July 2009

George Thorogood Confirms Exclusive Guitar Center Sessions Event; New Album Out Tuesday

On July 27, guitar legend George Thorogood will perform and speak about his career at an exclusive Guitar Center Sessions event at Guitar Center Hollywood. He will also sign CD copies of his new Capitol/EMI album, The Dirty Dozen, to be released July 28, at the free event which begins at 7pm.

Thorogood’s appearance for Guitar Center’s popular Guitar Center Sessions series (www.guitarcenter.com/sessions) will focus on George’s historic role in the evolution of blues guitar, the secrets behind his instantly recognizable finger-picking and slide technique as well as his distinguished career.  Presented in conjunction with Gibson Guitars and Capitol/EMI, the event is free and open to the public, and fans in attendance will have an exclusive opportunity to purchase Thorogood’s new CD before it is available in stores the following day.

George Thorogood & The Destroyers have returned to Capitol/EMI for the release of The Dirty Dozen, a scorching new blues-rock album pairing six new studio recordings with six classic fan favorites, including three popular tracks that were previously out-of-print in the U.S.  The album will be widely available on CD and digitally, and it will also be exclusively available for purchase on vinyl LP at Thorogood’s official site, www.georgethorogood.com, and at the band’s concerts on tour. Thorogood & The Destroyers are traveling to more than 30 U.S. cities this summer on a tour that includes 22 co-headlining dates with Jonny Lang.

George Thorogood & The Destroyers released their self-titled debut album in 1977 and quickly established themselves as radio favorites and as a touring machine. They signed with EMI for their major label debut, 1982’s Bad To The Bone, and they recorded seven studio albums during their tenure with the label, departing after 1997’s Rockin’ My Life Away. Described as “the world’s greatest bar band,” the group has had tremendous success with Thorogood’s original compositions like “You Talk Too Much,” “I Drink Alone,” and of course “Bad To The Bone;” he’s also had hits with covers of iconic blues-rock songs like “Who Do You Love” (Bo Diddley), “Move It On Over” (Hank Williams) and “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer” (John Lee Hooker).  2004’s Greatest Hits: 30 Years Of Rock was Billboard’s #1 Blues Album in 2004 and 2005, and the band’s 12th studio album, 2006’s The Hard Stuff, hit #2 on Billboard’s Blues chart.

Designed to provide informative, provocative conversation and hands-on tutorials, Guitar Center Sessions serves as an incubator for musicians, providing them an opportunity to network with their peers in an intimate setting and gain career-fostering advice from their heroes. Past Guitar Center Sessions have featured music legends such as Slash, RZA, Pete Rock, Dave Mustaine, Dick Dale, and Joe Satriani. Other Guitar Center programs designed to foster up-and-coming musicians include Guitar Center’s Drum-Off, the world’s largest drum competition, Guitar Center’s King of the Blues, the search for the nation’s greatest undiscovered blues guitar player and Guitar Center On-Stage, a program developed to organically scout and launch unsigned artists by providing career altering opportunities through partnerships with some of the world’s greatest artists.


Monday, July 27 – 7pm

Guitar Center Hollywood

7425 Sunset Blvd

Hollywood, CA  90046

Free to the public. Limited capacity.

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Billy Talent III Debuts at #1 in Canada

Warner Music Canada recording artists Billy Talent’s latest album, Billy Talent III, has debuted this week at  #1 in Canada on both the physical and digital album sales charts with combined sales of over 40,000 copies. All figures are provided by Nielsen SoundScan. This is the second consecutive album to debut at #1 in Canada for the Toronto-based band.  Billy Talent III has the highest one week sales of any Canadian release in 2009 and has the third highest one week sales behind only U2 and Eminem.

In Germany, the album shipped gold and debuted at #2 with close to 50,000 copies sold.  Billy Talent’s previous album had debuted at #1 in Germany three years ago with less than one-third as many copies sold in the first week.  The new album also shipped gold in Austria where it debuted at #2 in its first week.  In Switzerland, Billy Talent III debuted at #3 marking the highest ever chart position for the group in a country in which they had never before cracked the Top 30.  Billy Talent enter the Norwegian album charts for the first time ever with a debut this week at #28 while hitting the Top 40 on the U.K. charts for the first time – entering at #35.  More numbers are expected before the end of the week from Australia, New Zealand and Finland (where it is expected to enter in the Top 10).


Early reviews are raving about Billy Talent III:

“Endlessly anthemic, bursting with hooks, impeccably played and thrillingly heavy where it counts.”

–          Toronto Star

“Billy Talent III is a mind-blowing example of a band at the top of its game.”

–          Rock Sound (U.K.)

“Without much hype at all from the media, the group has developed into one of the biggest cult bands in the world.”

–          Kerrang (U.K.), letter from the editor on why Billy Talent graces their cover


In other news, it has now been confirmed that Billy Talent III will be released in the U.S. and Japan on September 22, 2009 on Roadrunner Records (home of Nickleback, Slipknot, Airbourne).

Billy Talent III was recorded in Los Angeles and Atlanta by famed producer Brendan O’Brien (AC/DC, Rage Against The machine, Soundgarden).  The album’s lead single, “Rusted From the Rain,” was the band’s first ever #1 track at Rock Radio in Canada where it remained for a number of weeks.  The video for “Rusted” was directed by Wayne Isham (Metallica, Bon Jovi, Avenged Sevenfold) and won a MuchMusic Video Award for International Video of the Year by a Canadian.

Billy Talent are currently on tour across the United States with Rancid and Rise Against.  The band will headline its own U.S. tour in the Fall

Source: www.warnermusic.com

Our Lady Peace "Burn Burn" * US Tour Starts Tonight

Our Lady Peace, the Canadian rock band consisting of Raine Maida, Duncan Coutts, Jeremy Taggart and Steve Mazur released their 7th studio album Burn Burn TODAY in the U.S. through Warner Music Group’s Independent Label Group.  Burn Burn is being released as a standard 10 track CD as well as a Deluxe two disc CD/DVD fanpack with bonus tracks, music videos and exclusive studio footage.


The first single off Burn Burn is "All You Did Was Save My Life" and the video stars fellow Canadian Shenae Grimes of "90210" and "Degrassi: The Next Generation" fame. You can watch the video in its entirety on Myspace here.  


"All You Did Was Save My Life" is new & active on both the BDS and Mediabase Alternative radio charts. Momentum is building thanks to recent adds from KDGE/Dallas, KTBZ/Houston, WFNX/Boston and KRXK/Salt Lake City. It’s already in rotation at four different formats (Top 40, Triple A, Alternative, Active) including early love from WXRP/NYC, CIDR/Detroit, WKRK/Cleveland, DIMX/Detroit, WEDG/Buffalo, WBRU/Providence, Alt Nation/SiriusXM and WLUM/Milwaukee among others. 


Ultimate-Guitar is currently running a contest giving away 5 pairs of tickets to 10 of their upcoming August US tour dates with Electronic Touch and Meese.


AOL and MSN are both hosting full album listening parties.

Upcoming Tour Dates: (US Dates in Bold)

7/21/09 New York, NY Irving Plaza

7/23/09 Edmonton, AB Edfest

7/24/09 Regina, SK Summer Invasion

7/25/09 Vancouver, BC Virgin Fest

7/28/09 Los Angeles, CA Troubador

8/2/09 Halifax, VS Rockfest @ Citadel Hill

8/8/09 Brandon, MB X fest

8/10/09 Dallas, TX    House of Blues*

8/11/09 Austin, TX    Antone’s*

8/12/09 Houston, TX House of Blues*

8/14/09 Atlanta, GA Center Stage#

8/16/09 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts#

8/17/09 Washington DC 9:30 Club#

8/18/09 Boston, MA Paradise Rock#

8/20/09 Cleveland, OH House of Blues#

8/21/09 Detroit, MI  Fillmore#

8/22/09 Chicago, IL The Vic#

* with Electronic Touch

# with Meese

Source: ilgpress.com

David Bowie "Space Oddity" 40th Anniversary Digital EP & App

David Bowie and Virgin/EMI are celebrating the 40th anniversary of Bowie’s “Space Oddity” with the release of a commemorative digital EP and a new app for the iPhone and iPod touch.  The digital EP, available now for download purchase from all major digital service providers, features four versions of “Space Oddity” plus its original eight multi-track stems, enabling fans to remix the song as they please using their own software or with iKlax software.  iKlax’s “Remix David Bowie – Space Oddity” app, available now on the iTunes App Store, also allows fans to become ‘Ground Control’ to remix the track their way.

Originally released on July 11, 1969 to coincide with the Apollo 11 moon landings, “Space Oddity” was featured by the BBC in its television coverage of the lunar event, and the song later won an Ivor Novello award. The song’s enigmatic protagonist, Major Tom, has become a recurrent theme throughout Bowie’s work and career, and was revisited in the song “Ashes To Ashes.“

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DAVID BOWIE: “Space Oddity (40th Anniversary EP)” (digital)

1. Space Oddity (original U.K. mono single edit) 3. Space Oddity (U.S. stereo single edit)

2. Space Oddity (U.S. mono single edit)  4. Space Oddity (1979 re-record)

* * *

Notes to editors:

iKlax multitrack software for Mac or PC (www.iklaxmusic.com/davidbowie) allows fans to use the original eight multi-track stems from the EP without complicated home studio software. Users simply download the iKlax “Creator” software and follow the simple steps to remix and make the iKlax song file.

The iKlax ‘Remix David Bowie – Space Oddity’ app for iPhone and iPod Touch, sold on the iTunes App Store, provides fans with a unique and exciting opportunity to remix the individual tracks, including vocals, acoustic 12-string guitar, drums and bass, mellotron, organ and guitars, guitar solo, strings and other orchestration.  Fans can “shake” the phone for random mixes and save their mix versions, all on the go – anytime, anywhere.

Source: www.emicap.com

Capitol/EMI Announces U.S. Release Details for Duran Duran’s "Rio (Special Limited Edition)" & "Live At Hammersmith ’82!"

Capitol/EMI announces the September 22 U.S. release details for two new Duran Duran collections featuring several rare and previously unreleased recordings and videos. The British pop band’s second album, 1982’s Rio, has been expanded for a deluxe 2CD ‘Special Limited Edition’ to include its original U.K. mix and several tracks remixed for the U.S. album release, as well as a second disc of demos, B-sides, and other rarities. The collection will also be available for download purchase from all major digital service providers with two additional digital-only bonus tracks.  Previously unreleased and long sought-after by fans, Duran Duran’s Live At Hammersmith ’82! concert recording will also be released September 22 in CD/DVD and digital audio packages.

Rio’s new 2CD ‘Special Limited Edition’ will be housed in a deluxe, 52-page case-bound book with canvas cover finish.  Released in 1982, Rio was Duran Duran’s second album.  Fueled by their groundbreaking, cinematic music videos, leading man looks, and staggeringly heavy rotation on MTV and radio for the album’s singles, including the title track, “Hungry Like The Wolf,” and “Save A Prayer,” Duran Duran shot to superstardom, topping charts around the world.  In the U.S., the double-Platinum album spent 129 weeks on Billboard’s Pop Albums chart.

Live At Hammersmith ’82! has long been sought-after by Duran Duran fans.  Previously unreleased, the 1982 concert was filmed and recorded at London’s Hammersmith Odeon as Duran-mania was sweeping the world.  The performance features signature hits including “Rio,” “Hungry Like The Wolf,” “Girls On Film,” and “Save A Prayer,” as well as the fan favorite “Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me),” among others. The set’s DVD includes the full concert, as well as music videos for tracks from the Rio album and two previously unreleased ‘”Top of the Pops” TV performances from 1982.

In a career spanning 30 years, Duran Duran has sold more than 100 million records around the world and has achieved 21 Billboard Hot 100 charting singles in the U.S.


Duran Duran: Rio (Special Limited Edition) (2CD; digital)

Disc 1

Original U.K. album mix     U.S. album & EP remixes

1. Rio      10. Rio (U.S. album remix)

2. My Own Way    11. My Own Way (Carnival Remix)

3. Lonely In Your Nightmare    (U.S. 12” Carnival EP)

4. Hungry Like The Wolf   12. Lonely In Your Nightmare

5. Hold Back The Rain     (U.S. album remix)

6. New Religion    13. Hungry Like The Wolf (U.S. album remix)

7. Last Chance On The Stairway  14. Hold Back The Rain (U.S. album remix)

8. Save A Prayer

9. The Chauffeur

Disc 2

Manchester Square demos (recorded August 28, 1981)

1. Last Chance On The Stairway

2. My Own Way

3. New Religion

4. Like An Angel

Non-album U.K. singles & B-sides

5. My Own Way (original 7” version – U.K. single A-side, released Nov. 1981)

6. Like An Angel  (U.K. single B-side, released Nov. 1981)

7. Careless Memories (live – U.K. single B-side, released May 1982)

8. The Chauffeur (Sing Blue Silver) (U.K. single B-side, released Nov. 1982)

Alternate versions & re-mixes

9. My Own Way (Night Version) (U.K. 12" single A-side, released Nov. 1981)

10. Hungry Like The Wolf (Night Version) (U.K. 12" single A-side, released May 1982)

11. Rio (Night Version) (Dutch 12" Carnival EP, released Sept. 1982)

12. New Religion (Carnival Remix) (Japanese 12" Carnival EP, released Sept. 1982)

13. Hold Back The Rain (Carnival Remix) (U.S. 12" Carnival EP, released Sept. 1982)

Rio (Special Limited Edition) (digital-only bonus tracks)

My Own Way (instrumental version)

Hold Back The Rain (alternate remix)


Duran Duran: Live At Hammersmith ’82! (CD/DVD)


1. Rio

2. Hungry Like The Wolf

3. Night Boat

4. New Religion

5. Save A Prayer

6. Planet Earth

7. Friends Of Mine

8. Careless Memories

9. Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me)

10. Girls On Film


1. Rio     DVD Extras:

2. Hungry Like The Wolf   Rio music videos

3. Night Boat    My Own Way

4. New Religion    Hungry Like The Wolf

5. Save A Prayer   Save A Prayer

6. Planet Earth    Lonely In Your Nightmare

7. Friends Of Mine   Rio

8. Careless Memories   The Chauffeur

9. Make Me Smile    “Top Of The Pops” UK TV performances

(Come Up And See Me)  Hungry Like The Wolf (May 13, 1982)

10. Girls On Film   Rio (Nov. 18, 1982)


Duran Duran: Live At Hammersmith ’82! (digital concert album)

1. Rio    6. Planet Earth

2. Hungry Like The Wolf  7. Friends Of Mine

3. Night Boat   8. Careless Memories

4. New Religion   9. Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me)

5. Save A Prayer  10. Girls On Film

Source: www.emicap.com

Party like it’s 1993 – Meat Puppets support Stone Temple Pilots on three shows

Meat Puppets have been invited to open three shows for Stone Temple Pilots:


July 17 – Mohegan Sun Arena – Uncasville, CT**

July 18 – Borgata Hotel and Casino – Atlantic City, NJ**

July 19 – Merriweather Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD**

Press LOVES Sewn Together!

"Thank you Jesus for the Kirkwood brothers. Sewn Together is one of the top five best albums I’ve heard so far this year and more importantly, it is yet another step in The Meat Puppets’ journey of greatness." – THE TRIPWIRE

"Sewn Together, which is a wonderfully satisfying work. Somehow, it all does get sewn together in a mix of styles that’s both head-spinning and earthily rocking." – LA WEEKLY

"Sewn Together is reminiscent of the glory days of the Meat Puppets." – FILTER

" 3 1/2 Stars… The interplay of Curt’s drowsy vocals and freaky guitar can still induce vertiginous spells — witness the dreamy yet insistent "Blanket of Weeds" — while the snappy "Love Mountain" reveals the clever pop craftsman behind his woozy persona." – SPIN

"Sewn Together’s songs demonstrate that the once purveyors of grunge are still adept songwriters." – AOL SPINNER

"The number of ingredients found in a Meat Puppets record is impressive, but the way the band blends those pieces is what’s truly astonishing. At its best, Arizona’s Meat Puppets makes you think there are no boundaries between punk, country, and pop. The appropriately named "Sewn Together" finds Curt Kirkwood and his brother Cris Kirkwood crafting mongrel music as fine as anything in the band’s catalog." – BOSTON GLOBE

Everyone from Nirvana to Pavement to Stone Temple Pilots cite Meat Puppets as one of the most significant American bands.

The highly influential Meat Puppets started as a punk rock band, but established their own unique style, blending punk with country and psychedelic rock. Meat Puppets later gained significant exposure when the Kirkwood brothers served as guest musicians on Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged performance in 1993. The band’s subsequent album Too High to Die went gold, selling over 500,000 albums, and became their most successful release. The band reunited in 2006.

Recorded at The Saltmine in Phoenix, Arizona in winter 2009, the album features the Kirkwood brothers, Cris and Curt, with drummer Ted Marcus.

Upcoming Shows

July 15 – Pizza Luce – Duluth, MN

July 17 – Mohegan Sun Arena – Uncasville, CT**

July 18 – Borgata Hotel and Casino – Atlantic City, NJ**

July 19 – Merriweather Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD**

** opening for Stone Temple Pilots

Sewn Together OUT NOW on Megaforce Records

Source: www.daffodilpublicity.com


Juno Award-winning, internationally recognized singer/songwriter Sass Jordan, who has sold over one million CDs worldwide, is set to release her new album From Dusk ‘Til Dawn (Kindling Music/Warner) this fall.  Due to enthusiastic fan demand, the label will make the CD available online in advance of retail.  Download the new CD via iTunes, Amazon, Napster, eMusic, Rhapsody and many more on August 4, 2009.  Retail stores will release the CD on September 15, 2009 with a tour to follow.

With many popular social networking websites, artists are embracing opportunities to interact with fans online and Jordan is no exception.  “It has changed my interaction with fans significantly,” she says, “there is a feeling that is fostered by these sites that makes you feel part of a community, and allows you to feel more connected to people. I also think the fans enjoy the ability to ask the questions they have always wanted to ask, and have an opportunity to be involved in the show in a more intimate and interactive sense”.

Connect with Sass Jordan:

Twitter twitter.com/sassjordan

Facebook www.facebook.com/pages/Sass-Jordan/78629386218?ref=ts

Myspace www.myspace.com/sassjordan

YouTube www.youtube.com/user/SassJordanOnline

Jordan has made a living singing, performing, writing and recording music internationally for the past thirty years. Winner of Billboard’s Best Female Rock Vocalist award, the bilingual Montrealer has toured and/or worked with many music heavyweights, including Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Cheap Trick, Van Halen, Carlos Santana and Joe Cocker.

Her latest CD, entitled From Dusk ‘Til Dawn, was written and recorded from July through October 2008, and features songs and sounds that reflect the atmosphere of the late 70’s Southern California scene. ‘I started out singing in Westmount Park, with my friends and a couple of acoustic guitars … passersby would stop and listen for a while, as we honed our skills in public’, says Jordan. “Naturally, this type of vocal harmony and melodic sensibility is now a staple in my repertoire, and one I had a blast revisiting on this current recording”.

Joining Jordan on the CD is Derek Sharp, who also co-wrote, sang, produced and played multiple instruments, Peter Cardinali on bass guitar,Jorn Anderson on drums and percussion, Gary Breit on keyboards, Michael Borkosky on guitars and co-arrangements, and lastly, Chris Caddell on guitar.

“The title of the CD comes from me wanting to write about that time of day when things are most uncertain, in a state of potentiality, right before the night manifests, with all it’s accompanying fear, passion, quiet, loneliness, dread, and dreams,” Jordan explains.  “It’s the time we seem to be the most vulnerable emotionally, and as an artist, that time is very interesting to explore.”

Instantly recognizable as a household name, Sass Jordan’s audience is widespread.  Her work in television has exposed her to a broad audience, reaching many demographics.  Teens and young women find Sass a compelling, successful role model; music lovers are familiar with her career as a singer and an artist.

Tour Dates:

July 24, 2009 – Canal Concert Series, North Tonawanda, NY; Details: On Stage @ 7pm, All Ages

July 25, 2009 – Mattawa Voyageur Days, Mattawa, ON; Tickets: $30 @ voyageurdays.com Details: On Stage @ 7pm, All Ages

August 28, 2009 – W-2’s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands

August 29, 2009 – Westerpop; Delft, The Netherlands; Details: On Stage: 9:15PM, More Info: westerpop.nl

September 11, 2009 – Norma Jeans, London, ON; Tickets: $15 Details: On Stage @ 11pm, 19+

September 12, 2009 – Hugh’s Room, Toronto, ON Details: TBA, 19+

November 19, 2009 – The Barking Parrot, Penticton, AB, $20 19+

November 21, 2009 – The Bert Church, Airdrie, AB Tickets: $27/$30  Details: 2 sets, 7:30pm & 8:15pm, All Ages

Source: www.skylarentertainment.ca

Flogging Molly Announce Canadian Tour in October

Flogging Molly has confirmed an upcoming Canadian tour with Winnipeg rockers, Inward Eye, that will kick off in Halifax, NS on October 14.  The two-week run takes the band from coast to coast, wrapping up with two shows in Vancouver, BC on October 29 & 30.


Tickets go on sale for most of Flogging Molly’s Canadian tour dates on

Saturday, July 18th through all of the standard ticket outlets. For more detailed ticket info and updates on this tour, visit www.floggingmolly.com.

Flogging Molly are currently touring in support of their 2008 full-length ‘Float’, which was called "one of the most important CDs of the year, if not the decade" by Alternative Press and landed at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 charts, fueled by the singles "Float" and "Requiem For A Dying Song."  The band is enjoying a two week stint on the Vans Warped Tour – including dates in Toronto and Montreal last weekend- headlining with notable punk icons such as Bad Religion, NOFX, and Anti-Flag.

Prior to Flogging Molly’s Canadian tour, they will be embarking on a series of U.S. West Coast dates in September with legendary LA ska/rocksteady outfit Hepcat and  the 60’s Motown-inspired group Fitz and the Tantrums.

Flogging Molly also recently celebrated an accomplishment that most musicians only dream of, the receipt of their first Gold Record in the U.S. After over ten years of touring and an amazing fan base that grows each week, the band’s 2002 release "Drunken Lullabies" cruised past the 500,000 unit mark last month, and was officially certified gold by the RIAA.

Drawing on the hardships and joys of their own lives and a musical history ranging from old world Celtic to modern day punk rock, the seven members of Flogging Molly do it with a charm and an ease that makes them one of the most accessible bands performing today. "We’re not a traditional band," explains Dublin born singer/songwriter, Dave King. "We are influenced by traditional music and inspired by it, and we put our own little twist on it."

Founded in Los Angeles in 1997 by the expatriate King, Flogging Molly got its start and its name from a local bar called Molly Malone’s where the band played and grew and laid down the blueprint for its eventual success. As every member of Flogging Molly will emphatically explain, there were no predetermined expectations for the band’s sound.

Confirmed Flogging Molly Canadian Tour Dates

w/very special guest Inward Eye:

October 14: Halifax, NS @ The New Palace (tix on sale 7/18)

October 15: Moncton, NB @ Club Oxygen (tix on sale 7/18)

October 17: Quebec City, QC @ Imperial de Quebec (tix on sale 7/18)

October 18: Montreal, QC @ Metropolis (tix on sale 7/18)

October 19: North Bay, ON @ Canadore College (tix on sale 8/1)

October 20: Kitchener, ON @ Elements (tix on sale 7/16)

October 21: Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy (tix on sale 7/16)

October 23: Thunder Bay, ON @ The Outpost (tix on sale 7/18)

October 24: Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings Theatre (tix on sale 7/17)

October 25: Saskatoon, SK @ Odeon (tix on sale 7/17)

October 26: Edmonton, AB @ Edmonton Events Center (tix on sale 7/18)

October 27: Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall (tix on sale 7/18)

October 29: Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom (tix on sale 7/17)

October 30: Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom (tix on sale 7/17)



Source: www.rebelmusic.ca

THE RAMONES to be played by LIVING THINGS in The Runaways movie

St. Louis garage rockers Living Things are about to appear as one of their hero bands, the Ramones in the now-filming The Runaways, the biopic about the groundbreaking 70’s all-girl hard rock group led by Joan Jett. Kristen Stewart of Twilight fame plays Jett, with Dakota Fanning as Cherie Currie and Academy Award-nominated actor Michael Shannon as the band’s “Svengali” Kim Fowley.

In the scene, which is shooting this month, the Ramones are playing at Rodney Bingenheimer’s notorious English Disco nightclub in Los Angeles circa 1975. Living Things have already recorded a cover of "We’re A Happy Family" for the scene.

In addition to having a useful resemblance in attitude to the punk progenitors, the band has a direct line into the production – singer Lillian Berlin is the husband of the film’s writer and director Floria Sigismondi.

“I love Joey Ramone,” said Berlin. “He is like the Elvis of punk. It’s a mystical, exotic vacation to step into his shoes for a moment.”

Living Things are currently on the road in support of their latest album Habeas Corpus which was released earlier this year and has garnered substantial critical acclaim. The band also dropped an iTunes exclusive EP on June 16th based around their latest single “Oxygen” which is currently impacting at Alternative radio. 

Living Things will continue touring throughout 2009 and will play a high-profile slot at Lollapalooza in Chicago’s Grant Park on August 8th.

The Runaways will hit theaters in 2010

Source: www.themusebox.net

Billy Talent on the cover of Kerrang magazine

Billy Talent’s new album, Billy Talent III will be released next Tuesday, July 14, 2009.  This week, the band graces the cover of Kerrang Magazine in the U.K.  While we would have crowed about the cover story any way (it is attached to this e-mail), I wanted to point out specifically the words written by the magazine’s editor in this week’s edition of the venerable hard rock magazine:


"The scale of Billy Talent’s success has taken a lot of people by surprise.  I hadn’t quite realized quite how popular the Canadian quartet had become until a few years ago when, idly watching TV in a German hotel room, I saw the band perform Red Flag live at Rock am Ring 2007 to the biggest festival crowd you’ve ever seen: check out the clip on YouTube, it’s phenomenal.  When we got to see them play the same set at a tiny K! Week of Rock show at the Barfly in Camden that August it caused goosebumps.  Without very much hype at all from the media, the group have developed into one of the biggest cult bands in the world, so we figured it was high time you were introduced properly.  Their story is an inspiring one for any young band…"

Source: www.warnermusic.com

The Gaslight Anthem – Highlights From A Whirlwind Week

It’s been one memorable week for The Gaslight Anthem.


The New Brunswick, New Jersey soul-punk-rockers, who released their sophomore full-length "The ’59 Sound" last August to worldwide critical acclaim, are currently on tour in Europe, highlighted by two spectacular shows last weekend at Glastonbury (Saturday) and on the main stage at Hyde Park’s Hard Rock Calling (Sunday).

The band was honoured to welcome the legendary Bruce Springsteen on-stage both days for an unforgettable performance of The Gaslight Anthem’s single

"The ’59 Sound". Vocalist/guitarist Brian Fallon also joined Springsteen & The E Street Band on both days to perform "No Surrender".


Hand-held, fan footage of Springsteen and The Gaslight Anthem performing "The ’59 Sound" at Hyde Park is available here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARUmrZZ_WXs

Following last weekend’s festival performances, "The ’59 Sound" jumped to #43 on the UK album charts and to #13 on the UK iTunes album charts.


To cap off the week, Fallon stopped by the UK’s Sun Newspaper studios yesterday to perform a stirring cover of Leonard Cohen’s "Hallelujah", available here:



The band is also currently featured on the cover of the UK’s Rock Sound Magazine.

The Gaslight Anthem recently announced a North American headlining tour this fall, marking the band’s last headline run before heading into the studio later this year to record the follow-up to "The ’59 Sound".  The tour features Murder By Death as direct support, and the lineup will be rounded out by a rotating group of great bands, including The Loved Ones, Jesse Malin, Frank Turner, Broadway Calls, and Ninja Gun.


Sept 24: Commodore @ Vancouver 

Sept 26: Edmonton Arts Ctr @ Edmonton

Sept 27: MacEwan Ballroom @ Calgary

Sept 29: Riddell Centre @ Regina

Oct 1: Garrick Centre @ Winnipeg

Oct 13: Kool Haus @ Toronto  




Source: www.rebelmusic.ca

THE HOOTERS Release New Music Videos for Both Sides Live – OUT NOW!

The Hooters announce the release of  three new music videos recorded as companion pieces to Both Sides Live, the recently-released 2-CD set showcasing the bands diverse talents: LIVE and ACOUSTIC.

Three new videos supporting the release of Both Sides Live are now available for viewing online. The videos were produced with the generous assistance of Hohner Musical Instruments. For many years Hohner has been cooperating with professional artists to improve quality and sound and create new products that enable the artist to express their passion for virtuosic music.

The videos include a live acoustic duo performance of All You Zombies, an Electronic Press Kit (EPK), an album trailer, and a 22-minute Hohner interview with Rob and Eric.

Both Sides Live has now been released throughout Europe with European distribution by Neo.

Both Sides Live boasts the dense, musically adventurous sound that has made The Hooters a staple of the east-coast rock scene.  The Hooters create a style of music that can withstand the passage of time and maintains its relevancy through the sheer simplicity of superior craftsmanship.  In addition to newly penned material,  Both Sides Live offers inspired live performances of The Hooters best known songs including break-through tracks, ‘And We Danced’, ‘The Boys of Summer’, ‘All You Zombies’ and ‘I’m Alive.’

“Recording these shows was a labor of love, as they say,” comments Eric Bazilian, “We loved doing both sets, showcasing all of the many layers of the Hooters and really,  both experiences were so different.  The acoustic set was such an intimate experience with the fans, very emotional and the electric set was just so much fun.  I think fans are going to love both CDs played right next to each other!”

“Our friend, violinist Ann Marie Calhoun, came down to play with us and it just added another dimension to what we were trying to accomplish with the shows.  The Hooters have always been about great songwriting, great live performances and lots of surprises and Both Sides Live delivers on all fronts.”  Adds Rob Hyman.

“…. unlike some artists who think staying relevant means running from what makes you unique, The Hooters weren’t afraid to make use of what they do best.”              The NY Daily News

“… with their patented (and oft imitated) mix of town and country flavors, with beautifully finessed song constructions and rootsy, folksy sonic textures (spunky mandolin, swirling keyboards, exploding guitar lines).“  Philadelphia Daily News


About The Hooters:

Origin of a name:  The distinctive sound that plays throughout is the Melodica, a combination keyboard/harmonica instrument the band called a "Hooter".  The Hooters celebrate a rich musical history:

The Hooters released five studio albums between 1983 and 1993, a live album in 1994, and retrospective collections in 1996 and 2001. In addition, numerous other collections of live recordings and bootlegs were released in the U.S. and Europe. Their first studio album in 14 years ‘Time Stand Still’ was released in 2008 to critical and popular acclaim. Both Sides Live is set for a July 21, 2009 US release date.

Bursting onto the Philadelphia music scene, The Hooters can lay claim to a deep and varied musical career including a string of hits, legions of fans, countless high-profile live performances and a list of songwriting collaborations that reads like a who’s-who of rock royalty.

Rolling Stone magazine has recognized the Hooters as the "Best New Band of the Year" 1985, and David Fricke said, "The Hooters have made airwave magic with unconventional ingredients".

In addition to their work with The Hooters, founding members Rob Hyman and Eric Bazilian have written and produced songs for many artists, including Cyndi Lauper, Joan Osborne, Ricky Martin, Dar Williams and Jon Bon Jovi to name a few.

Rob Hyman and Cyndi Lauper co-wrote her hit song "Time After Time" which received the 1984 Grammy nomination for Song Of the Year.  Eric Bazilian’s masterfully penned "One Of Us", written specifically for Joan Osborne, received the 1996 Grammy nomination for Song Of the Year. In the year 2000, the Hooters were honored to have Ricky Martin cover the English version of "Private Emotion" on his Grammy nominated debut CD.

The Hooters Are:

Eric Bazilian: Lead Vocals, Guitars, Mandolins, Recorder, Harmonica, Banjo

Rob Hyman: Lead Vocals, Keyboards, Accordian, Melodica, MC

John Lilley: Guitars, Mandolin, Dobro

Fran Smith, Jr.: Bass, Backing Vocals

Dave Uosikkinen: Drums, Percussion

Guest Artist on Secret Sessions:  Anne Marie Calhoun: Violin, Backing Vocals

Source: www.VermillionMediaGroup.com


THE BLACK CROWES announce the second and third leg of their 2009 ‘Stuck Inside Utopia” Tour.

‘Stuck Inside Utopia’ begins August 25, 2009 at Wolf Trap in Vienna, Virginia and concludes in the US with a five night run of shows at the legendary Fillmore in San Francisco on December 6, 2009. 

On September 1, 2009, THE BLACK CROWES will release their new studio CD, Before the Frost… and celebrate with a live performance on the “Late Show with David Letterman.”  

A second album, titled …Until The Freeze, will be given away for free exclusively through a unique download code which is included in Before The Frost… as a “thank you” to their fans for two decades of continued support.

The Black Crowes set will feature over two hours of music culled from the forthcoming new release and the band’s deep catalogue. Widely known for varying their nightly set lists performing new material, album cuts, rarities and covers in addition to their hits, THE BLACK CROWES, consistently deliver a fresh and unpredictable live show.

Critical acclaim and popular success has seen THE BLACK CROWES sell over 20 million albums worldwide. They are time and again hailed as one of Rock and Roll’s best live acts.

THE BLACK CROWES are: Chris Robinson (vocals), Rich Robinson (guitar, vocals), Steve Gorman (drums), Sven Pipien (bass), Adam MacDougall (keyboards) and Luther Dickinson (guitar).

Tickets for the second and third legs go on sale as listed below and are available at the box offices and through www.livenation.com or www.ticketmaster.com



Stuck Inside Utopia” Tour 2009

DATE              CITY/ST          VENUE                                  ON SALE DATES                        OPENING ACT

Tue-Aug-25    Vienna, VA    Wolf Trap Center for the Arts    On Sale Now    On Sale Now    Truth & Salvage Co.


Wed-Aug-26    Hyannis, MA    Cape Cod Melody Tent    On Sale Now    On Sale Now    Truth & Salvage Co.


Thu-Aug-27    Boston, MA    Bank of America Pavilion    On Sale Now    On Sale Now    Levon Helm Band / Truth & Salvage


Sat-Aug-29    Atlantic City, NJ    Borgata Event Center    On Sale Now    On Sale Now    Levon Helm Band


Sun-Aug-30    Baltimore, MD    Ram’s Head Live    On Sale Now    On Sale Now    "An Evening With"


Mon-Aug-31    Lancaster, PA    American Music Theatre    On Sale Now    On Sale Now    Truth & Salvage Co.


Wed-Sep-02    New York, NY    Central Park Summerstage    On Sale Now    On Sale Now    Levon Helm Band / Truth & Salvage Co.


Fri-Sep-04    Westbury, NY    Theatre at Westbury    On Sale Now    On Sale Now    Truth & Salvage Co.


Sat-Sep-05    Asbury Park, NJ    Stone Pony Summerstage    On Sale Now    On Sale Now    Truth & Salvage Co.


Sun-Sep-06    Virginia Beach, VA    American Music Festival    On Sale Now    On Sale Now    Truth & Salvage Co.


Tue-Sep-08    Bridgeport, CT    The Klein    On Sale Now    On Sale Now    Truth & Salvage Co.


Wed-Sep-09    Jim Thorpe, PA    Penn’s Peak    On Sale Now    On Sale Now    Truth & Salvage Co.


Fri-Sep-11    Utica, NY    Saranac Brewery    On Sale Now    On Sale Now    Truth & Salvage Co.


Sat-Sep-12    Rama, Ontario    Casino Rama    On Sale Now    On Sale Now    "An Evening With"


Sun-Sep-13    London, Ontario    Centennial Hall    On Sale Now    On Sale Now    TBD


Wed-Sep-16    Providence, RI    Lupo’s    On Sale Now    On Sale Now    "An Evening With"


Thu-Sep-17    Burlington, VT    Higher Ground    On Sale Now    On Sale Now    "An Evening With"


Fri-Sep-18    Kingston, NY    UPAC    On Sale Now    On Sale Now    Truth & Salvage Co.


Thu-Sep-24    Oklahoma City, OK    OK State Fair – Norick State Fair Arena    Sat-Jul-11    10AM    Truth & Salvage Co.


Fri-Sep-25    Huntsville, AL    Big Spring Jam    On Sale Now    On Sale Now    Festival/Truth & Salvage Co.


Sat-Sep-26    Nashville, TN    Ryman Auditorium    On Sale Now    On Sale Now    Truth & Salvage Co.


Mon-Sep-28    Oxford, MS    The Lyric    On Sale Now    On Sale Now    Truth & Salvage Co.


Tue-Sep-29    Knoxville, TN    Tennessee Theatre    On Sale Now    On Sale Now    Truth & Salvage Co.


Wed-Sep-30    Charlotte, NC    The Fillmore    On Sale Now    On Sale Now    Truth & Salvage Co.


Fri-Oct-02    Asheville, NC    Thomas Wolfe Auditorium    On Sale Now    On Sale Now    Truth & Salvage Co.


Sat-Oct-03    Atlanta, GA    Chastian Park Amphitheater    On Sale Now    On Sale Now    Truth & Salvage Co.


Sun-Oct-04    Myrtle Beach, SC    House of Blues    Fri-Jul-10    10AM    "An Evening With"


Tue-Oct-06    Pompano Beach, FL    Pompano Beach Amphitheatre    Sat-Jul-18    10AM    Truth & Salvage Co.


Wed-Oct-07    Clearwater, FL    Ruth Eckerd Hall    Fri-Jul-24    10AM    Truth & Salvage Co.


Fri-Oct-09    Lake Buena Vista, FL    House of Blues    Fri-Jul-10    10AM    "An Evening With"


Sat-Oct-10    New Orleans, LA    House of Blues    Fri-Jul-10    10AM    "An Evening With"


Sun-Oct-11    Birmingham, AL    Alabama Theatre    Fri-Jul-10    10AM    Truth & Salvage Co.


Tue-Oct-13    Austin, TX    Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheatre    Sat-Jul-11    10AM    Truth & Salvage Co.


Wed-Oct-14    Houston, TX    House of Blues    Fri-Jul-10    10AM    Truth & Salvage Co.


Fri-Oct-16    Dallas, TX    The Palladium Ballroom    Fri-Jul-10    10AM    Truth & Salvage Co.


Sat-Oct-17    Bossier City, LA    Horseshoe Bossier City – Riverdome    Fri-Jul-10    10AM    Truth & Salvage Co.


Sun-Oct-18    Beaumont, TX    Ford Pavilion – Dog Jam     tba    tba    tba


Tue-Oct-20    TBD                   


Wed-Oct-21    TBD                   


Thu-Oct-22    Phoenix, AZ    Arizona State Fair    Sat-Sep-12    tba    "An Evening With"


Thu-Nov-05    Grand Rapids, MI    Orbit Room    Fri-Jul-10    10AM    Truth & Salvage Co.


Fri-Nov-06    Chicago, IL    Riviera Theatre    Sat-Jul-11    10AM    Truth & Salvage Co.


Sat-Nov-07    Milwaukee, WI    The Riverside Theatre    Fri-Jul-10    Noon    Truth & Salvage Co.


Tue-Nov-10    Indianapolis, IN    Egyptian Room @ Murat Centre    Fri-Jul-10    10AM    Truth & Salvage Co.


Wed-Nov-11    St. Louis, MO    The Pageant    Fri-Jul-10    10AM    Truth & Salvage Co.


Fri-Nov-13    Denver, CO    Fillmore Auditorium    Sat-Jul-11    10AM    Truth & Salvage Co.


Sat-Nov-14    TBD                   


Sun-Nov-15    Salt Lake City, UT    The Depot    Sat-Jul-11    10AM    Truth & Salvage Co.


Tue-Nov-17    Seattle, WA    The Showbox SODO    Fri-Jul-10    10AM    Truth & Salvage Co.


Fri-Nov-20    Portland, OR    Roseland Ballroom    Fri-Jul-10    9AM    Truth & Salvage Co.


Sat-Nov-21    TBD                   


Sun-Nov-22    San Diego, CA    House of Blues    Fri-Jul-10    10AM    Truth & Salvage Co.


Sat-Nov-28    Los Angeles, CA    Club Nokia @ LA Live    Fri-Jul-10    10AM    Truth & Salvage Co.


Sun-Nov-29    Las Vegas, NV    House of Blues    Sat-Jul-11    10AM    Truth & Salvage Co.


Tue-Dec-01    San Francisco, CA    The Fillmore    Sun-Sep-13    10AM    Truth & Salvage Co.


Wed-Dec-02    San Francisco, CA    The Fillmore    Sun-Sep-13    10AM    Truth & Salvage Co.


Fri-Dec-04    San Francisco, CA    The Fillmore    Sun-Sep-13    10AM    Truth & Salvage Co.


Sat-Dec-05    San Francisco, CA    The Fillmore    Sun-Sep-13    10AM    Truth & Salvage Co.


Sun-Dec-06    San Francisco, CA    The Fillmore    Sun-Sep-13    10AM    Truth & Salvage Co.

Source: www.vermillionmediagroup.com

Our Lady Peace US Tour Dates * Album News * Video for "All You Did…"

Our Lady Peace, the Canadian rock band consisting of Raine Maida, Duncan Coutts, Jeremy Taggart and Steve Mazur will release their 7th studio album on July 21st, 2009. Burn Burn will be released in the U.S. through Warner Music Group’s Independent Label Group. Burn Burn will be released as a standard 10 track CD as well as a Deluxe two disc CD/DVD fanpack with bonus tracks, music videos and exclusive studio footage. The band will be playing US shows this summer including July 21st at Irving Plaza in NYC and July 28th at the Troubadour in LA. A full list of dates is below.


The first single off Burn Burn is "All You Did Was Save My Life" and the video stars fellow Canadian Shenae Grimes of "90210" and "Degrassi: The Next Generation" fame. You can watch the video in its entirety on Myspace here. Also, check out Shenae live from the video set on E! here.


"All You Did Was Save My Life" is off to a quick start at radio. It’s already been added into rotation at four different formats (Top 40, Triple A, Alternative, Active) with early support from stations like WXRP/NYC, CIDR/Detroit, WKRK/Cleveland, DIMX/Detroit, WEDG/Buffalo, WBRU/Providence, Alt Nation/SiriusXM and WLUM/Milwaukee among others.


OLP will be available in NYC for press July 21st and 22nd and LA July 27th and 28th. Music is available upon request.


Our Lady Peace – Burn Burn Official Track Listing


1. All You Did Was Save My Life

2. Dreamland

3. Monkey Brains

4. The End Is Where We Begin

5. Escape Artist

6. Refuge

7. Never Get Over You

8. White Flags

9. Signs of Life

10. Paper Moon

11. Time Bomb (*Deluxe Only)

12. The Right Stuff (*Deluxe Only)


DVD (*Deluxe Only):

All You Did Was Save My Life (*Live In Studio)

Dreamland (*Live In Studio)

Monkey Brains (*Live In Studio)

Never Get Over You (*Live In Studio)

Refuge (*Live In Studio)

The Right Stuff  (*Live In Studio)

All You Did Was Save My Life (Music Video)

The Right Stuff (Music Video)


Upcoming Tour Dates: (US Dates in Bold)

7/3/09 Buffalo, NY Molson Canal Series

7/8/09 Calgary, AB Stampede Roundup

7/9/09 Grand Praririe, AB Summerslam

7/11/09 Sarnia, ON Rogers Bayfest

7/14/09 Ottawa, ON Bluesfest@ Lebreton Flats

7/18/09 Grand Falls, NFLD Centennial Park

7/21/09 New York, NY Irving Plaza

7/23/09 Edmonton, AB Edfest

7/24/09 Regina, SK Summer Invasion

7/25/09 Vancouver, BC Virgin Fest

7/28/09 Los Angeles, CA Troubador

8/2/09 Halifax, VS Rockfest @ Citadel Hill

8/8/09 Brandon, MB X fest

8/10/09 Dallas, TX House of Blues

8/11/09 Austin, TX Antone’s

8/12/09 Houston, TX House of Blues

8/14/09 Atlanta, GA Center Stage

8/18/09 Boston, MA Paradise Rock

8/22/09 Chicago, IL The Vic

Source: ilgpress.com