Concert Review: Ballyhoo! at World Cafe Live

(PCM) Amazing reggae/rock band Ballyhoo! played an incredible set during their recent tour stop in Philadelphia, PA at World Cafe Live. The band is currently on a national tour with California reggae outfit Tribal Seeds.  The tour featuring this two incredible band’s could not have been a more perfect pairing.

Ballyhoo! always appear as if they are having the time of their lives on stage. After catching the band in a variety of different venues, not matter how big or small the show Ballyhoo! get it their all on stage and everyone has a great time. The band played a set the consisted of songs that spanned their catalog with some colorful quips and commentary thrown in-between.

Ballyhoo! have been true road warriors this year kicking off the summer performing on 311’s Five-Day Caribbean Cruise and at Bamboozle Festival, with headliners the Foo Fighters and Bon Jovi. Then just prior to the tour with Tribal Seeds they wrapped up their first full-run of the Van’s Warped Tour! Ballyhoo! are currently touring behind their highly acclaimed album “Daydreams” released last fall on LAW Records. The album debuted at #1 on the iTunes Reggae Charts and #4 on Amazon.

PCM’s Kristyn Clarke caught up with Ballyhoo! prior to their set to chat about the band’s upcoming touring plans, unusual road stories, and more. Watch the full interview below:

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

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Concert Recap: SLASH Featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators

(PCM) SLASH featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators recently performed at the famed Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City bringing a long Foxy Shazam to round out the evenings bill. PCM photographer David Turcotte was on hand to bring you some amazing images from the show.

The current tour is in support of SLASH’s second solo studio album Apocalyptic Love, which stormed onto the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart at #4!  In addition to the album’s incredible chart position, SLASH also  received his first-ever #1 Active Rock radio hit with the album’s  explosive first single “You’re A Lie.”

SLASH never disappoints performing live and while the set list from this current tour does not vary too much from past solo runs, it never gets old watching SLASH’s full power and control over his instrument. The man is a true guitar god in every sense of the word. The current set list includes a few more cuts off the new album , Apocalyptic Love , and crowd pleasing Guns N’ Roses tunes such as “Civil War”, “Night Train” and “Sweet Child O’ Mine”.  The set was closed out with the single “You’re A Lie” followed by famed Velvet Revolver tune “Slither” and the evenings encore consisted of  Guns N’ Roses’ classics “Welcome To The Jungle” and “Paradise City”.

SLASH and the rest of the band, especially vocalist Myles Kennedy looked and sounded absolutely fantastic. Myles along with bassist Todd Kerns did a perfect job hitting the high’s and lows’ vocally on the Guns N” Roses songs and the band overall provides the complete package for an absolutely rocking show!

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Words by: Kristyn Clarke
Photography: David Turcotte

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Concert Review: KISS And Motley Crue "The Tour 2012"

The Tour 2012 was the ultimate dream tour that fans of both KISS and Motley Crue have been waiting on for years! I had the recent opportunity to be in the midst of the madness when The Tour 2012 blasted into the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ.

The evening got off to a fantastic start with tour openers The Treatment out of Cambridge, U.K., who did a fantastic job of getting the show off to a rocking start. The Treatment’s stage performance was fantastic, despite that fact that people were still beginning to trickle into the venue during their time on stage. The band played their hearts out and displayed a ton of youthful energy and spirit. The Treatment are a true reflection of definition of no frills, down and dirty rock n’ roll, something that can be lacking in a lot of other young bands. The band is touring behind their latest album release “This Might Hurt” and certainly seem to have more and more big things in store.

I had a chance to catch up with The Treatment via phone to discuss opening up for The Tour 2012, plans for after and details about their music. Listen to our interview below:

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After being blown away by The Treatment, it was still apparent that the best was yet to come!  The “Bad Boys Of Rock And Roll” Motley Crue took to the stage in a fantastically theatrical fashion. A large countdown clock appeared on the industrial themed stage and began timing down the minutes till the performance began. Finally, the alarm bells rang out and from the back of the venue a procession began with scantily clad back-up dancers/singers were carried up the aisles of the venue on the shoulders of Motley Crue roadies who seemed to be dressed to represent each era of the band’s progression.  The girls carried flags bearing an “MC” and the procession led all the way up to the flame-lit stage during which Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, and Mick Mars have now appeared.

The band’s 90 minute set was everything you would expect from a Crue concert and then some!  They opened up their set with “Saints Of Los Angeles” before plowing into crowd pleasers such as “Wild Side”, “Shout At The Devil” and “Same Ol’ Situation”. Always a bit tongue in cheek, the band’s newest single “Sex” was included in the set featuring strippers grinding on stage to the song and water cannons blasting the audience in the front-rows. Motley Crue really pulled out no stops with their stage presentation on this tour. You had aerialists swinging from the rafters, amazing lighting effects, pyrotechnics, strippers pulling double duty as back-up singers and of course the four incredible musicians on stage.

The band launched into their famous ballad “Home Sweet Home” about mid-set, during which the venue was a sea of laser lighting effects and lighters held high in the air, before showcasing an incredible drum and guitar solos from both Tommy Lee and Mick Mars respectively. During Tommy’s drum solo, his kit becomes a roller coaster loop spinning him upside down and back again much to the thrill of the crowd. It is truly enthralling to watch! No less enthralling however is watching guitarist Mick Mars masterful shredding; the man is truly a legendary guitarist.

After the amazing showcase of solos, the band launched into my personal favorite Crue song “Primal Scream” before bringing their set to a high-octane close with solids hits “Dr. Feelgood”, “Girls, Girls, Girls” and ending on an explosive note with “Kickstart My Heart”.

 

If Motley Crue didn’t give the crowd a pure adrenaline rush, it was now time for KISS the self-proclaimed “Hottest Band On Earth” to hit the stage. KISS absolutely never disappoint in the live atmosphere and are a band that was made to perform on stage. Once the huge black curtain bearing the band name fell, it was the beginning of one of the most spectacular rock shows that I have ever seen.  KISS were lowered to the stage from a large spark blasting platform positioned near the rafters and it was truly a sight to behold ; I highly recommend to anyone at least once. The showmanship from both Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and Tommy Thayer begins as soon as they hit the stage with Gene wiggling that demonic tongue of his and both Stanley and Thayer slinking about the stage screaming out sex and rock n’ roll.

KISS opened their set with the crowd-pleasing “Detroit Rock City”  and kicked things into high gear with songs such as “Shout It Out Loud” and ” I Love It Loud”.  After some incredibly fire-spitting antics from Gene Simmons during, you guessed it, “Firehouse” the band broke into the new track “Hell or Hallelujah” off the band’s forthcoming album “Monster”.  If “Hell or Hallelujah” is a preview as to what is in store for the new album that fans are certainly going to be in for a treat because the new song absolutely rocks, especially live.

Gene Simmons got his time to shine in the spotlight during “God Of Thunder” during which he dramatically spit up a shower of blood and was flown up to a platform in the ceiling to finish out the song.  Next, it was Paul Stanley’s turn to shine, as he was hoisted up in a harness and literally flew out over the crowd to a second stage in the back of the venue to perform “Love Gun”!  It was quite a thrill to behold! KISS wrapped up their awe-inspiring performance with “Strutter” and the rock anthem “Rock And Roll All Nite” that had every fan in the building belting out the lyrics at the top of their lungs.

The Tour 2012 was without a doubt one of the most epic concert experiences of the year!  Both KISS and Motley Crue, as well as, The Treatment looked and sounded fantastic. The “Hottest Band On Earth” and “The Bad Boys Of Rock And Roll” really outdid themselves with their performances and stage presentation on The Tour and I for one can’t wait to see what they come up with next!

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

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No Doubt "Push And Shove" Album Review

(PCM) After taking quite a long break, No Doubt return with one of this year’s most highly anticipated album releases titled “Push And Shove”. The release marks the bands first studio album in 11 years and comes right on the heels of the band’s incredible performance kicking-off the iHeart Radio Festival in Las Vegas, NV.  After listening through the new album several times, I can say that is sounds as if no time has passed at all. The band does an incredible job of sounding  fresh and current with the new album incorporating tribal and electronic elements with their signature sound.

Old school fans of No Doubt may not be thrilled with the direction of the band’s new music, however I for one can definitely give them props for never being afraid to take a risk and be a bit experimental with their music. It seems that with every album release the band are able to re-invent themselves and provide a solid mix of tunes that are both catchy and relevant to what is going on within the current musical landscape at any given time.

“Push And Shove” gets off to a start with bubble gum pop at it’s best with tracks such as the bands current single “Settle Down”, the very radio friendly “Looking Hot” and the albums title track “Push and Shove” which features Busy Signal and Major Lazer.  For me, the later tracks on the album such as the gorgeous acoustic ballad “Undone” and the album closer “Dreaming The Same Dream” are the highlights as they do a fantastic job to illustrate the diversity of the bands sound and showcase vocalist Gwen Stefani’s incredible talent.

While throughout the years it can definitely be argued that No Doubt has become more of a pop band and less of a rock band, there is still an endearing quality about their music that can hold its own and not be boxed in any one particular genre. “Push and Shove” does a great job of showcasing all of the bands varied musical influences and packaging them up on one album. “Push and Shove” may not be the album to define the career of No Doubt as a band, but it does a pretty good job of showing that No Doubt still have the ability to remain current and keep the same pop sensibilities in tack that has kept them in the game since day one.

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The Offspring, Neon Trees and Dead Sara Rock Bethlehem, PA

(PCM) I recently had the chance to attend a stellar show from The Offspring, Neon Trees and Dead Sara at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center in Bethlehem, PA. I have been a huge fan of The Offspring for as long as I can remember, in fact I think that there is probably a different song from their extensive catalog to document just about every facet of my teenage years, so I was definitely psyched to check out this show. Also, with Neon Trees and Dead Sara rounding out the evenings bill it was sure to be a satisfyingly hard rocking show.

Dead Sara were first to take the stage and they do not just take the stage, they command it! The combination of the amazing shredding skills of guitarist Siouxsie Medley and the vocal power behind front-woman Emily Armstrong make Dead Sara a true force to be reckoned with on the stage. The band’s music is a perfect blend and balance between hard rocking and melodic and it is easily evident from watching this band perform live that they truly put their heart and soul into the live performance.  Every emotion plays out in the music from extreme anger to sadness and a little bit of everything in-between.  The band is currently touring behind their debut full-length self-titled album release that features the hit single “Weatherman”. PCM and The Rock Revival’s Matt Bishop and Kristyn Clarke has a chance to catch up with Dead Sara after their electrifying set, interview is coming soon!

 

Following Dead Sara were glam rockers Neon Trees who have to be some of the most energetic stage performers I have witnessed. Vocalist Tyler Glenn is all over the stage and certainly has amping up a crowd down to an art form. Neon Trees are currently touring behind their latest album release “Picture Show” which features the deliciously catchy single “Everybody Talks” and the current single “Lessons In Love (All Day, All Night) featuring D.J. Kaskade. Neon Trees had the entire venue up and dancing throughout their entire set. Recently the band performed “Everybody Talks” on an episode of Kelly & Michael and coming up on October 22nd the band will play the official Rock The Vote concert to stream live on Xbox Live from Boca Raton, FL.  Neon Trees are a band that is definitely on everyone’s radar these days and I am certain that with their incredible live performances and catchy pop sensibilities they will continue to forge ahead in the years to pass.

 

At last it was time for the evenings headliners as The Offspring took to the stage for their blistering 90 minute set that was a blast back to the nineties and proved that The Offspring have definitely not lost one bit of their original edge. Their set consisted of many fan favorites as well as several tracks of the band’s latest album release “Days Gone By”. The Offspring opened things up with “Hurting As One” off of the “Days Gone By” album before plowing into hits such as “All I Want”, “Come Out And Play” followed by the title track off the new album “Days Gone By”.

The Offspring have so many hit singles and have performed countless live performances that they could “phone-in” almost any show, however this is not the case with a band like The Offspring. They play each and every show with an energy and vigor that is intoxicating and the evenings performance felt very fresh and current. Front-man Dexter Holland and guitarist Noodles, despite the years that have passed, still have what it takes to give many younger bands a true run for their money and proved that time has not slowed them down one little bit.

Some highlights of the performance came with the audience participation during the middle verse of  “Bad Habit”, if you are an Offspring fan you will know exactly to which part I am referring, and the gorgeous duet between Dexter and Dead Sara’s Emily Armstrong for “Gone Away”.  After the duet the performance did not slow down for very long as the band played hits such as “Pretty Fly(For A White Guy)” and “The Kids Aren’t Alright” closing out the show with the every catchy anthem “Self-Esteem”.

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

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Interview with Guitarist John 5

(PCM) Rob Zombie and Marilyn Mansonviagra for sale ukrong> are gearing up to head out on this fall’s highly anticipated Twins Of Evil Tour. Debauchery, theatrics, ghoulish imagery, and a full-on assault of all the senses are what’s in store for fans when the tour kicks off, first in the U.S. and then with a 10-country sweep through Europe. J Devil, the DJ alter ego of KoRn’s frontman Jonathan Davis, will support the Manson/Zombie dates with his chaotic electro-metal.

Kicking off September 28 when both Zombie and Manson co-headline the first day of the Desert Uprising Festival in Phoenix, Arizona, expect defiant rock’n’roll showmanship in the form of these unholy rollers with the first U.S. date wrapping in Dallas on Halloween, October 31. For ticket on-sale and purchasing info, log onto www.marilynmanson.com or www.robzombie.com

PCM’s Kristyn Clarke had the amazing opportunity to chat with Rob Zombie guitarist John 5 about the upcoming Twins Of Evil tour, his work scoring the upcoming “Lords Of Salem” film, the new Rob Zombie album and of course his incredible solo album release ” God Told Me To”.

JOHN 5 doesn’t just play the guitar. His guitar is an extension of his soul and through it his music has become the Frankenstein birth penetrating the ear drums of fans and admirers worldwide. For JOHN 5, the music is not just about playing, but living, breathing, feeling and passion. His impressive resume has seen him work with some of the most renowned musicians in the industry (Rob Halford, Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie to name a few), and has cemented his name into the annals of rock history.

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Interview With Pop Alternative Producer And Songwriter Cherry Cherry Boom Boom!

(PCM) Pop alternative producer and songwriter Cherry Cherry Boom Boom (Martin Kierszenbaum) has recently released the official video for his first solo track and single, “Come Back From San Francisco,” The song is a cover off Magnetic Fields’ acclaimed 1999 album, 69 Love Songs, and is one of Martin’s favorites.

Martin, who is the head of Cherrytree Records, pioneering pop alternative label distributed through Interscope, has co-written and produced for the likes of Far East Movement, Lady Gaga, Robyn, and Natalia Kills. He is also the co-writer of T.A.T.U.’s #1 UK hit, “All The Things She Said.”

PCM’s Kristyn Clarke caught up with Cherry Cherry Boom Boom to ask a few questions about his recently released single and video, lessons learned in the business, and what he has in store for the future!

Q: You have recently released your single and video for “Come Back From San Francisco.” What led to your decision to choose that particular Magnetic Fields track to cover?

Martin “Cherry Cherry Boom Boom” Kierszenbaum: I think that Stephin Merritt is one of the best songwriters around. I’ve loved Magnetic Fields’ album “69 Love Songs” since it came out. “Come Back from San Francisco” epitomizes Merritt’s wit and melancholy. “You need me like the wind needs the trees – like the moon needs poetry, you need me” are among the best lyrics ever.

Q: How happy are you with the feedback that the single has been receiving thus far?

MK: I’m totally stoked about the feedback to my recording of “Come Back from San Francisco.” What started as a fun impulse to sing on Friday night in the studio has turned into a top 30 song on the Billboard Club/Dance Chart and the emails, tweets and posts of interest and encouragement have been super. I’m grateful to the amazing DJ’s that contributed great remixes and banged the song in their sets both in the club and on-air.

Q: Do you have plans to release a full length album? Can we look forward to any more cover tracks in the near future?

MK: I’ve just put out the follow-up to “Come Back from San Francisco” – a song called “One and Only” that I wrote (out Oct. 9th on iTunes, Amazon and Beatport). I’ve been writing and producing for other people for a long time now so the hardest thing was to write that song and then keep it for myself! But, the reaction to “Come Back from San Francisco” gave me the confidence to do just that and “One and Only” has already gone to no. 1 on the hypemachine.com/twitter chart so that’s very exciting and encouraging.

Q: You have done a fantastic job of taking a song like “Come Back From San Francisco” and making it your own, while still keeping the original song very much intact. What was the recording/creative process like for putting the song together?

MK: Thank you. The recording process was very spontaneous and impulsive. I just arranged and produced a song that I love in the Cherry Cherry Boom Boom style which I guess I’d describe as “electro-bittersweet.” A lot of my songs have that quality whether it be Gaga’s “Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say),” “White Flag” by Far East Movement, “Happy Birthday” by Flipsyde or “Not in Love” by Natalia Kills. I related to the longing in the lyric of “Come Back from San Francisco” and the inevitable break-up ending to which the narrator is ultimately resigned.

Q: You have worked with some of the hottest artists gracing the musical landscape these days, is there anyone you would like to work with that you haven’t had a chance to yet?

MK: When I get asked this question, I usually say Abba because I think they’re music is magical and extraordinary but, actually, I’d be very happy to just sit and take notes while they worked.

Q: Is it ever difficult to switch hats between working on your own personal material and that for other artists? What type of influence does each reflect on the other?

MK: When I produce music for an artist, I try to tap in to the artist’s vision and aesthetic and create a soundscape for those. It’s really fun: to strive to make something unique and representative of the artist’s personality and esprit. I hadn’t made music for my own voice in a while although I did get my start like that originally and I’ve sung backing vocals in a lot of my productions. In creating music for my voice, I try to do the same thing and tap into an emotion and authentically represent it in the song and recording. In that respect, the processes are very similar. The difference is the vantage point.

Q: Do you have a pivotal music moment that stands out for you? One that made you decide that you wanted to pursue music for a career?

MK: I was very lucky in that my parents encouraged me to play piano and paid for my lessons. That immediately became a blessing since playing would make me feel good when I was sad and happier when I was happy. When I started learning about music theory and composition so that I could begin to create new music, my joy went into turbo. I was also very lucky to identify that passion early and dedicate most of my hours to it growing up and beyond.

Q: What has been one of the most important lessons you have learned throughout the course of your career?

MK: I’m fortunate to have had an opportunity to learn from very wise people starting with my dad who taught me that perseverance, integrity and hard work are essential. And, from generous folks like Sting, Trevor Horn and Richard Carpenter, among others, I continued to see first hand that dedication to one’s craft, pride in one’s work, loyalty and class are paramount.

Q: Are there any additional projects you have in the works for yourself or for other Cherrytree artists?

MK: Absolutely! At Cherrytree, we just signed two amazing artists: Willy Moon and Jessie Ware. You’ll be hearing lots more about them soon. Also, I’m really proud of the work we’ve done developing the careers of maverick artists such as Feist, Robyn, Ellie Goulding, Far East Movement, La Roux, Lady Gaga and LMFAO, just to name a few. Our 24/7 “Pop Alternative” radio station, CherrytreeRadio.com, is doing great with artist and staff-hosted shows and exclusive features and we’ve just launched Cherrytreedom.com, a source for fresh, Cherrytree-related gear. In the studio, I’ve just finished Cherry Cherry Boom Boom remixes for Krewella’s “Alive” and Imagine Dragons’ “It’s Time” and I’m producing some crazy tracks with the very talented Colette Carr. Far East Movement has also just shot a video for their song “Little Bird” that I produced which contains a sample from Feist’s beautiful song “Caught a Long Wind.” I’ll also be putting out a lyric video for “One and Only” soon which I made with multi-talented engineer/producer/video director Tony Ugval.

Q: Personally, I look at music as a universal language that we can all speak and understand. Is there anything in particular that you hope your music speaks to listeners?

MK: I agree with you. I’m very happy when I can communicate a feeling through my music. It’s awesome when that emotion can resonate with other people. Music is a wonderful joy and I’m lucky to be able to work in it every day.

Stay tuned for more to come from Martin “Cherry Cherry Boom Boom” Kierszenbaum, and visit his official site at cherrycherryboomboom.com. “Come Back from San Francisco” plus exclusive remixes are available now on iTunes via Royal Pop Records.

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FUSE VIP VOODOO Experience Sweepstakes!

(PCM) October is almost here and that means it is almost time for the incredible Voodoo Experience Festival to take place in New Orleans, LA. FUSE is offering up a pretty sweet contest for you chance to win the Ultimate VIP VOODOO Experience!

One grand prize winner and their guest will be selected to receive an ultimate VOODOO experience including round trip flights to New Orleans, hotel accommodations, premium passes and VIP access for three days of some of the hottest musical acts on the planet!

This year’s lineup includes:

• Green Day
• Neil Young and Crazy Horse
• Jack White
• Skrillex
• The Avett Brothers
• and many more!
The sweepstakes is running now until October 13th at 6PM EST.
Here’s the link to enter: http://on.fuse.tv/voodooXP
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ZZ Top "La Futura" Album Review

(PCM) Bluesy rockers ZZ Top are bringing the blues back to the realm of rock n’ roll with their fabulous new album release “La Futura”. The new album marks the groups first new release in nine years and despite the number of years that have gone by ZZ Top is sounding as fresh as ever.

“La Futura” was produced by hit maker Rick Rubin and while Rubin’s influence is apparent especially on tracks such as the album’s first single “Gotsta Get Paid” he does not veer too far away from the bands’ original sound that audiences world-wide love and adore. At the end of the day “La Futura” still carries with it, that signature ZZ Top sound that blends together elements of blues and good old southern rock n’ roll. Stand-out tracks include the album’s second single “Chartreuse”  and the track “Consumption” which are very reminiscent to classic ZZ Top tracks such as “Tush” and “La Grange” and my personal favorites “Over You” a slower ballad that showcases the gravely vocal skills of Billy Gibbons and the album closer “Have A Little Mercy” just an all out fantastic bluesy jam.

With the release of “La Futura” is seems as if nearly no time has gone by at all since we last heard from ZZ Top and listening to the album proves that ZZ Top certainly still have what it takes to remain relevant within the current musical landscape. Hopefully, the making of this album will spark the creative juices flowing within the band and we will continue to see more and more new material from ZZ Top well into the future.

Review by: Kristyn Clarke

 

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The Killers Perform For The "American Express Unstaged" Live And Digital Music Series

(PCM) The Killers performed  in the popular live + digital music series “American Express Unstaged”  last night!  The sold-out performance was directed by Werner Herzog and live streamed from Paradise Theater in the Bronx, New York at 7:00 PM ET / 4:00 PM PT on Tuesday, September 18th at www.youtube.com/TheKillersVEVO and www.amexunstaged.com. The global event coincides with the debut of The Killers’ highly anticipated album, BATTLE BORN (Island Def Jam), set for release on September 18th in the U.S.

Earlier yesterday afternoon we had a chance to interview Brandon Flowers and Ronnie Vannucci, Jr. of the The Killers and famed director  Werner Herzog.

When I asked The Killer’s how they felt they have grown and changed since the release of their first album “Hot Fuss” back in 2004 to the release of their current album “Battle Born” in 2012 they replied “I’m a more concise lyric-writer. No matter how close to your heart you hold that first
record, the lyrics aren’t as fully realized as they are now. I’ve read more books, I’ve grown, we’ve had more experiences. And we’ve played so many live shows that we can’t help but be more powerful as a band. So hopefully those things should come through on Battle Born.. ” 

Director Werner Herzog also commented that had watched the work of several other directors that had previous worked with the “American Express Unstaged” shows to examine the camera techniques. When asked how directing last night performance differs from his time spent between behind the camera directing films for the big screen and any expected challenges Werner replied  ” It’s all a challenge! I’ve never done it before. I warned the band, by the way, I believe that all the other shows that were done in this Unstaged of American Express were with directors who hadn’t done it before. I mean, the internet exploding and it’s going fast, and I tried to respond to what is out there. And it doesn’t matter whether I do something for a narrative film structure or a documentary, a stage presents its’ own challenges and this is a very specific challenge I am jumping in to become known . And I know with the band out there, I can jump out the window and I don’t care if there is rock bottom down there or soft water, I’ll just jump with them. And it’s going to be fine.”.

The Killers jokingly responded with “Yeah, we’ve got you, Werner!

I also was able to ask The Killers if having the event live-streamed added any pressure to their performance to which they answered
“Yeah, quite a bit of pressure. It seems like we’ve been doing a lot of that lately. It’s almost like old-hat already. We just hope everything goes off without a hitch. There’s a lot of technology involved, that’s different for us.”

For the first time in “American Express Unstaged” history, fans were able to submit pictures holding up signs saying where they live for the chance to see their photos appear live on stage throughout the stream. Fans can submit their own photo and check out other fans’ photos from around the world by visiting: http://www.amexunstaged.com/thekillers.

Photo credit: Donald Bowers/Getty Images for American Express

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