you won’t miss him once you give this one a listen. Gus G is here to stay and that is OK with me. For fans of The Prince of Darkness, this album could prove to be a breath of fresh air and I highly recommend that you pick this one up. The album gets a very solid 4 out of 5. — Steve Johnson

RATING: 4/5

‘Scream’ tracklisting is as follows:

‘Let It Die’
‘Let Me Hear You Scream’
‘Soul Sucker’
‘Life Won’t Wait’
‘Diggin Me Down’
‘Crucify’
‘Fearless’
‘Time’
‘I Want It More’
‘Latimer’s Mercy’
‘I Love You All’
‘Jump The Moon’ (Japanese bonus track)

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Ozzy Osbourne Releases Video For “Let Me Hear You Scream”

Ozzy Osbourne Releases Video For “Let Me Hear You Scream”

The wait is finally over for Ozzy Osbourne‘s Scream which hits stores today! The album marks Ozzy’s first album in almost three years and tenth studio album overall. As an added bonus, Ozzy has released a brand new video for ‘Let Me Hear You Scream’ which can be viewed below. The video was directed by famous Swedish director Jonas Åkerlund.

Scream tracklisting is as follows:

‘Let It Die’
‘Let Me Hear You Scream’
‘Soul Sucker’
‘Life Won’t Wait’
‘Diggin Me Down’
‘Crucify’
‘Fearless’
‘Time’
‘I Want It More’
‘Latimer’s Mercy’
‘I Love You All’
‘Jump The Moon’ (Japanese bonus track)

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Ozzy Osbourne To Lead Dodger Stadium Crowd In Guinness World Record Attempt

Ozzy Osbourne To Lead Dodger Stadium Crowd In Guinness World Record Attempt

Legendary rocker Ozzy Osbourne will lead Dodger fans in what will potentially be the Guinness World Record-holding longest and loudest scream tomorrow, Friday, June 11th, during the 5th inning break when the Dodgers play against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

As part of the third annual ThinkCure! Weekend at Dodger Stadium this Friday, June 11th and Saturday, June 12th, Ozzy and his wife Sharon Osbourne, a cancer survivor, will lend their support to ThinkCure! This stadium-wide scream is also in celebration of Osbourne’s upcoming Epic Records album Scream, due out June 22nd.

During Friday’s game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at 7:10 PM fans will be prompted to save their loudest scream for the middle of the 5th inning when Ozzy Osbourne and Stuart Claxton of Guinness World Records will take the field and lead the crowd in a “Scream for a Cure.” The stadium’s scream will be measured in length and audio level in hopes of breaking the world record. Additionally, Sharon Osbourne lent her support to ThinkCure! by recording a promotional message that will air in-game and during the telethon and online.

Fans can also donate to the ThinkCure! Weekend online at Dodgers.com/ThinkCureWeekend and ThinkCure.org, by calling (866) 554-CURE or by texting CURE to 50555 to make a $10 donation through their mobile phone bill. Last year’s ThinkCure! online auction raised more than $50,000 to fund collaborative and innovative cancer research.

In other Ozzy news, as previously reported, send your Dad a very heartfelt Father’s Day e-card greeting from the Prince Of Darkness. Further details and a preview at this location. Do remember… it IS Ozzy.

Ozzy’s first album in almost three years and tenth studio album overall – will be released on June 11th in mainland Europe, June 14th in the UK, June 22nd in North America and June 23rd in Japan via Epic Records.

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Godsmack Set To Play Jimmy Kimmel Live! On May 5th!

Godsmack Set To Play Jimmy Kimmel Live! On May 5th!

Godsmack will be taking the stage and performing a mini outdoor concert LIVE on Jimmy Kimmel 5/5 in Los Angeles, CA. Tickets will be available to the general public free of charge at http://www.1iota.com/events,4797,Jimmy-Kimmel-Live-GODSMACK-Outdoor-mini-concert.html. Check your local listings for airtimes and make sure to tune in on ABC to watch Godsmack give an explosive late night performance!

Godsmack has released another track for download on iTunes titled “Sants & Sinners“. The band is offering fans the chance to check out a number upcoming tracks off of the forthcoming album including “What If,” “Love Hate Sex Pain,” and the lead single “Cryin’ Like A Bitch.” The Oracle is the first Godsmack album to be produced by Dave Fortman. His resume includes production for Evanescence, Slipknot, Mudvayne, Simple Plan, Otep, Superjoint Ritual, and more.

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