Multi-platinum selling rock band Simple Plan is set to captivate audiences across the United States this fall on their upcoming co-headline tour with State Champs. Kicking off on October 29th, the tour also features We The Kings and Northbound. Tickets are on sale now and available at simpleplan.com.
Since 2011, $1 of every ticket sold for a Simple Plan headline concert is donated to the Simple Plan Foundation, which has donated over $2 million to various charitable causes in Canada to help young people in need. The band continues their philanthropic initiatives on this upcoming tour, with the joint decision between Simple Plan and State Champs that all money raised will be donated to help children affected by the ICE immigration raids in the USA.
“We’re extremely excited to go on tour with our friends State Champs!” says Simple Plan. “We got to hang out with them and watch their show every day on the Warped Tour last summer and we knew right away we wanted to tour together. And with We The Kings joining the tour as well, we know this is gonna be a very special run for us and for all the fans! Can’t wait to see you at the shows!”
Simple Plan and State Champs cultivated their friendship while touring together on the final cross-country Vans Warped Tour in 2018. In addition to headlining the final tour, Simple Plan also performaed at the two monumental Vans Warped Tour 25th Anniversary events in Atlantic City and San Francisco last summer. Over the course of the last two summers, the band has been featured on Billboard, Vice, Loudwire, Setlist.fm, Rock Sound, Stereogum, and more.
Simple Plan is Pierre Bouvier, Chuck Comeau, David Desrosiers, Sebastien Lefebvre, and Jeff Stinco.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
10/29 – Richmond, VA @ The National
10/30 – Silver Spring, MD @ Fillmore Silver Spring
10/31 – Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
11/2 – Niagara Falls, NY @ Rapids Theatre
11/4 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
11/5 – Worchester, MA @ The Palladium
11/7 – Grand Rapids, MI @ 20 Monroe Live
11/8 – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Works Music
11/9 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
11/10 – Indianapolis, IN @ Old National Centre
11/12 – Kansas City, MO @ Truman
11/13 – Sauget, IL @ Pop’s
11/15 – San Antonio, TX @ Aztec Theatre
11/16 – Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center
11/17 – Dallas, TX @ Houes of Blues
11/19 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
11/20 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
11/22 – Los Angeles, CA @ Palladium
11/23 – San Diego, CA @ SOMA
11/24 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival Powered By Gringo Bandito Expands To Two Days At Doheny State Beach In Southern California Saturday, April 6 & Sunday, April 7
With Performances From The Offspring, Flogging Molly, Bad Religion, Descendents, Good Charlotte, Black Flag & More
Plus Unlimited Tastings From Over 150 Craft Beers, Gourmet Tacos, Lucha Libre Style Wrestling & More
Tickets On Sale Friday, February 1 At 10:00 AM PT
Now in its sixth year, Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival powered by Gringo Bandito has announced its biggest event yet. After selling out its flagship date in Dana Point, CA for two years in a row, this year’s Southern California festival expands to two days on Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7 at picturesque Doheny State Beach, with additional tour dates for early 2019 to be announced soon.
Produced by premier music festival production company Synergy Global Entertainment, Inc. (SGE) and California’s most successful and respected craft beer festival producer Brew Ha Ha Productions, Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival will feature performances from The Offspring, Flogging Molly, Bad Religion, Descendents, Good Charlotte, Black Flag, and more, with craft beer tastings (until 4:00 P.M.) from some of the best breweries in the country. Delectable tacos from the region’s top chefs and restaurants will be available for purchase, and attendees can enjoy Lucha Libre style wrestling, lawn games, contests, and more.
Dexter Holland of The Offspring says, “Sabroso is now a WEEKEND of our favorite things: tacos, craft beer and great bands!”
CEO of Synergy Global Entertainment and Sabroso co-producer John Reese, says, “We couldn’t ask for a more perfect lineup and a more perfect location inside of California State Parks…The Offspring, Flogging Molly, Bad Religion, Descendents, Black Flag, and all of the other great acts we have over the weekend… it really doesn’t get better than this. Between the music, unlimited craft beer tastings, tacos, wrestling and more, Sabroso is a can’t miss weekend!”
“There is so much to be excited about this year at Sabroso!” adds Sabroso co-producer Cameron Collins of Brew Ha Ha Productions, which celebrates its 10th year in 2019. “There will be more tacos than ever before, with an even greater variety offered…we’re talking carne asada, grilled fish, fried fish, shrimp, lobster, chicken, al pastor, and more! In addition to the crazy amount of insane tacos, we have some of the most sought after breweries and beers on the planet participating! It’s literally a brewery lineup that craft beer fanatics dream about: Russian River Brewing (Santa Rosa, CA), Burgeon Beer Company (Carlsbad, CA), MadeWest Brewing Co. (Ventura, CA), The Shop Beer Co. (Phoenix, AZ), Modern Times (San Diego, CA), Artifex Brewing (San Clemente, CA), Chapman Crafted (Orange, CA). This year’s brewery lineup is possibly the strongest we have ever had – it’s going to be absolutely incredible!”
The music lineup for Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival is as follows (subject to change):
Saturday, April 6: Flogging Molly, Bad Religion, Good Charlotte, Lagwagon, Strung Out, The Suicide Machines, and D.I.
Sunday, April 7: The Offspring, Descendents, Black Flag, Face To Face, Plague Vendor, Red City Radio, and Orange Blossom Special
Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival kicks off at 1:00 PM each day (with doors for Early Entry and VIP guests opening at Noon, to allow for an added hour of tastings). During tastings (available until 4:00 PM), craft beer lovers 21+ can choose from over 150 craft beers from the finest breweries in the nation. Tastings will feature tons of local favorites, with an initial list of breweries including: Artifex Brewing Company, Burgeon Beer Co., MadeWest Brewing Co., Chapman Crafted Beer, Fall Brewing Company, Modern Times Beer, Docent Brewery, Noble Ale Works, Russian River Brewing Company, and many more to be announced.
Attendees are also invited to sample all flavors of Gringo Bandito—Dexter Holland of The Offspring’s top rated hot sauce—during the event.
This year will mark the 9th Annual Gringo Bandito Chronic Tacos Challenge, where professional eaters from around the world compete for cash prizes and the highly-coveted title of Chronic Tacos Eating Champion. World-champion competitive eater Takeru Kobayashi, from Nagano, Japan returns to defend his 2018 Gringo Bandito Chronic Tacos Eating Champion title, where he devoured an astonishing 154 tacos in 10 minutes.
Additionally, taco creations from food vendors will compete for the coveted Sabroso “Best Of Show,” awarded by a panel of food judges.
Lucha Libre style wrestling stars from across the globe will take to the ring battling for the title of Sabroso Champion, as multiple qualifying wrestling matches take place throughout the weekend, with one final championship match. Renowned Mexico City luchador Cesar Gonzalez (Silver King)—who is more widely known for his role as Ramses, the villain wrestling champion in the film Nacho Libre (starring Jack Black)—will return to Sabroso this year to defend his 2018 title of “King Of The Ring.”
Tickets for Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival go on sale Friday, February 1 at 10:00 AM PT at www.SabrosoTacoFest.com,with Single Day tickets starting at $59.50 (plus fees), Single Day Early Entry tickets starting at $69.50 (plus fees), and Weekend tickets starting at $89.50 (plus fees), while supplies last. For this family-friendly event, kids 7 and under get in free with an adult ticket holder.
Single Day and Weekend VIP Lounge tickets will also be available for purchase and include: One VIP admission ticket (Single Day or Weekend) to Sabroso Festival; a dedicated VIP entry lane into the venue; one hour early entry for up to 4 hours of craft beer tastings (Noon – 4:00 PM, 21+ only); and access to the Sabroso VIP Lounge, which includes: exclusive craft beer tastings (Noon – 4:00 PM, 21+ only), a view of the Main Stage, comfortable areas to sit and relax, a VIP bar, private restrooms, convenient food options available for purchase, and a dedicated merchandise stand for convenient shopping.
At last year’s sold out Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival powered by Gringo Bandito at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, CA, 8,500 attendees gathered under the California sunshine for an afternoon of complimentary craft beer tasting with over 40 of the best breweries from Southern California and beyond, gourmet street tacos and more, and Lucha Libre style wrestlers competed throughout the day as the waves of the Pacific crashed behind their beachside ring.
A portion of the proceeds from Sabroso will be donated to the Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association (DSBIA), the non-profit cooperating association of Doheny State Beach, dedicated to the protection of the park’s beaches, facilities, marine refuge and its historical, cultural and social stories. Sabroso will also partner with Big Brother Big Sister, who are known for providing strong and enduring, one-to-one, professionally supported mentoring relationships for youth facing adversity.
Doheny State Beach is easily accessible by car from Los Angeles County, San Diego County, the Inland Empire, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Tucson, the San Joaquin Valley, and via flights to Orange County’s John Wayne Airport.
The festival producers encourage attendees to drink responsibly.
Sponsors for Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival include: Rockstar Energy Drink, Milagro Tequila, Wienerschnitzel, Takis, Chronic Tacos, Del Real Foods, Jarritos, Gringo Bandito, and many more.
ANTHRAX TO CELEBRATE THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF STATE OF EUPHORIA Deluxe Anniversary Edition to be Released by Island Records/UMe on October 5
Island Records/UMe will release the 30th anniversary, 2-CD deluxe edition of Anthrax’s fourth studio album, State of Euphoria. The package will consist of two discs: Disc One is the fully-remastered album, all of the B-sides originally released in conjunction with the album, and “Antisocial” recorded live in London at the Hammersmith Odeon in March, 1989; Disc Two, “Charlie’s Archives,” is a real treasure trove for Anthrax fans as it puts you right in the room with the band as the album’s songs evolved. The package also includes a 20-page booklet that will take you right back to the time of the album’s release.
State of Euphoria will also be issued as a 2-LP set on standard black vinyl and limited edition red and yellow colored vinyl. Both versions are available for pre-order here.
The anniversary package was helmed by the band’s drummer and long-time archivist Charlie Benante, who dove into his Anthrax vault to come up with the tapes that show the evolution of the album’s songs. Disc Two takes you through the writing, development and recording process of the album’s songs. The listener is taken into the band’s writing and rehearsal sessions hearing the band members construct the song, deciding what stays and what doesn’t, and then into the studio for the recording of basic tracks. “We recorded everything back then,” said Benante. “We would sit in the rehearsal room with a little two-track machine. record everything we did in rehearsal while we were putting the songs together.” Also pulled from his vault were tapes of the actual recording sessions, all the takes, that also appear on Disc Two.
In addition to the original album’s artwork that includes the Mort Drucker-drawn (Mad Magazine) back cover, the anniversary package includes never before seen personal snapshots of the band members, tour admats/posters, plus two Anthrax magazine covers, all culled from that 1988-1989 period. For the booklet, the band enlisted British journalist Alexander Milas, former editor-in-chief of Metal Hammer, to write the sleeve notes, Shawn Franklin handled editing tracks and Paul Logus mastered the set. Benante also took to social media, inviting fans to tell him what State of Euphoria had meant to them. He was overwhelmed with responses, and many of them are included in the booklet. “I think fans will be really excited when they see their own quotes in the package,” Benante added.
State of Euphoria was produced by Anthrax and Mark Dodson, includes fan-favorites “Antisocial” and “Be All, End All,” and was certified Gold a few months after release.
‘State of Euphoria’ is the album that we always felt we never got to finish properly” said Benante. “We wished we had had a little more time to spend on it. But, having revisited it while putting together this package, I really got to enjoy it again, it took me back to that time when everything was a whirlwind.”
DISC ONE – STATE OF EUPHORIA REMASTER WITH BONUS TRACKS
Be All, End All
Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind
Make Me Laugh
Who Cares Wins
Now It’s Dark
Misery Loves Company
Antisocial (French) *
Friggin In The Riggin *
Le Sects *
Antisocial (Live At Hammersmith Odeon) *BONUS TRACKS
DISC TWO – STATEMENTS OF EUPHORIA (Charlie’s Archives)
Be All, End All
Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind
Make Me Laugh
Who Cares Wins
Now It’s Dark
Misery Loves Company
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and details, and please provide your name, company name, website and phone number in the email.
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.
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.
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!
The Florida State Fair is just around the corner – it comes to Tampa February 8-19th, 2018. The 2018 Florida State Fair will have something for everyone this year. With strolling acts, our Extreme Sports Series, Meet & Greets with Paw Patrol and Rusty Rivets, Little Farm Hands, Teen Stars Live, Draft Horse Pull, Dance Moms and even a Robotics Championship!
Media Mikes would like to give our fans a chance to win a family four pack of tickets to this this family fun event! Please leave us a comment below or send us an email with your why the fair is special to you.. This giveaway will remain open until February 7th. This is open to our readers in Florida only unless you want to travel. 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.
In 2018, the Florida State Fair is unveiling thirteen new attractions including meet and greets with Paw Patrol and Rusty Rivets; Teen Stars Live; Florida State Fair Dance Championships featuring stars of Dance Moms; Little Farm Hands presented by Mosaic; BMX/FMX FreestyleMadness, The Ninja Experience, Mini Monster Trucks and so much more.
CHILDREN & TEENS:
CHARACTER MEET & GREET | PAW PATROL, RUSTY RIVETS, UMIZOOMI
Meet Nickelodeon superstars from Paw Patrol, Rusty Rivets and Team Umizoomi live and in-person at the fair! See Chase and Marshall from Paw Patrol; Rusty and Ruby from Rusty Rivets and Milli, Bot, Geo and Umicar from Team Umizoomi. There is plenty of opportunities to meet the characters and have your picture taken. Don’t miss this opportunity to make a lifetime memory for your kids!
TEEN STARS LIVE
Imagine hanging with four of your favorite stars from popular Disney and Nickelodeon Shows. This exciting, action-packed presentation features, exclusive back stage looks at the stars, question and answer opportunity, amazing interactive games and plenty of opportunities to join the stars on stage! Where else can you hang with your favorite stars live on stage? Only at Teen Stars Live, only at the Florida State Fair! We will be announcing our stars soon so keep checking our website and social media pages for details.
The Florida State Fair is hosting its first-ever Dance championship and we want you to join us. The competition is open to everyone competitive dancers and those who just want to be a dancer. Submit your video entries in December to be a part of the show and we will select 40 semi-finalist compete live at the fair on Friday, February 16th. On Saturday, February 17th, our finals will be judged by some of your favorite Dance Moms celebrities (Stay tuned to see who is coming). The celebrities will judge the competition, give feedback to the contestants, perform live on stage and even answer your questions about the show. Come to compete or just to watch, this show has something for everyone!
LITTLE FARM HANDS PRESENTED BY MOSAIC, INC.
“Little Farm Hands” is an agricultural education exhibit for kids. Children (ages 3-10) become farm hands at this free, hands-on exhibit as they are provided the opportunity to experience the agricultural process, beginning at the farm and ending at the market. Children will learn to milk a cow, gather eggs and pick produce.
ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN & TEENS:
• Professor Smart
• K9s in Flight
• Sea Lion Splash
• Welde’s Big Bear Show
• Camel Rides
• Extreme Illusions & Escapes
EXTREME SPORTS SERIES
This year, the Florida State Fair launched the Extreme Sports Series. The Extreme Sports Series showcases the death-defying acts from across the country to entertain fair-goers each day.
BMX/FMX FREESTYLE MADNESS
Starting off with small, basic tricks and ending with some of the biggest stunts in action sports, this show is action packed from start to finish! The show is choreographed with high-flying death-defying stunts for crowd enjoyment of all ages. Some of the stunts you see will include 360s, tail whips, multiple BACKFLIP VARIATIONS and even FRONT FLIPS. The whole family will love the experience this show has to offer.
THE NINJA EXPERIENCE
Featured on America’s Got Talent, this team of martial arts experts has been wowing audiences around the world with high-flying, jaw-dropping performances that showcase an extraordinary display of extreme breaking, kicking and flipping that the whole family will enjoy.
MINI MONSTER TRUCKS
Mini Monster Trucks are small scale monster truck teams consisting of kid drivers ages 6-17. They travel the country putting on actual monster truck shows that include activities you see at all the big shows! See ramping cars, freestyling, racing, and even get an autograph from your favorite driver. You don’t want to miss these amazing young athletes perform for you live.
UNITED STATES LAWN MOWER ASSOCIATION RACE
Lawnmowers aren’t just for weekend chores anymore! Watch competitors of all ages racearound the track in their modified, riding lawnmowers.
Looking for thrills at the Florida State Fair? The demolition derby is for you! For the first time in decades, the demolition derby returns to the fair. Watch as the cars crash and smash until there is only one left standing. Also see the cars compete in a unique car soccer match. Help us welcome back the demolition derby to the 2018 Florida State Fair!
MORE NOT-TO-BE-MISSED ACTIVITIES
FLORIDA STATE FAIR STATE VEX ROBOTICS CHAMPIONSHIP
This tournament is to help kids improve their engineering abilities. It’s all STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math oriented)
TRASHY FLASHY FASHION SHOW
Come see just how fashionable trash can be at the Trashy Flashy Fashion Show! Benefitting Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful, this trendy fashion event features designs which are all created from at least 75% recycled materials. You will be amazed by the creations our designer come up with saying” I can’t believe that is made out of trash!”
Join legendary, award-winning classic country icon Leroy Van Dyke and country legends T.G. Sheppard, Moe Bandy and Rhonda Vincent as they take you on a retrospective, nostalgic journey featuring America’s golden country music.
THE RIVER CITY BOYS present a TRIBUTE TO THE STATLER BROTHERS
ELVIS EXTRAVANGANZA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
It is one of the most sought-after productions in the entertainment industry and during the last 20 years it has enjoyed success at premiere performance venues all over North America. The Florida State Fair serves as the National Championship competition.
CENTRAL FLORIDA RAT PACK
The Central Florida Rat Pack, pays tribute to some of the greatest performers of our time. Frank Sinatra played by Armando Diaz, Sammy Davis, Jr played by Steve Roman and Dean Martin played by Felix J. Deneau, Jr. This is a tribute show you don’t want to miss!
GWAR Delivers “State of The Union” and Drops New Song “El Presidente”
The countdown is on as GWAR gets ready to release their bone-crushing, corpse-grinding new opus “The Blood of Gods” out October 20th via Metal Blade Records. As the world continues hurtling through space towards a great conflagration of death and destruction, your alien overlords have dropped “El Presidente,” the second single from the album. Hopefully this will speed things along! Head over to metalblade.com/gwar to listen to the track and pre-order your copy of “The Blood Of Gods.” Digital pre-orders come with instant downloads of both “Fuck This Place” and “El Presidente.”
Additionally Beefcake the Mighty, has issued a brief “State Of The GWAR Union” address. Watch it HERE.
Concerning the album; “The Blood of Gods” chronicles the rise of humanity against their makers, and the massive battle between GWAR and the forces of all that oppose them. Along the way, the band challenges the sins of humanity from politics, pollution, and organized religion, to fast food, and factory farming. Humans are shown as what they are; a parasitic disease that must be eradicated before they suck the planet dry!
GWAR LIVES MOTHERFUCKERS!
9/15: Knoxville, TN @ The International
9/16: Middletown, OH @ Land of Illusion
9/17: Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest
GWAR W/Ghoul, Doyle and U.S. Bastards:
10/20: Richmond, VA @ The National
10/21: Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
10/22: Toronto, ON @ Opera House* (No Doyle)
10/23: Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls
10/25: Greensboro, NC @ Arizona Petes
10/26: Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
10/27: New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place
10/28: Worcester, MA @ Palladium
10/29: Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
10/31: New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
11/1: Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
11/2: Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom* (Stonecutters Open)
11/3: St. Louis, MO @ Pop’s
11/4: Sioux City, IA @ Hard Rock
11/5: Lawrence, KS @ Granada
GWAR W/Ghoul, He Is Legend and U.S. Bastards
11/7: Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
11/8: Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramid
11/9: Saskatoon, SK @ Saskatoon Events Center
11/10: Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall
11/11: Calgary, AB @ The Palaces
11/13: Vancouver, BC @ Commodore
11/14: Portland, OR @ Roseland
11/15: Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
11/17: Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
11/18: Las Vegas, NV @ Fremont Country Club
11/19: Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
11/21: San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
11/22: Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda Theater
11/23: Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theater
11/24: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
11/25: Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
11/26: Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre
11/28: Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
11/29: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live
11/30: Houston, TX @ House of Blues
12/1: San Antonio, TX @ Aztec Theater
12/2: Baton Rouge, LA @ Varsity Theater
12/3: Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
12/5: Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
12/6: Tampa, FL @ The Ritz
12/8: Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
12/9: Peoria, IL @ Limelight
12/10: Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
Starring: Emma Roberts, Liam Hemsworth, Dwayne Johnson, Nikki Reed, James Ransone, Michael Angarano
Director: Dito Montiel
Rated: R (Restricted)
Studio: Lions Gate
DVD Release Date: September 3, 2013
Run Time: 94 minutes
Film: 3 out of 5 stars
Extras: 3 out of 5 stars
With Dwayne Johnson popping up in practically about every film this year and Liam Hemsworth role with “The Hunger Games” behind him, I am surprised that this film didn’t make it into theaters. But I guess look what just happened to Hemsworth’s “Paranoia” in theaters and he has Indiana Jones co-starring with him. “Empire State” is definitely not what I expected but is pretty cool crime-thriller and it is also based around a true story. Like you would expect from Johnson, the action is here and he kicks some ass (like usual). Not my favorite film of the year but still worth a rent and would recommend this for fans of Dwayne Johnson.
Official Premise: After failing to get into the police academy, Chris Potamitis (Liam Hemsworth), settles for a security guard job with the “Empire State” Armored Truck Company. Chris makes the mistake of mentioning the company’s lax security to his best friend, Eddie (Michael Angarano), and is soon unwittingly drawn into an elaborate scheme to rob the abundant amounts of cash being stored there – resulting in the largest cash heist in U.S. History. As the stakes continue to rise, Chris and Eddie must outwit James Ransone (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson), the veteran NYPD Detective that is hot on their trail, as well as the local crime bosses that want to know who pulled a job on their turf, or suffer the consequences.
Lions Gate is releasing this film as a Blu-ray + UltraViolet combo pack. The 1080p transfer works with the film’s action. The film has a pretty rocking DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track as well, which keeps the tension high throughout the film. The special features are decent and definitely worth checking out. There is commentary track from the director Dito Montiel. There is are behind-the-scenes interviews with cast/crew. The best extra is “Anatomy of a Heist: Interview with Chris Potamitis – The Mastermind Behind the Robbery”, which is featurette about the actual guy who the film is based on. Lastly, there a few deleted scenes included.
Directed by: Kevin Smith
Starring: Michael Parks, John Goodman, Michael Angarano, Kyle Gallner, Melissa Leo, Stephen Root
Distributed by: Lionsgate
MPAA Rating: R
Running time: 88 minutes
Out score: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Man, I really wanted this movie to be freaking amazing. Ever since I heard about Kevin Smith doing a “horror movie” I was really psyched. Well firstly let me clear the air saying that this is not a horror film. It features the horror from the actions of a religious cult, but it ends there. It has a lot of tension and action it in so I think it falls more on that genre. I honestly couldn’t write this review right after watching it because I wasn’t sure what I thought about the film overall. I have been a fan of Kevin Smith since ’94 and I have been a fan of his work up to “Jersey Girl”, that’s right I liked that film. I was not a fan of “Zack and Miri Make a Porno” and I never even saw “Cop Out”. I was hoping that this was going to be a turn for the better. But like Kevin Smith said in the behind the scenes for “Red State”, he is retiring and doesn’t care about his film career. So why should we? Does this mean that Kevin Smith sucks as a director…hell no. Don’t get me wrong, I think that this is prob his most smartly directed film since “Clerks” but I just didn’t dig it.
The story follows three boys who go out one night looking for sex and end up the prisoners of a cult religious group, the Five Points Church. This group of religious followers we find out are more like terrorists with an bunker under the church and a room full of guns. They have prisoners locked up awaiting judgement and they are mission is to punish them for their crimes of being homosexuals. There is a lot of preaching and then all hell breaks out when the cops and the government gain wind on this operation. The group let by Pastor Abin Cooper as they fight the law in pursuit of their holy mission.
I have to say one thing is that the acting in the film is really intense and notable. Michael Parks as Pastor Abin Cooper gives one heck of an profound performance and leave you with your mouth open. John Goodman as Special Agent Keenan kicks some ass with his serious and troubled character. It was not a mistake that Melissa Leo won the Oscar for “The Fighter” this year, the woman knows how to act. Even though it is directed well by Kevin Smith, it is shocking…it is controversial…it is intense, but overall I just didn’t get into it. The film jumps from religious blabbering to intense thriller to all out action film…just too much to process in one sitting. If I would have written this review immediately after watching it my score would have been a lot lower…so maybe it is not as bad as I say it is but either way disappointed. Could I watch it again?…maybe but I wouldn’t be jumping on that train anytime soon. Fans of Kevin Smith, might want to check it out since it is like nothing he has ever done but otherwise interest in this film is probably going to be scarce.