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Epicenter

To Host Unique Onsite Collaboration With Metallica’s

Blackened Whiskey And Enter Night Pilsner

Band Performance Times Announced For

May 10, 11 & 12

At Rockingham Festival Grounds In Rockingham, NC

Inaugural 3-Day Destination Music Experience

Will Feature Performances From

Foo Fighters, Tool & Korn

Along With Rob Zombie, Judas Priest, Bring Me The Horizon

& Dozens More

The music performance times and Campers’ Pre-Party details are now available for the debut of Epicenter, May 10, 11 and 12 at the newly created Rockingham Festival Grounds in Richmond County, NC. The new 3-day destination music experience will feature a massive lineup of top rock acts performing on five stages, including Foo Fighters, Tool, Korn, Rob Zombie, Judas Priest, Bring Me The Horizon, The Cult, 311, Evanescence, Bush, +LIVE+ and dozens more.

Festival producer Danny Wimmer Presents is proud to announce a collaboration with Metallica’s Blackened Whiskey and Enter Night Pilsner. Blackened, a super-premium American whiskey blend, crafted by the late Master Distiller Dave Pickerell and finished in the earth-shattering music of Metallica, and Enter Night Pilsner, a collaboration with the rockstars of craft brewing Stone Brewing Company, will come together under one roof to offer guests a one-of-kind musical festival experience. The massive Boilermaker pop-up will feature a Blackened & Enter Night Boilermaker, as well as craft cocktails and ice-cold Enter Night Pilsner. This exciting collaboration marks the latest in a long line of amplified guest experiences only available through Danny Wimmer Presents music festivals. More info to come…

Epicenter will feature after-hours programming and enhanced onsite experiences, along with a wide variety of food and beverage offerings, and various camping options and amenities. General Admission, VIP tickets, and camping packages for Epicenter are on sale now at https://EpicenterFestival.com.

Band performance times for Epicenter 2019 are as follows (subject to change):

Thursday, May 9 (Campers’ Pre-Party)
Rockingham Village Stage 
11:00 PMNightrain (Guns N’ Roses tribute) 
9:30 PMThunderstruck (AC/DC tribute)  
7:30 PMHellzapoppin Circus SideShow  
6:30 PMKillakoi  
    
Friday, May 10
Monster Energy StageQuarry Stage
11:00 PMKorn9:55 PMRob Zombie
8:50 PMMachine Gun Kelly7:55 PMEvanescence
7:05 PMThe Crystal Method6:15 PMSkillet
5:35 PMDorothy5:00 PMBeartooth
4:25 PMZeal & Ardor3:55 PMHyro The Hero
3:25 PMAmigo The Devil  
    
SiriusXM Octane StagePine Stage
7:00 PMMeshuggah7:50 PMMark Lanegan Band
5:40 PMKnocked Loose6:15 PMBlack Pistol Fire
4:30 PMVein5:05 PMSlothrust
3:20 PMWilson3:55 PMHands Like Houses
2:10 PMDED2:45 PMArrested Youth
  1:35 PMBlack Coffee
Rockingham Village Stage  
1:35 AMWilson  
12:45 AMHyro The Hero  
11:55 PMArrested Youth  
8:55 PMHellzapoppin Circus SideShow  
5:45 PMThat Metal Show reunion  
12:00 PMHellzapoppin Circus SideShow  
    
Saturday, May 11
Monster Energy StageQuarry Stage
10:15 PMTool8:55 PMJudas Priest
7:50 PMThe Cult6:45 PMBush
5:55 PMYelawolf5:15 PMBlack Label Society
4:35 PMMotionless In White3:55 PMThe Damned Things
3:15 PMBadflower2:45 PMSylar
  1:35 PMShvpes
    
SiriusXM Octane StagePine Stage
7:45 PMCirca Survive6:45 PMMemphis May Fire
6:00 PMGrandson5:15 PMLight The Torch
4:35 PMCrobot3:55 PMWage War
3:20 PMEvan Konrad2:45 PMDirty Honey
2:10 PMDead Girls Academy1:35 PMHyde
1:00 PMTetrarch12:25 PMAlien Weaponry
    
Rockingham Village Stage  
1:35 AMCrobot  
12:45 AMAmigo The Devil  
11:55 PMGrandson  
8:55 PMHellzapoppin Circus SideShow  
5:45 PMThat Metal Show reunion  
12:00 PMHellzapoppin Circus SideShow  
    
Sunday, May 12
Monster Energy StageQuarry Stage
9:40 PMFoo Fighters8:35 PM311
7:35 PMBring Me The Horizon6:40 PMMastodon
5:50 PM+LIVE+5:10 PMThe Interrupters
4:30 PMFever 3333:55 PMReignwolf
3:15 PMYungblud2:45 PMThe Glorious Sons
2:10 PMThe Dirty Nil1:35 PMTeenage Wrist
    
SiriusXM Octane StagePine Stage
5:50 PMKillswitch Engage6:40 PMTom Morello
4:30 PMArchitects5:15 PMBasement
3:20 PMHo99o93:55 PMMovements
2:10 PMScarlxrd2:45 PMCleopatrick
1:00 PMWhile She Sleeps1:35 PMBoston Manor
  12:25 PMDemob Happy
Rockingham Village Stage  
8:55 PMHellzapoppin Circus SideShow  
12:00 PMHellzapoppin Circus SideShow  

Festival doors open at 11:00 AM daily.

The expansive Rockingham Festival Grounds promise nonstop entertainment, extensive camping options, and no curfew, so the entertainment will continue after the night’s headliners have played their last song on Friday and Saturday. The Rockingham Village Stage will be the premier spot for after-hours entertainment throughout the weekend, including an exclusive Campers’ Pre-Party on Thursday, May 9 featuring AC/DC tribute act Thunderstruck, Guns N’ Roses tribute Nightrain and local Charlotte hard rockers Killakoi.

The Rockingham Village Stage will also include the anticipated reunion of Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson and Jim Florentine from That Metal Show for two sets, Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11, as well as the Hellzapoppin Circus SideShow appearing the entire weekend and also at the Campers’ Pre-Party.

In addition to performances from top music artists, and various onsite attractions, attendees will enjoy a variety of local and regional food and beverage offerings provided by DWP’s affiliate concessionaire, Southern Hospitality Concessions LLC. Fans 21+ can enjoy multiple specialty curated beverage experiences. Varietals from Caduceus Cellars & Merkin Vineyards (owned by Maynard James Keenan, co-founder of international recording acts Tool, A Perfect Circle, and Puscifer) will be available at the Caduceus Wine Garden. Experience abounds at the Heavy Tiki Bar (a tropical oasis filled with killer cocktails and shade). Fans can also enjoy a large variety of local and regional brews at the Epicenter Craft Beer Garden.

Additional Epicenter onsite experiences include: Monster Energy Experience, f.y.e. Fan Experience, The Music Experience, USMC (United States Marine Corps), Zippo Experience, Fxck Cancer / Dyin 2 Live Dreams Program, Take Me Home, and Jack Daniel’s Experience.

Camping at Epicenter will let patrons keep the rock n’ roll party going all through the weekend and will set this festival apart from other U.S. rock shows. Camping spots are connected to the festival grounds and include amenities like access to showers, portable restrooms, food and drink vendors, charging stations, information and medical services, and the Campers’ Pre-Party

The official Epicenter mobile app is now available for download. Attendees can build their own schedules, learn more about the artists and personalities appearing at the festival and get the latest must-know information through push notifications. Download it through the Google Play and Apple stores.

Rockingham Festival Grounds are located at 2153 North U.S. Highway 1, Rockingham, NC, less than two hours from Charlotte, Raleigh/Durham, Columbia and Greensboro.

Epicenter sponsors include: Monster Energy, f.y.e., Fxck Cancer, Zippo, Jack Daniel’s, The Music Experience, Sweetwater Studios, USMC, Zyn, Four Saints Brewing and Hugger Mugger Brewing.

Epicenter is produced by Los Angeles-based Danny Wimmer Presents, one of the largest independent producers of destination music festivals in America. Additional DWP events include Aftershock Festival, Bourbon & Beyond, Chicago Open Air, Hometown Rising, Louder Than Life, Rock Allegiance, Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival, and Welcome To Rockville.

For more information on Epicenter Festival, visit:

Website: https://EpicenterFestival.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EpicenterFest

Twitter: https://twitter.com/epicenterfest

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/epicenterfest

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My first introduction to Foreigner was with their album, “4”, which seemed to break them through to the masses, helped massively by MTV which started the same year. Several of that album’s tracks became regular staples on Music Television – “Urgent”, “Waiting for a Girl Like You”, and “Juke Box Hero”. This concert, however, is taken from an earlier era of the band. While the band had achieved a certain level of success in their native USA, global success had so far eluded them.

After the band’s self-titled debut album had spent a year in the US Top 20, rock’s conquering heroes played a sold-out show at London’s celebrated Rainbow Theatre on April 27, 1978. Opening with “Long, Long Way From Home,” fans were treated to a magnificent display of musicianship and performance, including hit singles “Feels Like The First Time” and “Cold As Ice,” as well an exclusive preview of two tracks from the upcoming Double Vision album, “Hot Blooded” and “Double Vision.”

Featuring the classic FOREIGNER lineup of Mick Jones (lead guitar, keyboards, backing vocals), Lou Gramm (lead vocals, percussion), Ian McDonald (guitars, keyboards, sax, flute, backing vocals), Al Greenwood (keyboards, synthesizer), Ed Gagliardi (bass, backing vocals) and Dennis Elliott (drums, backing vocals), this show captures the essence of a group who would go on to become one of the world’s bestselling bands of all time. Half of the band were actually English, so the London audience had an instant connection with them. This was also enforced by singer Lou Gramm sharing that his mother was present as an audience member. Mick Jones is also no slouch as he takes lead vocals on the track “Woman on Woman”.  The band didn’t have an over the top stage production and in that respect, this show was far removed from the later stage productions-no inflatable Juke Box or similar for this run of dates. Lou Gram as a frontman is always for me personally the voice of the band despite his successor these days doing an admirable job. The band delivered a solid set of material with an already strong songbook – combining hard rock anthems with softer and melodic ballads. “Headknocker” became a live tour de force with an extended version which also saw singer Lou Gramm showcasing his abilities on a second drum kit. This also saw a moment of audience participation which brought the show to a rousing finish.  

Forty years later, this definitive performance by the original band has been restored from the original film reels, remixed and remastered for this release 

“1978 was an absolutely magical time for the band,” remembers Mick Jones, “and to come back over to the UK to play a headline show at the legendary Rainbow really was a dream come true. The audience was amazing that night. We couldn’t have wished for a better show.”

 As FOREIGNER’s music continues to resonate with fans old and new, the band celebrated their 40th-anniversary playing amphitheaters and arenas throughout 2018.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KeH4cO4DLo&feature=youtu.be

Pre order link: HERE

Or

http://www.eagle-rock.com/foreigner

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On Saturday, April 13th, Hatebreed rocked the stage at Bogart’s in Cincinnati, Ohio for their 25th-anniversary tour.

For a show that started at 6:30 pm on a Saturday, the venue was packed with a sea of people dressed in black. Kicking off the music was Ringworm, a hardcore band from Cleveland, Ohio. They brought so much energy to the stage, they drained it from the audience. Anytime they asked, “how’s everyone feelin’ tonight?” they were met with a noise that could barely be classified as loud. They were understandably annoyed to always have to repeat the question. Despite the lackluster audience, Ringworm was nothing short of spectacular. Lots of energy, powerful vocals, and brutal guitar is exactly how a night of metal music should start.

Next up was Fit For an Autopsy, a deathcore band from New Jersey. This band’s music is as brutal and dark as the current events they base their lyrics on. Aggressive guitar and forceful drums blended with a powerful message were exactly what the audience needed to match their energy to the band on stage.

The third act of the night was Cro-Mags, a well-known hardcore band from New York. I can’t imagine John Joseph (singer) knows what it means to sit still. I mean that in a good way of course. Like most hardcore bands from New York, Cro-Mags greatly combines aggressive, high energy, loud in your face music with a dash of PMA on top. They were even cool enough to invite a young audience member, Hayden, on stage with them.

Fourth up was Terror, a hardcore/punk band from Los Angles. The lineup just keeps getting better as the night goes on. Terror embodies exactly what one usually thinks of when you think of a hardcore band from LA; anti-fascist, anti-racist, pro fast paced, make your ears bleed music. Think ‘Sick of it All’ but a bit more straightforward with their lyrics. I wouldn’t be surprised if the world record for crowd surfers was broke during their set. Definitely a highlight of the night.

Finally, the band most people came to see, Hatebreed. Twenty-five years as a band is definitely worth celebrating. I wouldn’t be surprised if Jamey Jasta’s (singer) face hurt the next day from all the smiling he did. Due to a two hour drive back home I did not stay for their whole set. Not enough good words can be said about what I did get to see though. Appreciation for their fans was expressed often and the audience harnessed that into loud singing and moshing all over the place.

If you get a chance to see this anniversary tour, do it. A lineup this stacked shouldn’t be missed.

All photos by Tiffany Detzel

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TERROR
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Miami, FL hard rock band GEARS has released the official music video for their single, “Tango Yankee” featuring Lajon Witherspoon of Sevendust and produced by Corey Lowery.

GEARS - Tango Yankee (Ft. Lajon Witherspoon of SEVENDUST) Official Video - YouTube

“With ‘Tango Yankee,’ we just really wanted to write something dedicated to several members of our families that have served in the Military, Law Enforcement, and First Response. We really wanted this to be special, so getting one of our favorite vocalists from one of our favorite bands was very exciting and made this track just that, special. Lajon came in and absolutely crushed the track vocally. I really love the way it turned out. Trip and LJ complimented each other so well. Put that together with Clint’s epic solo and of course, Corey at the helm, this really turned into something spectacular. I believe that the thought behind the song is something that most Americans can relate to as many of us have or have had loved ones serve. Maybe even a little something that can get us past all of our political disagreements, unify, recognize the sacrifice and just say a simple ‘Thank You’ to all those who fight for our freedom, protect us and keep us safe.” – Jimmy Wooten – GEARS

Miami based hard/heavy rock act GEARS isn’t your average start-up garage band. Despite being confronted with a near disastrous setback at the cusp of their debut, headlining tour, jarring line-up changes, and financial challenges, the band has persevered and rebuilt.

Founded in February 2014, Trip 6 (Urban Rebel), Eli Parker (Endo), Tommy Herres (SCARLET CARSON) and Jimmy Wooten (SKINMASK) were all looking for new projects as their old ones had run their course.

We all wanted to do something more modern, but still rang true to our influences. Something that we could aggressively market and tour on. So, we all met up in Miami after months of talking about doing something together and what came out was the first EP, Set in Motion.

They released Set in Motion in May 2014, immediately launching into their first headline run with support from I-Exist. Just three days into the tour, their equipment trailer disconnected, resulting in a massive, horrific accident; not only did they lose their gear, but the tour van was totaled and the band members sustained serious injury. In spite of this tremendous blow, the group endured and continued the tour without missing a beat.

Later it developed that two of the founding members were unable to continue, leaving the band reeling and having to replace them with skilled, compatible substitutes:

“I was talking with a mutual friend, Joe Taback (12 Gauge Embrace) about needing a guitar player for GEARS because we let go of Eli and he suggested Bobby Thomas. I called him and showed him the songs and he was ready to go. As far as bass, I knew Chris from when Needlemouth was a thing out in Cali and I always liked his playing and he was super laid back & cool. I knew both of these dudes were definite upgrades at their instruments and were a better fit personality wise than what we had to deal with previously.”

In June 2015, Wooten and Six teamed with Corey Lowery (Saint AsoniaStuck MojoStereomudDark New Day) and Troy Mclawhorn (EvanescenceSeetherDark New Day) on their new EP Pride Comes Before the Fall, and announced the addition of new members Bobby Thomas and Chris Dorame. They hit the road for their Riser Tour, once again with I-Exist, in July, wrapping up the run in September, but kept the momentum going with the digital release and lyric video for their debut single off of Pride Comes Before the Fall, “Face Down”. The band rounded out the year with the release of their much anticipated sophomore EP on November 10th, with both headlining tours and a support slot with Trapt slated for 2017.

After a very successful tour in 2017 with Seasons After and Bridge to Grace, GEARS has released a new single and video for “KING.” Once again, joined by Corey Lowery in the studio, GEARS continues to evolve. Boasting an even heavier sound with groove and aggression, they set out for Headlining Dates as well as Support Slots with NonpointUpon a Burning Body and will round out their 2018 Summer/Fall Tour Dates with the last of 3 legs with All That Remains concluding at the end of September.

After touring much of 2018 with All That Remains, GEARS has shifted focus to releasing more music. Their first 2019 offering will be “TANGO YANKEE’ which features LAJON WITHERSPOON of SEVENDUST.

We’re still moving forward and, despite everything that has been an obstacle in the short time we’ve been a band, everything still keeps growing and getting better.

Connect with GEARS:
Official | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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Nashville, TN based Alternative Rock Band BORN CROOKED has released their new single, “Sugar,” off of their upcoming EP, Come On With It.

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“Raw, true emotions always make a song that people can relate to. ‘Sugar’ came from Hunter finding someone who showed him what love really is and how he kept craving it. ‘Sugar’ was written while we were out on the road touring and supporting incredible artists like Kansas, Daughtry, The Record Puddle of Mud, Saving Able, to name a few. Company. Brian Craddock and Josh Paul of CO:OP Song Production helped us to bring this song to life. It is easily one of our favorite songs we have written. It just grabs you right out of the gate! ‘Sugar’ is the first single off our new EP ‘Come On With It’ recorded at The Cat Room Recording Studio and Rivergate Studios in our home town of Nashville, TN.” – BORN CROOKED

Download / Stream “Sugar” Online:
iTunes | Spotify

Sometimes it takes just two to rock the world.
Need proof? Listen to Born Crooked — and crank it up.

You’ve just received a potent, sonic 1-2 punch from brother-sister band, Born Crooked. The Duo pushes the boundaries of an Alternative rock sound, while keeping it personal and soulful in their writing and live show.

“Hunter’s vocals are confident, electrifying and soulful, just like his guitar playing. He cranks out fuzzy, bluesy riffs with the best of them. ARE is a thunderous beauty that lays down the boom whenever she sits at a kit.” As described by The Odyssey Magazine, captures a hint of the intensity and energy these siblings pour out into their music.

Much of this intensity stems from their love for their brother Christian, who passed away in 2013 after a lifelong battle with scoliosis, epilepsy and other painful physical disabilities. “When we’re in the green room or on the side of the stage, getting ready to walk on, we always think of him,” Hunter says. “What we do is as much for him as it is for us.”

Hunter and ARE witnessed Christian recovering from spinal surgery… “He couldn’t have any pain medication, due to allergies, and he was in immense discomfort to say the least. Christians favorite band was Led Zeppelin. Our mother started playing a DVD of Led Zeppelin Live for him. ARE and I watched as his tears dried and he was comforted by the music… it took away his pain. This moment lit a fire in us and showed us the impact music can have.”

Born Crooked’s sound is infused with a passion that’s impossible to ignore. The brother-sister Duo is not afraid to push boundaries, break the rules and incorporate new elements into their music. That passion can be heard in their latest project with Brian Craddock and Josh Paul of CO:OP Song Production. Whether it be the appetite of desire on “Sugar”, stadium chants on “May the Best Man Win”, or the torture of love on “Going Crazy”, the music of Born Crooked cannot be denied.

Add to this their sibling synchronicity, their ability to feed on and amplify each other’s intensity. They’ve felt this connection from the moment they played their first local gigs through appearances abroad on several US and European tours, Born Crooked is about their bond with each other and, always, with Christian.

Born Crooked always take the stage as a two piece, a family. The duo also invite out friends to sit in on Bass and Keys during their set, allowing Hunter & ARE to flex other musical muscles to make for an impactfull night of music.

They continue to honor him through charity performances at rehabilitation centers, hospitals and, Hunter notes, “anyplace where people can’t get out and hear music. We take it to them because we saw the healing effect that music had on Christian. We want to connect with everyone we can.”

And that includes their ever-widening fan base. “It’s very important for us to give audiences something positive that they’ll remember forever, something that they can look back and say, ‘That was a great night.’”

Countless great nights await all who experience Born Crooked. Their day begins now.

Connect with BORN CROOKED:
Official | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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Unfortunately, due to a prior work shift with some horses at the traditional Grand National races, I was running late for the opening bands. So, I am starting this with an apology to both Light The Torch and Norma Jean for my absence. I did, however, hear that both delivered greatly entertaining sets and were very well received by the Manchester audience that almost filled the iconic Ritz venue. I promise that I will be there extra early next time. My arrival into the venue, fortunately, coincided with the headlining act, In Flames, hitting the stage. It was clear who the audience had come to see from the amount and variation of In Flames merchandise being proudly displayed representing all eras of the band’s history.

Opening with a new song is always a challenge and an early indication of how a gig will pan out. “Voices” delivered as fans responded with their own, passionately engaging with the band from the outset. This proved very challenging to the in-house pit crew as the number of stage divers clearly proved more challenging to control. I have done pit security myself and it was certainly a no-brainer that a security company should have done their band homework prior to the venue deployment of staff before the concert started. A sea of bodies moving towards the stage presented a major security and safety risk both to the band onstage and also to the audience members themselves. Fortunately, steps were taken before anything serious occurred and a visible yellow line was soon in place between stage and audience.

In addition to the relentless sea of crowd surfers, several large pits in the venue throughout the show ensured that the audience intensity and passion showed no dropping in levels during In Flames headlining set. There was a familiar face present with the band as Chris Broderick – formerly of Megadeth – pealed out the type of intricate solos that he had mastered with his former employers. Despite the melodic sonic elements, there was certainly no let up in the visuals, as strobe lighting and smoke dominated with no relaxation, rendering the band members virtually invisible from my balcony vantage point.

The last time that I witnessed In Flames was as an opening act on an arena tour with Disturbed and Avenged Sevenfold back in 2017. At that time, playing before a largely disinterested audience, I came away feeling pretty nonplussed by what they had delivered live. However, headlining their own tour before a rabid and passionate fan base of their own, they had certainly stepped up to the mark, delivering a set of such intense brutality which raised the roof sonically of the Manchester Ritz venue. Generally, I am not a fan these days of the particular heavy and powerful music that bands like this deliver. I guess it must be an age thing after having personally witnessed all the thrash innovator’s first time around. However, In Flames, over the course of their set delivered enough variety and musical diversity to keep me entertained right through until prophetic set closer “The End” from their most recent album Battles.

All photos by John Gilleese

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    In Flames - Anders Fridén

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    In Flames - Björn Gelotte

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    In Flames - Bryce Paul

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    In Flames - Anders Fridén

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2018 was a banner year and the 40th Anniversary for TOTO who celebrated the occasion by embarking on their longest world tour in years.  The band performed for hundreds of thousands of fans across Europe and North America, as their level of global critical mass reached new heights largely fueled by a rediscovery of favourites from their beloved repertoire.

This live performance was filmed in front of a sold-out crowd exceeding 18,000 fans on March 17, 2018, at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam.  TOTO performed a wide range of songs, including hit singles, rarely performed live deep cuts, and two recently recorded tracks which appeared on their new Greatest Hits album (40 Trips Around The Sun). Also included is the “40 Tours Featurette,” a brand new interview with band members: Steve Lukather, David Paich, Steve Porcaro, and Joseph Williams.

This is an attractive package combining the DVD and cd release. Up until a few years ago outside of the globally known hit songs I was not that familiar with the bands extensive back catalogue of music. This was soon remedied when I managed to catch Toto live in Dublin in 2015. The live show that I witnessed was simply incredible. A few years later, another tour and this was to commemorate the bands 40th Anniversary. Unfortunately, I did not have the chance to attend a local show by the band and this release is I guess the next best thing. Quite a different set list this time out and a nice mix of the old and the new. The tour was the band’s most extensive run in years and was a worldwide tour to celebrate the band’s enduring career.

Alongside the launch of the tour, the band along with Legacy Recordings had created a brand new Greatest Hits package. The album featured brand new previously unreleased music alongside newly remastered classic tracks worked on by Elliot Scheiner & Gavin Lurssen and his team.  The core Toto members, Steve Lukather, David Paich, Steve Porcaro, Joseph Williams also re-entered the studio to work on the material.

“Myself, David, Steve, and Joseph are humbled and thrilled at the long-lasting success of the band,” Steve Lukather remarked.  “This 40th Anniversary tour is going to be a special one for us and all of the fans that come out.  On top of all that, it’s really exciting to be working with Sony Music again.  We’ve spent a lot of time this year working on new music and re-mastering the older tracks.”

Few ensembles in the history of recorded music have individually or collectively had a larger imprint on pop culture than the members of TOTO.  As individuals, the band members can be heard on an astonishing 5000 albums that together amass a sales history of a half a billion albums.  Amongst these recordings, NARAS applauded the performances with more than 200 Grammy nominations.

With close to 40 years together and literally thousands of credits, including the second biggest selling album of all time to Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and accolades to their names, TOTO remains one of the top-selling touring and recording acts in the world. They are the benchmark by which many artists base their sound and production, and they continue to transcend the standards set by the entire music community, being simply synonymous with musical credibility.  Their repertoire continues to be current via high profile usage on broadcast television.  They are pop culture and are one of the few 70’s bands that have endured the changing trends and styles to a career enjoy a multi-generational worldwide fan base.

The set opens with a newer Toto song”Alone”-quite a surprise on a tour when the band is celebrating their past and history. Quickly followed up by a more familiar song with “Hold the Line”-surprisingly the audience are as eager embracing the new as the old and hit single. Audio quality on this release especially when played on a decent sound system is pristine and crystal clear. Tracks like “Lovers in the Night” (1982)and “Spanish Sea” (2019) are new to my ears. Apparently from both eras of the band. One thing not in dispute is the band’s ability to write an engaging melody.

Its always particularly poignant when Toto play live that they still fully recognise and pay homage to their former band members who have departed this earth. Such it is on this DVD performance as Jeff Porcaro and Mike Porcaro’s contributions to the band’s musical legacy are fondly remembered.

Toto were always hard to define in terms of musical style and this live performance illustrates the various genres that they have dipped into. They have a unique sound which combines elements of pop, rock, soul, funk, prog rock hard rock, R+B in addition to also featuring some blues and jazz elements. The individual musicians are all allowed their chance to shine and also at the same time allow other components to have a breather. Particular interest is the live showpiece by percussion machine Lenny Castro -which the audio mix allows to be heard in all of its sonic glory. Some live concert DVDs create a distance between the viewer and the show. However, I guess due to the quality of the set and strength of material played that is never apparent while viewing this. Maybe because I wanted to attend this tour and was unable to do so that it became more personally engaging to me as a viewer.

No tech enhancements which seem to sadly be commonplace in modern live rock music these days.Despite these musicians having been around several blocks in their “40 Tours around the sun”they still convey a genuine sense of enjoyment at what they do-definitely no going through the motions for these guys. The setlist traverses with songs from almost every album that Toto have released and even a few tracks never before played live. Culminating with The Road Goes On-its quite an apt song to end on as it appears this is definitely true for the band whose star shows no signs of diminishing. No need to quit when they are still on top of their musical game.

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Welcome To Rockville

Announces One-Of-A-Kind Onsite Collaboration With Metallica’s

Blackened Whiskey And Enter Night Pilsner

Band Performance Times & Official Pre-Party Also Announced For

Florida’s Biggest Rock Experience

May 3, 4 & 5, 2019

At Metropolitan Park In Jacksonville, FL

With Performances From

Tool, Korn, Rob Zombie,

Incubus, Judas Priest, Evanescence,

Shinedown, Bring Me The Horizon, Chevelle & More

Limited Number Of Welcome To Rockville Tickets Still Available

Band performance times and details for the official pre-party for the ninth annual Welcome To Rockville are now available.

On Friday, May 3, Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5, Florida’s Biggest Rock Experience takes over Metropolitan Park along the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, Florida with must-see headlining sets from some of the biggest names in rock including Tool, Korn, Rob Zombie, Incubus, Judas Priest, Evanescence, Shinedown, Bring Me The Horizon, Chevelle, Circa Survive, Yelawolf, Meshuggah and many more. More than 50 bands will appear on three stages over the course of the weekend.

A limited number of General Admission and VIP tickets, as well as camping passes, for Welcome To Rockville are still available at www.WelcomeToRockvilleFestival.com. Note: VIP Weekend and VIP Sunday tickets, as well as hotel packages, are now sold out.

Danny Wimmer Presents is proud to announce a collaboration with Metallica’s Blackened Whiskey and Enter Night Pilsner. Blackened, a super-premium American whiskey blend crafted by the late Master Distiller Dave Pickerell and finished in the earth shattering music of Metallica, and Enter Night Pilsner, a collaboration with the rockstars of craft brewing Stone Brewing Company, will come together under one roof to offer guests a one-of-kind musical festival experience. The massive Boilermaker pop-up will feature a Blackened & Enter Night Boilermaker, as well as craft cocktails and ice-cold Enter Night Pilsner. This exciting collaboration marks the latest in a long line of amplified guest experiences only available through Danny Wimmer Presents music festivals. More info to come…

Welcome To Rockville Presents The Official Pre-Party featuring Amigo The Devil, Secret Social Club, and a special guest will kick off the weekend on Thursday, May 2 at 1904 Music Hall in Jacksonville. Doors open at 7:00 PM, and the first 100 Welcome To Rockville single day ticket or weekend wristband holders will get in free. For those needing to purchase tickets, general admission is only $10 and tickets are available at www.1904musichall.com.

Band performance times for Welcome To Rockville 2019 are as follows (subject to change):

Friday, May 3
Monster Energy StageMetropolitan Stage
9:50 PMKorn8:45 PMEvanescence
7:50 PMChevelle7:10 PMThe Crystal Method
6:30 PMFlogging Molly5:35 PMKillswitch Engage
4:55 PMTom Morello4:25 PMBeartooth
3:50 PMHyro The Hero3:15 PMLight The Torch
2:20 PMHands Like Houses1:50 PMAmigo The Devil
1:00 PMDirty Honey  
    
River Stage  
6:10 PMCirca Survive  
5:00 PMMark Lanegan Band  
3:45 PMBlack Pistol Fire  
2:45 PMWilson  
1:25 PMDemob Happy  
12:30 PMCleopatrick  
    
Saturday, May 4
Monster Energy StageMetropolitan Stage
9:50 PMRob Zombie8:50 PMJudas Priest
7:50 PMShinedown6:15 PMThe Cult
5:35 PMIn This Moment4:45 PMSkillet
4:10 PMBlack Label Society3:30 PMTremonti
2:55 PMThe Damned Things2:25 PMBadflower
1:55 PMDead Girls Academy1:20 PMCrobot
    
River Stage  
7:05 PMYelawolf  
5:25 PMZeal & Ardor  
4:05 PMWage War  
3:00 PMMovements  
1:50 PMBoston Manor  
    
Sunday, May 5
Monster Energy StageMetropolitan Stage
8:35 PMTool7:35 PMIncubus
6:40 PMBring Me The Horizon5:40 PMPapa Roach
4:15 PMThe Interrupters3:35 PMThe Struts
3:05 PMFever 3332:30 PMReignwolf
2:05 PMYungblud1:30 PMDorothy
1:00 PMThe Glorious Sons12:30 PMThe Dirty Nil
12:00 PMHyde  
    
River Stage  
4:55 PMMeshuggah  
3:00 PMArchitects  
2:00 PMGrandson  
1:00 PMWhile She Sleeps  
12:00 PMShvpes  

Festival doors open at 11:30 AM on Friday and Saturday and 11:00 AM on Sunday.

In addition to performances from top music artists, and various onsite attractions, attendees will also enjoy a variety of onsite food and beverage options provided by Southern Hospitality Concessions LLCDWP’s affiliate concessionaire. Visit https://welcometorockvillefestival.com/experiences for the full list of offerings from local and regional restaurants and food trucks.

Fans 21+ can wash down Welcome To Rockville’s over-the-top food offerings with a variety of beverages, including Bud Light, selections from the Caduceus Cellars & Merkin Vineyards Wine Garden (owned by Maynard James Keenan, co-founder of international recording acts Tool, A Perfect Circle, and Puscifer), killer cocktails at the Kraken Black Spiced Rum Heavy Tiki Bar oasis, and local craft beer, including options from world renowned Tampa-based Cigar City Brewing.

The official Welcome To Rockville mobile app is now available for download. Attendees can build their own schedules, learn more about the artists and personalities appearing at the festival and get the latest must-know information through push notifications. Download it through the Google Play and Apple stores.

Welcome To Rockville sponsors and experiences include: Monster Energy, Bud Light, Zippo, f.y.e. Fan Experience, Fxck Cancer / Dyin 2 Live Dreams Program, Take Me Home, Three Olives, Jose Cuervo, Kraken Black Spiced Rum, The Music Experience, Jack Daniel’s, Demons Behind Me, Cigar City Brewing, Fearless Records, Roadrunner Records and Sweetwater Studios.

Welcome To Rockville is produced by Los Angeles-based Danny Wimmer Presents, one of the largest independent producers of destination music festivals in America. Additional DWP events include Aftershock Festival, Bourbon & Beyond, Chicago Open Air, Epicenter Festival, Hometown Rising, Rock Allegiance and Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival.

Metropolitan Park is located at 1410 Gator Bowl Blvd. in Jacksonville, FL.

For more information on Welcome To Rockville, visit:

Website: www.WelcomeToRockvilleFestival.com

Facebook: @welcometorockville

Twitter: @RockvilleFest

Instagram: @welcometorockville

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In the world of Rock and Roll, if a band wants to get their music to the masses there are a plethora of options. The digital age has seemingly revolutionized the music distribution to potential fans. I applaud the music industry for changing with the times, but I fear that budding music lovers will never know the rush of experiencing their favorite bands live. I honestly was beginning to believe that the new crop of Rock and Roll superstars would look at touring as a “necessary evil” and just “phone in” their live performances. I can honestly tell you that after seeing this band, Joyous Wolf, live and talking to lead singer Nick Reese, I can guarantee the world of Rock and Roll is alive and kickin’!

The weather had tried to keep Joyous Wolf and Buckcherry from bringing their badass live music to the eager fans in La Crosse, Wisconsin on that brisk March night. I had gotten word that both Joyous Wolf and Buckberry had gotten snowed in just as they had made it out of Canada two nights before. Both bands were forced to set up camp in North Dakota for the last two days. Joyous Wolf was scheduled to hit the stage at 7 p.m. that night, and when I rolled in at 5 p.m. to the venue, Buckcherry’s bus was parked and their load-in had commenced, but no sign of Joyous Wolf.  I was ready to scrap the idea of getting an interview, due to the fact J.W. needed to do load in and sound check before doors opened at 6 pm. I should have had more faith because as soon Joyous Wolf got to the venue I got word that frontman Nick Reese was waiting for myself and my assistant Erin to start the interview.

I had watched the video for “Mississippi Queen” when I was doing my research on Joyous Wolf, so I started the interview by asking Nick about covering Mountain’s chart-topper “Mississippi Queen”. Nick explained, “It was a song we all liked, and sort of grew together and up with. We like the band, Mountain, so we wanted to do something that made sense for our sonic personality and I think that was definitely in our wheelhouse.” I went on to inquire about the flip that Nick does in their video for “Mississippi Queen” and if he was going to do that move during the song like in the video. ” We aren’t going to do any covers tonight, so I won’t be doing that.” He stated. I immediately got worried that we would not get to see “the flip” tonight because the band was not going to perform “Mississippi Queen”. Nick put my fears to rest by explaining, “That flip is kinda my thing, and it is not attached to that song by any means”. (FYI, he did do the flip, and the band DID play “Mississippi Queen”).

I switched gears and explained to Nick that I had scoured their label’s website, any and all press releases that pertained to Joyous Wolf, and I really could not find any info on the album. Nick laughed and explained, “That is because we are just getting ready to release it! It has been in the works since we signed with Roadrunner Records and the EP “Place In Time” is finally ready to drop on April 19th.” Nick went on to tell me that fans can already listen to two songs off of the EP “Quiet Heart” and the EP’s title track, “Place In Time”. “Of course, fans will get to hear the entire EP live if they get to one of our stops with Buckcherry.” I took that opening and asked Nick what it was like touring with Buckcherry. Nick looked at me and simply laughed, “What do you think? Of course, it is a madhouse!”  Nick paused and laughed, “Nah, the tour has been really great so far. It is really great to meet fans and do live shows”. I asked him what his favorite gig had been so far. “It had to be when I got to meet Myles Kennedy.” He paused as a huge smile appeared on his face, then continued “So our set had just finished, and I was in the little artist green room standing kind of in front of the door to the bathroom doing something on my phone. All of a sudden, this guy is next to me asking if he could get past me and go into the bathroom. I looked up from my phone and it was Myles Kennedy. It took me a second to realize that Slash was still on stage playing his solo and Myles just went into the can to take a leak. Myles came back out, looked at me and said “see ya” to me and went back up on stage, not missing a beat.” Nick stopped for a moment and then wistfully said, “That is the level of cool Myles Kennedy is, he can go take a leak while Slash does a solo and no one is the wiser”. I took that opportunity to mention the rumor that joyous Wolf was actually going to be playing some shows with Slash. Nick immediately laughed and stated, “That is no rumor, we are going to be doing 6 shows with Slash this summer”.  

I realized that my allotted time picking Nick’s brain was about up and I wanted to make sure I gave him a chance to add anything he wanted the fans to know. “Yeah, I want to thank everyone at the label, and all of our support people. I also want to thank all of the fans for coming to shows and for showing us their love and support these last few years. This last year since we got signed has been mind-blowing!” I interjected and asked if he has any advice for any up and coming musicians. “Yes! Do what you love. Do not try to be like other bands. We got signed to Roadrunner records only after we decided to just follow our musical path and not try to fit in any mold or be like any other band. Just believe in yourselves. If you want to make it in this industry you have to just go for it. We got signed after the rep from Roadrunner saw our live performance once.” That statement about knocked me on my chukkas, getting signed to Roadrunner, under those circumstances, is a one in a trillion occurrence. The fact that this happened to Joyous Wolf should tell you all you need to know about how talented these 4 cats are.

I can say without a doubt that Nick Reese is one of the most talented and genuine musicians I have interviewed in a long time. I still have a hard time believing that Nick and his bandmates are only in the mid-20s, their music and their overall aura shows the wisdom of much older souls. Joyous Wolf’s live performance was electrifying. Nick and his bandmates had the entire crowd captivated with their bluesy southern rock style and energetic vibe. The band is still currently on the road with Buckcherry, so make plans to catch Joyous Wolf on one of the remaining dates. Their debut ep will be out April 19th on Roadrunner Records, so make sure you mark your calendars reminding you to buy “A Place in Time” the minute it is available. I have included all the links you will need to invite Joyous Wolf into your life, so get clicking! Mark my words, dear reader, this band is the future of Rock and Roll, so pay attention!

Joyous Wolf - Mississippi Queen [OFFICIAL VIDEO] - YouTube

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“The Godfathers of Hardcore” is the captivating story of guitarist Vinnie Stigma and vocalist Roger Miret of the hardcore punk band Agnostic Front as told by filmmaker Ian McFarland.

“That’s the sound of New York baby!” uttered by Vinnie while walking the streets outside of his home, could easily be an alternate title for this documentary. One of the greatest aspects of this film is getting to see how the history of Agnostic Front intertwines so much with the history of the lower east side of New York. Drugs, gangs, and a neighborhood full of crime paved the way to the loud lyrics and heavy guitars Agnostic Front has become known for. “If we were from anywhere else I don’t think we would’ve had that edge.” It’s hard to argue with Miret on that statement. Archival footage of the band playing on tiny stages full of sweat and slam dancing coupled with old interviews of fans in the scene describe how societal norms shaped the underground hardcore movement.

Much of the film focuses on the separate lives of Vinnie and Roger. Vinnie has managed to live in the exact same apartment his whole life and by the way, he greets nearly everyone he passes on the streets, it shows. He delves into how the lower east side has changed in the past six decades. We even get to see him point out where his grandfather’s pigeon coop used to be. He’s got a larger-than-life personality that encompasses the heart of New York and he shows no signs of slowing down. On the flip side, we get to see the difficult past of Roger. Between fleeing Cuba with his family to escape the Castro regime, dealing with an abusive stepfather, and constantly moving as a kid, Roger finally found comfort with the people he met on the lower east side where he would eventually join Agnostic Front. Despite a recent health scare, Miret is enjoying the middle-class lifestyle in Arizona with his wife and three kids while also continuing to tour.

As interesting as these two characters are, the film is not without flaw. The structure of the narrative felt choppy by weaving between present day and random points in the band’s history as well as the back and forth of who the main focus was to be. I would have liked to have heard more of the band’s music playing throughout the storytelling. Instead at times, we are given sad, ominous tones that clash with the heartfelt and often positive nostalgia we are led through.

This isn’t really a documentary that shows how Agnostic Front defined hardcore, but rather how hardcore ties into the journey of two iconic men in that scene. It’s an interesting story worth enjoying.

The Godfathers Of Hardcore | Agnostic Front Documentary | Official Movie Trailer Premiere - YouTube

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