Bullet For My Valentine (from left): Michael Thomas, Matt Tuck, Michael Paget, Jason James.
The metal pride of Wales, Bullet For My Valentine, have just announced dates for their upcoming tour of North America in support of new studio album Fever. Unleashed this past April, Fever has met with a sea of positive press and an avalanche of sales worldwide. Tour support will come from Escape the Fate and Black Tide.
Dates, cities and venues are:
16 Wichita, Kan. Cotillion
17 Oklahoma City Diamond Ballroom
18 Houston Warehouse Live
19 Austin, Texas Stubbs
21 Tampa, Fla. Ritz Ybor
23 Orlando, Fla. House Of Blues
24 Charlotte, N.C. Fillmore
25 Washington, D.C. 9:30 Club
26 Norfolk, Va. Norva
28 Scranton, Pa. Cultural Center
30 Philadelphia Electric Factory
1 New York Roseland Ballroom
2 Albany, N.Y. Armory
3 Atlanta Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
5 Providence, R.I. Lupo’s
6 Montréal Metropolis
8 Toronto Sound Academy
9 Cleveland Tower City Amphitheatre
10 Buffalo, N.Y. Town Ballroom
12 Indianapolis Egyptian Room
13 Madison, Wis. Orpheum Theatre
14 Fargo, N.D. The Venue
15 Winnipeg, Manitoba The Garrick
17 Edmonton, Alberta Edmonton Events Centre
18 Calgary, Alberta McEwen Hall at University of Calgary
20 Vancouver, B.C. Commodore Ballroom
21 Spokane, Wash. Knitting Factory
22 Seattle Showbox
23 Portland, Ore. Roseland
25 Boise, Idaho Knitting Factory
26 Reno, Nev. Knitting Factory
27 Los Angeles Palladium
Universally hailed as “the bible of heavy metal,” English weekly magazine Kerrang! is truly a force to be reckoned with. As a result, the publication’s annual awards show carries monstrous clout—especially as the winners are voted by the mag’s hard rock/heavy metal-loving readership. Held at a “secret location” in London this Thursday, this year’s event promises to be another belter. As was the case last year, the hosts are non other than Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour fame, plus Anthrax’s (and Jackson’s) very own Scott Ian!
One of four acts that, according to Kerrang!, received the lion’s share of the votes is the pride of Wales—Bullet For My Valentine. The trio of awards they’ve been nominated for? Best Album, Best British Band and Best Live band—the later nomination being earned by their incendiary performance headlining the second stage at the Download festival mere weeks ago.
“It’s an absolute honor to be nominated for three Kerrang! Awards this year,” said Bullet For My Valentine frontman Matt Tuck. “Kerrang! always throw the best parties, so you can be sure it’s going to be a night of pure rock ‘n’ roll mayhem. We can’t wait—bring it on!”
Bullet For My Valentine's Matt Tuck onstage.
The full list of nominees is:
BEST BRITISH NEWCOMER Deaf Havana
Out of Sight
Rise to Remain
BEST INTERNATIONAL NEWCOMER Dommin
BEST LIVE BAND 30 Seconds to Mars
Bullet For My Valentine
BEST INTERNATIONAL BAND 30 Seconds To Mars
BEST BRITISH BAND Bullet For My Valentine
The King Blues
You Me at Six
BEST SINGLE Avenged Sevenfold “Nightmare”
The Blackout “Save Ourselves (The Warning)”
Four Year Strong “Wasting Time (Eternal Summer)”
You Me at Six “Liquid Confidence”
BEST VIDEO 30 Seconds to Mars “Kings And Queens”
Biffy Clyro “The Captain”
Cancer Bats “Sabotage”
Lostprophets “It’s Not the End of the World (But I Can See it From Here)”
Paramore “Brick By Boring Brick”
BEST ALBUM 30 Seconds to Mars This is War
Biffy Clyro Only Revolutions
Bullet For My Valentine Fever
Paramore Brand New Eyes
You Me at Six Hold Me Down
Your trusty Bloodline Blogger with be attending the awards, so stay tuned for news and pictures of the event—and the mayhem that will undoubtedly ensue afterward! Tough gig, but someone’s gotta do it …
Download Festival 2010, Third and Final Day—Sunday, June 13: Part II
Yeah, yeah—we know, we’re a day late (give or take a month!) and a dollar short on this one, but, unless you were one of the reported 120,000 people there or subscribe to Kerrang! or Metal Hammer, chances are this is still newsworthy, so here is our fourth and final report from Download 2010 …
Rain? Bollocks to that! The show must go on ...
As our last exciting installment revealed, once the Damned Things were done with their eye-opening second-stage set, the heavens opened and it started to pour. The rain did little to dampen the spirit of crowd, however, as Billy Idol (right) took the main stage. While he may have seemed like an odd choice on paper, Billy’s larger-than-life persona and impressive array of hits, fueled by the incredible axe work of Steve Stevens, made the British punk icon’s set go down the proverbial storm—awful pun not intended!
By the time Billy was done, the relentless rain had gone from providing a welcome break from the heat to being uncomfortably cold … and then of course there was the resulting mud. Not cool! That said, no one was budging from the main stage crowd, and for good reason—next up was the one-and-only Motörhead, fronted by the legendary Lemmy. Regardless of how cold, damp and miserable you were, leaving before or (God forbid) during Motörhead would be nothing short of criminal, not to mention downright disrespectful and rude. So stay we did, and it was good—as Motörhead always are! Plus, you got to see Slash return Lemmy’s earlier favor by getting up and jamming. Nice!
The man, the myth, the living legend—Lemmy!
By this time, the torrential downpour was definitely taking its toll, and the crowd did start to thin out. Thanks to the amazing backstage hospitality of our friends at Marshall amps, though, the Jackson crew did have a dry place to take refuge—and enjoy a beer or three. Paul, Joel, Jon, Graham and crew—we owe ya! In fact, the fine folk at Marshall were even gracious enough to let us film a very entertaining interview with a soaked but high-spirited and eloquent Jim Root of Stone Sour and Slipknot fame. Here’s a shot taken while Jim waxed lyrical about his signature Fender axes:
Jim Root and signature model—a perfect marriage made south of heaven!
The torrential downpour continued to take a definite toll on the crowd, and large lines could be seen leaving; not that you could tell by the vast throng eagerly awaiting the arrival of Steel Panther on the Ronnie James Dio stage. Steel Panther’s fame in the United States might be confined to L.A., YouTube and the Billboard comedy chart, but in England they’re a big deal—very big—hence their third-on-the-second-stage billing. The band’s fans here are hardcore and sing pretty much every lyric. While some people might view the quartet as a joke, their unique mix of humor and musicianship (let’s be honest—these guys are way better than a lot of the ’80s bands they spoof so well, and, IMHO, their hooks are good too!) is a breath of fresh air in a genre often guilty of taking itself far too seriously.
Insert “Asian Hooker” chorus lyrics here.
Highlight of their well-received set? Call me biased, but it was definitely Scott Ian’s guest appearance on “Asian Hooker”—complete with a Jackson Adrian Smith model he borrowed from us and took with him to the already legendary “Big Four” shows in Europe while he anxiously awaited delivery of a very special custom guitar—but that’s a whole other blog entry …
By the end of Steel Panther’s set, despite the safe haven that was Marshall’s backstage Porta-cabin, the Jackson crew were as cold and miserable as the rest of the crowd—being literally soaked to the skin will do that to the best and toughest of us! There was one more band your Jackson journalist (cough, cough!) wanted to see though, so I toughed it out. Was it Aerosmith? Sorry, Boston’s finest, but no. It was the one-and-only Stone Sour, who were headlining the second stage.
In this writer’s humble opinion, Corey Taylor is one of the finest vocalists and frontmen to have emerged in the past decade or so, and, thanks to almost annual Download appearances with either Slipknot or Stone Sour, he’s a firm crowd favorite at this mighty festival, and deservedly so. With the recent tragic death of Slipknot’s anchor, bassist Paul Gray, this show was going to be an emotional one for both band and crowd, as Slipknot had triumphantly headlined the main stage on the final day of Download 2009. Forget painting with a thousand words; the video below of Corey performing “Bother” paints a million. Simply dedicated to “my friend,” it’s a class move by a class act. Rest in peace, Paul …
Longtime Bad Company guitarist Dave “Bucket” Colwell has enlisted friends including Iron Maiden guitarist and Jackson signature artist Adrian Smith for new album Guitars, Beers & Tears, due Aug. 17, which will help raise awareness of an especially cruel disease.
Colwell was named this summer as an ambassador for the SADS Foundation, an organization dedicated to preventing deaths among children and adults due to Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndrome (SADS). Through publicity, research, family support and professional education, the group aims to raise awareness of the cardiovascular killer, which causes 300,000 deaths each year.
While on tour with Bad Company in 1993, Colwell was personally affected by the disease when it claimed the life of the band’s tour manager. The guitarist subsequently offered to promote awareness for the SADS Foundation.
Guitars, Beers & Tears will contain a special “Stop SADS” insert with information on the SADS Foundation. The album features guest guitar work by Maiden’s Smith and other musician friends of Colwell, including Steve Conte (New York Dolls), Edwin McCain, Spike (the Choirboys), Danny Bowes (Thunder), Robert Hart (Bad Company) and vocalist Bekka Bramlett.
Colwell also remixed his song “Reach Out,” on which Smith plays, as an exclusive version for the Foundation titled “Reach Out (Stop SADS Mix).” The song was adopted as the official anthem of the SADS Foundation, and ringtones, mastertones and ringback versions will be made available.
Colwell and Iron Maiden go way back; “Reach Out” was recorded by Iron Maiden in 1986 as the B-side for its fourteenth single, “Wasted Years” from that year’s Somewhere in Time album (it appeared as a bonus track on the 1995 album reissue). Unusually, “Reach Out” was sung by Smith (who also played bass on it), with Bruce Dickinson contributing backup vocals; Smith and Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain also performed the song live in their side band, the Entire Population of Hackney.
Megadeth update here straight from Jackson-shredding bassist Dave Ellefson, who appears here in his own video blog in front of a centuries-old Estonian castle—where the band played earlier this week on the last date of its summer European tour—to tell you that Megadeth is coming to an area near you.
The fleet-fingered bassist notes that Megadeth is now homeward bound for late-summer North American Carnage tour dates with Slayer and Testament, plus special second-leg Carnage shows in late September and October with the classic Megadeth-Slayer-Anthrax “Clash of the Titans” lineup.
But what are we telling you all this for? It’s much more interesting to hear Ellefson himself say it, so let’s roll the footage …
Job For a Cowboy and Whitechapel will tour together once again later this year, with a slew of gigs in November. Both bands laid waste together to the European festival rounds over the summer, and both have said they can’t wait to team up again.
JFAC vocalist Jonny Davy is up for it, noting on the band’s website that “This is our first European headlining tour and we are beyond excited. We just finished our U.S. tour with Whitechapel and are stoked to bring the party overseas!”
Whitechapel too is amped about returning to Europe, especially just having left such a scorching mark there over the summer.
“We are really stoked to be coming back over the pond this year with our good friends in Job For a Cowboy,” said guitarist Alex Wade. The U.S. portion of the tour was a blast and we are looking forward to crushing the U.K. and the rest of Europe with JFAC!”
Stay tunedfor more on this as the tour nears—Jackson will keep you posted …
Job For a Cowboy/Whitechapel November 2010 tour dates, cities and venues:
4 Glasgow, Scotland Garage
5 Sheffield, England Corporation
6 Manchester, England Academy 2
7 London, England Koko
9 Norwich, England Waterfront
10 Wolverhampton, England Wulfrun Hall
11 Eindhoven, Netherlands Effenaar
12 Hamburg, Germany Grunspan
13 Cologne, Germany Essigfabrik
15 Karlsruhe, Germany Substage
16 Lucerne, Switzerland Konzerthaus Schuur
17 Vienna, Austria Arena
18 Treviso, Italy New Age
19 Munich, Germany Backstage
20 Berlin, Germany Columbia Club
22 Malmö, Sweden KB*
26 Helsinki, Finland Nosturi
28 Stockholm, Sweden Sticky Fingers*
29 Copenhagen, Denmark Vega*