Chevelle kick off these Rock Picks of the Week with another dose of their controlled chaos. The title track from ‘Hats Off To The Bull’ and the follow up to the #1 ‘Face To The Floor’, sounds like it could go to the top as well. Brothers Pete (vocals/guitar) and Sam Loeffler (drums) along with Dean Bernardini (bass) say some of their major influences are Helmet, Tool, and The Cure. Now they are influening another generation. It’s already Top 15 on the Active Rock charts, and Top 25 on the Rock and Alternative charts. Another quality song from Chevelle.
Chevelle are going to be busy guys this spring and summer. They’ll be doing headlining gigs and a bunch of radio shows and festivals. Here’s all the dates:
Apr. 12 – Biloxi, MS – Hard Rock
Apr. 13 – Tallahassee, FL – Coliseum
Apr. 14 – Orlando, FL – Tinker Field – Earth Day Birthday (w/Evans Blue, SOil, Pop Evil, The Used, Hurt, Theory of a Deadman, Trivium, Godsmack, Halestorm, Taproot, Pop Evil, Soil, and Staind)
Apr. 16 – Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall (w/Dead Sara & New Medicine)
Apr. 17 – Beaumont, TX – Ford Park Event Center (w/Dead Sara)
Apr. 18 – College Station, TX – Hurricane Harry’s
Apr. 20 – Lubbock, TX – Lonestar Ampitheatre (w/Korn)
Apr. 22 – Wichita Falls, TX – Kay Yeager Coliseum (w/Redlight King)
Apr. 23 – El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls
Apr. 25 – Los Angeles, CA – Club Nokia (w/Dead Sara)
Apr. 28 – Mesa, AZ – Quail Run Park (w/Godsmack, Staind, Janus, Aranda, and Cavo)
May 2 – Huntsville, AL – Von Braun Center Arena (w/Shinedown)
May 3 – Evans, GA – Pavilion at Evans Town Center Park
May 5 – Rockingham, NC – Carolina Rebellion 2012 – Rockingham Speedway – (w/Evanescence, Korn, Shinedown, Staind, P.O.D., Slash, and Five Finger Death Punch)
May 6 – Alpharetta, GA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park – 1 Cinco Party Project 961 Cinco Party (w/Shinedown, Five Finger Death Punch, Hellyeah, Volbeat, Adelitas Way, Art of Dying, and The Beatoffs)
May 8 – Baton Rouge, LA – Varsity Theatre
May 9 – Corpus Christi, TX – Concrete Street Amphitheater
May 10 – San Antonio, TX – Backstage Live
May 12 – Kansas City, MO – Liberty Memorial – Rockfest 2012 (w/Shinedown, Five Finger Death Punch, Slash)
May 13 – Boone, IA – Central Iowa Expo – Lazerfest 2012 (w/Shinedown, Slash, Theory of a Deadman, Buckcherry, Volbeat, Adelitas Way)
May 15 – Green Bay, WI – Shopko Hall (w/Dead Sara & New Medicine)
May 18 – Traverse City, MI – Ground Zero
May 19 – Columbus, OH – Columbus Crew Stadium – Rock On The Range
May 20 – Maryland Heights, MO – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – Pointfest 2012 (w/Incubus, Neon Trees, Cavo, Middle Class Rut, and Foxy Shazam)
May 22 – Columbia, MO – The Blue Note (w/Dead Sara)
May 23 – Bloomington, IL – Castle Theatre
May 25 – Pryor, OK – Rocklahoma (w/Rob Zombie, Rocklahoma, Chickenfoot, Creed, Megadeth, Slash, Queensrÿche, Theory of a Deadman, Jackyl, Puddle of Mudd, Hellyeah, P.O.D., Volbeat, Cavo, Adelitas Way, Black Stone Cherry, Pop Evil, The Darkness, Art of Dying, Trivium, Aranda, Redlight King, James Durbin, Janus, Rival Sons, Anti, Mortem, and Megadeth)
May 26 – Little Rock, AR – Riverfest
Jun. 12-17 – Burlington, IA – Burlington Steamboat Days 2012 (w/Luke Bryan, )
Jun. 27 -Jul. 1 – Milwaukee, WI – Marcus Amphitheater (w/Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, Gary Clark Jr.)
Jul. 14 – West Fargo, ND – Red River Valley Fair
Shinedown have already released a new video for the second single off their new ‘Amaryllis’ album, which is due on March 27th. ‘Unity,’ is the follow up to their #1 rock track ‘Bully,’ and continues with a bit of social commentary, at least in the video for the song. A beautiful young girl, accepting of all peoples, takes photos of the individuals she comes in contact with and covers the wall of a decaying, abandoned building with those photos. The message I get from the video and song is that we all need one another to prosper and and ‘Unity’ has a message we all need to heed. Another pick that could be another #1 track.
Shinedown are kicking ass on the Avalanche tour with Adelitas Way in support, hitting smaller venues around the country. New Medicine are opening the shows up to Apr. 10, and Art Of Dying will open from Apr. 12th to the 25th.
Remaining dates on The 2012 Avalanche Tour
Apr. 5 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
Apr. 6 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
Apr. 7 – Corpus Christi, TX – Concrete Street Amphitheatre
Apr. 9 – Springfield, MO – Shrine Mosque
Apr. 10 – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room
Apr. 12 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore
Apr. 13 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
Apr. 14 – Grand Rapids, MI – Orbit Room
Apr. 16 – Niagara Falls, NY – Rapids Theater
Apr. 17 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
Apr. 18 – Providence, RI – Lupo’s
Apr. 20 – New York, NY — Best Buy Theater
Apr. 21 – Atlantic City, NJ – House of Blues
Apr. 22 – Scranton, PA – Cultural Center
Apr. 24 – Richmond, VA – The National
Apr. 25 – Baltimore, MD – Ram’s Head
Paul Rodgers (Bad Company, Free, The Firm, Queen + Paul Rodgers) has released a fantastic new single ‘With Our Love.’
It’s a fantastic soulful track with a full string section and later, middle-eastern sounds. One of the greatest rock vocalists in history more than lives up to that billing, and it’s just great to hear his voice on some new music.
One hundred percent of the proceeds from the single, ‘With Our Love,’ will go toward The Racehorse Sanctuary and the Seraphim 12 Foundation, both of which are dedicated to protecting and benefiting horses, as well as the Rocking Horse Children’s Charity, which aids children in Sussex and Surrey who need medical care.
“Horses are such a powerful part of human development and have been since the early ages,” said Rodgers in a statement. “We humans owe them so much. My wife Cynthia and I have visited both sanctuaries and can’t imagine any of these healthy vibrant beings being sent off to die. Especially Seraphim 12′s ‘Daisy,’ who was to be slaughtered for human consumption at four months of age! Or ex-racehorse ‘Mr. Streaky,’ who due to human error developed anxiety and fear issues which now after eight years he is finally starting to overcome, and in doing so is helping the autistic and inner city kids who visit the sanctuary.”
Looking back to one of his main artistic inspirations, Rodgers concluded, “Blues great Willie Dixon believed that ‘Once we know better we can do better’…so now that we know better, let’s do better.”
Starting on June 9th in Sweden, singer Paul Rodgers, guitarist Mick Ralphs and drummer Simon Kirke will launch a brief Bad Company tour of continental Europe, their first one there since 1975 (way back when the band’s second album, ‘Straight Shooter,’ was released).
Following their June 9th show on the closing day of the Sweden Rock Festival, Bad Company is scheduled to perform five times during Germany’s Rock the Nation Festival between June 11th and 16.
“It is amazing to me that there is still so much interest in Bad Company’s music after all these years,” Rodgers told UltimateClassicRock.com. “We have toured in the U.S. and U.K. in the last couple of years, and it only seems fair to play
for the faithful rock fans in Germany and Sweden. I can’t wait to hit the stage and reconnect with our fans.”
Last month during an hour-long chat with interviewer Jeff Woods during Canadian Music Week, he regaled the hundreds of fans in attendance with tales about his own career and a few anecdotes about the careers of others.
For example, here’s something you probably didn’t know: he advised a pre-Led Zeppelin Robert Plant to always “take a percentage” of a band’s earnings instead of a weekly paycheck. (Wonder how much money that put in Plant’s bank account?)
And when Joe Walsh was considering joining the Eagles but hesitating because of his desire for solitude, Rodgers says he told his friend, “Why don’t you go into a rehearsal with them and then go disappear in the woods? …And the next thing I knew, it was ‘Hotel California.’ They obviously made a connection.”
As for himself, he says he passed up opportunities with Deep Purple and Journey, and that even the Doors wanted him (after Jim Morrison’s death, of course) — but couldn’t find him.
Rodgers went on to say that success ultimately killed Free: “All of the sudden we had this monster hit, ‘All Right Now,’ and I don’t think we were ready for it all”, but that drugs were responsible for the demise of Bad Company:
“It was all around me, so it was almost normal, you just did whatever was there, there was a lot of cocaine, there was a lot of drug around and I, yeah, sure like everybody else, but I did draw the line at one point and in a way that’s probably what split Bad Company and myself. I stopped all that. And all of the sudden I felt like the outsider.
And it was a strange feeling. And I was going, ‘You don’t have to hide it all the time. Just do your thing. I’m not criticizing. I’m not judging.’ But I think it’s one of the things about that stuff is that it can make people a little paranoid too about people that aren’t doing it. You’re like the policeman.”
Great stories from a legend in rock and yet another great track. ‘With Our Love’ is now available for download via CD Baby, iTunes, and Amazon’s MP3 store.
Something Unto Nothing (S.U.N.), a name all together fresh and rooted in rock n’ roll, is setting onto the music scene breaking the social traditions that have become the rock norm. Headed up by the whiskey soaked voice of Sass Jordan, a Canadian icon and Juno Award winner with music partner renown drummer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Brian Tichy known for his stints with Billy Idol, Foreigner, Ozzy and currently in Whitesnake, their self titled debut album hopes to smash through the anonymity and secure a place in the current rock landscape.
Sass Jordan has an innate talent capable of conveying powerful emotion through heart-stomping, primal, rock-and-roll singing. S.U.N’s debut album is explosive, crushing, real and soulful with its natural fusion of blues and rock. Jordan’s vocal intensity proves a perfect match for the high-energy guitar playing of Tichy and her band-mates that provide the unique music palette that is S.U.N.
Previously working together is what brought Jordan and Tichy together in collaboration of the new music. “I had played drums on Sass’s ‘RATS’ record” explains Tichy. “I knew she was one of the best rock singers going. So after many years, we reconnected and tried a bit of writing together”. Both felt that in order to write the best, trend-free music they could, they needed to get away. They chose the mountains of Canyon Country and in an old, deserted shack S.U.N. was born. “We didn’t realize where we going when we started out”, says Jordan. “As we continued the songwriting path from Burned to Mobile Again to Nomad and on … The whole thing started to take shape in the form of a 70′s odyssey, a time travel trajectory.”
Completing the band that drives this music home is Marty O’Brien (We Are The Fallen/Tommy Lee/ Static X/ Disturbed) on bass and Tommy Stewart on drums (Godsmack, Lo Pro, Everclear, Fuel). S.U.N. is now finishing up mixes to their “Something Unto Nothing” record and looking for the best platform to release the music to their fans. The band recently played the Viper Room in Hollywood, Martini Ranch in Scottsdale, AZ, and Vamp’d in Las Vegas, and also have plans for an extensive summer tour as well as international dates.
It’s good to have one of the finest female rock vocalist back in a big way, along with great complementary musicians.
Formed in 2000 in Virginia and now hailing from Los Angeles, Hurt are up next with the first single ‘How We End Up Alone’ from their sixth album,’The Crux’, coming out on May 1st. The album was produced by guitarist Michael Roberts and the band and mixed by John Kurzweg (Puddle of Mudd, Godsmack). ‘How We End Up Alone’ is a dynamic, compelling song that draws you in and keeps you. Not only do I really like this track, the video is just as good. It adds to the song and is it’s own mini-film. It is intriguing, intersting, and its own piece of art. The storyline of an older man looking back on his life and telling his story shows ‘How We End Up Alone’. Lead singer J. Loren, guitarist Michael Roberts, bassist Rek Mohr, and drummer Victor Ribas will be touring starting April 14th in Orlando, Florida at WJJR’s Earthday Birthday.
Here’s an acoustic performance from February at 105.7 The Point
Hurt tour dates:
Apr. 14 – Orlando, FL – WJJR Earthday Birthday
Apr. 16 – Atlanta, GA – Smith’s Olde Bar
Apr. 17 – Memphis, TN – 1884 Lounge at Minglewood Plaza
Apr. 18 – Birmingham, AL – Workplay
Apr. 19 – Little Rock, AR – Revolution Music Room
Apr. 21 – Houston, TX – KTBZ Buzzfest (The Woodlands Pavilion)
Apr. 22 – Austin, TX – Stubbs BBQ
Apr. 24 – Dallas, TX – Prophet Bar
Apr. 28 – Mesa, AZ – Quail Run Park
Apr. 30 – Los Angeles, CA – The Key Club