SONIC CITY ADDED TO JEFF MARTIN’S WESTERN CANADIAN TOUR
Vancouver band Sonic City has been added to Jeff Martin’s Western Canadian tour dates next week as the opening act. Sonic City will join Martin on May 1st in Winnipeg, May 3rd in Edmonton, May 4th in Calgary and May 6th in Vancouver.
Sonic City features 12 year old guitar wiz, Danny Sveinson, who began playing guitar at 8 years old and started performing as The Rock and Roll Kid at 10. Acclaimed Vancouver singer/songwriter Rod Burn fronts Sonic City, while bassist James Green and drummer Dean Richards round out the four piece band. The new full length album is in stores this week and the first single “So Far Away” was recently released to rock radio across Canada.
Sveinson was quickly proclaimed “A Guitar God in Training” on the cover of Vancouver’s Georgia Straight and has been featured on MTV, YTV, The Mike Bullard Show, The Vicky Gabereau Show and the historic Showtime at the Apollo. Legends such as Alex Lifeson, Angus Young, Jimi Hendrix, Joe Perry, and Jimmy Page influenced Danny’s soulful yet edgy style. The guitar wiz has already performed with the legendary Les Paul in New York. Film Production Company Mars Entertainment has filmed a one hour documentary, which has already been picked up by the CBC, Knowledge Network and SLC in Canada and The Sundance Channel in the USA.
Tour Dates with Jeff Martin:
May 1, Winnipeg @ Cowboy’s, Presented by POWER 97
May 3, Edmonton @ Red’s, Presented by The BEAR
May 4, Calgary @ MacEwin Hall Ballroom, Presented by CJAY 92
May 6, Vancouver @ The Commodore Ballroom, Presented by CFOX
TONY HARNELL departures from TNT
Most of you should have seen the statement by Tony Harnell of his departure from TNT. Here it is again:
Tony Harnell: “I was hoping to have a little good news for TNT fans after a press release was prematurely leaked two weeks ago. Since that leak an attempt was made to put together an amazing farewell tour for the fans and we were hoping to announce that in this official release, but unfortunately the other members of the band turned the tour down.”
“It is with a clear mind and a sad heart that I announce my final departure from TNT. It’s been an amazing 22 years and we have created some great music for thousands of faithful fans worldwide. This was a difficult decision, but change is not always a bad thing. The reasons for me leaving are both personal and professional. It is simply time to open a new chapter in my life in a fresh environment. I wish my former colleagues and friends of TNT all the best in their future endeavours both in life and in music. To the fans I wish to express my deepest heartfelt gratitude for your many years of love and support and I look forward to share with you the fruits of my future music creations. I will ask the fans to try to focus on the music and the positive things we did together and will now do apart and ignore the rest. I am excited about the future. The work with my solo project is in full bloom and I can’t wait to see you all on the road again.”
Much Love, Tony.
David Gilmour on AOL
The special David Gilmour recently did for AOL can be seen here.
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XYZ’s Terry Ilous Doubles Your Fun
XYZ frontman Terry Ilous has taken to lending his voice to the world of television commercials. In his newest voiceover, rock veteran Ilous can be heard portraying one of the twins frolicking in a town square singing about a new Wrigley’s Doublemint product, Doublemint mints (
One of approximately four hundred people who auditioned for the part, Ilous impressed the commercial’s directors with his versatility and style.
“This jingle was not an easy one to land, and I’m very proud to be part of the Wrigley’s family.”
Ilous is known for his powerhouse vocals on songs such as “Face Down In The Gutter” and “Inside Out.” Fluent in French, English and Spanish, Ilous, who earned 2 Gold Albums during his career,and has recorded with members of such diverse bands as Ozzy Osbourne ,Peter Gabriel,Sting ,Steve Wonders ,AC/DC ,Maria Cary and many others; Previously signed to Capitol Records, his voice can be heard on numerous television shows , film soundtracks.,and cartoons: ”
” He can sound like the guy next door or a European rock star ” says one top Los Angeles agent.. ” Terry Ilous is excited about his next project, a sensual latin rock cd sung entirely in Spanish, which he expects to complete later this year.
VIKING SKULL Shows The World That They Were Born In Hell On May 16th, 2006
UK Rockers Sign To 456 ENTERPRISE
Featured On Bam Margera Presents Viva La Bands
Formed by assorted members of the Raging Speedhorn band and crew, Viking Skull thrives on the singularly alcoholic maxim best stated by Roddy Stone, RSH’s long time guitar tech: “It’s gonna be easy. All we gotta do is get in, get fucked and get out.” Roddy, lead vocalist and guitarist of Viking Skull, heads a lineup consisting of guitarist Darren Smith, drummer Gordon Morisson and bassist Waldie. With a ballsy swagger that fits neatly between early Black Sabbath and latter-day Corrosion Of Conformity, Viking Skull provide solid proof that the United Kingdom is still the undisputed home of hard rock music.
On Viking Skull’s debut full-length album, Born In Hell, inspiration comes from the most obvious of places. The foursome from Corby, United Kingdom, eschews a gritty, hard-driving form of hard rock fueled by beer and whiskey with women on the brain. The true charm of Viking Skull lies in their unabashed desire to rock, drink and womanize; all the while churning out songs detailing their exploits. Born In Hell will be re-released in the U.S. on May 16th, 2006. Be prepared: The Skull has come to fuck you up.
“Like Motorhead on testosterone supplements! 9/10” – Metal Hammer
Track Listing For Born In Hell:
1. Born In Hell
2. Crank The Volume
3. Red Hot Woman
5. Saddle Up
6. Seed Dealer
7. Beer, Drugs, Bitches
8. Dirty Dirty Hole
9. Rock & Roll Suicide
10. Inject My Woman (With Love)
11. Can’t Kill Rock & Roll
12. Double Or Quits
THE SALADS DELIVER THE BIG PICTURE MAY 9TH
Canada’s leading ambassadors of fun times, The Salads, are back with a new album The Big Picture, which drops May 9, 2006. Never a band to stay off the road for too long, the band is confirmed for this years Warped Tour and are planning to tour non-stop across Canada.
During The Salads ten years together, they have built up a loyal fan base, particularly after the commercial success of 2003’s Fold A To B, which meant they were in demand to tour a lot; headlining clubs and colleges, and playing on bills such as: Warped, Edgefest, Labatt Blue Motel, City-TV’s New Year’s Eve Bash and The Ice Hotel.
Songs like “Get Loose” and “Today Is Your Lucky Day” (respectively from 2003’s Fold A To B and 2005’s Band Gone Wild DVD – both on Maui Wowie Records/ Kindling Music / Warner Music Canada) have been heard around the world in films like Dreamworks Eurotrip, on TV during Queer As Folk, Hockey Night In Canada and the Olympics and in national commercials for Labatt Blue and GM Canada.
Unlike Fold A To B, which was well varied in style, sound and subject matter, The Big Picture turned out to be a more focused Salads record, lyrically and musically; writing became more mature and music got a bit heavier. Produced by Dan Brodbeck (Dolores O’Riordan/Cranberries, Headstrong), The Big Picture’s tone is more personal and yet universal as it touches more meaningful topics than the band had dared explore before.
“Growing Up” deals with life’s changes as you get older and come to terms with that reality. Memories of 80’s thrash metal surround the concept of being happy in your own skin in “Individual”. “Circles” is about watching the most intelligent person you know battle Alzheimer’s disease. Trying to affect real, positive social change is dealt with in “A Better Way”. This album displays The Salads at their best: as songwriters, as a band, and as men.
Not to worry, The Salads have not gotten too serious on you; they will still bring the fun times to every live show. The only way to they know is to keep their sense of humor and keep focused on THE BIG PICTURE!
APRIL 6 @ ALGONQUIN COLLEGE, NEPEAN, ON (STUDENTS ONLY)
APRIL 8 @ DUNDAS SQUARE, TORONTO, ON ALL AGES – WORLD VISION 30 HOUR FAMINE
MAY 27 @ LANGENBURG COMMUNITY THEATRE, LANGENBURG, SK ALL AGES/LIC
JULY 15 @ WARPED TOUR: THE GORGE, GEORGE, WA
JULY 16 @ WARPED TOUR: COLUMBIA MEADOWS, ST. HELENS, OR
JULY 18 @ WARPED TOUR: THUNDERBIRD STADIUM, VANCOUVER, BC
JULY 20 @ WARPED TOUR: RACE CITY SPEEDWAY, CALGARY, AB
AUGUST 11 @ WARPED TOUR: TOWER CITY AMPHITHEATRE, CLEVELAND, OH
AUGUST 12 @ WARPED TOUR: PARK PLACE, BARRIE, ON
AUGUST 13 @ WARPED TOUR: PARC-HEAN-DRAPEAU, MONTREAL QC
Smashing Pumpkins back to writing
“it’s official, The Smashing Pumpkins are currently writing songs for their upcoming album, their first since 2000. no release date has yet been set, but the band plans to begin recording this summer.”
CRASH KELLY – ELECTRIC SATISFACTION CD Release and Tour Contest Details
Bhurr Records is pleased to announce the details for CRASH KELLY’s upcoming CD Release and Tour for ELECTRIC SATISFACTION, which will hit stores in Canada on Tuesday April 25th through Bhurr Records / Fontana North / Universal Music. CRASH KELLY frontman Sean Kelly comments, “It feels great to finally unveil this album to all the rock n rollers of Canada…I know in my heart of hearts that we have made a classic record, and I look forward to bringing Electric Satisfaction alive as we blaze a trail across Canada”. The Canadian Release will feature “Canada Only” Cover Art and will be the only territory to include the Sweeney Todd Glam-Classic ROXY ROLLER as a Bonus Track. All other territories will hear Alice Cooper’s COLD ETHYL as the Bonus Track on the US Version slated for July release on Liquor and Poker Music / Century Media Records.
The ELECTRIC SATISFACTION Tour is presented by Jägermeister with support from BC Rich Guitars and Exclaim! Magazine. The 11 city / 14 show tour kicks off in St. John’s, NL on May 1 and wraps in Winnipeg on May 17th.
ELECTRIC SATISFACTION (BHR-151): CRASH KELLY knew that following up an album like the “glam classic in waiting” debut PENNY PILLS would be no easy task, what with the critical acclaim garnered from publications such as SPIN, The Village Voice and Classic Rock, but CRASH KELLY knew what had to be done. CRASH KELLY headed to Los Angeles where ELECTRIC SATISFACTION was recorded and produced by none other than former GUNS N ROSES (and soon to be Rockstar Supernova) axe-slinger, GILBY CLARKE. The City of Angels proved to be a fitting backdrop for CK leader SEAN KELLY’s tales of faded glitter on the boulevard of broken dreams. Clarke’s affinity for classic production techniques and Kelly’s penchant for crafting songs steeped in the tradition of 70′s power pop, glam, and classic rock, has resulted in an album that is guaranteed to “put the shock in your rock n roll”. Bhurr Records will release ELECTRIC SATISFACTION in Canada under license from Century Media Records imprint Liquor and Poker Music. Lead single “RIDE THE WIRE”(track 2) was previewed on Jägermeister Canada’s – Volume 1 Compilation which was released at Canadian Music Week in March. Feedback has been amazing and the single will be serviced to Rock Radio in conjunction with the ELECTRIC SATISFACTION TOUR.
A finalist in Guitar Player magazine’s Guitar Hero 2005 competition, SEAN KELLY puts his “70′s boogie on the 80′s sunset strip” style of lead guitar to stellar use on ELECTRIC SATISFACTION. His velvet and whiskey-soaked voice is augmented by co-guitarist ALLISTER THOMPSON piping in with Thin Lizzy-esque guitar harmonies and Keith Richards approved slash and burn. The powerhouse rhythm section of JORDAN MICHAEL STEWART and KEVIN TAYLOR anchor the line-up, and help to lay a most solid foundation for the house that Rock built. Tour Dates in the USA, Canada, The UK, Ireland, Holland, and Germany have resulted in a live show that is equal parts Madison Square Garden strut and swagger and CBGB’s frenetic energy.
ELECTRIC SATISFACTION TOUR AND CONTEST: CRASH KELLY is excited to kick off THE ELECTRIC SATISFACTION Tour at Mile One Stadium in St. John’s, Newfoundland with the one and only ALICE COOPER.
CRASH KELLY will also join ALICE COOPER on tour in Brandon and Winnipeg. CRASH KELLY CD Release Club Dates will follow the ALICE COOPER Canadian Tour and will act as unofficial afterparty events for the ALICE COOPER Tour. To mark this auspicious occasion, CRASH KELLY has teamed up with band sponsors Jägermeister and BC Rich Guitars for a very cool contest that will run during May while the band is on the first leg of the ELECTRIC SATISFACTION Tour.
CRASH KELLY fans will have the chance to win one of 4 amazing price packs consisting of:
- BC RICH Platinum Series Warlock or Bronze Series Mockingbird Guitar custom painted in Jäger colours
- Jägermeister Gig Bag and Swag
- Autographed ELECTRIC SATISFACTION Merch pack including CD, T-shirt and Poster
ELECTRIC SATISFACTION TOUR CONTEST Winners will be selected as follows:
1. One prize winner will be selected from on-line ballots submitted to the CONTEST area at
2. One prize winner will be selected from ballots collected in-Venue during the Electric Satisfaction Tour.
3. One prize winner will be selected from the BEST FAN VIDEO submitted to www.EyeSpot.com – watch for more details coming soon!
4. One prize winner will be a Wild Card drawn from all On-line, In-Venue, EyeSpot.com submissions!
CRASH KELLY – ELECTRIC SATISFACTION TOUR DATES:
Presented by Jägermeister Canada
Mon May 1: St. John’s, NL w/ Alice Cooper @ Mile One Stadium
St. John’s, NL CD Release Afterparty – Greensleeves (TBC)
Wed May 3: Halifax, NS CD Release @ Tribeca
Thur May 4: Saint John, NB CD Release @ Elwoods
Sat May 6: Ottawa, ON CD Release @ Barrymores
Sun May 7: Hamilton, ON CD Release @ The Corktown
Tues May 9: Kitchener-Waterloo, ON CD Release @ The Starlight
Wed May 10: Oshawa, ON CD Release – Groove Lounge / Le Skratch (TBC)
Thur May 11: Barrie, ON CD Release @ The Foundation
Fri May 12: Toronto, ON CD Release @ Bovine Sex Club
Tues May 16: Brandon, MB w/ Alice Cooper @ Keystone Centre
Brandon, MB CD Release Afterparty – North 40 Saloon (TBC)
Wed May 17: Winnipeg, MB w/ Alice Cooper @ Concert Hall
Winnipeg, MB CD Release Afterparty @ The Cavern (under the Toad)
Gilmour on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno – Tonight (4/20)!David Gilmour on AOL Sessions Friday 4/21!!
London Concert to Be Showed at Regal Cinemas Throughout The US!
Celebrate 4/20 with the legendary David Gilmour – the voice and guitar of Pink Floyd. He will be all over your TV, computer, and local movie theaters within the coming days and weeks and you’re one of the first to know about it.
Make sure to watch The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, tonight 4/20 on NBC to see David Gilmour’s U.S. television debut! He’ll be performing “On An Island” with special guests David Crosby and Graham Nash plus one Pink Floyd classic with touring band mates Richard Wright of Pink Floyd and Roxy Music’s Phil Manzanera!
Check your local listings for times.
Then – make sure to check out AOL Music starting Friday, April 21st for David Gilmour’s AOL Session on his artist page at: http://music.aol.com/artist/main.adp?artistid=80078 . He performed On An Island/This Heaven/Take A Breath/Smile/High Hopes, and Comfortably Numb. This is definitely not to be missed if you didn’t get the chance to see him in concert.
And if watching David Gilmour perform songs on your computer isn’t good enough – Americans can head over to their local Regal Cinemas and watch the London concert in its entirety from May 15-30th. More details to follow.
So – enjoy 4/20 and make sure to crank up “On An Island” while you do so. It’s that much better.
ROOTS ROCKER EUGENE RIPPER RETURNS WITH NEW EP
Canadian roots rocker/songwriter Eugene Ripper releases Crackle, a four-song EP and companion piece to his latest full-length release The Ballad of Black. Ripper will mark the release with a live appearance in Toronto on May 17, 2006 at the Underground in The Drake Hotel.
Over the years Ripper has resided and been a pro-active member of the underground scenes of Toronto, Vancouver, New York and Halifax. This included producing the Fast Folk Underground Concerts Series. Ripper was part of the early 80′s Toronto punk/new wave rock scene as a member surf punk pranksters Stark Naked and The Fleshtones. He re-booted in 1985 as a neo punk folk artist bringing edge and sonic energy to the genre while embracing the songwriting traditions and sense of community. Twice nominated at the Toronto Music Awards as Best Folk Musician and honored with a fist full of nominations at the Edge 102.1 CASBY’s. His reputation as a strong live performer has placed him on festival stages from Edgefest in Toronto to The Great Canadian Party T-Bird Stadium in Vancouver and coast to coast-in clubs across Canada.
1. Pulverizer Revealed 2:51
2. Tech Know Me 2:04
3. My Favourite Chair 2;25
4. New Attitude 2:36
Some Credible ink:
“Ripper puts spikes back in folk music.” Vancouver Province
“Few can turn a couple of chords into something majestic, and Eugene Ripper has the gift.” Ottawa X-Press
“Roots rock rebel summons up visions of film noir and spaghetti western not to mention Johnny Cash” Halifax Herald
JOHN 5 – ROB ZOMBIE’S NEW GUITAR SPEED DEMON
ON THE “EDUCATED HORSES” TOUR
John 5 has made a permanent home with Rob Zombie as his lead-guitar Speed Demon. It all started when John 5 and Zombie came together last year at the Arrowhead Pond Arena for a benefit. They played Thunder Kiss 65 and Zombie knew John 5 was the right shredder to complete his merry band of monsters. “I’m totally stoked about this because this guy is a fucking shredder,” explains Zombie. “I played Thunder Kiss 65 with him at The Arrowhead Pond Arena for a benefit last year and it never sounded so fucking good.”
Fresh off the major success of his latest feature film, “The Devil’s Rejects,” Rob Zombie is returning this spring to his first passion – music – playing it live and loud. Zombie has finished recording his third solo studio CD, “Educated Horses” (Geffen Records).
Zombie is now on the last leg of The “Educated Horses Tour”. The tour started March 17th in Jacksonville, Florida and is crossing the United States to conclude in Mesa, Arizona on April 27th. Joining Rob on this tour will be guitarist John 5 (ex-Marilyn Manson), longtime bassist Blasko and drummer Tommy Clufetos (ex-Alice Cooper & Ted Nugent). Supporting act for the tour will be Goth metal band Lacuna Coil.
“Educated Horses” was produced by Zombie and long time producer Scott Humphrey (Metallica, Motley Crue), who together also produced the platinum hits Hellbilly Deluxe and The Sinister Urge. Other musicians contributing to the CD are Josh Freese (A Perfect Circle, Vandals) and Tommy Lee. The album’s debut single, the anthemic “Foxy Foxy, ” will begin play on Modern Rock and Active Rock radio on February 13th.
EDUCATED HORSES TOUR – END LEG OF THE TOUR
4/20/06 San Francisco, CA
4/21/06 San Diego, CA
4/22/06 Las Vegas, NV
4/24/06 Los Angeles, CA
4/25/06 Los Angeles, CA
4/27/06 Mesa, AZ
THE VIDEO DEAD – ‘BROTHERHOOD OF THE DEAD’ CD
After 4 long years, Burlington Ontario’s heavyweight hardcore champs finally unleash their debut album Brotherhood Of The Dead and fans will NOT be disappointed! With Brotherhood Of The Dead, The Video Dead have encapsulated the energy of their ferocious live show into 12 catchy, anthemic tracks that resonate long after the album has ended. Fans of Death By Stereo, Kid Dynamite, Bouncing Souls and Madball will easily identify with The Video Dead’s mix of technical guitar playing, scream-a-long choruses and memorable, bouncing hooks guaranteed to set the mosh pits into motion!
Already a major force in the Southern Ontario scene, the band will be taking their bonecrushing live show on the road across the country several times this year as part of a tireless tour schedule to promote Brotherhood Of The Dead.
357 IS LOOKING FOR A BAND OR SOLO ARTIST TO REPRESENT THEM
THE WINNING BAND WILL RECIEVE A GRAND PRIZE OF… $75,000.00
357 is looking for a band or solo artist to represent them. The band or artist will be deemed 357′s official band. They will be featured on the 357 site and will play at least two 357 events in the coming year.
THE WINNING BAND WILL RECIEVE A GRAND PRIZE OF… $75,000.00
THAT’S COLD, HARD CASH MONEY IN YOUR HAND – IN ADDITION – THE GRAND PRIZE WINNER WILL ALSO TAKE HOME GEAR AND INSTRUMENTS FROM OUR SPONSORS WHO WILL BE ANNOUNCED VERY SOON!
357 will pick six bands or solo artists from the entries, and each will come to 357 Headquarters on July 29 to fight it out and see who will become 357′s official band and take home the cash and prizes. All entries will receive a free 357 Choppers tee shirt.
1.) Print out the official entry form MailScanner has detected a possible fraud attempt from “357customs.com” claiming to be http://357customs.com/form.htm.
2.) Along with your filled out entry form, please send in a Promo Pack, including a band bio with contact information, band photos, and a CD with THREE TRACKS ONLY.
3.) A $25 entry fee will be charged. You can either include check or money order, or pay online on the 357 website. If you pay online, please include your printed receipt in your entry package so we know you paid.
ENTRIES MUST BE RECIEVED BY JULY 10, 2006 AT MIDNIGHT CENTRAL TIME.
Send your entries to:
357 CUSTOMS BATTLE OF THE BANDS
7115 Bakers Bridge Avenue
Brentwood, TN 37027
NO PURCHASE IS REQUIRED TO ENTER.
HOW TO ENTER: No purchase necessary to enter or win. Submit your 3 song CD, promo pack with photos, entry form and entry fee to 357 at the address above. Deadline for online entry is July 10, 2006, midnight central time. Entry fees, Press kits and entry CD’s CANNOT BE RETURNED TO YOU.
HOW TO WIN: 357 Customs management will select three bands and three solo artists (if there are no solo artist entries, we’ll choose six bands) to perform at 357 Headquarters in Nashville on July 29. Bands will be notified with winner information on July 5. A valid phone number and email address is required in your band information entry. Travel arrangements to Nashville need to be arranged and paid for by each individual band. 357 will not be paying travel or lodging costs.
Beginning July 10, 2006, a song, bio, and image of each band will be posted on the 357 website notifying all visitors to the site of the winners.
As used here, the term participant refers to each member of a band and the entire band collectively.
Band members 17 years or younger must furnish 357 a notarized parental consent letter with their entry. Participants contractually committed to any company providing major national and international distribution for their musical compositions are not allowed to enter. 357 may use participant information for marketing and demographic purposes. By entering, participant agrees to be bound by these rules. Employees of 357 and their immediate families are not eligible to participate. This contest is governed by and shall be construed under the laws of the State of Tennessee, USA.
By entering, participant releases 357 Customs, their Directors, Officers, Employees, Representatives, Agents and Advisors from any and all liability for any injuries, losses, or damages of any kind resulting from entry or participation, including but not limited to incidental, indirect, or consequential damages under any contract, negligence, strict liability or other legal or equitable theory, to the fullest extent permitted by law. Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of certain damages, so the above limitation and exclusions may not apply to participant. By entering, participant agrees to abide by, and be bound by, all 357 decisions relating to this contest, which are final and binding in all respects. Winning participants consent to the use of their name, likeness, prize information, and photographs without additional compensation for publicity purposes where not prohibited by law
RYAN LUCHUCK BAND ANNOUNCES A SUPER HAPPY HEARTBREAK CD & TOUR
Piano rocker Ryan Luchuck’s follow up to 2003’s debut EP has finally arrived. A Super Happy Heartbreak CD Release Party will be held in Toronto, Ontario on May 12th at the Horseshoe Tavern followed by Luchuck’s first cross Canada tour.
The full length debut, A Super Happy Heartbreak is full of emotional highs and lows. While songs like “Beautiful” and “Only Girl” are optimistic, “That’s When You Know” is the ultimate breakup song. There is also a song for any girl wise enough not to date musicians “I’m Not Waiting.” “People were starting to doubt we’d ever finish this album,” says piano rocker Ryan Luchuck (l-oo-chuck), referring to the nearly three years since his debut EP “It definitely seemed at times that fate didn’t want it to happen, well too bad because here it is.” After years of songwriting, a failed six month recording attempt with a known producer and a flooded rehearsal space ($10,000 in equipment lost), the guys hit the studio on their own in early 2006 and recorded sixteen songs in three weeks. Luchuck will now embark on his first cross Canada tour to support the release.
Originally from Regina, Saskatchewan, Luchuck moved to Toronto in 2002 and soon landed a weekly gig playing covers in a college piano bar. Between taking requests, he began to play his own songs to the drunken crowd. To his surprise, his originals became more popular than many rock’n’roll classics. These songs were released on his debut EP in 2003. With no promotional budget, Luchuck managed to sell 1,500 copies and garner rave reviews from critics worldwide. After recording his debut EP alone, Luchuck formed a band originally only for live shows. Ben Adivi (drums) and Jason Eagan (bass) joined and soon became an integral part of the piano rock sound. The Ryan Luchuck Band has won fans across Ontario and Quebec with their energetic live shows and was voted the #3 act of Canadian Music Week 2005 by The Coast Magazine (Halifax). http://www.ryanluchuck.com/ http://www.myspace.com/ryanluchuck
May 12, 2006 – Toronto @ The Horseshoe, CD RELEASE PARTY! w/ MENEW & Reily
May 13, 2006 – Sault Ste. Marie @ Downbeat
May 14, 2006 – Thunder Bay @ Jacks or Kilroys
May 15, 2006 – Winnipeg @ The Cavern
May 16, 2006 – Saskatoon @ The Roxy
May 18, 2006 – Regina @ McNally’s
May 19, 2006 – Calgary @ Tropicana (Machine’s birthday!) w/ The Russian Artist Factory
May 20, 2006 – Calgary @ Tropicana w/ The Russian Artist Factory
May 21, 2006 – Golden @ Packer’s Place
May 22, 2006 – Kamloops @ Soprano’s
May 24, 2006 – Vancouver @ The Piccadilly w/ Graham Brown & The Prairie Dogs and Nenah Barkley
May 25, 2006 – Nelson @ Finley’s
May 26, 2006 – Lethbridge @ Tongue N Groove w/ The Russian Artist Factory
May 27, 2006 – (Edmonton) @ TBA
May 28, 2006 – Saskatoon @ Bassment w/ fury and the mouse & GlooM RooM
May 30, 2006 – Winnipeg @ Academy
May 31, 2006 – (Thunder Bay) @ TBA
JOHN-5 – FOUNDING MEMBER OF LOSER
LEAVES BAND AND ISLAND RECORDS
HOLLYWOOD (April 17, 2006) – Island Records made the decision to drop the band Loser when founding member John 5 decided to leave Loser and maintain his position as the guitarist for Rob Zombie. “Being the founding member of Loser, my decision to leave was not an easy one,” states John 5. “I’ve been juggling two careers both with Loser and Rob Zombie for over 1 year now. I found it impossible to be in two places at once.”
With the success of Rob Zombie’s 2006 tour and the additional dates added, this had made it impossible for John 5 to promote Loser accordingly. In discussions, John 5 had wanted to bring in a replacement guitarist for Loser’s live shows. Island Records was in opposition to the suggestion as that is not “what they had signed on for”. In that regard, Island Records chose to drop the act with the absence of John 5. “I understand the decision from the label but feel it could have worked out for everyone involved. I wish Joe, Glen and Charles all the success they deserve, they are amazing guys and deserve their shot. ”
At the current time there is no word on if the album will be released. Source: www.vqpr.com
CRUCIFIED BARBARA EMBARKS ON TOUR DE FRANCE
Sweden’s CRUCIFIED BARBARA – whose debut album, In Distortion We Trust,
will be released by Liquor and Poker Music on May 30 – will kick off a
nine-show French tour Friday night (April 14). It includes a Le Mans
show alongside Killing Joke on April 22.
“We’re looking forward to get back to France once again, to play it loud and eat a lot of French cheese!” says vocalist/guitarist Mia Coldheart.
“The French guys know how to put a dressing room table in order for
sure! After this, we’re heading for Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands
to play cool rock clubs, do festivals, meet new people and kick some
Those shows in Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands will be with Doro, Sonata Arctica and Jon Oliva’s Pain. From there, the group will play such major European summer festivals as Sweden Rock, Gods of Metal (Italy) and Rock Hard (Germany), among others.
The North American version of In Distortion We Trust will contain one
bonus track – a cover of Motorhead’s “Killed By Death” – as well as
music videos for each of the group’s three singles (“Losing The Game”
[MP3], “Rock’n’Roll Bachelor” and “Play Me Hard”) that have been
released in their home country. For more information on the band, visit
Ministry & Revolting Cocks
w/ Pitbull Daycare
CANADIAN TOUR DATES:
May 30 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
May 31 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
June 2 – Edmonton, AB @ Red’s
June 3 – Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall
June 5 – Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings Theatre For Performing Arts
June 7 – Kitchener, ON @ Elements
June 8 – Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus
June 9 – Ottawa, ON @ Capital Music Hall
June 10 – Montreal, QC @ Le Medley
June 11 – Quebec City, QC @ Le Capitole
*Ministry – Rio Grande Blood: In Stores May 2 via 13th Planet Records / Megaforce Records
*RGB is Ministry’s 13th studio album!
*Revolting Cocks – Cocked And Loaded: In Stores now! This is the first new RevCo album in over 10 years!
*Cocked And Loaded features guest artists Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys), Gibby Haynes (Butthole Surfers), Rick Nielsen and Robin Zander (Cheap Trick), Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Stevie Banch (Spyder Baby) and Phildo Owens (Skatenigs)
*Ministry touring line-up: Al Jourgensen, Joey Jordison (SLIPKNOT), Paul Raven (Killing Joke), Tommy Victor (Prong), Mike Scaccia (Ministry, Rigor Mortis), John Bechdel (Fear Factory, Prong, Killing Joke)
*Revolting Cocks touring line-up: Al Jourgensen, Luc Van Acker (RevCo), Phildo Owen (RevCo, Skatenigs, Snow Black), Josh Bradford (Stayte), Anna K (Drain S.T.H., Hanzel und Gretyl), Seven Antonopoulos (Opiate For The Masses), Sin (Society 1), Clayton Worbeck (Stayte)
THE FLAIRS ANNOUNCE SHUT UP AND DRIVE & NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
After creating a buzz with their 2004 debut EP, The Flairs are ready to rock the world with the new full length CD Shut Up and Drive. The first single and video is a spin on Skid Row’s “18 & Life” which will hit rock radio this month, with the CD being released May 16th in Canada (Pacific Music/Warner) and June 13th in the U.S (Burnside). Hard-working as ever, The Flairs are preparing for their intensive cross Canada and US tours which kick off in Vancouver May 19th.
After virtually growing up in Tuuli and opening for bands such as The Donnas, Disturbed and Rock legends Cheap Trick, Dawn Mandarino (vocals and guitar) and Jen Foster (drums and vocals) decided to form their own band. The Flairs story started in the summer of 2002 when Dawn and Jen met Bif Naked’s guitar slinger, Gillian Hanna (lead guitar and vocals) as they played North American outdoor festivals and concerts. All three found the common ground and added Gillian’s brother Ryan Hanna (bass) to the trio and the band was officially born.
The Flairs attribute their unique sound to their individual influences; Dawn’s love for the Ramones, Jen’s ska-influenced punk in the vein of the Dance Hall Crashers, and Hanna’s passion for heavy guitar rock groups like Metallica and Guns ‘N Roses. Those influences go hand in hand with the bands that initially sparked their imagination like Veruca Salt, Nirvana, Garbage and Stone Temple Pilots. In the mix, they have created a sound they can call their own.
The Flairs constantly tour 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 have shared the stage with David Lee Roth, Vanilla Ice and Robin Black. Two videos from their 2004 EP “Ready to Roll” and “Falling into Pieces” were played on MuchMusic on a regular basis.
The Flairs are also about to shoot a video for their second single off the album “Sorry 4 Lovin’ You” to be released during the 2006 summer tour. The Flairs are a forceful live act that continues to expand their already rabid-fan base with passion and drawing power. www.theflairs.com www.myspace.com/theflairs.com
2006 Tour Dates:
Canada: (more tbc)
May 13th The Azure – Vancouver, BC
May 19th Lamplighter – Vancouver. BC
May 26th Underground, Calgary. AB
May 27th Velvet Underground, Edmonton, AB
May 28th Drake Inn, Canmore, AB
May 29th Wild Bills, Banff, AB
May 30th Tongue ‘n’ Groove, Lethbridge, AB
May 31st Distrikt, Regina, SK
June 1st Roxy, Saskatoon, SK
June 2nd Zoo, Winnipeg, MB
June 3rd Kilroy’s, Thunder Bay, ON
June 6th Foundation, Barrie, ON
June 17th Zaphod’s, Ottawa, ON
June 23rd Phog Lounge, Windsor, ON
June 24th Call The Office, London, ON
U.S. Dates: (more tbc)
June 26th Shadow Lounge, Pittsburgh, PA
June 28th The Loft, York, PA
June 29th Dragonfly, Harrisburg, PA
July 11th Swayze’s, Atlanta, GA
July 21st Headhunters Club, Austin, TX
July 25th Burt’s Tiki Lounge, Albuquerque, NM
July 27th Dive Bar, Las Vegas, NV
July 28th Kiss or Kill Club, Los Angeles, CA
July 29th The Anarchy Library, Downey, CA
July 30th Zombie Lounge, San Diego, CA
July 31st Cat Club, Los Angeles, CA
Aug 5th G Street Pub, Sacramento, CA
NORMA JEAN: RECORDING NEW ALBUM WITH ROSS ROBINSON AND PREPARES FOR OZZFEST!!!
Norma Jean are currently in Radio Star Studios in Weed, CA recording their new album with Ross Robinson (Slipknot, Glassjaw, At the Drive In, From First to Last, The Cure, ETC.) After the success of NJ’s latest album, released just last year, “O God the Aftermath,” scanning more than 90,000 units; the band is now working on their next masterpiece for Solid State. Norma Jean started recording their new album beginning on April 7th and hope to wrap it up by the end of May. After a short rest, NJ gets ready to roll out big for their appearances on this year’s Ozzfest.
Norma Jean is very excited for this year. Here’s what vocalist, Cory Brandan has to say: “We are thrilled to an insane degree about this year. We will be recording a new record this April with Ross Robinson. We really think he will be able to bring something out in us and our music. Also we’re doing Ozzfest. I think it’s one of the best things you can do as a heavy band. It will do enormous things for us and our music, plus we get total bragging rights. Once we’ve done this tour, we’ll always be able to say ‘yeah, we did Ozzfest’ and you better believe we will, every freaking chance we get.”
Ozzfest dates are as follows:
7/01 – San Francisco, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
7/02 – Sacramento, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheatre
7/07 – Phoenix, AZ – Cricket Pavilion
7/08 – San Bernardino, CAS – Hyundai Pavilion
7/14 – Kansas City, KS – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
7/15 – St. Louis, MO – UMB Bank Pavilion
7/16 – Chicago, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
7/19 – Detroit, MI – DTE Music Energy Center
7/21 – Columbus, OH – Germain Amphitheatre
7/22 – East Troy, WI – Alpine Valley Music Theatre
7/23 – Indianapolis, IN – Verizon Wireless Music Center
7/26 – Scranton, PA – Toyota Pavilion
7/27 – Buffalo, NY – Darien lake Performing Arts Center
7/29 – New York, NY – Randall’s Island
7/30 – Hartford, CT – New England Dodge Music Center
8/01 – Boston, MA – Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts
8/04 – Camden, NJ – Tweeter Center at the Waterfront
8/05 – Bristow, VA – Nissan Pavilion
8/06 – Virginia Beach, VA – Verizon Virginia Beach
8/09 – Raleigh, NC – Alltel Pavilion
8/13 – West Palm Beach, FL – Sound Advice Amphitheatre