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Paradise Lost announce exclusive show in Roman theatre

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on 14th March 2014 by Nico Davidson

Yorkshire Gothic metal lords Paradise Lost have announced an exclusive show to take place on 20th Spetember this year at Plovdiv, Bulgaria in its magnificent Roman theatre. For this special one off event, the band will be joined by he renowned Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra who were founded nearly 70 years ago and are made up of over 100 highly qualified musicians. The orchestra has its roots in the hundred year old orchestral tradition in Plovdiv and over the years has launched the careers of many world-famous conductors.

The prestigious evening will be promoted by Bulgaria’s independent radio station Radio Tangra Mega Rock and orchestrated by conductor Levon Manukyan who wrote the first metal ballet and is the founder of the Levon Manukyan Collegium Musicum orchestra. During his career Levon has previously given the classical treatment to rock and metal works by Marilyn Manson, Alice Cooper, Dream Theater, AC/DC, Evanescence, Guns’n’Roses, Kiss, Led Zeppelin, Nirvana and Judas Priest, and worked with world-famous soloists including ex-Nightwish vocalist Tarja Turunen.

This event will mark a key milestone in Paradise Lost’s, already esteemed, career as they make their first ever performance accompanied by a full live orchestra.

Paradise Lost online:

http://paradiselost.co.uk
http://facebook.com/paradiselostofficial

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Motley Crue announce final tour, band sign cessation of touring agreement

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 29th January 2014 by Nico Davidson

After a period together that has spanned more than three decades, Motley Crue announced yesterday The Final Tour and cemented the band’s ultimate retirement. The announcement was solidified when the band signed a formal Cessation Of Touring Agreement, effective at the end of 2015, in front of global media in Los Angeles yesterday.

With over 80 million albums sold, Motley Crue has sold out countless tours across the globe and spawned more than 2,500 Motley Crue branded items sold in over 30 countries. Motley Crue has proven they know how to make a lasting impression and this tour will be no different; Fans can expect to hear all the band’s hits and look forward to mind-blowing, unparalleled live production. Bassist Nikki Six explains:

When it comes to putting together a new show we always push the envelope and that’s part of Motley Crue’s legacy. As far as letting on to what we’re doing, that would be like finding out what you’re getting for Christmas before you open the presents.  We think in an age of too much information, we’d like to keep some surprises close to our chest until we launch the Final Tour.

The Final Tour presented by Dodge and produced by Live Nation will kick off in North America on 2nd July in Grand Rapids, MI and reach 72 markets before hitting international territories in 2015. To Live Nation Motley Crue tours are not only box office successes but artistically their shows have set the bar for production and entertainment value. Rick Franks, Live nation’s Regional President of North America Concerts comments:

There’s no arguing that Motley Crue have been and always will be the definitive bad boys of rock and roll. But behind all those notorious stories is a legendary rock band that has revolutionized heavy metal and created some of the biggest hits in music history.  They are a hugely successful global brand and a touring powerhouse.   Everyone at Live Nation has a tremendous amount of respect for these hard working and extremely talented gentlemen.   The music industry will never have another Motley Crue.

Fans can also look forward to Very Special Guest Alice Cooper joining Motley Crue for an incredible package – Alice invented the genre and Motley Crue came along to beef it up. Alice Cooper comments:

Real hard rock bands are hard to find these days, Motley has always gone on stage with one attitude and that’s to blow the audience away.  That’s exactly how we do it.  Putting Motley Crue and Alice Cooper together is going to be just what this summer really NEEDS.  We’re going to go out there and tear it up, and I can’t wait to see Motley on stage.  Motley Crue and Alice Cooper – A match made in… Armageddon?

As documented in the Cessation Of Touring Agreement the band signed at the press conference today, the band will not tour after this Final Tour.  Band Attorney, Doug Mark of Mark Music & Media Law, explains:

Other bands have split up over rancor or the inability of people to get along, but this is mutual among all four original members and a peaceful decision to move on to other endeavors and to confirm it with a binding agreement.

Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, and Mick Mars will go their separate ways after the lengthy 2-year touring cycle.  Drummer Tommy Lee explains:

Everything must come to an end!! We always had a vision of going out with a big fucking bang and not playing county fairs and clubs with 1 or 2 original band members! Our job here is done!!!

Of the band’s tumultuous history, guitarist Mick Mars adds:

(It has been) more drama than ‘GeneralHospital’ – it keeps ‘em watchin’ and they keep comin’ back.

Vocalist Vince Neil says of the Finality of the tour:

I’ll miss playing with the guys but I won’t quit playing rock and roll!! I feel there are a lot of great opportunities and exciting projects after Motley.

The Final Tour will coincide with the film made from Motley Crue’s NY Times Best-Selling book The Dirt. Jeff Tremaine (Bad Grandpa) has signed on to direct the opus that is set to debut in cinemas globally in 2015, coinciding with The Final Tour. The Dirt is not only one of the best selling rock books of all time but also one of the greatest rock books of all time because of its brutal honesty, its unique voice, its multiple perspectives on the same events and its first-person inclusion of all members of the same band. Most rock memoirs are salacious mud-slinging accounts of a single person and Motley Crue was adamant to include the perspectives of all four of its members. Tremaine’s intention is to make, not just a great movie about a band, but a great movie about four misfits who, despite themselves and everyone else, band together to overcome the odds and change the history of Rock & Roll. Tremaine comments:

The Dirt’ is a movie I’ve wanted to make ever since I read the book in 2002, I relate to the story on so many levels; my whole professional career has been about boys behaving badly, so I have a real connection to the material. It’s awesome to be working with the band at such an exciting time in Motley Crue’s history.

The film will be produced by the members of Motley Crue, Rick Yorn, Julie Yorn, Erik Olsen and 10th Street Entertainment.

Big Machine Records, home to Country Superstars such as Taylor Swift and Tim McGraw has teamed up in a joint venture with Motley Records and Eleven Seven Music for the summer 2014 release of a Country Music Tribute To Motley Crue.  Big Machine founder and CEO, Scott Borchetta, is among the legion of Country Music fans who love Motley Crue.  The country tribute album will show off the band’s quality songwriting with these fresh takes on their classic hit songs.  Among the artists already confirmed to be featured on the country tribute album is Florida Georgia Line. Borchetta says of the collaboration:

I have been a not-so-secret Crue fan from the beginning.  When manager Chris Nilsson called with the idea for a tribute album on Big Machine Records it was an immediate ‘yes’ from me!  Our album will highlight just how great the Motley Crue song catalog is.  At the end of the day, that’s what will stand the test of time.

Motley Crue Fan Club members will get the exclusive first crack at tickets and VIP Packages, via a unique code, beginning on Wednesday 29th January starting at 10am local time.  VIP ticket packages will be made available to the general public on Thursday 30th January at 10am local time.  The general public ticket on-sale for most shows is Friday 31st January.  All tickets and packages can be obtained via TicketMaster.com, LiveNation  , or via MotleyVIP.com.

UK dates will be announced later this year.

Motley Crue online:

http://motley.com
http://facebook.com/motleycrue
http://twitter.com/motleycrue

 

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Guitar extraordinaire Orianthi announces UK headline show in London

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 4th June 2013 by Nico Davidson

Platinum-selling solo artist and iconic guitarist Orianthi has announced a one-off headline show at London’s 100 Club on 7th August 2013. Tickets are available at this location.

Orianthi’s new album, Heaven In This Hell, produced by Dave Stewart, is available now via Spinefarm Records and Robo Records.

Furthermore, Orianthi will continue as a key member of Alice Cooper’s band for what is expected to be Mr Cooper’s sole UK appearance of 2013 – a headline outing at Cropredy Festival in Oxfordshire. Cropredy is an annual event launched by UK folk legends Fairport Convention back in 1980; this year it runs from 8th – 10th August, with Alice Cooper topping the bill on the 8th.

Having been a part of Alice Cooper’s live set-up since August 2011, completing two world tours in this role, Orianthi is used to trading musical blows with this true master of horror!

Orianthi online:

https://www.facebook.com/Orianthi
http://twitter.com/Orianthi

 

Black Star Riders discuss signing to Nuclear Blast

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 16th May 2013 by Nico Davidson

Black Star Riders, the new band featuring Thin Lizzy members Ricky Warwick, Damon Johnson, Scott Gorham and Marco Mendoza together with drummer Jimmy DeGrasso (Alice Cooper/Megadeth), have announced All Hell Breaks Loose as the title of their debut album on Nuclear Blast Entertainment recently and in anticipation of the release, Nuclear Blast sat Scott Gorham and Ricky Warwick in front of a camera to ask them more about the signing. Find out why the band ended up choosing Nuclear Blast to release their new album All Hell Breaks Loose, below:

Black Star Riders online:
facebook.com/BLACKSTARRIDERSOFFICIAL
BLACKSTARRIDERS.com
twitter.com/BLACKSTARRIDERS

 

Black Star Riders, featuring Thin Lizzy members, announce UK tour dates

Posted in Featured, News with tags , , , , , , , on 24th April 2013 by Nico Davidson

Black Star Riders, the new and exciting band featuring Thin Lizzy members Ricky Warwick, Damon Johnson, Scott Gorham and Marco Mendoza together with drummer Jimmy DeGrasso (Alice Cooper, Megadeth), have announced their first UK headline tour. The tour will support the release of their debut album All Hell Breaks Loose which will be released in the UK through on Nuclear Blast on the 27th May 2013.

The band already released their debut single Bound For Glory, which was premiered on BBC Radio 2 and can be listened to below.

The band are set to take the UK and Ireland by storm on their 2013 tour, playing most of the debut album and some Thin Lizzy classics. Confirmed headline and festival appearances for Black Star Riders in 2013 include the below dates (with loads more to be announced):

Friday 22nd Nov             O2 Academy, Bournemouth
Saturday 23rd Nov          O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London
Monday 25th Nov           O2 Academy, Bristol
Tuesday 26th Nov           Junction, Cambridge
Wednesday 27th Nov      UEA, Norwich
Friday 29th Nov              Hard Rock Hell 6, Wales – FESTIVAL CO-HEADLINE
Saturday 30th Nov          Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton
Sunday 1st Dec              Solus/University, Cardiff
Monday 2nd Dec            O2 Academy, Oxford
Thursday 5th Dec           Ironworks, Inverness
Friday 6th Dec                Picturehouse, Edinburgh
Saturday 7th Dec            O2 Academy, Newcastle
Sunday 8th Dec              O2 Academy, Leeds
Tuesday 10th Dec           The Assembly Rooms, Leamington Spa
Thursday 12th Dec          Rock City, Nottingham
Friday 13th Dec              Ritz, Manchester
Saturday 14th Dec          Academy, Dublin, EIRE

Tickets for headline shows are priced from £22.50 to £25.00 London (subject to booking fees) and Dublin is priced at 25 euros. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on Thursday 2nd May, with tickets for the London show available from Live Nation or Ticket Master.

VIP Packages available for all shows – including meet and greet and special acoustic performance – available from April 29th via the VIP package link at the band’s official website. Special Guests will be announced at a later date. The album will be released as a standard CD and also as a special edition digi-pak featuring a bonus track Right To Be Wrong and a Making of DVD.

A 24-minute compilation of behind-the-scenes video reports from the band’s studio time in Los Angeles can be viewed on below:

Black Star Riders online:

www.facebook.com/BLACKSTARRIDERSOFFICIAL
www.BLACKSTARRIDERS.com
Twitter.com/BLACKSTARRIDERS

 

Rival Sons announce UK tour

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 16th January 2013 by Nico Davidson

After a successful 2012, including being voted  Planet Rock’s New Band of the Year, scooping up Breakthrough Artist at last year’s Classic Rock awards, and releasing a top 20 album, Rival Sons return to the UK this April, including dates at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire and Cardiff Solus. Tickets are on sale now priced at £12.50 (Cardiff) and £14 (London) (subject to booking fee) from this location or from TicketMaster.

Rival Sons are a raucous, maximum-blues-infused, rock ‘n’ roll band, who explode with the rhythm and thrill of some of the greatest rock acts of all time. From their 2011 album Pressure & Time to last year’s breakthrough Head Down the strength of their live performances has gained the band major attention everywhere. Recent accolades include, a stint opening up for Guns ‘n’ Roses last year, plus legends like Judas Priest, AC/DC and Alice Cooper, and playing the likes of Download, Rock Am Ring, Sonisphere, T in the Park, to name a few.

Rival Sons’ intense work agenda (with an aim to release an album a year), plus their gruelling live schedule, have won the band a reputation for hard-graft. In the studio, the band commits themselves to creating an experience that closely matches the attitude and excitement of their live performance. Right off a four week stint on the road, Rival Sons wrote, recorded, and mixed the album in just twenty days; ensuring a rawness for both the listener and the band.

In October 2012, Rival Sons finished up their UK leg of the sold out “Head Down” tour with a fantastic show at the Electric Ballroom, introduced on stage by legendary presenter Bob Harris, and with Jimmy Page in the audience.

Rival Sons – April UK Tour

Tues 9             London, UK – Shepherds Bush Empire

Wed 10             Cardiff, UK – Solus

Thurs 11            Birmingham, UK – Institute

Sat 13               Leeds, UK – Met. University

Sun 14             Edinburgh, UK – Liquid rooms

Mon 15             Preston, UK – 53 Degrees

Tues 16             Cambridge, UK – Junction

 

Shining release cover of Alice Cooper classic

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 28th November 2012 by Nico Davidson

Sweden’s Shining – featuring Niklas Kvarforth, who is considered to be one of metal’s most controversial artists – have uploaded to soundcloud.com their cover of the Alice Cooper classic, Prince Of Darkness.

You can listen to it here.

Shining’s eighth studio album, Redefining Darkness, released via Spinefarm Records, is out now.

Track-listing:

1.       Du, Mitt Konstverk

2.       The Ghastly Silence

3.       Han Som Hatar Människan

4.       Hail Darkness Hail

5.       Det Stora Grå

6.       For The God Below

Watch the video for Tillsammans Är Vi Allt from the seventh full-length Shining album, VII / Född Förlorare below.

UK shows are being planned for 2013.

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