For the past 127 years, Gibson–the iconic American instrument brand–-has been synonymous with creating and shaping sound across genres of music and generations of players. Gibson today announced the launch of Gibson Records, headquartered in Music City, Nashville, TN—alongside a strategic label partnership with BMG.
Over the past two and a half years, Gibson has launched successful music initiatives built around their iconic brands, premium guitars, and amazing artists. Not to mention initiatives that have re-energized the Gibson fanbase and the music community at large including Gibson Artist Collections, Gibson TV, the Gibson App the Gibson Generation Group (G3), Gibson Gives,and the newly opened Gibson Garagein Nashville. Gibson Records is the next major step in contributing to the evolution of collaborative artist partnerships.
Iconic music that inspired generational movements has been recorded with Gibson guitars since the inception of recorded music. Gibson Records will work with Gibson artists to produce, record, and promote their music to fans around the world, spreading the power of their music, creating, building, and delivering guitar-centric music, across genres to fans across the globe.
Gibson Records has also announced that it has entered into a strategic label partnership for the release with BMG, the world’s fourth-biggest music company.
“Launching a record label that is in service to our artists is the natural evolution of our 127 years of history. Gibson Records will work with Gibson artists to capture, record and promote their music under an artist friendly partnership,” says Cesar Gueikian, Brand President, Gibson Brands. “Gibson Records will keep all of us at Gibson focused on our artist first culture that is engaged and connected to music. We are excited to launch Gibson Records, to announce that Slash is our first signed artist and that we have entered into a label partnership with BMG.”
“It’s an honor to be the first release on the new Gibson Records,” says Slash. “It’s a zenith in our partnership for sure and having worked so closely with Gibson for so long, I know they will be a label that genuinely supports their artists creatively. Not just me, but all the artists they choose to work with. It’s perfect.”
“Partnering with Gibson Records and BMG presents an exciting and unique opportunity to explore new ideas for marketing and promoting a record,” adds Jeff Varner, Co-Founder of Revelation Management Group (Slash’s longtime manager). “It shows a real commitment on the part of Gibson towards the artist community, and it will serve as a model for future artist releases. Working with Cesar and the Gibson team has provided a fresh approach to how we can support an album release.”
“BMG congratulates Gibson on the launch of their new label and is proud to collaborate with Gibson Records on its inaugural album release,” says Thomas Scherer, President, BMG Repertoire and Marketing, New York, and Los Angeles. “This is the perfect match between two global brands with an unrivaled reverence for iconic artists and respect to service their creative talents. We are excited to be the worldwide partner for Slash’s new album with Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators and look forward to delivering their new music to fans everywhere around the world.”
The daily band lineups have been announced for Rocklahoma, taking place on September 3rd-5th at Pryor Creek Music Festival Grounds in Pryor, Oklahoma, just outside of Tulsa.
Previously taking place over Memorial Day Weekend, Rocklahoma will celebrate America’s biggest Labor Day Weekend Party in 2021. Now in its 15th year, the three-day camping festival features some of today’s top rock artists, including Slipknot, Limp Bizkit, Rob Zombie, Chevelle, Halestorm, Anthrax, Falling in Reverse, and many more. Additions to the already impressive music lineup for Rocklahoma include: Plush, Crobot, and KMOD-FM’s Battle Of The Bands contest winner, Steller Ascent.
Produced by AEG Presents, Rocklahoma showcases the best new rock acts and classic artists performing on three stages. With onsite camping amenities and unparalleled VIP packages, Rocklahoma lives up to its motto of “Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Rock.”
The daily band lineups for Rocklahoma 2021 are as follows:
(Friday) September 3rd: Rob Zombie, Chevelle, Sevendust, Grandson, Candlebox, Tremonti, Ayron Jones, From Ashes To New, George Lynch & The Electric Freedom, Diamante, Austin Meade, Plush, Color Of Chaos, Travis Bond & The Rebel Souls, Outlaw Devils, Love Sick Radio, and Straight Six
(Saturday) September 4th: Slipknot, Anthrax, Falling in Reverse, Pop Evil, Badflower, Jelly Roll, Zero 9:36, John 5 And The Creatures, All Good Things, Bones UK, Butcher Babies, Crobot, East Side Gamblers, Fist Of Rage, 90LB Wrench, Mind Of Fury, and The Rumours
(Sunday) September 5th: Limp Bizkit, Halestorm, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals Perform A Vulgar Display Of Pantera, The Hu, Motionless In White, Puddle Of Mudd, Andrew W.K., Knocked Loose, Light The Torch, Cory Marks, Jeris Johnson, Stellar Ascent, Budderside, Paralandra, Severmind, Jessikill, and Chaotic Resemblance
The Thursday Night Roadhouse Pre-Party will feature performances from Stephen Pearcy The Voice Of Ratt, BulletBoys, Liliac, and Dead Metal Society. Note: A three-day pass is required to attend the Roadhouse Pre-Party.
Rocklahoma Single Day General Admission Passes go on sale July 30th at 10:00 AM CT for $100 (plus fees). General Admission, VIP, and Camping options are on sale now at rocklahoma.com/passes.
The campgrounds are a unique part of the Rocklahoma experience, and will be open from August 29th at Noon CT through September 7th at Noon CT. New in the campgrounds, Rocklahoma will offer two high end glamping packages.
General Admission and VIP camping are available at checkout and are only available with weekend ticket purchases. Information on camping add-ons can be found at: rocklahoma.com/camping.
Fans are invited to kick off the party early at The Roadhouse where local Oklahoma favorites, top tribute acts, and national legends will headline the D&B Concerts Stage each day. The Roadhouse will also feature food trucks, a full-service bar, and a great place to hang with your friends throughout Rocklahoma.
Festival doors open at 2:00 PM daily, and doors for The Roadhouse open at 11:00 AM daily.
Rocklahoma is located just 45 minutes northeast of Tulsa, in Pryor, OK. The Pryor Creek Music Festival Grounds is a premier destination for a multi-day festival and includes onsite camping with access to restrooms and shower house, a general store for campers, VIP reserved seating, hospitality areas and much more.
Ultimate Classic Rock reports that future plans for a hologram of [iconic singer] Ronnie James Dio – which polarized fans – have been possibly shelved.
“The hologram is on hold,” Dio’s widow, Wendy, reveals in an exclusive conversation with UCR. “I don’t know if we’re going to do that again or not.”
The hologram originally debuted in 2016, six years after Dio passed away from stomach cancer. A tour alongside Dio’s Disciples – a band assembled from the rocker’s former collaborators – followed. Using recordings of Dio’s vocals, the hologram “performed” onstage with the live musicians, creating a distinct concert experience for fans. Still, many criticized the project, with some calling it a cash grab that exploited the singer’s legacy.
“We went out, and we tried it – we did it,” Wendy notes. “There’s still talk about doing the hologram. I don’t know. I think that there’s so much more that’s come along developing-wise [as far as technology]. I just think that the fans would prefer to see Ronnie as being really Ronnie instead of a hologram.” Wendy is currently working on a new project incorporating archival footage of her late husband into a concert setting.
“We are going to tour. I’m working on some special effects of stuff with Ronnie,” she admits. “It’s film of Ronnie, not a hologram. … I found a bunch of footage that was done. I found the ISO film of Ronnie only, and we’ve been taking that and working with that with special effects and things. It looks really, really cool. I’m hoping this is going to come out really, really well. I’ve only seen a few bits of it. It’s a long procedure and expensive, so we’ve been working on it. But I think the fans will like it and enjoy it.”
The current plan is for the Dio Band (as they’re now called) to tour in 2022. A documentary is also slated for next year that will chronicle the singer’s life.
“It’s interviews with lots of different people that played with Ronnie,” Wendy says of the film. “Ronnie’s peers and friends who are musicians, obviously. So it’s very, very, very interesting. I’m very excited about it, and I really look forward to that coming out next year.”
Dio’s autobiography, Rainbow in the Dark, will be released on July 27th. The singer began working on the memoir before his pasiing. Wendy Dio collaborated with writer Mick Wall to complete the book. Read more information about the book here.
Today Live Nation announced it is celebrating the return to live concerts this summer by offering fans $20 all-in tickets to nearly a 1,000 shows this year. As Live Nation’s outdoor venues across the U.S. begin to open, the time is here to get outside and catch live music with friends, family and loved ones at over 40 Live Nation amphitheaters all across the country. For a limited time only next week, fans will have access to exclusive $20 tickets to participating Live Nation shows, including taxes and fees.
The special promotion marks the highly-anticipated return of live music in the U.S. as artists ready to hit the stage and fans can’t wait to see their favorite acts live in-person once again. Participating artists include some of today’s biggest acts across genres including country, hip-hop, latin, metal, pop, rock and more. See full list below.
The $20 tickets will be available to the general public starting July 28th at 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT on LiveNation.com for a limited time only, while supplies last.
T-Mobile and Sprint customers can score exclusive 24-hour early access to the $20 all-in tickets through T-Mobile Tuesdays starting July 27th at 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT.
Participating artists celebrating the return to live concerts include:
311 Jason Aldean Megadeth 3 Doors Down Jonas Brothers NF Alanis Morissette Judas Priest Pitbull Alice Cooper Kings Of Leon Primus Brad Paisley KISS Rise Against Brett Eldredge Korn Rod Wave Brooks & Dunn Lady A Slipknot Brothers Osborne Lil Baby The Black Crowes Coheed And Cambria LIindsey Stirling The Doobie Brothers Dierks Bently Luke Bryan Thomas Rhett Florida Georgia Line Lynyrd Skynyrd Tripple Redd Daryl Hall & John Oates Maroon 5 Zac Brown Band
Live Nation Entertainment is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of global market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts and Live Nation Sponsorship.
Greg Prato of Bravewords spoke with Saxon frontman Biff Byford, and his son Seb, about their new side band, Heavy Water, and their debut album, Red Brick City. Excerpts from the interview appear below.
BraveWords: How did the idea come up to do a band together?
Seb Byford: Over lockdown, I spent a lot of time at home. I had a flat in Manchester at the time, and it was pretty heavy there – being stuck there during lockdown in a big city. So, I headed home, and obviously me and dad had a lot of free time – because he wasn’t touring, and I had no shows or anything. We’ve got a studio around back in one of the barns, and we just thought, “Why not make some music?” We started to write some songs together and put together some riffs we had. We thought it sounded pretty cool, so we thought we could release an album and do something with it.
BraveWords: Musically, bands like Sabbath and Soundgarden come to mind, as well as blues-based rock – is that a fair assessment of the band’s sound?
Seb Byford: Yeah. I’m a big fan of the ‘90s grunge stuff – like Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, and stuff a bit later on. So, I think definitely riff-wise and maybe some vocal melodies. It’s a mix – it’s more ‘70s classic rock stuff, grunge, and a bit more of the psychedelic stuff.
BraveWords: How is it determined who sings lead on specific songs?
Seb Byford: I think some tracks are more suited for dad, and some tracks are more suited to me, and we try to sort it out evenly….”
Biff Byford: I think the bluesy elements of it that you’re probably picking up on – the Red Brick City riff and Medicine Man– they’re more “groove heavy” than say, Saxon are or any of the ancient metal bands. It’s really enjoyable to do, and I think it’s a great rock album.
BraveWords: Biff, you also play bass on the album, right?
Biff Byford: Yeah. I was playing bass when I was in my twenties. So, I’ve played bass for a long time. I was in a band with Paul Quinn and I played bass – it was a three-piece jamming band. So yeah, I’ve played bass half of my life, really. I’m used to bass. I had a Rickenbacker back in the ‘70s, and I’ve still got a Rickenbacker now – from 1974. It’s not as hard work…unless you’re going to be Billy Sheehan or someone like that, then obviously, it’s very hard work. But I just lay back and play the groove.
BraveWords: Biff, at what point when Seb was growing up did you realize he had musical talent?
Biff Byford: Very early on, actually. When we lived in France – because we lived in France for about eight years – the school that he was at in France, they had an English music teacher. He said he wanted to play drums, so he played drums from a very early age. I think he probably started playing drums from six/seven years old, and then that went from there. He actually got quite high in the grades – grade 8 snare. So, he did a lot of exam work. He played drums in a band in France with his sister on bass, which is pretty cool. Then he switched to guitar.
BraveWords: Future plans beyond this album?
Biff Byford: If people are interested, then we’ll probably do some shows. We can definitely do some shows – I’ll have to practice bass a little bit for that. But we’re thinking about doing another album. People that I’ve talked to seem to like this one and the press seem to like it – a lot of magazines in Europe are doing quite a lot of great reviews. We’ll just see how it goes. And there is a band called Heavy Water, so that will keep going.
BraveWords: And Biff, what is Saxon currently up to?
Biff Byford: Well, the new album is finished, so we’re just waiting for the album cover to be done, and OK that. And then we’re ready to go. I think you’ll be able to order the album in October, and I think it’s coming out in February.
On the heels of the recent announcements of their fifth studio album as well as tour dates throughout the rest of the year, Tremonti have released their music video for the debut single from Marching In Timescheduled for global release on September 24th through Napalm Records. The track If Not For You shows the evolution of the band’s sound in 2021 and the single is now available through all digital streaming platforms. Fans that pre-order the album digitally will receive the new single as an instant download. The music video is a frenetic, high-energy performance video that visually compliments the single that will be impacting radio this month and can be seen below.
Mark Tremonti is no stranger to storytelling. Throughout his years with top-charting bands Alter Bridge and Creed, and most recently his solo band, Mark has never strayed from his love of writing memorable songs. With the upcoming fifth album, Marching In Time,the band looks to continue this trend while exploring their love for heavy music, drawing from current events from the last year to form the basis of each song. While its predecessor, A Dying Machine, was an overall concept album seeped in darker sentiments and story, the vibe of Marching In Time is different – emerging as a charging rock/metal offering that takes the listener on 12 individual journeys. Marching In Time is now available for pre-order here.
Marching In Time track listing:
1. A World Away 2. Now And Forever 3. If Not For You 4. Thrown Further 5. Let That Be Us 6. The Last One Of Us 7. In One Piece 8. Under The Sun 9. Not Afraid To Lose 10. Bleak 11. Would You Kill 12. Marching In Time
Marching In Time will be available in the following formats:
-CD Digipak -Digital Album -2LP Gatefold Black -2LP Gatefold Marbled White / Black + Bonus Track (Band Store Only – limited to 500) -2LP Gatefold Sun Yellow + Bonus Track (Band Store Only – limited to 500) -2LP Gatefold Crystal Clear + Bonus Track (Band Store Only – limited to 500) -2LP Gatefold Pink Transparent (Napalm Mailorder Only – limited to 500)-Die -Hard Edition: 2LP Marble Transparent Black + Guitar Pick + Print (Napalm Mailorder Only – limited to 500) -Deluxe Box: Flag, Wristband & More! (Napalm Mailorder Only – limi-ted to 500)
*Additional formats will be available via individual retailers.
Tremonti will hit the road in advance of the release of Marching In Time, starting on September 3rd in Pryor, OK at Rocklahoma with longtime friends Sevendust. The tour will make stops in Kansas City, MO, Sayreville, NJ, Flint, MI and Joliet, IL, to name a few, before wrapping on September 26th in Orlando, FL. All tour dates, ticket information and VIP packages can be found at marktremonti.com.
From the driving drum beat of opener A World Away to the epic closer Marching In Time, the new album is a reflective look at the world around us today. Tremonti’s unmatched musicianship bleeds through the album, showcased on tracks like Thrown Further,In One Piece and the thought provoking Would You Kill. Alternatively, the band displays their softer side on pensive tracks The Last One Of Us and Not Afraid to Lose. Epic title track Marching In Time tells the story of a father having a child during a global pandemic and how he prepares for life during that time – something Mark Tremonti recently experienced in his own life.