HOUSTON OPEN AIR BAND PERFORMANCE TIMES, PRE-PARTY & AFTERPARTIES ANNOUNCED

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HOUSTON OPEN AIR

BAND PERFORMANCE TIMES, PRE-PARTY & AFTERPARTIES ANNOUNCED

FOR SEPTEMBER 24 & 25 FESTIVAL

AT NRG PARK IN HOUSTON

THE BIGGEST ROCK EXPERIENCE IN TEXAS

FEATURES OVER 35 BANDS

LED BY AVENGED SEVENFOLD AND ALICE IN CHAINS

PLUS DEFTONES, CHEVELLE, SLAYER AND MANY MORE

Band performance times have been announced for the debut of Houston Open Air on Saturday,September 24 and Sunday, September 25 at Houston’s NRG Park.

Houston Open Air boasts a lineup of over 35 bands on three stages, led by rock heavyweights Avenged Sevenfold and Alice In Chains, along withDeftones, Chevelle, Slayer and many more. Texas’s biggest rock experience also features the celebrated Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Whiskey Row, and a Texas-sized Gourmet Man Food experience, which will highlight Houston’s emergence as a great American food city — including theTacolandia Mexican food village, with some of Houston’s top Tex-Mex spots, presented by the Houston Press and Tabasco.

Weekend General Admission and VIP tickets—as well as a limited number of single day tickets—for Houston Open Air are available atwww.HoustonOpenAir.com.

Danny Wimmer Presents / Houston Open Air have partnered with Third String Productions, founders of the So What?! Music Festival and Dirt Bar, to present the official Houston Open Air Kickoff Party on Friday, September 23, along with afterparties on Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25. All three events will be held at Dirt Bar (1209 Caroline Street in Houston) and will feature an array of special guest DJs and appearances from select Houston Open Air artists. These events are 21+ and are free to anyone on a first come first served basis, as space is limited. Doors open at 9:00 PM each night. Stay tuned to www.HoustonOpenAir.com for announcements of artist appearances, DJ sets and other surprises!

The current Houston Open Air performance times (subject to change) are as follows:

Saturday, September 24

 

 

Monster Energy Discovery Stage

Bud Light Endeavor Stage

9:50 PM

Alice In Chains

8:45 PM

Slayer

7:50 PM

The Cult

6:05 PM

Ministry

5:15 PM

Alter Bridge

4:25 PM

Anthrax

3:50 PM

Texas Hippie Coalition

3:15 PM

Sevendust

2:40 PM

Sick Puppies

2:05 PM

Max & Iggor Cavalera Return To Roots

1:30 PM

Sons of Texas

12:55 PM

Gemini Syndrome

12:20 PM

The Word Alive

 

Jack Daniel’s Atlantis Stage

 

 

6:55 PM

Chevy Metal

5:45 PM

Buckcherry

3:55 PM

Jim Breuer and the Loud & Rowdy

2:05 PM

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12:50 PM

Dinosaur Pile-Up

11:45 AM

To Whom It May(ReverbNation BOTB winner)

Sunday, September 25

 

 

Monster Energy Discovery Stage

Bud Light Endeavor Stage

8:40 PM

Avenged Sevenfold

7:45 PM

Deftones

6:50 PM

Chevelle

5:55 PM

Pierce The Veil

4:40 PM

Baroness

3:55 PM

Ghost

3:15 PM

Of Mice & Men

2:35 PM

Hellyeah

2:00 PM

Avatar

1:25 PM

Young Guns

12:50 PM

Starset

12:15 PM

Skindred

11:40 AM

Twelve Foot Ninja

 

Jack Daniel’s Atlantis Stage

 

 

5:15 PM

Nothing More

4:10 PM

The Amity Affliction

2:50 PM

Neck Deep

1:20 PM

KYNG

12:20 PM

Mothership

11:15 AM

September Mourning

Doors open at 11:00 AM each day.

Hotel discounts for Houston Open Air are available through Curadora at: https://curadora.com/events/houston-open-air-2016-219baf2a/. For full details about all tickets, hotel and VIP packages, visit www.HoustonOpenAir.com.

 

As previously announced, a portion of the proceeds from all Houston Open Air tickets sold will benefit the Greater Houston Storm Relief Fund. TheGreater Houston Storm Relief Fund was established by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner to accept flood relief donations that will stay in the Houston community and aid the victims of the recent storms. To donate or learn more, visit www.houstonrecovers.org.

Houston Open Air is produced by Danny Wimmer Presents, a producer of some of the biggest rock festivals in America, including LOUDER THAN LIFE, Chicago Open Air, Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville, Monster Energy Fort Rock, Monster Energy AFTERSHOCK, Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion, Northern Invasion, Monster Energy Rock Allegiance, Rock On The Range and more.

Houston Open Air sponsors include: Monster Energy, Bud Light, Jack Daniel’s, El Jimador, Fxck Cancer’s Dyin2Live, NRG Park and SoHo Concessions, and more.

NRG Park, home of the NFL’s Houston Texans and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, is located at One NRG Park in Houston, TX.

For more information on Houston Open Air, visit:

Website: www.HoustonOpenAir.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/HouOpenAir

Facebook: www.facebook.com/houstonopenair

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SLAYER: AND THEN THERE WERE THREE….. “PRIDE IN PREJUDICE”

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AND THEN THERE WERE THREE…..
“PRIDE IN PREJUDICE”

COMPLETES THE BRUTAL REPENTLESS VIDEO TRILOGY
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LOS ANGELES, CA – Tuesday, September 6, 2016 — A convicted prisoner on death row…a cookie-cutter, white-bread family unit putting up the Christmas decorations… two worlds, lightness and darkness colliding…white supremacists…ruthless murders…SLAYER”s “Pride in Prejudice” music video.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eF5iMLldBzE

Directed by BJ McDonnell
Produced by Felissa Rose
Edited by Ed Marx and Andrea Porter
Director of Photography – Eric Leach
Jason Trost (“Hatchet III“) – Wyatt
Danny Trejo (“Machete,” “From Dusk Til Dawn“)
Bill Moseley – the Dad (“House of 1000 Corpses,” “The Devil’s Rejects“)
Caroline Williams – the Mom  (“Sharknado 4The 4th Awakens”, “Hatchett III“)
Richard Speight, Jr. – returning as the ultimate Bad Guy  (“CSI,” “Jericho,” “Supernatural”)
Filmed during the winter of 2016 in the mountains of Wrightwood, CA

“I’m particularly excited about this third video,” said McDonnell, “because we played with stylistic differences with the trilogy. Where one video plays like an action film, this third one is more of a dramatic piece. The final story takes us into a world that is especially sinister in tone, with the dark and the light colliding. The conclusion is visually cinematic and harsh, with SLAYER conducting us through it all with ‘Pride In Prejudice.'”

“It was a pleasure working with BJ on this project,” said SLAYER”s Kerry King. “SLAYER is notorious for letting the artist be the artist, the producer be the producer, and the director be the director, etc. By doing this we get a completely unique perspective that never really strays far from our own. Get ready for video three.  It’s my favorite!!”

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SLAYER AND THE “REPENTLESS” VIDEO TRILOGY

With the premiere of “Pride in Prejudice,” SLAYER completes the Repentless music video trilogy.

The first video, “Repentless,” was released 9/11/15 and has accumulated nearly 9.8 million views to date.  It introduced us to Wyatt, the eyepatched rebel inmate (Jason Trost/”Hatchet III“), and a host of nefarious prisoners played by some of today’s most iconic horror film actors including Danny Trejo/”Machete,” “From Dusk Till Dawn“, Tony Moran/”Halloween’sMichael Myers, “American Poltergeist“, Derek Mears/”Predators,” “Friday the 13th“, Tyler Mane/”Halloween“/ Sean Whalen/”Men In Black,” “Halloween II”), and Vernon Wells/”Mad Max 2,” “Commando,” “Weird Science“).  “Repentless” was shot at the Sybil Brand Institute in East Los Angeles and has Slayer performing the song in the prison yard while a riot breaks out, blood flowing in abundance, inmates and prison guards brutally slaughtered.

From the very first frame, “You Against You,” the gore, the violence, the carnage begins and just never ends. While the second video in the trilogy, it is the prequel to “Repentless,” telling the story of the circumstances that led toWyatt‘s erroneous arrest and imprisonment. SLAYER‘s performance for “You Against You” was shot at a graveyard of jets, airliners and helicopters in California’s Mojave Desert. “You Against You” premiered 3/16/16 and has accumulated more than 4.6 million YouTube views.

The “Repentless” video trilogy was conceived and directed by BJ McDonnell who directed the 2013 horror film “Hatchett III.”  His rich resume as a motion picture cameraman includes “Jack Reacher,” “Tomorrowland” and “The Interview,” and just wrapped filming for the upcoming “Annabelle 2.”

In September 2015, SLAYER released Repentless, the band’s 12th studio album, the first without founding member Jeff Hanneman and first with producer Terry Date, to widespread rave reviews and the highest chart debut of the band’s career.  The band – Tom Araya/vocals & bass, Kerry King/guitars, Paul Bostaph/drums andEXODUS/SLAYER touring guitarist Gary Holt – has toured near-non-stop since the album’s release, and heads out on the road starting September 9 with a seven-week North American trek. This fall, Dark Horse Comics will publish a three-issue comic book series based on McDonnell‘s original concept for the “Repentless” video trilogy and written by Jon Schnepp. In addition, October will see the release of SLAYER‘s “Cradle To Grave” BMX Bikes/Subrosa four-bike collection.  Comprised of the SLAYER Balance, SLAYER 20, SLAYER 26 and theSLAYER Urban Terrain Bike, all are intended for BMX riders to “use and abuse.”

First video of the Trilogy

Second video of the Trilogy

AEG LIVE ANNOUNCES ANOTHER NEW HARD ROCK FESTIVAL: TEXAS MUTINY

AEG LIVE ANNOUNCES ANOTHER NEW HARD ROCK FESTIVAL:

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TEXAS MUTINY
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
AT PETTY PLACE AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY IN DFW

FEATURING OVER 12 HOURS OF NONSTOP ROCK
FROM AVENGED SEVENFOLD, DEFTONES, CHEVELLE,
PIERCE THE VEIL, HELLYEAH, OF MICE & MEN AND MORE

SPECIALLY PRICED PRESALE TICKETS AVAILABLE
WEDNESDAY, MAY 4 THROUGH FRIDAY, MAY 6

AEG Live–producers of many of the most compelling rock festivals in the U.S., including Rock On The Range, Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion, Rocklahoma and River City Rockfest–have announced the first annual Texas Mutiny festival, to be held Saturday, September 24 on the outer grounds at Texas Motor Speedway in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX.

The newest rock and camping festival to hit the Lone Star State promises a day of absolute music mutiny with over 12 hours of nonstop music on three stages from Avenged Sevenfold, Deftones, Chevelle, Pierce The Veil, Hellyeah, Of Mice & Men, Ghost, Candlebox, Nothing More, Starset, The Amity Affliction, Skindred, KYNG, Neck Deep, Shaman’s Harvest, Avatar, Twelve Foot Ninja, September Mourning, and more.

“Considering the ongoing success we’ve had in Dallas for years with Edgefest and the new success story this year with Off The Rails, the DFW market is one that is primed and ready for a top-notch hard rock festival,” commented Joe Litvag, Executive Producer of Texas Mutiny for AEG Live. “We’re taking successful components from several of our other similar rock festivals to create an experience for music fans that is uniquely Texas. Our hope is that this is the first step toward establishing a long legacy that rock artists and rock fans in the Lone Star State can call their own!”

“AEG Live is one of the premier producers of rock festivals in the U.S., and we’re pleased to partner with them on one that reaches the hard rock audience,” Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage said. “Charlotte Motor Speedway, our sister venue in the Speedway Motorsports, Inc. family, has partnered with AEG Live for the Carolina Rebellion music festival since 2013 and we’re looking forward to hosting an equally successful event in the inaugural Texas Mutiny.”

Specially priced Texas Mutiny presale General Admission and VIP tickets will be available from Wednesday, May 4 at 10:00 AM CDT through Friday, May 6 at 9:59 AM CDT at www.TexasMutiny.com. Visit the Texas Mutiny social media pages for a password to purchase presale tickets. Fans are encouraged to buy early and save, since ticket prices will increase at the public on-sale on Friday, May 6 at 10:00 AM CDT.

Presale ticket prices are as follows (plus fees):
General Admission: $59.50
VIP: $159.50
GA Ticket 4-Pack: $198

At the public on-sale on May 6, tickets will be priced as follows (plus fees):
General Admission: $79.50
VIP: $179.50
GA Ticket 4-Pack: $258

Hotel and Camping Packages will also be available for purchase starting May 4. Hotel packages will include accommodations close to the festival grounds and are available for 2 or 4 people. All hotel packages include a $25 merch voucher, VIP lounge access, and commemorative poster.

Camping packages are available as Basic Tent, Basic RV or Full RV Hookup for Friday and Saturday nights. VIP Camping packages include: Groupie (tent camping with $25 merch voucher, VIP lounge access, commemorative poster), Roadie (RV camping with hookup, $25 merch voucher, VIP lounge access, commemorative poster) and Rock Star (RV provided with full hookup, $250 rider, $25 merch voucher, VIP lounge access, commemorative poster).

A limited number of discounted Ticket 4-Packs will also be available for active military through Texas Mutiny partner GovX (www.govx.com).

Texas Mutiny is produced by AEG Live, the live-entertainment division of Los Angeles-based AEG, which is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance. AEG Live is comprised of touring, festival, broadcast, merchandise and special event divisions, fifteen regional offices, and owns, operates or exclusively books thirty-five state-of-the-art venues.

For directions and more information on Texas Motor Speedway, visit www.TexasMotorSpeedway.com.

Website: www.TexasMutiny.com
Facebook: @TexasMutiny
Twitter: @TexasMutiny
Instagram: @Texas Mutiny
Hashtag: #TexasMutiny

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HOUSTON OPEN AIR-REVERBNATION BATTLE OF THE BANDS AND ONSITE EXPERIENCES ANNOUNCED

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REVERBNATION ONLINE BATTLE OF THE BANDS AND
ADDITIONAL ONSITE EXPERIENCES ANNOUNCED FOR
SEPTEMBER 24 & 25 FESTIVAL AT NRG PARK IN HOUSTON, TX

THE BIGGEST ROCK EXPERIENCE IN TEXAS
FEATURES OVER 35 BANDS
LED BY AVENGED SEVENFOLD AND ALICE IN CHAINS
PLUS DEFTONES, CHEVELLE, SLAYER AND MANY MORE

More details have been announced for the first-ever Houston Open Air, to be held Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25, 2016 at NRG Park in Houston. Texas’s biggest rock experience will feature performances from over 35 bands, including Avenged Sevenfold, Alice In Chains, Deftones, Chevelle, Slayer and many more.

One lucky unsigned band will have the chance to perform at Houston Open Air through the ReverbNation online battle of the bands. For details, visit:
www.reverbnation.com/submission/details?campaign_id=11001&in_preview_mode=true&show_s1=true&submission_intended_action=create_cpo_submission.

In addition to three stages of top rock bands, Bud Light joins Houston Open Air as the official beer of the festival. Houston Open Air features the celebrated Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Whiskey Row, and a Texas-sized Gourmet Man Food experience, which will highlight Houston’s emergence as a great American food city, and include the Tacolandia Mexican food village with some of Houston’s top Tex-Mex spots.

Weekend, single-day and VIP tickets for Houston Open Air are on sale now at www.HoustonOpenAir.com.

Here’s a preliminary list of Houston Open Air onsite experiences, including Gourmet Man Food and craft beer, as well as nonprofit organizations with a presence at the festival:

Gourmet Man Food: Gourmet Man Food (“GMF”) has been part of American culture since pioneers started experimenting with their cowboy menus to “kick things up a notch.” Since then, it’s become a phenomenon of artistically created, statement-making food, served in large portions with a powerful presentation. It is a unique twist to foods you know mixed with flavors you don’t expect. Gourmet Man Food is not small portions on sparse plates, it’s not pretentious, not for the faint of heart, not for a day you are counting calories, and, it’s not just for men.

Houston Open Air will feature food from several Houston favorites, with additional vendors from around the country. Along with its general admission and VIP Gourmet Man Food selections, Houston Open Air will also feature a local Tex-Mex showcase at Tacolandia presented by the Houston Press and Tabasco. Visit http://houstonopenair.com/gourmet-man-food/ and http://houstonopenair.com/tacolandia/ for the list of food vendors and menu items.

Bud Light: America, they say we’re a nation divided. They say we disagree on everything, but they’re wrong. We agree on a lot: liberty, justice, ROCK MUSIC, and beer. Nothing brings America together like Bud Light and nothing brings rock fans together like Houston Open Air. That’s why we’ve formed the Bud Light Party – a party for everyone. We are the fake political party America needs right now and we’re stopping by Houston Open Air to supply ice cold beer all weekend long. Because no matter where we stand on the issues, we all sit on the bar stools with our hands raised in the air listening to our favorite rock bands. America has seen the light, and there’s a Bud in front of it.
Facebook: facebook.com/budlight
Instagram: @budlight
#budlightparty

Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Whiskey Row: Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Whiskey Row will feature the following brands: Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel, Tennessee Fire, Tennessee Honey, Woodford Reserve, and Old Forester. The Jack Daniel’s Experience “Taste of Tennessee” invites visitors to come out and tour the nation’s oldest registered distillery from outside the Jack Daniel’s Hollow. Visitors get to see (and smell) whiskey dripping slowly through charcoal and the new oak barrels used in maturing Tennessee’s finest whiskey. The Jack Daniel’s Experience is open to all fans, 21 years old and up, for tours free of charge. Stop by the Jack Daniel’s Experience for interactive engagements throughout the weekend.
Facebook: facebook.com/jackdaniels
Instagram: @jackdaniels_us
#jackdaniels #BornToMakeWhiskey

Monster Energy Experience/Sampling: Monster Energy will be keeping all fans fueled up and ready to rock by offering free sampling on their Monster Energy viewing deck. Enjoy Monster Energy drinks from one of the best seats in the house. Make sure to check back throughout the festival for a schedule of Monster Energy’s interactive artist experiences.
Facebook: facebook.com/monsterenergy
#monsterenergy #monstermusic

Dyin 2 Live / Fxck Cancer: The F C Cancer Foundation’s mission is to fight cancer by raising awareness and to educate about early cancer detection, ultimately putting an end to late stage cancer diagnosis. The Dyin 2 Live wish granting program looks to enrich the lives of those fighting cancer by offering them an experience that will bring joy, hope, inspiration, and courage into their lives. In doing this, the program hopes it can help give the cancer fighter a chance to forget, even if it’s only for a day, what they are battling. The hope is that it can be used as a source of inspiration to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour.
www.FxckCancer.org
www.makingdreamshappen.org
www.Dyin2Live.org
Facebook: facebook.com/Dyin2LiveDREAMS or facebook.com/FxckCancerUSA
Instagram: @FxckCancer and @Dyin2LiveDreams

ReverbNation Contest: Houston Open Air and the curation team at ReverbNation will work closely together to select one ReverbNation Artist to perform at this year’s festival. The chosen artist will perform at Texas’ biggest rock experience alongside Avenged Sevenfold, Alice In Chains, Slayer, Deftones, and more. Head to www.reverbnation.com/submission/details?campaign_id=11001&in_preview_mode=true&show_s1=true&submission_intended_action=create_cpo_submission for contest rules and more details.

Hotel discounts for Houston Open Air are available through Curadora at: https://curadora.com/events/houston-open-air-2016-219baf2a/. For full details about all tickets, hotel and VIP packages, visit www.HoustonOpenAir.com.

Sharethebus: Sharethebus is the fun and easy way to get to Houston Open Air. Shuttles and buses from Pearland, Sugarland, and the University of Texas starting at $10.00 for a round trip pass. Purchase your bus passes here:
https://www.sharethebus.com/events/houstonopenair?outgoingCity=Sugar%20Land%20-%20Sugar%20Land%20Business%20Park&tripType=roundtrip
Sharethebus was founded by two individuals from Montreal named Wolf and Kyle. They were fed up with how hard it is to rent a charter bus, and wanted a better way to travel together. In 2014 they started Sharethebus and quickly realized that what they’re offering is something that a lot of people want. Today, Sharethebus is a growing team of travel experts, developers, and rock stars who are building the best way for you and all your friends to go where you want, when you want, all while having a blast.

As previously announced, a portion of the proceeds from all Houston Open Air tickets sold will benefit the Greater Houston Storm Relief Fund. The Greater Houston Storm Relief Fund was established by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner to accept flood relief donations that will stay in the Houston community and aid the victims of the recent storms. To donate or learn more, visit www.houstonrecovers.org.

Houston Open Air is produced by Danny Wimmer Presents, a producer of some of the biggest rock festivals in America, including LOUDER THAN LIFE, Chicago Open Air, Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville, Monster Energy Fort Rock, Monster Energy AFTERSHOCK, Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion, Northern Invasion, Monster Energy Rock Allegiance, Rock On The Range and more.

Houston Open Air sponsors include: Monster Energy, Jack Daniel’s, El Jimador, Fxck Cancer’s Dyin2Live, NRG Park and SoHo Concessions, with more to be announced.

NRG Park, home of the NFL’s Houston Texans and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, is located at One NRG Park in Houston, TX.

For more information on Houston Open Air, visit:

Website: www.HoustonOpenAir.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/HouOpenAir
Facebook: www.facebook.com/houstonopenair
Instagram: www.instagram.com/houopenair

About Danny Wimmer Presents: Since 1993, music industry veteran Danny Wimmer has been producing concerts and festivals, both large and small. In 2011, he formed Danny Wimmer Presents, which now produces several of the largest rock and alternative festivals in the U.S. By combining A-list talent with local cuisine and culture, DWP has become recognized within the industry for delivering the highest-quality entertainment experiences to fans, artists, sponsors, partners and host cities. DWP creates memorable and all-encompassing festival experiences, leaving both consumers and partners with lasting and meaningful impressions. With 580,000 fans attending all DWP festivals in 2015, and 10 billion media impressions, DWP will continue to add new music festivals to its already stellar portfolio, which includes Rock On The Range, Monster Energy Aftershock Festival, Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville, Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion, Louder Than Life, and Monster Energy Rock Allegiance, among others.
www.DannyWimmerPresents.com

About NRG Park: NRG Park is the premier and most-versatile tradeshow, consumer show, convention and sports and entertainment complex in Harris County, specifically near the cultural center and urban hub of Houston, Texas. The 350-acre complex with 26,000 parking spaces is uniquely comprised of four facilities: NRG Center, NRG Arena, NRG Stadium and NRG Astrodome where adaptability, hospitality and distinct service all meet to provide a world-class experience. The uniqueness of NRG Park is apparent in the flexibility of its facilities, each offering the opportunity to host large exhibitions, concerts, sporting events, conventions and meetings. NRG Stadium is home to both the Houston Texans and the world-famous Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. NRG Center offers 1.4 million square feet of exhibit and meeting space, as well as, being fully wired to accommodate networking needs of our clients. NRG Arena’s versatile seating configurations and adjacent exhibit space comfortably accommodate mid-scale events. And then there’s NRG Astrodome, an iconic structure that served many sports and entertainment performances for nearly forty years. At NRG Park, education, entertainment, trade, commerce and competition all come together in one vibrant and energizing environment. Couple this with our professional staff dedicated to achieving the highest levels of customer and guest satisfaction and you’ll clearly understand why NRG Park is a leader in the event industry.
http://nrgpark.com
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Lemmy Statue unveil at the Rainbow

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“FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK: The story of Rodrigo y Gabriela”

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A few months ago, I had the honor of being invited to the premiere of “FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK: The story of Rodrigo y Gabriela” during the Hola Mexico Film Festival by its director, founder and good friend, Samuel Douek (who happens to be a fellow metal fan)


The festival runs for about 10 days and is hosted at Regal Cinemas/LA Live complex in Downtown LA. A few members of our magazine were present at the premiere of the movie and were able to chat with music journalist and movie director, Alejandro Franco which was also followed by a Q&A.

Rockers, Mom’s, dads and music lovers all around were present, although many had never heard the name of the duo, they were just present for the love to the 7th art. After the movie, we interviewed a few attendees and all were very pleased with the story told, despite not being rock music fans.

FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK: The story of Rodrigo y Gabriela is a documentary about the “Cinderella Story” as many have described it. It depicts how two “unsuccessful” metal musicians just drop everything, pack their bags and search for new opportunities in… *drum roll” Europe! With (literally) only their dreams and guitars at hand, through busking busking on the streets, lots of effort and a hint of “luck”, this guitar duo made it big by rocking their acoustic guitars first on the streets followed by massive concerts and venues such as the Glasgow Festival and more recently here in LA on August 14th at the Hollywood Bowl, yeah, “the bowl” as many of us call it. Not bad for a pair of “unknowns” right?

The story of Rodrigo y Gabriela is compelling and inspirational. It resonates with all those of us in the music community that strive everyday to master our craft and create art that has taken sweat, tears and even blood to share with the world to enjoy. If you are not inspired to keep chasing your dreams and taking risks to make them happen after watching this film, you may not be of our human kind.

Opening today, August 22nd 2016, in 50 movie theaters in Mexico, we hope to see this documentary make its way to a few US theaters as well. You can also visit FTATRmovie.com for more info and social media links.
Words and Interview by photojournalist Enrique Nunez

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OZZFEST MEETS KNOTFEST ONE DAY $20 GA SALES!

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HONOR HISTORIC MOMENTS WITH
ONE DAY SALES:
SATURDAY, AUGUST 20 (OZZFEST)
AND FRIDAY, AUGUST 26 (KNOTFEST)
OZZFEST TO CELEBRATE 20TH ANNIVERSARY
WITH $20 GA TICKET FOR
OZZFEST (SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24)
SLIPKNOT CELEBRATE THE 15TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE RELEASE OF THEIR GROUNDBREAKING
‘IOWA’ ALBUM WITH $15 GA TICKET FOR
KNOTFEST (SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25)
OZZFEST MEETS KNOTFEST–the biggest metal festival in North America EVER–will celebrate two historic moments in the festival headliners’ careers with one-day sales on Saturday, August 20 (Ozzfest) and Friday, August 26 (Knotfest).
 
First up, this Saturday, August 20, for 20 hours (from 4:00 AM-12 midnight, PT), a single day GA OZZFEST ticket will be available for $20 in honor of the festival’s 20th anniversary.  Created as a two-day event in 1996 by Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, OZZFEST was the first national music festival of its kind dedicated to hard rock music and breaking new artists.  In the years that followed, it became one of the most successful touring packages in music history.
“It’s just unbelievable to me that it’s been 20 years since the first Ozzfest,” says Ozzy Osbourne. “We’re really looking forward to bringing Ozzfest back to its birthplace in San Bernardino.”
 
And…to honor the 15th anniversary of the release of Slipknot‘s Grammy-nominated and critically acclaimed album IOWA, KNOTFEST is offering a special $15 GA Ticket for 15 hours on Friday, August 26.  The special $15 (plus fees) for 15 hours–which celebrates the album Rolling Stone said makes “nearly everything else in modern doom rock sounds banal'”–will take place Friday August 26th from 9:00 AM-11:59PM (PT).
 
The Live Nation-produced OZZFEST MEETS KNOTFEST is set for Saturday, September 24 (OZZFEST) and Sunday, September 25 (KNOTFEST) at San Manuel Amphitheater and Festival Grounds in San Bernardino, CA.  Updated line-ups for OZZFEST MEETS KNOTFEST, along with details on all ticketing and camping options can be found at OZZFEST.COM and KNOTFEST.COM.

DEATH ANGEL: Bay Area Thrash Icons To Kick Off North American Tour With Slayer And Anthrax + Headlining Dates Announced

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Bay Area Thrash icons DEATH ANGEL will kick off an epic run of live dates this Fall supporting Slayer and Anthrax. Set to commence on September 4th and run through October 30th, the tour will ravage over three dozen cities and includes a glut of headlining shows scattered throughout the trek.
Comments vocalist Mark Osegueda, “I can honestly say this is the most excited, anxious, and yet focused DEATH ANGEL has ever been about any tour in the band’s entire history. Slayer, Anthrax, and Death Angel! What an amazing bill for metal fans! We also have the extreme pleasure of doing shows supporting Anthrax on this run as well. But what will bring us the most excitement is the bond we have with all the hardcore DEATH ANGEL fans out there and we look forward to solidifying that bond with all the headlining shows we have on this run. We have new songs! We are focused, well-rehearsed, and anxious to deliver a lethal performance every night we step on that stage. Thank you once again for giving us the opportunity to do so.”
DEATH ANGEL w/ Slayer, Anthrax:
9/04/2016 Gallup Community Center – Gallup, NM **
9/05/2016 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM **
9/06/2016 89th Street Collective – Oklahoma City, OK **
9/08/2016 Trixie’s Entertainment Complex – Louisville, KY **
9/09/2016 Jacob’s Pavilion – Cleveland, OH
9/10/2016 Freedom Hill Amphitheatre – Detroit, MI
9/11/2016 Streeters Ground Zero – Traverse City, MI #
9/12/2016 Sound Academy – Toronto, ON
9/13/2016 Metropolis – Montreal, QC
9/15/2016 Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA
9/16/2016 Anthology – Rochester, NY (Anthrax, DEATH ANGEL, Avatar)
9/17/2016 The Chance – Pougheepsie, NY **
9/18/2016 Rock Allegiance – Chester, PA
9/20/2016 Egyptian Room – Indianapolis, IN
9/21/2016 Conchord Music Hall – Chicago, IL #
9/22/2016 The Pageant – St. Louis, MO
9/23/2016 Riverside Warehouse – Shreveport, LA #
9/25/2016 1904 Music Hall – Jacksonville, FL **
9/27/2016 Hard Rock Live – Orlando, FL
9/28/2016 Fillmore – Miami, FL
9/29/2016 Club LA – Destin FL #
9/30/2016 Horseshoe Casino Tunica – Tunica, MS
10/01/2016 The Warehouse – Clarksville, TN **
10/03/2016 Norva – Norfolk, VA
10/04/2016 The Orange Peel – Danville, VA (Anthrax, DEATH ANGEL, Avatar)
10/05/2016 Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA
10/06/2016 Varsity Theater – Baton Rouge, LA **
10/07/2016 Gas Monkey Live – Dallas, TX
10/08/2016 ACL at the Moody Theatre – Austin, TX
10/10/2016 Fillmore – Denver, CO
10/11/2016 The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
10/13/2016 The Wilma Theatre – Missoula, MT
10/14/2016 Hitt Event Center – Idaho Falls, ID #
10/15/2016 Revolution Concert House – Garden City, ID #
10/16/2016 Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA #
10/17/2016 ENMAX Center –  Lethbridge, AB
10/19/2016 South Okanagan Events Centre –  Penticton, BC
10/20/2016 Abbotsford Centre – Abbotsford, BC
10/21/2016 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR #
10/22/2016 Gibson Ranch/Aftershock – Elverta, CA **
10/23/2016 Reno Events Center – Reno, NV
10/24/2016 LVCS – Las Vegas, NB **
10/25/2016 Orpheum Theater – Flagstaff, AZ #
10/26/2016 Top Deck – Farmington, NM #
10/27/2016 El Paso County Coliseum – El Paso, TX
10/28/2016 Club Red – Mesa, AZ **
10/29/2016 Whiskey A Go Go – Hollywood, CA **
10/30/2016 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA **
** DEATH ANGEL only
# Anthrax, DEATH ANGEL only
DEATH ANGEL will be touring in support of their newest full-length The Evil Divide, released earlier this
Spring via Nuclear Blast Records. The Evil Divide was once again recorded at AudioHammer studios in Sanford, Florida with producer Jason Suecof (Trivium, Deicide), who previously worked on 2010’sRelentless Retribution and 2013’s The Dream Calls For Blood. Mastering duties were handled by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound in New York City.
Three decades into their celebrated career, DEATH ANGEL remains as hungry as ever. As a result, uncompromising urgency and unpredictability drive The Evil Divide. The group — vocalist Mark Osegueda, lead guitarist Rob Cavestany, guitarist Ted Aguilar, drummer Will Carroll, and bassistDamien Sisson — satiate the appetite for buzzsaw speed riffs, double bass mayhem, and scorching vocals over the course of ten new anthems.The Evil Divide stands out as the culmination of thirty-plus years of music for DEATH ANGEL. It kicked off with legendary debut, The Ultra-Violence, in 1987. The classic Frolic Through The Parkbegan to cement their legacy and even earned the distinction of landing on Loudwire’s list of the “Top Ten Thrash Albums NOT Released By The Big 4.” The group broke up following 1990’s Act III only to reunite in 2004 on Art Of Dying for the next generation.

In 2008, DEATH ANGEL teamed with producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Alice In Chains, Rush, Mastodon) for Killing Season recorded at Dave Grohl’s Studio 606. In 2010, Relentless Retribution boasted a cameo from virtuosos Rodrigo y Gabriela, while 2013’s The Dream Calls For Blood bowed at #72 on the Billboard Top 200, selling 5,400 copies first-week and earning the group’s first-ever entry onto that respective chart.

For live coverage inquiries contact liz@earsplitcompound.com.

VYCES featuring former members of BREAKING BENJAMIN, HEART-SET SELF DESTRUCT and THROWN INTO EXILE Premiere Their Video For “DEVIL” on VEVO Today!

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Los Angeles, California Independent Hard Rock BandVYCES premiered their video for their single “DEVIL” from the band’s upcoming debut EP due out this October that was produced by Augustus Cryns(Stitched Up Heart, XO Stereo, The Dead Rabbits and Westfield Massacre) today on VEVO!

The video can be seen here:http://vevo.ly/DhCl3t

The song can be purchased here:http://itunes.apple.com/album/id1140636283?ls=1&app=itunes

The video was shot at Tiger Lab Studios in Van Nuys, California.

“The Devil video is an illustration of the conceptualized idea of who we are. Ron Underwood captured our vision and took it to a cinematic scope. It is the beginning of what’s to come.” -VYCES

“I was really excited to work with VYCES. Their ideas took me into a whole new world of special effects. We had such a blast.” – Ron Underwood/9Electric/Director

Cameos in the video were provided by: Joey Jane (Vattica) and Zachary Erfort

The band will be announcing an October tour soon!

VYCES is:

Dave Naruszewicz – Vocals
Evan Seidlitz – Vocals/Keyboards
Shawn Patterson – Guitar
Mark James Klepaski – Bass
Russell Ray – Drums

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About VYCES:
In the summer of 2014, frontman and guitarist, Dave Naruszewicz was looking to work on a new project following the disbandment of Chicago-based group, Heart-Set Self Destruct. After recording 2 full length records, releasing a single to active rock radio which charted at #1 on Music Choice Network, and years of touring North America with such bands as Volbeat, Hellyeah, and Filter it was time for change.
Looking to feed his passion as an artist, Dave spent time working with other musicians in the Chicago music scene but didn’t find what he was looking for. Not deterred, Dave reached out to longtime friend and fellow musician/drummer, Russell Ray. Russ (formerly of Old Fashioned Beatdown) also co-wrote and recorded drums for Wind-Up Records recording artist Megan
McCauley.
Dave began flying to Los Angeles from Chicago twice a month, working with Russ to build something new, original and undeniable. Russ then reached out to former bandmate and guitarist Shawn Patterson (formerly Old Fashioned Beatdown and Phantom Communique). The three began writing, recording, and sharing demos that would eventually become the foundation
of VYCES. After a few trips to L.A., they entered the studio with producer Augustus Cryns (Stitched Up Heart, XO Stereo, The Dead Rabbits and Westfield Massacre).
One year later, the band completed 14 songs that established the raw sound, power, and a vision that is VYCES. The band has been compared to such artists as Chevelle, Killswitch Engage and Breaking Benjamin, sonically creating a dark blend of active rock and metal. Dave describes the soul of the songs as “exploring the darker side of human emotion and behavior. It’s something everyone can relate to because everyone has experienced some form of hurt, betrayal, weakness, hate, addiction and/or lack of acceptance. It’s also the fuel that drives us to be stronger, get better and overcome the flaws we’ve built in our minds.”

The founding members of the band felt it was time to release their music and tour, so they began their hunt for members to fill out the lineup and become part of the family. Evan Seidlitz, (former singer of Thrown Into Exile and Grimace), longtime friend of Dave and Russ, was asked to join the band. Evan toured on The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival in 2013 with Thrown Into Exile, promoting their single, “Not Alone” which was featured on Sirius XM’s Liquid Metal. Evan also performed several guest spots with Grimace when they played the house band for Comedy Central’s Tosh.0. Evan, being a singer and frontman himself, brought a new dimension of aggressive and melodic vocals to round out the band’s live performance, as well
as adding keys and synths to fill out the sound. The band soon began auditioning other musicians in search of a bass player. Evan brought in bassist Mark James Klepaski (formerly of Breaking Benjamin). Mark earned platinum and gold records for his work with Breaking Benjamin. Along with years of touring experience, Mark brought a unique and powerful style and tone that fit perfectly with the band’s vision. Mark re-tracked the bass lines on the record, helping mold the band’s rhythm section into what it is today. The band is currently preparing to release their self-titled EP and recently shot a music video for the upcoming single, “Devil” directed by Ron Underwood. “Devil” will be released this August 18th. Their 1st single “The Hive” is currently available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, and all other media platforms.

MI Conversation Series Presents: Rob Halford

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Most Friday nights you can find the bars in Hollywood filled with rockers and metal heads, but this was no ordinary Friday night.  Tonight, school was in session with the ultimate metal god Rob Halford of Judas Priest in a candid conversation led by AP writer Ryan J Downey.  Hollywood’s Music Institute has been hosting sit down one on one talks with famous musicians hoping to inspire a new generation and support their dreams of rock n roll fantasies.

Tonight Rob Halford shared stories of what it was like recording music with his band Judas Priest and how he is surprised he is still alive. He touched on a couple subjects that stood out to and inspired me. He said back when he started music, the record companies had money, but now there is no money in music and everyone is scrambling trying to figure it all out. But he did say to the crowd of hungry metal heads, don’t give up your dreams and always keep trying. We hear this over and over again, but for some reason coming from the metal god it seemed to stick more and made me think about my dedication to the metal community and what kind of mark I want to make. Rob Halford also touched on the subject of the PBS documentary about the two young boys that shot and killed themselves after they heard a Judas Priest record. You could see on Rob’s face that this was an emotional topic, because it would have changed his life and the fate of music forever if the court case was decided the other way. A lot of metal bands would have been in trouble and music would be regulated and censored.

At the end of the night, Musicians Institute let the audience have an opportunity to ask Rob some questions of their own.  I thought it was endearing to hear the young students start their questions with, “HI Rob my name is so and so”, and Rob would greet them and call them by their first name. They must have felt like they were on cloud nine to have metal god Rob Halford address them by their first name. A lot of the attendees let Rob know how influential he was in their life. One guy said he has an autistic son, but when he puts on Judas Priest his kid starts rocking out and is aware of his surroundings. That is incredible, we hear stores like this all the time that music is universal and brings life into people.  The fact that it is metal music that helped this man’s son makes that more special and Rob Halford liked it too.   The interview was two hours of intense focus on Rob, the time went by so fast that some metal heads didn’t get a chance to ask their questions. When the night ended, you left with a lot more knowledge about the metal god beyond just his epic high pitched notes and loud appearance on stage. Rob mentioned that perhaps the new Judas Priest album will be the best one yet.   The bar is set very high with all their classics, so we shall see.  Rob seemed to be very proud and excited to get the new album out to his fans. He said to follow him on IG because it is really him and he posts. His IG is @robhalfordlegacy.  I started following and so should you.

Raquel Figlo

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