Fozzy’s new single available now; “Evolution of Fozzy” video posted

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The lead single off of Fozzy’s new album, “Sin and Bones” is now available for download.  fans can purchase ‘Sandpaper’ now on iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play.  Also, to build anticipation for next month’s release of “Sin and Bones” the band has posted a video titled, “Evolution of Fozzy” on Youtube.  It can be viewed here:  http://youtu.be/-LWWW10x1uA .  Fans can also stream ‘Sandpaper’ for free on Youtube at http://youtu.be/G1ltJ60u-w0.  ‘Sandpaper features guest vocals from Avenged Sevenfold’s M. Shadows. 

The band will be touring this Summer to support its new album.  It will be part of this year’s annual Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival.  The tour kicks off Friday, August 17th in Kansas City, Missouri at the Capitol Federal Park at sandstone.   Fozzy’s North Carolina fans will get to see the band perform when the tour makes a stop in Raleigh on Tuesday, September 11th.  The festival will be at the Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek.  Fans can get a full tour schedule and more online at http://www.fozzyrock.com, http://www.facebook.com/FozzyRock, http://twitter.com/FozzyRock, and http://www.centurymedia.com.

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Staind Still Strong On New Live Release

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Nineties aggro-rock band Staind has released its very first official live CD.  “Live From Mohegan Sun” is a career retrospective that covers songs from across the band’s current catalogue of seven albums, dating all the way back to 1996’s “Tormented.”  The show is the first in a series of releases documenting the band’s November 25, 2011 performance at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Montville, CT.  A DVD and blu-ray portion will follow this release August 14th. To check out ‘It’s Been A While’ from the upcoming DVD and blu-ray release, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9tA6mErJNU&feature=youtu.be.

The show opens with the driving, ‘Eyes Wide Open.’  Drummer Sal Giancarelli gets the audience moving with his beats, with the rest of the band following immediately after.  The band keeps the energy moving on ‘Falling’, before slowing things down just a little bit on ‘Right Here.’  The band really slows things down right after that with the darker, more moody, ‘Throw It All Away’ before kicking the show back into high gear on ‘Spleen.’  Fans will love that the show also includes some of the band’s biggest hits including, ‘So Far Away’, ‘For You’, It’s Been A While’ and ‘Mudshovel.’    

The show’s set list is a solid example of the band’s body of work.  What makes the songs better is one of the key’s to any good show.  Rather than just playing them exactly as in the studio, the band switches things up here and there.  The audio transfer on the show is relatively solid, too, from start to finish.  It makes the whole experience that much more enjoyable.  For fans that grew up with Staind from its early days, this live show really brings back memories of their youth.  For less initiated fans, it’s a way to experience the band in a way that they perhaps haven’t yet had.  Speaking of having the opportunity to see the band live, Staind will be out on the road this Summer on the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival.  Fans in North Carolina will get the opportunity to see the band live as the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival will be making a stop at the Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek on Tuesday, September 11th.

Fans can get a full list of the festival tour dates online at http://www.rockstaruproar.com, http://www.facebook.com/RockstarUPROAR, http://twitter.com/RockstarUPROAR, and http://www.myspace.com/uproarfest.  Staind fans can get the latest news and more from the band online at http://www.staind.com, http://www.facebook.com/Staind, and http://twitter.com/staindmusic.

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Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival gives unsigned bands chance for big break

Unsigned bands across the country are being given the chance for a big break thanks to the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival.  The festival is hosting the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands powered by Imagen records.  The contest gives unsigned bands the chance to perform at the festival’s Ernie Ball Stage and a grand prize of a chance to record an EP with mega producer Jay Baumgardner at NRG Recording Studios in Hollywood, CA, and $10K worth of music gear and other swag. 

Bands can get more information and register for the contest online now at http://www.RockstarUPROAR.com/battleofthebands.  All of the festival’s tour dates are also available online at http://www.RockstarUPROAR.com, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/RockstarUPROAR, on Twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/rockstaruproar, and on the official festival Youtube channel, http://www.youtube.com/user/RockstarUPROAR.

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Summer Festival offering “Early Bird” ticket discounts

Concert tickets aren’t cheap for the most part.  We all know that.  So the Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival is offering concert goers a specail discount ticket deal.  Festival organizers are offering an “Early Bird” ticket deal.  Organizers, in partnership with LiveNation, are offering “Early Bird” $15 lawn tickets.  The deal is being offered THIS WEEKEND ONLY, June 15th until June 17th at 10pm.

Anyone interested in getting tickets for the nearest show can get the tickets by going online to http://www.RockstarUPROAR.com and http://www.LiveNation.com.  Pit and up-front seating is still available at a price of $75 (plus fees).  Special meet & greet VIP packages will be available, as well.

Fans in North Carolina will get to see the Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR festival this Summer.  It will be making a stop in Raleigh, North Carolina at the Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek on Tuesday, September 11th.  Fans nation wide can check out the full tour schedule and lineup online at http://www.RockstarUPROAR.com, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/RockstarUPROAR, on Twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/rockstaruproar, and on Youtube at http://www.youtube.com/user/RockstarUPROAR.

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