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Rock Picks of the Week Ketchup: Black Keys, Van Halen, Foo Fighters, Theory of a Deadman, Eve To Adam, Art of Dying


Rock Picks of the Week Ketchup: Black Keys, Van Halen, Foo Fighters, Theory of a Deadman, Eve To Adam, Art of Dying

Since my Rock Picks of the Week have continually turned into the Rock Pick of the month or every three weeks, I must make a commitment to being more diligent about catching up. So here is my Ketchup. Some of these tracks have been out awhile, but I have to give them a pick.

Black Keys 'Gold On the Ceiling'
Black Keys have had another massively successful track with this one, as it's currently the #1 track on the alternative charts, top 5 at adult rock, top 10 at active rock and top 20 on the rock charts. The Keys recently performed it on the MTV Movie Awards as part of a tribute to Johnny Depp, who joined the band on guitar.

The Keys recently filmed an episode of the Travel Channel’s 'No Reservations' with host Anthony Bourdain and have shot a cameo, in full ponytails, for a Comedy Central series 'Workaholics.' They also will continue touring in 2012 with some big time gigs including as headliners at the inaugural Firefly Festival in Dover on July 20-22, New York’s Catalpa Festival on July 28th, Lollapalooza in Chicago on Aug. 3rd, and Montreal’s Osheaga Festival on Aug. 5th. Then they'll head overseas for a few European festival dates, followed by a return to the U.S. in October for a brief West Coast swing a and a gig at the recently announced Austin City Limits festival. They'll finish out 2012 with tours of Australia and Europe.

They are also worthy of a tribute album called 'Black On Blues,' out July 17th, which features such artists as Iggy Pop, Leslie West, Ginger Baker of Cream, Dave Davies of The Kinks and more.

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Van Halen 'She's The Woman'

I was glad to see that the band actually put out a video behind this one, compiled from rehearsal and concert footage. I like almost everyone thought the worst when VH pulled those 30 dates from their current tour schedule, but was relieved that they just "simply bit off more than we could chew," acording to David Lee Roth in his recent video message addressing the situation.

Van Halen‘s former bassist Michael Anthony heard DLR's explanation for the postponed dates, but he isn’t quite so sure that is the main reason. Their was a report with tour insiders saying the band members "hate each other" and are "arguing like mad." Sammy Hagar weighed in saying, "I'm surprised it took this long. I predicted this was going to happen a lot sooner … They’re hard people to get along with, those brothers."

Anthony told Classic Rock Magazine: "Everybody’s got their own opinions. Who knows? To me it sounds kinda interesting – if you say you’re tired and you want to recharge your batteries you don’t put 30 shows on sale. If I were a fan I’d be going, 'Why are you putting 30 shows on sale?'"

Anthony also offered a possible explanation for why three days lapsed between the announced schedule changes and Roth’s public statement about them: "Maybe that’s the three days you take to come up with your story?" Despite his assessment, he had kind words for the group. "I wish them well — they put out a great album, they’re a great live band, they always have been," he says.

Would he ever consider rejoining the band? "I don’t know. As time goes on now, less and less. Eddie’s got his son up with him now. The circumstance would have to be right. I was always the never-say-never guy, but I don’t really think about it any more...Chickenfoot, my relationship with those guys is great."

Van Halen have since announced more tour dates in 2013, as well as a tour of Japan. There is also speculation that the guys will be rocking the 2013 Super Bowl. Look for the next single from 'A Different Kind Of Truth' to be 'Stay Frosty.'

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Foo Fighters, who have become one of my favorite bands EVER, released yet another song from the 'Wasting Light' album. 'Bridge Burning' follows the lead of all the previous tracks released, getting significant airplay. The Foos haven't released an official video, but here's a video interpretation of the song from the band's 2011 'This Video Sucks Contest; directed by Will Doyle & Richard Peete.

The Foos hit the Marcus Ampithetre in Milwaukee, WI on June 28, before hitting festivals in Italy, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Belgium and Netherlands during the month of July. They stop in Belfast, ND on August 21st for a one off U.S. date, then return to the UK for two gigs in late August. The band will wrap up their never ending tour on September 22nd at DeLuna Fest in Pensocola, Florida. Dave Grohl will then focus on completing his Sound City Studios documentary, which I cannot wait to see! Spin Magazine recently brought forth why Dave Grohl is the 'nicest guy in rock.' Check out the reasons why here:

Theory of a Deadman's 'Hurricane' is another great track from the band's latest album 'The Truth Is...'. It has already gone top 5 on the rock tracks, as the band continues building on their past success thus far. Theory of a Deadman will be headlining on tour for the rest of the summer. Check out a date near you here:

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Frontman Tyler Connolly recently did a funny little experiment in New York's Time Square called 'You Don't Know Me.' Check out both parts:

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New York rockers Eve To Adam are up next with their track 'Reach.' While it didn't have the "reach" I would have hoped as far as radio airplay goes, it did further the band's reach and exposure in a positive way. It comes from the album 'Banquet For A Starving Dog', and is a positive, uplifting song. You can 'Reach,' you just gotta believe, and I believe in this band!

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Eve To Adam recently ended a run touring with Creed at the Fillmore on May 31 in Detroit, Michigan, and their currently at home working on new material and preparing for summer shows while promoting their new single, a cover of the Alice Cooper classic, 'School's Out.' The single is now available for digital download and has been getting a very positive reaction from critics and fans alike. The track was even debuted on June 5th by Alice Cooper on his radio show! Get the song here on itunes

Canadian rockers Art of Dying are back in the rock picks of the week with their latest track 'Sorry.' It's another great track from the 'Vices and Virtues' album. The Art of Dying is my life to live. Vocalist Jonny Hetherington and the guys bring quality rock, and I expect continued growth from this band in the future!

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Recently we had the chance to get into the studio with producer Dan Donegan from Disturbed to lay down an acoustic version of "Sorry". We've been so touched by all of the 'Sorry profile pics' over the last few months that we decided to make a video for the acoustic version of the song featuring our biggest fans. Thanks for making this video possible, we couldn't have done it without you!
- Jonny Hetherington

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The band has a few more gigs this summer. Check them out here:

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Rock Picks of the Week: Anthrax, Sixx A.M., Five Finger Death Punch, Eve To Adam, Diemonds


Rock Picks of the Week: Anthrax, Sixx A.M., Five Finger Death Punch, Eve To Adam, Diemonds

I've been lagging on the rock picks of the week lately, so I may have to double up this week with as much kick ass new music is out there. First up today is new track from the new Anthrax album "Worship Music" called "The Devil You Know". The musicianship by the band and vocal by Joey Belladonna are stellar! The production kicks is clean and in your face, and it is no wonder why many are calling "Worship Music" the metal album of the year.

Anthrax are coming off the massive Big Four U.S. east coast date at Yankee Stadium in New York, even having "Anthrax Day" declared in the Bronx for their hometown return. The guys are following that up with a huge U.S. tour with co-headliner Testament and opener Death Angel that kicks of October 14 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It is amazing that the masters of thrash metal are still kicking serious ass!

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The new Sixx A.M. track is next. "This Is Gonna Hurt " is the second single and title track from the latest Sixx A.M. album. Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue), DJ Ashba (Guns N' Roses) and James Michael had fantastic success with the first track ("Lies Of The Beautiful People") released from their sophomore album, and hope to duplicate that with this one. The band has no plans to play live at this point, with Nikki Sixx continuing with the Motley Crue tour around the world, and DJ Asba getting ready for a long Guns N' Roses world tour that will bring GnR to the U.S. for an extended tour that will take them up until the end of 2011. Hopefull Sixx A.M. will do a tour at some point to showcase music from their first two albums live.

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Next up is the top 5 active rock track "Over and Under It" from Las Vegas, Nevada-based metallers Five Finger Death Punch. The band will release their third album, "American Capitalist", on October 11. The CD was recorded at The Hideout in Las Vegas, Nevada with producer Kevin Churko, who also helmed Ozzy Osbourne's 2010 effort "Scream". The 11-track release, including lead top 10 (and possible #1 track) single/video "Under And Over It", the record is taking the band to the next level,  building on the success achieved by albums one and two — "The Way Of The Fist" and "War Is The Answer".

"American Capitalist" will be released as a standard CD, and a limited-edition deluxe CD format complete with special packaging plus second disc containing a number of exclusive remixes, including one for "Under And Over It". Meanwhile, the iTunes version carries the bonus track "The Tragic Truth"

Guitarist Zoltan Bathory says: "This record crystallizes the sound of DEATH PUNCH. The band has really come into its own. Everyone contributed to the music, and this is what we are capable of as a unit. The overall message is to fight for your survival and success. You can be a zebra or join the lion pride. You have to rebel against your circumstances, laziness and mediocrity — not the system. The best will make it, and that notion is genetically embedded within our fabric. If we were all equal, evolution wouldn't exist. The human spirit encourages us to excel."

Following the October release of "American Capitalist", the band: Ivan Moody (vocals), Jason Hook (guitar), Jeremy Spencer (drums), and new bassist Chris Kael will head out on a the "Share The Welt"  U.S. tour, headlining a package that also includes All That Remains, Hatebreed and Rev Theory. This tour starts in mid-October and runs through into November, with more dates likely to be added.

Moody said: "I literally laid every ounce of blood I had on the street with this one. We are a people's band. Our fans admire and understand us because of who we are. We've never tried to be anybody else. We're Five Finger Death Punch."

Check out the cool new video for "Over and Under It", directed by Ethan Emaniquis:

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Eve To Adam "Run Your Mouth" Eve To Adam (often called ETA) is an anthemic, guitar driven rock band based in NYC featuring Taki Sassaris (lead vocals/guitar), Alex Sassaris (drums/backing vocals), Gaurav Bali (Guitar/backing vocals) and Eric Bergmann (bass). This rock pick of the week comes from the band's latest release "Banquet For A Starving Dog" The band have performed sold-out tours with acts like Daughtry and Motley Crue, in addition to logging in more than 112 performance dates with Saliva, POD, Three Doors Down, The Exies, 12 Stones, Crossfade and more. This song kicks ass in a straight ahead, in your face kind of way. I really like the sound of these guys and now that they have gotten significant airplay with this track, I think they can take it to the next level with the right break.

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Canadian rockers Diemonds have posted a music video for their new single "Take On The Night". The song will be featured on the band's upcoming album 'The Bad Pack', due for release later this year.

Diemonds -- consisting of Priya Panda (vocals), C.C. Diemond (guitar), Alan the Yeti (guitar), Dr. Kock (bass) and Sincade (drums) -- formed in Toronto, Ontario 2006 and made their debut with the 2008 EP 'In The Rough'. The 7 song EP is available for purchase at

Diemonds has been recording with Jon Drew (F*cked Up, The Arkells, Alexisonfire) on their upcoming CD 'The Bad Pack'. The album will also be mixed by Eric Ratz (who's done everyone from Billy Talent to Big Sugar) and mastered by Harry Hess (the creative force behind Harem Scarem).

I like the campiness and comic book like feel of this video.

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