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A standalone metal-themed track pack for the "Rock Band" videogame series will be released on October 13th. The outing, dubbed "Rock Band: Metal Track Pack," will see a release at retail stores on the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Playstation 2 and Wii and will feature the following track listing:
1. All That Remains - "Two Weeks"
2. At the Gates - "Blinded By Fear"
3. Black Tide - "Shockwave"
4. Blue Oyster Cult - "Transmaniacon MC"
5. Bullet For My Valentine - "Waking the Demon"
6. Children of Bodom - "Are You Dead Yet?"
7. Evile - "Thrasher"
8. Godsmack - "I Stand Alone"
9. The Haunted - "D.O.A."
10. Hawkwind - "Master Of The Universe"
11. I Mother Earth - "Levitate"
12. In This Moment - "Forever"
13. Judas Priest - "Screaming for Vengeance"
14. Lacuna Coil - "Closer"
15. Lamb Of God - "Laid to Rest"
16. Motorhead - "Killed by Death"
17. Nazareth - "Hair Of the Dog"
18. Queens of the Stone Age - "3's & 7's"
19. Rage Against The Machine - "Bulls On Parade"
20. Yngwie Malmsteen - "Red Devil"
Members of Crue fest II, including Shannon Larkin of Godsmack, Tyler Connolly of Theory of a Deadman, C.J. Pierce of Drowning Pool and John Allen of Charm City Devils will be the featured guests on the nationally syndicated radio show ROCKLINE on Monday night July 6, 2009 with host Bob Coburn at 8:30pm PT / 11:30pm ET. Fans are encouraged to call to speak with the guests at 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). For a station near you and for information regarding how to log onto the Internet for the broadcast go to ROCKLINE's site. Beginning in the evening of the following day, the show will be streamed for two weeks on our website.
The initial tour dates for Crue Fest 2 have just been announced. Produced by Live Nation, the tour kicks off on July 19, 2009 in Camden, NJ tours across North America and concludes on September 5th in Darien Lake, NY. Select dates go on sale to the public on March 20th, the remainder go on sale the 21st -- check www.CrueFest2.com and www.Motley.com for exact on-sale information and for tickets.
As previously reported, The follow-up to last summer's festival will feature Motley Crue with Godsmack, Theory of a Deadman, Drowning Pool and Charm City Devils.
Following the announcement, Motley Crue played a massive show at NYC's Madison Square Garden, which we've covered here.
In related news, Motley Crue and the Crue Fest 2 lead vocalists will perform “White Trash Circus” on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Friday, March 20th on ABC TV at 12:05 am/11:05c.
The latest Crue Fest 2 tour dates are as follows: More...
Highlights from Monday's Crue Fest 2 press conference have been posted online courtesy of Fuse TV. You can watch the video below.
As previously reported, this year's tour will feature Mötley Crüe with Godsmack, Theory of a Deadman, Drowning Pool and introduces Charm City Devils. More...
Mötley Crüe announced the lineup today for their second annual summer festival tour, Crüe Fest 2 at the Fuse TV studio in New York City. The follow-up to the most successful rock festival of last summer stars Mötley Crüe with Godsmack, Theory of a Deadman, Drowning Pool and introduces Charm City Devils.
In addition to announcing the 2009 line up, the Crüe debuted a new music video featuring members of all five Crüe Fest 2 bands performing the single “White Trash Circus.” During the announcement Mötley Crüe was joined on stage by Sully Erna of Godsmack, Tyler Connolly of Theory of a Deadman, Ryan McCombs of Drowning Pool and John Allen of Charm City Devils. The single of this track featuring Mötley Crüe with these vocalists is available to radio today.
Crüe Fest 2, produced by Live Nation and kicking off on July 19th in Camden, NJ tours across North America and concludes on September 5th in Darien Lake, NY. Select dates go on sale to the public on March 20th, the remainder go on sale the 21st -- check www.CrueFest2.com and www.Motley.com for exact on-sale information and for tickets. Tickets are also available at on Live Nation's website at www.livenation.com. Additional details can be found by calling 818.748.9075.
Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx says, "This is what we imagined when we came up with the idea of Crüe Fest last summer – putting together the most kick ass bands on one bill for a day of rock. All of the bands on this tour compliment the others -- musically, theatrically and passionately."
Godsmack frontman Sully Erna conducted a brief video interview with RockerRazzi.com at the World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic Celebrity Invitational where he states that the band is currently working on a new album. The video can be viewed below. More...
"Get Thrashed: The Story Of Thrash Metal" will be released on DVD in August. The DVD features footage and interviews with thrash legends ranging from Metallica to Kreator to Hirax. You can read an interview with director Rick Ernst at this location.
The complete list of bands interviewed is as follows:
Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, Exodus, Godsmack, Hatebreed, Megadeth, Testament, Overkill, Death Angel, Shadows Fall, Meshuggah, In Flames, Strapping Young Lad, Stone Sour, Superjoint Ritual, Lamb of God, Vio-lence, Kreator, Sodom, Destruction , Nuclear Assault, Voivod, Chimaira, Biohazard, Fozzy/WWE Superstar Chris Jericho, Sepultura, Kittie, The Haunted, DRI, Soilwork, Killswitch Engage, Heathen, Hirax More...
ANOTHER ANIMAL — the band featuring GODSMACK members Tony Rombola on guitar, Robbie Merrill on bass and Shannon Larkin on drums — will release the second single from its self-titled debut album, "Fade Away," on May 13.
ANOTHER ANIMAL also includes original GODSMACK guitarist Lee Richards and former UGLY KID JOE frontman Whitfield Crane. Larkin told The Pulse of Radio that he personally wanted to bring Crane into the band to repay him for giving Larkin a job with UGLY KID JOE during the peak of that band's success. "He took me out of one of the darkest places in my life, when I was ready to just quit the music business," he said. "Well, Whit was in his own dark place, so I got to call him and say, 'Dude, guess what? I have this side project, so I'm offering you a chance now to be back on a major label and get your voice on the radio again. I was able to return a favor that was life-changing for me."
"Another Animal" has sold sold 23,000 copies in the United States since its October 2007 release, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
ANOTHER ANIMAL last year completed a U.S. tour with labelmates ALTER BRIDGE.
Fan-filmed video footage of ANOTHER ANIMAL performing the song "Broken Again" at the Irving Plaza in New York City on October 16, 2007 can be viewed below. More...
GODSMACK frontman Sully Erna has lined up the following upcoming solo dates, with more expected to be released shortly:
May 1 - Niagara Falls, NY @ Seneca Casino
May 3 - Wilmington, DE @ Grand Opera House
May 16 - Atlantic City, NJ @ The Music Box at Borgata Casino
May 17 - Albany, NY @ The Egg
Tenth Street Entertainment — which represents MÖTLEY CRÜE — has shot down as (at least partially) "blatantly false and completely unfounded" Internet rumors that CRÜE will headline a festival-type tour called "Cruefest", with support from several other artists from the Tenth Street management stable, including BUCKCHERRY, PAPA ROACH, SIXX: A.M. and DROWNING POOL. According to Tenth Street, CRÜE's April 15 press conference/announcement in Los Angeles will relate to "a few" (but presumably not all) of the following artists:
PUDDLE OF MUDD
THEORY OF DEADMAN
THREE DAYS GRACE
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE
BELLE & SEBASTIAN
3 DOORS DOWN
All four members of CRÜE will be present at the April 15 press conference at a location yet to be determined for what the release hyped as "by far...one of the biggest music announcements of the year!!" The band is also launching a contest in which one grand prize winner from each major city in the country will be flown to Los Angeles to cover the announcement, complete with a chance to interview the band and have the interview broadcast live. Details can be found at the official CRÜE site.
Billboard.com reports: As his bandmates busy themselves with the side band Another Animal, Godsmack frontman Sully Erna is plotting his first solo album, which he hopes to begin recording in the spring.
"It's gonna be nothing like rock music," Erna tells Billboard.com. "It's gonna be very Native American tribal rhythms mixed with these Middle Eastern bluesy kind of vocals. This is a project to get a different kind of music out of me that I feel is inside me. .. and not for any expectations about how big the hit may be or if it's gonna make it on the radio."
Erna plans to work with singer Lisa Guyer, who was featured on the "Godsmack IV" track "Hollow," as well as a number of other musicians.
"I'm not setting any time limits on it," Erna says. "We're kind of baby stages in the writing process. But it'll be good. It'll be fun, and it's gonna be different. I don't know if it'll be something the real hard rockers out there dig, but anybody who enjoyed the acoustic EP or 'Voodoo' or 'Serenity' I think will enjoy this stuff 'cause it's very cool and hypnotic and kind of exotic."
Read the full article at Billboard.com.
In celebration of their greatest hits album Good Times, Bad Times - 10 Years of Godsmack, the band have issued a video for their cover of LED ZEPPELIN’s ‘Good Times, Bad Times’. You can view the cut over at Y! Music.
Dave Wedge of BostonHerald.com reports: Grammy-nominated GODSMACK frontman Sully Erna and a guitar hero pal partied with a Tyngsboro, Massachusetts woman just days before she was allegedly slashed to death by her jealous husband, and both rockers have been questioned as part of the murder probe, the Herald has learned.
Erna, lead singer of the multi-platinum Bay State metal band, recently met Christine McGee and hung out with her and others on at least three occasions in the days leading up to her savage murder last week, according to Erna's manager, Paul Geary.
"She was pretty enamored with the whole thing. She was at his house and couldn't believe she was hanging around Sully," Geary said. "She was kind of like star-struck."
But Geary said Erna was not romantically involved with the 31-year-old McGee, and that the rocker met her through his musician pal Gary Hoey.
Read the full article at the BostonHerald.com.
GODSMACK will release its "greatest hits" album, "Good Times Bad Times....Ten Years of Godsmack" on December 4 via Universal Republic. The 16-track collection is loaded with career-defining milestones and seminal GODSMACK classics. Among the songs included are the band's clarion call "Whatever", their breakthrough #1 rock mainstream smash "Awake", "I Stand Alone" (2002's most played rock radio song of the year), "Speak" (the #1 rock cut from their 2006 album "IV"), and a rare GODSMACK cover of LED ZEPPELIN's classic 1969 debut single "Good Times, Bad Times".
Considered one of the definitive alternative hard rock bands of the modern era, the Boston-based group stormed on to the music scene in 1998 with their masterful self-titled debut album, and have never looked back. The only rock band to have scored 13 Top 10 hits in the Active Rock format, their most recent album, "IV", debuted at #1 on The Billboard 200 chart (their second #1 debut following 2003's "Faceless") and harking back to the thunderous arc of multiplatinum masterpieces like their five-million-selling breakthrough debut album and 2000's "Awake", as well as the more subtle flexing heard on their 2004 acoustic EP "The Other Side".
"Good Times Bad Times....Ten Years of Godsmack" track listing:
01. Good Times Bad Times
03. Keep Away
05. Bad Religion
08. I Stand Alone
09. Straight Out Of Line
12. Running Blind
15. Shine Down
16. The Enemy
GODSMACK will film a video for its cover version of LED ZEPPELIN's "Good Times, Bad Times" on Saturday, October 20 on the corner of Milk Street and Oliver Street in Boston's financial district beginning at 11:00 a.m. The newly recorded song will appear on GODSMACK's upcoming greatest-hits collection, "Good Times, Bad Times - 10 Years of Godsmack", which is due on November 20. A track listing has not been finalized, but the set will presumably include most if not all of the Boston band's 13 Top Five rock hits. There are no further details on what else the package will contain, although it's likely that a bonus DVD and some live acoustic footage will be included.
The band will take an extended, indefinite break following the release of the hits compilation, but singer Sully Erna had a message for all the fans that have stuck with GODSMACK for the past decade: "I want to say thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for the support and the love that you've given this band over the years. We're not going away, we are just gonna take a break and enjoy our 10th year anniversary, and kind of recharge our batteries. And then GODSMACK will be back, and we will come back bigger and badder than ever."
GODSMACK might play some acoustic shows in November around the release of "Good Times, Bad Times".
ANOTHER ANIMAL, featuring GODSMACK guitarist Tony Rombola, bassist Robbie Merrill and drummer Shannon Larkin, released its self-titled debut disc on October 2. The new outfit also includes original GODSMACK guitarist Lee Richards and former UGLY KID JOE frontman Whitfield Crane.
Another Animal and Alter Bridge will be going on tour together next month. Here are the tour dates:
2 - Tallahassee, FL – Floyds Music Store
4 - N. Charleston, SC - The Plex
5 - Chattanooga, TN - Club Fathom
6 - Noblesville, IN – X Fest - Verizon Wireless Music Center
8 - Chicago, IL - House Of Blues
9 - Cleveland, OH - House Of Blues
10 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogart's
12 - Hampton, VA - Mill Point Park
13 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
14 - Boston, MA – The Roxy
16 - New York, NY – Irving Plaza
17 - Hartford, CT - Webster Theatre
19 - Hampton Beach, NH - Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
21 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
27 - Corpus Christi, TX – Concrete Street Amphitheater
28 - The Woodlands, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
30 - Dallas, TX - The Palladium Ballroom
31 - Amarillo, TX - Midnight Rodeo
2 - Tempe, AZ – The Marquee
3 - Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues
According to drummer Shannon Larkin, Godsmack has scrapped plans to release a box set to commemorate the bands 10th anniversary.
Larkin along with the bands guitarist Tommy Rombola and bassist Robbie Merrill along with former Ugly Kid Joe front-man Whitfield Crane will continue to focus on their side project, Another Animal who's debut has been delayed once again with no release date set at this time. The first single "Broken Again" can be streamed on MySpace.
Multi-platinum rockers GODSMACK combine forces with Coming Home Studios to hijack the world’s biggest, baddest biker event – a full day of undeniable rock ‘n’ roll bedlam Tuesday, Aug. 7 at the ROCK’N THE RALLY MUSIC FESTIVAL, part of the legendary Sturgis Bike Rally in Sturgis, SD.
GODSMACK will be celebrating its 10th anniversary by teaming with Coming Home Studios for a 19-camera, high-definition video shoot of their headlining performance a ROCK’N THE RALLY for an upcoming live concert DVD. GODSMACK’s appearance will be an illustrious close to this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for over 40,000 hard rock fans -- a massive, daylong party during Sturgis Bike Week in which Coming Home Studios also will present TED NUGENT and FUEL in the 34-acre amphitheatre at Glencoe Camp Resort. GODSMACK and Coming Home Studios are thrilled to have such a pivotal role in the most exciting event ever added to the largest motorcycle rally on the planet.
“GODSMACK is more excited about this show than any other show we’ve played in the last decade,” says front man Sully Erna. “Not only is biking truly a part of our lifestyles, but Sturgis is the Cadillac of events. The Mac Daddy of Biker parties. We are currently setting up for this to be our biggest show EVER! Eighty-foot flames and the baddest ass drum battle you’ve ever seen is just a hint of what will ROCK the RALLY this year. AC/DC will be proud of this one! So strap on your drinking boots and fire up those engines, ‘cause Sturgis this year is making ROCK ‘N’ ROLL HISTORY!”
The Boston rockers are on tour supporting their fourth studio album, Godsmack IV, which hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 after its 2006 release and so far has produced the hit singles, “Speak,” “Shinedown” and “Enemy.” Later this year, GODSMACK will continue its 10th anniversary celebration with a commemorative box set gathering its four studio albums, the acoustic EP The Other Side and a DVD featuring mini-documentaries about the making of each album. FUEL’s new album, Angels and Devils, will be released the same day as their ROCK’N THE RALLY appearance. More...
Launch Radio Networks reports: ANOTHER ANIMAL, the side project featuring three members of GODSMACK, has set October 2 as the release date for its self-titled debut album. The band features GODSMACK guitarist Tony Rombola, bassist Robbie Merrill and drummer Shannon Larkin, along with former UGLY KID JOE vocalist Whitfield Crane. Although the album has been completed for a while, Merrill told Launch that he, Rombola and Larkin didn't want any conflicts with their day job. "Legitimately, we were better off waiting until the GODSMACK cycle was done, 'cause we didn't want to compete, you know," he said. "We didn't want any of that type thing. And then it just had to be, we had to just have patience, and let the GODSMACK cycle do its thing, and then we're gonna go out and see what happens."
The album also features guitar and vocal contributions from GODSMACK's original guitarist, Lee Richards.
ANOTHER ANIMAL's first single "Broken Again", will head to radio at the end of August.
Tour plans for the act have yet to be announced.
GODSMACK begins a North American trek on July 17 in Houston, with dates booked through August 22 in Syracuse, New York. The band will issue a 10th anniversary box set, containing all its studio albums plus a brand new DVD, later this year.
Launch Radio Networks reports: GODSMACK singer Sully Erna was in Las Vegas late last week to compete in the World Series of Poker tournament. According to reports, Erna had made it through three days of playing by Friday (July 13). There's no word on whether he lasted through the weekend, but he had to quit eventually since GODSMACK starts a tour on Tuesday (July 17).