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Below is our complete Wicked Wisdom news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Ville Valo To Play A Hippo In Madagascar 2

H.I.M. frontman Ville Valo will be in the animated movie sequel "Madagascar Escape 2 Africa." Ville will reportedly be voicing a hippo in the movie alongside Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer and Wicked Wisdom frontwoman Jada Pinkett Smith.

UPDATE: according to commenter Hevonen Lääkäri, Valo will be doing voice in the Finnish-dubbed version of Madagascar 2 for the character of Moto-moto, who - according to the IMDB - in the original English version of the animated movie is voiced by Will.I.Am (Black Eyed Peas). The original article on Metal Hammer made no such distinction, but Valo is also not listed in the credits on the IMDB for the film either.

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Wicked Wisdom To Tour With Papa Roach

Papa Roach and Wicked Wisdom will be touring overseas together shortly. Here are the tour dates:

September 28th Dublin, IRE - Temple Bar Music Centre
September 30th Glasgow, UK - Garage
October 01st Manchester, UK - Club Academy
October 02nd London, UK - Mean Fiddler (no Wicked Wisdom)
October 03rd Wolverhampton, UK - Wulfrun
October 05th Cologne, GER - Stollwerck (Live Music Hall)
October 06th Hamburg, GER - Markthalle
October 08th Frankfurt, GER - Batschkapp
October 09th Munich, GER - Backstage
October 10th Vienna, AUT - Vienna Area
October 12th Milan, ITA - Rainbow
October 13th Zurich, SWI - Rohstofflager

Papa Roach's new album "The Paramour Sessions" is scheduled for a September 12th release date through Geffen.

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Soulfly Adds More Dates To Upcomming Tour

Soulfly have added more stops to the itinerary for their upcoming tour with Full Blown Chaos and Incite, the latest stops include:
September 21st Salt Lake City, UT - Club Vegas
September 26th Flint, MI - The Machine Shop
October 01st Winston-Salem, NC - Ziggy's
October 02nd Charlotte, NC - Almo's South End
Wicked Wisdom will be onboard the bill throughout the first leg of dates, while Scars Of Tomorrow will then replace them on the bill come October.

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Soulfly To Tour With Wicked Wisdom?

Soulfly have made plans to tour with through the summer with Full Blown Chaos, Wicked Wisdom and Incite, dates announced so far include:

September 18th San Diego, CA - House Of Blues
September 19th Anaheim, CA - House Of Blues
September 20th Las Vegas, NV - House Of Blues
September 22nd Colorado Springs, CO - Black Sheep
September 24th Saint Paul, MN - Station 4
September 25th Mokena, IL - The Pearl Room
October 02nd Charlotte, NC - Amos' Southend

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Staind, Nonpoint, Dope Confirmed For JJO Band Camp

STAIND, NONPOINT and DOPE are among the confirmed artists for the JJO Band Camp 2006, set to take place August 6 at Willow Island in Madison, Wisconsin. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:


Seven more acts will be announced soon. For more information, visit jjobandcamp.com.

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Wicked Wisdom's New Video To Receive HBB Premeire

WICKED WISDOM — the five-piece band featuring actress Jada Pinkett Smith (wife of Will Smith) — will debut their new video, "Bleed All Over Me", on MTV2's "Headbanger's Ball" on Saturday, April 29. "Hopefully people will like the new single and the video," Jada said. "Dean Karr [director] did his thing. The song is about my co-dependency. No matter how much therapy I have, I can't seem to kick it.

"We are really excited about the new video for our second single, 'Bleed All Over Me'," she continued. "The video is basically about resurrecting those aspects of ourselves we kill to make other people happy with us. Every aspect of who we are is what makes us whole. You kill one part of ourselves, we don't realize it destroys the foundation of who we are."

"Bleed All Over Me" comes off WICKED WISDOM's self-titled debut album, which was released on February 21 via 100% Womon/Suburban Noize Records.

WICKED WISDOM recently completed a U.S. tour as the support act for SEVENDUST. "All the bands were so cool," Jada said. "SEVENDUST has some of the best fans. We made a lot of friends out there.

"Touring for three months was hard, but I believe that the grind really helped get our game tight. We have some more work to do but we made some big leaps in that time."

WICKED WISDOM plan on jumping back on tour in May.

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Sevendust Play w/ Nonpoint and Wicked Wisdom

February 02, 2006 – Ft. Wayne, IN
Piere’s Nightclub

I started this evening with mixed emotions about the first group Wicked Wisdom, which Jada Pinkett Smith is the singer. Could actress/model actually produce worthwhile metal? The answer to that question is YES! Jada hit the stage with a fury that I did not think was possible from this pint-sized rocker. This band has seemed to have a hard time being accepted in the metal community but I highly disagree, I think they kicked ass! I really think it's great to see Jada following her dreams and producing the music that's near and dear to her heart. Despite all the negative feedback from the Metal World. More...

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Jada Pinkett-Smith: Crowd 'Was Truly With Us'

David Carr of the LA Daily News recently conducted an interview with WICKED WISDOM frontwoman Jada Pinkett-Smith (actress and wife of actor/rapper Will Smith). The question-and-answer session follows:

Q: What prompted you to start a heavy metal band? How did this take shape?

Jada Pinkett-Smith: "Three and a half years ago, I started to put together what would become WICKED WISDOM. I always wanted to start a band, and I grew up on hard rock and heavy metal. I have a strong love for the music, and it just made sense. For three years, we went through some transitions and different lineups and sounds. We tried a bit of a soul/rock thing, but I just wanted to go heavier than that. I met Pocket (guitarist for WICKED WISDOM), and we both had the same musical sense, which was very heavy music with melody. Everything seemed to fall into place after that."

Q: So you have been a fan of metal music?

Jada Pinkett-Smith: "I was a child of the '80s. Back then, metal truly seemed to rule the world, especially on MTV. It may be surprising to some but I have always listened to BLACK SABBATH, OZZY and GUNS N' ROSES, and my aunt and uncle loved QUEEN, LED ZEPPELIN and THE WHO as well as reggae and jazz. I come from a very eclectic musical background."

Q: How did the band get on the Ozzfest tour?

Jada Pinkett-Smith: "Sharon Osbourne (wife and manager of Ozzy Osbourne) saw the band at the Viper Room in Hollywood. At that time, a band scheduled to play the festival had to drop off the tour. Three days after the performance, we got the call asking us if we wanted to do the tour. At first we thought it was a bizarre request. We had to ask ourselves if we were heavy enough to even do the tour. In the end we decided to go for it."

Q: What was the response from the crowd?

Jada Pinkett-Smith: "The first six shows were really rough. We had a steep learning curve. Those first few shows, the fans were brutal. By the time we got to show No. 7 the audience started to come around. By the end of the tour, during our last set, we had three mosh pits going while we were playing. The crowd was truly with us." More...

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Cold Tour Dates

Cold have announced that they will be touring with Smile Empty Soul and Flyleaf. Dates are as follows:

10/4-El Paso, TX
T Lounge
w/Flyleaf, Smile Empty Soul

10/5-Odessa, TX
Dos Amigos
w/ Flyleaf, Smile Empty Soul

10/8- Boerne, TX
Javelina Harley Davidson
w/Theory of a Deadman, Saliva

10/9- Mercedes, TX
Mercedes Fairgrounds
w/Flyleaf, Faktion, Wicked Wisdom, Hinder, Smile Empty Soul

10/11- Bricktown Live
Oklahoma City, OK
w/ Flyleaf, Smile Empty Soul

10/12- Cains Ballroom
Tulsa, OK
w/ Flyleaf, Smile Empty Soul

10/14- Canopy Club
Urbana, IL
w/ Flyleaf, Smile Empty Soul

10/15- Rocketown
Nashville, TN
w/ Flyleaf, Smile Empty Soul

10/16- The Clear Channel Metroplex
Little Rock, AR
w/ Flyleaf, Smile Empty Soul

10/18- Knoxville, TN
Blue Cats
w/ Flyleaf, Smile Empty Soul

10/19-Jackson, MS
Headliners Live
w/ Flyleaf, Fivespeed

10/20- Jackson, MS
Headliners Live
w/ Flyleaf and Smile Empty Soul

10/21- New Orleans, LA
House Of Blues
w/ Flyleaf and Smile Empty Soul

10/22- Spring, TX
Cynthia Wood Mitchell Pavilion

10/23- Dallas, TX
Smirnoff Centre

11/20- J acksonville, FL
Metropolitian Park
w/ Shinedown

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Ozzfest 2005 Comes To an End in West Palm Beach

Well it was one hell of a tour, the 10th annual Ozzfest Summer Amphitheatre Tour came to an end once again in West Palm Beach, FL and I had a chance to be there. For 6 years now I have been planning on going to Ozzfest but for some reason something has always came up and I couldn't go. Last year I had everything lined up to go, and a damn hurricane hit the place. This year I finally lucked out and went to my first Ozzfest. Let me tell you "I have waited for this for a very long time." I loaded up the Tahoe with a couple friends and my wife and we left about 2:00am Saturday morning and drove about 9 1/2 hours from Charleston to West Palm Beach, FL. That was a long drive, I probably should have gone to the one in Charlotte, NC the night before but......."The best one is the last one" that's what I have always been told. More...

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Watch Wicked Wisdom's New Video Online

Wicked Wisdom shot the video to their new single 'Something Inside Of Me' on September 11th in Los Angeles, California. Check out pictures from WireImage (video shoot / photo session). You can watch the finished product at their official website, WickedWisdom.net.

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Wicked Wisdom Frontwoman Talks About Ozzfest

WICKED WISDOM frontwoman Jada Pinkett Smith recently spoke to TCPalm.com about her band's participation in this year's Ozzfest. A few excerpts from the chat follow:

On singing screaming about dark things in a heavy metal band:

"For me it's so healthy, because there's so many things that I want to say that aren't politically correct on the red carpet or what have you.

"I feel like, that's how we all become kind of sick, physically sick and mentally unbalanced, when we're not allowed to be our complete selves.

"Here in this music, I get to be ugly. The uglier the better. And for me, that's so refreshing and so liberating.

"People want to hear real stuff; people aren't afraid to feel angry, or sad, or even to feel joy. This is just an outlet for people to cut loose in a way that our society tells you is not correct."

On her foray into music:

"I guess you could call me an old-school metalhead. I was introduced to OZZY OSBOURNE and LED ZEPPELIN by my uncle, and my mother was a big Who fan. In my house, we had real eclectic musical tastes between jazz, rock and R&B. We listened to everything — even to this day."

On how WICKED WISDOM came together:

"It was always something that I was really interested in doing, and just never really knew how to approach it. It just got to a point where I was like, 'You know what, Jada? Life is moving, and you only have this life to live, so let's get it going.' So I hooked up with Pocket, and we started to grow a sound and a band."

On being stung but not surprised by Ozzfest fans' early criticism about WICKED WISDOM's addition to the bill:

"Any area you tread in, you're going to catch it. That's just part of it. I don't really look at that as something to stop me, or something to really consider.

"At the end of the day, you're going to have people that dig it and people that don't. But no matter what, we still gotta do us, you know?"

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Ozzfest Report from July 24 in Bristow, VA

I attended Ozzfest 2005 on Sunday, July 24 in Bristow, Virginia’s Nissan Pavilion (my report is running late, as I’ve found myself overcommitted lately). This fest was the tenth annual Ozzfest, and not to be outdone by last year’s excellent lineup, this year they sported an equally as good lineup spanning more genres of metal than before. This year’s lineup also contained numerous headliner-quality bands on both stages including, Killswitch Engage, Shadows Fall, Rob Zombie, Mudvayne, and of course Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath.

Had I known that both people I was supposed to go with would bail out, I would have lined up a photo pass for the whole show to give me something more to do. As it turned out, I pretty much just enjoyed the show and met up with As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis for an interview that we missed in Philadelphia, PA.

While this year’s lineup sported mostly bands I knew and had heard, most I was only vaguely familiar with, so pardon the lack of specific details such as song names, etc. in many cases. More...

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Wicked Wisdom Laugh Off 'You Suck' Chants

Chris Harris of MTV.com reviewed the opening show of this year's Ozzfest, which took place Friday (July 15) in Mansfield, Massachusetts. An excerpt from the review follows:

"The scorched asphalt of the Tweeter Center's parking lot started to fill up at the unforgiving hour of 9 a.m., when one of this year's most anticipated (if for all the wrong reasons) bands was welcomed onto the stage by tour manager 'Big Dave' Moscato: WICKED WISDOM, the aggressive new metal target fronted by black-garbed Jada Pinkett Smith. The 'Woo' star was greeted with relentless booing and 'f--- you's from a furious sea of extended middle fingers as her five-piece band launched into 'Fakeness', a KITTIE-like tune that featured an almost spoken-word delivery from the headbanging Jada, spattered with unintelligible barks and growls.

"'You think I don't know, don't you?' she asked the crowd. 'But I do.' Pinkett Smith laughed off the 'you suck' chants and the concertgoers ridiculing her with grossly exaggerated moshing and neck-snapping headbangs through WICKED WISDOM's entire 20-minute set capped by a DISTURBED-ish track called 'You Can't Handle This'. Screaming 'Go Red Sox!' would have been Jada's best option for scoring applause.

"Sporting band and Sox T-shirts, bikini tops, intricate tattoos, and an early-morning buzz, the crowd erupted at the site of Bjorn Strid, the towering singer for SOILWORK. 'We're SOILWORK from Sweden. You must be the U.S.A.,' Strid said, borrowing a line from 'Spinal Tap', after the metalers ripped through 'Stabbing the Drama', the opening salvo of a thunderous set that sparked frenzied circle pits, horn throwing, and crowd surfing. (Even Jada's husband, Will Smith, was banging his head offstage.) Minutes after SOILWORK capped things off with 'As We Speak', Buffalo, New York, hardcore heathens IT DIES TODAY delivered a brutal, breakdown-dense battering via 'Freak Gasoline Fight Accident'."

Read the full article at MTV.com.

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Wicked Wisdom Launches New Website

Ozzfest 2005's second stage band, Wicked Wisdom, featuring frontwoman Jada Pinkett-Smith, has launched a new website where you can listen to samples of all of the songs off their latest album. The band will be playing a 20 minute rotating slot on Ozzfest's second stage and signing CDs at the FYE tent (where their self titled album will be available) approximately 20 minutes after the set.

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Set Times For First 2 Ozzfest 2005 Dates Revealed

The set times for the first two Ozzfest dates have been officially released. They are as follows:

July 15 - Mansfield, MA @ Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts:

Second Stage:

WICKED WISDOM - 9:10-9:30am
GIZMACHI - 9:35-9:55am
SOILWORK - 10:00-10:20am
IT DIES TODAY - 10:25-10:45am
ARCH ENEMY - 10:50-11:10am
TRIVIUM - 11:15-11:35am
THE BLACK DALIA MURDER - 11:40am-12:00pm
A DOZEN FURIES - 12:05-12:35pm
MASTODON - 12:40-1:10pm
THE HAUNTED - 1:15-1:35pm
BURY YOUR DEAD - 1:40-2:00pm
AS I LAY DYING - 2:05-2:35pm
ROB ZOMBIE - 3:35-4:35pm

Main Stage:

IN FLAMES - 4:35-4:55pm
SHADOWS FALL - 5:55-6:35pm
MUDVAYNE - 6:45-7:35pm
IRON MAIDEN - 8:00-9:10pm
BLACK SABBATH - 9:30-11:00pm

July 17 - Hartford, CT @ New England Dodge Music Center:

Second Stage:

GIZMACHI - 10:10am
SOILWORK - 10:35am
IT DIES TODAY - 11:00am
ARCH ENEMY - 11:25am
TRIVIUM - 11:50am
THE HAUNTED - 12:40pm
MASTODON - 1:40pm
AS I LAY DYING - 2:15pm
ROB ZOMBIE - 3:45pm

Main Stage:

IN FLAMES - 4:35pm
MUDVAYNE - 6:45pm
IRON MAIDEN - 8:05pm

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Wicked Wisdom Post New Song Online

An audio clip of a brand-new WICKED WISDOM track, entitled "Something Inside of Me", has been posted online at WickedWisdom.net (in f***ing Real Audio format).

WICKED WISDOM, who have been confirmed as the final band on the second stage of this year's Ozzfest, were previously described by MTV.com as an EVANESCENSE-esque act that Pinkett Smith, the band's frontperson and the wife of actor/rapper Will Smith, has said is influenced by ANI DIFRANCO, PRINCE, TORI AMOS and SEVENDUST. The group also includes a guy named Pocket on guitar, another fellow named Rio on bass, keyboardist Cameron Graves and drummer Phillip Fisher (founding member of FISHBONE). This summer's Ozzfest stint will mark WICKED WISDOM's first North American tour: The group primarily perform club gigs in and around Los Angeles, although they have opened for PAPA ROACH and were the support act for BRITNEY SPEARS' 2004 European tour.

"Something Inside of Me" will be included on the Ozzfest 2005 summer sampler, which will be available at the Ozzfest Summer Sampler tent for free, and as a consolation prize in the Village of the Damned at any of the game booths.

WICKED WISDOM are said to be writing material for their debut album, which they are co-producing with Ulrich Wild (P.O.D., INCUBUS, STATIC-X). The group are managed by James Lassiter and Miguel Melendez at Overbrook Entertainment, the production/management company owned by Will Smith.

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Wicked Wisdom Join Otep

The band Wicked Wisdom will join Otep for their last two tour datesof their "Mouth of Madness" tour. One is in Tempe, Arizona on the 29th, and the other will be the 30th in Los Angeles, California. Otep's remaining tour dates are as follows:

6/24/05 Battlecreek, MI @ Planet Rock
6/25/05 Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
6/26/05 Louisville, KY @ Bulldog Café
6/27/05 Oklahoma City, OK @ Bricktown Live
6/28/05 Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
6/29/05 Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theater
6/30/05 Los Angeles, CA @ Key Club

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