This Is Your Life Is Not Just Another Throw-Away Tribute Album

Courtesy:  Rhino Records

Courtesy: Rhino Records

Tribute albums are a dime a dozen. So many tribute albums are released each year that one can’t help but feel that the labels that release them care more about their bottom line than about actually celebrating said artists being given tribute. That being the case, one can’t help but wonder why This Is Your Life, the new tribute album to iconic rock front man Ronnie James Dio, would be any different from those records. The answer to that is not a simple one. One reason that this tribute album stands out is the list of performers and bands that recorded songs for the compilation. It’s a who’s who of hard rock from the past, present, and even future of the genre. Another reason that this compilation stands out is its track listing. This record boasts some of the most beloved songs of RJD’s career. And last but definitely not least important to consider in this record is the fact that it isn’t just a means for the label distributing it to make money. It actually doubles as a fundraiser for RJD’s Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund. So it’s actually a record crafted to essentially help give back. How many bands, artists, groups, etc. can say that they have crafted an entire album simply to raise funds for charity? That–along with the list of songs and performers, bands, etc. on this album–makes This Is Your Life an album that stands well above the rest of the otherwise throw-away albums claiming to be tribute albums.

Courtesy:  Rhino Records

Courtesy: Rhino Records

The primary aspect of This Is Your Life that makes it stand out against all of the other tribute albums out there is the list of performers drafted to record songs for the record. The list of performers drafted for this record is a who’s who of hard rock’s past, present, and even future. It wasn’t just a mish-mash of bands, artists and groups tossed together. Everybody tapped to record for this tribute record is either a counterpart to RJD or someone that grew up idolizing him and his talents. Veterans such as Anthrax, Motorhead, Scorpions, Biff Byford, and Rob Halford perform alongside younger acts such as Adrenaline Mob, Killswitch Engage, and Halestorm over the course of the record’s fourteen total tracks. That collection of bands and artists singing Dio’s hits is in itself a musical history lesson. It introduces younger audiences that might be more familiar with the latter grouping of bands and artists to the veterans and to the music of Dio. To that extent, This Is Your Life quickly earns major points. Even more points come from the sampling of Dio’s music in question chosen for this compilation.

The list of bands, artists, and groups tapped to record RJD’s music for This Is Your Life is in itself a major boon for the record. As noted, it isn’t just a mish-mash of bands, artists, and groups. It is a collection of bands, group, and artists that played alongside Dio during his career, and those that have come since, growing up with the music of Ronnie James Dio. In short, it’s a collection of individuals that have the utmost respect for Dio and his music. Speaking of that music, the songs chosen to be included on this record are another part of the whole that makes it so enjoyable for listeners. Every song on this record is a classic in its own way. From the more well-known pieces such as ‘The Mob Rules’, ‘Neon Knights’ and ‘Holy Diver’ to slightly lesser known songs such as ‘Straight Through The Heart’, Egypt (The Chains Are On’, and ‘Temple of the King’ This Is Your Life does quite the job of chronicling the career of a man that was and is still even in death, one of the greatest vocalists and performers in the history of hard rock.

The music and performers chosen for This Is Your Life are both key components of the success of the album. As important as they are to the success of the record, there is still one central aspect of the recording that makes it so worth picking up. That aspect is the fact that a certain portion of the sales of the album will go to benefit Dio’s Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, which was established by Dio’s wife Wendy Dio. Bands, groups and artists go out on tour every year or they take part in fundraising concerts. How many artists can say they were part of a recording project that was also meant as a way to pay tribute to one of their own, too? It’s just like bringing home a hard rock festival without having to pay the exorbitant prices for tickets, souvenirs, sodas and more. And at the same time, audiences that purchase the album will actually be helping to fund an organization that works to research and promote awareness of cancer, as well as educate people about early detection in hopes of one day stopping it.

This Is Your Life is available now in stores and online. It can be ordered online via Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Ronnie-James-Dio-This-Your/dp/B00IACUO8S/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1396440364&sr=1-1&keywords=dio+this+is+your+life and can be downloaded via iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ronnie-james-dio-this-is-your/id829325064.

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‘Bitter’ Is A Solid Intro To Atmosphere’s Upcoming LP

Courtesy:  Rhymesayers Records

Courtesy: Rhymesayers Records

Minneapolis, MN based hip-hop duo Atmosphere will release its latest album Southsiders through Rhymesayers Records Tuesday, May 6th.  In anticipation of the album’s release, the duo (MC Sean “Slug” Daley and producer Anthony “Ant” Davis) has released the album’s debut single ‘Bitter.’  The single is a great first impression for anyone that is new to the duo’s music.

‘Bitter’ is a great first impression for audiences that might be new to the music of Atmosphere first and foremost because it is clean. What’s more, it’s not about drugs and alcohol and doesn’t objectify women.  Yet it still has some serious bite.  That is something that is rare in today’s rap and hip-hop industry.  So any radio programmers that might have this single but have yet to check it out should take this into account and give it a chance.  What’s more, the song could be argued to be a battle rap of sorts.  As the song’s title hints, it is about a friendship that has become broken between two individuals.  What’s most interesting in the song is that Daley’s subject that is speaking isn’t even sure what has caused his former friend to become so hateful toward him.  He writes in the song’s lead verse, “Everything used to be so good then/Now it seems like you’re mad at my footprints/I’m only tryin’ to scribble in the book, man.”  There’s a lot of venom in this line.  But it’s justified venom.  Daley’s bite gets even sharper as that opening verse progresses.

As the opening verse progresses, listeners hear Daley’s attitude blatantly change.  It changes from a point of confusion over the situation to more of a confident, defensive attitude.  He doesn’t allow his subject (himself?) to remain the victim.  His subject becomes more empowered, telling his former friend, “It’s not my fault you’re hurting/You must have a lot of free time/Otherwise, why you tryin’ to see mine/Strain ya neck/Let the blame project/Don’t give yourself the same respect/So independent but undependable/We’re all gettin’ old/So take a mental note/And  stop being so covetous/The crime is the punishment/Now run and get a sliver of dignity/You ain’t gotta be a figure of misery/You don’t want to be a victim to victory/Listenin’ to a bittersweet symphony.  His subject is telling that former friend, “Hey, We’re getting older.  Stop being this way.  You’re only hurting yourself! So grow up and stop being so immature!”  This is one hundred percent relatable for any listener.  Who out there hasn’t been in the situation of having a friend that turned on them and started hating them without any explanation whatsoever?  That ability of the song to relate to its listeners is the starting point of what makes the song an excellent first choice for Atmosphere’s upcoming album.  Just as important to the song is its musical side.

The musical side of ‘Bitter’ makes the song an excellent opener for Southsiders because of how well it complements the song’s biting lyrics.  The keyboard line is the starting point of what makes the song’s musical side work.  The keyboard line is an arpeggio of sorts.  The arpeggio is in a minor key.  That minor key adds a certain emotion to the lyrics in itself.  The equally strong bass line makes for an excellent counterpoint to the keyboard part.  The bass line uses more notes than the keyboard part.  But looking at the song from the vantage point of composition, the solid four-count of the bass line’s whole notes actually accents the eighth notes of the keyboard line.  The specific notes of the bass line counter the keyboard line perfectly, too making the two feel even more like one whole.  Add in a chorus comprised solely of low voices at the song’s end, and the song as a whole ends up sticking in listeners’ ears and minds just as easily as anything that is on mainstream hip-hop radio today.

‘Bitter’ can be heard now online via YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQuXxQwungE&feature=youtu.be.  Fans can pre-order Southsiders now at http://fifthelementonline.com/collections/atmosphere-southsiders-pre-order and https://itunes.apple.com/album/southsiders-deluxe-version/id828734533.  Audiences can hear ‘Bitter’ and more songs from Southsiders Saturday, April 26th at the University of Vermont’s Springfest 2014 in Burlington, Vermont.  The duo is scheduled to take the stage at 1pm ET.  More information on Atmosphere’s upcoming album and live events is available online at http://www.facebook.com/Atmosphere, http://twitter.com/atmosphere, and http://rhymesayers.com/atmosphere.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Count On Count Me In! To Be One Of 2014′s Best Children’s Albums

Courtesy:  Waldmania PR/Little Rockers Music

Courtesy: Waldmania PR/Little Rockers Music

The Little Rockers Band is back with yet another fun, family friendly record in Count Me In!, the band’s latest release.  The new album, the band’s second, is certain to have young listeners on their feet in no time flat and keep them dancing right to the end of the album’s closer.  The album’s musical and lyrical mix is one more that proves that more often than not, children’s albums actually bear more originality and creativity than even any album for grown-ups.  Not convinced?  The band’s twist on Old McDonald puts Mick Jagger in the place of the beloved elderly farmer in ‘Old Mick Jagger.’  And the Country-Western feel of ‘Wild Wild West’ will take young listeners back to the days of cowboys traversing the open plains.  If that’s still not enough to convince listeners, ‘Morning Train’ will do just the trick.  Just like ‘Wild Wild West’ it will entertain young listeners both for its musical and lyrical content.  There are plenty of other songs from which parents, teachers, and students can choose on this album as proof of what makes it so enjoyable.  They will be able to do so when the album is released nationwide on April 15th.

Most young listeners likely don’t have the slightest clue as to the identity of The Rolling Stones front man Mick Jagger.  That being the case, one can’t help but applaud the husband and wife duo of Chris and Jessie Apple for including the song, ‘Old Mick Jagger’ on this latest release.  It is just one example of the duo’s continued originality on its sophomore release.  Chris and Jessie—and their band mates Liam Moroney (lead guitar) and Billy Papenberg (drums)—replace everybody’s favorite elderly farmer with ever y rock purist’s favorite front man.  Jessie sings in the song, set to the tune of ‘Old McDonald’, Old Mick Jagger had a band/yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah/And in his band he had a guitar/yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah/With a strum strum here/And a strum strum there/yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah.  Of course the song continues on in this fashion until each member of the band is covered.  Kids will love it because it is all set to the classic children’s tune.  Parents will love the inclusion of the guitar riff from the Stones’ hit song, ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ and the kid friendly lyrics.  It’s a wonderful way to get young listeners started early on as fans of the single greatest band in the modern history of rock.  No other children’s act out there today has done what The Little Rockers Band has done here.   And it serves to prove even more just how original this record stands.

If ‘Old Mick Jagger’ doesn’t convince listeners as to the originality and creativity of The Little Rockers Band on its new record, maybe ‘Wild Wild West’ will win over some listeners.  This song will take listeners of any age back to a better time.  It will take them back to a time of cowboys and cowgirls riding the open plains, blue skies and stars over their heads instead of massive skyscrapers.  Chris Apple perfectly paints the picture of that age along with this band mates, singing, “If I could be whatever I choose/I think I’d like to be/A cowboy from the wild wild west/Nothing to lose/My trusty steed and me/No fences/No match upon my vest/I’d like to find a happy home that’s right for me.”  Jessie follows singing about the joys of being a cowgirl in the Wild Wild West.  The whole time, the band offers listeners an old school almost Gene Autry style country western musical vibe.  The two together make this song another wonderful addition to The Little Rockers Band’s new album.

Both ‘Wild Wild West’ and ‘Old Mick Jagger’ exhibit the creativity and originality of The Little Rockers Band on its new album.  There is at least one more example of that originality and creativity that listeners will love on this album.  That song is ‘Morning Train.’  The song’s semi-rockabilly feel and lyrics make the song a complete joy.  Mr. and Mrs. Apple sing about the sights and sounds of a train station early in the morning.  From the sound of the trains’ whistles to the trains clickety-clacking in and out of the station to the hustle and bustle on the platform, it’s all there.  The duo paints a vivid picture of a single day at a train station with its words alone. The Apples’ band mates add their own touch to the song, too.  The rhythm of guitarist Liam Moroney makes the musical picture even more vivid.  His driving energy helps to make seeing the trains coming and going even easier.  Drummer Billy Papenberg works with Moroney to make the visual even clearer.  Altogether, The Little Rockers Band show once more in this song just how creative and original it is once more.  There are many more songs throughout this record that exhibit the band’s creativity and originality.  Listeners will get to hear them for themselves when the band releases its new album April 15th.  It can be ordered online via Amazon, iTunes, and the band’s official website, http://www.LittleRockersMusic.com.  Listeners can also go to the band’s official website to check out all the latest news from the band, as well as sign up for classes and more.

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Billy Ray Cyrus Appearing On E!’s ‘Chelsea Lately’ Tonight

Country music star Billy Ray Cyrus will appear on E!’s Chelsea Lately tonight.

Courtesy:  MSO PR

Courtesy: MSO PR

Cyrus will present his new single ‘Achy Breaky Heart PT. 2’ and its companion video when he makes his appearance tonight at 11pm.  The new single is, for those that haven’t yet heard, a hip-hop re-mix of the song that made Cyrus a star in the early 1990s.  The video for the new re-mix, featuring hip-hop star Buck 22, is available online via YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72WhEqeS6AQ.

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Courtesy: MSO PR

Along with his new re-mix, Cyrus has another single currently playing at radio stations across the country called ‘Hope is Just Ahead.’  The song features veteran R&B vocalist Dionne Warwick.  The song was recorded at Jamie Foxx’s L.A. studio.  A portion of the proceeds from sales of the single will go to benefit the “Do The Write Thing-National Campaign To Stop Violence.”  The campaign’s aim is to help promote peaceful living among young people across the country.  The video for the single can be viewed via YouTube now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyQfyMIH5Uk.

More information on Billy Ray Cyrus is available online at http://www.facebook.com/BillyRayCyrus and http://www.billyraycyrus.com.  His new album Change My Mind can be downloaded now via iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/change-my-mind-radio-edit/id556706143 and ordered via Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Change-Mind-Billy-Ray-Cyrus/dp/B0093QZ0P2/ref=sr_1_1_title_0_main?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1382385004&sr=1-1&keywords=billy+ray+cyrus+change+my+mind.

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Hawthorne Heights Announces Special Anniversary Tour

Courtesy:  Earshot Media

Courtesy: Earshot Media

Ten years ago, seminal indie-rock band Hawthorne Heights released what remains one of its most talked about albums today in The Silence in Black and White.  That landmark album sold the most first-week copies of any album in the history of Victory Records.  ‘Ohio Is For Lovers’ and ‘Niki FM’, both singles from that album, went on to major success. They helped push the band to the edge of major mainstream success.  The combined sales of the band’s singles and album in whole made The Silence in Black and White the model for almost every emo band that has come along since.

In celebration of the anniversary of that album’s release, the members of Hawthorne Heights have announced that the band will hit the road for a ten-year anniversary The Silence in Black and White World Tour.  The first leg of the tour kicks off April 8th in Dublin, Ireland.  Tour dates for the North American, Asian and Australian leg of the tour will be announced at a later date.  As a thank you to its fans for their support, the band’s members also announced that it will perform The Silence in Black and White in its entirety at each show throughout its tour.

Fans can go online now to the band’s official website, http://www.hawthorneheights.com to sign-up for all of the latest tour updates and to get a free re-worked acoustic version of a Hawthorne Heights classic and the band’s latest single, ‘Spark.’  ‘Spark’ comes from the band’s latest album ZERO. VIP packages for the band’s upcoming world tour are available now.  However, they are in limited quantities.  Zero can be downloaded now via iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/id659261893 and via Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_17?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-music&field-keywords=hawthorne+heights+zero&sprefix=hawthorne+heights%2Cdigital-music%2C225.  More information on the band’s upcoming tour, its new album and more is available online at http://www.facebook.com/HawthorneHeights.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Black Label Society Tapped To Headline Revolver Golden Gods Tour

Courtesy: eOne

Courtesy: eOne

Veteran hard rock band Black Label Society has been tapped to headline this year’s annual Revolver Golden Gods Tour presented by Epiphone.  The announcement comes only weeks after the announcement that the band—fronted by legendary guitarist/vocalist Zakk Wylde—will release its latest album Catacombs of the Black Vatican April 8th.

This year’s Revolver Golden Gods tour presented by Epiphone spans thirty-two cities.  It kicks off Wednesday, April 16th in Seattle, Washington and winds down Saturday, June 7th at the home of Black Label Society, Los Angeles California.  The complete Revolver Golden Gods Tour presented by Epiphone schedule is listed below.

Wed/Apr-16  Seattle, WA @ Showbox Sodo
Thu/Apr-17  Portland, OR @ Roseland
Fri/Apr-18  Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory Concert House
Sat/Apr-19  Missoula, MT @ Wilma Theater
Mon/Apr-21  Billings, MT @ Shrine Auditorium
Fri/Apr-25  Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
Sat/Apr-26  Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
Tue/Apr-29  Ybor City, FL (Tampa) @ The Ritz
Wed/Apr-30  Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
Fri/May-02  Birmingham, AL @ Iron City
Sun/May-04  Silver Spring, MD @ Fillmore
Mon/May-05  Clifton Park, NY (Albany) @ Northern Lights
Wed/May-07  Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
Thu/May-08  Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
Fri/May-09  Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
Sat/May-10  New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater
Mon/May-12  Norfolk, VA @ Norva
Tue/May-13  Stroudsburg, PA @ Sherman Theater
Thu/May-15  Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
Sat/May-17  Ft. Wayne, IN @ Piere’s
Mon/May-19  Sioux Falls, SD @ The District
Tue/May-20   Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
Wed/May-21  St. Paul, MN (Minneapolis) @ Myth
Fri/May-23  Grand Prairie, TX (Dallas) @ Verizon Theater
Tue/May-27  New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
Wed/May-28  Houston, TX @ House of Blues
Sun/Jun-01  Denver, CO @ Ogden Theater
Mon/Jun-02  Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex – Rockwell
Wed/Jun-04  Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theater
Thu/Jun-05  Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
Fri/Jun-06  San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom
Sat/Jun-07  Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda Theater

Along with its upcoming headlining spot on the Revolver Golden Golds Tour presented by Epiphone, Black Label Society will also present its own thirteen-city Canadian tour.  That tour will feature the band performing some somewhat stripped down versions of its hits as well as songs from Wylde’s solo album, Book of Shadows.

‘My Dying Time’, the lead single from BLS’ upcoming album, can be downloaded now via iTunes.  It can be downloaded at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/my-dying-time-single/id798941029.  The album in its entirety can be pre-ordered via iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/catacombs-black-vatican-deluxe/id799689367?ls=1.  The album’s track listing is available below.

01. Fields Of Unforgiveness
02. My Dying Time
03. Believe
04. Angel Of Mercy
05. Heart Of Darkness
06. Beyond The Down
07. Scars
08. Damn The Flood
09. I’ve Gone Away
10. Empty Promises
11. Shades Of Gray
12. Dark Side Of The Sun (bonus track)
13. The Nomad (bonus track)

More information on Black Label Society’s upcoming album and tours is available online at http://www.zakkwylde.com, http://twitter.com/zakkwyldebls, http://www.facebook.com/zakkwylde and http://www.facebook.com/blacklabelsociety.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Black Label Society Releases Album Art, Track Listing For Upcoming LP

Courtesy:  eOne

Courtesy: eOne

Zakk Wylde and his Black Label brethren have released the official track listing and album art for the upcoming Black Label Society album, Catacombs of the Black Vatican.  Also released is the album’s lead single, ‘My Dying Time.’  The single is available now online via iTunes.  The track listing for Catacombs of the Black Vatican is available below.

01. Fields Of Unforgiveness

02. My Dying Time


03. Believe


04. Angel Of Mercy


05. Heart Of Darkness


06. Beyond The Down


07. Scars


08. Damn The Flood


09. I’ve Gone Away


10. Empty Promises


11. Shades Of Gray


12. Dark Side Of The Sun (bonus track)


13. The Nomad (bonus track)

Catacombs of the Black Vatican will be available in stores and online via eOne on Tuesday, April 8th, 2014.  It is first full length studio album from Black Label Society since 2009’s Order of The Black, which debuted on the Billboard Top 200 Chart at #4.  The band’s most recent recording, Unblackened, was released in 2013 on both a double-disc CD set an Blu-ray. The performance taped for that live performance was recorded at L.A.’s Club Nokia.  Two live dates are currently planned for the band this Spring. The first of those dates is on May 16th in Columbus, Ohio.  The other, a performance at the annual Rockfest festival, is scheduled for May 30th.  More information on the band’s tour schedule, its upcoming schedule and more is available online at http://www.facebook.com/blacklabelsociety and http://www.blacklabelsociety.com.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Boxing Veterans Take Center Stage In October 15th Edition Of 30 for 30

Courtesy:  ESPN

Courtesy: ESPN

ESPN’s hugely successful 30 for 30 series rolls on through the month of October when it premieres the boxing documentary No Mas.  The documentary, which premieres Tuesday, October 15th, follows the rivalry between boxers Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Duran.  The documentary attempts to find out why Duran gave up in the second round of the second of the fighters now five legendary fights.

Leonard and Duran were two of the biggest names in the boxing world during the 1980s.  Leonard became a national hero after bringing home gold for America in the 1976 Summer Olympics.  The win led to Leonard earning a number of sponsorship deals for himself. But for years, the words “No mas” would echo in both fighters’ ears until Leonard traveled to Panama in the search for closure between the two men.

Each of the films in the 30 for 30 series will be available for download via iTunes and Amazon Instant Video online the day after its broadcast.  The current schedule of 30 for 30 specials is available below.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 15, 8 p.m. – No Más (Director: Eric Drath)
  • Tuesday, Oct. 22, 8 p.m. – Big Shot (Director: Kevin Connolly)
  • Tuesday, Oct. 29, 8 p.m. – This is What They Want (Directors: Brian Koppelman and David Levien)
  • Tuesday, Nov. 5, 8 p.m. – Bernie and Ernie (Director: Jason Hehir)

 

More information on ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 series is available online at http://www.facebok.com/espn30for 30 and http://twitter.com/30for30.

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Him Debuts Video For Latest Single, Announces Tour Dates

Courtesy:  Razor & Tie Records

Courtesy: Razor & Tie Records

Finnish rock band HIM has released the video for the latest single from its most recent full length album, Tears on Tape.  The video for the song ‘Into The Night’ can be viewed online now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6xaurYbY6c.  The video incorporates footage of the band performing edited in with shots of people in hooded robes bringing bricks to a spot in a forest that would eventually form the band’s well known “Heartagram” logo at the song’s end.  The song itself is quite the upbeat tune.  The album as a whole is available to be downloaded now online at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/id617192862.

HIM’s legions of fans can catch the band as it tours in support of Tears On Tape.  The band is currently making its way across America on the annual “Monster Energy Rock Allegiance Tour” alongside All That Remains, Volbeat, and Airbourne.  The bands will make a stop in North Carolina on Monday, September 23rd at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex as part of their tour.  Tickets can be purchased for the concert at http://coliseum-nc.com/Tickets-Active.php?eventID=2095181&venueID=274.  Fans of HIM can keep up with all of the latest tour updates and more on HIM’s official Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/theheartagram and its official website, http://www.heartagram.com.

The most current list of HIM’s tour dates is available below.

Sep 04 Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint
Sep 08 Abbotsford, BC @ Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Center**
Sep 09 Calgary, AB @ Big 4 Building
Sep 10 Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place**
Sep 15 Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock Music Festival
Sep 16 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
Sep 18 Grand Prairie, TX @ Verizon Theatre**
Sep 19 Houston, TX @ Bayou Music Center
Sep 21 Gulfport, MS @ Jones Park CPR Fest**
Sep 22 Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle**
Sep 23 Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center
Sep 25 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom**
Sep 26 Philadelphia, PA @ Skyline Stage @ The Mann
Sep 27 Lowell, MA @ Tsongas Center**
Sep 28 Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Waterfront

European Tour Dates
with Caspian

Oct 06 Hamburg, Germany @ Grosse Freiheit
Oct 07 Berlin, Germany @ Huxley’s Neue Welt
Oct 08 Wiesbaden, Germany @ Schlachthof
Oct 09 Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso
Oct 11 Leipzig, Germany @ Haus Auensee
Oct 12 Prague, Czech Republic @ Lucerna
Oct 13 Vienna, Austria @ Gasometer
Oct 15 Milan, Italy @ Alcatraz
Oct 16 Zurich, Switzerland @ Komplex 457
Oct 17 Munchen, Germany @ Kesselhaus
Oct 18 Koln, Germany @ E-Werk
Oct 19 Paris, France @ Le Bataclan
Oct 21 Wolverhampton, UK @ Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Oct 22 Newcastle, UK @ O2 Academy
Oct 23 Glasgow, UK @ Barrowland
Oct 24 Manchester, UK @ Manchester Academy
Oct 26 Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
Oct 27 Blackweir, UK @ Great Hall
Oct 28 Southampton, UK @ Guildhall
Oct 29 Norwich, UK @ UEA
Oct 31 London, UK @ KOKO (SOLD OUT)
Nov 01 London, UK @ KOKO

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Hackett Announces New Live Box Set, Tour Details

Courtesy:  InsideOut Music

Courtesy: InsideOut Music

Veteran musician Steve Hackett will release a new live box set this Fall.  The new live set, Genesis Revisited: Live at Hammersmith will be released on Monday, October 21st worldwide, and Tuesday, October 29th in the United States via InsideOut Music.  It will be comprised of three compact discs and two DVDs.  The full set was recorded at London’s Hammersmith Apollo on May 10th, 2013.  The recording of the sold out performance features guest performances from Nik Kershaw, John Wetton, Jakko Jakszyk, and Steve Rothery.  It is being released in connection with the return of Hackett’s Genesis Revisited Tour to Europe and the UK for a second run.  The second run is thanks to critical acclaim from critics and audiences alike.

Hackett shared his thoughts on the upcoming live box set in an interview about the release.  He talked about the 5.1 surround sound audio mix on the performance’s DVD portion and the equally impressive audio mix on the companion CD’s in his interview.  “The 5.1 DVD with stereo CD out on 21st October including the whole show from Hammersmith Apollo is a feast for all the senses,” he said.  I was blown away by the fantastic response to those May UK gigs. The autumn Genesis Revisited shows will include different Genesis material to before as well as all the big faves that bring the house down…See you all soon!”

The full track listing for Genesis Revisited: Live at Hammersmith is available below.

CD1
1. Watcher of the Skies
2. The Chamber of 32 Doors
3. Dancing with the Moonlit Knight
4. Fly on a Windshield
5. Broadway Melody of 1974
6. The Lamia
7. The Musical Box
8. Shadow of the Hierophant
9. Blood on the Rooftops

CD2
1. Unquiet Slumbers for the Sleepers
2. In That Quiet Earth
3. Afterglow
4. I Know What I Like
5. Dance on a Volcano
6. Entangled
7. Eleventh Earl of Mar
8. Supper’s Ready

CD3
1. Firth of Fifth
2. Los Endos

DVD1 
Full live show

DVD2 
Behind the scenes featurette

A full listing of Hackett’s most current tour dates is available online at his official Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Steve-Hackett/123101228589 and at his official website at http://www.hackettsongs.com.  Fans can also stay up to date with all of the latest Steve Hackett news via Twitter at http://twitter.com/HackettOfficial.

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