BON JOVI’S NEW ALBUM IS A “BIG ROCK RECORD” THAT ADDRESSES SOCIAL ISSUES

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Mark Sutherland of Rolling Stone reports that Bon Jovi says their next album will be a “big rock record” that will feature “a lot of social commentary.” Speaking at a press conference in London on Wednesday(January 23rd), Jon Bon Jovi said What About Now, due March 26th, documents a “moment in time – a post-first-term Obama, where America was and is” that will address the economy and unemployment, among other issues.

“That moment in time almost forced the record to come out,” he said, “because otherwise the time would pass and the subject matter becomes dated.”

While noting that the album’s anthemic first single, Because We Can, represents “Bon Jovi at its best,” the frontman said there was plenty of variety on the record.

“There’s a little more telling tales with some of the songs,” he said. “What’s Left Of Me talks about people coming out of the economic downturn. Just because companies are going out of business doesn’t mean those people aren’t able-bodied parts of the workforce.”

Central to the album campaign will be a new Bon Jovi app, which uses augmented reality to bring alive the album artwork and reveal hidden content. Despite some baffling talk of “zSpace” and “2.5D” at the press conference, Bon Jovi said the band was fully involved in its development, describing the technology as a way “to stay relevant, because it’s harder and harder to sell records.” But he also said he hoped fans would still buy the physical CD of the album.

“If anything, to me, this would help you want to have the package,” he said. “Because when you take the CD package home from a retail outlet and put it up on your wall, not only will the app work, but we’ll update that living, breathing piece of paper every night during the course of the tour. It makes it that much more engaging for the younger fan who isn’t as old as I am!”

The singer also insisted he wasn’t fazed by the changing economics of the music business. “I’ve resolved myself to the fact that it’s back to how you did it when you began,” he said. “You write a song for you and if people love it, they’ll find it. It’s really not about how many units. We get to get out and play to the amount of people that we’re accustomed to, and write songs that you want to share with people. Then what happens is out of our control, but it’s not frustrating.”

Read more at Rolling Stone.

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ROCK ON THE RANGE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2013 LINEUP! SOUNDGARDEN, ALICE IN CHAINS, SMASHING PUMPKINS AND MORE!

rtrCOLUMBUS, OH: America’s premier destination rock festival Rock On The Range–which has expanded to three days this year–will hit hard with performances from some of rock’s biggest names. The 2013 line-up features Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Smashing Pumpkins, Korn, Bush, Stone Sour, Three Days Grace, Papa Roach, Cheap Trick, Bullet For My Valentine, Volbeat, Lamb Of God, Skillet, A Day To Remember, Buckcherry, Halestorm, Hollywood Undead, All That Remains, Device (with David Draiman), Steel Panther, Sevendust, Sick Puppies, Asking Alexandria, Pop Evil, In Flames, Clutch, In This Moment, Black Veil Brides, The Sword, Ghost, Motionless In White, Red, Deuce, Middle Class Rut, Big Wreck, Oleander, Otherwise, Red Line Chemistry, Young Guns, Thousand Foot Krutch, Mindset Evolution, Tracer, Beware Of Darkness, Heaven’s Basement, American Fangs, Love And Death, Gemini Syndrome, and more.

“We’re really looking forward to returning to Rock On The Range with a batch of brand new killer Alice tunes to play for everyone!” says Jerry Cantrell, Alice In Chains.

“Head is back!!,” says Korn’s Jonathan Davis. “Rock On The Range is going to start it all off!! Get ready, we are going to hit it hard!!”

“Bush are thrilled to be playing Rock On The Range with such great bands,” says Bush’s Gavin Rosdale. “We look forward to seeing you all out there.”

“This massive lineup has scratched our seven-year itch!” says Gary Spivack, co-executive producer of the event for Right Arm Entertainment. “Getting Soundgarden for their first Ohio play in two decades and having seminal acts Alice In Chains, Korn, Volbeat and Papa Roach return along with bands new to ROTR that include Smashing Pumpkins and Bush, and everything in between–the spectrum of rock n roll is covered…three days of constant energy. Rock On The Range is truly where rock lives.”

Now in its seventh year, ROTR will again take place at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, OH on Friday, May 17, Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19, 2013. With the addition of a full slate of artists performing on Friday, festival organizers are also adding a series of additional enhancements for ROTR 2013, including the new ROTR Comedy Tent.

“Our goal with ROTR is to constantly create new and interesting ways to expand the event and give even more value to our fans,” comments Joe Litvag, co-executive producer of the event for AEG Live. “In 2013, we’ve added a comedy tent within the site that will be curated by The Funny Bone comedy club. Having a slate of incredible, up-and-coming comedians to riff on the rock experience will be a great change of pace for the weekend. The site layout is also changing dramatically in 2013 to create better event flow, to add more interactive fan activity to the festival, and to allow even more people to experience the higher caliber of talent on the second stage this year.”

As a special limited offer, pre-sale weekend tickets startat a low price of $89.50 (plus fees), for Stadium GA tickets only, from Wednesday, January 30 through Thursday, January 31 at 10pm EST. Additionally, a limited number of Stadium GA “4-ticket packs” are also available for $299–a savings of nearly 25%–beginning on Wednesday, January 30, while supplies last.

Pre-sale tickets are available at www.RockOnTheRange.com. Tickets go on-sale to the general public Friday, February 1 at 10am ET. Rock On The Range is again offering premiere VIP Packages, Hotel and Ticket Bundles and Camping packages. Details and prices for VIP, Hotel, and Camping packagesare online at www.RockOnTheRange.com. Visit the website, www.facebook.com/rockontherange, and www.twitter.com/rockontherange for the most up-to-date information.

“Rock On The Range strives to deliver an outstanding lineup for an affordable price and this year is no different” said Ryan Smith, General Manager of Crew Stadium, co-executive producer of Rock On The Range. “With the creation of the special $89 pre-sale ticket and 4-pack bundle, rock fans can see over 40 of their favorite bands for an unprecedented value.”

Presented by Right Arm Entertainment, AEG LIVE and Crew Stadium, Rock On The Range is a multi-stage music and lifestyle event featuring a potent lineup of bands on three stages and is proud to be sponsored by Monster Energy, Jägermeister, f.y.e., and U.S. Army. The nationally renowned festival, centrally located in the heart of the country, has annually drawn weekend crowds in excess of 70,000 since its inception in 2007.

 

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GUITAR ICON ORIANTHI TO RELEASE “HEAVEN IN THIS HELL” ON MARCH 12TH

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Platinum selling solo artist and iconic guitarist Orianthi is gearing up for the release of her new album, Heaven in this Hell. Orianthi will captivate fans with a record that delivers a mega-dose of rock and weaves elements of modern country and swampy blues. The album, to be released on Robo Records (distributed by Universal/Fontana), is scheduled to hit shelves on March 12th, 2013. The first single, Frozen, will be snet to Rock and Classic Rock radio on January 28th.

From writing her first song at the age of 6, to being discovered and playing alongside her idols Carlos Santana and Steve Vai early in her career, Orianthi has made an enduring mark on the music industry. While many were introduced to this timid guitar goddess when she played the Grammy Awards in 2009 as part of Carrie Underwood’s band, it was being selected for Michel Jackson’s ill-fated This Is It Tour that exposed her to mainstream audiences. In the Fall of 2009, Orianthi released According To You,” her first solo single, which went platinum in the U.S. and abroad. More than just a gifted guitarist, this success showed she had serious vocal chops as well.

In late 2011, she began work on her forthcoming project. “I am so proud of this album because it really showcases my style of riff heavy rock and energetic blues,” Orianthi remarks. “The success of Believe [her previous CD] helped give me credibility and afforded me the freedom to create the kind of album I have been wanting to make, with musicians I respect, playing together live in a studio, creatively exchanging ideas…the way I want all my records to be made. My friend, collaborator and producer, Dave Stewart and I just jammed and hashed out a variety of songs and sounds until we found the grooves that inspired us” she continued.

While Orianthi recorded a majority of Heaven In This Hell at Blackbird Studio in Nashville, she also recorded several songs and overdubs at Dave Stewart’s (of The Eurythmics) Hollywood Studio. “Working with Ori over the last year has been an inspiring experience for me,” said Stewart . “She is such a dedicated guitarist and focused songwriter; her enthusiasm is infectious and all the musicians who worked on the record were motivated to give her their best. When we went to Nashville, we knew we were about to embark on something exciting, something career altering,” he continued.

The time spent in Nashville left an indelible impression that can be heard in several of the tracks, which were mixed by Nashville resident John McBride [husband of Martina McBride]. New tracks like Rock and Another You are examples of crossover country-AC songs that blend heartfelt harmonies and melodies with lyrics that showcase a more vulnerable, exposed emotional side, often veiled by her signature PRS axe. Heaven In This Hell the title track, is a blues-rooted rock song which features swampy guitar riffs with an edgy Zeppelin-esque vibe. Songs like Frozen and You Don’t Wanna Know provide listeners with some insight into a couple of her primary musical influences with raw, crunchy guitar riffs reminiscent of Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn. If You Think You Know Me is an arousing anthem with thunderous drums, meant to inspire and empower anyone who has ever felt alone. This track, which begs to be played in a large arena, asks listeners: “Have you ever felt like you didn’t fit in?/Like there’s somebody else inside your skin?/ Well you’re not alone/We all came here for something.”

“To say that we are excited about this record is a complete understatement” according to Rob Christie, founder of Robo Records. “Not only is Orianthi one of the most gifted musicians I’ve heard, but she also has a heart of gold. She is extremely passionate about music, animals, family and her fans. She truly is an inspiration to adults and children, literally around the globe.”

“I’m so excited to share Heaven In This Hell with the fans! It’s been a long time coming for me,” says Orianthi.

Heaven In This Hell track listing:

Heaven in this Hell
You Don’t Wanna Know
Fire
If You Think You Know Me
How Do You Sleep?
Frozen
Rock
Another You
How Does That Feel?
Filthy Blues
If You Were Here With Me

For more information about Orianthi, please visit facebook.com/Orianthi.

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M3 FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2013 LINE-UP

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M3 festival have announced their 2013 line-up via their official facebook page.

The Baltimore area festival has become one of the country’s premiere concert series. The two day event will be featuring headliners W.A.S.P. on May 3rd and Twisted Sister and Bret Michaels Band on May 4th. Other bands scheduled to play include Kix, Danger Danger, Jackyl, Firehouse, Kings X, Great White featuring Jack Russell, Trixter among others.

For more information, please visit facebook.com/M3RockFest.

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RUSH ANNOUNCE ADDITIONAL NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES

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Rush will continue their current Clockwork Angels Tour with new North American dates. The tour will begin April 23rd in Austin. Tickets for the new dates in select markets will go on sale January 28th.

Following those spring dates – listed below – Rush will head off to Europe then return to North America for another set of dates starting in June that will find them visiting cities like Hershey, Pennsylvania; Chicago; Milwaukee; Boston; Vancouver; Salt Lake City; and Denver. The band will also return to Grand Rapids, Michigan; and Halifax, Nova Scotia, for the first time in decades. That tour will continue into August, with details regarding dates and venues coming soon.

Clockwork Angels tour dates:

4/23 Austin, TX – Frank Erwin Center
4/26 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – BB&T Center
4/28 Orlando, FL – Amway Center
5/1 Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
5/3 Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena
5/5 Virginia Beach, VA – Farm Bureau Live
5/7 Baltimore, MD – 1st Mariner Arena
5/9 Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun
5/11 Atlantic City, NJ – Etess Arena

additional source: rollingstone.com

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ROSS THE BOSS RETURNS WITH AN ALL NEW METAL GROUP, DEATH DEALER

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As a founding member of both Manowar and the Dictators, guitarist Ross the Boss needs no introduction. But it’s been a while since the metal masses heard from Ross, leading some to wonder if or when he would return. The wait is now over, as his newly formed outfit, Death Dealer, is ready to rock and take the world by storm, with their debut album, Warmaster.

“The Death Dealer sound is a mighty combination of five very talented, seasoned musicians,” explains Ross. “It’s classic power metal with the brutal edge of thrash, speed, and precision.” And when he says the band is comprised of talented and seasoned musicians, he’s not kidding, as Death Dealer also includes vocalist Sean Peck (Cage), guitarist Stu Marshall (producer and guitarist for such voices as Udo Dirkschneider and Steve Grimmett), bassist Mike Davis (Rob Halford, Lizzy Borden), and drummer Rhino (Manowar).

Formed last year through correspondence over the internet, as soon as work commenced on the material, Ross knew he had met his metallic match. “Well, after they sent the first tune over, I was blown away, then Stu and Sean tell me they want me to join this band, called Death Dealer. I say, ‘Who else is in the band? They say, ‘Rhino on drums.’ I’m in! Stu goes, ‘It was either you or we would have asked KK Downing to be on guitar.’ Wow!”

As evidenced by such tunes as Death Dealer, Never to Kneel, and The Devil’s Mile, for fans of authentic, no-holds-barred, manly heavy metal, Warmaster is an absolute godsend. And soon, Death Dealer will be converting metalheads worldwide to their cause. “Our future plans? Obviously to put Death Dealer on the worldwide metal map, and to engage large crowds and render them shocked and satisfied.”

For more information, please visit click here or facebook.com/deathdealerband.

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