Breaking Benjamin, 5FDP Tour Benefits Charity

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Five Finger Death Punch and Breaking Benjamin wrapped their joint headlining summer tour last weekend, and the tour has helped two charities.

The bands donated $190,000 total to Concerns Of Police Survivors and Prevent Child Abuse America.  That gives each organization $95,000.  C.O.P.S. works with people affected by police officers’ line of duty deaths while Prevent Child Abuse America helps develop programs that help prevent all types of child abuse and neglect.

Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory was humble as he talked about donating to C.O.P.S.

“We’ve had the privilege to work with veteran and police organizations for years,” Bathory said.  “Today we are making this donation as a token of our respect and gratitude to those who committed to protect and serve, to those who signed up to bravely hold that thin blue line between ‘civilization as we know it’ and ‘lawless savagery and chaos.’ Unfortunately, every 58 hours, a police officer who believes in something sacrifices everything and dies in the line of duty. C.O.P.S. helps and benefits the families of our fallen heroes in blue.”

C.O.P.S. Executive Director Dianne Bernhard was appreciative of the donation.

“C.O.P.S. is grateful to be the recipient of such a generous donation from Five Finger Death Punch,” Bernhard said.  “We not only appreciate their amazing musical talent, but their support for surviving families and co-workers of America’s law enforcement truly sets them apart.  Thank you on behalf of over 47,000 survivors!”

Breaking Benjamin front man Benjamin Burnley was just as humble as Bathory as he talked about working with Prevent Child Abuse America.

“We’re honored to be able to utilize the thing we love to do most as a tool to help children in need,” Burnley said.  “Organizations such as Prevent Child Abuse America remind us that we are the voice of the voiceless, and positive change is possible in otherwise hopeless situations for these kids.  We offer our utmost gratitude to every fan who bought a ticket this summer and made a difference.  And last but not least, thank you to the selfless people at Prevent Child Abuse America for inspiring greatness and all that you do to make the future brighter for so many.”

PCAAA President and CEO Dan Duffy was moved by the donation to his organization.

“We are very grateful to the members of Breaking Benjamin, not only for this incredible donation, but for helping to spread the word that child abuse neglect and prevention is possible, “Duffy said.  “This donation from Breaking Benjamin and their fans will go directly toward programs like Healthy Families America that are making a difference in local communities across the country.  At Prevent Child Abuse America, we say that “we all have a role to play,” and we hope that others are inspired by Breaking Benjamin to learn more about ways that each of us can make an impact in our local community.  Thank you again to Ben, Aaron, Shaun, Jason and Keith for your generosity on behalf of our nation’s children.”

Breaking Benjamin and Five Finger Death Punch will head back out on the road together this fall thanks to fan demand for more from the bands. The groups’ new tour is currently scheduled to launch Nov. 6 in Whichita, KS and to run through Dec. 11 in Portland, ME.  The tour, whose dates are noted below, also features performances in Fayetteville, NC; Bozeman, MT and Lincoln, NE.

Five Finger Death Punch + Breaking Benjamin Tour:

Each band will tour in support of its own new full-length studio recording — Five Finger Death Punch in support of And Justice for None and Breaking Benjamin in support of Ember.

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Opeth Premieres ‘Garden Of The Titans…’ Second Live Clip

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Opeth premiered another new clip this week from its forthcoming new live recording Garden of the TitansLive at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

The band premiered the clip of its performance of ‘Demon of the Fall‘ on Friday.  The performance was originally recorded May 11, 2017 at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Denver, Colorado.  It can also be streamed without video and downloaded here.

‘Demon of the Fall’ is the second clip to be released from the recording, which is currently scheduled to be released Nov. 2 via Nuclear Blast Records and Moderbolaget Records.  The band debuted the recording’s first clip — ‘Sorceress‘ — Aug. 17.

Pre-orders are open now for Garden of the TitansLive at Red Rocks Amphitheatre via Nuclear Blast Records’ online store and via Opeth’s own store.

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Ellefson Inducted Into Iowa Rock N’ Roll Hall Of Fame

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Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson has received a new honor.

The Grammy Award-winning musician was inducted into the Iowa Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame over the weekend.  The honor was bestowed on Ellefson by the Iowa Rock N’ Roll Association.  He was inducted under the “Individual Artist” category for his accomplishments as a multi-talented musician and entrepreneur.

Along with receiving a plaque, Ellefson also is honored in the Iowa Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame with a permanent exhibit that features one of his personal Jackson Kelly Bird signature basses.

Ellefson was humble as he talked about being recognized.

“Growing up in Jackson, which is right on the border with Iowa, I spent as much time in Iowa as I did in Minnesota,” Ellefson said.  “My mom was from Iowa, and really, so much of my life growing up was here.  The Iowa circuit is where I really cut my teeth as a musician before moving to L.A. and joining Megadeth, and it’s such an amazing honor to be recognized with the Iowa RNRHOF Class of 2018.  After the Grammy win for Dystopia it was really a cherry on top, to be recognized by my peers and the great people back home, and to get to come back and participate in this amazing weekend.”

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The weekend’s evens opened with Ellefson performing one of his BASSTORy master classes on Saturday morning.  As the weekend progressed, he and EMP Label Group partner Thom Hazert judged the finals of the statewide Iowa Rocks Battle of the Bands.

The weekend wrapped with the induction ceremony that included Ellefson and others being inducted into the Iowa Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame.  This year’s full list of inductees is available online here.

Dave Ellefson will launch his BASSTORY tour later this month in Portland, Oregon.  The nearly three-week tour is currently scheduled to run through Oct. 7 in Makato, MN.

After taking time to rest and recharge, he will launch a series of European BASSTORY dates starting Oct. 15 in Bristol, U.K.  That tour is currently scheduled to run through Oct. 23 in Berlin, Germany.  The full schedule for Ellefson’s U.S. and U.K. BASSTORY tour is noted below.


9/20 Portland, OR – Dante’s
9/21 Spokane Valley, WA – The Roadhouse
9/22 Fife, WA – Louie G’s
9/28 San Antonio, TX – Fitzgerald’s
9/29 Houston, TX – BFE Rock Club
10/3 Bradley, IL – The Looney Bin
10/4 Lombard, IL – Brauer House
10/5 Sturtevant, WI – Route 20 Outhouse

10/6 Ringle, WI – Q and Z Expo Center
10/7 Mankato, MN – What’s Up Lounge

* With Green Death
With Green Death and WRATH

BASSTORY Europe (Presented by METAL CASINO):
10/15 : Bristol, U.K. – BIMM|
10/16 : Guildford, U.K. – ACM
10/18 : Tilburg, Netherlands – O13
10/22 : Warsaw, Poland – RIFF MEGASTORE
10/23 : Berlin, Germany – Private Club

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Slayer Announces Dates For European Leg Of Its Farewell Tour

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Slayer is preparing to say goodbye to its European fans.

The band has announced the dates for the next leg of its worldwide farewell tour, which will take the band across Europe.  The tour is currently scheduled to launch November ` in Dublin, Ireland before heading to the UK for a handful of dates and then on to Germany, The Netherlands, Spain and a number of other locations across Europe.

Longtime guitarist Kerry King said the decision to take the tour to Europe had been planned for a long time, and that the reaction to the tour in the U.S. has been motivating for the upcoming European run.

“We always knew this tour would take us into 2019, and we’ve been blown away by the response we’ve been getting here in North America,” King said.  “We’ve heard about fans who have driven five, six hours or flown in from other cities or countries to see us, so we want to assure our fans that we’ll be on the road through 2019 and will get to as many places around the world as possible to make it easier for everyone to come and see us one last time.”

Front man Tom Araya shared King’s appreciation for the fans and their reaction.

“I just want to take the time out to say thank you to all our fans who have made this first part of this tour phenomenal,” Araya said.  “You really are loyal dedicated fans and we appreciate that so much from you.  We still have quite a few places to play, so next year, keep your eyes and ears open so you can catch us live one last and final time.  Again, thank you!”

Before the band heads to Europe, it will perform for audiences at Mexico at the ForceFest in Tijuana, Mexico on October 7.  Plans are also in the works for live performances in South America, Australia and Japan as part of its continued farewell tour.

The current schedule for the European leg of Slayer’s farewell tour is noted below.

7         ForceFest @ Campo De Golf Teotihucan, San Juan Teotihuacan, Mexico  (headline)

1         Dublin 3Arena, Dublin, Ireland
3         Wembley Arena, London, UK
5         Cardiff Arena, Cardiff, UK
7         Birmingham BCA, Birmingham, UK
9         Manchester Arena, Manchester, UK
10        Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
12        Glasgow Hydro SSE, Glasgow, UK
14        Westfalenhalle 1, Dortmund, Germany
15        IJsselHal, Zwolle, Netherlands
17        Palacio Vistalegre, Madrid, Spain
18        St. Jordi, Barcelona, Spain
20        Mediolanum Forum, Milan, Italy
21        Halle 622, Zurich, Switzerland
23        Stadthalle, Vienne, Austria
24        Freiburg, SICK ARENA, Freiburg, Germany
26        Barclaycard Arena Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
27        Atlas Arena, Lodz, Poland
29        Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany
30        Messchalle, Erfurt, Germany

2         Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin, Germany
3         Royal Arena, Kobenhavn S, Denmark
5         Hovert, Stockholm, Sweden
6         Oslo Spektrum Arena, Oslo, Norway
8         Helsinki Ice Hall, Helsinki, Finland

23        Hellfest Open Air, Clisson, France  (headline)

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Saliva Announces ’10 Lives’ Release Date

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Veteran rock band Saliva will reach a milestone this fall with the release of its 10th album.

The band announced today that it is currently scheduled to release 10 Lives October 19 via Megaforce Records.  Pre-orders for the 14-song record are open now via Amazon.

The band said in a collective statement that 10 Lives, co-produced by Saliva front man Bobby Amaru and Steve Perreira, holds a special meaning to the group.

“The title represents where we are at in the band’s career,” the band said.  “We feel stronger than ever…10 Lives is about never giving up and grinding daily.  We love making new records for the fans who continue to support the band through it all.  This will not be the last!”

Currently, the band is on tour in support of its most recent album, 2016’s Love, Lies & Therapy.  Its current tour schedule will bring it to Newberry, South Carolina and Greenville, South Carolina on August 30 and 31 respectively.

The tour’s schedule takes the band through September 9 in Denver, Colorado.  The remaining dates on the band’s current schedule are noted below.

SALIVA Tour Dates:
8/30 – Newberry, SC @ Newberry Opera Hous
8/31 – Greenville, SC @ The Firmament
9/1 – Concord, VA @ Devault Vineyards – Blue Ridge Rock Festival
9/2 – Daytona Beach, FL @ Main Street Station Live
9/3 – Sebastian, FL @ Captain Hiram’s Sand Bar
9/6 – Altus, OK @ Red River Music Hall
9/7 – Salina, KS @ Tony’s Pizza and Events Center
9/8 – Kansas City, MO @ Crossroads
9/9 – Denver CO @ Herman’s Hideaway

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Fozzy Reaches Its Peak With ‘Judas’

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Veteran hard rock band Fozzy launched the latest leg of its “Judas Rising” tour on Friday.  The tour, which currently runs through September 29 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, includes performances in Charlotte and Jacksonville, North Carolina on September 19 and 20 respectively.  The tour’s launch also follows the release of the band’s latest single, ‘Burn Me Out,’ which is taken from the band’s most recent album, Judas (2017).  Judas is an interesting change of pace for Fozzy at least stylistically speaking.  That is not a bad thing, either.  In fact, the change in the band’s sound exhibited in this record is a big part of what makes the record such an interesting new offering.  ‘Painless,’ which comes a little early in the record’s run, is just one example of that welcome change.  It will be discussed shortly.  ‘Elevator,’ which comes late in the album’s run, is another example of the change exhibited in the record this time out, and another of the most notable of those examples, too.  It will be discussed a little later.  The full-throttle ‘Wolves at Bay,’ which closes out the album is one more example of the change that is evident in this record that makes it another interesting new effort.  Of course it is not the last of the songs that shows the change from the band this time out.  Keeping that in mind, there are also some more familiar works early on in the record.  When those songs are considered along with the songs noted here and those not noted, the whole of Judas proves to be a record that presents Fozzy at the top of its game.

Veteran hard rock band Fozzy’s most recent full-length studio recording, 2017’s Judas is one of the best albums that this band has released to date.  Simply put, it presents Fozzy at the top of its game.  That is thanks to the growth and change exhibited by the band throughout the album.  The first real sign of that change comes early in the album’s run in the form of ‘Painless.’  Musically speaking, this song is one of the most radio friendly songs that the band has composed to date.  At the same time, it doesn’t sacrifice the hard rock edge for which the band has come to be known in its previous albums in order to achieve that accessibility.  It shows similarities to works from the likes of Breaking Benjamin, Five Finger Death Punch and other similar hard rock acts, showing again, that accessibility.

The song’s lyrical content shows a certain growth, too, as it presents a subject in a distinctly difficult place emotionally and psychologically.  What’s interesting here is that it doesn’t just come right out and give away the situation, perhaps intentionally leaving interpretation to apply to any difficult situation.  This is inferred as front man Chris Jericho sings in the song’s lead verse, “My life trapped in between/A whisper and a scream/A suicide machine of my own making/You medicate my brain/Like needles in my veins/Consumed in your embrace/There’s no escaping/My fix I the misery/Won’t stop till the end of me/I can’t feel anything.”  This alone comes across as perhaps someone dealing with the impacts of drug abuse.  That is just this critic’s own take on this verse, though.  He goes on to sing in the song’s chorus, “Killing me one breath at a time/Caught in your web/I’m paralyzed/So go on and lay me down to rest/You make it painless, painless.”  What’s even more interesting is that later in the song’s third verse, Jericho switches things up even more, singing, “Do you know what it’s like/To be hollow inside my life, my grave/Do you love me enough to finish me off/Don’t leave me here this way?” before reprising the song’s chorus.  At this point, it’s as if Jericho is hinting at a relationship issue making things even more difficult.  Simply put, this song is just as deep lyrically as it is musically.  Keeping that in mind along with the song’s musical arrangement, the song in whole shows quite a bit of positive and welcome growth and change from the band.  That growth makes this song just one example of what makes Judas another strong effort from Fozzy.  It is of course just one of the songs that serves to show that welcome change.  ‘Elevator,’ which comes later in the record’s run, is another example of the change that makes Judas an interesting new offering from the band.

The growth exhibited in ‘Elevator’ comes instantly in its musical arrangement, as it opens with the driving guitar and keyboard lines that open the song.  That combination, which runs through the course of the song, gives the song a little bit of an industrial sound.  It’s a sound that Fozzy has used very rarely, if at all in its past records.  The expert balance of the elements along with the solid time keeping (and Jericho’s vocal delivery) makes for an overall musical arrangement that itself shows even more the change in the band’s musical direction this time out.  When that change is coupled with the song’s lyrical content, the two elements make the song in whole another notable addition to Judas.

Where ‘Painless’ presented someone in a very low place, ‘Elevator’ is the polar opposite so to speak.  Jericho sings here, “Step in/We’re gonna take a ride/To the promised land/Heaven is in our hands/We’ve all been down/There’s only one way out/’Cause when you’re feeling low/There’s only one way to go/I’m your elevator.”  He goes on to sing in the song’s second verse, “We crawl through dirt/You know we’ve been hurt/Put your faith in me/’Cause I’ve got the golden key/So wave goodbye/I’m gonna get you high/High above the crowd/Nothing can stop us now/I’m your elevator.”  It goes without saying that unlike ‘Painless,’ this song is quite the uplifting piece.  Now whether the song was intentionally supposed to be religious in its wording or if that was purely metaphorical language is left for the band to explain.  That aside, the positive, uplifting message here, coupled with the song’s equally empowering musical arrangement shows even more the change in Fozzy in this record.  That exhibited change shows even more why the record in whole is some of the band’s best work to date.  It still is not the last of the songs to show that noted change and how that change is a positive for the album in whole.  ‘Wolves at Bay,’ the album’s closer, is one more strong example of that change and its positive impact on the album.

‘Wolves at Bay’ stands out – as with the previously discussed songs – in part because of its musical arrangement.  Its opening bars present a thrash metal style approach before switching over to the band’s more familiar melodic hard rock sound a la Sevendust, etc. in the verses.  That thrash metal approach, which again the band has rarely if ever, used returns in the chorus.  The driving energy in the song’s musical arrangement is echoed in its equally powerful and aggressive lyrics.  Jericho sings here, “You like to hunt/Your game is fear/I was the one, your souvenir/This is a fight/The one that you’ve been fighting for/You did incite the call for us to go to war.”  He goes on to sing in the song’s chorus, “Pushing and pushing/Giving me no choice/Humiliate/Intimidate/Until I hit the breaking point/Back to the wall/Keeping the wolves at bay/Fight my way out/’Cause it’s the only way.”  The song continues on lyrically in similar fashion from here.  Simply put, there’s a certain level of aggression and confidence here.  This is someone saying, “back off, you’ve caused me to be this way, and I won’t hesitate to attack if I have to,”  It’s a strong song and an interesting contrast to the album’s opener.  Those powerful lyrics and the song’s equally powerful musical arrangement shows again the change evident from the band in this album.  That welcome change also again shows what makes Judas such a strong new offering from Fozzy.  When it is considered along with the previously discussed songs and the rest of this record, the whole of the album proves to be not just a strong new album, but some of the band’s best work to date.

Fozzy’s new album Judas is some of the band’s best work to date.  That’s because while it does present some familiarity to listeners, it also exhibits continued positive growth and change from the band.  That is exhibited in the song’s discussed here clearly.  When they are considered along with the songs not discussed here, that change becomes even more evident and appreciated.  When it is considered in whole, the result is a record that every Fozzy fan will enjoy.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on Judas, Fozzy’s new tour, its latest news and more is available online now at:










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Time Life To Release Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Concerts Collection Next Month

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Time Life Entertainment announced today that it will release a special new collection of live performances from the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame next month.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in ConcertEncore is scheduled to be released September 21 on Blu-ray and DVD.  The collection features 44 performances and presentations from Hall of Fame ceremonies between 2010 and 2013.  The performances come from the likes of Rush, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Heart, Dr. John, Public Enemy, Alice Cooper and Rob Zombie and many others.

Along with the performances, induction speeches from Don Henley — as he inducts Randy Newman — Neil Young inducting Tom Waits and many others are also included in the recording’s overall presentation.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in ConcertEncore runs a total of 481 minutes (just over 8 hours). It will be presented separately on a four-disc DVD set and two-disc Blu-ray platform.  The DVD will retail for MSRP of $34.99 and the Blu-ray for $39.99.  It is part of a much bigger 25-disc set that can be ordered online direct via Time Life’s official store.

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