Grand Rapid Michigan's own Pop Evil have shown that they are really road warriors that truly care about their fans. They are seemingly always on the road or working to further the reach of the great American Rock N' Roll that they deliver. The band is currently on the Trespass America tour in support of their latest album 'War Of Angels' with Five Finger Death Punch, Killswitch Engine, Trivium and more. I had a chance to chat with Pop Evil drummer Chatchi Riot earlier this week while on the way to Oklahoma City.
Pop Evil are wrapping up the Trespass America Tour this week with the final show on the trek in Los Angeles, before heading out on headlining dates that will take them through September, followed by a Canadian tour through October with Zakk Wylde and Black Label Society that wraps up On Nov. 1st. Their busy touring year then wraps up on the Shiprocked Cruise on Nov. 27th with Godsmack, Korn, Five Finger Death Punch, Black Stone Cherry, P.O.D., Dead Sara, Sevendust, Filter, Lit, Gilby Clarke, In This Moment and more.
I first thanked Chatchi for the band bringing it back to how Rock N' Roll videos are supposed be made with their last single 'Boss's Daughter,' written with and featuring Mick Mars of Motley Crue and A LOT of eye candy, before getting the story on the lastest single (and 4th from 'War Of Angels') 'Purple.' We also touched on the band's past legal issues with their former label, who he can't believe he's met, the next album, their home state of Michigan and some football talk. Look out world, Pop Evil isn't going to stop until everybody know their name!
After our conversation, Chatchi (aka Josh Marunde) shared with me that he's a big 80's hair metal fan and let me know that a couple of videos from the band and the music of Slaughter were an important influence on him, as was the band's drummer Blas Elias. Blas is still drumming for Slaughter and is also playing in the Las Vegas production of Blue Man Group.
Pop Evil Tour Dates:
Aug. 31 - Impalla Ballroom - Marshalltown, IA
Sep. 1 - Taste of Madison - Madison, WI
Sep. 5 - Power Plan Live - Baltimore, MD
Sep. 7 - Rock Island Brewing Company - Rock Island, IL
Sep. 8 - Oktoberfest Grounds - La Crosse, WI (w/ Royal Bliss)
Sep. 13 - Station 7 - Laurel, DE
Sep. 14 - Fishbone Gill and Grille - Vienna, WV
Sep. 15 - Gold Crown - Harrisonburg, VA
Sep. 16 - Montgomery County Fairgrounds - Dayton, OH
Sep. 19 - Outland Ballroom - Springfield, MO
Sep. 20 - State Fair Of Oklahoma - Oklahoma City, OK
Sep. 22 - Buffalo Run Casino - Miami, OK
Sep. 28 - Dekalb County Free Fall Fair - Auburn, IN
Sep. 29 - The Machine Shop - Flint, MI
Oct. 14 - Monirae's - Pennellville, NY
Oct. 18 - Halifax Forum - Halifax, Canada (w/Black Label Society)
Oct. 21 - Rapids Theater - Niagara Falls, NY (w/ Black Label Society)
Oct. 23 - Guelph Concert Theatre - Guelph, Canada (w/Black Label Society)
Oct. 24 - Toronto, Canada (w/Black Label Society)
Oct. 26 - The Community Auditorium - Thunder Bay, Canada (w/Black Label Society)
Oct. 27 - Burton Cummings - Winnipeg, Canada (w/Black Label Society)
Oct. 28 - Odeon - Saskatoon, Canada (w/Black Label Society)
Oct. 30 - MacEwan Hall - Calgary, Canada (w/Black Label Society)
Oct. 31 - Edmonton Event Centre - Edmonton, Canada (w/Black Label Society)
Nov. 3 - The Vogue Theatre - Vancouver, Canada (w/ Black Label Society)
Nov. 27 - Shiprocked - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, with Tyler's co-judge from American Idol Randy jackson on bass, performed the Aerosmith classic 'Chip Away the Stone' on the Friday, January 20th episode of 'The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.' Check it out:
Tyler and Jackson along with Ryan Seacrest sat down with Leno to discuss the new season of American Idol, getting naked at the pool in Las Vegas, critiquing the President's singing skills, Kim Kardashian's sham marriage and more:
3 Doors Down stopped by the Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson to perform 'Everytime I Go' on Jan. 20. Check out their performance:
Filter stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live on Jan. 24 to perform 'Drug Boy' from the band's latest album 'The Trouble With Angels' and their most well-know track 'Take A Picture.' Check it out:
1/18: Parachute - The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1/19: Filter - Jimmy Kimmel Live
1/20: Steven Tyler, Randy Jackson, Ryan Seacrest - The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1/20: 3 Doors Down - Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
1/23: Wilco - Conan
1/23: Young The Giant - Jimmy Kimmel Live
1/24: the Airbourne Toxic Event - Jimmy Kimmel Live
1/26: They Might Be Giants - Conan
1/26: John Fogerty - Late Show With David Letterman (R-11/17/11)
1/30: Gavin DeGraw - The View
Sebastian Bach was interviewed on yesterday morning's (September 27) edition of Fox-TV's "Good Day NY". Check out the video footage of his appearance below.
The new album, "Kicking & Screaming", is now available for streaming in its entirety at AOL Music. Chickenfoot III, Saxon's "Call To Arms" and L.A. Guns "Acoustic Gypsy Live" are all available for you to listen to here as well. The album was released yesterday (September 27) on Frontiers Records. It was produced by Bob Marlette (Black Sabbath, Shinedown, Atreyu, Filter) and features young virtuosic guitarist Nick Sterling and drum pro Bobby Jarzombek (Halford, Riot, Iced Earth). If you like kick ass straight ahead rock with the flavor of the Seb led Skid Row, the new album is for you.
Remembering 9/11: Rockers share 9/11 memories; Chop Shop Radio Special, Staind 9/11 victims benefit concert
Tomorrow marks 10 years since the horrific terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon that brought down the Twin Towers, killed 3,000 people and forever changed both the future of the United States and the world. Here is a series of remarks made by hard rock/metal acts relecting on the ensuing 10 years on 9/11, how it affected them and what it still means.
FILTER singer/guitarist Richard Patrick told The Pulse Of Radio how he and his fellow Chicago residents felt immediately after the attacks took place. "In Chicago, we just got pissed," he said. "I mean, I wasn't there. In New York. I'm sure it was a whole gamut of gigantic . . . But the first three days I was just fuckin' mad. And then I got really sad. I wept for like a couple of days. I just couldn't control it."
AEROSMITH bassist Tom Hamilton told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that he has mixed feelings about how the day should be observed. "You know, it's hard for me to say that it should be a day where everybody remembers it and talks about it, and is, you know, keeps it as the Number One subject of the day; whether it should be a day of mourning and a day of silence and not doing anything; or whether it should be a day where we go out and be defiant and show that we're not gonna change our lives for these people," he said. "I'm not sure — I kinda go back and forth. I think everybody should really reflect on that day, but I don't... I wouldn't want to satisfy the criminals who did that by going too far into a fearful feeling."
Tom Araya (SLAYER): "I was at home in L.A. when I first found out what was happening. On September 10th the band had done a midnight in-store signing in El Toro, Calif. for the 9/11 release of our 'God Hates Us All' album. We got home around 4 a.m. from that. I was asleep when Sandra, my wife, was awakened by a phone call that suggested we turn on the television. We then found ourselves watching the first tower on fire and I remember asking Sandra, 'What is this?' We saw the plane hit the second tower and it took a while for everything to register. We were supposed to fly out that day to start a European tour. The whole time we were watching what was unfolding before our eyes I was thinking to myself, 'We ain't flying anywhere for a while!'" (via AOL's Noisecreep)
Steve "Lips" Kudlow (ANVIL): "I was working doing deliveries for Choice Children's Catering when an announcement came on the radio in the delivery van I was driving. I remember thinking, 'How the hell did planes get past radar detection and end up over a no-fly zone over New York City?' I thought this was too much to have been any kind of accident. I thought if the country was being attacked, wouldn't there be some kind of protocol for this? It was awful watching people jumping out of windows to escape the inferno. The news was relentless and heartless in its reports, almost enjoying the news scoop of the century. It was one of the saddest days in history, alongside the JFK, Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King assassinations. What a colorful history our world has created!" (via AOL's Noisecreep)
Scott Ian (ANTHRAX): "I was in Lincoln, Neb. out on tour, parked outside the venue we were playing, when I first heard the news. I woke up to pee, stumbled out of my bunk to the bathroom on the bus, and the driver was in the front lounge watching television. He said, 'A plane crashed into the WTC and I ought to take a look at what's happening in NYC.' I sat down and finally focused on the TV and saw the first tower smoking and I asked our driver, 'How big of a plane was it?' It was obviously not just a small plane like I had imagined. I sat there stunned, watching the report on CNN when the second plane hit and I ran into the bunk area of the bus yelling for everyone to get up, 'We're under attack, get the fuck up!' or something of that nature. We spent the rest of the day like the rest of the world, glued to the TV on the bus, shocked, horrified and scared shitless by what we were witnessing. Nothing seemed to matter at that point except to get home to our families and we started figuring out how we could all just get home as soon as possible." (via AOL's Noisecreep)
Joe Satriani (CHICKENFOOT): "I was at my home in San Francisco, I heard about the attacks as my radio-alarm clock started to wake me up. In disbelief I turned on the TV and watched in horror, then immediately picked up the phone and tried to reach my family in New York. We were all waiting to hear if my sister-in-law Linda was safe. She made it out of the downtown area and over the Brooklyn Bridge with thousands of others that day. I felt so brokenhearted having to sit my eight-year-old son down and explain to him what had happened. I was so saddened, angry and disappointed that this was the world we had made for our children." (via AOL's Noisecreep)
Charlie Benante (ANTHRAX): "I was out on tour and my wife called my cell and was freaking out. I remember wanting to be home with my family in New York. I was so worried about them and my friends who worked down there. I went back to New York some days after and went down to the site. The first thing that hit me was the glow and smell in the area of the attack. It smelled like death." (via AOL's Noisecreep)
Syndicated radio program The Chop Shop Guitar Show has put together a emotional, compelling show this week featuring personal remembrances from a number of classic rock artists who found their lives forever altered by the events and tracks conveying the emotion. Host Steve Black is joined by Geddy Lee of Rush, Joe Perry of Aerosmith, guitarist Steve Vai, Reb Beach of Whitesnake, members of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Megadeth, Eric Johnson, Scott Stapp of Creed and several others who share their stories, surrounded by the music that helped to bring everyone together as our country worked to move forward.
Geddy Lee recalls the moment when he learned about the attacks: “I was in Toronto and somebody found me and told me to turn on the television and of course I sat there for the next two hours just completely stunned and appalled by what I was watching. My reaction was much the same as any normal human being, I was sickened by it and it had a profound effect on the entire world I think and life has really not been the same since that day. “
Listen to the entire show on ultimateclassicrock.com. It's a must listen!
In the four video clips below, members of Slipknot, Godsmack, Unearth and Indestructible Noise Command comment on 9/11, how it affected them and what it still means:
Staind have announced they will mark the release of their new self-titled album by performing a special show in New York City to benefit the families of 9/11 victims. The show will be held at the Best Buy Theater in Times Square on September 15. In commemoration of the 10th anniversary of 9/11, tickets to the show will be priced at $9.11, with all revenue from the show to benefit the families of 9/11 victims.
"As the release of our new album coincides with the 10th anniversary of 9/11, we wanted to use the attention to make the point that there is still much work for all of us to do," said Aaron Lewis, lead singer of Staind. "We are deliberately making the ticket price $9.11 to underscore the point that if enough of us do just a little bit, together we can make a big difference in the lives of the families whose members made the supreme sacrifice for our country."
Fans can purchase tickets beginning at 12:00 noon Saturday, September 10 here. Members of Dysfunction, STAIND's official fan club, will have the opportunity to purchase tickets immediately through the web site www.dysfunctionalstaind.com. Purchases will be limited to two tickets per buyer. Moreover, Atlantic Records will match STAIND's donation from ticket sales for a separate additional donation to the charity.
Those not able to attend the event in person will be able to stream the concert live on www.staind.com courtesy of Ustream.
Produced by Johnny K (3 DOORS DOWN, DISTURBED, SEVENDUST), STAIND's seventh studio album has been described as the most heavy and intense STAIND album to date. The debut single, "Not Again", is the fastest rising single of the band's career — currently #2 on the Active Rock chart.
"Staind" will be released in-stores and all digital retailers September 13 and the band will be performing on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" live that night.