17Apr/17

Killswitch Engage Are Releasing “AOJB” Vinyl and Beer

5901f44f-3771-4328-9b30-263eb0225810Killswitch Engage’s Alive or Just Breathing (Roadrunner) was released on May 21, 2002 and has since secured its reputation as a modern classic, as noted by its election to Decibel’s elite Hall of Fame canon. The record celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. The band, which released its most recent album Incarnate in March 2016, is commemorating the occasion with an 180-gram black vinyl version of the album that drops on May 12.

Fans can pre-order the vinyl here; there are 15-year anniversary merch bundles also on sale. (more…)

06Apr/17

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Creator and Guitarist Paul O’Neill Dies at 61

music-tsoSad news to report from theatrical rock phenoms Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Paul O’Neill, who created Trans-Siberian Orchestra, has passed away at age 61.

Before founding Trans-Siberian Orchestra and playing guitar in the group, O’Neill worked for Leber-Krebs Inc., the management company that helped launch the careers of Aerosmith, AC/DC, Def Leppard, Ted Nugent, The New York Dolls, Scorpions, Joan Jett and many others. He later made a name for himself as a prolific producer. O’Neill’s first major releases came with Aerosmith’s Classics Live I and Classics Live II in 1986 and 1987, respectively. From there, he became the go-to producer and co-writer for Savatage, manning the board for 10 albums from the American band. (more…)

06Apr/17

Full Identities of Ghost Members Revealed, Lead Guitarist Opens Up on Breakup and Lawsuit Against Papa

53467_0_wide_ver1491489877Simon Soderberg, also known as Alpha, the former guitarist of Ghost, has revealed the identities of all the Nameless Ghouls that are suing frontman Tobias Forge, while also opening up on the whole situation with the following Facebook statement (via Reddit):

“As of yesterday we, four signatories from the band Ghost, have filed a lawsuit with the Linkoping District Court. We are suing Tobias Forge (‘Papa Emeritus’) – the band’s lead singer who has also been responsible for the finances of the band since its founding.

“As of the filing of this lawsuit we are requesting that the court, under penalty, oblige Tobias Forge to declare the incomes as well as expenses of the band concerning the years between 2011 and 2016. (more…)

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04Apr/17

WQLZ announces newest member!

Mo-WQLZMid-West Family Broadcasting rocker WQLZ-FM (Springfield, IL) is proud to announce the addition of Mo Lightning to the line-up. Mo will join PD Wes Styles on-air as part of the 3rd String Morning Show, replacing the recently exiting Kaytie.

Mo travels to us from California where he was the host/moderator for Wizard World Comic Con tour. With Wizard World he moderated for the likes of William Shatner, Stan Lee (creator of Marvel Comics), the cast of The Walking Dead, various WWE Superstars, and countless more. His previous stops in radio include WRSW, WRBR, and KBQI. (more…)

06Mar/17

Razor 94.7 welcomes new mid-day host and digital coordinator

Razor947 clearWoodward Radio Group is happy to announce the addition of new mid-day host, Kaytie to the team at Razor 94.7 (WZOR-FM). Kaytie will also be serving as digital coordinator for both Razor and 105.7 WAPL, Wisconsin’s Rock Station.

“Kaytie will be a great addition to Razor’s lineup and the culture at Woodward Radio Group,” says WAPL/WZOR Brand Manager Ryan “Elwood” Bjorn. “She’s incredibly passionate about connecting with the audience and making a positive impact in the community.” (more…)

21Feb/17

RadioContraband Wraps Up Another Successful Rock Convention

kurt awardThe RADIO CONTRABAND ROCK RADIO CONVENTION 2017 wrapped up another successful event which ran from last WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15th thru FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17th at the HARD ROCK HOTEL in LAS VEGAS, NV. The event kicked off last WEDNESDAY night with a Kick Off Party at GOOSE ISLANDS club in HARD ROCK HOTEL.

THURSDAY and FRIDAY featured several panels and there were also Artist Listening parties and Meet & Greets with ELEVEN SEVEN’s PAPA ROACH and ISLAND RECORD’s INCUBUS, plus a Q & A with CAROLINE artist ALTER BRIDGE.

The event also included Music Showcases at the HARD ROCK CAFÉ and VINYL in the HARD ROCK HOTEL.

The festivities concluded on FRIDAY evening with the Rock Radio Awards for 2016 at VINYL in the HARD ROCK HOTEL. Hosted by hARDDRIVE Radio host LOU BRUTUS, here is the complete list of this year’s winners: (more…)

13Feb/17

Megadeth Win Best Metal Performance at 59th Annual Grammy Awards

1486964352664Congratulations to Megadeth for winning Best Metal Performance at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards!

Nominees included Baroness’ “Shock Me,” Gojira’s “Silvera,” Korn’s “Rotting in Vain” and Periphery’s “The Price is Wrong.”

“Fantastic! Only took 12 tries to get this,” Mustaine said during his acceptance speech. “Last time we were here we were talking to Kenny G and he asked me how many times we were here and he goes, ‘We’ll 11 isn’t that bad.’ I said, ‘How many times did it take you?’ And he said, ’21,’ and I was like, ‘Oh, my god. If it takes 21 times… I don’t know if I’ll live that long.”

Mustaine continued, “It’s a little weird that we ended up being category 69, but somebody’s got a sense of humor.”

Take a look at the rock and metal categories below and the winner in each category:

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30Jan/17

SHIPROCKED 2017 WRAPS SOLD OUT CRUISE ONBOARD CARNIVAL VICTORY

7huu_SR17DAY1PapaRoachonDeck2M4A20792byChris--1After selling out in record time, ShipRocked 2017 set sail from Miami on January 16 onboard Carnival Victory for four days and nights of a three-ringed floating rock ‘n’ roll circus on the high seas, led by headliners Breaking Benjamin, along with Papa Roach, Alter Bridge, Sevendust, Pop Evil and more. 3,000 ShipRockers shared in “The Greatest Vacation On Earth,” enjoying a packed itinerary of more than 40 performances from 20+ bands – including a pair of unforgettable deck stage sets from ShipRocked’s own all star band The Stowaways — a day on the beach on beautiful Grand Turk in Turks & Caicos, sideshows, theme nights, and more. (more…)