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Apr
30

LEONARDO CHOP

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leonardo-chopAfresh: What is your name, and name your group/band/act? Leonardo. Chop or LC, whichever keeps your boat floating.

Afresh: Where are the artists from?  What is their talent in the group? I’m hailing from St.Louis, Missiouri

Afresh: How did the band get the name? It’s an interesting story … I went by the name “Cloud Hopper” when I first started off …. The guys I worked with had mixed opinions about it. My friend Kevin Booker thought it sounded to much like a “Clipse” phrase.  I wanted to stand out, I was maturing as an artist, and it was just time to leave that name, and a lot that was associated with it behind…  My favorite artist has always been Leonardo Da Vinci … I relay myself to him in music, Just trying to paint a picture if that makes sense… So I took “Leonardo” … Abbreviated Cloud Hopper to “Chop”, eliminated the period because I never stop.. and POW! You’ve got Leonardo. Chop… There’s more to the story… But that’s the basis. lol . I just kind of morphed into LC … It was all organic and natural.!

Afresh: What (who) does your act/art consist of? Me, and probably some amazing work from my producers the “Geek Squad” .. On a good day you’ll get the whole team, which consists of Me, P DizZzy, and Jae B … We all make the a super team called “The Academy” … It’s like back on Power Rangers when they all came together to form “Megazord” .. That was the best !

Afresh: Give me some details about the group/act/art? I’m a different sound from my city. St.Louis has kind of been slapped with a label or a stereotype that suggesting that we all sound one way, and dress one way. I’m kicking that door down. Period. It’s a new era, and I’m standing on top of it with a fresh pair of bapes.

Afresh: How long have you been performing live or making art? I wrote my first rhyme at 13, I stopped writing at 18 and just started recording, with no pen or pad. Just thoughts. I put out my first freestyle around that time.

Afresh: What has been the biggest challenge for you or the group? Just being heard, but I understand that comes with time and a lot of hard work. The biggest challenge has just been the dealing with all the BS the industry comes along with. You have to be alert man.

Afresh: You’ve heard of the term “starving artists” before, how do you cope with major obstacles? Prayer, and perseverance. Flat-out.

Afresh: Art & Music has an impact on both young and old.  Everyone loves a celebrity, so what advice do you have for the youth of today? I think I may still be considered as a youth. My advice is just do it ! Almost every millionaire is a risk taker. Don’t be scared to go out there and chase your dreams dude. F what everyone else says. No matter how young or old you are. Your never too young or too old to rage out and achieve what you set your mind to.

Afresh: What is your stance on how to get the public to support “live music” and see the shows?  Any ideas??? Just make your sure your everything ! Give 500% each time you go out there ! Start a riot. Rage out ! Make it memorable for the people coming to see you .. Turn your fans into believers!

Afresh: Thinking back, did your family carry on the same musical/artistic interests? Definitely… My father sparked the fire. I was exposed to a lot of music at an early age, which is kind of why I don’t believe in genre’s. I just believe in good music you know ? I was like 6 or 7 listening to people like Burning Spear, Wynton Marsalis, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Santana, Al Green, Four Play … The list can go on for days, but just being exposed to that inspired me to do what I’m doing now.

Afresh: Do you have your own favorite type of music and is it any different from what you play now? Not really.. Like I said, I don’t really believe in different “types” of music … There’s good music, and bad music. Lol. That’s it to my ears. As long as it’s good I love it … absolutely love it

Afresh: Do you have other interests or talents you would like to share with us? I’m a pretty dope fashion designer on the low .. I sketch shirts, and kicks on the regular when I’m not doing music. Hopefully that will evolve into something people will appreciate like my music. Other than that, I wanna sing. Maybe one day right ? lol

Afresh: If you had to change one thing about your music/group what do you feel would be the best change to benefit the group overall and why? I wouldn’t change a thing about my music. If I did, it wouldn’t be me … I’m sure I will grow as an artist, and my sound will also, But as far as saying, “Hey, I’m going to CHANGE this to fit something else” I’d never do that.

Afresh: Have you ever had any strange or stalker type fans that you are aware of? Yepp .. Shout out to her, and we’ll leave it at that. lol

Afresh: While getting ready to perform have you ever been interrupted by fans who snuck in to the dressing room/rehearsal? Nah, not yet. That sounds pretty fun though. Any ladies wanna sneak into my dressing room before I go on stage ? lol. RAGE!

Afresh: What has been the most bizarre thing (thrown) on the stage with you?  How did you react? The only thing that has ever been thrown up at any of my shows has been hands. So, no bad luck with that yet. lol

Afresh: What are your up-to-date performance plans?  New releases? Tours? News? Well on May 7th, I’m opening up for Clipse in White Plains NY, so come check that out. As soon as I get off that stage, and I right back in the studio finishing up my second project titled 2000&TENSION. Once that’s finished I’ll def be rocking a stage in a city near you so stay updated. Believe that.

Afresh: If you could perform with anyone in the world, either dead or alive who would it be? Why? (Name up to three) This is hard, but not really. Okay, Michael Jackson because he’s just the greatest, not to mention his shows are like being in a different world. Literally. It’s amazing. Kanye’s shows teeter somewhere around that experience, So I’d say Kanye for the second. Third would probably be Lil Wayne, because he has literally perfected his stage presence. I’d love to be a part of any of his shows. Free Tunechi

Afresh: What is the furthest show from your home that you have done ? The beautiful Los Angeles, California

Afresh:  How do you feel about file swapping? I think it’s cool to an extent . If you have a real fan base, they’re gonna love and support you no matter which way it goes. I think file sharing or file swapping may give someone who’s never heard of you a preview of how ill you are. Itunes, and people like Rhapsody are making it better for the artist . Overall, I’m not hating on it. As long as your listening to me, you’ve got my blessing. I don’t care how you get it. Just get it.

Afresh: Have you been involved in any benefit performances?  What was it and how did you become involved? I haven’t yet, but I really want to.

Afresh: Do you have any video links where people can see you? Open your eyes to youtube.com/lchop314

Afresh: Do you have a website of any type?  (Name all options) If your tweeting then follow me @LeonardoChop, I’m on facebook under Leonardo Chop. If your browsing through myspace be sure to at my music page myspace.com/cloudhoppermayne . If all else fails drop something in my email – leonardo.chop@gmail.com

Afresh: Please feel free to add any other information you want to share with the public audience/readers.  We want to extend our warm wishes for your success and thank you for the awesome interview.  We hope we can attend one of your shows soon so keep us informed on your updates:

A big thanks to Afresh, Be on the look out for 2000&Tension. It’s right around the corner. I promise!

AFRESH:  Thanks for the awesome interview.  We wish you the best and much success on your musical journey!


Also thanks for your support of Afresh Entertainment Online Magazine, rapidly becoming one of the hottest music magazines on the net today thanks to those like yourself.


Keepin’ it fresh, live, real & rockin’…to all great things! We appreciate YOU!!!!!

Anne Shiever

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Apr
30

ROCKLAHOMA 2010 PRICE INCREASE

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ROCKLAHOMA DISCOUNT TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE THROUGH

MAY 11; DAY OF SHOW TICKET PRICES ANNOUNCED

VOTE NOW FOR YOUR FAVORITE TOP 10 FINALIST FOR

MISS ROCKLAHOMA CROWN

EXCITING BAND ANNOUNCEMENT COMING MAY 10

Pryor, OK – Discount tickets are still available for Rocklahoma, the nation’s biggest Memorial Day party, which will kick off summer May 28-30, 2010 at “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, OK.  The multi-day destination camping rock festival is only one month away and features an all-star roster of 35 top rock artists from the past three decades performing on three stages, including ZZ Top, Godsmack, Tesla, Buckcherry, Cinderella, Chevelle, Theory of a Deadman, Saliva, Saving Abel, Fuel, Sevendust and more.  An exciting additional Main Stage band will be announced on May 10.

Current Weekend GA ticket prices of $110 plus service fees are good through May 11.  Tickets will then increase to $125 and will be available for $150 at the gate.  Weekend VIP ticket prices are now only $290 plus service fees through May 11 and will rise to $320 and then $350 at the gate.  Single day tickets range from $35-$45 plus service fees and will go up by $5 on May 12.

As part of the second annual Miss Rocklahoma contest, the top ten finalists who best possess the spirit of Rocklahoma have been revealed at www.rocklahoma.com.  It is now up to rock fans from around the world to vote online for their favorite choice for “Miss Rocklahoma.”  The top five finalists will be announced on May 20 and will be introduced on-stage at Rocklahoma on Friday, May 28.  One lucky contestant will be crowned the winner and ambassador for Rocklahoma 2010.  For more details, please visit www.rocklahoma.com.

Established in 2007 as a classic rock destination festival with the motto “life, liberty and the pursuit of rock,” Rocklahoma organizers teamed with AEG LIVE to revamp the 2010 event to encompass a much broader mix of classic, current and up-and-coming rock artists.

The current line-up for Rocklahoma 2010 is as follows: ZZ Top, Godsmack, Tesla, Buckcherry, Cinderella, Chevelle, Theory of a Deadman, Saliva, Sevendust, Fuel feat. Brett Scallions, Saving Abel, Adelita’s Way, Janus, Aranda, The Veer Union, Burn Halo, Richy Nix, Shaman’s Harvest, Lacuna Coil, Taddy Porter, Like A Storm, Taking Dawn, New Medicine, Year Long Disaster, Gypsy Pistoleros, Nigel Dupree Band, Brookroyal, Within Reason, The Last Vegas, Wildstreet, Firstryke, Krank, The Glitter Boys, O’Dette, Problem Child, Black Tora, Mad Max, Bad Things and a very special guest to be announced on May 10. Gates will open at 2:30pm on Friday, and 12:30pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Rocklahoma is located just 45 minutes northeast of Tulsa, in Pryor, OK.  The “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds is a premiere destination for a multi-day festival, and includes on-site camping with access to restrooms and shower house, a general store for campers, VIP reserved seating, hospitality areas & much more.

For additional information, please visit www.rocklahoma.com.

ROCKLAHOMA – Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Rock!

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Apr
30

BENEATH THE BURNING SUN

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Beneath the Burning Sun

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Eliot Lundemo-guitar

Kyle Crank-guitar

Mike Morrell-bass

Sean Story-vocals


AFRESH: How did the band get the name?
In our dealings with many people that thought they were better than everyone else, we went
with this name to create more of a common ground because we are all beneath the burning sun.


AFRESH: How would you describe your music to the public if they have never heard you before? High energy, emotionally driven, and captivating.better to be heard than explained.


AFRESH: Give some details about the group. We range in ages btw 20 and 31. we are hard working, very driven, and somewhat perfectionists.


AFRESH: How long have you been performing live?
Sean- 15 years
Tom-10 years
Kyle and Eliot-5 years
Mike- 3 years
as a band 3 years.


AFRESH: How did everyone meet, and where are you all now? Kyle and Eliot met through a mutual friend that had started a band previously.  They then met mike through a former vocalist. The band that those 3 had together,had
problems with their drummer and vocalist, and then wound up picking up Tom, and Sean.


AFRESH: What has been the biggest challenge as a group?
Making our first EP “This Enemy Called Pride”.  We recorded ourselves in Sean’s house, and throughout the recording process, and mixing process, we all ended up getting frustrated with each other and the situation.  But we wound up with a finished project, that has been able to carry us for the past 2 years.


AFRESH: You’ve heard of the term, “starving artist,” how do we as a band cope with major obstacles?
In relation to money, a lot of budgeting, and sacrifice, goes into keeping this entity alive.


AFRESH: Do you feel the economic crunch has hurt the industry? or do you have some other promotional tips to help support your music? Pretty much everything is online now, it changes the way you have to promote your own music. As far as shopping labels goes, its easier for the label if you’ve already got a completed product to sell. And they don’t have to dump money into you, to get money out of you.


AFRESH: What advice do you have for the youth of today? Strive to do what you want to do, and don’t let anyone hold you back.


AFRESH: What does your family think of your performance? And do they support you? We probably have the most supportive families, of anyone we know in other bands.


AFRESH: What is your stance on how to get the public to support live music and come see your shows? In this generation of video games, and everything being on demand, we are more “connected” but have never been more alone. going out and supporting local music is a good way to not only to support friends, but meet new people who might share the same interest as you.


AFRESH: Do you have your own favorite type of music? And is it different from what you play? The music we listen to varies a lot from what we play in the band. From person to person, we listen to everything from country, to rock, to rap, to techno.


AFRESH: What has been your strong influence to continue our performance? We love the reaction out people, showing us how much they love something we created and performed. The energy gives us fuel to do it again.


AFRESH: Does anyone in particular influence your music? Within the band we all constantly influence each other and outside of the band, we draw our influence from the many types of music we listen to and situations we go through.


AFRESH: Who does most of the song writing? We all write lyrics. The instruments, start with El and Kyle. Then Tom adds his part and Mike adds his. And then finally we add the vocal melody.


AFRESH: If you had to change one thing about your music,or group what do you feel would be the best change to benefit the group overall and why? This is the best group of guys any of us has worked with, and there is absolutely nothing we would change about our group or music.


AFRESH: What is your wildest story with this group?
We played in Caney, KS with another band named “Ashamed.” And we were heckled while on stage, and had more fun partying at the hotel after the show, than playing the show. We stayed in a small motel during hunting season and were up til 5 am drinking and caused a lot of complaints to the motel staff.


AFRESH: What has been the worst nightmare that you have faced as a band? Every show where we find ourselves playing in front of family and a couple of friends and then having technical difficulties is like a miniature nightmare for us. But we realize where we are as a band, and don’t let things like that get to us. We push on, and hope that the next show will go better.


AFRESH: What are your up-to-date performances and new releases, tours, news? We just finished recording our first full length album and have been getting shows at a more constant rate than ever. We are planning to continue playing shows and hopefully beginning to shop record labels in the near future.

AFRESH:. If you could perform with anyone in world, dead or alive, who would it be? Why? Kyle & Eliot; Parkway Drive, because we strive to have such sweet riffage as they do. Mike; Primus, because Les Claypool is one of the greatest bass players of all time. Tom & Sean; Tool, because each of those guys is one of the most talented in the world at what they do.


AFRESH: What is the furthest show from your home? The aforementioned Caney, KS show.


AFRESH: How do you feel about file swapping? Tom; Is that where you go to a party and put your files in a bowl and grab a file at random, and go home with that person?  Sean; In today’s society, its more accepted, but can be dangerous if you don’t use protection.


AFRESH: Have you been involved in any benefit performances? What were they? We played a benefit show that our good friends from Perpetual Fist put on to help Tom raise money to cover the cost of his mom’s funeral expenses. There was an amazing turnout and we have plans for many more charity/benefit concerts in the near future.


AFRESH: Is this your first interview, or do you have some other stories or articles for public viewing? We have been featured by Jiggy Jag Tv, and have been featured in the local newspaper and are currently in works for an interview with a Metal Magazine.


AFRESH: Do you have any video links where people can see you?
Yes, www.myspace.com/btbsband and www.youtube.com/btbs67501

Thank you for your interest in our group, we had fun with this interview.


AFRESH:  Thanks for the awesome interview.  We wish you the best and much success on your musical journey!

Also thanks for your support of Afresh Entertainment Online Magazine, rapidly becoming one of the hottest music magazines on the net today thanks to those like yourself.

Keepin’ it fresh, live, real & rockin’…to all great things! We appreciate YOU!!!!!


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Apr
26

ANNE SHIEVER PHOTOGRAPHY–new sites!

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Anne Shiever Photography is in the process of adding two new websites for public viewing.  With the recent changes in digital age, Anne Shiever was nominated as one of the top photographers by KC Entertainment Awards for 2010.  Her expertise in concert photography has given unsigned bands the edge climbing to the top with professional “rock star”  coverage and awesome interviews.

Check out the new sites being built and contact Anne Shiever for all your photography needs from A-Z today!

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/anneshieverphotography/

www.anneshieverphotography.biz

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Apr
26

Bret Michaels in ICU–Your prayers needed!

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Bret Michaels Rushed to ICU with Brain Hemorrhage

Bret Michaels Rushed to ICU with Brain Hemorrhage | Bret Michaels

Bret Michaels

After an excruciating headache late Thursday night, Bret Michaels was rushed to an undisclosed hospital where doctors discovered he suffered a massive subarachnoid hemorrhage (bleeding at the base of his brain stem), source close to the situation tells PEOPLE.

Michaels, 47, is currently in critical condition. “After several CAT scans, MRIs and an angiogram, [doctors] decided to keep Michaels in the ICU and are running several tests to determine the cause. [It] will be touch and go for the next few days while he is under intense observation,” the source says.

Reps confirm this report is accurate, and tell PEOPLE, “We will have no additional information until further testing is done.”

The rocker’s latest hospital visit follows his emergency surgery in San Antonio, Texas, on April 12. There is no word yet whether this new development is related to the rocker’s recent appendectomy or to his diabetes.

After his appendectomy, Michaels remained in the hospital under his doctors’ care – then transferred to a rehab facility specializing in diabetic patients.

As he was recovering, Michaels – who was still in the running to win this season of NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice – seemed to be in good spirits and updated fans on his progress.

“They told me that if I had gone on stage like I wanted to, [my appendix] likely would have ruptured and I could have died,” he wrote in a note to his fans. “There is just no way around the fact that getting your appendix out HURTS. I have a pretty good threshold for pain, but this one hurts.”

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Please continue to wish Bret well and keep him in your prayers.  Bret is one of the favorite icons in the history of 80’s hair bands and he continues to move forward as a musical legend.  Let your voice be heard and place your get well wishes for him here.  We will keep you updated as we receive press releases.  Thanks

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Apr
22

AMIAMUSE

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Band: AMIAMuse

amiamuse-rAFRESH: What got this band together and started in this business?
Shear dumb luck. We could say that hard work, lots of practice, and strong musical influences were the main reason but in reality those are requirements, not exceptions.  Many musicians overly excel in these areas without ever finding the right people to complete a full band.  Drew, Chase, and Justin had been playing together for over 5 years off and on and had never really found their place until the addition of Collin our other guitarist and finally Tharen our Lead Singer who’s also by far our biggest promoter.  Although Tharen and Collin are the most recent additions it’s quite obvious that without them this band would have never been.

AFRESH: Who writes and produces all the material for the band?
Tharen Slane-Vocals/lyrics
Justin Ronk-Lead Guitar/Vox
Chase Anderson-Bass/Singing Vox
Collin Clark-Guitar
Andrew Jacobs-Drums
Dustin Ridder @ Bullet Ride Productions is our producer.

AFRESH: Has the band played in front of or with any acts our readers would know from the Mainstream? We have played 3 shows so far. The World We Knew, Stray from the Path, Shag Harbor, and Legions and 2nd show was with Winds Of Plague, Periphery, and Untapped Market.

AFRESH: Any embarrassing moments on stage?
Yes, Justin dropped his guitar cable, and Collin Broke his string first song at April 4th with “Winds of Plague and Periphery”! He had to borrow someone else’s guitar.

AFRESH: Any good stories you want to tell us?
We plan on having a full documentary that will blow you outta the water. We mean business when we play our music, but we are a band who is about having a good time.  We get cranked and make the impossible happen.

AFRESH: Who is the bands musical influence?
After The Burial, All Shall Perish, Beneath The Massacre, Between The Buried and Me, The Black Dahlia Murder, Born of Osiris, Burning the Masses, Chon, Conducting From The Grave, The Crimson Armada, Despised Icon, The Faceless, My Bitter End, Lil Jon, Painted In Exile,Parkway Drive, Protest the Hero, The Red Shore, Texas In July, Veil Of Maya

AFRESH: What is your musical background like?
Justin: I have been in 6 previous bands, played bass, sang, and played guitar. Self taught although I do know a bit of music theory, I have been playing for around 8 years. I started off with pop punk and progressed to funk, blues, alternative, then finally metal where I find myself grounded today.

Chase: Originally started playing drums and picked up a guitar a few years later. Drew and I played on drum-line in high school together as well as formed a band called into pieces. After that fell through, I focused on my own musical progression; participation in all the top choirs and symphonic ensembles in both high school and college. I still perform with the wsu madrigals and a capella choirs. I’m in my sophomore year of college and have attained a minor in music. Started playing bass effectively when when I joined amIAMuse.

Collin: I have been playing guitar for 8 years. I started off with blues, ended up playing everything from funk rock to finally find my love of metal. I have played in several bands during high school but this is the first recognizable one.

Drew: I PLAY THE DRUMS….. My parents bought me my first snare drum when I made the percussion section in 5th grade, then drum-set in 6th. WOW! I joined the jazz band and took lessons all through middle/ high school where I also participated in the drum-line and numerous jazz ensembles. Justin and I started jammin’ together around my 8th grade year, then started a band shortly after when we found chase. After that was over we all took a break for a few years and one day randomly this happened.

Tharen: Started playing the bass when I was 17, never really had the time to excel in it.  I started making beats on the computer with different music recording programs; which got me into playing the Keyboard and Synthesizer.  I started creating anything from trance to rap to metal.  I’m also self taught and I’ve sang in 1 other previous band.

AFRESH: Any other members in your family that are musicians?
Justin’s Uncle and Grandma have been playing guitar for 35 years plus. His Cousin also plays guitar, and he’s a slick rick! Drew’s dad whipped out the guitar every once in a while.

AFRESH: What is the TOP reason why you want to play music?
We want to be that down to earth metal band that’s open to change and can show the world that by drawing inspiration from all genres, you can create some unforgettable melodies. We’re sick of hearing metal bands that has their first album identical to their latest release. While we love the idea of keeping your style original there’s always room for innovation. Trust me when I say that every song you hear of ours will be very different than from the previous one, we want you to feel as if you’re on a carnival ride of chaos yet be able to show you other, more melodic side of things. We feel that a perfect balance of the two make the “brutal” portions sound more distinct and our overall sound unforgettable.

AFRESH: What has been your best show?
April 4th with Winds Of Plague and Periphery

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AFRESH: Where can people access your music on the web?
www.myspace.com/myspace
www.rhapsody.com/amiamuse
www.battleofthebands.com/amiamuse
www.youtube.com/amiamuse

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AFRESH:  Thanks for the awesome interview.  We wish you the best and much success on your musical journey!

Also thanks for your support of Afresh Entertainment Online Magazine, rapidly becoming one of the hottest music magazines on the net today thanks to those like yourself.

Keepin’ it fresh, live, real & rockin’…to all great things! We appreciate YOU!!!!!

Anne Shiever

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Apr
17

KOKTOPUS

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KOKTOPUS

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Afresh: What is your name, and name your group/band/act? My name is Fletch.  Vocalist for the band KOKTOPUS.

Afresh: Where are the artists from?  What is their talent in the group? We hail from Lenexa Kansas.

Afresh: How did the band get the name? I had came up with the name KOKTOPUS for the band as a complete joke when we first started jamming together.  We all agreed it was a funny and we would roll with it untill we could think of something better.  Then after a few months of researching names on the internet we found that everything under the fuckin’ sun was taken.  By this time we had decided that the name KOKTOPUS was too original not to use, so we stuck with it.

Afresh: What (who) does your act/art consist of? KOKTOPUS is:  Fletch – Vocals, Big Dave – Guitar, Adam – Drums, Nick – Bass

Afresh: How would you describe your music/art/entertainment for the public audience if they have never seen you before? I would best describe our music as one hell of a good time!  It’s heavy, brutal ass, beer-fueled, thrash metal that stays true to the old school!  And great stuff to mosh to!

Afresh: Give me some details about the group/act/art? We started playing shows back in March of 2008.  In january of 2009 we released a demo and got a great response from the KC metal scene.  One year after our first show Joe from LIVE EVIL PROMOTIONS gave us the opportunity of a lifetime in opening EXODUS at The Riot Room on their U.S. tour.  In june we were also added to the first day of the AMERICAN WASTE FESTIVAL that included such killer bands as TESTAMENT, UNEARTH, LAZARUS A.D., THE ESOTERIC, etc.  We have also gotten to share the stage with so many killer bands and great national acts in 2009 such as PRO-PAIN, WARBRINGER, VAMPIRE MOOOSE, SWORN ENEMY, GORGEOUS FRANKENSTEIN, IMPAILER, EXMORTUS, MASTER, AVENGER OF BLOOD, etc.

Afresh: How long have you been performing live or making art? This is the first band I’ve ever had the honor of being in.  We have been playing live for just over 2 years now.  The rest of the guys have been in bands and have been playing live years before KOKTOPUS came about.

Afresh: Where did you meet your group and how long have you been together now?

We have all been friends for many years now.  In my opinion, that is the best thing about this band.  Big Dave and Nick have known each other since they were in high school and were both friends with Adam’s older sister.  I had moved to KC in 2000 and met them all shortly after.

Afresh: What has been the biggest challenge for the group? I would say that the biggest challenge for this group is our schedules.  We all have completely different work schedules.  It’s hard to get us all in the same place at the same time.

Afresh: You’ve heard of the term “starving artists” before, how do you cope with major obstacles? Well’ we just take them as they come.  We all know that there is no money in this.  We just make sure we have as much fun as possible when we’re doing what we do.

Afresh:  Do you feel the economic crunch has hurt the industry, or do you have some other promotional tips to help support your music? Of course, the economy has hurt the music industry.  But in the same breath, the true metal fans always come out to the shows and show their support to the fullest extent.  The metal scene in KC has to be one of the best out there!

Afresh: Art & Music has an impact on both young and old.  Everyone loves a celebrity, so what advice do you have for the youth of today? Hahaha!  The last thing I would consider myself is a celebrity, but I would have to be cliché’ and say “follow your dreams and never doubt yourself”.  I always loved music, especially heavy metal.  I also always thought it would be awesome to be in a band and play the kind of music that i loved.  The only thing was that i never learned how to play an instrument.  My friends believed enough in me to give me a microphone and get f..k.n’ loud.  Since then I haven’t looked back yet.

Afresh: What does your family think of your performance and do they support you?

I consider myself soooo lucky to have such a great family that supports me in everything I do.  I have a lot of family in the KC area and they make it out to shows as much as possible.  Even though it’s as weird as it gets to hear your own mother brag that her son is in a band named KOKTOPUS, it’s cool as hell.

Afresh: What is your stance on how to get the public to support “live music” and see the shows?  Any ideas??? Personally, I love being in the underground metal scene and having only the true fans, that love the music and what it stands for, come out to the shows.  As far as getting the public to support the live music, heavy metal has had such a stigma attached to it that none of the more “commercialized” ways of promoting would ever touch it.  It is just recently that there have been more outlets for us to get the word out.  On a local level, I believe that some of the “mainstream media” could help out by mentioning about live local shows on the air and giving some more attention to local bands.

Afresh: Thinking back, did your family carry on the same musical/artistic interests?

Not really.  I have always been the black sheep of the family in that aspect.

Afresh: Do you have your own favorite type of music and is it any different from what you play now? I have love for all types of music (especially if the band can play a good live show) but heavy metal has always been my favorite.

Afresh: What has been your strong influence to continue performing? My strongest influence in performing has been the crowd and the response they have given us.  It has been amazing to have so many people come up and tell me how much they like what we are doing.

Afresh: Does anyone in particular influence your artistic/musical talent? I am influenced by many great front-man/ vocalist’s but there are 2 that stand out far more than any other.  Chris Barnes (Cannibal Corpse/Six Feet Under) for the particular style of vocals and growling that he brought to death metal.  Also, Phil Anselmo (Pantera/ Down/ Superjoint Ritual) for the way that he always holds the crowd in the palm of his hand.

Afresh: Who does most of the song writing/art/literature? We all actually all take part in the song writing.  Big Dave is the fkin’ riff master!  He comes up with all of the guitar parts first.  Then Adam comes in with the thunder and writes all of his drums while Nick finalizes his bass riffs.  Lastly, I write all the lyrics including the backing vocals.

Afresh: If you had to change one thing about your music/group what do you feel would be the best change to benefit the group overall and why? If I had to change one thing about my group it would have to be our schedules.  I know it’s kind of a lame thing to say to a question that is trying to dig up some dirt, but it’s true.  I would love to change it to where we all had the same work schedule.  We could get a hell of a lot more once you got to the bills though. ***If there are any record companies out there that are reading this and want to pay us so we can quit our shitty jobs to make the music that we make and jump on the road you are more than welcome to make us an offer***

Afresh: Have you ever had any strange or stalker type fans that you are aware of?

I personally haven’t had any stalker types after me but my bass player Nick might have a few stories.  He’s the ladies man of the group and i know for a fact that he has had a few crazy ones after him.

Afresh: While getting ready to perform have you ever been interrupted by fans who have snuck in to the dressing room/rehearsal? First and foremost all of us are fans of the music, so you can usually find us out in the crowd watching the other bands or drinking beers and partying with our fans and friends before we go on stage.

Afresh: Tell us about your most embarrassing moment if you care to share it with us? Nothing to bad or embarrassing has happened to us on stage outside of the occasional technical difficulty, but those happen to the best of bands.  Well, one time I was on stage and at about our 3rd song my girlfriend made her way to the front of the stage to tell me that my fly was down but i don’t really get embarrassed about that kind of stuff.

Afresh: What has been the most bizarre thing (thrown) on the stage with you?  How did you react? We do get the occasional person getting thrown around the mosh pit that flies onstage and will knock over our beers and sometimes a monitor.  Through that I have learned to always set up a barstool next to the drum kit for me to put my beers on.

Afresh: What is your wildest story with the group? That would definitely be when some died and was recessitated at one of our shows.  We were playing one night (at a bar that will remain nameless) when about halfway through our set I noticed an ambulance and fire truck in the parking lot with their lights on.  After our set was finished I asked around about what had happened.  Some people were saying that that someone had passed out in the corner and had no pulse.  When the paramedics got there they did their magic and the guy gets to live another day.  The crazy thing about the whole story is that i was having my cousin record the show and he got the whole thing on tape.  Everything from the guy walking to the corner, to him passing out, to the bouncers dragging him out, to the ambulance coming and saving the guys life.  I like to tell the story by saying that our heavy, brutal-ass, thrash metal killed him and then brought him back to life but all credit goes to the KCMO Paramedics.

Afresh: What are your up-to-date performance plans?  New releases?  Tours? News? Well, we have taken a couple of months off from booking and playing so many shows to write a few new songs.  We are hoping to get into the studio in the next couple months to record the new stuff and hopefully have something out by the end of the year.  As far as shows go, we have our next one May 29 @ The Riot Room for our good friends HAMMERLORD’s cd release party.  After that we are headlining, for what i think is the first of its kind in KC, Heavy Metal Wedding on June 6th @ The Voodoo Lounge.  From there we will be playing in the KC area throughout the summer.

Afresh: What is the furthest show from your home that you have done? Lamoni, Iowa at a place called the Longhorn Pub with our good friends DYSERN.  That was one hell of a place but I think it’s been closed down since we were there.

Afresh:  How do you feel about file swapping? Personally, I don’t do it.  I’m probably one of the only fools left on the planet that would rather go out to the store and buy the actual cd.  That’s just because I like to have the whole thing, lyrics, artwork, and all.  As an artist in a band I understand that only in a perfect world would everyone get paid for their music and no one would steal it but that’s just the price you pay if you want to get your name out there.  With that being said, I guess I would take it as a compliment from being in such high demand.

Afresh: Have you been involved in any benefit performances?  What was it and how did you become involved? We were asked to play a benefit show at the end of last year by our friends in THE FAMILY BAND MASSACRE and the KANSAS CITY HORROR CLUB to help out on hospital expenses for Paul Burns, friend and member of the horror club.  He was sliced in the face with a knife while trying to protect a friend of his that was physically incapable of protecting himself.

Afresh: Do you currently have an agent, endorsement, record label, sponsor, etc.? Not currently but if there is anyone out there (such as an agent, endorsement, record label, sponsor, etc.) that can help us out and vice versa feel free to contact us.

Afresh: Is this your first interview or do you have some other articles/stories about you posted somewhere for public viewing? We have done a few other interviews.  This is a link to one we did with The Pitch in march of 2009.

http://blogs.pitch.com/wayward/2009/03/none_so_vile_the_wrath_of_kokt.php

Afresh: Do you have any video links where people can see you? Our friend Rerun made a music video for our song “Submission”:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvkqiXdQvaw&feature=player_embedded

And this is us live @ The Riot Room performing “Drink the Fuck Up” with our good friend Jeff from the band TROGLODYTE.  The sound quality isn’t the greatest but it’s the only tape of it out there.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUVMGbj-YPU&feature=player_embedded

Afresh: Do you have a website of any type?  (Name all options)

Friend request us on myspace @ www.myspace.com/koktopus or Become a fan on facebook @ http://www.facebook.com/pages/KOKTOPUS/10150109463835788

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AFRESH:  Thanks for the awesome interview.  We wish you the best and much success on your musical journey!

Also thanks for your support of Afresh Entertainment Online Magazine, rapidly becoming one of the hottest music magazines on the net today thanks to those like yourself.

Keepin’ it fresh, live, real & rockin’…to all great things! We appreciate YOU!!!!!

Anne Shiever

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Apr
17

WILL KILLMORE

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WILL KILLMORE Interview

AFRESH: What got this band together and started in this business?
CHARLIE (WKM): Really Good timing. Will Killmore was in its infancy
looking for a new drummer and I had just left my old band. It wasn’t
more than 48 hours before I contacted guitarist James Digangi thanks
to a myspace classified. I tried out the next week and the rest is
history.

AFRESH: Who writes and produces all the material for the band?
CHARLIE (WKM):  We all contribute to the writing Process and
Producing. Our guitarists James and Steve do most of the writing while
I along with bassist Brian Daniell work with arrangements. Our singer
Joe writes all the lyrics.

AFRESH: Has the band played in front of or with any acts our readers
would know from the mainstream?
CHARLIE (WKM): Individually we’ve all shared the stage with world
renowned acts while playing in other bands. As far as being in Will
Killmore I wouldn’t say we’ve played with “Mainstream” bands but we
have played with internationally know acts such as God Forbid, In This
Moment, Waking The Cadaver, Motionless In White, Carnifex, The Empire
Shall Fall, Full Blown Chaos, Arsonists Get All The Girls, The Number
Twelve Looks Like You, and as a matter of fact we are direct support
for Unearth March 21st at Crocodile Rock in Allentown PA. That show is
going to be insane.

AFRESH: Any embarrassing moments on stage?
CHARLIE (WKM): Nothing that I can recall. I guess you’d have to ask
the other guys. I think we just go out every night and have a blast.
As long as you’re having fun how can anything be embarrassing? Shit
man, we have a song called “Droppin Loads.”

AFRESH: Any good stories you want to tell us?
CHARLIE (WKM): This one time at band camp… Well actually back to this
“Droppin Loads song… It’s about “Nasty” Nick Manning. When Steve came
to rehearsal with the tune we were all stoked that this was going to
be a great technical metal song along the lines of The Faceless. About
two weeks later Joe came to the studio with the lyrics. One line read
“Can you see my kids flying through the air? Please put up your chin
so they have a place to land.” He then told us the tune was about
“Nasty” Nick Manning (a porn star known for his catch phrase “Droppin
Fuckin Loads.”) He’s been made famous by Howard Stern.

AFRESH: Who are the band’s musical influences?
CHARLIE (WKM): We all have a wide range in musical influences. I know
as a band we really look up to At The Gates, In Flames, War Of Ages,
The Faceless, August Burns Red, The Haunted, Black Dahlia Murder,
Unearth, Death, Deftones, Metallica as well as all the metal legends.

AFRESH: What is your musical background like?
CHARLIE (WKM):  I got started on the drums at a young age. I was nine
years old. I was trained in concert band, jazz band, and later studied
drum kit under John Hvasta. I’ve played in a few local metal bands getting
my chops up. Now I find my style and approach to drumming drastically
changing by studying and receiving knowledge from my friends and
colleagues Jon Karel (The Number 12 Looks Like You) and Bob Minton.
These guys are no joke and have shown me a new way to appreciate the
art of metal drumming.

AFRESH: Any other members in your family that are musicians?
CHARLIE (WKM):  My mother was a singer and guitar player. She had the
most unbelievable voice. She actually used to make grown dudes cry
just by singing. Everyone always loved her voice. She is the sole
reason I play and love music today. Ever since I can remember my
grandmother always told me stories about my grandfather and how he
took drums lessons from drumming legend Buddy Rich. She actually
bought me my first pair of Vic Firth Buddy Rich signature sticks. They
are the same style stick I use to this day.

AFRESH: What is the top reason why you want to play music?
CHARLIE (WKM): I think I can honestly speak for the whole band on this
when I say it’s our passion. We all hate working a 9 to 5. But tell us
to work 12 straight for Will Killmore and we jump at the chance. We
are a high energy band. Every time we play live or rehearse we play
like we’re playing at Madison Square Garden. It’s that rush and vibe
that we all live for. Music is all we’ve ever known and all we’ve ever
want as a career.

AFRESH: What’s your stance on file swapping?
CHARLIE (WKM): It’s a double edge sword. On one hand it’s great if you
are a band like us. We need all the promotion we can get. Yeah it
sucks that we spend a ton of money to record and kids just download
the album without paying. But that’s the game these days. We just want
to get our name to as many people as possible. Build a fan base and
tour the world. As of 20 minutes ago our EP “Oh The Humanity”
has been leaked on something like 60 file sharing sites. And to us
that’s a real good sign seeing how we are a newer band.

AFRESH: What is your process in making a CD?
CHARLIE (WKM): Spending lots and lots of money. It’s tough but so fun.
Basically we go in with the songs completely arranged and finished.
Lay down the drum tracks, argue, followed by bass, argue, guitars,
vocals, argue, mixing, arguing, mastering, completion. Honestly it’s
grueling but it makes us all better players and more insightful at the
end of the process.


AFRESH: How do you get the word out about your music?
CHARLIE (WKM): We use every medium that is out there. Facebook has been
very nice to us. Myspace, last fm, flyers, going to other shows,
etc…Social networking sites have become an amazing resource for
musicians to connect all over the globe with fellow musicians and
fans. With the release of our EP we are in the process of getting both
online and FM radio play.

AFRESH: How is your local response to your music?
CHARLIE (WKM): Overwhelming. We’ve managed to sell out two local
venues. Ever show that we roll into a town for we are met with sick
pits, and kids going nuts. That is a great thing especially if these
kids have never heard or seen Will Killmore before.

AFRESH: Where is the furthest you have travelled for a gig?

CHARLIE (WKM): Delaware and Pennsylvania.


AFRESH:What tune on the CD are you most proud of?
CHARLIE (WKM):  “Droppin Loads” is great for the shear fact that it is
both technical as well as hysterical. I’m also really proud of “Aim
ForThe Dead” and “Snatch.” Just wait to hear our newest material that
didn’t make the EP. It’s a whole new level of pure metal.

AFRESH: Where can people access your music on the web?
CHARLIE (WKM): Well as of right now kids can hear three leaked tracks
off our upcoming EP “Oh The Humanity” on our myspace or our official
site www.myspace.com/willkillmore www.willkillmore.com
Also our entire album is available as a live stream on our producer’s web site.
www.ans-studios.com

AFRESH:  Thanks for the awesome interview.  We wish you the best and much success on your musical journey!

Also thanks for your support of Afresh Entertainment Online Magazine, rapidly becoming one of the hottest music magazines on the net today thanks to those like yourself.

Keepin’ it fresh, live, real & rockin’…to all great things! We appreciate YOU!!!!!

Anne Shiever

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Apr
13

MARY J BLIGE ON OPRAH

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Mary J. Blige Tells Oprah ‘If You Save Women, You Save The World’

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R&B superstar goes on ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ to discuss her Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now.

REPORT BY MTV NEWS…Update!!!

Kicking off her appearance on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” on Tuesday (April 13), Mary J. Blige sang her cover of the classic Led Zeppelin tune

“Stairway to Heaven.” But the real reason behind her visit was to talk about her struggles growing up in New York and how she hopes to empower young women.

“I could have been dead because of this environment,” she said about her childhood in Yonkers. “But because of this environment, I’m alive too. I remember one day being there. I was sitting there, and it was a cloudy day. I started praying. I was really depressed that day, and I was crying, and I was like, ‘Father, if there’s a way out, please show me.’ As I was asking him that day, the sky … opened up and the sun came down. And I knew at that moment I was going to get out.”

As a superstar musician, Blige started the Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now, which allows young women to seek the support and education she craved as a child. “It’s a dream come true,” she told Oprah. “My thing is, if you save women, you save the world. This is probably one of the most important places, because when women are looking for jobs, a lot of time they don’t have babysitters. That’s another thing that holds them back.”  Blige said she’s committed to making sure women can get the help they need through her foundation. “From mothers to daughters to aunts, black, white, it doesn’t matter who you are: If you need help, the Mary J. Blige Center for Women is here,” she said. “It’s starting small, but we’re going to get bigger. When you’re educated, you’re confident. You know what you’re speaking about. You know who you are.”

When Blige was a kid, she said, getting an education wasn’t the hip thing to do, so she didn’t think she could seek that out. “When I was growing up, it wasn’t cool to be educated, so I fell into that slump,” she explained. “When you’re in a peer-pressure situation where you’re forced to do what everyone else does to survive, then you end up like I did.”
Blige told MTV News that kids now understand that education is vital to their success. “I look at this generation and anyone who doesn’t have an opportunity to finish or to get that education or have the confidence they need to get out and go out and get the jobs they want, I look at them like they’re as my children,” she said. “And I always want my children to have a better opportunity than I had. That’s why I’m going so hard to get them to college.

“I take everyone on a journey of why this movement is so important, why the Mary J. Blige movement is so important to me,” Blige added. “I’ve done nothing but given back. My fans are loyal to me because of the journey that we’ve taken together.”  As an adult, Blige said she has a very different philosophy in her own life. “I strive to be educated, to grow older gracefully, be happy and comfortable with myself,” she said. “And to have helped more women with my walk — not with what I’m saying but what they’re seeing.”

Leave your comments on Mary J Blige and her Foundation for the Advancement of Women here so she can see what fans think!

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Apr
13

STARDEATH AND WHITE DWARFS TOUR CONFIRMED

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STARDEATH AND WHITE DWARFS

TOUR CONFIRMED

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SDWD AND THE LIPS FOR JIMMY FALLON

COLLABORATION

WITH THE FLAMING LIPS

TO BE RELEASED

ON RECORD

STORE DAY

Burbank, CA – Oklahoma City psych/prog/experimental pop quartet STARDEATH AND WHITE DWARFS will hit the road for the month of May in support of their Warner Bros Records album debut, THE BIRTH. SDWD will also join THE FLAMING LIPS for select shows including the Bonnaroo Festival in Manchester, TN on June 11th.
As previously announced, SDWD have joined forces with THE LIPS to record their updated interpretation of Pink Floyd’s 1973 classic album, THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON, along with spoken word and vocal assistance from Henry Rollins and Peaches.  Appropriately enough,  the title of the album is “THE FLAMING LIPS and STARDEATH AND WHITE DWARFS WITH HENRY ROLLINS AND PEACHES DOING THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON.” The album was originally available online only this past December. But now, thanks to modern science and retro-technology this already-classic/future classic album will become available on April 17, Record Store Day.  This Limited Edition pressing comes housed in a beautiful gatefold sleeve and pressed on color vinyl and will also include the album on CD in the package.

In honor of Record Store Day, STARDEATH AND WHITE DWARFS will join their Oklahoma City brethren The Flaming Lips to perform a song from THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON on April 16th, the day before RSD. Tune in to NBC’S Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at 12:35 Am EST / PST and 11:35 PM CT to catch this one time-only extraordinary TV event.  Check local listings for details.

Confirmed Tour dates:
Day
Date
Venue
City
Thu
April 15
Charlottesville Pavilion
Charlottesville, VW (w/ THE LIPS)
Fri
April 16
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
NYC, NY (w/ THE LIPS)
Sat
April 17
Mid Hudson Civic Center
Poughkeepsie, NY (w/ THE LIPS)
Sun
April 18
Barton Hall – Cornell University
Ithaca, NY (w/ THE LIPS)
Mon
April 19
Wellmont Theatre
Montclair, NJ (w/THE LIPS)
Wed
April 21
The Riverside Theatre
Milwaukee, WI (w/THE LIPS)
Thu
April 22
Indiana University Auditorium
Bloomington, IN (w/ THE LIPS)
Fri
April 23
Sandstone Amphitheater
Kansas City, KS (w/ THE LIPS)
Tue
May 4
Jackpot
Lawrence, KS
Wed
May 5
The Mill
Iowa City
Thu
May 6
Subterranean
Chicago, IL
Fri
May 7
Murphy Art Center
Indianapolis, IN
Sat
May 8
Glassworks Rooftop
Louisville, KY
Mon
May 10
The End
Nashville, TN
Tue
May 11
Bottle Tree
Birmingham, AL
Wed
May 12
The Earl
Atlanta, GA
Thu
May 13
H.O.B.
Orlando, FL (w/ THE LIPS)
Fri
May 14
St. Augustine Amphitheater
St. Augustine, FL (w/ THE LIPS)
Sat
May 15
The Engine Room
Tallahassee, GL
Tue
May 18
Mohawk
Austin, TX (w/ Besnard Lakes)
Wed
May 19
Walter’s on Washington
Houston, TX (w/ Besnard Lakes)
Fri
May 21
Cain’s Ballroom
Tulsa, OK (w/ Besnard Lakes)
Sat
May 22
Mojo’s
Columbia, MO (w/ Besnard Lakes)
Fri
June 11
Bonnaroo Festival
Manchester, TN (w/ THE LIPS  together performing THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON)

For info, tour dates, merch and more visit:
http://www.stardeathandwhitedwarfs.com
http://www.myspace.com/stardeath

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Apr
13

DEFTONES REL “DIAMOND EYES”/PREMIER ON MYSPACE APRIL 14

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DEFTONES TO RELEASE “DIAMOND EYES”

MAY 4, 2010

NEW VIDEO FOR TITLE TRACK TO PREMIER

ON MYSPACE APRIL 14.

MORE LIVE DATES ANNOUNCED

Burbank, CADEFTONES, one of the most enduring and influential forces in modern rock, will release their long-awaited new album DIAMOND EYES on May 4, 2010.

As previously announced, the 6th full-length studio effort by Grammy Award-winning, Platinum-certified  DEFTONES was produced and mixed by Nick Raskulinecz  (Alice in Chains, Coheed & Cambria, Foo Fighters), and recorded / engineered by Paul “Fig” Figueroa (Alice in Chains, Bad Religion).  The title track, “Diamond Eyes,” is already garnering huge, early radio momentum at Active Rock and Alternative Rock radio from coast to coast weeks in advance of the album release.
Fans can pre-order DIAMOND EYES now through www.deftones.com. Every album pre-order will include an instant bonus track of the M83 remix of the track “Rocket Skates.” This is exclusive to fans through the DEFTONES web site only.
Simultaneously, DEFTONES will premiere brand new video for the album’s title track, “Diamond Eyes,” exclusively via MySpace.Com on April 13th, for 72 hours only.  The film was shot in Los Angeles and directed by Roboshobo (Metallica, Mastodon, B-52’s, etc.).  After that, the clip will be available for viewing on You Tube beginning April 17th.
A reminder for vinyl fans:  A special, very Limited edition 7” vinyl pressing of “Rocket Skates” (from DIAMOND EYES) will be available for sale on April 17th, as a Record Store Day Exclusive release. This one-time-only pressing will sell out fast.
Additional live dates have been confirmed:
Day
Date
Venue
City
Sat
April 24
Vive Latino Festival 2010
Mexico City, MEX
Tue
April 27
Club 101
El Paso, TX
Thu
April 29
Concrete Street
Corpus Christi, TX
Fri
April 30
Las Palmas Race Park
Mission, TX
Sat
May 1
Edgefest / Pizza Hut Park
Frisco, TX
Sun
May 2
Buzzfest / Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Houston, TX
Sat
May 22
Rock on The Range Fest
Columbus, OH
Wed
June 9
B1 Club
Moscow, RUS
Fri
June 11
Copenhell
Copenhagen, DEN
Sat
June 12
Download Fest
Donnington Park, UK
Sun
June, 13
Nova Rock
Burgenland, AUS
Tue
June 15
Ancienne, Belgique
Brussels, BEL
Wed
June 16
Melkweg Max
Amsterdam, NET
Fri
June 18
HellFest
Nantes, FRA
Sat
June 19
Hurricane Fest
Scheesel, GER
Sun
June 20
Southside Fest
Newhausen, GER
Tue
June 22
Colonia Sonora Fest
Torina, ITA
Wed
June 23
Volkshaus
Zurich, SWI
Details of the full American tour to be announced shortly. Keep an eye on www.deftones.com for info.

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Apr
13

REPRISE RECORDS REL RECORDING OF AMERICAN IDIOT BY GREEN DAY

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REPRISE RECORDS TO RELEASE

THE ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST

RECORDING OF AMERICAN IDIOT

FEATURING MUSIC PLAYED BY GREEN DAY

ON APRIL 20TH

THE SAME DAY THE MUSICAL OPENS AT THE ST.JAMES THEATRE

CAST ALBUM PRODUCED BY BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONG

Burbank, CA – Reprise Records will release The Original Broadway Cast Recording of American Idiot on April 20, 2010, the same day the show will open at the St. James Theatre in New York City. The official album features the 24-member cast accompanied by Green Day, marking another incredible collaboration between the band and the musical.  Based on Green Day’s chart-topping 2004 album American Idiot, the musical and the cast recording include every song from American Idiot, as well as several songs from the band’s GRAMMY® Award-winning current album 21st Century Breakdown.
Green Day’s singer/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt, and drummer Tré Cool wrote the electrifying score to the show, which follows the exhilarating journey of a new generation of young Americans as they strive to find meaning in a post-9/11 world.  Armstrong wrote the lyrics and co-wrote the book with the show’s director, Tony Award winner Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening).  The album’s arrangements and orchestration were done by Tony Award-winning composer Tom Kitt (Next to Normal), who is the show’s music supervisor, orchestrator and music arranger. Armstrong is the album’s producer.
The album features the entire Broadway cast, including Tony Award winner John Gallagher, Jr. as “Johnny”, Tony Vincent as “St. Jimmy,” Stark Sands as “Tunny,” Michael Esper as “Will,” Rebecca Naomi Jones as “Whatsername,” Christina Sajous as “Extraordinary Girl,” and Mary Faber as “Heather.” The show is choreographed by Olivier Award-winning Steven Hoggett (Black Watch) and Carmel Dean is the Music Director.
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Apr
13

TAKING BACK SUNDAY–5th STUDIO ALBUM TOUR

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TAKING BACK SUNDAY BEGIN WORK

ON THEIR FIFTH STUDIO ALBUM

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Reformed Line

Up From Band’s

First Full

Length Release

Set To Return

for a New

Album,

Touring

Burbank, CA – Warner Bros Records artists Taking Back Sunday have begun work                 on their fifth                  studio album.

The acclaimed New York rock band has reformed, returning to the original line-up from their 2002 debut Tell All Your Friends, which has sold over one million records worldwide, spawned breakthrough anthem “Cute Without the ‘E’ (Cut from the Team)” and launched the band as one of the most influential of its generation.

Vocalist Adam Lazzara, guitarist Eddie Reyes and drummer Mark O’Connell have reunited with vocalist/guitarist John Nolan and bass player Shaun Cooper, who departed in 2003 after the release of Tell All Your Friends.  “This crazy idea came up and once we started exploring it and talking on the phone it was almost like all that time hadn’t passed between us,” explains Lazzara. “Given the history and the years that had passed, I don’t think any of us really knew if hanging out again let alone writing and playing together would actually work. For it to feel so comfortable and effortless so quickly made us realize that we had to give it a chance.”
Nolan describes his thoughts in a similar way.  “I never would have imagined that this group of people reuniting would be possible. Since we parted ways we all went down very different paths and somehow everything we’ve experienced individually over the past seven years has brought us back to a point of genuine appreciation and love for each other as people and musicians. There’s a shared excitement and enthusiasm within this group that I haven’t experienced since the early days of the band.”
Of the departure of bassist Matt Rubano and guitarist/vocalist Matt Fazzi, a statement from Taking Back Sunday’s website sums it up; “Sometimes it takes some time to remember where you were headed in the first place and the people you intended to go there with.  There are no hard feelings, just the future.” Drummer O’Connell expressed that the band has nothing but kind words for the departing members. “I wish nothing but the best for Matt and Matt in the future. I know that they will succeed in whatever they choose to do.”
Taking Back Sunday will be recording their fifth studio album in Los Angeles this summer with producer Eric Valentine, who worked on their previous album Louder Now.  Plans are in the works for a handful of exclusive preview shows in the near future and extensive touring as soon as the album is finished.  “I’m so glad this is happening,” says Reyes, “because I can already hear something in the songs that reminds me of why all of us were so passionate about this band to begin with.”
Just the future indeed.

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Apr
13

SICK PUPPIES tour w/new release

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–see tour info below
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Rock darlings Sick Puppies have released their “Live and Unplugged” EP, available now on iTunes as well as at their shows.  The four-song EP features tracks from their Top 200 mainstay and current release, Tri-Polar (RMR/Virgin/EMI), including acoustic versions of #1 Rock track “You’re Going Down,” current single “Odd One” which is climbing the rock charts at #9 this week, and crowd favorites “So What I Lied,” and bonus track “Pretender.”  Sick Puppies are currently on the road with Nickelback for the summer in support of the band’s second album.  The tour launched on April 3 at the Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City (full schedule below).

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Their most recent disc, Tri-Polar, released in July 2009 on RMR/Virgin/EMI remaining in the Billboard Top 200 since its release and in the Top 20 on the Billboard Hard Album chart.  Their second single “Odd One” continues to be a hit at rock radio gaining spins to #9 this week on the Active Rock chart and moving up steadily as the #15 track at Modern Rock.  The video for “Odd One” was directed by Frank Borin (Eminem, Red Hot Chili Peppers) and is a concept video along the lines of an X-Men character featuring a girl with the power to take life, and surprisingly to her – give, with her hands.  The video has been in the top 5 on Fuse #1 Countdown for more than 2 months currently holding firm at #3, as well as in the Top 20 on MTV2 and airing on MTVU.

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Sick Puppies are Shimon Moore (guitar, vocals), Emma Anzai (bass) and Mark Goodwin (drums).  Co-founded almost a decade ago by Shim and Emma while in high school, Sick Puppies introduced themselves to the world with their “Free Hugs” video for the song “All the Same” from their debut, Dressed Up As Life.  Boasting more than 55 million views on YouTube, the video was shot in a Sydney shopping mall featuring their friend Juan Mann, who held up a hand-written placard offering “Free Hugs.”   In the past four years Sick Puppies have toured the globe in support of Evanescence, Deftones, Velvet Revolver, Chris Cornell, Flyleaf, Chevelle, Breaking Benjamin, 3 Doors Down and more.  Currently on the road in support of their sophomore release, Tri-Polar, Sick Puppies will spend the summer opening for Nickelback.  For more information please visit www.sickpuppies.com.


Summer tour w/Nickelback, Breaking Benjamin, Shinedown:

Sat. April 3             Boardwalk Hall                           Atlantic City

Tues. April 6          John Labatt Center                     London, ON

Thurs. April 8                   Air Canada Centre                      Toronto, ON

Fri. April 9              Bell Centre                                 Montreal, Quebec

Sun. April 11          Scotiabank Place                         Kanata, ON

Tues. April 13         Verizon Center                           Washington DC

Wed. April 14                   Hampton Coliseum                     Hampton VA

Fri. April 16            Bi-Lo Center                               Greenville SC

Sat. April 17           Greensboro Coliseum Complex    Greensboro NC

Mon. April 19                   Amway Arena                            Orlando FL

Wed. April 21                   Philips Arena                             Atlanta GA

Fri. April 23            Scottrade Center                         St. Louis MO

Sat. April 24           BOK Center                                Tulsa OK

Mon. April 26                   Sprint Center                             Kansas City MO

Wed. May 5            Spokane Center                          Spokane WA

Fri. May 7               Tacoma Dome                           Tacoma WA

Sat. May 8              Memorial Coliseum                     Portland OR

Mon. May 10           Idaho Center                              Nampa ID

Fri. May 14             INTRUST Bank Arena                 Wichita KS

Sat. May 15            American Airlines Center             Dallas TX

Tues. May 18                   Allstate Arena                            Chicago IL

Wed. May 19          Van Andel Arena                        Grand Rapids MI

Fri. May 21             Bradley Center                           Milwaukee WI

Sat. May 22            Verizon Wireless                         Noblesville IN

Mon. May 24           Target Center                             Minneapolis MN

Tues. May 25                   Qwest Center                                       Omaha NE

Thur. May 27                   Fargo Dome                               Fargo ND

Sat. May 29            Credit Union Center                    Saskatoon, SK

Mon. May 31           Pengrowth Saddledome              Calgary, AB

Tues. June 1           Rexall Place                               Edmonton, AB

Thur. June 3           General Motors Place                  Vancouver, BC

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Apr
13

ROCK-N-AMERICA FESTIVAL

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ROCK-N-AMERICA FESTIVAL JULY 23-25

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PM Group with Innervisions in association with Event Marketing Group are proud to announce the first annual Rock-N-America Music Festival to be held July 23-25, 2010 at the Historical Zoo Amphitheatre in Oklahoma City, OK.


Rock-N-America has put together the largest collection of Eighties Bands in the United States during this three-day festival.

Scheduled to headline Rock-N-America are Scorpions, embarking on their very last tour “Get Your Sting And Blackout,” making Rock-N-America one of their final stops in North America.

Scorpions are known for such songs as “Rock You Like A Hurricane,” “Send me an Angel,” “Wind of Change,” “No One Like You,” “Still Loving You,” and their latest single and radio hit “Raised On Rock.”   Scorpions new and final album, “Sting in the Tail” was released March 23rd via Universal Music Enterprises entered the Billboard Top 200 charts at #23 marking the bands highest chart debut in over 20 years. The album also landed at #6 on the Rock Albums chart.

The Scorpions consists of KLAUS MEINE (vocals), MATTHIAS JABS (lead guitar), RUDOLF SCHENKER (guitar), JAMES KOTTAK (drums) and PAWEL MACIWODA (bass).   The German rockers will be celebrating 40+ years in music on this final outing–set to kick off June 18 in Holmdel, NJ–that will take them around the globe through 2012, with special guests supporting along the way.

“Scorpions is a live band,“ asserts MEINE. “Totally, 200%, this band was always about live concerts. We always wanted to go on stage and play in front of our fans. From the very beginning, from the smallest clubs to the biggest arenas and stadiums around the world, the passion to be a live band has never changed.” And when asked why the band decided to retire after all these years together, SCHENKER stated, “We want to celebrate [with] a big party around the world.  We’ve had a really great career, coming out from Germany and showing people that rock can come out of Germany. I think we started as a gang built by friendship and musicality, and going and showing that the Germans can rock”

In addition to Scorpions, headlining Rock-N-America will be Eighties renowned Twisted Sister and RATT.   Over Thirty bands are scheduled to perform on two stages over the three days.  The artists include Scorpions, Twisted Sister, RATT, Dokken, Great White, Warrant, L.A. Guns featuring Tracii Guns, Faster Pussycat, Enuff Z Nuff, Lynch Mob, Bullet Boys, Toxin and more to be named a later date.

Howard Pollack, President of the PM Group said “Eighties Rock is all about the fans and our goal at Rock-N-America is to give everyone a fun experience in a fan friendly environment!”

Camping facilities are available at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City and there’s sufficient free parking at Remington Park Racetrack and Casino.

The Zoo Amphitheatre in Oklahoma City is well known as being one of the Mid West’s unique concert facilities nestled next door to the Oklahoma City Zoo, one of the top rated zoos in North America and is the oldest zoo in the Southwest.  The Zoo Amphitheatre is located just over seventeen miles from Will Rogers World Airport.  Accommodations are not a problem as Oklahoma City boasts over 15,000 Hotel Rooms.

3-Day General Admission Tickets and 3day VIP Tickets as well as 3 day combo admission/Hotel packages to Rock-N-America go on sale at 10AM CST Saturday, April 10th at www.rocknamerica.com or call toll free at 800-511-1552.

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