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Mark Tremonti and His Band Visit U.S. Troops Stationed in Germany

American Forces Network – Photo Courtesy of Russell Toof Over the years as a member of Creed and Alter Bridge , guitarist Mark Tremonti has taken the opportunity to play for and meet members of the military, and now that he’s out on the road with his own self-titled band, that tradition continues. Tremonti and his bandmates Wolfgang Van Halen, Eric Friedman and Garrett Whitlock made a detour to the Warrior Zone in Heidelberg, Germany on Feb. 5, where they took the time to sign some autographs, talk to members of the military and take a few photos. Tremonti himself also spoke with American Forces Network’s Russell Toof about his experiences visiting the military. In a video interview (posted below), the Tremonti frontman says there was never any hesitation once a visit was requested. “Who’s going to say no to that,” asks the guitarist-singer. “We definitely wanted to come out here to see everybody.” He added, “Anytime you can make someone happy that’s away from home and bring any kind of joy to any rock and roll fans that are out here, away from their home, away from their country, it’s great to help out in any way we can.” Tremonti says he’s made it a point over the years to invite military personnel to their shows to meet and visit with them. He concluded, “I know they’re doing everything they can for us. I know they’re away from their families and friends, so it’s gotta be tough. So we respect the hell out of ‘em.” Watch Mark Tremonti’s Interview With American Forces Network [button href=”” title=”Next: Watch Tremonti’s ‘Wish You Well’ Video” align=”center”]

10 Years Share Biggest Music Influences [Video] + Enter to Win a Prize Pack From the Band

In De Goot 10 Years unleashed their latest album, ‘Minus the Machine,’ back in August, and are now riding up the rock charts with the song ‘Dancing With the Dead,’ which follows the disc’s first single, ‘Backlash.’ Three-quarters of the band — singer Jesse Hasek, guitarist Ryan ‘Tater’ Johnson and drummer Brian Vodinh — recently stopped by Loudwire’s office for a chat, with each one naming their biggest musical influences. In addition, the band is teaming up with Loudwire to offer a prize pack consisting of an autographed white vinyl record, a signed poster, a beer coozie, stickers, a flat and a ‘Backlash’ T-shirt (all pictured below). So, check out the members of 10 Years discussing their biggest influences, and enter your info in the contest form below for a chance to win the aforementioned prize pack. And if you’d like to get your hands on 10 Years’ ‘Minus the Machine’ album right away, it’s available at Amazon for only $5 for a limited time. 10 Years Talk Biggest Influences [Loudwire Exclusive] 10 Years Autographed Prize Pack Enter your e-mail address for a chance to win an autographed white vinyl record, a signed poster, a beer coozie, stickers, a flat and a ‘Backlash’ T-shirt. Contest ends Jan. 18, 2013. Click here for official rules . By entering this contest, you will receive email newsletters from Loudwire. You may unsubscribe at any time. Email T-Shirt Size

Eye Empire vs. 10 Years – Cage Match

Photos: Facebook: Eye Empire / Warner Music Group Eye Empire  continue to roll in the Cage Match as their track ‘I Pray’ beat out Black Oxygen over the weekend but will they be able to take down today’s competitors? Hailing from Knoxville, Tenn.,  10 Years enter the matchup with their brand new single ‘Dancing With the Dead’ off of their latest record ‘Minus the Machine.’ The band recently played the ShipRocked 2012 cruise (check out photos of them rocking out on the ship  here . 10 Years are also set to play a show on Dec. 29 in their hometown. For more information on that gig, go here . So will Eye Empire continue to soar in this matchup with ‘I Pray’ or will a win for ‘Dancing With the Dead’ have 10 Years be doing a victory jive? Get in on the action and vote for your favorite track in the poll below! (This Cage Match will run until Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 8AM ET. Fans can vote once per hour! So come back and vote often to make sure your favorite song wins!) Listen to Eye Empire, ‘I Pray’ Listen to 10 Years, ‘Dancing With The Dead’ Sorry, you need to have javascript running to see this poll. Email Me When Cage Match Winners Are Announced Enter your email address below to receive the Loudwire newsletter, which will include notification of the daily winner of the Cage Match, as well as our top stories of the day. Email Rules of Cage Match: Fans can vote once per hour for their favorite song. If a song remains the reigning champ for five straight cage matches, it is retired to the Loudwire Cage Match Hall of Fame. With so many great songs out there, we have to give other bands a chance!

Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx Opens Up About Grandfather’s Cancer Battle

Michael Buckner, Getty Images In today’s social media world, we have more access than ever to our favorite rockers, and that means often seeing more than just the idol onstage but the actual person as well. One such case is happening at present with Motley Crue ‘s Nikki Sixx , who is sharing with fans his personal anguish as he deals with his grandfather’s battle with cancer. Sixx has been very open in sharing his own issues with fans over the years. He chronicled his early career drug dependency in the book ‘The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star.’ He then opened up musically about the experience, forming the band Sixx: A.M. to share his thoughts musically. Plus, he’s become a radio personality with his ‘Sixx Sense’ show over the years, which gives him another outlet to speak his mind. In a deeply personal and cathartic letter written to his fans via his Facebook page , Sixx is attempting not only to share what he’s going through, but to open discussion with others dealing with similar issues. The letter reads as follows: I’ve been sharing my insides with you for so long I guess there is no reason to stop now. On some level this is how I connect and hopefully relate some event, place or time to each others lives … I agree it’s odd to do it on Facebook or Twitter (or any other social media portal) but I guess like you, I am trying to work out the wrinkles, iron out the kinks and maybe feel some relief from the pain that comes with life sometimes. It’s been really hard holding it together the last few months with my grandfather Tom being so sick. Watching him change daily breaks my heart as he is slowly breaking down. The doctors gave him 3 to 6 months to live 4 months ago … This prostate cancer is a ticking time bomb and our hearts are breaking in slow motion … The reality of it all is kicking in for my whole family … Why do I tell you this? Cause maybe I am not the only one in pain. We all deal with it in different ways. I can’t run to a bottle or a bindle of powder so I talk about it and as it happens, usually write music about it … This man was there for me like a father. He never let me down … he was a role model and my biggest fan … The water run’s deep between us so the blade of the knife also hits the bone … Love is a two edged swords … So we learn with death at our footsteps… Thank you for listening … I actually would love to hear your story too. We at Loudwire send our positive thoughts to Nikki Sixx as he goes through this difficult period. [button href=”” title=”Next: Nikki Sixx Talks Twitter + Sixx: A.M.’s Future” align=”center”]

10 Years Nab Fair to Midland’s Ryan Collier to Fill in for Bassist Lewis Cosby

Warner Music Group 10 Years are down a familiar face as longtime bassist Lewis Cosby is sitting out the latest leg of the ‘Cutting Like Knives’ tour in order to be home for the birth of his first child. The group didn’t have to look far for assistance as Fair to Midland’s Ryan Collier will be sitting in on the run. Fair to Midland opened dates for 10 Years over the summer. Guitarist/drummer Brian Vodinh explained, “Rehearsals have gone amazing with Ryan Collier on bass and we will be playing some brand new songs that we have not played live yet, so we hope to see some familiar faces and a lot of new ones at the shows!” 10 Years are currently on the road with the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and the Last Place You Look as supporting acts, with dates booked into November. The band released their ‘Minus the Machine’ album earlier this year and enjoyed some success with the lead single ‘ Backlash .’ 10 Years Fall 2012 Tour: 9/22 — Bloomington, Ill. — Castle Theatre 9/23 — Milwaukee, Wis. — The Rave 9/25 — Madison, Wis. — Majestic Theatre 9/27 — Omaha, Neb. — Sokol Auditorium 9/28 — St. Paul, Minn. — Station 4 9/29 — Des Moines, Iowa — Wooly’s 9/30 — Wichita, Kan. — Cotillion Ballroom 10/2 — College Station, Texas — Hurricane Harry’s 10/4 — Tyler, Texas — Click’s 10/5 — McAllen, Texas — Geo’s 10/6 — Houston, Texas — Mitchell Pavilion 10/7 — San Antonio, Texas — Sunken Gardens 10/9 — Little Rock, Ark. — Juanita’s 10/10 — Baton Rouge, La. — Varsity Theatre 10/12 — Orlando, Fla. — Beacham 10/13 — St. Petersburg, Fla. — State Theatre 10/14 — Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — Revolution 10/16 — Asheville, N.C. — Orange Peel 10/17 — Jacksonville, N.C. — Hooligan’s 10/19 — Lancaster, Pa. — Chameleon Club 10/20 — Pittsburgh, Pa. — Mr. Small’s 10/21 — Philadelphia, Pa. — Trocadero 10/23 — Columbus, Ohio — Newport Music Hall 10/24 — Grand Rapids, Mich. — Orbit Room 10/26 — Kansas City, Mo. — Midland 10/27 — Memphis, Tenn. — New Daisy Theatre 10/28 — Mobile, Ala. — Soul Kitchen 11/25 — Destin, Fla. — Club LA [button href=”” title=”Next: Watch 10 Years’ ‘Backlash’ Video” align=”center”]

Job for a Cowboy’s Jonny Davy Talks ‘Demonocracy,’ Lineup Changes + More

Mary Ouellette, We recently had a chance to speak with Job for a Cowboy vocalist Jonny Davy. As metal fans crammed into the tiny outdoor smoking area at New York City’s Irving Plaza, they got a first-hand look at our interview with Davy as we chatted with the deathcore vocal pioneer shortly after Job for a Cowboy’s set. In our interview with Davy, he spoke about Job for a Cowboy’s latest album, ‘Demonocracy,’ the evolution of the band since the pig-squealing ‘Doom’ EP, how Job for a Cowboy will disband if their current lineup changes + much more. ‘Demonocracy’ is your latest record. On this one especially, is there anything that you tried to accomplish that’s new from your previous albums? You know, a lot of bands find their comfort zone and they write the same record over and over and over again, which is fine; it works for other bands. But I think with us, I think it’s safe to say that when you listen to our older records to now, we’ve had a big upward spiral of progression; an experimentation almost and I feel like to make ourselves happy and to not get bored with it, we just try new things. I mean, we wrote the ‘Doom’ EP when we were about 16 years old. We’re all in our mid-to-late 20s now, so our music influences and favorites were much different from 16 to now. I think with our band, we got popular and we got a lot of recognition before we even put out a full length, which is weird; from a little ‘Doom’ EP. I think a lot of people already have their opinion on that and don’t give us a chance because of that, but things have changed so much over the years. We’ve been touring for seven our eight years now, which is terrifying and horrifying to think about. I’ve been doing it for this long already, but we like to spice things up. I think it’s very interesting because you guys were sort of the top tier of the MySpace deathcore wave. It must have been weird seeing a genre of music that you guys helped pioneer become hugely saturated online. It’s weird. In all reality, if we kept writing music like the ‘Doom’ EP, we would be making a lot more money than we are now. We just want to keep ourselves happy with the music, as cheesy as that sounds. But we’re just having fun and enjoying the music that we’ve been playing and trying new things, so I feel like it’s been working. I know it was a long time ago, but you guys dropped the pig squeal vocals. What was the mindset behind that? I mean, again, we were 16 years old when we wrote the ‘Doom’ EP and started touring. We started touring and we really made a realization. We’ve got so many influences. We were really influenced by Cattle Decapitation and Misery Index. It’s just growing up you know? I feel like a lot of people have been watching us grow up over the years and it’s kind of strange. It’s weird because most high school bands are just beginning to figure out music with their friends. That’s what it was. Everyone used to be in a high school band playing in their parents garages, not knowing what the f— we were doing, and magically we tour the U.S. and Europe and the rest of the world. It was kind of mind-blowing to all of us; so humbling when you really sit down and think about it. What was that like in high school? You know probably going from the outcast of your high school… Stereotypical metal outcasts. In reality, I feel like the majority that listen to metal kind of were outcasts, I suppose. I don’t know. I’m going to back to the word cool; it’s cool. You’re the only original member left in Job for a Cowboy. There’s been a lot of member changes over the years. What is it about this lineup? Does it feel a little more solid? I mean, to go back to the point; we started so early. When you’re that young, so many things can happen with school, college … when you go on tour, when you’re that young, so many things can happen. I feel like if we started this band in our mid-20s, we would have a solid lineup all the way through. If this lineup ever changes at this point, Job for a Cowboy is done. Really? Yeah, so if this lineup ever changes, that’s it. You’re so happy with this line up then that it would feel strange to be without it? Absolutely; again, as cheesy and stereotypical it is to say, I feel that this is our strongest lineup and I feel that if anyone were to leave it’s done. JFAC RIP. Watch Behind-The-Scenes Footage of Job for a Cowboy Recording ‘Demonocracy’

Lacuna Coil’s Cristina Scabbia Rejects the Lure of a Solo Career

It’s not exactly common in rock to see a band with two vocalists, but Lacuna Coil have made it work over the years, with a both the female (Cristina Scabbia) and male (Andrea Ferro) perspectives getting a shared amount of time. Still, questions come up from time to time about if Scabbia might consider a solo record. The singer explains to Legendary Rock Interviews, “I think this band has always