HOOBASTANK OFFERS FANS UNPRECEDENTED MUSIC VIDEO EXPERIENCE WITH GROUNDBREAKING “MY TURN” CLIP
NEW ALBUM FORNEVER IN STORES JANUARY 27 – BAND TO PERFORM ON “THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO” ON RELEASE
BAND TOURING WITH 3 DOORS DOWN & HINDER BEGINNING JAN. 28
More than two decades after the music video explosion of the early 1980s, triple Grammy nominees Hoobastank are taking the medium to the next level with their groundbreaking “My Turn” video. Helmed by Grammy nominated director P.R. Brown (Goo Goo Dolls, Matisyahu, Slipknot) and programmed by Daniel Kim from Deep Fried Production – www.deepfriedproductions.com (Gwen Stefani, Nine Inch Nails, M.I.A.), the innovative “My Turn” music video is interactive, allowing viewers to control the on-screen action.
Designed to be viewed online the eye-popping video has the look and feel of a video game, complete with different characters and varying scenarios. Wearing different costumes and swapping instruments, each member of Hoobastank (lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist Doug Robb, guitarist Dan Estrin and drummer Chris Hesse) performed and was shot individually against a green screen. Together with a gaggle of guests (bikini models, senior citizens, Robb’s mother and father-in-law, among others), the band created a video that’s truly unique—one that offers fans a new experience with each viewing. The video can be seen at myturn.hoobastank.com/
“This is a new direction for music videos,” says director P.R. Brown. “I think we’re witnessing only the beginning of what will surely be a new form of technology that brings fans closer to the music.”
A made-for-television version of the video premiered January 9th on AOL’s Music Page and quickly went into rotation on MTV2, MTVu and MTV Hits.
Watch FTW!’s Version Of "My Turn"
“You’ll have the option to create any version of it that you want,” says Robb. “You can have Chris sing while I play guitar in drag with an old lady on drums. And you can keep switching it up as the video goes along. Create an all Dan band. An all dog band. Whatever you want. The options are endless. It’s very cool and I think that the fans are gonna have fun with it.”
“My Turn” appears on Hoobastank’s highly anticipated new album Fornever (Island Records), which arrives in stores on January 27th. The band will celebrate the album’s release with a January 27th performance on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” On Monday, January 26th, the band will host KROQ’s “Loveline” with Dr. Drew and Stryker during a two-hour segment featuring and talking about the new album.
"My Turn"Official Video
Produced by longtime collaborator Howard Benson, Fornever sees a rejuvenated Hoobastank (lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist Doug Robb, guitarist Dan Estrin and drummer Chris Hesse) returning to the amped rock roots of their first two releases—2001’s platinum-plus-selling self-titled debut and 2003’s double platinum-plus-selling follow-up, The Reason.
The band will be performing a mix of new songs and fan favorites during their upcoming tour with 3 Doors Down and Hinder, which launches January 28th at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, FL. Tour dates are listed below.
Hoobastank exploded on the scene in 2001 with their self-titled debut, an album that produced a pair of Top 40 Mainstream hits: "Crawling in the Dark" and "Running Away." They followed in 2004 with The Reason, a double-platinum-seller that earned three Grammy nominations, including Best Rock Album, and Song of the Year and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group for the title track, an international smash which went to #1 at Modern Rock, Adult Top 40 and Top 40 Mainstream and #2 on the Hot 100. Fornever comes on the heels of 2006’s gold-certified Every Man for Himself, which featured the rock radio hit, “If I Were You.”
Tour Dates are as follows:
Date Venue City
1/28 Hard Rock Café Orlando, FL *
1/30 Williams Park Tampa FL (WSUN radio Show)
1/31 Freebird Café Jacksonville, FL (headline show)
2/2 Captain Hiram’s Sand Bar Sebastian, FL (headline show)
2/3 Soul Kitchen Mobile, AL (headline show)
2/4 The City Club Houma, LA (headline show)
2/6 Ford Arena Beaumont, TX *
2/7 Concrete St. Pavilion Corpus Christi, TX *
2/10 Midland Horseshoe Arena Midland, TX *
2/11 Amarillo Civic Ctr Amarillo, TX *
2/13 Cajun Dome Lafayette, LA *
2/14 CenturyTel Center Bossier City, LA *
2/17 Broadbent Arena Louisville, KY *
2/18 DeltaPlex Grand Rapids, MI *
2/20 US Cellular Coliseum Bloomington, IL*
2/21 Horseshoe Casino Hammond, IN *
2/24 Hammerstein Ballroom New York, NY *
2/27 Mohegan Sun Casino Uncasville, CT *
3/1 Wilcomino Civic Ctr Salibury, MD *
3/4 Civic Coliseum Knoxville, TN *
* = with 3 Doors Down, Hinder
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ACRES OF LIONS WORKING THEIR WAY ACROSS CANADA WITH DEBUT CD
Victoria, British Columbia’s Acres of Lions work on so many levels. Not only is Working the title of the melodic rock band’s full-length debut on Cordova Bay Entertainment, but it’s also the guys’ work ethic and modus operandi. They play the title track in every live set they do, kind of like an anthem.
Acres Of Lions will release Working on Feb. 10 and will tour in support of it starting in their hometown and working their way across Canada with a stop at Canadian Music Week in March. The first single “Closer” has already been receiving heavy rotation at CBC Galaxie and added to or featured at many other rock radio stations including The Zone, CIFM, The Peak, Rock 105.3 and Sonic.
The members of Acres of Lions, lead singer/guitarist Jeffrey Kalesnikoff, who just goes by Jeffrey K for obvious reasons, bassist Dan Ball, drummer Lewis Carter and guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist Tyson Yerex all come from a punk/punk-pop background, which has its own rules of independence and all-for-one-ness.
In the summer of 2007 Acres of Lions cut a three-song demo with local producer Adam Sutherland (Armchair Cynics) that consisted of “Let’s Get Sentimental,” “Dance Sequence” and Knowing Your Own End,” all songs, rerecorded, now on Working. They applied for radio station 91.3 The Zone’s band of the month and were selected for February of 2008. “Let’s Get Sentimental” received airplay; the band did interviews, and there was a showcase at the end of the month at a local club.
Eventually, Cordova Bay Records’ president Michael Burke got wind of Acres of Lions and signed them. By then, the band had cut a full-length album (Working) with Adam, who Jeffrey calls “a very particular” producer. “He doesn’t let anything go. Nothing is good enough. He’s a perfectionist. It was very very painstaking, but very worth it in the end.” Cordova Bay then stepped in to have the whole thing mixed and mastered by transplanted Briton Warne Livesey (Matthew Good, Midnight Oil, The The).
Acres of Lions are set to take 2009 by storm with the confirmed release of Working in Canada and the U.K. (Fierce Panda) and the band is eager to tour tirelessly in support of the album.
Jan. 27 Victoria, BC @ Lucky Bar w/The Gruff, Blair’s Lair, Les Monstres Terribles & Oscar
Feb. 6 Victoria, BC @ Lucky Bar w/A Trophy Life, Conversation and Beat Kids
Feb. 10 Whistler, BC @ Moe Joe’s w/The Fall Of Summer
Feb. 12 Vancouver, BC @ The Media Club w/A Trophy Life and Melody Unwinding
Feb. 15 Kelowna, BC @ Doc Willoughby’s w/Malibu Knights
Feb. 19 Edmonton, AB @ Filthy McNasty’s
Feb. 20 Calgary, AB @ The Palomino w/Jeffrey Caissie
Feb. 21 Canmore, AB @ Canmore Hotel w/Miesha & The Spanks and Hot Blood Bombers
Feb. 24 Medicine Hat, AB @ The Ottoman
Feb. 25 Saskatoon, SK @ Le Relais (all ages)
Feb. 27 Humboldt, SK @ The Uniplex
Feb. 28 Winnipeg, MB @ The Cavern Club w/Making Waves
March 1 Winnipeg, MB @ The Church Basement (all ages)
March 2 Thunder Bay, ON @ Black Pirates Club w/Without The Glory, Exit West and The Other Colour (all ages)
March 4 Peterborough, ON @ The Spill Coffee Bar w/Allison Lickley
March 6 Montreal, QC @ Le Gymnase w/Killing For Friday
March 8 Windsor, ON @ The Chubby Pickle (all ages)
March 10 Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
March 12 Toronto, ON @ Rok Boutique 9pm, Canadian Music Week
March 15 Toronto, ON @ Rancho Relaxo
March 19 Saskatoon, SK @ TBA w/Major Flinch (all ages)
March 20 Medicine Hat, AB @ The Silver Buckle March 21 Calgary, AB @ The Palomino w/Western Grace
April 2 Victoria, BC @ Evolution Nightclub
Les Claypool To Embark On “The Oddity Faire: A Mutated Mini Fest” Tour
Les Claypool will embark on the “The Oddity Faire: A Mutated Mini Fest” tour and will take over North America starting March 4, 2009. This tour is in support of yet another brilliant work of art, OF FUNGI AND FOE releasing March 17, 2009 on Prawn Song Records.
"OF FUNGI AND FOE" is the expansion of material Claypool has recorded over the past few years for the video game “Mushroom Men” and the motion picture “Pig Hunt”. Being inspired by these 2 projects Claypool decided to keep creating and turn it into an album. The song Mushroom Men on this release is a more in depth version of the theme song from the video game. Additionally a jam session with Gogol Bordello’s charismatic front-man Eugene Hutz turned into the track “Bite Out Of Life”. The band is comprised of Les Claypool on bass/vocals, Paulo Baldi on Drums (Cake), Mike Dillon on Percussion (Ani Difranco), and Sam Bass on Cello (Deadweight).
TOUR DATES CONFIRMED:
3/4/2009 San Diego, CA House Of Blues Yard Dogs
3/6/2009 Las Vegas, NV House Of Blues Yard Dogs
3/7/2009 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Palladium Mutaytor Saul Williams, Yard Dogs
3/8/2009 Lake Tahoe, NV Montbleu Theatre Yard Dogs, Saul Williams
3/10/2009 Portland, OR Roseland Theater Yard Dogs Saul Williams
3/11/2009 Seattle, WA Showbox SODO Saul Williams, Yard Dogs
3/13/2009 Salt Lake City, UT The Depot Saul Williams, Secret Chief 3
3/14/2009 Denver, CO Fillmore Auditorium Yard Dogs,Saul Williams, Secret Chief 3
3/16/2009 Kansas City, MO Beaumont Club Devotchka, Saul Williams, Secret Chief 3
3/17/2009 St. Louis, MO The Pageant Devotchka, Saul Williams, Secret Chief 3
3/19/2009 Minneapolis, MN Myth Devotchka, Saul Williams, Secret Chief 3
3/20/2009 Milwaukee, WI The Rave Devotchka, Saul Williams, Secret Chief 3
3/21/2009 Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre Devotchka, Saul Williams, Secret Chief 3
3/22/2009 Cleveland, OH Agora Theater Devotchka, Saul Williams, Secret Chief 3
3/24/2009 Toronto, ON The Guvernment Saul Williams, Secret Chief 3
3/26/2009 Boston, MA House Of Blues Saul Williams, Secret Chief 3, O’Death
3/27/2009 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory Saul Williams, Secret Chief 3, O’Death
3/28/2009 New York City Terminal 5 Saul Williams, O’Death Secret Chief 3
Custom Make Your Own P.O.S "Never Better" Album * Out Feb 3rd
Check it, take an in depth look into the design and functionality of the artwork and packaging for the new P.O.S record Never Better which comes out Feb. 3rd on Rhymesayers – Click on the WATCH IN HD button on the bottom right: www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6IrjDvVkKI
The packaging for P.O.S’s new album Never Better is a one of a kind four panel transparent plastic Digipak that holds 16 solid and 6 Transparent inserts. The solid inserts have artwork on the front and lyrics/credits on the back. The Transparent inserts have artwork that when placed over the various solid cards, enhance and change the look of the art underneath, hundreds of combinations are possible. Upon release, there’s going to be an online component to this as well where fans will be able to create their own designs which they can print out or use digitally as their own custom cover artwork for the record.
Never Better pre-order link: www.fifthelementonline.com/posneverbetter.html
Two leaked P.O.S tracks from Never Better, "Drumroll" and "Goodbye" are currently up on P.O.S’s MySpace page: www.myspace.com/pos
Send all Press/Guest List/Product Requests my way – Tour dates are below.
NEVER BETTER TOUR
with special Doomtree guests
MICTLAN + LAZERBEAK – HAND OVER FIST
Feb 05 – Missoula, MT @ The Badlander
Feb 06 – Seattle, WA @ Nectar
Feb 07 – Portland, OR Satyricon
Feb 09 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
Feb 10 – Los Angeles, CA @ Knitting Factory
Feb 11 – Phoenix, AZ @ Clubhouse
Feb 13 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
Feb 14 – Denver, CO @ Marquis
Feb 15 – Omaha, NE @ Slowdown Jr.
Feb 16 – Madison, WI @ High Noon
Feb 17 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
Feb 18 – Columbus, OH @ Skully’s Music Diner
Feb 20 – Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel
Feb 21 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
Feb 22 – Boston, MA @ Harper’s Ferry
Feb 23 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
Feb 25 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
Feb 26 – Champaign, IL @ Canopy
Feb 27 – Eau Claire, WI @ Stones Throw
Feb 28 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Ave.
The Gaslight Anthem Announce North American Tour And Letterman Performance
The Gaslight Anthem has announced its first major North American headline tour, set to kick off in Montreal on March 18 and run through early May. Heartless Bastards (Fat Possum) are confirmed as direct support on most dates, with Saint Alvia, Good Old War, Pela and A Death In The Family joining the lineup on alternating legs.
The Gaslight Anthem will also be performing on the Late Show with David Letterman on Friday January 30th, before embarking on a headline tour of the UK and Europe for the month of February. The band is confirmed for the Langerado Music Festival in Miami in early March as well.
The Gaslight Anthem’s acclaimed album, THE ’59 SOUND (SideOneDummy Records) has been included in dozens of "Best Of" lists since its release this past August.
CONFIRMED NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES:
Wednesday Mar 18 Montreal, Quebec – La Tulipe +
Friday Mar 20 Toronto, Ontario – Opera House +
Saturday Mar 21 London, Ontario – Call The Office +
Friday Mar 27 New York City – Webster Hall *
Saturday Mar 28 Philadelphia – The Trocadero *
Sunday Mar 29 Pittsburgh – Mr. Small’s *
Monday Mar 30 Columbus – Newport Music Hall *
Tuesday Mar 31 Cleveland – Agora Ballroom *
Wednesday Apr 1 Detroit – St. Andrew’s Hall *
Thursday Apr 2 Milwaukee – Turner Hall *
Friday Apr 3 Chicago – The Bottom Lounge *
Saturday Apr 4 Minneapolis – Varsity Theater *
Tuesday Apr 7 Calgary, Alberta – The Warehouse **
Wednesday Apr 8 Edmonton, Alberta – The Starlite Room **
Friday Apr 10 Vancouver, British Columbia – The Plaza Nightclub **
Monday Apr 13 Portland – Berbati’s Pan #
Wednesday Apr 15 Sacramento – The Boardwalk #
Thursday Apr 16 San Francisco – Slim’s #
Tuesday Apr 21 Phoenix – The Clubhouse #
Wednesday Apr 22 Albuquerque – Launchpad #
Thursday Apr 23 Colorado Springs – Black Sheep #
Friday Apr 24 Denver – Gothic Theatre #
Saturday Apr 25 Kansas City – Beaumont Club #
Tuesday Apr 28 Dallas – Granada Theatre #
Wednesday Apr 29 Austin – Antone’s Nightclub #
Saturday May 2 Tampa – State Theatre #
Sunday May 3 Orlando – The Social #
Wednesday May 6 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle %
Thursday May 7 Baltimore – Recher Theatre %
+: w/Saint Alvia
*: w/Heartless Bastards and Good Old War
**: w/Heartless Bastards
#: w/Heartless Bastards and A Death In The Family
%: w/Pela and Good Old War
POWERMAN 5000 UNLEASH NEW TRACK, “SUPER VILLAIN,” PLOT WINTER TOUR !
That Spider is one stubborn gentleman. Whereas many others would have packed it in due to record label collapses and band members coming and going,
Spider has stuck to his guns, kept Powerman 5000 alive, and as a result, has retained a massive and dedicated fan base worldwide.
Case in point, the group’s new song, “Super Villain” (which can be heard at pm5k.mightyloud.com/).
All it took was the appearance of this electro-ditty on the group’s official site and Myspace page to spark what has now turned into the return of PM5K – with plans for
extensive touring throughout 2009. Promoters are reporting PM5K fans are coming out in full force and then some.
PM5K first came together in the early ‘90s, and has issued such futuristic-sci fi-metal classicks as 1995’s ‘The Blood Splat Rating System,’ 1999’s million-selling ‘Tonight the Stars Revolt!’, 2001’s
‘Anyone for Doomsday?’, 2003’s ‘Transform,’ and 2006’s ‘Destroy WhatYou Enjoy.’ In addition, Spider and company has performed alongside
some of rock’s biggest names, including Korn, Marilyn Manson, and aspart of Ozzfest.
"I remember standing on the convention floor at the 2008 San Diego Comic Con,” recalls Spider. “I was surrounded by ten thousand or more freaks, geeks, and weirdos – all obsessed with
robots, monsters and super heroes. I thought to myself, ‘These are my people and Powerman 5000 is their band!’ I went home completely energized, and immediately started work on the new record."
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Upcoming PM5K Shows:
Jan 25 2009 8:00P
Emerald Theater Mt Clemens, Michigan
Jan 27 2009 8:00P
The Chameleon Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Jan 28 2009 8:00P
Crocodile Rock Allentown, Pennsylvania
Jan 29 2009 8:00P
Webster Theatre Hartford, Connecticut
Jan 30 2009 8:00P
The Chance Poughkeepsie, New York
Jan 31 2009 8:00P
Starland Ballroom Sayerville, New Jersey
Feb 2 2009 8:00P
Middle East Cambridge, Massachusetts
Feb 3 2009 8:00P
Northern Lights Clifton Park, New York
Feb 4 2009 8:00P
Mulcahys Wantagh, New York
Feb 6 2009 8:00P
Hooligans Music Hall Jacksonville, North Carolina
Feb 7 2009 8:00P
Volume 11 Raleigh, North Carolina
Feb 8 2009 8:00P
Jaxx West Springfield, Virginia
Feb 9 2009 8:00P
Headliners Louisville, Kentucky
Feb 11 2009 8:00P
Scout Bar Beaumont, Texas
Feb 12 2009 8:00P
Scout Bar Houston, Texas
Feb 13 2009 8:00P
Scout Bar San Antonio, Texas
Feb 14 2009 8:00P
Lonestar Pavillion Lubbock, Texas
Feb 15 2009 8:00P
Gators Farmington, New Mexico
Feb 17 2009 8:00P
Jumping Turtle San Marcos, California
Feb 18 2009 8:00P
Key Club Los Angeles, California
Feb 19 2009 8:00P
The Dome Bakersfield, California
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Hit The Lights "Drop The Girl" Video Debut On MTV.com * Band Confirmed For Alt Press Tour & Winter X-Games
Hit The Lights new video for "Drop The Girl" debuts today on MTV.com and can be seen here: www.mtv.com/videos/hit-the-lights/332348/drop-the-girl.jhtml
Hit The Lights are confirmed for the 2009 AP Tour along with 3OH!3, The Maine, Family Force 5 and A Rocket To The Moon. The tour kicks off March 20th in Dallas and includes a free show at Emo’s in Austin, TX during SXSW on March 21st and wraps up in Cleveland, OH on May 9th. Full list of dates is below. HTL lead singer Nick Thompson will be featured on the cover of the March "100 Bands You Need To Know in 2009" issue of Alternative Press. The band is touring in support of their sophomore album Skip School, Start Fights, out now on Triple Crown Records.
Hit the Lights will be playing this years Winter X-Games 13 in Aspen, Colorado. HTL will be playing on Saturday, January 24th at 5:30 PM in the X-Games Village at the base of Snowmass. The show and event are both free. Their track "Breath In" will be featured in X-Games highlight clips for ESPN, ESPN 2, EXPN, and ABC.
Hit The Lights Tour Dates:
1/24/09 Aspen, CO – X-Games Village @ Base of Snowmass, 5:30pm
3/20/09 Dallas, TX House Of Blues
3/21/09 Austin, TX Emo’s
3/22/09 Houston, TX Warehouse Live
3/24/09 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre
3/25/09 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theatre
3/26/09 Las Vegas, NV House Of Blues
3/28/09 Pomona, CA The Glass House
3/29/09 San Diego, CA House Of Blues
3/31/09 Bakersfield, CA The Dome
4/1/09 San Francisco, CA Grand Ballroom
4/2/09 Chico, CA Senator Theatre
4/3/09 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom
4/4/09 Seattle, WA El Corazon
4/5/09 Boise, ID Knitting Factory
4/7/09 Salt Lake City, UT In The Venue
4/8/09 Boulder, CO Fox Theatre
4/9/09 Omaha, NE Sokol Auditorium
4/10/09 St Paul, MN Station 4
4/11/09 Chicago, IL House Of Blues
4/12/09 Milwaukee, WI The Eagles Club
4/14/09 Kansas City, MO Beaumont Club
4/15/09 St Louis, MO Pop’s
4/16/09 Nashville, TN Rocketown
4/17/09 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
4/18/09 Orlando, FL House Of Blues
4/19/09 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Culture Room
4/20/09 St Petersburg, FL State Theatre
4/21/09 Jacksonville Beach, FL Freebird Café
4/23/09 Richmond, VA Toad’s Place
4/24/09 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
4/25/09 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of living arts
4/26/09 Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock
4/28/09 New York, NY The Fillmore at Irving Plaza
4/30/09 New Haven, CT Toad’s Place
5/1/09 Boston, MA House Of Blues
5/2/09 Buffalo, NY The Town Ballroom
5/5/09 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theatre
5/6/09 Grand Rapids, MI The intersection
5/7/09 Pontiac, MI The Crofoot Ballroom
5/8/09 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
5/9/08 Cleveland, OH House Of Blues
NEW ALBUM FROM THE TREWS COMING THIS APRIL
NEW ALBUM "NO TIME FOR LATER" IN STORES 04/07/2009
NEW SINGLE "PARANOID FREAK" OUT NOW!
Colin MacDonald – Vocals, Guitar
John Angus MacDonald – Guitar, Vocals
Jack Syperek – Bass, Vocals
Sean Dalton – Drums, Vocals
You can hear it in the first four bars of the album. A meaty, beaty, big and bouncy drum fill, followed by a glistening guitar line that could have been ripped from an old Rockpile album, and a breathy Hammond B3 so beautifully captured that it seems to conjure the dimensions of the room it sits in. It’s huge, but intimate. Heavy, but airborne. And the hook is strong enough that you could hang a whale from it.
"In the end, we made sort of a two sided record," says Trews guitarist John Angus MacDonald, of the band’s third album, No Time for Later. "It’s some of the heaviest stuff we’ve done, but it’s also some of the most out there artistically that we’ve ever laid down."
Too true. The Trews’ reputation is built on buffed and visceral rock songs, but on No Time for Later they cohere like never before. The structures are more compelling, the playing is more articulate, and the results more nourishing. And the group’s musical breakthrough has certainly been noticed by others, including shock rock legend Alice Cooper, who christened The Trews "A great young band with a Zeppelin feel," the Calgary Sun called the album "A regular masterpiece of rock n’ roll," while Creative Loafing raved, "Exciting, brash crunch rockers who connect like prime Humble Pie."
If it’s the shrewd marriage of new and classic rock that accounts for the Trews’ remarkable multi-generational appeal – meaning they’re as welcome on MuchMusic as they are inside the pages of the UK’s Classic Rock magazine – then No Time for Later finds the band expanding at both ends of the spectrum.
"Ocean’s End" clads Jack Syperek’s willowy bassline in AC/DC’s crunch, and then breaks down into phosphene psychedelia. In the snakey single, "Hold Me in Your Arms" (which hit #3 at rock radio in Canada, and topped the chart at MuchMusic Canada), the Trews use a buzzsaw to mediate between the re-tooled 21st Century radio rock of Velvet Revolver, and the righteous groove of off-road, resin-stained headbangers like Fu Manchu. Similarly, "Burning Wheels" is a Tom Petty riff given a nitro injection and mag wheels. And that unhinged solo about half way through? "That’s Colin’s only solo," confides John Angus with a chuckle, referring to his brother, vocalist-guitarist Colin MacDonald. "He wanted to do a solo, so we said, ‘Okay, fine,’ and that’s what came out. It’s like Kurt Cobain or something. It’s just, like, unbridled fucking craziness. It’s totally animal."
Continues John Angus, "But you need places to go. So much as you’d like to keep a somewhat consistent sound, if you want to keep making records that are at all interesting or fun to listen to, you gotta go places."
So where did the Trews go? According to Colin, "We were always big fans of CCR and REM and stuff, and those influences had to come out sooner or later. At one point we wanted to take everything off the record that sounded remotely heavy. We wanted to make a total roots rock album."
They didn’t of course – there’s no "unbridled fuckin’ craziness" on Murmur or Willy and the Poor Boys – but No Time for Later is elevated by a softer touch on tracks like the Fogerty-rooted "I Feel the Rain", or the inspired "Will You Wash Away", where melancholy meets uplift in a chorus that seems to enter the song sideways. If anything on the album points to their growth, it’s this song. Colin can’t say where it came from. Maybe he did what Neil Young claims to do, and channeled it.
"I can only hope," he says. "I just don’t know, because I’ve spent a lot of time working my ass off on songs that ended up being shitty, and this one literally came out really, really quickly. Me and John Angus were sitting around listening to Cat Steven’s Tea for the Tillerman, and we started jamming on this tune, and it literally came in five minutes. Honestly, that’s the most unconscious song I’ve ever come up with. It literally just came out."
Colin name checks Randy Newman as another abiding influence, which accounts for the sly sense of irony that pervades No Time for Later. "I Can’t Stop Laughing" addresses grief with a manic Celtic romp, propelled by Sean Dalton’s mighty tom workout; the furious "Gun Control" begins with a placid slide-guitar straight out of Ry Cooder’s Paris, Texas soundtrack; "Paranoid Freak" (which reached the Top 10 at rock radio in Canada) uses a skittery piano figure to capture the prevailing mood of our time, derived from all the hours the band has endured cooling its boots at US border crossings. And in the extraordinary "Man of Two Minds" (which topped the Much More Music chart), the Trews have produced a hymn to the worst corners of male psychology, dressed up in a romantic waltz-time melody worthy of Burt Bacharach.
"A scumbag song," claims Colin.
"I thought it was hilarious," adds John Angus. "It’s so blatant, (but) it’s honest. That’s the key."
In total, No Time for Later represents a major graduation for the band, right down to the Ralph Steadman-by-way-of-Warhol cover art designed by Syperek. Incredibly, it was the counter-intuitive approach of producers Gus Van Go and Werner F that the Trews credit for the breakthrough. The first thing the team did was take one of the best live rock acts on the planet, break it down to its constituent parts, and – starting with drummer Dalton -record each member separately in a painstaking exercise that Colin only half-jokingly describes as "our Rumours."
Syperek admits to being out of his comfort zone. "To tell you the truth, I wanted everybody in my headphones while I was playing," he says. "I thought I would get more feeling. But as we got into it, it allowed me to listen to my parts and make them better, and go back, and improve things." The bassist is one of the best feel musicians out there, but he’s convinced by the results. "This is the next step," he concludes.
Colin adds, "We wanted to go with younger guys who had a bit more to prove. And they were as hungry as we are. Guys who were willing to stay up for twenty-four hours to make sure a certain song didn’t come off cheesy."
"I don’t think we’ve ever been worked so hard by producers," continues John Angus, who was looking for "a general vibe that we haven’t quite nailed in the studio yet. It was kind of like the first time we worked with Gordie (Johnson), where everything was new and a challenge. The only difference is back then we kinda sucked."
His modesty aside, John Angus can rest assured that their efforts have yielded the most fully formed work of the band’s already impressive career. All that remains is the listening. And this bio, of course; custom-designed to make you hear the record.
"Bios are usually so embarrassingly flattering of the band," snorts John Angus. "This band fucking GETS RAWK! Then you listen to it, and you’re like, wha…?" Readers should be advised that in this case, the praise couldn’t be any more sincere, as the masses are quickly discovering the truth about the Trews – especially Stateside, where the group won the "Hard Rock/Metal Song" category for "Hold Me in Your Arms," at the 8th Annual Independent Music Awards Program.
Lastly, the Trews have some words specifically for their U.S. fans.
"We’re very proud of this album and we can’t wait to share it with our American fans. We spent a good year touring our last album in the U.S., and we really look forward to returning to those great American cities and towns with our new sounds. We hope you will like this album as much as we do!"
Nils Lofgren/Super Bowl Performance with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
As the publicist for Nils Lofgren, I wanted to let you know that he’ll be performing with Bruce Springsteen and the rest of the E Street Band at this year’s Super Bowl (halftime) on Sunday, February 1st at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Florida.
Nils — who is celebrating his 25th year with Springsteen this year — had an extremely busy 2008.
In addition to the hugely successful tour with Bruce that lasted most of the year, Nils put out a critically-acclaimed solo CD titled, The Loner – Nils Sings Neil (an homage to Neil Young), hosted his own online guitar school and wrote and performed the "Yankee Stadium" song (available free-of-charge via his official website at www.nilslofgren.com) that’s now been downloaded over 10,000 times since its release just prior to the last game played at the famed venue on September 21st.
Oh yeah… and Nils had double hip replacement surgery on September 30th.
His performance at the Super Bowl will mark his first public appearance since the surgery.
Please let me know if you’d be interested in interviewing Nils regarding his Super Bowl appearance or would like to include him in any possible Super Bowl related pieces you might have planned.
He’s an avid sports fan.
Thank you in advance and all the best in the New Year.
Source: The Albright Entertainment Group
The Gay Blades Announce The Recession Procession Tour w/Kiss Kiss – "Ghosts" In Stores Now
The Gay Blades will be hitting the road with close friends Kiss Kiss for a Northeast run of dates later this month in an effort aptly titled The Recession Procession. The band has been all over the NYC circuit lately playing with acts from all over the musical landscape; Scott Weiland, Men, Women & Children, and The Honorary Title among others. Their debut album Ghosts is out now on 4Never // Triple Crown Records and features the stand out track "O Shot" for which the band just filmed a brand new video. Look for The Gay Blades as a featured band in an upcoming February issue the of UK’s indie rock bible NME!
The Gay Blades are a two piece from New York City and play an acerbic brand of Trash Pop. What is Trash Pop, you ask? Trash pop is what happens when two keenly observant wannabe hipsters write and record songs the same pair couldn’t possibly pull off live, and make up for their missing bass player with consistent TNT like performances and a heaping spoonful of swagger. Clark Westfield plays the guitar and Puppy Mills plays the drums.
Jan 25 2009 – Maxwell’s – Hoboken, New Jersey
Jan 26 2009 – Union Hall Brooklyn, New York
Jan 27 2009 – Middle East Upstairs – Cambridge, Massachusetts
Jan 28 2009 – Talking Head Club – Baltimore, Maryland
Jan 29 2009 – Heirloom Arts Theatre – Danbury, Connecticut
Jan 30 2009 – Valentine’s – Albany, New York
Jan 31 2009 – Club Hell – Providence, Rhode Island
"If Freddie Mercury sang for Death From Above 1979, these guys would open the show." – CMJ
"There’s something sort of legendary and epic in the way that they can come off as being the equivalent of falling down drunk or high as a kite every single second of the time spent in their company. But they keep it all together when they’re playing their glamorous, punk rock."
Hey She Say sounds like Ted Leo’s mod miming if dude didn’t listen to so much Madness. Instead of some ska backbeat and bass winding, The Gay Blades shoot straight for the title of Riff Champions, unwinding their tune with some pasty all-over-the-place shredding." – RCRD LBL
"Westfield and Mills hand out more head nods than should be legal for a band with only two heads; "Why Can’t I Grow A Beard?" gets its David Bowie perennially stuck in its Brian Wilson, while "O Shot" ranks among the best songs the Arctic Monkeys never wrote." – ALT PRESS
Gene Simmons Gives Final Thought the Nod of Approval & CD Release Show Announcement
Pop rock/post hardcore activists, Final Thought will be releasing their second EP, Take This Home, January 27th, 2009 independently. The Barrie, Ontario outfit have a triumphant 2008 to celebrate, which included playing a private showcase for the KISS legend Gene Simmons. Simmons is quoted in HELLO! Magazine boasting about the young melody makers, "you’ve got to listen to the kids!" Simmons was in town scouting bands for a new project, when he heard an advance copy of Take This Home. He had Universal contact the small town players and extended his trip an extra day, so he could hear them play!
To follow up such a great 2008, the boys will release Take This Home with a monstrous CD Release party on Friday, January 30th, on home soil at Barrie’s Native Friendship Center (175 Bayfield St.). Opening the night are Brighter Brightest, Teeter, and the Ocean Buried. The poster is below!
****For all you media types, you can find an easily downloadable zip folder and stream of Take This Home, a media kit, and high res photos right here: www.mediaworkshops.ca/media.html****
Jan. 16 @ Taylor’s Pub, Oshawa
Jan. 22 @ Brass Taps, Guelph
Jan. 30 @ The Barrie Native Friendship Center, Barrie
Capitol/EMI to Release Expanded ‘Collectors Editions’ of Radiohead’s First 3 Albums
On March 24, Radiohead’s first three studio albums, Pablo Honey (1993), The Bends (1995) and OK Computer (1997) will be released by Capitol/EMI in expanded “Collectors Edition” and limited edition “Special Collectors Edition” packages. Each “Collectors Edition” includes the original album plus a second CD of rarities, including demos, sessions and live recordings. Each “Special Collectors Edition,” in deluxe, lift-top box packaging, includes both audio discs and adds a DVD with a variety of promotional music videos, TV performances and filmed concert performances, as well as a series of postcards.
Pablo Honey’s “Collectors Edition” features the original album on disc one, and demos, rarities, live performance recordings and a 1992 BBC Radio One session on disc two. The “Special Collectors Edition” DVD adds four promotional music videos, the band’s 1993 debut “Top Of The Pops”
performance, and nine live recordings from their May 1994 London Astoria concert.
The Bends’ “Collectors Edition” features the original album on disc one, and EPs with rarities and a 1994 BBC Radio session on disc two. The “Special Collectors Edition” DVD adds five promotional music videos,
1995 and ’96 TV performances from “Top Of The Pops,” “Later with Jools Holland” and “2 Meter Session,” and eight filmed performances from their May 1994 London Astoria concert.
OK Computer’s “Collectors Edition” feature the original album on disc one, and EPs with rarities and live recordings and a 1997 BBC Radio One “Evening Session” performance on disc two. The “Special Collectors Edition” DVD adds three promotional music videos and a May 1997 TV
performance from “Later with Jools Holland.”
On April 21, Capitol/EMI will reissue 12 Radiohead EPs on 180-gram vinyl as part of the popular “From The Capitol Vaults” high-quality vinyl series.
DALAI LAMA BLESSES CHTHONIC AND THE 2009 FREE TIBET CONCERT
In order to facilitate the 2009 Free Tibet Concert, ChthoniC vocalist Freddy Lim, along with several musicians from Taiwan, visited the political and spiritual leader Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India, where the Tibetan government-in-exile is located. Freddy expressed the mission of this concert, and extended many welcomes from Taiwanese people for Dalai Lama to visit anytime. Dalai Lama reiterated the idea that “supporting Tibet is supporting freedom and human rights which are valued all over the world.”
ChthoniC has always cared about human rights, and they feel connected to Tibet who shares a similar history with Taiwan. Ever since the Chinese government claimed its sovereignty, Tibet has been under military threat and international pressure. Like Taiwan was targeted by thousands of missiles from China and lost its stand in front of the world, millions of Tibetans fought hard and lost their lives and homeland.
ChthoniC held the Free Tibet Concert in 2003 in Taipei with the Beastie Boys and many other artists from Hong Kong and Taiwan in attendance. However, most of the artists went silent after being blacklisted in China. ChthoniC remains the only band speaking up for Tibet from their own politically sensitive country.
From human rights to Tibetan and Taiwanese independence, Freddy conveyed these issues during ChthoniC’s international tours. Freddy was very impressed with the smiles of the Tibetan orphans staying in school during holidays. “Behind the beautiful smiles lies the fact that these kids might never see their families again. Their parents had friends bring them to India by walking through the Himalayas. Some kids did not even make it due to the cold and tough roads.”
“ChthoniC also named their tours ‘UNlimited Taiwan’ when participating on Ozzfest in the US, the Wacken Open Air music festival in Germany, and many other events in Europe. The name ‘UNlimited Taiwan’ suggests that the United Nations somehow sacrificed its beliefs for human rights when facing the powerful China in the interest of huge economical benefits.
Freddy’s visit to Dharamsala soon caught the attention of many international groups who support Tibet. Media coverage and interviews from Norwegian Voice of Tibet, Radio Free Asia in the US, and Tibet Times made this trip more visible to the world.
2009 is the fiftieth anniversary of Tibet’s resistance since the Chinese invasion. Many famous artists such as Bjork and Radiohead have been supporting Tibet for a long time. ChthoniC would like to invite worldwide supporters of Tibet to join the 2009 Free Tibet Concert in Taipei, Taiwan. With the blessings from his holiness the Dalai Lama, ChthoniC affirms to make the 2009 Free Tibet Concert successful.
PRIMUS Mastermind Les Claypool to Release March 17th
Les Claypool will release yet another brilliant work of art, OF FUNGI AND FOE, March 17, 2009 on Prawn Song Records.
"OF FUNGI AND FOE" is the expansion of material Claypool has recorded over the past few years for the video game “Mushroom Men” and the motion picture “Pig Hunt”. Being inspired by these 2 projects Claypool decided to keep creating and turn it inot an album. The song Mushroom Men on this release is a more in depth version of the theme song from the video game. Additionally a jam session with Gogol Bordello’s charismatic front-man Eugene Hutz turned into the track “Bite Out Of Life”.
Since his last album release, 2006’s “Of Whales and Woe”, Claypool has been busy with his films, scoring other’s films and video games while having fun out on tour. This album is a collection of songs inspired by the projects he has been working on over the past few year.
Long acknowledged as one of rock’s leading bassists, Claypool began branching out from
the alt-rock sound of Primus in 2000, starting Colonel Claypool’s Fearless Flying Frog Brigade, courting the jam band audience and beyond. Selling over 500,000 cd’s since then under a few different band names (including Oysterhead with the Police’s Stewart Copeland and Trey Anastasio of Phish), Claypool put out the career spanning DVD “5 Gallons of Diesel” in 2005 and the live tour DVD “Fancy” in 2007.
1. Mushroom Men
3. Red State Girl
4. Booneville Stomp
5. What Would Sir George Martin Do
6. you Can’t Tell Errol Anything
7. Bite Out Of Life * Featuring Eugene Hutz
9. Primed by 29
10. Pretty Little Song
For more information go to www.lesclaypool.com or www.myspace.com/thereallesclaypool
PAT TRAVERS Back Out On The Road
Revered blues/rock guitar guru Pat Travers is back out and touring including select shows performing live acoustic and the rest full electric Pat Travers Band. This tour is on the tail end of 2008’s successful long awaited tour that was in support of his new live release “Stick with What You Know – Live in Europe” on Provogue Records. The current line-up for the Pat Travers band is Pat Travers (Guitar/vox), Kirk McKim (Lead Guitar / Backing Vox), Sean "The Cannon" Shannon (Drums) and Rodney O’Quinn (Bass / Backing Vocals).
This hard rocking blues performance is in the true Pat Travers signature style, in your face full of big guitars. The album was recorded live at the Bosuil in Weert, The Netherlands. The Pat Travers band on this live performance consists of Pat Travers (guitars, slide guitar & vocals), Kirk McKim (guitar & backing vocals), Frank McDaniel (bass & backing vocals) and Eric Frates (drums & backing vocals). The album was mixed at the Red Room Studios by Sean Shannon assisted by Brad Johnson.
Jan 24 Pat Travers Band New York, New York Chesterfield, MI
Jan 29 Pat & Kirk Acoustic Fishlips Bakersfield, CA
Jan 31 Pat & Kirk Acoustic Planet Gemini Monterey, CA
Feb 1 Pat & Kirk Acoustic Tommy T’s Pleasanton, CA
Feb 19 Pat Travers Band Route 33 Rhythym & Brews Wapakoneta, OH
Feb 21 Pat Travers Band Rockin Horse Mansfield, OH
Feb 26 Pat Travers Band Jumpin Turtle San Diego, CA
Feb 27 Pat Travers Band Cashe Creek Casino Brooks, CA
Brian Wilson Happenings Around New DVD Release
Music legend Brian Wilson has confirmed several Southern California appearances and concerts around Capitol/EMI’s January 27 release of his new That Lucky Old Sun DVD.
On January 13, Wilson will be interviewed by Steve Jones on Indie 103.1’
s “Jonesy’s Jukebox” (12pm-2pm PST). The show is available for live streaming online at www.indie1031.com
On January 15, The GRAMMY Museum, now open in Los Angeles, will debut its “An Evening With” signature public program with special guest Brian Wilson. Wilson will be interviewed onstage by the Museum’s Executive Director, Robert Santelli, before a brief, acoustic performance for an intimate audience of 200 people in the museum’s sound stage theater.
Following the program, Wilson will autograph copies of his new DVD, which will be exclusively available for purchase that evening at the GRAMMY Museum store. For more information, visit www.grammymuseum.org
Wilson will autograph copies of his That Lucky Old Sun DVD plus one additional flat item for each fan at three Southern California Guitar Center locations this month. On January 24, he’ll begin at Guitar Center Hollywood at 12pm, followed by Guitar Center Northridge at 5pm. On January 25, Wilson will sign autographs at Guitar Center La Mesa at 1pm.
For more information, visit www.guitarcenter.com
Tickets are on-sale now for two Southern California concerts by Wilson and his acclaimed band, featuring full-length performances of Wilson’s entire That Lucky Old Sun album, plus many of his classic hits. On January 28, Wilson and the band will headline The Wiltern in Los Angeles, and on January 29, they’ll perform at San Diego’s House Of Blues. Tickets for both concerts are available for purchase at www.livenation.com
On January 30, Wilson will be a featured guest at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, for the theatrical World Premiere of “Going Home,” a new feature-length documentary about Wilson’s return to Capitol Records and the making of his new album, That Lucky Old Sun. After the screening, Wilson and the film’s director and editor, George Dougherty, will participate in an audience Q&A. For more information and to purchase tickets for the premiere, please visit sbiff.org/site/
A companion to Wilson’s critically-acclaimed That Lucky Old Sun album, released September 2 in CD, limited edition CD/DVD, vinyl LP, and digital album formats, the DVD features more than two and a half hours of content. In addition to the new “Going Home” documentary, the new That Lucky Old Sun DVD includes a full-length performance of his latest album, filmed live at Capitol Studios on May 19, 2008 in 5.1 Surround and 2.0 Stereo audio. The DVD’s bonus features include track-by-track audio commentary for the live Capitol Studios performance by Wilson and his That Lucky Old Sun lyricist and band member, Scott Bennett, behind-the-scenes footage from the album’s recording sessions, and Wilson’s recent interviews and performances for Yahoo! Music, MySpace and “Black Cab Sessions.”
That Lucky Old Sun has received rave reviews from top music magazines including Rolling Stone, Spin, MOJO, and Uncut, with Rolling Stone praising the album as “Brian’s strongest new work in years.” Wilson and his band completed a November tour of the new album to 11 major U.S. cities that earned accolades from fans and the media alike.
The dawning of a new California morning for Brian Wilson, That Lucky Old Sun continues the awe-inspiring concept album journey that he first began four decades ago. Wilson’s songwriting, arranging and producing talents came together in harmonious glory for The Beach Boys’ 1966 classic, Pet Sounds, and have continued to evolve during his solo career, highlighted by his 2004 critically acclaimed Brian Wilson Presents SMiLE.
Lyrically and in Wilson’s incomparably lush, evocative arrangements, That Lucky Old Sun adds a new chapter to Wilson’s conceptual presentations. Pitchfork Media’s album review rates Wilson’s That Lucky Old Sun as “his finest non-Smile album since the golden age of the Beach Boys,” and adds, “That Lucky Old Sun neatly closes the circle he began drawing in 1961 with the single ‘Surfin’,’ returning him to an idealized Southern California…"
Following numerous nominations, Wilson won a well-deserved Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance (2004) for “Mrs. O’Leary’s Cow”
and he was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2006. Last December, he was feted as a leading cultural icon by The Kennedy Center Honors alongside Diana Ross, Martin Scorsese, Steve Martin and Leon Fleisher.
For more information about Brian Wilson, please visit www.brianwilson.com
EAGLE ROCK RINGS IN THE NEW YEAR
Eagle Rock Entertainment will make 2009 a memorable year with a rousing explosion of rock, blues and jazz!
Ted Nugent Re-Release Extravaganza/6 CDs
Release Date: February 3
The soundtrack to Ted Nugent’s life is the sound of a hard, fast, raging guitar. That’s the way it was when Ted was a teenager in The Amboy Dukes, crafting the unforgettable riff to "Journey To The Center Of The Mind"…and that’s the way it is today. This massive re-release of six of the albums that put the Nuge on the map includes: Full Bluntal Nugity, Nugent, Penetrator, Little Miss Dangerous, If You Can’t Lick ‘Em…Lick ‘Em and Spirit Of The Wild.
The Cure – Trilogy Blu-Ray
Release Date: February 3
By the late ’70s, the rock world was ready for a British band fronted by a ghoulish-looking guitarist/vocalist-Robert Smith-who tapped into enough gloom and torment to kickstart what would ultimately become "Goth". With their slow dirges offset by their innate melodic inventions, The Cure became the darlings of the burgeoning alternative scene. Later in their career, the band began to diversify musically and their international ascension was complete. Trilogy contains a 30-minute bonus interview and three of the band’s most popular albums-Pornography, Disintegration and Bloodflowers-as performed live on three straight nights in 2002.
Wayne Shorter – Live At Montreux 1996 DVD
Release Date: February 17
Saxman Wayne Shorter’s long and illustrious career has traversed numerous musical genres, but he remains a big time jazz kingpin. The 1950’s saw Shorter on the rise in Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. In the 1960’s, Shorter performed as an important component of the second Miles Davis Quintet, and in the 1970’s he co-lead Weather Report.
In 1996, still touring in support of his Grammy-winning High Life album, Shorter hit Montreux on a high to perform one of the legendary festivals’ most stirring and unforgettable sets. In his band at that time were James Beard (keyboards), David Gilmore (guitars), Alphonso Johnson (bass), Rodney Holmes (drums).
David Sanborn – Live At Montreux 1984-1981 DVD
Release Date: February 17
Saxophonist David Sanborn is a musical phenomenon who can coax the kind of sound out of his alto that can fit into any format. He’s been the man-in-demand on hundreds of albums for a wide range of artists, and in his solo career he’s best known for delving into blues, bebop, smooth jazz, fusion and rock. In this fascinating two-year tale, his ’84 and ’81 Montreux sets are presented side-by-side to show the true diversity of this renaissance man of the saxophone.
The Who – Live At The Isle Of Wight Festival 1970 Blu-Ray
Release Date: February 24
With newly restored visuals and remixed sound, this most classic of live sets comes stunningly to life. Shot in 16mm film for Academy Award-winning director Murray Lerner’s original movie of this festival, it has been restored to the highest possible quality. Guitarist Townshend, bassist John Entwistle, drummer Keith Moon, and singer Roger Daltrey were, collectively, the epitome of power in 1970 and this is one of the all-time great Who moments.
YES – Symphonic Live 2-CD
Release Date: February 24
YES, the quintessential Prog Rock band, gets its due with this 2-CD set (the soundtrack to the Platinum-selling DVD of the same name). Featuring 14 beloved YES classics clocking in at over two and a half hours, performed by vocalist Jon Anderson, guitarist Steve Howe, bassist Chris Squire and drummer Alan White, backed by The European Festival Orchestra and conducted by Wilhelm Keitel.
Return To Forever – Returns 2-CD
Release Date: March 17
With the left-field success of Return To Forever in 2008 (32 years after its last album, Romantic Warrior, was released), Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Returns. This double-disc CD features bandleader and former Miles Davis pianist Chick Corea reunited with bassist Stanley Clarke, drummer Lenny White and guitarist Al Di Meola (the most successful RTF lineup and the quartet that kickstarted ’70s jazz-rock fusion) as they perform during their 2008 reunion tour.
Charles Mingus – Epitaph DVD
Release Date: April 28
A decade after Maestro Mingus’s death in 1979, Gunther Schuller conducted a 30-piece orchestra at New York City’s Alice Tully Hall for the World Premiere performance of the largest and longest piece for jazz orchestra ever composed (over two hours), "Epitaph."
Described by the New York Times as "one of the most memorable jazz events of the decade," it had been discovered posthumously, and painstakingly restored. Viewed through the lens of history, Mingus was a titan, a turbulent, difficult, complex man, an equal to Ellington and America’s other greatest composers.
EAGLE ROCK ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES
UPCOMING BLU-RAY RELEASES
Eagle Rock Entertainment will release two major Blu-ray titles next month when The Cure Trilogy hits streets February 3 and The Who Live At The Isle Of Wight Festival 1970 lands February 24.
As one of the most enduring and popular bands of the post-punk era, The Cure, led by eccentric visionary singer/songwriter/guitarist Robert Smith, excelled at the art of the slow burn. Their doom’n’gloom affectations, exacerbated by Smith’s ghoulish public persona, hipped a whole generation to the ironic stance of positive negativism, pre-dating emo by over a decade.
Trilogy is just that: three classic Cure albums-Pornography (released 1982), Disintegration (released 1989) and Bloodflowers (released 2000)-all performed in their entirety on three straight nights in 2002. Bonus footage includes a 30-minute interview with the entire band and a special two-song encore set consists of "If Only Tonight We Could Sleep" and "The Kiss."
The Who’s classic set at the Isle Of Wight Festival, as originally filmed by Academy Award-winning director Murray Lerner, has been relived a number of times due to their brutal and shocking extremes. Nobody played as hard, as fast or as heavy as The Who!
Experience this most dramatic moment in the history of hard rock, with newly restored visuals and remixed sound. Bonus extras include two songs – "Substitute" and "Naked Eye" – and a 40-minute interview with guitarist/composer Pete Townshend.
The Cure – Track Listing:
1. One Hundred Years
2. A Short Term Effect
3. The Hanging Garden
4. Siamese Twins
5. The Figurehead
6. A Strange Day
2. Pictures of Songs
4. Love Song
5. Last Dance
7. Fascination Street
8. Prayers For Rain
9. The Same Deep Water As You
1. Out Of This World
2. Watching Me Fall
3. Where The Birds Always Sing
4. Maybe Someday
5. The Last Day Of Summer
6. There Is No If…
7. The Loudest Sound
The Who – Track Listing:
1. Heaven And Hell
2. I Can’t Explain
3. Young Man Blues
4. I Don’t Even Know Myself
6. Medley: Shakin’ All Over/Spoonful/Twist And Shout
7. Summertime Blues
8. My Generation
9. Magic Bus (From "Tommy)
11. It’s A Boy
12. Eyesight To The Blind (The Hawker)
14. The Acid Queen
15. Pinball Wizard
16. Do You Think It’s Alright
17. Fiddle About
18. Go To The Mirror
19. Miracle Cure
20. I’m Free
21. We’re Not Gonna Take It
22. See Me Feel Me/Listening To You
23. Tommy Can You Hear Me?
Eagle Rock To Release
FROM THE BASEMENT SESSIONS ON DVD
On March 3 2009, Eagle Rock will release From The Basement, a stunning DVD which features intimate up close and personal unique session performances from a fantastic line up of contemporary artists: Radiohead, The White Stripes, Beck, Jamie Lidell, The Shins, Jarvis Cocker (Pulp), Neil Hannon, Laura Marling, Sonic Youth, Eels, Albert Hammond Jr., PJ Harvey, Super Furry Animals, Damien Rice, Autolux, Jose Gonzalez, Thom Yorke and others.
From The Basement is a unique and genuine experience. There is no presenter, no big production, no bullshit. The acts go into the studio, set up, and play their hearts out in front of the cameras. While there is an eclectic mix of artists featured, they share one overriding common factor – they really know how to deliver a performance.
The DVD opens with an exclusive Radiohead performance of two tracks from their 2007/2008 release, In Rainbows, and closes with two more tracks from the album performed solo by Thom Yorke. From The Basement brings together some of the best performances from the series so far and reflects the breadth of talent and styles that have graced the basement studios.
From The Basement debuted in Canada in October 2008 at select theatres as part of Cineplex Entertainment ‘s HD Fall Concert Series, and in the UK on Sky TV.
RADIOHEAD – 1) Weird Fishes / Arpeggi 2) Reckoner
THE WHITE STRIPES – 1) Blue Orchid / Party Of Special Things To Do 2) Red Rain
BECK – 1) Motorcade 2) Cell Phone’s Dead
JAMIE LIDELL – 1) In The City
THE SHINS – 1) Turn On Me 2) Phantom Limb
JARVIS COCKER – 1) Fat Children
NEIL HANNON – 1) A Lady Of A Certain Age
LAURA MARLING – 1) Your Only Doll (Dora)
SONIC YOUTH – 1) The Sprawl 2) Pink Stream
EELS – 1) Millicent Don’t Blame Yourself 2) It’s A Motherfucker
ALBERT HAMMOND JR. – 1) Everyone Gets A Star 2) Postal Blowfish
P.J. HARVEY – 1) The Piano 2) The Devil
SUPER FURRY ANIMALS – 1) Let The Wolves Howl At The Moon 2) The Gift That Keeps On Giving
DAMIEN RICE – 1) Delicate 2) Blower’s Daughter
AUTOLUX – 1) Let It Be Broken
JOSE GONZALEZ – 1) Abraham 2) High Low
THOM YORKE – 1) Down Is The New Up 2) Videotape
JON AND ROY TOUR CANADA!!
Victoria, BC’s Jon and Roy may lack the head count on stage seen with other bands touring Canada, but they certainly have a support team of heavy hitters backing them up. Their sophomore album ‘Another Noon’ (Blue Heron/Pacific Music/Warner) landed them a nine month North American ad campaign with Volkswagen (replacing Wilco), sent them overseas to tour with Buck 65, and their Jon and Roy Holiday Special show in December sold out the 810 seat Alix Goolden theatre in advance and was recorded by CBC Canada Live to be broadcast across the country later this month. Together Jon Middleton (vocals, guitar) and Roy Vizer (drums, percussion) are touring through Canada with full time bass player Ryan Tonelli in tow and stopping in Vancouver where Jon has been invited to sing the national anthems for an NHL game.
‘Another Noon’ contains 15 beautifully crafted original compositions drawing from folk, reggae and hip hop influences. Do yourself a favour and listen to the track ‘Little bit of Love’ here: www.myspace.com/jonandroy
"Another Noon captur[es] a wonderfully unassuming, open-mic, coffee-shop vibe that charms and welcomes us in." – Exclaim!
"Sincerity and passion infuse their performances." – Focus Magazine
Catch Jon and Roy when they hit your city on their Exclaim! sponsored tour:
Jan 16 – Vancouver, BC – Richards on Richards
Jan 24 – Victoria, BC – UVIC Sub – SUBurban (student ID required)
Jan 28 – Vancouver, BC – GM Place (national anthems for NHL Vancouver Canucks/Nashville Predators)
Jan 30 – Prince George, BC – Coldsnap Folk Festival
Jan 31 – Fernie, BC – A Bar Named Sue
Feb 3&4 – Banff, AB – The Rose And Crown
Feb 5 – Canmore, AB – The Canmore Hotel
Feb 6 – Calgary, AB – U of C, That Empty Space (afternoon performance)
Feb 6 – Edmonton, AB – The Pawnshop
Feb 7 – Calgary, AB – The Marquee Room
Feb 11 – Ottawa, ON – The Observatory (Algonquin College – open to public)
Feb 12 – Montreal, QC – L’Absynthe
Feb 13 – Toronto, ON – The Rivoli
Feb 14 – Wakefield, QC – The Black Sheep Inn (w/ Jenn Grant)
KEATON SIMONS: Tyrone Wells Tour Starts January 27; Appearances At NAMM & SXSW Confirmed
Singer/songwriter/guitarist Keaton Simons is getting 2009 started with a major U.S. tour, a couple of special convention appearances and a brand new video.
On January 27, Keaton will start a nationwide tour in San Diego, CA with Tyrone Wells in support of his critically acclaimed debut album, CAN YOU HEAR ME, which was released June 10 on CBS Records.
Before the tour starts Keaton will make two appearances at this year’s NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA at the Anaheim Convention Center on Thursday, January 15. The first stop will be on the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus (at 11:00 AM PT) and second will be at the Gibson booth later that afternoon. Also, in the midst of the tour with Tyrone Wells, Keaton will make a brief detour to Austin, TX to perform as part of the Hotel Café SXSW showcase on Friday, March 20 at Ale House (310 East 6th Street).
Keaton’s also kicking off the new year with the release of his latest video, “Nobody Knows,” which was shot in Los Angeles by director Joe Dietsch. Special guests include Tenacious D’s Kyle Gass, comedian Tom Green and actress Ivana Milicevic (“House,” “Seinfeld”). The clip can be seen on his website and Myspace page.
In a blog posting to his fans on his Myspace page, Keaton what he’s envisioning his world to be this coming year:
“I want to make this new year all about continuing to strengthen and build on everything I’ve been doing while remaining open to all things new. I will do more playing, practicing, writing, performing, touring, and generally work even harder. I’m working on amassing 10,000 hours of live performance time. That means I have to tour and perform as much as humanly possible. I will spend more time recording in my studio. I will be more personally involved with every aspect of my career. I will be unafraid to express my true self artistically, professionally, and personally. I will increase confidence without increasing arrogance. I will maintain and increase my patience and persistence. I will focus on my love of music.
Every passing second is an opportunity to grow and learn. I will use my time wisely. I will make you proud.
With your help 2009 will be a landmark year in my life.”
Here are Keaton’s confirmed tour dates with Tyrone Wells, with more to be added in the coming weeks:
DATE CITY VENUE
Tue 1/27 San Diego, CA House of Blues
Wed 1/28 Santa Barbara, CA Soho
Thu 1/29 Anaheim, CA House of Blues
Fri 1/30 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theater
Sat 1/31 Scottsdale, AZ Martini Ranch
Tue 2/3 San Francisco, CA Café du Nord
Thu 2/5 Portland, OR Aladdin Theater
Fri 2/6 Seattle, WA Neumo’s
Sat 2/7 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory
Tue 2/10 Boise, ID The Reef
Wed 2/11 Provo, UT Velour
Fri 2/13 Colorado Springs, CO Star Gazers Theater
Sun 2/15 Denver, CO Soiled Dove
Tue 2/17 Iowa City, IA Picador
Wed 2/18 Minneapolis, MN The Varsity
Thu 2/19 Des Moines, IA Peoples
Fri 2/20 Evanston, IL Northwestern University
Sat 2/21 Indianapolis, IN Birdies
Sun 2/22 Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection
Tue 2/24 Ann Arbor, MI The Blind Pig
Thu 2/26 Pittsburgh, PA Hard Rock
Fri 2/27 Londonberry, NH Tupelo Music Hall
Sat 2/28 Hoboken, NJ Maxwells
Sun 3/1 Philadelphia, PA World Café
Mon 3/2 Boston, MA Middle East
Wed 3/4 New York, NY Highline
Thu 3/5 Vienna, MD Jammin’ Java
Sat 3/14 Atlanta, GA Vinyl
Sun 3/15 Birmingham, AL Workplay
BURN HALO: Self-Titled Debut Out March 10; Tour With Escape The Fate And Black Tide Launches February 5
When one door closes, another one opens. This couldn’t be more true for former 18 Visions singer/songwriter James Hart. When the Orange County, CA band broke up in 2007 after almost a decade together, that didn’t dissuade Hart and his pursuit to be a frontman once again. He’s ready to get back to it with his new band, BURN HALO, who will be releasing their charismatic self-titled debut March 10 on Rawkhead Records (through Warner Music Group’s Independent Label Group).
The album’s first single, “Dirty Little Girl,” which features a guest appearance by Avenged Sevenfold’s Synyster Gates, is already getting spins on radio stations around the country, and is in regular rotation on Sirius XM Satellite Radio’s “Octane” station. A video for the track was recently shot in at the Slide Bar in Orange County, CA with Nate Weaver (Against Me!, Taking Back Sunday) at the director’s helm, and will hit the TV and Internet airwaves within the coming weeks.
Anyone who was watching the Dallas Cowboys/Baltimore Ravens football game on the NFL Network on Saturday, December 20 might have heard another song from the album, “Our House,” during the broadcast. The track will also be heard during a recap of the college football season for “College Football Now” on the NFL Network, which will air this week and weekend, and will be streamed simultaneously on the station’s website (www.nfl.com/nflnetwork). Fans should check local listings for details.
Never losing momentum after the break-up, Hart landed a label deal with Island/Def Jam and began working almost immediately with songwriter Zac Maloy on what would eventually become BURN HALO’s debut album. Between May and October of 2007, Hart made week-long treks to Tulsa, OK to write and demo with Maloy. “I knew that I wanted a clear-cut rock ‘n’ roll band, which is something I had not had in the past,” Hart says of the music. “My vision and my brand of rock ‘n’ roll without having to compromise on any of the songs or any of the material. I wanted to make a very straightforward rock album, something that had commercial appeal, but also something that had a classic, vintage mid-‘80s throwback vibe to it.”
Hart recorded the album from October to November of 2007 with Maloy as producer, laying down the tracks with an army of skilled studio musicians, including Nickelback drummer Daniel Adair, former Jane’s Addiction bassist Chris Chaney, guitarist Neil Tiemann (who now tours with “American Idol” winner David Cook), and Avenged Sevenfold’s Synyster Gates (who appears on the “Dirty Little Girl” and “Anejo”).
In the studio, Maloy was particularly helpful in getting the best possible vocal performance out of Hart. As he explains, “I really felt like he was able to grasp what I wanted to do and where I wanted to take this. From a producer standpoint I feel like he really knocked it out of the park. As a vocalist he was able to bring a lot out of me instead of having me go through the motions and just get the part right, emoting a little more than I have in the past. He was really able to pull a lot of character out of my voice.”
“I think this is a real statement album for me,” Hart continues. “Anyone who is familiar with me and my past is going to be able to get this record. They’re going to understand why I made this record and that this is the record I’ve been wanting to make.”
After the album was completed in early 2008, Island/Def Jam elected not to release it, leaving Hart with the tough job of finding a new home for his project. Nothing felt quite right, though, so BURN HALO’s manager Bret Bair formed his own label Rawkhead Rekords and partnered with Warner Music Group to release the record. Hart spent much of 2008 finalizing the line-up of his touring band–which he hopes will help write and record BURN HALO’s next albums–with Aaron Boheler on bass, Joey Sin on lead guitar, Allen Wheeler on rhythm guitar, and Ryan Folden on drums.
BURN HALO’s new ensemble has already been racking up tour dates with bands such as Avenged Sevenfold (others?), and their next jaunt will be with Escape The Fate and Black Tide starting February 5 in Pomona, CA. A summer tour is already in the works and should be announced in the coming weeks.
Here are the current BURN HALO dates:
DATE CITY VENUE
All with Escape The Fate and Black Tide:
Thu 2/5 Pomona, CA The Glass House
Fri 2/6 Phoenix, AZ Marquee
Sat 2/7 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theatre
Sun 2/8 El Paso, TX Chic’s Billiards
Tue 2/10 Dallas, TX Granada Theatre
Wed 2/11 San Antonio, TX The White Rabbit
Thu 2/12 Houston, TX Meridian
Fri 2/13 Metairie, LA High Ground
Sun 2/15 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Culture Room
Mon 2/16 Orlando, FL Firestone
Tue 2/17 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
Wed 2/18 Charlotte, NC Amo’s Southend
Thu 2/19 Towson, MD Recher Theatre
Fri 2/20 Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church
Samson Technologies Schedules All-Star Line-up to Sign and Perform at the Samson Booth for NAMM 2009
Hauppauge, NY — Samson Technologies has a impressive growing artist relations program and will once again showcase this program at NAMM. The artists are a range of talented newcomers to seasoned veterans. This year, Samson’s all-star schedule will feature over 20 artists from varying genres signing autographs and demonstrating products.
With a plethora of artists ranging from metal icons to jazz greats to funk virtuosos, Samson has put together three days of signings and four days of live performances that will appeal to fans and musicians alike. Some of the artists that will be signing at the Samson booth include John 5 (Rob Zombie/Solo), Herman Li and Sam Totman (Dragonforce), Brian Fair, Jason Bittner and Matt Bachand (Shadows Fall), Peter Erskine (Weather Report/session drummer), Michael Amott (Arch Enemy/Carcass), Scott Ian, Charlie Benante and Frank Bello (Anthrax), Willie Adler (Lamb of God), as well as Hartke newcomer Victor Wooten (Béla Fleck & the Flecktones/solo).
“Plain and simple: Samson makes great products,” says Brian Fair, singer for Grammy-nominated Shadows Fall. “I get flawless performance on stage and in the studio with every product I use. I also love the people at Samson. They’re awesome to work with and the gear is fantastic.”
In addition to the impressive signing schedule, Samson will also have a variety of artists providing live performances for the music-hungry masses of NAMM. These artists include Stu Hamm (Joe Satriani/solo), Jason Hook (Alice Cooper), JD DeServio (Black Label Society), Victor Wooten (Béla Fleck & the Flecktones/solo), Kiko Loureiro (Angra/solo), George Lynch (ex-Dokken/Lynch Mob), Mike Stone (Queensryche/Speed X) and Mike Herrera (MxPx/Tumbledown).
“With all the new and innovative products we’re unveiling at NAMM, these signings and performances are a perfect complement,” explains Mark Menghi, Artist Relations Coordinator for Samson. “We’re thrilled that all these great artists are willing to take the time out of their busy schedules to support us with such loyalty and enthusiasm.”
Thursday, January 15h:
Stu Hamm (Joe Satriani) 11:00am – 11:30am – Hartke HyDrive demo
Kiko Loureiro (Angra / Solo) 11:00am – 11:30am – Zoom G1K signature pedal demo
JD DeServio (Black Label Society / Cycle of Pain) 1:00pm – 1:30pm – Hartke HyDrive demo
Jason Hook (Alice Cooper) 2:00pm – 2:30pm – Zoom effects performance
Victor Wooten (Béla Fleck & the Flecktones / Solo) 3:30pm – 4:00pm – Hartke HyDrive demo
REPO ROAD TOUR 3 SLASHING PRICES
REPO! Road Tour 3 attendees, prepare for a surprise…In the spirit of the holidays, Lionsgate is gifting REPO! Road Tour attendees with great savings! Upon arrival to the theater the night of your local REPO! Road Tour engagement, a coupon giving fans $2 off their purchase of REPO! The Genetic Opera on DVD and Blu-Ray will be available. Pick up your coupon and pick up your copy of REPO: The Genetic Opera in stores nationwide January 20.
For further information and links to buy tickets, check out www.reporoadtour.com.
REPO! ROAD TOUR 3 dates:
1/13 -TUESDAY -SALT LAKE CITY UTAH -The Tower Theatre
1/14 -WEDNESDAY- INDIANAPOLIS, IN -Indy Keystone
1/15 -THURSDAY- FOXBORO, MA -The Orpheum
1/16 -FRIDAY – NJ – The Williams Center For The Arts
1/17 -SATURDAY -GREENBELT, MD -The Greenbelt Theatre
1/18 -SUNDAY -CINCINNATI, OH -The Esquire Theatre
1/20 -TUESDAY- ST.LOUIS, MO- The Landmark Tivoli
1/21 -WEDNESDAY- DENVER, CO- The Landmark Mayan
1/22 -THURSDAY- JACKSON, MI- The Michigan Theatre
1/23 -FRIDAY – PHOENIX, AZ- The Chandler Cinema
1/24 -SATURDAY – LOS ANGELES, CA- Laemmle’s Royal Theatre
REPO! The Genetic Opera: In the no-so-distant future, a worldwide epidemic of organ failures devastates the planet. Out of the tragedy, a savior emerges: GENECO, a biotech company that offers organ transplants…for a price. Those who miss their payments are scheduled for repossession and hunted by THE REPO MAN. By fusing ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW and BLADE RUNNER, this futuristic tale of horror modernizes the “rock opera” genre with original music and rich, dark production design. This rock opera boasts an entirely original soundtrack that blends equal parts goth and punk rock to form an eerie and powerful musical narrative and features vocal performances by an amazing cast; Paris Hilton, Bill Moseley, Sarah Brightman, Anthony Stewart Head, Alexa Vega, Paul Sorvino, Ohgr and more. Instrumentals and score provided by an all-star lineup that features performances from Joan Jett( who cameos in the film), Richard Patrick (Filter), Stephen Perkins (Jane’s Addiction), Clown (Slipknot), Ray Luzier (Army of Anyone), Brian Young (David Lee Roth’s band), Sonny Moore (From First to Last), Richard Fortus (Guns & Roses), David J (Bauhaus/Love & Rockets), Daniel Ash (Love & Rockets), Blasko (Ozzy Osbourne), Tommy Clefetus (Rob Zombie’s band), Melora Creager (Rasputina). Also lending her voice to the soundtrack is the edgy pop star Poe.
For further info including a full list of confirmed dates and show times, visit www.reporoadtour.com
For behind the scenes footage and more visit the film’s main page www.repo-opera.com.
WALTER TROUT Nominated for ROCK BLUES ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Walter Trout’s critically acclaimed 2008 release THE OUTSIDER [Mascot Records] is nominated by The Blues Foundation and the Blues Music Awards for Rock Blues Album of the Year.
THE OUTSIDER features 13 Walter Trout originals (the title track co-written with Trout’s bass player Rick Knapp). Trout’s backing band on THE OUTSIDER includes drummer Kenny Aronoff (John Mellencamp), bassist Hutch Hutchinson and pianist Jon Clearly (Bonnie Raitt), as well as Skip Edwards and Samuel Avila on the Hammond B3 and a special guest appearance by harmonica wiz Jason Ricci.
Stylistically hard to pigeonhole – – Is Trout’s music too blues for rock – or too rock for blues? — to label Walter Trout’s music is to limit it. With more than 35 years of touring and recording under his belt, this New Jersey native has been "loved and hated, accused and vindicated, packaged and presented for everyone to see," as his brand new, autobiographical song ‘Welcome To The Human Race’ details.
Being in the studio with Trout approaches temporary insanity – the excitement, the unknown, the experimentation. Truly tantalizing sounds on par with those infamous Eric Clapton licks and Stevie Ray Vaughan riffs, are testament to Trout’s talent. His music speaks to your soul, warms your heart and has your foot tapping. Trout brings the blues to life and invigorates rock in a manner all too rare these days.
ROB ZOMBIE – "H2" New Movie, New Album and Grammy Nomination
2009 is the year of Zombie as Rob Zombie steps forward to write and direct H2, sequel his box office hit HALLOWEEN in 2007.
Once again, Rob Zombie has been tapped to write and direct “H2,” the sequel to Zombie’s 2007 reinvention of the horror classic “Halloween.” Malek Akkad of Trancas International Films, who also produced 2007’s Halloween with Dimension, will produce the sequel, along with Andy Gould of Spectacle Entertainment Group, Zombie’s long time manager and producing partner. The announcement was made by Bob Weinstein, Co-Chairman of The Weinstein Company.
Dimension’s “Halloween” scored the highest Labor Day weekend opening ever with a record-breaking $30.6 million in its first four days of release and went on to gross nearly $60 million at the domestic box office in 2007.
Zombie’s “H2” will pick up at the exact moment the first movie stopped and follow the aftermath of Michael Myers murderous rampage through the eyes of heroine Laurie Strode.
“H2” will be Zombie’s fifth written and directed feature. Prior to the success of Halloween, Zombie released the critically-acclaimed film “The Devil’s Rejects” (2005), the follow-up to his cult classic “House of 1000 Corpses” (2004). Zombie just wrapped production on his animated feature film “The Haunted World of El Superbeasto” due to be released in 2009. Zombie, also an accomplished recording artist, has sold over fifteen million albums worldwide, making him one of Geffen Records’ top selling and longest running artists.
Bob Weinstein stated: "Following the success of 2007’s ‘Halloween,’ we are thrilled to be back in business with Rob Zombie, bringing a sequel to theatres. The fans have made it clear – and we agree – that they feel the franchise is in great hands with Rob Zombie.”
”I am very excited to be working with Bob Weinstein again and returning to the world of ‘Halloween,’ states Zombie. “The remake laid the groundwork, now it’s time to really take Michael Myers to the next level. I believe we’ve just barely scratched the surface of where we can take this series.“
In the music arena, Zombie has been nominated for a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance for Lords of Salem off the Educated Horses album [Geffen Records]. 2009 also brings a new studio album, still un-titled and the White Zombie box set [UMe Records] is out now. Zombie also finished his long time project “The Haunted World of El Superbeasto” a full length cartoon feature whose release date is soon to be announced. For updates on ALL Zombie click to www.myspace.com/robzombie