He is sight to behold and an smorgasbord to the ears!
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In honor of Record Store Day , this past weekend I wanted to do a spot light on a lesser known artist but one that will be lesser known for only a little while longer . I brought out my vinyl I bought at a show ” Take My Hand ” and allow me to introduce to Jared James Nichols .
I was first was introduced to to JJN at a Zakk Wylde show when he was direct tour support . I showed up thinking oh great I have to sit thru another opener. Well to be surprised is an understatement .This guy is awesome, his modern take on the blues and rock is unparalleled in today music landscape.I immediate went to his merch table after his set and bought a record I had to hear more .
Fast forward a couple of years later and I was delighted to see he was announced for the opening slot of the latest John 5 and The Creatures Tour . Like before this artist just belew me away and the fact that he does not use a guitar pick is just amazing .He uses his thumb like Steve Harris of Iron Maiden uses his fingers . It is a sight to behold and an smorgasbord to the ears.
A lot of people complain that there is not new music or good music coming out , well open your ears citizens there is a new sheriff in town !! and his name is Jared James Nichols .
Please see his official site at https://www.facebook.com/Jaredjamesnichols
The Borstal Boys self-titled CD started as a solo album for bass player Rocky Lamonde in late 2017. As he worked on putting together songs for the recording, he put together an incredible group of known musicians to play on the album including guitarist Vinny Q, drummer Scott Wilson, keyboardist Joe Pelesky (Houserockers), guitarist Patrick Norman (Rusted Root) and singer Mark Ponsonby.
During the recording, Bob McCutcheon owner of The Vault Recording Studio and owner of Vault Records, liked what he heard and signed Lamonde’s project which later turned into The Borstal Boys. The Borstal Boys is guitar driven with smooth vocals and bar room pianos. Scott Mervis, entertainment editor for the Pittsburgh Post Gazette describes the CD as crunchy bar-rock sound laced with R&B. The main song writing is done by Lamonde, Vinnie Q and Patrick Norman. Each song has individual influences in them. Lamonde feels they are a rock band deeply influenced by Rolling Stones and Faces.
The group have created a buzz in the Pittsburgh music scene. The album has legendary Pittsburgh players on it. Norm Nardini and Hermie Granati played on several of the tracks as well as Brett Staggs and Katie Simone. While recording, Lamonde reached out to Hermie Granati who played piano on several of the tracks and asked if he knew any piano players that were looking to get into a new project. A couple of weeks later Lamonde gets a phone call from Joe Pelesky, the keyboard player for over 15 years with Joey G and the Iron City Houserockers. In his years with the Houserockers, Joe has shared the stage with many high level musicians including Bruce Springsteen and The Band. Lamonde didn’t stop there, he approached Patrick Norman the bass player of Rusted Root to play guitar on the project. Patrick Norman has played all over the world and has toured with many giant acts, such as Led Zeppelin’s Page & Plant. Patrick and Rocky hit it off right away and started to write together.
The songs on the CD are about love, loss, and the pain of living with loss. Guitar player Vinny Q (formerly of the Zippers, Bill Toms and Torn and Frayed) wrote Marlene June, a song for his mother who passed in 2018. The song is a beautiful tribute to the wonderful life she lived and how she touched his life. She wasn’t a very religious person but the song is about the thought there has to be a place in heaven for non-believers too.
Head Full Of Ghosts is a song written about the things that go through your head during bad times. Sometimes it’s hard to block them out but they’re in there.
My Everything is about Lamonde’s girl who puts up with him. She has to be a saint.
Fallen Angel was written about a close friend that died too soon. A lifetime of partying catches up with you sooner or later.
The self-titled CD was mixed by Grammy winning engineer and producer Jimmy Hoyson.
The band is already recording it’s next release due to be out by late spring 2019. You can go to their website to check out the videos music and dates at the band’s website.
One of our all time favorite artists, a must see concert !
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In honor of Adam Ant announcing both a UK and US Friend or Foe tour we decided to list the five reasons you must see Adam Ant live !
1 -The Hits
There are few artists alive who have had as many popular and got songs ,even less is the number of artists who are touring to play those hits . ” Prince Charming ” has turned up in many a TV series and movie along with his plethora of other hits .It is the stuff of legend .
2- The Show
Adam puts his 100% effort into every show ,with the duel drummers and approximate show time of two hours it is a show not to be missed .He plays guitar ,sings and dance all along while teasing the audience.He is not just an singer but a true performance artist .
Adam s band is a tight knit unit ,many of them have been with him a very long time .Duel drummers Jolo and Andy Woodard, bassist extraordinaire Joe Holweger ,and on guitars AP Leach and the talented punk rocker Will Crewdson .
it actually costs less to see an artist perform all their songs live compared to buying all the discs or downloads and life is about memories .Do you really remember all those coffees you had at Starbucks or that time you saw a concert with your friends,memories are priceless .
Take yourself back to a time when mortgage didn’t matter , taxes where of no concern and you could dress or be who you want .MTV played your favorite songs and you could ” Stand and Deliver ” what ever you wanted .
All what I’m trying to say is get your butt a ticket and see an original ,the one Johnny Depp and many more copied.Please see Adams website for more info about locations at http://www.adam-ant.com
Hollywood , CA- The story of one of the best and brightest bands in some would say was the best era in music debuted last night on Netflix , simply called ” The Dirt ” .The small title does nothing to talk about this huge film . It takes you back to the beginning of Motley Crue in 1981 and even earlier with the childhood of Nikki Sixx . To say this film hit home was an understatement to say the least . This review will take place in sections by actors or themes .
Nikki Sixx, the founder and bassist of Motley Crue was played by Douglas Booth , who did an excellent job with the debauchery and sadness of the real life person with out it being a facade , at times you forget it was an actor and not just Nikki himself . I can relate with the father and part of the mother in Nikki’s life.
Daniel Webber played Vince Neil , who made me tear up when her lost his daughter to cancer and the death of his friend due to drunk driving .His acting was top notch to say the least . Golden Globes are you listening .
Colson Baker aka Machine Gun Kelly did an outstanding job as Tommy Lee. he did such a phenomenal job with both the look, acting and musical chops I forgot it was MGK .I can judge because I know MGK sorta , I spent time with him at awards shows, hotel party’s and at his concerts. He was so good I forgot he was MGK and actually grew to like Tommy Lee again.
Iwan Rheon as Mick Mars , I was very impressed with both the acting and the story of Mick Mars , due to his private nature he was always a mystery to me so I am glad his story was told . Breaking the forth wall was a treat that was really enjoyed .
Be warned there is nudity and swearing and drug references , along with more nudity and drugs and more nudity and drugs .The remake of ” Live Wire ” in a slow acoustic somber tone by Meghan Kabir is simply eerie and beautiful and one of my favorites ” You Cant Put Your Arms Around a Memory ” by Johnny Thunders was well delivered.
I give this movie 5 out of 5 stars as I wish I had a time machine to take me back to 1985. Get Netflix or find a friend that has it because this is must see TV at its finest !
This is one exciting band , make sure you catch them in a city by you !
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Blackpool, England – Boston Manor will be hopping over the pond next month for an impressive North American Tour in support of Movements. Along with friends in Trash Boat and Drug Church, this is going to be a tour that captivating and energetic sets each night that cannot be missed. Multiple dates are already sold out, with all remaining tickets on sale now at http://bostonmanorband.com/.
The upcoming tour will feature the Blackpool 5-Piece performing tracks from their latest release Welcome To The Neighbourhood. In addition to hypnotizing live crowds, these tracks have seen great success at streaming with adds to Spotify’s Rock Hard, Totally Alt, Rock Save the Queen and Rock Your Body Playlists and on radio with adds to Sirius XM Octane, Music Choice and Active Rock stations like WRXQ-FM, WRKZ-FM, KHTQ-FM and more.
Despite the new sounds that infiltrate this record – which was recorded by Mike Sapone (Taking Back Sunday, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Envy On The Coast) – Boston Manor are just as ferocious and immediate as ever. They may be embracing new elements in their sound but listen to the savage hooks of “Flower In Your Dustbin” or the vicious vitriol of “Hate You” and there’s no doubt who has made this record.
A full list of upcoming North American tour dates can be found below:
April 17 – Fresno, CA – Strummer’s
April 18 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
April 19 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory**
April 20 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre**
April 22 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
April 23 – Seattle, WA – Neumos
April 25 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
April 26 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Thater
April 27 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room Lounge
April 28 – North Kansas City, MO – The Rino*
April 29 – Dallas, TX – Trees
April 30 – Austin, TX – Come and Take It Live
May 1 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
May 3 – Orlando, FL – The Plaza Live
May 4 – Jacksonville, FL – Welcome to Rockville
May 5 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
May 7 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
May 8 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
May 9 – Boston, MA – Royale
May 10 – Washington, DC – Black Cat
May 12 – Rockingham, NC – Epicenter Festival
May 13 – Millvale, PA – Mr Smalls Theatre
May 14 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theater & Ballroom
May 16 – Toronto, Canada – The Opera House
May 17 – Detroit, MI – The Majestic Theatre
May 18 – Columbus, OH – Sonic Temple Art & Music Festival
Melbourne ,Australia -A wide range of competitions, sports, and activities drew crowds for three days during the March 2019 Arnold Sports Festival in Melbourne, Australia.
Bodybuilding, martial arts, boxing, and pole fitness were just some of the sports that competitors from around the world participated in while fans had the opportunity to meet some of their favorite athletes. There were also plenty of great deals on fitness products and equipment from the many vendors that attended the event.
During the events, Arnold made the rounds, supporting the competitors and meeting and greeting his adoring fans. His appearance certainly energized the crowds. He even stopped for a quick game of chess with one lucky young fan.
Overall, this was a fantastic event and a great opportunity to mingle with inspirational athletes and professionals from the fitness industry.
Chart-topping rock band STRYPER will return to the road in May for the 2019 HISTORY Tour — Greatest Hits & Covers that influenced our generation. The all-new HISTORY Tour comes on the heels of the band’s yearlong God Damn Evil World Tour, which concluded in Japan in February.
“The music of our generation was and is timeless,” says STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet. “It was all about the song and musicians who inspired you to want to play. We grew up on bands like Van Halen, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Journey and BOSTON. We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the music of these legendary bands. We thought it would be an amazing experience to play some of these songs live and show you, the audience, exactly were our roots lie. We’ll also be incorporating our own hits & videos from 1984 to 2019, and something from Perry’s past as well (Firehouse). We’re excited to get back out on the road and we look forward to seeing you soon!”
STRYPER consists of original members Michael Sweet (vocals and guitar), Robert Sweet (drums) and Oz Fox (guitar), as well as bassist Perry Richardson (formerly of the multi-platinum band Firehouse) who joined the group in 2018.
Exclusive meet & greet packages will be available in most cities. Fans will have the option of purchasing either a Standard Meet & Greet Package or VIP HISTORY Tour Meet & Greet Package. Both meet & greet packages include an opportunity to meet the band, get autographs, take photos with the guys and receive exclusive one-of-a-kind merchandise. However, the VIP HISTORY Meet & Greet Package (limited to 6 fans per city) offers additional merchandise options and a stage tour (hold Michael’s guitar, photo in front of Robert’s drum kit, overview of gear with STRYPER crew member).
STRYPER continues to dominate the hard rock/heavy metal scene with the their critically-acclaimed tenth studio album, God Damn Evil – released in 2018 via Frontiers Music srl. Rocking since 1984, STRYPER is responsible for such classic ’80s metal albums as Soldiers Under Command, To Hell with the Devil and In God We Trust. In fact, STRYPER is the first band to ever have two songs in MTV’s Top 10 simultaneously with their hits “Free” and “Honestly.” To date, the Dove Award-winning and GRAMMY-nominated band has sold over 10 million records worldwide.
STRYPER 2019 HISTORY TOUR:
May 10 — The Firmament — Greenville, SC
May 11 — Union Jack’s — Annapolis, MD
May 13 — Beachland Ballroom — Cleveland, OH
May 14 — The Token Lounge — Westland, MI
May 15 — The Rockpile West — Toronto, Ontario
May 17 — Gramercy Theatre — New York, NY
May 18 — The Chance — Poughkeepsie, NY
May 19 — The Paramount — Huntington, NY
May 21 — Chameleon Club — Lancaster, PA
May 22 — Jergel’s Rhythm Grille — Warrendale, PA
May 24 — Bogarts — Cincinnati, OH
May 25 — Mercury Ballroom — Louisville, KY
May 26 — The Lerner Theatre — Elkhart, IN
May 29 — Vinyl Music Hall — Pensacola, FL
May 31 — Warehouse Live — Houston, TX
June 1 — Magic Springs Theme Water Park — Hot Springs, AR
June 2 — Graceland Sound Stage — Memphis, TN
June 5 — House of Blues — New Orleans, LA
June 8 — The Masquerade — Atlanta, GA
June 13 — Paparazzi OBX — Kitty Hawk, NC
June 14 — Phase 2 — Lynchburg, VA
June 15 — Roanoke Rapids Theater — Roanoke Rapids, NC
July 17 — Rock Fest 2019 — Cadott, WI
July 18 — Arcada Theater — St. Charles, IL
July 20 — Roar on the Shore Bike Week — Erie, PA
Sept. 7 — Teatro al Aire Libre — La Paz, Bolivia
Sept. 10 — CC. Festiva — Lima, Peru
Sept. 12 — Teatro Caupolicán — Santiago, Chile
Sept. 14 — Tropical Butanta — Sao Paulo, Brazil
Sept. 15 — Circo Voador — Rio de Janiero, Brazil
Sept. 17 — Toinha Brasil Show — Brasilia, Brazil
Sept. 19 — Mister Rock BH — Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Sept. 21 — El Teatro Flores — Buenos Aires, Argentina
More dates to be announced!
For tour dates, tickets, VIP packages and additional information, visit the official website at www.stryper.com.
(LONDON) March 18, 2019 … Pop icon Adam Ant performs his landmark, solo album “Friend or Foe” for the first time, live in its entirety, throughout the USA from September 4 to October 1.
Artist presale tickets are available from Tuesday, March 19 at 10 am local time through Thursday, March 21 at 10 pm local time. General tickets are available from Friday, March 22 at 10 am local time. For more information, visit http://www.adam-ant.com.
Following a world tour to sold-out venues throughout the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, Adam Ant confirms his 2019 “Friend or Foe” USA tour from September 4 to October 1.
Adam Ant will play his landmark “Friend or Foe” album in its entirety as well as classic chart-topping singles and personal favorites.
The “Friend or Foe” album was Adam’s first release as a solo artist and included three hit singles. The massive hit “Goody Two Shoes” reached #1 in the UK, was also #1 in Australia and hit #6 on the USA Billboard Chart.
“Friend or Foe”, the single, was another top ten hit in the UK while “Desperate But Not Serious” was the album’s third UK smash.
“Friend or Foe” his most successful solo album to date, made #5 in the UK and was certified gold album status on both sides of the Atlantic after selling over 100,000 copies.
In the USA, the album reached #16 on the Billboard album chart and turned Adam Ant into a household name, resulting in a GRAMMY nomination for Best New Artist and an MTV Award for “Sexiest Man Alive”.
From his early punk days in London to his explosion on the world stage that would lead to him becoming an icon, Adam Ant’s musical career spans the course of nine albums and 22 chart-topping singles worldwide. At one point, Adam had eight singles in the UK Top 40 in one week.
His 1979 debut album “Dirk Wears White Sox” was the first number one album in the UK Independent Albums Chart.
The follow-up album “Kings of the Wild Frontier” that featured his trademark burundi beat style of African drumming spent 12 weeks at #1 in the UK and was the best-selling album of 1981. The “Kings of the Wild Frontier” album produced three UK chart-topping singles, “Dog Eat Dog” #4, “Antmusic” #2 and “Kings of the Wild Frontier” #2 and won Adam a Brit Award for Best New Artist.
On its day of release, the smash hit single “Stand and Deliver” went straight to #1, and remained at the top spot in the UK singles chart for five weeks, earning Adam two prestigious Ivor Novello Awards for Best Songwriter of the Year and Best British Record.
As “antmania” continued to sweep the nation, his next “Prince Charming” album produced yet another #1 single, “Prince Charming” and firmly established Adam Ant as a global star.
Adam Ant “Friend or Foe” USA tour 2019
Wednesday, September 4, Milwaukee, WI, Pabst Theatre
Friday, September 6, St. Louis MO, The Pageant
Saturday, September 7, Chicago, IL, Riviera Theatre
Sunday, September 8, Minneapolis, MN, Pantages Theatre
Wednesday, September 11, Cincinnati, OH, Taft Theatre
Friday, September 13, Detroit, Royal Oak Music Theatre
Saturday, September 14, Cleveland, OH, Masonic Auditorium
Sunday, September 15, Toronto, ON, The Danforth Music Hall
Tuesday, September 17, Boston, MA, Boch Center Shubert Theatre
Thursday, September 19, New York NY, Beacon Theatre
Friday, September 20, Philadelphia, PA, Merriam Theater
Saturday, September 21, Mashantucket, CT, Fox Theatre
Monday, September 23, Washington, DC, Lincoln Theatre
Wednesday, September 25, Greensboro, NC, Carolina Theatre
Friday, September 27, Atlanta, GA, Symphony Hall
Saturday, September 28, Clearwater, FL, Capitol Theatre
SONIC BREW – 20TH ANNIVERSARY BLEND 5.99 – 5.19 LP OUT MAY 17, 2019
March 14, 2019 — Black Label Society have released a new music video today for their song “Spoke In The Wheel” from their upcoming LP due out this spring. Directed by long-time director and collaborator Justin Reich, this is the first music video we’ve seen from the band since ”Trampled Down Below” was released last year from the Grimmest Hits LP.
Black Label Society will release Sonic Brew – 20th Anniversary Blend 5.99 – 5.19 on May 17, 2019, via Entertainment One (eOne). “Spoke In The Wheel” is available as an iTunes instant gratification track, meaning fans who pre-order the album on iTunes will receive that single as an instant download. “Spoke In The Wheel” is available on all streaming services today.
Pre-order bundles including teeshirts, posters, vinyl, and even a turntable are available now. Click here for more.
Thanks to a new arrangement with record label Entertainment One (eOne), the band’s back catalog is now all in one place, uniting the band’s earlier work with their more recent output. The “re-blended” version of their classic debut is resurrected bigger than ever without sacrificing its familiar kick. Plus, there are two bonus cuts: a full band/piano version of “Spoke in the Wheel” and an acoustic take on “Black Pearl.”