Details Released For Annual Carolina Rebellion Festival

Courtesy: Ashton-Magnuson Media

Courtesy: Ashton-Magnuson Media

The weather is cold across much of the country.  But don’t tell organizers of the annual Summer concert festival series.  Details for the annual Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion Festival have been made official.  This year’s Carolina Rebellion Festival—the third of four events that comprise “The 2014 World’s Loudest Month–will be held at the Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday and Sunday, May 3rd and 4th.  Avenged Sevenfold and Kid Rock will share headlining duties at this year’s festival.  They will be joined by Rob Zombie, Five Rob ZomFinger Death Punch, 311, Motorhead, Staind, Seether, Volbeat and more.  Avenged Sevenfold (also known by its fans as AX7) also performed at last year’s inaugural Carolina Rebellion Festival, which sold out.  The current performance schedule for this year’s festival is listed below.

Saturday, May 3

Avenged Sevenfold, Rob Zombie, Motörhead, Seether, Volbeat, Black Label Society, Killswitch Engage, Black Stone Cherry, Fozzy, Adelitas Way, Thousand Foot Krutch, KYNG, Nothing More, Devour The Day and Truckfighters

Sunday, May 4

Kid Rock, Five Finger Death Punch, 311, Staind, A Day To Remember, Alter Bridge, Theory of a Deadman, Fuel, Hellyeah, Of Mice & Men, Trivium, Redlight King, Twelve Foot Ninja and Gemini Syndrome

Bands announced for the festival will perform on one of three separate stages throughout the Charlotte Motor Speedway.  Those stages are the: Carolina Stage, Rebellion Stage, and Jagermeister Stage.

Tickets for the 2014 edition of the Carolina Rebellion Festival go on sale this Friday, January 31st at 10am ET.  This includes Camping, Hotel, VIP Packages, and Weekend 4-packs and upgrades.  All camping and hotel packages include access to the Friday Night Campground Party. Active military members can purchase tickets once again at a discount.  More information for all ticketing, including military discounts, is available online at

The Carolina Rebellion Festival was created in partnership by AEG Live and Danny Wimmer Presents.  It is sponsored by Monster Energy, Jagermeister, Ernie Ball, Jack Daniels, Bud Light, F.Y.E. and Pabst Blue Ribbon.  More information on the Carolina Rebellion Festival is available online at and  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at

Details Announced For Second Annual Fort Rock Festival

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Courtesy: Ashton-Magnuson Media

Organizers of the Fort Rock Festival have announced the details for the annual hard rock music festival.  This year’s festival is scheduled for Saturday, April 26th.  It will be held at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Florida.  The list of this year’s performers includes: Seether, Theory of a Deadman, Black Stone Cherry, Sick Puppies, Trivium, Skindred, The Pretty Reckless, KYNG, Nothing More, Twelve Foot Ninja, and a bunch more.  Veteran hard rock act Korn will share headlining duties at this year’s festival with Five Finger Death Punch.

When asked about performing at this year’s festival (its second) 5FDP drummer Jeremy Spencer spoke on behalf of the band. He expressed the band’s excitement in being invited to headline the show and what it means to play along with some of 5FDP’s favorite bands, and for its fans in Florida.  “5FDP is incredibly excited to be part of the kickoff of the World’s Loudest Month,” he said.  “Having already ‘rocked’ Rockville, this will be our first time bringing it to Fort Myers. We are blessed to have so many fans in Florida that made it possible for the band to step up as a festival headliner standing beside giants like Korn and Rob Zombie! Thank you, Florida. See you all soon!”  Festival co-producer Clay Bush of Danny Wimmer Presents shared the excitement of all of the bands in speaking about the festival celebrating its second year.  “After a great first year, we couldn’t be more excited to return to JetBlue Park with an amazing band lineup and fantastic partners,” Bush said.

Photo Credit: Chad Martel Photography

Photo Credit: Chad Martel Photography

Organizers are offering audiences a special limited time discounted ticket pre-sale from Tuesday, January 28th – Thursday, January 30th.  During this short sale, a limited number of discounted general admission tickets will be available for purchase.  Each day’s prices are listed below (plus fees). Passwords can be obtained for the pre-sale online at and

Tuesday, January 28: $29.50

Wednesday, January 29: $39.50

Thursday, January 30: $45.50

Regularly priced General Admission tickets will go on sale Friday, January 31st at 10a.m.ET at and via all Ticketmaster outlets.  General Admission tickets start at $49.50 and VIP tickets start at $99.50 each.  Prices increase February 10th. Tickets can also be purchased at all Pita Pit locations for $50, with no service fees.  A limited number of discounted General Admission tickets for the military will be available for just $29.  They can be purchased online at

The Fort Rock Festival is the opening concert of a series of concert festivals produced by Danny Wimmer Presents and AEG Live.  Also among that list of concerts presented by Danny Wimmer Presents and AEG Live is are: Rock on the Range and Carolina Rebellion.  It is also part of the kickoff of the World’s Loudest Month and the Florida kickoff along with Monster Energy’s Welcome to Rockville.  It is sponsored by Monster Energy, Jack Daniels, Jagermeister, and f.y.e.  More information on the Fort Rock Festival is available online at http://www.FortRockFestival and  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news in the Phil’s Picks blog at

Halestorm Holding Special Online Performance Today

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Happy Halloween, everyone!  Halestorm has a very special treat for all of its fans today.  The band will be taking over the Warner Sound studios today.  The band will be performing live at 3pmEST/12PT for a very special Live Session performance.  Fans can check out the announcement from the band right here,  And fans can go to The Warner Sound’s YouTube channel at

The PA based band’s performance is all part of its ongoing promotion for its most recent album, Strange Case Of…  The album was released April 10th via Atlantic Records and was produced by mega producer Howard Benson (P.O.D., Sepultura, Theory of a Deadman, etc.)  Those who don’t get the chance to catch the band this afternoon will still get plenty of opportunities to see the band live as it tours in support of its new album.  The band’s next live performance will be Thursday, November 8th at the Soul Kitchen in Mobile, Alabama.  It will also be making a stop in Asheville, North Carolina on Wednesday, December 12th at the Orange Peel.  Halestorm’s fans can get a full tour rundown and all the latest news from the band online at,, and

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Saving Abel’s New LP Another Radio Friendly Rock Record

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Saving Abel’s new record, “Bringing Down The Giant” is a solid readymade radio friendly rock record.  The sound of the band’s new album is exactly what fans have come to expect of the band.  It’s much the same as the band’s previous two albums, stylistically speaking.  It starts off really heavy before slowly getting a little softer and more poppy with each song. 

The album’s opener/title track is the heaviest track on the album, musically speaking.  Coming from a lyrical avenue, the song is empowering.  Front man Jared Weeks sings of facing a bully type figure.  He sings in this song, “Too many lies built up inside/you’re bound to fall/standing face to face you’re not so big after all/Take a bow/You had your shot/at looking down while you’re on top/so now your glory days are gone, gone, gone/Yeah I’m bringing down the giant.”  It’s an empowering song that encourages people to stand up and not let certain types of people try to look down on them and push them down. 

‘Bringing Down The Giant’ is not only the album’s heaviest song, but it’s also one of the LP’s best songs.  The combination of the empowering lyrics and heavy music will make it easily a fan favorite and an arena anthem.  Another song that fans are bound to love is the seemingly social commentary loaded, ‘You Make Me Sick.’  Weeks speaks of the deception of politicians, TV news broadcasters, and all the fake celebrities that are out there.  He sings, “Here comes mister cool thinks he’s lookin’ real fine/all dressed in black tattoos he found online/getting real loose in his daddy’s Cadillac/still livin’ with his mom in a three room shack…look at all these little girls/looking for their dreams/livin’ off these socialites/whose life ain’t what they seem/you make me sick.”  It goes on in similar fashion, eventually going after television news broadcasters and politicians.  Again, it’s a topic to which every listener can relate.  That relateability mixed with a great southern rock sound make this another of the standout tracks on “Bringing Down The Giant.”

Saving Abel tackles bully types on its new album.  And as noted, it also has some social commentary.  For those who want something a little different, there’s a nice anti-love song that any young man out there will love in ‘New Loser.’  Weeks sings in this song of a woman who obviously used him and threw him away.  The thing is, rather than being sad about it, Weeks writes the song from that empowered vantage point.  He writes about the woman in question, “Break away break free/It used to be me to carry all the drama around/It’s only been a pack or two/since I let you/And I can’t believe what I found/Cause it’s just like you to find someone who/Follows your around/What he don’t know she’s gonna kill him slow/Add another to the body count/Who’s the new loser?”  This song in no uncertain terms says to the female figure, “I’m glad you’re gone and I’m better off on my own.”  Of course female audiences could just as easily turn the roles around.  So again, it’s a song to which every listener can relate, making it one more hit from this LP.

The songs noted here are just a small sampling of what Saving Abel has to offer on its new album.  “Bringing Down The Giant” has even more to offer audiences looking for an album with some substance musically and lyrically.  The album is out in stores now.  And the band is currently touring in support of the album.  It will be playing the Madison Theater in Covington, Kentucky tonight.  That show will be followed by a stop at the Elbo Room Lounge in Rhinelander, Wisconsin on Thursday.  Fans can get a full tour rundown and all the latest news from the band online when they go to,,!/savingabel,, and the band’s official YouTube channel,

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Theory of a Deadman teams up with Habitat for Humanity


Theory of a Deadman and the Hollywood Habitat for Humanity have partnered with the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles to sell bracelets that will benefit Habitat.  Sales of the bracelets will also go towards a new habitat build sponsored by Theory of a Deadman later this fall.  The bracelets will be sold for $5 at every upcoming Theory of a Deadman show.  The band explained the motivation for the partnership, saying, “So many people are being affected by the current state of our economy and now more than ever have the need for affordable housing.”  Front man Tyler Connolly expanded on this.  He noted, “We thought that it was a great idea to get involved and donate our time and help make a difference by building a house later this year.”  He went on to say, “The band and I decided to direct our efforts toward helping a family in my Los Angeles community. We’re encouraging fans to pick up a wristband offered at our merch booth this summer. The proceeds will be donated to HFH GLA and help them with their mission of building hope, lives and communities every day.”

In addition to selling the bracelets, the band will be auctioning off a couple of special VIP experiences to help raise money for Habitat.  Fans can bid on the packages now at CharityBuzz to get tickets to the band’s July 21st and July 25th shows in Biloxi, MS and Philadelphia, PA respectively.  The tickets include the opportunity to take part in a meet and greet with the band, and even take home a signed guitar.  Bidding closes next Wednesday, July 18th at 3pm EDT.

Theory of a Deadman will also release its new single, ‘Head Above Water’ to radio this week.  Fans will also get to hear it at the band’s concerts this Summer.  The band is currently touring in support of its most recent album, “The Truth Is…”  It will be at the Roverfest today. 

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Nickelback’s still rocking after twelve years

Roadrunner Records is historically known as one of the leading labels in the metal community.  So when the label released the debut album from Nickelback way back in 2000, the label’s loyal legions were aghast that this famed metal label would release an album by a mainstream act.  Fast forward twelve years and millions of records later, and those same masses have been silenced as Nickelback has proven time and again to be one of the biggest acts that Roadrunner has ever signed, as well as one of the biggest acts in modern rock history.  The band’s most recent album, “Here and Now” continues to prove that.

“Here and Now” is everything that Nickelback’s fans have come to expect from the band.  The album opens at full throttle speed with ‘This Means War.’  This is one of those songs that will get audiences moving both musically and lyrically.  The song’s opening salvo alone is enough to really get the blood moving as frontman Chad Kroger sings, “Climb into the ring for a battle that you can’t win/swing as hard as you can swing/it will still mean nothing/shoulda’ seen it comin’/It had to happen sometime/but you went and brought a knife to an all out gunfight.”  It’s one of those songs that screams, “come on, step up, I dare you!” without faltering even the slightest bit.  Its a perfect arena anthem both for the band and for any sporting event.

The band keeps the adrenaline moving from ‘This Means War’ as it segues into what is arguably one of the single greatest drinking songs ever in ‘Bottoms Up’ before noticeably changing the mood of the album with the more moving, ‘When We Stand Together.’  The first two tracks on this disc immediately offer fans the band’s harder edged sound.  This one however, goes back to the band’s softer side.  It’s similar in nature to another of the band’s prior hits, ‘If Everyone Cared’, except it’s more upbeat.  What really makes this song so interesting is the juxtaposition of the music and lyrics.  Musically, the song is upbeat.  Lyrically though, it’s a mix.  Kroeger sings of all the problems of the world, yet maintains that “We must stand together/there’s no giving in/hand in hand forever/that’s when we all win.”  It’s a wonderful song that offers hope even in the face of so much adversity and negativity in the world.  The combination of that lyrical mix and musical backing makes this song one of the album’s best.

One of the unexpected hits on “Here and Now”  isn’t one of the testosterone or alcohol fueled songs, or even one of the ballads.  Rather, it’s another song that offers hope to listeners.  That song is ‘Lullaby.’  The band shows on ‘Lullaby’ that for all its songs of debauchery and general wild living, this band can touch on more serious topics, too.  ‘Lullaby’ touches on the subject of depression, and what goes through the mind of a person suffering from said condition.  Kroeger sings to audiences, “Please let me take you/out of the darkness and into the light/’cause I have faith in you/you’re gonna make it through another night/stop thinking about the easy way out/There’s no need to go and blow the candle out/because you’re not alone/you’re far too young/and the best is yet to come.”  Nickelback is to be commended for including this song to its new album. That’s because it’s one more shot in the war against those who label rock music as being so bad.  It proves that there are some acts out there that have positive elements.  And this band is one of them.

Nickelback is currently touring in support of “Here and Now.”  Fans in North Carolina will get two chances to see the band live this Summer as it will make stops in Charlotte and Raleigh July 27th and July 30th respectively.  Fans nation wide can keep up with all the latest tour dates and more online at, on Facebook at, on Twitter at, and on Myspace at  Fans can also check out the band’s videos on its official Youtube channel at

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Charm City Devils on tour with Taproot, Theory of a Deadman

Charm City Devils are coming to a town near you.  And they’re coming with Taproot and Theory of a Deadman in tow.  Taproot is currently touring with the band.  Their stint with Charm City Devils ends Sunday, June 3rd.  Theory of a Deadman, who are currently out on tour in support of their recent release, “The Truth Is…” will come on board beginning Friday, July 20th. 

Fans who want a taste of Charm City Devils can check out the video for the first single off the band’s new album, a cover of ‘Man of Constant Sorrow’ from the “O Brother Where Art Thou?” soundtrack.  Just click the link here to check it out:  A lyric video for the song is also available.  Fans can check it out here:

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The Truth Is…Theory of a Deadman rocks

Ten years is a short time in the recording industry.  Generally, most bands can release three albums and run tours to support said albums in that time.  In the ten years since the release of its self-titled debut, Roadrunner Records rockers Theory of a Deadman have actually bucked that trend.  The band released its fourth full length studio release, “The Truth Is…” last year.  The band has bucked the ten year trend even more with this album in that unlike so many other flash in the pan acts, this most recent album from the Vancouver based rockers has cemented the band’s place in the music industry that much more.  It is arguably the band’s best work since its 2002 self-titled debut.

What makes “The Truth Is…” such an impressive opus is its balance of musical and lyrical content.  One could argue that “The Truth Is…” is a continuation of the band’s ’08 album, “Scars and Souvenirs.”  Given, that album did have some more up tempo pieces.  But for the most part, it was more somber, for lack of better wording.  This time out though, the band has taken a much different tone all the way around.  Frontman Tyler Connolly said of the album, “There are a lot of lyrics that came from going through the roughest period of my life.  I don’t think I’ve ever been that beat up physically and emotionally.”  He went on to say,  “It took me awhile to get better, but as a result, this record is the best work that we’ve done.”  He couldn’t be more right.  The album reflects everything he went through quite well. 

The band’s previous album came across as an initial reaction to a bad relationship and breakup.  Now, Connoly and company have crafted on this album, the second side of a breakup.  It starts out with the sarcastic, ‘Lowlife’, in which Connolly sings, “No you can’t change something that you don’t understand/I’m livin’ it up, I’m livin’ it up being a lowlife.”  He sings about stereotypes of how people perhaps see or even saw him.  Whether or not it was intended, it comes across as something of a tongue-in-cheek piece that flips the proverbial middle finger to a certain individual, saying, “I don’t care how you see me.  I am who I am and I’m proud to be me.  I’m not changing for you”  The music that goes with the lyrics make this song a great intro to the album.  It’s a perfect match that sets the tone of what’s to come.

As “The Truth Is…” progresses, listeners hear an obvious emotional journey.  After the initial sarcastic, pessimism of ‘Lowlife’ and ‘B**** Came Back’ the songs take a noticeably back and forth feel.  ‘Huricane’ is a much more introspective song than the album’s opener and its followup.  That introspection doesn’t last long, though.  When the band breaks in to ‘Gentleman’ the sarcasm and pessimism from earlier comes back full force.  However, things change up quite a bit in ‘What Was I Thinking’ and ‘Easy To Love You.’  ‘What Was I Thinking’ is the type of song that would fit into the classic country genre gone rock.  Connolly sings here, “Yea, I’ve got a house in every city/I got so much to lose/I’ve got everything any guy could want/But all I really want is you…/Please, please come and save my soul tonight/Please, please come and make everything right.”  The entire song is almost remorseful, in comparison to the album’s other songs.  And the music, again, is a perfect match to it.  It really serves to enhance the emotion of the lyrical content. 

The whole story ends with ‘Easy to Love You.”  This song is a total 180 from the album’s opener.  Instead of being sarcastic and angry, ‘Easy to Love You’ seems to present a character who has finally found love and happiness in life.  Connolly sings in this piece, “Cause baby you’re so good to me/You have all that I ever need/It’s easy to love you/So easy to love you”…The best part of being with you you’re easy to love.”  It’s a drastic change from how this emotional journey started out.  But it’s a happy ending to the journey, too.  It reminds listeners that there is hope for everyone.  In the grand scheme of things, every one of the songs on this album are relateable to listeners of all ages.  Who out there hasn’t been through a nasty breakup and felt the emotions expressed here?  Add in music that perfectly compliments each song, and audiences get an album that proves Theory of a Deadman isn’t planning on going anywhere any time soon.  And the fact that the band is going to be at Rocklahoma this week along with some of the industry’s biggest bands is even more proof of that.

The band’s stop at Rocklahoma is just one of many dates that the band has to come for the remainder of its U.S. tour.  Fans can keep check on the band’s remaining tour dates online at  Fans can also keep up with the band on Facebook at

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Performance times announced for Rock on The Range

Rock on The Range, one of the year’s biggest music festivals, has announced performance times for bands on the bill this year.  The festival runs May 18th  – 20th.  It all kicks off Friday, May 18th with a performance of Hells Bells on the f.y.e. second stage.  The band will perform at 7:00p.m.  Black Tide, Foxy Shazam and Hairball will follow at 7:45pm, 8:30pm and 9:30pm, respectively.

The big show starts Satuday morning with a performance by Emphatic at 11:30am on the f.y.e. Second Stage.  Adelitas Way will open the Monster Main stage at noon.  Also playing this year’s main stage are:  Halestorm, Theory of a Deadman, Chevelle, Slash, Five Finger Death Punch, Shinedown, and Incubus.  Lots of other big names will be playing other stages at this year’s show including:  P.O.D., Cypress Hill, Cavo, and Bobaflex.

Sunday, May 20th will open with shows by Ghosts of August and Aranda at 11:30am on the Jagermeister Stage and f.y.e. Second Stage respectively.  They’ll be joined Sunday by:  Trivium, Attack Attack!, Down, Anthrax, SOil, James Durbin, 12 Stones, and Lacuna Coil.  Rob Zombie closes out the festival Sunday night on the Monster Main Stage.  He takes the stage at 9:45pm.

A small number of weekend and single day tickets are still available.  Rock on The Range is also offering a “4-pack Special” for $199 plus fees.  This pack includes a lower service charge than standard tickets.  For more information on this year’s festival, go online to,, or

Charm City Devils’ “Sins” anything but deadly

It’s about who you know, not what you know.  Who hasn’t heard that old adage?  Well, when a name the likes of Nikki Sixx personally gives his seal of approval, and even asks a band out on tour, odds are that band is not going to say no.  Thus, one of maisntream rock’s next big acts began its career in 2009.  The act in question is Baltimore, MD based Charm City Devils.  The band’s sophomore record, “Sin” will be on store shelves tomorrow.  And it goes without saying that this new record is anything but deadly.  However, it’s a record that’s a perfect fit for mainstream rock radio.

“Sin” opens with a full throttle, no nonsense adrenaline pumper in ‘Spite.’  The band keeps the adrenaline flowing at max speed with the defiant, fist pumper, ‘Unstoppable’ right after that.  ‘Man of Constant Sorrow’ is quite the interesting cover.  It takes the hit song from George Clooney’s hit movie, and gives it a decidedly new vibe.  The band kicks things right back into gear after that cover, with another high adrenaline track in ‘Still Alive.’  ‘Devil is a Woman’ is one of those standard testosterone-fueled rock tracks that no true hard rock record is complete without.  So many audiences can relate to this one.  The vibe from here on out is little different, as the band keeps the energy at its highest until gently depositing listeners on another shore at the album’s end in the ballad, ‘All You’ll Ever Need.’  It’s just enough to leave audiences with a sense of total fulfillment as they catch their breaths.

‘Sins’ is a great record.  Even had Charm City Devils not gotten the nod from Nikki Sixx, “Sins” shows that the band would still have been able to make a name for itself on its own.  But it never hurts to have the backing of such a big name.  Now, with the right support from fans and mainstream rock radio, audiences nationwide may very well be hearing a lot more from this band in the near future.  It’s a great record for fans of bands such as:  Buckcherry, Black Stone Cherry, Brand New Sin, and others of that ilk.  Fans who want to check out the band live will get their chance as the band will be heading out on tour, beginning next Thursday, April 19th in Roanoke, VA.  From there, the band heads to Maryland, before charting a course through the midwest.  The band’s lone west coast date will be May 1st in Spokane, WA.  No dates in North Carolina as of yet.  But fans can keep up to date with all the band’s dates on its facebook page,  Fans can also follow the band on Twitter at  The band is currently working on a new official website.  Fans can keep an eye on the progress of that website at http://www.charmcitydevils.