Monthly Archives: April 2014

WOVENWAR – “All Rise”: Hard Rock Daddy Review

Wovenwar

From the ashes of As I Lay Dying rises WOVENWAR.  When I first heard WOVENWAR’s new single, “All Rise” on SiriusXM’s Octane, I was instantly hooked by the thunderous drums, driving rhythm, crunching guitars and the incredibly melodic vocals.  It was a bit surprising to find out that WOVENWAR is actually As I Lay Dying with Shane Blay (Oh, Sleeper) replacing Tim Lambesis as the lead vocalist.

With a new sound, it is understandable why the band chose to move forward with a new name, but it would stand to reason that this change also had something to do with the circumstances surrounding the lineup change.  Unlike the falling out that has become all too familiar between singers and their bands in hard rock and metal nowadays, the departure of Lambesis from As I Lay Dying came under bizarre circumstances that are usually reserved for works of fiction.

In May of 2013, Lambesis was arrested after attempting to hire an undercover police officer to murder his wife.  After initially pleading “not guilty,” Lambesis plead guilty on February 25th of this year.  He faces the possibility of nine years in prison when he is sentenced on May 2, 2014.  Suffice it to say that the metal community is shocked and saddened by Lambesis’ downfall.

WOVENWAR’s heavy sound should appeal to As I Lay Dying fans, and the more melodic, mainstream vocals of Blay will likely expand the band’s audience to include hard rock music fans.  Their debut album will be released this summer.  If “All Rise” is any indication of what’s to come, WOVENWAR is going to be a force to be reckoned with, and will likely become a mainstay on SiriusXm’s Octane channel.

Geoff Tate Announces Farewell Tour as “Queensryche”

Geoff Tate Farewell Tour as Queensryche

For more than 30 years, the members of Queensryche focused on building an “empire,” but as the saying goes…all good things must come to an end.  It’s been nearly two years since quintessential frontman, Geoff Tate, was unceremoniously ousted from the “empire” that he helped build.  Devoted fans of the band were caught in the middle as Tate and the other original members of Queensryche (Michael Wilton, Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield) exchanged “killing words” in an attempt to stake their claim to the iconic band name.

 

The prolonged court battle for the Queensryche name resulted in the confusing scenario of having two separate entities releasing new music and touring under the same moniker simultaneously.  Some fans chose sides, while others embraced both versions of the band, but the uncertainty and fighting made things bittersweet for everyone.

 

It took much longer than it should have, but the battle is finally over, and an amicable settlement has been made between the two opposing factions.

 

Wilton, Jackson and Rockenfield along with new frontman Todd LaTorre and guitarist, Parker Lundgren will be the ones to write the next chapter in Queensryche’s illustrious history.  However, Tate will be given the opportunity to give the band name a proper goodbye as he does one final tour as Queensryche (sort of).

 

Billed as Queensryche Starring Geoff Tate – The Farewell Tour, Tate will tour the country with his version of the band [Rudy Sarzo – bass, Robert Sarzo – guitar, Kelly Gray – guitar, Simon Wright – drums and Randy Gane – keyboard].  The tour commences on July 31, 2014 in Hermosa Beach, CA (see below for complete list of tour dates).

 

On the forthcoming tour, Tate will perform all of Queensryche’s hit songs, along with some rarities to celebrate the music that he’s enjoyed making over the past three decades.

 

Upon the completion of the tour, the name of the band will change, at which time they will perform under the moniker, Geoff Tate: The Voice of Queensryche.  Despite the fact that the name is changing, the expectation is that the band members will remain the same.

 

Even though Tate didn’t end up with the right to the Queensryche name, he did retain something of tremendous value in this amicable settlement…the exclusive right to perform the concept albums Operation Mindcrime and Operation Mindcrime II as unique performances.  “Mindcrime was my thing and my story, so it’s only appropriate that I keep that,” stated Tate.

 

Queensryche fans the world over undoubtedly wish that the amicable settlement had resulted in the original band members reuniting.  However, based on the 3-part interview with Tate that was featured on Hard Rock Daddy back in August of 2013, things went about as well as can be expected.

 

Tickets go on sale for the majority of dates on the upcoming tour on Friday, May 2nd and Saturday, May 3rd.

 

For more information, please visit www.Queensryche.com, www.facebook.com/GeoffTateOfficial and www.twitter.com/GeoffTate.

 

QUEENSRYCHE STARRING GEOFF TATE / 2014 FAREWELL TOUR DATES

Wednesday, July 30 – Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach, California

Thursday, July 31 – The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, California

Friday, August 1 – Sycuan Casino in El Cajon, California

Saturday, August 2 – House of Blues in Las Vegas, Nevada

Sunday, August 3 – The Canyon Club in Agoura, California

Thursday, August 7 – Strummer’s in Fresno, California

Friday, August 8 – Theatre Deville in Vacaville, California

Saturday, August 9 – Downtown Amphitheater in Morgan Hill, California

Tuesday, August 12 – Music Marathon Works in Nashville, Tennessee

Wednesday, August 13 – Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh, North Carolina

Thursday, August 14 – The Chop Shop in Charlotte, North Carolina

Friday, August 15 – Ziggy’s by the Sea in Wilmington, North Carolina

Saturday, August 16 – Ziggy’s in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Sunday, August 17 – Center Stage in Atlanta, Georgia

Tuesday, August 19 – Trees in Dallas, Texas

Wednesday, August 20 – Aztec Theatre in San Antonio, Texas

Friday, August 22 – Rialto Theatre in Tucson, Arizona

Saturday, August 23 – Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona

Sunday, August 24 – Sunshine Theater in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Tuesday, August 26 – The Depot in Salt Lake City, Utah

Thursday, August 28 – The Cotillion in Wichita, Kansas

Saturday, August 30 – Tailgaters in Bolingbrook, Illinois

 

 

 

 

Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown – Week of 4-26-14

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown for the week of 4-26-14.

The 4-26-14 Big ‘Uns Countdown playlist can also be found on www.HardRockDaddyNetwork.com (the HRD YouTube channel), in addition to archived playlists dating back to 2013.

#15 –  “Cry” – THE USED

#14 –  “This Is The Time (Ballast)” – NOTHING MORE

#13 –  “I’m Glad You’re Dead” – BOBAFLEX

#12 –  “Take The Bullets Away” – WE AS HUMAN (Featuring Lacey Sturm)

#11 –  “Would You Still Be There” – OF MICE & MEN

#10 –  “Painkiller” – THREE DAYS GRACE

# 9 –   “Take Out The Gunman” – CHEVELLE

# 8 –   “This Means War” – AVENGED SEVENFOLD

# 7 –   “House Of The Rising Sun” – FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH

# 6 –   “Weak” – SEETHER

# 5 –   “My Demons” – STARSET

# 4 –   “Torn To Pieces” – POP EVIL

# 3 –   “Courtesy Call” – THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH

# 2 –    “Stardust” – GEMINI SYNDROME

# 1 –    “Love The Way You Hate Me” – LIKE A STORM

RELATED ARTICLES:

Top 30 Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown Songs of 2013

Gemini Syndrome – “Stardust”:  Hard Rock Daddy Review

Bobaflex – “I’m Glad You’re Dead”:  Hard Rock Daddy Video Review

Avenged Sevenfold – “Hail To The King”:  Hard Rock Daddy Album Review

Pop Evil – “The Onyx Trilogy”: Hard Rock Daddy Video Review

Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown Archives

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 5/3/14

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums

Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 5/3/14.  Top 15 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

THIS WEEK’S TOP 15:

    1. SEVENDUST – Time Travelers & Bonfires
    2. CHEVELLE – La Gargola
    3. BLACK LABEL SOCIETY– Catacombs Of The Black Vatican
    4. EMURE– Eternal Enemies
    5. AVENGED SEVENFOLD – Hail To The King
    6. THE PRETTY RECKLESS – Going To Hell
    7. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell: Volume 2
    8. VARIOUS ARTISTS – Ronnie James Dio: This Is Your Life
    9. MEMPHIS MAY FIRE –  Unconditional
    10. OF MICE & MEN – Restoring Force
    11. TRIPTYCON – Melana Chasmata
    12. NICKELBACK – The Best Of Nickelback: Volume 1
    13. BRING ME THE HORIZON – Sempiternal
    14. SKILLET – Rise
    15. KYNG – Burn The Serum

RELATED ARTICLES:

Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2013

Five Finger Death Punch (Featuring Rob Halford) – “Lift Me Up”:  Hard Rock Daddy Review

Five Finger Death Punch – “Battle Born”:  Hard Rock Daddy Review

Avenged Sevenfold – “Hail To The King”:  Hard Rock Daddy Album Review

Skillet – “Sick Of It”: Hard Rock Daddy Review

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums Archives

Three For Thursday: Lynch Mob, Black Stone Cherry, Alice Cooper

Three For Thursday - Lynch Mob, Black Stone Cherry, Alice Coooper

Three For Thursday featuring:  Lynch Mob, Black Stone Cherry and Alice Cooper.  The theme of the week is revealed below the last video.

 

This week’s “Three for Thursday” songs:

ARTIST:              Lynch Mob

SONG:                “No Bed Roses”

ALBUM:               Wicked Sensation

RELEASED:          October 15, 1990

WEBSITE:            https://www.facebook.com/LynchMobOfficial

 

 

ARTIST:                Black Stone Cherry

SONG:                 “Me And Mary Jane”

ALBUM:                Magic Mountain

RELEASED:           May 6, 2014

WEBSITE:             www.BlackStoneCherry.com

 

 

ARTIST:                Alice Cooper

SONG:                 “No More Mr. Nice Guy”

ALBUM:                Billion Dollar Babies

RELEASED:           February 25, 1973

WEBSITE:             www.AliceCooper.com

This week’s Three For Thursday theme is…

“BAD ENGLISH”

LYNCH MOB – “No Bed Of Roses” (double negative – “never said it would be no bed of roses”)

BLACK STONE CHERRY – “Me And Mary Jane” (it doesn’t sound as good in song, but “Mary Jane and I” is proper grammar in this case)

ALICE COOPER – “No More Mr. Nice Guy” (“I got no friends…” should be “I have no friends ’cause they read the papers” but Alice Cooper does make the slang dialect sound cool).

RELATED ARTICLES:

Three For Thursday Archives

Black Stone Cherry Teams Up with World’s Loudest Month for Innovative Contest

Black Stone Cherry

The arrival of April has brought the seemingly endless winter of 2014 to a merciful end.  For hard rock and metal music fans, the arrival of Spring means more than just better weather; it means that we are once again ready to embark upon the “world’s loudest month.”  Black Stone Cherry is teaming up with World’s Loudest Month and Roadrunner Records for a contest that will undoubtedly get two “horns up” from hard rock and metal music fans.

 

This is an exciting time for Black Stone Cherry.  There is already a buzz building over “Me And Mary Jane,” the first single from their highly-anticipated new album, Magic Mountain, which will be released on May 6, 2014, and they will be appearing at four of the top hard rock music festivals in the coming month.

 

Fans entering the contest will have the chance to win a weekend pass to see Black Stone Cherry (and a number of other great acts) at either Welcome to Rockville (April 26-27), Carolina Rebellion (May 3-4), Rock On The Range (May 16-18) or Rocklahoma (May 23-25).

 

The contest form also gives you the opportunity to join the e-mail list for Black Stone Cherry and other bands on Roadrunner Records (Trivium, Killswitch Engage, Gojira, Theory Of A Deadman and Kvelertak), so even if you don’t win, there is still a benefit to entering.

 

Hard Rock Daddy will be featuring a review of Magic Mountain in the coming weeks.  Until then, check out the official video for “Me And Mary Jane” to whet your appetite…

 

Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown – Week of 4-19-14

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown for the week of 4-19-14.

The 4-19-14 Big ‘Uns Countdown playlist can also be found on www.HardRockDaddyNetwork.com (the HRD YouTube channel), in addition to archived playlists dating back to 2013.

#15 –  “This Is The Time (Ballast)” – NOTHING MORE

#14 –  “Parade Of Ashes” – PERIPHERY

#13 –  “This Means War” – AVENGED SEVENFOLD

#12 –  “Would You Still Be There” – OF MICE & MEN

#11 – “Take Out The Gunman” – CHEVELLE

#10 – “Take The Bullets Away” – WE AS HUMAN (Featuring Lacey Sturm)

# 9 –   “Dead But Rising” – VOLBEAT

# 8 –   “Strife” – TRIVIUM

# 7 –   “Torn To Pieces” – POP EVIL

# 6 –   “House Of The Rising Sun” – FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH

# 5 –   “My Demons” – STARSET

# 4 –   “Weak” – SEETHER

# 3 –   “Painkiller” – THREE DAYS GRACE

# 2 –    “Love The Way You Hate Me” – LIKE A STORM

# 1 –    “Stardust” – GEMINI SYNDROME

RELATED ARTICLES:

Top 30 Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown Songs of 2013

Gemini Syndrome – “Stardust”:  Hard Rock Daddy Review

Avenged Sevenfold – “Hail To The King”:  Hard Rock Daddy Album Review

Pop Evil – “The Onyx Trilogy”: Hard Rock Daddy Video Review

Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown Archives

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 4/26/14

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums

Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 4/26/14.  Top 15 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

THIS WEEK’S TOP 15:

    1. BLACK LABEL SOCIETY – Catacombs Of The Black Vatican
    2. CHEVELLE – La Gargola
    3. VARIOUS ARTISTS– Ronnie James Dio: This Is Your Life
    4. THE PRETTY RECKLESS– Going To Hell
    5. LACUNA COIL – Broken Crown Halo
    6. AVENGED SEVENFOLD – Hail To The King
    7. CHIODO – Devil
    8. STEEL PANTHER – All You Can Eat
    9. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH –  The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell: Volume 2
    10. THE USED – Imaginary Enemy
    11. MEMPHIS MAY FIRE – Unconditional
    12. FOR THE FALLEN DREAMS – Heavy Hearts
    13. VOLBEAT – Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies
    14. NICKELBACK – The Best Of Nickelback: Volume 1
    15. OF MICE & MEN – Restoring Force

RELATED ARTICLES:

Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2013

Steel Panther – “The Burden Of Being Wonderful”: Hard Rock Daddy Review

Five Finger Death Punch (Featuring Rob Halford) – “Lift Me Up”:  Hard Rock Daddy Review

Five Finger Death Punch – “Battle Born”:  Hard Rock Daddy Review

Avenged Sevenfold – “Hail To The King”:  Hard Rock Daddy Album Review

Volbeat – “Lola Montez”:  Hard Rock Daddy Review

Volbeat – “Cape Of Our Hero”:  Hard Rock Daddy Video Review

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums Archives

Three For Thursday: AC/DC, Adelita’s Way, Aerosmith

Three For Thursday - ACDC, Adelitas Way, Aerosmith

Three For Thursday featuring:  AC/DC, Adelita’s Way and Aerosmith.  The theme of the week is revealed below the last video.

 

This week’s “Three for Thursday” songs:

ARTIST:              AC/DC

SONG:                “Givin’ The Dog A Bone”

ALBUM:               Back In Black

RELEASED:          July 21, 1980

WEBSITE:            www.ACDC.com

 

 

ARTIST:                Adelita’s Way

SONG:                 “Dog On A Leash”

ALBUM:                TBD (2014 album release)

RELEASED:           April 8, 2014 (single release)

WEBSITE:             www.AdelitasWayMusic.com

 

 

ARTIST:                Aerosmith

SONG:                 “Walkin’ The Dog”

ALBUM:                Aerosmith

RELEASED:           January 5, 1973

WEBSITE:             www.Aerosmith.com

This week’s Three For Thursday theme is…

“A” HARD ROCK DOG – All of these hard rock bands beginning with the letter “A” have released songs with the word “dog” in a song title.

 

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Three For Thursday Archives

Hard Rock Music Time Machine – 1984:  Ritchie Blackmore’s Birthday

Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow

It wasn’t long after a friend of mine turned me onto Rainbow in the summer of 1981 that they quickly became my favorite band, due in no small part to Ritchie Blackmore’s guitar playing.  The 70s and 80s were the heyday for guitar gods, and while I was in awe of many of them, there was something about Blackmore’s playing that made him stand out above the rest for me.

Today, Ritchie Blackmore celebrates his 69th birthday.

It was a beautiful Spring Saturday on this date in 1984, the kind of day where I would normally be outside with friends, but I decided instead to spend the day in my room celebrating my favorite guitar player’s birthday by listening to the entire Rainbow catalog.

Long before music was consumed on small digital devices, diehard music fans like me had component stereo systems with speakers that were three feet high.  My stereo system left me with little floor space in my room, but it didn’t matter because it was my prized possession.

With everyone in my family spending the day outside, I was free to test the limits of my stereo with my Blackmore-inspired, vinyl Rainbow-thon.

My day started with “Man On The Silver Mountain” off of the band’s debut album, Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow and ended with “Make Your Move” off of their latest album at the time, Bent Out Of Shape.  In between those two albums, I listened to the rest of Rainbow’s catalog in chronological order:  Rising, Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll, Down to Earth, Difficult to Cure and Straight Between the Eyes.

To the average person, this might seem like an insane way to spend a beautiful Spring day, my family included.  But to me, it was an amazing musical journey that I still remember thirty years later as if it happened yesterday.