Houston Open Air Festival Lineup Announced

Courtesy:  Ashton-Magnuson Media/Danny Wimmer Presents

Courtesy: Ashton-Magnuson Media/Danny Wimmer Presents

The lineup for the 2016 Houston Open Air Festival has officially been announced.

Organizers with the Houston Open Air Festival have revealed the lineup for the 2016 Houston Open Air Festival.  The lineup will feature 35 bands over two days.  That list includes: Deftones, Slayer,Chevelle, The Cult, Ministry, Alter Bridge, Ghost, Anthrax, Pierce The Veil, Of Mice & Men, Sevendust, Baroness, Hellyeah, Chevy Metal, Buckcherry, Nothing More, The Amity Affliction, Max & Iggor Cavalera: Return To Roots, Avatar, letlive., Jim Breuer and the Loud & Rowdy, Texas Hippie Coalition, Young Guns, Starset, Sick Puppies, Skindred, Neck Deep, Sons Of Texas, KYNG, Twelve Foot Ninja, Gemini Syndrome, The Word Alive, Dinosaur Pile Up, September Mourning, and more.  Avenged Sevenfold and Alice in Chains have been named as the festival’s headliners.

A rolling discounted Early Bird pre-sale for Weekend General Admission tickets begins this Tuesday, May 17th at 12pm CDT/1pm EDT.  A very limited quantity of tickets will be available during this pre-sale.  They can be purchased online at http://www.HoustonOpenAir.com and will only be available while supplies last.  Their prices are noted below.

 

Early Bird #1: $89.50

Early Bird #2: $99.50

 

VIP weekend tickets will also be available at a cost of $234.50.

Public on-sale tickets will go on sale Friday, May 20th at 12pm CDT/1pm EDT.  They will also be available for purchase online at http://www.HoustonOpenAir.com.  Their prices are listed below.

 

 

Weekend GA: $109.50

Single-day GA: $69.50

Single-day VIP: $129.50

VIP Weekend: $234.50

 

 

VIP tickets include: VIP entrance lanes into venue, access to VIP-only area featuring dedicated bar, beverage and food options (for additional purchase), VIP-only viewing area of Main Stage, dedicated restroom facilities, and a VIP-only commemorative laminate.

A portion of all proceeds from ticket sales for the festival will go toward aiding the Greater Houston Storm Relief Fund.  The Greater Houston Storm Relief Fund was established by Houston’s mayor Sylvester Turner in order to accept donations for flood relief in the Houston community.  This includes aiding victims of the flooding that stemmed from recent storms that hit the region.  More information on The Greater Houston Storm Relief Fund is available online at http://www.houstonrecovers.org.  Danny Hayes, CEO of Danny Wimmer Presents, spoke with the media recently.  He discussed the timing of the festival’s announcement in relation to the city’s recovery from said storms as well as the motivation for teaming with Mayor Turner in his recovery efforts.  “Houston Open Air has been in the works for almost a year now,” he said.  It’s awkward to announce a major music festival in a city that has experienced such recent hardship and, in fact, we delayed our announcements out of respect for what Houston has endured. But at the same time, our festivals are about highlighting the strengths (or sometimes the needs) of our host city. There’s no more important way to do that right now than to support Mayor Turner’s efforts to help Houston recover from this spring’s flooding and we will be incorporating this message throughout our launch campaign.”

Danny Wimmer is the founder of Danny Wimmer Presents.  He shared his thoughts on the logistics of the concert’s location, its lineup, and more in his discussion with the press.  “Houston is one of the country’s biggest rock markets and, when combined with the impressive food scene happening here, it’s a natural location for a DWP festival,” he said.  “We’re thrilled to have such a diverse first-year lineup that includes Avenged Sevenfold, Alice In Chains and Chevelle. With the inclusion of an incredible food experience and the Jack Daniel’s Whiskey Row, we are kicking off a powerhouse experience that will live in the market for many years to come!”

The Houston Open Air Festival’s band lineup is just part of what audiences have to look forward to this year.  There will also be a special food and drink experience for fans who attend.  This includes the Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Whiskey Row and a massive Gourmet Man Food Experience  The brands featured in the Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Whiskey Row include: Jack Daniel’s Black Label, Gentleman Jack, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire, Old Forester, and Woodford Reserve.  The complete lineup and menus for the Gourmet Man Food experience will be announced soon.

Houston Open Air is produced by Danny Wimmer Presents, producer of: Louder Than Life, Chicago Open Air, Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville, Monster Energy Fort Rock, Monster Energy Aftershock, Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion, Northern Invasion, Monster Energy Rock Allegiance, Rock on the Range, and more.  It is sponsored by: Monster Energy, Jack Daniel’s, El Jimador, Fxck Cancer’s Dyin2Live, NRG Park, and SoHo Concessions, and more to be announced soon.

NRG Park is the home of the NFL’s Houston Texans and the annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.  It is located at One NRG Park in Houston, TX.

More information on the Houston Open Air Festival is available online now at:

 

 

Website: http://www.HoustonOpenAir.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/HouOpenAir

 

 

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Monster Energy Rock Allegiance Festival Returning For Its Second Year

Courtesy:  Danny Wimmer Presents/Ashton-Magnuson Media

Courtesy: Danny Wimmer Presents/Ashton-Magnuson Media

There’s big concert news coming out of Pennsylvania  today.

The Monster Energy Rock Allegiance Festival is returning to Pennsylvania this summer.  It will take place Saturday, September 17th and Sunday, September 18th at Talen Energy Stadium (formerly PPL Park), home of Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union, in Chester, PA, which is just outside of Philadelphia.  It will feature a lineup of more than 35 bands.  That lineup includes but is not limited to: Avenged Sevenfold, Alice In Chains, Slayer, The Offspring, Breaking Benjamin, Volbeat, Chevelle, The Cult, The Pretty Reckless, Pierce The Veil, Of Mice & Men, Ghost, Anthrax, Killswitch Engage, Chevy Metal, Baroness, Hellyeah, Sevendust, Motionless In White, Buckcherry, Trivium, Avatar, Max & Iggor Cavalera Return To Roots, Jim Breuer and the Loud & Rowdy, Sick Puppies, The Amity Affliction, letlive., Neck Deep, Skindred, KYNG, Young Guns, Crobot, Devour The Day, Twelve Foot Ninja, Dinosaur Pile Up, Death Angel and Hundredth.

A rolling discounted Early Bird on-sale for weekend General Admission tickets and VIP passes starts this Tuesday, May 10th at 12pm EDT and runs through Friday, May 13th at 10am EDT.  Early Bird tickets and VIP passes will be available in a very limited quantity.  The prices for each is noted below.

 

Early Bird #1: $79 GA Weekend Stands, $99 GA Weekend Floor, $219 VIP Weekend

Early Bird #2: $89 GA Weekend Stands, $109 GA Weekend Floor, $239 VIP Weekend

Early Bird #3: $99 GA Weekend Stands, $129 GA Weekend Floor, $259 VIP Weekend

 

Zippo 2-packs will also be available at a price of $550.  They include 2-VIP weekend passes and 2 commemorative Zippos.  Single-day admission and general weekend packages will go on full sale along with VIP packages beginning May 13th at 10am EDT.  Prices will increase in the weeks leading up to the festival.  Current prices are listed below.

 

GA Weekend: $129 floor, $99 stands

GA 4-Packs: $308

VIP Weekend: $219

VIP 2-Packs: $550

Single Day GA (stands): $44.50

Single Day VIP: $119.50

 

VIP packages for the festival include: Stadium-level VIP main stage viewing, floor-level VIP viewing area for the west main stage, dedicated entrance lanes into the festival, VIP area with shade and picnic tables, VIP restrooms, special food and beverage offerings (for additional purchase), and a commemorative VIP laminate.

The music is just one part of the experience that audiences will be able to enjoy at this year’s festival.  Along with lots of great music there will also be loads of great food and drink, too.  There will loads of dishes offered by some of Philadelphia’s eateries in the Gourmet Man Food experience.  There will also be plenty of brews offered by breweries from across America.  The culinary lineup for the Gourmet Man Food Experience currently features: Braz-B-Q, Chickie & Pete’s, The Cow & The Curd, Dos Hermanos, Dump ’n’ Roll, M.A.T.T.’s Gourmet Sliders, Mama’s Meatballs, Seoulfull Philly, Sum Pig and The Tot Cart.  The breweries that will be at the festival include: Evolution Craft Brewing Co (Salisbury, MD), Fordham & Dominion Brewing Company (Dover, DE), New Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins, CO), Starr Hill Brewery (Crozet, VA), Tröegs Independent Brewing (Hershey, PA) and Victory Brewing Company (Downington, PA).

Danny Wimmer, head of Danny Wimmer Presents, recently discussed the festival’s return with the media.  He discussed not only the festival’s return but its expansion to two days this year and expectations in general for this year’s event.  “When we came to Philadelphia last year, we knew there was a demand for this kind of festival in the market, but the response exceeded our expectations,” he said.  Growing to two days in our second year was an obvious decision, and we’re looking forward to giving fans an even better experience in 2016.”

Geoff Gordon is President of Live Nation Philadelphia.  He echoed Wimmer’s sentiments in his thoughts on the festival’s return.  “Last year’s Monster Energy Rock Allegiance was a huge success on so many levels,” he said.  “We were proud to bring this venue their first ever concert; a record-setting, sold out smash hit. The audience had such a great time enjoying a unique experience of music and lifestyle — we knew in 2016 we could turn it up a notch!”

The Monster Energy Rock Allegiance Festival is presented by Danny Wimmer Presents, Live Nation, and Spectra at Talen Energy Stadium.  It is sponsored by: Jack Daniel’s, Zippo Encore, The Music Experience, Take Me Home, and Fxck Cancer/Dyin2Live, with more to be announced.  More information on the 2016 Monster Energy Rock Allegiance Festival is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.RockAllegiance.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/rockallegiance

 

More information on all of the latest events at Talen Energy Stadium is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.philadelphiaunion.com/stadium

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/talenenergystdm

 

Audiences can also get advance notice about all of the latest events at Talen Energy Stadium by joining the free Talen Energy Stadium CyberClub here.

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Anthrax Takes Its Rightful Place On The Metal Throne With Its Latest LP

Courtesy:  Nuclear Blast Records

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

In 2015 veteran thrash metal outfit Slayer released its latest full-length album Repentless.  The band’s twelfth full-length studio recording, it was also the first new release from the band (at the time) in six years.  That means that it was one of the year’s most anticipated metal records.  Needless to say that it more than lived up to its expectations and in turn returned the metal crown to the rightful kings.  Now with 2015 turning to 2016 and dozens of new metal and rock albums already being turned out the question is who will the crown be passed on to this year.  That question has, thankfully, already been answered.  It has been answered in the form of For All Kings, the new album from Slayer’s fellow veteran thrashers Anthrax.  While 2016 is still very young it can be said with confidence that this thirteen song record is this year’s top new offering in the hard rock and metal category so far this year.  That is obvious throughout the sixty-four minute offering from the album’s lead single ‘Evil Twin’ to the equally driving ‘Breathing Lightning’ to the new, more radio friendly single ‘Blood Eagle Wings’ this record proves to be a solid new offering from Anthrax and the year’s best new hard rock and metal album so far.

Anthrax’s new album For All Kings has only been out about a week.  But the thirteen song, sixty-four minute record has more than proven in that time to be a record that is “for all metal heads.”  That is obvious throughout the course of the record thanks to the mix of the album’s musical arrangements and its lyrical content.  The album’s lead single ‘Evil Twin’ is a prime example of how that mix of material makes this record such a hit.  In regards to its musical content, the song is classic Anthrax.  Scott Ian shreds with buzzsaw precision in the song’s guitar line.  And drummer Charlie Benante’s work behind the kit is just as driving and solid.  And front man Joey Belladonna’s vocals are just as tight as ever in this song, too.  The song’s musical arrangement is just one part of what makes it such a clear example of what makes this record so impressive.  Its lyrical content stands out just as much.  The song’s lyrical content presents quite the powerful statement with Belladonna singing, “Ideology used as a weapon/With lines that cut so deeply to the truth/Your head’s on the block Still you threaten/A wretched way of life for those that choose and abuse.”  That is a powerful statement in itself.  And things don’t change as the song progresses either.  Belladonna goes on to sing, “You represent your discontent/Slaughtering the innocent/Insolence/You’re no martyrs/The arrogance to reinvent/The holy words their meaning rent/Evil twin/You’re no martyrs.”  While it may seem cut and dry what is being stated here, the reality of the song is that the band is not addressing just one group of individuals, but many.  Though, the commentary about extremists and the impact of their actions on the world stays the same throughout.  That in mind, the energy in the song’s musical arrangement serves to really accent the song’s message.  Both pieces together make this song a strong example of what makes For All Kings the year’s first truly great hard rock and metal offering.  Audiences can check out the song’s lyric video online now via Anthrax’s official YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPmLkF3e6Fc.  It is just one example of what makes the album so impressive for all metal heads, too.  ‘Breathing Lightning,’ another of the album’s singles, is another good example of what makes this record one for all metal heads.

‘Evil Twin’ is a clear, solid example of what makes Anthrax’s new album an impressive new effort from one of the metal community’s hardest rocking and most respected bands.  ‘Breathing Lightning’ is another good example of what makes this record such an impressive return for the band.  This song is such an impressive example of the album’s content because while it does boast just as much energy as ‘Evil Twin’ there is also something in its musical arrangement that makes it more radio friendly, too.  The band doesn’t just jump right into things in this song.  And even when they do it’s not the full on thrash of ‘Evil Twin’ or any of the album’s other more old school sounding songs.  Rather it actually has something of a mainstream, melodic hard rock  sound that would make it a perfect fit on any mainstream rock radio station.  That’s just part of what makes it a good example of how much the album has to offer.  The song’s lyrical content proves just as important to the song’s overall presentation.  In regards to the song’s lyrical content it is a relatively easy song.  Belladonna sings in the song’s lead verse, “I have walked the world and back now/Too many times to count or stop, how/Time is nothing/Slow and focused/I stalk this land with just one purpose/A deal made the second that you choose to force my will/An extension of my hand/With the intent to kill by the white lightning.”  It is a pretty confident, self-assured statement from the song’s subject.  That confidence and self-assuredness is echoed in the song’s second verse as Belladonna sings, “My body broken there’s no quit/My will intact and I can’t stop it/Hearts and minds can see the end/Until it all happens again.”  The song’s subject comes across as saying here that even with everything that has happened there’s no giving up in his will and determination.  This is driven home even more in the song’s chorus in which Belladonna sings, “You always have the chance to do the right thing/Until the right thing comes undone/And with a thunderclap I’m breathing lightning/And this world has moved on.”  There is a statement in the chorus’s reprise in which the song’s subject contemplates what comes after life as motivation for not giving up on life, saying, “I’d do anything/Just to hear the angels sing.”  This after the subject notes that he doesn’t believe there is anything after.  So it comes across as someone that is having an internal battle with himself yet still stays strong and determined through it all.  It is an interesting piece to take in if only for that lyrical content.  That and the song’s musical content come together to make ‘Breathing Lightning’ yet another clear example of what makes For All Kings 2016’s first great hard rock and metal album.  It is hardly the last example of what makes this record deserving of such honor, too.  The album’s latest single ‘Blood Eagle Wings’ is one more example of this record’s positives.

‘Evil Twin’ and ‘Breathing Lightning’ are both solid examples of what makes For All Kings this year’s first great hard rock and metal album.  That is because they show two completely different sides of the band this time out.  The prior is a full-on classic thrash metal opus while the latter is more of a mainstream, radio ready piece.  Both songs offer their own thought-provoking lyrical content, too.  The combination of both elements within each song clearly exhibits why they are such solid examples of this record’s positives.  They aren’t the only important additions to For All Kings.  ‘Blood Eagle Wings,’ the album’s latest single is another good example of the album’s positives.  This song is a much slower piece than ‘Evil Twin’ or ‘Breathing Lightning.’  Yet its heavy, crunching guitars give the song something of a sludge metal sound a la Black Label Society.  It shows once more the breadth of material presented throughout the record at least stylistically speaking.  In regards to the song’s lyrical content the song is just as certain to leave listeners talking.  That is because of the depth of said content.  Belladonna sings in the song’s first verse, “Everything’s been said/Walk among the dead/You can see my crimes/This is my design/There’s no right or wrong/It’s the same old song/Just keeps pounding me/Hits so hard.”  He goes on to sing in the song’s chorus, “Hell is empty/Cause all my demons are here/Ever so deadly/Hit so hard/Darkness in my soul is taking hold and becoming/Break me from this hold/As I unfold bloody wings.”  This song come across as a direct contrast to ‘Breathing Lightning.’  It comes across more as a song that sees its subject in a very dark place emotionally speaking.  And that isn’t just because of the lines presented in the song’s chorus.  Belladonna goes on to sing in the song’s second verse, “My whole world/Built on bodies dead and gone/You ignored the signs/That was my design/And the loneliness hits so hard/In this grey place that exists in my mind.”  The song’s subject goes on in similar fashion in the song’s third verse, almost throwing up his arms in frustration.  The song proves in this regard to be just as powerful as in its musical content.  Both elements together make for a song that is one of the album’s strongest songs and one more example of just why For All Kings is a record that is fit for all metal fans.  Audiences can check out the song’s companion video online now via Rolling Stone at http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/watch-anthraxs-chilling-epic-new-video-20160302.  Viewer discretion is advised with this video due to its rather gory content.  Needless to say its content will leave some viewers unsettled and others talking even more when comparing it to the song’s lyrical conten.  That can especially stated with confidence when taking into consideration not just this song but this song alongside the other pieces noted here and those not directly noted.  All things considered members of the rock and metal community will agree in hearing the album in whole that it is not just a record for all metal fans but also the year’s first great hard rock and metal offering.

Anthrax’s new album For All Kings is 2016’s first great hard rock and metal offering.  That is saying quite a bit considering the number of rock and metal albums that have already been turned out so far in this still very young year.  The album’s musical content in itself does plenty to prove that.  It mixes together the band’s old school thrash roots with a more mainstream, radio ready sound that will keep audiences engaged from beginning to end of the sixty-four minute musical outing.  This is proven through the likes of ‘Evil Twin,’ ‘Breathing Lightning,’ and the album’s latest single ‘Blood Eagle Wings.’  The album’s other featured numbers could just as easily be cited as examples of how much this record has to offer.  All things considered audiences will agree that hearing the album in whole, it proves in the end to be a record for all metal fans and the year’s first great hard rock and metal offering.  It is available now in stores and online.  It can be ordered online now direct via Anthrax’s official website at http://anthrax.com.  While there audiences can also keep up with all of the band’s latest news.  Fans can also keep up with all of the band’s latest news and more via the band’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/anthrax.

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Anthrax Discusses Its “Sixth Member” In New Behind-The-Scenes Video

Courtesy:  Nuclear Blast Records

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

Anthrax is giving its fans another look behind the scenes in the making of its new album For All Kings.

The band released a new behind-the-scenes this week. This latest video sees the band switching gears from discussions on songwriting to working with producer Jay Ruston. Ruston manned the boards on the band’s most recent album, 2011’s Worship Music. He also helmed this new recording from the veteran thrash metal band. Over the course of the video, which runs just over three-and-a-half minutes, the band discusses working with Ruston on Worship Music and how that influenced their decision to have him on the boards again for this record. There are plenty of positive comments to be had as he is called the band’s “sixth member” and even the proverbial “Fifth Beatle.” As guitarist Scott Ian notes of Ruston, “He’s become an integral part of our process, that’s for sure. It’s cliche, but he really has become a sixth member.”

Ian’s comment is just one that stands out in the new discussion. There is also a note of Ruston’s ability to keep the band from going over the top in recording the songs featured in this record. In other words they trust him because of his ability to motivate the band yet also keep it from doing too much with any given song. Perhaps the best and most illustrative description of why Ruston helmed this record is Frank Bellow’s comment that he “knows how to make us shine.” There is much more discussion throughout the video. Audiences can check it out now online via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1DEUJ-xGec&feature=youtu.be.

Courtesy:  megaforce Records/Nuclear Blast Records

Courtesy: megaforce Records/Nuclear Blast Records

Anthrax is currently on the road in support of For All Kings. The album will be available in stores and online on Friday, February 26th. The band will be in Nashville, TN today. It will then make its way East to Norfolk, VA, where for a show on Friday. Shows in NY and CT are currently slated to round out the weekend, weather permitting. The band’s current tour schedule is listed below.

 

JANUARY

20   Marathon Music Works, Nashville, TN

22   Constant Convocation Center, Norfolk, VA

23   Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, NY

24   Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford, CT

26   Starland Ballroom, Sayerville, NJ

27   Newport Music Hall, Columbus, OH  (HEADLINE DATE)

28   Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak, MI

29   Egyptian Room at Old National Center, Indianapolis, IN

30   Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL

31   Orbit Room, Grand Rapids, MI

FEBRUARY

2   Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland, Kansas City, MO

3   George’s Majestic Lounge, Fayetteville, AR  (HEADLINE DATE)

4   Revention Music Center, Houston, TX

5   Bomb Factory, Dallas, TX

6   Concrete Street Pavilion, Corpus Christi, TX

8   ACL Live at the Moody Theatre, Austin, TX

9   Diamond Ballroom, Oklahoma City, OK

10  Sunshine Theatre, Albuquerque, NM  (HEADLINE DATE)

11  Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas, NV

12  Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, CA

 

More information on For All Kings is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and tour updates at:

Website: http://anthrax.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/anthrax

 

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Fans Get Another Glimpse Into Anthrax’s Latest LP In New BTS Video

Courtesy:  Megaforce Records

Courtesy: Megaforce Records

Anthrax is giving fans another glimpse into its upcoming album For All Kings.

The veteran hard rock outfit debuted its first official radio single ‘Breathing Lightning’ today. In celebration of its release, the band has also released another behind-the-scenes video, this one presenting a discussion on the song in question. Guitarist Scott Ian notes in the new video that the song was actually inspired by none other than author Stephen King, and that (for those that might not know) it is not the first Anthrax song to ever be influenced by the seminal writer. Charlie Benante opens the discussion noting that ‘Breathing Lightning’ is, in his view, “the accessible song on the record.” It makes sense that he would feel that way in hearing the song, which plays throughout the course of the video. Stylistically speaking it bears a similarity to music from both Megadeth and Metallica’s more mainstream material at least to a point. Audiences can hear the whole discussion for themselves now online via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgMl5q0FXxE&feature=youtu.be.

Anthrax Breathing Lightning Video Screenshot

Courtesy:  Megaforce Records

Courtesy: Megaforce Records

‘Breathing Lightning’ will be available at independent retailers nationwide beginning Friday, January 15th along with ‘Evil Twin.’ The songs will be available as a download card that will be included in a special customized, limited edition deck of Anthrax poker cards. The card will also allow fans to download For All Kings online on February 26th, the album’s release date.

Also on January 15th, Anthrax will hit the road alongside Lamb of God in support of its new record. The currently nineteen-date tour kicks off in Pittsburgh, PA and ends in Los Angeles, CA on Friday, February 12th. The band’s current tour schedule is noted below.

 

JANUARY

15   Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA

16   Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA

17   The Fillmore, Silver Spring, MD

19   Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA

22   Constant Convocation Center, Norfolk, VA

23   Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, NY

24   Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford, CT

28   Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak, MI

29   Egyptian Room at Old National Center, Indianapolis, IN

30   Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL

31   Orbit Room, Grand Rapids, MI

FEBRUARY

2   Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland, Kansas City, MO

4   Revention Music Center, Houston, TX

5   Bomb Factory, Dallas, TX

6   Concrete Street Pavilion, Corpus Christi, TX

8   ACL Live at the Moody Theatre, Austin, TX

9   Diamond Ballroom, Oklahoma City, OK

11  Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas, NV

12  Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, CA

 

 

More information on Anthrax’s upcoming album and tour is available online now along with all of the latest Anthrax news at:

 

Website: http://anthrax.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/anthrax

 

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Anthrax Discusses “For All Kings” Writing Process In Latest Video

Megaforce Records/Nuclear Blast Records

Courtesy: Megaforce Records/Nuclear Blast Records

This winter, Anthrax will heat things up when it releases its new album For All Kings. In anticipation of the album’s upcoming release, the band has already released the album’s lead single ‘Evil Twin’ and unveiled the album’s cover art. And just recently the band posted a video online in which the band’s members discuss what audiences can expect from the band’s eleventh full-length studio recording. That video has been followed up with yet another new presentation from the band that was posted this week.

Anthrax posted its second “teaser” video online for its upcoming album For All Kings this week.  The video, which can be seen online via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rAYVGq-fTw&feature=youtu.be sees the band’s members discussing the songwriting process not just in general but also for its highly-anticipated new album.

Courtesy:  Megaforce Records

Courtesy: Megaforce Records

Fans will be interested to learn in watching this video just how much material the band had ready to go for this record versus previous albums and why. The full story won’t be spoiled. But it can be revealed that it has to do in part with drummer Charlie Benante having had carpal tunnel during the band’s last tour cycle. Bassist Scott Ian shares his thoughts on how that played a role in the album’s writing process. This leads to discussions by the rest of the band’s members on how the songs came to life from who developed the songs’ musical content to who handled the melodies and lyrics. The band’s newest member Jon Donais even adds his own insight noting that he basically played the role of a middle man for all intents and purposes. Of course there’s a certain playfulness in his tone as he explains this that will give fans a little laugh. That is just a small look at what the band has to offer fans in its latest “behind-the-scenes” video. There is much more for fans to take in when they watch the video for themselves. Again, the video can be viewed online now via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rAYVGq-fTw&feature=youtu.be.

More information on For All Kings is available online along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: http://anthrax.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/anthrax

 

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Audiences Actually Saw Some Real Worthwhile Music Re-Issues In 2015

In the world of the music business there are few releases that are more ardently frowned upon than the annual crop of album re-issues. From one genre to the next every genre sees its own share of re-issues released each year totalling some years close to a hundred if not more. That is counting re-issues from every genre of the mainstream and independent music industry. The reason that re-issues are so oft frowned upon is that nine times out of ten they are little more than contractually obligated space fillers that acts churn out between new albums in order to appease their bosses at their respective record labels. The result is that few re-issues (regardless of genre) ever really offer any real value to audiences. BUt then there are some that actually do bear at least some value. In fact some are surprisingly well worth the listen and even the purchase. This year, Judas Priest’s classic album Defenders of the Faith has proven to be one of those re-issues that actually stands out. Fates Warning’s classic album A Pleasant Shade of Gray is another one of those worthwhile re-issues at least for rock audiences. The same can be said of Anthrax’s re-issue of Spreading the Disease. The rock realm isn’t the only one that saw some worthwhile new re-issues this year. The R&B industry saw a worthwhile re-issue from British R&B star Rainy Milo in her album This Thing of Ours. Even the World Music realm saw at least one worthwhile re-issue in the form of Flavia Coelho’s Mundo Meu. These are just some of the rare worthwhile re-issues to be released this year. There are others, too. And they are all here on the Phil’s Picks list of 2015’s Top New Re-issues. Once again, fifteen total albums have been noted with the top ten being the best and the bottom five still being enjoyable enough to deserve honorable mention. All things considered 2015 saw some rather interesting and enjoyable re-issues. And they are listed here. For your consideration, dear readers, are 2015’s Best New Music Re-Issues.

PHIL’S PICKS 2015 BEST NEW MUSIC RE-ISSUES

1. FATES WARNING — A PLEASANT SHADE OF GRAY

2. JUDAS PRIEST — DEFENDERS OF THE FAITH

3. ANTHRAX — SPREADING THE DISEASE

4. THE ROLLING STONES — STICKY FINGERS

5. KELAKOS — UNCORKED: RARE TRACKS FROM A 70S BAND

6. EUROPE — WAR OF KINGS

7. SAXON — HEAVY METAL THUNDER

8. SAXON — THE SAXON CHRONICLES

9. MEMPHIS MAY FIRE — UNCONDITIONAL

10. RAINY MILO — THIS THING OF OURS

11. FLAVIA COELO — MUNDO MEU

12. RED LINE CHEMISTRY — CHEMICAL HIGH AND A HAND GRENADE

13. FREEDOM CALL — 666 WEEKS BEYOND ETERNITY

14. NIRVANA — NIRVANA

15. CROWBAR — EQUILIBRIUM

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