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Chevelle Concert Photos – Stimulate This Tour/Boston, MA

July 19, 2009 by  
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Chevelle
Stimulate This Tour
July 14, 2009
Bank of America Pavillion – Boston, MA
Photos by Mary Ouellette

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Lo-Pro Concert Photos – Stimulate This Tour/Boston, MA

July 19, 2009 by  
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Lo-Pro
Stimulate This Tour
July 14, 2009
Bank of America Pavillion – Boston, MA
Photos by Mary Ouellette

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Shimon Moore of Sick Puppies

July 12, 2009 by  
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spIt may seem like a twist of irony that a band that writes aggressive fueled rock anthems screaming of angst and frustration would be synonymous with a campaign for “Free Hugs” but that’s just another day at the office for the trio Sick Puppies.  Aussie born lead singer and vocalist Shimon Moore and bassist Emma Anzai moved to Los Angeles four years ago where they found the missing piece of their trifecta, drummer Mark Goodwin, through Craigslist.

The band was not short on inspiration for “Tri-Polar”, their second studio release on Virgin Records, set to drop on July 14th.  Writing at least 100 songs together before paring it down to those that made the cut the band offers up a balanced collection of songs that maintain the band’s unique style of injecting the energy and emotion of their live show into their recorded material for a very raw and organic vibe.

The first single “You’re Going Down” has already been picked up by WWE.  It’s everything you would expect from their first single but not entirely indicative of all that this album holds.  There are a lot of surprises from the beautiful ballad “White Balloons” that features opposing vocals from Shimon and Emma to the brutal offering of “War” which is one of the strongest tracks on the album and was written for the video game Street Fighter IV.

TheyWillRockYou caught up with an ailing but always honest and outspoken Shimon Moore to talk about the new album.  Big thanks to Shimon for calling in even though he was a sick puppy, literally.  He’s a trooper!

Interviewed by: Mary Ouellette | July  2009

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Chris Iorio of Adelitas Way

July 12, 2009 by  
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adelitatop1Las Vegas based rockers Adelitas Way will unleash their debut self-titled release on Tuesday July 14th.  The first single “Invincible” is an anthemic rocker that’s already been picked up by WWE as a theme song and can be heard on rock radio nationwide.

Lead vocalist Rick DeJesus gave up college baseball to pursue a career in music. After a brief stint on a VH1 reality show DeJesus found himself in Vegas where he soon teamed up with guitarist Chris Iorio. The two started writing songs together and were soon joined by drummer Trevor Stafford.  The final pieces of the band, Derek Johnston on bass and Keith Wallen on guitar joined the band after the album was complete.  With diverse roots in everything from 70s rock to indie, to hardcore and the influences can be heard throughout.

Working with Grammy-nominated rock producer Johnny K the band wanted to make a well rounded record that gave listeners a little bit of all that they had to offer, and their debut album does just that.

The band is currently out on the road with Saliva and will soon join up with Sick Puppies.  Lead guitarist Chris Iorio took some time to talk to us about the new album, the writing process, and a possible cover of Eddie Murphy’s “Party All The Time?”

Interviewed by: Mary Ouellette | July  2009
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DJ Rossstar

July 8, 2009 by  
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rossstar2Every Wednesday and Thursday night music fans around the globe tune in to DJ Rossstar’s Punk Rock Show to chat with their favorite bands and be a part of something special.  That something special is the brainchild of DJ Rossstar.  From his humble beginnings at his college radio station, Rossstar always persevered even when the odds were stacked against him.  A DIY show from the start, DJ Rossstar never had any industry hookups or inside connections. The show was a labor of love from the word go, booking his own guests and doing all of the behind the scenes work to make the show a success.  With early guests like Pete Wentz from Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, and Yellowcard The Punk Rock Show made lasting connections with bands on the rise.

Several years later and now based out of Los Angeles, DJ Rossstar’s show is more popular than ever.  Bands new and old join him in his studio apartment to spread the gospel of music.  With the show broadcasting online twice a week, he reaches an audience of 50 thousand people per show.  And people said this wouldn’t work?

Why does it work?  Well, aside from Rossstar’s passion for the music, he opens up the forum each night for fans to be interactive.  Submitting their questions online and waiting for the band’s response makes them feel like a part of it all.  And in the end, isn’t that all any of us really want?

We turned the tables on DJ Rossstar and put him on the receiving end of the questions.  He took some time to talk to us about his road to get where he is now, his advice to anyone looking to follow in his footsteps, why he credits Green Day for his success and his take on Warped Tour this year.

Interviewed by:  Mary Ouellette | July  2009
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Steel Panther

July 1, 2009 by  
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steelpanther2Meet Steel Panther.  Their claims to fame include launching the careers of many a band (From Janes Addiction to Motley Crue), tagging your Mom, and supreme rulers of all things Metal.  Owning the 80s, Steel Panther was crowned king of The Sunset Strip and headed towards super-stardom in spandex, then …they disappeared.  While the history is a bit fuzzy, two decades later the band is back and ready to pick up right where they left off….in your Mom’s pants.

The band (Michael Starr on vocals, Satchel on guitar, Lexxi Foxxx on bass and Stix Zadinia on drums) have poised themselves for their big comeback with their debut album on Universal Republic Records “Feel the Steel”.  With the first single “Community Property” hand delivering STDs from the east coast to the west the band just returned from a trip over the pond to perform at the legendary Download Festival.

At a stop in Boston for a private show for rock station WAAF, the band took some time to sit down with us and talk shop, Metal Shop that is.  So if you were wondering who in the band wore Depends or who was uncircumcised, never fear, we’ve covered it all for you…

Interviewed by:  Roger Scales | June  2009

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Do The Devil’s Work For Him: How To Make It In The Music Industry (And Stay In It)

devilswork“How do I get into the music industry?”  You may have asked this question to yourself at one time or another.  For Amy Sciarretto and Rick Florino, authors of the book Do The Devil’s Work For Him:  How To Make It In The Music Industry (And Stay In It), it’s a question they hear constantly.  They decided it was time to take things into their own hands.

Both successful in an industry that can sometimes be unkind; they’ve worked their way up to a place where they are now willing to share their combined knowledge with the masses.  The pair take their own real life experiences in the industry and give you the survival skills necessary to make it. Welcome to the Jungle baby….

Covering an array of topics from publicity to freelance writing this book really is the go-to read for anyone who ever felt that passion in their belly.  They take into consideration the constant changes in the industry and the current economic impact as well as the core values necessary for anyone to stand out above the crowd.

The best thing about this book is that it’s written by people who are out there in the trenches on a daily basis and who are not just giving you a bunch of manufactured boardroom bunk, they’re giving you advice based off of their own personal experiences in a fun and entertaining way coupled with advice from members of bands like Korn, System of a Down and Mastodon.

Co-authors Amy Sciarretto and Rick Florino took some time to talk to us about the book and how it all fell into place.

Interviewed by: Mary Ouellette | June  2009
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Halestorm

June 29, 2009 by  
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hsWith their debut self-titled album under their belts, Halestorm is doing what they do best – hitting the road and playing live!  The foursome who have received a lot of buzz for their female-fronted brand of rock and roll is no one trick pony.  While lead singer and guitar player Lzzy Hale does sparkle with impressive vocals that are reminiscent of the days of old with obvious influences from the great rock bands of the seventies, the rest of the band around her are stand-out stars as well.  Brother Arejay Hale on drums is a machine and quite possibly one of the most talented and fun to watch drummers out there today.  Guitarist Joe Hottinger isn’t called “The Candyman” for nothing, the tricks and treats that he offers up through his instrument will leave anyone coming back for more and cool-handed bassist Josh Smith rounds out the talented quartet. Where they all truly shine the most though is on stage; live, and in your face – in the true spirit of rock and roll.

Describing the making of the album as “going to rock n’ roll college” the band really opened themselves up to the ideas of their producer Howard Benson and left everything they possibly had in the studio.  The results? An album that rocks from start to finish with no apologies.  Channeling their influences from the 70s and the 80s, this album is a modern day throwback to all of the great rock albums of our time while still maintaining a sound of their own.

With their first single “I Get Off” climbing the charts the band is currently out on a co-headlining tour with Burn Halo and The Veer Union.  This tour affords them the opportunity to get down and dirty with the fans in smaller venues before they hop on to the Stimulate This Tour, one of the largest rock tours of the summer with Staind, Shinedown, and Chevelle.

On their recent tour stop in Northampton, MA I sat down with 3/4s of the band (Josh was absent) to talk shop…

Interviewed by: Mary Ouellette | June  2009
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Bobby Dall of Poison

June 23, 2009 by  
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poisongroupThere aren’t too many glam bands that came out of the ’80s who are still making their mark in the music world.  Poison has been holding strong for over two decades now with no signs of slowing down – now that’s stamina!  The line up of Bret Michaels on vocals, Bobby Dall on bass, Rikki Rockett on drums and C.C. Deville on guitar has been solid throughout their existence minus a  few brief stints when C.C.’s role was played by some other guitar players that never really fit the job description.  Nice guys?  Sure.  Great guitar players? Absolutely.  But there’s just something about the combination of this foursome that makes Poison the unstoppable force that they are.

The band, seeing some what of a surge of new popularity with the creation of Bret Michael’s half Dating Game/half Fear Factor reality show Rock of Love, has steadily toured throughout their career with much success.  This summer the band is hitting the road with Def Leppard.  Which begs the question – What do you get when you mix two outspoken lead singers, a public war of words, and a dash of ego?  Well if you ask Poison and Def Leppard it’s the perfect recipe for a summer blockbuster tour. Just a year after the publicly fought battle royale between front men Bret Michaels and Joe Elliott aired through the media, the bands are now joining forces for what could be the most face-melting, hair raising, lighter waving, tour of the summer, and oh yeah, they’re bringing Cheap Trick along for the ride too.

Bassist Bobby Dall took some time to discuss the tour, the past twenty plus years as a part of Poison and the things that matter to him most in life. (And it should be noted that Poison was one of my first ever favorite bands so this was a real thrill for me, thanks Bobby!)

Interviewed by: Mary Ouellette | June  2009

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James Hart of Burn Halo

June 20, 2009 by  
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burnhalo1James Hart spent more than ten years of his life fronting the metal/hardcore band 18 Visions.  When that project came to an end Hart contemplated what was next for him and opted to make the album that he had long dreamed of making – an in your face, raw and dirty,  rock and roll masterpiece.  The only strange part is, he opted to do it as a solo project, without the support of a full band.

Employing the help of songwriter/producer  Zac Malloy, Hart wrote and recorded an album that he was proud to stand behind, the only problem was, his label no longer was.  What may have cause many to give up only fueled Hart’s fire and with some determination and the support of his management the album was released under the self-titled name “Burn Halo.”

Now the only thing missing was a band to bring the songs to life on stage.  For Hart, the band had to be musicians who lived and breathed rock and roll and  could believe in his music as much as he could.  With what seems to be “mission accomplished” Hart and his newly formed band of Joey Roxx on lead guitar, Timmy Russell on drums, Aaron Baylor on bass and Brandon Lynn on rhythm guitar are currently touring their asses off on a co-headlining jaunt with fellow rockers Halestorm and The Veer Union.  James recently took some time to talk to us about his past with 18 Visions and his future with Burn Halo.

Interviewed by: Mary Ouellette | June  2009
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