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Concert Gallery: Ha Ha Tonka / Chicago, IL

February 28, 2010 by  
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Ha Ha Tonka
February 20, 2010
The Subterranean- Chicago, IL
Photos by:  Tasha Schalk

Three Minutes With….Andrew Freeman

You’ve seen him sing for Lynch Mob and on tour as the guitarist for the Offspring and in a band called Thirty Stone. Currently he fronts the Orange County, California band The Thuggs, but more about them in a moment. You’ve probably also seen at least one of the bands he’s been in over the years if you reside or have visited the OC  -both East Coast and West Coast versions.

I recently spent three minutes with Andrew at Feelgoods’ Rock Bar in Las Vegas. Here’s the result:

 If you became President of the United States, what would your first order of business be?
Wow. I feel like I’m on the Miss America Pageant. So, I’m gonna start my answer like a Miss America Pageant contestant. If I were elected President of the United States, my first order of business would be to outlaw really bad shows in Las Vegas so that I wouldn’t get thrown into a barrel like a man on a sea ship in the 1600s, getting bad things done to my face because I’m in the barrel by a bunch of sea-people.  I don’t know where I’m going with this, but I figured I’d give you the most interesting answer I can, and then I’m just going to count… Forty Mississippi…. Forty-one Mississippi…. Forty-two Mississippi….

No, actually, my first order of business would be to make a radio show on NPR so that the intellectual community can hear it because there’s there’s a lot of intellectual things going on here right now, in a parking lot… Off-Strip… in Las Vegas..no, actually, maybe  in the Champagne Room at the Mandalay Bay. <laughter> On the roof of the Mandalay Bay. And I would make the Champagne Room on the roof of the Mandalay Bay the Oval Office. But it wouldn’t be oval, it’d be square. In turn, it’d be called the Square Office. Thank you.

You’ve earned your plug – go for it!

 I’m in a new band called The Thuggs, check us out at at www.TheThuggs.com, a little cover band with James D’Anda of Bulletboys fame, and a couple other dudes. We do this thing, and we are taking it on the road eventually. It’s a new thing we’re working on. There’s that, and there’s a TV show I’m working on right now. I can’t tell you the name of it yet, but it’s gonna be huge!  ‘Cause it’s still in “the works” so we can’t have anyone steal it…

The Thuggs currently play every Thursday night at the Gas Lamp in Long Beach, California. Look for them at www.theThuggs.com and coming soon to a venue near you! 

Are you or do you know a musician coming through Las Vegas that wants to give the shortest interview ever with probably the shortest interviewer ever? Forward me their contact info or put them in touch with me.

Concert Gallery – Black Eyed Peas / Boston, MA

February 27, 2010 by  
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Black Eyed Peas
February 26, 2010
TD Garden – Boston, MA
Photos by:  Mary Ouellette

As Tall As Lions Announce NA Headlining Tour‏

February 26, 2010 by  
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As Tall As Lions have announced a headlining tour for the Spring. The tour kicks off April 6th in Chicago and will mark the band’s first headlining run since the release of their latest record “You Can’t Take It With You,” in late August of last year. This outing will also rank as the band’s largest headlining tour, hitting most major markets across the country and playing larger capacity venues along the way.

Tickets for the shows go on sale March 5, 2010. A special pre-order will be available to the band’s fan club via ducatking at 5PM (local time) on Monday March 1st at http://astallaslions.ducatking.com. All pre-order tickets will be sold with a reduced service  fee and come with a special edition signed poster from the band.

Headlining Tour Dates:
06-Apr   Chicago, IL                 The Bottom Lounge
07-Apr   Minneapolis, MN       The Varsity Theater
09-Apr   Kansas City, MO        Record Bar
10-Apr   Denver, CO                Marquis Theatre
13-Apr   Tempe, AZ                 Clubhouse Music Venue
14-Apr   El Paso, TX                 Club 101
16-Apr   Indio, CA                    COACHELLA
19-Apr   San Francisco, CA      Slim’s
21-Apr   Portland, OR              Hawthorne Theater
22-Apr   Seattle, WA               Neumos
23-Apr   Boise, ID                    Neuorlux
24-Apr   Salt Lake City, UT      Club Sound
27-Apr   Dallas, TX                  The Cambridge Room @ HOB
30-Apr   Orlando, FL                The Social
01-May  Ft. Lauderdale, FL     Culture Room
02-May  St. Petersburg, FL      State Theatre
03-May  Atlanta, GA               Vinyl
05-May  Philadelphia, PA        World Café Live
06-May  New York, NY            The Fillmore @ Irving Plaza
07-May  Baltimore, MD          Sonar Club Stage
09-May  Cambridge, MA         Middle East (Downstairs)

The Dillinger Escape Plan “Farewell, Mona Lisa” Video Teaser

February 26, 2010 by  
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On Monday March 1st The Dillinger Escape Plan will debut their new music video for “Farewell, Mona Lisa” on JUSTIN.TV at 4pm EST.  Until then, you can peep the teaser below:

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Announces Presenters for 2010 Inductions‏

February 25, 2010 by  
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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place at The Waldorf-Astoria on March 15, 2010 at 8:30 p.m. EST, and will be televised live on Fuse. The 2010 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees were chosen by the 500 voters of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. Artists are eligible for inclusion in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after their first recording is released.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced the artists who will induct this year’s honorees.
ABBA will be inducted by Barry Gibb and Robin Gibb (BeeGees)
Genesis will be inducted by Trey Anastasio (Phish)
Jimmy Cliff  will be inducted by Wyclef Jean
The Hollies will be inducted by Steve Van Zandt
The Stooges will be inducted by Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day)
David Geffen will be inducted by Jackson Browne
Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil, Ellie Greenwich & Jeff Barry, Jesse Stone, Mort Shuman, and Otis Blackwell will be inducted by Carole King

Celebrate Rock Monster March All Month Long On Fuse TV!

Movie Trailer for The Runaways Movie

February 25, 2010 by  
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Starring Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning, the film follows two friends, Joan Jett and Cherie Curie, as they transform from rebellious Southern California kids to rock stars, becoming the legendary group that paved the way for future generations of all girl rock bands. The movie hits theaters on March 19th but you can check out the trailer below.

Bamboozle Roadshow Tour Dates & Headliners Announced (Third Eye Blind, Boys Like Girls, All Time Low)

February 24, 2010 by  
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The Bamboozle Roadshow Tour Dates, locations and headliners have been announced.  The rotating headlining bands are Boys Like Girls, Third Eye Blind, All Time Low and LMFAO.  The shows will be full day events with two stages.  Pre-sale ticketing starts March 2nd and the standard onsale date is March 10th.

Other bands on the bill (not all bands will be at all dates):

Cobra Starship
3OH!3
Hanson
Good Charlotte
A Cursive Memory
Cady Groves
Cartel
Simple Plan
Forever The Sickest Kids
Great Big Planes
Hellogoodbye
I Fight Dragons
Mercy Mercedes
Shwayze
Stereo Skyline
The Downtown Fiction
The Ready Set
Travis McCoy
Vedera
Vita Chambers

Dates are as follows:
May 21 – Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion
May 22 – Charlotte, NC – Uptown Amphitheatre @ The Music Factory
May 23 – Atlanta, GA – Six Flags Over Georgia
May 25 – West Palm Beach, FL – Cruzan Amphitheatre
May 26 – Tampa, FL – Ford Amphitheatre
May 28 – Houston, TX – Verizon Wireless Theatre (No 2nd Stage)
May 29 – Arlington, TX – Six Flags Over Texas
May 30 – San Antonio, TX – Six Flags Fiesta Texas
June 2 – Phoenix, AZ – Cricket Amphitheatre
June 5 – Concord, CA – Sleep Train Pavilion at Concord
June 6 – Chula Vista, CA – Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre – Parking Lot
June 10 – Minneapolis, MN – Cabooze Plaza
June 11 – Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom
June 12 – Chicago, IL- Soldier Field – Parking Lot
June 13 – Eureka, MO – Six Flags St. Louis
June 15 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
June 18 – Cleveland, OH – Time Warner Cable Amphitheatre @ Tower City
June 19 – Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion @ Riverbend Music Center
June 20 – Philadelphia, PA – Festival Pier @ Penn’s Landing
June 23 – Pittsburgh, PA – Amphitheatre @ Station Square
June 24 – Jackson, NJ – Six Flags Great Adventure
June 25 – Hershey, PA – Hershey Park Pavilion & Stadium
June 26 – Nassau, NY – Nassau Coliseum – Parking Lot
June 27 – Boston, MA – Comcast Center

For all the details hit up the website

Kimberly Caldwell “Mess of You” Video Premiere

February 24, 2010 by  
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Kimberly Caldwell’s video for “Mess of You” debuted on Yahoo Music, check it out below.

Her debut album ‘ Without Regret ‘ is set for release on April 6 with Capitol/Vanguard records.  The  single, “Mess of You,” was produced by Marshall Altman, Matt Nathanson, Trevor Hall, and Kate Voegele.

Matt Winter Quits Rooney To Become A Doctor

February 24, 2010 by  
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Matthew Winter of Rooney recently posted this letter to Rooney fans explaining his departure from the band and his aspirations to become a doctor.  Good luck Matt!  We’ll miss you:

Dear friends of Rooney –

It is with much mixed emotion I announce my departure from the band. Just a few days ago, I let the guys know that it’s time for me to take my life in a new direction. This has been the most difficult decision of my life so far, as Rooney has been the most significant fixture in my world, by far, for the past decade.

From age 17 until now (27), I have lived and breathed music with Ned, Louis, Robert, and Taylor. Rooney was a lifestyle, an escape, and an obstacle course rolled into one. For a long time, it was the only thing that really mattered to me. I look back at those times as some of the most unadulterated and sincere moments of my life. I cherish the shared passion and drive that we possessed as a group, and will always remember the music we made together. In fact, I take an enormous amount of pride in what we accomplished musically.

Over the last few years I have become less satisfied with my professional life. This has been a difficult reality to accept, as my now ex-bandmates are very important people to me, and I have had trouble accepting that my road might no longer be with them. I didn’t want to acknowledge that this enormously fortunate lifestyle wasn’t for me anymore. Whereas I once wanted nothing more than to tune-out the world and play with my friends, I now feel an obligation to move on and tackle new goals.

My plan is to continue my education and become a doctor. I have a huge amount of time that needs to be made-up, but that is a tiny price to pay for the experiences that I’ve had.

To all the people who have supported my band: I appreciate your loyalty and passion for music more than you could ever understand. While it is all-too-easy to take one’s fans for granted, I hold you all fully responsible for this crazy, bizarre, and enriching adventure that I’ve been on for the last ten years. My life will never be the same, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for letting this project of mine affect you so greatly. You have changed my life.

Take care, and good luck to all of you. Please don’t let this upset you. The band will go on without me, and I am on the path to great happiness. I am leaving you with the best record we ever made, and look forward to joining you guys in the audience at a show sometime soon.

Your friend,
Matthew Winter

P.S.

Although I’m not very active on facebook, I invite you all to friend request me and keep in touch. I made it a habit to keep my friends and fans separate in the past, but consider you all to be my friends now.

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