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The Maine’s John O’Callaghan Interview

John O’Callaghan Interview with RARA’s Farm

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John O’Callaghan Discusses American Candy

We chat with the frontman from The Maine about their exciting new album release, American Candy – out this week.

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As the release of American Candy, the fifth studio album from The Maine, quickly approaches, I had the opportunity to chat with front man John O’Callaghan. It was my first interaction with the talented singer, and he was instantly friendly and engaging. We started off chatting about how my daughter, Kerri discovered his band and introduced their music to me. I noted how unusual it was for her to be the one discovering the new music I was listening to, and O’Callaghan shared how he had a similar relationship with his father. Then we jumped into the new album.

Cretin: It seems that with each release from The Maine, we find an album that’s moving in a different direction from its predecessor? Based on the first two singles, it seems that American Candy is more of a pop-infused record than Forever Halloween. Was there a concerted effort to do that?

John O’Callaghan: It’s more around what the band is going through at that specific time, and what we are feeling. Forever Halloween may have exposed a more somber side, and it was really more of an introspective album. For this album, I had experienced a summer where I met a lot of people and created new friendships and as a result I was carrying myself with more positivity. It’s important to write songs from a more tangible place.

Cretin: What did you think about the finished product?
John O’Callaghan: This album has more of a pop sensibility. Our producer, Colby Wedgeworth embraced the approach that we took, on how we could disguise these pop songs as something different.I think that gave the album more meaning and purpose.

Cretin: So, you didn’t purposely alter your approach to develop a different sound on American Candy?

John O’Callaghan: People can see through music when you’re not sincere. We wanted something from a tangible point in our lives. We did try something different on this album, though. We brought our equipment out to Joshua Tree, California where we rented a house for 30 days to record it.

Cretin: Cool, and you worked with Colby Wedgeworth previously?

John O’Callaghan: He produced Pioneer, our first record off of Warner Brothers. It was a crazy time where we recorded it. We knew his work, and knew he’d go out to California with us. Colby is like us, he’s a young cat, very hungry. He’s not just making a record for a paycheck. It was really a no brainer.

Cretin: It’s been about two years since Forever Halloween, and 18 months since Imaginary Numbers. Have you been accumulating songs since then, or is it more of a concentrated compressed activity?

John O’Callaghan: On the last album, we went into the studio with 26 songs, which we whittled down to the thirteen that ended up on the album.

Cretin: 26 songs: That’s aggressive.

John O’Callaghan: It was too much. On this release, we wanted to make a more concise album. I brought in about eighty pieces on demos, which we whittled down easily. In Pre-production, we narrowed it down to twelve songs. Then when we got in the studio, Pat laid down the drum tracks for all twelve. We eliminated two after the drums were complete. That gave us four weeks to record the ten remaining songs.

Cretin: What’s the process for creating the songs? Did you all come into the session with idea? Do you typically all collaborate?

John O’Callaghan: I usually bring in the demos and then we work off of them as a group. If we just go into a room and jam we don’t make much progress. We’re all too scatter-brained.

Cretin: How about the order and placement of the songs, is that important to the band?

John O’Callaghan: It is really important to us. We’re making an album not just a group of single songs. Arranging the track listing for American Candy actually fell together easily. Before we left Joshua Tree, we spent a night and each of us took the tracks and put together our individual listings. When we were done, we compared them and went with the consensus.

Cretin: That’s refreshing to hear, there are so many artists these days who have abandoned the album concept.

John O’Callaghan: I’m a fan of albums, and we wanted to create an album where the songs fit together. You’ll hear that some stuff flows and fades nicely from one song to another… It’s cool to see the resurgence of vinyl. Pre-orders for this album on vinyl sold out the first time around, and we had to go to a second pressing.

Cretin: So speaking of old school rock, tell me about the reference to the band X and their song “Los Angeles” in “Miles Away?” (Grab the song now on iTunes: Miles Away

John O’Callaghan: The whole song is about a trip I took right before I started writing the album. I went to San Francisco to the Outside Lands festival. I was excited to see Tom Petty, and I hung out with friends, a little debauchery, and even played a little music. While I was there my friend introduced me to The X, and that album became one of my favorites.

Cretin: Do you have a favorite song on American Candy, or one with a bit more personal meaning?

John O’Callaghan: It might sound cliché, but the whole thing means quite a bit to me. That might change when we start to play them live, and after we see how the fans and our friends react after hearing the album.

Cretin: Can you tell us a little bit about the 24 hour event on March 31st, release day? Should your fans plan on being on line all day?

John O’Callaghan: It’s a fun way to give back to the fans. To let the passionate fans experience the excitement of releasing an album, and to feel like they’re a part of it. It’s tough staying awake 24 hours, though. We just did it for a video shoot and I’m still recovering, so I wouldn’t suggest it.

Cretin: Any final thoughts as we are readying for the release?

John O’Callaghan: Things are awesome for us now, and I want to thank everyone who has preordered this album, basically on a whim, after only hearing the two singles.

Cretin: To close, you’re heading out on a US headlining tour, with support from Real Friends, Knuckle Puck, and The Technicolors – When does it start? Will you hit Florida?

John O’Callaghan: It starts in about a week, and the nice thing is that The American Candy tour starts right here in Arizona, about a 15 minute drive from home. It’s a six week tour, where we hit Florida near the end. (You can get all of the details at Wearethemaine.net, but here are the Florida dates:)

5/14 Freebird Live, Jacksonville
5/15 State Theatre, St. Petersburg
5/16 The Beacham, Orlando – Tickets
(with Real Friends, Knuckle Puck and The Technicolors)

Take a peek at the first single – “English Girls”
Miles Away – American Candy

TRACKLISTING
1. Miles Away
2. Same Suit, Different Tie
3. My Hair
4. English Girls
5. 24 Floors
6. Diet Soda Society
7. Am I Pretty
8. (Un)Lost
9. American Candy
10. Another Night On Mars

 
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Of Monsters & Men News

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OMAM – Beneath The Skin Release News

Their fantastic 2012 album My Head Is An Animal was one of RARAsFarm’s Top 5 Albums of the Year, and finally they are back with a new release, and a tour to follow!

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Related links:
Of Monsters & Men Concert Review
2012 Albums of the Year

On June 9th, we’ll get our first listen to Beneath The Skin, the new Republic Records release from Of Monsters And Men. The quintet out of Iceland dazzled us on the 2012 festival circuit, and then blew us away with their hugely successful and critically acclaimed release, My Head Is An Animal.

Along with the album announcement, they shared their 2015 tour dates, and, as a bonus, we also get our first look at their new single, “Crystals.”

 
Grab the new single right now here: Crystals – Beneath the Skin

The digital pre-order for the full album is also live now, and you can secure your copy of the album at the link below, which also entitles you to an immediate download of “Crystals.”

The standard edition of Beneath The Skin includes eleven tracks, while the deluxe edition features the bonus tracks “Backyard” and “Winter Sound.” In addition, it boasts a remix of “Black Water” by Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear and a remix of “I Of The Storm” by Jonsi (Sigur Ros) collaborator, Alex Somers. The full track listing is available below.

Tour Dates
May 4th Toronto, ON Massey Hall
May 5th Washington, DC Echostage
May 7th New York, NY Hammerstein Ballroom
May 8th Boston, MA Orpheum Theatre
May 9th Providence, RI Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
May 10th Camden, NJ WRFF Birthday Bash
May 12th Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre
May 17th Santa Barbara, CA KJEE Summer Round-Up
May 19th Portland, OR Roseland Theater
May 20th Portland, OR Roseland Theater
May 22nd George, WA Sasquatch! Music Festival
June 6th Mountain View, CA Live 105 BFD
June 16th London, UK London Forum
June 17th Paris, France Bataclan
June 19-21 Neuhausen ob Eck, Germany – Southside Festival
June 20th Hilvarenbeek , Holland – Best Kept Secret
June 19-21 Scheessel, Germany Hurricane Festival
June 24th Zagreb, Croatia INmusic Festival
June 26th Werchter, Belgium Rock Werchter
June 27th Nantes, France Le Stéréolux
June 26-28 Marmande, France Festival Garorock
June 30th Lausanne, Switzerland – Les Docks
July 1st Frankfurt, Germany Batschkapp
July 3rd Gdynia, Poland Open’er Festival
July 5th Turku, Finland Ruisrock Festival
July 7th Milan, Italy Unaltrofestival
July 8th Rome , Italy Auditorium Parco della Musica
July 10th Barcelona, Spain Cruilla Festival
July 11th Bilbao, Spain BBK Live
July 26th Niigata, Japan Fuji Rock
August 7-9 Squamish, BC Squamish Valley Music Festival

Beneath The Skin Track Listing:
Standard:
Crystals
Human
Hunger
Wolves Without Teeth
Empire
Slow Life
Organs
Black Water
Thousand Eyes
I Of The Storm
We Sink
Included on Deluxe:
Backyard
Winter Sound
Black Water (Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear Remix)
I Of The Storm (Alex Somers Remix)

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Welcome To Rockville Teaser

Welcome To Rockville is Coming To Jacksonville

We’ve been to the area’s premier hard rock event the past two years, and it’s always an amazing experience.

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The 2015 experience, the fifth incarnation of this headbanger’s feast, promises to be better than ever with a fantastic line-up and a few cool new events. The Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville festival is one of the events of the year in Jacksonville and a can’t miss event for rock music fans across the state.

Check out our review of the 2014 Festival for a taste of what to expect, and we have a link to our photos from last year below.

The amazing two day lineup features the following bands, including a Saturday line-up which is simply fantastic:

Saturday, April 25
Korn, Marilyn Manson, Slayer, Ministry, Halestorm, Queensrÿche, Testament, Of Mice & Men, Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, Hollywood Undead, Suicidal Tendencies, The Devil Wears Prada, Periphery, Nonpoint, Exodus, Fozzy, Beartooth, Upon A Burning Body, Like A Storm, Stars In Stereo, Red Sun Rising, World Gone

Sunday, April 26
Slipknot, Godsmack, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, Breaking Benjamin, Papa Roach, The Pretty Reckless, In This Moment, All That Remains, In Flames, Tremonti, Motionless In White, Hatebreed, Starset, Butcher Babies, Vamps, Young Guns, We Are Harlot, ’68, Islander, From Ashes To New, Sons Of Texas, and more

Volbeat at the 2014 Welcome To Rockville
Volbeat at the 2014 Welcome To Rockville

In addition to the killer hard rock on display, there are a couple of cool, interactive activities added to the agenda this year. Graffiti artist RISK have been added to the features, as has a new Mexican fiesta theme with a creative and entertaining special guest.

As in past years, the musical will be spread across three stages on the shores of the St. John’s River, plenty of local food trucks, some of the most eclectic vendors around, band autograph sessions, some super hip and cool fans, and new this year, The Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville Tequila World.

The new Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville Tequila World, with a Mexican fiesta theme, will feature a wide range of tequilas, extreme margaritas, gourmet tacos, mixologists and more. The expanded list of tequilas that will be offered in the Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville Tequila World is as follows: Cabo Wabo, Corazon, Espolon, El Jimador, Lunazul, Margaritaville, Monte Alban, Pura Vida, Siete Leguas, and more to be announced. Gourmet tacos will be provided by TacoLu Baja Mexicana. Admission to this area is free and open to those 21 and up.

The special guest? Metalachi–the world’s first and only heavy metal mariachi band who will keep the party rolling with three performances on the Tequila World stage each day. Get a glimpse of the personality of these entertaining performers here: http://youtu.be/XSWUcaJlD0E.

Also new in 2015 is the RISK interactive graffiti art installation. Kelly Graval, the multi-talented fine artist, illustrator, and graffiti artist known as RISK (www.riskrock.com), will be curating an interactive art exhibit to be displayed on site. It’s intriguing, contemporary art that everyone needs to check out.

We’ll have more in the weeks to come, but grab your tickets now, before the prices rise. And, we’ll see you at Welcome To Rockville 2015…  Get your tickets here: Welcome To Rockville Tix

See our 2014 Welcome To Rockville Photos on our Facebook Page.

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Gasparilla Music Festival Preview

Gasparilla Music Festival Preview / Line-Up

At RARAs Farm, we’ve hit a slew of Florida festivals over the few years that we’ve been in existence, but 2015 will be the first time that we walk through the gates at one of the state’s premier events, The Gasparilla Music Festival.

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This year’s event, scheduled for March 6th and 7th, is the fifth incarnation for the acclaimed festival, situated on the shores of the Hillsborough River in Downtown Tampa. It has quickly grown in national prominence, and the line-up is typically top-notch, and this year’s is no exception. Modest Mouse, The Gaslight Anthem, Gogol Bordello, Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr, and Mutemath headline the national acts, and there’s a great cross-section of local acts, as well.

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Click on this line-up snapshot to purchase Festival tickets.

One of the special features about the Gasparilla Music Festival, or GMF, is their continued focus on supporting local musicians. This year, we’ll get to see RARAs Farm favorites The Hip Abduction, Thomas Wynn and The Believers and UNRB among the slew of talented local bands. The Hip Abduction are just dripping with potential and always offer an engaging show, spotlighted by diverse catchy music – do not miss these local artists.

You can check out the line-up and set times here: GMF 2015 Line-up, where you’ll see that Saturday is jam-packed with a fantastic slate of alternative rock bands spread out over four stages and twelve hours.  Excellent West Coast indie rockers Modest Mouse close the night as the headliners on the Soulshine Stage but the band performing just before them may be the most entertaining on the bill, The Gaslight Anthem, an energetic and talented hard-rocking foursome from New Jersey.

Sunday is a shorter day featuring a much more diverse line-up.  The headliner, Gogol Bordello, are one of the most entertaining bands touring today. Their music is eclectic rock, sort of a gypsy, punk, dance thing, that is guaranteed to leave a lasting and positive impression.

Aside from the wonderfully refreshing focus on supporting local music, the festival has a few other features that truly make it special.  It’s a community funded and supported charitable endeavor, not a huge Corporate event, they feature all local food vendors, cater to children (in fact it’s free admission for kids 12 and under), and they’re eco-friendly – all fantastic benefits, but the music rules the day, and this line-up is top notch.

Tix for the event are very reasonable, with options to purchase by the day, or for the full festival. If you buy in advance, full festival General Admission tickets are only $60, or you have the option to buy by the day ($40 Saturday, $30 Sunday).  Get Advance Purchase Tickets Here.

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Details for Carbon Leaf’s Ragtime Festival

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Carbon Leaf Performing their Ragtime segment in Orlando

Carbon Leaf Announces Ragtime Carnival 2015

Well, as they hinted about in their recent Florida visit, these Virginia-based rockers are going back home for their second annual Ragtime Festival.

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Carbon Leaf’s unique festival will take place over two days, May 15 & 16 at Pocahontas State Park. The headliners will offer-up three distinct sets, and will be joined this year by 13 bands on two stages.

Some useful links:
Carbon Leaf Concert Review
RARA’s Farm’s Festival Survival Guide
Barry Privett Interview
Event Information
Park Camping Information

From the press release:
Carbon Leaf will perform three sets over the weekend, an acoustic set Saturday morning, and full-band performances closing out each night. Additional artists performing at Ragtime Carnival include actor/director Jeff Daniels with the Ben Daniels Band, Trigger Hippy feat. Joan Osborne and former Black Crowes members Jackie Green and Steve Gorman, as well as Sons of Bill.

SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, MAY 15 (Doors 5:30pm)

MAIN STAGE
6:00pm – People’s Blues of Richmond
8:15pm – Carbon Leaf

ACOUSTIC STAGE
7:30pm – Ben Daniels Band

SATURDAY, MAY 16 (Doors 10:45am)

MAIN STAGE
11:30am – Sons of Bill
1:00pm – Scythian
2:30pm – Red Wanting Blue
4:15pm – Jeff Daniels & the Ben Daniels Band
6:15pm – Trigger Hippy
8:15pm – Carbon Leaf

ACOUSTIC STAGE
11:00am – Carbon Leaf
12:30pm – TBA
2:00pm – Ian McFeron
3:45pm – Marie Miller
5:30pm – von Grey
7:30pm – Mandolin Orange

TICKETING

Friday, May 15 – $10 Advance / $15 Door (General Admission)
Saturday, May 16 – $25 Advance / $30 Door (General Admission)

Tickets go on sale Friday, February 20th at 10am through , Brocks Bar-B-Que in Chester, and the Pocahontas State Park office.

ACCOMODATIONS

Tent camping for Carbon Leaf’s Ragtime Carnival can be reserved through www.pocahontaslive.com. Camping rates are $12 per person for one night or $20 per person for both nights.

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Motley Crue’s Final Trip on the Wild Side

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Motley Crue’s Final Tour and Some Free Music

The bad boys of California rock are headed “Home Sweet Home” for their last ever live show.

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Earlier today, Motley Crue announced the final leg of their much publicized Final Tour. After signing a formal agreement to end their touring (an idea that is actually kind of appealing these days), they’ve meandered around the world for a year, raking in buckets of cash. But now with bank accounts sufficiently augmented, the end date has been clarified.

They’ll close the tour in their hometown of Los Angeles, on New Years Eve at The Staples Center – that’s pretty damn cool, and made even better by the fact that the four original members will all be together for the last time in the city where it all started. The band will be celebrating the big announcement with a performance on The Tonight Show this Thursday.

“In some of the cities, we could only reach a fraction of the fans who wanted to come see us play last year because of ticket demand so we’re coming back to those places to bring them our full production including the Crüecifly drum coaster, as well as all pyro and every other bell and whistle. Even despite the overwhelming fan demand we can only add so many new cities in North America because of our commitment to take the Final Tour global on our final year.” says Nikki Sixx. Legendary rocker Alice Cooper will be opening shows on the tour.

See the full listing of tour dates below.

Audiences can also expect a high-energy performance from very special guest Alice Cooper, who joined the band for the Final Tour in 2014. He will be tearing up the stage for crowds across North America once again. The pairing has been roundly praised as a must-see by fans and media alike.

To give back to the fans for their support over the years, Mötley Crüe will give away their best selling GREATEST HITS album for free in partnership with Google Play for one week only beginning at 12PM PST today. Download the album through Tuesday, 1/27 here: http://goo.gl/3hg3Qw. The compilation album includes classic hits like “Dr. Feelgood,” “Home Sweet Home,” “Kickstart My Heart.”

THE FINAL TOUR 2015
Japan
2/11/15 – Kobe, JP – Kobe World
2/12/15 – Nagoya, JP – Nagoya Gaishi Hall
2/14/15 – Tokyo, JP – Tokyo Super Arena
2/15/15 – Tokyo, JP – Tokyo Super Arena
2/17/15 – Fukuoka, JP – Fukuoka Kokusai Center

North America
(with Very Special Guest Alice Cooper except dates marked with *)
7/22/15 – Eugene, OR – Matthew Knight Arena
7/24/15 – Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome
7/26/15 – Billings, MT – Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark
7/28/15 – Boise, ID – Taco Bell Arena
7/29/15 – Salt Lake City, UT – EnergySolutions Arena
7/31/15 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
8/3/15 – Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre
8/5/15 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
8/7/15 – Milwaukee, WI – BMO Harris Bradley Center
8/8/15 – Chicago, IL – Allstate Arena
8/9/15 – Detroit, MI – The Palace of Auburn Hills
8/11/15 – Hershey, PA – Giant Center
8/12/15 – New York, NY – Barclays Center
8/14/15 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
8/15/15 – Worcester, MA – DCU Center
8/16/15 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
8/18/15 – Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena
8/19/15 – Cincinnati, OH – U.S. Bank Arena
8/20/15 – Indianapolis, IN – Bankers Life Fieldhouse
8/22/15 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
8/23/15 – Ottawa, ON – Canadian Tire Centre
8/24/15 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
8/26/15 – Baltimore, MD – Royal Farms Arena
8/28/15 – Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena
8/29/15 – Charlotte, NC – Time Warner Cable Arena
8/30/15 – Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena
9/2/15 – Miami, FL – American Airlines Arena
9/4/15 – New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center
9/5/15 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
9/6/15 – San Antonio, TX – Alamodome
9/8/15 – Monterrey, NL – Arena Monterrey
9/10/15 – Mexico City, DF – Arena Ciudad de Mexico
12/31/15 – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center

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Linkin Park Will Kick Off Tour in Orlando

 

Linkin Park, Rise Against Open Tour in Orlando

Linkin Park has announced the tour dates for their 2015 The Hunting Party Tour, and fortunately for those of us in Central Florida, they’ll be kicking off the tour with a show here at Amway Center, and their support acts are fantastic, as well.

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(See full tour dates below)

Linkin Park will be joined on the tour by two other hard rock stalwarts, Of Mice and Men and Rise Against. We caught Rise Against just a few months ago, and they put on a fantastic show, in front of their ardent area fans. See the review here.

“After crossing paths with these guys at festivals around the world over the past decade, we’re excited to finally share the road with Linkin Park,” adds Tim Mcllrath, lead vocalist/ guitarist of Rise Against. “We think this will be a great experience for all our collective fans.” Tickets for this killer line-up go one sale this Friday, November 7th at 10AM.

Here are the details from the Amway Center Press Release:

Austin Carlile, of, Of Mice & Men recently joined Linkin Park on stage in Los Angeles during the band’s hugely successful Carnivores Tour this past summer. “We are really excited to be joining Linkin Park on The Hunting Party Tour. I performed the song ‘Faint’ with them recently at The Hollywood Bowl and it was incredible. Can’t wait to bring that experience to all of our dedicated fans across America,” said Carlile. “The opportunity to tour with a band that inspired me to pursue music is mind-blowing, and that’s exactly what we want fans to experience when they see us together on tour.”

Linkin Park begins their sold-out European tour tonight with Of Mice & Men in Zurich, Switzerland. Members of the Linkin Park fan club can access an exclusive pre sale on www.lpunderground.com. Visit linkinpark.com and ticketmaster.com for further information.

Linkin Park is a Grammy® Award-winning, multi-platinum alternative rock band comprised of co-lead vocalist, Chester Bennington, drummer/percussionist, Rob Bourdon, guitarist Brad Delson, bassist Dave ‘Phoenix’ Farrell, DJ, programmer Joe Hahn and Mike Shinoda – co-lead vocals, keyboards, guitar. The band has sold over 50 million albums worldwide, and is the biggest band on Facebook – with over 65 million fans and counting.

Since 2000, when Linkin Park debuted on the Billboard 200 – no other artist has had more top 10 singles on the Alternative chart, and no other band has achieved more number one albums during this century. Their sixth studio album, “The Hunting Party” reached number one in the iTunes store of 67 different countries. On their most recent touring cycle, the band played to over a million people, in 79 shows, on six continents.

In 2005, Linkin Park founded Music For Relief, a 501 © (3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing aid to victims of natural disasters and the prevention of such disasters. Since its inception, Music For Relief has raised over six million dollars for victims of multiple disasters across four continents. The organization was recognized by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, for the Download to Donate program to raise funds and awareness in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake. In recognition of its humanitarian work, Linkin Park received a 2011 Global Leadership Award from the United Nations Foundation.

After 15 years and six incendiary albums, Rise Against has become one of the most successful, challenging and revered punk rock bands on the planet. Rise Against has sold four million albums globally across their last four releases – with 2011’s “Endgame” debuting at number one in Germany and Canada, and number two on the U.S. Billboard album chart. Their current album “The Black Market,” was released the past September via Interscope Records and debuted at number three on the Billboard Top 200 chart.

Since the 2010 release of their self-titled debut, “Orange County,” the California-based quintet Of Mice & Men, has blanketed rock radio airwaves, garnered critical acclaim, and amassed over 20 million YouTube views and close to five million social media followers on the strength of an electrifying sound and live show. They have played to packed-house crowds on headlining tours around the world and key slots on top fests, including this year’s Reading & Leeds Festival, where they were part of a star-studded lineup that included artists such as Queens of the Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and many more. They’re touring in support of their latest album, “Restoring Force,” which hit number four on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart and number one on both the Billboard Top Independent and Top Rock Albums Charts.

TICKETS: $36, $46, $56 & $76. Buy tickets at amwaycenter.com, Chase Box Office at Amway Center, Ticketmaster retail locations, charge-by-phone at 800.745.3000 or at Ticketmaster.com.

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Tour Dates
JANUARY
15 Orlando, FL – Amway Center
17 Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
18 Indianapolis, IN – Bankers Life Fieldhouse
20 Pittsburgh, PA – Consol Energy Center
21 Albany, NY – Times Union Center
23 Atlantic City, NJ – Boardwalk Hall
24 Providence, RI – Dunkin Donuts Center
25 Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
27 Hershey, PA – Giant Center
28 Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum
30 Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
31 Manchester, NH – Verizon Wireless
FEBRUARY
3 Hamilton, ON – FirstOntario Centre
4 Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
6 Des Moines, IA – Wells Fargo Arena
7 Lincoln, NE – Pinnacle Bank Arena*+
11 Saskatoon, SK – SaskTel Centre
12 Calgary, AB – Scotia Bank Saddledome
14 Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place

Black Veil Brides Tour In Support of #1 Album

Black Veil Brides Tour Dates

They just might have the most passionate fans in today’s rock ‘n roll landscape.

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Black Veil Brides recent release of their fourth album, eponymously titled Black Veil Brides, has quickly made some menacing noise atop the iTunes rock chart. (You can grab the album below via the link to itunes). The band’s fans are a passionate dedicated bunch who epitomize the true spirit of Rock And Roll Animals (RARAs), and in their fervor have helped push the band’s latest album to #1 on the rock charts.

ArtistDirect recently raved, “This is the one you’ve all been waiting for… This is their Black album.” High praise for this talented quintet, as the album was produced by Bob Rock, known for producing some of rock’s iconic albums including Metallica’s Black Album and Motley Crüe’s Dr. Feelgood.

Take a listen to “Heart Of Fire,” their first single from the album. I found it to be a bit reminiscent of late eighties metal; eminently listenable hard rock, but you be the judge:

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THE BLACK MASS 2014 U.S. TOUR DATES

Oct 27th Denver, CO The Fillmore Auditorium
Oct 30th Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
Oct 31st Tempe, AZ The Marquee Theatre
Nov 1st Los Angeles, CA Wiltern Theatre
Nov 3rd San Francisco, CA The Warfield
Nov 5th Portland, OR Roseland Theater
Nov 7th Seattle, WA Showbox SoDo
Nov 8th Spokane, WA Knitting Factory Concert House
Nov 9th Boise, ID Knitting Factory Concert House
Nov 10th Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
Nov 12th Kansas City, MO Uptown Theater
Nov 14th Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
Nov 15th Royal Oak, MI Royal Oak Music Theatre
Nov 16th Cleveland, OH The Agora Theater
Nov 17th Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
Nov 19th Philadelphia, PA The Electric Factory
Nov 21st Stroudsburg, PA Sherman Theater
Nov 22nd Worcester, MA Palladium
Nov 23rd New York, NY Best Buy Theater
Nov 26th Portland, ME State Theatre
Nov 28th Clifton Park, NY Upstate Concert Hall
Nov 29th Silver Springs, MD The Fillmore Silver Spring
Dec 2nd Louisville, KY Expo Five
Dec 3rd Atlanta, GA The Tabernacle
Dec 4th Orlando, FL House of Blues Orlando
Dec 5th Charlotte, NC The Fillmore Charlotte
Dec 6th Norfolk, VA The NorVa
Dec 8th Grand Rapids, MI Orbit Room
Dec 9th St. Louis, MO The Pageant
Dec 11th Houston, TX Bayou Music Center
Dec 12th Dallas, TX South Side Ballroom
Dec 13th San Antonio, TX Backstage Live
Dec 15th Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theatre