MEGACON™, Southeast’s Largest Fan Convention, Wraps Another Year of Fun and Fandom at the Orange County Convention Center – May 24-27, 2018

Action-Packed Weekend Delivered Ultimate Fan Experience with Jason Momoa, Jeff Goldblum, Elijah Wood, John Cena and more

Orlando, FL – June 4, 2018 – MEGACON™, the Southeast’s largest comics, sci-fi, horror, anime and gaming event, wrapped up the Orlando convention throughout Memorial Day Weekend at the Orange County Convention Center. The four-day multi-genre convention welcomed more than 100,000 fans and included programming for all ages, a star-studded celebrity lineup and more.

This year’s featured celebrity guests included Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings); Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park); Jason Momoa (DC Justice League); John Cena, Alexa Bliss, Braun Strowman (WWE Superstars); Paul Reubens (Pee-Wee Herman); Billy Dee Williams and Joonas Suotamo (Star Wars); Lucy Lawless and Renee O’Connor (Xena: Warrior Princess); Jodi Benson and Christopher Daniel Barnes (The Little Mermaid); Rob Liefeld (Deadpool and X-Force) among others.

All Photo Credit: Rachel Parker, MEGACON Orlando

 

MADAME TUSSAUDS PARTNERSHIP

MEGACON Orlando partnered with Madame Tussauds Orlando for an exclusive first-look of the museum’s newest exhibit, Justice League: A Call for Heroes. On Thursday, May 24, fans united at MEGACON Orlando for a sneak peek of the new Wonder Woman™ wax figure. Following this, guests were invited for an after-hours official opening of the exhibit and admission to the ICON 360 Orlando.

MASTER OF COSPLAY SOUTHEAST QUALIFIER

New to the MEGACON Orlando lineup this year was Master of Cosplay Grand Prix, a new cosplay competition created by FAN EXPO HQ in 2018. Guests competed in the Southeast Qualifier at MEGACON Orlando on Saturday, May 26 for a chance to win prizes and advance to compete for the title of FAN EXPO’s very first Master of Cosplay Champion in an international finale to be held in Toronto as part of FAN EXPO Canada on Labor Day weekend.

Winners included:

-Novice Division – Anthony Acosta and Anne Rosato (Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen)

-Journeyman Division – Lindsay Premo (World of Warcraft)

-Masters Division – Bryan Doell (Ronan the Accuser, Marvel Comics)

-Runner-Up – Josh Morris (The Gate, Hex Mortis)

-Best In-Show – Dovah Design (Snow White Knight)

 

STAR WARS GALACTIC NIGHTS

MEGACON Orlando extended the fun after-hours with a special fandom experience, Star Wars: Galactic Nights on Sunday, May 27 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The event brought together the Star Wars saga, a panel discussion with the creators of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge (a new land coming to the theme park in 2019), special photo opportunities, event-exclusive merchandise and more.

 

BOOTH HIGHLIGHTS 

Exciting new booths were packed on the show floor this year, including Jurassic Park, which allowed guests to go back 25 years and relive one of the greatest movies of all time through a tour of the iconic fictional theme park. The booth included a virtual reality headset to let guests get up close and personal with dinosaurs in their natural habitat. Additionally, other classic booths, including the Batmobile from Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman Film, Star Wars by the 501st Legion and Ghostbusters, were back for another year.

 

PANELS, PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES, SIGNINGS AND MORE 

Many panels and photo opportunities took place this weekend, with highlights including  a signing by Marvel Comics creator Jim Lee, with a sold out presentation from Jurassic Park’s Jeff Goldblum, more than 200 cosplayers in a special Marvel Cosplay Meetup, Geek Speed Dating, Steven Universe Live Shadowcast Performance and Sing-A-Long, Phantasmagoria Performance and more.

MEGACON Orlando 2019 will take place May 16 to May 19, 2019, which is the weekend before Memorial Day Weekend. For more information and tickets, please visit www.megaconorlando.com. Can’t wait until 2019? MEGACON Tampa Bay will take place September 21 to September 23, 2018. Guest announcements are being finalized right now and tickets will be on sale in mid-June at www.megacontampabay.com.

ABOUT FAN EXPO HQ

MEGACON Orlando is owned by FAN EXPO HQ, one of the largest entertainment convention groups in North America. Collectively it hosts over 500,000 fans annually at FAN EXPO CANADA™, Boston Comicon, FAN EXPO VANCOUVER™, FAN EXPO REGINA™, FAN EXPO DALLAS™, Toronto ComiCon, Dallas Fan Days and MEGACON Tampa Bay.

 

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S’ Wonderful News! Iconic Musical AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Comes to Movie Theaters September 2018

Tickets on sale across the U.S. from July 12, 2018

May 2018: Trafalgar Releasing has announced the North American theatrical release of the highly acclaimed musical, An American in Paris, coming to movie theaters across the USA on Thursday, September 20 and Sunday, September 23.This new rendition of An American in Paris premiered in 2014 at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris to ecstatic reviews before transferring to the Palace Theatre on Broadway, where it became the most awarded musical of the 2015/16 season, including four Tony® Awards. While the U.S touring production continues to see great success with performances booking until July 2018, theater enthusiasts across North America can now experience the magic of the hit Broadway Musical performance from London’s West End in their local movie theater this fall.

With the gorgeous music and lyrics of George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin (including the classic hits ‘S Wonderful and I Got Rhythm), book by Craig Lucas and direction and choreography by Christopher Wheeldon, this breathtakingly beautiful new musical is inspired by the Oscar® winning MGM film and tells the impassioned story of discovering love in the ‘City of Light’ in 1945.

Jerry Mulligan is an American GI striving to make it as a painter in a city suddenly bursting with hope and possibility. Following a chance encounter with a beautiful young dancer named Lise, the streets of Paris become the backdrop to a sensuous, modern romance of art, friendship and love in the aftermath of war…

The film stars Tony Award nominees, New York City Ballet principle dancer Robert Fairchild as Jerry Mulligan and British Royal Ballet dancer Leanne Cope as Lise Dassin, reprising their roles from the original Broadway production and a company of over 50 actors, dancers and musicians including Haydn Oakley as Henri Baurel, Zoë Rainey as Milo Davenport, David Seadon-Young as Adam Hochberg and Jane Asher as Madame Baurel.

The company also features Julian Forsyth and Ashley Andrews, Sophie Apollonia, Zoe Arshamian, Sarah Bakker, James Barton, Alicia Beck, Chrissy Brooke, James Butcher, Jonathan Caguioa, Jennifer Davison, Katie Deacon, Rebecca Fennelly, Sebastian Goffin, Alyn Hawke, Nicky Henshall, Genevieve Heron, Amy Hollins, Frankie Jenna, Justin-Lee Jones, Robin Kent, Kristen McGarrity, Julia J. Nagle, Daniela Norman, Aaron Smyth, Todd Talbot, Max Westwell, Jack Wilcox, Carrie Willis, Stuart Winter and Liam Wrate.

“An old-fashioned, big-hearted, spare-no-expense Broadway romance”
~ THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
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An American in Paris is directed and choreographed by the internationally renowned, British-born Christopher Wheeldon, recipient of the Tony® Award 2015: Best Choreographer for this production. An Artistic Associate of the Royal Ballet, Wheeldon received an OBE in the 2016 New Year’s Honours ‘for services to promoting the interests and reputation of British classical and theatrical dance worldwide’. The set and costumes are designed by the celebrated West End and Broadway designer Bob Crowley (The Audience; Mary Poppins) with projections by the prominent British designers 59 Productions (War Horse; London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony), lighting by Natasha Katz and sound by Jon Weston.The musical score is adapted, arranged and supervised by Rob Fisher with orchestrations by Christopher Austin and Bill Elliott; dance arrangements by Sam Davis; musical supervision by Todd Ellison; and musical direction by John Rigby.

Tickets for An America in Paris will be on sale starting Thursday, July 12 and can be purchased at AnAmericanInParisCinema.com.

For information regarding the National Tour please visit AnAmericanInParisBroadway.com.

“Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn” Smashes onto Playstation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Windows PC Digitally and at Retail on June 5, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, N.J., and WATFORD, United Kingdom – April 5, 2018 – Saber Interactive and Wired Productions have revealed with a new trailer today that Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn will launch globally on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch™ and Windows PC on June 5, 2018. The full game will be available for digital download on those platforms for $19.99. Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn will also be bundled as a physical boxed product with unannounced DLC at major retailers for $29.99 on the PlayStation®4 system and Xbox One and $39.99 on Nintendo Switch.

Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn is an action-packed beat ‘em up starring the one and only Big Diesel himself: Shaquille O’Neal. Battle the hordes of Hollywood and hell on a one-man journey to avenge your fallen home and martial arts master. Beat down foes with devastating combos, face off against outlandish celebrity bosses, and unleash your fury with a variety of hard-hitting weapons and power-ups.

Saber has previously announced that anyone who purchased NBA Playgrounds on Nintendo Switch prior to June 10, 2017, will receive a free copy of Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn on Switch upon release. In addition, Saber will share more specifics in the future regarding timing and delivery of rewards for Indiegogo backers of Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborndirectly via the game’s Indiegogo page.

Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn is a co-production of Saber Interactive and Big Deez Productions and published in partnership with Wired Productions and Mad Dog Games. This game is rated T (Teen) by the ESRB.

About Saber Interactive

Based in the U.S., Russia, and Spain, Saber Interactive is an independent developer whose credits include Quake ChampionsHalo: Combat Evolved AnniversaryHalo: Master Chief Collection, and others. Saber’s most recent release, NBA Playgrounds, is one of the best-selling digital console titles of 2017. The company has multiple development studios across the world making great games and bringing fun interactive experiences to life.

About Wired Productions Ltd

Wired Productions is a leading video games publisher based in Watford, UK. Founded in 2008 and shortlisted by MCV for Indie Publish of the Year 2018, Wired have produced and published award-winning titles across all major platforms. Bringing games to market in both physical and digital media, notable launches to date include Super Dungeon Bros, Victor Vran: Overkill Edition, Max: The Curse of Brotherhood and The Town of Light.

For more information, visit http://www.wiredproductions.com, or follow at http://www.facebook.com/WiredPro and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/WiredP.

 

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Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream is Coming to Orlando May 11–13, 2018

Featuring the Box Office Smash Hits Disney’s Moana and Beauty and the Beast!

ORLANDO, FL  — Make unforgettable memories with Mickey, Minnie and all your Disney friends when Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream comes to Amway Center in Orlando May 11-13, 2018! The ice skating extravaganza features Disney’s Moana for the first time in a live production.

Good seats are still available for Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream, which was originally scheduled for September 8-10, 2017, but postponed due to Hurricane Irma. Tickets purchased for the September dates will be honored in May for the exact same day of the week and show time.

Celebrate what’s possible as five Disney heroines spark the courage inside us all at Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream! In her Disney On Ice debut, see how far Moana will go in an action-packed adventure with demigod, Maui, to save her island and discover her true identity. Join Belle as she fearlessly befriends the enchanted castle staff and reveals the Beast’s gentleness. Experience Anna’s devotion to her sister, Elsa, on her life-changing journey to stop an eternal winter. Explore with Rapunzel, Flynn Ryder, Cinderella and friends from around the Disney Kingdom as they find the strength, heart, and determination to make their dreams come true. Hosted by Mickey and Minnie, uncover why no dream is too big when we find the strength to shape our own destiny at Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream!

Good seats are still available! Since you are fans of Media Mikes, we are happy to share a special discount: Save 20% off select seats with code SAVE20. Not valid on premium VIP seating. Hurry for the best available seats! Code expires May 10, 2018.

Discover your inner hero when Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream comes to your hometown!

Ticket Prices: Starting from $18. Market pricing applies to all tickets. Rates can fluctuate based on factors that affect supply and demand. Lock in your price and location today!

Show Times:  Friday, May 11, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 12, 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, May 13, 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Venue: Amway Center, 400 W Church St #200, Orlando, FL 32801

For ticket information, go to DisneyOnIce.com.

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Life Of Agony Announce “Rise of the Underground Tour 2018”

LIFE OF AGONY Announce “Rise of the Underground Tour 2018”

New York’s LIFE OF AGONY has announced dates for a headlining trek called “Rise of the Underground Tour 2018” spanning the USA and Europe. The shows will begin with two sold-out, hometown warm-up gigs April 18th & 19th at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn, and conclude November 2nd as headliners of The Sound of Revolution Festival in Eindhoven, Netherlands. Full list of dates are below.

“With 2018 marking the 25th anniversary of our debut album, we are just so incredibly grateful to our fans for sticking with us all these years and wanted to do something really special for them. We’re breaking out some old fan favorites that we’ve never played before live and hitting cities we haven’t been to in over a decade,” says bassist Alan Robert. “You really can’t beat the crazy energy of a packed, sweaty, tiny club, like we used to play back in the day, so we decided to include some very intimate rooms on this tour, along with the bigger venues, to feel that deep emotional connection again with our die-hard fans. It’s gonna be insane.”

Joining Rise of the Underground Tour 2018 as main support during the September US dates will be Silvertomb, the new band featuring Johnny Kelly and Kenny Hickey from Type O Negative. More support acts to be announced soon.

LIFE OF AGONY emerged from the New York music scene in the early ’90s with one of the most distinctive sounds in its genre. Best known for its 1993 metal/crossover debut River Runs Red, the band instantly built a cult following. For over two decades, the group toured relentlessly all over the world, sharing stages with the biggest names in rock, including Metallica, Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, Foo Fighters, and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. After the much-praised Ugly (1995), LIFE OF AGONY opted for a highly energetic alternative rock approach on Soul Searching Sun (1997) and Broken Valley (2005) – the latter produced by Greg Fidelman (Slipknot, Metallica). Last year, the group released their 5th studio album A Place Where There’s No More Pain (2017) to critical acclaim, debuting at #24 on Billboard’s Hard Rock Album Chart. LIFE OF AGONY has sold over one million albums to date.

LIFE OF AGONY: RISE OF THE UNDERGROUND TOUR 2018 (USA):
4/18: Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus (SOLD OUT)
4/19: Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus (SOLD OUT)
4/21: Worcester, MA @ New England Metal & Hardcore Fest, Palladium
5/16: Los Angeles, CA @ Whisky A Go-Go
5/18: Anaheim, CA @ Parish at House of Blues
5/19: Las Vegas, NV @ Beauty Bar
5/20: Phoenix, CA @ Club Red
5/22: San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
7/13: Mansfield, OH @ INKcarceration Festival
9/14: Baltimore, MD @Soundstage
9/15: Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of the Living Arts
9/16: Teaneck, NJ @ Debonair Music Hall
9/19: Ft. Wayne, IN @ Piere’s
9/21: Joliet, IL @ The Forge
9/22: Flint, MI @ Machine Shop
9/23: Pittsburgh, PA @ The Rex
9/25: Buffalo, NY @ Ironworks
9/29: New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom

LIFE OF AGONY: RISE OF THE UNDERGROUND TOUR 2018 (Europe):
6/15: Nickelsdorf, Austria @ Nova Rock Festival
6/16: Gräfenhainichen, Germany @ With Full Force Festival
6/17: Kiel, Germany @ Kieler Woche Festival
10/12: Papenburg, Germany @ Kesselschmiede
10/13: Dusseldorf, Germany @ Zakk
10/14: Leeuwarden, Netherlands @ Nueshoorn
10/16: Aschaffenburg, Germany @ Colos-saal
10/18: Mallorca, Spain @ Full Metal Holiday Festival
10/21: Salzburg, Austria @ Rockhouse
10/23: Budapest, Hungary @ A38
10/24: Zagreb, Croatia @ Culture Factory
10/26: Ljubljana, Slovenia @ Kino Siska
10/27: Pinarella Di Cervia, Italy @ Rock Planet
10/28: Munich, Germany @ Technikum
10/30: Sint-Niklaas, Belgium @ De Casino
10/31: Leige, Belgium @ Reflektor
11/02: Eindhoven, Netherlands @ The Sound of Revolution Festival

For More Info Visit:
www.lifeofagony.com
www.facebook.com/lifeofagonyfamiglia

The World’s Greatest Pink Floyd Show, BRIT FLOYD, Announces the US Eclipse World Tour 2018!

A Chas Cole for CMP Entertainment presentation

NEW FOR 2018

The World’s Greatest Pink Floyd Show

BRIT FLOYD

Eclipse World Tour 2018

’45 Years of The Dark Side of the Moon’

Performing songs from Pink Floyd’s best-loved and biggest selling albums, The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, The Wall and The Division Bell plus much much more.

 

Brit Floyd, the world’s greatest Pink Floyd tribute show returns to the stage in 2018 for a very special ’45th Anniversary’ retrospective of Pink Floyd’s iconic 1973 album, The Dark Side of the Moon.

Having sold in excess of 45 million copies and judged by many as the greatest rock album of all time, The Dark Side of the Moon was an ambitious psychedelic masterpiece that redefined rock itself and propelled Pink Floyd and its members to rock immortality.

Each night Brit Floyd will perform classic tracks from The Dark Side of the Moon alongside gems from Wish You Were Here, Animals, The Wall and The Division Bell plus lots more.

The Brit Floyd show has truly become a phenomenon, widely regarded as the world’s greatest live tribute to Pink Floyd. Faithfully recreating the scale and pomp of the final 1994 Division Bell tour, complete with a stunning million dollar light show, large circle screen and arch plus moving lights, lasers, inflatables and theatrics. A Brit Floyd show really is as close as fans will get to experiencing the magnificence of a Pink Floyd show live.

Tickets are on sale now:  http://www.britfloyd.com/tour-dates/225-not-america-2018

 

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Record Store Announces Full list of 2018 Releases!

RECORD STORE ANNOUNCES FULL LIST OF 2018 RELEASES!
THE FIRST THING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT RSD 2018 IS…
WAIT FOR IT… THIS ONE GOES TO 11!

Yes, this is Record Store Day’s 11th anniversary, and with apologies to Nigel Tufnul and Spinal Tap, we are turning all the knobs across the board WAAAAYYYY past 10 on April 21st to give everyone the best possible music and independent community experience!

DON’T MISS YOUR CHANCE TO DISCOVER EXCITING, NEW AND LIMITED-EDITION TITLES WHILE CELEBRATING THE CULTURE OF THE INDEPENDENT RECORD STORE, NATIONWIDE.

FEATURING RELEASES FROM JERRY GARCIA, PRINCE, RUN THE GRATEFUL DEAD, THE STOOGES, NOTORIOUS B.I.G., MADONNA, MASTODON, DISTURBED, PINK FLOYD, JIMI HENDRIX, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN,  RAMONES,  AND EVEN MORE INCREDIBLE ARTISTS! (WE TOLD YOU THERE WERE A LOT!)

IN THE INCLUSIVE SPIRIT OF RECORD STORE DAY, THERE IS TRULY SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE AT ALL YOUR FAVORITE LOCAL INDEPENDENT RECORD STORES ON APRIL 21ST, 2018!

Record Store Day is turning it up a notch in 2018, and everything is coming together to give you something very, very special on April 21st! More independent releases with newer artists, legendary names, iconic performances captured for posterity, limited runs, multiple formats, more heavy hitters, more long out-of-print reissues, more exclusive tracks, and more of everything else you were hoping for. Why? Because you deserve it…and because that is what Record Store Day does…every year, for all our participating record stores and their loyal customers. Find records you never thought you would ever see again, buy records you cannot get enough of, and discover records that will become your new favorites immediately out of the shrink wrap! We are extremely psyched about the depth and scope of 2018’s Record Store Day selections.

RSD 2018 Ambassadors Run The Jewels are fulfilling their duties by releasing The Stay Gold Collectors Jewel Box, a limited edition metal box set which includes a 12” EP etched with custom Marvel-branded art, an RTJ slipmat, and which provides a fitting place to house your RTJ vinyl collection. More hip-hop, both new school and old, comes to record stores courtesy of Rapsody, J Dilla, Czarface, Rob Base & DJ EZ-Rock, Nas, 9th Wonder and more.

Jazz fans have a lot to be excited about as ORG Music presents An Evening With Ornette Coleman (Part 2), taken from a 1965 concert at Fairfield Hall in Croydon, England. This album showcases Coleman’s experimentation with contemporary classical forms, features new artwork, and is exclusive to RSD 2018. Verve is releasing Ella Fitzgerald’s Ella Live at Zardi’s for the first time on opaque pink and opaque blue vinyl. John Coltrane’s “My Favorite Things” is being released as a 7” single through Atlantic, a replica of the original 7” “My Favorite Things Part I & II”, a hit single for the jazz giant in 1961. And Thelonious Monk’s 100th birthday is celebrated with Columbia/Legacy’s re-release of Thelonious Monk’s 1964 classic Monk.

The Motor City gets a shout out from a few titles this year, including Modern Harmonics’ release of two very early 7” singles from the MC5, pressed at Third Man Pressing. Third Man Records co-founder (and Detroit native) Ben Blackwell curates a collection called The Stooges (Detroit Edition). Speaking of Third Man Records, they offer a little Nashville in the mix, with a single from Joshua Hedley, a new country signing who you’ve probably seen leading the band at the iconic Robert’s Western World this past decade or so.

Today’s stars are well represented this year. Taylor Swift has taken over the pop world with several massive releases and Swifties can pick up special record store colored vinyl editions of three of them this April 21. New West Records’ Jason Isbell’s Live At Twist And Shout, is just that: a a six song recording of a performance from his 2007 in-store at Twist & Shout in Denver, Colorado. Mom & Pop Records has two from Courtney Barnett for RSD 2018: a 12” single with two songs from Courtney’s upcoming LP, and a picture disc edition of The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas.

The youth are wild, but the kids are all right, and that may be because of the music they get at record stores on 2018. Records geared towards kids but enjoyed by everyone include Rockabye Baby’s lullaby versions of Beastie Boys songs, a reissue from Brookvale Records of Marlo Thomas’ classic Free To Be You And Me and a Blitzen Trapper record created with toy instruments actually called Kids Album!

Various artist compilations and movies from films are a big part of the mix too. Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales continues its series of Music to Drink Beer To compilations and throws in a little sumthin sumthin by calling this edition Music to Drink Beer And Make Love To! Past & Present are releasing Girls in the Garage Volumes 2 and 3, collections of rare 60s girl group singles prove that long before Patti Smith and Joan Jett, girls were rocking in the garage as hard as the guys. Select-O-Hits brings us Malaco: The Last Soul Company 50 Years of Excellence, an RSD-curated collection of songs on gold vinyl from the 50 years of Malaco, featuring artists like Johnnie Taylor and Bobby Bland, proceeds of which benefit the BMI Foundation.

The Official Film of Record Store Day 2018 is The Godfathers of Hardcore, which tells the continuing fascinating story of Agnostic Front. Composer Aaron Drake’s score makes its vinyl debut on Record Store Day 2018.

In all, it’s one of the most diverse lists of titles ever to be put together for a Record Store Day celebration and whether you find an armful or a select few that pique your interest, they all play a part in helping us throw our favorite party of the year. We’re gonna leave with something that Reid Robinson of Co-Op Records of Moline passed along to us: “My favorite RSD quote ever was from a few years ago. A short, sweet statement from a teenage girl to her dad-
“YES! Christmas USED to be my favorite day of the year!”

For general information, please visit http://www.recordstoreday.com

A full list of titles and their accompanying artwork can be found here:www.recordstoreday.com/SpecialReleases

2018 Vans Warped Tour®, Presented by Journeys® Lineup Revealed

2018 Vans Warped Tour®, Presented by Journeys® Lineup Revealed

Brings Together Friends From Throughout The Years
Including Reel Big Fish, Bowling For Soup, The Used, Frank Turner,
All Time Low, Simple Plan, Taking Back Sunday, The Maine, Waterparks, The Interrupters, ISSUES,
SUM 41, Tonight Alive, Knuckle Puck, 3OH!3, and more

Super Fan Bundles On Sale Now
General Admission Tickets on Sale Thursday, March 8th

The entire lineup for 2018’s Vans Warped Tour, presented by Journeys, has been revealed today via a special announcement video, which can be viewed now at VansWarpedTour.com.

It was previously shared that this would be the final cross-country run for the tour, now in its 24th year. On the upcoming shows, founder Kevin Lyman has shared: “I truly am happy to get the chance to travel around the country one more time to thank you for your support, and bring you another best day ever.”

For its final run, the tour is thrilled to welcome back countless bands who have rocked Vans Warped Tour over the last 24 years including Reel Big Fish, Simple Plan, All Time Low, Four Year Strong, 3OH!3, Less Than Jake, Underoath, We The Kings, The Used, Tonight Alive and more. Adding to this year’s lineup are up-and-coming acts such as State Champs, Trash Boat, Don Broco, Grayscale, Waterparks, Real Friends, and Movements.

Also returning this summer are the newly named Mutant Red Dawn and Mutant White Lightning stages, showcasing the best in heavy and hardcore music: Chelsea Grin, MYCHILDREN MY BRIDE, Every Time I Die, Knocked Loose, The Amity Affliction, Ice Nine Kills, etc.

The Vans Warped Tour is the largest traveling music festival in the United States, and the longest-running touring music festival in North America. Originally conceived by founder Kevin Lyman in 1995 as an eclectic alternative rock festival, with a focus on punk rock, over the years the tour has grown to include a multitude of genres, including metal, hip hop, reggae, pop and more. It remains one of the best tours to attend to discover emerging acts, to learn more about wonderful non-profits and companies who are working to make a positive impact on the world that surround them, and to meet like-minded friends.

Over the past two decades, Vans Warped Tour has built a legacy as the must attend summer festival for rock and music lovers alike. Since its start in 1995 it has provided a platform for established as well as up-and-coming artists, with past performers including blink182, No Doubt, Sublime, Beck, Katy Perry, NOFX, Limp Bizkit, Black Eyed Peas, Green Day, Eminem, Yellowcard, Bad Religion, and countless others.

In addition, the tour continues to host a wide array of amazing non-profits and educational workshops for attendees and 2018 will be launching the FEND Movement (Full Energy, No Drugs) in partnership with thePreventum Initiative. The FEND Movement empowers youth to make a stand against opioids. The FEND Movement aims to engage 50,000 young people between March and August 2018, giving them the chance to earn rewards and prizes as they increase their knowledge and change their attitudes and behaviors in relation to opioids. Youth can participate by downloading the Preventum app and on-boarding to the FEND campaign.

A Voice For The Innocent, American Red Cross, Hope For The Day, Feed Our Children Now!, Living The Dream Foundation, To Write Love on Her Arms, and truth will all be involved this summer, just to name a few. Fans can see their favorite bands as well as become educated on these causes and how they can help.

“I am very excited about the upcoming year. With it being the last tour, the non-profit presence will be as big as ever. Groups who have been out in the past will be coming out in more markets, and hopefully we will attract new non-profits,” comments Sierra Lyman. “With more non-profits coming out there will be more options for our audience to hopefully get involved before, during, and after the tour. I am hoping that this last year encourages non-profits to partner with bands and for bands to partner with non-profits on their own events and tours once this summer is over.”

The Entertainment Institute will return to the 2018 tour as well, hosting educational workshops and Q+A’s hosted by the industry’s most successful writers, artists, and photographers. More information regarding the artists conducting workshops will be available in April at http://www.thinktei.com

Also joining the tour this year as sponsors are dailyKARMA, Ernie Ball, Equal Vision Records, Full Sail University, Peta2, MusiCares, PRS Guitars, Hopeless Records, Viceland, Violent Gentlemen, Hope For The Day, and more.

“Kevin and the tour have touched so many lives through their commitment to giving back to the community,” shares dailyKARMA CEO Patricia Dao. “They’ve been doing it long before it was the cool thing to do. Our team is thrilled that dailyKARMA will be powering Warped Tour’s online fundraising efforts this year.”

Early Bird Tickets, as well as Super Fan Bundles, for this year’s tour on are sale now and can be purchased at www.vanswarpedtour.com. As a bonus for early ticket buyers, the first 500 tickets sold for each show will be at the lowest price available and will include a digital download of the Official Vans Warped Tour 50-song compilation. The cover was revealed earlier today, and features Tonight Alive’s Jenna McDougall.

General admission tickets will be available starting Thursday, March 8th.

The 38-date tour will commence June 21st in Pomona, CA and end on August 5th in West Palm, FL.

2018 Vans Warped Tour Line Up – Confirmed Performance Dates for each band and stage:

Journeys Left Foot Stage
3OH!3 (6/21-8/5)
Asking Alexandria (7/22-7/28)
Beartooth (7/19-7/21)
Bowling For Soup (7/6-7/16, 7/18-7/21)
Frank Turner (7/24-7/26)
The Interrupters (7/14, 7/15, 7/17-7/19, 7/21-7/25, 7/28-8/5)
Knuckle Puck (6/21-8/5)
Mayday Parade (6/21-8/5)
Reel Big Fish (6/21-8/5)
State Champs (6/21-8/5)
SUM 41 (7/17)
Taking Back Sunday (6/24)
This Wild Life (6/21-8/5)
Waterparks (6/21-8/5)

Journeys Right Foot Stage
All Time Low(6/22-6/24)
Falling In Reverse (6/26-7/16)
Four Year Strong (6/21-7/29)
ISSUES (6/21-8/5)
Less Than Jake (7/18-7/20, 7/22-7/27, 7/29-8/5)
Movements (6/21-8/5)
Real Friends (6/21-8/5)
Simple Plan (6/21-8/5)
The Maine (6/21-8/5)
The Used (6/21-7/10)
Tonight Alive(6/21-8/5)
We The Kings (6/21-8/5)

Mutant Red Dawn Stage
Chelsea Grin(6/21-8/5)
Deez Nuts (6/21-8/5)
Ice Nine Kills(6/21-8/5)
Kublai Kahn (6/21-8/5)
MYCHILDREN MYBRIDE (6/21-8/5)
Sharptooth (6/21-8/5)
Silverstein (7/17-7/20, 7/25-7/28)
The Amity Affliction (6/21-8/5)
Twiztid (6/21-8/5)
Wage War (6/21-8/5)
Mutant White Lightning Stage
August Burns Red (7/29-8/5)
Crown The Empire (6/21-8/5)
Dayseeker (6/21-8/5)
Every Time I Die (6/21-8/5)
Hail The Sun(6/21-8/5)
Harm’s Way (6/21-7/23)
In Hearts Wake (6/21-8/5)
Knocked Loose (7/10, 7/18, 7/21, 7/24)
Motionless In White(6/21-8/5)
Nekrogoblikon (6/21-8/5)
Underoath (7/16-7/18)
Unearth (6/21-8/5)

Owly.fm Stage
As It Is (6/21-8/5)
Assuming We Survive (6/21-8/5)
Broadside (7/10-8/5)
Capstan (7/10-8/5)
Chase Atlantic (6/21-7/31)
Dead Girls Academy (6/21-7/8)
Doll Skin (6/21-8/5)
Don Broco (6/21-8/5)
Grayscale (6/21-8/5)
Makeout (6/21-8/5)
Palaye Royale (6/21-8/5)
Phinehas (6/21-7/8)
Picturesque (6/21-7/8)
Sleep On It (7/10-8/5)
Story Untold(6/21-8/5)
Trash Boat (6/21-8/5)
With Confidence (6/21-8/5)

Full Sail Stage
Farewell Winters (6/21-8/5)
Lighterburns(6/21-8/5)

VANS WARPED TOUR DATES:
Super Fan Bundles on are sale now and can be purchased at vanswarpedtour.com
Regular general admission tickets go on sale March 8th

6.21 POMONA, CA
6.22 SAN DIEGO, CA
6.23 MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA
6.24 VENTURA, CA
6.28 PHOENIX, AZ
6.29 LAS VEGAS, NV
6.30 SALT LAKE CITY, UT
7.01 DENVER, CO
7.03 ST. LOUIS, MO
7.05 BONNER SPRINGS, KS
7.06 DALLAS, TX
7.07 SAN ANTONIO, TX
7.08 HOUSTON, TX
7.10 NASHVILLE, TN
7.12 VIRGINIA BEACH, VA
7.13 CAMDEN, NJ
7.14 HOLMDEL, NJ
7.15 HARTFORD, CT
7.16 PITTSBURGH, PA
7.17 TORONTO, ON
7.18 CUYAHOGA FALLS, OH
7.19 CINCINNATI, OH
7.20 DETROIT, MI
7.21 CHICAGO, IL
7.22 MINNEAPOLIS, MN
7.23 MILWAUKEE, WI
7.24 INDIANAPOLIS, IN
7.25 DARIEN CENTER, NY
7.26 SCRANTON, PA
7.27 MANSFIELD, MA
7.28 WANTAGH, NY
7.29 COLUMBIA, MD
7.30 CHARLOTTE, NC
7.31 ATLANTA, GA
8.02 JACKSONVILLE, FL
8.03 ORLANDO, FL
8.04 TAMPA, FL
8.05 WEST PALM BEACH, FL

About Vans Warped Tour:
The Vans Warped Tour, presented by Journeys, is well known as America’s longest running touring music festival of the summer. Since 1995, the tour has been a showcase for both established and up and coming talent, across a wide range of eclectic sub-genres.

The tour has also cemented its place in history by bringing alternative rock and skate culture from the underground to the forefront of global youth culture, while at the same time helping those in need through non-profit and eco initiatives.

Alternative Press readers voted the Vans Warped Tour as the “Best Tour/Festival” and Rolling Stone called it “America’s Most Successful Festival.”

Learn more about the Vans Warped Tour:
www.vanswarpedtour.com

 

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Orlando Boat Show arrives on March 2, 3 & 4, 2018 at the Orange County Convention Center

Central Florida’s Premier Boat Show!
With 2
0 of Central Florida’s Best Boat Dealers
Representing Over 60 Manufacturers
Bowriders, Pontoon Boats, Ski Boats, Cruisers,
Fishing Boats, Bass Boats and Deck Boats
Marine Electronics, Accessories & Much More!
If You Are Interested In Being A Vendor At The
Show Please Call 386/943-8383 Or Email
contact@orlandoboatshow.com
See Over 60 Great
Booth Vendors!
The boat show in March will be
the best Orlando Boat Show Ever!
Don’t miss this spectacular show!
March 2, 3 & 4, 2018
at the Orange County
Convention Center
South Hall B
Fun for the whole family!
Kids 12 & Under Are Free
Show Hours
Friday – 10am to 8pm
Saturday – 10am to 8pm
Sunday – 10am to 5pm

 

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Inaugural INKCARCERATION Music and Tattoo Festival Set For July 13-15, 2018 in Mansfield, Ohio @ The World-Famous Historic Ohio State Reformatory

The Inaugural INKCARCERATION Music and Tattoo Festival Announces Event Details
July 13-15, 2018 in Mansfield, Ohio
@ The World-Famous Historic Ohio State Reformatory,
Home of the “Shawshank Prison”

Featuring Performances from Today’s Most Electrifying Rock Bands:
Rise Against, A Day To Remember, Bush,
Black Label Society, Clutch
and Many More Scheduled to Perform

+ 70 Tattoo Artist Booths, Reformatory Tours, Rock N’ Roll Circus Sideshows,
Food Trucks, Vendors & Much More

WEEKEND TICKETS + VIP ON SALE NOW @ WWW.INKCARCERATION.COM

Now is the time to “lock up” your summer concert plans! Introducing the INKCARCERATION Music and Tattoo Festival, a one-of-a-kind destination event that presents attendees with the experience of a lifetime: non-stop live music from 30+ bands on two stages and a tattoo festival inside of one of the country’s most infamous abandoned locations, plus so much more. The inaugural INKCARCERATION Music and Tattoo Festival will take place on July 13, 14 and 15 in Mansfield, Ohio at the eerie, enormous Historic Ohio State Reformatory (100 Reformatory Rd.). This massive, awe-inspiring locale is recognized primarily as not only one of the most haunted buildings in the country, but also as the filming location for the 1994 cinematic classic, The Shawshank Redemption, starring Hollywood legends Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins.

Weekend tickets, VIP, RV and camping packages are on sale NOW at www.inkcarceration.com! Mansfield is conveniently located directly between two major cities in Ohio, Columbus and Cleveland, and is under a five-hour drive from major cities such as Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Detroit, Louisville, Buffalo, and Pittsburgh. Road trip!

Summer is always over in a flash – why not get the most bang for your buck and experience multiple huge events in one? At INKCARCERATION, not only will attendees rock out to three days of live music from their favorite rock bands, they can also be tattooed by acclaimed local and regional artists, tour one of the most famous reformatories of all time, enjoy tasty treats and refreshments from 15+ food trucks onsite, browse goods from a number of vendors, experience a full rock n’ roll circus sideshow (brought to you by Hellzapoppin), and more!

OVER 30 BANDS ON TWO STAGES:
The concert portion of INKCARCERATION will feature performances from a vast array of rock artists from yesterday and today! Scheduled to perform are Rise Against, A Day to Remember, Bush, Black Label Society, Clutch, Our Lady Peace, Suicidal Tendencies, Fuel, Hatebreed, Sevendust, Living Colour, Of Mice and Men, Corrosion of Conformity, Lit, Life of Agony, Alien Ant Farm, ’68, Soil, Adelitas Way, JennCity, Bad Omens, Fear The Fallen, Akadia, Through Fire, All About A Bubble and more TBD. Individual performance times and stages will be announced leading up to INKCARCERATION.

TATTOO FESTIVAL:
More information on the tattoo festival portion of INKCARCERATION – which will include over 70 booths featuring local and regional tattoo artists – will be announced soon. Interested in tattooing at INKCARCERATION? Applications are still open. Email contact@inkcarceration.com for more information and details, and please provide your name, company name, website and phone number in the email.

REFORMATORY TOURS:
Of course, the most one-of-a-kind attraction at the inaugural INKCARCERATION Music and Tattoo Festival is none other than the venue itself – the one and only Historic Ohio State Reformatory, home of the “Shawshank Prison”. Attendees can take part in self-guided reformatory tours, exploring the prison independently at their own pace while learning about the history of the facility and the many unique Hollywood and paranormal connections. To be fully immersive, each tour experience should take about 1.5 hours.

 

The Historic Ohio State Reformatory Abandoned cell blocks inside of the Ohio State Reformatory

 

Paul Smith, Executive Director of the Historic Ohio State Reformatory says, “We are very excited to host the 2018 INKCARCERATION Music and Tattoo Festival. They plan to bring next level entertainment to our venue and we hope to have a long and prosperous relationship with them that helps benefit and secure the future of our organization, the Historic site itself, and the community.”

Susan Fisher, marketing lead for INKCARCERATION adds, “INKCARCERATION brings a powerhouse line-up to the Historic Ohio State Reformatory – home of the Shawshank Prison – for a summer weekend festival that’s sure to be an amazing experience for the fans and our partner brands.”

HELLZAPOPPIN ROCK N’ ROLL CIRCUS SIDESHOW:
The Hellzapoppin circus sideshow is an event included in the price of an INKCARCERATION ticket and is fun for all ages! Named after one of the most successful Broadway musicals and movies from the late 30’s & 40’s, Hellzapoppin is a world-renowned theatrical rock n’ roll circus stunt-show where some of the most death-defying stunts in live entertainment are performed to a live audience along with emphatic rock music. Spectators will experience one of the world’s last authentic circus sideshows with performances including fire eating, fire breathing, the razor-sharp machete walk, acrobatic stunts, sword swallowing, knife-throwing, and archery using human targets, as well as illusions like the Chinese blade box of death, and human oddities and curiosities. Hellzapoppin has been featured on the Travel Channel, Discovery Channel, at Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, in the Guinness Books of World Records and beyond. Learn more at www.hellzapoppin.com.

TICKETS:
Weekend tickets – which include the concert portion, self-guided prison tours, tattoo festival, circus sideshow, and more – are a steal at a starting price of just $89 per person. Attendees can further accent their experience with a Weekend VIP or Premium VIP ticket! Weekend VIP tickets start at $321 per person (single day ticket and VIP options coming soon) and include all of the above plus access to the air-conditioned VIP lounge offering lunch, dinner, and a private bar. Premium VIP includes all of the above plus side stage access for premium viewing of the concert portion, a t-shirt and an exclusive festival laminate. Premium VIP begins at $1210.50 per person.

CAMPING:
Festival campers and RVer’s, INKCARCERATION is the place for you! RV Weekend Camping packages are available for just $1053.50 for four people, and include four weekend tickets to the event and available hookups for water and electric. Tent campers can also buy a Weekend Tent Camping package at $803.50 for four people, which includes four weekend tickets to the event and a 20×20 camping space. All RV and tent camping will be located under five miles from the festival at Richland Fairgrounds. Shuttle service to and from the venue will be available.

Additional ticket prices, parking prices/details, event hours, and other important FAQ’s can be found at www.inkcarceration.com.

Stay tuned for more information coming soon about the tattoo portion of INKCARCERATION and much more leading up to the main event!

INKCARCERATION Music and Tattoo Festival online:
www.inkcarceration.com

2018 Vans Warped Tour, Presented by Journeys Celebrates Its History and Heart In Brand New Retrospective Video

2018 Vans Warped Tour®, Presented by Journeys®
Celebrates Its History and Heart
In Brand New Retrospective Video
Watch it now, here: http://smarturl.it/VWTRetrospec

Early Bird Tickets & Super Fan Bundles On Sale Now
Line Up To Be Announced on Thursday, March 1st
General Admission Tickets on Sale Thursday, March 8th

Los Angeles, CA, February 26, 2018 – Following the announcement that 2018 would be its final cross-country run, the Vans Warped Tour extended family has released a retrospective video celebrating the history and heart of the iconic tour. Fans can watch the video, which features founder Kevin Lyman, Vans VP of events and promotion Steve Van Doren, Fletcher Dragge (Pennywise), Silverstein, and more, here: http://smarturl.it/VWTRetrospective

On the upcoming shows, Lyman has shared: “I truly am happy to get the chance to travel around the country one more time to thank you for your support, and bring you another best day ever.”

“I have spent half of my adult life traveling alongside Kevin on the tour, connecting with bands and fans around the world,” Steve Van Doren recalls. “Bringing music and action sports to youth for over two decades has been a personal honor and I’m excited to hit the road on the last cross-country tour.”

Early Bird Tickets for the 2018 Vans Warped Tour, presented by Journeys, have gone on sale today at VansWarpedTour.com. Super Fan Bundles are also available and offer fans exclusive merchandise, including a limited edition poster, collector ticket laminate, and custom Vans Warped Tour Authentics.

As a bonus for early ticket buyers, the first 500 tickets sold for each show will be at the lowest price available and will include a digital download of the Official Vans Warped Tour 50-song compilation.

The line up for the 2018 Vans Warped Tour, presented by Journeys, will be announced this Thursday, March 1st. General admission tickets will be available on Thursday, March 8th.

The Vans Warped Tour is the largest traveling music festival in the United States, and the longest-running touring music festival in North America. Originally conceived by founder Kevin Lyman in 1995 as an eclectic alternative rock festival, with a focus on punk rock, over the years the tour has grown to include a multitude of genres, including metal, hip hop, reggae, pop and more. It remains one of the best tours to attend to discover emerging acts, to learn more about wonderful non-profits and companies who are working to make a positive impact on the world that surround them, and to meet like-minded friends.

Over the past two decades, Vans Warped Tour has built a legacy as the must attend summer festival for rock and music lovers alike. Since its start in 1995 it has provided a platform for established as well as up-and-coming artists, with past performers including blink182, No Doubt, Sublime, Beck, Katy Perry, NOFX, Limp Bizkit, Black Eyed Peas, Green Day, Eminem, Yellowcard, Bad Religion, and countless others.

In addition, the tour continues to host a wide array of amazing non-profits and educational workshops for attendees and 2018 will be launching The Preventum Initiative, focusing on youth and adolescent opioid prevention. Teens With a Purpose, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), Donate Life New England, Planned Parenthood, Keep A Breast, Testicular Cancer Foundation, To Write Love on Her Arms, and Project HEAL will all be involved this summer, just to name a few. Fans can see their favorite bands as well as become educated on these causes and how they can help.

“I am very excited about the upcoming year. With it being the last tour, the non-profit presence will be as big as ever. Groups who have been out in the past will be coming out in more markets, and hopefully we will attract new non-profits,” comments Sierra Lyman. “With more non-profits coming out there will be more options for our audience to hopefully get involved before, during, and after the tour. I am hoping that this last year encourages non-profits to partner with bands and for bands to partner with non-profits on their own events and tours once this summer is over.”

Early Bird Tickets and Super Fan Bundles for this year’s tour on are sale now and can be purchased at www.vanswarpedtour.com

The 38-date tour will commence June 21st in Pomona, CA and end on August 5th in West Palm, FL.

VANS WARPED TOUR DATES:
6.21 POMONA, CA
6.22 SAN DIEGO, CA
6.23 MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA
6.24 VENTURA, CA
6.28 PHOENIX, AZ
6.29 LAS VEGAS, NV
6.30 SALT LAKE CITY, UT
7.01 DENVER, CO
7.03 ST. LOUIS, MO
7.05 BONNER SPRINGS, KS
7.06 DALLAS, TX
7.07 SAN ANTONIO, TX
7.08 HOUSTON, TX
7.10 NASHVILLE, TN
7.12 VIRGINIA BEACH, VA
7.13 CAMDEN, NJ
7.14 HOLMDEL, NJ
7.15 HARTFORD, CT
7.16 PITTSBURGH, PA
7.17 TORONTO, ON
7.18 CUYAHOGA FALLS, OH
7.19 CINCINNATI, OH
7.20 DETROIT, MI
7.21 CHICAGO, IL
7.22 MINNEAPOLIS, MN
7.23 MILWAUKEE, WI
7.24 INDIANAPOLIS, IN
7.25 DARIEN CENTER, NY
7.26 SCRANTON, PA
7.27 MANSFIELD, MA
7.28 WANTAGH, NY
7.29 COLUMBIA, MD
7.30 CHARLOTTE, NC
7.31 ATLANTA, GA
8.02 JACKSONVILLE, FL
8.03 ORLANDO, FL
8.04 TAMPA, FL
8.05 WEST PALM BEACH, FL

About Vans Warped Tour:
The Vans Warped Tour, presented by Journeys, is well known as America’s longest running touring music festival of the summer. Since 1995, the tour has been a showcase for both established and up and coming talent, across a wide range of eclectic sub-genres.

The tour has also cemented its place in history by bringing alternative rock and skate culture from the underground to the forefront of global youth culture, while at the same time helping those in need through non-profit and eco initiatives.

Alternative Press readers voted the Vans Warped Tour as the “Best Tour/Festival” and Rolling Stone called it “America’s Most Successful Festival”.

Learn more about the Vans Warped Tour:
www.vanswarpedtour.com

Concert Review: John 5 and The Creatures “It’s Alive” Tour 2018

“It’s Alive” Tour 2018
John 5 and The Creatures

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018
The Lost Horizon, Syracuse, NY

Our Score: 4 out of 5 stars

Lovers and the broken hearted gathered in Syracuse, NY for an unforgettable night of haunting guitar tones and blistering solos courtesy of guitarist John 5 and his band The Creatures. The Rob Zombie guitarist is currently out on the road in support of his latest solo release “It’s Alive”. Only a true virtuoso such as John 5 could turn a quiet love filled Valentine’s Day into the loudest Halloween themed shred-fest the month of February had ever seen.

As the final notes of the opening act rang out the inflatable Halloween decorations rose up from the depths of the intimate Lost Horizon stage. Shortly thereafter master of ceremonies John 5 appeared with a colored flashing LED grin flanked by his band misfits. The trio kicked of the show with “Here’s to the Crazy Ones” which set a face melting pace for the evening. The makeup adorned 5 danced around the stage with various incarnations of his trusted telecaster which only further mesmerized the slack jawed onlookers. Creatures, bass player Ian Ross and drummer Rodger Carter, kept pace as the band followed up with rippers like “This Is My Rifle,” “Season of the Witch,” and “Guitars Tits and Monsters.” As the night wore on the charismatic leader John 5 even dedicated “Behind the Nut Love” to the Valentine’s Day crowd and even offered free lap dances to all in attendance. Easily the most captivating moment of the night was when 5 donned his laser guitar for a medley of hard rock and heavy metal classics which included snippets of “Enter Sandman” and “Thunder kiss 65” to name just a few.

Just when the place was about to burst at the seams, John 5 and Company closed out the night with an encore performance of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It.” The crowd was overjoyed and as the guitarist took his final bow of the evening and appeared confident that he had made the traditionally lovey-dovey holiday into his very own spooktacular shredathon. The “It’s Alive” Tour runs through April so I highly recommend checking it out.

STYX, Joan Jett & Tesla Announce 2018 Summer Tour

STYX, JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS TO CO-HEADLINE
U.S. SUMMER TOUR KICKING OFF MAY 30 WITH TESLA
TICKETS ON SALE STARTING FEBRUARY 16 ON LIVENATION.COM

LOS ANGELES, CA (February 13, 2018) – Legendary rockers STYX and JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS are teaming up with TESLA for a summer U.S. tour that kicks off May 30 in Irvine, CA at the FivePoint Amphitheatre.

Tickets for various cities of the tour, produced by Live Nation, will go on sale starting Friday, February 16 at 10am local time at Livenation.com. STYX and TESLA will be offering VIP packages via their own exclusive pre-sales beginning Wednesday, February 14 at 10am local time at StyxWorld.com and Teslatheband.com. Fans can explore JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS VIP packages available at the time of ticket purchase and at VIPNation.com.

Check out this video to learn more about the STYX/JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS/TESLA tour:
https://youtu.be/qelxkiMjhdk.

Tour Dates:

* Wed 5/30 Irvine, CA FivePoint Amphitheatre
* Fri 6/1 Concord, CA Concord Pavilion
* Sat 6/2 Sacramento, CA Toyota Amphitheatre
Mon 6/4 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
** Tue 6/5 Denver, CO Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
Thu 6/7 Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Energy Arena
Sat 6/9 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Presented by Huntsman
Sun 6/10 Dallas, TX The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Tue 6/12 Nashville, TN Ascend Amphitheater
Wed 6/13 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion
Thu 6/14 Raleigh, NC Costal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
** Sat 6/16 Atlanta, GA Verizon Amphitheatre
Sun 6/17 Tampa, FL MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Wed 6/27 Boston, MA Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
Thu 6/28 Syracuse, NY Lakeview Amphitheater
Fri 6/29 Wantagh, NY Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
Sat 6/30 Hershey, PA GIANT Center
Tue 7/3 Montreal, QUE. Place Bell at Laval
Wed 7/4 Toronto, ONT. Budweiser Stage
Fri 7/6 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
Sat 7/7 Chicago, IL Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
Sun 7/8 St. Louis, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Tue 7/10 Kansas City, MO Starlight Theatre
Wed 7/11 Indianapolis, IN Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
* Fri 7/13 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
Sat 7/14 Pittsburgh, PA KeyBank Pavilion
Sun 7/15 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center

* For these shows, VIP packages will be available starting Wednesday, February 21 at 10am local time, and general on-sale will be Friday, February 23 at 10am local time.

** Not a Live Nation show. Atlanta show’s general on-sale is February 16 at 9am local time.

 

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Win Passes to the 2018 Kansas City Planet Comicon

What if you could go to a party and chat with Alice Cooper, John Cusack, Jason Mamoa, Danny Trejo and others?  You’d jump at the chance, of course!

Media Mikes is giving (4) lucky readers the chance to win weekend passes to the 2018 Kansas City Planet Comicon.  If you’ve ever attended, or read our annual write-ups, you know that Planet Comicon is THE Midwest convention and the one that all of the others strive to be.

All you have to do is let us know below what guest you would like to see at a future convention.  On February 14, (4) random commenters will be chosen to receive (2) weekend passes to attend the show.

Planet Comicon runs from February 16 -19, 2018 and will be held at Bartle Hall in downtown Kansas City, Missouri.  For more information click HERE

Good Luck!

2018 Will Be an Interesting Year for Television

“Television” refers as much to the transmission of video content through the airwaves as it does to the format in which said content is presented to consumers. And both of them are in a state of constant shift – or better said, evolution – fueled by the spread of new technologies that are no longer based on radio waves but the internet. The internet has determined individuals and companies at all levels to create and share content, and this content ranges from casino reviews and daily personal blog posts to serialized content made available to the consumers on-demand, through internet streaming, on any device with a screen and an internet connection. This has already affected the viewer base of traditional TV stations – the decline is slow but steady – and this impact is expected to increase in the coming years.

But the decrease in the number of viewers is just one of the many things changing in the world of television. The most interesting part is the one with brand new content creators entering the competition, with content that’s good enough to compete with what traditional creators have to offer. One of the biggest phenomena of the last years was a series called “Stranger Things”, created by global online video streaming giant Netflix. The company is well aware of the fact that it has to create high-quality content to be able to attract – and maintain – its viewer base in the long run, and with this series, it has given birth to the perfect example that has truly become a global phenomenon. To make things even more attractive internationally, Netflix dubs its content in several languages and offers subtitles in even more, thus making the experience as familiar and enjoyable as possible.

Fresh, original, and enjoyable content is the key to growing and maintaining one’s viewer base – and Netflix is doing just that. For 2018, it plans to invest a whopping $8 billion in original content. And not just any content. Some of its serialized projects have been very well received in the last couple of years – Netflix has received several Academy Award nominations for its documentaries, a Golden Globe for its “The Crown”, and many other awards and accolades for its original programming. And this original, quality content is available not only over the airwaves or through cable but also on smartphones, tablets, PCs, and laptops – basically any screen that can be connected, either directly or indirectly, to the internet.

Streaming is becoming the most attractive new method of delivering serialized – and feature-length – content to viewers, preferred especially by younger generations. Cord-cutters, as they are often referred to, no longer settle for the traditional means of receiving content over the airwaves or through cable. Instead, they choose to stream their content when they want and pay for it directly instead of an interrupted viewing experience through traditional channels. And Netflix is by far not the only major media company to do this – others like Disney, who plans to launch its own Netflix alternative, and Apple, are following its path.

With so many changes and new players entering the ring, 2018 will be an interesting year for television.