SLAMS INTO ROCK RADIO’s TOP 5
AS SLASH’s FASTEST RISING SONG AT RADIO EVER
SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS
TAKE-OVER ICONIC HOLLYWOOD CLUBS ALL NEXT WEEK
THE TROUBADOUR (9/23), THE ROXY (9/25) AND THE WHISKY A GO GO (9/26)
BRAND NEW ALBUM
‘WORLD ON FIRE’
STREAMING THIS WEEK (HERE)
CURRENT SINGLE AND TITLE TRACK “WORLD ON FIRE”
SLAMS INTO ROCK RADIO’s TOP 5
AS SLASH’s FASTEST RISING SONG AT RADIO EVER
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WHO: SLASH Featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators, presented by Guitar Center.
WHERE & WHEN:
THE TROUBADOUR–TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2014
Doors: 8:00 pm
Slash goes on at 9PM, ends at 11PM
THE ROXY–THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2014
Doors: 8:00 pm
Slash goes on at 9PM, ends at 11PM
*Black Carpet/photo opp 7:30 PM.
THE WHISKY A GO GO– FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2014
Doors: 8:00 pm
Slash goes on at 9PM, ends at 11PM
On Tuesday, September 23, SLASH and his band, Featuring Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators will celebrate the release of their new albumWORLD ON FIRE by returning to the iconic guitarist’s stomping grounds with a series of three very special sold-out club shows: Sept. 23 (The Troubadour) and then, moving up the hill to the world-famous Sunset Strip, Sept. 25 (The Roxy) and Sept. 26 (The Whisky A Go Go).
Guitar Center will present SLASH featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators “Live From the Roxy,” to be broadcast on national television onDIRECTV’s Audience Network (Ch 239) November 9th at 8pm. The 90-minute full rock concert will be filmed on location at The Roxy in stunning 4k and 5.1 surround sound. The show will feature songs spanning SLASH’s storied career including material from the new album, WORLD ON FIRE (out Sept 16th) as well as Guns’N’Roses material. A black carpet will be hosted for VIP and celebrity guest arrivals leading up to the show.
WORLD ON FIRE which is already garnering early critical acclaim, marks SLASH’s third solo offering and second album with his official band The Conspirators which features MYLES KENNEDY (vocals), BRENT FITZ (drums) and TODD KERNS (bass). For WORLD ON FIRE, SLASH and the band worked with producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette (Alter Bridge, Falling In Reverse, Incubus) to create a powerful new turn for the band in 17 songs.WORLD ON FIRE is the follow-up to 2012’s Apocalyptic Love which debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and earned SLASH two No. 1 U.S. rock radio hits–his first-ever solo–with “You’re A Lie” and “Standing In The Sun.” SLASH officially began recording as a solo artist with his self-titled 2010 debut album which employed a different vocalist on each track of his first album including Ozzy Osbourne, Fergie and Myles Kennedyamong others.
|Guitar Center Presents: Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators Live from the Sunset Strip|
|*||Tue||9/23||Hollywood, CA||The Troubadour|
|*||Thu||9/25||Hollywood, CA||The Roxy|
|*||Fri||9/26||Hollywood, CA||The Whisky A Go Go|
Industrial metal band Prong kicked off their North American tour at the Whisky a Go Go on September 10th with an hour and half set of their classics along with new songs from their latest album Ruining Lives. I am a long time Prong fan and scored a seat right up front in the pit. Tommy looked and played better than ever. The crowd was energized with their fists pumping, head banging and random yells of “Tommy!” Some of the classics they played included “Beg to Differ,” “Lost and found,” and “Revenge Best Served Cold.” As it should, a mosh-pit broke out and got intense during the highlights of the night. Tommy’s voice was sounding great and his guitar solos were on point. You could see that he was just as into it as the crowd. The energy of the crowd and the band were feeding off each other.
The bassist Jason Christopher is quite a character. At random moments of the night he would yell at the crowd to hype them up. He said, “Don’t just stand there and stare, do something, bang your head!” There were lots of movements from the both Jason and Tommy, using up the whole stage running from left to right. No side felt left out! The drummer Art Cruz can really bang some drums! He did an outstanding job as well. Those songs are not easy and he kept the beat going and contributed to much of the energy in the room!
They played a couple songs off the new album Ruining Lives. I am very familiar with this album because I interviewed Tommy Victor at the Schecter HQ right before it was released in May of this year. It is a great album full of riffs and hooks, what Tommy is known for. They played the first song off the album “Turning Over” and “Ruining Lives.” It was received well from the crowd. There was no stopping this trio. They were relentless! Jason plays the bass fast and furious. Towards the end of their set they played my favorite song of all time ‘Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck” a Prong classic that will stay relevant until the end of time! The pit went nuts and I had to move on to a speaker so I wouldn’t get knocked out by the rowdy moshers. It was awesome! I sang along with Tommy at the top of my lungs and at one point Tommy got right into the audience in the front row playing guitar for them as if they were the only ones there. They played a few more songs and then came out Monti Pitmon as a special guest vocalist for the song “Power of the Damager.” Altogether, it was a killer show with lots of energy and it satisfied my expectations of what I knew Tommy Victor could deliver. If you did not see Prong play last night, then you need to get to the Grove of Anaheim tomorrow to check them out or you will regret it.
For more info and to purchase tickets go to www.prongmusic.com
The Royal Hounds is an authentic Rockabilly band originating in Knoxville, Tennessee. They captivate their audiences with their outrageous on-stage showmanship. When you attend a Royal Hounds show, expect to see the Bass player and lead singer, Scott Hinds, bass surfing and many other excellent on stage antics. Ladies, he often performs sans shirt as well, which is a show in its self. Hinds and guitar player, Glenn McCallum, often perform antics on stage such as switching instruments mid-song and chording each other’s instruments. Scott Billingsley is the man behind the amazing drums that are a big part of The Royal Hounds show. Billingsley or Bramble, as he is affectionately referred to as, puts on quite a show as well with such antics as flaming drums. They’ve performed at the annual Johnny Cash Birthday Bash in Chattanooga, TN alongside WS Fluke Holland, Johnny Cash’s drummer.
Hinds co-wrote with friend, Seth Peevley, the title track off their debut album “I’m In Love With A Zombie”, which tells a story of a man in love with a woman of the living dead who’s in love with his brains. In 2013, Hinds moved to Las Vegas to become an actor in the Broadway performance Million Dollar Quartet at Harrah’s, thus relocating The Royal Hounds to the West Coast. Tennessee family and friends recently received a real treat when Hinds flew in from Vegas to join the other band members for a rare performance. The Royal Hounds played at Thunder Creek Harley Davidson’s Rockabilly Rock Out N Cruise In located in Chattanooga, TN. There was a bike and car show, Pin-Up contest, and tattoo contest. The West coast will have their chance to see The Royal Hounds sooner than you think. The Royal Hounds will make their California debut on September 4th at Pike’s Restaurant and Bar in Long Beach and on September 5th, they will be performing at The Pike OC in Los Almaitos. They also play regularly in the Las Vegas area. Be sure to look them up on-line and visit their website at www.theroyalhounds.com.
Words and pictures by Dea Meeks
Date: August 22, 2014 @ Casino Rama
The night was incredibly memorable as they performed their classic hits along with new ones. Check out our next issue for full coverage and selected images by Igor Visyashev.
ROB ZOMBIE Narrates ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL Puppy Rescue Mission PSA, Directed by Strati Hovartos
Watch the Puppy Rescue Mission PSA Here: https://vimeo.com/m/102641607
Puppy Rescue Mission – Allowing Afghanistan War Heroes to Match Companions with Homes
Saiga, a dog rescued by The Puppy Rescue Mission, and her soldier friend
The ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL is deep-seated in U.S. military and veteran communities – avidly promoting programs like Metal of Honor, in conjunction with The Pathway Home (PTSD rehabilitation facility) and Hope For The Warriors (Military family assistance, veteran transition assistance, employment preparedness). In addition to these programs, the festival actively supports another great cause in conjunction with our troops: The Puppy Rescue Mission!
The Puppy Rescue Mission (“TPRM”) is the brainchild of president and founding member Anna Cannan. Anna’s idea for TPRM began when her fiancé, Chris, was deployed to and stationed in Afghanistan. TPRM’s primary mission is to help bring home the companions to our soldiers serving in a war zone. These companions already have homes waiting for them — they just need help getting there. TPRM believes that these beloved companions have at times not only physically saved our soldiers from harm but have also filled an emotional need for a sense of home and normalcy in a hostile and dangerous environment.
With the help of the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL, TPRM continues to make loving connections between rescue dogs and their companions! Recently, Los-Angeles based photographer and ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL documenter Strati Hovartos directed a heartfelt PSA, starring a cast of active duty and veteran warriors and narrated by Mayhem-alumni and world-renowned rocker Rob Zombie.
Last summer, Rob Zombie donated his incredible truck featured on History’s Counting Cars to TPRM. At the time, Rob Zombie stated, “… soldiers in Afghanistan would find these dogs and bond with them and sneak them on the bases, even though they weren’t supposed to have them. It was probably the only moment of sanity for these guys, when they spent time with them….But they weren’t allowed to take them home, and if they could, it was so expensive. That was a cause I could really understand and get behind.”
Watch the PSA here: https://vimeo.com/m/102641607
Saiga, the dog featured in the PSA, is an actual rescue animal from the Afghanistan war zone adopted by festival producer John Reese and his family throughTPRM. As a puppy of a dog befriended by a soldier serving in the Middle East, Saiga was brought to the US from Kabul, Afghanistan at four-and-a-half months old.
ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL producer John Reese states, “The sacrifices made by our men and women serving overseas are numerous. Having to leave a dog behind that one may become attached to is just another sacrifice that most of us aren’t aware of. The work The Puppy Rescue Mission does is so important.”
“A sincere thank you goes out to the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL for their support and dedication in making these reunions possible,” states The Puppy Rescue Mission Founder and President, Anna Maria Cannan. “The bond between a soldier and his dog is truly unbreakable. Thousands of miles away from home, it is sometimes the one thing in the world that can bring a smile to their face.”
For more information on The Puppy Rescue Mission, please visit www.puppyrescuemission.com.
For more information on THE ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL and other programs involved with the festival, visitwww.rockstarmayhemfest.com. Make sure to also visit the site for a full listing of this year’s tour dates and line-up information, as well as future announcements regarding the festival.
The Bolts Transformation Into Island Apollo at Silverlake Lounge
Orange-County based indie rockers The Bolts made a bold move early last month—they changed their name to Island Apollo. Bolder still, the five-some headed north to hipster haven Silverlake previewing work through their new material as Island Apollo, taking up residency at the gritty Silverlake Lounge for four Mondays in July.
The band—comprised of guitarists Heath Farmer and Ryan Kilpatrick, bassist Addam Farmer, keyboardist Austin Farmer, and drummer Matt Champagne—gained considerable fame as The Bolts after forming as teenagers in Orange County. In short order, they picked up airplay on KROQ, won Orange County’s “Best Pop Artist” from the OC Music Awards, opened for Capital Cities and Third Eye Blind, appeared across local TV and, realizing every young man’s dream, had a song placed in a commercial featuring supermodel Kate Upton.
At Silverlake Lounge, the group took the stage as relative newcomers.
From the first show through the last, Island Apollo was not what you’d call tentative. Despite the new name (coined for the artificial islands in Long Beach Bay, each named for a Apollo astronaut) and brand new material, they couldn’t shake off (nor should they) the experience of seven years playing together. Island Apollo plays with astonishing precision and considerable verve. They’re tight but not tense, intense but not intimidating. Each member knows their job and does it well, and their experience shines through in confident assured playing, compact, well-crafted songs, and at the bottom of each, Matt Champagne: throwing himself all over his small drum kit (with one synth pad, he’s quick to point out), each bang of the drums exuberant—at times it seems he just might freak out—before bringing the beats back to their “proper” place. In fact, each song finishes a little sooner than you think it should. A few of the songs hint at what might be in store if they were to shake off the disciplined structure and show fans what it might feel like to be invited into one of their private jam sessions. Watching the crowd, it was clear that each song left the audience wanting more.
If one is to believe the set lists (show-goers eagerly snatched from under Heath’s feet at the end of each gig) during the Silverlake Lounge residencies consisted of eight-song sets of original compositions the band has been working on for inclusion into their first EP as Island Apollo. He told the audience, “We think Animal is going to be our fist single, but our manager (Dan Catullo, of Orange County production powerhouse DC3 Music/City Drive Entertainment) asked us not to confirm that.” Regardless, our money’s on Animal—it’s a self-effacing excuse for love and lust, delivered with Ryan and Heath’s guitars over urgent, insistent, almost drill-cadence harmonies.
Heath and Ryan trade lead and rhythm guitar duties effortlessly, going back and forth between parts without looking at each other. Heath wields a well-worn Telecaster, showing years of love and long use along with that very sweet, country punk-tinged sound; he expands on its single pickup design and sound with an array of pedals and effects at his feet that makes the gear lovers in the audience crane their necks over the monitors to look at it.
Ryan, Island Apollo’s newly appointed lead vocalist, croons a fine tenor over his Stratocaster, fixing his gaze on the audience as he works through the tunes. Their intention was to have Ryan handle all the singing—thinking perhaps their four-part harmonies as the Bolts too lightweight—but they simply can’t help harmonizing, and you can tell they clearly relish singing together. Each song’s chorus is fist-to-the gut punchy. They pack a pop and a wallop. This is especially evident on the tunes Phoenix and Animal.
Between them is Addam, alternately strumming and plucking his bass—just like the guitarists on either side of them. Twice during the residency, he sported a black t-shirt with dinosaurs on it, and the irony wasn’t lost on fans of Animal.
Habitual starts with a looser, free-form instrumental intro reminiscent of The War on Drugs—but again, tantalizingly brief. In Meaning of Love, the guys sing, “You build me up/And break me down/That’s the meaning of love/That’s the meaning of love.” It is then that you realize: these guys are not punks; they really are a bunch of Orange County lads, tanned, fresh-faced, and very outgoing. They want us to like them, and y’know what? We do. The band reads the audience well and knows that they won’t win us over if they sing at us to fuck off. It’s refreshingly…fresh. At each week of the residency, a tanned, teeming crowd of young ladies in the audience undoubtedly seemed to agree.
Believer is as close as these guys come to down-tempo in the Silverlake sets, a minor-key anthem driven by Austin’s low-key keys, his extensive rig anchored by a Yamaha electric piano. In I Don’t Need Your Kind of Love, they build guitar energy with staccato guitar riffs around their vocal, ensemble playing holding Champagne’s drums in check, concluding with soulful, tight harmonies on Think it Over, their last number.
Heath explains their carefully constructed set after the show. “We believe that every song should flow naturally and that every detail should serve an artistic purpose. We added tempo changes where it made sense, and explored varying chord progressions.” As you watch his fingers fly up and down the fret board, you realize he’s taking his own advice well.
Island Apollo’s next gig is Thursday, August 14 at a new venue downtown: Downstairs at Fifty Seven, located at 712 S Santa Fe Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90021
So with a nostalgic look back at their history as the Bolts, Island Apollo is poised to rise above the ocean floor and reach for the stars.
Island Apollo’s new social network links: