Live In Dublin Impresses Just As Much On CD As On DVD, Blu-ray

Courtesy:  Eagle Rock Entertainment

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Veteran music duo Daryl Hall and John Oates officially released its new live recording Live in Dublin this week. The recording features Hall & Oates’ July 15, 2014 performance at the Olympia Theater in Dublin, Ireland. The concert marked the first time ever the Hall and Oates had ever performed as a duo at the venue. That is itself truly an incredible statement considering the fact that the duo released its debut album some forty-three years ago in 1972 and has toured the world together multiple times over since then. So it goes without saying that being the pair’s first-ever performance together at the Olympia Theater is an important event for both men and for their fans around the world. The recording is available now on DVD, Blu-ray, and 2-CD. The Blu-ray and DVD presentation of the concert are both great pieces for any Hall & Oates fans. The double-disc CD presentation deserves just as much mention. There is plenty to like about the 2-CD set beginning with the set list presented across the discs. The set list is presented in exactly the same order as it is on the DVD and Blu-ray platforms. As minute as this may seem to many, it is actually very important. The reason for that importance will be discussed shortly. Another positive element of the 2-CD set is its audio mix. Thanks to the efforts of those charged with handling the audio boards and the post production, the audio is just as impressive here as it is on the concert’s DVD and Blu-ray presentation. Last of note is the band’s stage presence throughout the concert. It’s difficult to translate stage presence in an audio-only presentation. So those that pick up the 2-CD concert recording of Live in Dublin are recommended to purchase either the DVD or Blu-ray so as to fully understand and appreciate the band’s stage presence throughout the show. Fans that purchase both will agree that in seeing the band, its stage presence plays just as much a role in the success and enjoyment of the concert as the set list itself. Each element on its own plays a pivotal role in the success and enjoyment of Live in Dublin’s 2-CD. All three together prove it to be one part of a whole that not only will fans thoroughly enjoy but that proves once more why Eagle Rock Entertainment is the leader in live recordings.

Hall & Oates’ new live recording Live in Dublin marks the first time ever that Hall & Oates have ever performed live together in Dublin. And as audiences will discover in listening to the concert even in its 2-CD format, it is a concert that was well worth the wait. The primary way in which it proves it was worth that wait is through its set list. As noted in this critic’s review of the concert’s Blu-ray presentation, the show’s set list is not necessarily what one might call a career-defining set list. However, it does handle a good amount of Hall & Oates’ career. The show’s set list takes fans all the way back to the duo’s 1973 sophomore record Abandoned Luncheonette and all the way up to its 194 record Big Bam Boom. That presents a rather large swath of material from what is one of the music world’s most well-known and beloved acts. The broad spectrum of material presented by Hall & Oates in the CD portion of its new record is just part of what makes the set list just as important in its CD presentation as in its DVD or Blu-ray presentation. The set list presented in the concert’s 2-CD presentation includes each song included in the concert presented in the concert’s DVD and Blu-ray. Just as key is that the set list presented in the concert’s 2-CD format is in the exact same order as in the DVD and Blu-ray presentation. People take this element for granted far too often with live recordings. The reality is that in many cases, record labels will actually omit songs from a concert’s audio recording (CD) and keep them in the DVD and Blu-ray presentation. In other cases, the order of the set list is shifted around between the a/v portion and the audio-only portion. The reason for omitting songs in one format and not another is obvious. That is just a ploy by record labels to make more money as DVDs and Blu-rays typically run at a higher price than their audio-only counterparts. It this illegal? No. is it ethical? Hardly. Luckily for fans of Hall & Oates, Eagle Rock didn’t use such nefarious measures for this recording. On the side of labels shifting set list orders around, it’s anyone’s guess as to why labels would do this. There’s no reason to do it. And while it happens far less than the omitting of songs, it does still happen. It doesn’t happen here, though. It’s even more proof of why the CD side of Hall & Oates’ new concert recording is just as enjoyable as its a/v side. That Eagle Rock Entertainment would maintain such a high standard also shows once more why Eagle Rock remains the leader in live recordings.

The 2-CD side of Hall & Oates’ new live recording is a key element in its success. That is because it is presented in its entirety just as in the concert’s DVD and Blu-ray presentation. The fact that no song is omitted in the concert’s audio-only portion is just part of what makes the set list so important to the whole of this recording. That the concert is presented in exactly the same order in its 2-CD presentation as in its DVD and Blu-ray presentation shows even more the importance of the set list to the recording’s success. As important as the set list is to the whole of Live in Dublin in its 2-CD presentation, the concert’s audio mix is just as key to its success. And as with the audio mix in the concert’s a/v presentations, the audio mix was handled just as expertly here. Sometimes, things are lost in translation when a live show is transferred over to an audio-only presentation because of compression, etc. Luckily that didn’t happen here. The concert’s audio mix is expertly balanced throughout the show with each part perfectly balancing the other. Such quality audio is yet another standard maintained by Eagle Rock Entertainment for some time. It is yet another reason that Hall & Oates fans will enjoy this portion of the duo’s latest concert recording as much as its DVD and Blu-ray presentations. It is also another way in which Eagle Rock Entertainment continues to prove itself the leader in live recordings.

The set list that makes up Live In Dublin’s body and the concert’s audio mix are equally important elements of the whole of the recording. The set list will take long-time fans on a trip through most of Hall & Oates’ career. What’s more, those that might perhaps purchase the 2-CD presentation over the DVD and Blu-ray (although that is anything but recommended) will not feel shorted as the set list in the concert’s audio-only presentation is exactly the same as that of its a/v presentations. It is also presented in exactly the same order as those presentations. The audio mix of the 2-CD presentation makes that set list all the more enjoyable as every song included in the concert’s a/v presentations is also included here. The two elements together do plenty to make the 2-CD presentation of Live in Dublin fully enjoyable for Hall & Oates’ fans. As important as each element proves to be to the whole of Live in Dublin’s audio-only format, an understanding of the band’s stage presence makes the concert even more enjoyable and complete. The issue at hand with understanding the band’s stage presence is that it is difficult to fully comprehend or appreciate an act’s stage presence in an audio-only format. This is exactly why it is recommended that those that purchase the concert’s 2-CD set also purchase the DVD or Blu-ray. In watching the concert’s a/v side, audiences will see for themselves the band’s stage presence. The band in whole exudes such energy in its performance of ‘Family Man.’ While it holds the original song in the performance, the band has noticeably stepped up in this performance. And the funky vibes of ‘It’s Uncanny’ will take audiences back to another age as the band launches into this piece. The band’s live take of ‘It’s Uncanny’ is just as good as its original studio recording if not better than said composition. And the band’s performance of its biggest hit of all, ‘You Make My Dreams,’ is a solid performance in its own right. Interestingly enough, one would think the band’s performance of one of its biggest singles of all would be a big production. But the band opts instead for a performance that while not subdued per se is not the massive production that one would expect. Interestingly enough, because the band saves its energy for the last bars of the song, it makes this moment all the more special and memorable. Whether for that memorable moment or for the band’s performances of ‘Family Man,’ ‘It’s Uncanny’ or any of the moments not noted here, it can be said with ease that the stage presence of Daryl Hall, John Oates, and the duo’s fellow musicians throughout the concert presented here makes the set list and in turn the performance in whole all the more enjoyable for fans.

As one can hopefully see by now, the 2-CD presentation of Hall & Oates’ new live recording Live in Dublin offers just as much to appreciate as its a/v counterparts. Whether for the complete and completely in order set list to the expert audio mix to the band’s stage presence and more, Live in Dublin proves itself as welcome in any fan’s home music library as the concert’s a/v side. Though, it would be recommended that any real fans add both the a/v and audio-only recordings to their library. Both together will give fans the full concert experience here and will lead fans to agree once more that Eagle Rock Entertainment has proven itself the leader in live recordings. Live in Dublin’s 2-CD set is available in stores and online now along with the concert’s DVD and Blu-ray. More information on this and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online at:

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Green Day Announces New Live Date At Cleveland’s House Of Blues

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Courtesy: BBGun Press

Green Day is going to make things *ahem* hot in Cleveland later this month.

Green Day announced today that it will perform live at the House of Blues in Cleveland, Ohio on Thursday, April 16th. Members of the band’s Idiot Nation fan club can purchase tickets tomorrow, April 2nd, before they go on sale for the general public. Tickets go on sale for fan club members tomorrow morning at 10am ET and will remain on sale until they are all sold. Tickets for the general public will go on sale this Friday, April 3rd at 10am ET.

More information on this newly announced concert is available online along with all of the latest news from the band at:

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Randy Bachman’s Latest LP Is A Whole Different And Enjoyable Kind Of Heavy

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Courtesy: Linus Entertainment/Paquin Entertainment Group/Ontario Media Development Corporation

Veteran musician Randy Bachman has spent the better part of his adult life crafting songs that are known today as some of the rock realm’s greatest compositions. Whether as a member of Bachman Turner Overdrive, The Guess Who, or as a solo musician, Randy Bachman’s music is considered by rockers of all ages to be some of rock’s greatest even to this day. And with his latest solo effort Heavy Blues Bachman continues to justify that reputation even more. Heavy Blues will hit store shelves on Tuesday, April 14th. it is an aptly titled record considering the blues-based rock that makes up most of the album’s eleven total tracks. Perhaps the only exception to that rule is the album’s deeply emotional closer ‘We Need To Talk.’ That song aside, Heavy Blues still stands as a record that every rock purist should add to his or her own music library. From its straight forward, seemingly Steve Miller/The Who-inspired opener ‘The Edge,’ to the gospel and blues-infused ‘Oh My Lord’ to that much deeper, more moving closer, there is plenty for rock purists to appreciate in this album. That includes the pieces not noted here, either. All eleven tracks taken fully into consideration, Heavy Blues proves itself to be a record that is a full breath of fresh air and reminder of all that once made rock great and always will.

Randy Bachman’s latest full length effort Heavy Blues is, as already noted, a breath of fresh air in an age in which rock seems continually dominated by cookie cutter bands dominating mainstream rock radio stations and equally sound-alike acts dominating the heavier side of the rock realm; bands whose songs consist of indecipherable, cookie monster-like growls, machine-gun speed drumming, and crunching, down-tuned guitars. It is a reminder of all that once made rock great and always will regardless of which bands dominate the airwaves and the underground. This is exhibited right off the top in the album’s bombastic opener ‘The Edge.’ The song boasts quite the similarity to works from the likes of both The Who and The Steve Miller Band among others stylistically speaking. Whether or not that was intentional is known only by Bachman himself. Regardless, the combination of those influences in this song serve to make it the perfect choice for Heavy Blues’ opener and a great addition to the album overall. That bombastic style is an equally fitting match for the song’s lyrical side. Lyrically speaking, the song presents a figure that is looking at the world with eyes wide open and a bright spirit. He is someone that is ready to break out and explore the big, wide world with so much gusto. He sings to his mother, “Goodbye mama/I ain’t comin’ home/There’s a big world out there/I’m goin’ it alone/Leave behind the knockers/I just gotta chase the dream/I wanna be somebody and I gotta be free.” He goes on to sing in the song’s closing verse, “I might be wrong/But I’ll take that chance/Falling down and getting up/Is part of the dance/Wanderin’ in circles/Trying to find a place to be/I wanna be somebody and I gotta be free.” Whether male or female, such mindset and energy is something to which even today’s youths can relate. The song’s ability to reach across the generations with such lyrics and musical power makes it a great opener for Heavy Blues and just one of many examples of why every rock purist should have Heavy Blues in their music library.

‘The Edge’ is a great start for Randy Bachman’s new album. It is a song that stretches across generations both with its music and its equally positive and explosive lyrics. It isn’t the only positive boasted by Heavy Blues, either. The hybrid blues/gospel-infused ‘Oh My Lord’ is another great example of what makes this record such a standout opus. Fellow veteran musician Robert Randolph (Robert Randolph and the Family Band) joins Bachman on this song to make for a piece that is one of the highest of the album’s highs. While Randolph provides no vocals for the song, his added talents on the steel pedal add quite a bit of spice to the song. Lyrically, it offers just as much depth for listeners. It notes that for all the bad times in life, a person has to endure and push through, no matter what. As Bachman sings, “Young and restless, outta control/You gotta let the bad times roll/Be careful what you wish for, diamonds or gold/You gotta let the bad times roll/Life is just a gamble, you gotta take control/You gotta face the storm and let the four winds blow/When you roll the dice, it’s all about the throw/You gotta let the bad times roll.” Bachman comes across as saying that people have to take the bad with the good and just face it all rather than try to run and hide from it. Hiding from the bad times only makes things worse. Facing the bad times is tough, but it makes a person stronger for having done it. As with ‘The Edge,’ these are lyrics that cross generations. They are words that are just as relevant to today’s youths as to those that were youths when Bachman was himself younger. Once more, that combination of infectious blues and gospel-infused music coupled with equally substantive lyrics shows why Heavy Blues is such an enjoyable record for rock purists of every age and why it in whole proves to be potentially one of this year’s best new rock records.

Both ‘The Edge’ and Oh My Lord’ serve in their own way as prime examples of why every rock purist should hear Heavy Blues if not have it in his or her own music library. Both songs present wholly different sounds yet sounds that will impress rock fans of all ages. The lyrical content of each song makes each one even more enjoyable and impactful. While both songs provide a certain amount of substance to the album in whole, they certainly are not all that make Heavy Blues so impressive. The album’s closer ‘We Need To Talk’ stands out completely from the rest of the album’s compositions. Yet it shows in its own way one more way that this album shines. Given it probably should not have served as the album’s closer considering the energy exuded by the rest of the album’s songs. But stylistically and lyrically speaking, it is a powerful and moving song in its own right. The song’s musical side presents a figure going through the sadness and uncertainty that comes with an impending breakup. The gentility in Bachman’s voice coupled with the song’s reserved sound set against its 3/4 time signature makes it a song that will tug at listeners’ heart strings like no other. The song’s lyrical side will tug at listeners’ emotions just as powerfully as Bachman sings, “I braced myself for the worst/Whenever you hear those words/Something don’t fit/Something went wrong/Something don’t work and something’s all gone/That’s just the way it is, we need to talk, she said.” Just as with ‘The Edge’ and ‘Oh My Lord,’ the lyrical content presented here is content that transcends generations. Bachman paints a vivid picture of a young woman trying not to hurt a man as she tells him that their relationship has come to its end. There are thousands of songs about breakups that have been crafted by acts across music’s many genres throughout the modern history of music. But few tell the actual story of the breakup. And just as few tell the story of that moment with such clarity and emotion. Because of that, ‘We Need To Talk’ proves itself to be one more of the most important moments of Heavy Blues even as much as it stands out from the rest of the album’s songs. It isn’t heavy in the traditional sense. But its combination of moving lyrics and music make it a heavy song in its own right. And it makes it one more great examples of what makes Heavy Blues such an important addition to any rock purist’s music collection regardless of said listeners’ age. Together with the likes of ‘The Edge’ and ‘Oh My Lord,’ the combination of all three songs( and those not noted here) shows exactly why this record could potentially be one of the year’s best new rock records.

Randy Bachman has proven time and again throughout his career why he remains one of the most respected figures in the rock community decades after he first rose to fame. And as the songs noted here show, he has proven yet again exactly why he is held on one of those pedestals of rock’s greatest icons. The songs not noted here prove that just as much, not to ignore them, either. The combination of those songs with the compositions noted here show Heavy Blues as an example of how rock can be heavy without being heavy metal. It shows why this record is one that every rock purist should have in his or her music library. And it shows why it is potentially one of the best new rock records of the year. Randy Bachman will tour in support of Heavy Blues beginning April 1st in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The tour includes a stint on the 2016 installment of the Rock Legends Cruise. His current tour schedule is available online now along with all of his latest news at:

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Eagle Rock Entertainment Going Back To Ronnie Scott’s With Jeff Beck In June

Courtesy:  Eagle Rock Entertainment

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Eagle Rock Entertainment will release another new archived performance from legendary guitarist Jeff Beck this summer.

Officials with Eagle Rock Entertainment announced today that the label will release Performing This Week…Live at Ronnnie Scott’s–Special Edition on Tuesday, June 2nd. The concert, originally recorded in 2007, comes on the heels of its 2009 release on DVD and Blu-ray, and the 2014 release of Live in Tokyo. It features some of Beck’s biggest hits including: ‘Beck’s Bolero,’ ‘Led Boots,’ ‘Scatterbrain,’ ‘Where Were You,’ ‘Angels (Footsteps),’ ‘Cause We Ended As Lovers,’ and what has become one of his most famous takes of ‘A Day in the Life’ among a number of others. Along wth the extensive set list, the appearance of guest musicians Imogen Heap, Eric Clapton, Joss Stone, and Big Town Playboys makes the show even greater. The Big Town Playboys make a special appearance for a 7-song set with Beck in the second of the recording’s two discs. The full track listing for the upcoming double-disc recording is noted below:

TRACK LISTING:

Disc One:

1) Beck’s Bolero

2) Eternity’s Breath

3) Stratus

4) Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers

5) Behind The Veil

6) You Never Know

7) Nadia

8) Blast From The East

9) Led Boots

10) Angels (Footsteps)

11) Scatterbrain

12) Medley: Goodbye Pork Pie Hat / Brush With The Blues

13) Space Boogie

14) Big Block

15) Day In The Life

16) Where Were You

Disc Two:

1) People Get Ready (w/ Joss Stone)

2) Blanket (w/ Imogen Heap)

3) Little Brown Bird (w/ Eric Clapton)

4) You Need Love (w/ Eric Clapton)

5) Rollin’ And Tumblin’ (w/ Imogen Heap)

Jeff Beck & The Big Town Playboys Set:

6) Race With The Devil

7) Crazy Legs

8) Train Kept A Rollin’

9) My Baby Left Me

10) Matchbox

11) Baby Blue

12) Honky Tonk

The Jeff Beck Band will hit the road next month ahead of the release of Performing This Week…Live at Ronnnie Scott’s–Special Edition beginning with a performance at The Capitol Theater in Port Chester, NY on Monday, April 13th. From there the band will hit ten other cities on its own tour before joining up with ZZ Top in Cedar Park, Texas on Thursday, April 30th. The bands’ joint tour includes a total of eight dates and winds down on Sunday, May 10th in Alpharetta, Georgia. The Jeff Beck Band’s full upcoming spring tour schedule is listed below:

Tour Dates:

                                                          The Jeff Beck Band:

April 13 – Port Chester, NY – The Capitol Theater

April 15 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount

April 16 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount

April 17 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount

April 18 – Port Chester, NY – The Capitol Theater

April 19 – Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre

April 21 – Kingston, NY – Ulster Performing Arts Center

April 22 – Englewood, NJ – Bergen Performing Arts Center

April 24 – Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie Theatre

April 25 – York, PA – The Strand – Capital Performing Arts Center

April 26 – Greensburg, PA – The Palace Theatre

with ZZ Top:

April 30 – Cedar Park, TX – Cedar Park Center

May 1 – Thackerville, OK – Winstar Casino

May 2 – The Woodlands, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

May 3 – Corpus Christi, TX – Concrete Street

May 7 – Tampa, FL – MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater

May 8 – West Palm Beach, FL – Cruzan Amphitheater

May 9 – St. Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheatre

May 10 – Alpharetta, GA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

Performing This Week…Live at Ronnnie Scott’s–Special Edition will be released on Tuesday, June 2nd via Eagle Rock Entertainment. It will retail for MSRP of $17.98. A special three-LP is expected to follow soon after the concert’s double-disc CD release. More information on this and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online at:

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Paramount Comes Up Short With Its New Peanuts Re-Issue

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Courtesy: Paramount

This past February, Paramount released to DVD for the first time the 1977 Peanuts “movie” Race For You Life, Charlie Brown. Its recent release marks the first time ever that it has seen the light of day on DVD. It wasn’t even included on either of the Peanuts 1970s Collections released by Warner Home Video in 2009 and 2010 respectively. As long as audiences have waited for this movie to finally be released, its release back in February of this year proved to be anything but outstanding. Interestingly enough, WHV didn’t handle Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown. It was actually handled solely by Paramount, one of Hollywood’s Big 5 Studios. Considering this one would have thought that Paramount would have taken more pride in its product than WHV. Alas, that wasn’t the case with this release. It is a bare bones presentation lacking any bonus material for audiences. That will be discussed later. The movie itself presents an enjoyable story. And the overall presentation looks and sounds great. But that glaring lack of ANY bonus material hurts the overall product in a big way. The end result is a DVD that any Peanuts fans will welcome in their home library, but will do so very begrudgingly. It proves to be a DVD that Paramount should have handled far better than it did especially after making audiences wait nearly four decades for it to receive a DVD release albeit a DVD release that could have been far better.

Audiences have waited nearly forty-years for Paramount’s recent release of Race For You Life, Charlie Brown on DVD. Considering the wait, it goes without saying that the wait was not entirely worth it, going through this DVD. That will be discussed shortly. It isn’t all bad, though. The movie itself presents a fun story that takes both the Peanuts gang and audiences out of the typical world created by the Peanuts TV specials. Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz’s story takes Charlie Brown and company out of the comfort of their own neighborhood and puts them into the wilderness racing for not just camp pride but in fact for their own lives. Because it is such a foreign setting for the Peanuts gang, it also forces Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang to band together in order to survive. As ominous as it sounds, it is all entirely family friendly. Even more interesting to note is that the adventure forces Charlie Brown to show a side that was otherwise very rarely put on display in any of the Peanuts special before or after. Schultz even allowed Charlie Brown to end up on top for once. While there were some instances in which he came out on top in other Peanuts specials, those moments are rare. This being one of those rare instances, it makes the story all the more special. And together with the rest of the story, it makes the whole of the script behind Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown the key element that makes this DVD worth the purchase by any Peanuts fan.

Charlies Schulz’s script for Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown is one of the key elements that makes this movie worth the purchase by any Peanuts fan. It is not the only reason that audiences will enjoy it, either in its new DVD release. The movie’s overall look and sound is just as worth noting. And it will be discussed shortly. For now the focus will turn to the movie’s one glaring negative.That negative is the fac that the movie’s presentation is a bare bones presentation. There is no bonus TV special. There is no feature offering any background on what led to the story’s creation or any other bonuses. All audiences get aside from the movie is the movie’s original trailer. Had this piece been released like this from say Warner Home Video, that would have been expected. That’s because of WHV’s track record in recent years with both releases for families and grown-ups alike. But having been released by Paramount, one of “Hollywood’s Power 5 Studios,”it comes as something as a disappointing surprise. The movie comes in at a little more than an hour. So that had to have left some room for some extras. For whatever reason though, someone at Paramount decided not to include anything extra with the movie other than its trailer. One can only hope that when and if Paramount releases another Peanuts movie or TV special on stand-alone Peanuts movie and/or feature it will include at least a little more than what this one has offered audiences.

The fact that Paramount has offered audiences very little other than the original trailer for Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown as a bonus to the presentation is somewhat disheartening. It is disheartening considering the fact that every previously released Peanuts feature has included at the very least a bonus TV special and a little bonus featurette offering insight into the given presentations. As much as the overall lack of any bonus material hurts Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown’s overall presentation, at least audiences can look to the overall look and sound of the movie in its first-ever DVD presentation. It is presented in full 16:9 format instead of the standard 4:3 with the black bars on either side. What’s more it looks and sounds just as good as it did in its debut roughly thirty-eight years ago. This is something especially important to note. It is important to note because in comparison to some re-issues out there, said re-issues show that very little effort was taken to properly restore them. They look scratchy and sound just as bad. But as in the case with every previously released Peanuts feature, this one looks and sounds just as great as it did in its debut. Nothing was lost along the way in terms of updating the soundtrack and footage. That continued dedication to properly presenting Charles Schulz’s beloved Peanuts features coupled with the “movie’s” original script makes Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown well worth the purchase even despite its glaring lack of any extras. This being noted, Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown may not be the year’s best new DVD for children and families. But it is at least one of the year’s best.

Looking at Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown in whole, it offers audiences its own share of positives. Its script presents a wholly original story in comparison to the other features that make up the Peanuts universe. It also looks and sounds just as good as in its original debut some thirty-eight years ago. That is thanks to the efforts of those charged with resurrecting the movie. For all of its positives, it suffers just as greatly from its overall lack of extras. The only extra–if one wants to call it an extra–that the DVD boasts is the movie’s original trailer. That’s all. There is no bonus TV special. There is no extra feature offering any insight on the movie’s creation, etc. Because of this, major points are taken away. As troublesome as that lack of extras proves itself to be to the overall presentation of Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown, it still doesn’t hurt it enough to keep it from being added to any family’s home movie collection. It is available now in stores and online. All of the latest information on this movie and all of the latest Peanuts news is available online now at:

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Lamb of God’s Chris Adler Tapped For Megadeth’s New Album

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Courtesy: Adrenaline PR

The rumors have finally been confirmed and one piece of the puzzle is now in place for Megadeth’s album.

Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler has officially confirmed as the drummer for Megadeth’s next album. The confirmation comes after rumors swirled around whether or not Adler would take the place of recently departed drummer Shawn Drover. This is not the first time that Adler has been the center of some major rumors. His name was recently thrown into the mix after former Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison was replaced by a then-unnamed drummer. It was widely speculated that Adler was the man responsible for the drums on Slipknot’s new album .5 The Gray Chapter. But it was later revealed that drummer Max Weinberg’s son Jay Weinberg had taken over drumming duties for the band.

Megadeth front man and founder Dave Mustaine released a statement in regards to the announcement noting his outlook for the new album with Adler on board even in a studio-only position saying, “Chris is a tremendous talent, and an amazing person. He is going to bring a new level of excitement and energy to MEGADETH that the fans are going to lose their minds over.” He also noted his respect for Megadeth’s former drummers in the grand scheme of things saying, “I have nothing but respect for my previous drummers, but this is going to absolutely KILL! Along with these sentiments, Mustaine also gave a big thanks to Adler’s band mates in Lamb of God for allowing Adler to lend his talents to Megedeth’s new album noting, “I want to thank the other members of Lamb Of God for allowing this opportunity to take place for all of us in the metal community.”

Mustaine’s band mate, bassist David Ellefson, added his own thoughts on the announcement of Adler helping the band record its next new album saying, “Chris has been an endearing friend to us in MEGADETH for many years now, and he truly appreciates our music and its legacy. His drumming has forged such an innovative and ferocious path for metal music and I’m very proud that he is anchoring our rhythm section with us on this new album. I can clearly see a new dawn of ‘utmost heaviness’ unfolding in MEGADETH’s next chapter.”

In speaking with the media about the announcement, Adler explained Megadeth’s influence on his own decision to follow a path in the music industry. “MEGADETH was the game changer for me. Growing up, there was no other band that meant as much to my musical interest and direction,” he said. “There is no doubt I would not be doing what I have been doing for the past three decades had I not stumbled across ‘Killing Is My Business’ and the bible of all metal, ‘Peace Sells’ in my formative years.” He went on to explain how a tour between Lamb of God and Megadeth roughly a decade ago is what initially might have gotten the wheels rolling on this partnership. “About 10 years ago, LAMB OF GOD toured with MEGADETH and I was able to share that story with Dave and David, and we have kept in touch ever since,” he said. “When Dave called me a while ago and asked if I was interested in making a thrash metal album with him, I felt like I must’ve been on a hidden camera show. “I was trying to play it cool, but I was speechless other than YES! Once I called my wife and my band guys to let everyone know, I had some time to really think about it and how I can best fit into this situation. I’m coming into this on fire. There is an incredible amount of respect, but the goal here is to make the very best thrash album we can. Together, I believe we can do something very special! Get ready for a very exciting chapter in the MEGADETH legacy.”

For all of the optimism and openness in these statements, there was also a slightly cryptic comment in regards to departed Megadeth guitarist Chris Broderick from Mustaine. Mustaine noted subtly in his comments that “Back in 1989, MEGADETH originally worked as a three piece – guitar, bass and drums – when we laid down the framework to our GRAMMY® nominated platinum album Rust In Peace.” Whether or not this was meant to leave some discussion, it leaves a question mark as to whether or not there are plans to replace Broderick or keep Megadeth a three-piece. When and if an update on this happens, it will be announced online along with other Megadeth news at:

Website: http://www.megadeth.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/Megadeth

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Otherwise Announces Spring Tour Schedule With Nonpoint, Scare Don’t Fear

Courtesy:  Street Smart Marketing

Courtesy: Street Smart Marketing

Fans of the Las Vegas-based hard rock band Otherwise are going to get more chances to see the band live this spring.

The members of Otherwise announed this week that the band will continue its current tour into the spring. The band will join Scare Don’t Fear as a support act for veteran rock bad Nonpoint on its current tour. The new slate of tour dates are in support of Otherwise’s latest full-length studio effort Peace at All Costs (Century Media). Front man Adrian Patrick spoke on behalf of the band noting that it Nonpoint was one of the first bands to offer support to Otherwise, so it’s just fair to repay the favor. He expanded explaining that Nonpoint’s willingness to take chances and set itself apart from all of the mainstream acts out there, which is another reason that the members of Otherwise have always admired Nonpoint. “The Wise Guys are excited to go out on the road with Nonpoint for this new tour,” he said. “They were one of the first bands to support us and they’ve continued to find success for as long as they have by doing something unique in this Active Rock genre which we strive to set ourselves apart in as well. Add in the fact that they’re cool cats and we can’t wait to hang out!”

‘Coming for the Throne,’ the latest single from Peace at all Costs, is currently making waves at radio stations across the country. As Patrick explains, the song is self-explanatory. “Our latest single has been at radio for a few weeks now and has been doing very well; getting picked up by stations all over the country,” he said. “The message of the song is crystal clear: we are here to take the crown… the world needs to know that. And now with my son here in this life, it holds a deeper meaning in what I want to share with him. I want him to always believe in himself, just as my parents taught my brother & I to do.” The video for ‘Coming for the Throne’ can be viewed online now via YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eu6MfEMVtdo&feature=youtu.be.

The dates for Otherwise’s dates with Scare Don’t Fear and Nonpoint are listed below:

OTHERWISE Dates on Nonpoint Tour

4/20: Fat Cat’s Music Lounge – Modesto, CA *

4/28: Hard Times – Hagerstown, MD

4/29: Schmitt’s Saloon – Morgantown, WV

5/1: Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA

5/3: Hard Times – Fredericksburg, VA

5/6: Rockpile West – Toronto, ON

5/7: Lost Horizon – Syracuse, NY

5.8: Jewel Nightclub – Manchester, NH

5/12: Bullshooters – Philadelphia, PA

5/13: The Broadberry – Richmond, VA

5/16: Music Factory – Battle Creek

5/18: Green Bay Distillery – Ashwaubenon, WI

5/19: Q & Z Expo Center – Ringle, WI

5/20: Spicoli’s Grill – Waterloo, IA

5/30: Rock Fest – Kansas City #

* – w/We Are Harlot (no Nonpoint)

# – Radio Festival (no Nonpoint)

All of the latest updates on Otherwise’s tour schedule are available online along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: http://www.weareotherwise.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/weareotherwise

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