HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD's Collaboration With SLIPKNOT's CLOWN: 'We Are' Video Released
"We Are", the new video from HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD, can be seen below. The clip was directed by M. Shawn Crahan (a.k.a. SLIPKNOT'sClown). Clown has been an acclaimed director for years working in the field of music video, delivering clips for his own bandSLIPKNOTthroughout their multi-platinum Grammy-winning career. Crahan also directed SLIPKNOT's 2005 DVD, "Voliminal: Inside The Nine".
HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD recently released "We Are" to rock radio. The track reunites the band with producer Danny Lohner (NINE INCH NAILS,PUSCIFER), and delivers an epic call-to-arms laced with gnashing guitars, lyrical jabs and fiery beats. Selecting the track as the lead entry on the weekly playlist, USA Today stated, "The horror-loving rap-rock outfit HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD previews January's 'Notes From the Underground' with 'We Are', an anthem for disenfranchised youth. A brutally captivating chorus wraps desolation and desperation into the lyrics 'We are made from broken parts ... we are broken from the start'. It's self-destructive and cathartic." Band member Johnny 3 Tears elaborates, "The song is about collective resistance. It's the silent majority, but we're using Los Angeles as the backdrop. Every time we work with Danny, he takes our music to the next level. Think of it as an ode to our misled youth."
"We Are" is the lead single from HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD's new album,"Notes From The Underground", The CD title is a homage to theFyodor Dostoyevsky novel — a Johnny 3 Tears personal favorite — and the moniker alludes to what's really under the mask. He elaborates, "We've maintained an underground identity. When we write songs, we're coming from a place people don't like to look at or talk about openly. As people get older, they get used to lying. We have a bond with so many kids because they appreciate that honesty. They don't know how bad some things get yet. We tell them the truth."
While the band's roots are in the underground, the band has drawn mainstream attention since the release of their 2008 near platinum-selling debut "Swan Songs" and its acclaimed 2010 follow-up "American Tragedy". "Swan Songs" has moved well over 900,000 copies, and "American Tragedy" debuted on The Billboard 200 at #4 with first-week sales exceeding 67,000. They've played sold out headline shows all over the world as well as rousing appearances at festivals such as the Rock On The Range, Epicenter and U.K.'s Download festival.
The masked Los Angeles collective — Johnny 3 Tears, J-Dog, Charlie Scene, Danny, Funny Man, and Da Kurlzz — are excited about the release of their third album in January. "Nothing could change us or our music," assures J-Dog. "We may change the method but not the message."
"Notes From The Underground" was produced by Griffin Boice, Sam & Sluggo and Danny Lohner.
LINKIN PARK Gives Away Free Song To StageLight Music Users
On the heels of LINKIN PARK and Open Labs' launch of Windows PC music software StageLight, the band's founder, Mike Shinoda, composed and distributed a brand new song file direct to StageLightusers via BitTorrent "as a thank you to all our early adopters."
StageLight is designed to give virtually anyone the ability to create a song they can share in minutes. With built-in support for the world's leading social sound platform — and priced at just $9.99 at www.openlabs.com — StageLight is poised to open up the world of music creation to more people than ever before.
StageLight is a great solution for everyone on Windows 7 and 8. The software allows all levels of musicians to learn how to create and share their music on a PC. LINKIN PARK has not only used Open Labs products for the last four years in the studio and on stage, they have also been intimately involved in creating the current and future software product.
Shinoda, co-lead vocalist and producer of LINKIN PARK, said, "I would recommend StageLight to anyone. It doesn't matter if you're just starting or a touring professional. It's the perfect tool for anyone wanting to create or perform live."
The song Mike created with StageLight can be found here. He invites users to listen and manipulate it in their own version and add to it. Mikewill be appearing at Dell World in Austin, Texas this week to do a live demo of the program.
LINKIN PARK, together with Open Labs and Dell, are also launching the Linkin Park Edition product line. It will include the StageLight software with customized and exclusive LINKIN PARK sounds on a high-performanceDell computer. The band is providing a robust library of sounds, loops and drum kits, allowing users to create their own songs using signature sounds created by the band. The Linkin Park Edition is available as of December 10, with LP sounds continuing to be updated throughout 2013.
LINKIN PARK has just announced a show at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas on Saturday, February 16. This will be the band's only North American show in 2013. Pre-sale for LINKIN PARK fan club members will be December 11. Tickets will go on sale to the public on Friday, December 14 at 10 a.m.
Trent Reznor to Launch Daisy Streaming Music Service; Says NIN Greatest Hits Compilation in the Works
Trent Reznor has announced that he’s going to launch a new music streaming service with rapper Dr. Dre’s company, Beats by Dre. The Nine Inch Nails frontman says that the new service, called Daisy, promises to provide a better way of recommending new music to its users.
“[Daisy] uses mathematics to offer suggestions to the listener... [but also] would present choices based partly on suggestions made by connoisseurs, making it a platform in which the machine and the human would collide more intimately," Reznor tells The New Yorker.
Reznor adds that Daisy’s service will include a form of “intelligent curation,” which he describes as like “having your own guy when you go into the record store, who knows what you like but can also point you down some paths you wouldn't necessarily have encountered." He also noted that Daisy is expected to launch sometime early next year.
In addition to the new streaming service, we can look forward a new release from Nine Inch Nails. Reznor says that Interscope Records is planning to drop a new greatest hits compilation from NIN that will feature two new songs. That album is expected to arrive in stores sometime in 2014.
US State Department "Closely Monitoring" Progress of Trial of Lamb of God's Randy Blythe
The U.S. State Department has weighed in on an online petition about Lamb of Godfrontman Randy Blythe’s recent indictment on a manslaughter charge in connection with an incident that took place during the band's 2010 concert at Club Abaton in Prague.
Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Michael Posnerposted a message on WhiteHouse.gov, writing that while he can’t discuss the details of the case, the State Department is “closely monitoring the progress of his trial." Posner adds that the State Department "expect[s] that the Czech government will make all efforts to ensure a fair, transparent and timely trial for Mr. Blythe, and guarantee full protection of his legal rights under Czech law and his welfare."
Blythe has said that he expects to return to the Czech Republic to face the manslaughter charge, where he could serve as many as 10 years in prison if he's convicted. The court has three months to set a date for Blythe’s trial or send the case back for further investigation.
3 Doors Down Extends Co-Headlining Tour with Daughtry into 2013
3 Doors Down is having such a great time on their co-headlining tour with Daughtry that they'll be extending it into the new year. The tour, which started November 17, will wrap its first leg on December 15 in Anaheim, California. The new dates will resume January 25 in Dallas and will continue through the end of February.
In a statement, 3 Doors Down frontman Brad Arnold says, "This tour with Daughtry has been amazing, and we are excited to keep it rolling into 2013! See you on the road my friends!" Chris Daughtry adds, "We're very happy to continue the tour with 3 Doors Down, and look forward to getting this show to the fans that we missed on the first leg of this tour!"
Most tickets go on sale this Friday, December 14.
Here are the tour dates:
1/25 -- Dallas, TX, Verizon Theatre
1/26 -- Tulsa, OK, Tulsa Civic Center
1/29 -- Tupelo, MS, Bancorp South Center
1/30 -- St. Louis, MO, Peabody Opera House
2/01 -- Battle Creek, MI, Kellogg Arena
2/02 -- Louisville, KY, Palace Theatre
2/05 -- Erie, PA, Erie Civic Center Complex
2/06 -- Poughkeepsie, NY, Mid Hudson Civic Center
2/08 -- Worcester, MA, DCU Center
2/09 -- Rochester, NY, Main Street Armory
2/10 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event CTR
2/17 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
2/20 -- Sunrise, FL, BB&T Center
2/22 -- Pensacola, FL, Pensacola Civic Center
2/23 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
Shinedown Adds More Co-Headlining Tour Dates with Three Days Grace
Shinedown has extended their North American co-headlining tour with Three Days Grace. The band has announced a second leg of their spring tour, which includes stops in Orlando, Baton Rouge, Wichita and Sioux City, among others cities. P.O.D. will continue to support the band on all the newly-announced dates.
Tickets for most of the concerts will go on sale on Friday. Here are the tour dates:
3/9 -- Orlando, FL, Amway Center
3/11 -- Estero, FL, Germain Arena
3/12 -- Savannah, GA, Savannah Civic Center
3/14 -- Pensacola, FL, Pensacola Civic Center
3/15 -- Jackson, MS, Mississippi Coliseum
3/16 -- North Little Rock, AR, Verizon Arena
3/18 -- Baton Rouge, LA, Baton Rouge River Center
3/19 -- Belton, TX, Bell County Expo Center
3/21 -- Oklahoma City, OK, Chesapeake Energy Arena
3/22 -- Lubbock, TX, Lonestar Event Center
3/23 -- Wichita, KS, INTRUST Bank Arena
3/25 -- Broomfield, CO, 1st Bank Center
3/26 -- Lincoln, NE, Pershing Center
3/28 -- Sioux City, IA, Tyson Events Center
3/29 -- La Crosse, WI, La Crosse Center
3/30 -- Fargo, ND, Fargodome
Muse Adds More Dates to The 2nd Law Tour
Muse is giving you a few more chances to see their upcoming North American tour. The band has added six dates to their calendar in support of their latest album, The 2nd Law. The newly-announced dates include stops in Los Angeles, Portland and Seattle, among other cities.
Pre-sale tickets will be available to members of Muse’s website starting Tuesday at 10 a.m. local venue time. General ticket sales for most of the shows will begin on December 14. Visit Muse.mu for more information.
Here are the tour dates:
1/26 -- Los Angeles, CA, Staples Center
1/29 -- Sacramento, CA, Sleep Train Arena
1/31 -- Portland, OR, Rose Garden
2/1 -- Seattle, WA, Air Canada Centre
4/10 -- Toronto, ON, Air Canada Center
4/24 -- Montreal, QC, Belle Centre
Buckcherry to Release Confessions in February; Posts Lyric Video for "Gluttony"
Buckcherry has revealed the release date for their sixth studio album. Confessions will arrive at all the usual outlets on February 19. The new album will feature a central theme focused on the seven deadly sins: wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony.
The band offered up their first taste of Confessions on Friday by unveiling a lyric video for the album’s first single, “Gluttony.” You’ll be able to purchase the track on iTunes on Tuesday.
Buckcherry will be previewing new songs from the release on their upcoming tour dates with Kid Rock and Hellbound Glory. That outing kicks off on February 2 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO.