April 2010

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Godsmack Countdown to The Oracle kicks off TODAY on iTunes with “Love Hate Sex Pain”

Godsmack is kicking off the Countdown to The Oracle today on iTunes and is offering fans a full stream from their fifth studio album The Oracle.  The rock group will be releasing three tracks from their upcoming release, starting with "Love Hate Sex Pain," to give fans a preview of what is to come when The Oracle hits store shelves on May 4.

To listen to the entire track for "Love Hate Sex Pain" visit godsmackonline.com/twitter/ and simply click on "Connect to Twitter" to reveal!

Godsmack has also premiered webisode number six from "The Making Of The Oracle" series on The Gauntlet. The latest episode goes behind the scenes as the band tracks a new song titled "Devil’s Swing" and speaks with each band member about the recording of their specific instruments.

For more information visit www.Godsmack.com and pick up the band’s lead single, "Cryin’ Like A Bitch," available now on iTunes!

Source: totalassault.com

EMI Music launches eco-friendly ‘Live Life Greener’ CD series – Earth Day’s 40th Anniversary

To celebrate Earth Day’s 40th Anniversary (April 22), EMI Music has launched a new eco-friendly ‘Live Life Greener’ music series today with six popular catalog titles.  Pairing gold, platinum and diamond-certified CDs with reusable woven shopping bags, the ‘Live Life Greener’ packages are available for purchase from a variety of U.S. music retailers.

Included in today’s first round of ‘Live Life Greener’ releases are Pat Benatar’s gold-certified Greatest Hits (Capitol/EMI); Heart’s gold-certified Greatest Hits (Capitol/EMI); Norah Jones’ diamond-certified Come Away With Me (Blue Note/EMI); The Steve Miller Band’s diamond-certified Greatest Hits 1974-78 (Capitol/EMI); Poison’s gold-certified The Best Of Poison: 20 Years Of Rock (EMI America Records/EMI); and Frank Sinatra’s double platinum-certified Classic Sinatra (Capitol/EMI).

Source: www.emicap.com


Ax-slinger Gary Hoey is embarking on an exclusive run of tour dates with Jeff Beck and will perform acoustically an array of favorites. These shows come in the middle of Hoey’s spring run of National guitar clinics running up and down the East Coast. These clinics start April 6 in Allentown, PA and continue till the end of May.

Hoey has been busy on many projects and 2010 is no different. He is currently wrapping up his latest album UTOPIA, which will release on his own label Wazoo Music. Hoey also recently participated in Rock n’ Roll Fantasy camp where he joined an amazing line-up of rockstars such as Michael Anthony, Ace Frehley, Mark Farner and more. This year’s camp was filmed for a new Vh1 Classic reality show shot by reality show master Mark Burnett.

Hoey also recorded Jeff Beck’s “El Becko” and is on the upcoming release of the Les Paul Dedication – Guitar Masters Volume 3, releases this summer. In late June, he will appear in Bangkok, Malaysia and Tokyo and of course the year will wrap up with Hoey’s Annual Ho Ho Hoey Rockin’ Holiday Tour beginning in mid November, stopping in approximately 20 US cities. Its Hoeys continual hard work and drive for his fans that make him one of the most sought after guitar guru’s in the business.

With a collection of 16 albums and five top 20 Billboard hits, it’s clear to see why Gary Hoey is listed in the top 100 greatest guitar players of all time. Whether Hoey plays rock, blues, surf or Christmas, Hoey’s command of each style makes his live show one of the most exciting on the circuit today.


April 09: Virginia Beach, VA                 Alpha Music                            Clinic

April 12: Boston, MA                             Daddy’s of Boston                   Clinic

April 13: Portsmouth, NH                     Daddy’s of Portsmouth            Clinic

April 14: Concord, NH                         Strings & Things                        Clinic

April 16: San Francisco, CA                 Nob Hill Masonic Center          (w/ Jeff Beck)

April 19: San Diego, CA                       4th & B                                                 (w/ Jeff Beck)

April 20: Exeter, CA                               Orange Blossom Junction

April 23: Houston, TX                              Fuller’s Guitar                           Clinic

April 24: Houston, TX                            Verizon Wireless Theatre           (w/ Jeff Beck)

April 25: Grand Prairie, TX                   Nokia Live @ Grand Prairie      (w/ Jeff Beck)

April 27: Tulsa, OK                                Brady Theatre                          (w/ Jeff Beck)

April 28: Kansas City, MO                    Starlight Theatre                       (w/ Jeff Beck)

April 29: St. Louis, MO                          Fabulous Fox Theatre               (w/ Jeff Beck)

May 06: Weymouth, MA                      South Shore Music                   Clinic

May 07: Hamburg, NY                         Music Exchange                      Clinic

May 08: Rochester, NY                         House of Guitar                       Clinic

May 11: Gaffney, SC                           Hames Music –                         Clinic

May 12: Marietta, GA                          Ken Stanton Music                   Clinic

May 13: Augusta, GA                          Portman’s Music                      Clinic

May 14: Daytona Beach, FL                Total Entertainment                  Clinic

May 17: Manchester, NH                     Daddy’s Junky Music               Clinic

May 18: Peabody, MA                        Daddy’s Junky Music               Clinic

May 19: Augusta, ME                           Musician’s Choice                   Clinic

May 20: Brewer, ME                             Mark’s Music                            Clinic

May 30: Syracuse, NY                          NY State Fair Grounds             

July 09: Salisbury, MA                           Tupelo (Salisbury) Music Hall

July 10: Londonderry, NH                     Tupelo (Londonderry) Music Hall

July 22: New York City, NY                   BB King’s

Aug 13: Costa Mesa, CA                    OC Fairgrounds

Aug 14: Redondo Beach, CA             Brixton South Bay (tent)

For more information go to www.garyhoey.com or  www.myspace.com/garyhoey

Source: www.vqpr.com

Cineplex Entertainment Presents The Doors ‘When You’re Strange’ On April 15

Cineplex Entertainment is pleased to announce the High-Definition premiere of WHEN YOU’RE STRANGE: A FILM ABOUT THE DOORS on Thursday, April 15 at more than 30 selected Cineplex Entertainment theatres across Canada.

WHEN YOU’RE STRANGE (produced by Wolf Films/Strange Pictures in association with Rhino Entertainment) uncovers historic and previously unseen footage of The Doors and provides new insight into the revolutionary impact of the illustrious rock quartet’s music and legacy.  Directed by award-winning writer/director Tom DiCillo and narrated by Johnny Depp, the film is a riveting account of the band’s history.

Said Depp, "Watching the hypnotic, hitherto unreleased footage of Jim, John, Ray and Robby, I felt like I experienced it all through their eyes.  As a rock n’ roll documentary, or any kind of documentary for that matter, it simply doesn’t get any better than this.  What an honor to have been involved.  I am as proud of this as anything I have ever done."

Advance tickets are available beginning Friday, April 9th online at www.cineplex.com/events as well as at participating theatre box offices. 

WHEN YOU’RE STRANGE will be released on DVD & Blu-ray on June 29 via Eagle Rock Entertainment. The soundtrack will be released April 6th via Warner Music Canada.

Cineplex Entertainment will present WHEN YOU’RE STRANGE at the following selected theatres across the country on Thursday, April 15 @ 7pm local time, with an encore presentation at select locations on Saturday, April 17 @ 1pm local time.  The film will then run as a limited engagement exclusively in Toronto at Famous Players Canada Square Cinemas located at 2190 Yonge Street from April 16-22. 

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: whenyourestrangemovie.com/

HD TRAILER: tinyurl.com/yft76tg

Source: www.rebelmusic.ca

The Happy Together 25th Anniversary Tour

The year was 1985.


The Titanic wreckage was found, new Coke was introduced and an extra second was added to the calendar year, giving us just a bit longer to reflect upon some of the great music that hit the States that year in concert.


Fans came out in droves that year to see The Happy Together Tour, which featured a handful of immensely popular music groups that helped define the music of the previous two decades including The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie, The Grass Roots, The Buckinghams, The Mamas & the Papas and Gary Lewis & The Playboys. Lasting eight months, it would consistently be one of the top grossing tours of the year.


Fast forward twenty-five years to 2010.


The Happy Together Tour is back!


It’s the 25th Anniversary of the greatest pop rock of the sixties and it promises to bring plenty of joy to the music masses.


Although eight tracks, cassettes and "vinyl" are hard to find, the music that propelled the sales of those mediums for many years still remains… and for good reason… great music will always be great music. No matter how you hear it, it will always stand the test of time.


Beginning May 20th in Santa Ynez, California, The Happy Together Tour will embark on approximately twenty dates (see partial itinerary below) to celebrate the 25th anniversary of that memorable 1985 tour.


The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie will once again be joined by The Grass Roots featuring Rob Grill and The Buckinghams, along with The Monkees lead singer Micky Dolenz and Mark Lindsay, former lead singer of Paul Revere & The Raiders.


Music fans would certainly be hard-pressed to find a tour this summer filled with more hits, especially those sung by the original singers.


"Happy Together" by The Turtles hit #1 on the charts in 1967 and remains a staple on classic rock radio to this day. It’s just one of their nine Top 40 hits, which includes such popular songs as "She’d Rather Be With Me," "Elenore," "You Showed Me" and "It Ain’t Me Babe."


"Indian Reservation" by Paul Revere & The Raiders hit #1 on the charts in 1971, selling over 4 million copies which made it the biggest selling single for Columbia Records for almost a decade. This massive hit followed quite a few that came before it from the band including "Kicks," "Hungry," "Just Like Me" and "Good Thing" (as well as the Mark Lindsay Top Ten solo hit, "Arizona," from 1970). In all, the band would achieve no less than fifteen Top 40 hits.


The Grass Roots burst upon the scene in ’67 and would not only amass over a dozen Top 40 hits, but go on to perform in front of an estimated 600,000 people in Washington, D.C. on July 4, 1982 setting an all-time attendance record for an concert performance consisting of just one act. Between 1967 and 1972 — thanks to numerous hits such as "Midnight Confessions," "Let’s Live For Today," "Sooner or Later," "I’d Wait A Million Years" and "Temptation Eyes," the band would set a record for being on the Billboard charts for 307 consecutive weeks.


In 1966, hot on the heels of their new NBC television show, The Monkees would release a self-titled debut album that would top the U.S. charts for thirteen consecutive weeks and sell an overwhelming 3.2 million copies in just three months. The single, "Last Train to Clarksville," from the album would be their first #1 hit. Their second #1 hit came quickly with "I’m a Believer" (featured on the band’s second album, More of The Monkees), which had over a million advance orders. The band would continue to put out numerous hits such as "(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone" and "Pleasant Valley Sunday" among others… In 1986, the four members got together for "The Monkees 20th Anniversary World Tour," a 145 date trek that would become the largest grossing tour of the year. The band — who have reconvened a few times since that tour — remain as iconic as ever…


"Kind of a Drag" from The Buckinghams would also reach the pinnacle of chart success, yet mark just one of many popular hits from the band including "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy," "Don’t You Care," "Susan" and "Hey Baby (They’re Playing Our Song)." Their success in 1967 would lead them to be named "The Most Listened To Band in America" by Billboard Magazine. 



Here’s what the artists have to say about the forthcoming Happy Together 25th Anniversary Tour:



"It’s no exaggeration to say that the artists and music that are part of the Happy Together Tour 2010 have brought more people together than cupid. These acts have made the greatest pop songs of any generation. To get to hear these songs in one concert is mind-boggling."

–Mark Volman / The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie–



"I’m incredibly lucky to have shared both the rock and roll record charts as well as friendship with each of the Happy Together artists. If you take all of the hit songs that people will hear on this show, I’m sure they represent a substantial part of the soundtrack of their lives."

–Mark Lindsay / Former Lead Singer of Paul Revere & The Raiders–



"I’m absolutely thrilled to be back for the 25th Anniversary of this tour and look forward to seeing everyone out there."

–Rob Grill / The Grass Roots featuring Rob Grill–



"The Buckinghams are very much looking forward to being a part of The Happy Together Tour. It was a great tour in the 80’s, and it will be a great tour in 2010. We are blessed to have some of the best fans in the world that support our music. So the magic will continue with some of the greatest songs of the 60’s."

–Carl Giammarese / The Buckinghams–



"I can’t wait to get back on the road with the old gang! Nothing beats stopping at a truck stop on Interstate 95 at four in the morning and having two chili dogs with onions!"

–Micky Dolenz / The Monkees Lead Singer– 



The above songs are just a few of the hits one can expect to hear on this summer’s Happy Together Tour.


Get out, go see it and imagine how the world could be so very fine… So Happy Together.


For more information, please contact Jeff Albright at The Albright Entertainment Group via e-mail at RockStarPR@aol.com.








The Happy Together Tour 2010*


May 20 – Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, California


May 23 – Dodge Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona


May 25 – The Orpheum Theatre in Omaha, Nebraska


May 26 – The Fox Theatre in St. Louis, Missouri


May 27 – Northern Lights Theater / Potawatomi Bingo Casino in Milwaukee, Wisconsin


May 28 – PNC Pavilion At Riverbend in Cincinnati, Ohio


May 29 – Time Warner Cable Amphitheater at Tower City in Cleveland, Ohio


May 30 – DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, Michigan


May 31 – Centennial Terrace in Sylvania, Ohio


June 2 – Toyota Presents The Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford, Connecticut


June 4 – Paramount Theater in Asbury Park, New Jersey


June 5  – Theatre at Westbury in Westbury, New York

*More dates to be announced soon.

Source: The Albright Entertainment Group

SEVENDUST:  U.S. Tour News/’Cold Day Memory’ Out April 20

SEVENDUST–Lajon Witherspoon (vocals), Morgan Rose (drums/vocals), Clint Lowery (guitar/vocals), Vince Hornsby (bass/vocals), John Connolly (guitar/vocals)— are currently putting the finishing touches on a headlining tour with Drowning Pool and will take a much-deserved break before heading out to do it all over again in April and beyond. The band will be world premiering the DVD portion of the album and doing a special acoustic gig at the Hard Rock Cafe in their hometown of Atlanta, GA the night before release, April 19th. Details and ticket information TBA.


The band’s eighth studio album, COLD DAY MEMORY, comes out April 20 on their own 7Bros. Records, through Warner Music Group’s Independent Label Group.  The album—produced by Grammy® nominated Johnny K (Disturbed, Staind, 3 Doors Down, Plain White T’s)—is the band’s first new album with their original line-up back together with Lowery’s return after his departure in 2003. Sevendust’s new single, “Unraveling”, is #17 and rising on the BDS Active Rock chart – It’s the most well received single in the bands history and has a chance to be a crossover smash. Buy "Unraveling" on itunes.apple.com/us/album/unraveling/id356146568?i=356146602


To make the tour extra special, Ticketmaster is offering an "Ultimate Memory Fan Package" bundle, which pairs a ticket to the show with an autographed copy of COLD DAY MEMORY and a meet & greet with the band. Further info can be found on Ticketmaster by doing a search for Sevendust tickets www.ticketmaster.com/search?tm_link=tm_homeA_header_search&q=sevendust&search.x=0&search.y=0.


Confirmed tour dates:


DATE               CITY                             VENUE

Mon 4/19          Atlanta, GA                    Hard Rock Cafe (DVD Premiere & Acoustic Set) – Details TBA

Tues 4/20         Kennesaw, GA               6:30pm – Best Buy In Store Signing (850 Cobb Place Blvd NW – Kennesaw, GA 30144)

Weds 4/21        Knoxville, TN                  5:30pm – Disc Exchange In Store Signing (2615 Chapman Hwy – Knoxville, TN 37920)

Wed 4/21          Knoxville, TN                 The Valarium

Sat 4/24            Tampa FL                     St. Pete Times Forum (WXTB 98 Rockfest)

Sun 4/25           Ladson, SC                   Ladson Fairgrounds (LiveX 2010)

Tue 4/27            Fayetteville, AR             George’s Majestic Lounge

Thu 4/29            Houma, LA                    The City Club

Fri 4/30             Atlanta, GA                   Tabernacle

Tue 5/4             Springfield, VA             Jaxx

Wed 5/5            Richmond, VA               The National

Fri 5/7               Clifton Park, NY                         Northern Lights

Sat 5/8              Allentown, PA               Crocodile Rock Café

Sun 5/9             Syracuse, NY                Westcott Theatre

Wed 5/12          Lancaster, PA               Chameleon Club

Fri 5/14             South Bend, IN              Club Fever

Sun 5/16           Flint, MI                        Machine Shop

Sat 5/22            Columbus, OH              Crew Stadium (Rock On The Range)

Source: www.abc-pr.com


Few acts could whip an arena full of rockers into a frenzy as Triumph did throughout the late ‘70s and ‘80s, when the group’s best known line-up – guitarist/vocalist  Rik Emmett, bassist/keyboardist Mike Levine, and drummer/vocalist Gil Moore – were at the peak of their powers. And it’s this exact time period that is focused on throughout Triumph’s new “best of” set – ‘Greatest Hits: Remixed’ – which will be released on May 18, 2010.

All of the classic tunes that were – and continue to be – in heavy rotation on rock radio (and the early days of MTV) are included here, namely, “Lay it on the Line,” “Hold On,” “Fight the Good Fight,” “Magic Power,” etc. 

These fourteen tracks of anthemic metal have never sounded so good, as they were all recently remixed by Rich Chycki (who has previously worked with Aerosmith and Rush). The set also includes a previously unreleased recording – “Love Hurts” – which will be the lead-off single from Triumph’s ‘Greatest Hits: Remixed.’

"We have been planning this release forever," says Levine. "For years, Triumph fans have been demanding that we give them a fresh greatest hits package and they are going to love this one."

Also included in the set is a DVD mixed in 5.1 audio, that features eleven promo and live videos in widescreen (plus additional unreleased videos for “Child of the City,” “Blinding Light Show,” and “Love Hurts,” and footage of the group’s 2008 induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame).

The deluxe two-disc package will be housed in a six-panel digipak – including a 20-page color booklet, complete with liner notes, lyrics, and chockfull of vintage photos.

Whether you’re a long-time Triumph fanatic or a new convert, you have never heard the group as crystal clear and loud n’ proud as you will throughout ‘Greatest Hits: Remixed.’ "’Greatest Hits: Remixed’ rocks like no other Triumph set,” declares Moore. “This is the definitive Triumph collector’s edition."

Track listing for ‘Greatest Hits: Remixed’ CD:

1. Allied Forces

2. Lay it on the Line

3. Follow Your Heart

4. Magic Power

5. I Live For the Weekend

6. Hold On

7. Just One Night

8. Fight the Good Fight

9. Spellbound

10. Never Surrender

11. When the Lights Go Down

12. Somebody’s Out There

13. Rock and Roll Machine

14. Love Hurts

Track listing for ‘Greatest Hits: Remixed’ DVD:

  1. Follow Your Heart

  2. Lay it on the line

  3. Spellbound

  4. Magic Power

  5. When the Lights Go Down

  6. Hold On

  7. Just One Night

  8. Somebody’s Out There

  9. Allied Forces

 10. Never Surrender

 11. Never Say Never

 Bonus Videos

 1. Child of the City

 2. Blinding Light Show ( Bootleg: Filmed on Fan Cam )

 3. Love Hurts     

For more information, visit:


Source: www.chipsterpr.com

AMERICAN HI-FI:  Ready To ‘Fight The Frequency’ On June 22; “Lost” Single & Video Impacting Soon

AMERICAN HI-FI is ready to FIGHT THE FREQUENCY and back to their roots with their fourth studio album, due out June 22 on their own label, Hi-Fi Killers/The Ascot Club (through Megaforce/RED/Sony).  It’s the highly anticipated follow-up to 2005’s HEARTS ON PARADE (Maverick).  It was produced by singer/guitarist Stacy Jones and recorded at his studio in Los Angeles, The Deathstar.


The first single and video, “Lost,” from the original line-up–Stacy Jones (singer/guitarist), Drew Parsons (bass), Jamie Arentzen (guitars) and Brian Nolan (drums)—will be released in the coming weeks.


As Jones recently explained on Altpress.com:  “I think we’ve circled back to the first record in terms of sonics and style.  We’ve moved back to big, riff-driven guitar parts with melodies on top and a slightly harder edge.”  Jones later added, “In the past, there was always the pressures and expectations that came from being on a record label.  Now, we have the freedom to put the business aside and just play rock music like we always wanted!”


So what’s the band been doing for the past five years?  They’ve mostly been busy with Miley Cyrus.  Singer Stacy Jones has been her music director and drummer, while Jamie Arentzen has been her guitarist.  They’ve both been featured in everything and anything Miley Cyrus, including the 2009 movie and “Best Of Both Worlds” concert film/DVD.  Jones has also produced records for artists such as Ingrid Michaelson, Meg & Dia, The Cab, Plain White T’s, and many others.


Over the course of their 10-year career, American Hi-Fi has sold over 1 million albums thanks to hit singles such as the Top 10 smash “Flavor Of The Weak,” “Another Perfect Day” (which was used as Coca-Cola’s theme for the 2002 Winter Olympics) and “The Art Of Losing,” and they’ve toured the world with artists such as Elvis Costello, Matchbox Twenty, Bon Jovi and Fall Out Boy.  Before teaming up as American Hi-Fi, the band members performed as part of various influential bands from the ‘90s Alternative Rock scene, including Veruca Salt and Letters to Cleo, and with Tanya Donelly, Tracy Bonham, Aimee Mann, and Juliana Hatfield individually.  Their songs have been heard on TV shows and commercials such as Coors, Labatt Blue, Verizon, “Boston Public,” “24” and “Dawson’s Creek,” video games including “Guitar Hero 3,” and in movies including “American Pie 2,” “Freaky Friday,” “Van Wilder” and “Superman Returns.”


Stay tuned for news about upcoming U.S. tour dates.  Here’s the complete track listing for FIGHT THE FREQUENCY:


1.  Acetate

2.  Bullet

3.  Fight The Frequency

4.  Frat Clump

5.  Keep It Like A Secret

6.  Lookout For Hope

7.  Lost

8.  Recover The Stars

9.  Stargazer

10. A Taste For Crime

11. This Is A Low

12. Tiny Spark

13. Where Love Is A Lie

Source: www.abc-pr.com


The Gaslight Anthem has unveiled the cover art and track listing of their forthcoming album AMERICAN SLANG (SideOneDummy Records).  AMERICAN SLANG is set for release in the US and Canada on June 15th, and around the world that same week.

Produced by Ted Hutt (who produced the band’s acclaimed last release, THE ’59 SOUND), AMERICAN SLANG heralds a dramatic leap forward for The Gaslight Anthem. Tracks such as "Bring It On," "Orphans" and "Stay Lucky" bristle and burn with the spirit of soul and the artistic adventurousness and impressive confidence of a band that has come into its own and found its own voice.  The Gaslight Anthem is Brian Fallon (vocals/rhythm guitar), Alex Rosamilia (guitar), Ben Horowitz (drums) and Alex Levine (bass).

Track Listing:

1. American Slang

2. Stay Lucky

3. Bring It On

4. The Diamond Church Street Choir

5. The Queen of Lower Chelsea

6. Orphans

7. Boxer

8. Old Haunts

9. The Spirit Of Jazz

10. We Did It When We Were Young


The first single off the album, the title track "American Slang", is also currently streaming on the band’s Facebook (www.facebook.com/pages/THE-GASLIGHT-ANTHEM/384408923304?v=wall#!/pages/THE-GASLIGHT-ANTHEM/384408923304?v=wall&viewas=21908319) and MySpace pages (www.myspace.com/thegaslightanthem).


Stay tuned for much more Gaslight Anthem news in the weeks ahead!

Source: www.rebelmusic.ca