Gene Simmons continues to claim that rock is dead. The ongoing dialogue by Simmons and others on this topic fascinates me, because the lack of song quality in today's rock acts rarely, if ever, enters the conversation in this debate. In an article in Metal Injection by Greg Kennelty, Kennelty takes on Simmons' point of view on the life or death matter, and while I don't believe that fans killed the genre due to streaming, a Simmons opinion, some subscribers to Metal Injection offered their reason for the lack of dominance in the genre. While I respect some of [...]
The much anticipated Red Dragon Cartel tour begins in Reno, Nevada, Saturday, February 23. The band hits large and small cities across the U.S. with a date in Toronto in March 16. This leg of the North American tour winds up March 31 in New Bedford, Massachusetts. The four-piece move on to tour Japan in April. For more details on tour dates, reddragoncartel.com. #RedDragonCartel #hardrock #bandsontour
Red Dragon Cartel's Patina comes out today. The Jake E. Lee-led project has been getting great reviews leading up to the release. In some one on one interviews, Lee drops some juicy quotes about some familiar musicians from his past. "Havana" is the lead single for Patina and the band recently released a video for "Crooked Man." RDC hits the road in February '19 with a U.S. tour and will be in Japan in April. With The Red Dragon Cartel album released, the next item is the announcement of live dates, which will be available as soon as available. #newrockmusic #guitarrock #mainstreamrock
Halestorm has announced that its new album will be released July 27. The title track, "Vicious," is a Kane Churko co-write. The band is currently promoting the album's lead track and video, "Uncomfortable." #Halestorm #KaneChurko
"Zombie" by Bad Wolves does it again: Fourth week at number one. While spins have decreased slightly, the track manages to hold the top spot. Mixed by Kane Churko, "Zombie" has assisted in creating a solid launch to the band's debut, which landed at #23 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Question. Is rock dead? No, rock is not dead. It never was and it probably never will be. Saying that rock is dead is a cop-out. I am responding to an article titled, “We Asked a Top A&R Executive If Rock Is Really Dead,” by Digital Music News. Is rock dead? The topic is a good one, but the people who are tasked to answer this question come up short. And while there are some responses that help to answer this question, the answers don’t suffice. I’ll spare the people who don’t like to read long blog entries and give them their immediate [...]
Lorenzo will be heading out on the road in May in support of their latest album, Ignition. The tour, which hits the Midwest and East Coast in May and June, brings the band back to the more conventional style of touring, rather than playing spots dates like they did last year with Fuel. Marko, lead singer and guitarist of Lorenzo, is undoubtedly happy going out on tour for an extended period of time."It's been too long since we've been out for a string of dates," says Marko. "What's exciting is that we're going to a bunch of places that we have never played. [...]
Five Finger Death Punch are at The Hideout with Kevin Churko recording their new album. The band was quoted as saying that they need to keep the 'creative muscle' alive and true to their word, they're working on Album #4 with writer/producer, Kevin Churko. Churko co-wrote and produced the last two albums American Capitalist and War Is The Answer. Both albums have sold-through Gold (500,000 in the U.S.). For more details on FFDP's take on staying creative in the business of rock, check out Blabbermouth
Lorenzo's long-awaited new album, "Ignition," is out, and as expected, gaining traction at radio. It's very early in the game for "Ignition," but fans and radio alike are reacting enthusiastically to the new disc. Spearheaded by the group's first single and video, "Not Ready to Say I'm Sorry Yet," Lorenzo has picked up airplay heavily in the midwest and east, including Canada. Spins have been steadily increasing and there is no reason why the momentum won't continue into the western region.Led by singer/guitarist, Marko, the band has been redefined over the last year with the likes of Stuart McConnell (guitar), Aaron Farrier (drums) [...]
Ozzy Osbourne's first single, "Let Me Hear You Scream" debuted on the Billboard Rock charts at #23, but is poised to vault into the top ten next week. The Kevin Churko co-write is from the upcoming album, Scream, to be released June 15.