Check out our video interview with Stephen Christian of Anberlin from last year. Stephen talks about the birth of his daughter and missing her on tour, playing for the troops, what he did when he felt his ego growing, and how he’d like people to realise there’s hope and they can always change their life for the better.
Red Bull Studios Unsigned Band Competition to play at Download Festival
Unsigned bands (between the ages of 16 and 25 and residents of the UK) can now apply for the chance to appear at Download Festival courtesy of Red Bull Studios. To enter, go to www.redbullstudios.com/downloadfestival and register your unsigned band. You’re invited to upload a video to the site where you will be voted for by the general public and judged by a number of music industry experts including Red Bull Records label manager Angie Somerside, Kerrang! Radio’s Katie P, Radio One’s Huw Stephens plus rock band Don Broco.
Entry for bands is open until 21st April.
From the bands that enter, 100 will be shortlisted by public vote and put forward to the judges. 15 bands will then be chosen by the panel to head to Red Bull Studios in London for an all-encompassing professional studio experience. Of those, 8 bands will go through to play on the Red Bull Studios Live stage at Download Festival.
The Used have announced a one off intimate headline show in London at The Scala on June 17th. Tickets go on sale on Friday March 28th at 9am. Tickets are priced £18.50 and are available from www.livenation.co.uk
The band are currently on a co-headline tour with Taking Back Sunday in the USA and are set to release their new album ‘Imaginary Enemy’ in the UK on March 31st.
Pre-order the album at: theused.net/preorder.
The band will also be performing at this year’s Download Festival.
KISS and Def Leppard are to hit the road together in the US. Tickets go on sale starting Friday March 21. Dates are:
Mon Jun 23 West Valley City, UT USANA Amphitheater Onsale Fri Mar 21 Wed Jun 25 Denver, CO Pepsi Center Onsale Fri Mar 21 Fri Jun 27 Ridgefield, WA Sleep Country Amphitheater Onsale Fri Mar 21 Sun Jun 29 Auburn, WA White River Amphitheater Onsale Fri Mar 21 Wed Jul 02 Concord, CA Concord Pavilion Onsale Fri Mar 21 Thu Jul 03 Wheatland, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre Onsale Fri Mar 21 Sat Jul 05 Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Onsale Fri Mar 21 Sun Jul 06 Chula Vista, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre Onsale Fri Mar 21 Tue Jul 08 Los Angeles, CA The Forum Onsale Fri Mar 21 Wed Jul 09 Phoenix, AZ Ak-Chin Pavilion Onsale Fri Mar 21 Sat Jul 12 Austin, TX austin360 Amphitheater Onsale Sat Mar 22 Sun Jul 13 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion Onsale Fri Mar 21 Tue Jul 15 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center Onsale Fri Mar 21 Wed Jul 16 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena Onsale Fri Mar 21 Fri Jul 18 Atlanta, GA Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood Onsale Sat Mar 22 Sat Jul 19 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion Onsale Fri Mar 21 Sun Jul 20 Raleigh, NC Walnut Creek Amphitheater Onsale Fri Mar 21 Tue Jul 22 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheater Onsale Fri Mar 21 Wed Jul 23 Tampa, FL MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheater Onsale Fri Mar 21 Fri Jul 25 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live Onsale Fri Mar 21 Sat Jul 26 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center Onsale Sat Mar 22 Fri Aug 01 Mansfield, MA Xfinity Center Onsale Fri Mar 21 Sat Aug 02 Atlantic City, NJ Boardwalk Hall Onsale Fri Mar 21 Sun Aug 03 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center Onsale Fri Mar 21 Tue Aug 05 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center Onsale Sat Mar 22 Wed Aug 06 Wantagh, NY Nikon At Jones Beach Theatre Onsale Sat Mar 22 Fri Aug 08 Virginia Beach, VA Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach Onsale Sat Mar 22 Sat Aug 09 Scranton, PA The Pavilion at Montage Mountain Onsale Fri Mar 21 Sun Aug 10 Hartford, CT The Xfinity Theatre Onsale Fri Mar 21 Tue Aug 12 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre Onsale Fri Mar 21 Wed Aug 13 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center Onsale Sat Mar 22 Fri Aug 15 East Troy, WI Alpine Valley Music Theater Onsale Fri Mar 21 Sat Aug 16 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre Onsale Fri Mar 21 Sun Aug 17 Minneapolis, MN Target Center Onsale Fri Mar 21 Wed Aug 20 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena Onsale Fri Mar 21 Fri Aug 22 Noblesville, IN Klipsch Music Center Onsale Fri Mar 21 Sat Aug 23 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre Onsale Sat Mar 22 Sun Aug 24 Burgettstown, PA First Niagara Pavilion Onsale Sat Mar 22 Tue Aug 26 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center Onsale Fri Mar 21 Thu Aug 28 Maryland Heights, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Onsale Sat Mar 22 Fri Aug 29 Tulsa, OK BOK Center Onsale Fri Mar 21 Sun Aug 31 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Onsale Fri Mar 21
While Tonight Alive are on tour in the UK with All Time Low they’ve taken the opportunity to announce a UK headline tour for the end of this year. They’ll be returning in November for the following dates.
Northern Ireland rockers Trucker Diablo have announced that they are going on hiatus. Frontman Tom Harte wrote:
It is with a heavy heart that I have decided to put the brakes on TRUCKER DIABLO for the foreseeable future. I had a sit down with my partner Cheryl yesterday who has been suffering with an illness that affects her mobility for some time now and has gradually been getting worse over the last few months, which has resulted in Cheryl and my son Caleb suffering from me committing time to my duties in the band. I have to prioritise Cheryl and Caleb over the band and that’s really the bottom line. I started, named and have wrote majority of the music in Trucker Diablo so its hard for me to let go, but for the sake of my family I have to. The decision has been made easier by Simon leaving to be honest and puts things in perspective when you have a family to support and a dream to fulfill, but sometimes fate rolls the dice and they cannot mutually exist.
The music industry has always been an industry of ups and downs. There is so much cost and sacrifice to try and rise above the noise and leave a dent, I am just so proud that so many people liked the music. I remember sitting for the best part of six months writing Songs of Iron in my wee rock shed and after being really excited to get the album out, so many firsts, writing Drink Beer Destroy drunk and writing Maybe You’re The One and not considering it for the album, supporting Foo Fighters, Black Stone Cherry, Dee Snider rockin out side of the stage at Download festival, Ricky Warwick for agreeing to be on on the 1st album and being a constant supporter of us and the band. Thanks to my partner Cheryl and son Caleb who have supported with me from the start to Simon, Glenn, Terry and their partners for their support . Also want to thank Darren Seaton and Baz for helping to guide the Big Truck, it was a blast and not to forget the Diamond Rock Club for being the epicentre of rock and support. To all our friends, promoters, fan and bands thank you all but getting on board the Big Truck. I am proud of what we achieved as a band. I like to think of a lot of the fans as friends and want to extend my gratitude for supporting me and the guys down the years. I’m sure Terry and Glenn will release their thoughts at some point too.
Songwriting is in my blood and in my heart and all I ever wanted to do was to make the best music that moves people in some kind of way. I will continue to write songs for myself and for others so its not completely the end, I may even release an album , who knows lol….Baby steps for now. So with a tear in my eye and hope in my heart I will say farewell but not goodbye. I know things are gonna be ok when my son gives me a hug and says “Daddy does this mean we get to play more games together”. XOXO, Tom
Aw, sad times. We’ll miss Trucker Diablo - even though we only had the pleasure of seeing them live once. But their music will live on - and families come first. Best wishes to the guys from Black Velvet.
Kids In Glass Houses announce split / farewell tour
We’re sad to hear that Kids In Glass Houses have decided to call it a day and go their separate ways. The band will play an extensive farewell tour throughout the month of October. The band wrote:
It’s a surreal and daunting moment when you realise that you’re contemplating bringing to an end something that has given your life unquantifiable joy, satisfaction and meaning. Something that is so personal that it embodies who you are or who you have been perceived as for so long. You start to wonder what you’ll be without it. It’s a near impossible void to comprehend filling, but we feel that now is the right time for us to do move on and do just that.
This is the end of Kids In Glass Houses. Amicably and on our own terms. The way we always promised ourselves it would be.
We’re as unified in this decision as we have been with any that we’ve made together, and we’re excited by the prospect of ending things in the best possible spirit at the end of the year. We’ve known this day was coming for quite a while and have done our best to make sure that the next few months are as memorable as those years that have come before.
We really can’t thank everyone enough for their support over the years. All of the fans who stood waiting in rain or shine; who spent their money and time on us; who opened up to us and confided in us; who shared the music and the ride with us; or who forged lasting friendships based on a mutual love (or maybe hatred…) of our band. To experience any one of those things in isolation is a blessing for any band. To have experienced all of them was an overwhelming honour.
The pleasure really has been all ours and we hope to see you there one last time before the year is out. These shows are a celebration of what we’ve accomplished and the countless unforgettable nights we’ve spent in your exceptional company, in venues the world over. We’ve lived out some of our wildest dreams over the last 8 years and achieved far more than we ever thought was possible when we sat, determined and freezing, in a rehearsal-space-come-office-unit on an industrial estate in Taff’s Well.
Through the support of our fans, families, friends and the countless talented and selfless people who’ve spilt sweat and tears working on our behalf - we went from playing rugby clubs to Cardiff City Stadium; from village fetes to Reading Festival Main stage; from handing out free demos to the Taste Of Chaos queue in 2005, to securing 4 top 40 albums in 5 years. It’s been a total trip and, thankfully (and sometimes regrettably), we’ve got the photos to prove it.
With the utmost sincerity - thank you, thank you, thank you for your continued faith in us from first day to last. Without it we would never have been lucky enough to do any of this. We love you all very much and will miss you more than we can probably even comprehend at this moment in time.
Sammy Hagar Urges FDA to Allow Experimental Drug to Save Drummer’s Wife
Sammy Hagar’s friend and former drumming bandmate David Lauser is married to Liza Cozad-Lauser. Liza has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain cancer. Chemo has been ineffective and surgery cannot be performed due to its location. This evening at Sweetwater Music Hall at Mill Valley, California, Sammy Hagar is performing a benefit concert to raise money for Liza’s medical expenses. For more info on the benefit concert (which also features members of Night Ranger and Mr. Big) see http://concertforliza.org/ or Sammy’s Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/sammyhagar
Also – there is a petition to sign. There is a drug, ANP, which has been approved for Phase III clinical trials by the FDA, however the FDA has continually denied Liza’s request for the treatment. Please sign the petition asking for the FDA to allow Liza the drug. More info on Liza’s condition and the drug is on the petition page.
Goldfinger are returning to the UK - hurray! They’ll be playing shows with Zebrahead and Fandangle in May as part of the Slam Dunk Ska Punk Tour. No doubt this means they’ll also be a part of the main Slam Dunk festival shows too… (we hope… since there’s no Midlands show…)
Richie Sambora with guest star Australian guitarist Orianthi will play 2 sidewave shows while in Australia for Soundwave Festival. The shows will take place on Feb 20th - Brisbane and Feb 26th – Sydney.
Tickets go on sale this Thursday, Feb 6th, 9am AEDT