JOURNEY SCHEDULED TO OPEN VIRTUAL WORLD IN SECOND LIFE!
On February 1, multi-Platinum rockers Journey will release their new Virtual Island in Second Life. A grand opening party is planned inside Second Life at the "Journey Rock Band" sim and will feature a meet and greet with band members. Live DJs will be spinning many of Journey’s classic hits, recorded studio and live performances, as well as lots of other great music for fans to party to! The grand opening party is scheduled to start at 10:00am ET/PT. The Journey Island region in Second Life is named “Journey Rock Band”. Learn more at http://www.secondlife.com.
Journey has long been known for innovations in stage sets, so creating a Second Life Island for fans to enjoy was an easy decision. The Island features dedicated areas for each album along with audio and video presentations. There are also two venues on the island, the Escape Club and the Captured Amphitheater, where live SL events can be held.
Journey’s newly redesigned website, http://www.journeymusic.com, will be re-launch on or around January 29. It will feature band history, tour information, photos and a new forum.
Journey is currently working on a new album with legendary producer Kevin Shirley, which they hope to release by spring/summer 2008. Their 2008 world tour begins in Santiago, Chile mid-February. More tour dates will be announced soon.
The Journey Island was built by Industrial-Design.com, Journey’s long time web developer and features work by SL builders Farrokh Vavoom, Argus Collingwood, Adrian Harbinger and Jocelyn Sands.
Recent Press Release:
Journey–Neal Schon (guitar), Jonathan Cain (keyboards), Ross Valory (bass), Deen Castronovo (drums)–is proud to introduce fans all over the world to their new lead singer, Arnel Pineda ("pin-eh-da"). He replaces Jeff Scott Soto, who parted ways with the band earlier this year after stepping in for Steve Augeri, who had to leave the band in 2006 for medical reasons.
Arnel hails from Quezon City in the Philippines and has been singing Journey songs–in addition to original material–with his band, The Zoo, for the past couple of years in clubs all over his homeland. Joining the legendary band is a dream come true for him.
"It’s so exciting to sing with one of the best bands in the world. It’ll be a lot of hard work on my part and I’m actually looking forward to the scrutiny I’ll get from the hardcore Journey fans. I know they’ll expect me to sound exactly like `the voice` (Steve Perry), but that will never happen. I know there’s only one Steve Perry in this world."
When it was time for Journey to look for a new lead singer, the internet came to their rescue. Guitarist Neal Schon wanted someone new to the music business, so he turned to YouTube. After finding Arnel singing "Faithfully," he knew he had found the perfect frontman.
"I was frustrated about not having a singer," explains guitarist Neal Schon, "so I went on YouTube for a couple of days and just sat on it for hours. I was starting to think I was never going to find anybody. But then I found The Zoo and I watched a bunch of different video clips that they had posted. After watching the videos over and over again, I had to walk away from the computer and let what I heard sink in because it sounded too good to be true. I thought, `he can’t be that good. But he is that good, he’s the real deal and so tremendously talented. Arnel doesn’t sound synthetic and he’s not emulating anyone. I tried to get a hold of him through YouTube and I finally heard from him that night, but it took some convincing to get him to believe that it really was me and not an imposter."
Arnel Pineda picks up the story: "My friend Noel picked up the message on YouTube and told me it was from Neal. I thought it was a hoax so I ignored it. Noel said, `what if it really was Neal and he wanted to offer you the chance of a lifetime?` So I e-mailed Neal back and the rest is history."
"Arnel brings a soulful and passionate voice to Journey," continues keyboardist Jonathan Cain. "His personality is very well-suited to our music. He’s a sincere, authentic person with a great smile and a big heart. I think fans are really going to love him. With Arnel’s soaring tenor, Journey returns to our heritage sound."
Schon agrees, "We feel reborn. I think there’s a lot of chemistry between the five of us. At first we were going to go into the studio and just write 4 songs, but now it’s escalated to a lot of great new and diverse material. The stuff sounds tremendous. Everyone’s so stoked about it. We feel very fortunate to have found Arnel."
Blackmore’s Night release new song in time for V-Day
There are new happenings in the Blackmore’s Night realm! Firstly, the band has released a video for their song “Once in a Million Years,” in time for Valentine’s Day
Blackmore’s Night: “Once in a Million Years” Stream (QuickTime):
Secondly, Candace Night will be making her feature film debut in House of Eternity, produced by New York City’s Fires at Midnight Films. Queensrÿche’s Geoff Tate will co-star in the film. For more information, check out the film’s website and press release below.
Fires at Midnight Films has officially announced the start of preproduction on the supernatural thriller House of Eternity.
The story revolves around the mysterious disappearance of Danielle Sykes and the desperate search that ensues amid the deep North Carolina woods. The search party, led by her husband, Jeremy, quickly discovers they are in no ordinary woods, but a terrifying haunting ground. And even as Jeremy desperately fights his way against impossible odds towards her, Danielle is locked in a mortal struggle to save her own soul.
Queensrÿche frontman Geoff Tate makes his long-awaited acting debut as Alder Grayson, the film’s antagonist, husband to Emily Grayson, portrayed by Candice Night, lead vocalist of Blackmore’s Night.
The movie will feature new music by Candice Night and Blackmore’s Night. Additional artists TBA. The official movie website can be found at www.houseofeternity.com.
Fires at Midnight Films, LLC is a New York based independent production company formed in 2007 by J. Andrew Colletti and Jonathan Williams. House of Eternity marks the company’s first feature film production. The production company’s website is www.firesatmidnightfilms.com.
House of Eternity official site:
and on MySpace:
UBER presents You Bring the Talent
UBER.com, in conjunction with A&R Worldwide’s MUSEXPO, Atlantic Records, Peer Music Publishing, Rebel Group/ADA Distribution and The Agency Group, announced the launch of the online music talent search, YOU BRING THE TALENT.
The winning musician/band will receive:
-An EP deal with Atlantic Records
-A music publishing deal with Peer Music
-A Booking Deal with The Agency Group
-Distribution through ADA from The Rebel Group
-A Showcase at The House of Blues in Hollywood, CA
HOW TO ENTER:
1) Sign up on Uber.com and make sure to check the Musician box on the form (this will allow you to add your music to your page.)
2) Gussy up your page with photos, music, your bio and make it all fancy-like, which is super easy on Uber.
3) Head over to the You Bring the Talent page on Uber and grab the embed code for your Voting Module, so you can pop it on your Uber page, or anywhere else you want people to vote for you.
WHAT TO KNOW:
1) The contest is open until March 31st, so there’s plenty of time to sign up and get people to vote for you.
2) Your fans can vote ONCE EVERY 24 HOURS. That’s right–all of your friends and fans can vote for you once every day, so let people know at your shows and on your website (where you can definitely put up your Voting Module.)
3) Think about this — If you’ve got 1000 MySpace friends and half of them vote for you three times a week, that’s 15,000 votes. Not too shabby.
4) You can check out the official rules here.
AWARD WINNING DEBBIE FORTNUM RELEASES THE BEAUTIFUL PIANO
The Beautiful Piano, the latest CD by gifted musician Debbie Fortnum is in the special position of already having been nominated for three and winning one Canadian GMA Covenant Awards from its 2007 independent release. D2/Fontana North/Universal was so impressed by her talent they are releasing three CDs in the next year by Fortnum starting with The Beautiful Piano on February 26, 2008.
The Beautiful Piano was produced in collaboration with Chris Janz, multi-Award winning artist/producer and son of Canadian Juno Award legend, Paul Janz. His expertise in orchestral arranging has an unmistakable presence on the CD, taking it to star quality. After a 1995 meeting, the two musicians clicked and Janz produced four out of her five albums.
“He’s incredibly gifted, and is the encouraging dynamite underneath my piano playing,” says Fortnum.” “There is nothing that makes me feel more alive than being in the recording studio. There is not one single sheet of music in the studios when we record. It is all a very spontaneously creative and moving experience.”
As she began to follow her musical dreams, fans began to follow. Her four Indie CDs, both vocal and piano, keep selling off shelves. Though not counted by Soundscan, she is one of Canada’s best selling Indie Artists, selling over 16,000 from stage and internet. Fortnum has received a total of 14 Canadian Award Nominations and three Awards in 2006 & 2007.
“My experience as a Wedding Pianist (she has played at over 100 weddings since age 13) has helped me learn what instrumental piano music can do for people,” explains Fortnum. “In our crazy, busy culture, we are lacking healthy ways to retreat, think, process our own thoughts and emotions and even breathe long enough to re-connect with what’s most important in life.”
The Beautiful Piano is an intensely personal album for Fortnum as she wrote instrumental songs for each of her children in her living room on her Grandmother’s antique piano. There are also two bonus vocal tracks including “I Am Yours” that she wrote / sang for her husband on their wedding day. “Chris loved it, saying that it is one of the best songs he’d ever heard come out of me and that we needed to record it,” explains Fortnum. “I’m a hopeless romantic so I called my husband Scott and asked if I could share "our song" with the world and he said of course.”
With over 96+ touring dates last year, and even more on the calendar for 2008, Debbie is hitting the road again with an inspiring musical message of Love, Hope and Beauty through her music!
As well, before Fortnum begins touring for The Beautiful Piano, she is scheduled to record her third Instrumental Piano CD for the New Age market called The Healing Piano. Her enchanting Christmas Piano CD will also be re-launched in the Fall of 2008, and Healing Piano in early 2009 with D2/Fontana North/Universal Records.
”A rare combination of musical ability, maturity and significant gift of songwriting!” ~Nashville Producer and Award-winning songwriter, Dick Tunney
”One of the many things that we appreciate about Debbie is her ability to reach out and touch all ages and types of women. Her musical talent unquestionably is one of the best. If you have met Debbie once, you will feel you have
a friend forever." ~Conference / Event Planner from Bellingham, WA
”Debbie always seems to find a way to engage so many people in what is happening around the world. Her support to the victims of the tsunami, earthquakes, hurricanes, and flooding has been substantial. Only God knows how many lives were touched by her ministry.” ~Ben Hoogendoorn, President Canadian Food for the Hungry International
Canadian Tour Dates to be announced soon.
All Matt Zane Suspension Disscussion Banned From Criss Angel Message Board
Days following Matt Zane snapping Criss Angels suspension record using only 4 hooks (Angel used 8) a lot of heated discussion has surfaced on fan sites and even Angels official message board located at http://crissangel.yuku.com/directory It seems Criss has a major problem with losing the record and fielding questions from his loyal fans. Apparently the threads discussing Zane setting the new world record have been removed and any new attempts of posting information concerning the suspension is deleted within minutes.
"It doesn’t surprise me." Says Zane "Not only did I outlast him in terms of length, I did it with only 4 hooks instead of 8. A lot of his fans wrote me and said it was impossible and there was no way I could last 6 hours. Well I did and now his fans have to admit that Criss isn’t number one concerning one of his stunts. That generated a lot of speculation on his site to whether or not Criss would try to beat me. I don’t think he is up for it and I believe he just wants this whole thing to go away."
Angel refusing to acknowledge previous suspensions is nothing new for the rocker magician. In 2000 Joey Strange, an underground suspension artist, was suspended from a helicopter for Ripley’s Believe It Or Not. Although the stunt was recorded and aired almost five years prior to Angel repeating the stunt on Mindfreak he has never mentioned or given credit to Strange.
T-shirts can now be purchased which feature Zane suspending that read "Angel Killer" at http://www.zazzle.com/society1/products
Zane is currently recovering and will soon have articles regarding his suspension in Bizarre, XBiz and an in depth interview on a soon to be announced talk show.
NOW Magazine wants you … again!
This time we’d like to pick your brain about WOMEN IN ROCK.
If you are into participating, please get your responses in by WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 6 at NOON.
You can feel free to send this to anyone in the industry (including other artists). All that we ask is that you answer these questions based on what you actually think NOT who you are representing(!).
The definition of a woman rocker here means: someone who performs with an instrument, even if it’s just a prop. Please include why you’ve made you’re choices and if you’re having trouble choosing, feel free to include more than one answer
Here are those questions:
Who’s your favourite woman rocker of all time – why?
Who’s your favourite women’s rock band of all time – i.e. fronted and including more than one woman playing an instrument
Which is the best women’s band currently on the scene – again, fronted and including more than one woman with an instrument?
Name your favourite local female rocker
Thanks a lot everyone,
Tera Wray Weds Rocker Wayne Static
Static-x front man Wayne Static was married last week to girlfriend and Pleasure Productions Contract Girl, Tera Wray. The pair tied the knot in Las Vegas the day before Matt Zane broke Criss Angels body suspension record, which took place on Friday, Jan 11th. “We are married and very happy,” stated Tera. “We love each other, that’s why we did it, he’s perfect.”
Zane was told the news the next day at the show. "Tera kept asking Wayne if he told me. Wayne just kept saying that he wanted her to tell me. So when they finally did I was shocked. I thought they were kidding but it is 100% true. I wish them the best. I think they are great for each other. I have been around them a lot since Ozzfest and I have to say they make an amazing couple."
The duo met at last summer’s Ozzfest where Wayne was performing on the front stage with his band Static-x. Tera Wray hosts the "Radium" metal show and is gearing up to shoot volume 2 shortly.
The news was actually leaked on Society 1 Television which is a weekly show hosted on Matt Zane’s youtube channel Youtube.com/ZaneEntertainment You can watch Zane congratulate Wayne while hanging from hooks.
Tera Wray can be seen in Punk’d Ur Ass #2 which was directed by Matt Zane.
Virgin/EMI to Release Roxy Music 2-DVD Anthology
ROXY MUSIC’S FINEST FILMED MOMENTS DOCUMENTED IN “THE THRILL OF IT ALL: A VISUAL HISTORY (1972-1982)”
Definitive Video Anthology, to be Released February 5 by Virgin/EMI, Presents 38 Music Videos, Concert Performances and TV Appearances in a 2-DVD Set
Since the early 1970s, Roxy Music has been known for its combined idiosyncratic experimentation, sophisticated wit and highly developed visual presentation. For the first time, the band’s best filmed material has been collected for release in a definitive DVD collection. The Thrill Of It All: A Visual History (1972-1982), to be released February 5 by Virgin/EMI, includes 38 music videos, concert clips and television performances, many of which have never before been released, on two DVDs.
The Thrill Of It All: A Visual History (1972 – 1982) vividly captures the three phases of the band’s recording career. Packed with live footage, the collection’s two DVDs follow early Roxy Music’s journey, beginning with the band’s first filmed performance in June 1972 at the Royal College of Art.
Roxy Music’s 1972 and 1973 appearances on “The Old Grey Whistle Test” and “Top of the Pops,” when feathers, sequins and animal prints were de rigeur, spotlight the band’s strikingly eclectic visual presentation in stark contrast to the sober attire of their audiences. The 1973 performance of “Editions of You” at the Montreux Golden Rose Festival, the last filmed performance of Brian Eno with the band, is a significant rarity.
Three tracks from the “Musikladen” TV show, filmed in 1974, feature new member and Eno replacement Eddie Jobson, a seated Phil Manzanera nursing a broken foot, and the band’s only live performance of “Amazona” from its third album, Stranded, the band’s first of four U.K. Number One albums. In the collection’s five 1976 performances filmed in Stockholm, Bryan Ferry’s eye patch was mistakenly taken as a fashion statement, along with his moustache and GI uniform.
Disc 2 sees Roxy Music on the “ABBA in Switzerland” special performing “Dance Away” with bass player number seven, followed by the band’s Manchester Apollo concert in 1979, marking the advent of the famous Anthony Price red leather suit. “Angel Eyes” was directed by Anthony Price, who also designed the costumes. The promo film for “Jealous Guy,” Roxy Music’s only U.K. Number One single and the band’s tribute to John Lennon, was filmed in Adelaide while on tour. The 1982 Frejus concert, from which four performances are featured in the new collection, was part of the Avalon tour supporting the band’s Number One album. No one knew at the time that fans would have to wait 18 years until they would have another chance to ‘Do The Strand’ at a Roxy Music concert; the band would not tour again until 2001.
From their earliest steps, Roxy Music left a massive footprint on British popular culture. Formed in 1971 by Bryan Ferry, Andy Mackay and Brian Eno, the axis was completed with the arrival of Paul Thompson and Phil Manzanera, by which time the music press was already buzzing. Their self-titled debut album in the summer of 1972, declared by many then and ever since as the best first album ever, cleared the path for a saunter into the U.K. Top Five by the ravishingly stylish first single “Virginia Plain.” Before the year ended, Roxy Music had completed their first tours of both the U.K. and the U.S., and fans everywhere agreed: here was a triumph of style and musical substance.
Almost everything that happened chez Roxy during the next decade has become part of the fabric of rock history, from rule-trashing singles like “Pyjamarama,” “Street Life” and “Love Is The Drug” to Ferry’s ever-influential wardrobe and the band’s legendary album covers. They topped the U.K. album charts three times during their active lifetime, with 1973’s Stranded, 1980’s Flesh and Blood and their last studio album, 1982’s Avalon. In 1986, the compilation album Street Life raced to Number One on the U.K. chart and remained in the top spot for five weeks.
ROXY MUSIC: THE THRILL OF IT ALL: A VISUAL HISTORY (1972-1982) (2-DVD)
Re-make/Re-model 06/72 – Royal College Of Art
Ladytron 06/20/72 – Old Grey Whistle Test
Virginia Plain 08/24/72 – Top of the Pops
For Your Pleasure 11/25/72 – Full House
Do The Strand 04/03/73 – Old Grey Whistle Test
In Every Dream Home A Heartache 04/03/73 – Old Grey Whistle Test
Editions Of You (Live) 04/29/73 – Golden Rose Festival
Pyjamarama 01/23/74 – Musikladen
Amazona 01/23/74 – Musikladen
Psalm 01/23/74 – Musikladen
All I Want Is You 10/04/74 – Top of the Pops
Both Ends Burning 10/75 – Empire Pool, Wembley
Love Is The Drug 10/09/75 – Supersonic
The Thrill Of It All (Live) 01/23/76 – Stockholm, Sweden
Mother Of Pearl (Live) 01/23/76 – Stockholm, Sweden
Nightingale (Live) 01/23/76 – Stockholm, Sweden
Out Of The Blue (Live) 01/23/76 – Stockholm, Sweden
Street Life (Live) 01/23/76 – Stockholm, Sweden
Dance Away 04/16/79 – ABBA In Switzerland
Manifesto (Live) 05/06&07/79 – Manchester Apollo
A Song For Europe (Live) 05/06&07/79 – Manchester Apollo
Still Falls The Rain (Live) 05/06&07/79 – Manchester Apollo
Ain’t That So (Live) 05/06&07/79 – Manchester Apollo
Angel Eyes 08/79 – promo video
Trash 1979 – promo video
Over You 05/15/80 – Top of the Pops
Oh Yeah! (On The Radio) 08/07/80 – Top of the Pops
Same Old Scene 11/80 – promo video
Rain, Rain, Rain 12/19/80 – Rockpop In Concert
Flesh And Blood 12/19/80 – Rockpop In Concert
Jealous Guy 02/81 – promo video
The Main Thing (Live) 08/27/82 – Frejus, France
While My Heart Is Still Beating (Live) 08/27/82 – Frejus, France
Avalon (Live) 08/27/82 – Frejus, France
My Only Love (Live) 08/27/82 – Frejus, France
More Than This 04/82 – promo video
Avalon 06/82 – promo video
Bonus Track: The Main Thing 1982 – promo video
Dropkick Murphys On Letterman Tonight * Announce St. Patty’s Day Limited Edition Release of "The Meanest Of Times" on 3/11 & Tour Dates
Dropkick Murphys will perform their single "The State Of Massachusetts" tonight on the Late Show with David Letterman (CBS 11:30pm)! This marks the DKM’s first ever performance on Letterman and the other guests couldn’t be any better as Tracey Morgan and Kat Von D round out a highly entertaining Friday night lineup. You can check out a web exclusive performance of "Shipping Off To Boston," a personal favorite of Dave’s on their website here: http://www.cbs.com/latenight/lateshow/live/index/php/941135.phtml?play=1
On March 11th, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day and their March tour dates (below) the Dropkick Murphys have repackaged The Meanest Of Times to include extra tracks and a bonus DVD and will release a limited edition deluxe CD/DVD package. The CD will contain all 15 tracks from the original TMOT release plus five bonus cuts. The DVD contains a mini-movie on the band’s St. Patrick’s Day charity breakfast in Boston, the music video for "The State Of Massachusetts," behind the scenes making the music video of "The State Of Massachusetts" and a celebration of the band’s trip to victory with the Boston Red Sox.
1. Famous For Nothing
2. God Willing
3. The State Of Massachusetts
4. Tomorrow’s Industry
5. Echoes On "A." Street
6. Vices and Virtues
8. (F)lannigan’s Ball
9. I’ll Begin Ahead
10. Fairmount Hill
11. Loyal To No One
13. Rude Awakenings
14. Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ya
15. Never Forget
*16. Jailbreak (BONUS CUT)
*17. The Thick Skin Of Defiance (BONUS CUT)
*18. Forever (2007 Version) (BONUS CUT)
*19. Breakdown (BONUS CUT)
*20. (F)lannigan’s Ball (Original Version) (BONUS CUT)
2007 was a huge year for Dropkick Murphys. The Meanest Of Times release in July marked the bands highest chart debut ever when it entered the Billboard Top 200 at #20 and is their fastest selling record to date as its already sold over 100,000 copies. For the first time in their career, the Murphys have become a critics band as their unique brand of classic punk rock, Celtic folk and American rock’n’roll seems to have struck a chord with even the savviest of writers. The Meanest Of Times was #40 on Rolling Stone’s Top 50 Albums Of The Year and "The State Of Massachusetts" came in at #83 on their Top 100 Singles of the year! The band performed at Game 7 of the ALCS on the field at Fenway Park which then led to another Red Sox victory, the Sox are now 6-0 when the DKM’s play Fenway before the game! The Red Sox eventually went on to win the World Series and the Dropkicks played their victory parade as they shared a float with team.
New DKM Headlining Dates:
2/28/08 Seattle, WA Showbox SoDo
2/29/08 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
3/1/08 Reno, NV New Oasis
3/2/08 Anaheim, CA The Grove
3/3/08 Phoenix, AZ Marquee Theater
3/4/08 Alburquerque, NM Fantasia
3/5/08 Denver, CO Fillmore Auditorium
3/6/08 Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom
3/7/08 Austin, TX Stubb’s
3/8/08 Dallas, TX House Of Blues
3/10/08 St. Lous, MO Pageant Theater
3/11/08 Indianapolis, IN Murat Egyptian Room
3/12/08 Chicago, IL Congress Theater
3/14/08 Dorchester, MA IBEW Local 103 Hall
3/15/08 Lowell, MA Tsongas Arena
3/16/08 Boston, MA The Paradise
3/17/08 Boston, MA The Paradise
"If catching the Murphys in Boston for one of their infamous St. Patrick’s Day shows isn’t already a Top 10 Mission "The Meanest Of Times" will convince you it’s time to reprioritize." Alternative Press (4 Stars)
"They’re also songwriters and good ones too, preserving their party-boy reputation while turning out giant, soulful choruses on songs both manicured & memorable." Rolling Stone (4 Stars)
"Angry, joyous, danceable, gritty & Hub-specific ‘The Meanest Of Times’ is everything you want in a Murphys record & a great inauguration for the band’s newly minted label Born & Bred Records." Boston Globe
"We saw Dropkick Murphys the other night; listen, they were really good live. Great live band. Wow, they had a great show." Bruce Springsteen on Rolling Stone’s Rock Daily
Secondhand Serenade ‘A Twist In My Story’ Release Date Pushed To Feb. 19th!
The release date for Secondhand Serenade’s new album A Twist In My Story has been pushed to FEBRUARY 19th (was originally February 5th) on Glassnote/East West. If you haven’t received a copy yet they are available upon request. The first single "Fall For You" is currently available on iTunes. Snippets of two new songs, "Fall For You" and "Like A Knife" can be heard on Secondhand Serenade’s MySpace page where we’ll be debuting new snippets on a week to week basis up until release date. www.myspace.com/secondhandserenade
The video for "Fall For You" was shot in LA by Ryan Rickett (She Wants Revenge, Pigeon Detectives, VHS Or BETA) last month – Finished copies should be available on DVD and BETA in the next week or two.
Secondhand Serenade is a P-E-R-F-E-C-T fit for Valentine’s Day editorial/performances/promotions/contests!
Secondhand Serenade is currently available for interviews/press – SHS is available in JANUARY and EARLY FEBRUARY in LA and will be available in NYC for promo release week Feb 18th-23rd.
Singer/Songwriter John Vesely is Secondhand Serenade of Menlo Park, CA – SHS became MySpace’s #1 unsigned artist for 7 months at the end of 2006 and sold over 20,000 copies of his self-produced, debut album Awake through a PayPal account on his MySpace – Fast forward to 2007, Glassnote signed him and re-released Awake which has sold almost 100,000 copies to date. The video for "Vulnerable" broke on MTV (#1 testing video w/females while it was in heavy rotation) and John performed on Late Night w/Conan O’Brien, Won Yahoo’s "Who’s Next??" competition and toured w/Plain White T’s, Good Charlotte and the All American Rejects among others.
"The emotional intensity conveyed in lead John Vesely’s voice connects with universality and conviction. Let your guard down and fall in love…" Billboard
A Twist In My Story Tracklisting:
1. Like A Knife
2. Fall For You
5. Your Call
7. A Twist In My Story
9. Stay Close, Dont Go
GlassNote Records: www.glassnotemusic.com
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Rocket Scientists Song Included in Japan Opera Company Production
Songwriter Erik Norlander embraces new "Revolution Road" rendition
The acclaimed all-female Japanese theater company Takarazuka has used the Rocket Scientists song "Revolution Road" in its fall production of "Adieu Marceille/Love Symphony" which ran in < ?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />
"Revolution Road" songwriter Erik Norlander comments, "It was a real thrill to hear my music played in this context with such a lavish orchestral arrangement. I particularly enjoyed the dramatic horn parts which reminded me of the famous John Barry James Bond scores. Also, to be included in a production next to such legendary jazz composers is a tremendous honor for me."
"Revolution Road" was released November 7th, 2006 on the epic 2CD album of the same title by American progressive rock legends Rocket Scientists. An extraordinary blend of melodic and memorable songwriting with adventurous instrumental fireworks, "Revolution Road" took the band to new heights of artistic achievement. The CD features founding members Mark McCrite (guitar, vocals), Erik Norlander (keyboards) and Don Schiff (NS/Stick) along with special guest performers.
Think Tank Media has just released a 5-disc multimedia box set called "Rocket Scientists – Looking Backward" that reissues the band’s first three studio albums along with a fourth disc of new studio recordings and a DVD of in-studio performances, extensive interviews and historical footage.
For more information about Takarazuka, please visit http://kageki.hankyu.co.jp. For more information about Rocket Scientists, please visit http://www.thetank.com/rocketscientists.htm and
Source: Serge Entertainment
CHRIS KOSTER PONDERS SEX, LOVE & MORALITY ON VALENTINES DAY
Chris Koster, a multiple-threat on keyboard, guitar and vocals, continues in the tradition of Prince and Trent Reznor – self-contained, self-produced visionaries who know exactly where they are going and how to get there. Sex, Love & Morality, the long awaited follow up to 2005’s debut album Secrets of the Lonely, showcases his progression as a truly gifted artist. Koster will unleash this gift on Valentines Day with a special CD Release party in
Sex, Love & Morality is an album that is truly unique and stimulating with stand out tracks like the first single “Heavy Hearted”, “
A prolific songwriter, Koster wrote over a hundred and twenty songs to prepare for his first album, while for the follow up his songwriting style developed to be more selective. One reason for this progression was his relationship with legendary producer Bob Ezrin (Alice Cooper, Pink Floyd, Kiss, Jane’s Addiction). “He helped me hone my craft,” says Koster, “he really pushed me to do something different and challenged me.”
Being a hypnotic and mesmerizing live performer, Koster is eager to tour this record and is sure to make an impact with audiences one way or the other. “When people see our live shows they either watch the show or leave the venue, it’s as simple as that,” explains Koster. “It forces you to make a decision and that’s definitely all I’ve ever set out to do.” The artist and the record defy categorization. The music is granular, complex and mutli-layered but also remarkably accessible and memorable.
With the natural looks of a rock star, he appears dark, aloof and impenetrable; Koster is respected by the most gifted of musicians but also embraced by the average lover of pop music. Sex, Love & Morality is sure to make an impact with music fans and rank Koster among the most talented artists to come out of
Sex, Love & Morality CD Release Party – February 14th, 2008 – 9pm
Tattoo Rock Bar
All Time Low + Mayday Parade Tour Together * Two Hottest Bands On ‘The Scene’? Indeed!
All Time Low (Hopeless Records) and Mayday Parade (Fearless Records), the two hottest bands on the ‘scene’ right now, are teaming up for a month long tour starting next week to get 2008 started out right. Both bands are currently on the dual cover of the new issue of Substream Music Press that’s available on newsstands now!
BOTH Bands are available for press – talk to me if you need interviews, press materials, pics etc.
All Time Low/Mayday Parade Tour Dates:
1/13/08 Poughkeepsie, NY TBD
1/14/08 Burlington, VT Higher Ground
1/15/08 Syracuse, NY Saint Claire Theatre
1/16/08 Buffalo, NY Xtreme Wheelz
1/17/08 Toledo, OH Headliners
1/18/08 Tinley Park, IL Mojoes Rock House
1/19/08 Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection
1/20/08 Rockford, IL Rockbox
1/21/08 Madison, WI The Loft
1/22/08 Louisville, KY Uncle Pleasants
1/23/08 Columbus, OH The Basement
1/25/08 Allentown, PA Masquerade Club / Croc Rock
1/28/08 Virginia Beach, VA Club Relevant
ALL TIME LOW
All Time Low’s debut album So Wrong, It’s Right which debuted at #62 on the Billboard Top 200 after its release on September 25th and has now sold upwards of 53,000 including almost 4,000 this past week. ATL might just be the #1 pop punk buzz band on the scene right now…Fresh out of high school, they’ve sold almost 70,000 copies of their debut EP Put Up Or Shut Up, 42% digitally (which is a HUGE #) with almost no promotion or marketing behind it. It’s been completely organic as they’ve been developing a rabid fanbase online and on the road. They were on Warped Tour all summer and the crowds got bigger and bigger at every show. They finished 2007 in style with big tours with the Plain White T’s, The Starting Line and Boys Like Girls. Look for ATL headlining the Alternative Press Tour this Spring!
Additional Tour Dates without Mayday:
1/29/2008 Wilmington, North Carolina Lucky’s Pub
1/30/2008 Jacksonville, Florida Jack Rabbits
1/31/2008 Tallahassee, Florida Beta Bar
2/1/2008 Augusta, Georgia Sector 7 G
Mayday Parade’s debut album A Lesson In Romantics came out late this summer and has now scanned over 38,000 and counting! They hit #10 on the Billboard Heatseeker Chart this past week, selling over 3,000 records. Mayday sold also over 18,000 individual track downloads in the same week. Mayday Parade are a great story…two years ago they followed Warped Tour around in their van, played in the parking lot and sold CD’s to kids in line (accumulating to 20,000 copies sold of their self-released EP). This year they were actually on Warped Tour and were one of the biggest stories on the tour, with more and more kids freaking out to their live show every day. For those who find themselves guilty of secretly (or openly) liking the All-American Rejects, Fall Out Boy, Something Corporate or Taking Back Sunday – Mayday Parade is a band you need to check out ASAP. It’s pop goodness at its most polished and most addictive.
1/30/08 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
1/31/08 Chicago, IL Metro
2/1/08 Chicago, IL Agora Ballroom
2/4/08 Madison, WI Majestic Theater
2/5/08 St. Paul, MN Station 4
2/6/08 Omaha, NE Sokol Underground
2/7/08 Lawrence, KA Liberty Hall
2/8/08 Denver, CO Marquis Theater
2/9/08 Salt Lake City, UT Avalon Theater
2/11/08 Seattle, WA Showbox at the Market
2/12/08 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom
2/13/08 Sacremento, CA The Boardwalk
2/14/08 Sacramento, CA Bottom of The Hill
2/15/08 Los Angeles, CA Troubador
2/16/08 San Diego, CA Soma
2/17/08 Pomona, CA The Glasshouse
2/18/08 Las Vegas, NV Jillians
2/19/08 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theater
2/20/08 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theater
2/22/08 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit
2/23/08 Mc Allen, TX El Rey Theater
2/27/08 Sauget, IL Pop’s
3/1/08 Buffalo, NY Xtreme Wheels
3/3/08 New York, NY Blender Theatre at Gramercy
3/5/08 Worchester, MA The Palladium
3/6/08 Towson, Maryland Recher Theater
3/7/08 Philadephia, Pennsylvania Trocadero
3/8/08 Richmond, Virginia The National
3/11/08 Fort Lauderdale, Florida The Culture Room
3/12/08 Orlando, Florida The Social
3/14/08 Saint Petersburg, Florida State Theatre
3/15/08 Pensacola, Florida American Legion Hall, Post 33
3/16/08 Little Rock, Arkansas Juanita’s Cantina
3/17/08 Joplin, Montana The Foundry
3/19/08 Louisville, Kentucky Headliners Music Hall
3/20/08 Atlanta, Georgia The Masquerade
3/21/08 Charlotte, North Carolina Tremont Music Hall
3/22/08 Greenville, South Carolina The Handlebar