Monthly Archives: February 2012

New Fear Factory Album “The Industrialist” Drops June 5 – US Tour Dates in May

Fear Factory’s new record The Industrialist will hit the stores on June 5, 2012.  Here is more from the press release:

Candlelight Records today confirms June 5 as the North American release date for FEAR FACTORY‘s new album, The Industrialist. Produced by the band with Rhys Fulber (Front Line Assembly), the album was mixed by Greg Reely (Paradise Lost/Skinny Puppy/Machine Head). It features additional tracking by Logan Mader (Gojira/Divine Heresy/Five Finger Death Punch) and artwork by Anthony Clarkson (Devin Townsend). 

The Industrialist is a conceptual album that brings to life a story scripted by vocalist Burton C. Bell. The album’s lyrics detail the plot of the original narrative while delivering FEAR FACTORY‘s massive signature sound. Bell reveals, “the album is a futuristic tale of an automaton, striving to survive by fighting for its existence within a desperate world. The lyrics tell the story while the music takes our industrial roots and blends them more perfectly than ever with our metal edge. And all without losing the sound that makesFEAR FACTORY a machine of sonic devastation. FEAR FACTORY fans of any era will not be disappointed.”

Fear Factory Tour Dates:

5/01/2012 Backstage Live – San Antonio, TX
5/02/2012 Trees – Dallas, TX
5/03/2012 Scout Bar – Houston, TX
5/05/2012 State Theater – St. Petersburg, FL
5/06/2012 Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

5/07/2012 Masquerade, Atlanta, GA (NEW)
5/09/2012 Ziggy’s – Winston-Salem, NC
5/10/2012 Theater of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
5/11/2012 Wally’s Pub – Hampton Beach, NH
5/12/2012 Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
5/13/2012 Sonar – Baltimore, MD

5/15/2012 McGuffy’s House Of Rock – Dayton, OH (NEW)
5/16/2012 The Crofoot Ballroom – Pontiac, MI

5/17/2012 Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL (NEW)
5/20/2012 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO

5/23/2012 Yost Theater – Santa Ana, CA (NEW)

Scorpions Tour Dates, 2012 Summer Shows in the US and Canada

The Scorpions are coming to North America this summer in June and July.  The German hard rockers will be supporting Comeblack, which saw its US release on Jan. 24, 2012.  Here are the summer dates:

June 08 – Reno, NV – Reno Events Center
June 09 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheater
June 11 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
June 12 – Denver, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
June 14 – Albuquerque, NM – Hard Rock Pavilion
June 15 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre
June 17 – Tucson, AZ – Anselmo Valencia Amphitheater
June 20 – San Diego, CA – Valley View Center Arena
June 22 – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center
June 23 – Las Vegas, NV – Thomas & Mack Center
June 27 – Grand Prairie, TX – Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
June 29 – Chicago, IL – Charter One Pavilion
June 30 – Milwaukee, WI – Summerfest
July 02 – Toronto, ON – Molson Canadian Amphitheater
July 03 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
July 06 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
July 07 – Wantagh, NY – Jones Beach Theater
July 11 – Philadelphia, PA – Mann Center for Performing Arts
July 12 – Washington D.C. – Merriweather Post Pavilion

Be Part of Chevelle’s New Fan Music Video “Hats Off to the Bull”

Chevelle fans can now contribute to the band’s new music for “Hats off to the Bull.”  You just have to submit your Instagram photos that feature anything Chevelle related.

From Chevelle’s official website:

Ever wanted to star in a Chevelle video? Well now you can!

To celebrate the first Chevelle tour date, the band has launched the “Hats Off to the Bull” UGC Fan Video promotion. Chevelle wants you to submit your photos for consideration to be included in the user-genrated fan video for “Hats Off to the Bull”. Take photos of anything Chevelle & Hats off to the Bull related!

Chevelle

Make sure to use Instagram and the #HATSOFFTOTHEBULL hashtag!

Halestorm “Love Bites (So Do I)” Live Acoustic Video

Rock band Halestorm performed a killer acoustic rendition of “Love Bites (So Do I)” for Kerrang! Radio.  Check it out below.  There aren’t enough women fronting hard rock bands these days and Lzzy Hale is one of the best rock vocalists out there right now.

Halestorm’s new album The Strange Case of… featuring the single “Love Bites” comes out April 10.

Love this Halestorm cover of Skid Row’s “Slave to the Grind” from 2011’s ReAniMate: The CoVeRs eP:

Motley Crue Back in the Studio Recording Brand New Song

Motley Crue is back in Tommy Lee’s studio recording a brand new song.  This news is coming off of the band’s successful Las Vegas spectacle and rumors of a fall tour with Kiss.  Here is more from bassist Nikki Sixx:

Been in the recording studio cutting new Motley Crue with the guys.We are recording at Tommy’s studio ( which is insane ) and James Micheal is producing.We laid down the bass and drums yesterday and Mick Mars comes in today to blast the guitars.Then Vince is coming in next week to do his vocals….Havent been in the studio in a few years with the guys and it feel’s like magic…Hard to explain what it sounds like other than just straight out sexy…maybe throw some dirt and sarcasm on top too..

Pre-order Dee Snider’s New Book “Shut Up and Give Me the Mic” – Comes Out May 8, 2012

Twisted Sister frontman and reality TV star (Celebrity Apprentice/Growing Up Twisted) Dee Snider has a new book coming out on May 8, titled Shut Up and Give Me the Mic.

You can pre-order your own autographed hardcover copy at Premiere Collectibles for only $26.00.  You can also pre-order a non-autographed copy at Amazon in hardcover for $16.98 or on the Kindle for $12.99.

Dee Snider is an intelligent, charismatic, and badass rock star so I’d say that Shut Up and Give Me the Mic is definitely worth checking out.

Here is a description of Dee’s story from Simon & Schuster:

As lead singer and songwriter of Twisted Sister, Dee Snider became the poster boy for heavy metal, hair bands, and the wild side of rock. Now, in his twisted new memoir, he reveals the real stories behind the crazy makeup, the big hair, and badass hits like “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and “I Wanna Rock.”

A classically trained countertenor who sang with his high school choir, Dee remembers the day he decided he was “not gonna take it” and stopped caring what people thought about him. Following in the footsteps of his idols Alice Cooper and Black Sabbath, Dee jumped from band to band before meeting Jay Jay French and Twisted Sister. But it wasn’t until he met his costume-designing soul-mate Suzette that they developed his unique style. Dee’s hard work finally paid off with an impressive resume that includes: a monster hit record; smash MTV videos; a long-running radio show, “The House of Hair”; appearances in film (Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Howard Stern’s Private Parts, StrangeLand) and television (Growing Up Twisted, Celebrity Apprentice); and a starring role in Broadway’s Rock of Ages. He even authored a teenage survival guide that was required reading in Russia!

In his journey from every parent’s worst teenage nightmare to Renaissance man, Dee avoided the usual pitfalls associated with rock stars. But that didn’t stop Tipper Gore and the Parents Music Resource Center from targeting him—a fight that led him to testify before Congress with Frank Zappa. He may have been slapped with a Parental Advisory warning label, but, through it all, Dee stayed positive and focused on being the best he could be.

Filled with entertaining anecdotes and candid confessions, Shut Up and Give Me the Mic takes you through the good times and bad with a heavy metal star who worked as hard as he played, and who did it all for his wife, four kids, and millions of “SMF” (Sick Mother F******) fans

This story is mine.

I’m the guy that gave it all to beat the odds, left everything he had on the stage each night, didn’t screw around on his woman, took care of his kids, and was sober enough to remember it all and write about it . . . myself.

The one thing that has surprised and confused me, though, is my unlikely transformation into a “beloved public figure.” How did the unpopular kid, who grew up to be the angry young man, who became the ’80s poster boy for the evils of rock ’n’ roll, arrested for profanity and assault, and boycotted by parents and religious groups, become the likeable mensch he is today? 

Product details from Premiere Collectibles:

Dee Snider is an American singer-songwriter, screenwriter, radio personality, and actor. Snider is most famous for his role as the frontman of the heavy metal band Twisted Sister.

Limited quantities available, order your signed edition today!

Product Details

  • Pages: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Release Date: May 8th, 2012
  • ISBN-13: 9781451637397
  • Edition: Autographed Hardcover First Edition

Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival 2012 Lineup and Dates – Slipknot, Slayer, Motorhead, Anthrax

The 2012 Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival will feature Slipknot, Slayer, Motorhead, Anthrax, As I Lay Dying, Asking Alexandria, Whitechapel, and High on Fire.  Pretty much the best lineup in recent years.

I just read that the main stage headliners will be Slipknot who will follow Slayer…Am I the only one that sees something incredibly wrong with that?

Whatever, here are the tour dates.

Kiss By Monster Mini Golf Las Vegas Grand Opening March 15, 2012, Ceremonies Begin 1 P.M.

Kiss By Monster Mini Golf is opening to the pubic on March 15 in Las Vegas, near the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.  If you are planning to attend the grand opening festivities, here is what to expect.

1:00pm ~ The party kick’s off in our parking lot with a day of FREE events featuring the WINNER of the World’s Best KISS Tribute Band Contest: “Mr. Speed” performing live throughout the day!

Live Radio Broadcast from KOMP Vegas Rock Radio where you can win FREE tickets for KISS By Monster Mini Golf throughout the day and lots of great prizes!

Face painters, games, food and fun all day!

3:00pm ~ Great opportunity to watch the first Wedding couple and their guests arrive in Rock Star Fashion as they enter KISS by Monster Mini Golf for the 1st ever KISS “Hotter Than Hell” wedding! Then, watch the wedding live from our parking lot via video broadcast!

5:00pm ~ The Red Carpet Walk begins! (actually we have a Black Carpet, as this is a Rockin’ establishment!) Yes, we’re talking Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and lots of other star studded surprises!

5:00 – 7:00pm ~ VIP Cocktail Party! (For VIP Ticket Holders Only) Chat, eat and drink while you rub shoulders with VIP and stars all inside KISS by Monster Mini Golf with free golfing and swag bags for all VIP’s.

7:00pm ~ Doors open to the public!

You can purchase your tickets in advance and book your tee time at the official website.  Tickets are only $14.95 each, which is definitely worth checking out if you are in the area (4501 Paradise Rd. Las Vegas, NV 89169).  If you are a high roller, then you can buy V.I.P. tickets for $500.00 each.  Just don’t forget to download your Kiss by Monster Mini Golf iPhone scorecard app before you go.

“Bringing Metal to the Children” Book by Zakk Wylde Comes Out April 10

Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society wrote a book “Bringing Metal to the Children: The Complete Berserker’s Guide to World Tour Domination” and it will be released on April 10, 2012.  However, this is not a children’s book by any stretch.  Here is the product description from amazon.com ($11.99 Kindle, $14.47 Hardcover):

“If Zakk Wylde did not exist we would have to build him like Frankenstein’s monster. The hands of Randy Rhoads sewn onto the body of Conan the Barbarian implanted with the brain of Larry David.”
—Rob Zombie

Bringing Metal to the Children is a handbook to all things Heavy Metal, brought to you by insane prankster and guitar god Zakk Wylde, of Ozzy Osbourne and Black Label Society fame. This “Complete Berzerker’s Guide to World Tour Domination” provides tips and tests for the True Rocker—as wild man Wylde invites all who dare onto the tour bus for brain-bursting tales of glory, debauchery, and general mayhem in the dangerous metal universe.