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Baltimore, Maryland's Charm City Devils just released their rockin' new album 'Sins' featuring the Top 20 rock track 'Man of Constant Sorrow,' last Tuesday. The band has been opening shows for Theory of a Deadman of late, but made a headlining stop in San Luis Obispo, California, where I sat down with him to talk about the new album and much more. Check out the full interview below.
John talks about his transition from drumming in previous bands to fronting Charm City Devils, his connection and admiration for fellow Baltimore band KIX, the place Nikki Sixx has in the band's history, the decision to cover the great track 'Man Of Constant Sorrow,' recording with Skidd Mills in Nashville, the kick ass new album and next single, the best and worst part of touring, what inspired him to rock, upcoming touring plans and even some Baltimore sports talk. John is an engaging and articulate interview and I appreciate him taking the time. The band put on a great show that night, and you will be seeing and hearing much more from them in the future. Get the band's amazing new album 'Sins,' wherever you buy your rock or hit up their website: www.charmcitydevils.com
Thanks to Bill Meis at eOne Music
Upcoming Charm City Devils tour dates:
Aug. 13 - In the Venue - Salt Lake City, UT (w/Theory of a Deadman)
Aug. 14 - Summit Music Hall - Denver, CO (w/Theory of a Deadman)
Sep. 1 - Rock Allegiance 2012 - Hershey, PA (w/Stone Temple Pilots Three Days Grace, Seether, Buckcherry, Fuel, Puddle of Mudd, Redlight King, Black Stone Cherry, Foxy Shazam, Otherwise, Daughtry)
Sep. 15 - Hagerstown, MD
Sep. 22 - Pier Six Pavilion - Baltimore, MD (w/Seether, Kyng, Sick Puppies & Young Guns)
Oct. 13 - Island Bay Day Festival - Centreville, MD (w/L.A. Guns, Days of the New, Marky Ramones Blitzkrieg & Laughing Colors)
w/Thory of a Deadman & Adelita's Way:
Oct. 29 - House of Blues - Cleveland, OH
Oct. 31 - Piere's - Fort Wayne, IN
Nov. 3 - Newport Music Hall - Columbus, OH
Nov. 4 - Sherman Theater - Stroudsburg, PA
Nov. 9 - The National - Richmond, VA
Nov. 14 - Water Street Music Hall - Rochester, NY
Rock Picks of the Week Ketchup: Aerosmith, ZZ Top, L.A. Guns, The Offspring, Charm City Devils, Dead Sara
Here I am, still playing ketchup on my rock picks of the week, with Aerosmith kicking things off with their number one rock track 'Legendary Child.' The song was originally written and recorded in 1991 during the early sessions for the group's 1993 album 'Get A Grip' but had remained unreleased. I really like the new track, but it didn't hit me as hard as I hoped by the buildup to its release. It is a quality cut, but one that I think could have been taken to an even more rocking level. I know it is a radio track however, and must play to the masses as it toes the line between long time fans and a new generation being exposed to Aerosmith.
The group's upcoming studio effort, 'Music from Another Dimension!' was originaly scheduled for an August 28th release, but has now been pushed back to November 6th. Steven Tyler said of the delay, "Too many [other notable acts] are releasing [their new albums] those weeks. We don't wanna step on their release dates. So we said, 'You know what?! We've got the goods…ain't no doubt about it. We'll wait another couple of months.'"
Aerosmith's North American leg of the band's 'Global Warming' Tour with Cheap Trick is well underway having kicked off a couple of weeks ago in Minneapolis. Bass player Tom Hamilton recently told Billboard that fans attending the shows likely will get treated to a preview of the new album. "It's gonna be, like, a 14-song album, so it's got a lot of range. I think it just kind of reflects all the eras of our career, everything we've learned over the centuries -- the 70s era, just all-out riff rock songs, and then the later stuff that's more melodic, ballady stuff so that we can have girls in our audience. It's all there."
Hamilton reveals that while the initial plan was for Aerosmith not to perform any new tunes save for lead single "Legendary Child" on the trek, he says, "We're probably going to say 'To hell with it' and play 'em because they're fun. We're chomping at the bit to play a bunch of these live," while noting that having new material to introduce in concert "really makes you feel like you're walking out there with a loaded weapon."
Hamilton also shared some details about the upcoming album: "I think it just kind of reflects all the eras of our career, everything we've learned over the centuries," he maintains. "The 70s era, just all-out riff rock songs, and then the later stuff that's more melodic, ballady stuff so that we can have girls in our audience."
Hamilton says 'Music from Another Dimension!' will include "songs that have been written over the course of our lifetimes," as well as a rendition of the vintage R&B number 'Shakey Ground,' which was a 1975 hit for the Temptations though Aerosmith based its version on Etta James' rendition. "We needed extra songs for Japan and Europe," Hamilton said, "and we thought, 'OK, we're struggling to get all our own songs written. Maybe we should cover a couple of songs.' I forget who brought ('Shakey Ground') in, and we tried it out and in the course of recording we just had so much fun with it that we wanted to put it on the album. We like to show off our funk roots and show we can get people's butts shaking."
'Music From Another Dimension' track listing:
1. What Could Have Been Love
3. Street Jesus
4. Legendary Child
5. Oh Yeah
6. We All Fall Down
7. Another Last Goodbye
8. Out Go the Lights
9. Love Three Times a Day (Hello Goodbye)
11. Shakey Ground
12. Lover A Lot
13. Freedom Fighter
14. Up On The Mountain
Texas rock legends ZZ Top are back with their first new studio recordings in nine years, as the group have recently released the four-track teaser digital E.P. The four-song EP features all new tunes, and was produced by Rick Rubin, who also helmed the sessions for the band's as-yet-untitled new album, which is due out in late summer/early fall. Check out 'Consumption,' 'I Gotsta Get Paid' (which premiered last month in an ad campaign for Jeremiah Weed) and 'Chartreuse' below:
Listen to 'Chartreuse' on rollingstone.com here
'Texicali' is available at itunes and all digital retail outlets. ZZ Top just wrapped up their 'Gang of Outlaws' tour with 3 Doors Down and Gretchen Wilson on June 29th, and are now will play gigs in Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, France, Switzerland and Norway for during July. The band returns to the U.S. for headlining dates starting August 14th at Bakersfield's Fox Theater, followed by co-headlining dates later this summer with Lynyrd Skynryd.
L.A. Guns are back with their first new studio album in seven years, 'Hollywood Forever,' which features the awesome new track, 'You Better Not Love Me.' The track brings forth the best of that sleazy, dynamic L.A. Guns sound we all know and love. The album is the fourth L.A. Guns record produced by the legendary Andy Johns (Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Van Halen, and many more), and he definitely brings out the best in the boys on this one.
Former L.A. Guns member Kelly Nickels makes a special appearance on the album, playing bass on 'Venus Bomb' and providing backing vocals on other tracks. Phil Lewis, Steven Riley, Stacey Blades and Scott Griffith are poised to make this L.A. Guns offering a big success. Order the new album here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/preorder/hollywood-forever/id524457881
'Hollywood Forever' Track List:
You Better Not Love Me
Vine St. Shimmy
Dirty Black Night
Underneath The Sun
I Won’t Play
Requiem (Hollywood Forever)
Araña Negra (originally recorded by The Bicicletas)
L.A. Guns U.S. tour dates
Jul. 7 - Enfield , CT - 4th of July Town Celebration
Jul. 14 - Howland, ME - Sebois Stream Campgrounds/ MudRun Concert Series
Jul. 15 - Portland, ME - Asylum
Jul. 20 - Tuscon, AZ - AVA Ampitheater- Casino Del Sol (w/Warrant & Skid Row)
Jul. 21 - Tempe , AZ - 910 Live (w/Forming Stories, Ethan 103 & Sunset Strip)
Aug. 17 - Ramona, CA - Ramona Mainstage
Aug. 18 - Santa Ana, CA - Malone's
Aug. 24 - Englewood, NJ - Begen Performing Arts Center (w/Skid Row)
Aug. 25 - Amityville, NY - Ollies/Revolution (w/Skid Row)
Oct. 13 - Centerville, MD - Island Bay Day
Huntington Beach, CA. rockers The Offspring are up next in Rock Picks with their great new track 'Days Go By.' It's the title track from their new album, which was released on June 26th. The track has that distinct Offspring sound, with a party vibe video behind it. It's good to have the guys back in a big way, as this new track is already top 10 on multiple rock charts. The band will be hitting the road starting with a couple of Canadian dates starting July 14th, then will continue through the summer in North America, wrapped around a lone date in Russia on August 5th. Offspring will also be a part of the Sunset Strip Music Festival in Hollywood on August 18th, which this year pays tribute to Sunset Strip legends The Doors. Check out these interview clips with Dexter and Noodles. They'll give you all the lowdown on what's happening with the Offspring.
Offspring Tour Dates:
Jul. 14 - Quebec, CA - Festival d'ete International de Quebec
Jul. 15 - Sarnia, Canada - Bayfest
Jul. 17 - Cleveland, OH - House Of Blues
Jul. 18 - Columbus, OH - Columbus Commons
Jul. 20 - St. Louis, MO - Fair St. Louis
Jul. 21 - Milwuakee, WI - Eagles Ballroom
Jul. 23 - Indianapolis, IN - Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
Jul. 25 - Hampton Beach, NH - Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
Jul. 26 - Atlantic City, NJ - House Of Blues
Jul. 28 - Rochester, NY - Bonzai 2012 at Highland Bowl Amphitheatre
Jul. 29 - Syracuse, NY - WKRL's K-Rockathon
Aug. 5 - Anapa, Russia - Kubana Festival
Aug. 10 - Del Mar, CA - Del Mar Thoroughbred Club - Seaside Stage
Aug. 18 - West Hollywood, CA - Sunset Strip Music Festival
Aug. 31 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore
Sep. 9 - Asbury Park, NJ - Stone Pony Summer Stage
Sep. 14 - Chicago, IL - Riot Fest
Sep. 16 - Charlotte, NC - Live Nation
Sep. 29 - Auburn, WA - KISW's Pain in the Grass
Baltimore, Maryland's Charm City Devils are up next with a cover of a track that is a rocking version of a traditional American folk song first recorded by Dick Burnett, a partially blind fiddler from Kentucky. It became well-known in the 2000 film 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?,' with that version by The Soggy Bottom Boys. 'Man Of Constant Sorrow'
Charm City Devils were originally formed in 2007 by singer/song writer and former SR-71 drummer John Allen. Besides Allen the band includes Anthony Arambula (bass), Jason Hesier (Drums), Victor Karrera (Guitar) and Nick Kay (Guitar). After signing with Eleven Seven Music, Mötley Crüe bassist and Eleven Seven Music chairman, Nikki Sixx, suggested the band's current name Charm City Devils. Their debut album 'Let's Rock-N-Roll' was released in 2009, and two singles from it, 'Let's Rock n' Roll (Endless Road)' and 'Best of the Worst' garnered airplay around the country. They were named best new rock band by iTunes for 2009. Now, the band will release their sophomore album "Sins" on new label Fat Lady Music this July 31st. The band worked with Grammy-winning producer Skidd Mills (Saving Abel, Egypt Central) on this new offering, and you can pre-order from Newbury Comics and get a limited autographed CD Booklet with your purchase!
While working on the new album, Charm City Devils were discussing classic songs and if they should incorporate something into their set. Frontman John Allen explains, "There were many ideas kicked around, but which one? 'Man of Constant Sorrow' came up and we decided to give it a try. It’s an incredibly powerful song, but it was a challenge to develop and arrange it in a way that captured the essence of the song but would also ROCK! We all loved the version from 'O Brother Where Art Thou?' Skidd and I built a foundation and with much tweaking and editing, and I think we delivered a great version of the song. The song transcends generations. It’s a timeless classic and it’s been around a long time. I’m excited to bring it to a whole new group of rock fans."
I'm looking forward to seeing these guys in San Luis Obispo on August 8th, and hope to lineup an interview as well.
Charm City Devil 'Sinner's Ball' Tour 2012:
Jul. 14 - Chesaning Showboat RockFest - Chesaning, MI
Jul. 16 - The Machine Shop - Flint, MI
Jul. 19 - L'Auberge Casino Resort - Lake Charles, LA
Jul. 20 - Club La Vela Gulfside Amphitheatre - Panama City Beach, FL
Jul. 21 - Carlisle Bike Fest - Carlisle, PA
Jul. 22 - Rams Head Live - Baltimore, MD
Jul. 25 - Theatre of Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA
Jul. 26 - Station 7 - Laurel, DE
Jul. 27 - David Ulrich City Courtyard - Lockport, NY
Jul. 29 - Bogart's - Cincinnati, OH
Jul. 31 - The Brick - Minneapolis, MN
Aug. 1 - Bourbon Theater - Lincoln, NE
Aug. 3 - The Black Sheep - Colorado Springs, CO
Aug. 5 - Boomer's Garden - Lewiston, ID
Aug. 7 - Modesto Centre Plaza - Modesto, CA
Aug. 8 - SLO Brewing Company - San Luis Obispo, CA
Aug. 10 - Senator Theatre - Chico, CA
Aug. 11 - Knitting Factory - Reno, NV
Aug. 13 - In the Venue - Salt Lake City, UT
Aug. 14 - Summit Music Hall - Denver, CO
Sep. 1 - Rock Allegiance 2012 - Hershey, PA
Sep. 22 - Pier Six Pavilion - Baltimore, MD
Oct. 13 - Island Bay Day Festival - Centreville, MD
John Allen taped a Musicians Opposed to Bullying PSA during their recent tour stop at Rocklahoma. Courtney Campbell of Earplugs Required conceived the idea for Musicians Opposed to Bulying to help spread a message of tolerance, understanding and inclusion. Get more info here: www.musiciansopposedtobullying.com
Los Angeles' own Dead Sara's are up next with their track 'Weatherman.' Fronted by singer Emily Armstrong and guitarist Siouxsie Medley, the band are carrying the torch for female fronted rock bands, which we need more of. The ladies have garnered praise from female rock legends including Jefferson Airplane singer Grace Slick, who was recently asked by the Wall Street Journal which female rock singers she admired, Slick namechecked Armstrong, citing her "strong, urgent sound."
Rounded out by also bassist Chris Null and drummer Sean Friday, Dead Sara are rocking on the Vans Warped tour through August 5th in Portland, Oregon. They are also slated to perform on the main stage at this years Sunset Strip Music Festival in Hollywood, CA. on August 13th. The festival honors Sunset Strip legends The Doors, so there is a possibility we will see Dead Sara covering a song from the L.A. rock legends.
Charleston, South Carolina's own Madam Adam is rocking first with, "Sex Ain't Love". The bands Roadrunner Records debut was produced by Skidd Mills (Saving Abel, Sick Puppies, Skillet) and is out now. This is from their bio: "Think Foo Fighters and Queens of the Stone Age with an extra coating of polish and a dash of indie rock nuance. There's something to love no matter what you're into; if you like music that comes from a place that’s real, then Madam Adam is for you."
I'd have to agree as these guys have some catchy, crutchy rock tunes, including the first single "Sex Ain't Love". After one listen it gets you, and makes you want to hear it again immediately. I can't get enough of this track and wish these guys big time success.
Madam Adam are:
Scott Gould - Vocals / Guitar
Drew Reindollar - Guitar
Kenny Varner - Bass
Matthew Reindollar - Drums
Check out Madam Adam live if you get a chance. They're on the Harddrive Live tour with Saliva, Rev Theory, Emphatic and Seven Day Sonnet:
May 6 - Harpo's - Detroit, MI
May 7 - The Machine Shop - Flint, MI
May 8 - Ground Zero - Traverse City, MI
May 9 - Peabody's Downunder - Cleveland, OH
May 11 - Mojoes - Joliet, IL
May 12 - McGruffy's - House of Rock - Dayton, OH
May 13 - Majestic Theater - Madison. WI
May 14 - Ramada Oasis - Springfield, MO
The video is a typical day in the life of Madam Adam-- At least while stopping to party and shoot some pool with some of the local woman, or should I say party and play grab ass, then make out and roll around on the table. I wanna party with you guys!
"Mirrorball" features a mix of live Def Leppard classics (recorded throughout The Sparkle Lounge Tour), three brand new studio songs and a bonus DVD. "Mirrorball" is Def Leppard's first ever live album and features rock classics such as "Animal", "Pour Some Sugar On Me", "Photograph", "Nine Lives" and "Rock Of Ages". The album also brings together three brand new studio tracks — "Undefeated", "Kings Of The World" and "It's All About Believin'". "Mirrorball" will be released June 7th.
The boys are rocking a couple of shows with Alice Cooper and Thin Lizzy in Ireland on June 7 & 8, then headline the Download Festival in Donnington Park, UK on June 10, before heading over to the US for the big summer tour with Heart that kicks off June 15th in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine will release a new EP, "Union Town", digitally on May 17 and as a CD and vinyl album on July 19. All profits from "Union Town" will benefit The America Votes Labor Unity Fund via SaveWorkers.org. The disc consists of eight pro-union songs, with Morello saying in a statement, "Unions are a crucial counterweight to the raw corporate greed that torpedoed our economy, threatens our environment and wants to strip away decades of social progress."
Morello played at pro-union rallies in Madison, Wisconsin this past February, where Governor Scott Walker put forward an anti-union bill passed by Republicans. The title track from the "Union Town" EP is available now at SaveWorkers.org. Morello will release his third folk-oriented album under the The Nightwatchman name, "World Wide Rebel Songs", late summer via New West Records.
Tom Morello graduated from Harvard University with honors as a political science major and has been a widely recognized political activist throughout his career. With System Of A Down's Serj Tankian, Morello formed Axis of Justice, an organization whose purpose is to bring together musicians, music fans, and grassroots political organizations to fight for social justice. Power to the People!!
Despite rumors of a possible new Rage Against The Machine album, Tom Morello says that all the band has on its agenda for the rest of 2011 is an appearance at the L.A. Rising festival on July 30 in Los Angeles alongside Muse and Rise Against, among others. "Right now there are no... You know, the band is not writing songs, the band is not in the studio," he said. "We get along famously and we all, you know, intend to do more Rage Against The Machine stuff in the future, but beyond sort of working out a concert this year, there's nothing else on the schedule."
Canadian rockers Art Of Dying have a huge rock track "Die trying" from their debut album "Vices and Virtue" produced by Howard Benson. I like the agressive, never quit message behind the song. It's a song about how hard you have to work to get where you want to be. The band have been out on the big Avalanche tour with Stone Sour, Theory Of A Deadman, Skillet and Halestorm. They are also going to be playing at some big shows this Summer including Carolina Rebellion on Rock On The Range and Rocklahoma. Cool band- like the attitude, like the vibe and like their music!
Here's a "making of" video
The Steve Miller Band are back with a new album "Let Your Hair Down", full rocking blues rock that only he and his band can offer. "Let Your Hair Down" features the last recordings by harmonica virtuoso Norton Buffalo, Miller's "partner in harmony" for thirty-three years. Noted Pink Floyd album cover artist Storm Thorgerson, who also did the wonderfully whimsical cover to the bands number one blues album from last year called "BINGO!" returns to "Let Your Hair Down" with one of the great album covers of his career. Special Edition features 4 bonus tracks, expanded artwork and track by track liner notes penned by Steve Miller himself. Here's the first release from the album "Got Love If You want It"
Check out a making of the album video and clip of the song at http://www.stevemillerband.com/. The band heads back out on the road on June 23 in Kettering, Ohio for a tour that will take them through until August 13 in Westbury, New York. See some great music this summer if they are in a city near you.