The Third Annual “Ride For Ronnie” Motorcycle Rally and Concert took place earlier last month and raised $40,000 for the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund. Attended by motorcycle enthusiasts and rockers by equal measure; bikers, bands, and fans young and old represented to raise money in memory for late heavy metal legend Ronnie James Dio of Black Sabbath, Heaven And Hell, and Rainbow fame, who passed away from Gastric Cancer in 2010. Continue reading →
We have followed Halestorm’scareer with close intent at Ghost Cult. From small clubs, to big arenas, to festival stages world-wide, and even music cruises, it’s little wonder they have become such a name in rock so fast. They live shows are becoming the stuff legend and frontwoman Lzzy Haleis the most charismatic a star we have seen in years.Continue reading →
The Dollyrots has launched their third crowdfunded project for an upcoming live album and DVD tentatively titled It Isn’t Easy Being Awesome: The Dollyrots Live in the USA, out this fall.
There will be plenty of pledger only exclusives and unique items like tour guitars, video chats, surprise goodie boxes, back stage passes, tour experiences and much more. As always, regardless of what you order, all pledgers will receive the digital download of the live album the moment it’s ready for release and before the general public gets their hands on it. Go here for more information and watch the pledge video below.
The band will be supporting Bowling For Soup on tour this summer.
Jun 04: Historic Scoot Inn – Austin, TX Jun 05: House of Blues – Houston, TX Jun 06: House of Blues – Dallas, TX Jun 07: The Korova – San Antonio, TX Jun 17: Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA Jun 18: Irving Plaza – New York, NY Jun 19: TLA – Philadelphia, PA Jun 20: Soundstage – Baltimore, MD Jun 21: House of Blues – Cleveland, OH Jun 22: Shelter – Detroit, MI Jun 23: Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL Jun 24: Vogue – Indianapolis, IN Jun 25: Mercury Ballroom – Louisville, KY Sep 11: Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO Sep 12: Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT Sep 13: Neurolux – Boise, ID Sep 14: Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR Sep 15: Crocodile – Seattle, WA Sep 16: WOW Hall – Eugene, OR Sep 17: Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA Sep 18: Bottom Of The Hill – San Francisco, CA Sep 19: Roxy – Los Angeles, CA Sep 20: House of Blues – Anaheim, CA Oct 24: Women’s Festival w/Lita Ford – Modesto, CA Oct 30/Nov 1: FEST in Gainesville, FL*
Daily lineups have been announced for the 2015 Heavy Montreal Festival, happening August 7-9, 2015 at Parc Jean Drapeau in Montreal, QC.
Friday, August 07th:
Korn (performing their self-titled debut) Alexisonfire Mastodon Meshuggah Lagwagon Extreme Arch Enemy Neurosis Strung Out Periphery Gorguts Fozzy Lofofora Veil Of Maya The Flatliners The Acacia Strain Moneen Obscura After The Burial Cattle Decapitation Nothing More Toyguitar
Saturday, August 08th: Faith No More Iggy Pop NOFX Billy Talent Testament Abbath Gojira Lita Ford Rocket From The Crypt Glassjaw Pentagram Devin Townsend Project Deafheaven Dying Fetus B.A.R.E. Swingin’ utters The Brains The Agonist Masked Intruder Battlecross Slaves On Dope Intervals Dig It Up Mass Murder Messiah
Sunday, August 09th: Slipknot Lamb Of God Bullet For My Valentine Within Temptation Warrant Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg With Andrew W.K. Nuclear Assault Ihsahn Asking Alexandria Dokken Coal Chamber Pig Destroyer Motionless In White Sanctuary Small Brown Bike Insomnium Jasta Upon A Burning Body Anonymus Wilson Omnium Gatherum Dead Tired Sandveiss
New York based (via Vienna and London) artist Rob Decoup will be releasing his debut album Rays of Sun, out March 31, 2015. The album was produced by Mike Plotnikoff (Buckcherry, Drowning Pool, Skillet, We As Human, Rascal Flatts, Halestorm).
Decoup’s upcoming album encompasses a slew of songs that’ll capture the hearts and minds of rock and rollers. To compliment this colorful arrangeme nt of storytelling, Decoup assembled a sturdy cast of players to realize the rhythm and urgency of his songs. “Eric Friedman from Creed is on guitar, Marty O’Brien from Lita Ford’s band plays bass, Phil X who replaced Richie Sambora as touring guitarist for Bon Jovi lays down some nice leads and Dan Welby did the basic drum tracks.” says Decoup
The 2015 Heavy Montreal Festival has confirmed their lineup, which will be happening at Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal, QC from August 7-9, 2015. For those speculating about who will be on this year’s Summer Slaughter Tour, check out the post below.
Slipknot Faith No More Korn (performing “Korn” in full) Alexisonfire Lamb Of God Iggy Pop NOFX Billy Talent Mastodon Bullet For My Valentine Meshuggah Within Temptation Gojira Testament Arch Enemy Lagwagon Lita Ford Marky Ramone and Andrew W.K. (performing a Ramones set) Warrant Dokken Rocket From The Crypt Asking Alexandria Periphery Deafheaven Coal Chamber Nuclear Assault Dying Fetus Glassjaw Ihsahn Pentagram Gorguts B.A.R.F. Motionless In White Moneen Lofofora Small Brown Bike Pig Destroyer Anonymus The Flatliners The Agonist Fozzy Upon A Burning Body Nothing More Jasta Battlecross Insomnium Slaves On Dope Ominum Gatherum Wilson Dead Tired Toyguitar Intervals Dig It Up
The Monsters of Rock Cruisewill be setting sail for the Bahamas this April 18-22 2015 aboard the MSC Divina, the four-day-and-night cruise celebrating the original legendary Castle Donington music festival held in England in 1980, will showcase Heavy Metal and Hard Rock music icons, including artists on the original festival bill.
This year’s cruise itinerary is kicked off by a two-night pre-party event at Miami’s Magic City Casino on April 15, featuring performances by Queensryche and Lillian Axe, and April 17, featuring performances by Stryper, Tyketto, Gabbie Rae and a special surprise guest artist.
Tesla Europe Night Ranger Tom Keifer of Cinderella Extreme KIX Queensryche Krokus The Winery Dogs Stryper Lita Ford Black Star Riders Y&T Zebra Black ’N Blue Faster Pussycat Honeymoon Suite Tyketto Keel John Corabi Kip Winger Michael Sweet Richie Kotzen Mike Tramp Joel Hoekstra Derek St. Holmes Ron Keel Leatherwolf Babylon AD Bang Tango Heavens Edge Frank Hannon Band Lillian Axe Rhino Bucket Pamela Moore Gabbie Rae Atomic Punks AJ’s Bravehearts
In addition, Eddie Trunk, host of VH1’s That Metal Show and “The Trunk Nation” on Sirius XM, is returning this year as Master of Ceremony. Eddie will be assisted by an all-star lineup of personalities including Luc Carl from XM’s Hair Nation, Nikki Blakk from 107.7 FM’s “The Bone,” Keith Roth, host on Sirius XM’s Hair Nation/Boneyard, Don Jamieson, comedian, co-host of VH1’s That Metal Show; Craig Gass, comedian/actor from Howard Stern’s channel on Sirius XM and DJ Will, music supervisor of VH1’s “That Metal Show,” In addition, this year’s cruise will feature a “Monster” version of the world famous Cathouse nightclub, complete with original proprietorsTaime DowneofFaster PussycatandRiki Rachtmanof MTV’s Headbangers Ball.
Swedish hard rockers Europeis streaming “Days of Rock N Roll” and “Nothin’ To Ya” off of their tenth album War of Kings, out March 10, 2015 via Hell & Back Recordings, here.
Recorded at the brand new PanGaia Studios in Stockholm, Sweden, produced by Dave Cobb (Rival Sons) and engineered by John Netti,War of Kings sees the quintet confidently creating 11 monstrously melodic, yet hard-hitting classic rock’n’roll standouts for their fervent global audience.
War of Kings tracklisting:
1) War Of Kings 2) Hole In My Pocket 3) Second Day 4) Praise You 5) Nothin’ To Ya 6) California 405 7) Days Of Rock n’ Roll 8) Children Of The Mind 9) Rainbow Bridge 10) Angels (With Broken Hearts) 11) Light Me Up Bonus: Vasastan (Instrumental)
Europe recently released their amazing new music video for the title track “War of Kings”, directed by Patric Ullaeus of Revolver Film Company (In Flames, At The Gates, Arch Enemy). In only a few weeks’ time, the video has racked up over 93,000 views. Watch it here.
Europe will be taking part on the Monsters of Rock cruise, setting sail on April 18th from Miami, FL, cruising to Poseidon’s Grotto/Nassau, Bahamas, and docking back in Miami on April 22nd. The cruise features performances from Tesla, Night Ranger, Lita Ford, and more.
Once back on land, Europe will embark on an eight-city tour of select eastern U.S. states, including a headline slot at the M3 Rock Festival in Columbia, MD.
EUROPE U.S. Tour Dates: Apr 18 – 22: Monsters of Rock Cruise – Miami, FL Apr 24: Potowatomi Casino – Milwaukee, WI Apr 25: House of Blues – Cleveland, OH Apr 26: The Vogue – Indianapolis, IN Apr 28: House of Blues – Chicago, IL (w/ Black Star Riders) Apr 30: Irving Plaza – New York, NY (w/ Black Star Riders) May 01: The Bears Den – Niagara Falls, NY (w/ Black Star Riders) May 02: Merriweather Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD (M3 Rock Festival) May 03: Mohegan Sun – Uncasville, CT
New York based (Vienna and London) Rob Decoup is streaming his new music video for “Roll”, here.
Decoup’s music comes from the surrealistic imagery of dreams weaved around his thoughts of the moral-sociological-political triumphs & struggles of his time. “When I turned 15 I got an electric guitar, but my folks didn’t know it needed an amp, so for a while I simply trained my ear and manipulated the sound with no amp!” – says Decoup. It’s all about invention and evolution—from his days of no-amp’d guitars to his now fully evolved razor-sharp sounds, adapting to survive is his key instinct. He holds a PhD in Political Science, which means he’s a natural communicator between cultures, between citizens of the world and those in power; Rob isn’t on a mission to make your body simply dance, he aspires to be a positive influence by shaping the world around him through music.
To compliment this colorful arrangement of storytelling on his upcoming debut album Rays of Sun, Decoup enlisted veteran producer Mike Plotnikoff (Aerosmith, Buckcherry) and assembled a sturdy cast of players to realize the rhythm of his songs. “Eric Friedman from Creed is on guitar, Marty O’Brien from Lita Ford’s band plays bass, Phil X who replaced Richie Sambora as touring guitarist for Bon Jovi lays down some nice leads and Dan Welby did the basic drum tracks.” says Decoup.
Famed musician, writer and producer Kim Fowley, who epitomized the Hollywood music business in the 1960s and 1970s, died on January 15 after a long battle with bladder cancer. He was 75.
He was best known as Svengali, producer and promoter of the all girl 70s rock band the Runaways, which launched the careers of future starlets Joan Jett, Cherie Currie and Lita Ford.
Though Fowley never registered any major hits in his own name – his 1969 Imperial album “Outrageous” barely grazed the charts at No. 198 – he had a hand in several ’60s and ’70s chart records. Consistently ahead of the curve as a talent scout, he was involved with artists like Warren Zevon and Cat Stevens early in their careers.
Blessed with a genius for self-promotion, with a sharp tongue and gift of gab that magnetized writers, Fowley styled himself, in English writer Barney Hoskyns’ words, as “the ultimate Hollywood pop hustler.”
Born in L.A., Fowley was the son of Douglas Fowley, a familiar second-tier leading man and heavy in film and TV. He attended West L.A.’s University High, where his classmates included surf duo Jan & Dean and future Beach Boy Bruce Johnston.
Fowley was prominently featured in the 2003 documentary “Mayor of the Sunset Strip,” about L.A. DJ and onetime club owner Rodney Bingenheimer, a close friend. In Floria Sigismondi’s 2010 biopic “The Runaways,” Fowley was portrayed by Michael Shannon.