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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.
Powerman 5000 have set an October 26 release date for their collection of rarities, "The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly Vol. 1". The 20-track disc, due via singer Spider One's Megatronic Records (distributed by iMusic), will include B-sides and rare early recordings made between 1991-1996 at the very beginning of the Boston band's career. One notable inclusion is their unique take on Bjork's "Army of Me", recorded in 1996.
Everything about the new disc gives true insight into the band's early days, right down to the artwork. The cover photo is an earlier shot taken in 1994, while the back cover and CD booklet flaunts a collage of flyers and original illustrations that Spider designed and printed to advertise their shows in and around Boston. As Spider One writes in liner notes, "We were ahead of our time, behind our time, horrible and brilliant, all at once. We were the hardest working band in Boston and if you were lucky enough to be around in those days, you absolutely knew who we were. These tracks were left exactly as they were recorded, not a note has been altered. Hopefully this disc will give you a sense of what was a very exciting moment in time for a band called Powerman 5000."
In addition to "The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly Vol. 1", fans will soon get a preview of what their upcoming new album has in store as three new songs — "The Last Night On Earth", "The Way It Is" and "Riot Time", which were recorded at guitarist Adam 12's studio, Qi (prounounced "chee") Lab Studios in Los Angeles, CA — will first be featured on THQ's "WWE SmackdownT Vs. Raw" video game, which is set for release November 2 exclusively for PlayStation 2. The tracks will be heard throughout the game itself, in the promotional trailer and as part of the game's online advertising campaign. They will also most likely appear on the band's forthcoming studio album. A video for "Last Night On Earth" from "WWE Smackdown!T vs. Raw" will be shot in Los Angeles later this month — directed by Spider One — and will be serviced to various TV outlets by early October. Spider One previously directed "Super Nova Goes Pop" from the group's platinum "Tonight The Stars Revolt!" album, co-directed "When Worlds Collide" and "Nobody's Real" from "Tonight The Stars Revolt!" with Dave Meyers, and co-directed "Relax" (the band's cover of Frankie Goes To Hollywood's classic '80s song from the "Zoolander" soundtrack album) with Mark Klasfield. More...
Scum of the Earth, the new band featuring guitarists Riggs (Rob Zombie) and Mike Tempesta (Powerman 5000), have set an October 26 release date through Eclipse Records for their debut CD, "Blah...blah...blah...Love Songs for the New Millennium." The CD is currently being mixed at Belt of Orion Studios in Hollywood, CA with Frank Gryner (Rob Zombie, A Perfect Circle, Powerman 5000) and Brandon Belsky (Velvet Revolver, Staind, Static-X). System of a Down's John Dolmayan, Helmet/Rob Zombie drummer John Tempesta and ex-Snake River Conspiracy singer Tobey Torres laid down guest performances on several tracks while "chillin' in the studio" with Riggs and Mike, according to an official press release.
"Blah...blah...blah...Love Songs for the New Millennium" track listing: More...
Powerman 5000 are tentatively scheduled to release a collection of rarities later in the year. "With all of this recent down time I have been going through the PM5K archives and have discovered a multitude of rare and many unreleased tracks," Powerman 5000 frontman Spider One wrote in a recent online posting. "More than enough material for a complete disc. So, plans are now in the works to produce and release a rarities CD spanning the entire history of Powerman 5000, from the very first recordings to stuff tracked only last year!!! Details are currently being worked out, but as of now I believe it will be released on Megatronic possibly as an online only purchase [like we did with 'Anyone For Doomsday?']. Exact song selections are being determined now and a release date is still up in the air, but I would love to get this available to you all soon!! So spread the word about this disc, it's gonna rock!!!.... more info on this and other projects coming soon."
Dope have been forced to find a last-minute replacement for bassist Sloane ‘Mosey’ Jentry, as they prepare to head out for a two-month American tour. Jentry has decided to quit the band to lead a more ‘normal’ life. Dope have brought in Powerman 5000’s Adrian Ost to take over for the tour.
POWERMAN 5000 singer Spider One officially confirmed that the band has been dropped by Dreamworks Records. The following message was posted on their bands forum:
Hey all, I know it's been very quiet around and there isn't too much Powerman action going on, but I figured I'd drop by with what little info that I have. As many of you have already guessed, we will begin selling Anyone for Doomsday very soon!!! It will only be available online and in somewhat limited quantity. So make sure you order your copy fast. The exact date of release in still up in the air, but think it will be before Christmas. I've seen the new AFD on ebay for big bucks, save your money because we are gonna sell it cheap!! As for the content, musically it will be exactly as the original, though the package is new and it will also contain the 'Bombshell' video. Pretty cool, huh?More...