Monday, June 26, 2017

THE ROCKET SUMMER Do You Feel 10th Anniversary Vinyl Charts On Billboard

THE ROCKET SUMMER's vinyl release for the 10 year anniversary of Do You Feel has charted at #20 on the Billboard Vinyl Albums Chart. Released on June 2, this news comes before the start of The Rocket Summer's 10 year tour for Do You Feel that kicks off next month in Texas.
"Do You Feel is a special album within the Rocket Summer community," says The Rocket Summer's own BRYCE AVARY. "Fans have been asking since the album's original release 10 years ago if it would ever finally come out on vinyl. I think I've been longing for it maybe just as much... As a vinyl collector myself, there's just something about the experience of connecting to the music in a more tangible, almost spiritual way,” continues Avary. “So now after 10 years, getting to actually hold it, open the gatefold and know that fans will hear these songs off this white vinyl from their turntables is kind of a cathartic feeling that fills a long-standing void; both a mental one and a physical void on the actual record shelf where there's been a space right in the middle of the TRS LPs.  It took a long time to get to this point. So to finally see it is wonderful."
With official support from 888, the Do You Feel 10 Year Anniversary Tour kicks off in his home state of Texas on July 20 at Austin’s Antone’s and circles North America, hitting venues such as Dallas' Trees (July 21), NYC's Gramercy Theatre (August 3), Toronto's The Mod Club (August 8),  Chicago's The Bottom Lounge (August 12), SF's Slim's (Aug. 24), and Los Angeles' The Roxy (August 25). VIP tickets are sold out across all dates, but general tickets are currently available at 
The Rocket Summer "Do You Feel" 10 Year Anniversary Tour Dates
7.20 Antone’s Austin, TX
7.21 Trees Dallas, TX
7.22 Warehouse Live [Studio] Houston, TX
7.25 The Social Orlando, FL
7.26   Crowbar Tampa, FL
7.28 Masquerade Atlanta, GA
7.29 Exit/In Nashville, TN
7.30 Visulite Theatre Charlotte, NC
8.1 Rock & Roll Hotel Washington, DC
8.3 The Gramercy Theatre New York, NY
8.4 Brighton Music Hall Boston, MA
8.5 The Foundry at the Fillmore Philadelphia, PA
8.6 Rex Theater Pittsburgh, PA
8.8 The Mod Club Toronto, ON
8.10 Skully’s Music Diner Columbus, OH
8.11 The Loving Touch Detroit, MI
8.12 Bottom Lounge Chicago, IL
8.13 Cabooze on the West Bank Minneapolis, MN
8.15 Wooly’s Des Moines, IA
8.16 The Riot Room Kansas City, MO
8.18 Marquis Theatre Denver, CO
8.19 Club Sound Salt Lake City, UT
8.22 The Crocodile Seattle, WA
8.24 Slim’s San Francisco, CA
8.25 The Roxy Theatre West Hollywood, CA
8.26 Beauty Bar Las Vegas, NV
8.27 The Holding Company San Diego, CA
8.29 Crescent Ballroom Phoenix, AZ

MARTY FRIEDMAN Riffs on New Jackson Signature Guitar + Performs Clips of Upcoming Album, Wall Of Sound, in New Video

MARTY FRIEDMAN Riffs on New Jackson Signature Guitar + Performs Clips of Upcoming Album, Wall Of Sound, in New Video

New Album, Wall Of Sound, out August 4, 2017 via Prosthetic Records
U.S. Tour featuring SCALE THE SUMMIT and THE FINE CONSTANT Begins August 2

To ring in a new era, MARTY FRIEDMAN showcases his brand new Jackson MF-1 signature model in a new video posted on Jackson's YouTube page. The 10+ minute clip showcases Marty playing this new guitar amidst rare, intimate discussions about his decision to return to Jackson. In addition, the video features song clips from his upcoming album, Wall Of Sound. You can view the video here:
MARTY FRIEDMAN's new album, Wall Of Sound, which will be released on August 4, 2017 via Prosthetic Records, expands and destroys any conventional notions of instrumental music. The album was produced by Friedman, engineered by Paul Fig (Ghost, Rush, Alice in Chains) and mixed by Jens Bogren (Lamb of God, Opeth). Pre-orders can be found here:
While online, listen to the album's first single, "Self Pollution", here: 

Once again, Marty assembled an incredible and diverse group of musicians to record and guest on Wall Of Sound. His core recording band is made up of Anup Sastry, a modern whiz kid sharing drum duties with uber-veteran Gregg Bissonette, and Japanese musician Kiyoshi - who is undisputedly one of the most aggressive bassists on earth. Guests include Jinxx of Black Veil Brides and Shiv Mehra of Deafheaven, and Jorgen Munkeby of Shining lends his voice to the only non-instrumental track on the album.
The album will be available on all digital platforms, compact disc and comes in 5 limited edition LP color variants:

      White Black Swirl LP - 300 Worldwide
      Clear Black Smoke LP - 100 Worldwide
      Glow in The Dark LP - 100 Worldwide
      Clear Black Swirl LP - European retail exclusive, 100 Europe only
      White LP - US indie retail exclusive, 200 US only

All preorders come with a laminate good for 1 VIP meet and greet to Marty's 2017 US tour. Keep an eye on for a tour announcement and when the dates are posted, email with your order number and what date you would like to attend.
MARTY FRIEDMAN will begin a headlining run on August 2 in Philadelphia, PA. Support comes from Houston's top progressive outfit, Scale the Summit, along with Madison, WI's technical progressive three-piece, The Fine Constant.  Catch Marty and his Jackson MF-1 models at the following stops:
Marty Friedman - Wall Of Sound Tour 2017
w/ Special Guests Scale The Summit and The Fine Constant
8/02 The Foundry at the Fillmore, Philadelphia, PA
8/03 Brighton Music Hall, Boston, MA
8/04 Highline Ballroom, New York, NY
8/05 Crossroads, Garwood, NJ
8/06 Baltimore Soundstage, Baltimore, MD
8/08 Grog Shop, Cleveland, OH
8/09 Diesel, Chesterfield, MI
8/10 Reggie's Rock Club, Chicago, IL
8/11 Studio B at the Skyway, Minneapolis, MN
8/12 Sokol Underground, Omaha, NE
8/13 Fubar, St, Louis, MO
8/16 Scout Bar, Houston, TX
8/17 The Rock Box, San Antonio, TX
8/18 Trees, Dallas, TX
8/19 Tower Theater, Oklahoma, OK
8/20 The Riot Room, Kansas City, MO
8/23 Marquis Theatre, Denver, CO
8/24 Launchpad, Albuquerque, NM
8/25 The Rebel Lounge, Phoenix, AZ
8/26 The Whisky, Los Angeles, CA
8/27 The Parish @ HOB, Anaheim, CA
8/28 Brick By Brick, San Diego, CA

Up Close & Personal with Paul Johnson

Somewhere in Middle America in a town just about the right size lived a boy and that boy had a dream to be a Rock n Roll Star... This is his story, the story of Paul Johnson from the band Paul Johnson and About The Last Nights.

Song River: Life has her fair share of hard knocks. We either deal or we don't. First of all- is music your outlet for release from life stresses or is it more of a storytelling of life observances?

Paul Johnson: It's a bit of both.  Life is mostly about dealing with one hardship after another. It's easy to get in your head and be overwhelmed. Most of us aren't raised with the right tools to manage it all. Especially when you're young. Music was my absolute escape, but not just alone in my room. Songs would play in my head on the bus, and in the classroom. It was my identity. 

Song River: Second- At what age did you find yourself writing and such to help express only what could be through this outlet?

Paul Johnson: I started trying to right early on. I think I wrote my most memorable song at 16. I can still play and sing it. 

Song River: Your music caresses the heart of American living at times. It almost brings you back to the early days of John Cougar Mellencamp and Bruce Springsteen. What is it about those childhood days...if you would 'glory days' that folks connect with? It's comfortable, familiar feeling music.

Paul Johnson:  You're only a child once. You only learn to drive once. You only lose your virginity once, then you grow up, and sometimes music brings you back to those big moments, but when it's really special, it can help you remember the small moments you didn't notice at the time but helped shape your life. 

Song River: Music nowadays seems to be bought and sold like Wall Street commodities. All dressed up to look like something good, but it is really a backroom late night dalliance. Do you feel it is time music took back some of what used to be 'real' and honest and bring the listener back in to stay for a long term relationship?

Paul Johnson: Without question. A long term relationship is hard work. Lots of blood, sweat, and tears are put into it, and if you're lucky it lasts. Unfortunately, nothing seems to last, and everything is wanted quick and is thrown away more quickly. I quote Chris Rock "Here today, gone Today...." as an artist I romanticize a time when an album or artist was the soundtrack to their life.  

Song River: You worked with Tuk Smith on this debut/album. How did Tuk become involved and how did you connect?

Paul Johnson: Zack knew Tuk from way back, and they had recently connected again due to social media. When I and Zack got ready to make the record it was a no-brainer that we wanted him to produce it. He understands Rock n' Roll and has a passion for good music. We hit it off immediately. 

Song River: When working with Tuk how did that jive? Did he advise passively or was there a general meeting of the minds in developing each step in the process?

Paul Johnson: Both. At first he didn't know where to take it because all I sent him was shitty voice notes of the songs. So when we got to his room to work and hang the songs it all began to make sense. We put a lot of work in a short amount of time. After pre-production it was literally four songs in four days, mixed, mastered out the door. We didn't waste any time. We let the songs, and performance speak for themselves, and just prayed folks got what we knew was a raw emotive coming of minds. 

Song River: Do you feel covering the former hit by John Waite "Missing You" was a well-calculated choice and why did you sense this was the song that should be the 5th track available by digital only?

Paul Johnson: I never believed it would be on the album even as a download only because it was done so late. Like the 11th hour late. Management tossed the idea of a cover tune around. We were apprehensive at first, but Zack seemed to have the perfect one. It turned out he was right. The hard part was making sure we didn't change the song. We just wanted to do it justice, and also make it the about last nights. 

Song River: Has John Waite heard it and if so, what was his response?

Paul Johnson: He has retweeted the video twice now. Said it was strong. I think he likes it, and we are still floored by that. 

Song River: This industry is wide open and the opportunities are plentiful. How do you Paul see yourself and the band mates flowing into this monstrosity of ways to get your music heard, loved, and maybe even make a little bit of bank?

Paul Johnson: There is no real formula anymore that's not cheapening and watered down. All we really know to do is keep playing music, and get it to as many who will listen. I hope to see us on tour soon, and not working day jobs. 

Song River: If you would Paul share with your fans a bit of 'off road' information about yourself.  Where did you grow up? Who were some of your heroes growing up (music and otherwise)? How old were you when you first picked up an instrument and do you still own it? Downtime favorite things to do? Brand of cigs you smoke and have you tried to quit? 

Paul Johnson: I grew up in rural Jones County MS. I often tell people it's a one store, two church kind of town. Nothing to do but work. I wasn't into sports so when I heard Nirvana I knew right then I wanted to play music. I got a really cheap Fender Squire. I beat it to hell, and back until it wouldn't even carry a tune. I would set in my room at about 14 playing all day. I would just run off the bus when I didn't skip school and play. Passion was always a virtue of mine

I do smoke, it's a recent thing. I hope if I give this folks press they'll send me a check lol!!! American Spirits... 

Song River: Lastly, at the end of at all looking way out to those golden years... what is the one thing you never want to say to- "I wish I would have..."

Paul Johnson: Made another record. 

Purchase Paul Johnson and About the Last Night's Debut Album Give Up The Ghost 

Music Monday: ALTER BRIDGE Release Live Performance Video For “Cradle To The Grave” From Their Legendary London O2 Show

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AB Live 2
Photo Credit: Richard Booth

Two Nights In October At The Iconic Royal Albert Hall Sell Out In 7 Minutes

ALTER BRIDGE is on a mission: to continue to expand themselves musically while showing that they are one of the best live acts on the road today. Just recently, they announced the release of a new live album and rarities collection called Live at the O2 Arena + Rarities that captures one of the biggest moments of the band's career, when they played their monumental show at London's famous O2 Arena on November 24th, 2016. The band put together a clip with some of the finest moments of this landmark performance with the background music of their "latest track from The Last Hero, "Cradle To The Grave." Check out the video 

Alter Bridge also recently announced another career milestone for themselves. The band is playing two nights at the iconic Royal Albert Hall in London on October 2nd and October 3rd. A 52-piece ensemble, The Parallax Orchestra, conducted by Simon Dobson, will back the band at these two unique shows. Adding to the excitement, both of these shows sold out in less than 7 minutes, another record first for Alter Bridge.
Live at the O2 Arena + Rarities is currently available for pre-order NOW (and scheduled for release worldwide on September 8th. The 3-disc collection contains a double live recording showcasing a variety of fan-favorites including "Show Me A Leader", "Rise Today", the Tremonti sung "Waters Rising", the acoustic-driven "Watch Over You" and their mighty signature anthem "Blackbird". In addition, this latest release contains an exclusive full-length "Rarities"-CD that features the never-before released tracks "Cruel Sun" and "Solace" that were recorded during the One Day Remains sessions. In addition to the regular 3 CD audio version, fans can go order the ultimate fan experience and get one of the limited deluxe versions which also include an exclusive ALTER BRIDGE documentary with plenty of interviews with the band, their crew and family, giving you an amazing glimpse behind the scenes of this legendary show at London's O2 arena! Check out the trailer here:


"Live at the O2 Arena + Rarities" tracklist:

1             The Writing on the Wall
2             Come to Life
3             Addicted to Pain
4             Ghost of Days Gone By
5             Cry of Achilles
6             The Other Side
7             Farther Than the Sun
8             Ties That Blind
9             Water Rising
10           Crows on a Wire
11           Watch Over You
                (solo acoustic)

12           Isolation
13           Blackbird
14           Metalingus
15           Open Your Eyes
16           Show Me A Leader
17           Rise Today
18           Poison in Your Veins
19           My Champion
1             Breathe
2             Cruel Sun
3             Solace
4             New Way To Live
5             The Damage Done
6             We Don't Care at All
7             Zero
8             Home
9             Never Borne To Follow
10           Never Say Die (Outright)
11           Symphony Of Agony            (The Last of Our Kind)

Right now, ALTER BRIDGE is on tour in Europe playing a variety of festival and headline dates. The band also has a short upcoming run in the US in August. Tickets for all show are on-sale and more information and purchase links can be found at
10-3-2017 – Wausau, WI – Wisconsin Valley Fair
10-5-2017 – Oklahoma City, OK – Starlight Amphitheater at Frontier City
10-7-2017 – Jackson, MI – Jackson County Fair
10-8-2017 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
10-10-2017 – Sioux Falls, SD – Sioux Empire Fair
10-11-2017 – Sturgis, SD – The Sturgis Buffalo Chip
10 -12-2017 – Three Forks, MT – Rockin the Rivers Festival
Myles Kennedy on vocals/guitars
Mark Tremonti on guitars/vocals
Brian Marshall on bass
Scott Phillips on drums

For more info visit:
Twitter: @alterbridge

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Empyrean Throne Releases Lyric Video "And None Shall Rise" From Upcoming Debut Album "Chaosborne"


Symphonic Blackend Metal Artists Empyrean Throne have released the Official Lyric Video for the single And None Shall Rise from their upcoming debut album Chaosborne. The lyric video was produced by Scott Rudd (Opeth, Fallujah, Fear FactoryAnd None Shall Rise is premiering on Metal Injection, and can be seen HERE
Chaosborne was produced by Mick Kenney (Anaal Nathrakh), features artwork by Valadislav Kutusov, and will be released August 11th on M-Theory Audio (the new label from Marco Barbieri ex Century Media President, Nuclear Blast).
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And None Shall Rise is not only the subsequent single from our upcoming debut album 'Chaosborne', but the opening salvo in the second act of the record's story ark. Lovecraft enthusiasts will recognize much of the themes presented within the song, including the barren setting of ice covered dreamworld Polaris. Narratively the somber and treacherous atmosphere of Polaris was a perfect companion for the bombastic arrangement of And None Shall Rise. At this point in the album's story, our main character, a knights templar named Mathias, is locked in a battle of wills with beings of the Lovecraftian pantheon. His ideals, sacred truths, and feeble view of the world around him has been fragmented, like a broken mirror that further pains his sanity as he tries to rearrange the pieces. However, with this suffering comes illumination and the awakening of a deeper power within. Everyone experiences agony, but it is within these trials that we are able to unlock hidden parts of our being capable of great feats, strength, and resolve. We hope that you enjoy listening to And None Shall Rise. Ever vigilant disciples! - Andrew Knudsen (Vocals)
Chaosborne Track List
1. The Twilight Order
2. Sed Nomini Tuo Da Gloriam
3. Usurping The Obsidian God
4. And None Shall Rise…
5. The Devouring Mark
6. From The Mouth Ov The Black Icons
7. Stormrite Ascension
8. Chaosborne
9. Haereticus Stellarum Part I
10. Haereticus Stellarum Part II
11. Follow The Plaguelord Part II: The Harbinger Ov Pestilence


Band Kicks Off Summer Tour


L-R:  Sam Kiszka, Josh Kiszka, Danny Wagner, Jake Kiszka
Photo credit:  Michael Lavine
LOS ANGELES, CA -- June 19, 2017 -- After being the #1 Most Added Track at Active Rock Radio last week, "Highway Tune," the debut single from the much-buzzed about new band Greta Van Fleet, lands in the Top 20 this week, coming in at #19 on MediaBase's Active Rock Airplay Chart, up from #24.  In addition, "Highway Tune" vaulted up 11 places on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Chart last week to #25, is currently #16 on SiriusXM's Octane channel and enters its eighth week in Hyper Rotation.  "Highway Tune," from Greta Van Fleet's debut EP Black Smoke Rising (Lava Records, released April 21), is off to an impressive start.

Following the band's first-ever concert tour in May comprised of six dates with The Struts, Greta Van Fleet has headed back out on the road, playing a series of headline dates and summer/fall festivals that include stops at Shake The Lake in Madison (June 24), Milwaukee's Summerfest (July 1), Red River Valley Fair (July 14), Louisville's Louder Than Life (October 1), the Rock Allegiance in Camden, NJ (October 7), Houston Open Air (October 15) and  Sacramento's Aftershock Festival (October 21).  

With many more to be announced, confirmed tour dates for Greta Van Fleet are as follows:

22   The Hi-Fi, Indianapolis, IN  (headline)
23   Route 20 Outhouse, Sturtevant, WI (headline)
24   Shake the Lake, Madison, WI

 1    Summerfest, Milwaukee, WI
 3    Nat'l Cherry Festival, Traverse City, MI
14   Red River Valley Fair, West Fargo, ND

30   WJJO - Sonic Boom Festival, Janesville, WI

 1   Louder Than Life, Louisville, KY
 7   Rock Allegiance, Camden, NJ
15  Houston Open Air, Houston, TX
21  Aftershock Festival, Sacramento, CA

Greta Van Fleet is four young men, two are 18 (Danny Wagner/drums and Sam Kiszka/bass & keyboards), two just turned 21 (Josh Kiszka/vocals, Jake Kiszka/guitars); three are brothers, two of them are twins, and one best friend, all from the idyllic Michigan village of Frankenmuth (pop. 5000).  They write and perform all of their own music; influences are varied, much of them rooted in their parents' vast vinyl collections - Jimi Hendrix, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Tchaikovsky, John Lee Hooker, The Who, and the Yardbirds, as well as Robert Frost, "The Lord of The Rings," "Apocalypse Now," and Ernest Hemingway.  Greta Van Fleet sound the way they sound, they play the way they play; what makes Greta Van Fleet's sound their own is that it's rooted in the band's own collective truth.
All four band members are high energy, intelligent, adventurous, well-read and laser-focused on their art.  They were raised in homes that encouraged creativity and exploration, and maintaining the integrity of their own, personal paths.  And, they've got a very 60's/70s-era message of love and peace and co-existence that they want to get out through their music.  


NASHVILLE Tenn. – Kid Rock is once again throwing a huge backyard party in Nashville for friends and neighbors at his Third Annual Fish Fry at Carl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheater at Fontanel on Friday, October 6th and Saturday, October 7th. After two hugely successful sold out years this third edition promises to be the best yet. Each day will include a full set by Kid Rock, plus all the down home party antics you could hope for in a party hosted by the man himself. There’ll be more live music, a Ferris wheel, corn hole, fireworks, picnic tables, local food trucks, plenty of cold beer, good times and of course - fried fish.

Special guests joining Kid Rock will be Gretchen Wilson, Wheeler Walker Jr. and more to be announced shortly.

Tickets are $45.00 for general admission lawn seating, and $125.00 and $85.00 for reserved seating with premium packages also available. All tickets are subject to applicable service charges and event time and date are subject to change. All shows are Rain or Shine.

Premium packages will go on sale this Tuesday, June 27th at 10AM before the general public tickets go on sale this Thursday, June 29th at 10AM via or charge by phone at (800) 745-3000.

For more information, visit

Kid Rock's Fish Fry

On Sale June 29