Fozzy Announces New Tour, Single, Album, Book

Fozzy will return with a new album this Summer. In celebration, the band has announced that it will hit the road in support of its upcoming album this Spring and Summer beginning with a performance at the annual 98 Rockfest in Tampa, Florida. The band’s current tour schedule is listed below.

FOZZY – 2014 SPRING TOUR

98 ROCKFEST (with AVENGED SEVENFOLD, VOLBEAT, LACUNA COIL and more) 
APRIL
25: Tampa, FL – Tampa Bay Times Forum

WELCOME TO ROCKVILLE (with AX7, THE CULT, VOLBEAT and more)
APRIL
26: Jacksonville, FL – Metropolitan Park

CAROLINA REBELLION (with A7X, ROB ZOMBIE, VOLBEAT, SEETHER and more)
MAY
03: Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Motor Speedway

MAY
05: Springfield, VA – Empire

06: Pittsburgh, PA – Altar *

07: Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club **

08: Rochester, NY – Main Street Armory *

09: Poughkeepsie, NY – The Loft at the Chance ***

10: Hampton Beach, NH - Hampton Beach Casino *

15: Arlington Heights, IL – Home Bar ****

16: Pontiac, IL – Freakster’s Roadhouse

* with BUCKCHERRY
** with REV THEORY, GEMINI SYNDROME & EYES SET TO KILL
*** with KYNG
**** with HEAVEN’S BASEMENT

ROCK ON THE RANGE (with A7X, SLAYER, CHEVELLE, FUEL and more) 
MAY
17: Columbus, OH – Columbus Crew Stadium

More dates to be announced soon…

 

Also in anticipation of the band’s new as-yet untitled album, Fozzy—Chris Jericho (vocals), Rich Ward (guitar), Billy Grey (guitar), Paul DiLeo (bass), and Frank Fontsere (drums)—will release ‘Lights Out’, the album’s lead single April 29th.

Courtesy:  Century Media Records

Courtesy: Century Media Records

Jericho discussed ‘Lights Out’ in a recent interview, noting that it “represents a brand new color in the FOZZY spectrum.” He went on to say of the song that it is “Dark, sexy, sleek, dirty, heavy and catchy as f*ck, this song turns a whole new page in hard rock history – it doesn’t matter if you dance to it in a club or mosh to it in a pit, ‘Lights Out’ will make you move!”

Along with the debut of the band’s new single and album, it has also been announced that Chris Jericho’s latest autobiography, The Best In The World: At What I Have No Idea will be released this fall. The sequel to his New York Times best sellers A Lion’s Tale and Undisputed, his latest book is scheduled to be released October 13th, 2014. It can be pre-ordered now via Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Best-World-What-Have-Idea/dp/1592407528/ref=la_B001JSHII4_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1396335691&sr=1-1.

If all of this isn’t enough, fans also have Jericho’s podcast, “Talk is Jericho.” His podcast airs every Wednesday and Friday. Jericho interviews guests from across the entertainment world. Those that have already appeared on “Talk is Jericho” are: Howie Mondel (America’s Got Talent, Deal or No Deal, Bobby’s World), ghost hunter Jeff Belanger, Dave Mustaine (Megadeth), Ace Frehley (KISS), and M.Shadows (Avenged Sevenfold). “Talk is Jericho” has already reached the top spot in seven nations around the world and is one of PodcastOne Network’s leading programs. Audiences can listen to his show and download episodes at http://podcastone.com/Talk-Is-Jericho.

Fans can follow the latest developments on Fozzy’s upcoming record, its tour, and more online at http://www.facebook.com/FozzyRock, http://www.fozzyrock.com, http://myspace.com/fozzytour, and https://twitter.com/FOZZYROCK. 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.

Atlanta Based Indie Hip-Hop Duo Ready To Break Out On Its Debut LP

Courtesy:  Autumn + Colour

Courtesy: Autumn + Colour

Atlanta, Georgia is home to some of the biggest names in the music industry.  It is home to Sevendust, Collective Soul, Stuck Mojo, and Stuck Mojo just to name a few.  It’s also home to hip-hop duo Outkast, whose members just recently announced that they are heading back on the road together after an extended hiatus to work on their own projects.  For all of the big name acts that call “Hotlanta” home, there are just as many lesser known acts that call that great city home, too.  One of those acts in question is another hip-hop duo that goes by the name of Ante Meridian.  The duo—Rozewood and Mr. Enok—re-issued its debut album this week.  At a time when mainstream hip-hop has become as tried and boring as mainstream rock, Ante Meridian’s debut proves to be a breath of fresh air for purist hip-hop and rap fans.

‘True Friend’ is the perfect kickoff to Sons of Heaven, the duo’s debut record.  Emcee Rozewood ruminates in this song about the loss of a friend to what would seem like gang violence.  He writes on the track, “Today I cried/Lookin’ at your photo/My n****s is gone/Thought about buying a gun and comin’ along/But it’s time for revenge/Return death to death givers/And dump they body in the soon to be red river/Sittin’ in my crib/On the stress mode/Loadin’ the clip…I can’t take it/The beauty of a childhood has been forsaken/Dear God please forgive me/For the acts I will do/The gats I will choose to spray s***…” There’s obviously some deep emotion expressed through this song.  What really makes the song interesting is the control that both Rozewood and Mr.Enok exhibit through the song.  The easy thing to do would have been to craft a battle rap style song.  Instead, the duo crafted a song that presents a figure with what would seem a much more collected thought process.  The song’s almost eerie, underlying piano lick set against Rozewood’s cool, collected rhymes creates a truly powerful first impression for the pair. It’s only the beginning of what fans will appreciate from this record, too.

Sons of Heaven’s second track, ‘N.Y. Thing’ is another impressive track.  The song is quite literally a lyrical love letter to the city that never sleeps.  Rozewood and Mr. Enok pay tribute to New York in this song.  It opens with a short sample with a man stating, “You’re a New Yorker/That will never change/You got New York in your bones/Spend the rest of your life out West/But you’re still a New Yorker.”  From here, the duo goes on to write of their favorite city, “If you’ve ever been to New York/You would understand what feel like to be caught in a wasteland/Trying to survive with a gun on your waistband/No matter where I’m at/I know where I am.”  The tribute goes on from here , bringing up memories of friends from the duo’s past that lived in New York’s five boroughs.  It might be pushing it, but it almost presents a song much in the same vein of Scarface’s ‘My Block’ just with a slightly different attitude.  It’s one more song that given the chance could be the duo’s next single.

The songs mentioned here are just small portions of what listeners have to look forward to from Ante Meridian’s new album.  Just as worth noting from Sons of Heaven are the likes of: ‘Remember My Eyes’, ‘Limitless’, ‘Red Lotus Blossom’ and ‘13th Floor’ with its gentle string backing. That backing set against Rozewood’s talents make this one of the highest of highs on this record.  These songs and all of the rest that make up the album’s seventeen total tracks are available now online on Ante Meridian’s Band Camp website, http://antemeridian.bandcamp.com and via Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Sons-Heaven-Explicit-Ante-Meridian/dp/B00GYCIBRC/ref=sr_1_cc_3?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1389905971&sr=1-3-catcorr&keywords=Ante+Meridian.  More information on Ante Meridian’s debut re-issue and more is available online at http://www.facebook.com/antemeridianhiphop.  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.

Sin & Bones One Of 2012′s Best Hard Rock And Metal Records

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Fozzy is one of the biggest names in rock music today.  The brainchild of guitarist Rich Ward (Stuck Mojo) and WWE Superstar Chris Jericho, the band started out as a Spinal Tap style novelty act in 2000 when it released its self titled debut.  That album and the one to follow were largely collections of cover songs that the band had recorded.  But then in 2005, the band started to show that it meant to be taken more seriously with the release of “All That Remains.”  That was the band’s first full length album of its own material.  Needless to say it was a little bit of a bumpy ride.  But with the release of “Chasing The Grail” five years later, the band showed just how much it had matured as a serious hard rock act.  And now, two years after the release of “Chasing The Grail”, Fozzy has shown on its third full length album of original material why its members are collectively living up to the reputation of being huge rock stars.

“Sin & Bones” opens with the song, ‘Spider in My Mouth.’  It starts out with a really spooky sounding take on the kids’ song about the spider and the waterspout before blasting into an all out assault from the whole band.  That assault leads into a more melodic chorus section that’s a direct opposite to the verses.  That balance of the heavy and soft makes for a solid re-introduction to the world of Fozzy on this album.  The band keeps the adrenaline flowing after ‘Spider in My Mouth’, giving audiences just enough time to collect themselves before launching into the album’s lead single, ‘Sandpaper.’  ‘Sandpaper’ comes across as a metaphorical statement about facing adversity and rough “sandpaper” style situations.  Jericho sings about facing things that might otherwise scare a person.  He notes, “Something happens when you scare all the monsters away.”  That line alone is a telling statement.  Add in Jericho’s powerhouse vocals, and listeners understand why this was the chosen lead single for “Sin & Bones.”

‘Spider in My Mouth’ and ‘Sandpaper’ are an excellent start to “Sin & Bones.”  They’re just part of the total package that makes this album a great metal record.  The album’s third track, ‘Blood Happens’ is destined to become a fan favorite.  This is a song that will have every true blooded hard rocking, heavy metal head banger putting his or her horns in the air.  The crushing guitar and drums of Rich Ward and Frank Fontsere mixed with the vocal tag teaming of Jericho and Ward make it one more of the album’s best moments.

“Sin & Bones” has plenty more high energy moments that any Fozzy fan will love such as in the almost Warrant style ‘She’s My Addiction’, the edgier ‘Dark Passenger’, and ‘Shine Forever.’  The album also has a softer moment in ‘Inside My Head.’  They all combine to give fans more than their fair share of great songs from which to choose.  All combined, the songs on “Sin & Bones” make this record one of the best hard rock and metal records of 2012.  Fozzy is officially out on tour now on the Rockstar Uproar Festival in support of its new album.  Fans in North Carolina will get to see the band live Tuesday, September 11th at the Time Warner cable Pavilion.  For all other tour dates and the latest news from Fozzy, fans can go online to http://www.fozzyrock.com, http://www.facebook.com/FozzyRock, http://www.myspace.com/fozzytour, http://www.chrisjericho.com, http://www.thedukeofmetal.com, and http://www.centurymedia.com.

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Fozzy announces track listing for “Sin and Bones”

Courtesy: Century Media

Fozzy has officially announced the track listing for its upcoming fifth album, “Sin and Bones.”  The album opens with the song, ‘Spider in My Mouth.’  It’s followed up by the album’s lead single, ‘Sandpaper’, which can be heard for free now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1ltJ60u-w0&feature=youtu.be.  The band is joined by Avenged Sevenfold vocalist M. Shadows on this track.  ‘Sandpaper’ is followed up by the songs, ‘Blood Happens’, ‘Inside My Head’ and the album’s title track.  The second half of the album is filled out by ‘A Passed Life’, ‘She’s My Addiction’, ‘Shine Forever’, ‘Dark Passenger’ and ‘Storm The Beaches.’ 

“Sin and Bones” will be released August 14th through Century Media Records.  It can be pre-ordered and purchased online at http:// http://www.cmdistro.com/Search/fozzy.  The band will tour this Summer in support of the album on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, beginning at the Capitol Federal Park at Sandstone in Kansas City, Missouri.  That show will be Friday, August 17th.  The band will be on the road, supporting the new album through the end of September.  Fans who want to know if the tour will make a stop in their town can go online to http://www.fozzyrock.com, http://www.facebook.com/FozzyRock, http://twitter.com/FozzyRock, and http://www.centurymedia.com.

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Fozzy debuts first single from new album

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LOS ANGELES, CA–The members of Fozzy have proven once again why they are HUGE ROCK STARS.  The band–WWE Superstar Chris Jericho (vocals), Rich Ward (Guitar/Vocals), Frank Fontsere (Drums), Paul Di Leo (bass), and Billy Grey (guitar)–has released the first single from its new upcoming album, “Sin and Bones” on Revolver.com.  ‘Sandpaper’ is the album’s lead single.  It’s a melodic, high adrenaline song that will make all of the band’s fans proud.  Adding to the song’s kick is the guest vocals of Avenged Sevenfold’s M. Shadows.  The single will be available for sale on iTunes July 17th.  But fans can stream it for free now at http://www.revolvermag.com/news/exclusive-fozzy-premiere-new-single-sandpaper.html.  The band’s new album, “Sin and Bones” will be available August 14th via Century Media Records. 

While they wait for the new album to drop, fans can check in on all the latest Fozzy news and tour dates online at http://www.fozzyrock.com, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/FozzyRock, on Twitter at http://twitter.com/FozzyRock, and at http://www.centurymedia.com.

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Fozzy preps for tour, new album release

Fozzy are HUGE rock stars!  Anyone that has listened to Fozzy from its debut album knows that.  And now, as it prepares to release its fifth full length release, the band is proud to announce that it will be joining the third annual Uproar Festival tour, presented by Rockstar Energy drink.  Fozzy will join the likes of Shinedown, Godsmack, In This Moment, Thousand Foot Krutch, Adelitas Way and others on this year’s tour.

The dates for this year’s tour have been announced.  However, actual cities have yet to be announced.  Fans can keep up with all the latest on the tour 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

Fans of Fozzy can also keep up with the band as it prepares to release its album and head out on tour online at http://www.fozzyrock.com, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/FozzyRock, and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/FozzyRock.

Bringing Metal to The Children is one Wylde read

Zakk Wylde is known throughout the music world as one of the most prolific guitarists in modern music history.  His chops are unequalled.  That he’s been part of fellow legend Ozzy Osbourne’s camps only adds to his reputation.  Now, the man who heads up the Black Label Society worldwide can add one more title to his resume.  That title is author.  And his new book, Bringing Metal to The Children:  The Complete Berzerker’s Guide to World Tour Domination is an amazing look behind the scenes at life on the road for Wylde and his BLS bandmates.

Wylde opens the book fittingly with an introduction to the Black Label Society creed:  SDMF. Strength, Determination, Merciless, Forever.  SDMF isn’t just some random marketing scheme.  For both fans and members of BLS, it’s a way of life.  It’s a creed.  It’s a motto of self empowerment.  Wylde writes of Strength that it relates to mental, physical and spiritual strength.  For those who don’t know, he is a very devout Catholic, despite what  some may believe of him (or his friend and mentor Ozzy Osbourne.  He discusses this later in the book).  And his faith plays a very big role in his personal strength.  By looking at him, it’s obvious that Wylde walks the walk and talks the talk.  He writes about his physical conditioning.  He explains about his exercise and eating habits, especially now that he’s sober.  That combination of spiritual and physical strength leads to his explanation of DeterminationDetermination is self explanatory.  He writes of this part of the BLS creed to not give up, no matter how tough or bad the situation may be. Merciless is directly tied in to Determination.  To be merciless means to give every bit of what one has.  Forget giving 100% of what one has.  Regardless of the situation, to be merciless means giving 1,000% of oneself.  Simply put, it means to never give up.  Never Give Up.  Those are three little words.  But they’re the key to this part of the BLS creed.  Again, they tie right in to Determintaion.  It all also ties directly back to Strength.  If one embraces these three parts of the BLS creed means that one will find they’ll want to live by that creed Forever.  Understanding the Black Label Society creed is to be part of the Black Label Society worldwide Forever.  It means being the best one can be Forever

The thorough explanation of the Black Label Society creed is a perfectly fitting opening to this new book.  That’s because it serves to disspel the label that has been placed on Black Label Society and its fans.  If the in depth explanation of the band’s creed isn’t enough to prove just how vital BLS is to the music community, then the explanation of the “Three Black Label R’s” and the signifigance of the band’s patches will serve to show outsiders that Black Label Society isn’t just a band.  It collectively shows that Black Label Society is a community and a way of life.  It creates a whole new appreciation for Black Label Society, and for that which Black Label Society stands.

After explaining the Black Label creed, Zakk starts discussing his beginnings as a musician up to his trials and tribulations as a solo artist, dealing with record labels, and his time with Ozzy and the creation of his own home studio, known as the Black Vatican.  Along the way, readers are treated to stories of good times with other rockers, such as:  Fozzy, Crowbar, Damageplan, etc.  He also writes some stories about fellow guitar god, Dimebag Darrel (R.I.P.).  OF course, stories of life on the road aren’t all that Zakk imparts to his readers in his new book.  He also tackles Ozzy’s religious reputation.  He explains to readers that all the rumors of Ozzy being this and that are entirely wrong.  Rather, he writes, Ozzy’s quite religious.  As a matter of fact, he writes that the crucifixes that he and all the Black Label Society members wear were made by Ozzy’s dad.  He ties in to that story of how he [Zakk] bought some books to try to understand certain topics, and his wife’s reaction to it.  One can’t help but agree with Zakk’s argument that reading it doesn’t mean practicing it.  Learning that after his wife threw the books out of a hotel window, and someone took them will bring plenty of laughs.

Speaking of laughs, real Black Label fans will have more than their share of laughs throughout this books.  Zakk writes of his early days in a little band called Stonehenge, and its attempts to get its name out there.  The story of his experience playing at a person’s house is the stuff of legend.  It’s the type of story one might only expect to hear or see from a movie or sitcom.  There’s also the story of one infamous in-store appearance with Ozzy in which the store only carried a grand total of twelve (yes twelve) Ozzy albums.  Reactions from both Zakk himself and Ozzy’s wife, Sharon, are absolutely hilarious.  And then there are, of course, stories of BLS’ radio ventures at stations that didn’t know the first thing about him or his band.  Perhaps one of the book’s funniest moments doesn’t come from in store appearances or Zakk’s early days.  It comes as Zakk explains the dangers of using the bathroom on a tour bus.  If this story doesn’t get audiences laughing, then nothing in this book will. 

Bringing Metal to The Children offers readers so much great material.  Whether one is a new member of the Black Label Society Worldwide, or a lifelong Berzerker, this book is an absolutely wonderful read for any Society Dweller worldwide.  It’s one of those rare music memoirs that really shines in a sea of books that clog bookstore shelves and digital downloading pages.  For fans of the rock world, if there’s one book to check out in 2012, it’s Zakk Wylde’s new book, Bringing Metal to The Children.

The musical mad scientist closes out his latest project

Devin Townsend is a genius in the world of music.  At the same time, he could be considered a mad musical scientist, considering his body of work.  that includes the final two quarters of his Devin Townsend Peoject.  In June 2011, Townsend released the third and fourth quarters of his 4-part self titled “Devin Townsend Project” saga.  Part three, “Deconstruction” is the most bizarre portion of this saga.  Yet, as bizarre as it is both musically and lyrically, audiences can’t help but listen to it.  It takes experimental and progressive rock, and turns it on its ear with songs that are lyrical mindtwists.  Their run times range between a few minutes all the way up to nearly fifteen minutes long.

What makes “Deconstruction” so impressive is that it takes the intensity of “Addicted”, and knocks it up about ten notches.  What audiences should note about “Deconstructed” is that just as with the album’s companion pieces, the songs on this album go along with the album’s general theme.  So many bands like to claim that their albums have a general theme fron one song to the next.  But one look at the cover of “Deconstructed”, and a listen through the album, proves that to be true especially for him.  The songs on this album make audiences feel as if they’re going through some dark futuristic madhouse.  The album’s cover art exudes that same sense.  This isn’t a bad thing, either.  It’s just one chapter in a larger story.  When audiences listen to all four albums in order, that’ll increase the appreciation for an album that while dark, is one of the most creative rock records of 2011.

After taking his listeners through “Ki”, “Addicted”, and the dark journey of “Deconstructed”, he sets them gently on the other shore with the fourth and final portion of the four-part saga, “Ghosts”.  As with the previous three quarters of the saga, the songs on this album all follow the same theme.  “Ghost”‘s outer sleeve and cover art, and booklet art are literally the picture of serenity.  The outer sleeve is a close-up of a leaf covered in morning dew.  The album’s actual cover art is a time lapsed photograph of what looks like a beach at sunrise (or it could be sunset).  The songs continue that same feel of serenity.  If a person had never listened to Devin Townsend before, one might mistake this opus for one of those “peaceful sounds” cd’s that some people use to fall asleep.  But again, in the grand scheme of the Devin Townsend Project, “Ghost” is the perfect closure to an amazing musical odyssey.  Ironically enough, it probably could be used for that purpose.  So much could be said of the songs on “Ghost”. From the Pink Floyd-esque tones of ‘Feather’ to the album’s “beachier” title track, to the almost bluegrass-esque ‘Blackberry’, to “Dark Matters” (which sounds like it belongs on the Tron:  Legacy soundtrack), “Ghost” is simply an impressive work from beginning to end.  There is absolautely nothing bad about this album, whether by itself or set next to its companion pieces.  It’s one more piece that serves to cement Devin Townsend’s name as one of the most creative and justifiably respected artists in the music industry today.