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Thursday, April 22, 2010
Rock News Update for Thursday 22nd April, 2010
THE BLACK CROWES TO RELEASE DOUBLE STUDIO ALBUM OF ALL ACOUSTIC MATERIAL TO COMMEMORATE THEIR 20th ANNIVERSARY
“SAY GOODNIGHT TO THE BAD GUYS” 2010 TOUR WILL KICK OFF AUGUST 13
INDEFINITE HIATUS TO FOLLOW TOUR
20th ANNIVERSARY VIP PACKAGES AVAILABLE
In celebration of the 20th year anniversary of their 1990 debut multi platinum release “Shake Your Money Maker,”The Black Crowes will release their first ever double album of all acoustic material on August 3, 2010.
After touring in 2009, The Black Crowes spent time at the Sunset Sound Studios in Los Angeles, recording over 20 songs from their 20 year history. The band arranged acoustic versions of many of their best loved songs and the band’s catalogue picks.
The double album, Croweology, will be sold at the cost of a single album as a “Thank You” to their fans for 20 years of support. Also to be released on vinyl, the project was produced by Paul Stacey and will be released on The Black Crowes label, Silver Arrow, through Megaforce Records.
In late summer, The Black Crowes will kick off their “Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys” 2010 Tour which will feature three hour performance sets in most markets. The shows are being billed as “Acoustic Hor D’oeuvres followed by an Electric Reception With The Black Crowes,” and will consist of a full hour and a half acoustic set followed by a full hour and a half electric set, except where noted below *.
The tour will begin on August 13 in Milwaukee and is presently scheduled to conclude with the band’s annual multi-night stand at the Fillmore in San Francisco on December 19, 2010.
Following their 2010 “Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys” Tour the band has planned a lengthy hiatus.
Chris Robinson had this to say, “With a smile so wide you can count my teeth and with a heart so full of love that it is spilling over the rim, I offer a humble and simple thank you. Thank you for your time, your imaginations, your heartaches and joy. Thank you for 20 years of cosmic rock n roll. 20 years of keeping it weird. 20 years of chasing horizons and before the band that dares dream out loud puts it down for a while, we are proud to give you our Croweology. This year the music is only for you as we celebrate what has been, what is now and whatever will be”.
Rich Robinson said, “At this milestone in our career, I feel very fortunate that I have had the opportunity to spend my life making music. It’s been 20 years since we started out on this journey. I would like to extend my deep gratitude to all of our fans who have been there with us along the way. We would not have gotten here without your support. Every night I stand on the stage I feel great pride and respect for what we share with our fans. After this tour we are going to take some much needed time to spend with our families. But for now, we are very much looking forward to a great year of touring. I look forward to seeing all your familiar faces again on the road. See you soon.”
Steve Gorman added, “20 Years Gone - To look back over the past twenty years …there are so many thoughts, feelings, and memories of all shapes and sizes that it's tough to process it all. Lots of ups and downs, lots of everything. One can easily get lost in the labyrinth of those many experiences. However, there is one constant - and that's an overwhelming sense of gratitude to all of you that have supported us for the past twenty years. Our tour this year serves as a very large THANK YOU to all in attendance. Whether you have seen us one time, ten times, a hundred times, or more, it goes without saying that we wouldn't be here without you. The lives that we all lead, and the opportunities that we have been presented with, all trace directly back to your support. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You! And after this tour, we'll be taking a nice, long, much needed break. We are all in agreement (no, seriously, we are!) that this is the right time to spend time with our families, friends, outside musical and non musical projects and of course, our personal lives. So, we're going out swinging with all we got. Let's all join hands and share the ride!”
VIP PACKAGING –
The Black Crowes have partnered with CID Entertainment to offer their fans some special ticketing package options for the 20th Anniversary Tour. The packages will include a variety of perks including VIP entrance, premier seat locations, limited edition posters and other merchandise, a Limited edition "Musical Merch Pack", pre-parties, post-parties and more. We'll also be offering "Share the Ride" Travel Packages in select cities including hotel accommodations and shuttle transportation to make it real easy for you to join us and share the ride.
Wed-Oct-27 Toronto, ON Massey Hall Sat-May-15 Noon
Fri-Oct-29 Philadelphia, PA Tower Theatre Fri-Jun-11 10:00 AM
Sat-Oct-30 * Atlantic City, NJ Music Box @ Borgata Resort Sat-Jun-12 10:00 AM
Sun-Oct-31 New York, NY Nokia Theatre Times Square Fri-May-14 Noon
Tue-Nov-02 New York, NY Nokia Theatre Times Square Fri-May-14 Noon
Thu-Nov-04 New York, NY Nokia Theatre Times Square Fri-May-14 Noon
Fri-Nov-05 New York, NY Nokia Theatre Times Square Fri-May-14 Noon
Sat-Nov-06 New York, NY Nokia Theatre Times Square Fri-May-14 Noon
Wed-Nov-10 * Baltimore, MD Ram’s Head Thu-Sep-23 10:00 AM
Fri-Nov-12 Pittsburgh, PA North Shore Entertainment Complex Sat-Jul-17 10:00 AM
Sat-Nov-13 Washington, DC 9:30 Club Thu-Sep-23 10:00 AM
Sun-Nov-14 Washington, DC 9:30 Club Thu-Sep-23 10:00 AM
Tue-Nov-16 Richmond, VA The National Fri-May-14 10:00 AM
Wed-Nov-17 Norfolk, VA The Norva Fri-May-14 10:00 AM
Fri-Nov-19 Atlanta, GA The Tabernacle Fri-May-14 10:00 AM
Sat-Nov-20 Atlanta, GA The Tabernacle Fri-May-14 10:00 AM
Fri-Dec-03 Portland, OR Arlene Schnitzer Concert Auditorium Fri-Jul-16 10:00 AM
Sat-Dec-04 * Eugene, OR McDonald Theatre Fri-Jul-16 9:00 AM
Sun-Dec-05 * Seattle, WA Showbox SODO Sat-Jul-17 10:00 AM
Tue-Dec-07 Santa Barbara, CA The Arlington Theatre Sat-Jul-17 10:00 AM
Fri-Dec-10 * Las Vegas, NV The Joint Sat-Jul-17 Noon
Sat-Dec-11 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Palladium Fri-Jul-16 10:00 AM
Sun-Dec-12 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore Sun-Jul-18 10:00 AM
Tue-Dec-14 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore Sun-Jul-18 10:00 AM
Wed-Dec-15 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore Sun-Jul-18 10:00 AM
Fri-Dec-17 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore Sun-Jul-18 10:00 AM
Sat-Dec-18 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore Sun-Jul-18 10:00 AM
Sun-Dec-19 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore Sun-Jul-18 10:00 AM
Blues/Rock Guitarist PAT TRAVERS on 2010 Tour
New album 'FIDELIS' Out Now Digitally - CD In Stores SOON!!
'Pat was the guitarist that influenced me the most in getting what became a signature sound for me.... especially in the rhythm dept. He is the most underrated player of our time'
- Nuno Bettencourt – Extreme/ Rhianna
HOLLYWOOD, CA (April 21, 2010) – Revered blues/rock guitar guru Pat Travers is back out and touring in 2010 in support of his new studio release 'FIDELIS' on Alexus Records.
This hard rocking blues masterpiece is Travers long awaited studio album in the true Pat Travers signature style, in your face and full of big guitars. Being the first studio album in 5 years, Travers has put heart and soul into every note he recorded. “Ask Me Baby” is the first release that will hit the airwaves in a matter of time.
The current line-up for the Pat Travers band is:
Pat Travers (Guitar/vox), Kirk McKim (Lead Guitar / Backing Vox), Sean "The Cannon" Shannon (Drums) and Rodney O'Quinn (Bass / Backing Vocals).
This is a show you cannot miss – Pat Travers is a real giant amongst giants!
PAT TRAVERS – TOUR SCHEDULE – more dates to come:
Thur 22 Newport, RI Newport Blues Café
Fri 23 Foxborough, MA Showcase Live
Sat 24 Londonderry, NH Tupelo Music Hall
Fri 30 Samford, FL Route 46
Sat 15 Conesville, IA Circle Of Pride Rally
Thur 22 Corpus Christi, TX Brewsters Street Ice House
Tue 1 Ramona, CA Ramona Mainstage
Wed 2 ROCKLINE – LIVE IN STUDIO
Thur 3 Modesto, CA Fat Cat Music Hall
Fri 4 Fairfield, CA Pepper Belly’s
Sun 6 Santa Rosa, CA Last Day Saloon
Sat 12 Kissimmee, FL Kissimmee Bike Fest
Fri 16 Walker, MN Moondance Jam 19
Sat 17 Sturgis, KY Little Sturgis Rally
Sat 24 Birkenfeld, OR S.E. Oregon ABATE Run 21 Rally
Thur 19 Houston, TX House Of Blues
Fri 20 San Antonio, TX Back Stage Live
Sat 21 Dallas, TX House Of Blues
Mon 6 Indianapolis, IN Rib America Fest
Sat 18 Tomahawk, WI Nokomis Town Park
Fri 8 Plymouth, MA Memorial Hall
For more information on this extraordinary live performer go to:
Wed 07/14/10 Piazzola Sul Brenta, Italy Villa Contarini
Thu 07/15/10 Milan, Italy Arena Civico
Sun 07/18/10 Kempten, Germany Big Box Concert Hall
Mon 07/19/10 Strasbourg, France Zenith
Tue 07/20/10 Tienen, Belgium Centrum - Appearing at "Suikerrock Festival"
Thu 07/22/10 Nantes, France Zenith
Sat 07/24/10 London, United Kingdom Victoria Park - Appearing at "High Voltage Festival"
Sat 07/31/10 Stillwater, OK Tumbleweed Dance Hall & Concert Arena
Wed 08/04/10 Clearfield, PA Clearfield County Fairgrounds - Appearing at "Clearfield County Fair"
Sat 08/07/10 Lake Delton, WI Crystal Grand Music Theatre
Mon 08/09/10 Sturgis, SD The Legendary Buffalo Chip - Appearing at "Sturgis Rally"
Tue 08/10/10 Sioux Falls, SD W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds - Appearing at "Sioux Empire Fair"
Sun 08/15/10 Costa Mesa, CA Pacific Amphitheatre - Appearing at "OC Fair"
Fri 08/20/10 Las Vegas, NV Las Vegas Hilton
Sat 08/21/10 Las Vegas, NV Las Vegas Hilton
Tue 08/24/10 Lancaster, CA - Antelope Valley Fairgrounds - Appearing at "Antelope Valley Fair"
Wed 08/25/10 Livermore, CA - The Concerts At Wente Vineyards
Frontiers Records to release Germany’s Prog Metal finest VANDEN PLAS highly anticipated new concept album
“The Seraphic Clockwork” in the shops on June 4th in Europe and June 22nd in the U.S.A.
Napoli, April, 2010 – A good four years after Vanden Plas last critically acclaimed studio recording, “Christ O” hit the charts, Germany’s finest Prog Metal act is set to release its brand new album: “The Seraphic Clockwork”, on June 4th, in Europe and June 22nd in the USA.
Highly anticipated by fans and critics alike, “The Seraphic Clockwork” is a fascinating concept album, which not only shows the quintet’s exceptional technical skills, but also highlights their impressive development as songwriters. The new album sounds more multi-layered, progressive and metal-oriented than any previous Vanden Plas release. “I think that my penchant for music of the tougher persuasion shines through more than ever before on this album,” comments guitarist Stephan Lill, who – together with keyboardist Günter Werno and vocalist Andy Kuntz – make up the group’s creative triumvirate. He adds: “Hard riffs, elaborate keyboard and orchestral arrangements plus catchy hooklines come together in a perfect symbiosis which marks Vanden Plas’ own style. I feel that we were much more adventurous on with The Seraphic Clockwork than ever before.”
A perfect example which substantiates this statement, is the 13-minute track ‘On My Way To Jerusalem’, a little masterpiece within a homogeneous, self-contained album. The song takes the listener on a haunting, adventurous journey which comes full circle musically towards its end. From soaring piano sounds through hard riffs and versatile arrangements to atmospheric parts, the whole range of expressive forms which the Progressive Metal genre has to offer are present. On the other hand, ‘Heal The World’ with its melodic intro, subsequent heavy riff and catchy chorus, reveals the band’s affinity to theatre music and all its complexity, and is classic Vanden Plas.
The band's fascination with classical history has left its mark on “The Seraphic Clockwork” particularly in terms of lyrics: the dramatic science fiction story of the concept album was penned by vocalist Andy Kuntz and chronicles a journey in place and time from 16th century Rome to Jerusalem in the year 33 A.D. The protagonist, after an apocalyptic vision, has come under the spell of an Old Testament prophecy and must travel back through the centuries to face his God-given destiny. “It’s about being unable to escape fate”, explains Kuntz, a master at making complex subject matter both fascinating and accessible to contemporary audiences. “Working for the theatre has definitely influenced the story’s depth. When you realize or reproduce your own projects on a stage, you learn a lot about dramaturgy.”
“The Seraphic Clockwork” was exclusively presented to the journalists in a press showcase held in Koln, Germany on April 9th. Some of the reactions to the preview include:
“Great comeback of Germany’s leading Prog Metal band!” Mike Borrink - Rock Hard Germany
“Those who have been concerned that Vanden Plas might have lost their riff power over the last few years don't have to worry anymore: their new album „The Seraphic Clockwork“ is a perfect example for a well-balanced mixture of intelligent prog tunes, heavy riffing and the uncompromising love for hard music.” Thorsten Zahn - Classic Rock Mag Germany
“They've made us wait but one of the best and most respected Progressive Metal bands are back with the heaviest, most epic and diverse album of their career to date. Awesome stuff.”
Matthew Adrian Spall - Powerplay , UK
“The Seraphic Clockwork" is unbelievable, fantastic, great music with a great story. Vanden Plas are the Prog Metal kings.”
Marco Magin – Breakout, Germany
"Intense, melodic and challenging at the same time, this new offering by Vanden Plas has what it takes to please the most demanding Progressive Metal fans."
Morgan Rivalin - Rock Hard France
The musical and lyrical complexity of “The Seraphic Clockwork” is certainly inspiring. Vanden Plas have proved again that they are the most imaginative and diverse of German Prog Metal bands and justly enjoy the highest international acclaim. It can only be a matter of time before this concept album also makes it onto the stage.
“The Seraphic Clockwork” includes the following tracks:
Frequency; Holes In The Sky; Scar of an Angel; Sound of Blood; The Final Murder; Quicksilver; Rush of Silence; On My Way to Jerusalem.
VANDEN PLAS is:
Andy Kuntz (vocals), Stephan Lill (guitar), Günter Werno (keyboards), Torsten Reichert (bass), Andreas Lill (drums)