Jinjer, Judas Priest Added to Knotfest.com Live Streaming Concert Series

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Knotfest.com is continuing its live streaming concert series this month with two more concerts.

Up first in this month’s schedule of live shows is Jinjer’s March 5, 2020 show held at Max Watts in Melbourne, Australia.  Now audiences will get to see that performance through Knotfest.com at 5 p.m. ET July 9.

The second of this month’s live streaming shows through knotfest.com is Judas Priest’s full concert recording, Battle Cry, which was released on DVD and Blu-ray March 25, 2016 through Epic Records.  The concert featured in the recording was originally recorded on Aug. 1, 2015 at the annual Wacken Open Air Festival.

The set list that is featured in Battle Cry doesn’t just focus on the band’s then most recent album Redeemer of Souls.  Instead the band attempts to cover as much of its expansive body of work as possible over the course of its ninety minute run time.

Judas Priest’s performance is scheduled to stream 3 p.m ET on July 17 through knotfest.com.

Knotfest.com’s ongoing concert series has already featured performances from Slipknot, Lamb of God, Trivium, Behemoth, Amon Amarth, Anthrax, Kreator, King Diamond, Carnifex, Suffocation, Suicide Silence, and In Flames.  The concerts have helped raise money to charities that help with COVID-19 relief efforts.

More information on Knotfet.com’s concert series is available online along with all of the latest Knotfest.com news at:

 

Website: http://Knotfest.com

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/knotfest

 

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INXS’ ‘Live Baby Live’ Re-Issue Builds On the Success Of Its Original Success

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Twenty-nine years ago  this month, pop rock band INXS released its first-ever live recording Live Baby Live.  The recording, captured July 31, 1991 at London’s famed Wembley Stadium, a venue that at that point, had also hosted the likes of Queen, Michael Jackson and U2.  So for INXS to take the stage at the legendary venue meant also putting the band in very good company, considering the venue’s reputation as one of the world’s “elite” live venues.  When the recording was originally released, it was a hit, reaching No. 3 on the Aria (Australian Recording Industry Association) Charts and No. 8 on the UK Albums Chart.  The recording’s charting positions showed its popularity even with critics on both sides of the Atlantic and in the band’s home nation of Australia panning the presentation.  Now almost 30 years later, the recording has been re-issued through Eagle Rock Entertainment for a whole new generation of audiences along with the band’s established fan base.  Specifically speaking, it was released June 26 on Blu-ray/4K-HD, DVD and other formats.  The concert’s set list makes for its own share of interest for audiences.  It will be discussed shortly.  The band’s performance of said set list adds to that interest.  It will be discussed a little later.  The companion booklet featured with the recording’s new re-issue rounds out its most important elements.  Each noted item is important in its own way to the whole of the recording’s presentation.  All things considered, they make Eagle Rock Entertainment’s Live Baby Live a presentation that will Keep INXS’ legacy a-LIVE.  Yes, that awful pun was intended.

Eagle Rock Entertainment’s recent re-issue of INXS’ debut live recording Live Baby Live (The first “Live” is pronounced like it rhyme with the word “give.”  The second rhymes with the word “hive.”) is an interesting presentation from the legendary pop rock band.  That is due in part to the recording’s 19-song set list.  The set list pulls largely from the band’s hit 1987 album Kick and that record’s follow-up, 1990’s XThe Swing (1984) gets a couple of nods.  The band even presents its hit single ‘Devil Inside’ to close out the show, but by and large, the two noted albums – Kick and X – get the most attention in this concert.  Eight of the 12 songs featured in Kick’s original presentation are featured in this set list.  Eight of the songs from X’s 11 total songs are also featured here.  Needless to say the set list is not a career-defining presentation from the band even at that point.  Why the band opted to focus on the two noted albums is anyone’s guess.  Considering that the band was touring in support of X at the time, the emphasis on that album is understandable.  Add in that at the time of X’s release, three years had passed between its release and that of Kick and the emphasis makes more sense, especially considering the extended story behind the release of Kick, which involved two record labels.  That story will be left for audiences to learn for themselves.  Even with the limited focus of the concert’s set list, the band keeps the energy flowing from one song to the next throughout the show.  The concert’s energy falls all of maybe twice total.  In other words, the concert’s energy will keep audiences engaged and entertained thanks to the set list.  What’s more, the songs featured in the set list features arrangements that bear a distinct similarity to works from INXS’ British counterparts, The Rolling Stones.  This is worth its own future discussion, as the stylistic similarities between the band’s songs were intended.  Keeping all of this in mind, the set list featured in Live Baby Live does its own share to entertain and engage audiences, even with its limitations kept in mind.

While the set list featured in Live Baby Live has some limitations what with its set list, the songs themselves will keep audiences entertained and engaged.  On a related note, the band’s performance thereof builds on the presentation’s appeal.  One of the most notable aspects of the band’s performance is that of front man Michael Hutchence.  Hutchence struts around the stage with the same swagger of The Rolling Stones’ front man Mick Jagger, even sounding at times like Jagger in his vocal delivery.  Drummer Jon Fariss’ time keeping is solid throughout each song, his energy never letting up at any point.  Kirk Pengilly (sax, guitars) adds his own unique touch to each song with his own performances.  His saxophone solos oozes the sound of so much music from the 90s, which adds even more to each song’s appeal.  He, Hutchence and the rest of the band members’ performances feed the audience’s energy.  That energy is in turn reciprocated, giving the band even more of its own energy, enhancing the experience even more.  That engaging and entertaining performance by the band couples with the concert’s set list to give audiences even more reason to experience this concert whether for the first time or the first time in a long time.  Those elements are not the only notable aspects of Live Baby Live, either.  The companion booklet that comes with the recording rounds out its most important elements.

The companion booklet that accompanies Eagle Rock Entertainment’s new re-issue of Live Baby Live is important to note because of the background that it offers audiences before they even experience the concert.  it should be noted that all of the background offered through the booklet is itself newly collected by fa Jamie East, who was at the band’s 1991 concert.  The booklet opens with an introspective recollection on the concert by then guitarist/keyboardist Andrew Fariss.  He writes about the honor of performing at Wemblem as a headliner even though the band had previously played there as an opener for Queen.  Additionally, Fariss offers a funny anecdote about locking himself in a bathroom in order to mentally prepare for the band’s 1991 headliner show.  That in itself will put a smile on audiences’ faces.  Fariss’ band mate Garry Gary Beers expands on those comments, offering his own praise for Hutchence while also discussing the band members’ excitement at headlining Wembley.  As the discussions continue, Jon Fariss gives thanks to the audience for taking part in the concert, noting, “We could not only see the mesmerizing vibe from the audience right in front of us – but the electricity and energy radiating from the audience was insanely unforgettable…I humbly thank and salute all our audience who were there at this Wembley show and for every other 3 thousand plus INXS shows we performed – I thank each and every one of you.”  Hutchence and Gilly also share their own thoughts (Hutchence thoughts were obviously recorded prior to his untimely passing in 1997) in the booklet, enriching the experience even more.  Considering their comments and the whole of the comments from the other noted band members, the booklet helps to paint a rich, vivid picture of Live Baby Live before audiences even experience the concert.  That enriches the recording’s presentation even more.  Considered with the recording’s set list and the band’s performance, all three elements join to make this concert a memorable presentation from INXS that audiences of all ages will appreciate.  Live Baby Live is available now on a variety of platforms.

Eagle Rock Entertainment’s recent re-issue of INXS’ live recording Live Baby Live is an interesting updated presentation of the recording. that is due in part to the recording’s set list.  While limited in its overall picture of the band’s catalog it still offers its own share of entertainment for audiences.  The band’s performance of said set list makes the recording even more worth experiencing.  The companion booklet, which features newly culled notes from the band members about the concert, adds yet another layer to the recording’s presentation.  All the items noted here are important in their own way to the whole of Live Baby Live.  All things considered, they make Live Baby Live well worth the experience. More information on Live Baby Live is available along with all of INXS’ latest news at:

 

Websitehttp://inxs.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/inxs

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/INXS

 

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Laurie Berkner Announces Date, Details For Upcoming Virtual Concert

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Family entertainer Laurie Berkner will hold a special live, interactive streaming concert next month.

Berkner announced Thursday, she will host a “Dinosaur Beach Party” Aug. 9.  The streaming event is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. ET that evening.  She will take families to a virtual beach with lights, camera and paleolithic action.

The online concert will feature her fan (and family) favorite ‘We Are The Dinosaurs,’ as well as other favorites, such as ‘Party Day,’ ‘Mahalo’ and ‘Like A Seashell.’  Children and their parents are encouraged to bring their own instruments, beach towels and animals for their heads during the concert.

Berker said during a recent interview, the success of her recent Father’s Day concert, held June 21, played in to the decision to hold the upcoming concert.

“I am absolutely thrilled with how successful our first Virtual Family Concert was, and I can’t wait to have a Dinosaur Beach Party with my fans!,” she said.  “I’ll be singing my hits – plus some new songs – and we’ll have plenty of surprises at the show!”

Along with the songs, Berkner’s upcoming show will also feature a craft activity in the virtual lobby ahead of the concert.

Tickets and VIP packages for the virtual concert are available here.at a cost of $20.  Meet-and-greet packages are $80.  Each family ticket for the concert comes with access to the concert for one device and a “welcome” video from Berkner.

Regular tickets must be bought before buying the meet-and-greet VIP add-ons.  A limited number of those VIP packages is available.  They include the following:

 

Two-Minute Virtual 1-on-1 Private Meet & Greet with Laurie Berkner after the show between 6:15-8:00 p.m. ET. Participants will be called directly when it is their turn. (Laurie will do her best to get East Coast families in early to respect bedtimes!)
Virtual Photo Opportunity with Laurie Berkner.
Recording of video session emailed to ticket holder 3 days post-event.
Opportunity for parents to chat with fellow families in the Virtual Waiting Room while awaiting their turn in line.
Live tech support.

 

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Websitehttp://www.laurieberkner.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/LaurieBerknerBand

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/LaurieBerkner

 

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Sepultura Announces Rescheduled North American Tour Dates For ‘Quadra’ Tour

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Veteran metal band Sepultura will return to North America next year.

The band announced the dates for its rescheduled Quadra North American tour Thursday.  The tour, which will also feature performances from Sacred Reich, Crowbar and Art of Shock, is scheduled to launch March 6 in Sacramento, CA and to run through April 10 in Berkeley, CA.  It also features performances in cities, such as Cleveland, OH; New Orleans, LA and Phoenix, AZ.

Guitarist Andreas Kisser talked about the rescheduled dates in a recent interview.

So happy to announce the rescheduled North American tour with our friends from Sacred Reich, Crowbar and Art of Shock. I can’t wait to go back to the stage to perform the new material from our album Quadra and to jam our history to you all! Stay safe and SEE YOU ALL SOON!!”

The band’s tour was scheduled to take place this year, but was delayed due to the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The new tour’s schedule is noted below.  Tickets and VIP packages are available here.

 

Confirmed dates for the “Quadra Tour” with SACRED REICH, CROWBAR, and ART OF SHOCK are:
3/06/2021 Ace Of Spades – Sacramento, CA United States
3/07/2021 The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT United States
3/08/2021 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO United States NEW!
3/10/2021 Rave II – Milwaukee, WI United States
3/11/2021 Wildwood – Iowa City, IA United States
3/12/2021 Varsity Theater – Minneapolis, MN United States
3/13/2021 Harpo’s – Detroit, MI United States
3/14/2021 House of Blues – Chicago, IL United States
3/15/2021 Rex Theater – Pittsburgh, PA United States
3/17/2021 Warsaw – Brooklyn, NY United States
3/18/2021 Opera House – Toronto, ON Canada
3/19/2021 Corona Theater – Montreal, QC Canada
3/20/2021 Big Night Live – Boston, MA United States
3/21/2021 Theatre Of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA United States
3/22/2021 Soundstage – Baltimore, MD United States
3/23/2021 House of Blues – Cleveland, OH United States
3/25/2021 Underground @ The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC United States
3/26/2021 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA United States
3/27/2021 Culture Room – Ft Lauderdale, FL United States
3/28/2021 The Ritz – Tampa, FL United States
3/30/2021 House of Blues – New Orleans, LA United States
3/31/2021 Parish – Austin, TX United States
4/01/2021 Gas Monkey Live – Dallas, TX United States
4/02/2021 Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK United States
4/03/2021 Warehouse Live – Houston, TX United States
4/05/2021 Rockhouse – El Paso, TX United States NEW!
4/06/2021 Van Buren – Phoenix, AZ United States
4/07/2021 House of Blues – San Diego, CA United States
4/08/2021 Belasco Theater – Los Angeles, CA United States
4/09/2021 UC Theatre – Berkeley, CA United States
4/10/2021 Ventura Theatre – Ventura, CA United States

 

Sepultura’s upcoming tour is in support of its latest album, Quadra (2020).  It has produced the singles ‘Isolation,’ ‘Last Time‘ and ‘Means To An End.’

More information on Quadra is available along with all of Sepultura’s latest news and more now at:

 

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Montreux Jazz Festival “54th Summer Of Music” Launches Online Friday

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The annual Montreux Jazz Festival is going on despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

The festival is scheduled to start Friday and to run through July 18.  Since the festival will not take place in person this year, it has been moved online and will feature classic performances from famed artists, such as Nina Simone, Deep Purple, and Etta James.  Additionally, it will feature the premieres of performances from performers and bands, such as John Lee Hooker, Tom Misch, and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.  One performance will stream daily over the course of that 16-day span.

The “festival’s” schedule is noted below.

 

“Summer Of Music” Line Up

John Lee Hooker (1983) — world premiere — Friday July 3
Charles Bradley (2016) — world premiere — Saturday July 4
Dimeh, Slimka, Makala et Varnish la Piscine (2016) — Sunday July 5
Suzanne Vega (2004) — Monday July 6
Rory Gallagher (1979) — Tuesday July 7
Charles Mingus (1975) — Wednesday July 8
Carlos Santana Plays the Blues (2004) — Thursday July 9
Bang Bang Romeo (2019) — world premiere — Friday July 10
Angelique Kidjo and Friends (2016) — world premiere— Saturday July 11
Nina Simone (1976) — Sunday July 12
Deep Purple Live with Orchestra (2011) — Monday July 13
Etta James (1993) — Tuesday July 14
BB King (1993) — Wednesday July 15
Kenny Wayne Shepherd (2019) — world premiere — Thursday July 16
Tom Misch (2019) — world premiere — Friday July 17
Marvin Gaye (1980) — Saturday July 18

 

Dubbed the “54th Summer of Music,” this year’s retrospective showcase will stream through the festival’s official YouTube channel.  It was made possible through a partnership between Eagle Rock Entertainment and Montreux Media Ventures.

Montreux Festival CEO Mathieu Jaton talked about the upcoming festival streams in a recent interview.

“Since its beginnings in 1967, the Montreux Jazz Festival has been immensely fortunate to have built up, thanks to the visionary spirit of Claude Nobs, a rich and unique audiovisual archive,” he said.  “This heritage has made the Festival famous and continues to make it shine through initiatives such as the 54th Summer of Music, made possible through our collaboration with the Claude Nobs Foundation, Eagle Rock and the NMAAM. This summer, this heritage is more essential than ever.”

Geoff Kempin added his own thoughts about the online festival.

“Marvin Gaye’s 1980 performance marked the inaugural collaboration between Montreux and Eagle Rock Entertainment, it paved the way for not only an exciting stable of ongoing releases, but also a fantastic line-up of artists at this summer’s Virtual Montreux Festival,” said Kemin. “We are delighted to be partnering with the Montreux Jazz Festival and YouTube in this summer Festival celebrating the diversity of artists that have performed at Montreux.”

Throughout the course of the “54th Summer of Music,” audiences will be able to donate to the National Museum of African-American Music, which is scheduled to open this fall in Nashville, TN.  All advertising revenues raised through the two-week-plus online-only festival will also go to benefit the museum.

Tuwisha Rogers-Simpson talked about the fundraising efforts with her own comments.

“NMAAM is thrilled to partner with Montreux Jazz Festival for this year’s ‘Summer of Music’ virtual event,” said Rogers-Simpson.  “In these uncertain times, music has been a beacon of light in a world of darkness, so we are excited that music lovers from across the globe will be able to share in this experience. Since the early 1600s, the influence of Black music and Black artists has spanned the globe, crossing race, age and even geography. We believe NMAAM to be a global destination where we unite people under a shared banner of music. Montreux is a titan in the popularization of Black music, not just in jazz but across genres, showcasing the wide-ranging impact of Black music and Black sounds. We look forward to what the ‘Summer of Music’ event brings to fans and we hope for a continued friendship and partnership”

More information on the “54th Summer of Music” is available along with all of the latest Montreux Jazz Festival news at:

 

Website: http://www.montreuxjazzfestival.com/en/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/montreuxjazzfestival

Twitter: http://twitter.com/MontreuxJazz

 

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Neal Morse Announces Release Date, Specs For New Album

Cover Art by: Thomas Ewerhard/Courtesy: InsideOut Music

Veteran prog-rock composer/singer/songwriter Neal Morse will release his new album this fall.

Sola Gratia is scheduled for release Sept. 20 through InsideOut Music.  The album is a concept record that focuses on the Apostle Paul.  It came from a discussion that Morse had with his wife years ago, according to comments made by Morse himself in a recent interview.

“I was talking to my wife Cherie about debuting this new piece at Morsefest 2020 (Morse’s annual fan convention in Nashville) and she said she thought it would be good for me to do a solo album,” he said. “ However, I thought she said ‘Sola album’ and – because some of the new ideas involved Paul’s aggressive pursuit of the early Christians, I could see a link to some of the themes of persecution in ‘Sola Scriptura’.”

Sola Scriptura is Morse’s 2007 album about the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Sola Gratia feaures famed drummer Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, The Winery Dogs, Transatlantic), Randy George (The Neal Morse Band, The Prog World Orchestra, Ajalon), Eric Gillette (The Neal Morse Band, Tree of Life, The Swon Brothers), Bill Hubauer (The Neal Morse Band) and Gideon Klein (Delta Rae, Jewel, The Neal Morse Band) adding their talents to the whole.

While many of the artists featured on this record work with Morse in The Neal Morse Band, he [Morse] explained that the album was still going to be a Neal Morse album instead of Neal Morse Band album.

“With the Neal Morse Band, the whole band works together on the writing, and while Eric Gillette plays some guitar and Bill Hubauer has added some keyboards on this one, neither of them wrote – or is singing – on this album,” he said.

Sola Gratia will be available as CD/DVD digipack (including making of documentary); 2LP/CD combo pack; CD and digital release.  Thomas Ewerhard created the album’s artwork.  The record’s track listing is noted below.

 

The full track-listing is as follows:

1.Preface
2.Overture
3.In The Name Of The Lord
4.Ballyhoo (The Chosen Ones)
5.March Of The Pharisees
6.Building A Wall
7.Sola Intermezzo
8.Overflow
9.Warmer Than The Sunshine
10.Never Change
11.Seemingly Sincere
12.The Light On The Road To Damascus
13.The Glory Of The Lord
14.Now I Can See/The Great Commission

 

Sola Gratia will receive its official release Sept. 18 and 19 at Morse’s annual Morsefest.  Due to COVID-19 regulations, a limited number of people will be able to attend.  Tickets are available here.

Pre-orders for Sola Gratia will open July 17.

More information on Neal Morse’s new album is available along with all of his latest news at:

 

Website: http://nealmorse.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/nealmorse

Twitter: http://twitter.com/nealmorse

 

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The BeatBuds To Hold Live Streaming Concert Event This Month

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Family entertainment act The BeatBuds will join Nickelodeon’s lineup next year, but first will hold a special family event this month.

The duo — Jonathan Jonah and Matthew Shapiro — is scheduled to hold a live 360-degree online concert event at 1 p.m. EDT July 12.  Dubbed a “virtual beach bash,” the concert event will take place in partner with Experiential Supply through The BeatBuds’ official website, where people can also purchase tickets.

Family tickets are $12 on pre-sale and $15 standard.  Each ticket allows access to The BeatBuds’ concert on one device.

The duo has partnered with Rock The Vote for the upcoming live event.  Jonah talked about the partnership in a prepared statement.

In light of current events and out of a desire to ensure that everyone has a voice, The BeatBuds are happy to announce that they have partnered with Rock the Vote, a 30-year-old non-profit organization that has consistently worked hard to increase voter turnout and give young people a voice,” said Jonah.  “We want to empower young people and their families to get educated, get out, and fill the ballot boxes because we believe it is one of the most effective ways to be heard and make a change. On top of our partnership with Rock the Vote, we plan to donate a portion of proceeds from the event to support youth civic education and get out the vote campaigns.”

Shapiro added to his band mate’s comments, explaining the motivation for the concert.

“Music has always been a positive force in helping us get through tough times, said Shapiro.  “We have so much in store for this show and couldn’t be more excited to be among the first to reintroduce a live music experience to families in a way that’s fun, innovative, and safe.  As artists, it’s our job to keep families smiling, and that’s exactly what we plan to do. Let’s jam!”

More information on The BeatBuds’ upcoming streaming concert is available at:

 

Website: http://www.TheBeatBuds.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheBeatBuds

 

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Alien Ant Farm To Host Live Streaming Concert Next Month

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Veteran alt-rock band Alien Ant Farm will hold a special live event for audiences next month.

The band will host a live streaming performance at 10 p.m. EDT July 11 at the Whisky A Go Go.  Audiences will get to watch the live performance from the comfort of their own homes (and smart phones). The concert is sponsored by Revolver magazine and Inked.

Tickets for the streaming event are $10.  Tickets are available here.

Guitarist Terry Corso talked about the upcoming concert in a recent interview.

“We live in this wait-and-watch world at the moment,” said Corso.  “So I think this online performance at the world famous Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood is going to be an experiment in what could be the new norm. Everyone is having to get creative and outside the box as far as facilitating material to fans. I think this is a pretty intriguing situation, and I’m excited at the notion of playing one show that people all over the planet can participate in.”

In other news, Alien Ant Farm recently signed a new record deal with Megafoce Records.  The band will release its next album (its sixth) through the label later this year.  Its release date will be announced in the days to come.

Corso also addressed that item.

“Next for the band is working with our new label partner Megaforce Records to get this new record out ASAP,” he said. “Getting back on the road would be great. Maybe even keep developing our drink line with Packinghouse Brewing Co. We’ve been trying to write music during the lockdown. Suddenly, everything now is about video, so there’s a lot of that going on… front yard golfing, home projects, keeping loved ones safe and trying not to go crazier than we already are, etc.”

More information on Alien Ant Farm’s upcoming concert is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

Website: http://alienantfarm.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/alienantfarm

 

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Anvil To Perform Live Online This Weekend

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Veteran rock band Anvil will perform live digitally this weekend.

The band will hold a live streaming performance at 5 p.m. EDT Saturday.  The performance, which is in support of the band’s latest album Legal At Last (2020), is produced by District 7 Production and L’Anti Bar & Spectacles.  Legal At Last is a celebration of the legalization of recreational cannabis use in the band’s home nation of Canada.

The stream will run at 10 p.m. (UK) and 11 p.m. (Central European Time) Saturday.  Audiences in Japan in Australia will get to see the stream at 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. respectively on Sunday.

Tickets for this weekend’s streaming shows are available here.  The show will stream here.

The concert’s organizers had the following to say about the event in a collective statement:

“I was wondering how to make L’Anti Bar & Spectacles live again in the midst of a health crisis,” the statement reads.  “I’ve been presenting virtual live shows with a ticket office since May 9. The first shows were appreciated by the spectators, we sold hundreds of tickets across Canada and in Europe during our first virtual shows. I wanted to present the first virtual metal show in Canada. I thought Anvil would be the perfect band for this show. I have an excellent relationship with them; the members of Anvil accepted without hesitation. Spectators should expect a virtual show with impeccable production quality in terms of sound, image, and lighting.”

More information on Anvil’s upcoming live stream show is available at:

 

Websitehttp://my.tbaytel.net/tgallo/anvil/

 

Facebook: http://twitter.com/anvilmetal

Twitter: http://twitter.com/AnvilMetal666

 

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‘Undead & Unplugged’ Gives Hope For A Full-Length Live Recording From Ice Nine Kills

Courtey: Fearless Records

Forthy-three years ago, famed author Stephen King published what has gone on to become one of the most well-known novels of all time when he released The Shining.  Its creation came after King visited the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado.  Three years later, that novel went on to be adapted into a movie that while disliked by King himself, has become beloved by horror movie fans.  In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the movie’s premiere, metalcore band Ice Nine Kills released a performance Friday that it held late last year at the hotel.  The surprise release is streaming through Fearless Records’ official YouTube channel.  The intimate performance serves as the foundation for its presentation.  Resting on that foundation is the matter of the concert’s set list, which while brief will still engage and entertain audiences.  The songs’ production and mixing rounds out its most important elements and will also be discussed later.  All three elements are key in their own way to the whole of Live From The Overlook Hotel.  All things considered, they leave listeners wanting for more in the best way possible.

Ice Nine Kills’ new live recording Live From The Overlook Hotel is another enjoyable presentation for audiences who are looking for their live music fix while stages are dark and silent.  That is due in part to the concert itself.  Rather than being a full-on, amped up concert, this performance was a more intimate, acoustic set from the band.  Adding to the interest is that the performance was held to mark the 40th anniversary of the debut of the movie spawned from Stephen King’s timeless novel by the same name.  Considering the alleged nature of the hotel – numerous stories have been told over the years about paranormal activity that has happened at the hotel – it was a surprise that nothing happened during the course of the concert, which was held in support of the re-issue of the band’s 2018 album The Silver Scream.  The re-issue, dubbed The Final Cut, was released Oct. 25, 2019, only weeks ahead of the band’s performance at the Staley Hotel.  The fact that the performance was so intimate and that almost no one was at the hotel when King and his wife Tabitha visited the business decades earlier adds to the interesting juxtaposition.  The question and answer session that was featured with the performance is removed from the EP along with the other mid-song interactions with the audience, in favor of just the songs.  Even despite that, the performance still offers its own share of engagement and entertainment for audiences.  Maybe one day audiences will get the performance in whole through an official release on DVD and/or Blu-ray.  In the meantime though, that the band would at least present its song performances from the concert is reason enough to check out this digital-only EP.

Speaking of songs performed during the intimate performance, the concert’s set list is of its own interest for listeners.  Composed of five tracks, the concert focuses mainly on the acoustic tracks that are featured in The Silver Scream’s Final Cut re-issue, which would make sense, considering that the performance, again, came only weeks after The Silver Scream: The Final Cut was released.  The acoustic take of ‘Thank God It’s Friday’ is here, as are the acoustic takes of ‘A Grave Mistake’ and ‘Savages.’  The band’s acoustic take of ‘Stabbing in the Dark’ was replaced in this concert with an acoustic take of ‘Love Bites.’  That song was also featured in The Silver Scream, but was not featured as an acoustic take on The Final Cut.  The set’s closer, ‘Enjoy Your Slay’ also was not an acoustic work presented in the original album or its re-issue.  Even with that in mind, it was still a strong performance in its own right.  Considering the mood of the overall concert and its setting, the performance was a good fit.  There was a certain eerie, somber nature in the performance that just enhanced the overall mood of the performance.  Given, it would have been nice to have had more songs in the set list, but again, the concert was part of the supporting tour in support of The Final Cut.  So to that end, the acoustic takes were naturally the point of focus here.  To that end, the set list in itself is still engaging and entertaining.  Together with the show’s setup, it makes the overall concert even more noteable.

While the concert’s background and its set list do a lot to make it worth taking in, they are only a portion of what makes the performance stand out.  The recording’s production and mixing rounds out its most important elements.  They are important to note especially because this is an all acoustic performance.  This might not seem important on the surface, but in the bigger picture, making sure all of the sound levels are precise in an acoustic setting is just as critical if not more so in an acoustic setting as a fully amplified performance.  That is because the sound is softer, so even more attention has to be paid to every bit of sound balance.  Those behind the boards and editing are to be commended for that attention to the finer details, too.  Their efforts paid off in each song, putting the final touch to the presentation.  Together with the noted set list and the setting for the concert and its background, all three elements come together to make Undead & Unplugged: Live From The Overlook Hotel a good first live outing for Ice Nine Kills that gives hope for a future full-length live recording from the band..

Ice Nine Kills’ new live EP Undead & Unplugged: Live From The Overlook Hotel is a positive offering from the band.  That is especially considering that it is the band’s first live recording.  That is due in part to the concert’s setup and background in itself as noted here.  The set list, though brief, adds its own interest to the EP’s presentation.  The recording’s production and mixing puts the finishing touch to its presentation.  All three items are important in their own way to the whole of this live EP.  All things considered, they make Undead & Unplugged: Live From The Overlook Hotel a positive live debut from INK, and a presentation that gives hope for what a full-length live recording could look and sound like.  The recording is streaming now through Fearless Records’ official YouTube channel.

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