Long-running heavy metal supergroup DOWN, featuring vocalist Philip H. Anselmo, guitarists Pepper Keenan and Kirk Windstein, drummer Jimmy Bower, and bassist Pat Bruders, will return to the stage for a trio of live dates beginning this Thursday, May 19th at the Welcome To Rockville festival in Daytona Beach, Florida. From there the band will play shows in Atlanta and Dallas before reconvening in June for three European festival appearances: Copenhell, Graspop Metal Meeting, and Hellfest.
In September, DOWN will take the stage at Blue Ridge Rock Festival in Alton, Virginia with additional performances to be announced in the months to come. Comments Anselmo, “It’s gonna be good to be out playing shows with the DOWN boys again!” See all confirmed dates below.
5/19/2022 Welcome To Rockville – Daytona Beach, FL
5/20/2022 Buckhead Theatre – Atlanta, GA w/ Ill Nino
You know it’s DOWN as soon as you hear them. There’s no mistaking those gargantuan riffs, swamp blues leads, crashing drums, and hypnotic howls for absolutely anybody else under the sun. The band upholds a certain tradition that countless fans celebrate, expanding their own musical mythos as they leave its pillars intact and untouched.
With a collective resume encompassing Pantera, Corrosion Of Conformity, Crowbar, and EyeHateGod, the quintet puffed out its first haze of sonic smoke from the belly of gritty old New Orleans on the 1995 platinum-selling classic, NOLA. At that moment, they naturally summoned something akin to a ritual, continually partaking in it with critically revered offerings — Down II: A Bustle In Your Hedgerow in 2002, Down III: Over The Under in 2007, Down IV – Part One in 2012, and Down IV – Part Two in 2014. Their shows built a certain live lore with unforgettable runs alongside Metallica and Heaven & Hell, as well as coveted spots on iconic festivals like Download, Soundwave, Ozzfest, and so many others, forever delivering passionate, powerful, pure heavy music you can feel deep down in your soul.
Human Scum! After years of waiting, it is now time to return to the venue of your choice to worship your Lords and Masters GWAR. Tomorrow night sees the kickoff of the “Scumdogs 30th Anniversary Tour.” Support on the tour is coming from the legendary Napalm Death and EyeHateGod. The tour will cross North America starting in Norfolk, VA and runs through December 14th with a second stop in New York City.
Earlier this week, GWAR dropped their second set of NFT’s. They are almost sold out, see what’s left HERE.If any of you lazy Bohabs missed a chance at getting one, you’re in luck, as GWAR will be offering a limited edition NFT on this tour only! You can only get the NFT by purchasing a “Scumdogs 30th Anniversary Tour” Poster at the VENUE. This is limited to 500 posters/500 NFT’s.
GWAR’s latest release “Scumdogs XXX Live,” is available now via Pit Records. Order it HERE.
x – with Napalm Death / Eyehategod supporting
# – Festival
10/28/21 – Norfolk, VA – The Norva x
10/29/21 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium x
10/30/21 – Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall x
10/31/21 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza x
11/1/21 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage x
11/2/21 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom x
11/4/21 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave x
11/5/21 – Detroit, MI – Crofoot Ballroom x
11/6/21 – Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue x
11/7/21 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues x
11/8/21 – Toronto, ON – The Opera House x
11/10/21 – Asheville, NC – Orange Peel x
11/11/21 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts x
11/12/21 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade x
11/13/21 – Daytona Beach, FL – Welcome to Rockville #
11/14/21 – Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall x
11/15/21 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live x
11/16/21 – Dallas, TX – Amplified Live x
11/18/21 – Albuqueque, NM – Sunshine Theater x
11/19/21 – Tuscon, AZ – Rialto Theater x
11/20/21 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues x
11/21/21 – Los Angeles, CA – The Belasco Theater x
11/22/21 – San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom x
11/23/21 – Ventura, CA – Ventura Theater x
11/24/21 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory x
11/26/21 – Reno, NV – Virginia Street Brewhouse x
11/27/21 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory x
11/28/21 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom x
11/30/21 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SODO x
12/1/21 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom x
12/3/21 – Calgary, AB – MacEwan Hall x
12/4/21 – Edmonton, AB – Midway Bar x
12/6/21 – Billings, MT – Pub Station
12/7/21 – Denver, CO – The Oriental Theater x
12/8/21 – Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater x
12/9/21 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue x
12/10/21 – Lincoln, NE – The Bourbon Theatre x
12/11/21 – Sauget, IL – Pop’s x
12/13/21 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club x
12/14/21 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza x
ESPN’s NBA Digital Pregame Show Hoop Streams Returns with Five Episodes as the NBA Season Resumes
Hoop Streams Presented by Google Featuring Host Cassidy Hubbarth with NBA Champion Kendrick Perkins and Amin Elhassan Tips Off Friday Leading into ESPN’s First NBA Seeding Game
To celebrate the restart of the NBA season, ESPN House returns with a virtual fan experience for the tip-off of the NBA on ESPN. The experience will be anchored by a live musical performance from rapper and songwriter Tyla Yaweh with special guests Tommy Lee and John 5. The performance will be streamed on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and the ESPN app on Saturday, August 1 at 5:10 p.m. ET prior to Hoop Streams. ESPN House will also feature content from The Undefeated on ESPN.com surrounding social justice efforts.
“I have a long time friendship with Tommy Lee and we have worked on some really great music together,”JOHN 5 says. “I really love how the remix turned out and loved working with new friends Tyla and Post Malone. I love this song and I’m proud to be a part of this.”
Tyla Yaweh – the Orlando-raised, LA-based genre-bending star – launched his career with 2019’s critically acclaimed project Heart Full of Rage, which boasted equal parts trap, hip hop and rock. Along the way, the project, which included the break-out song “High Right Now,” and subsequent singles like “I Think I Luv Her” ft. YG and “Understand Me,” helped him amass over 351 million streams, He has collaborated with names like Wiz Khalifa, French Montana, Ski Mask The Slump God, Juice WRLD and PnB Rock. Tyla also joined Post Malone, Swae Lee and Jaden Smith on the 2019-2020 Runaway Tour across multiple continents and made rousing appearances at festivals such as Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Governors Ball, Firefly, Life Is Beautiful, Rolling Loud, Reading and Leeds and more.
Aptly titled RAGER BØY,his upcoming debut studio album encapsulates the world in which Tyla Yaweh resides. With “Tommy Lee” as the lead single, the stage is set for star-studded features (including Post Malone on “Tommy Lee,” Tommy Lee himself on a remix, and DaBaby on the newly-released anthem “Stuntin’ On You”), new vibes and uncharted territory, musically. Tommy Lee’s new album, ANDRO, will be released on October 16, 2020.
Hoop Streams, ESPN’s digital NBA pregame show, returns for five episodes between Friday, July 31 and Monday, August 3 – as the NBA season resumes. Cassidy Hubbarth will host Hoop Streamspresented by Google on July 31 from 6-6:30 p.m. ET at ESPN’s Bristol, Conn. studios, with analyst and NBA Champion Kendrick Perkins and fellow analyst Amin Elhassan appearing remotely. Hoop Streams presented by Google will lead into ESPN’s first NBA Seeding Game telecast as the Boston Celtics take on the Milwaukee Bucks at 6:30 p.m. ET. All editions of Hoop Streams are available on ESPN’s Twitter and YouTube platforms and via the ESPN App.
The trio of Hubbarth, Perkins and Elhassan will return for Hoop Streams pregame shows on Saturday, August 1, at 8 p.m. ET and again on Monday, August 3, at 8:30 p.m. ET. Each edition of Hoop Streams will include special guest appearances, commentary on topical NBA news items, and a preview of the upcoming games on ESPN platforms.
In addition, the Hoop Streams team of Christine Williamson, Omar Raja and Gary Striewski will lead shows on Saturday, August 1, at 5:30 p.m. ET and on Monday, August 3, at 6 p.m. ET. Raja will participate from the NBA Florida Campus and the Walt Disney World Resort, while Williamson and Striewski will be located at ESPN’s Bristol Conn. studios. These shows will feature on-site updates from Raja and viral video content. For ESPN and ABC’s NBA Restart schedule, visit ESPN Press Room.
Tour kicks of October 30th with Support from Jared James Nichols and Reverend Jack.
John 5’s New Full-Length Album, “Invasion”, Available Now!
JOHN 5 and the Creatures is set to kick off the second leg of the Invasion Tour 2019 this week in Battle Creek, MI. Jared James Nichols, who supported JOHN 5 on the first leg of the Invasion Tour earlier this year, has once again been tapped to open along with additional support from Reverend Jack.
“I’m excited to get back out on the road with The Creatures and play music from the new album,”JOHN 5 says. “The response to the first leg of the Invasion Tour earlier this year was amazing and I can’t wait to hit even more cities. Jared James Nichols was phenomenal last time around and we are happy to have him join us again.”
Released this summer, JOHN 5‘s highly-anticipated Invasionalbum received rave reviews all around. Fans were able to get a taste of the album throughout the first half of the year via a series of videos released each month. JOHN 5 kicked off the year with the debut video clip from Invasion, the campy animated “Zoinks!”, followed by three equally eccentric videos for “Midnight Mass,” “I Am John 5” and “Crank It – Living with Ghosts.” A new video for the track “I Want It All” was unveiled along with the release of the album last week. Invasion was produced and mixed by Barry Pointer (Richie Sambora, Joe Perry, Steve Vai, Jackson Browne). JOHN 5 will start 2020 with yet another tour, this time taking JOHN 5 and the Creatures on The Verdict Tour alongside Queensryche.
In addition to praise for the Invasion album, JOHN 5 has been making news for his unlikely appearance on HGTV’s “A Very Brady Renovation.” Susan Olsen, the actress known for her portrayal of the beloved pig-tailed Cindy Brady recently posted a picture of her with JOHN 5 and Cindy’s beloved Kitty Carryall doll.
“So there are photos that my friends and I have been sitting on because we don’t (and mustn’t) blow the reveals,” she wrote on her Instagram account. “But at last I can share! Cindy has a little brother now. John Brady, welcome to the family!”
Not long after his adoption by the Bradys, JOHN 5 took to the seas for Megadeth‘s MegaCruise, where the newly-christened “Bad Brady” lived up his name. Before leaving port in San Diego, police arrived at the boat on a noise complaint, threatening to lock up the ship’s captain if JOHN 5 did not stop playing.
Tickets for the Invasion Tour and special VIP Packages are available for all shows through theJOHN 5 webstore
JOHN 5 and The Creatures tour dates:Invasion Tour w/Jared James Nichols and Reverend Jack
10/30 – Music Factory @ Battle Creek, MI
10/31 – Cleveland, OH @ The Winchester
11/1 – Detroit, MI @ Token Lounge
11/2 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
11/3 – Ringle, WI @ Q&Z Expo Center
11/5 – Kansasville, WI @ 1175
11/6 – Minneapolis, MN @ Turf Club
11/7 – Des Moines, IA @ Lefty’s
11/8 – Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground
11/9 – Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
11/11 – St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
11/12 – Memphis, TN @ Growlers
11/14 – Atlanta, GA @ Smith’s Old Bar
11/15 – New Orleans, LA @ The Parish at the House of Blues
11/16 – Miramar Beach, FL @ Village Door Music Hall
11/17 – Nashville, TN @ The Basement East
11/18 – Charlotte, NC @ Amos Southend
11/20 – Greensboro, NC @ Blind Tiger
11/21 – Annapolis, MD @ Ram’s Head on Stage
11/22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge
11/23 – Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
11/24 – Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
About JOHN 5: JOHN 5 has worked with a varied range of artists, performing as guitarist for some of the biggest headlining rock bands in the world such as Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson, as well as playing session with Paul Stanley, Rod Stewart, Lynyrd Skynyrd and more. Slash has called JOHN 5, “one of the most mind-blowing guitarists around” and Rob Zombie has dubbed him “a fucking shredder”. JOHN 5 has released seven solo albums to date, as well as a remix album, and has written music for the likes of Motley Crue, Steve Perry, Ricky Martin and others.
Luckily it’s sweater weather outside, because you’ll want to don your best green during the Reneducation Tour! Phoenix, AZ’s OKILLY DOKILLY – the world’s only “Nedal” band – will kick off their tour on February 1, 2019 in San Diego, CA with openers Playboy Manbaby. The tour will visit several Western U.S. cities, coming to an end on March 2 in Austin, TX. Tickets are available now via individual venues or www.okillydokilly.com. See below for all tour dates.
Bandleader Head Ned says: “We’re really excited about the Reneducation tour. We’ve got some new songs, new Neds, and some really great tour buddies in Playboy Manbaby. Our main mission with this tour is to thoroughly educate the masses on how to be the best Ned they can be. Us Neds can’t wait for Reneducation to begin.”
Established in 2015, OKILLY DOKILLY found success before even playing their first show, reaching viral phenomenon status after releasing just a few press photos and a four-song demo. Within two weeks, the band netted nearly 30,000 Facebook fans and was featured by numerous publications including Billboard, Time, The Independent, BBC, Esquire, Rolling Stone, Vice and many more.
In 2016, the band released their debut album Howdilly Doodilly (stream/order here) – a 13-track catalog filled with Flanderisms, rushing guitars and more than enough left-handed puns. In the wake of this release, the bespectacled five-piece dropped the official music video for their single, “White Wine Spritzer”, which has garnered over four million views to date.
Now, the gentlemen of OKILLY DOKILLY – currently billed as Head Ned (vocals), Dread Ned (drums), Shred Ned (guitar), Bed Ned (bass) and Zed Ned (synth) – are looking forward to a 2019 follow up release to Howdilly Doodilly, details pending.
OKILLY DOKILLY’s “Reneducation Tour” with Playboy Manbaby Tour Dates: 2/1 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar 2/2 – Tustin, CA @ Marty’s On Newport 2/5 – West Hollywood, CA @ Viper Room 2/6 – Ventura, CA @ Discovery Ventura 2/7 – Riverside, CA @ Romano’s Concert Lounge 2/8 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill 2/10 – Sacramento, CA @ Harlow’s 2/11 – San Jose, CA @ The Ritz 2/12 – Chico, CA @ Lost on Main 2/13 – Reno, NV @ Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor 2/14 – Bend, OR @ Volcanic Theatre Pub 2/15 – Portland, OR @ Dante’s 2/16 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon 2/18 – Bellingham, WA @ Wild Buffalo House of Music 2/19 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux 2/20 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge 2/21 – Fort Collins, CO @ Hodi’s Half Note 2/22 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge 2/23 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep 2/25 – Omaha, NE @ Lookout Lounge 2/26 – Tulsa, OK @ The Vanguard 2/27 – Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th Street 2/28 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links 3/1 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger 3/2 – Austin, TX @ Empire Control Room
Now is the time to start the holiday shopping for the 2018 season! I always like to try and be done before Thanksgiving that way we van enjoy the holidays and get to relax. At Media Mikes, we try to find the newest and coolest items to help you get the best gifts during the holiday season. 2018 is shaping up to be one of our busiest years to date with product coverage. Check out below for just a few of the must-own products this year!
One of this year’s top items to keep an eye out for would be the MIQRO vaporizer. Da Vinci has already delivered amazing products and the MIQRO has an all zirconium ceramic vapor path and mouthpiece which allows you to draw the purest vapor you’ll ever taste in a vaporizer. What makes Da Vinci stand out is that these vaporizers they stand behind their legacy on perfecting the purest flavor. This vaporizer is 33% smaller than its predecessor and with a fully functional adjustable oven, this small vaporizer is sleek and simple!
While you are using your amazing MIQRO, would better way to relax than to kick back with a screening of “The Big Lebowski”. Well, get ready for this holiday season because there is an amazing 20th Anniversary Limited Edition debuting for the first time ever on 4K Ultra Combo Pack that also includes Blu-ray™ and Digital via the digital movie app Movie Anywhere on October 16, 2018, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The Big Lebowski 20th Anniversary Limited Edition is the perfect gift for any fan and the exclusive set includes a collectible bag, bowling ball pencil holder, polishing cloth and sweater packaging offering delivering the perfect gift for any fan.
Now if you want to win the holiday season, head over to Forever Collectibles (FOCO) because they just released their first series of Bluetooth enabled ugly Christmas sweaters… That’s right I said, Bluetooth Ugly Christmas Sweater.Now if a sports fan, get ready to make that purchase because the time is now! The officially-licensed knitted NFL team light-up Bluetooth sweaters for the 2018 holiday season are a must have for all sports fans there are a ton of amazing professional and collegiate sports to choose from. I know the point of the “ugly sweaters” is to be ugly but these shirts look amazing as well as add a little extra cheese factor. The Bluetooth lighting is an amazing addition to the ugly sweater tradition. You are able to display blinking lights on front so you can light up the room and keep the party going all night!
Since the season is just starting off, this piece is only the beginning for us here at Media Mikes, we will have many more gift guides for you to check out this holiday season. Don’t get caught out of time and without a gift. Hopefully this gift guide allows you to get a jump on the shopping this year and makes your loved ones very happy in return!
ACT OF DEFIANCE To Kick Off North American Summer Tour With Armored Saint
ACT OF DEFIANCE — featuring within its ranks the talents of Chris Broderick (ex-Megadeth), Shawn Drover (ex-Megadeth), Matt Bachand (Shadows Fall, Times Of Grace), and Henry Derek (Scar The Martyr) — will kick off their North American summer tour on 7/2. The journey begins in Denver, Colorado where the band will play the first of four headlining shows before joining Armored Saint on their previously announced Symbol Of Salvation tour beginning July 10th in Poughkeepsie, New York. See all confirmed dates below.
ACT OF DEFIANCE:
7/02/2018 Streets Of London Pub – Denver, CO
7/06/2018 Rockhaus – Dundee, IL
7/07/2018 Cheers – South Bend, IN
7/08/2018 Hard Rock Café – Pittsburgh, PA
w/ Armored Saint:
7/10/2018 The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY
7/11/2018 Sellersville Theater – Sellersville, PA
7/13/2018 The Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
7/14/2018 Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
7/15/2018 Petite Campus – Montreal, QC
7/16/2018 The Brass Monkey – Ottawa, ON * ACT OF DEFIANCE only
7/17/2018 Mod Club – Toronto, ON
7/18/2018 The Cambridge @ House Of Blues – Cleveland, OH
7/20/2018 Shelter – Detroit, MI
7/21/2018 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
7/22/2018 Shank Hall – Milwaukee, WI
8/16/2018 Count’s Vamp’d – Las Vegas, NV
8/17/2018 Parish @ House Of Blues – Anaheim, CA
8/18/2018 The Regent – Los Angeles, CA
ACT OF DEFIANCE released their latest studio album, Old Scars, New Wounds, via Metal Blade Records in September of 2017. The record debuted at #20 on the Billboard Top New Artist Albums Charts, as well as #58 on the Canadian Hard Music Charts upon its first week of release. Gushed Alternative Press of the record, “Fans of the band’s 2015 debut, Birth And The Burial — as well as AOD guitarist Chris Broderick and drummer Shawn Drover’s previous stints in Megadeth — will be blown away by the record’s instrumental dexterity and topical urgency…”
To celebrate the release of “Master of the Drunken Fist: Beggar So” & “Master of the Shadowless Kick: Wong Kei-Ying”, Media Mikes would like to give our fans a chance to both of these films on Blu-ray. If you want to win this great prize, please leave a comment below your favorite martial arts film. This giveaway will remain open until September 8th at Noon, Eastern Time. This is open to our readers in US only. One entry per person, per household. All other entries will be considered invalid. Media Mikes will randomly select winners. Winners will be alerted via email.
Considered to be the best fighters in southern China during the 19th century Qing dynasty, each of the “Ten Tigers of Canton” was a master of a unique martial arts style, from the “Hap Family Fist” to the “Bone Melting Palm.” Their stories have been embellished by folk legends and passed down from generation to generation, and now two of their stories will be brought to American audiences when HBO releases Master of the Drunken Fist: Beggar So and Master of the Shadowless Kick: Wong Kei-Ying on Blu-ray™ and DVD August 8th.
Filmed in Hengdian, China, these films are HBO Asia’s very first Chinese-language productions and their first approach to the martial arts genre. The films are executive produced by acclaimed Hong Kong director Corey Yuen (The Transporter) and directed by Guo Jian-Yong, who previously choreographed the action sequences for Cradle 2 the Grave, Red Cliff, and the first three films in the Transporter franchise.
Master of the Drunken Fist: Beggar So
Born to a wealthy merchant in Canton, So Chan is pampered—but smart and ambitious—and about to become the Emperor’s top Martial Arts Warrior. But when he finds himself dragged into a conspiracy between two political powers in the imperial court, he loses everything, including his family and almost his life. With the help of the beggar gang chief and his daughter—plus a healthy dose of Chinese liquor—So Chan grasps the full essence of the long lost martial art skill the Drunken Fist to become a proud and driven Beggar So, determined to get his revenge and find the love of his life.
Master of the Shadowless Kick: Wong Kei-Ying
A quiet and honest physician, Wong Kei-Ying spends his life upholding medical ethics and saving lives while avoiding conflicts and politics until he finds himself tricked into assisting Wei, the ruthless and treacherous new governor of Canton, in a bid to wrest control of the city’s opium business from a local gang. When his mentor leaves him with illustrations of the legendary martial art skill Shadowless Kick, Wong must master the skill and use it in a final attempt to take down Wei.
Introducing “The Breakout Tour” – Featuring THE MACHINIST and GLADIATORS
with Support from THE BLESSING OF THIS CURSE
Beginning July 8th in Falls Church, VA
Introducing The Breakout Tour, featuring today’s hottest up and coming heavy metal and rock bands from the U.S. Northeast! Presented by Pure Deathcore, Deathkrew Clothing, CI Records, ESP Guitars, Imperial Cymbals and Fakelife Clothing Co., the tour will feature performances from New York City’s The Machinist and Lancaster, PA’s Gladiators, with support from New Jersey’s The Blessing Of This Curse. Each of these artists have received great recognition in their local scenes – demonstrating strong instrumentalism and striking live performances – and are poised to breakout into national stardom.
The Breakout Tour will visit a total of eight Northeastern U.S. cities next month, beginning on July 8 in Falls Church, VA and will hit venues in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut before ending in Lancaster, PA on July 17 at 717 Fest.
See below for all currently confirmed tour dates and more information on each band. To purchase tickets and for more information, please visit the links below.
The Breakout Tour dates:
7/8 Falls Church, VA @ VFW Post 9274 – event info
7/11 Elmhurst, NY @ Blackthorn 51 – event info
7/12 Poughkeepsie, NY @ My Place Pizza (Class Act Fest) – event info
7/13 Trenton, NJ @ Championship Bar – event info | tickets
7/14 Revere, MA @ Sammy’s Patio
7/15 Providence, RI @ Fete
7/16 Milford, CT @ Sobah Bah – event info
7/17 Lancaster, PA @ Lancaster County Convention Center (717 Fest) – event info + tickets
About The Machinist:
The Machinist is a four-piece metal band hailing from all corners of Queens, NY and abide by one goal: to bring the groove to all. With catchy riffs, grooving breakdowns and the shred we all love, The Machinist has a little something for everyone… and then some. The band’s debut release, The Machinist EP (out July 8 and available on tour), was recorded at Westfall Studios with Anthony Lopardo and is available to pre-order via the band’s BigCartel page.
Featuring lead vocalist Amanda Gjelaj – who’s demonic growls and screeches would put any metal vocalist to shame – The Machinist EP will appeal to fans of groove metal like Lamb of God, as well as fans of emotive melodic groups such as Misery Signals. Watch The Machinist’s new music video for the track “Wake Up” here, and learn more about The Machinist here: www.facebook.com/themachinistnyc
Gladiators is a rising progressive metal band from Lancaster, PA. Lancaster is a culture hub that within the last decade has become recognized for its vibrant music scene exclusive to the region. While Lancaster-native artists like August Burns Red, Texas in July and This Or The Apocalypse have made a strong name for themselves in the metal scene, Gladiators works tirelessly to set themselves apart and establish a new frontier in the genre. The band brings a fresh perspective and direction to a scene that has developed a specific sound.
Gladiators worked meticulously for the better part of a year to establish their new release, Plexus, which came out this past March via CI Records. The band released a music video for the title track, which you can view here. You can order Plexus via iTunes, and learn more about the band here: www.facebook.com/GladiatorsBandpa
About The Blessing Of This Curse:
The Blessing of This Curse is a five-piece metalcore band based out of Bergen County, New Jersey. Their most recent release, Emergence EP, is available now on iTunes and all other digital music providers! Featuring the singles “Quicksand” & “Unconditional,” this latest effort by TBOTC showcases their ability to blend technicality, brutality, and melody in a unique, cohesive way. This EP was recorded with Steve Seid and mastered by Will Putney at Graphic Nature Audio (Northlane, The Acacia Strain, The Amity Affliction).
Since their inception in 2011, The Blessing of This Curse has made it their goal to create honest, heavy music that stands out from the rest. Although their sound has changed and progressed over the last few years, this goal has stayed constant. After gaining traction with their sophomore release Separate Yourself, they have been given the opportunity to share the stage with national acts such as Motionless In White, The Word Alive, Upon A Burning Body, Veil Of Maya, Thy Art Is Murder, I See Stars, and more.
Check out the band’s music video for the single “Unconditional” here, directed and produced by Kevin Joel. Learn more about The Blessing of This Curse here: www.facebook.com/theblessingofthiscurse
HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD UNVEILS NEW VIDEO FOR “DAY OF THE DEAD” TODAY AT WWW.WELCOMETOROCKVILLEFESTIVAL.COM AND WWW.ROCKONTHERANGE.COM BAND WILL PERFORM AT BOTH FESTIVALS THIS SPRING AND KICK OFF WORLD’S LOUDEST MONTH WITH OFFICIAL MONSTER ENERGY WELCOME TO ROCKVILLE PRE-PARTY IN JACKSONVILLE
Later this spring, fans can catch Los Angeles based hip-hop/metal veterans Hollywood Undead atMonster Energy Welcome To Rockville in Jacksonville, FL on April 25 and Rock On The Range in Columbus, OH in mid-May. In the meantime, the band is premiering their video for“Day of the Dead”at www.WelcomeToRockvilleFestival.com and www.RockOnTheRange.com.
In theSpence Nicholson-directed clip, Hollywood Undead appear as musical guests on a satirical version of a for-profit televangelism program.
Hollywood Undead’s J-Dog says, “A guy named Spence directed this video. He directed the ‘Everywhere I Go’ video too…Still one of our favorite videos. We came up with a really original idea for ‘DOTD’ and it came out amazing.”
“Day of the Dead” is the current single and title track from Hollywood Undead’s fourth studio album, due out March 31 via Interscope Records. Visit http://smarturl.it/HUDayOfTheDead to pre-order the album.
The fifth annual Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville takes place April 25 & 26 at Jacksonville, Florida’s scenic Metropolitan Park along the St. Johns River. Florida’s biggest rock festival kicks off the World’s Loudest Monthfestival series and features music on multiple stages, band autograph signings, interactive experiences, a Monster Energy viewing area with beverage sampling, and a variety of food and beverage options, including local gourmet food trucks and the debut of the new Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville Tequila World. 2014’s Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville sold out with 40,000 fans of all ages from around the U.S. and various countries in attendance during the two-day destination music festival. Tickets for Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville are available now at www.WelcomeToRockvilleFestival.com.
Hollywood Undead will get the party started Friday, April 24 with an exclusive performance at theMonster Energy Welcome To Rockville Official Pre-Party at Underbelly (113 E Bay Street) in downtown Jacksonville. The Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville Official Pre-Party is presented by Danny Wimmer Presents, Bud Light, Jack Daniel’s and Jägermeister. The party is free to all Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville ticket holders 21 and older. To gain access to the Pre-Party, ticketholders need to show their festival ticket at the Underbelly box officeto get a Pre-Party wristband in advance. Wristbands are limited and will be distributed on a first come, first served basis beginning at Noon on Friday, April 24. Doors open at 8:00 PM for the Pre-Party and music starts at 9:00 PM.
Rock On The Range, America’s premier hard rock festival, returns to Columbus, Ohio’s MAPFRE Stadium, formerly Crew Stadium, May 15, 16 and 17, 2015 for its ninth year with a stellar lineup of top rock bands. The full weekend of non-stop rock will feature performances from many of the world’s most exciting bands on three stages over three days, plus the biggest Rock n’ Roll comedians in the ROTR Comedy Tent. The festival has sold out in advance for two years in a row, with 120,000 concertgoers on hand in 2014. ROTR Weekend Tickets are on sale now at www.RockOnTheRange.com.
Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville and Rock On The Range are part of the World’s Loudest Monthfestival series. Created by AEG Live, Danny Wimmer Presents and RockHouse Presents, The World’s Loudest Month features the biggest names in rock music performing in eight distinct U.S. concert atmospheres in April and May. Last year saw new attendance highs for the World’s Loudest Month festivals, with more than 368,000 fans turning out to see over 150 bands perform, proving that the hunger for rock and metal music in America is growing.
About Danny Wimmer Presents: Since 1995, Danny Wimmer has created, developed and produced events from the club level to some of the largest North American festivals. Founded in 2007 by industry veteran Wimmer, DWP produces some of the largest festivals in the rock and alternative landscapes. Never satisfied with the status quo, Danny Wimmer Presents strives to create memorable and fulfilling concert experiences leaving both consumers and partners with lasting and meaningful impressions.
About AEG Live: AEG Live, the live-entertainment division of Los Angeles-based AEG, is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance. AEG Live is comprised of touring, festival, broadcast, merchandise and special event divisions, fifteen regional offices, and owns, operates or exclusively books thirty-five state-of-the-art venues. The current and recent concert tour roster includes artists such as Alicia Keys, American Idols, Bon Jovi, Carrie Underwood, Daughtry, Enrique Iglesias, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Bieber, Kenny Chesney, Leonard Cohen, Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift, The WHO, Trey Songz and Juanes. The company is also currently producing residency shows at The Coloseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas including Celine Dion, Rod Stewart and Shania Twain and is the exclusive promoter at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. AEG Live is also the largest producer of music festivals in North America from the critically acclaimed Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival to Stagecoach Country Music Festival and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. www.aeglive.com
About RockHouse Presents: RockHouse Presents is a boutique concert company specializing in talent buying for the best hard rock and alternative rock music events across North America. RockHouse, while serving as a co-executive producer for destination festivals Rock On The Range, Carolina Rebellion and the first annual Northern Invasion, also books, markets and curates such branded events as EdgeFest/Dallas, Xfest/San Diego, MMRBQ/Philadelphia, BFD/San Francisco and several other nationally known radio hosted shows across the country.
311, Cypress Hill and G Love & Special Sauce will join forces for Unity Tour 2013, which kicks off this Tuesday, July 2, at the Starlight Amphitheatre in Kansas City. This marks the 11th consecutive summer that 311 has headlined amphitheatres with their summer Unity Tour.
This year’s installment of the annual summertime trek hits amphitheaters nationwide through August 4th. Tickets for select shows are now on sale starting April 12. On-sale dates listed at www.311.com/shows.
After years of incessant touring, 311 have developed a reputation as one of the most entertaining live bands in the U.S. Their celebratory live shows and hybrid sound have earned them a massive grassroots following and a catalog of modern rock hits, including “Down”, “All Mixed Up”, “Amber”, “Come Original” “Beautiful Disaster” and “Sunset in July”.
Asked about this summer’s tour, 311 vocalist Nick Hexum commented, “We’re super excited for Unity Tour 2013! We had a blast touring with Cypress Hill in ’96 and with G Love in ’03…and we’re really glad we can all hit the road together this summer. Will make for a killer show. Lots of sick hip-hop beats and summertime grooves. Gonna be fun!”
Cypress Hill have sold over 18 million albums worldwide. With hits such as “Insane in the Brain”, “(Rock) Superstar” and “Hits from the Bong,” the band has been nominated for three Grammy awards and is heralded as one of the best known and most respected groups in all of Hip-Hop.
G Love & Special Sauce bring their alternative-blues-hip-hop sound back to the Unity Tour – after joining 311 for the summer 2003 tour. G Love’s unique sound has led the group to major festival appearances (Bonnaroo, Lolapalooza, etc) – and to collaborations with artists such as Jack Johnson and the Avett Brothers.
UNITY TOUR 2013
311 with CYPRESS HILL and G LOVE & SPECIAL SAUCE
7/2 Tues Kansas City, MO Starlight Theatre
7/3 Wed Chicago, IL Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island
7/5 Fri Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
7/7 Sun Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/9 Tues Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
7/10 Wed Philadelphia, PA Penns Landing
7/12 Fri Mansfield, MA Comcast Center
7/13 Sat Wantagh, NY Jones Beach Amphitheatre
7/14 Sun VA Beach, VA Farm Bureau Live Amphitheatre
7/17 Wed Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
7/19 Fri Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live Amphitheatre
7/20 Sat Atlanta, GA Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
7/21 Sun West Palm, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre **
7/23 Tues Tampa, FL Ask Gary Amphitheatre **
7/24 Wed Pensacola, FL Civic Center
7/26 Fri Austin, TX ACL Live at Moody Theatre
7/27 Sat Woodlands, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion **
7/29 Mon Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
7/30 Tue Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
8/1 Thurs San Francisco, CA American’s Cup Pavilion
8/2 Fri Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
8/3 Sat Chula Vista, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre **
8/4 Sun Las Vegas, NV The Joint @ Hard Rock Hotel
** Sublime with Rome and Pennywise added to lineup.
JOHNNY CASH’S 80TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION SET TO KICK OFF FEBRUARY 26 WITH GROUND-BREAKING ON THE RESTORATION OF HIS DYESS, ARKANSAS BOYHOOD HOME
Archive Recordings from Sun and Columbia Years, Johnny Cash Museum and Much More Planned for 2012 to Pay Tribute to The Man in Black
LOS ANGELES, CA – (Tuesday, February 7, 2012) — America’s much-treasured icon Johnny Cash, who would have turned 80 years old on February 26, will be the focus of a series of tributes and celebrations in 2012, starting with the official ground-breaking of the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Project in Dyess, AR. ‘A number of family members including Cash’s children Rosanne, John Carter, Cindy and Kathy Cash Tittle, plus at least seven of his grandchildren, will be on hand for the launch event scheduled to take place February 26, 2:00PM at the Dyess Community Center, followed by a birthday tribute.
Said Rosanne Cash, “February 26th, 2012 marks the 80th anniversary of my father’s birth. On that day, the extended Cash family will gather at his boyhood home in Dyess, Arkansas, to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home project: an undertaking long in the planning, and a great honor and thrill for our family. This entire year we celebrate not just his roots and history, but the breadth and depth of his artistic legacy, his spirit and authenticity, and the love and rhythm he brought to all our lives which continues to inspire millions of people around the globe.”
The Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Project will be a permanent tribute to Cash’s early life and that of his family’s, as well as reflect an historical slice of American life during the 1930’s Great Depression. Arkansas State University is spearheading the restoration of not only the house that Cash grew up in and its various outbuildings, but has taken under its wing several other Dyess historic buildings in an effort to preserve the town’s rich heritage. ASU’s end-goals include the establishment of a Johnny Cash museum, a space for educational workshops, classes, and demonstrations, the creation of tourism-related jobs in the town, and providing scholarships to ASU for deserving students from the Dyess area.
ASU’s Dr. Ruth Hawkins, who initiated Arkansas’s Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and other Arkansas heritage sites, is overseeing the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Project. “We are working very hard to achieve authenticity in this restoration,” said Dr. Hawkins. “Based on photos and the recollections of family members, the house will be furnished as it was during the 1930s and 1940s when the Cash family lived there. We’ve gone so far as to take core paint samples from the house and send them for lab analysis to ensure that we have the correct colors.
Fundraising for the project began last August with the first annual Johnny Cash Music Festival held on the ASU Jonesboro campus. The concert featured performances by John Carter Cash, Rosanne Cash, George Jones, Kris Kristofferson, and many others, all of whom donated their time. The Cash family is committed to hosting the Festival yearly, and has earmarked all proceeds for the Dyess restoration project.
Johnny Cash, known as “J.R.,” grew up in Dyess Colony, an agricultural resettlement community in Arkansas that was part of the “New Deal,” the government’s economic program that provided relief to desperately poor families. In 1935, the Cash’s were one of 500 original families who received a brand new Colony house, 20 to 40 acres of land, a mule and seed for farming (less than 40 houses remain). Life in the Dyess Colony served as a tremendous influence on the young J.R., with the back-breaking work he did in the cotton fields, and the music he sang in church and heard on the radio providing the inspiration for many of the songs he would later write, such as “Five Feet High and Rising” and “Pickin’ Time.”
Also set for this year-long birthday celebration is the opening of the new Johnny Cash Museum in downtown Nashville. On display will be many items from the legendary House of Cash that closed in 1999, as well as additional memorabilia endowed by the Cash family. Details will be announced shortly. Also in celebration of Cash’s 80th birthday, Columbia/Legacy will release a series of archive titles beginning with Bootleg IV: The Soul of Truth slated for April 3. More information will be announced shortly. In addition, three documentaries on Johnny Cash’s life are in various stages of development.
Separate from spearheading their father’s 80th birthday celebrations, John Carter and Rosanne Cash are each busy with their own projects. Rosanne, whose book “Composed: A Memoir,” was released in hardcove.
LOS ANGELES, CA, NOVEMBER 28, 2011— Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) and Lucasfilm will continue their collaboration this holiday season when they release never-before-seen outtakes from the highly popular star-studded video clip that urges fans to Use the Force for Good. The campaign continues to raise funds for groundbreaking cancer research that will get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives. Just in time for holiday shopping and due to popular demand, SU2C and Lucasfilm have added a fourth design incorporating the iconic image of Darth Vader to their line of co-branded tees, which feature Star Wars™ artwork alongside SU2C’s signature upward arrows and slogans such as “Blast Cancer” and “Use the Force for Good.” This new exclusive Darth Vader t-shirt bears the slogan “Do Not Underestimate the Power of SU2C,” and will be available for purchase in late November. The full line of tees is available for purchase at store.standup2cancer.org/shop with proceeds benefiting SU2C.
In addition, a new behind-the-scenes look at the Star Wars video tribute featuring celebrity Star Wars enthusiasts and SU2C Ambassadors— Aziz Ansari, Zach Galifianakis, Bill Hader, Ed Helms, Ken Jeong, Jaime King, Seth Rogen, Andy Samberg and Emma Stone—who were joined by Star Wars alum Samuel L. Jackson,can currently be viewed on the Star Wars YouTube channel, youtube.com/starwars, alongside the original video tribute. This new behind-the-scenes video not only captures funny outtakes from the all-star cast, it highlights candid moments where the cast members express why they participated in the original Star Wars video tribute. With approximately 800,000 hits on YouTube so far, the original Star Wars video tribute encourages fans to Use the Force for Good and join Lucasfilm in donating to Stand Up To Cancer.
“To build a grassroots movement of people determined to end this disease, cancer and references to it have to become part of the pop culture zeitgeist,” said Sue Schwartz, SU2C co-founder and partner at Robertson Schwartz Agency. “Lucasfilm’s willingness to highlight the fight against cancer with an icon like Star Wars is a huge boon to our efforts. Everyone at Stand Up To Cancer is eternally grateful to Lucasfilm and our celebrity ambassadors for ‘Using the Force for Good.’ We look forward to continuing this campaign through the end of the year to raise funds for life-saving cancer research.”
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