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Upcoming Gigantour News and Tickets

August 21, 2006

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With the start of the second annual Gigantour looming on the horizon, organizers have tinkered with the schedule a bit, to include adding several new stops to the run.

Originally due to launch Sept. 7 in San Diego, the outing will now get underway Sept. 6 in Boise, ID, and won’t hit San Diego until Sept. 9; the move knocks off the schedule a previously announced Sept. 9 show in San Luis Obispo, CA. Meanwhile, new stops have been added in Oklahoma City, OK; Boston; and Atlantic City, NJ.

The main-stage roster for the majority of the tour features headliners Megadeth, as well as Lamb of God, Opeth, Arch Enemy, Overkill, Into Eternity, Sanctity, and The Smashup. The Phoenix, Oklahoma City and Boston stops, however, won’t include Into Eternity, Sanctity and The Smashup, and those three bands, as well as Overkill, won’t be on board for the tour’s Las Vegas engagement, which is now confirmed to take place at the House of Blues.

Tickets for most shows are on sale now, while those for stops in Chicago and Atlantic City will hit the box office Saturday (8/26).

Gigantour is the brainchild of Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine, who last year mounted an inaugural run that also included Dream Theater, Fear Factory, Dillinger Escape Plan and Nevermore. That trek is documented on the forthcoming “Gigantour 2005,” a live set that comprises a two-disc audio version that hits stores tomorrow (8/22), and a two-DVD video version that surfaces Sept. 5.

Earlier this year, Megadeth signed a new record deal with Roadrunner Records.

“It is exciting to be some place you are respected, understood and appreciated,” Mustaine said a statement. “The truth is there’s a lot of people I’ve known there over the years. I’m stoked we’re all coming back together again to work on this project.”

Roadrunner plans to release “United Abominations,” Megadeth’s follow-up to 2004’s “The System Has Failed,” later this year, according to the label.

September

Gigantour Tickets September 6 Boise ID Idaho Center
Gigantour Tickets September 8 Oakland Coliseum Oakland CA
Gigantour Tickets September 9 Cox Arena San Diego CA
Gigantour Tickets September 10 Hyundai Pavilion Devore CA
Gigantour Tickets September 12 House of Blues Las Vegas NV
Gigantour Tickets September 13 Dodge Theatre Phoenix AZ
Gigantour Tickets September 15 USANA Salt Lake City UT
Gigantour Tickets September 16 Coors Amphitheatre Denver CO
Gigantour Tickets September 17 Journal Pavilion Albuquerque NM
Gigantour Tickets September 19 Zoo Theater Oklahoma City OK
Gigantour Tickets September 21 Eagles Ballroom Milwaukee WI
Gigantour Tickets September 22 Congress Theatre Chicago IL
Gigantour Tickets September 23 Nationwide Arena Columbus OH
Gigantour Tickets September 24 Energy Amphitheatre Detroit MI
Gigantour Tickets September 25 Molson Amphitheatre Toronto ONT
Gigantour Tickets September 27 Bell Centre Montreal QC
Gigantour Tickets September 28 Nassau Coliseum Uniondale NY
Gigantour Tickets September 29 – TBD
Gigantour Tickets September 30 PNC Bank Center Holmdel NJ

October

Gigantour Tickets October 1 House of Blues Atlantic City NJ
Gigantour Tickets October 6 – St. Pete Times Forum Tampa FL
Gigantour Tickets October 7 – Hard Rock Live Orlando FL
Gigantour Tickets October 8 – Bank Atlantic Center Sunrise FL
Gigantour Tickets October 21 The Riverstage Brisbane Australia
Gigantour Tickets October 22 Hordern Pavilion Sydney Australia
Gigantour Tickets October 24 Festival Hall Melbourne Australia

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Tool Tour Update and Tickets

August 19, 2006

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More shows continue to surface for Tool’s upcoming North American run behind its long-awaited fourth album, “10,000 Days,” the itinerary for which now spills into October.

The group has penciled in a second night in Los Angeles, as well as new September shows in Phoenix, Pittsburgh and Washington, DC, and has nailed down a handful of early October dates that are scattered throughout the Northeast.

Earlier this month, Tool wrapped up a run on the European summer-festival circuit. After its US arena outing, the group will head back to Europe for a winter headlining tour. Details about the band’s Euro tour plans are posted at the group’s website.

Released in May, “10,000 Days” is Tool’s fourth studio album and its first since 2001’s “Lateralus.” The disc moved about 550,000 copies during its first week in stores, which earned it a No. 1 debut on The Billboard 200 chart.

As previously reported, Tool has recruited rock quintet Isis to open the upcoming shows. The group recently finished mixing its first new studio collection since 2004’s “Panopticon,” and plans to release the set on Halloween, according to the band’s website.

Tool Concert Dates

Tool Tickets 8/22 – Vancouver British Columbia – General Motors Place
Tool Tickets 8/24 – Calgary Alberta – Pengrowth Saddledome
Tool Tickets 8/25 – Edmonton Alberta – Rexall Place
Tool Tickets 8/27 – George WA – The Gorge
Tool Tickets 8/29 – West Valley City UT – E Center
Tool Tickets 8/30 – Englewood CO – Coors Amphitheatre
Tool Tickets 9/1 – Las Vegas NV – Theatre Under The Stars
Tool Tickets 9/2 – Marysville CA – Sleep Train Amphitheater
Tool Tickets 9/3 – Oakland CA – Oakland Arena
Tool Tickets 9/5 – Bakersfield CA – Rabobank Arena
Tool Tickets 9/7 – Los Angeles CA – Staples Center
Tool Tickets 9/11 – The Woodlands TX – C.W. Mitchell Pavilion
Tool Tickets 9/12 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
Tool Tickets 9/14 – Dallas TX – American Airlines Center
Tool Tickets 9/15 – Kansas City MO – Kemper Arena
Tool Tickets 9/16 – Minneapolis MN – Target Center
Tool Tickets 9/18 – Rosemont IL – Allstate Arena
Tool Tickets 9/21 – Columbus OH – Nationwide Arena
Tool Tickets 9/22 – Auburn Hills MI – Palace of Auburn Hills
Tool Tickets 9/23 – Toronto Ontario – Molson Amphitheatre
Tool Tickets 9/25 – Cleveland OH – Wolstein Center
Tool Tickets 9/28 – Camden NJ – Tweeter Center
Tool Tickets 9/29 – Mansfield MA – Tweeter Center

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Dragonforce: Faster Than You

August 18, 2006

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Nobody on Ozzfest sounds like Dragonforce and that’s cool with founder and guitarist Herman Li. The band, formed in the United Kingdom in the late ‘90s, draws from metal’s most outdated influences – the Power Metal, Speed, Thrash and Progressive sounds that were all the rage in the ‘80s updated with furious musicianship, slick production and over the top vocals. It’s a recipe for being big in Japan and Germany however the band’s Inhuman Rampage was released on Roadrunner, is selling records in America even though radio doesn’t know what to do with the band, and their popularity forced Ozzfest organizers to add the band to their main stage for this year’s tour.

Herman called in to discuss Ozzfest, video games and if it bugs him that some hipster kids love the music that they play as a way to be ironic…

U Weekly: Herman, enquiring minds want to know… Dude, how do you shred so hard?

(Laughter) I don’t know! That’s one of those hard to answer questions. We just play what we think sounds cool and if people think that’s cool then we have something in common.

U Weekly: It does surprise many that you never took any formal lessons in your life…

No, I pretty much learned from watching videos and listening to music, things like that. I never had any guitar lessons or anything like that. I just played and tried different things and work it out and see what works and what doesn’t. I can’t read music either. I did think about (taking lessons) but I never really had the time. I used to skip my music lessons when I was in school, anyway. All that stuff about timing and reading, I just skipped it and didn’t go.

U Weekly: You call yourself “Video Game Metal.” Where does that come from?

Our musical influences actually come from video game music! Games in the ‘80s had great melodies because back than, with such shitty sound to work with then, I guess they had to make great melodies.

U Weekly: Is Dragonforce the only “real” metal band on Ozzfest?

It’s hard to define what metal is. I think there are a lot of metal bands on Ozzfest – you can say they pretty much are all metal bands – but metal has evolved. As times progress, things change and people approach it differently. People think that metal has to have solos – which I actually don’t disagree because metal is the only kind of music that you really can kind of let your guitar go sometimes – but I think there are a lot of great metal bands on Ozzfest like Strapping Young Lad. There are some cool bands onstage.

U Weekly: Whether it’s “real” or not, Dragonforce plays a form of metal – Power Metal – that was almost extinct save for a few dinosaurs and purists. What attracted you to this kind of music?

I always liked many styles of metal, not just Power Metal. I love Progressive Metal like Dream Theater and Symphony X, Thrash Metal, Death Metal, Hard Rock… Even though a lot of people like to call us Power Metal, the only influences that come from that is the melodic vocals. But I find it sounding more Hard Rock. Maybe it’s because we have Dragon in our name… But I don’t think that we sound exactly like the traditional older European Power Metal bands.

U Weekly: Regardless of what it exactly is, bands that sound like you are not getting signed to big labels such as Roadrunner and playing Ozzfest. What do you think accounts for your rapidly growing popularity?

I think it’s because the way we approach the music; us mixing up styles makes us different from those other bands. That and our live performance is what make us Dragonforce. We do have an identity, people hear our songs and they know who we are.

U Weekly: Dragonforce is attracting fans who do not usually like this kind of music – indie rock hipster kids are digging your sound. Does that crossover surprise you?

We definitely notice it and we think it’s kind of cool. We always thought that in our songs, even though there are lots of guitar solos and it’s really intense, that there’s a lot of melody there and our songs are memorable. Maybe they like this kind of guitar playing but they’ve just never heard it before.

U Weekly: Would it bug you if some people listened to you because of the ironic factor?

To be honest, I’ve never thought about it. I can’t judge someone’s motivations for listening to us by the way they look. Really, I don’t care. As long as they enjoy it, that’s cool.

Dragonforce Concert Dates

Dragonforce Tickets – 9/8/2006 – Wiltern LG – Los Angeles CA
Dragonforce Tickets – 9/9/2006 – Warfield – San Francisco CA
Dragonforce Tickets – 9/19/2006 – The Pageant – Saint Louis MO
Dragonforce Tickets – 9/22/2006 – Bogarts – Cincinatti OH
Dragonforce Tickets – 9/23/2006 – Harpos – Detroit MI

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Inland Invasion Concert News and Tickets

August 17, 2006

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Los Angeles radio station KROQ has recruited some of rock’s heaviest hitters to anchor its sixth annual Inland Invasion festival.

On Monday evening, the station revealed that Avenged Sevenfold — fresh from their mainstage stint on this summer’s Ozzfest (which wrapped Sunday in West Palm Beach, Florida) — and Alice in Chains were among the artists opening for Guns N’ Roses at the end-of-summer event.

The Inland Invasion is set to take over Devore, California’s Hyundai Pavilion at Glen Helen on September 23.

Invasion organizers have mined rockers Papa Roach, Muse, 30 Seconds to Mars, Rise Against, Atreyu and Buckcherry to round out the bill.

Axl Rose’s Guns recently wrapped a run of European festival shows, following a string of sold-out gigs at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom in May — the band’s first American gigs in more than three years, after their 2002 comeback tour sputtered to a halt.

The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas will play host to Guns N’ Roses for two shows at the Joint, scheduled for September 16 and September 17. Tickets for those dates will go on sale August 19. Earlier this month, via a press release, Rose said that he plans to return to the road this fall for another round of U.S. touring.

Alice in Chains, who’ve been touring with Comes With the Fall singer William DuVall filling in for late frontman Layne Staley, hit the road back in May for a successful run of five club dates. The band unveiled plans last week for a total of 40 gigs this fall throughout the U.S., with one date in Canada. That trek gets underway September 22 in Las Vegas and runs through November 26 in San Francisco, with additional dates expected to be added over the next few weeks.

In addition to the Inland Invasion, Avenged Sevenfold have booked nine North American dates for September, with three gigs in the U.S. — September 7 in Anchorage, Alaska; September 13 in Fargo, North Dakota; and September 15 in Des Moines, Iowa — and the remainder scheduled for Canada.

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Arch Enemy Ready for Gigantour

August 16, 2006

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An official update from Arch Enemy reads as follows:

“Yes, the DVD is out all over the world now and the reviews are glowing and more importantly, the positive feedback from the fans is HUGE!

On another note, we played our last summer festival show this year in Gothenburg on Tuesday, really cool show with a great Swedish Metal crowd and tons of family and friends backstage – a great way to end this summer!

We played a completely different kind of show in London, UK on Thursday, it was the Kerrang! Day Of Rock and it was basically an in-store type deal in the basement of the Virgin Megastore on Oxford Street. We played a brief 30 minute set and thanks to the fans that came down and supported us it was actually fun!

We’ve had a blast this summer playing the European festivals, the shows have been so cool and in some cases even AMAZING (Hello Wacken!). It’s been a real treat to meet all the Arch Enemy fans at the signing sessions of these festivals too – we love it!

So now we have a little time off from the road before we head back to the U.S. for the Gigantour – we are all really looking forward to that tour…”

As previously reported, Arch Enemy’s new double disc DVD set, Live Apocalypse, is now available just in time for the group’s return to North America on Gigantour this September. A new E-card is now available that features two videos taken from the DVD for the tracks ‘Ravenous’ and ‘My Apocalypse’, along with a new photo gallery. You can view the E-Card by clicking here.

Arch Enemy Gigantour 2006 Schedule

September

Gigantour Tickets September 6 Boise ID Idaho Center
Gigantour Tickets September 8 Oakland Coliseum Oakland CA
Gigantour Tickets September 9 Cox Arena San Diego CA
Gigantour Tickets September 10 Hyundai Pavilion Devore CA
Gigantour Tickets September 12 House of Blues Las Vegas NV
Gigantour Tickets September 13 Dodge Theatre Phoenix AZ
Gigantour Tickets September 15 USANA Salt Lake City UT
Gigantour Tickets September 16 Coors Amphitheatre Denver CO
Gigantour Tickets September 17 Journal Pavilion Albuquerque NM
Gigantour Tickets September 19 Zoo Theater Oklahoma City OK
Gigantour Tickets September 21 Eagles Ballroom Milwaukee WI
Gigantour Tickets September 22 Congress Theatre Chicago IL
Gigantour Tickets September 23 Nationwide Arena Columbus OH
Gigantour Tickets September 24 Energy Amphitheatre Detroit MI
Gigantour Tickets September 25 Molson Amphitheatre Toronto ONT
Gigantour Tickets September 27 Bell Centre Montreal QC
Gigantour Tickets September 28 Nassau coliseum Uniondale NY
Gigantour Tickets September 29 – TBD
Gigantour Tickets September 30 PNC Bank Center Holmdel NJ

October

Gigantour Tickets October 1 House of Blues Atlantic City NJ
Gigantour Tickets October 6 – St. Pete Times Forum Tampa FL
Gigantour Tickets October 7 – Hard Rock Live Orlando FL
Gigantour Tickets October 8 – Bank Atlantic Center Sunrise FL
Gigantour Tickets October 21 The Riverstage Brisbane Australia
Gigantour Tickets October 22 Hordern Pavilion Sydney Australia
Gigantour Tickets October 24 Festival Hall Melbourne Australia

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Black Label Society Concert News and Tickets

August 8, 2006

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After finishing up his current stint on the soon-to-wrap Ozzfest (music) tour, Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde (music) will lead his other band, Black Label Society, on a fall tour of the US club and theater circuit.

Wylde and company launch the run in mid-October, and three-dozen shows are lined up through early December. Before then, Wylde–who is pulling double duty backing Ozzy and fronting Black Label Society on the Ozzfest roster–has two more Ozzfest dates left to tackle. Details are shown below.

Also on tap for Black Label Society is a September tour of Australia and New Zealand; details are available at the band’s website.

The upcoming roadwork supports Black Label Society’s forthcoming seventh album, “Shot to Hell,” which is due out Sept. 19 on Roadrunner Records. Two cuts from the disc–“Concrete Jungle” and “Black Mass Reverends”–are streaming at the label’s website.

Black Label Society Tour Dates

Black Label Society Tickets – Oct. 14 – Myrtle Beach SC – House of Blues
Black Label Society Tickets – Oct. 16 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
Black Label Society Tickets – Oct. 18 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live
Black Label Society Tickets – Oct. 19 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
Black Label Society Tickets – Oct. 20 – New York, NY – Nokia Theatre
Black Label Society Tickets – Oct. 21 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
Black Label Society Tickets – Oct. 24 – Hartford, CT – Webster Theatre
Black Label Society Tickets – Oct. 25 – Clifton Park, NY – Northern Lights
Black Label Society Tickets – Oct. 27 – Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
Black Label Society Tickets – Oct. 28 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
Black Label Society Tickets – Oct. 29 – Rochester, NY – Water Street Music Hall
Black Label Society Tickets – Oct. 31 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
Black Label Society Tickets – Nov. 01 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
Black Label Society Tickets – Nov. 02 – Detroit, MI – State Theatre
Black Label Society Tickets – Nov. 04 – Covington, KY – Madison Theatre
Black Label Society Tickets – Nov. 05 – Saint Louis, MO – The Pageant
Black Label Society Tickets – Nov. 07 – West Des Moines, IA – Val Air Ballroom
Black Label Society Tickets – Nov. 09 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
Black Label Society Tickets – Nov. 10 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
Black Label Society Tickets – Nov. 11 – Minneapolis, MN – Quest Club
Black Label Society Tickets – Nov. 14 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
Black Label Society Tickets – Nov. 15 – Oklahoma City, OK – Coca Cola Bricktown Event Center
Black Label Society Tickets – Nov. 17 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
Black Label Society Tickets – Nov. 18 – Austin, TX – Austin Music Hall
Black Label Society Tickets – Nov. 19 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater
Black Label Society Tickets – Nov. 21 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
Black Label Society Tickets – Nov. 22 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
Black Label Society Tickets – Nov. 24 – Seattle, WA – Moore Theatre
Black Label Society Tickets – Nov. 25 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
Black Label Society Tickets – Nov. 28 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
Black Label Society Tickets – Nov. 30 – Cabazon, CA – Key Club at Morongo
Black Label Society Tickets – Dec. 01 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
Black Label Society Tickets – Dec. 02 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
Black Label Society Tickets – Dec. 03 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
Black Label Society Tickets – Dec. 07 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
Black Label Society Tickets – Dec. 08 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern LG

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Avenged Sevenfold Concert News and Tickets

August 3, 2006

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Currently on the road as part of Ozzfest’s mainstage roster, rockers Avenged Sevenfold plan to go it alone during a September run through Canada and the Northern Plains region.

Following the Aug. 9 Ozzfest finale, and a subsequent run through Japan and Australia, Avenged Sevenfold will return to the states for a Sept. 7 concert in Alaska. A half-dozen Canadian and three US shows follow before the end of that month.

Avenged Sevenfold continues to back its major-label debut, last year’s “City Of Evil.” The disc has spawned the hit single “Bat Country,” as well as follow-up cut “Seize the Day.” The music video for the latter track, which debuted last month, was directed by Wayne Isham, whose resume includes videos for Metallica, Bon Jovi, Britney Spears, Dave Matthews Band, Faith Hill and more.

“It was a f—ing amazing experience working with Wayne Isham who made sure every frame of this video was perfect,” the band wrote in a blog entry posted at its MySpace website, which features a streaming version of the clip.

Avenged Sevenfold Tour Dates

Avenged Sevenfold Tickets 9/7 – Anchorage AK – Egan Civic & Convention Center
Avenged Sevenfold Tickets 9/9 – Calgary Alberta – Stampede Corral
Avenged Sevenfold Tickets 9/10 – Edmonton Alberta – Shaw Conference Centre
Avenged Sevenfold Tickets 9/12 – Winnipeg Manitoba – Winnipeg Convention Center
Avenged Sevenfold Tickets 9/13 – Fargo ND – Playmaker’s
Avenged Sevenfold Tickets 9/15 – West Des Moines IA – Val Air Ballroom
Avenged Sevenfold Tickets 9/19 – Ottawa Ontario – Civic Centre Theatre
Avenged Sevenfold Tickets 9/20 – London Ontario – John Labatt Centre
Avenged Sevenfold Tickets 9/21 – Quebec City Quebec – Centre de Fiore

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Warped Tour News and Tickets

July 30, 2006

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Kevin Lyman is spinning plates.

Among the immediate issues the Vans Warped tour founder and producer juggled at a recent underperforming date in Nashville were a crew member’s minor medical emergency, an upcoming European on-sale for his Taste of Chaos tour, tracking album sales for his two labels and the magical appearance of a key piece of sound equipment that had been chasing the tour across several cities.

Lyman’s production office at Starwood Amphitheatre was packed with tour personnel, transportation coordinators, press, artists and a wealth of other, mostly heavily tattooed, individuals who all seem to function at a high level of organized chaos.

A partnership among Vans, Lyman’s 4fini Productions and Creative Artists Agency’s (CAA) Darryl Eaton, Warped has become one of the most consistent touring properties ever. While it may appear to the casual observer a dysfunctional punk family, the tour, now in its 12th year, works for reasons that transcend the bottom line.

“If this was purely driven by economics, there would be a lot of Warpeds,” Lyman says. “But if I laid it all out for you economically, no one could figure out how it works. It doesn’t make sense, because it’s not really always based on finances.”

What Warped is about is the care, feeding and shepherding of 800-plus people, including more than 100 bands, on 187 vehicles from town to town, and then setting up and putting on a show for thousands of punk kids. Virtually every detail of Warped eventually ends up in Lyman’s lap, particularly if there’s a problem, and he delegates with aplomb.

“I think he probably learns from his mistakes,” observes veteran road warrior Joan Jett, a headliner on this year’s tour. “I heard early on the food sucked, and now the food is excellent. I’m sure there are a million little details you have to get together if you’re going to make this type of thing work.”

It works. Last year, Warped enjoyed its best outing ever, with attendance of 700,000 and a gross exceeding $16 million from a ticket that is generally priced for less than $30.

For a dozen years, Lyman and Warped have continuously pumped new blood — fans and bands — into the punk-rock scene, contributing significantly to the genre’s vitality.

The sense of community appeals to groups as does the potential new audience.

“Warped gives us a chance to play for people who may not necessarily get a chance to see us otherwise,” says Andrew Everding, keyboardist for post-hardcore band Thursday, which played its first Warped in 2002. “The kids that are showing up now that are 16 were 12 back then, and for the younger kids the only concert they might go to is the Warped tour.”

Others credit Warped with an even bigger role in their development. “I think the reason we have a career is because of the Warped tour,” saxophonist J.R. of Less Than Jake says. “We’ve been doing this so long, we ended up building our fan base on tour, on this tour.”

A shared sense of punk purpose surely greases the wheels, but it takes more than good intentions to keep turnstiles spinning, particularly with a tour that practically turns over its audience every three to four years. Warped works — with the venues, promoters, bands, sponsors, crew and, most importantly, the fans.

“We aim to deliver a great experience for the fan coming to the show, the artists that come out on the road with us, our sponsors, crew,” CAA’s Eaton says. “It is truly a unique community that transcends the ‘business’ of the tour.”

The Brands
Asked to profile the “Warped kid,” Lyman responds, “Thirteen to 19 years old, active, very open-minded to the music and the scene, very musically knowledgeable. We’ve gotten to the point where we’re about 50/50 male/female, but I also have noticed this year that we’re getting some of the older fans back with bands like Helmet and Joan Jett.”

As far as an economic profile, “They come with some money, they buy T-shirts and records, and music is cheap out there. They’re ready to take music home with them.”

Ten stages notwithstanding, Warped has the look and feel of a punk-rock county fair with row after row of booth space. Sixty-seven sponsors and vendors are onboard for this year’s 50-date outing.

Exhibitors have turned into Warped’s second-highest revenue stream, up 20% this year. “Now we have to turn a lot of people down, just like bands,” says Lyman, who adds that 60%-80% of the “seven-figure” sponsorship value is pumped back into the tour. “It underwrites moving this thing down the road.”

Warped sponsors and vendors are not exactly mainstream, outside of entities like Cingular Wireless and Major League Baseball. Instead, most are small indie labels (including Lyman’s own SideOneDummy Records and Warcon Records), alternative fashions and other left-of-center concerns.

While southern California fashion brands like Hurley and PacSun have raised awareness through their association with Warped, none has been boosted like the title sponsor. Footwear company Vans has presented 11 of the 12 Warped tours in the most long-lived tour sponsorship in the business.

“We were an $80-million to $100-million-a-year company back in 1996 when we got involved with Kevin,” says Steve Van Doren, Vans VP of promotion and events, whose father Paul (now retired) started the company 40 years ago.

Van Doren says the Warped association has been a highly effective marketing tool, allowing Vans to become known outside of southern California. “Our customers are 12- to 18-year-old boys and girls. We’ve always been into skateboarding and snowboarding, and music has been a great tie-in.”

This year, Vans is projecting revenue of $500 million, and Van Doren attributes much of the growth to the Warped association.

The Bands
With more than 1,000 submissions to participate this year, bands obviously love being on the tour, and many are veterans.

Bands break on Warped. “The tour has consistently been the launch pad for the next round of new superstar bands,” Eaton says. “Just last year’s tour alone saw bands like My Chemical Romance, Avenged Sevenfold and Fall Out Boy, to name a few, rise to the top. I think the tour really provides a platform for fans to go out and discover their new favorite artists.”

Less Than Jake has done at least eight Warped tours. “There’s nothing like this tour,” J.R. says. “It’s truly like summer camp. You get up, you go stand in line for breakfast, you stand in line for lunch, you go play a show, run around. The camp counselor is Kevin Lyman.”

Warped is not the best payday in the world. According to Lyman, “There are bands out here making 50 bucks (a night) to no bucks, to bands that are making $10,000-$12,000.”

The majority of the bands have album releases scheduled somewhere around the tour. Veterans know a Warped slot is a huge opportunity for career development.

“You have to utilize the time you’re out here,” J.R. says. “There’s a lot of bands that don’t. They just jerk around, go watch other bands. You’re out here all summer, you’ll have a chance to watch bands. But make friends, network, meet people, because the band that’s playing on the SmartPunk stage could be selling 2 million records next year.”

Lyman sees too many bands playing rock star too early in their careers. Most Warped bands should be in, well, a van.

“I’ve got bands in two buses that are playing on my small stages. I tell them, ‘You’re going to be changing my oil at Jiffy Lube before long. You’re going to be broke.”‘

Unlike other multi-act tours, Warped lacks a tangible amount of drama. For a veteran artist like Joan Jett, that’s a relief. “There’s been a lot of camaraderie among the bands, which is pretty unique from what I can gather,” she says. “Some other people have made comments that the atmosphere is so much better than on something like the Ozzfest, where there seems to be many more head trips. I haven’t experienced that. I’m experiencing this, where everything is really low-key and down to earth.”

Warped Tour Dates

07/25 – St. Louis, MO UMB Bank Pavilion
07/26 – Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
07/27 – Pittsburgh, PA Post Gazette Pavilion
07/28 – Indianapolis, IN Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Lot
07/29 – Detroit, MI Comerica Park and Street
07/30 – Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
08/01 – Buffalo, NY Darien Lakes Fields
08/02 – Fitchburg, MA Fitchburg Airport
08/03 – Camden, NJ Tweeter Center at the Waterfront
08/04 – Scranton, PA Montage Mountain
08/05 – New York, NY Nassau Coliseum
08/06 – Old Bridge, NJ Englishtown Raceway
08/08 – Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Lot
08/09 – Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Lot
08/10 – Washington, DC Nissan Pavilion Lot
08/11 – Cleveland, OH Tower City
08/12 – Toronto, ONT Park Place
08/13 – Montreal, QUE Park Jean Drapeau

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Korn Family Values Concert News and Tickets

July 29, 2006

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It’s still over three months until Election Day, but the Family Values crowd is on the move. Korn resurrects the tour of that name Saturday, July 29 in Antioch, Tennessee, with a line-up featuring Deftones, 10 Years, Stone Sour, Flyleaf and others. This will be Korn singer Jonathan Davis’ first live excursion since a blood infection felled him in Europe last month, and he told Launch he’s chomping at the bit. “We’re just gonna go out there and rock the house,” he said. “I think I’m gonna be extra hungry ’cause it was taken away from me from Europe, so it’s gonna be good. Production-wise, I mean, it’s gonna be different, it’ll be cool. I mean, we’ve got stripper poles, wading pools, paintball gun fields, all kinds of crazy, weird s*** that we’re gonna be doing in each town, so it should be good.”

Davis spent much of the last month recovering from the rare, potentially fatal disorder that forced Korn to cancel most of its European tour in June.

The first Family Values package debuted in 1998 and featured Rammstein, Limp Bizkit, Ice Cube and Orgy in addition to Korn. Two later editions, in 1999 and 2001, included acts like Staind, Stone Temple Pilots, Linkin Park, Filter and Method Man.

Family Values Tour Dates

August

Korn Tickets August 20 – Marysville CA – Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Korn Tickets August 24 – Bonner Springs KS – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Korn Tickets August 25 – Maryland Heights MO – UMB Bank Pavilion
Korn Tickets August 26 – East Troy WI – Alpine Valley Music Theatre

September

Korn Tickets September 1 – Holmdel NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
Korn Tickets September 2 – Wantagh NY – Jones Beach Theater
Korn Tickets September 3 – Hartford CT – New England Dodge Music Center
Korn Tickets September 6 – Cleveland OH – Tower City Amphitheater
Korn Tickets September 8 – Burgettstown PA – Post Gazette Pavilion
Korn Tickets September 9 – Clarkston MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
Korn Tickets September 12 – Cincinnati OH – Riverbend Music Center
Korn Tickets September 13 – Columbus OH – Germain Amphitheater
Korn Tickets September 15 – Camden NJ – Tweeter Center at the Waterfront
Korn Tickets September 17 – Bristow VA – Nissan Pavilion
Korn Tickets September 20 – West Palm Beach FL – Sound Advice Amphitheatre

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Staind and Seether Concert News and Tickets

July 29, 2006

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Staind has announced the first dates of its upcoming tour with Seether and Three Days Grace. After a short trip to Australia and New Zealand, Staind will play a July 23 radio festival in Wisconsin before getting the trek underway on August 5. Staind has been on the road for nearly a year in support of its latest album, “Chapter V”, and guitarist Mike Mushok told Launch the band is perfectly happy to keep working. “You take it when you can get it, you know, and the thing is, the record’s doing pretty good, and we’re able to stay out, so we’re gonna,” he explained. “That’s really kind of how we’re approaching it, you know. Things are going well, and we’re real thankful for that, and we’re going to a lot of places and a lot of towns that we’ve never been to, so that’s a good thing also.”

Most of the shows will also feature Soil, with some other acts in the mix as well. More dates will be announced soon.

Staind and Three Days Grace recently toured together on the latest edition of the Jagermeister Music Tour.

Confirmed Staind Tour Dates (with Seether and Three Days Grace):

Staind Tickets Aug. 22 – Pikeville KY – Eastern Kentucky Expo Center
Staind Tickets Aug. 23 – Johnson City TN – Freedom Hall
Staind Tickets Aug. 25 – Memphis TN – Mud Island Amphitheatre
Staind Tickets Aug. 29 – Monroe LA – Civic Center
Staind Tickets Aug. 30 – Birmingham AL – Boutwell Auditorium
Staind Tickets Sep. 03 – Hampton Beach NH – Hampton Beach Casino
Staind Tickets Sep. 11 – York PA – York College
Staind Tickets Sep. 16 – Huntington WV – Harris Riverfront Park

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