Rock Picks of the Week: Black Stone Cherry, Redlight King, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Papa Roach, Heart, Soulicit
Kentucky rockers Black Stone Cherry have released another great single from the ‘Beyond The Devil & The Deep Blue Sea.’ ‘Like I Roll’ is the fourth single from the album, following ‘White Trash Millionaire,’ ‘Blame It on the Boom Boom,’ and ‘In My Blood.’ The road warriors recently wrapped up a successful tour with Chickenfoot in the U.S. and more dates in Europe, and are back on the road this summer starting July 28th in Dubuque, Iowa. Chris Robertson (vocals/guitar), Ben Wells (rhythm guitar), Jon Lawhon (bass) and John Fred Young (drums) will be starting work on their next album this fall, and by all indications, considering all the amazing groundwork the band has behind them, it promises to be their most successful yet. Until then, enjoy the great new video for ‘Like I Roll,’ which documents the band’s time on the road. Go and see a great american ROCK band in concert if you get a chance, Black Stone Cherry!
Black Stone Cherry tour dates:
Jul. 28 – Dubuque County Fair – Dubuque, IA
Aug. 8 – Mojoes – Joliet, IL
Aug. 9 – District – Rockford, IL
Aug. 10 – Tyson IBP Events Center – Sioux City, IA
Aug. 11 – Will Rock Fest – Twin Lakes, WI (w/Saving Abel, Fear Factory, Shadows Fall, Deuce, Static X, Janus, Seven Day Sonnet, Red Line Chemistry and more)
Aug. 13 – Headliner’s – Toledo, OH
Aug. 14 – The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
Aug. 16 – Madison Theatre – Covington, KY
Aug. 17 – Busters Billiards and Backroom – Lexington, KY
Aug. 18 – Rally On The River – Ironton, OH (w/My Darkest Days)
Aug. 25 – Rock Jam – Grand Junction, CO (w/3 Doors Down, Theory of a Deadman, Quiet Riot, Jackyl & Slaughter)
Aug. 26 – Club Sound – Salt Lake City, UT
Aug. 27 – Martini Ranch – Scottsdale, AZ
Aug. 29 – The Beaumont – Kansas City, MO
Aug. 30 – The Blue Note – Columbia, MO
Sep. 1 – Hersheypark Stadium – Hershey, PA – Rock Allegiance (w/Stone Temple Pilots, Seether, Three Days Grace, Buckcherry, Daughtry, Puddle of Mudd, Redlight King, Fuel, Charm City Angels, Foxy Shazam, Otherwise & more)
Sep. 2 – Erie Canal Harbor Central Wharf – Buffalo, NY
Sep. 3 – Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion – Gilford, NH
Sep. 28 – Arkansas Oklahoma State Fair – Fort Smith, AR
Nov. 27 – Shiprocked – Ft. Lauderdale, FL (w/Godsmack, Korn, Five Finger Death Punch, P.O.D., Sevendust, Filter, Fuel, Pop Evil, Lit, Helmet, In This Moment, Geoff Tate, Gilby Clarke, Dead Sara & more)
Redlight King and singer/songwriter Mark Kasprzyk are up next with the track ‘Comeback.’ Kasprzyk used to be known as Kazzer. That was about a decade ago. Although he got some traction with the song ‘Pedal to the Medal,’ Kazzer was only a brief flash in the pan in mainstream music. Now years later, Mark Kasprzyk is no longer Kazzer. He’s just Kaz and he’s front and center in a new project he started called Redlight King.
‘Comeback’ conveys a message of hope, a message of not giving up no matter how far down you are. You can make a ‘Comeback’ with this inspirational track. It delivers a message of hope in these troubled times. The song is featured on the ‘Avengers Assembled’ soundtrack as well as the band’s album ‘Something For the Pain.’ The band has had success with the Neil Young cover ‘Old Man’ and the previous rock pick of the week ‘Bullet In My Hand.’
Redlight King is on the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival along with Shinedown, Godsmack, Staind, Papa Roach, In This Moment and Fozzy. The tour kicks off on August 17th in Bonner Springs, Kansas. Before that the band will be part of the K-Rockathon in Syracuse, NY on July 29th with The Offspring, Korn, Public Enemy, AWOLNATION, P.O.D., The Gaslight Anthem, Eve 6, Civil Twilight, Walk the Moon, Evans Blue and Kill The Noise.
Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival tour dates:
Aug. 17 – Capitol Federal Park at Sandstone – Bonner Springs, KS
Aug. 18 – Arkansas State Fair Complex – Little Rock, AR
Aug. 19 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – Maryland Heights, MO
Aug. 21 – Rock the Rapids at Festival Village – Grand Rapids, MI
Aug. 24 – PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ
Aug. 26 – Comcast Center – Mansfield, MA
Aug. 28 – Toyota Pavilion At Montage Mountain – Scranton, PA
Aug. 29 – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center – Darien Center, NY
Aug. 31 – First Niagara Pavilion – Burgettstown, PA
Sep. 1 – Hersheypark Stadium – Hershey, PA
Sep. 2 – Jiffy Lube Live – Bristow, VA
Sep. 5 – Charter Amphitheatre at Heritage Park – Simpsonville, SC
Sep. 7 – DTE Energy Music Theatre – Clarkston, MI
Sep. 8 – Klipsch Music Center – Noblesville, IN
Sep. 9 – Blossom Music Center – Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Sep. 11 – Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek – Raleigh, NC
Sep. 12 – Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood – Atlanta, GA
Sep. 13 – 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre At the Florida State Fairgrounds – Tampa, FL
Sep. 15 – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – The Woodlands, TX
Sep. 16 – Gexa Energy Pavilion – Dallas, TX
Sep. 18 – Comfort Dental Amphitheatre – Englewood, CO
Sep. 19 – USANA Amphitheatre – West Valley City, UT
Sep. 21 – Greyhound Park and Event Center – Post Falls, ID
Sep. 22 – White River Amphitheatre – Auburn, WA
Sep. 23 – Sleep Country Amphitheater – Ridgefield, WA
Sep. 25 – The Idaho Center – Nampa, ID
Sep. 28 – Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino – Las Vegas, NV
Sep. 29 – Ashley Furniture Homestore Pavilion – Phoenix, AZ
Sep. 30 – Hard Rock Pavilion – Albuquerque, NM
Red Hot Chili Peppers have released the latest track and video from the ‘I’m With You’ album. ‘Brendan’s Death Song,’ is a ballad the band wrote in honor of Brendan Mullen, founder of late Seventies Hollywood punk club the Masque. After it was shut down in 1978, Mullen booked shows on the Sunset Strip’s Club Lingerie. One day in 1983, Anthony Kiedis and Flea showed up at the club with a boom box and asked Mullen to listen to their demo. He did, and offered them an opening gig for Bad Brains.
“It was a huge step for us to get that gig,” Flea said in an interview in 2009. “But in a much more important way, I felt profoundly validated to be accepted and acknowledged by Brendan Mullen, who was a crucial part – a hub – of a scene that for me had mythological status.” Mullen suffered a massive stroke and died on the first day that the Chili Peppers were to rehearse with their new guitarist, Josh Klinghoffer.
“When I got to rehearsal I delivered the news to my band that we just lost this beautiful person,” said Kiedis, “and then we started playing without really talking. The second thing that came out of that jam was the basis for ‘Brendan’s Death Song.’” Keidis also revealed that Mullen was working on a coffee-table book about the band, called ‘The Red Hot Chili Peppers: An Oral/Visual History,’ when he died.
Check out the jazz funeral-themed video for “Brendan’s Death Song,” which was shot in one day in New Orleans and directed by Marc Klasfeld.
Papa Roach are back with the new single ‘Still Swingin’ from the upcoming album ‘The Connection.’ The band recorded in their home studio in Sacramento and also worked in Tommy Lee’s Atrium Studio.
Bassist Tobin Esperance said the band basically lived out of the recording area 24/7 while completing the disc. He laughed about how the band laid down 20 tracks, cut it down to 12, and then decided to write five more.
Some of the album tracks include ‘Before I Die,’ with electronic-programmed verses and a big rock chorus, ‘Where Did the Angels Go,’ ‘Wish You Never Met Me,’ produced by Sixx: A.M.‘s James Michael; ‘Not That Beautiful’ featuring guest vocalist Shanaz; and ‘Leader of the Broken Hearts,’ a track Shaddix says was initially influenced by their past favorite, ‘Forever.’
Shaddix says that he got sober during the making of the record and also dealt with his wife leaving him, stating: “We wanted to make a dynamic and explosive record that captures the raw emotions of life. We also wanted to incorporate the biological sounds of rock with a digital edge to have a fresh sound. This is our own version of what we think the radio should sound like. This is the soundtrack to my life and once again I went through some dark shit and came through thanks to the music.”
Here’s a three-and-a-half-minute video clip capturing the creative process that went into the making of the cover artwork for ‘The Connection’:
Ann and Nancy Wilson will release the new Heart album ‘Fanatic’ on October 2nd. ‘Fanatic’ was recorded in hotel rooms and studios up and down the West Coast, with Grammy-winning producer Ben Mink back at the helm with the Wilson sisters drawing from their own lives and personal experiences as inspiration for their music. “Rock Deep (Vancouver)” harkens back to the city where Dreamboat Annie was written; and “Walkin’ Good” (a duet with Vancouver resident Sarah McLachlan) captures the joy of finding new life in a new love.
The title song is a celebration of the Wilson’s life spirit: Ann and Nancy are fanatics about love, art, truth, and the belief that they can do anything together they set their minds to.
Heart will be touring throughout the summer and fall (June 29-November 17). Alejandro Escovedo and Shawn Colvin will be supporting in October and November. This fall, Ann and Nancy Wilson will be awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (followed by a live concert webcast).
The hardcover edition of ‘Kicking and Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul and Rock and Roll,’ will be released by HarperCollins on Sept. 18th. The memoir was penned by Ann & Nancy Wilson with noted Seattle-based author Charles R. Cross (“Room Full of Mirrors – A Biography of Jimi Hendrix”; “Heavier Than Heaven” – a biography of Kurt Cobain).
Here’s a podcast on the release of the Heart ‘Strange Euphoria,’ box set with the title track from ‘Fanatic’
Soulicit is comprised of lead vocalist Darick Parson, guitarist Roll, bassist Kevin Parrow & drummer Trent Boehner. The band delivers a straight ahead, energetic, classic hard rocking sound with a sense of humor to boot. Check out the band’s hilarious video below and you’ll see what I’m talking about.
In September of 2011 Soulicit inked a deal with Thermal Entertainment based out of Greenville, SC. The work began immediately as the band wrapped up recording their ﬁrst full length label release titled ‘Parking Lot Rockstar’ which is now being distributed by Megaforce. Check out entire album on the band’s official website: www.soulicitrock.com