Styx Announces New Album Coming Soon; Debuts Album’s Lead Single, Video

Courtesy: Alpha Dog 2T/UMe

Styx has a new “mission” in 2017.

The veteran rock act announced this week that it will release its new album The Mission June 16 on CD, vinyl and digital platforms.  The album, which will be released via Alpha Dog 2T/UMe, will be the band’s first new album in 14 years and its 16th overall studio recording.  Audiences can pre-order The Mission online via various online outlets here now.

The album’s lead single ‘Gone, Gone, Gone’ was released Friday at radio and online retail outlets.  The song’s video is streaming online now and can be viewed here.  The song’s high-energy, guitar-driven arrangement will appeal to fans of Foghat and other similar acts with its blues-rock-based sound.

Courtesy: Billboard Magazine/Alpha Dog 2T/UMe

The Mission comes forty years after the release of Grand Illusion and is also a concept record.  Recorded over the course of two years, the 43-minute record tells a fictionalized story of the first manned mission to Mars in the year 2033.

According to the story’s premise, the six-person crew of the nuclear-powered interplanetary spacecraft Khedive, being launched by the Global Space Exploration Program (GSEP) is making its maiden voyage and headed to Mars.

The team consists of the pilot, first officer, engineer and three science experts.  The pilot is described as a “fully-hands-on, seat-of-the-pants born leader,” while the first officer is described as a big brother figure.  The engineer is described as being skeptical of the mission but still does his best.

The band’s lineup on The Mission features Tommy Shaw (vocals/guitar), co-founder James “JY” Young (guitar/vocals), Lawrence Gowan (keyboards/vocals), Chuck Panozzo (bass), Todd Sucherman (drums/percussion) and Ricky Phillips (bass).

The Mission’s track listing is noted below.

Here’s the track listing for THE MISSION:

CD/Digital:

  1. Overture
  2. Gone Gone Gone
  3. Hundred Million Miles from Home
  4. Trouble at the Big Show
  5. Locomotive
  6. Radio Silence
  7. The Greater Good
  8. Time May Bend
  9. Ten Thousand Ways to Be Wrong
  10. Red Storm
  11. All Systems Stable
  12. Khedive
  13. The Outpost
  14. Mission to Mars

Vinyl:

  1. Overture (Side A)
  2. Gone Gone Gone (Side A)
  3. Hundred Million Miles from Home (Side A)
  4. Trouble at the Big Show (Side A)
  5. Locomotive (Side A)
  6. Radio Silence (Side A)
  7. The Greater Good (Side B)
  8. Time May Bend (Side B)
  9. Ten Thousand Ways to Be Wrong (Side B)
  10. Red Storm (Side B)
  11. All Systems Stable (Side B)
  12. Khedive (Side B)
  13. The Outpost (Side B)
  14. Mission to Mars (Side B)

More information on The Mission is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.styxworld.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/styxtheband

 

 

 

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Reckless Kelly Announces More Live Dates In Support Of ‘Sunset Motel’

Courtesy: Missing Piece Group

Courtesy: Missing Piece Group

Reckless Kelly has added more dates to its current tour schedule.

The band announced this week that it has extended its current tour, in support of its new album Sunset Motel, through December.  The new dates will see the band performing live in Idaho, Oklahoma, and a number of cities throughout its home state of Texas.  The band’s new tour schedule is listed below.

Tour Dates:
10/15: The Backyard – Waco, TX
10/21: City Winery – Atlanta, GA
10/22: Don Gibson Theater – Shelby, NC
10/23: The Harvester Performance Center – Rocky Mount, VA
10/24: World Cafe Live – Wilmington, DE
10/25: City Winery – New York, NY
10/26: Bull Run – Shirley, MA
10/27: F.M. Kirby Center – Wilkes-Barre, PA
10/28: The Hamilton – Washington, DC
10/29: Rams Head On Stage – Annapolis, MD
11/1: The Kent Stage – Kent, OH
11/2: Evanston, IL – SPACE
11/3: The Vogue – Indianapolis, IN
11/4: Madison Theater – Covington, KY
11/5: City Winery – Nashville, TN
11/25: Brauntex Theater – New Braunfels, TX
12/1: Brewster Street Icehouse – Corpus Christi, TX
12/2: EQ Heights – Houston, TX
12/3: Schroeder Dance Hall – Goliad, TX
12/9: The Kessler – Dallas, TX
12/10: Love and War in Texas Lindale – Lindale, TX
12/15: Hoot’s Pub – Amarillo, TX
12/16: Wormy Dog Saloon – Oklahoma City, OK
12/31: Revolution Concert House and Event Center – Garden City, ID

 

Sunset Motel was just recently released in stores and online. It is the band’s first record for record label Thirty Tigers and the band’s ninth overall studio recording. It debuted at #8 on Billboard’s Americana/Folk Albums Chart and # 12 on the magazine’s Country Albums Chart.  The band currently sits in the top spot on the Texas Regional Radio Report Chart and the CDX TRACtion Texas Monitored Radio Airplay Chart.  It also sits at #9 on the Americana Radio Chart.

Three singles from Sunset Motel have currently been released, ‘How Can You Love Him (You Don’t Even Like Him)’ being the first of those singles. The single was released by Rolling Stone Country ahead of the album’s release.  ‘Who’s Gonna Be Your Baby Now’ followed soon after courtesy of Taste of Country.  ‘Moment In The Sun’ is the latest of the album’s songs to be released.  It was recently debuted by Billboard.

As an additional bonus, Team Coco premiered Sunset Motel in its entirety for audiences to check out.  Audiences can purchase, order, or download Sunset Motel online now via Amazon and iTunes.

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Website: http://www.recklesskelly.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/recklesskelly96

Twitter: http://twitter.com/recklesskelly

 

 

 

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Garbage Announces New North American Tour Dates

Photo Credit: Joseph Cultice

Photo Credit: Joseph Cultice

Garbage has extended the North American leg of its “Strange Little Birds Tour.”

The band announced Monday that it has added a new group of live dates to its current North American tour.  The new group of dates runs from September 9th to September 24th.  They run mainly through the Western regions of the country including Texas (Southwest), Colorado (Midwest), Oregon (Pacific Northwest), and California (West coast) among others.  The full schedule for the band’s new dates is noted below.  Tickets go on sale for the new dates this Friday, July 22nd at 10am  local time.  They can be purchased online here.

 

ADDITIONAL DATES ON STRANGE LITTLE BIRDS US TOUR

September 9 – Revention Music Center, Houston, TX

September 10 – South Side Ballroom, Dallas, TX

September 11 – Majestic Theatre, San Antonio, TX

September 14 – Belly Up, Aspen, CO

September 15 – Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO

September 16 – The Complex, Salt Lake City, UT

September 18 – Roseland Theater, Portland, OR

September 19 – Paramount Theater, Seattle, WA

September 22 – The Foundry SLS, Las Vegas, NV

September 24 – The Masonic, San Francisco, CA

 

Audiences can see the band’s full tour schedule via the band’s official website.  Details about VIP packages are available online at Adventures in Wonderland.  VIP package experiences include: early entry, sound check access, Q&A session, meet & greet, photo ops with the band, exclusive merchandise and more.

Courtesy:  STUNVOLUME Records

Courtesy: STUNVOLUME Records

Garbage’s “Strange Little Birds Tour” is in support of the band’s latest album Strange Little Birds.  The album was produced by the band and released independently via the  band’s own STUNVOLUME Records.  It debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums charts.  It landed at No. 14 on Billboard’s Top 200 New Albums chart, too.  And the album’s lead single ‘Empty’ debuted at No. 40 on Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart.  Audiences can see the song’s video online now hereStrange Little Birds is available now in stores and online.  It can be purchased online in physical form here and in digital format here.  More information on Garbage’s new tour dates, its new album, news,  and more is available online now at:

 

 

 

Website: http://garbage.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/garbage

 

 

 

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The Winery Dogs Announce New Live Dates; Debut New Video

Mike Portnoy, Richie Kotzen, and Billy Sheehan, also known as the Winery Dogs, have announced a new string of live dates for this summer.

The band announced this week that it has added a new 10-date North American tour set to kick off Saturday, June 25th in Hinckley, Minnesota.  The band’s current schedule takes it largely through the Midwest and southwest with dates also in Wisconsin, Michigan, Kentucky, and Texas.  As of right now no additional dates are known.  However, fans can always keep up with any new dates through the band’s official website and social media.  The band’s current tour schedule is noted below.

 

Check out THE WINERY DOGS at any of the following stops:

 

DATE               CITY                             VENUE

 

Sat 6/25            Hinckley, MN                 Grand Casino Amphitheatre

Tue 6/28            Eau Claire, WI               State Theater

Wed 6/29          Ashwaubenon, WI          Green Bay Distillery

Thu 6/30            St. Charles, IL               Arcadia Theater

Sat 7/2              Hazard, KY                   The Forum

Sun 7/3             Sterling Heights, MI       Stars & Stripes Festival

Tue 7/5             Buffalo, NY                   Taft Music Hall

Fri 7/8               Houston, TX                  Warehouse Live

Sat 7/9              Dallas, TX                     Gas Monkey Live

Sun 7/10           San Antonio, TX            Alamo

 

In anticipation of its new tour announcement the band has unveiled the video for its latest single ‘Captain Love.’  The song will start hitting radio stations nationwide June 3rd.  It is taken from the band’s latest album Hot Streak.  The Vicente Cordero-directed video is currently streaming online at Guitar World. The band discussed the video recently in an interview which can be seen here now.

 

Courtesy:  Loud and Proud Records

Courtesy: Loud and Proud Records

 

Hot Streak has proven to be an apt title for The Winery Dogs’ new album.  Ever since its release on October 2nd, 2015, the album has been on its own hot streak.  It reached the top spot on Amazon’s Best Sellers/Hard Rock chart and its Pre-orders/Hard Rock chart.  In comparison to the band’s 2013 debut album Hot Streak sold 30% more copies than that record.  It topped out at the #2 spot on Billboard’s Top Current Alternative Albums Chart and #30 on the Top 200 Albums Chart.  That is just the top of the proverbial iceberg.  The numbers listed below are its other accolades from Billboard.

 

#5                     “Top Current Hard Music”

 

#5                     “Top Hard Music Albums”

 

#6                     “Top Current Rock Albums”

 

#6                     “Album Core / Genre Rock”

 

#15                   “Top Current Physical Albums”

 

#16                   “Top Current Albums”

 

 

More information on The Winery Dogs’ new tour dates, single, album and more is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

 

Website: http://www.TheWineryDogs.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/TheWineryDogs

 

 

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Holy Grail Announces More Live Dates

Holy Grail Devildriver Tour PosterHoly Grail just kicked off its latest tour yesterday and already the California-based five-piece has announced plans for even more dates.

Holy Grail announced this week that it will join Devildriver on the road this spring.  This comes as the band has just embarked on a thirty-seven date tour alongside Black Tusk and The Well.  The band’s upcoming tour will see it serve as support act for Devildriver.  The tour launches Wednesday, April 27th in Las Vegas, NV and runs through Saturday, June 18th in San Diego, California.  It also includes dates in Colorado, Tennessee, Ohio, Missouri, and a number of other cities.  Incite and Hemlock are also scheduled to serve as support acts to Devildriver for the upcoming tour.  Holy Grail’s upcoming dates and current tour schedule are listed in whole below.

 

TOUR DATES

2/24 Richmond, VA – 25 Watt #

2/25 Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie #

2/26 Boston, MA – Once Ballroom #

2/27 Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus #

2/29 Burlington, VT – Nectars #

3/1 Quebec City, QC – Le Cercle #

3/2 Montreal, QC – Foufounes Electriques #

3/3 Toronto, ON – Hard Luck #

3/4 Detroit, MI – Berserker Fest @ The Masonic Temple #

3/5 Chicago, IL – Reggies #

3/6 Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon #

3/7 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock #

3/8 Fargo, ND – The Aquarium #

3/9 Winnipeg, MB – The Windsor Hotel #

3/11 Saskatoon, SK – Amigos Cantina #

3/12 Edmonton, AB – Brixx #

3/13 Calgary, AB – Palomino #

3/14 Kamloops, BC – The Office #

3/16 Vancouver, BC – The Biltmore #

3/19 Portland, OR – Panic Room #

3/20 Bend, OR – Volcanic Theatre Pub #

3/22 Santa Cruz, CA – Catalyst #

3/23 San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge #

3/24 Los Angeles, CA – Viper Room #

4/27 Las Vegas, NV – Vinyl &

4/29 Boise,  ID – Knitting Factory &

4/30 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven &

5/1 Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory &

5/3 Grand Junction, CO – Mesa Theatre &

5/5 Kansas City, MO – Riot Room &

5/6 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave &

5/8 Flint, MI – Machine Shop &

5/9 Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts &

5/10 Nashville, TN – Exit/In &

5/11 Grand Rapids, MI  – The Stache &

6/13 Columbus, OH – Park Street Saloon &

6/14 St. Louis, MO – Fubar &

6/16 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater &

6/17 Window Rock, AZ – Window Rock Sports Center &

6/18 San Diego, CA – Brick by Brick &

# with Black Tusk

& with DevilDriver, Incite & Hemlock

 

Courtesy:  Prosthetic Records

Courtesy: Prosthetic Records

The newly announced dates for Holy Grail’s upcoming tour are just the latest in the band’s ongoing efforts to promote its latest full-length studio recording Times of Pride and Peril.  The band also toured with Night Demon late last year and performed at Death Angel’s 2nd Annual Christmas Show last December.  And as noted, the band just hit the road for a late winter/spring tour in support of Times of Pride and Peril on February 23rdTimes of Pride and Peril debuted at #9 on Billboard’s New Artists Chart in its release earlier this month.  It also landed at #14 in the magazine’s Hard Music Chart, and #35 in the Independent Artist Chart.  It sold more than 1,500 copies within its first week of release.  It is available now in stores and online.  It can be ordered online via iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp, and Prosthetic Records’ online store.  More information on Holy Grail’s tour schedule is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://www.holygrailofficial.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/holygrailband

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Royal Blood Makes Another Big Chart Move

Courtesy:  Warner Brothers Records

Courtesy: Warner Brothers Records

UK duo Royal Blood keeps climbing the charts.

Royal Blood’s self-titled debut album has reached the #5 spot on this week’s Billboard’s Top 200 Chart.  The announcement was made this week.  It comes a little more than a week after the pair’s June 9th appearance on The Howard Stern Show.  Following its appearance on Sterns Sirius XM Radio show last Tuesday, Royal Blood’s self-titled debut record scanned more than 21,000 copies, pushing it up to the #17 spot.  Along with its appearance on The Howard Stern Show, Royal Blood also performed live at the annual Bonnaroo Music and Art Festival and the Governor’s Ball.

This latest announcement pushes Royal Blood’s numbers to more than 700,000 copies sold worldwide.  It has also produced two hit singles—‘Little Monster’ and the Top 10 hit song ‘Figure It Out,’ which is the band’s latest single.  Royal Blood is currently on tour in support of its album and is scheduled to perform next in Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands this Sunday, June 21st. It is part of the European leg of the duo’s current tour. The European leg of the tour winds down July 4th in Arras, France. From there, Royal Blood will return to the U.S. on July 6th for an extensive tour that will take it through October 6th. There are some festival shows scheduled in Japan and the U.K. along the way, too. Fans can check out Royal Blood’s latest tour schedule online now and keep up with its latest news at:

Website: http://royalbloodband.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/royalblooduk

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Daryl Hall And John Oates Announce First Live Recording In Seven Years Is Coming

Courtesy:  Eagle Rock Entertainment

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Eagle Rock Entertainment will release its second new live recording of the year this spring.

Officials with Eagle Rock Entertainment have announced that the label will release Daryl Hall & John Oates Live in Dublin this spring. The concert, originally recorded on July 15, 2014 at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin, is the duo’s first live recording in seven years. It will be released on Tuesday, March 31st on Blu-ray, DVD+2CD, and via digital formats. It marked the first time ever that the Hall of Fame inductees had performed in Dublin. The concert’s set list consists of fifteen songs from its four-decade plus career. It includes: ‘Sara Smile,’ ‘I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do),’ ‘Out Of Touch,’ ‘Kiss On My List,’ ‘Private Eyes,’ ‘Rich Girl,’ ‘Maneater’ and a number of others. The concert’s complete set list is noted below.

TRACK LISTING

  • Maneater

  • Out Of Touch

  • Say It Isn’t So

  • Family Man

  • It’s Uncanny

  • Back Together Again

  • Las Vegas Turnaround

  • She’s Gone

  • Sara Smile

  • Do What You Want, Be What You Are

  • I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)

  • Rich Girl

  • You Make My Dreams

  • Kiss On My List

  • Private Eyes

 

The concert’s DVD presentation includes an interview with Daryl Hall and John Oates as an added bonus feature.

Daryl Hall and John Oates is the number one selling duo in music history. The pair has to its collective name seven platinum albums, a number of gold records, and a lengthy list of hit singles including six U.S. #1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100.

More information on this and other releases from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online at:

Website: http://www.eagle-rock.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/EagleRockNews

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UMe To Release New APC Hits Compilation Next Week

Courtesy:  Universal Music Enterprise

Courtesy: Universal Music Enterprise

Officials with Universal Music Enterprise have announced that the company will release a new hits collection from A Perfect Circle this Fall.  The new album, titled, Three-Sixty will be released via Universal Music Enterprise (Ume) on Tuesday, November 19th.  The album will be released in both a standard edition and an expanded deluxe edition.  Band co-founder Maynard James Keenan (Tool, Puscifer) discussed the upcoming hits package, explaining the band’s formation and how his relationship with friend Billy Howerdel (Ashes Divide) impacted the group’s upcoming compilation.  “Billy and I created A Perfect Circle out of a now long-running friendship, and I think the music we have made reflects that personal connection and has given us the ability to further develop and trust our intuition,” explained Keenan. “I feel Three Sixty is an accurate representation of that friendship and those instincts.”

Kennan and Howerdel formed A Perfect Circle in the 1990s.  They enlisted the help of a handful of other well-known musicians to help record their albums and join them on tour.  That list included: James Iha (Smashing Pumpkins), Troy Van Leeuwen (Queens of the Stone Age, Failure), Paz Lenchantin (Entrance Band, Zwan), Jeordie White (Marilyn Manson), Josh Freese (The Vandals, Devo) and Tim Alexander (Primus, Attention Deficit).  The band’s first album, Mer de Noms, was released in 2000.  It quickly went to Number Five on Billboard’s Top 200.  The band then topped itself in 2003 with the release of its sophomore record, Thirteenth Step.  That album would go on to debut at Number Two on Billboard’s Top 200.  The band’s third full length release, eMOTIVe, is the band’s most recent.  It was released on election day 2004.  It is a collection of cover songs that was completely re-worked by the band.  Since the release of that album, the band has been on hiatus, with its members working on their own primary projects.  In all, A Perfect Circle has sold over five million albums worldwide.

The standard edition of the band’s upcoming hits compilation will include thirteen tracks taken from its current catalogue.  The deluxe edition will include a bonus second disc that contains songs from eMOTIVe, as well as four live performances and songs from the band’s catalogue.  The track listing for both the standard and deluxe edition are listed below.

Three Sixty, both standard and deluxe editions, track listing:

Standard Edition

1. The Hollow

2. Judith

3. Orestes

4. 3 Libras

5. Weak And Powerless

6. The Noose

7. The Outsider

8. Blue

9. When The Levee Breaks

10. Imagine

11. Counting Bodies Like Sheep To The Rhythm Of The War Drums

12. Passive

13. By And Down

Deluxe Edition

Disc 1

1. The Hollow

2. Rose

3. Judith

4. Orestes

5. 3 Libras

6. The Package

7. Weak And Powerless

8. The Noose

9. The Outsider

10. Blue

Disc 2

1. Imagine

2. Passive

3. People Are People (live)

4. Counting Bodies Like Sheep To The Rhythm Of The War Drums

5. When The Levee Breaks

6. By And Down

7. 3 Libras (live)

8. Gravity (live)

9. Fiddle and The Drum (live)

 

The band’s upcoming hits compilation isn’t all that APC fans have to anticipate.  The band’s members have announced that also slated for release is a new limited edition box set titled A Perfect Circle Live: Featuring Stone and Echo.  The collection of songs focuses on the band’s 2010 – 2011 tour.  It includes a full-length DVD recording of the band’s August 2011 Red Rocks concert and a three-CD collection of live recordings.  Each recording is directly connected to each of the band’s three studio recordings.  The complete box set will be released Tuesday, November 26th.  It will only be available via the APC Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/aperfectcircle.    Fans can also go to the band’s Facebook page and official website, http://www.aperfectcircle.com for more on these releases, tour dates, and all things APC.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Carnival Of Madness Band Line-Up Announced

Courtesy:  abc-pr

Courtesy: abc-pr

With the unofficial start of Summer come and gone, that means that lots of people will be hitting the roads very soon for their annual Summer vacations.  It also means that the annual rush of Summer music festivals will also be hitting the road.  One of those festivals is the annual Carnival of Madness tour.  The festival tour begins Sunday, August 11th.  A full list of tour dates will be made available on the official Carnival of Madness website http://carnivalofmadness.com next Monday, June 3rd.  Tickets will go on sale next Friday, June 7th.

The tour—sponsored by Monster Energy—will feature Shinedown, Papa Roach, Skillet, In This Moment, and We As Human on the bill.  This year’s tour is not the first time on the festival’s lineup for Shinedown.  The band headlined the festival tour in its inaugural run in 2010.  When it hits the road, the band will be touring in support of its new EP, The Live Room. The EP features five songs from the band’s most recent full length LP, Amaryllis.  Also included in the new EP are performances of Carole King’s classic hit, ‘I Feel The Earth Move’ and audio and video performances of the band’s latest single, ‘I’ll Follow You’, as well as its megahit, ‘Bully.’ 

 Skillet will be touring on the heels of its most recent full length studio release, Awake.  The album was one of only three rock albums that went platinum in 2012.  The only other rock albums to reach Platinum status in 2012 were El Camino from The Black Keys and Babel from Mumford & Sons.  That was just one of the many honors for Awake.  The album debuted at #2 on Billboard’s “top 200 Albums Chart” and #1 on its “Top Modern Rock/Alternative Albums” chart.  Also, it reached #1 on iTunes’ “Top Album” chart.  It garnered the band three Billboard Music Awards and four hit singles, including the Gold-Certified #1 single, ‘Awake & Alive’, the Gold-Certified ‘Hero’, ‘It’s Not Me It’s You’ and the Platinum-Certified ‘Monster.’  The companion video to ‘Monster’ earned more than 52 million views on YouTube.  NBC used ‘Hero’ for broadcasts of its weekly NFL Sunday Night Football.  It also served as the theme song for WWE’s 2012 Royal Rumble broadcast.  On June 25th, the band will release the follow-up to Awake  with its new full length album, Rise.  The band already has released two songs from the album, ‘Sick of It’ and ‘American Noise.’  Both songs have already hit #1 on the iTunes Rock Chart.

All of the accolades received by Skillet have potentially helped another band on the bill for this year’s tour.  That band is We As Human.  The band was signed to Atlantic Records in 2011 via Hear It Loud, a partnership formed partially by Skillet’s John Cooper along with manager Zach Kelm and Todd Rubenstein after Cooper had discovered the band.  The band’s self-titled debut album will be available June 25th

In This Moment joins this year’s tour on the heels of the release of its latest album, Blood, which was released in August 2012.  Blood debuted at #15 on the Billboard “Top 200 Albums” Chart and has sold over 150,000 copies since its release.  The album spawned two hits, ‘Adrenalize’ and its title track.  The band’s 2007 debut record, Beautiful Tragedy earned the band a spot on both the 2007 and 2008 Ozzfest.  And 2008’s The Dream landed the band a slot on the 2009 Warped Tour.  2010’s A Star-Crossed Wasteland was the band’s highest-charting album until the release of Blood

Papa Roach’s most recently released single, ‘Where Did The Angels Go’ reached #1 on the Active Rock Radio Chart from BDS/Billboard.  The single comes from the band’s most recent full length release, The Connection, released via Eleven Seven Music.  The album was released in October 2012 and debuted as iTunes’ #2 Rock album.  It’s just one of ten Top 10 rock hits and seven Top 10 alternative hits.  The band also has two Grammy nominations and an MTV VMA nomination.

For more information on each band and the upcoming tour, fans can go online to the festival’s official website, http://www.carnivalofmadness.com or its official Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/CarnivalofMadness.  Audiences can also get the latest updates on the tour via Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube at http://twitter.com/carnivalofmadness, http://instagram.com/carnivalofmadness, and http://www.youtube.com/carnivalofmadness.

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