Children of Bodom News
New York, NY: Three-time Grammy nominees STONE SOUR have announced a September 7th release date for their much-buzzed-about new album Audio Secrecy. “It’s probably the best thing I’ve done in a long time,” lead singer Corey Taylor recently told MTV News. “We recorded 18 songs — and knowing that every tune not only has its own identity but is damn good, I’m very, very proud of that.”
The band is giving fans a sneak preview of the album by offering a limited-time download of a new song titled “Mission Statement.” Says Taylor, “In this day and age, it’s important to be strong enough to know who you are. This song is not only a rallying cry for us, but it says everything about what this album means to us. This is just the beginning.”
“Mission Statement” will be available for 48 hours only beginning this Thursday, June 10th at 11am EST. The track can be downloaded at www.stonesour.com.
The album’s first commercial single will be “Say You’ll Haunt Me,” which ships to modern rock and rock radio on Tuesday, July 6th.
Stone Sour (Taylor, guitarists James Root and Josh Rand, bassist Shawn Economaki and drummer Roy Mayorga) and producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Alice In Chains, Deftones) recorded Audio Secrecy at Blackbird Studios in Nashville during the destructive storms and devastating floods that hit the historic heart of Music City.
“Recording during the flood was crazy,” says Taylor. “Luckily the studio and the band weren’t affected too greatly. The studio was untouched and the neighborhood we were living in just missed being flooded. But a lot of the areas around us were decimated. Whole houses were submerged and for a week, the roads in and out of Old Hickory were completely covered with water. I’ve been getting the word out to people to contact Nashville Flood Relief if they would like to donate money to help the people of Nashville. Also, they can contact the Gibson Foundation (www.gibsonfoundation.org) to do the same. We were lucky, but so many people were not. I hope can pull together and do what we can for Nashville.”
While making the album, Stone Sour has been taping webisodes covering the recording process and answering fan questions. They can be viewed at www.stonesour.com.
The quintet will be previewing select songs from the album during this summer’s Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival. The 36-date tour launches August 17 in Minneapolis, MN and will visit arenas and amphitheatres across North America before wrapping October 4 in Madison, WI. Tickets are available via www.RockstarUproar.com and www.livenation.com.
Audio Secrecy is the follow-up to the gold-certified Come What(ever) May, which was also produced by Raskulinecz and debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart and spawned three radio hits, including the No. 1 smash hit single, “Through Glass,” “Sillyworld” and “Made of Scars.” Billboard hailed the record as “an intense, taut piece of work,” Alternative Press called the group “masters of ass-kicking,” adding, ”In a better America, Stone Sour would be the face of American rock” and Revolver magazine gave the disc four stars and praised the quintet for “demonstrating a dynamic range equaled by few of their peers.” Stone Sour’s self-titled debut, also certified gold, spawned the band’s first breakthrough hit “Bother,” which was spotlighted on Spider-Man soundtrack.
You can catch Stone Sour on this summer’s Uproar tour. Click here for dates.
The Steve Miller Band will tour in support of their new album, BINGO!,this summer, and the legendary guitar player is giving fans the chance to get a behind the scenes look at the remarkable stage set-up! The video includes a look at the Joker’s amazing guitar collection and how the set designer took Steve Miller’s love of the guitar and music to create a one of a kind stage design. While the Steve Miller Band will be playing the band’s classic rock anthems “Fly Like an Eagle,” “The Joker,” “Rock ‘n Me,” “Take the Money and Run,” and “Abracadabra” on tour, Miller will also perform a number of tracks from BINGO! that echo his early days on the Chicago Blues scene.
BINGO! will be released on June 15th in 2 formats: a 10-track digipack CD and a special edition with 4 bonus tracks and expanded artwork. The album’s artwork is a creation of Storm Thorgerson whose album packages for Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd are the gold standard in artistic design.In other news, the Steve Miller Band is giving away a Fender Stratocaster autographed by the legendary Steve Miller himself. For your chance to win this one of a kind collectible, head over to TouchTunes to enter! Watch the behind the scenes video right here and find out where you catch the Steve Miller Band on tour this summer at their official website.
Egyptian Room - Old National Center | Indianapolis, IN | 06/02/2010
Fans gathered at the Egyptian Room in Indianapolis last night to see one of their favorite goth punk bands, AFI. They commanded the audience with deeply moving melodies and precision rhythms, displaying their wide ranging catalog and expert musicianship. Opening band Scarlet Grey’s crisp guitars and sparkling vocals set the tone for a layered and engaging concert experience. The audience erupted when AFI took the stage and sang along with nearly every song the band performed. They seemed to hold their breath between each song, anxiously awaiting the next offering from their rock idols.
AFI (A Fire Inside) was formed in Ukiah, California in 1991, while the band members were still in high school. At the time they didn’t know how to play any instruments, but they became self-taught musicians performing primarily hard-core punk rock. After a few changes in the line up, the band solidified in 1998 and released their first darker sounding album, Black Sails in the Sunset (1999). Throughout their 18 year career, they’ve released eight studio albums including major hits such as The Art of Drowing (2000), Sing the Sorrow (2003), and Decemberunderground (2006). The band will tour this summer with Green Day to promote their latest album, Crash Love (September 29, 2009), which sold over 52,000 copies in its first week of release.
The show last night was beautiful overall, as the band played hits like “Girl’s Not Grey,” “Love Like Winter,” “The Leaving Song, Pt. II,” and their new single, “Medicate.” The room nearly exploded with applause when they started playing the intro riff on “Miss Murder,” which reached number one on the Billboard charts back in 2006. Their stage set-up was like a visual smorgasbord with an impressive light show, fog machine, and even a glitter-encased platform for lead vocalist, Davey Havok, to leap off of and to showcase his signature dance moves. Their energy was unbelievable, proving they’re still a force to be reckoned with in modern rock.
Fresh from the success of 2009’s Believe, Orianthi is giving fans even more music to rock out to today with the re-release of her debut album - Believe (II). Believe (II) features four newly recorded tracks including current single “Shut Up & Kiss Me,” “Courage,” and “Missing You,” all produced by Howard Benson, plus the RedOne-produced track “Addicted To Love.” Also on the album will be selections from the original Believe release, including her debut hit single “According To You,” “Bad News,” “Feels Like Home,” “Think Like A Man,” What’s It Gonna Be,” “Suffocated,” “Highly Strung” and “Believe." Grab the album today, in stores or on iTunes.
In other news, Orianthi’s street team is now up and running. With each assigned task, members have the chance to earn points for exciting prizes, ranging from autographed CDs to concert tickets. Click here for all the details and to get started.
Orianthi is currently on a nationwide tour with Adam Lambert. For a full list of tour dates and details, visit Orianthi.com.
U2 360 North American Tour | Los Angeles, CA | 05/25/10
As announced earlier today, Live Nation has confirmed that the U2 360 North American Tour will be postponed until 2011.
U2’s Bono has now been discharged from Ludwig Maximilians-University (LMU) Hospital in Munich where he underwent emergency surgery on Friday, following a back injury. In order to fully recover, he is under doctor’s orders to start a rehabilitation program and to recuperate for at least eight weeks.
This will necessitate the postponement of 16 shows on the U2 360 Tour from Salt Lake City on June 3rd, through to New Jerseys Meadowlands Stadium on July 19th.
Dr. Muller Wohlfahrt confirmed, Bono suffered severe compression of the sciatic nerve. On review of his MRI scan, I realized there was a serious tear in the ligament and a herniated disc, and that conservative treatment would not suffice. I recommended Bono have emergency spine surgery with Professor Tonn at Munichs LMU University Hospital on Friday. Professor Tonn, who carried out the operation, added, Bono was referred to me by Dr. Muller Wohlfahrt late last week with a sudden onset disease. He was already in severe pain with partial paralysis in the lower leg. The ligament surrounding the disc had an 8mm tear and during surgery we discovered fragments of the disc had traveled into the spinal canal. This surgery was the only course of treatment for full recovery and to avoid further paralysis. Bono is now much better, with complete recovery of his motor deficit. The prognosis is excellent, but to obtain a sustainable result, he must now enter a period of rehabilitation.”
Dr. Muller Wohlfahrt continued, “We are treating Bono as we would treat any of our athletes, and while the surgery has gone very well, the coming weeks are crucial for a return to full health. In the next days, he will start a light rehabilitation program, with increasing intensity over the next 8 weeks. In our experience, this is the minimum time.”
U2’s manager, Paul McGuinness, was also at the Hospital in Munich and said, “Our biggest and I believe best tour has been interrupted and we’re all devastated. For a performer who lives to be on stage, this is more than a blow. He feels robbed of the chance to do what he does best and feels like he has badly let down the band and their audience. Which is of course nonsense. His concerns about more than a million ticket buyers whose plans have been turned upside down, we all share, but the most important thing right now is that Bono make a full recovery. We’re working as fast as we can with Live Nation to reschedule these dates. U2 tour producer/promoter Arthur Fogel, CEO of Live Nation Global Touring, also expressed, “Although we understand the disappointment to U2 fans, first and foremost comes the recovery of Bono.”
Additional details on rescheduled dates will follow shortly and fans are encouraged to hold on to their tickets. Please visit: www.U2.com for ongoing tour updates.