HBO to Debut The Rolling Stones Film “Crossfire Hurricane” This November!

(PCM) From the Marquee Club to Hyde Park, Altamont to “Exile,” club gigs to stadium extravaganzas, HBO will provide us with a chronicle of the incredible adventures The Rolling Stones has experienced in their 50 years together as a band in the new film, Crossfire Hurricane, premiering Thursday, November 15.

The film will provide a remarkable new perspective on the unparalleled journey from blues-obsessed teenagers in the early 60s to rock royalty of the rock‘n’roll icons who have defined creativity, daring and durability. With never-before-seen footage and fresh insights from the band themselves, the film will prove to amaze both long-time devotees and another generation of fans.

It will be as though we’re right on the frontline of the band’s most legendary escapades as we gain intimate insight, for the first time, into exactly what it’s like to be part of the Rolling Stones as they overcame denunciation, drugs, dissensions and death to become the definitive survivors. Talk about a backstage pass, huh?

From the outset of the film, viewers know will know they’re in for a white-knuckle ride as we are thrown into the graphic depictions of the riots and chaos of early tours right alongside the birth of the Jagger-Richards songwriting partnership. Plenty of controversy is also fully addressed, including the Redlands drug bust, the descent of Brian Jones into what Richards calls “bye-bye land,” and the terror and disillusionment of 1969’s Altamont Festival.

Of course we’ll also see the band’s rock’n’roll lifestyle with extraordinary openness and the fact that their very survival was repeatedly under threat. Yet they survived and still perform today, an aspect we will sure to see touched upon in the film.

Combined with extensive historical footage, period interviews, extensive live performance material and contemporary commentaries by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood and former Stones Billy Wyman and Mick Taylor, the film not just provides a no-holds barred approach, but as director Brett Morgen described it, “an aural and visual roller coaster ride.”

Crossfire Hurricane has taken over a year to make and produce with the full cooperation of The Rolling Stones and will not just be premiered on HBO, but will receive a theatrical release in the UK and can be seen by Stones fans in selected cinemas across the country in the fall.

 

Crossfire Hurricane Premieres Thursday, November 15 on HBO.

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Carnival Of Madness 2012 Concert Review

(PCM) The line-up for this year’s Ca

rnival Of Madness tour was just incredible! This year’s show included Evanescence, Chevelle, Halestorm, Cavo, and New Medicine making it a stellar line-up of a wide-array of heavy hitting bands that certainly know how to pack a punch.

The evening got off to a great start with sets from both New Medicine and Cavo, however my only complaint would be that their set’s were so short if you turned your back for a minute or were running late to the show you ran the risk of missing both. Cavo always displays on of the most energetic performances on stage and it was fantastic to hear songs such as “Champagne”, “Ready To Go” and “Thick As Thieves” in the live setting. Only have a seven song set let quite a few songs out, but none the less the band performed fantastically with the time they were allotted and definitely set the pace for the rest of the evening’s performances.

Halestorm was the next band to grace the stage and I could honestly write for hours about how much I adore this band. From the moment they take the stage the energy in the room becomes electric and you can honestly tell that this is a band that truly plays from within their heart and soul. Starting out their set with “Love Bites (And So Do I), the hit single off the band’s latest album release “The Strange Case Of…” they continued to plow through hit after hit on the stage including songs such as “Mz. Hyde”, “Freak Like Me”, “Break In”, “I Miss The Misery”, “I Get Off”, closing out with “Here’s To Us”. I had the opportunity to chat with Halestorm guitarist Joe Hottinger while out on the road…check out the interview with some fantastic shots of their set below:

 

After Halestorms’ awesome set, I had no idea how Chevelle was going to follow. I have really only ever been a casual fan of Chevelle and have not been overly impressed seeing them in the live atmosphere, however this time around it was if something had changed. I can’t exactly put my finger on what was different, but it was almost as if the band showed some kind of renewed energy and their Carnival Of Madness set just sounded somehow refreshed. Of course, staple songs like “The Red” and “Send The Pain Below” were played but it was also great to hear song such as “Jars” a true fan favorite and the band’s newer single “Hats of To The Bull”. In fact most of the band’s set consisted of new material off their most recent album release “Hats Off To The Bull”, so that could perhaps explain the renewed sense of energy as they are getting to showcase new material and not playing the same old recycled material night after night.

The true moment that everyone was waiting for occurred with Evanescence took to the stage blasting into their hit single “What You Want” and the crowd went absolutely wild. The set consisted of songs that spanned the entire Evanescence catalog and being that the band has been out of the spotlight for quite some time fans were quite eager to hear their favorite tune and rock out with some new songs as well. Vocalist Amy Lee looked and sounded absolutely stunning bringing to the stage the perfect balance of melodic vocals with heavy guitar riffs which is incredibly pleasing to the ears. Highlights of their performance included songs such as “Going Under”, “Call Me When Your Sober”, “Bring Me To Life”, “The Other Side”, the not often played “Disappear” and finally bring the powerful show to a close with “My Immortal”. We had a chance to chat with Evanescence drummer Will Hunt prior to the show, check out our amazing interview below:

Words by: Kristyn Clarke
Photography by: Ken Schuler/www.kenschulerphotography.com

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Madonna Kicks The North-American Leg Of Her "MDNA" Tour Into High Gear In Philly!

(PCM) I attended the kick-off for the North American leg of Madonna’s “MDNA” Tour last night at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA and without a doubt the show was one of the most spectacular that I have ever witnessed. From the elaborate stage design and set pieces to the beautifully choreographed dance routines the show was top notch from beginning to end. It was quite apparent that Madonna and crew spared no expense putting together this tour and fans are sure to be delighted, however if you are looking for a show that only showcases classic Madonna hits sing-a-long style than this will not be the show for you.

The “MDNA” tour set list consisted majorly of Madonnas’ newer material off her recently released “MDNA” album and a few amazing re-interpretations of her classic hits such as “Papa Don’t Preach”, “Open Your Heart”, and “Like A Virgin” to name a few.  She was sure to include hits such as “Express Yourself” which was mashed-up with Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” which was no doubt a dig at Lady Gaga in regards to the rumored “Born This Way” rip-off and “Vogue”  complete with a make-shift runway show of sorts.  The show got off to a late start which Madonna later apologized for stating that they had to work out a few kinks with the show after just coming back from overseas and she wanted everything to be perfect for the show, letting the crowd know that they deserved perfection and claiming she herself deserved perfection as well.

Madonna is known for constantly re-inventing herself and her performance on stage remains true to this characteristic. Though-out the course of the show she evoked many different characters some of which included club queen, rocker chick, drum majorette, sex symbol and a gun-toting assassin. Each of these characters had their part to play in creating the overall show all playing into the themes of darkness to light, anger to love, and chaos to order, all of which were defined by Madonna herself in her recently issued “MDNA Show Manifesto” which was put out by the star to help better explain what she is trying to accomplish with the show.  Any concert that comes complete with its’ own manifesto, is more that just a concert, the “MDNA” Tour is more along the lines of performance art at its’ finest.

Madonna sounded and looked fantastic. Critics can say what they want about her age however this woman has showed no signs of slowing down and was moving around the stage at the pace of a woman less than half her age. Her incredible physique was showcased several times throughout the show especially during her piano and vocal rendition of “Like A Virgin” where she stripped down to only a bra and the words “No Fear” are displayed on her back tattoo-style. It was truly a sight to behold! Another incredible highlight of the show was the gypsy-rendition of “Open Your Heart To Me” during which Madonna was backed by the Kalakan Basque Trio and featured an adorable dance solo from her 12-yr old son Rocco.

The show clocked in at about two hours and the performance closed with staple songs “Like A Prayer” which had Madonna backed with a choir of  singers and “Celebration” which ended the show on a party vibe. All in all it was a night of performance art perfection and comes with my highest recommendation to get out to a show.

For the latest Madonna news and information: http://www.madonna.com/

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Renee Yohe Talks BEARCAT And More With PCM!

(PCM) The name Renee Yohe may be familiar to you from all the support work the non-profit organization, To Write Love on Her Arms has done in her honor. Following the success of her acclaimed book, “A Purpose For The Pain,” which documents her journey from self-destruction to her new outlook on life through a series of heartbreaking and inspiring journal entries, Renee is now channeling all of her creative energy into her music career with her new band, BEARCAT.

Renee Yohe’s musical endeavor, BEARCAT, have released their self-titled debut EP on June 5th. The name Renee Yohe may be familiar to you from all the support work the non-profit organization, To Write Love on Her Arms has done in her honor; or from the film based on her story, Renee, starring Kat Dennings and Chad Michael Murray, which premiered at Florida Film Festival this Spring. From published books to film, connecting with others has always been important to Renee, and through BEARCAT, she is now able to do so using the most authentic platform, her music. Her hauntingly beautiful voice has already drawn comparison to Zooey Deschanel, Kate Nash, Fiona Apple and Adele by Filter Magazine, MTV Buzzworthy, The Insider, Hello Giggles, USA Today and Seventeen Magazine. You can  purchase it on iTunes, here: http://bit.ly/M9m19b.

Q: Can you share with us a bit about how BEARCAT came together?

Renee Yohe: Well, it was a long process in the making (although many other artists or bands have certainly had much longer histories). In a nutshell when I was finally ready to step outside of my comfort zone and pursue singing I was fortunate to find just the right mix of people, we rode it out for about a year and then a lot of changes came my way… a lot of things fell through and some incredible opportunities came up for me, I was signed as a solo artist and brought some awesome guys with me and here we are!

Q: How do you feel about comparisons being made between you and Fiona Apple and Zooey Deschanel on a musical level? Who are some of your top musical influences?

RY: It’s honestly pretty mind blowing… I would never consider myself to be anywhere near their level, but it’s certainly flattering as I love them both very much, I actually don’t like many female vocalists and they happen to be some of the very few. I lived off of Extraordinary Machine for a very long time… so, I’d say it’s a huge compliment, but I would certainly hope to make a mark of my own. I’d say I’m majorly influenced by Doris Day, Fiona Apple, Patrick Watson and a lot of fifties/sixties soul.

Q: How would you best describe your music to a first time listener?

RY: Hmm.. that’s a good question, I’m not really good at describing it to people when they ask, I guess I’d rather they just give it a listen and decide for themselves, it’s awkward to try and label yourself or categorize your heart, I think it’s just a little bit of everything that I love. Haha It’s been described as jazzy sixties, soulful pop?

Q: Personally, I like to view music as a universal language that we can all speak and understand even if we take different messages away, is there anything in particular that you hope your music speaks to listeners?

RY: I think that would be an ever evolving thing, I say it a lot because it’s true, that we create out of necessity. I guess maybe it would stress the significance of allowing yourself to just be.

Q: Can you talk about your upcoming touring plans for this spring into summer? Are you looking forward to hitting the road with Never Shout Never?

RY: I’m beyond excited and probably in a state of shock just a bit, I don’t think I can fully fathom that I’m about to be on tour. We’re covering a pretty good variety of the states, and after our tour with NSN we’ve been invited to join up with Craig Owens for a few weeks. I think it’s going to be a lot of fun, a lot of stupid petty fights in our little van, some incredible memories, hopefully we’ll walk away with some awesome friendships and of course, I can’t wait to introduce my music to our audience and have a chance to really connect with them!

Q: The film “Renee” based upon your life story is coming out soon. Did you have any hesitations about the film? How active are you with the production?

RY: I was initially just kind of intrigued by this fantastical dream, the idea of sharing my experience with a larger audience was really exciting and at times terrifying. In spite of the attention TWLOHA had received I still kind of maintained a level of anonymity and the idea of a film would potentially annihilate that. I was wary of people forgetting that “based on” means it’s not entirely true, that they weren’t really going to know the real me… being misrepresented or portrayed in a way that didn’t fit was a bit scary… making a shitty movie was a bit scary, haha. I think mostly I just didn’t want people to look at me as an example, just someone sharing their experience. I worked as a story consultant when the script was initially written, but other than that my involvement was very limited.

Q: With the film and TWLOHA, what is like to know that your life has had such an influence on people?

RY: I don’t think I’ll ever really understand the extent that my experience has impacted others, I’m really humbled and so incredibly grateful that it has, but for the most part I’m almost absurdly oblivious, but I think I prefer it that way.

Q: What is the writing process like for you? What types of situations inspire you artistically?

RY: It’s pretty quick, I either feel something and have an idea, or I don’t. I’m kind of like that with everything, I’m well aware that I’m pretty extreme. If something in my life experiences or relationships needs to be let out, and I’m feeling inspired or passionate about something then it just happens.

Q: Do you have a dream artist that you would like to share a stage or collaborate with one day?

RY: I’ve always loved and admired David Bazan and Patrick Watson, I would love very much to share a stage or collaborate with either one of them. There’s probably a bunch of others, but they always pop into my head first. Other than that, I’d love to collaborate with some badass rapper and do something way out of left field.

Q: What are some of your goals for 2012?

RY: Honestly, I just want to immerse myself in my music, to pursue what I love whole heartedly, and continue to learn and grow as a human being.

Q: Being that we are pop culture web site, is there a particular area of pop culture that angers or fascinates you?

RY: It’s hard to say, I’m really oblivious. I think it’s fascinating to observe people in general, to examine the people in the spotlight so to speak, imagine their true lives as regular human beings… it’s fascinating to see the duality in our culture as they appoint individuals as role models or icons or celebrities for whatever reason with this hope they will inspire and be something incredible, and simultaneously sit on the edge of their seats waiting for them to screw up so they can rip them apart for being human. I hate the lies, the judgement and condemnation, the pressure to perform a role, and I love the stubborn resilience of those that fight to live their own path on their own terms and just be honest. I guess I have a lot more to say than I thought, but I think I’ll keep it at that.

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DeLuna Fest Announces Daily Line-Up And New Amenities

DeLuna Fest is proud to announce the daily performance schedule for their third annual music and beach festival. Headlining the festival Friday, September 21st, Pearl Jam will be joined by Ben Folds Five, Gaslight Anthem, Trampled by Turtles and DJ Jazzy Jeff. Rounding out Saturday, September 22nd, Foo Fighters will headline, with Joan Jett, Jimmy Cliff, Joy Formidable, Band of Horses, Bad Brains and Diplo. Closing the festival on Sunday, September 23rd, Zac Brown Band is joined by Florence and the Machine and Fitz and the Tantrums. DeLuna Fest is also excited to announce the Red Bull MTX Stage which will be located near the Main Stage and will host a variety of DJ’s to keep fans dancing during stage changeover. A full daily schedule for more than 60 bands can be found on the DeLuna Fest website at: http://lineup.delunafest.com/schedule

The Red Bull MTX Stage will showcase local and regional DJ artists including DJ Mr. Lao, Tony C, DJ D-Funk, Ram-Z, Davis Pratt, Megan Davis, Kosmonot, Trey Stein, Casualfunk and Bad Penny. Adding to the previously announced performances by DJ Jazzy Jeff, Diplo, Paper Diamond, 12th Planet and AC Slater, the Red Bull MTX Stage will help fill the appetites of Electronic Music fans. Featuring flat screen TV’s, performance speakers, and LED lights, the MTX Stage facilitates a dynamic and invigorating live dance party during set-breaks on the Main Stage.

The Dock Stage Presented by Clear Channel will host a diverse variety of music throughout the weekend. The stage is centrally located inside an old-Florida open-air restaurant and will feature an open mic/ karaoke lounge. A popular destination for music discovery, The Dock will also showcase performances from burgeoning acts like The Woolly Bushmen, Maggie Rose, Chris Staples and Jon Pardi.

With four stages, two rising directly out of the sand on the water’s edge of the Gulf of Mexico, DeLuna Fest offers the ultimate end-of-summer festival experience. The festival features a world-class lineup of national headliners and regional favorites plus unique amenities like the previously announced NBC Sports Group Lounge – Presented by MediaCom, mini-golf, assorted vendors, open-air restaurants and more. DeLuna Fest is accessible by car and boat, and located only 15 minutes from the Pensacola International airport. A shuttle service will be available for attendees traveling from downtown Pensacola or staying on either end of Pensacola Beach’s Santa Rosa Island.

Tickets are currently on sale through Front Gate Tickets for $199.95, and VIP ticket packages are also available online for $849.95. VIP pass holders enjoy premier stage viewing, access to the VIP Beach Club Lounge, private air-conditioned bathrooms and more.

For information on DeLuna Fest including lodging, shuttle services and VIP packages, visit www.delunafest.com.

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The Honda Civic Tour Review Featuring Linkin Park And Incubus

(PCM)This year’s Honda Civic tour featured the incredible talent of both Linkin Park and Incubus, along with openers MuteMath and definitely offered one of the best touring packages on the summer. Both Linkin Park and Incubus could sell out stadium shows on their own accord, so to feature these two powerhouse bands together on the same stage made for one truly epic night of music.

The Honda Civic tour stopped at the Susquehanna Bank Center in  Camden, NJ on 8/17/12 and while I had my reservations about how the fans of both of these band’s were going to get along, I was pleasantly surprised to see die-hard Linkin Park fans rocking out to Incubus and on the flip-side die-hard Incubus fans rocking out to Linkin Park. I supposed it can be summed up best to say that good music is good music and a great performance is a great performance and each band does a fantastic job in each of those areas. The sheer number of hits between both of these band’s is mind-blowing and everyone in the house knew they were in-store for a fantastic show.

PCM had a chance to speak with both Chester Bennington of Linkin Park and Brandon Boyd of Incubus prior to the start of the tour, you can view that feature by clicking here!

Openers MuteMath got things off to a great start with their style of groove-ridden psychedelic rock. The band’s music takes listeners on an emotional and sonic journey of sound and it is certainly recommended to get to the Honda Civic tour early to be sure that you don’t miss their incredible albeit short opening set.

With the threat of rain looming Incubus took to the stage and began their solid 17-song set with “Adolescents” and “Nice To Know You nicely setting the pace for the rest of their fantastic performance. Front-man Brandon Boyd has one of the most gorgeous voices in current rock and the band’s music has a truly timeless feel, that especially carries over well to the live setting. Incubus’s set consisted of a healthy dose of hits that spanned the bands’ extensive catalog and some additional highlights included “Megalomanic”, “Dig”, “Drive”, “Anna Molly” and “Sick Sad Little World”.

Despite a torrential down-pour of rain that forced many off of the Susquehanna Bank center lawn, what I was able to catch of Linkin Park’s set was fantastic. I am a long-time fan of the band and I was thrilled to see that their set consisted of a great mix of old and new material with the band opening up with “A Place For My Head” and “Given Up”! The rain began to fall pretty heavily right after “Victimized” off of the band’s latest album “Living Things” so much of what was played after that, I was able to hear, but could not see.  Other songs included in their set were “Points Of Authority”, “Breaking The Habit”, “Lies Greed Misery”, “Burn It Down”, and a delightful mash-up tribute to the Beastie Boys featuring their own “Bleed It Out” with the Beastie Boys “Sabotage” to close out their set.The band’s performance was A+ with Chester Bennington screaming his heart out and Mike Shinoda’s rapping being completely on-point, Linkin Park are true performers in every sense of the word and appeared to be enjoying every moment spent on stage.

With such stellar performances from all bands on the bill, the Honda Civic Tour 2012 is certainly not one to miss. I highly recommend going to check out a show whenever the tour rolls into a city near you!

For more information about the Honda Civic Tour click here!

For the latest news and updates from Linkin Park click here!

For the latest news and updates from Incubus click here!

For the latest news and updates from MuteMath click here!

Words by: Kristyn Clarke
Photography by: Ken Schuler/www.kenschulerphotography.com

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Big Time Rush Prove why they’re Today’s Greatest Boy Band on the Big Time Summer Tour!

Copyright: Ken Schuler Photography 
(PCM) Big Time Rush is the greatest boy band to come to light since the early 2000’s. It’s a bold statement to make in today’s times when One Direction and The Wanted are all over the radio, but after seeing BTR take to the stage live on their Big Time Summer Tour, it’s the honest truth and a real compliment.

I grew up in the prime time of boy bands when Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC, 98 Degrees, 5ive, LFO, O-Town and countless others were staples of TRL and tween magazines, so I know a quality boy band when I see one. And when I caught Big Time Rush on August 10 at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, New Jersey, I saw the late 90’s revitalized with a twist.

Copyright: Ken Schuler PhotographyNearly 15,000 Rushers (that’s what the BTR fans go by) showed up to watch as the four heartthrobs took to the stage. As the countdown clock whittled down the final seconds until Carlos, Kendall, James and Logan would take to the stage, excitement reached a fever pitch and shrills echoed throughout all of Camden when the opening clip of the four boys played over the big screens where they were able to showcase a bit of those acting skills.

From the second they stepped on stage, it was clear that they were going to put on quite a performance. Complete with choreographed dancing, matching ensembles, wardrobe changes, pyrotechnics, streamers, a trampoline, a multi-level stage, live streaming crowd footage and, of course, their ease and charm when it comes to engaging the crowd, Big Time Rush was sure to keep the crowd entertained throughout the entirety of their hour and a half set.

One of the most brilliant things about Big Time Rush is that they are performers – they know how to work their audience. Take for instance their sweet balled “Cover Girl” and how they use it as a means of speaking to all of the girls in the crowd and telling them they’re beautiful. Or how about “Invisible”? After an explanation of its Twitter-inspired origin, it was on that song that they so appropriately asked the thousands in the stands to pull out their cell phones, glowsticks or whatever forms of light they could. The clever thinking behind this being that they could see everyone in the crowd – none of us were invisible. Well played, BTR.

Copyright: Ken Schuler PhotographyBut their love for their fans is made more than obvious in each and every performance they do. Particularly during the fan-favorite song “Worldwide” where each of the guys selected one lucky girl from the audience to come on stage and be sung to.  On previous tours, the guys would select an individual girl from the crowd that they would all sing to, so it was incredible to see them extend the opportunity to even more of their Rushers. Oh, and not only do they sing to these lucky ladies, but they’re even known to sneak a kiss on the cheek, as well. Picture swooning by the thousands.

That was not the only time the four would run into the crowd. In fact, for almost the entirety of their hit “Halfway There,” the boys bounced along the aisles until they were in the middle of the floor, singing to the people in the back and on the sides of the venue. For a show that had thousands of fans in the audience, I can honestly say no one felt left out or all that far away. An impressive feat for Big Time Rush.

And, well, there can’t really be a boy band concert without some synchronized dance moves, right? These boys have that in spades. Seriously, watching them dance will undoubtedly bring a smile to your face. But it could do more than that, too. Trust me, the dance moves and atmosphere are infectious; it’s very hard not to try and imitate the guys and in doing so, you’ll realize that keeping in constant motion while singing and making those moves look good is no easy feat. My hat is off to you, Kendall, Carlos, James and Logan.

But that’s far from the only reason I tip my hat in their direction. With only two albums under their belt, they played an impressive array of hits and not once did they ever seem out of steam or out of sync. They worked in two covers of The Beatles songs, “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” and “Help!,” which fans know courtesy of the Big Time Rush Movie and they were nice covers. I think covering The Monkees would have been more appropriate, not just for their TV connection but their music style, but then again, what fan in the crowd doesn’t want to hear their favorite artist singing about wanting to hold their hand?

This being said, the best cover of the evening was undoubtedly the 30-second breakdown of the chorus of Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend.” It was mashed up in the middle of their own “Boyfriend” song and it was unbelievable!  The energy was already high when they kicked off their song (because, again, what girl in the crowd doesn’t want to imagine them being their boyfriend?), but throw in their harmonies on Bieber’s chorus and seriously, this could be one of the best mash-ups I’ve ever heard. Can we start a petition to make this a song all on its own? It was seamless… and perhaps even better than when Bieber does it.

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While there are thousands of teenage girls in the crowd screaming each time their favorite member comes to the front of the stage, Big Time Rush doesn’t forget the rest of their fan base. They were born from a Nickelodeon TV show and as a result they have fans of all ages, which include little boys and girls who probably were attending their first concert after convincing their parents to take them. (Can I say there is little that ranks cuter than seeing a young boy walking out of the show wearing his newly purchased Big Time Rush tour t-shirt?)

The openers rounded out the family friendly vibe of the show. X-Factor finalist Rachel Crow was first up with a short set that showed off her big personality and bigger voice. Cody Simpson followed with a fun set that had a good amount of the crowd singing along, where he proved he could dance his tail off and get the audience to cheer anytime he said anything at all in that Australian accent of his.

With an open air venue that allowed for a fantastic breeze, a family friendly environment and melodies that make you utterly incapable of standing still and force you to sing along, it made for a concert to remember. No matter your age, if you’re looking for a performance that will leave you feeling good, Big Time Rush will provide you with the perfect balance of feel-good meets must-dance! And it may even give you that extra dose of 90’s nostalgia that we’re all (not-so-)secretly looking for.

For more photos from the show, check out the slideshow below:

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Words by: Allison Ebner
Photography by: Ken Schuler

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Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival Exclusive Conversation With Shinedown's Brent Smith, Godsmack's Sully Erna,and Adelitas Way's Rick DeJesus

The Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival kicks off in Kansas City, MO today (August 17). To celebrate the tour launch, UPROAR’s Rick Florino spoke with Brent Smith from Shinedown, Sully Erna from Godsmack and Rick DeJesus from Adelitas Way. Read the Q&A and listen to the exclusive conversation here: http://www.rockstaruproar.com/2012/audio-post/.

Brent, Sully and Rick discussed the camaraderie between UPROAR bands, what to expect from their live performances, things they like to do when they’re not on stage, and plans for a possible onstage collaboration at the end of the night on UPROAR. The guys even talked about Adele, Lady Gaga and the general state of music.

Here are some excerpts from the diverse conversation:

Brent Smith/Shinedown:

 “One thing we talked about was sitting down and figuring out a way for all of the main stage bands to get together and do a song at the end of the night. It’s really great when you can show the audience the camaraderie between the bands.”

 “Sully said something that changed my life actually, on a professional level.”

 “There’s a young lady by the name of Adele. She personifies a vocal style and honest, musical sensibility played with real instruments…It’s a different style of music, but at the same time, it’s not. It’s rhythm and blues. Music is a pendulum. It’s constantly swinging. It will always come back around.”

 Sully Erna/Godsmack:

“To me, building a set list is about putting together pure, raw energy. If the band is honest about their performance, the people will appreciate it whether they know the songs or not. You have to be honest and passionate about your playing. Otherwise, it’s too mechanical up there. When you build a set list, any band needs to focus on building energy and putting on the best show they possibly can because that’s our job.”

“On this bill, the music is really compatible, but it’s very diverse.”

 “Nobody wants to like Lady Gaga in rock ‘n’ roll because she’s the pop diva selling out arenas everywhere. Good for her! She’s writing huge, fat hits. She won me over at a certain point…You may love her, hate her, or think she’s a kook, but she’s the modern day Grace Slick from Jefferson Starship. She’s just a really bizarre artist. That girl can really sing like Adele. I love the diversity of music and think it’s important people keep trying different things because otherwise we all sound the same.”

 Rick DeJesus/Adelitas Way:

“Thousands of people will come out and have the best time of their summer.”

 “People have to come out and try to find music early…This show is for the fans from top-to-bottom. Your day is going to be full of music, fun, and a good time. The energy is going to be phenomenal. I’m going to be there as an artist and as a fan. I get to watch all of these great bands go out and bleed every night on stage. I love it!”

 “We really want to be a part of something great. There are legendary bands on this tour that have put the work and the time in…We have something to prove because this is our first time tasting these crowds…Every band on this bill is going to put on such a performance that people in America are going to understand why rock ‘n’ roll has run the show for so long.”

 The third annual Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival runs from August 17 in Kansas City, MO through September 30 in Albuquerque, NM. The Rockstar Energy Drink Main Stage will feature performances from multiplatinum rock bands Shinedown, Godsmack, Staind and Papa Roach, along with breaking band Adelitas Way. In addition, the Ernie Ball Stage and Jägermeister Stage in the festival area will include performances from multiplatinum headliner P.O.D., as well as up-and-coming artists Deuce, Fozzy, Redlight King, Mindset Evolution, In This Moment, Thousand Foot Krutch, Candlelight Red and a local Battle Of The Bands winner.

Go to www.RockstarUPROAR.com for full details and a list of bands performing at each show.

 

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The Company Band Concert Review At Underground Arts In Philadelphia, PA!

(PCM) I was recently able to catch The Company Band

playing at a small venue in Philadelphia called Underground Arts and I was completely blown away by their performance. The Company Band could be looked at as a super group of sorts made up of members from several different bands such as Clutch, Fireball Ministry, CKY, and Fu Manchu and when they come together as The Company Band the chemistry between these musicians is astounding. When the band took the stage it was as if they had all been playing together for years on end, however the show was the first time the band had played a live show together in nearly four years!

The Company Band’s sound takes you back to the days of 70’s rock and roll when bands such as ZZ Top and Kiss ruled the air waves. The band has a certain groove and you can tell that The Company Band are recording the kind of music that they want to make, not the kind they are told to make. While the sound may be very much unlike many of the members other bands, it seems to be a wonderful outlet for these guys to step out on their own for a bit and try something a little bit out of the norm and it works!

I had a chance to catch up with Jess Margera drummer of The Company Band and CKY and Dave Bone guitarist for The Company Band prior to the band’s performance. We talk everything from odd jobs to what the future has in store for The Company Band, check it out below:

The band’s new EP Pros & Cons charted on three of Billboard’s Charts. Pros & Cons came in at #25 on the Heatseeker Chart, #52 on the Hard Rock Chart and #116 on the Independent Chart.

In addition to cracking the Billboard Charts, THE COMPANY BAND is continuing to explode on the radio scene. The album has reached #14 on the CMJ Loud Rock Chart, which is unheard of for an EP. The EP is also receiving airplay on many commercial specialty stations as well.

Both the CD and vinyl editions of the Pros & Cons EP are available for pre-order at THE COMPANY BAND‘s Official Store HERE. The collector’s edition vinyl is limited to 1,000 individually numbered pieces with one side featuring etched artwork. Order your copy now as these are sure to sell out fast.

For More Info Visit:
http://www.facebook.com/thecompanyband
http://www.myspace.com/thecoband
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Company_Band
http://thecompanyband.bandcamp.com/
http://weathermakermusic.com

Words by: Kristyn Clarke
Photography by: Ken Schuler

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Cherri Bomb Interview at Warped Tour!

All Photos credit: KEITH LOVETT/THEGAUNTLET

All girl groups are rare in the rock world, especially ones that rock as hard as Cherri Bomb.

The all girl rock group has been touring in support of their first studio album, This is the End of Control, which debuted back in May, and was part of this year’s Vans Warped Tour. PCM’s Kristyn Clarke had the opportunity to sit down with Cherri Bomb and chat about their surge of success, crazy experiences at Warped, and the band’s future. Watch the interview below and check out the band’s official website!

More photos of the band’s rocking set at Warped Tour in Camden, NJ

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