Godsmack came as a breath of fresh air to the world of heavy metal when they arrived on the scene in 1998. Godsmack's ferocious tour dates and hit albums featuring the deep growl of lead singer Sully Erna earned the band the reputation as one of the most popular heavy metal bands of the new millennium. Even Godsmack's latest album, The Oracle, has given the band their third #1 album in a row, showing off their staying power. This will also be displayed on Godsmack's North American tour dates in 2011, which are tearing through arenas this summer.
Sully Erna formed Godsmack in 1995 after becoming tired of drumming and wanting to take a stab at singing. Godsmack's self-titled debut album became a huge success, going platinum four times thanks largely to the hit single, "Whatever." Headlining and high profile tour dates quickly followed, including an appearance at Ozzfest and supporting Black Sabbath on their tour. Godsmack continued to score hits with their albums, including Faceless in 2003, which featured the Grammy-nominated songs "I Stand Alone" and "Straight Out of Line."
After four years without a release, Godsmack released The Oracle in 2010. The album was praised by fans and critics as a return to the band's signature sound displayed on their first album. The album has also reignited Godsmack's tenacity for touring, as the band has numerous tour dates in 2011. After finishing up headlining appearances on the Mayhem Festival on August 14, Godsmack will perform around North America where they will be supported by Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and Adrenaline Mob. Don't miss these 2011 tour dates as Godsmack shows the world they're still in their prime.
Solo star and former frontman of Van Halen, Sammy Hagar is a rock legend and currently on tour. After stints in the hard rock band, Montrose in the '70s, Hagar went solo and successfully crafted a rock career that has spanned nearly four decades. With the release of his latest solo album, Cosmic Universal Fashion, in 2008, Hagar has proven that he still has the chops to rock. Don't miss a date on the Sammy Hagar concert schedule (2011); Use Eventful as your source for Sammy Hagar tour dates and venue information.
The Fontana, California native got his start in the Platinum recording group, Montrose, which released their debut album in 1973. After one more album with the group, Hagar split and released his solo debut, Nine On A Ten Scale, in 1974. His solo career reached a fever pitch with the release of his Platinum album, Standing Hampton, in 1981. Sammy Hagar tour dates were hotly anticipated events on both sides of the Atlantic. His energetic performances garnered the attention of rock mega-group, Van Halen, who recruited Hagar to be lead singer once David Lee Roth departed for a solo career.
Hagar released four multi-Platinum records with Van Halen before returning to his solo career in the mid-90s. Since Van Halen, Hagar has been busy recording music with the Waboritas and he has become a local of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Hagar joined the supergroup, Chickenfoot, who released their Gold self-titled debut in 2009. Chickenfoot is about to release their second album, Chickenfoot III, in 2011. In the meantime, Sammy Hagar tour dates are scheduled periodically throughout 2011. Stay on top of this rock legend's concert calendar by using Eventful as your source for Sammy Hagar tour dates.
Trapt are a four-piece post-grunge/alternative metal band originating from Los Gatos, California in the United States, but is currently based in Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada.
Hard rockers from the York, PA area. Fronted by the incredible Lzzy Hale (vox/guitar) & featuring Joe Hottinger (guitar/back vox), Josh Smith (bass/back vox) & Arejay Hale (drums)
When Seattle grunge went mainstream, it was only a matter of time before the ripple effect was felt in regions other than the Pacific Northwest. Georgia quintet Collective Soul, along with fellow inheritors of the now commercially lucrative post-grunge landscape like Live, Bush, and Candlebox, developed the genre into a more succinct brand of angst, turning the sonic cacophony of bands like Mudhoney and the Melvins into radio-friendly hard rock.
Collective Soul -- taken from a line in Ayn Rand's book The Fountainhead, were formed in the small town of Stockbridge in the early '90s by principal songwriter Ed Roland (lead vocals/keyboards/guitars), guitarists Dean Roland and Joel Kosche, and rhythm section Will Turpin (bass/percussion) and Shane Evans (drums/percussion). Originally released in 1993 on the Atlanta indie label Rising Storm, Hints Allegations and Things Left Unsaid proved popular enough on the local level that it was picked up the following year by Atlantic. Within months of its release, "Shine" became a modern rock and MTV staple, and Collective Soul found themselves with a platinum debut, playing everywhere from arenas with Aerosmith to Woodstock 1994.
They released the eponymous sophomore effort the following year, which featured the hits "World I Know" and "December," once again going multi-platinum, but their fan base began to wane upon the release of 1997's Disciplined Breakdown. Released in 1999, Dosage was a return to form for the group, yielding the hit singles "Run" and "Heavy," but despite their best efforts, the post-grunge genre was suffering under the weight of the emerging nu-metal scene. In 2000 they released Blender, an image-seeking misfire that saw the group attempting a clean-cut (no facial hair) image and mixing in heavily produced AOR with dance-pop, even performing a duet with Elton John. The following year, fans were treated to 7even Year Itch: Collective Soul's Greatest Hits 1994-2001. In 2004, the group returned to their roots, bringing on new guitar player Joel Kosche and releasing the stripped-down and dynamic Youth on its own El Music Group imprint. An eight song EP (From the Ground Up) arrived the following year.
We don't pull any punches about calling this Southern rock because that's what it is," says Blackberry Smoke frontman Charlie Starr. "It's what we think new Southern rock should sound like." Starr, guitarist Paul Jackson, bassist Richard Turner and drummer Brit Turner are indeed sons of the South, but their considerable chops recall The Swanee River Boys and The Stanley Brothers as well as Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Allman Brothers.
"We love all kinds of music - our CD collection in the van is extremely diverse," Charlie continues. "You can hear a bluegrass influence on our harmonies. We all grew up listening to that kind of music, and I started singing in church, so I think a little gospel flavor filters through, too. We like to mix it up and take some chances."
Still, discerning ears will detect a strain of Bon Scott in Charlie's upper register. "Our music is probably harder driving than what you'd call classic Southern rock," he concedes, "especially in the guitar and drum sounds." In fact, this ain't no gospel, this ain't no bluegrass, this ain't no fooling around: Blackberry Smoke is balls-out rock and roll.
The response of fans to the live performances on Bad Luck Ain't No Crime, the band's debut disc, is thrilling confirmation of that. Studio tracks "Testify" and "Sanctified Woman" may be attracting the most attention at rock radio, but these rough-and-ready versions of originals "Scare The Devil" and "Muscadine" and the standard "Freeborn Man" may better capture the essence of Blackberry Smoke.
"We recorded those during the motorcycle rally in Sturgis [South Dakota], at The Full Throttle Saloon," Charlie informs. "We took an RV, parked it behind the stage and just lived there for a week. We opened for everyone who came through. It's outdoors and the weather was beautiful. There's no charge to get in and lots of booze flowing. What that audience sounded like - we couldn't have asked for better live recordings. Technically, there are some warts, but the energy was so high that we didn't care. We aren't brain surgeons - it ain't pretty sometimes, but it sure does feel good."
Even when Charlie's singing about hard times, there is joy in the music. You can't help thinking that he, Paul, Richard and Brit were born to play together.
The road to Blackberry Smoke winds through Lanett, Alabama, where Charlie was raised, LaGrange, Georgia, where he met Paul, and Atlanta, longtime stomping grounds to brothers Richard and Brit. Growing up in Lanett, a textile mill town ringed by fields of corn, peas and butterbeans, Charlie began his training as a singer before he could talk. His mother's uncle is Bluegrass Hall Of Famer Buford Abner, lead singer for the aforementioned Swanee River Boys; great uncle Merle Abner sang bass.
"My dad has played guitar and sung bluegrass my whole life," Charlie adds. "I spent a lot of years going to bluegrass festivals. Every weekend we'd drive to Virginia or Kentucky. It was a fun thing to do. When I got to be a teenager, I said, ?I don't want to play this kind of music; I want to play "Smoke On The Water."' But after a while, I think you always come back to whatever sparked your interest in music in the first place."
He vividly remembers his mother singing along to the radio, with The Rolling Stones, The Faces, The Beatles and Bob Dylan among her favorites. He notes that his own idols range more toward Hank Williams - of whom he says, "I don't think a better songwriter has ever walked the earth" - and Steve Earle, but the Bad Luck Ain't No Crime track "Normaltown" is indisputably reminiscent of the Beatles' psychedelic awakening.
Charlie recollects: "When I was growing up, we'd all sit around the piano singing, and I'd grab my dad's guitar every time someone put it down. About the time I turned six, I guess he figured he'd better get me one before I broke his."
The boy learned how to play on his own after a few lessons from Dad. He graduated to the electric guitar in his teen years. By then Charlie was getting into the Allmans, Skynyrd, Marshall Tucker, Molly Hatchet, Blackfoot and 38 Special, whose material he calls "a little more pop, riding-around-in-your-Camaro stuff."
He naturally gravitated toward other rock musicians. "Paul and I have been buddies for a long time," he says. "He's always been a great guitar player. We'd go down to Atlanta to see bands. There's a couple of late-night watering holes where musicians would convene after concerts, and that's where we got to know Brit and Richard. We kept saying we should all jam and when we finally did, there it was; the band just kind of fell together."
Blackberry Smoke's creative approach remains a collaborative one. "Sometimes I'll come in with a basic idea, just play some chords and a melody on an acoustic and a song will grow from that," Charlie explains. "But most of the time I'll write with Paul - we live within 15 minutes of each other - or we'll be in rehearsal and just start jamming on something and magic will happen."
The band members have a similarly easygoing, give-and-take personal rapport. Charlie says he knows it's a clich', but he nonetheless attests: "We're like a little family, like four brothers. We all just get along really well. We've all been in cover bands, and in every cover band there's somebody ya hate. There's nobody in this band like that ? unless I'm the guy and they haven't told me! We could never stay on the road for 40 days if we weren't laughing and having a good time. All our dads were in the service and they taught us respect for other people. Hell, Brit and Richard's dad is a retired Air Force colonel; they really walked the line."
During their travels, the Blackberry Smoke boys have headlined all over the U.S. and opened for a slew of rock acts. The band got their name from another likeminded artist, former Black Crowes singer-songwriter Chris Robinson.
Frontman for the hard Rock Band Cinderella. Influences - The Stones, Aerosmith, ACDC, Humble Pie, Janis Joplin, Skynyrd and the blues to name a few. Currrent project- a hard rock solo CD scheduled for a 2006 release. Sounds to follow soon.
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Buckcherry rocked 1999 with their hit "Lit Up" and toured with Lenny Kravitz on his Freedom Tour. After breaking up in the early 2000s, they remerged with a Platinum album in 2006 and followed up with two top-ten albums on the BIllboard 200. With Josh Todd's screeching vocals and Keith Nelson's hard-hitting guitar riffs, the members of Buckcherry have become heavy metal gods. Buckcherry tour dates have been scheduled nationally to promote their latest release, All Night Long. Don't miss a date on the Buckcherry concert schedule (2011); Use Eventful as your source for Buckcherry tour dates and venue information.
After their self-titled 1999 debut went Gold, they released their critically panned album, Time Bomb, in 2001. Buckcherry tour dates were booked on the opening stage for ACDC's spring 2000 tour and they subsequently disbanded. They reunited in 2005 to release their commercially successful album, 15, which featured their first top ten hit - "Sorry". Buckcherry toured with Motley Crue in 2008 on Crue Fest along with rockers Papa Roach. They released their first top ten album, Black Butterfly and they toured with Kiss in 2009.
Buckcherry released their most recent album, All Night Long, in 2010 which debuted at #10 on the Billboard 200. Buckcherry toured with Hellyeah and All That Remains on the Jagermeister Music Tour throughout Spring, 2011. A scaled down Buckcherry headlining tour is currently scheduled throughout the US this 2011. The Buckcherry bandmates are the bad boys of metal and true living rockstars. Don't miss a date on the Buckcherry concert schedule (2011); Use Eventful for Buckcherry tour dates and concert performance info.
The comeback buzz began building last spring when VH1 aired an episode of Behind The Music spotlighting the drama that swirled around Ratt’s remarkable run of four consecutive platinum albums. The return of “Ratt ’n’ Roll” – the band’s motto – became a reality earlier this year when founding members – vocalist Stephen Pearcy, guitarist Warren DeMartini and drummer Bobby Blotzer – launched a summer tour, their first together in eight years. Joined onstage by bassist Robbie Crane and guitarist John Corabi, Ratt’s tour dates will extend into the fall and may also include shows in Canada, Europe, Japan, South America and Australia.
The tour is only the first step. The group will also release two compilations on July 31 through Rhino Records. TELL THE WORLD: THE VERY BEST OF RATT is a career-spanning CD that includes standout songs from all seven of the band’s studio albums as well as unreleased material. RATT: VIDEOS FROM THE CELLAR: THE ATLANTIC YEARS is the group’s first DVD release and combines both of Ratt’s previously released video collections along with several bonus features.
To celebrate the band’s return to the road, Ratt has given the green light to a “Back For More” top fuel dragster. The “Ratt” logo will be emblazoned on the Clay Millican-driven Evan Knoll dragster throughout the 2007 NHRA season.
Prior to selling more than 16 million albums worldwide and establishing itself as one of the most popular groups of the 1980s, Ratt perfected its trademark mix of guitar heroics, anthemic hooks and hedonistic attitude playing the clubs along Los Angeles’ famed Sunset Strip. The band signed with Atlantic Records, releasing its debut in 1984. Out Of The Cellar sold more than three million copies and rocketed into Billboard’s Top Ten on the strength of its first single, “Round And Round.” Peaking at #12 on Billboard’s Singles chart, the track was the first in a long line of hit songs and videos that made Ratt a fixture on the radio and MTV as well as a major live act playing to sold-out crowds across the nation.
Ratt’s uninterrupted streak of platinum records continued a year later with Invasion Of Your Privacy, its second Top 10 album, followed by 1986’s Dancing Undercover and 1988’s Reach For The Sky. After scoring nine Top 40 Album Rock tracks and two Top 40 hits in the ’80s, the band started a new decade with the 1990 release of Detonator, the band’s fifth album and a certified-gold hit.
“With the tour and the new CD and DVD from Rhino, 2007 is shaping up to be the year of the Ratt,” Pearcy says. “We’re back together and out on the road, which is exactly where we want to be. It’s been a real thrill getting back to making music and reconnecting with our loyal fans.”
P.O.D., initials standing for Payable On Death, is a multi-platinum nu metal band from San Diego, California. Formed in 1992, the band's line-up consists of vocalist Sonny Sandoval, drummer Wuv Bernardo, guitarist Marcos Curiel, and bassist Traa Daniels.
With their third studio album, The Fundamental Elements of Southtown, they achieved their initial mainstream success; the album was certified Platinum by the RIAA in 2000. Their following studio album, Satellite, continued the band's success with the hit singles, "Alive" and "Youth of the Nation", pushing it to go 3x platinum.