SLIPKNOT Announces Full Details Of North American Headline Tour With MARILYN MANSON

SLIPKNOT has announced full details of its massive summer headline tour with MARILYN MANSON and OF MICE & MEN. The North American trek will see the Grammy Award-winning group bringing their explosive live show across North America, kicking off June 9 at Salt Lake City, Utah’s USANA Amphitheatre. SLIPKNOT fan club ticket presales will begin March 1 at 12:00 p.m. local time, followed by Citibank presales on March 2, local Live Nation and radio presales on March 3 and general onsale March 4 at 10:00 a.m. local time.

The dates are as follows:

Jun. 09 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
Jun. 11 – Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre
Jun. 13 – Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion
Jun. 14 – Inglewood, CA – The Forum
Jun. 15 – Chula Vista, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Jun. 17 – Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Hotel & Casino
Jun. 18 – Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion
Jun. 19 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
Jun. 21 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Jun. 24 – Austin, TX – Austin 360 Amphitheater
Jun. 25 – Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion
Jun. 26 – The Woodlands, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
Jun. 28 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
Jun. 29 – Atlanta, GA – Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
Jul. 01 – West Palm Beach, FL – Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre
Jul. 02 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the FL State Fairgrounds
Jul. 06 – Wantagh, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Jul. 08 – Hartford, CT – Xfinity Theatre
Jul. 09 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
Jul. 10 – Hershey, PA – GIANT Center
Jul. 12 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
Jul. 13 – Noblesville, IN – Klipsch Music Center
Jul. 15 – Oshkosh, WI – Rock USA*
Jul. 16 – Cadott, WI – Rock Fest*
Jul. 17 – Bridgeview, IL – Chicago Open Air*
Jul. 19 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
Jul. 20 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
Jul. 21 – Québec, QC – Videotron Centre
Jul. 23 – Syracuse, NY – Lakeview Amphitheater – Syracuse
Jul. 24 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Jul. 26 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
Jul. 27 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
Jul. 29 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
Jul. 30 – Burgettstown, PA – First Niagara Pavilion
Aug. 02 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
Aug. 04 – Maryland Heights, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Aug. 05 – Des Moines, IA – Wells Fargo Arena

SLIPKNOT has selected “Goodbye” as the latest single from its most recent album, “.5: The Gray Chapter”.

SLIPKNOT was nominated in both “Best Rock Album” (“.5: The Gray Chapter”) and “Best Metal Performance” (“Custer”) categories at the 58th annual Grammy Awards, which was held on February 15 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

“.5: The Gray Chapter” sold 132,000 copies in the U.S. in its first week of release to land at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 chart.

“.5: The Gray Chapter” was released in October 2014 following a six-year hiatus during which founding SLIPKNOT bassist Paul Gray died and original drummer Joey Jordison was dismissed.

MARILYN MANSON‘s latest album, “The Pale Emperor”, was released in January 2015 via the singer’s own label — Hell, etc. — in a joint venture with Cooking Vinyl and Loma Vista Recordings.

Manson collaborated on the new album, his first in over two years, with noted film composer/producer Tyler Bates (“Guardians Of The Galaxy”, “300”, “The Watchmen”).

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DEF LEPPARD Announces 55-City North American Tour

DEF LEPPARD will return to the road this summer for an extensive tour across North America due to overwhelming demand. The Live Nation-promoted outing will storm through 55 cities across all parts of the U.S. and Canada. It is set to kick off on May 1 in Orlando, Florida and wrap on October 10 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Joining DEF LEPPARD on their mighty summer outing are REO SPEEDWAGON and TESLA. Tickets will go on sale starting on March 4 at LiveNation.com.

Said DEF LEPPARD frontman Joe Elliott: “I’m really looking forward to getting back out there and playing some great music with some great people for some of the most appreciative audiences in the world. It really is always a pleasure.”

Kevin Cronin of REO SPEEDWAGON said: “We played some shows with DEF LEPPARD in 2008 and it was an amazing musical marriage, a melodic rock extravaganza. We are ready to restart that fire in 2016.”

The dates are as follows:

May 01 – Orlando, FL – Moonstone Festival (no REO SPEEDWAGON)
May 4 – Lafayette, LA – Lafayette Cajundome* (no REO SPEEDWAGON
May 05 – Corpus Christi, TX – American Bank Center Arena* (no REO SPEEDWAGON)
May 07 – Hidalgo, TX – State Farm Arena*(no REO SPEEDWAGON)
May 10 – Bossier City, LA – CenturyLink Center
May 11 – Little Rock, AR – Verizon Arena
May 13 – Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum Complex
May 15 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
May 17 – Allentown, PA – PPL Center
May 18 – Huntington, WV – Big Sandy Superstore Arena
May 20 – Orlando, FL – Amway Center (no REO SPEEDWAGON)
Jun. 22 – Boston, MA – Xfinity Center
Jun. 24 – Bangor, ME – Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
Jun. 25 – Quebec City, QC – Centre Videotron
Jun. 27 – Syracuse, NY – Lakeview Amphtheatre
Jun. 29 – Hershey, PA – Hershey Park Stadium
Jul. 01 – Indianapolis, IN – Klipsch Music Center
Jul. 02 – Chicago, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Jul. 05 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
Jul. 06 – Milwaukee, WI – Summerfest in Milwaukee
Jul. 08 – Pittsburgh, PA – First Niagara Pavilion
Jul. 09 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
Jul. 11 – Wantagh, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach
Jul. 13 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
Jul. 15 – Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
Jul. 16 – Toronto, ON – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Aug. 06 – Madison, WI – Alliant Energy Center
Aug. 08 – Evansille, IN – Ford Center
Aug. 10 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
Aug. 12 – Atlanta, GA – Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
Aug. 13 – Raleigh, NC – Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
Aug. 17 – Birmingham, AL – Oak Mountain Amphitheater
Aug. 19 – Austin, TX – Austin 360 Amphitheatre
Aug. 22 – Houston, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
Aug. 24 – Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion
Aug. 26 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
Aug. 27 – ST. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Aug. 29 – Cleveland, OH – Blossom Music Center
Aug. 31 – Darien Center, NY – Darien PAC
Sep. 14 – Billings, MT – Metrapark Arena
Sep. 16 – Salk Lake City, UT – USANA Ampitheatere
Sep. 17 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
Sep. 19 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheatre
Sep. 20 – Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion
Sep. 22 – Irvine, CA – Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre
Sep. 24 – Sacramento, CA – Toyota Amphitheatre (no TESLA)
Sep. 25 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
Sep. 28 – Boise, ID – Taco Bell Arena
Sep. 30 – Eugene, OR – Matthew Knight Arena
Oct. 01 – Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome
Oct. 04 – Omaha, NE – CenturyLink
Oct. 05 – Minneapolis, MN – Xcel Center
Oct. 07 – La Crosse, WI – La Crosse Center Arena
Oct. 08 – Toledo, OH – Huntington Center
Oct. 10 – Cedar Rapids, IA – U.S. Cellular Center

* STYX to appear

DEF LEPPARD recently rescheduled several postponed tour dates with STYX and TESLA because Elliott was suffering from vocal issues.

DEF LEPPARD guitarist Phil Collen told The Pulse Of Radio he and his bandmates always look forward to playing their hits out on the road. “Every night when someone’s singing along — especially when there’s a lot of young kids there, 16-year-olds and that — it is fresh, actually makes you feel really good when there’s a whole new breed of people just singing away to songs that you’ve done,” he said. “It doesn’t really matter whether it’s a new song or an old song, it’s still our song, so it’s a huge compliment. It really is, it’s the best thing in the world.”

DEF LEPPARD‘s latest, self-titled album entered The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 10 with first-week sales of just over 30,000 units — nearly all from pure album sales.

The album is the band’s first studio effort since “Songs From the Sparkle Lounge” in 2008.

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THE WINERY DOGS Sign Co-Publishing Agreement With ROUND HILL MUSIC

THE WINERY DOGS Sign Co-Publishing Agreement With ROUND HILL MUSIC

Round Hill Music has entered into a co-publishing agreement with THE WINERY DOGS for their latest album, “Hot Streak”, the supercharged follow-up to the self-titled rabidly rocking 2013 debut of the three-piece musical dynamo.

THE WINERY DOGS have emerged as the hottest hard rock act in many years,” says Round Hill Music CEO Josh Gruss. “The band members are all virtuoso rock stars with strong fan bases of their own. Round Hill is excited to have them on our roster. We look forward to adding creative value to these songs.”

THE WINERY DOGS and I are very excited about entering this new adventure with Round Hill Music,” says THE WINERY DOGS manager Tim Heyne. “Josh Gruss is a huge fan and supporter of rock music, and THE WINERY DOGS are very excited for the prospect of working with this energetic new company!”

THE WINERY DOGS is the power trio featuring drummer Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, ADRENALINE MOB), legendary bassist Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG, TALAS, DAVID LEE ROTH) and guitarist/vocalist Richie Kotzen (MR. BIG, POISON).

“Hot Streak” debuted at No. 30 on The Billboard 200 chart, having shifted 13,000 equivalent album units in the week ending October 8, 2015. The CD was released in North America on Loud & Proud Records via RED (a division of Sony Music Entertainment) and in the rest of the world via earMUSIC.

“Hot Streak” shows the powerfully pedigreed trio’s initial burst of collective chemistry was no accident, from the strum and headbang of “Captain Love” to the propulsive uplifting vibe of “The Bridge” to the introspective acoustic harmonic convergence of “Fire”.

“I feel we’ve taken the band to another level,” explained Kotzen. “The compositions are stronger on this album. I feel more connected lyrically and musically to what I did on this record than on the last one. We’ve widened the musical scope of the band on this record and moved it forward.”

Portnoy added: “Everything on this album was more of a collaboration than on the first album. There’s just a natural chemistry. The three of us really mesh very, very well, both musically and personally. The mission of this band is to write catchy songs, and not have the musicianship overpower that.”

“I’m glad we’re not playing it safe and just doing songs that automatically fit in the category of what we did on the first record,” Sheehan concluded. “Some of them are a little different, and we definitely took chances. And you have to do that — otherwise you don’t grow.”

DREAM THEATER ‘The Astonishing’ Game Coming In April

Turbo Tape Games and DREAM THEATER have announced the production of “The Astonishing” game, based on the band’s concept album by the same name. The game will be released on PC, Mac, iOS and Android in April.

“The Astonishing” game is based on the album’s story, setting, and characters, giving players an opportunity to further experience the world of Ravenskill and the G.N.E.A. while battling Empirical forces and securing man-made artistry’s place in the futuristic world set forth in the universe of “The Astonishing”. Tactical gameplay and a storyline that progresses with the player make this a can’t-miss experience for gamers and music fans alike. The game will share core gameplay mechanics with Turbo Tape Games‘ critically acclaimed “UHR: Warlords”, with several enhancements for this new project.

“The Astonishing” game will be available as a free download for iOS, Android, PC and Mac with a one-time fee to continue playing past the first two missions. The game features both single-player and multi-player pass-and-play same-device functionality.

“The Astonishing” was released on January 29 via Roadrunner. The CD was made available in a wide range of distinctive versions, including standard 2-CD set, 4-LP vinyl box set and a limited-edition deluxe box set.

Recorded at Cove City Sound Studios in Glen Cove, New York, with John Petrucci producing, studio luminary Richard Chycki (AEROSMITH, RUSH) engineering/mixing and legendary arranger, composer and conductor David Campbell orchestrating, “The Astonishing” paints a tale of a retro-futurist post-apocalyptic dystopia ruled by medieval style feudalism. It’s a place aching for a Chosen One to rise above the noise and defeat an Empire defined by the endless drone of noise machines and the illusion of safety in bland conformity.

In a recent interview with La Grosse Radio, DREAM THEATER keyboardist Jordan Rudess stated about “The Astonishing”: “Well, the story is really about hope and it’s about the power of music for healing and bringing good energy and good spirit to people. It was a story that was written by John Petrucci [DREAM THEATER guitarist]. He originally thought of it, the seed of the idea, about two and a half years ago. And a little over a year ago, he presented it to the band as an idea to do our concept album, and we were all very excited about it; it seemed really great. So after he presented it to us, then we started to work on all the music for it.”

Regarding the inspiration for “The Astonishing” story, Rudess said: “Well, I think the inspiration comes from things like ‘Star Wars’ and ‘The Lord Of The Rings’ and ‘Game Of Thrones’ and all these kind of fantasy, sci-fi stories. And it’s something that certainly John, who wrote the story, is into and all of us could really relate to. Especially from a musical point of view, to create the music for it, for me it was like doing a score for a film. So I was very comfortable with all the different genres of music that had to be composed, ’cause it was everything from electronic sounds and music — not so much, but there’s definitely electronics throughout the album — and also some more classical type of musical ideas to our usual prog kind of metal mixture.”

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SCORPIONS & DORO PESCH To Be Honored At 1st Annual VEGAS ROCKS! HAIR METAL AWARDS

SCORPIONS, DORO PESCH To Be Honored At First Annual VEGAS ROCKS! HAIR METAL AWARDS

Vegas Rocks! Magazine has announced that SCORPIONS will make an appearance to receive the “Classic Rock Outstanding Lifetime Achievement” award at the first annual Vegas Rocks! Hair Metal Awards. In addition, German metal queen Doro Pesch will be presented with the “Metal Goddess” award at the event, which will be held Sunday, May 15 at the Casablanca Event Center At Eastside Cannery Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Vegas Rocks! Hair Metal Awards will feature a special performance at the end of the show by TWISTED SISTER, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year with the release of the acclaimed documentary “We Are Twisted F***ing Sister!”, a three-CD live set, the release of a memorial concert to their fallen brother A.J. Pero, and a farewell tour titled “40 & F*ck It!”

Producer and co-host of the event and Vegas Rocks! Magazine publisher Sally Steele says: “We are thrilled to welcome and honor great artists like SCORPIONS and TWISTED SISTER who have made such a brilliant contribution to music over the decades. There are also many other artists from the era of the ’80s who were never given much credit as great musicians and we are here to also show them recognition.

“The first part of the show will be artists from the Sunset Strip era and the second half will feature more of the metal genre of national artists.”

Other artists slated to appear and to be honored/featured at the Vegas Rocks! Hair Metal Awards are QUIET RIOT, WINGER and ANGEL (full original lineup). There will also be a tribute to MOTÖRHEAD‘s Lemmy Kilmister, which will include a performance by major metal stars.

The event will be preceded by a Grand Rock ‘N’ Roll Royal Red Carpet media event at 6 p.m., with appearances with major celebrities and some of the most famous rock artists in the music industry.

Tickets are available for purchase at Ticketmaster or in person at the Eastside Cannery box office or by calling the Cannery box office at (702) 856-5300 or going to www.VegasRocks.com.

DEF LEPPARD Announces Rescheduled Tour Dates

DEF LEPPARD Announces Rescheduled Tour Dates

DEF LEPPARD has rescheduled the majority of their recently postponed tour dates with STYX and TESLA, according to The Pulse Of Radio. The tour played just one show — January 29 in Sunrise, Florida — before the dates were pulled with LEPPARD drummer Rick Allen tweeting about frontman Joe Elliott: “The doctor basically said that if Joe continues to sing without resting his throat for a month, he might do permanent damage… Rescheduling shows is really complicated. Sometimes the logistics just don’t add up the way we want them to. Please accept my sincere apologies.”

As it stands now, two gigs have yet to get new show dates: Atlantic City, New Jersey; and Brooklyn, New York — with the San Antonio, Texas not being rescheduled. None of the nine rescheduled concerts feature STYX or TESLA.

DEF LEPPARD guitarist Phil Collen told The Pulse Of Radio he and his bandmates always look forward to playing their hits out on the road. “Every night when someone’s singing along — especially when there’s a lot of young kids there, 16-year-olds and that — it is fresh, actually makes you feel really good when there’s a whole new breed of people just singing away to songs that you’ve done,” he said. “It doesn’t really matter whether it’s a new song or an old song, it’s still our song, so it’s a huge compliment. It really is, it’s the best thing in the world.”

Rescheduled DEF LEPPARD tour dates:

May 04 – Lafayette, LA – Cajundome
May 05 – Corpus Christi, TX – American Bank Center
May 07 – Hidalgo, TX – State Farm Arena
May 10 – Bossier City, LA – CenturyLink Center
May 11 – North Little Rock, AK – Verizon Arena
May 13 – Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum
May 15 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
May 17 – Allentown, PA – PPL Center
May 20 – Orlando, FL – Amway Center

DEF LEPPARD‘s latest, self-titled album entered The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 10 with first-week sales of just over 30,000 units — nearly all from pure album sales.

The album is the band’s first studio effort since “Songs From the Sparkle Lounge” in 2008.

TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION To Release ‘Dark Side Of Black’ Album In April

After reaching a new level of recognition with their last album “Ride On” and a position on the 2014 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, gritty southern metal four-piece TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION is back with its fourth full-length album, “Dark Side Of Black”, due on April 22 via Carved Records.

Embracing southern roots while exploring a heavier sound than ever before, “Dark Side Of Black” achieves a murky, groovier feel while not straying too far from TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION‘s tried-and-true brand of rugged outlaw rock. The CD was recorded at Boot Hill Studio in Corinth, Texas and Valve Studios in Dallas, Texas with producer Sterling Winfield (PANTERA, HELLYEAH, DAMAGEPLAN).

‘Dark Side Of Black’ is our heaviest album to date for sure,” states TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION vocalist Big Dad Ritch. “We’ve learned a lot having made four full-length albums prior. We’re trying to use that knowledge we learned to make an album that can maintain what ‘Ride On’ and ‘Peacemaker’ bring to the table, yet we wanted it to lend itself more to the power that is the red dirt metal of ‘Rollin” and ‘Pride Of Texas’. So it feels like ‘Pride’ meets ‘Peacemaker’. Top-shelf TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION meets bottom-shelf liquor…”

Although the members of TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION are experts at their trade, recording “Dark Side Of Black” wasn’t easy at times. TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION drummer Timmy Braun went through a physical struggle while recording the album, having just recovered from a serious infection shortly beforehand. He feels, perhaps, that this struggle influenced his recording style overall.

“About ‘Dark Side Of Black’, I have never had such a difficult time completing an album in my life,” begins Braun. “I say that because my first session I had just got out of the hospital. It was difficult for me to walk let alone play a drum kit. After being in bed for literally two weeks, I felt a bit out of shape. Then for the second session, my hand was swollen to almost twice its size because of an injury! I couldn’t make a fist, let alone play a drum kit. However, I’m hoping the vibe I was able to create will have a special flavor that I wouldn’t have been able to offer had my life been in order, per se. In other words, tough times make for better art!”

Guitarist Cord Pool adds: “Between tweaking our writing style and being influenced by personal things, ‘Dark Side Of Black’ leads the listener a step closer to the darker and heavier side of what we have to offer.”

“Dark Side Of Black” track listing:

01. Angel Fall
02. Come Get It
03. Dark Side
04. Gods Are Angry
05. Hit It
06. Into The Wall
07. Knee Deep
08. Rise
09. Shakin’
10. Villain

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