June 2006

Rob Zombie wants you to come as a special guest to see him perform live in the outdoor theatre at Jimmy Kimmel Live in Hollywood. This show is FREE so please know that it is a limited ticket private show – so get your tickets now!

All guests must be at least 18 years or older and available from 6:00PM-9:00PM Friday, June 23rd.

Tickets are available at www.1iota.com.  Tickets are sent out on a first
come first serve basis. 
Source: www.vqpr.com

ROB ZOMBIE on Jimmy Kimmel Live
As Rob Zombie prepares for June 30th, the start of his summer U.S. trek the ‘American Witch Tour,’ he will hold court with late night talk-show guru Jimmy Kimmel. 

The two will have a sit-down tête-à-tête on Zombie’s new CD Release Educated Horses, upcoming American Witch Tour and his fall tour with Godsmack.  Besides his music, Zombie will discuss his new movie projects currently in the works including his new feature cartoon “The Haunted World of El Superbeasto” and his re-write of John Carpenters movie “Halloween.”

After all the action-packed banter in the studio, Rob Zombie and band will then join a crowd of fans on Jimmy Kimmel’s outdoor theatre for a live concert featuring Zombies Billboard Top 20 hit American Witch off the Educated Horses CD [Geffen Records].

Rob Zombie’s American Witch Tour will kick-off June 30th in El Paso, TX at the County Coliseum. The single AMERICAN WITCH is the latest release off the Educated Horses CD (Geffen Records) and is currently on Billboards Top 20 Mainstream chart after only five weeks out.  Educated Horses entered the Billboard Top 200 at #5. Joining Zombie will be metal icons Anthrax.

For more information on all Rob Zombie music and projects go to www.robzombie.com  www.myspace.com/robzombie and www.elsuperbeasto.com
Source: www.vqpr.com

Dearly Beloved is an exciting new project formed by Rob Higgins (ex. Change of Heart & Doctor) with influences from 70’s UK punk to early 80’s pop to Detroit rock and roll.  Already gaining a buzz for their explosive live shows, Dearly Beloved’s debut album You Are The Jaguar is set to be released on July 11, 2006 on Kindling/Warner Music. 

Formed in early 2005, Dearly Beloved includes Higgins (lead singer and bass), Niva Chow (vocalist), Damon Richardson (guitar), Alex Oreilly (drums) and John Pogue (guitar). Higgins and Richardson played together in Change of Heart, Richardson recently left Danko Jones and Oreilly played with Higgins in Doctor.  The rest of the band also worked and collaborated before in various projects before joining Dearly Beloved.

The band’s debut, You Are the Jaguar, was written, produced and recorded by Higgins at Orange Studios and in his home studio Phoebe Street.  “The prettiest sounding moments on the record are the darkest in terms of subject matter,” says Higgins, “and the most brutal and sonically punishing moments are actually the happiest. It is a survival art record.”  “The Butler Routine,” “Acquiesce (These Times Are Underrated)” and “Perils of Snap Decisions” are great examples of those moments.

You Are the Jaguar is not a traditional solo album; it documents life experiences from the perspective of one man yet is buoyed by the generosity and love of close friends. That bond is evident when you see this group live and is also an essential ingredient in making Dearly Beloved stand out from the rest.  Higgins describes, “Now, it’s all about Dearly Beloved. Chaos tempered with love and delivered with great fury.”
Check out www.dearlybeloved.ca for further details.

Press Reviews:

“Dearly Beloved were gathered in front of the crowd this night to rock and fucking roll, and nothing else. With the help of a female vocalist and a frontman with enough spark to light a fireworks show, this band put on a solid show.” – Phil Villeneuve, Chartattack

“…Toronto’s Dearly Beloved is onto something with their full-length debut, an album crammed with everything from punk to shoegaze, alt-rock and a bazillion little subtleties. Creative driving force and singer Rob Higgins is more than able to handle the constant musical forays, and the rest of the players have plenty of their own fire to throw into the mix.” – Evan Davies, Now Magazine

Tour Dates: (more tbc)

July 1 –  Edgefest – Molson Amphitheatre w/ OLP Toronto 
July 11- 7PM at Sam’s on Yonge St. Toronto – CD release party, show and video shoot!!!
July 28 – 10pm, The Horseshoe – w/ C’mon and Bionic Toronto
Aug 3 – 9pm, Roxy’s – w/ Aide-de-camp St. John’s, NFLD.
Aug 4 – 9pm, The Basement – w/ Aide-de-camp St. John’s, NFLD.
Aug 5 – 9pm,   The Ship Pub w/ Aide-de-camp St. John’s, NFLD.
Aug 6 – 3pm,   The Alternative / All Ages w/ Aide-de-camp St. John’s, NFLD.
Aug 6 – 10pm, The Alternative St. John’s, NFLD.
Aug 9 – 10pm, Jimi-Jack’s Grand Falls, NFLD
Aug 10 – 10pm, Legend’s Gander, NFLD
Aug 11 – 9pm, D’Attic – w/ Aide-de-camp Cornerbrook
Aug 16 – 9pm, The Paramount – w/ Aide-de-camp Moncton, NB
Aug 18 – 9pm, The Attic w/ Aide-de-camp Halifax, NS
Aug 19 – 9pm, Hell’s Kitchen, w/ Aide-de-camp Halifax
Source: www.skylarentertainment.ca

The Flairs are currently in the middle of an intensive national Canadian tour in support of their debut full length CD Shut Up and Drive (Pacific Music/Warner).  Next week the albums second single and video “Sorry 4 Lovin’ You” will be released to rock radio and MuchMusic as the follow up to the bands spin on Skid Row’s “18 & Life”.  Due to manufacturing delays the CD that was set to be released on May 23rd will now be nationally released on June 13th; the same day as the U.S (Burnside).

The band created a buzz with their 2004 debut EP; The Flairs constantly toured across North America appearing at festivals such as NXNE, Canadian Music Week, New Music West, Seattle’s ROCKRGRL Conference and L.A.’s International Pop Overthrow.   They shared the stage with David Lee Roth, Robin Black and even Vanilla Ice.  Two videos from their 2004 EP “Ready to Roll” and “Falling into Pieces” were played on MuchMusic on regular basis. 

With influences as diverse as the Ramones, Metallica, Guns N Roses, Dance Hall Crashers, Veruca Salt and Stone Temple Pilots, The Flairs attribute their unique sound to their individual influences. The band features ex- Tuuli members Dawn Mandarino (vocals and guitar) and Jen Foster (drums and vocals), ex-Bif Naked guitar player Gillian Hanna (lead guitar and vocals) and her brother Ryan Hanna  (bass) .


2006 Tour Dates:
June 11th Groove Lounge, Oshawa, ON
June 12th Murphy’s Inn, Cornwall, ON
June 13th Clark Hall Pub, Kingston, ON
June 14th Hemisphere Gauche, Montreal, Que
June 15th Youth Unlimited, Brockville, ON
June 16th Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto, ON
June 17th Zaphod’s, Ottawa, ON
June 18th Corktown, Hamilton, ON
June 21st Twisters, Chatham, ON
June 23rd Phog Lounge, Windsor, ON
June 24th Call The Office, London, ON
June 26th – Shadow Lounge – Pittsburgh, PA
June 29th – Dragonfly – Harrisburg, PA
June 30th – Arlene’s Grocery – New York, NY
July 1st – Forum Lounge – Kingston, NY
July 2nd – Grog & Tankard – Washington, DC
July 6th – HiFi Club – Lakewood, OH
July 7th – Elva’s Fiesta Club – South Bend, IN
July 8th – Bulldog Cafe – Louisville, KY
July 9th – The Hideaway – Johnson City, TN
July 10th – Ground Zero – Spartanburg, SC
July 11th – Swayze’s – Atlanta, GA
July 12th – Jack Rabbits – Jacksonville, FL
July 13th – Alligator Alley – Fort Lauderdale, FL
July 14th – Haven Lounge – Winter Park, FL
July 15th – Club Fusion – Saint Augustine, FL
July 17th – Club Sin – Lafayette, LA
July 19th – Northgate Tavern – Baton Rouge, LA
July 20th – Engine Room – Houston, TX
July 21st – Headhunters Club – Austin, TX
July 22nd – Chic’s Bar & Billiards – El Paso, TX
July 25th – Burt’s Tiki Lounge – Albuquerque, NM
July 27th – Dive Bar – Las Vegas, NV
July 29th – Anarchy Library – Downey, CA
July 31st – Cat Club – Los Angeles, CA
August 1st – Doll Hut – Anaheim, CA
August 2nd – Elbo Room – San Francisco, CA
August 3rd – G Street Pub – Sacramento, CA
Source: www.skylarentertainment.ca

Billy Preston Passes Away

“The Fifth Beatle,” Billy Preston, died of kidney failure today in Scottsdale, Arizona, according to Fox News. He was 59, and had been in a coma for the past eight months.

Preston was diagnosed in May 2001 with kidney failure due to high blood pressure and anemia. He was admitted to a Nashville hospital due to severe leg pain, and was originally diagnosed with phlebitis. He underwent outpatient dialysis treatments and had a kidney transplant in 2002.

The Houston native, who was a child prodigy on organ and piano, did session work with The Beatles on their Let It Be album. He appears in the famous rooftop scene of the group performing “Get Back.” He is also on their “Abbey Road” album, George Harrison’s “All Things Must Pass” album and was a keyboardist for George’s Concert for Bangla Desh, John Lennon’s “Plastic Ono Band” album and the single “Oh My My” on Ringo Starr’s “Ringo” album. Ringo once said, “Billy is the incredible musician of life. You come to realize that if Billy is reading a book, eating a sandwich and playing, he still outplays us all. He’s so good.” Preston also toured and recorded with The Rolling Stones. His own single, Outa-Space, won a Grammy in 1972. His most notable songwriting hit is “You Are So Beautiful,” sung by Joe Cocker.

Billy Preston was born on September 2nd, 1946. He was raised in Los Angeles, and was playing organ by 10. He toured with Little Richard when he was 15, and was a regular cast member on Shindig. With his signature afro and toothy grin, he acted in Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, starring alongside the Bee-Gees and Peter Frampton, and in The Blues Brothers with Dan Aykroyd.