Posts Tagged ‘road’

Catch Trees On Mars and Se’nam Palmer On The Wintour 2016 Or Your Life Is Forfeit

If you’re looking to get a good dose of prog and shred in your diet so early in the year, look no further than The Wintour 2016 , featuring prog’n’roll act Trees on Mars and the progressive jazz stylings of Se’nam Palmer ! “We’re very excited to get back on the road again and play a few places we’ve never been before! We feel that our brand of prog & roll and Se’nam’s ethereal loops are a perfect match, so you won’t want to miss out,” said Hayden Graham of Trees On Mars. “This is my first tour ever,” Palmer said of the upcoming outing. “I would have never imagined that I would reach a point in my life where I’m ready to hit the road and share my music with you guys. Come to the show, enjoy the music, give me a high five—do whatever you feel to enjoy Trees on Mars and me. I absolutely cannot wait to to see all of you amazing people. ?” Check the tour dates below to see if this tour is coming near you. Mark your calendars! 2/19 Raleigh, NC @ TBA 2/20 Charleston, SC @ The Vinyl Countown 2/21 Savannah, GA @ The Furnace 2/22 Orlando, FL @ Backbooth 2/23 Gainesville, Fl @ Loosey’s Downtown 2/24 Mobile, Al @ The Alchemy Tavern 2/25 Shreveport, LA @ H&H Lounge 2/26 Houston, TX @ Super Happy Fun Land 2/27 Austin, TX @ Dozen Street 2/28 Houston, TX @ Texas Rose Saloon 3/1 Houma, LA @ The Boxer and the Barrel 3/2 Hattiesburg, MS @ The Tavern 3/3 Birmingham, AL @ The Nick 3/4 Nashville,TN @ Spring Water Supper Club Check out their music below! More importantly, if you’re near any of those stops, make sure to catch this tour! You won’t be disappointed. ?

High On Fire Frontman Matt Pike Talks Metal Alliance Tour, Sobriety + More

Liz Ramanand, Loudwire Frontman Matt Pike of High On Fire was the guest on Full Metal Jackie’s radio show this past weekend. Pike spoke about the band’s upcoming massive trek with Anthrax , Exodus, Municipal Waste and Holy Grail, as well as his sobriety with being out on tour. He also explains why pajamas are very important to him while on the road. Read Full Metal Jackie’s interview with Matt Pike below: High On Fire just recorded two shows in New York for a live album. The last studio album ‘De Vermis Mysteriis’ was recorded in Massachusettes. What do a bunch of guys from Oakland like so much about working on the East Coast? Well I don’t know – I overdose myself with clam chowder [Laughs] I don’t know I really like the town itself, Salem is really cool. They have graveyards, I always go into the graveyard and write the lyrics, they just had all these cool graves. I’ve been to these weird archaic, antique-y kind of s—t and they got that whole witch burning vibe there. Overall just working with Kurt [Ballou of Converge] is really cool. In the past you’ve tended to tour more with sludge and doom bands and now you’ll be on the Metal Alliance tour with Anthrax, Exodus, Municipal Waste and Holy Grail. What elements of thrash and speed metal excite you most as a fan? I kind of grew up on all of it, I grew up on hardcore punk and we’re talking old school like Black Flag and Circle Jerks, Corrosion of Conformity. Punk and metal were crossing over and that’s kind of where we got thrash from – I just grew up on that whole scene, going to punk and thrash metal shows. Anthrax was actually one of the first metal shows I went to and I’ve always liked Exodus and Gary Holt’s a hero of mine – he’s such an awesome guitar player. I’m really excited to be going on this and hopefully picking up some shredding techniques off the other players and it’ll be good to be out with Municipal Waste, too. I don’t know much about the Grails yet but I’m curious – everybody talks good about them so I’m looking forward to it. Matt, High on Fire pulled out of last summer’s Mayhem tour so you could focus on getting healthy and you’ve been pretty candid since then about sobriety. What was your biggest misconception about sober touring musicians and what changed that perspective? Well what changed it was my liver submission – I got 40 good years of partying my ass off and I had a lot of fun doing it. You get used to doing certain things if you’ve been on the road for twenty something years and you get used to your comfortable buzz every night and then all of sudden you take that out of your repertoire, you become a little more anxiety ridden and anti-social. It’s hard to get back to that page without having the substance that helps you calm your brain and your nerves. It’s a different way of living – I believe everybody should enjoy life and everybody should be able to drink for a period of time and do drugs for a period of time and f—ing do whatever they want for a period of time. It’s all about learning how to live life and I believe everbody should exercise too and everything in moderation. I wasn’t a person that could really take a lot of things in moderation – I always had to outdo everybody, it’s just kind of my personality. [Laughs] I’m doing good now, I’m feeling healthy and I’m learning how to deal with it. I still love partying, I just watch everybody else get drunk and smoke a little bit of weed and I’ll be cool. Recently you talked at length about pajamas with ‘The Village Voice.’ Oh yeah, that’s my thing man. I run to the bus, take a shower, get in my pajamas with slippers and play Angry Birds. Occasionally I’ll go out and say “Hi” to people, sign a couple of things and go back into the bus and just chill. You just answered my question. My question was going to be, what’s the most non-metal thing you do? It’s so atypical of metal that by defying metal stereotypes in doing it, it actually becomes metal. [Laughs] Yeah, well I guess I answered your question then – being in pajamas and slippers and everyone looks at you all weird, it’s kind of funny. What else is going on with High On Fire this year? Well we’re going to Europe at the end of this month – I’ll be over in Europe in February and then after that it’s the Metal Alliance tour and I can’t wait to see all the fans and play some songs for you. Full Metal Jackie will welcome vocalists Chuck Billy of Testament and Bobby Blitz of Overkill to her program this coming weekend. She can be heard on radio stations around the country — for a full list of stations, go to .

Alter Bridge Commence Work on Fourth Album

Facebook: Alter Bridge After recently announcing that they would be releasing their fourth album in 2013, the members of Alter Bridge have now started working on the new disc. On Friday (Jan. 4), the band posted the picture on the left of guitarist Mark Tremonti and singer Myles Kennedy in the studio on Facebook with the caption “It begins today.” And today (Jan. 7), they stated, “Writing on ‘AB4′ has begun. Very productive sessions so far!” The band will try to get in as much work as possible over the next couple of weeks, as both Tremonti and Kennedy will be out on the road very shortly. Tremonti is heading out with his solo band for a tour of Europe and the United States in February and March, as his latest single ‘Wish You Well’ starts to heat up rock radio. Meanwhile, Kennedy will be out on the road with Slash in Europe starting Jan. 31. See the dates here . The upcoming Alter Bridge album will be the follow-up to 2010′s ‘ABIII,’ which yielded the hit singles ‘Isolation’ and ‘Ghost of Days Gone By.’ Tremonti is also working on a new album with Creed . [button href=”” title=”Next: Alter Bridge Reveal New Album + Tour Plans” align=”center”]

In Flames Frontman Anders Friden Talks Touring, Plans for Next Album + Love of Beer

Liz Ramanand, Loudwire In Flames frontman Anders Friden was the guest on Full Metal Jackie’s radio show this past weekend. Friden spoke about touring all over the world, plans to write for a new album and his overall fondness for golfing and beer. Read Full Metal Jackie’s full interview with Anders Friden below: How are you? It’s great to see you again. I’m excellent. I’m good, extremely jet-lagged. We came from Japan a few days ago but I’m waking up at like seven in the morning but I’m happy. It must be crazy, your body doesn’t know what time zone that you’re in or if you’re supposed to be sleeping or awake. The thing is, we were in Japan just recently and we were there for two nights and three days and came from Sweden – just as I got adjusted to Japanese time it was time to come over here. So I’m totally f—ed in my head, more than usual. What an amazing place to play though. Yeah, I love being in Japan. I love being here as well, we play pretty much anywhere and enjoy it. What makes In Flames such a good fit on a bill with Hatebreed and Lamb of God, in your opinion? We can play with anyone, we are a metal band and we fit in with everyone. We play anywhere, with everyone – I mean we’ve known those guys for a long time. We all have history together so I think it’s really cool and a very relaxed atmosphere. Last night was the first night and there was no tension, no nothing, it was awesome. In Flames have been on and off the road, you guys have only been to the States twice this year? Yeah, we’ve been pretty busy doing Europe. We’ve been in America twice but we’ve been pretty much touring constantly – we had a month of prior to this but it’s been a busy year. Offstage, what do you think the difference is with your comradery with U.S. bands compared to other European bands? We’ve been to America so many times and we have a lot of friends over here and we have a history with them, as I said and we feel a bond somewhere. I believe we are pretty easygoing as people and hopefully they see that. We don’t pretend like we’re someone else, we are who we are and we let the music talk. You guys are on the road now and everyone’s always wondering about a band’s activities when they travel and when they’re touring. What would you say the most essential non-musical item you must have to have with you while you’re on tour? Beer. [Laughs] Well, beer you got anywhere you go. Well it is music and beer, that’s what it is – that’s my life. When I’m on the road I try to get away and play golf once in a while. I love to play golf, I didn’t bring my clubs this time because I thought the weather would be not as good but I do miss them today. It would have been great to go to a course, a golf course – a part from that just walking around a little bit and looking at the city you’re in, shopping for some vinyls, that’s what me and Niclas [Engelin] did today. It was expensive but fun. [Laughs] It’s funny because for us, you’re buying what’s considered an import for you. Yeah, but in Sweden it’s so expensive. You mentioned you were a golfer, is golfing a big deal in Sweden? I think it is, we’re like 9 million and there are a half million people golfing so I consider that a pretty big thing. I’ve never been to Sweden, I just imagine that it’s cold. Right now it’s extremely cold – it’s below zero I think. It’s nice to be here. Rather than write on the road, In Flames seems to be more interested in enjoying the romance of being on tour, good food, good beer and good company. What about such experiences do you think will affect new music once you’re back home? I highly doubt it will affect music whatsoever – I mean I guess you work better if you’re in a good music, somehow. It’s really hard to say what affects our music because I can’t really say what we have as an influence these days, anymore. When we started out it was like “We want to be like our heroes” and a few albums in – I don’t know anymore. Obviously, you guys are still working off the last record ‘Sounds of a Playground Fading.’ What’s the plan in terms of new music? Do you guys have anything new written or a timeline for when you’re going to go back? I wish we can write on the road but we can’t. We have all the time in the world but I don’t know – too much beer to drink. We’re looking into writing and recording something at the end of the next year, I think. So we’re hoping to have a release 2014 – it seems so far away but it’s not. Full Metal Jackie will welcome the legendary Henry Rollins to her program this coming weekend. She can be heard on radio stations around the country — for a full list of stations, go to .

Sister Sin Cancel Remaining 2012 Tour Dates as Singer Liv Jagrell Undergoes Vocal Surgery

Facebook: Sister Sin Swedish metal band Sister Sin have called off the rest of their dates on their 2012 tour because frontwoman Liv Jagrell will have to undergo surgery on her vocal cords. Jagrell won’t take missing these dates lightly. In an interview with Loudwire, she expressed her passion about being on the road and being onstage. “I’ve learned that I love to be on tour and I love to be onstage and I only feel that I am myself. I’m one hundred percent Liv when I’m onstage. I feel that’s the only time I’m just me” Jagrell told us. The band released a statement regarding Jagrell’s condition and the cancellation of dates via their Facebook page : “Hey all! We´re coming to you with some bad news today…. -Liv has had issues with her voice starting way back in 2007-2008 & it turned out to be a node on her vocalchords. To avoid surgery she has been very strict with warmups, vocal exercises and what not but never the less things have taken a turn for the worst lately. After re-visiting her doctor last week it became apparent that surgery is now needed & unavoidable. -So it is with great regret we are forced to cancel the announced shows and planned dates for the rest of the year. This is very common amongst singers & expected recovery is only two months so we will be back stronger than ever in early 2013 and for the upcoming US tour in February. Cant wait to see you all again on the road & thank you all for your understanding & support! Much Love /SS” The band was supposed to hit the road in promotion of their latest record ‘ Now and Forever .’ Sister Sin are still scheduled to hit North America in 2013 with Doro. For a full list of cities and dates, go here . [button href=”” title=”Check Out Our Interview with Liv Jagrell of Sister Sin” align=”center”]

Duff McKagan Offers Advice for Band Survival on the Road

Kevin Winter, Getty Images It’s great to jam out with your buddies, but you really find out a lot about a person when you spend every waking hour with them on the road and even the best of friends can start irritating each other. Luckily, Duff McKagan , who knows a thing or two about performing with some rather unique personalities, has offered a few tips for survival on the road in his latest Seattle Weekly column. McKagan, who has been part of combustible acts like Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver , says in introducing his 10-point list, “There is definitely an art to the dance that is being in a band. All kinds of crap can happen if band members let some of the following things go unattended. As an aside, it is healthy for a band’s creative juices to have a bit of a rub within the band. The release of tension onstage can be magical.” With that said, McKagan’s guide to surviving in a touring band is as follows: 1. Don’t be a dick. Yes. That simple. 2. Get used to having little to no personal space for weeks at a time. A tour bus or a van, and traveling through airports together, can be small enough, but add small backstage dressing rooms, rehearsal rooms, and studio control and you have the condition for someone in your band to blow their top. 3. Personal hygiene. (see #2) 4. Respect off-limits places. For example, when you draw the curtains to your bunk on the bus, no one should be allowed to f— with you. No punching in the dick, even. Each others’ girlfriends/wives/husbands/boyfriends are also off-limits. 5. Share everything. Clothes, chocolate, drugs, whatever. If it’s expendable, it is a “band” item. 6. Hug it out. Being in a band is the best place I can think of to be as up-front as possible. If you let something stew, it’ll grow into a mountain of nonsensical black mud in no time. 7. Read books and keep informed. The conversation can get old if you don’t have some good new topics to bring to the table. Gossip and c–k-talk only go so far. 8. Keep in touch with Mama Kin. Yes, definitely phone home and text as much as possible. It keeps one a bit sane, and leaves one with at least a modicum of a cornerstone. 9. Write a riff. Keep bringing fresh ideas to your band. 10. Don’t poo in the same room that someone else is eating in. Unless of course said eater gives the “poo OK.” If a “poo OK” is granted, you have a band that will NEVER break up! These days, McKagan has more control over how things play out as a touring member and leader of Duff McKagan’s Loaded . The bassist has also become a well-respected columnist, and an archive of his Seattle Weekly pieces can be viewed here . [button href=”” title=”Next: Duff McKagan’s Loaded Unveil ‘The Taking’ Film in Vignettes” align=”center”]

Poison’s Bret Michaels to Host Travel Channel’s ‘Rock My RV’ Series

Michael Buckner, Getty Images Poison frontman Bret Michaels has found his next television project, as he’s signed on to host the new Travel Channel Series ‘ Rock My RV ,’ which starts production in November. Michaels has a longtime love for RVs, and the Travel Channel is allowing him to join a skilled team of designers and fabricators in turning average, ordinary RVs into outrageous, badass mobile mansions. The series is scheduled to premiere on Travel Channel next year. Network GM Andy Singer says, “For the past 25 years, Bret Michaels has spent at least nine months out of the year in a tour bus that he personally designs from top to bottom. We couldn’t think of a better frontman than Bret for the series. He lives and breathes life on the road and undoubtedly holds the record for the most hours logged in a custom coach.” Michaels adds, “Between touring and traveling, I spend a lot of time on the road and my tricked-out, custom coach is my home away from home. I crisscross the country and live in my tour bus, and I know how to take an RV from ordinary to extraordinary. I can’t wait to put my expertise to use and show people how to make their RVs rock.” The vocalist has enjoyed a number of successful TV projects in recent years, beginning with his VH1 dating series ‘Rock of Love.’ He also let the cameras in on his personal life with the documentary series, ‘Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It.’ From there, he went on to become the winner on a season of Donald Trump’s series, ‘Celebrity Apprentice,’ on which he’ll appear again this spring as part of the show’s all-star season. He’s also appeared on ‘Don’t Forget the Lyrics,’ the ‘Miss Universe’ pageant and ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,’ among other TV appearances. [button href=”” title=”Next: Bret Michaels to Return for ‘All-Star Celebrity Apprentice'” align=”center”]