Sunday, October 23, 2011

Puddle of Mudd gets ready for fall tour



Puddle of Mudd will be hitting the road in November for a fall tour. They will be playing the Machine Shop on November 23rd in Flint. Lansdowne and Sugar Red Drive will be sharing the stage with them for a night of pure rock.
Puddle of Mudd has written a slew of hits over the years including "Blurry," "She Hates Me," "Away From Me" and many more. Fans attending the show can expect to hear a set filled with their hits as well as songs off their new album Re:(disc)covered.
The new album features songs from their past that influenced them to become musicians. Tracks include Elton John's "Rocketman," AC/DC’s “TNT,” Steve Miller’s “The Joker,” Neil Young’s “Old Man,” the Stevie Nicks/Tom Petty duet “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” (which Puddle Of Mudd recorded with BC Jean) and the Rolling Stones’ classic: “Gimme Shelter.”
Get ready for a night of rock at the Machine Shop!
Puddle of Mudd - 11/23, 7 p.m. - Machine Shop, 3539 South Dort Highway, Flint, MI - (810) 715-2650 - http://puddleofmudd.com/ - $25 - Click here for tickets - 18 and up only!
Full List of Tour Dates:
11/14 Hartford, CT Webster Theater
11/16 Fort Wayne, IN Piere’s
11/17 Des Monies, IA People’s Court
11/18 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
11/19 Libertyville, IL Austins
11/20 Grand Rapids, MI The Interesction
11/23 Flint, MI The Machine Shop
11/24 Louisville, KY Phoenix Hill Tavern
11/25 Cedar Hills, IA The Wheelhouse
11/26 Fargo, ND The Venue At The Hub
11/28 Great Falls, MT Great Falls Civic Center
11/29 Missoula, MT Wilma Theater
12/1 Boise, ID Knitting Factory
12/3 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory
12/9 Peoria, IL Peoria’s Expo Gardens
12/10 Cincinnati, OH Bogart’s

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Interview with John Falls of Egypt Central


Egypt Central is a rock band from Memphis, Tennessee. They are starting to make a name for themselves in the music world as they play some of the biggest rock festivals and tour with big name artists. They've toured with Disturbed and have played Ozzfest, the Family Values Tour with Korn, and they will be playing Rock on the Range on Saturday, May 21 at 1:20 p.m. on the Jaigermeister Stage. They will also be playing the Machine Shop in Flint, MI on June 11.
Their new album White Rabbit is 12 songs of slick guitar riffs, lyrics that tell a deeper story and a melodic fluidity that ties it together and keeps you coming back for more. White Rabbit is due to be released at the end of this month on May 31.The guys that make up Egypt Central are John Falls on vocals, Jeff James on guitar, Joey Chicago on bass and Blake Allison on drums. John Falls talks about the gap between albums, some of his other favorite hobbies and the best barbecue in Memphis.
Who or what influenced you to start singing?
Actually, it was the guys in the band. Before Egypt Central I'd never sang in a band, or in front of people. I've always loved music and there are actually singers in my family. I was singing in the car with a friend and he suggested that I try it out as a career. I was like... um... no. And another time he kind of said something and through him I ended up meeting the guys in the band. They have really influenced me as a singer and the style we've all developed collectively.
How did you guys come up with the band name Egypt Central?
It's kinda funny because we used to have a board in the band room where we would jot down ideas for a band name. There were some that were pretty cool and there were some that were absolutely ridiculous. Through that and just not being able to agree on anything we decided that we wanted to pick a name that would be about where we're from and who we were when we started out. And to always remember that, versus picking a name having to do with the way we sounded.
(Egypt Central is a street in Memphis).
How do you think the band has grown collectively since you started playing together?
With the exception of our bass player and drummer who had already been playing together for years and had really worked on their craft at that point. Everyone else was really young and new to their instrument and craft. So just having that amount of time playing together and developing, through that you improve over time. Especially when you're constantly doing something, just like you would with any other job. But also I would say that Joey really had this lyrical prowess. He could always come up with stuff, but I would say that at some point during that gap in between records he really hit a stride. He started picking up an acoustic guitar and sitting down writing whole songs and that went on for years. He was doing it so much that I think it's just like anything else, the more you do something the easier it comes to you or the more natural it starts to flow. So he just got to the point where it was like a switch for him, when it's time to write it comes pouring out. And then Blake went and he really got into the recording side of the industry. It was something that he really loved and wanted to get more knowledge on. Then he started producing other bands and writing for other bands and you know when you're writing different styles for other people you get all these new fresh ideas and with the collaboration of the two, he started kicking out some amazing material. We'd been ready for a long time to make a new record, it was just a matter of finding the right producer and making sure the team around us was there. Once we found all the right people to surround ourselves with it was awesome process. We got in there and really just banged everything out.
How did the concept for the new album White Rabbit come about?
It was just a song that was written for the record. It was from bits and pieces of songs that we already had. We're asked this a lot, where'd the concept come from? It's like every other song on the record, it's telling a story that we actually went through. The concept really came after. We wanted to have some fun with the fans and do some things that were different for them, where it's not the same old, here's the music, hope that you like it. We really wanted to give them an in depth look at what we had went through. It tells the specific story of exact events that we went through from the first record to the second record and kinda having our eyes open to everything that was going on around us.
What's been some of the high points in your career so far?
Ozzfest was amazing, the Family Values Tour was great, touring with Disturbed was awesome. But for me, when I got to sit back and listen to this record, not only as a member of the band but as a fan. To hear it when it was completed, it took me back to being a teenager and opening a CD that when I put it in I didn't know what it was going to do for me. As a big fan of music it's become something that's stuck with me for the rest of my life. When I listened to the record for the first time I got lost in it and forgot that it was us.
Besides music, do you have any favorite pastimes or hobbies?
I love to play poker, I love to play pool and I have quite an obsession with culinary arts. I do a lot of the chef work while we're on the road.
So being from Memphis, where do you think is the best barbecue?
What's the best barbecue? I'm glad you asked, you're the first person that's ever asked that, no way! Rendezvous is awesome if you're a tourist and you're coming to the city, go there. If you want to go to the place where it's just the man who is kick-butt for years at Barbecue Fests and literally has the best pulled pork sandwich I've ever had in my life and I've had a lot of barbecue. The Bar-B-Q Shop on Madison Avenue, you wouldn't even know because it's not this extravagant place. But the Bar-B-Q Shop on Madison has got to be hands down the best barbecue I've ever had in my life. Tell em' I sent ya!
What are you looking forward to this summer?
I'm looking forward to Rock on the Range, I can't wait. That's actually the one thing that I can see, it's such an honor to be a part of something like that, it's so awesome that we finally have festivals like that. I mean we've had festivals in the US but now we have our big European style festival that's all about rock and people just come out of the woodwork and that one festival in itself can keep rock alive.
Egypt Central will play Saturday at Rock on the Range - 5/20 - 5/22 - One Black & Gold Boulevard, Columbus OH - (614) 447- CREW - www.rockontherange.com - 2 Day Stadium Passes $99.50 - 2 Day Field Passes $129.50 - www.ticketmaster.com

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Motorhead, Clutch and Valient Thorr live review


Photo Credit: Miss Shela


Last Wednesday at the Royal Oak Music Theatre was an experience of heavy hitting rock and roll. Sharing the stage with rock powerhouse Motorhead were Clutch and Valient Thorr. These bands played to a packed house and shook the walls with their high voltage sound electrifying the crowd.
Opening up the evening Valient Thorr took the stage looking like a crazed group of unrully Vikings. This is a band with some extreme beards. Their energetic perfomance faired well with the crowd and got everyone amped up. The "Thorriors" that make up this bearded outfit include Valient Himself on vocals, Eidan Thorr on guitar, Dr. Professor Nitewolf Stragees on bass, Sadat Thorr on guitar and Lucian Thorr on drums.
Notching up the decibels Clutch took the stage. Enter Neil Fallon with his signature gruff sounding vocals accompanied by the thrash of guitar, bass, and drums. This is a band that always puts on a great live show, no matter how many times I've seen them they seem to be able to grasp the crowd with their fists. With Fallon on vocals, Tim Sult on guitar, Dan Maines on bass and Jean-Paul Gaster on drums this four piece from Maryland brings the noise and then some.
With each band the sound seemed to get progressively louder. When Motorhead took the stage a deafening roar went throughout the crowd. The legendary Lemmy Kilmister took the stage and brought a lifetime of sex, drugs and rock n' roll to the forefront. Formed in 1975 Kilmister has been the only static member of Motorhead, the current lineup includes Kilmister on bass and vocals, Phill Campbell on guitar and backing vocals, and Mikkey Dee on drums. They played a total of 16 songs including probably their best known "Ace of Spades." After all these years Motorhead is still a force to be reckoned with. It's impressive to see the hard work, blood, sweat and Jack Daniels that has been a driving force behind their music. With over 20 studio albums they continue to make new music and collaborate with other artists with no sign of slowing down anytime soon. Now that is rock and roll! 
Valient Thorr Setlist:
For more info on Valient Thorr visit http://www.valientthorr.com/
1. Double Crossed
2. Future Humans
3. Mask of Sanity
4. Infinite Lives
5. Night Terrors
6. In Heat
7. Sleeper Awakes
Clutch Setlist:
For more info on Clutch visit http://www.pro-rock.com/
1. Hobgoblins
2. 50,000 Unstoppable Watts
3. Pure Rock Fury
4. The Mob Goes Wild
5. Immortal
6. The Incomparable Mr. Flannery
7. Gravel Road
8. Who's Been Talking?
9. Cypress Grove
10. Power Player
11. Electric Worry
Motorhead Setlist:
For more info on Motorhead visit http://www.imotorhead.com/
1. We Are Motorhead
2. Stay Clean
3. Get Back In Line
4. Metropolis
5. Over The Top
6. Rock Out
7. The Thousand Names of God
8. I Got Mine
9. I Know How to Die
10. Chase is Better Than the Catch
11. In the Name of Tragedy
12. Just Cos' You Got the Power
13. Going to Brazil
14. Killed By Death
15. Ace of Spades
16. Overkill


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Flogging Molly Green 17 Tour



Flogging Molly will be bringing their 7th annual 'Green 17 Tour' to the Fillmore in Detroit on March 3. The 'Green 17 Tour' came into existence in 2004 as a countdown to St. Patrick's day. The tour has become a tradition and staple event for the band and the fans each year.

Flogging Molly is a band that rocks high voltage, dizzyingly energetic Celtic music and they put their own spin on it. Their sound fuses old world Celtic music with modern day punk rock. The band is 7 members strong with Dave King on lead vocals, Dennis Casey on electric and acoustic guitar, Matthew Hensley plays accordion, concertina, and piano, Nathan Maxwell on bass, Bridget Regan on violin, tin whistle, classical guitar, and uilleann pipes, Robert Schmidt on mandolin, mandola, tenor banjo, and five string banjo, and George Schwindt on drums. That is a lot of instruments! All band members sing backup vocals and King also plays acoustic and electric guitar.

The band is currently working on an upcoming release for this year and new songs from the forthcoming album will be performed during the tour. Their prior album Float debuted at #4 in 2008 on the Billboard Top 200 and #1 on the Billboard Independent Albums Chart. 

For more info on Flogging Molly visit http://www.floggingmolly.com/

Flogging Molly - 3/3, 6:30 p.m. - The Fillmore, 2115 Woodward - Detroit - (313)961-5451 - www.livenation.com - $35.25 & $47.20 - Click here for tickets


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Hollywood Undead Live Review



Hollywood Undead played the Kellogg Arena on Friday night sharing the stage with New Medicine, Stone Sour, and Avenged Sevenfold. This California rap-rock outfit brings the noise and then some with their in your face lyrics and crushing beats. Their live show is a charismatic carnival of energy and the band members each wear crazy tripped out looking masks. The masks were donned for the first three songs and were taken off for the remainder of the set. The zany antics of the guys on stage got the crowd revved up and everywhere that you looked you could see fans singing along and rocking to the beat. The drummer was showing some Detroit love by wearing a Defend Detroit shirt. Defend Detroit is a local clothing company that sells their wares in a number of different locations around the Metro-Detroit area.

Hollywood Undead's debut album Swan Songs came out in 2008 and reached #22 on the Billboard 200 in the first week of its release. They are currently working on their follow-up album American Tragedy which is due to come out soon. They have released a single from the new album called "Hear Me Now" which is currently in rotation on 89X. The guys that make up this wild fusion of sound are Danny, Funny Man and Johnny 3 Tears on vocals, Charlie Scene on lead guitar and vocals, J-Dog works it with rhythm guitar, keyboards, synths, vocals and bass, and Da Kurlzz hits hard on the drums.

For more info on Hollywood Undead visit http://www.hollywoodundead.com/

Full Setlist:
1. Undead
2. Sell Your Soul
3. Battle and a Gun
4. City
5. Paradise Lost
6. Hear Me Now
7. Everywhere I Go


Check out full photo slideshow on Examiner.com: Hollywood Undead Live Review & Photos - Detroit Music | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/music-in-detroit/hollywood-undead-live-review-photos#ixzz1DWU40tZa

Monday, January 31, 2011

Mayhem Festival 2011 Line-up Announced - National Music | Examiner.com


The Hard Rock & Metal Tour Event of the Summer Kicks Off on July 9th with Pre-Sale Tickets Slotted for Friday April 8th
Tour Co-Producer John Reese to Appear on Sirius XM Liquid Metal with Host Jose Mangin, Today at 12pm PST
ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL, the heralded hard rock and metal event of the summer, is swiftly becoming the heavy music fans’ summertime rite of passage. Today, the 4th annual summertime juggernaut announces the 2011 line-up with Disturbed, Godsmack and Megadeth, joined by Machine Head, In Flames, Trivium, and many more of today’s most electrifying artists. The tour will make a 26 date trek across the country beginning on July 9th at the San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, California. Tune in to www.rockstarmayhemfest.com and www.livenation.com for up-to-date ticketing information.


Continue reading on Examiner.com: 
Mayhem Festival 2011 Line-up Announced - National Music | Examiner.com

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Motorcity Blog Happy Hour offers the chance to win Kid Rock tickets



MOTORCITY BLOG Happy Hour
Thursday, January 13th 5pm - 9pm
 
Motorcity Special #3 Pre-listening Party with live Music from Detroit's own The High Strung and DJ Mel Wonder spinning Detroit rock, funk and soul. A pair of tickets to Kid Rock/Jamey Johnson will be given away onsite for the Jan 15th show at Ford Field. Kid Rock and Jamey Johnson swag will be given away all night sponsored by Warner Music Group and Universal Music. Live Nation will also be doing ticket giveaways all night to concerts at the Fillmore Detroit and St. Andrews Hall.
 
Come on out to the next MCB Happy Hour at Detroit's coolest sports bar for your chance to score some killer freebies. Enjoy yourself before and after Kid Rock/Jamey Johnson concert at The State Bar Fillmore Detroit.
 
Motorcity Special #3 was recorded live on Saturday, Oct 16, 2010 at Northern Lights Lounge Detroit. The artists featured are:
HAFLIFE
The High Strung
The Meltdowns
Troy Gregory w/ special guests
3 bands from School of Rock St. Clair Shores
(The Fuss - The Broadcast - The Make)
DJ JCM
 
For more info on Motorcity Blog visit http://motorcityblog.blogspot.com/
For more info on Motorcity Special visit http://www.motorcityspecial.com/