Linkin Park Cancels The Hunting Party Tour Due To Injury

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(PCM) Linkin Park regret to inform their fans they must cancel the remaining dates of The Hunting Party tour through February 14th, due to a leg injury of lead vocalist Chester Bennington. The injury requires immediate medical attention making it physically impossible for Bennington to perform.

Chester says,“I’m really disappointed this injury has made it impossible to continue with this tour. The first couple of shows were just magical. We will truly miss not being with our fans for the next few weeks. Hope to see you again soon.”

Fan can seek refunds at the point of purchase.

For more keep up-to-date with Linkin Park, please visit: www.linkinpark.com

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Reverend Horton Heat Ignites Audiences With That Rockabilly Spirit

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(PCM) The rockabilly spirit was alive and well during the Revered Horton Heat’s recent performance at the World Cafe Live: The Queen in Wilmington, DE. Despite the freezing cold winter temperatures outside the “heat” was certainly on inside as the audience bounced and danced their way through the band’s nearly two hour set.

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Show openers the lovely Rosie Flores and the always entertaining Dale Watson set a nice pace for an evening of rockabilly or rather psychobilly madness that was sure to ensue once Reverend Horton Heat took the stage.

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Revered Horton Heat, the stage name adopted by front-man Jim Heath along with his upright bass player Jim “Jimbo” Wallace are veteran live performers and once the momentum gets started on stage it doesn’t let up from beginning to the very end.

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The band is still touring behind their latest album release “Rev” which dropped last January on their new label Victory Records and their set opened with “Victory Lap” and “Smell Of Gasoline” off of the new album. The rest of the band’s set consisted additional hits and fan favorites that spanned the entire catalog of Reverend Horton Heat’s releases.

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I can honestly say that hearing songs such as “It’s Martini Time”, “Psychobilly Freakout”, “The Jimbo Song” and “400 Bucks” never get old, especially live. There is just something in the air when Reverend Horton Heat is performing that is absolutely intoxicating. I also thoroughly enjoyed the band’s cover of “Johnny B. Goode” which somehow seemed like an incredibly obvious track for them to perform.

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It is always wonderful to find an band that can not be boxed into one particular genre or another. Reverend Horton Heat can do it all and do it well, in fact it was even announced that they will be performing at this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California this coming spring.

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Seeing Reverend Horton Heat live is witnessing a solid mix of country, rock, bluegrass, Rn’B, blues and soul and the band has created quite a unique sound and one of a kind sound that will always distinctively be their own. You never quite know what to expect from the band on-stage, but you can always count on a good time and I highly recommend checking them out when they visit a city near you!

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For more information on Reverend Horton Heat, please visit: http://www.reverendhortonheat.com/

Photography credit: Ken Schuler

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Emmure Releases New Video For “A Gift A Curse”

(PCM) Rockers Emmure have recently revealed a mind-blowing new video for the track “A Gift A Curse” off their latest album release “Eternal Enemies”.

We adore the fact that the band has not forgotten the art of the music video and the video for “A Gift A Curse” is actually the fourth music video released from the album.

Aside from its technical mastery, the futuristic and mind-bending sequences propose the death of art. From the crumbling of the David Statue and the always enraged lyrics of Emmure, “A Gift A Curse” moves along like an ballistic missile, leaving little time to interpretation.

Director Ievgenii Nozhechkin discusses the meaning behind this dynamic masterpiece, “I wanted to show the music of Emmure as something that does not have an end, that it goes deep inside every single person, and something that will be alive after us. Art touches the hearts and souls of so many people so it cannot be stopped or destroyed. Additional details of the video are destroying the pieces of art as a strong symbol of destruction of the past inside of you. Destroying the old, we enable a new birth.”

Emmure will be hitting the U.S. with Suicide Silence starting February 17th in Santa Cruz, CA. The tour hits all corners of the country, don’t miss your chance to see Emmure live.

Check out our interview with Frankie of Emmure while out on last summer’s Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival.

 

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A Look At Marilyn Manson’s Brilliant New Album “The Pale Emperor”

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(PCM) Marilyn Manson has without a doubt created some of his strongest work to date with the upcoming release of his ninth album “The Pale Emperor”. Throughout his extensive career Manson has been able to constantly and flawlessly reinvent himself and his music with each and every album release, all while maintaining a certain level of familiarity that is a central vein that ties his art together. Manson is and will always be Manson, bottom line.

With “The Pale Emperor” we yet again see Manson treading into some experimental territory and the result is some of his most ambitious and brilliant material to surface. Adding into the mix collaborators such as ex-Dillinger Escape Plan drummer Gil Sharone and film score composer Tyler Bates has certainly had its’ influence on the album as well. The chemistry has come together just right and I certainly hope that this album is a strong indicator as to what could possibly be in-store for the future.

There is a level of new found maturity in the songs that make up “The Pale Emperor” and I feel that Manson’s music is continuing to grow in ways that I almost never imagined. Being a long-time fan, I have savored each album throughout Manson’s career and at times feel as if his music is growing up right along with me as I reach certain milestones in my own life, as I am sure that many longtime fans can relate in much the same way.

When albums such as “Anti-Christ Superstar”, “Holy Wood” and “Mechanical Animals” were in heavy rotation in my Walkman I was able to relate to the amount of anger, angst and rebellion that poured out of those albums, just as now I find myself being able to equally relate to the new set of emotions put forth on “The Pale Emperor”.

I thoroughly enjoyed the blues/funk undertones that make up several tracks on the new album and it is something that I don’t think I have ever heard out of Manson in the past. Tracks such as “The Mephistopheles Of Los Angeles”, “Killing Strangers” and “Odds Of Even” probably showcase this the best, however I also adored the highly emotional “Warship My Wreck” and the haunting “Third Day Of A Seven Day Binge”.  I even had to note while listening that the album’s second single “Deep Six” is probably the only track that even has a hint of Manson’s previous more industrial sound and I think fans will totally be okay with that, it is a solid track and probably an excellent way to engage fans with the new album.

Manson’s vocals are sounding as strong as ever and I absolutely can’t wait to see how all of this will transfer into the live setting, as Manson is about to embark on the “Hell Not Hallelujah” Tour this week. Stay tuned for our live show coverage coming soon!

To keep up-to-date with Marilyn Manson, please visit: http://www.marilynmanson.com/

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Nicki Minaj Conducts Live Facebook Q&A With Fans After Premiere Of New MTV Documentary

(PCM) Nicki Minaji recently shared quite a bit of insight into her musical inspirations and more during a live Facebook Q&A conducted with fans directly after the premiere of her new MTV documentary “My Time AGAIN”.

She spoke about topics such as her collaboration with Beyonce saying “It felt empowering for women in general in music today”, as well as revealing that being close to her mother and brothers are what she is enjoying the most about being back in Queens.

Minaj went on to say that her favorite part of making “The Pink Print” was “revealing things people did not know about me” and that she enjoys cooking in her down time.

You can check out the full Q&A below:

Post by MTV.
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Happy Birthday Eartha Kitt!

Happy Birthday, Eartha Kitt! (January 17, 1927 – December 25, 2008)
Eartha Mae Kitt was an American actress, singer, and cabaret star. She was perhaps best known for her highly distinctive singing style and her 1953 hit Christmas song “Santa Baby”. Orson Welles once called her the “most exciting woman in the world.” She took over the role of Catwoman for the third season of the 1960s Batman television series, replacing Julie Newmar, who was unavailable for the final season.

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