Norris Streams Entire New Album “The Great White North” Online

March 2nd, 2011
by EvilG

“The album as a whole is a disrespect to western civilization,” commented Norris frontman Curtis Wilson. “Our culture has lost all hope in my eyes. I think about leaving this shit hole for a more simple life in a less developed country, but then I realize we have brain washed all countries into wanting our shitty, over-consumptive lives anyway, so I might has well just stay here. I do paint a very grim picture of where the future is heading for us but, I also believe in positive change for the willing.”
“This album is one of the angriest records that I’ve heard in a long time,” states Year of the Sun’s president C. Benner. “You can legimitmately feel the frustration, the hostility, and the honestly throughout ‘The Great White North’ and it’s extremely refreshing. It’s really quite an impressive record and I think it really speaks to what’s happening in the world around us right now.”

Norris have been ripping their way through Canada leaving behind a trail of devoted fans who have been a key factor in spreading the band’s extreme blend of metal, rock, and hardcore across the country. The band’s explosive sound has been praised by Exclaim Magazine as “…simply obliterating…. manages to come barreling out of the speakers with unbridled passion.”
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www.myspace.com/rightnorris Canadian experimental tech metal outfit Norris is currently streaming their entire new album “The Great White North” online at http://yearofthesun.bandcamp.com/album/norris-the-great-white-north. Fans can also download the band’s crushing new single “Food For Thought” absolutely free for a limited time only at the same location. Norris’ new album is scheduled for a March 22nd, 2011 release date through Year of The Sun Records.

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MÖTLEY CRÜE TO HEADLINE SUMMER TOUR WITH SUPPORT FROM POISON AND SPECIAL GUESTS NEW YORK DOLLS

March 2nd, 2011
by EvilG
MÖTLEY CRÜE TO HEADLINE SUMMER TOUR WITH SUPPORT FROM POISON AND SPECIAL GUESTS NEW YORK DOLLS

MÖTLEY CRÜE TO HEADLINE SUMMER TOUR WITH SUPPORT FROM POISON AND SPECIAL GUESTS NEW YORK DOLLS

Mötley Crüe, one of the world’s most iconic rock bands, have announced initial details today for their summer headlining tour with support from Poison and special guests New York Dolls (not to be confused with Poison’s solo tour, “Glam-A-Geddon 25”). The official announcement by Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee and New York Dolls’ David Johansen was made on the syndicated radio show, Sixx Sense with Nikki Sixx Tuesday March 1st at 7:00pm local time (check www.sixxsense.com for a list of stations). Additionally, the announcement can be heard on SixxSense.com, iheartradio and on the new Sixx Sense XM 161 Channel. The trek will kick off June 7th in Dallas, TX and hit approximately 40 cities before coming to a close in early August.

 

Beginning March 11th, Mötley S.I.N. Club members will have first crack at tickets and VIP Packages during the exclusive fan club presale. Visit www.motleysinclub.com and check out all the Mötley Crüe fan club benefits and join today.

 

A national on sale starts the weekend of March 18th. All tour information can be found at www.motley.com.

 

Mötley Crüe, Poison and New York Dolls Summer Tour Dates

JUNE

7 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion

9 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center

10 Houston, TX Toyota Center

12 Albuquerque, NM Hard Rock Pavilion

14 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl

15 San Francisco, CA Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

17 Phoenix, AZ Desert Sky Pavilion

18 Las Vegas, NV Venue TBD

19 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheater

21 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center

22 Maryland Heights, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

24 Minneapolis, MN Target Center

25 Milwaukee, WI Bradley Center

26 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center

28 Toronto, ON Molson Ampitheater

29 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre

 

JULY

1 Tinley Park, IL FMB Amphitheater

2 Noblesville, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center

3 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena

5 Hollywood, FL Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena

6 Tampa, FL St. Pete Times Forum

8 Biloxi, MS Mississippi Coast Coliseum

9 Pelham, AL Verizon Wireless Music Center (Mötley Crüe & NY Dolls Only)

10 Atlanta, GA Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood

12 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

13 Hershey, PA Star Pavilion at Hershey Park

15 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena

16 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center

19 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center

20 Uniondale, NY Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum

22 Darien Lakes, NY Darien Lakes Performing Arts Center

23 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center

24 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE

27 Cheyenne, WY Frontier Days (Mötley Crüe Only)

29 Youngstown, OH Covelli Centre

30 Frederick, MD Outlaw Jam 2011

31 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain

 

AUGUST

5 Tomah, WI Fort MCoy

 

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SISTER SIN To Embark on Revolver’s HOTTEST CHICKS IN HARD ROCK Tour

March 2nd, 2011
by EvilG

HOTTEST CHICKS IN HARD ROCK Tour

HOTTEST CHICKS IN HARD ROCK Tour

SISTER SIN is proud to announce their long awaited return to the states for the Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock “Hell Hath No Fury” tour, presented by Revolver.  Sponsored by Keep a Breast Foundation, the tour will feature the band alongside In This Moment, Straight Line Stitch, and System Divide.

SISTER SIN frontwoman Liv is passionate about the band’s sound: “We want people to have a good time, bang their heads and be happy. Forget the crap some people say – join us, and rock out. SISTER SIN is unstoppable!” Their  album True Sounds of the Underground is out now on Victory Records.

The tour will kick off on April 22 in Santa Ana, California, and will run through May 15.

Be sure to pick up a copy of the 2011 Revolver Calendar featuring Liv as Miss November.

Check out the dates below, and stay tuned for more information.

04/22/11 – Santa Ana, CA, Galaxy Theatre
04/23/11 – Bakersfield, CA, Jerry’s
04/24/11 – Sacramento, CA, Ace of Spades
04/25/11 – Sparks, NV, The Alley
04/27/11 – Boise, ID, Knitting Factory
04/28/11 – Seattle, WA, Studio Seven
04/29/11 – Portland, OR, Bossanova Ballroom
04/30/11 – Spokane, WA, The A Club
05/01/11 – Billings, MT, The Railyard
05/03/11 – Des Moines, IA, The House of Bricks
05/05/11 – Madison, WI, The Annex
05/06/11 – Grand Rapids, MI, The Intersection
05/07/11 – Barrington, IL, Penny Rd Pub
05/08/11 – Little Rock, AR, Downtown Music
05/10/11 – Lawrence, KS, The Bottleneck
05/11/11 – Tulsa, OK, The Marquee
05/12/11 – Lubbock, TX, Jakes
05/13/11 – Albuquerque, NM, Launchpad
05/14/11 – Tucson, AZ, The Rock
05/15/11 – Flagstaff, AZ, The Orpheum

For more on Sister Sin visit:

http://www.victoryrecords.com/sistersin

http://www.myspace.com/sisterssin

http://www.victoryrecords.com/merch/sistersin

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DAWN OF DISEASE – Album trailer available

March 2nd, 2011
by EvilG

German Death Metallers DAWN OF DISEASE, who will be releasing their debut album „Legends of Brutality“ on April 22nd via NoiseArt Records, have uploaded a first official album trailer.

 

Check it out right here:

 

The record was produced in Soundlodge Studio (God Dethroned, Sinister, Dew-Scented).

 

Another live show has just been confirmed, on September 3rd DAWN OF DISEASE will devastate the Ballroom in their hometown Osnabrück!

 

Current tourdates:

12.03.2011 Bremen, Römer

27.05.2011 Pratteln, Metalfest CH

28.05.2011 Dessau, Metalfest D

29.05.2011 Mining, Metalfest AT

03.09.2011 Osnabrück, Ballroom

 

http://www.myspace.com/dawnofdisease
www.noiseart.cc
www.rockthenation.eu

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GRAVEYARD: TRACK LISTING FOR HISINGEN BLUES REVEALED

March 2nd, 2011
by EvilG
GRAVEYARD - Hisingen Blues

GRAVEYARD - Hisingen Blues

The track listing for Hisingen Blues, the second full-length studio album by classic rockers GRAVEYARD, is as follows:

 

01.  Ain’t Fit To Live Here

02.  No Good, Mr. Holden

03.  Hisingen Blues

04.  Uncomfortably Numb

05.  Buying Truth (tack och förlåt)

06.  Longing

07.  Ungrateful Are The Dead

08.  RSS

09.  The Siren

 

Hisingen Blues was produced, recorded, and mixed in analog by Don Alsterberg (JOSÉ GONZALES, JUNIP, SOUNDTRACK OF OUR LIVES, THE INTERNATIONAL NOISE CONSPIRACY) at Don Pierre Studios in Gothenburg, Sweden.  It is due out in Europe on March 25 and in North America on April 19th.

 

The band offer their commentary on their recording sessions:

 

“We recorded the album in several different sessions.  As much as possible, we tried to do live.  All of it is 100% analog… and we’d like to take this opportunity to once and for all kill the argument that recording analog is ‘retro’ or that we’ve got a ‘retro’ sound.  Analog recording is just one technique among many.  Just like you build a house using bricks, wood or whatever.  Paint a picture using oil, acrylic or Photoshop.  Our music sounds best recorded analog; other bands sound best using nothing but computers and a thousand filters.  Analog recording brings warmth and an organic feeling to the music, that’s what we like.  To us, ‘retro’ is often something negative, meaning an unimaginative repetition of what has been or just a carbon copy of something old.  We play timeless classic hard rock with a lot of blues and psychedelic influences among many others.  And regarding analog being retro: Go through the history of rock and pick your best twenty albums.  How many of them have been recorded on computers?  Don’t mistake classic pieces of work for retro.”

Listen to a preview of the track “Hisingen Blues” here.

 

A limited edition 7” picture disc of the title track “Hisingen Blues” backed with the exclusive vinyl track “Granny And Davis” and featuring different artwork is now available through Nuclear Blast Germany’s mail-order.  On March 15th, it will be available via Nuclear Blast USA’s webstore.  This release is limited to 500 copies worldwide and they’re destined to go fast!

GRAVEYARD are:

 

  • Joakim Nilsson – Guitar & Vocals
  • Jonathan Ramm – Guitar & Vocals
  • Rikard Edlund – Bass
  • Axel Sjöberg – Drums

Stream GRAVEYARD’s entire, self-titled debut album here.

Visit GRAVEYARD online at www.myspace.com/GRAVEYARDSONGS & on Facebook.

 

 

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DUFF McKAGAN’S LOADED TO SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL 2011!

March 2nd, 2011
by EvilG

Duff McKagan is obviously ever-famous as the bassist in the classic Guns N’ Roses-line-up and Velvet Revolver. But since 2008, his own project Loaded has also progressed impressively. With this band, originally formed as early as 1999, Duff handles vocals and rhythm guitar. The sound is rough and rugged hard-rock with strong punk-influences, and the band names the Rolling Stones, Thin Lizzy and Black Flags among their influences. Loaded have so far recorded three full-length albums, most recently “The taking” which will be released this April. However, they are primarily a live act, and what makes their SRF-debut even more anticipated is that this will be Duff’s first SRF appearance ever!


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New Gary Moore Documentary

March 2nd, 2011
by EvilG

“White Knuckles & Blue Moods is a documentary feature about Gary’s career and his influence on other rock and blues guitarists.

Jörgen Holmstedt and Stefan Mossberg have been working on the film for several years. It features contributions from Don Airey, Jon Hiseman, John Sykes, Brian Downey, Eric Bell, Brian Robertson and Gary himself.

White Knuckles and Blue Moods will be around an hour long and is due for release later this year.”

Trailer on youtube:

 

Gary Moore

Gary Moore

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Motörhead to perform on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon TONIGHT (3/2)

March 2nd, 2011
by EvilG

The Wörld Is Yours available everywhere NOW

Motorhead - the world is yours

Motorhead - the world is yours

Legendary metal act Motörhead will be performing live on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon tonight (3/2) at 12:35/11:35C. Lemmy and co. recently released their 20th studio album, The Wörld Is Yours, which features the song “Get Back In Line.” The video for “Get Back In Line” can be seen here.

The band are currently on the road on a U.S. tour that will wrap up in Los Angeles at Club Nokia on March 11th. After that the band will take on Australia and South America in April/May before returning to Europe for a summer tour. For a complete list of dates visit www.imotorhead.com.

“Get Back In Line” video:

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The World’s Largest Online Guitar Lesson with Steve Vai Watch it Live at 1:30 PM EST, Thursday 3.3.11

March 2nd, 2011
by EvilG
GUITAR LEGEND STEVE VAI

GUITAR LEGEND STEVE VAI

Spinal Tap’s Nigel Tufnel supports Steve Vai and Berkleemusic.com Thursday, March 3 @ 1:30pm EST

Guinness World Record Attempt with On-line Video “Pre-Lesson” forThe World’s Largest Online Guitar Lesson

It’s almost upon us! Help us break a world record!

 

The lesson will be hosted at www.livestream.com on a dedicated Berkleemusic channel from Livestream’s studio in NYC.

Not to be outdone by guitar wizard Steve Vai, Spinal Tap’s lead guitarist Nigel Tufnel is offering his own “pre-lesson” online in advance of Vai’s world record breaking attempt for the world’s largest online guitar lesson.

Check out Tufnel’s exclusive video introduction of Berkleemusic’s FREE online guitar lesson at: https://www.berkleemusic.com/vai-live

The World’s Largest Online Guitar Lesson is part of a national education campaign to position Berkleemusic as an innovator and leader in online music education and to raise awareness about Berkleemusic’s new online courses.

Steve Vai’s Guinness World Record attempt takes place: Thursday, March 3 at 1:30pm EST and 10:30am PST

Hope to see you there online!

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ICED EARTH Vocalist Matt Barlow Retires From The Band, Releases Emotional Statement

March 2nd, 2011
by EvilG
Matt Barlow

Matt Barlow

Long-time vocalist Matt Barlow has retired from ICED EARTH.

 

In his heartfelt statement, Barlow cites his commitment to his family and the need for Iced Earth to tour more as the reasons for his retirement; however, he has committed to perform with Iced Earth on all 2011 European festival dates, which will be his last with the band.

 

 

 

Matt Barlow’s official statement is as follows:

 

“Brothers and Sisters,

 

Let me begin by saying how much of an honor it has been to share my time in Iced Earth with Jon and the guys…and with all of you! Since my return to the band in 2007, it has truly been extraordinary. I have had the opportunity to travel the world and see old friends and meet new ones. Though we had originally thought that the Iced Earth touring schedule would be very limited, we were able to play our fair share of concerts.

 

During that time we were also able to have a live DVD produced (the forthcoming Festivals of the Wicked). However, due to the rapidly changing music industry, it has become increasingly clear to recording artists that the only way to keep a band viable and to truly reach its potential is through live performances. That means that a band must reach out to new regions of the globe and become pioneers for their own livelihood. Since 2007, Jon and I have always had the best intentions for the future of Iced Earth, and we still do. However, given the band’s projected touring schedule, Iced Earth’s future and mine must now take separate paths.

 

On my departure from Iced Earth in 2003, I made a commitment to my wife and to the idea that we would start, and raise, our family together. Two years later, my first child was born and two years after that, my second. My youngest son was born about a week before Jon asked me to return to Iced Earth. It was a very exciting and emotional time for all of us, but we were all clear on our intentions. It is apparent to us now that regardless of our belief at that time, time can change an intended outcome. In this instance, I hope that change will not be regarded as a bad thing, but rather as a necessary part of evolution.

 

 

 

Jon and the band must venture into new realms to continue to grow Iced Earth. I commend him for his ideals and wish nothing but to share in his vision. I know that this is not the last time Jon and I will work together, but it will be my last endeavor with Iced Earth. Iced Earth is a name and force of its own. It has been very good to me and has allowed me to live a dream that others would give most anything for. I have been truly blessed to share this experience with everyone. I will continue to support Jon and Iced Earth in every way. I will also continue to create and perform in my own capacity.

 

These next months will prove to be a very emotional time for me. I am extremely happy to be able to share the experience with Jon, Brent, Freddie, Troy and the Iced Earth family. I am proud to know them and honored that they consider me their friend. It is going to be phenomenal to share the love of this music during several summer festivals and I know that it will be a time we will never forget.

 

Please consider all that I have brought forth and all of Jon’s offerings before passing judgment on the future of Iced Earth. This band has always strived to give its listeners the very best and I know that Jon, as always, will continue to lead that charge.

 

“To Iced Earth and all of you…I wish you the very best!!!

 

 

Band founder and leader Jon Schaffer reacted to his friend’s decision with equal parts sadness and praise.

 

 

 

“I knew Matt wrestled with this for a long, long time,” said Schaffer. “It wasn’t an easy decision for him. But I love him dearly and I can’t fault his reasons.”

 

Schaffer continued: “Matt is one of the most sincere people I know, and one of the most talented. His departure deeply saddens me, but I hope all fans of Iced Earth will cut him some slack. I wish Matt well, respect him greatly, and I ask everyone else to do the same.”

 

With a new album in the works, and a world tour pending, Schaffer has already begun the search for a new vocalist.

 

“I have a few guys in mind,” said Schaffer. “And as you can imagine, it is a very important decision. One thing is for certain: we are not looking for a Matt Barlow ‘clone’ – we are looking for a front man that brings power and character of his own to the table. There’s only one Matt, and that era of the band’s history will always hold a special place in my heart.”

 

 

 

The band’s long-awaited six-hour, three-concert live DVD Festivals of the Wicked is scheduled for release this spring.

 

The band recently announced a new summer festival date: Dong Open Air in Neukirchen-Vluyn, Germany, on July 15th.

 

With the Dong Open Air date confirmed, Iced Earth will play a total of six summer festivals, including: Wacken, Graspop, Rock am Härtsfeldsee, Ilosaarirock Festival in Joensuu, Finland on July 16th, and the Sweden Rock Festival on June 10th in Sölvesborg, Sweden.

 

More festival dates will be announced soon on the band’s official web site, MySpace, and Facebook pages.

 

Announcement of a new vocalist will be made through all social media outlets as soon as a decision is made.

 

Iced Earth official web site: http://www.icedearth.com/

Iced Earth’s official Facebook page: http://www.Facebook.com/OfficialIcedEarth

Iced Earth’s official MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/icedearth

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DRAGONFORCE Reveal New Singer

March 2nd, 2011
by Celtic Bob
Dragonforce 2011

Dragonforce 2011

UK based metal heroes DRAGONFORCE have announced that their long search for a new vocalist is finally over. After entries from thousands of hopefuls across the globe, the shredmasters supreme welcome 23-year-old Marc Hudson to the band to fill the boots left by ZP Theart, who parted ways with the band in March of last year.

“I’m really excited about being a part of the DragonForce family,” said Hudson. “It’s always been my dream to dedicate my life to making music. I’m going to bring all the power and emotion I can to the songs, and help make the killer new record the fans have been waiting for!”

Born in Oxford England, Hudson was picked from the thousands of applications via a number of impressive video auditions and live performances, which left the rest of the band in no doubt that they’d found their man. Since the age of 16, Hudson has been building his vocal skills, gigging with bands in the UK underground scene, developing a powerful style with influences which include Bruce Dickinson, Michael Kiske and Sebastian Bach.

Said founding member and guitarist Herman Li: “After almost a year of searching around the globe, it’s great to be able to finally tell our fans the good news. Marc’s expressive and melodic vocals are sounding phenomenal on the new songs, adding another dimension to the DragonForce sound that I am sure all the fans will love.”

The band has been working on a new album since early 2010, recording in various studios in California, London and the South of France. The follow up to 2008’s hugely successful Ultra Beatdown album will be highly anticipated, with top 10 and top 20 chart positions all over the world and a Grammy Nomination in the United States setting the precedent. With Hudson brought into the fold, the band is enjoying an injection of enthusiasm and hunger that sees DRAGONFORCE prepared to return more focused and determined than ever before.

“Everyone in the band is extremely excited about how the new material is shaping up.” Continued Li. “We haven’t felt this kind of energy in the band for a long time. We can’t wait to unleash the next DragonForce album later this year.”

The new album is expected to hit the shelves in September, with a full world tour to follow.

http://www.dragonforce.com/

 

You can check out Hudson’s audition video below. The band is currently recording the follow up to 2008’s Ultra Beatdown.

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3 INCHES OF BLOOD Announce “WARRIORS OF THE GREAT WHITE NORTH” Tour

March 2nd, 2011
by Celtic Bob

It’s the tour that Canadian metal fans have been waiting for.

3 Inches of Blood and Cancer Bats, two of Canada’s biggest, most brutal and unrelenting metal bands, will be embarking on a month-long Canadian trek in May, kicking things off in Brandon, MB on May 4 and wrapping up in Victoria, BC on May 29.

3IOB vocalist Cam Pipes states: “This is the kind of Canadian tour that we were meant to do. Cancer Bats are a like-minded band that we’ve talked about touring with for quite a while and we’re very glad it’s finally happening. Canada is a stronghold of metal fans that both bands step up their game for.  All the cards are in place to make this an epic tour.”

3 Inches of Blood fans can also look forward to a brand new EP which the band will release via Century Media Records, just in time for the upcoming May tour…more details coming soon.  In addition, the band has been nominated for a 2011 Indie award for “Metal Artist/Group Of The Year”. The 11th Annual Independent Music Awards – “The Indies” – is Canadian Music Week’s closing party, taking place on Saturday March 12, 2011 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto.

Born out of a love for pure metal, weaned on a diet of fantasy and mythology, Vancouver’s 3 Inches of Blood are one of the biggest defenders of traditional heavy metal and have been slaying the infidel for nearly a decade.  In that time, they’ve released three albums and splattered the ground with crimson streaks while on tour with such acclaimed acts as Satyricon, The Black Dahlia Murder, Motorhead and Cradle of Filth, to name a few.  The band’s latest album, the monumental Here Waits Thy Doom (September 8, 2009, Century Media) has set the standard for new heavy metal.

3IOB just completed a hugely successful North American tour this February alongside Eluveitie, Holy Grail and System Divide.   The band is also gearing up for two performances at the 2011 Manitoba Metalfest, before hitting the road in May for what is sure to be one of Canada’s most memorable metal tours to date.

3 INCHES OF BLOOD: CANADIAN TOUR DATES
*w/Cancer Bats

March 24 – Winnipeg, MB @ Park Theatre – MANITOBA METALFEST
March 25 – Winnipeg, MB @ The Zoo – MANITOBA METALFEST
May 2 – Banff, AB @ Devils Gap
May 3 – Saskatoon, SK @ Amigos
May 4 – Brandon, MB @ North Hill Inn *
May 6 – Thunder Bay, ON @ Crocks *
May 7 – Timmins, ON @ The Victory Tavern *
May 9 – Quebec City, QC @ Le Cercle *
May 10 – Moncton, NB @ The Manhattan *
May 11 – Charlottetown, PEI @ Hunter’s Ale House *
May 12 – Moncton, NB @ The Manhattan *
May 13 – Halifax, NS @ The Paragon Theatre *
May 14 – Halifax, NS @ The Pavilion *
May 15 – Fredericton, NB @ Nicky Zee’s Nightclub *
May 16 – Trois-Rivieres, QC @ Le Dartagnan *
May 17 – Ottawa, ON @ Ritual Nightclub *
May 18 – Kingston, ON @ Time To Laugh Comedy Club *
May 19 – Toronto, ON @ The Mod Club Theatre *
May 20 – London, ON @ Rumrunners *
May 21 – Sudbury, ON @ Jubilee Hall *
May 24 – Regina, SK @ The Distrikt *
May 25 – Edmonton, AB @ The Starlite Room *
May 26 – Calgary, AB @ The Gateway bar – SAIT Campus *
May 27 – Kelowna, BC @ Flashbacks *
May 28 – Vancouver, BC @ The Rickshaw Theatre *
May 29 – Victoria, BC @ Sugar Nightclub *

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SOUNDGARDEN To Release First Ever Live Album; Live on I5

March 2nd, 2011
by Celtic Bob

The year 2010 saw Soundgarden – Chris Cornell, Kim Thayil, Ben Shepherd and Matt Cameron – reuniting after a 13-year absence to a thunderous roar. As promised, the band have now announced that they’ll be releasing their first-ever collection of live tracks on March 22, 2011 through UMe.

Titled Live on I5 – a reference to the Interstate 5 which runs up and down the West Coast-  the new collection compiles live tracks from a 1996 run by the band and captures the band at the height of their recording and touring career.  This carefully selected compilation includes fan favorites like “Spoonman”, “Rusty Cage”, “Burden In My Hand,” and “Black Hole Sun” (performed by Chris Cornell solo), as well what insiders are calling the definitive live performance of “Jesus Christ Pose.”  As a bonus, the disc includes two brilliantly inspired covers:  The Beatles’ “Helter Skelter” and The Stooges’ anarchic proto-punk classic, “Search & Destroy.” The band took out recording engineer, Adam Kasper with them on the West Coast leg of this tour- the first time they ever recorded any live shows. They rented a mobile 24 track machine/truck and recorded the gigs on 2″ tape. Soundgarden had always intended to release it as a live record soon after the tour, but alas, they disbanded and the tapes were left in the closet of Studio X in Seattle (now called Bad Animals) to gather dust until now.

Live on I5 is the follow-up to Soundgarden’s celebrated 2010 reunion, with the band re-staking their well deserved place, earning a Grammy nomination for previously unreleased track “Black Rain” for Best Hard Rock Performance, gracing the covers of music magazines SPIN and Guitar World, performing on the second night of Conan and topping critics’ lists with their fall 2010 release, Telephantasm. The multi-label, career-spanning collection, also available in collector’s editions with the band’s first-ever DVD and booklet,  was a comprehensive retrospective of the enormously influential band whose music put Seattle and a young label called Sub Pop on the map.  As befits a group whose sound redefined a musical generation, they also proved themselves to be innovators with their partnership with Guitar Hero, with 1 million copies of Telephantasm sold, bundled within the launch of Guitar Hero®: Warriors of Rock. The album went platinum before even hitting stores- a first time certification for the RIAA.

Soundgarden’s subsequent live appearances had all the chemistry and intensity fans and critics had hoped for with the band’s legendary heavy sound and power intact.  Their headlining Lollapalooza spot last year found the four members playing their classic material from the ‘90s to longtime fans and a new generation who never thought they’d be lucky enough to see them.  Rolling Stone wrote, “Chris Cornell is the ultimate rock frontman” and Spin said, “The band kicked into an epic set that was the sonic equivalent of a blueprint of the Seattle sound: heavy, loud, and full of metal guitar heroics and classic rock pomp.”

With Live on I5, we catch the now-legendary rock titans at the top of their game. The collection captures the rawness, spontaneity and magic that happens at live gigs between Soundgarden and their audiences.  It cements the band’s place in rock history and shows why their appeal is as strong and as timeless as ever.

Watch this space for additional news on Soundgarden: www.soundgardenworld.com

Tracklisting in full:

1.         Spoonman

2.         Searching With My Good Eye Closed

3.         Let Me Drown

Tracks 1-3: Recorded live at Crosby Hall, Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar, CA – November 30, 1996

4.         Head Down

Recorded live at Mercer Arena, Seattle, WA – December 18, 1996

5.         Outshined

Recorded live at Crosby Hall, Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar, CA – November 30, 1996

6.         Rusty Cage

Recorded live at Pacific National Exhibition Forum, Vancouver, BC, Canada – December 7, 1996

7.          Burden In My Hand

Recorded live at Salem Armory, Salem, OR – December 8, 1996

8.         Helter Skelter

9.         Boot Camp

Tracks 8 and 9: Recorded live at Crosby Hall, Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar, CA – November 30, 1996

10.      Nothing To Say

Recorded live at Mercer Arena, Seattle, WA – December 18, 1996

11.       Slaves And Bulldozers

12.      Dusty

13.      Fell On Black Days

Tracks 11-13: Recorded live at Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center, Oakland, CA – December 5, 1996

14.      Search And Destroy

Recorded live at Mercer Arena, Seattle, WA – December 18, 1996

15.      Ty Cobb

Recorded live at Crosby Hall, Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar, CA – November 30, 1996

16.      Black Hole Sun

Recorded live at Mercer Arena, Seattle, WA – December 17, 1996

17.       Jesus Christ Pose

Recorded live at Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center, Oakland, CA – December 5, 1996

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FREE REIGN – Cory Procter

March 2nd, 2011
by Robert Williams

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Interview with Cory Procter

Conducted by Robert Williams

Free Reign is a hard rock supergroup comprised of two Dallas Cowboys, one Miami Dolphin and one virtuoso lead guitarist who is the only member of the group who is not an NFL grid iron grappler. The five song "Tragedy" EP was released in 2010 and was well received by both fans and industry alike. Free Reign continued to make headlines by winning the "Most Metal Athletes" award at the Revolver Golden Gods award ceremony, shortly followed by the release of their new single "One Step Away" a precursor to the soon to be released debut full length "Heavier Than Metal". Free Reign’s drummer Cory Procter recently took the time to fill us in on all of the latest excitement brewing in Dallas, Texas.

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Former/Present Members Of BLACK SABBATH, HAMMERFALL, KING DIAMOND, VENOM Launch Supergroup

March 1st, 2011
by EvilG
Magnus Rosn, Tony Martin, Andy LaRocque

Magnus Rosn, Tony Martin, Andy LaRocque

Former BLACK SABBATH singer Tony Martin, ex-HAMMERFALL bassist Magnus Rosén and KING DIAMOND guitarist Andy LaRocque have launched an all-star project that also features drummer Danny Needham (VENOM).

The as-yet-unnamed four-piece are currently writing material at LaRocque’s Sonic Train Studios in Varberg, Sweden and in England.

The foursome stress: “This all-star band is not a project! It’s a band!”

Check out a photo below of Rosén, Martin and LaRocque in Sweden in late February. Martin held two workshops in Göteborg and Falköping, Sweden at Rosén’s Musikstationen and Musikskolan respectively. According to Rosén, “Tony Martin was a hit with his tales from the ten years he played with Black Sabbath. He also talked about his way of singing, plus even had a little live performance.”

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