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Powerman 5000 have booked numerous stops for a tour early next year that will kick off in February, here's the rundown:
February 22nd Cedar Falls, IA - Reverb
February 23rd Rockford, IL - Elixur
February 24th Mokena, IL - The Pearl Room
February 25th Detroit, MI - Harpo's Concert Theatre
February 26th Lansing, MI - Temple Club
February 28th Cleveland, OH - Peabody's Down Under
March 01st Pittsburgh, PA - Rex Theater
March 03rd Clifton Park, NY - Northern Lights
March 04th Poughkeepsie, NY - he Chance
March 06th Hartford, CT - Webster Theatre
March 08th Toronto, ON - The Opera House
March 09th Montreal, QC - Cafe Campus
March 11th Rochester, NY - Penny Arcade
March 26th Towson, MD - Recher Theater
March 28th West Springfield, VA - Jaxx
March 29th Norfolk, VA - The Norva
March 30th Jacksonville, NC - Planet Rock
March 31st Fayetteville, NC - Jesters Pub
April 01st Johnson City, TN - Gatsby's
April 02nd Nashville, TN - Exit Inn
April 04th Chatanooga, TN - Club Fathom
April 05th Little Rock, AR - Juanita's Cantina
April 06th Columbia, MO - Blue Note
April 07th Cedar Rapids, IA - 3rd St. Live
April 08th Columbia Heights, MN - Star Central
April 10th Evansville, WI - Level 8
San Diego based hardcore metal band KICKING K8 will co-headline this years FREAKFEST SHOW along side POWERMAN 5000, and (hed)PE November 18-20 at the National Orange Show Grounds in San Bernardino, CA. KICKING K8 will headline outdoor stage2 on Sunday November 20, and comes on the eve of the bands campaign to add at active rock radio. Visit freakfestshow.com for more information.
KICKING K8 recently made WJJO FM 94.1, Madison WI, station history by becoming the first "unsigned" metal band to ever go 5 consecutive days on the stations nightly voter box up matches topping, SEVEN WISER, SILVER TIDE (twice), and SPONGE before bowing to Scott Ian of ANTHRAX's side project. "We're just honored to be mentioned in the same breathe as these great bands," stated Mark Evans, guitarist with KICKING K8.
Powerman 5000 have announced some West Coast tour dates for late October/early November:
Oct. 26 Santa Ana, CA - Galaxy Theatre
Oct. 29 Victorville, CA - The Reflections
Oct. 31 Petaluma, CA - Phoenix Theater
Nov. 02 Los Angeles, CA - Key Club
Nov. 04 Bakersfield, CA - Montgomery World Plaza
Nov. 05 Orangevale, CA - The Boardwalk
Powerman 5000 has been forced to cancel their shows in Davenport, IA on August 21 and in Beaumont, TX on August 23. Also, August 18 venue has now been moved to Newport Music Hall in Columbus, OH.
Here are the upcoming Powerman 5000 tour dates and changes:
Aug. 11 Columbia Heights,MN - Star Central
Aug. 12 Edgerton, WI - Big E's
Aug. 13 Mokena, IL - The Pearl Room
Aug. 14 Sauget, IL - Pop's
Aug. 15 Springfield, MO - The Rockwell
Aug. 17 Johnson City ,TN - Sophisticated Otter
Aug. 18 Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall - NEW VENUE
Aug. 19 Bellafontaine, OH - Blue Cat
Aug. 20 Battle Creek, MI - Planet Rock
Aug. 21 Davenport, IA - QC Live - CANCELLED
Aug. 23 Beaumont,TX - Fairpark Coliseum - CANCELLED due to city permit issues
POWERMAN 5000 frontman Spider recently spoke to MTV.com about the band's as-yet-untitled fifth album, which they're hoping to release in early 2006.
Spider said the LP, which the band is self-producing, will have an "under-produced," stripped-down sound. "We're leaving in the mistakes," he said. "Kids aren't hearing those kinds of records any more — like the SEX PISTOLS — where things are out of tune, there are mistakes. Nowadays, everything's lined up to a grid on ProTools, and everyone's vocal is tuned to the perfect pitch. That's not what rock music should be."
"Every rock band comes out and makes that statement, you know, that this is going to be our heaviest album ever. I hate that. For me, I want to make the best record we can make — whether it's heavier or not, doesn't matter. Some of it will be supper-aggressive, some of it won't be."
Songtitles set to appear on the follow-up to 2003's "Transform" include "Heroes and Villains", "The Last Night on Earth" and "Treat Me Like a Stranger".
"We came out during the nü-metal explosion, and now, people talk about us in the same sentence as LIMP BIZKIT and sh--," Spider said. "We sort of got trapped in a world that we didn't belong in. We were put in a category with bands that I never really felt comfortable being compared to. But sometimes you find you get on this path and it takes you somewhere you didn't necessarily ever expect to be. So for me, this new record is going to be a statement. It's probably the record I should have made 10 years ago, the one that says, 'This is who I am, musically, and this is where my head is at.' "
POWERMAN 5000 are continuing on a U.S. tour aimed at getting fans ready for a new as-yet-untitled album, which is currently in the finishing stages and will be released later this year on frontman Spider One's Megatronic Records. Joining Spider One, drummer Adrian Ost, and bassist Siggy Siursen on tour and on the forthcoming album are guitarists Terry Corso (formerly with ALIEN ANT FARM) and Johnny Rock (formerly with HALF-COCKED, the first band Spider One signed to Megatronic when it was being distributed by Dreamworks Records), replacing founding member Adam 12, who left the band before the tour started (but will appear on the new album), and Mike "M.33" Tempesta, who left in 2004. More details about the album will be revealed in the coming weeks. Here are the current tour dates: More...
The Temple Theater in Tacoma is having massive power issues and will not be open for the rest of the week so Powerman 5000 has changed the show on Thursday, May 19th, to The Olde Shipwreck at 1941 Marine View Drive - their phone# is (253) 383-1144.
For those of you who have already purchased tickets, they will still be good at the new venue. There is however, a problem for those of you who already bought tickets and are UNDER 21- the new venue is 21 and over. The Seattle show at Studio Seven IS all ages, so if you still want to try to make it to that one, you will need to RETURN your old tickets for a refund and make a completely separate purchase of new ones for Seattle.
Powerman 5000 frontman checked in with the following report:
We had a great time at Mad Oak studios in Boston!! Everyone pulled out stellar performances, especially Mr. 7. You can all look forward to some exciting drumming on this record. Back on the west coast now preparing to do some mixes with none other than our old friend Mudrock. For those of you who don't know, Mudrock was our live soundman back in the day as well as the engineer and co-producer of Mega Kung Fu Radio. Anyway, come see us on the road. Here are some upcoming dates.
May 19 Tacoma WA. The Temple Theater
May 20 Seattle WA. Studio Seven
May 21 Portland OR. Rock N Roll P
May 28-39 Hawaii The Wave
June 10 Cleveland OH. Peabodys Down Under
June 11 Detroit MI. Harpos
July 7 Hartford CT. Webster Theater
July 8 Albany NY. Northern Lights
July 9 Poughkeepsie NY. The Chance
July 10 Boston MA. The Middle East
July 11 Towsen MD. Recher Theater
July 13 Norfolk VA. The Norva
July 14 W. Springfield VA. Jaxx
July 15 Allentown PA. Crocodile Rock
July 16 Sayreville NJ. Starland Ballroom
July 17 New York NY. BB Kings
POWERMAN 5000 are in the middle of a U.S. tour aimed at getting fans ready for a new as-yet-untitled album, which will be completed at Mad Oak Studios in frontman Spider One's hometown of Boston, MA during a brief hiatus from the tour after their April 17 show in Revere, MA. A majority of the album has already been recorded in Los Angeles. The CD will be released later this year on Spider One's Megatronic Records. Joining Spider One, drummer Adrian Ost, and bassist Siggy Siursen on tour and on the forthcoming album are guitarists Terry Corso (formerly with ALIEN ANT FARM) and Johnny Rock (formerly with HALF-COCKED, the first band Spider One signed to Megatronic when it was being distributed by DreamWorks Records), replacing founding member Adam 12, who left the band before the tour started (but will appear on the new album), and Mike "M.33" Tempesta, who left in 2004.
Spider One recently gave the inside scoop about what fans can expect from the new music on the band's web site: "Well, let's just say if you like calculated, bloated HOOBASTANK ballads or radio friendly nu metal or over produced, auto-tuned, cookie cutter rock, then you will hate the new POWERMAN 5000 record. Now, I'm NOT going to say the standard bullshit like, 'This is our heaviest, most brutal record yet.' That's so boring and predictable. Not to mention, not true. I will say that this record is raw and real. My goal on this one is to put together a bunch of songs that are meant to be played live. The kind of songs you could jam on with your friends in a garage band. I don't know, it is what it is. Rock 'n roll, punk rock, metal, whatever...it's PM5K. I'm digging it!!!"
There has been a change to one of Powerman 5000's upcoming East coast shows. Apparently, the owner of Bombshelter in Manchester, NH had double-booked the club for the night of the show on April 16, which means that the band has had to change venues in order to keep the show date.
The show will now be at Mark's Showplace in Manchester on the same date, April 16.
Unfortunately, this is a 21 and over venue, but for those of you who are younger, the other two shows in Haverhill and Revere are all ages and only about 30 or so minutes away.
The new Manchester date should go on sale next week.
The upcoming tour schedule is:
Mar. 22 Chico, CA - Senator Theater
Mar. 23 Sparks, NV - New Oasis
Mar. 24 Orangevale, CA - The Boardwalk
Mar. 25 San Francisco, CA - The Pound at Pier 96
Mar. 26 Madera(Fresno), CA Madera District Fair
Mar. 29 Santa Ana, CA - The Galaxy
Apr. 09 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour
Apr. 15 Haverhill, MA - Club 125
Apr. 16 Manchester, NH - MARK'S SHOWPLACE (NOT Bombshelter)
Apr. 17 Revere, MA - Club Lido
Powerman 5000 has added more dates to their current tour. Tour dates are as follows:
Mar. 22 Senator Theater - Chico, CA
Mar. 23 New Oasis - Sparks, NV
Mar. 24 The Boardwalk - Orangevale, CA
Mar. 25 The Pound at Pier 96 - San Francisco, CA
Mar. 26 Madera District Fair - Madera, CA
Mar. 29 Galaxy Theatre - Santa Ana, CA
Apr. 09 Troubadour - Los Angeles, CA
Apr. 15 Club 125 - Haverhill, MA
Apr. 16 Bombshelter Manchester, NH
Apr. 17 Club Lido - Revere, MA
Powerman 5000 has announced the following tour dates:
Mar. 22 Chico, CA - Senator Theatre
Mar. 23 Reno, NV - New Oasis
Mar. 24 Orangevale, CA - The Boardwalk
Mar. 25 San Francisco, CA - The Pound
Mar. 26 Fresno, CA - Madera District Fair
Mar. 29 Santa Ana, CA - The Galaxy
Apr. 09 Los Angeles, CA - The Troubadour
Here's an update from Powerman 5000 vocalist Spider on the new album and upcoming tours:
O.K., so here's a long overdue update. First off, the new record is just about done. We still have to track a bit more and then mix, but I'm pretty sure we are done writing. Although who knows... No official release date yet because we are exploring all the options in terms of getting this thing into your grubby little hands. What is it going to sound like? Well, let's just say if you like calculated, bloated Hoobastank ballads or radio friendly nu metal or over produced, auto tuned, cookie cutter rock then you will hate the new Powerman 5000 record. Now, I'm NOT going to say the standard bullshit like, "this is our heaviest, most brutal record yet." That's so boring and predictable. Not to mention, not true. I will say that, this record is raw and real. My goal on this one was to put together a bunch of songs that were meant to be played live. The kind of songs you could jam on with your friends in a garage band. I don't know... it is what it is. Rock 'n Roll, punk rock, metal, whatever... it's PM5K. I'm digging it!!!
We are getting back on the road soon. I'm sure most of you have seen a handful of west coast gigs popping up. There will be more to come. We will be touring a little differently this year. Instead of long drawn out runs, we will be doing shorter regional blasts. So, we will be hitting the East and the Mid West and the South. Just not right in a row. We will let you know when all dates are confirmed.
Who the fuck can you expect to see on stage?! With the revolving door in this band, sometimes I'm not even sure myself. I'm pretty certain I'll be there. Mr. 7 and Siggy will be there. Adam, sadly will not be joining us for this run of west coast dates. He is active in the writing and recording of the new record, but is opting out of the live performance end of things (at least for right now). Hitting the stage on guitar will be ex Alien Ant Farm guitarist Terry Corso and ex Halfcocked guitarist Johnny Rock. I must tell you the rehearsals with these guys have been blazing!!As I always say, "don't be afraid of the future"... Well, that's enough for you to chew on for now. THANX for being the coolest fans around, see you on the road.
Powerman 5000 have added two new guitarists to their touring line-up, namely Terry Corso of Alien Ant Farm fame and Johnny Rock (ex-Halfcocked). More on that and their upcoming new record can be found here.
The following message was from Powerman 5000 vocalist Spider:
Hey all, Spider here. As most of you know, three new tracks have just appeared on the video game "WWE Smackdown vs. Raw," and from your discussions on the board, it seems as though you are pleased with the new stuff. Well, hold on to your hats because another new song is on the way!!! 'Heroes and Villains' is slated to appear on the new game "MX Unleashed" and this tracks is going to blow you away. Trust me. Check back soon on Powerman5000.com because we will be previewing the song in the near future. Also, big thanx to all who made it out to the shows last month. We had a blast and can't wait to get back on stage early 2005!!! Lastly, spread the word about "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Vol. 1." It's in stores now. Go get it or order it from Megatronicrecords.com. Thanx for everything!!!! Spider
Powerman 5000 took part in a photo session on Thursday (October 21) at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. Check out pictures from WireImage.
Scum of the Earth, the new band from ex-Rob Zombie guitarist Riggs, announced today they will embark on a nationwide tour supporting their Eclipse Records debut, "Blah, Blah, Blah, Love Songs for the New Millennium." The tour will commence October 26, the very day the albums drops, canvas most of the U.S. and venture into Canada. Riggs recorded Blah' with an all-star cast of friends including Zombie drummer John Tempesta (White Zombie, Rob Zombie) and his brother Mike Tempesta (guitar, Powerman 5000), marking the first time the brothers have played together on record, SOAD drummer John Dolmayan, as well as Clay Others (bass) and more. On tour, Riggs will be flanked by Adema guitarist Ransom, PM5K drummer Adrian Ost and others.
"We're trotting out the scummier side of the Scum family," says Riggs. "Lock up your daughters and small animals."
Blah' was produced by Michael Beinhorn (Korn, Red Hot Chili Peppers) and Irv Gotti. It will be the first CD to feature UMixIt interactive technology, an enhanced feature that allows listeners, should they desire a little more grind in tracks like 'Pornstar Champion,' to play producer/Dr. Frankenstein and isolate, violate and remix on their computer, up to 16 audio tracks by emphasizing, cutting back or removing any instrument or vocal.
In addition, Scum of the Earth has lensed a video for the single 'Get Your Dead On' with director Rob Prior (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), based on his upcoming film Shadow Walker, currently in pre-production. The unique horror film's main character will be the basis for the clip which, in an unprecedented move, will introduce the mythology of the Shadow Walker villain before its appearance in a film, comic book, or video game (each is scheduled for release next year). Prior conceived the Shadow Walker, a violent creature from New Zealand folklore that moves only within darkness, with groundbreaking comic book writer Paul Jenkins ("Origin: The True Story of Wolverine," "Spider-Man: Return of the Goblin," "The Incredible Hulk," "Darkness: Resurrection"). Prior, a renowned master of photorealistic comic book art (he crafted the creatures for the Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel), designed the Shadowalker.
Jenkins and Prior decided that music video would be the ideal medium to introduce what they hope will be the breakout monster franchise of 2005. Scum of the Earth, a breakout monster band, is a natural partner.
Tour dates are as follows: More...
Powerman 5000 has contributed three new songs to THQ's 'WWE Smackdown! vs. Raw,' a wrestling video game set for release in November. While some might see this as a significant artistic regression, Spider One envisions "millions of kids" performing simulated submission holds and mindlessly listening to Powerman songs eight hours a day. "Years back, we had a song on the first Tony Hawk game," he tells Newt Briggs of the Las Vegas Mercury. "To this day, a lot of kids cite that as how they found out about us. You know, you get your songs played on MTV and on the radio and no one notices, but the kids are like, `Hey, I heard you on Tony Hawk.'"
Read the full article at Las Vegas Mercury.
Scum Of The Earth featuring former Rob Zombie guitarist Riggs and Powerman 5000 guitarist Mike Tempesta are set to embark on their first-ever tour in support of their debut album, Blah... Blah... Blah... Love Songs For The New Millennium. Confirmed dates are as follows:
26 - Los Angeles, CA - The Whisky-A-Go-Go
28 - San Francisco, CA - The Pound
29 - Portland, OR - The Viper Room
30 - Seattle, WA - The Catwalk
31 - Eugene, OR - WOW Hall
3 - Denver, CO - TBA
5 - Detroit, MI - Hayloft
6 - Toronto, ONT - The Rockit
7 - Buffalo, NY - The Continental
8 - Akron, OH - The Voodoo Club
10 - Montreal, QUE - Foufounes Electriques
11 - Ottawa, ONT - Babylon
12 - Attleboro, MA - Jarrods
13 - Reading, PA - The Silo
14 - Asbury Park, NJ - The Saint
17 - Fayettville, NC - Jester's Pub
A brand-new Powerman 5000 track, entitled "The Last Night On Earth," has been made available for download here (MP3, 2.2 MB).
"The Last Night On Earth" is one of three new Powerman 5000 songs recorded recently at guitarist Adam 12's studio, Qi (prounounced "chee") Lab Studios in Los Angeles, CA for inclusion on THQ's "WWE SmackdownT Vs. Raw" video game, which is set for release November 2 exclusively for PlayStation 2.