“I am so sad that the next 15-year-old kid in a garage someplace in St. Paul, that plugs into his Marshall and wants to turn it up to 10, will not have anywhere near the same opportunity that I did,” Simmons said. “He will most likely, no matter what he does, fail miserably.”
Simmons blamed a lack of industry support, piracy and a lack of appreciation for “the creators.”
“It’s very sad for new bands. … They just don’t have a chance,” he said. “You’re better off not even learning how to play guitar or write songs.” Today’s songwriters and creators are more likely to work behind the scenes than practicing and testing their material out on stage, he added.
“The death of rock was not a natural death. Rock did not die of old age. It was murdered,” he said.
Simmons, of course, is far from the first to lament the decline of rock. In 1972, the Who sang “Rock is dead, they say” in “Long Live Rock,” a finger in the eye to those who believed the music wasn’t what it was a few years earlier. In 2009, guitarist and “Underground Garage” host Steven Van Zandt gave a speech at SXSW, “A Crisis of Craft,” that observed that one reason nobody’s buying records is “because they suck.”
In blogs and on Twitter, reaction was largely negative to Simmons’ statements.
“Business models for the music industry will come and go. But rock will never die,” wrote Bill Brenner.
“So What’s This About Rock Finally Being Dead? I Beg to Disagree, Gene Simmons,” was the headline of a column by Alan Cross on “A Journal of Musical Things.”
And the Foo Fighters were probably the pithiest.
“Not so fast, Mr. God of Thunder,” the Dave Grohl-led band tweeted.
Simmons, however, doesn’t think there’s much future in the genre.
Today we are sad to say that a long journey has come to an end. Crucified Barbara were our dream and you all, made it come true!
The times we’ had together as a band and shared on (and off) stage with you guys, leaves memories that no time can kill.
Our lives have parted and we need to move on. The last years have taken its toll on all of us and the joy of playing together got lost somewhere along the way.
But we are musicians at heart and the last chord is not taken for any of us, so we will probably see each other again, under different circumstances and in other variations.
Thanks to everyone we worked with during the years who believed in us when no one else did.
But without you, our fans, we wouldn’ have seen the beauty and the strength of what rock music can do.
Steelfest offering one hell of line-up once again is a perfect festival for those ones longing for small event, yet having extreme metal on the bill.. All in all 20 bands from different countries offered one kind of unique festival in the centrum of a small town in Southern Finland. The old ancient buildings with the tremendous great environment with the amazing weather gave the absolute positive vibe for the whole weekend. Metal-Rules.Com made a visit at Steelfest to witness several great gigs.
Article by Arto Lehtinen & Timo Hanhirova
Pics by Arto Lehtinen
FRIDAY- DAY 1st
Jyväskylä’s very own Black Metal group Saturnian Mist was the first band of this year’s Steelfest and I’m somewhat happy that there wasn’t that many people to see this excruciating crapfest. Their Slipknot antics are just way too much for me. Theaw totally unnecessary drummer guys seems to be there just that they can bring couple friends to backstage with them as they bring absolutely nothing to music. At least the left-side drummer guy wasn’t totally wasted like in Tallinn’s Howls of Winter so he actually managed to hit the drum most the time. So kudos to that. But yes, Saturnian Mist looks dumb and they sound really boring, next!
Radical politics aren’t something that Steelfest has been traditionally steered away from and inclusion of Finnish Black Metal band White Death was yet again a proof of that. Hatefully charged youth got some much needed warm-up before better-known bands of the radical scene. Band includes members from Lappeenranta scene bands and style-wise it’s not far removed from those other LPR hordes like Hammer, Satanic Warmaster et cetera, you know the deal: melodic, really Finnish sounding raw black metal it was, nothing surprising there. What I didn’t like is the general immaturity of their image at stage. They aren’t as stupid as Saturnian Mist before them, but still not great either. I know that Finnish bands tend to focus on aesthetics less then their Scandinavian counterparts, and many times it’s a good thing, but come on, you don’t have to look laughable, do you?
Czechs of Inferno was pretty good in the Helsinki’s Black Flames of Blasphemy couple years ago and they were pretty good now. They matured their sound from basic black metal of earlier records to something flirting with current religious current and the end product is surprisingly viable. Usually I don’t dig when bands jump to the hype wagon but cheering to Inferno felt a bit special underground treat as there were so few people attending. They played early, they aren’t well-known nor they are outright nazis so no love from the audience this time, sadly. The “mystic and occult” antics of the singer are totally clichéd by the way, but I let it slip this time as show was otherwise satisfactory..
Demonical feat. ex or current members of Centinex gave the more death metal oriented gig. The band relied on the old school approach and delivered pretty basic death metal outburst.
Goatmoon is known for toying with the extreme right wing idealogy. The band didn’t hide that aspect at all, just instead let it speak for themselves. Basically it was interesting to witness how the crowd might be into Goatmoon and the ideology presented by them. Indeed the band pulled a nice huge crowd to salute with the raising hands. Besides the extreme black metal assault, having more folk oriented approach with the pipe and third guitarist came a bit of out of blue for sure for most of people.
Blasphemy have gigged in Finland quite a lot during the past few years. Therefore seeing them once again wasn’t that dramatic feeling and experience as they made the debut visit at Finland several years ago. However the bassist giant V Kusabs was absent for a reason or another, however the Canadian black metal skinheads relied on the force of the one guitar and the basswork by Deathlord. Blasphemy is definitely brutal and barbaric as far as the musical approach is concerned. Black Winds is definitely an eerie looking frontman with the brutal voice and raw outlook.
Local Lathspell has been around for a while and churning out record after record but I must admit that this it the first time I really invested time to see and hear these guys. And I was pretty pleased actually. They are most definitely elite among the Hyvinkää scene. Their black metal is focusing to just the right things and not gimmick and bullshit. Songs are mainly long but still they have good riffs and they don’t end up being totally repetitious. And what I liked also was that they actually invested something to look even remotely cool on stage with their chainmail shirts. Lathspell was the most pleasing surprise so far in the festival and I’ll try to give a go to their albums some day.
When Ukraine’s Kroda played in Finland first time with Temnozor ages ago I remember that while I liked their show hen, they were trumped by the sheer excellence of the headliner. Now they didn’t have Temnozor as their nemesis and boy they were good and convincing. They have just the right amount of folky touches but they are still raw enough to be considered real black metal and not some shitty world music. They sound razor-sharp and they look good, what’s not to love? Their gid was clearly one of the highlights of the weekend and reignited my lost interest towards this band.
Oh my, Sadistic Intent blew me away, again. I’ve seen these guys too many times and still they come up big, nasty and superior in every way imaginable. And yes, they also play these same (excellent) songs in every gig and still be able to slay. They have just this charisma of monolithic, larger than life, death metal legend. What they really are not, frankly, without even one real full-length album in their resume. Fellas, you have to release it already and join the caste of real legends. But I guess when you are throwing gigs in other continents with just some EPs under your belt you’ve been doing something right down of the road.
1349 has gained the monumental status as another brutal more straight forward played black metal from Norway. The primitive black metal approach is accomplished by the Satyricon batteryman Frost beating the drum with the skilled timing style. His playing was definitely spellbounding and tight as following his playing was definitely obvious. The brutal approach by 1349 started sounding a bit dull in the long run, however the whole set wasn’t the blasting black metal metal though. The band has unleashed the fiery brutality on newer outputs as well, sounding infernal nihilistic as well. 1349 being the last band of the day was a great way to conclude the first day.
SATURDAY – DAY 2nd
The first real band of Saturday, Malicious, is a local band that released their debut MLP while ago but unfortunately audience didn’t either know these guys nor cared. Whatever the reason was, they still tried to bring their A game to those literally few people front of the stage. I have to say that I like these young blokes. They are like a bit less affected version of Upsala scene bands, as Finns from Hyvinkää just can’t be as self-aware. They also have their kin in Åland’s Vorum. And that means that their brand of death metal is aggressive and full of vigor of youth, just the way it should be.
Sarkom is another less-known band Steelfest brings from the B league of Norway’s Black Metal scene. This time I was splendidly surprised by the quality of their stuff. I’ve been spinning some records in the past but they left no memory marks. Now they showed that their material is working fine in the live setting. They surely have just basic stuff and nothing really shiny moments, but still pressing the right buttons with some tasty riffs. I have to say that I watched this way more willingly than 1349’s fast but numbing attack night before even band are playing in totally different leagues.
Mörbid Vomit’s debut album titled Doctrine Of Violence saw the light of day a year and was praised as one hell of a debut album. The album presents the technical and brutal death metal in a way as it is supposed to. The four piece delivers the tight and skilled death metal playing ever live at the stage. The band truly did a brutal slap of the straight forward, yet technical death metal by hammering the songs off from the debut album down to the audience. The outfit doesn’t joke or fool, just being loyal to the real death metal roots.
Skyforger from Latvia is familiar band from the past Finnish tours and festivals so I wasn’t totally excited to see them beforehand. Given that fact, the gig was yet again a testimony that these guys are good what they are doing. I like the old stuff (first 2 albums or so) and they went maybe a bit too folky after that for my taste buds, but still quite good stuff in general. And of course old gems were cherries on the top the cake. ‘Kiitos’ they said in Finnish with surprisingly good pronunciation.
Sawhill Sacrifice being the local black metal squad unleashed . The band has been gigging for example in China. However it was rumoured there will be some eye capturing performance. The local black metal squad delivered the brutal and barbaric set of the grim sounding black metal for sure. As for the eye capturing performance a couple of ladies entirely covered in blood hit the stage.
Diabolical was ….how to say nicely…. kind of sounded of out of tune and to be honest thruout the whole set. Sorry guys, the sounds were messy and the band sounded pretty boring in the long run.
Necromancer played at Steelfest a couple of years by doing the blast from the past old school set of their 80’s speed metal stuff. The band played indoor stage creating the more suitable place whereas as for their gig at the outdoor stage. Well if this was their farewell gig, it could have been much tighter and even extreme aggressive. Playing under the burning and bright sun wasn’t speedy. All in all there was a bit too much hassling in the performance as the band should have banged the stuff with the ultimate rage.
Impaled Nazarene has always managed to create the controversy and war of words all over these years. This gig wasn’t any exception what comes to the singer’s vocabulary assault toward the former Thy Serpent member and the current owner of the KVLT record shop. Obviously there has been some verbal fighting and it was let it go now. However Impaled Nazarene has always been savage and merciless on the stage giving no mercy. The set was based on covering the wide career even from the ep up to the latest effort. Of course Impaled Nazarene dedicated MotorPenis for Lemmy. Impaled Nazarene turned to be extreme sadistic merciless live act indeed. The frontman’s character and voice are those aspects truly dominating the audience to worship the band. The music is yet brutal and uncompromising perversity.
Denial Of God is the long time black metal veteran, already formed back 1991. Despite the longevity, the Danish black metallers haven’t been productive. Anyway the cult group hit the stage at Steelfest to spread the Danish black metal approach. It was more apparent the crowd worshipped Denial Of God’s black mass ritualistic show. Denial Of God sounded evil and presents the basic the black metal elements.
Ragnarok from Norway… As a matter of fact five Norwegian blacked metal bands had been booked to share the stage with other bands, but the Norwegian black metallers definitely pull a lot of crowd as well as they are still able to unleash the infernal black metal blitzkrieg. As for Ragnarok, after having gone thru line-up changes Ragnarok still sounds evil and grim. The set was kicked with the kind of Motorheadish slogan “We are Ragnarok, we are here to play the Norwegian black metal”. They did indeed and conquered the audience.
Batushka is the name of new hype from Poland and while I was eager to see them live, in the end I deemed them somewhat pretentious, calculated affair. They have it all, mysterious murmuring, ritualistic chants, occult hand gestures and what’s the most important nowadays, really cool robes with some orthodox imaginary. I appreciate the effort, I really do. But what about the music then? Nice, but not that nice. They have some good parts in their super-mystical esoteric stuff and they have good flow but mostly I ended up thinking that is this really so superior to merit all the hype? Probably not but this was something that has to be seen in 2016 and now I did, so todo list has one less item.
While Rob Darken of Graveland did some recent press angering his core fans saying that Graveland is not racial nor political anymore and he actually wants that everybody can enjoy Graveland’s music, this band is still something to behold in the “normal” festival settings. The reputation is still damn big, and it’s not a good reputation. But while some hate Graveland, I argue that their early material is really magnificent piece of Black Metal history. And gladly they still played choice cuts from the In the glare of Burning Churches era of raw black metal in their third gig. Then there were epics like Thousand Swords. Such a good stuff that gave me chills. Rob’s live lineup is bunch of hired guns but it was nice to hear this competent drummer to play homages to infamous Capricornus. And Darken himself is probably generating some controversy with his hippie style dance moves on stage, or let’s say they are just paganic. Nevertheless Darken did make a right choice to bring Graveland to stages. I just hope that he won’t overstay his welcomes and keeps this in right, underground, context.
Gorgoroth with Hoest from Taake once again on the mic hit stage right after the midnight. As a matter of fact Gorgoroth is supposed to have another singer, but apparently Hoest handles the live performance. Besides Gorgoroth went thru the mandatory line-up changes when Frank Watkins passed away some time ago and had to recruit a new guy. As for the performance Infernus’ Gorgoroth sounded brutal as well as chaotic barbaric. Hoest’ s commander role on the stage turned out to be such dominating and in a way uncontrolled behaving. The band raged with the brutal and barbaric passion thru the whole show. Gorgoroth is mean and truly presenting all evilness.
Steelfest was nothing but a tremendous blast from the beginning to the end. The line-up was once again extremely amazing even though the organization of the Steelfest were struggling a few unexpected cancellations and had to pull through by booking replacements. However these replacements were highly appreciate among the crowd. As for the continuation of Steelfest, well to be honest it remains to be seen. All kinds of expectations and speculations have been thrown into the air. It would be truly awesome to see Steelfest return with extreme strong line-up.
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FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH + PAPA ROACH
WITH SPECIAL GUESTS SIXX:A.M.
+ FROM ASHES TO NEW
September 9 – ABBOTSFORD, BC
September 10 – PENTICTON, BC
September 11 – CALGARY, AB
September 13 – LETHBRIDGE, AB
September 14 – REGINA, SK
September 16 – MEDICINE HAT, AB
September 17 – EDMONTON, AB
September 18 – SASKATOON, SK
September 20 – WINNIPEG, MB
September 23 – OSHAWA, ON
September 24 – LONDON, ON
September 27 – MONCTON, NB
September 28 – HALIFAX, NS
Interview with Dave Ingram, Vocalist of Hail of Bullets
June 13, 2016
Interview by InfamousButcher
All extreme metal fans are familiar with the work of Dave Ingram. The vocalist fronted Benediction during their heyday in the 90’s, growling his way through classic albums like THE GRAND LEVELLER and TRANSCEND THE RUBICON. He also had a memorable turn in Bolt Thrower on HONOUR, VALOUR, PRIDE and has been involved with numerous other projects. Most recently he joined Hail of Bullets as their new singer. I was lucky enough to witness their mind-blowing performance at Maryland DeathFest XIV last month with Dave at the helm for the first time! Let me tell you, I’ve seen a lot of shit, and this was one for the ages! I did have the pleasure of meeting Dave at MDF, but due to timing we ended up conducting the interview remotely.
The first “Metal Meltdown” concert series event kicked off at The Joint at the world famous Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas on May 30, 2015. Legendary, multi-Platinum selling rockers Twisted Sister performed an explosive 90-minute concert of their biggest hits spanning their 40-year career. The show was dedicated to the honor of Twisted Sister’s iconic drummer, A.J. Pero, whose tragic, sudden death just two months prior to the filming of this event shocked the music world. The band announced that not only were all the remaining concerts being performed in 2015 dedicated to the memory of A.J. Pero, but that 2016 would mark the 40th and final year of the band’s legendary live performances. They recruited renowned drummer and friend of A.J. Pero, Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs, Dream Theater, Avenged Sevenfold) to take the reins, and his very first Twisted Sister appearance was captured by the “Metal Meltdown” camera crew.
Twisted Sister fans will now get to witness that special concert produced by the award-winning production company, Rock Fuel Media in association with Loud & Proud Records. Directed by Brian Lockwood (Bon Jovi, Metallica, Motley Crue), METAL MELTDOWN – FEATURING TWISTED SISTER LIVE AT THE HARD ROCK CASINO – LAS VEGAS features that complete concert, as well as Rockshow, a bonus documentary that takes fans through the band’s 40-year ride from local club outcasts to world domination with exclusive interviews, archive footage from the ‘80s, photo gallery. It was mixed in 5.1 Surround Sound. Set for release July 22, the retail package includes both BluRay and DVD formats as well as an audio CD.
As Twisted Sister guitarist JayJay French explains, “The decision to continue performing all the summer shows in 2015, not to mention the concert that this performance celebrates, was in jeopardy over the days immediately following A.J.’s sudden death. We needed time to re-group and re-focus. Everyone was great. All the promoters of the huge European summer festivals that we were set to headline and Barry, the producer of this concert said, ‘We understand. You all (meaning the band) have to do what makes you comfortable. Whatever the band decides has to be honored and respected.’
“In the end, I believe we did what A.J. would have wanted us to do and Mike Portnoy was a very big part of that decision in both an emotional and artistic way. This performance captured herein just two months after A.J.’s death really was about our way to help memorialize the great A.J. Pero. The front four (Dee, Eddie, Mark and I) have had no one but A.J. behind us since 1982. This concert has A.J.’s influence permeating through our bloodstream in ways that I will never forget and when we cut to A.J.’s drum solo on the rear projection screen, We were all emotionally overwhelmed. Not since our reunion for NY Steel in 2001 (to honor and raise money for the families of the NYC police and fire department who died on 9/11) have I been moved to tears.”
Award-winning producer Barry Summers of Rock Fuel Media commented, “Twisted Sister was the first live club band I ever saw in 1979 at Emmett’s Inn in New Jersey, and they literally blew my mind. We actually revisited Emmett’s and filmed a scene for the Rockshow documentary. It has been a real dream come true to produce this amazing concert film for such an iconic and influential band. The tribute to A.J. Pero makes this film that much more special. We’re excited to give the fans the highest quality concert film and live recordings ever released in the year of Twisted Sister’s final farewell.”
Other bands filmed in Las Vegas as part of the “Metal Meltdown” include Extreme, Skid Row and Great White. Stay tuned for details on those releases.
Here’s the complete song listing of METAL MELTDOWN – FEATURING TWISTED SISTER LIVE AT THE HARD ROCK CASINO – LAS VEGAS:
1. What You Don’t Know
2. The Kids Are Back
3. Stay Hungry
4. The Beast
5. Shoot ‘Em Down
6. You Can’t Stop Rock ‘N’ Roll
7. I Believe In Rock ‘N’ Roll
8. Under The Blade
9. I Am (I’m Me)
10. We’re Not Gonna Take It
11. The Fire Still Burns
12. The Price
13. Burn In Hell
14. A.J. Pero Tribute
15. I Wanna Rock
16. Come Out and Play
About Loud & Proud Records:
Loud & Proud Records is an independent record label whose mission is to provide a true partnership between artists and their label. Loud & Proud’s roster of releases is a diverse collection of established and developing artists. Notably, the label’s longstanding relationship with Lynyrd Skynyrd has yielded releases from Lynyrd Skynyrd, Van Zant (featuring brothers Johnny and Donnie); The Rossingtons (Gary & Dale Rossington), and Blackfoot (featuring Rickey Medlocke). The label also represents recordings by rock supergroup The Winery Dogs; emerging Nashville roots/blues artists The Delta Saints; multi-platinum alternative band Flyleaf; Grammy® Award winners Blues Traveler; Grammy® award winner Rick Springfield; five-time Emmy® Award winning actor and musician Jonathan Jackson and his band Enation; jam scene favorites The String Cheese Incident; powerhouse rockers KIX and more. Labels under Lipsky’s direction in the past (CMC International, Sanctuary Records Group and a joint-venture with Roadrunner Records) released such prominent artists as Rush, Neil Young, Robert Plant, KISS, Morrissey, Lenny Kravitz, Iron Maiden, Motorhead, Judas Priest, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Allman Brothers Band and more. Loud & Proud Records is distributed worldwide by ADA, a Warner Music Company and is marketed outside North America by International Solutions.
About Rock Fuel Media:
Rock Fuel Media is an award-winning, full-service film and television production company specializing in multimedia content distribution. Rock Fuel Media’s goal is to build entertainment brands, engage audiences and boost revenues for its partners. Their team has worked with some of the world’s biggest artists, including Guns N’ Roses, The Smashing Pumpkins. The Beach Boys, Korn, The Doors, Heart, Carrie Underwood, Jane’s Addiction, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bonnie Raitt, Elvis Costello, Hank Williams Jr., 3 Doors Down, Norah Jones, Cyndi Lauper, Melissa Etheridge, Twisted Sister, Extreme, Skid Row, and Great White. They produce 2D/3D and 4K live entertainment programming and provide a cloud-based, multi-channel content distribution platform for the shows they produce and distribute. They use a proprietary production process and secured content delivery network specially designed to engage audiences, build brands and boost revenues for their partners.
As recently announced, the annual ROCK CARNIVAL is back for its second year – taking place on September 30, October 1 and October 2 at its new location in Lakewood, NJ at FirstEnergy Park, home of the Lakewood Blue Claws.
As with its inaugural year, which drew a staggering 50,000+ attendees, the second annual ROCK CARNIVAL will feature classic amusement rides and entertainment, the most delicious food truck offerings, high-action Professional Wrestling, a wide selection of tasty brews, and of course… the best in local, national and international rock music performances! This year’s event will also see the addition of more carnival area space and a children’s fun zone. This is a weekend of big fun for the whole family!
ROCK CARNIVAL is pleased to announce even more stellar talent performing at this year’s show. In addition to Saturday headliners and heavy metal legends Twisted Sister performing their can’t-miss official tri-state farewell show, fans will enjoy a legendary Friday headline performance from none other than the original shock rocker himself, Alice Cooper.
Pop culture icon Alice Cooper pioneered a grandly theatrical brand of hard rock that was designed to shock. Drawing equally from horror movies, vaudeville, and garage rock, the group created a stage show that featured electric chairs, guillotines, fake blood and boa constrictors. With a schedule that includes six months each year on the road, Alice Cooper brings his own brand of rock psycho-drama to fans both old and new, enjoying it as much as the audience does. Known as the architect of shock-rock, Cooper (in both the original Alice Cooper band and as a solo artist) has rattled the cages and undermined the authority of generations of guardians of the status quo, continuing to surprise fans and exude danger at every turn, like a great horror movie, even in an era where CNN can present real life shocking images. With his influence on rock & roll long since acknowledged, there is little that Alice Cooper hasn’t achieved in his remarkable career, including platinum albums, sold-out tours and any number of honors and career achievement awards. As he heads back out on the concert trail each year, Cooper insists he’s still motivated to continue touring and recording albums, as well as making time for such side projects as Cooper’stown (his Phoenix-based restaurant/sports bar) and his “Nights With Alice Cooper” nightly radio show, syndicated domestically and worldwide on over 100 stations.
In addition to Alice Cooper, other newly announced artists include Clutch, Blue Oyster Cult, Zakk Sabbath, Cycle of Pain, Zebra, Jackyl, Shaman’s Harvest and KYNG. These artists join previously announced ROCK CARNIVAL 2016 artists Overkill, Ace Frehley, Monster Magnet, Fuel, Cinderella’s Tom Keifer, Dokken, Texas Hippie Coalition, Doro, Four By Fate, Killcode, Jester and American Angel. Even more ROCK CARNIVAL performances will be announced soon, with Sunday’s performance line-up being announced via 95.9 the WRAT on Tuesday, July 5!
Music will take place on multiple stages including two main festival stages, side by side, on the field. Fans will have general admission access to the stadium field. The musical portion of the event will once again feature the Birch Hill stage, a very popular performance area, with the addition of another performance area showcasing developing artists.
This year’s festivities will also include a brand new “Classic” Friday night celebration, which will feature tributes to classic rock favorites! Voyage will perform a tribute to Journey, Almost Queen will play your Queen favorites, and Zakk Sabbath – featuring vocalist/guitarist Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, Ozzy Osbourne), bassist Blasko (Ozzy Osbourne, ex-Rob Zombie) and drummer Joey Castillo (ex-Queens Of The Stone Age) – will perform Black Sabbath classics.
Reserved weekend, GA weekend, single day, VIP and Skybox tickets for this year’s ROCK CARNIVAL are on sale now. Carnival entry is FREE for all children under 16 and Adult Carnival Only Admission is $15 in advance, $20 at the Carnival. Carnival Only Admission does not include stadium access.
Single Day, VIP Packages and Skybox Meet & Greet’s, powered by SoundRink, are on sale beginning today. Get your reserved and GA weekend + single day tickets here! Find VIP packages and Skybox tickets via SoundRink.
More carnival details, per-day line-ups and other entertainment will be announced soon. For more information, visit http://therockcarnival.com/.
The ROCK CARNIVAL is produced by Stan Levinstone Presents and GameLoud.
Thanks to Emil Westerdahl at Ulterium Records for setting up the interview Thanks to Ulterium Records for the promo pictures of the band.
The Greek heavy metal act Diviner released their debut album FALLEN EMPIRES last year and since I thought the album was great I hooked up with one of the band’s leaders, singer Yiannis Papanikolaou, to learn a bit more about them. The band is jammed with experienced and skilled musicians like guitarist Thimios Krikos (Innerwish) and drummer Fragiskos Samoilis (Innerwish). Innerwish is one of the biggest metal acts from Greece and Yiannis was also a member of that band before joining Diviner. Besides Diviner this busy man also leads and fronts the Dio cover act Rock N Roll Children, whom we discussed during our interview. To learn more about Greek heavy metal lean back and enjoy…
Several years ago, MOTÖRHEAD (together with UDR Music) formed their own label called Motörhead Music. Lemmy and the boys were concerned about where the support was for rock’n’roll bands trying to get a leg up, so they decided forming their own label would be the way to help.
They wanted bands to have access to everything they enjoyed, from production to studios to marketing to distribution – the full monty. They even wanted their management, Singerman Entertainment, and their booking agents to be involved in helping talent get a chance to shine in the public eye.
In 2014, the band finally chose a few bands to support, with Lemmy insistent that Budderside and Others be on the inaugural Motörboat and that Barb Wire Dolls also receive the full support of Motörhead Music and its staff. Now all three will lead the charge for Motörhead Music in 2016.
Motörhead Music will continue to follow the mission statement as laid down by Lemmy and the boys. So if you want to support raw, exciting rock’n’roll, punk and whatever music is on the label, come one, come all. If not, don’t let the door hit yer arse on the way out.
One more thing – Motörhead Music would like fans to pay close attention to UDR Music artist Seek Irony, who they feel are completely different from anything you’ve heard and deserve your attention! Follow Seek Irony at the links below.
Jackyl has announced that their brand new album, ‘ROWYCO,’ will be released on August 5th via Mighty Loud Records. ‘ROWYCO’ (let us know when you figure this one out!) is the FATTEST sounding record to date for the band. “This will be an exciting year,” predicts lead singer Jesse James Dupree. “With the album’s release timing perfectly with the grand opening of the Full Throttle Saloon, in Sturgis, South Dakota. The original location burned to the ground last year AND they are building back bigger and better than ever.”
The Full Throttle Saloon enjoyed a 6 year run of a hit reality television show of the same name, which documented owner Michael Ballard and Jesse’s struggles to get the bar up, running and profitable during the world’s largest motorcycle rally.
The first single off of ‘ROWYCO,’ “Rally,” is the perfect song to kick off summer, as it’s time to rally for ROCK! “There is not a better song than ‘Rally’ to set the pace for an incredible summer 2016,” exclaims Jesse. So crank that bitch up!” To hear the new single and to pre-order the album, visit the following links:
And as far as the album as a whole, “It’s a Jackyl record at its core, but there are some tracks, lyrically, that I went a little deeper on a personal level with some things I had going on at the time. It is the thickest sounding production that we have ever recorded. It’s just a huge slice of rock. ‘ROWYCO’ is a very diverse album and every track has its purpose.”
And with Jesse and co. set to continue their latest tour on June 8th in Pennsylvania, this is shaping up to be the summer of Jackyl!
“All Night Rodeo”
“Ahead of My Time”
“Just Because I’m Drunk”
“Everyone’s A Winner”
“Hammer To The Head”
JACKYL Tour Dates:
6/8/2016 Sharon, PA Quaker Steak & Lube
6/10/2016 Rothbury, MI Sandy Corley Memorial Run @ Double JJ Resort
6/11/2016 Fond Du Lac, WI Walleye Weekend @ Lakeside Park
6/17/2016 Stroudsburg, PA Sherman Theater
6/18/2016 Loudon, NH New Hampshire Motor Speedway / Loudon Classic
6/19/2016 Portland, ME Asylum
6/24/2016 Mount Vernon, OH Legends Sports Bar
6/25/2016 Johnstown, PA Thunder in the Valley @ Peoples Natural Gas Park
6/26/2016 Baltimore, MD Baltimore Soundstage
7/1/2016 Simpsonville, SC INDEPENDENCE SLAM
7/2/2016 Scott City, MO Great River Rally at Lawless Harley Davidson
7/13/2016 Erie, PA Roar on the Shore
7/15/2016 Mineral Wells, WV WV Interstate Fair
7/16/2016 Marion, IN Brandt’s I-69 Harley Davidson
7/22/2016 Pompano Beach, FL Pompano Beach Ampitheatre
7/23/2016 Comstock, NE Comstock is Back Festival at 2nd Wind Ranch
7/29/2016 Van Wert, OH Wetzelland 30th Anniversary Motorcycle Rally
7/30/2016 New Albany, IN The Backyard
8/19/2016 Milford, IA Boji Bay Fun Pavillion
9/1/2016 Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom
9/2/2016 Manhattan, KS RC McGraw’s
9/3/2016 Clear Lake, IA The Surf Ballroom
9/6/2016 Minot, ND The O’Riginal Bar & Nightclub
9/9/2016 Hinckley, MN Grand Casino Hinckley Amphitheatre
9/17/2016 Sunrise Beach, MO Picklehead’s Roadhouse
11/25/2016 Indianapolis, IN 8 Second Saloon
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT: www.jackyl.com
On 19th August Universal Music Catalogue will release 4CD and 4LP sets of Sex Pistols – Live ’76. The collection comprises four revolutionary live recordings – all officially sanctioned by the Sex Pistols and professionally mastered at Abbey Rd Studios and released in full for the first time.
Disc one features the truly legendary Lesser Free Trade Hall, Manchester concert, which took place on 4th June, 1976, arguably one of the most important music concerts ever. Set up by Pete Shelley and Howard Devoto (who were inspired to form Buzzcocks after travelling to Welwyn Garden City to watch the Pistols), the show was witnessed by people including future Joy Division/New Order members, Morrissey, Mark E. Smith (The Fall) and Tony Wilson, the concert changed the course of music history, with the Pistols inspiring a generation of musical mavericks.
Closer to the band’s London roots, the second disc comprises the ‘Midnight Special’ concert, which was recorded on 29th August, 1976 at Screen on the Green, Islington – More widely known for its cult cinema screenings. This famous gig saw the Pistols supported by The Clash and Buzzcocks. Legend has it that journalists and record company staff attempting to gain entry were reported to have been barred entry.
Disc three is the live show that took place at Chelmsford Maximum Security Prison on 17th September 1976. Of the four recordings that make up this collection, this was the only one ‘officially’ recorded on 4 track ¼ inch tape, by the band’s live soundman Dave Goodman. Reportedly the idea of the band’s manager Malcolm McLaren, who claimed it was part of his strategy to have the band play more interesting, unusual non rock ‘n’ roll places, no doubt in an attempt to create controversy. John Rotten Lydon rose to the occasion by being his provocative best, as can be heard on the between songs banter.
The collection is completed with a concert that originally made its way around as a fans bootleg, recorded on 25th September – 1976: 76 Club, Burton on Trent. Officially released in full for the first time.
Sex Pistols – Live ’76 is the first time all four of these concerts have been collected together in sequence. It will be available on 4CD and 4LP sets (as well as digital download). It features related photographs and an original facsimile Sex Pistols Glitterbest press kit from the era.
The Sex Pistols are one of the most important British bands ever. Although they remain the band that defined punk (a term they still reject), they were also a great band who made great records. Considering they only released one album and four singles, their influence and legacy has reached every corner of the planet. Contrary to the myth of them not being able to play, they were fantastic rock’n’roll musicians, fronted by one of the most unique and distinctive-sounding frontmen ever, not to mention one of the most inspiring and greatest lyricists.
Vocals: John Rotten Guitar: Steve Jones Drums: Paul Cook Bass: Glen Matlock
Sex Pistols – Live ’76 tracklists:
CD1 4th June – 1976: Lesser Free Trade Hall, Manchester
1. Did You No Wrong
2. No Lip
4. Stepping Stone
5. New York
6. Whatcha Gonna Do About It
9. No Feelings
10. No Fun
12. Pretty Vacant
CD2 29th August – 1976: Screen on the Green, Islington
1. Anarchy in the UK
2. I Wanna Be Me
4. New York
5. No Lip
6. Stepping Stone
10. No Feelings
12. Pretty Vacant
14. Did You No Wrong
15. No Fun
CD3 17th September 1976: HM Prison, Chelmsford
1. Anarchy in the UK (incomplete)
2. I Wanna Be Me
4. New York
5. No Lip
6. Stepping Stone
10. No Feelings (incomplete)
12. No Fun
13. Pretty Vacant
15. Anarchy in the UK (encore)
16. Did You Know Wrong
CD4 25th September – 1976: 76 Club, Burton on Trent
1. Anarchy In The UK
2. I Wanna Be Me
4. New York
5. No Lip
6. Stepping Stone
11. No Feelings
12. No Fun
13. Pretty Vacant
In November 2014 a helicopter landed at the infamous Hard Rock Hotel as KISS invaded Las Vegas for an historic nine-show run. Now, fans will be able to experience this spectacular night for themselves in their own homes as ‘KISS Rocks Vegas’ hits PPV in North America – available via cable, satellite, and online. From this blistering live show, fans can expect sky-high flames, ear-bursting volume and a few drops of blood!
As America’s #1 Gold Record Award winning group of all time, and that’s in every category, KISS can easily be named one of rock’s most influential bands. The Rock N Roll Hall of Famers have released 44 albums and sold more than 100 million albums worldwide. Additionally, KISS were recently honoured by their peers, having received the illustrious ASCAP Founders Award in 2015.
Paul Stanley (KISS lead Vocals, rhythm guitar)
“See us from the comfort of your couch with the awesome power of surround sound. Feel like you are in Vegas and don’t be shy. ‘Shout it out loud”!
Gene Simmons (KISS Vocals, bass guitar)
“Join us for a “Crazy Crazy Night’!”
Over the course of 40 years, KISS’ record-breaking global tours have brought them to fans around the world. The band kicked off their recent world tour with 5 headlining shows in Japan and a #1 single in 2014 “Samurai Son” with Japanese pop group, Momoiro Clover Z. Their 40th Anniversary World tour also rocked North America, South America and Australia. Furthermore, once a year the “KISS Army” becomes the “KISS Navy” as fans from across the globe board the KISS Kruise (2016 year will mark their 6th voyage).
KISS teamed up with Warner Brothers in 2014 to create the well-received original movie ScoobyDoo and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery. Other high-profile appearances have included the Super Bowl, the Winter Olympics, Rockin’ The Corps concert, a FOX alliance with KISS appearing in multiple episodes of Family Guy, plus two special guest performances on American Idol finales.
KISS has been featured in major advertising and marketing campaigns for John Varvatos, Google Play, Hello Kitty— even appearing in a Dr. Pepper Super Bowl commercial and advertising campaign in support of their Hottest Show On Earth tour. This year represents the 3rd season of the LA KISS Arena Football League team bringing professional football back to Los Angeles. KISS founding band members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons have also entered the culinary world by opening a string of successful restaurants aptly named Rock & Brews.
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