John 5 Announces New Album Details; Premieres Album’s Lead Single, Companion Video

Courtesy: Cosa Nostra PR

John 5 will release his latest album this fall.

The guitarist (a.k.a. John Lowery) is scheduled to release his new album, Sinner, Oct. 29. Pre-orders are open.

In anticipation of the album’s release, Lowery premiered the album’s lead single, ‘Que Pasa,’ and its companion video Friday. The song features a guest appearance by Megadeth front man Dave Mustaine. It features a musical arrangement that is easily comparable to works from fellow guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani.

The video for ‘Que Pasa’ features Lowery and his fellow musicians on stage in order to give audiences a look at what a live John 5 show looks like. Mustaine shows up on video singing the song’s only lyrics, “Que pasa, people/Que pasa.” Yes, it is that simple.

Lowery spoke highly of Mustaine during a recent interview.

“I have such an appreciation for Dave, and I love his voice, guitar playing and songwriting. And he kills it on ‘Que Pasa,'” he said. “It was such a joy to have him on this track.”

Lowery also discussed new album.

“When people hear this record, I want them to say, ‘Oh, that’s John 5,’” he said. “What you get with Sinner is the best of me. I just want to write memorable riffs that people will enjoy. When I sit on my couch and play my guitar, I play the same things you hear on the instrumental records. It’s honest. It’s real. It’s not a façade. This is how I play. This is what I love to do.”

The track listing for Sinner is noted below.

JOHN 5 | SINNER

Tracklisting

01. Welcome To The Island

02. For I Have Sinned

03. Euphoria (feat. Carla Harvey)

04. Que Pasa (feat. Dave Mustaine)

05. How High The Moon

06. Creepshow

07. Land Of The Misfit Toys

08. Crazy Little Thing Called Love

09. This Is How I Do It

10. Georgia On My Mind (feat. Peter Criss)

More information on John 5’s new album, single, and video is available along with all of his latest news at:

Website: https://www.john-5.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/John5official

Twitter: https://twitter.com/john5guitarist

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Rocklahoma Performance Times Announced

Courtesy: A12 Entertainment

The 2021 Rocklahoma Festival will go on for now.

Performance times for the festival were announced Wednesday through a news release distributed to the media. The festival’s unofficial start is scheduled to take place at 7 p.m. ET Thursday with a performance by Devium IV on the Deb Concerts Stage.

Thursday night’s kickoff continues at 8:05 p.m. with a performance by Dead Metal Society. The Iron Maidens follow at 9:30 p.m. Stephen Pearcy, the voice of RATT will headline the evening’s events at 10:50 p.m.

FRIDAY

Friday’s official launch opens at 11 a.m. on the Deb Concerts Stage with a performance by Straight Six. Lovesick Radio, Outlaw Devils, Travis Bond & The Rebel Souls, and Color of Chaos keep things moving from 11:50 a.m. through 2 p.m.

Liliac closes out the performances on the Deb Concerts Stage at 5 p.m., but before that, Plush will take the stage at 4 p.m. on the Renegade Stage. Half an hour later at 3:30, From Ashes To New will open the action on the Renegade Stage.

Performances from the likes of Tremonti, Candlebox, and Sevendust are also scheduled for Friday. Rob Zombie is scheduled to headline Friday’s events at 10:45 p.m. on the Freedom Stage.

SATURDAY

Slipknot is scheduled to headline Saturday’s events at 10:45 p.m. on the Freedom Stage. Prior to its performance, other bands, such as John 5 and the Creatures, Zero 9:36, and Pop Evil are also scheduled to perform.

Also scheduled to perform Saturday are the likes of Butcher Babies, School of Rock, and Falling in Reverse.

SUNDAY

Sunday will see its own wide array of acts scheduled to perform. Among those scheduled to perform Sunday are The Hu, Puddle of Mudd, and Philip H. Anselmo and the Illegals.

The full rundown of performance times for this weekend’s festival is noted below.

Thursday, September 2

DEB CONCERTS STAGE

10:50 PM – Stephen Pearcy The Voice Of Ratt

9:20 PM – The Iron Maidens

8:05 PM – Dead Metal Society

7:00 PM – Devium IV

Friday, September 3

FREEDOM STAGE

10:45 PM – Rob Zombie

8:45 PM – Chevelle

6:55 PM – Sevendust

5:40 PM – Candlebox

4:30 PM – Ayron Jones

3:30 PM – From Ashes To New

RENEGADE STAGE

9:55 PM – Grandson

8:05 PM – Tremonti

6:20 PM – Austin Meade

4:00 PM – Diamante

3:00 PM – Plush

DEB CONCERTS STAGE

5:00 PM – Liliac

2:20 PM – Color Of Chaos

1:30 PM – Travis Bond & The Rebel Souls

12:40 PM – Outlaw Devils

11:50 AM – Love Sick Radio

11:00 AM – Straight Six

Saturday, September 4

FREEDOM STAGE

10:45 PM – Slipknot

8:45 PM – Anthrax

6:55 PM – Pop Evil

5:40 PM – Badflower

4:30 PM – Bones UK

3:30 PM – Butcher Babies

RENEGADE STAGE

9:55 PM – Falling in Reverse

8:05 PM – Jelly Roll

6:20 PM – Zero 9:36

4:00 PM – All Good Things

3:00 PM – School Of Rock

DEB CONCERTS STAGE

5:00 PM – John 5 And The Creatures

2:20 PM – Rocket Science

1:30 PM – Fist Of Rage

12:40 PM – 90LB Wrench

11:50 AM – Mind Of Fury

11:00 AM – The Rumours

Sunday, September 5

FREEDOM STAGE

8:45 PM – Halestorm

6:55 PM – Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals

5:40 PM – Motionless In White

4:30 PM – Steel Panther

3:30 PM – Stellar Ascent

RENEGADE STAGE

9:55 PM – The Hu

8:05 PM – Andrew W.K.

6:20 PM – Knocked Loose

4:00 PM – Cory Marks

3:00 PM – Jeris Johnson

DEB CONCERTS STAGE

5:00 PM – Puddle Of Mudd

2:20 PM – Budderside

1:30 PM – Paralandra

12:40 PM – Severmind

11:50 AM – Jessikill

11:00 AM – Chaotic Resemblance

A three-day pass is required to attend the Roadhouse Pre-Party on Sept. Thursday. Doors for the Roadhouse Pre-Party open at 11 a.m. Festival grounds open for the festival daily at 2 p.m.

Rocklahoma is presented by AEG Presents.

More information on Rocklahoma is available along with all of the festival’s latest news at:

Website: https://www.Rocklahoma.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Rocklahoma

Twitter: https://twitter.com/rocklahoma

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Jared James Nichols Talks Touring, Making Music, More In New Interview With Phil’s Picks

Courtesy: Black Hill Records

Up-and-coming guitarist Jared James Nichols headed out on the road last week with fellow guitarist John 5 as part of John 5’s new headlining tour. Nichols’ dates in support of John 5 are in support of his new, forthcoming EP, Shadow Dancer, which is scheduled for release Sept. 17 through Black Hill Records. Nichols was nice enough to take some time out of his already busy schedule to talk with Phil’s Picks about that record, his future music plans, touring, and being recently named a Gibson Brand Ambassador. Nichols’ interview with Phil’s Picks is featured below to enjoy.

PP: This year has proven to be pretty busy for you.  You’ve been named a Gibson brand ambassador, you’ve got a new EP on the way, which has already produced two singles and companion videos, and you’re touring with a guitarist in John 5 who is very well-known to say the very least.  How are you handling it all?  It’s got to be pretty overwhelming.

JJN: Absolutely! I feel so grateful and honored to be having such a monumental year. These are serious dreams come true, to be honest, I never dreamed this far! Earning a title as a Gibson brand ambassador is easily one of the coolest things that I have ever accomplished. And to be back on the road? Amazing! The fact that I’m releasing new music as well is the complete icing on the cake! We still have quite a bit of time left in the year to keep on making moves.

PP: Touching on your forthcoming EP, Shadow Dancer, which is scheduled for release Sept. 17 through Black Hill Records, it is your third EP, if my recollection is right.  You released Old Glory and the Wild Revival in 2013 (which I had the honor of reviewing), Highwayman in, I believe 2016, and now you have this one coming out next month.  What specifically to you sets your new EP apart from its predecessors in terms of its musical and lyrical content?  Where do you think it stands overall in comparison to those records?

JJN: I know that it is very cliché to say this upcoming release is so much more than anything else. But, this record encapsulates everything I have been striving to achieve in my recorded music! This EP is set apart not only by the prowess which it was recorded but also the thought and motivation that went behind it. We recorded live in a room together! We recorded to tape! No computers, no editing, just real music. We wanted these recordings to serve as a menu for our upcoming live shows. What you hear recorded, is what you get live! In terms of lyrical context, I dug deep. I tried to expose the feelings and thoughts that I have been having the past 17 months of being off the road. Simply put, this EP encapsulates who I am and where I am going to musically.

PP: Changing gears to your live schedule, you, again, are set to tour alongside John 5 this summer.  Knowing Mr. Lowery’s pedigree, what was the first thing that went through your mind when you learned that you had been tapped to join him for his latest tour?

JJN: I better practice! John is such an amazing guitarist, musician, and songwriter. I feel honored to be on the bill with John. When we met, I realized aside from being an incredible artist, John is a sweetheart of a guy. I’m so lucky to be able to travel playing music with so many heroes and flat out legends, including John!

PP: What are your thoughts on getting out in front of audiences again, now that live music is back?  Additionally, there have been a lot of reports of the COVID-19 Delta variant spreading.  Are there any concerns by you, John 5, or anyone else as to the possibility of live music getting shut down again as a result of this?  If that happened (god forbid), what kind of impact do you think it would have on live music and the economy in whole?

JJN: I can express from everyone on this tour that we want to be as safe as possible! With that being said, we are all so excited to be back out playing music in front of live audiences again. To be honest, this has been the biggest thing missing in my life, playing live shows. We can only do as much as we can when it comes to seeing the future. Every day we wake up and assess the reality of our current situation. Day by day, we will do our best to rock ‘n’ roll. If we end up getting sent back home due to health concerns, then that is what it is. Health and safety first over everything!

PP: Along with touring with John 5, you are also scheduled to perform at Metal in the Mountains this year.  For audiences who might not already know, the festival was canceled last year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  What was your initial reaction at learning that you had been tapped for the festival this year?

JJN: Thrilled! We can’t wait to go and rock at the festival. It’s always super fun being on the road and being able to experience all different types of gigs. Whether that’s clubs, theaters, festivals, or anything in between! I think that we will bring our own unique Brand of bluespower to the bill.

PP: The MITM festival is going to have a wide array of act on the bill this year.  From the hard rock of Soulfly, to your bluesy southern rock-tinged sounds, to the nu-metal of hed (p.e.) and others, there is a lot for audiences to enjoy.  What does it mean to you to be among that extensive range of bands scheduled for the festival?

JJN: It’s so awesome. It’s honestly what I love about music, being surrounded by all different genres and we all complement each other. I’m so grateful that the style that we play can fit in with so many different acts. It’s always really fun for an audience to get so much variation at a festival, so I truly believe this will be a special one!

PP: Which band(s) are you most looking forward to see at Metal in the Mountains this year?  Are there any that, again looking at the scheduled, that you would really like to tour and/or record with?

JJN: All of them! A ton of bands that I love and respect. Also a ton of bands I’ve never seen live, it’s going to be awesome! There are so many bands I would love to tour or record with. Rival Sons, blackberry smoke, gov’t Mule, the list goes on and on! I’m truly looking forward to the future and sharing the bill and recording with a ton of different influences that I have.

PP: Staying on the topic of playing live, what has been the response among audiences to your music?  Have you been able to gauge maybe “x” or “y” song is getting more response than “a,” “b” or “c”?  

JJN: Totally! I always try and read the room. Every show it’s a little different, sometimes we really want to hit the audience over the head right away and not let up until the end. Other times we want to slow it down or maybe get funky. I can say with absolute certain tea that our new songs are really connecting with audiences. Whether it is Bad Roots or Skin ‘N Bone, they are connecting.

PP: Looking at your social media channels, your established audiences are offering a lot of support for your upcoming live dates, all included.  What does that support mean to you as an artist who is technically still considered up and coming?

JJN: It means everything. My biggest goal is to play for as many people as possible and to share my music across the world. The true reality is the engagement and interaction with fans. Especially online, it means so much! Also, when I see all of the connection happening, it gets me pumped up! I feel very grateful and honored to have people excited about what I do. I’m just so excited to be able to be out and play in person for them.

PP: Changing gears a little bit, what exactly does being a “brand ambassador” entail?  You obviously are playing Gibson guitars, but what else if anything does that entail if anything?

JJN: If anything, it signifies and solidifies my relationship with Gibson. It means there will be more guitars coming, more development and partnership with the brand. For me, it’s home. It signifies that my relationship with Gibson is more than just a name on the headstock, it embodies a massive piece of who I am as a guitarist.

PP: One last question to round everything out.  Thank you again, by the way, for your time.  We’ve already pointed out here that your coming EP has produced two singles.  What are your personal favorite songs from Shadow Dancer and why?  Additionally, do you think audiences will see a full-length album from you in the near future, considering you will have released three EPs as of next month.  

JJN: Absolutely, expect an album. I have a lot of things up my sleeve for the near upcoming future. Get ready for that. As far as my favorite songs of the EP, it’s hard to pick! There are special elements in each song that make me love them. Different emotions, energy, soulful intensity in each track. That might be the hardest question!

Courtesy: Prime PR Group

More information on Nichols’ new honor, tour, and music is available along with all of his latest news at:

Websitehttps://jaredjamesnichols.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/Jaredjamesnichols

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/JJNicholsMusic

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Jared James Nichols Premieres New EP’s Second Single, Companion Video; Reveals Full Tour Schedule

Courtesy: Black Hill Records

Jared James Nichols debuted another single and video from his latest EP this week.

James premiered the song ‘Bad Roots‘ and its companion lyric video Wednesday. The song is the second single from Nichols’ forthcoming EP, Shadow Dancer, which is scheduled for release Sept. 17 through Black Hill Records. The premiere of the song and its lyric video comes more than a month after Nichols premiered the EP’s lead single, ‘Skin ‘n Bones‘ and its lyric video.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Bad Roots’ is a driving, blues-rock style composition. The fuzz from the guitars and the richness in the bass and drums works with Nichols’ subtle vocal delivery to fully engage and entertain audiences. One can actually argue that to a point, the arrangement even bears a hint of stoner rock influence alongside the more prominent blues rock leaning.

No information was provided about the lyrical theme featured in Nichols’ new single. However, a close listen leads to the inference that the song’s lyrical theme is something of a contemplative presentation. It is as if the song’s subject is wondering why things are the way they are and realizing exactly why. That is of course just this critic’s interpretation and should not be taken as the only interpretation.

The lyric video features the song’s lyrics over footage of Nichols performing his new single in a dimly lit house setting, perhaps.

In other news, Nichols has announced a series of live dates in support of his forthcoming EP. The three week-plus tour is scheduled to launch Aug. 10 in Iowa City, IA and to run through Sept. 18 in Ocean City, MD at the OC Bike Fest. It also features performances in cities, such as Leesburg, VA; Fort Wayne, IN and Birmingham, AL. A stint on the KISS Kruise is also on Nichols’ live schedule from Oct. 29-Nov. 3.

Nichols’ full tour schedule is noted below.

Courtesy: Prime PR Group

More information on Nichols’ new honor, tour, and music is available along with all of his latest news at:

Websitehttps://jaredjamesnichols.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/Jaredjamesnichols

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/JJNicholsMusic

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John 5 Announces Summer 2021 Tour Schedule

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John 5 will hit the road this summer.

The guitarist (a.k.a. John William Lowery) made the announcement in a press release distributed Wednesday. The tour is scheduled to launch Aug. 10 in Iowa City IA and to run through Sept. 3 in Pryor, OR. The nearly month-long tour will feature performances in cities, such as Nashville, TN; Birmingham, AL and Leesburg, VA.

The tour’s schedule is noted below. Tickets are available here.

Tue 10 Aug              Iowa City, IA            Wildwood

Wed 11 Aug            Des Moines, IA        Lefty’s

Thu 12 Aug              Sioux Falls, SD         Bigs Bar

Fri 13 Aug                Sioux City, IA           The Marquee

Sat 14 Aug               Lincoln, NE              Royal Grove

Sun 15 Aug              Lawrence, KS           The Bottleneck

Tue 17 Aug              St. Louis, MO           Red Flag

Wed 18 Aug            Ft. Wayne, IN          Piere’s Event Center

Thu 19 Aug              Hobart, IN               The Art Theater

Fri 20 Aug                Marietta, OH           Adelphia Music Hall

Sat 21 Aug               Leesburg, VA           Tally Ho Theater

Sun 22 Aug              Stroudsburg, PA      Sherman Theater

Tue 24 Aug              Nashville, TN           Basement East

Wed 25 Aug            Chattanooga, TN     Songbirds

Thu 26 Aug              Johnson City, TN     Capone’s

Fri 27 Aug                Pipestem, WV         Metal In The Mountains

Sat 28 Aug               Birmingham, AL      Saturn

Sun 29 Aug              Miramar Beach, FL  Village Door

Tue 31 Aug              Huntsville, AL          Sidetracks

Wed 01 Sep             Jackson, MS            Martin’s

Thu 02 Sep              Memphis, TN          Growlers

Fri 03 Sep                Pryor, OR               Rocklahoma

Jared James Nichols, Black Satellite, and Sarah Longfield will serve as support for the tour.

More information on John 5’s upcoming live dates is available online now along with all of the group’s latest news and more at:

Websitehttps://john-5.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/John5official

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/john5guitarist

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John 5, Tommy Lee Join Tyla Yaweh Saturday For Pre-Game Performance on ESPN

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John 5 is joining forces with ESPN and the National Basketball Association to celebrate the NBA’s return.

The guitarist will join Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee Saturday to perform with up-and-coming rapper Tyla  Yaweh Saturday for a live online performance to kick off the NBA’s return on ESPN.  The performance, scheduled to take place at 5:10 p.m. ET prior to ESPN’s digital pre-game show Hoop Streams presented by Google, will stream through YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and the ESPN app.

John 5 talked about working with Tyla Yaweh and Tommy Lee for Saturday’s virtual performance, saying he was looking forward to it.

“I have a long time friendship with Tommy Lee and we have worked on some really great music together,” he said. “I really love how the remix turned out and loved working with new friends Tyla and Post Malone. I love this song and I’m proud to be a part of this.”

Which remix John 5 is referencing in his statement is unknown.  It was not directly addressed in a news release distributed about the performance.

Hoop Streams presented by Google debuts tonight and runs for five episodes through Aug. 3.  Cassidy Hubarth will host the July 31 broadcast, which is scheduled to broadcast at 6 p.m. ET from ESPN’s studios.  She will be joined by analyst and NBA Champion Kendrick Perkins and fellow ESPN NBA analyst Amin Elhassan remotely for additionally commentary.

The broadcast team for each Hoop Streams presented by Google is noted below.

 

Hoop Streams schedule July 31-August 3

 

Date

Fri, July 31

 

 

Sat, Aug. 1

 

 

Sat, Aug. 1

 

 

Mon, Aug. 3

 

 

Mon, Aug. 3

Time (ET)

6-6:30 p.m.

 

 

5:30-6 p.m.

 

 

8-8:30 p.m.

 

 

6-6:30 p.m.

 

 

8:30-9 p.m.

Commentators

Cassidy Hubbarth, Kendrick Perkins, Amin Elhassan

 

Christine Williamson, Omar Raja, Gary Striewski

 

Cassidy Hubbarth, Kendrick Perkins, Amin Elhassan

 

Christine Williamson, Omar Raja, Gary Striewski

 

Cassidy Hubbarth, Kendrick Perkins, Amin Elhassan

 

ESPN’s NBA coverage tips off at 7 p.m. with the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks facing off at 6:30 p.m. ET.

All of John 5 and The Creatures’ latest news and more is available at:

 

Websitehttp://john-5.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/John5official

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/john5guitarist

 

More information on ESPN’s NBA coverage is available along with all of the league’s latest headlines at:

 

Websitehttp://www.espn.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/ESPN

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/espn

 

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‘The Verdict’ Is A Reminder Of Why Queensryche Remains One Of Hard Rock’s Most Respected Bands Today

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Early this moth, veteran hard rock outfit Queensryche debuted the music video for its latest single, ‘Portrait.’  The finale from the band’s 2019 album The Verdict, the song takes listeners back to Queensryche’s early days through its musical and lyrical content.  While it is another strong representation of the band’s album, it is only one of the album’s most notable entries.  ‘Inner Unrest,’ which comes late in the album’s 44-minute run time is just as important to the album’s presentation as any of the record’s other entries.  ‘Light Years,’ which comes early in the album’s presentation, is another notable addition to the LP, and will be addressed a little later.  ‘Propaganda Fashion’ also is worth examining in looking at the bigger picture of The Verdict.  When it is considered along with the other noted works and the rest of the album’s compositions, the whole of the record proves to be another enjoyable offering from one of the rock realm’s most respect acts.

Queensryche’s most recent album The Verdict, the band’s 15th full-length studio recording – is another strong offering from the veteran band, which is in the midst of the latest leg of its tour in support of said album.  The album boasts a variety of strong points throughout the course of its nearly 45-minute run time, not the least of which is ‘Inner Unrest,’ which comes late in the album’s run.  The musical arrangement at the center of ‘Inner Unrest’ is a work that will take listeners back to the days of the band’s 1994 album Promised Land.  That is evident through the combination of front man Todd LaTorre’s vocal delivery and the talents displayed by his band mates – guitarists Michael Wilton and Parker Lundgren, drummer Scott Rockenfield and bassist Eddie Jackson.  The group’s combined work makes the song a composition in whole that that is everything Queensryche fans have come to expect from the band throughout its decades-long life.  The arrangement’s heavy, yet melancholy approach does an applause-worthy job of illustrating the song’s lyrical theme of someone dealing with PTSD.

The song’s lyrical content puts forward a strong message about mental health; more specifically PTSD.  LaTorre sings in the song’s lead verse, “Hear the voices in your head/Do they speak of grand delusion/Moral truths to comprehend/The soul’s contusion/The scarred reunion/And you can dream/Can you feel me/Can you feel me.”  The song’s subject seems to be asking someone in this verse, if that person realizes what is going on in that person’s mind or is that person wrapped up in his/her own self.  LaTorre continues in the song’s second verse, “Colors change from black to red/I’ll never remember/Still you search for the meaning/Strange lies hypnotize me, you know/I’ll never surrenderAnd you still scream for madness/And you dream/Can you feel me/Can you feel me/Fantasy, dreaming/Can you feel me.”  He continues in the song’s third and final verse, “There are many truths behind these eyes that you see/On one side love and laughter/The other darkened disbelief/Searching for the sunset clause in my relief/Sincerely Mr. Post-traumatic looking for some peace.”  The song does a good job of illustrating what someone dealing with PTSD must go through daily, as is evidenced here. The song’s very lead verse paints a picture of a person fighting with so many thoughts both good and band.  The mention in the song’s second verse of that person searching “for the meaning” and the “strange lies” hypnotizing that person, goes a long way to imagine the person fighting that inner battle, racking his or her brain in the process, virtually pulling his or her hair out of his/her head.  That message, coupled with the powerfully engaging musical arrangement at the center of the song makes this work a unique presentation in itself and just one example of what makes The Verdict such a strong new offering from Queensryche.  It is just one of the album’s most notable entries.  ‘Light Years,’ which comes early in the album’s run, is another positive addition to the LP.

‘Light Years’ offers listeners a full-on prog-metal presentation in its musical arrangement that is grounded largely in the aforementioned dual guitar approach of Wilton and Lundgren.  The pair’s collective work is as good as any heavy prog-metal opus that Dream Theatere guitarist John Petrucci has ever crafted with his band mates.  Rockenfield’s work behind the kit here strengthens the song’s presentation even more with his solid time keeping.  Jackson’s work on the bass is the cherry on top of this musical sundae, giving it that last needed touch.  The combination of each musician’s line makes the whole of the song a work that is arguably one of this record’s strongest entries if not its absolute strongest.  Of course the song’s musical arrangement is only a portion of what makes the song stand out.  Its lyrical content adds even more to its impact.

LaTorre sings in the song’s lead verse, “Light-years and shadows/You’ll never see the end of day/Distant horizon/Far beyond the past you cannot save/Whispers/No silence/Echoing the sounds from far away/Sequenced pariahs/Following the footsteps to your grave/Pulling me down the undertow/It’s dragging me now/I’m paralyzed/Beyond the distance is out of reach/There’s no more I can take.’  This verse is repeated almost identically for a second time with only minimal change in the second verse.  What LaTorre and company are trying to convey through this content is anyone’s guess.  It comes across as perhaps the song’s subject addressing the issue of living in the present versus the past or even the future.  This is inferred as LaTorre makes note of light-years and shadows never seeing “the end of day” and the distant horizon being “far beyond the past that you cannot save.”  It is almost as if this is the song’s subject noting the past is gone and the future is too far ahead to be concerned about, so it is better to be in the present.  This is entirely this critic’s own interpretation and should not be taken as gospel.  As LaTorre sings in the song’s chorus, “Beyond the distance is out of reach/There’s no more I can take” seems to hint at this even more.  The added note from the song’s subject that “There’s no more I can take” adds even more to the thought of someone who is struggling to decide which way to look.  Once more, this is entirely this critic’s take on the song’s lyrical content.  Regardless of right or wrong, this song’s lyrical content is certain to generate plenty of discussion, as is its musical content.  Keeping all of that in mind, the song in whole proves itself to be another important addition to The Verdict.  It is not the last of the album’s most notable entries.  ‘Propaganda Fashion’ is worth examining just as much as the other songs noted here.

‘Propaganda Fashion’ is another work that takes listeners back to Queensryche’s heyday through its musical arrangement.  From the dual-guitar attack to the solid time keeping to the low-end and vocals, every element of this song takes listeners back to the days of Hear in the Now Frontier with its driving, melodic rock arrangement.  It is perhaps the album’s most radio ready song at least in regards to its musical arrangement.  That catchy arrangement couples with the song’s sociopolitical commentary in its lyrical content to make the song in whole that much more engaging for listeners.

Jackson talked about the noted commentary in a recent interview, saying, “Lyrically it surrounds a political message used to persuade an audience, in order to make something appear more powerful, meaningful or real than it actually is.”  That statement is illustrated as LaTorre sings in the song’s lead verse, “Lightning (charging with a vengeance)/Strikes you (spreading like fire)/Takes you down, down, down/Sell me what’s real/Become desensitized/Pushing their own point of view/Lies/Shoving it down, down your throat/Lies.”  LaTorre continues in the song’s second verse, “System (no communication)/Broken (poisoned mother*******)/Spins you round, round, round/Media persuasion/Speeches and names/Paved by the ones with the crown.”  He adds in the song’s third and final verse, “Tonight your freedom dies/The scars to prove it/No reason or rhyme/The twisted web of lies/Just take your time and hurry up/You’re free to do what you’re told.”  These are some pretty straight forward statements made through these verses and considering what is going on now across the political spectrum, they are fully relatable for listeners.  Regardless of which side of the aisle one sits on, it applies on both sides.  Keeping that in mind, it makes the song stand out that much more.  When it is coupled with the song’s radio ready and accessible lyrical content, the song in whole stands out even more.  When the song is considered along with the other works noted here and the rest of the album’s works, the record in whole shows that much more why it is such a strong new offering from one of rock’s most respected names.

As already noted, Queensryche is in the midst of the latest leg of its world tour in support of The Verdict.  Audiences will get to hear all three of the songs noted here and others Sunday in Charlotte, NC and Wednesday in Huntsville, AL.  The remaining dates on the band’s current live run are noted below.

 

 

QUEENSRYCHE “THE VERDICT TOUR” 2020 with John 5:
February 22 – Charlotte, NC – The Underground*
February 25 – Huntsville, AL – Mars Music Hall
February 26 – Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theater*
February 27 – Orlando. FL – Plaza Live
*without John 5

 

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Website: http://www.queensrycheofficial.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/queensryche

 

 

 

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Quensryche Debuts More New Music From ‘The Verdict’; Announces New Live Dates

Courtesy: Century Media

Queensryche debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the lyric video for its new single for ‘Inner Unrest‘ Thursday.  The song is featured in the band’s 2019 album The Verdict.  The song’s musical arrangement is classic Queensryche throughout.  Its lyrical content tackles a very heavy topic, as front man Todd LaTorre explained in a recent interview.

“‘Inner Unrest’ is an abstract characterization loosely based on the struggles dealing with PTSD; the inner and external battles one must fight daily,” he said.

‘Inner Unrest’ is the seventh single spawned from The Verdict.  The album has also produced the singles ‘Blood of the Levant,’ ‘Light Years,’ ‘Man The Machine,’ ‘Dark Reverie,’ ‘Bent‘ and ‘Propaganda Fashion.’

 

Queensryche will launch the next leg of its ongoing tour in support of The Verdict Jan. 17 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.  The tour is scheduled to run through Feb. 27 in Orlando, FL and to feature performances in cities nationwide, such as Charlotte, NC; Austin, TX and Anaheim, CA.  The tour’s schedule is noted below.

QUEENSRYCHE “THE VERDICT TOUR” 2020 with John 5:
January 17 – Ft Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
January 18 – St Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live
January 19 – Jacksonville, FL – Florida Theatre
January 22 – Austin, TX – Emo’s
January 23 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
January 24 – San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theater
January 25 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
January 28 – Phoenix, AZ – Marquee
January 29 – San Diego, CA – Music Box
January 30 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
January 31 – San Francisco, CA – Slims
February 1 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
February 4 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
February 5 – Seattle, WA – Neptune
February 7 – Denver, CO – Ogden
February 8 – Kansas City, MO – Knuckleheads*
February 9 – St Louis, MO – Delmar*
February 12 – Grand Rapids, MI – 20 Monroe
February 13 – Detroit, MI – St Andrew’s Hall*
February 14 – Pittsburgh, PA – Roxian Theatre
February 15 – Sayerville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
February 16 – Boston, MA – Big Night
February 19 – Glensdale, PA Keswick Theatre
February 20 – Baltimore, MD Baltimore Sound Stage*
February 21 – North Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues
February 22 – Charlotte, NC – The Underground*
February 25 – Huntsville, AL – Mars Music Hall
February 26 – Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theater*
February 27 – Orlando. FL – Plaza Live
*without John 5

John 5 and Eve To Adam will serve as support for the band’s upcoming dates.

More information on Queensryche’s upcoming tour, new single, album and more is available online at:

 

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/queensryche

 

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John 5 Announces Dates For Next Leg Of “Invasion Tour”

Courtesy: Adrenaline PR/60 cycle hum Records

John 5 and The Creatures will launch the second leg of their “Invasion Tour” Wednesday.

The next leg of the tour, which is in support of the group’s latest album Invasion, is scheduled to launch Wednesday in Battle Creek, MI.  It is set to run through Nov. 24 in Rochester, NY and to feature performances in cities, such as Charlotte, NC; Omaha, NE and Atlanta, GA.

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

JOHN 5 and The Creatures tour dates:
Invasion Tour w/Jared James Nichols and Reverend Jack
10/30 – Music Factory @ Battle Creek, MI
10/31 – Cleveland, OH @ The Winchester 
11/1 – Detroit, MI @ Token Lounge
11/2 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
11/3 – Ringle, WI @ Q&Z Expo Center
11/5 – Kansasville, WI @ 1175
11/6 – Minneapolis, MN @ Turf Club
11/7 – Des Moines, IA @ Lefty’s
11/8 – Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground
11/9 – Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
11/11 – St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
11/12 – Memphis, TN @ Growlers
11/14 – Atlanta, GA @ Smith’s Old Bar
11/15 – New Orleans, LA @ The Parish at the House of Blues
11/16 – Miramar Beach, FL @ Village Door Music Hall
11/17 – Nashville, TN @ The Basement East
11/18 – Charlotte, NC @ Amos Southend
11/20 – Greensboro, NC @ Blind Tiger
11/21 – Annapolis, MD @ Ram’s Head on Stage
11/22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge
11/23 – Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
11/24 – Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall

John 5 (a.k.a. John William Lowery) talked about the upcoming stretch of live dates in a recent interview.

“I’m excited to get back out on the road with The Creatures and play music from the new album,” he said.  “The response to the first leg of the Invasion Tour earlier this year was amazing and I can’t wait to hit even more cities.  Jared James Nichols was phenomenal last time around and we are happy to have him join us again.”

More information on John 5 and The Creatures’ upcoming live dates is available online now along with all of the group’s latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://john-5.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/John5official

Twitter: http://twitter.com/john5guitarist

 

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John 5 And The Creatures Announce Schedule For Next Leg Of “Invasion Tour 2019”

Courtesy: 60 Cycle Hum Records/Adrenaline PR

John 5 and The Creatures announced the schedule this week, for the next leg of the group’s “Invasion Tour 2019.”

The next leg of the tour, which is in support of the group’s brand new album Invasion is scheduled to launch Oct. 30 in Battle Creek, MI and to run through Nov. 24 in Rochester, NY.  The almost month-long tour features performances in cities, such as Greesnboro, NC; Kansasville, WI and Atlanta, GA.  Jared James Nichols, who served as support on the most recent leg of the band’s tour, will be back as support for this leg of the tour, too.

John 5 (a.k.a. John Lowery) talked about his expectations for the upcoming tour run in a recent interview.

“I’m excited to get back out on the road with The Creatures and play music from the new album,” Lowery said.  “The response to the first leg of the Invasion Tour earlier this year was amazing, and I can’t wait to hit even more cities.  Jared James Nichols was phenomenal last time around, and we are happy to have him join us again.”

Before John 5 and The Creatures launch their upcoming tour run, they will perform at a special one-off co-headlining show with The Aristocrats on Sept. 1 in Los Angeles, CA.  A special edition of Invasion will be available for purchase at that concert.  Tickets for the concert are available here.

The full schedule for the next leg of the Invasion Tour 2019 is noted below. Tickets and VIP packages for the tour are available here.

JOHN 5 and The Creatures tour dates:
w/The Aristocrats
9/1 – Los Angeles. CA @ 1720
Invasion Tour w/Jared James Nichols and Reverend Jack
10/30 – Music Factory @ Battle Creek, MI
10/31 – Cleveland, OH @ The Winchester
11/1 – Detroit, MI @ Token Lounge
11/2 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
11/3 – Ringle, WI @ Q&Z Expo Center
11/5 – Kansasville, WI @ 1175
11/6 – Minneapolis, MN @ Turf Club
11/7 – Des Moines, IA @ Lefty’s
11/8 – Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground
11/9 – Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
11/11 – St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
11/12 – Memphis, TN @ Growlers
11/14 – Atlanta, GA @ Smith’s Old Bar
11/15 – New Orleans, LA @ The Parish at the House of Blues
11/16 – Miramar Beach, FL @ Village Door Music Hall
11/17 – Nashville, TN @ The Basement East
11/18 – Charlotte, NC @ Amos Southend
11/20 – Greensboro, NC @ Blind Tiger
11/21 – Annapolis, MD @ Ram’s Head on Stage
11/22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge
11/23 – Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
11/24 – Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall

More information on Invasion is available online now along with all of John 5 and The Creatures’ latest news at:

 

 

Websitehttp://www.john-5.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/John5official

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/john5guitarist

 

 

 

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