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The Rocklahoma Files: Saving Abel

June 7, 2011 by  
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The Rocklahoma Files:
Saving Abel

Jared Weeks, Eric Taylor, and Blake Dixon of Saving Abel stopped by the Media Tent at Rocklahoma to give a brief interview. Known for their Southern-bred good manners, I found the band members extremely positive and comfortable just a few hours before their Sunday set.

You’ve got tour dates into September, you’ve got the Miss America single, which just dropped, tell me about the album.
To tell you a little story, man, we were actually in Iraq, we had the album finished, but we did not have a name for it, we were all sitting there wondering. And I’ll never forget it, we were all sitting there in our bus, in Iraq, with our bullet-proof vests on and our helmets, and we were all on the same page for the first time! Everybody. We said, “What are we going to name this album?” And we all said it at the same time.  What better way to say “thank you” to these men and women would be to name it for them—not after them—but for them. And that’s what Miss America is about.

Listen, you’re big in support of our troops, how was the 18 Days video shoot on the USS Hornet arranged? Was that something where you approached someone? What happened?
I think the label is what got us…we knew this was our connection to the military and we wanted to make it known, so somebody brought up the idea, that ship is now a museum, so what we did is we rented it out for the day, and they brought fighter planes in and they brought, dude! It was massive. That’s the same ship that picked up Neil Armstrong. They went and picked him up after he had landed on the moon. Reagan was on it and I got to stand on the same spot where Reagan was! To be part of something like that…it’s just amazing.             

Concert Gallery: Drowning Pool at Rocklahoma in Pryor, OK

June 6, 2011 by  
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Rocklahoma 2011 kicked off this holiday weekend on May 27-29.  The three day rock festival is now in its fifth year at “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, OK.  Started as a call to arms for ‘80s rock, Rocklahoma has more recently extended its arms to embrace some newer rock acts as well, blending the generations for three days of “life, liberty and the pursuit of rock.”  And besides, who better to pave the way for the newer generation than the likes of Mötley Crüe, Poison and Whitesnake!

Day 2 featured Staind, Sebastian Bach,  Rev Theory, Cavo, Pop Evil, The Gracious Few, Hail the Villain, Taddy Porter and Drowning Pool!  Check out our gallery from Drowning Pool’s set below.

Drowning Pool
May 28, 2011
Rocklahoma
– Pryor, OK
Photos by: Ilya Mirman

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The Rocklahoma Files: Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society

June 5, 2011 by  
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The Rocklahoma Files:
Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society

One really fun part about Rocklahoma was spending some time in the Media Tent, chatting with the bands.  They were typically very pressed for time, talking with radio stations and journalists, so we’d have 2-5 minutes max. 

Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, Ozzy, etc.) dropped by, and we had a chance to catch up on a couple topics.  And while it wasn’t enough time to have a back-and-forth dialogue, we did get a few fun tidbits (for example, turns out Zakk loves Seinfeld and Family Guy!).

Is there something about you that most people don’t know?
Yes – that I’m married and I have three kids! And it’s not a front – The wife and the kids aren’t a beard!

What current projects are you excited about now?
Well, right now we put out a new album Order of the Black [peaked at 4th in the U.S. charts], the Black Label [fan community] is growing and growing. We just put out another album, Song Remains Not The Same, in the Top 50 on the US charts. Just goes to show the strength of the [BLS] family.
Then looking forward to throwing down with the Rocklahoma chapter of the Black Label Society. Then the 5th and 6th I’ll be on Jimmy Fallon, sitting in with the Roots. The 7th we fly to Europe, to do a whole bunch of festival dates.

Looking back over the past couple decades – how do you evolve in the context of an evolving music scene?
Maybe I evolve physically, I look different, but music makes me feel like I’m 14 years old, it’s a larger than life thing, That’s what music is about, it’s just life in general – you evolve, which is good.

You’ve had a lot of different collaborations over the years – are there some favorites?
No – I’ve loved them all. At the end of the day, you’re making music. I’ve never had a bad time making records. The objective is all the same – you want to succeed at whatever it is you’re doing.

Favorite TV shows, cartoons?
Obviously – Seinfeld, Family Guy – and obviously sports – I’m a Yankees guy, a New York Giants guy.

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The Dear Hunter Gear Up For First US Headlining Tour

June 3, 2011 by  
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The Dear Hunter is gearing up for their first-ever headlining U.S. tour, which will launch July 15 in San Francisco, CA and conclude August 27 in Pomona, CA. As with their recently wrapped trek with dredg, fans will be treated to new music from the forthcoming nine-EP collection, The Color Spectrum, which is due out June 14 on Triple Crown Records.

Ticket pre-sales will begin Wednesday, June 8 at 10am local time here:  http://thedearhunter.frontgatetickets.com/.  Fans will have the option to add on an early download of the Full Length The Color Spectrum CD, as well as an exclusive T-shirt for an extra $15. 

Check out the dates and locations below.

DATE               CITY                             VENUE

Fri 7/15             San Francisco, CA        Bottom of the Hill
Sat 7/16            Portland, OR                 Hawthorne Theater
Sun 7/17           Seattle, WA                   El Corazon
Tue 7/19            Salt Lake City, UT          Kilby Court
Wed 7/20          Denver, CO                   The Summit Music Hall/Front Room
Thu 7/21            Omaha, NE                   The Waiting Room
Fri 7/22             Minneapolis, MN           Triple Rock Social Club
Sat 7/23            Dekalb, IL                     The House Café
Sun 7/24           Chicago, IL                   Lincoln Hall
Tue 7/26            St. Louis, MO                The Firebird
Wed 7/27          Covington, KY              Mad Hatter Club
Thu 7/28            Grand Rapids, MI          The Pyramid Scheme
Fri 7/29             Cleveland Heights, OH   The Grog Shop
Sat 7/30            Pittsburgh, PA              Mr. Small’s Theatre
Tue 8/9             Manchester, NH Rocko’s
Wed 8/10          Cambridge, MA             Middle East
Thu 8/11            Hamden, CT                  The Space
Fri 8/12             Brooklyn, NY                Knitting Factory
Sat 8/13            Philadelphia, PA            North Star Bar
Sun 8/14           Vienna, VA                    Jammin’ Java
Tue 8/16            Atlanta, GA                   The Drunken Unicorn
Wed 8/17          Jacksonville, FL                        The Pit
Thu 8/18            Tampa, FL                    The Orpheum
Fri 8/19             Lake Worth, FL              Propaganda
Sat 8/20            Orlando, FL                   The Social
Mon 8/22          Houston, TX                  Warehouse Live Studio
Tue 8/23            Dallas, TX                     The Loft
Wed 8/24          Austin, TX                     Emo’s (inside)
Fri 8/26             Mesa, AZ                      Sail Inn
Sat 8/27            Pomona, CA                 Glass House

Concert Gallery: Sick Puppies at Rocklahoma in Pryor, OK

June 2, 2011 by  
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The 2011 Rocklahoma kicked off this holiday weekend on May 27-29.  The three day rock festival is now in its fifth year at “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, OK.  Started as a call to arms for ‘80s rock, Rocklahoma has more recently extended its arms to embrace some newer rock acts as well, blending the generations for three days of “life, liberty and the pursuit of rock.”  And besides, who better to pave the way for the newer generation than the likes of Mötley Crüe, Poison and Whitesnake!

One of the “new school” rock acts on the bill was Sick Puppies.  They owned the stage on Friday!

Check out our gallery from their set below.

Sick Puppies
May 27, 2011
Rocklahoma
– Pryor, OK
Photos by: Ilya Mirman

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Kittie Announces Summer Headlining Tour

Kittie have announced a run of headlining shows kicking off in August.  Dirge Within and Diamond Plate will support.  Check out the full list of dates and locations below.

8/11 Cave In Rock, IL. – Hog Rock (Gathering of the Juggalos)
8/12 Waterloo, IA. – Spicoli’s Rock Garden
8/13 Milwaukee, WI. – The Rave
8/14 Joliet, IL. – Mojoes
8/16 Sauget, IL. – Pop’s
8/19 Columbus, OH. – Al Rosa Villa
8/20 Lake Odessa, MI. – Carnival Of Chaos
8/21 Battle Creek, MI. – Planet Live
8/24 Cleveland, OH. – Peabody’s
8/25 Syracuse, NY – Lost Horizon
8/26 Clifton Park, NY. – Northern Lights
8/27 Allentown, PA. – Crocodile Rock
8/28 Clifton, NJ. – Dingbatz
8/30 New York, NY. – Highline Ballroom
8/31 Springfield, VA. – Jaxx
9/1 Fayetteville, NC – Jesters
9/2 Jacksonville, NC – Hooligans
9/3 Spartanburg, SC. – Ground Zero
9/4 Atlanta, GA. – Masquerade
9/7 Houston, TX. – Scout Bar
9/8 San Antonio, TX. – Backstage Live
9/9 Dallas, TX. – Trees
9/10 Lubbock, TX. – Jake’s
9/12 Farmington, NM. – Top Deck
9/13 Tempe, AZ. – Clubhouse
9/14 Los Angeles, CA. – The Whisky
9/15 Anaheim, CA. – Chain Reaction
9/16 Santa Clara, CA. – Avalon
9/17 Orangevale, CA. – Boardwalk
9/20 Denver, CO. – Marquis Theater
9/21 Colorado Springs, CO. – Black Sheep

Concert Gallery: Black Label Society at Rocklahoma in Pryor, OK

June 1, 2011 by  
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Rocklahoma 2011 kicked off this holiday weekend on May 27-29.  The three day rock festival is now in its fifth year at “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, OK.  Started as a call to arms for ‘80s rock, Rocklahoma has more recently extended its arms to embrace some newer rock acts as well, blending the generations for three days of “life, liberty and the pursuit of rock.”  And besides, who better to pave the way for the newer generation than the likes of Mötley Crüe, Poison and Whitesnake!

Day 3 was probably the most solid line-up of the weekend featuring Mötley Crüe, Poison, Papa Roach, Seether, Saving Abel, Escape The Fate, Crooked X, Art Of Dying, One Less Reason and of course, one of the highlights – Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society.  The “Order of the Black” was out in full force!  Check out our gallery from their set below.

Black Label Society
May 29, 2011
Rocklahoma
– Pryor, OK
Photos by: Ilya Mirman

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Concert Gallery: Sebastian Bach at Rocklahoma in Pryor, OK

June 1, 2011 by  
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Rocklahoma 2011 kicked off this holiday weekend on May 27-29.  The three day rock festival is now in its fifth year at “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, OK.  Started as a call to arms for ‘80s rock, Rocklahoma has more recently extended its arms to embrace some newer rock acts as well, blending the generations for three days of “life, liberty and the pursuit of rock.”  And besides, who better to pave the way for the newer generation than the likes of Mötley Crüe, Poison and Whitesnake!

Day 2 boasted a solid lineup including Staind, Drowning Pool, Rev Theory, Cavo, Pop Evil, The Gracious Few, Hail the Villain and Taddy Porter. One of the highlights from Day 2 was the performance by Sebastian Bach, check out our gallery from his set below.

Sebastian Bach
May 28, 2011
Rocklahoma
– Pryor, OK
Photos by: Ilya Mirman

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Ludo & Sparks The Rescue Team Up For NA Tour

May 18, 2011 by  
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Sparks The Rescue has announced that they will be direct support to Ludo on the Space Dracula’s Basketball Expo Tour this summer. The nationwide run will kick off in Chicago, IL on July 14th.  Check out the dates below:

 Ludo, Sparks The Rescue The Tommy High Pilots, & Stamps
7.14 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
7.15 – Pontiac, MI @ The Pike Room at Crofoot 
7.16 – Columbus, OH @ The Basement
7.17 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
7.18 – West Chester, PA @ The Note
7.20 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East  
7.21 – Washington DC @ 9:30 Club  
7.22 – New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom  
7.24 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues – Cambridge Room 
7.25 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues – Bronze Peacock
7.26 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s  
7.28 – Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress  
7.29 – West Hollywood, CA @ The Roxy Theatre
8.1 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Sound  
8.2 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
8.5 – Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground
8.6 – St Louis, MO @ The Pageant
8.7 – Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note  

Anvil Announce NA Tour Dates

May 18, 2011 by  
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Hot off the heels of the release of their 14th studio album, Juggernaut of Justice, Anvil have announced some U.S. tour dates.  The band will play a handful of select, intimate shows this summer.  Tickets go onsale Friday, May 20th, at local and online ticket outlets.  Check out the dates below:

Anvil Tour Dates:
Tue    7/26/2011            Chicago, IL                          Reggies Rock Club              
Wed   7/27/2011            Cleveland, OH                    Grog Shop
Fri       7/29/2011            West Chester, PA              The Note                          
Sat      7/30/2011            New York, NY                      Bowery Ballroom                    
Sun    7/31/2011            Boston, MA                          Middle East Club  

 

Anvil is currently on tour  in Canada in support of the album too:

May 16        Ottawa Civic Centre                 Ottawa, ON
May 18        Sudbury Arena                          Sudbury, ON
May 21        London Music Hall                   London, ON
May 23        Crocks                                       Thunder Bay, ON
May 23        Royal Albert Arms                    Winnipeg, MB
May 25        The Exchange                          Regina, SK
May 27        Starlite Room                           Edmonton, AB
May 28        The Gateway                            Calgary, AB
May 30        Biltmore Cabaret                     Vancouver, BC
May 31        Sugar Nightclub                      Victoria, BC

For more information please go to www.anvilmetal.com

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