Stone Sour set to release House of Gold & Bones part 1 October 23rd




New York, NY (August 16, 2012) – Grammy-nominated rockers Stone Sour will release the first installment of their double album House of Gold & Bones Part 1 on Roadrunner Records on October 23, 2012. The second installment will be released in 2013. The album was recorded at Sound Farm Studios just outside of the band’s native Des Moines, Iowa with producer David Bottrill (Tool, Muse, Staind) at the helm.


In Photos: Knotfest 2012 at the Somerset Amphitheater

Corey Taylor Slipknot Knotfest 2012 Somerset Amphitheater

Corey Taylor of Slipknot

Somerset Amphitheater
Somerset, WI

All photos by Paul Weber at

Randy Blythe of Lamb of God

Randy Blythe of Lamb of God returns to the US stage at Knotfest

The first annual Knotfest kicked off August 17th in Slipknot’s homestate of Iowa and performed an additional date on Saturday, August 18, in Somerset, Wisconsin at Somerset Amphitheater. The line-up for this inaugural festival included headiners, Slipknot, Deftones, Serj Tankian, Lamb of God, Machine Head, Cannibal Corpse, The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Urge, Prong, Gojura, and more. Photos of Saturday’s performances are below.

Serj Tankian KNOTFEST 2012 Somerset Amphitheater

Serj Tankian of System of a Down

Serj Tankian KNOTFEST 2012 Somerset Amphitheater

Serj Tankian of System of a Down


Chino Deftones Knotfest 2012 Somerset Amphitheater

Chino from the Deftones


Chino Deftones Knotfest 2012 Somerset Amphitheater

Chino of the Deftones


Corey Taylor Slipknot Knotfest 2012 Somerset Amphitheater

Corey Taylor of Slipknot

Black Stone Cherry bring their soulful sound to the Main Stage at WIIL ROCK FEST

Black Stone Cherry
Shadow Hill Ranch
Twin Lakes, WI


Their energy and stage presence along with frontman Chris Robertson’s soulful and powerful vocals makes Black Stone Cherry one of the Midwest’s favorite rock bands for good reason.  It was just a year ago Black Stone Cherry graced the stage of the Carnival of Madness tour that landed at Shadow Hill Ranch in Twin Lakes.  This year they return to the main stage to assist in the celebration of 95.1 WIIL Rock’s 20th Anniversary of rocking Illinois and Wisconsin.

Black Stone Cherry is out promoting their most recent release, Between The Devil & The Deep Blue Sea. The album has spawned their moving single “In My Blood.”  The song peaked at #12 at Active Rock and #4 at Mainstream Rock radio. Watch the official video below. Picking up where “In My Blood” left off, the bands new single, “Like I Roll” is yet another well written song and makes you want to drive with your radio cranked to 11.  There are not a lot of things that are more disappointing than hearing a bands songs and being excited to see them live, only to be let down, knowing the best member of their band was the studio they had months to polish their CD in. I can say with 100% faith, Black Stone Cherry is not that type of band. They are a truly talented group of guys, with one of the most under rated singers of our generation. Its few and far between that you will find such a soulful, powerful singer who also takes part in actually writing the songs they sing.  Black Stone Cherry not only had the crowd rockin at WIIL’S Rock Fest, but the other bands in attendance stood to watch their show, a testament to the strength of their musicianship and songs. Check out Black Stone Cherry’s show when it comes to a City near you, because whatever the ticket price is, it’s more than worth it.

Photos of Black Stone Cherry at Austin’s Fuel Room

Photos of Black Stone Cherry at Rocklahoma 2012

Photos of Black Stone Cherry at WIIL ROCK FEST:

Black Stone Cherry tour dates:

8/9/2012         District                                                            Rockford, IL
8/10/2012      Tyson IBP Events Center                        Sioux City, IA
8/11/2012      Will Rock Fest                                              Twin Lakes, WI
8/13/2012      Headliner’s                                                    Toledo, OH
8/14/2012      The Intersection                                           Grand Rapids, MI
8/16/2012      Madison Theatre                                          Covington, KY
8/17/2012      Busters Billiards and Backroom                Lexington, KY
8/18/2012      Rally On The River                                      Ironton, OH
8/25/2012      Rock Jam                                                      Grand Junction, CO
8/26/2012      Club Sound                                                  Salt Lake City, UT
8/27/2012      Martini Ranch                                               Scottsdale, AZ
8/29/2012      The Beaumont                                             Kansas City, MO
8/30/2012      The Blue Note                                              Columbia, MO
9/1/2012         Hersheypark Stadium                                 Hershey, PA                         :
9/2/2012         Erie Canal Harbor Central Wharf             Buffalo, NY
9/3/2012         Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion       Gilford, NH
9/28/2012      Arkansas Oklahoma State Fair                 Fort Smith, AR
11/27/2012    Shiprocked                                                    Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Black Stone Cherry on the web:


Fear Factory at WIIL ROCK FEST

Fear Factory
WIIL Rock Fest
Shadow Hill Ranch
Twin Lakes, WI

Fear Factory is:
Burton C. Bell – lead vocals (1989–present)
Dino Cazares – guitar (1989–2002, 2009–present)
Matt DeVries – bass (2012–present)
Mike Heller – drums (2012–present)

Legendary metal band Fear Factory is currently on tour with Shadows Fall and coming off their performance at the Gathering of the Juggalos. Their fall tour is not just contained to the US; Fear Factory is set to perform in South America, Japan, New Zealand, and Australia. In October the band will team up with the Devin Townsend Project for a co-headlining tour for 2 months in Europe and the UK.  All the touring is to support their new album, The Industrialist, that was released on June 5, 2012 on Candlelight Records.

On Saturday they hit the mainstage of 95.1 WIIL Rock’s 20th Anniversary bash at Shadow Valley Ranch in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin.

Photos of Fear Factory’s set at WIIL ROCK FEST:

FEAR FACTORY – The World Industrialist Tour 2012:
08.10.12     Fort Wayne, IN       Pierre’s
08.11.12      Twin Lakes, WIWIIL Rock Fest – Shadow Hill Ranch
08.12.12      Mt Clemens, MI       Emerald Theater
08.14.12     Pittsburgh, PA      Alter Bar
08.15.12     Sayerville, NJ      Starland Ballroom
08.16.12     Poughkeepsie, NY      The Chance
08.17.12     Reading, PA       Reverb
08.18.12     San Juan, Puerto Rico      Anfiteatro Tito Puente – Parque Luis M. Marin
08.19.12      Amityville, NY        Revolution
08.21.12     Charlotte, NC       Tremont Music Hall
08.22.12      Jacksonville, FL        Freebird Live
08.25.12      Valencia, Venezuela       GILMANFEST
08.27.12     Sao Paulo, Brazil       Caricoa Club
08.29.12     Asuncion, Paraguay      Estacion Central
09.18.12     Tokyo, Japan       Club Quattro
09.19.12     Nagoya, Japan       Club Quattro
09.20.12     Osaka, Japan       Akaso
09.22.12      Auckland, New Zealand       Powerstation
09.26.12      Brisbane, Australia       Hi-Fi
09.27.12     Sydney, Australia       Hi-Fi
09.28.12      Melbourne, Australia       Hi-Fi
09.29.12      Adelaide, Australia      Unibar
09.30.12      Perth, Australia       Capitol
10.27.12      Nottingham, England       Rock City10.28.12Folkestone, EnglandQuarterhouse
10.29.12      Strasbourg        LA LAITERIE
10.30.12      Esch-Suralzette, Luxembourg       Kulturfabrik
10.31.12      Hamburg, Germany       Logo/Grunspan
11.02.12      Alborg, Denmark        Alborg Metal Festival
11.04.12      Oslo, Norway       Betong
11.06.12      Helsinki, Finland        The Circus
11.07.12     Helsinki, Finland       The Circus
11.08.12       Tampere, Finland       Pakkahuone
11.11.12      Copenhagen, Denmark       Amager Bio
11.12.12       Berlin, Germany       C-Club
11.13.12       Koln, Germany       Essigfabrik
11.14.12       Karlsruhe, Germany      Substage
11.16.12       Bordeaux, France        Barbey Club
11.17.12      Durango, Spain      Plateruena
11.18.12      Porto, Portugal       Hard Club
11.19.12      Lisbon, Portugal       Paradise Garage
11.20.12      Seville, Spain        Fanatic
11.22.12      Madrid, Spain       Penelope
11.23.12      Valencia, Spain       Rock City
11.24.12      Montpellier, France        Le Rockstore
11.25.12      Milan, Italy        Magazzini Generali
11.26.12      Pratteln, Switzerland       27
11.28.12      Muchen, Germany       Backstage Halle/ Werk Arena
11.29.12      Vienna, Austria       Arena
11.30.12       Ljubljana, Slovenia        Kino Siska
12.01.12       Zagreb, Croatia        Boogaloo
12.02.12      Budapest, Hungary        A38
12.04.12      Warsaw, Poland       Progresja
12.05.12       Poznan, Poland        Eskulap
12.06.12      Prague, Czech Republic       Roxy
12.08.12       Geiselwind, Germany       Christmas Metal Festival
12.09.12       Klokgebouw, Holland       Metal Fest
12.10.12       Paris, France       Bataclan
12.11.12       Antwerp, Belgium        Trix
12.13.12       Wolverhampton, England       Wulfrum Hall
12.14.12       Glasgow, Scotland       ABC
12.15.12       Manchester, England       Ritz
12.16.12      Bristol, England       Academy
12.17.12      Southhampton, England       Mo’ Club
12.18.12      London, England         London KoKo

In photos: The Zac Brown Band

The Zac Brown Band
Milwaukee, WI

Photos from The Zac Brown Bands set at Milwaukee’s Summerfest

In photos: Skillet burns up Summerfest

Milwaukee, WI 

Photos from Skillets set at Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI:

In photos: All That Remains at Summerfest, Milwaukee, WI

All That Remains
Milwaukee, WI

Photos from all That Remains show at Summerfest, Milwaukee, WI

In photos: The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Tour at Summerfest

The Beach Boys
Milwaukee, WI

Photos from The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary tour  at Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI

And for those who are wondering,,,,,,,,,, they sounded amazing.

In Photos: FUN. Comes to Milwaukee

Milwaukee, WI

Photos from FUN.’s  set in Milwaukee, WI at Summerfest:

In Photos: Eric Benet at Milwaukee’s Summerfest

Eric Benet
Milwaukee, WI

Photos from Eric Benets set in Milwaukee, WI at Summerfest:

In Photos: Gary Allan at Milwaukee’s Summerfest 2012

Gary Allan
Milwaukee, WI

Photos from Gary Allan’s set in Milwaukee, WI at Summerfest:

In Photos: Rodney Atkins Summerfest

Rodney Atkins
Milwaukee, WI

Photos from Rodney Atkins set in Milwaukee at Summerfest:

In Photos: Foo Fighters at Summerfest

Foo Fighters
Milwaukee, WI

Foo Fighters at Summerfest 2012

What can you say, It’s the Foo Fighters. It’s a rare thing to know your about to get your monies worth, but with the Foo Fighters that’s simply the truth. From an endless list of great songs to a seemingly endless amount of energy and emotion, the Foo Fighters put on a true to the word, “Rock show”. I must admit, as a photographer I was hoping to see another rock legend at the show, Ross Halfin. If you don’t know who photographer Ross Halfin is you don’t know your rock history. Check out his work at and check out the Foo Fighters when they come to your City. Judging by the sold out Amphitheater at Summerfest, you better get your tickets early.

Photos from Foo Fighters’ set in Milwaukee at Summerfest:

In photos: Rascal Flatts open Summerfest 2012 with their “Changed” tour

Rascal Flatts
Milwaukee, WI

Rascal Flatts at Summerfest 2012

Rascal Flatts brought their “Changed” tour to Milwaukee on June 27th and opened the first day of Summerfest in a rocken style. With a catalog of hits that could keep a crowed going on its own, Rascal Flatts brought along one of the most eye pleasing lighting shows I have seen in years. Between the good music, professional light show and great weather you couldn’t help but have a good time. Not even an average at best audio mix wasn’t able to dampen the energy the guys brought to their performance. Link to the bands site bellow for more information and go see Rascal Flatts when they come through your town. In a time when money is tight, its nice to have a sure bet of a good time.

Photos of Rascal Flatts at Summerfest:

In photos: Little Big Town at Summerfest 2012

Little Big Town
Milwaukee, WI

Little Big Town at Summerfest 2012

Little Big Town helped kick off the opening night of Summerfest with their blend of flawless vocal harmonies and energetic stage show. Filling an open slot on the current Rascal Flatts “Changed” tour, Little Big Town kept the crowed on their feet and left no question why they are a Grammy nominated band. Llink to their site for more information on the band and up coming tour dates.

Photos of Little Big Town at Summerfest:


In photos: Eli Young Band opening for Rascal Flatts on their “Changed” tour 2012

Eli Young Band Summerfest 2012

Texas based Eli Young Band helped kick off the opening night of Summerfest with their well written songs and seasoned stage show. As one of the opening acts for the Rascal Flatts Changed tour 2012, The Eli Young band got the Marcus Amphitheatre crowd on their feet and set the bar for the rest of the tours acts that followed. Check their tour dates and photos bellow and catch them in a town near you.

Photos from Eli Young Band’s set at Summerfest:

Tour dates:

June 29th Cleveland, OH @ Blossom music Center

June 30th Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake PAC

July 3rd Ashland, KY @ Summer Motion Festival

July 4th Rogersville, TN @ Rogersville City Park

July 6th Cavendish, Canada @ Cavendish Beach Music Festival

July 11th West Fargo, MN @ Red River Valley Fair

July 12th Chippewa Falls, WI @ Northern Wisconsin State Fair

Go to the Eli Young Bands Official website for more tour dates and information about the band.


Where do all of your favorite bands get the latest and greatest gear? Summer NAMM 2012 is where, and now you can be there too.

SUMMER NAMM “PUBLIC DAY” / Nashville Convention Center

Summer NAMM opens its doors to the general public and music enthusiasts of all ages for live music, a rare look at new music-making technologies and interactive musician workshops.

What: Summer NAMM “PUBLIC DAY”

Where: Nashville Convention Center

When: Saturday, July 14, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Cost: $10 (June 1–28); $15 (after June 28)

Details: Summer NAMM opens its doors to the general public and music enthusiasts of all ages for live music, a rare look at new music-making technologies and interactive musician workshops.

To Purchase Online:


Schedule of events


9:15 a.m. – 10 a.m.               Richard Gilwitz, Fingerstyle Guitarist, Foundation Lounge, Room 210

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.        World’s Fastest Drummer preliminary competition / Level 1, East Lobby

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.    “Haiti 10 – Faith, Love and Music” / Idea Center Booth 837, Level 1

11:00 a.m.                               How to Use a Work Station in a studio setting / Room 102, Level 1
10 Best Social Networking Sites for Marketing to Fans / Room 211, Level 2

                                                     Win a Digital Record Deal with Guitar Player Records / Room 214, Level 2

                                                      Sticks ‘n’ Skins – The Sessions / Idea Center Booth 837, Level 1

                                                      Ergo We Play performs (SchoolJam USA winners) / Foundation Lounge, Rm. 210

                                                      Ukedelics Perform / Exhibit Hall Acoustic Stage

12:00 p.m.                                New TC-Helicon Vocal Effects for the Acoustic Singer / Songwriter / Room 102, L1                                                     

                                                     Live Sound Basics / Room 207, Level 2
10 Ways to Make Better Sounding Recordings / Room 211, Level 2

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.       Ukulele Circle hands-on demo / Foundation Lounge, Room 210

1:00 p.m.                                 So, You Want To Be a Session Player panel discussion/ Room 208, Level 2

                                                   10 Tips for Effective Pre-Production / Room 211, Level 2

1:30 p.m.                                 Live Sound Tips & Tricks / Room 207, Level 2

1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.         Ukedelics Perform / Foundation Lounge, Room 210

2:00 p.m.                                The Psychology of Producing Hit Songs / Idea Center Booth 837, L1

                                                   GigEasy Demo with Darren Kramer / Room 102, Level 1

                                                   10 Elements of a Hit Song / Room 211, Level 2   

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.         World’s Fastest Drummer Competition Finals / Level 1 East Lobby

3:00 p.m.                                 Drum Circle hands-on demo / Level 3, East Lobby

                                                   10 Ways to Exploit Facebook for Success / Room 211, Level 2

First annual Knot Fest August 17/18

Knot Fest poster 2012For those who crave a festival where true metal bands dominate the lineup, your time for waiting is over. The first annual Knot Fest is scheduled and judging from the bands set to appear, it will be nothing short of stellar. Knot Fest  will be tearing up the midwest on August 17th in Council Bluffs, IA and Minneapolis, MN August 18th. Advance tickets are $35, and you can bet your going to get more than your monies worth. Headliners Slipknot would be worth the price of admission alone, but also set to appear are Deftones, Dethklok, Serj Tankian, Lamb of god, Cannibal Corpse, The Urge, Gojira, The Dillinger Escape Plan,  and Prong (Yes, that Prong). Link to the Knot Fest site for more information on bands and get your tickets now or regret missing out on what are sure to be some of the most insane shows of 2012.

Summerfest 2012, The worlds biggest music festival turns 45 years young.


For those who love festival season there are a lot of choices these days, but how many can boast a 45 year run, attracting the biggest names in music, and millions of people having attended?  In it’s eleven day run, June 27-July 1st, and July 3-8th, Summerfest has every music lovers desires covered. With it’s multiple stages, and it’s world class amphitheater, Summerfest leaves no size act without a stage to perform.  Situated right on Milwaukee’s Lakefront, in the middle of Beer City USA, Summerfest is a must see for everyone who wants the best in music, in a setting that is comfortable and spacious. Well thought out and time tested, Summerfest has the Festival atmosphere down pat and is presented in a professional, convenient manner. A never ending scene of music, food, beer and people watching makes it a joy to return day after day. If you find yourself saying what is Summerfest, I say come to Milwaukee and see how it’s done. At the reasonable $15 admission, you may never go to another overpriced festival again.


A brief list of artists set to perform this year.

Aerosmtih, Zack Brown Band, Rascal Flatts, Young the Giant, Chevelle, Lupe Fiasco, Silver Sun Pickups, Gary Allen, Eric Benet, Train, Kelly Clarkson, Fun, Lady Antebellum, ZZ Top, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Foo Fighters, All That Remains, Gavin Degraw, Skillet, Iron Maiden, Ziggy Marley, David Gray, 311, Big Time Rush, and many many many more.

Hunter Hayes Returns to the Rave

Hunter Hayes
The Rave – Milwaukee, WI

All Photos by Paul Weber

Hunter Hayes at the Rave in Milwaukee

Hunter may only be 20 years old, but he is somewhat of a veteran in the country music scene.  A Louisiana native, he started his career at a tender age, making the rounds on the television circuit. Hunter is touring in support of  his forth studio album, simply titled Hunter Hayes, marking his major label debut with Atlantic Records Nashville. Hunters self-titled debut was performed solely by him, virtually unheard of in Nashville, and was co-produced by legendary producer Dann Huff. In 2010 Hunter wrote the song Play for Rascal Flatts and in 2012 Hunter opened for the guys on their  Thaw Out Tour. Hunter is without question an artist to be watched. If the enthusiasm of the crowd at the Rave is any indication, you better get on board now or miss your chance at seeing an artist rise to great heights on the national stage first hand.


Hunter Hayes tour dates

04/23/12   Fillmore – Charlotte, NC

04/27/12   The National – Richmond, VA

05/01/12   Showbox at the Martket – Seattle, WA

05/02/12   Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR

05/03/12   Rodeo Club – San Jose, CA

05/10/12    The Pagent – St Louis, MO

05/11/12    Bogarts – Cincinnati, OH

05/12/12    The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI

05/18/12    Mavericks – Jacksonville, FL

05/19/12    Cowboy Saloon – Davie, FL

05/20/12    Dallas Bull – Tampa FL

05/26/12    Russell County Auditorium – Russell Springs, KY

For more tour dates, and more about Hunter head over to


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Miranda Lambert’s “On Fire” Tour burns up Milwaukee

Miranda Lambert
The Bradley Center – Milwaukee, WI

Miranda Lambert On Fire 2012 Tour

The past year has been good to Miranda. From marrying fellow country singer and The Voice judge, Blake Shelton last May, and performing “America the Beautiful” at the XLVI Superbowl she has every reason to be loving life.  Not to mention she is also taking part in Brad Paisley’s Virtual Reality Tour on June 6 at the historic Wrigley Field in the middle of her extensive tour along with the Stagecoach Music Festival in Indio, California.

Miranda Lambert On Fire 2012 TourMiranda’s 5th studio release is titled Four the Record and was released off Sony Music Nashville.  The album, co-written by Miranda, includes songs penned by Brandi Carlile, one of her Pistol Annie band members, Ashley Monroe, and Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley.   Guest performances include Josh Kelley, Steve Winwood, and Blake Shelton. Her release of Four the Record broke a 47-year record by making Miranda the first country music artist to have each of her releases debut at the #1 spot on the charts.  It also needs mention that Four the Record was also certified Gold.

Miranda is currently out on her On Fire tour with support from Chris Young and Jerrod Niemann. The tour kicked off mid January with back-to-back sold-out performances in Rockford, Illinois and La Crosse, Wisconsin.  Last night the tour stopped at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee and it was easy to see what the sold out shows where all about. While Miranda’s show was nothing less than pure entertainment for all in attendance, make no mistake, this ones for the ladies in the crowd. With the tone set by a video intro of strong women throughout history, if you were a guy coming to Miranda’s world to look for dainty ladies,,,,wrong night fella. Miranda’s , On Fire tour is a must see with great songs, great performances, and well done production. If you see shes coming to your town, you better get your tickets fast as this is sure to be one of the must see concerts of the season.

Photos of Miranda’s set in Milwaukee:



Miranda Lambert On Fire Tour Dates:

4/19/2012     Bradley Center    Milwaukee, WI      7:30 PM
4/20/2012    Target Center     Minneapolis, MN     7:30 PM
4/26/2012     Save Mart Center    Fresno, CA      7:30 PM
4/27/2012     2012 Stagecoach Country Music Festival     Empire Polo Field   Indio, CA
4/27/2012     Shoreline Amphitheatre         Mountain View, CA    6:30 PM
5/10/2012     CenturyLink Center Omaha       Omaha, NE    7:30 PM
5/11/2012      Sprint Center       Kansas City, MO   7:30 PM
5/12/2012      Gexa Energy Pavilion       Dallas, TX  7:30 PM
5/17/2012      Donald L. Tucker Center         Tallahassee, FL    7:30 PM
5/18/2012      Landers Center          Southaven, MS  7:30 PM
5/19/2012      Bridgestone Arena       Nashville, TN    7:30 PM
6/1/2012         5th Street Beach Stage     Virginia Beach, VA    7:00 PM
6/2/2012         92.5 XTU Anniversary Show    Susquehanna Bank Center     Camden, NJ  12:00 PM
6/3/2012         WMZQfest: Jiffy Lube Live      Bristow, VA   4:00 PM
6/8/2012         Klipsch Music Center      Noblesville, IN   7:30 PM
6/9/2012         Brad Paisley Wrigley Field      Chicago, IL   5:00 PM
6/14/2012       Nationwide Arena        Columbus, OH     7:30 PM
6/15/2012       Riverbend Music Center       Cincinnati, OH     7:30 PM
6/16/2012       Verizon Wireless Amphitheater      Maryland Heights, MO 7:30 PM
6/23/2012       UNO Lakefront Arena        New Orleans, LA    7:30 PM
7/3/2012         Salt River Fields        Scottsdale, AZ    5:30 PM
7/6/2012         Jam in the Valley     Varysburg, NY 4:00 PM
7/12/2012       The Wharf Amphitheatre        Orange Beach, AL     7:30 PM
7/13/2012       Aarons Amphitheatre At Lakewood        Atlanta, GA    7:30 PM
7/14/2012        Oak Mountain Amphitheatre      Birmingham, AL 7:30PM
7/28/2012       Delaware State Fairgrounds     Harrington, DE    TBD
8/10/2012       Bismarck Civic Center        Bismarck, ND     7:30 PM
8/12/2012        Iowa State Fair         Des Moines, IA    8:00 PM
9/4/2012          Encana Event Centre        Dawson Creek, Canada     TBD

In Photos: Chris Young Opening for Miranda Lambert’s “On Fire” Tour

Chris Young
Bradley Center – Milwaukee, WI

Chris Young On Fire 2012 Tour Bradley Center MilwaukeeChris Young had his big break back in 2006’s Nashville Star competition. This is also the same competition that Made Miranda Lambert a household name. Since then he’s released 3 studio albums and 1 EP.  His current album, NEON, debut at the #4 spot on Billboard’s Top 200 Chart with over a quarter million copies sold.  He co-wrote several songs on the album including his #1 hits “Tomorrow” and “You.” He also spent most of last year on tour with Jason Aldean and today Chris joins Miranda on her On Fire headlining tour across North America. Chris’ extensive 2012 tour also includes summer festivals such as Country Jam USA, Sunfest Country Festival, and a slew of State Fair dates.  See tour dates and photos below.

Photos from Chris Young’s set in Milwaukee:


Chris Young 2012 Tour Dates:
Apr 19, 2012      Bradley Center with Miranda Lambert       Milwaukee, WI
Apr 20, 2012     Target Center with Miranda Lambert        Minneapolis, MN
Apr 26, 2012      Save Mart Center with Miranda Lambert         Fresno, CA
Apr 27, 2012      Shoreline Amphitheatre with Miranda Lambert       Mountain View, CA
May 03, 2012      House of Blues         North Myrtle Beach, SC
May 04, 2012     Wild Bill’s       Duluth, GA
May 05, 2012     Runaway Country Festival       Melbourne, FL
May 10, 2012     CenturyLink Center with Miranda Lambert       Omaha, NE
May 11, 2012      Sprint Center with Miranda Lambert       Kansas City, MO
May 12, 2012      Gexa Energy Pavilion with Miranda Lambert       Dallas, TX
May 17, 2012     Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center with Miranda Lambert       Tallahassee, FL
May 18, 2012      Landers Center with Miranda Lambert       Southaven, MS
May 19, 2012      Bridgestone Arena with Miranda Lambert         Nashville, TN
May 31, 2012      The Longbranch Saloon        Raleigh, NC
Jun 01, 2012      Friday Cheers at Browns Island       Richmond, VA
Jun 02, 2012      WXTU Anniversary Show at the Susquehanna Bank Center        Camden, NJ
Jun 03, 2012      Jiffy Lube Live with Miranda Lambert        Bristow, VA
Jun 08, 2012      Klipsch Music Center with Miranda Lambert       Indianapolis, IN
Jun 09, 2012      Wrigley Field with Brad Paisley’s Virtual Reality Tour       Chicago, IL
Jun 10, 2012      WYCD Hoedown at Comerica Park       Detroit, MI
Jun 14, 2012      Nationwide Arena with Miranda Lambert       Columbus, OH
Jun 15, 2012      Riverbend Music Center with Miranda Lambert       Cincinnati, OH
Jun 16, 2012      Verizon Wireless Amphitheater with Miranda Lambert Maryland      Heights, MO
Jun 21, 2012      Country Jam USA       Grand Junction, CO
Jun 23, 2012      Gallivan Center        Salt Lake City, UT
Jun 28, 2012      Cotton Eyed Joe        Knoxville, TN
Jun 29, 2012      Coyote Joe’s         Charlotte, NC
Jun 30, 2012      Kentucky Speedway        Sparta, KY
Jul 12, 2012       Kosciusko County Community Fair       Warsaw, IN
Jul 14, 2012      Madison County Fair       Madison, NE
Jul 15, 2012      Hodag Country Festival        Rhinelander, WI
Jul 19, 2012      Country Jam USA       Eau Claire, WI
Jul 20, 2012     LakeFest at Warnock Lake Park       Atchison, KS
Jul 26, 2012      North Dakota State Fair       Minot, ND
Jul 27, 2012      Cheyenne Frontier Days        Cheyenne, WY
Jul 28, 2012      Deadwood Mountain       Grand Deadwood, SD
Jul 30, 2012      Montana State Fair       Great Falls, MT
Aug 03, 2012      Sunfest Country Festival       Duncan, BC
Aug 05, 2012      Oregon Jamboree       Sweet Home, OR
Aug 07, 2012      Douglas County Fair       Roseburg, OR
Aug 25, 2012      Six Flags Over Texas      Arlington, TX
Sep 02, 2012      South Dakota State Fair       Huron, SD
Sep 08, 2012      Tri-State Rodeo       Fort Madison, IA
Sep 09, 2012      Clay County Fair       Spencer, IA
Oct 13, 2012      Alabama National Fair      Montgomery, AL

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In Photos: Jerrod Niemann on Miranda Lambert’s “On Fire” Tour

Jerrod Niemann
Bradley Center – Milwaukee, WI

Music…I keep it rural
Beer…I keep it plural
” – Jerrod Niemann

Jerrod Niemann at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee

Jerrod Niemann is not fresh blood in Nashville. It wasn’t that long ago when Jerrod saw more success as just a songwriter than actually performing and recording his own music.  He’s written for the likes of Garth Brooks, as well as,  Jamey Johnson, Neal McCoy, Julie Roberts, Flynnville Train and Zona Jones.   His taste of success came with his first studio release,  Judge Jerrod & the Hung Jury. The album produced his biggest hits to date  “Lover,Lover” and “What Do You Want,” and “One More Drinkin’ Song.”  His newest single “Shinin’ On Me” is off his still untitled upcoming album. There is a music video in the works for “Shinin’ On Me” which will include guest appearances from his friends and band members.

Jerrod is currently joined by Chris Young and Miranda Lambert on Lambert’s On Fire tour. He also is making stops at Country USA, Star Spangled Banner Celebration, Daupin’s Countryfest, Jam in the Valley Festival, and Country Jam USA.  Check out tour dates and photos from Jerrod’s set below.

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Jerrod Niemann’s 2012 Tour Dates:

Thu      04/19/12      Milwaukee, WI      Bradley Center
Fri        04/20/12      Minneapolis, MN       Target Center
Thu      04/26/12      Fresno, CA        Save Mart Center
Fri        04/27/12      Mountain View, CA       Shoreline Amphitheatre
Sat        05/05/12      Athens, GA       Georgia Theatre
Fri        05/11/12       Kansas City, MO       Sprint Center
Sat        05/12/12       Dallas, TX       Gexa Energy Pavilion
Thu      05/17/12       Tallahassee, FL       Tallahassee-Leon Co. Civic Ctr.
Sat        05/26/12       Baton Rouge, LA       LSU Tiger Stadium – “Bayou Country Superfest”
Thu      05/31/12       Clifton Park, NY       Northern Lights
Sun      06/03/12       Bristow, VA       Jiffy Lube Live
Tue      06/05/12       Lancaster, PA       Chameleon
Thu      06/07/12       Nashville, TN       Riverfront Stage –  “CMA Music Festival”
Fri        06/08/12       Noblesville, IN       Klipsch Music Center
Sat       06/09/12       Chicago, IL       Wrigley Field – Appearing with Brad Paisley
Sun      06/10/12       Detroit, MI       Comerica Park –  “99.5 WYCD Downtown Hoedown”
Thu      06/14/12       Columbus, OH       Nationwide Arena
Fri       06/15/12       Cincinnati, OH       Riverbend Music Center
Sat       06/16/12      Maryland Heights, MO       Verizon Wireless Amph. St. Louis
Thu     06/21/12       Oshkosh, WI       Country USA
Fri       06/22/12       Richland Center, WI       Kros Koup Park –  “Star Spangled Celebration”
Sun      06/24/12       Grand Junction, CO       Country Jam USA Grounds
Fri       06/29/12       Dauphin, MB       Countryfest Grounds – “Dauphin’s Countryfest”
Thu     07/05/12       Lancaster, PA       Chameleon
Fri       07/06/12       Varysburg, NY       Buffalo Hill Village – “Jam In The Valley Festival”
Fri       07/13/12       West Fargo, ND       Red River Valley Fairgrounds- “Red River Valley Fair”
Sat       07/21/12       Eau Claire, WI       Country Jam USA

Creed Kicks Off The “2 Nights Live” Tour in Chicago

2 Nights Live 2012
The Chicago Theatre – Chicago, IL

All Photos by Paul Weber

Creed is:
Scott Stapp – lead vocals
Mark Tremonti – lead & rhythm guitars, backing vocals
Brian Marshall – bass
Scott Phillips – drums

Scott Stapp and Mark Tremonti 2nd night at the Chicago Theatre

Creed doesn’t have a new album out yet, but that hasn’t stopped them from hitting the road. Scott Stapp, Mark, Brian, and Scott Phillips decided to get back together to tour earlier this year. This reunion is the second go-around since their 2004 separation. The last time was back in 2009 with their 4th studio album, Full Circle, which was accompanied by a tour that ran into 2010.  Both parties have kept busy during Creed’s downtime as Mark, Brian, and Scott Phillips formed Alter Bridge with Myles Kennedy and as Alter Bridge released their first album, One Day Remains, back in 2004. Stapp released his first solo album, The Great Divide, in 2005. He also recorded a second solo album, but it appears to be currently shelved as Scott and Mark have been writing new material for Creed.

Scott Stapp at the Chicago Theatre for Creed's 2 Nights Live Tour

Last night was night two of Creed’s kick off to their 2 Nights Live tour.  The tour continues through late August at the Alaska State Fair and includes a stop for the rock fest, Rocklahoma.  The festival and fair stops will be anybody’s guess as to what they will play, but the first night at the Chicago Theatre on Friday covered the entire My Own Prison album plus a few other goodies from Human Clay and Weathered.  Night two featured Human Clay from beginning to end with some of their biggest hits from My Own Prison including “One,” “My Own Prison,” and “Torn” and they capped off the night with “My Sacrifice.”  The set was a huge flashback to 1999, which included Scott growing his trademark hair back.

Creed Chicago TheatreThe stage had amazing back lighting that was appropriate for a rock band making a comeback, yet neither Scott nor Mark really talked much between songs.  Actually, Mark didn’t say anything at all and Scott only introduced a couple of the songs.   This wasn’t so much a bad thing; I was expecting more of a VH1 Storytellers’ vibe but it was still entertaining to see them play the album straight through. For “Say I” Scott said, “This was the inspiration to the album’s name. It took us away to another place.”  He also remarked right before “Wash Away the Years” that his sister inspired the song.  The entire night was semi-surreal.  With eyes closed it really felt like someone hit play on jukebox as Scott nailed each of the songs. He didn’t stray too much from the original lyrics or arrangements.

Even though the band hails from Florida, Chicago has accepted both Creed and Alter Bridge alike as one of their own.  Magic happens when Tremonti and the crew come to town, yet there was a bit of doubt as to the success of this two night residency. Scott’s history in Chicago has been a shaky one that included fans demanding refunds due to his less than tolerable behavior on stage.  Last night Scott proved himself to be as strong as ever and the crowd opened their arms to Creed, showing that everything that happened in the past is all just water under the Alter Bridge. Hopefully Creed fans will soon see a new studio album with original songs from the original band members!

Mark Tremonti 2nd night at the Chicago Theatre

Human Clay Setlist:

Are you Ready?
What If
Say I
Wrong Way
Faceless Man
Never Die
With Arms Wide Open
Wash Away Those Years
Inside Us All
My Own Prison
My Sacrifice

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Creed’s 2 Nights Live 2012 Tour:

4-13-2012     Chicago, IL      Chicago Theatre     My Own Prison
4-14-2012     Chicago, IL      Chicago Theatre     Human Clay
4-16-2012     Upper Darby, PA     Tower Theatre     My Own Prison
4-17-2012     Upper Darby, PA     Tower Theatre     Human Clay
4-19-2012     New York, NY     Beacon Theatre     My Own Prison
4-20-2012     New York, NY      Beacon Theatre     Human Clay
4-21-2012     Uncasville, CT     Mohegan Sun Arena     Human Clay
4-24-2012     Washington, DC      Warner Theatre      Human Clay
4-27-2012     Boston, MA      Orpheum Theater     Human Clay
4-30-2012     Houston, TX     Verizon Wireless Theater     My Own Prison
5-01-2012     Houston, TX      Verizon Wireless Theater      Human Clay
5-09-2012     Phoenix, AZ     Comerica Theatre     Human Clay
5-11-2012     Las Vegas, NV     The Pearl     Human Clay
5-12-2012     Indio, CA     Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino
5-13-2012     Pomona, CA     The Fox Theater
5-15-2012     Los Angeles, CA     Wiltern Theatre     Human Clay
5-16-2012     San Francisco, CA     The Warfield
5-19-2012     Denver, CO     Paramount Theatre     Human Clay
5-21-2012     Kansas City, MO     The Midland Theatre by AMC     My Own Prison
5-22-2012     Kansas City, MO     The Midland Theatre by AMC     Human Clay
5-25-2012     Pryor, OK     Rocklahoma Festival
5-26-2012     St. Louis, MO     The Pageant
5-27-2012     Atlanta, GA     The Tabernacle
5-30-2012     Toronto, Canada     Danforth Music Hall
5-31-2012     Detroit, MI     Fillmore Detroit
6-01-2012     Brantford, ON     Brantford Hickeyfest
7-28-2012     Hot Springs, AR     Magic Springs
8-03-2012     Lincoln, CA     Thunder Valley Casino Resort
8-17-2012     Council Bluffs, IA     Stir Cove
8-21-2012     Fairbanks, AK     Carlson Center
8-23-2012     Palmer, AK     Alaska State Fair

Shinedown Roars Like a Lion on the Avalanche Tour

Avalanche Tour with Art of Dying and Adelitas Way
The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
All Photos by Paul Weber

Brent Smith Shinedown Avalanche Tour The Rave Milwaukee 2012

Shinedown could very well go down in history as having one of the greatest frontmen in rock and roll.  The band also has that special sauce with a bite to make them stand out in a world saturated by musicians. Each one of their four studio albums placed on rock charts and not many rock acts can say that.  Collectively their albums have already sold over 10 million copies worldwide.

zach myers Shinedown Avalanche Tour The Rave Milwaukee 2012The group just released their fourth studio album, Amaryllis, and it has already spawned the radio rock anthem “Bully.”  Alongside Amaryllis’ release accompanied an eBook FOR YOUR SAKE: Inside the Making of Shinedown’s Amaryllis. It is an interactive book with 75 pages of words, never-before-seen photos, and videos. The eBook was a joint effort with rock journalist Jonah Bayer and Atlantic Records. The eBook is available for purchase here for $5.99.

Last night as Shinedown took the stage the first thing that struck me was Brent’s appearance.  Last time I saw Shinedown was back in 2010 and Brent looked like he filled out (it happens to the best of us).  Yet, when he walked out onstage last night, my mouth dropped. He looked fantastic! His weight loss didn’t just affect his physique; his energy level was at an all-time high. Brent was intense and much more dramatic than he was two years ago. Now let’s get something straight here–back in 2010 I thought the show was amazing; this time around I was just blown away.

Brent and Zach mix to make up that special sauce I was talking about earlier. Their comradery onstage shows the love between the guys.  Zach took to his solos with such ease as not to skip a beat. As many Shinedown fans know, Zach takes to his solo work when Shinedown is in hiatus mode, so he manages to keep his chops up to par.

I do need to mention the spectacular lighting for Shinedown. I really didn’t think the stage was going to be so lit up as it was even though this is Shinedown we are talking about.  The lighting was so poor for the openers Art of Dying and Adelitas Way that there was some concern of what it was going to look like when the headliners hit the stage.  All the light was aimed at the back of the stage by the drummer yet both openers took the very front of the stage with little light.

Brent Smith Shinedown Avalanche Tour The Rave Milwaukee 2012

The set was a great mix of songs from each of their 4 albums and the night ended with some of their biggest hits to date including “Second Chance,” “Simple Man,” and “Bully.”


Sound of Madness
Diamond Eyes
If You Only Knew
Save Me
Nowhere Kids
Crow and Butterfly
Simple Man
Second Chance
Fly From the Inside

The Avalanche Tour runs through the end of April with May filled with headlining shows and festivals such as the Carolina Rebellion. See their tour itinerary below.

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ON TOUR 2012
All Dates w/2012 Avalanche Tour except *


2          Denver, CO                             Ogden Theatre                       
5          Houston, TX                          House of Blues                         
6          Dallas, TX                                House of Blues
7          Corpus Christi, TX                Concrete Street Amphitheatre
9          Springfield, MO                     Shrine Mosque                        
10         Indianapolis, IN                   Egyptian Room
12         Detroit, MI                             The Fillmore                      
13         Milwaukee, WI                      The Rave                          
14         Grand Rapids, MI                  Orbit Room                          
16         Niagara Falls, NY                Rapids Theater                       
17         Pittsburgh, PA                      Stage AE                            
18         Providence, RI                       Lupo’s                       
20         New York, NY                        Best Buy Theater                       
21         Atlantic City, NJ                    House of Blues                         
22         Scranton, PA                         Cultural Center                        
24         Richmond, VA                      The National                      
25         Baltimore, MD                      Ram’s Head                          
1          Bossier City, LA                    Centurylink Center *
2          Huntsville, AL                       Von Braun Center *
4          Virginia Beach, VA               Farm Bureau Live *
5          Rockingham, NC                   Carolina Rebellion @ Rockingham Speedway *
6          Atlanta, GA                             Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre *
8          Newkirk, OK                          First Council Casino *
9          Oklahoma City, OK               Diamond Ballroom *
11         Pacific Junction, IA               Mid America Motorplex *
12         Kansas City, MO                   Liberty Memorial Park *
13         Boone, IA                               Central Iowa Expo *
15         Minneapolis, MN                  The Brick *                             
16         Chicago, IL                            House of Blues *
18         Bloomington, IL                    US Cellular Coliseum *
19         Columbus, OH                     Columbus Crew Stadium *
20         Camden, NJ                           Susquehanna Bank Center *

In Photos: Adelitas Way on the Avalanche Tour

Adelitas Way
Avalanche Tour with Art of Dying and Shinedown
All Photos by Paul Weber

Adelitas Way The Rave Milwaukee Avalanche Tour

Adelitas Way is currently on tour supporting Shinedown on the Avalanche Tour.  With their new album, Home School Valedictorian, in hand they are set to take on the Avalanche Tour as well hitting some of the top rock festivals this summer.

These Las Vegas rockers have come a long way from playing local Las Vegas clubs.  They have opened for such stellar acts like Shinedown and Theory of a Deadman since 2005.  I was first introduced to the band back in 2007 as they snagged the lucky opening spot for one of Hinder’s shows at the House of Blues in Las Vegas.  It was only a matter of time before they were going to hit it big.

Tour Dates:

04/14/2012 Orbit Room Grand Rapids, MI
04/16/2012 Rapids Theater Niagara Falls, NY
04/17/2012 Stage AE Pittsburgh, PA
04/18/2012 Lupos Heartbreak Hotel Providence, RI
04/20/2012 Best Buy Theater New York, NY
04/21/2012 House of Blues Atlantic City, NJ
04/22/2012 Scranton Cultural Center Scranton, PA
04/24/2012 The National Richmond, VA
04/25/2012 Rams Head Live Baltimore, MD
04/27/2012 Exchange Park Ladson Fairgrounds Charleston, SC
04/28/2012 Tampa Bay Times Forum Tampa, FL
04/29/2012 Metropolitan Park Jacksonville, FL
05/03/2012 Zydeco Birmingham, AL
05/04/2012 Farm Bureau Live Virginia Beach, VA
05/05/2012 Rockingham Speedway Rockingham, NC
05/06/2012 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park Alpharetta, GA
05/06/2012 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park Alpharetta, GA
05/08/2012 Exit/In Nashville, TN
05/09/2012 Revolution Music Room Little Rock, AR
05/13/2012 Central Iowa Expo Boone, IA
05/15/2012 The Loft Lansing, MI
05/19/2012 Columbus Crew Statium Columbus, OH
05/20/2012 Susquehanna Bank Center Camden, NJ
05/22/2012 Starland Ballroom Sayerville, NJ
05/25/2012 Catch The Fever Fair Grounds Pryor, OK
07/21/2012 Chippewa Valley Country Festival Cadott, W

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Art of Dying at the Rave in Milwaukee

Art of Dying
Avalanche Tour with Adelitas Way and Shinedown
All Photos by Paul Weber

Art of Dying is:

Jonny Hetherington – Vocals
Greg Bradley – Guitar
Jeff Brown – Drums
Cale Gontier – Bass/Vocals
Tavis Stanley – Guitar/Vocals

Art of Dying The Rave Milwaukee Avalanche Tour 2012

Art of Dying is currently on the road opening for the Avalanche Tour with Adelitas Way and Shinedown.  They’ve been on the road most of 2011 supporting the likes of Avenged Sevenfold, Three Days Grace, and Theory of a Deadman. The reason for all this touring…Vices and Virtues, which is their first major label release through Warner Brothers/Intoxication Records, aka Disturbed’s label.

Times are looking good for these guys and it doesn’t end at the Avalanche Tour.  Their trek continues throughout the summer including some large rock festivals like Rock Fest and Rocklahoma. Check out the full tour itinerary and photos below:

Art of Dying The Rave Milwaukee Avalanche Tour 2012
of Dying on the Avalanche Tour

04/12/12                     Detroit, MI                   The Fillmore
04/13/12                     Milwaukee, WI           The Rave
04/14/12                     Grand Rapids, MI       Orbit Room
04/16/12                     Niagara Falls, NY        Rapids Theatre
04/17/12                     Pittsburgh, PA             Stage AE
04/18/12                     Providence, RI            Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
04/20/12                     New York, NY              Best Buy Theater
04/21/12                     Atlantic City, NJ          House of Blues-Atlantic City
04/22/12                     Scranton, PA                Scranton Cultural Centre at the Masonic Temple
04/24/12                     Richmond, VA             The National
04/25/12                     Baltimore, MD            Rams Head Live
05/01/12                     Bossier City, LA           Centurylink Center w/ Shinedown, Evanescence
05/02/12                       Huntsville, AL              Von Braun Center – w/ Chevelle, Shinedown
05/04/12                     Virginia Beach, VA        Farm Bureau Live – WNOR Lunatic Luau
06/06/12                     Alpharetta, GA              Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre – WKLS Project Cinco Party
05/08/12                      Nashville, TN                    Exit/In
05/09/12                     Little Rock, AR                Rev Room
05/ 12/12                   Kansas City, MO                Liberty Memorial Park – KC Rockfest
05/13/12                      Boone, IA                               Central Iowa Expo – KAZR Lazerfest 2012
05/15/12                        Minneapolis, MN               The Brick – w/ Shinedown
05/16/12                     Chicago, IL                                House of Blues – w/ Shinedown
05/18/12                        Scranton, PA                         Eleanor Rigby’s
05/19/12                        Hartford, CT                           The Comcast Theatre – WCCC Big Gig 2012
05/20/12                       Lancaster, PA                   Chameleon Club
05/22/12                        Atlantic City, NJ                    Starland Ballroom
05/25/12                        Sauget, IL                              Pop’s
05/27/12                    Pryor, OK                       Rocklahoma
06/19/12                   Cadott, WI                               Cadott Valley Rock Fest – w/ Buckcherry

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Trace Adkins’ “Song and Stories Tour” Hits The Riverside Theater

Trace Adkins
Song and Stories Tour 2012
Riverside Theater – Milwaukee, WI
Photos by Paul Weber

Trace Adkins Riverside Theater Milwaukee WI

Trace Adkins is a country music icon with a shelf of music awards including multiple American Country Music and CMT awards as well as two Grammy nominations circa 2008 for “Best Male Country Vocal Performance” and “Best Country Song” for “You’re Gonna Miss This.”  His newest release is Proud to Be Here, which is his 13th studio album to date, including his 2 Best Of albums.

Trace Adkins Riverside Theater Milwaukee WITrace is out on tour but doing things differently this time around.  He’s hitting the music theater circuit with his band in a VH1 Storytellers type scene.  The stage is structured for a more intimate night, not just a concert.  Trace took the stage at 8:00 P.M. sharp, sang and told stories for 45 minutes, and then right as the crowd was ready for more, Trace took a (planned) 15 minute break.  He then continued the night with another 45 minute set to conclude the show. For those who have tickets to the show, I must also note there is no opening act, so get there on time.

Even though Trace emphasized that the Song and Stories Tour would be different from any other tour he’s done, he still came prepared with a beautiful stage setup. Just because it’s more of a storyteller’s atmosphere doesn’t mean he skipped out on the production value of the show.  He also brought the full band along for the tour.

The night was a mix of songs from his back catalogue and new songs from Proud to Be Here.  The setlist is mixed for each night as Trace takes to Twitter for song requests and shout-outs to fans during the set.  If you are attending a Song and Stories show, take to Twitter and place your song request the day before the show. One song request came from Linda and Trace noted the song she requested hasn’t been performed live in a long time.  Only two of the musicians in his band have played it before live.  They did go through it several times at soundcheck and the crowd was thrilled when it was discovered the song was “Then They Do.” (Trace on Twitter:

Trace Adkins Riverside Theater Milwaukee WITrace confessed he was excited to not worry about strutting his stuff on this tour, yet after a deep sigh from the crowd, Trace chuckled and pointed out he was still going to shake it a little bit on stage. He is Trace Adkins after all and doesn’t like to disappoint his fans.

The highlights of the show weren’t just the songs; Trace’s recollection of stories from his life was humorous, the laugh out humorous. One of the best stories of the night was about his cell phone.  Previously he had a flip phone, which the kid at the store said was an “antique.” He now has an iPhone and apparently he’s getting into a bit of trouble now that he can post on Twitter and Facebook directly from his phone.  The “trouble” he was talking about was his post concerning the newest viral craze about the fight against Kony.  Trace is one celebrity that is fascinating to follow on Facebook and Twitter. He speaks his mind and is pretty non-apologetic about his words.

When Trace was approached and thanked for keeping country music “traditional” he laughed as fans know his songs aren’t all traditional.  He followed that with a quick line noting that the next song is going to be “nastier” than the last one.  Which song? “That’s What You Get.”

Trace Adkins Riverside Theater Milwaukee WIHe prefaced “Semper Fi” with noting the shows he performs for the USO. “Semper Fi” is dedicated to the Marines, but he also says he doesn’t get to perform for them due to their location.  The song received a standing ovation from the crowd.  He then told the story about his neighbor’s son joining the Marines after the song was released.  He followed the serious story up with one of running into that same neighbor’s mailbox.

What’s Trace’s favorite song off the new album? It may be pretty obvious as the title of the album is also the title of his favorite song.  The song appears to be very personal for Trace as a couple of the stories he told last night were about his drunken moments and even hitting his head while out in the woods and it started bleeding. He said he didn’t want to call any of his friends because they’ve bailed out him out so many other times.  He laughed and said that he just wanted to bleed out and die there. All the things he’s been through in his life, he is proud and lucky to be here.

A night full of stories, connecting with his fans, and a great mix of songs made this one of Trace’s must-see shows.  The Song and Stories Tour runs throughout the spring and summer. Tour dates are below.

Photos from Trace’s Song and Stories set at the Riverside Theater:

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The Second Night of Daughtry’s “Break the Spell 2012” Tour

Openers: SafetySuit
The Convocation Center – Dekalb, IL

All Photos by Paul Weber

Daughtry is:
Chris Daughtry – Vocals
Josh Paul – Bass
Brian Craddock – Guitar
Josh Steely – Guitar
Robin Diaz – Drums

Daughtry Convocation Center Dekalb IL NIU Campus

Daughtry is out on tour supporting their 3rd studio album, Break the Spell. The album has already been met with rave reviews and, as expected, last night showcased much of the new material off the album. Their previous albums Daughtry and Leave This Town lead to the band snagging top music awards and nominations.  They took home several American Music Awards for Breakthrough Artist, Best Adult Contemporary Artist, Best Pop/Rock Album, as well as being nominated for several Grammys, and numerous Billboard Music Awards.  It’s no doubt that band is back and ready to meet the success of their new album head on and they are doing it the best way they know how…touring. Daughtry’s Break the Spell 2012 tour started Tuesday night at University of Illinois’ Assembly Hall in Champaign, Illinois.  It really is only beginning of this hefty summer tour that is set to end June 13th in Austin, Texas.

Daughtry Convocation Center Dekalb IL NIU CampusDaughtry started the night off on the right foot as the band hit the stage promptly at 9 p.m.  Newcomers SafetySuit had the crowd warmed up and ready for Daughtry to hit the stage.  Chris Daughtry can sing a tune and his live show is much like any of the Daughtry records.  It’s a true test to hear a band live to see exactly how much the production engineer at the studio altered vocals and sounds.  Chris passed the test of talent and didn’t skip a beat last night.

The night was filled with many new songs from Break the Spell including the self-title track, “Renegade,” and “Crazy” to just name a few. Chris informed the crowd that Break the Spell was the new record they had out, yet I am sure 99% of the people in the arena knew that factoid. After he mentioned the new album he told the crowd that they were going to be perform many of the new songs off the album and he nonchalantly added with a smile, “some old ones too.”   Chris introduced “Outta My Head” as their upcoming single and noted, “This is probably my favorite song off the new album.”Daughtry Convocation Center Dekalb IL NIU Campus

While Chris and the guys were on top of their performance, the sound wasn’t.  The Convocation Center at the NIU campus is an arena that was meant for sports not concerts.  The empty seats behind the band were a contributing factor to fans inability to really hear Chris’ vocals, especially if not seated directly in front of the stage.  The sound bounced around so much it was a bit distracting.  Don’t take this as a jab at the band, as it was more circumstantial and the show really needs a backdrop behind the stage to prevent that from happening again. However, I did expected a bit more stage production for this tour as the band has a huge following, numerous accolades, and 2.4 million followers on Facebook alone. The band had a much stripped down rock show, where there usually is nothing wrong with that, but they are playing arena’s where there is a lot of space around them and they could have used some visuals or even a “light show” to enhance the experience.  Yet maybe I am still just a bit bitter about the sound.

While I am a music critic, I really mean nothing when the crowd speaks for themselves.  Even without a pop and circumstance, the loyal Daughtry fans loved the night and the mix of the old as well as new material.  The Break the Spell Tour is one to see before the summer ends. Tour dates and photos from the show are below.

Break the Spell *New Song
Feels Like Tonight
Crawling Back to You *New Song
Losing My Mind
Out of My Head *New Song
Crazy *New Song
Start of Something Good *New Song
What About Now
Spaceship *New Song
Louder Than Ever *New Song
Over You/No Surprise
Running Down a Dream
Rebel Yell
It’s Not Over

Photos from Daughtry’s set at the Convocation Center in Dekalb:

Daughtry’s Break the Spell 2012 Tour Dates:

9  Moline, IL  iWireless Center
20 Buffalo, NY    Shea’s Performing Arts Center
21 Reading, PA    Reading Eagle Theater at the Sovereign Center
24 Toronto, ON    Massey Hall
25 Cleveland, OH    Palace Theatre
27 Atlanta, GA    Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
28 Little Rock, AR    Robinson Center Music Hall
30 Nashville, TN    Ryman Auditorium
31 Louisville, KY    Louisville Palace Theater

2   Columbus, OH    Veteran’s Memorial
3   Cincinnati, OH    Music Hall
4   Pittsburgh, PA    Benedum Center
7   Greensboro, NC    Greensboro Coliseum
9   Charlotte, NC    Ovens Auditorium
11   Clearwater, FL    Ruth Eckerd Hall
12   Orlando, FL    Hard Rock Live
14   Boca Raton, FL    Mizner Park Amphitheater
15   Jacksonville, FL    Moran Theatre at the Times Union Center
17   Columbia, SC    Township Auditorium
18   Richmond, VA    Landmark Theater
20   W. Long Branch, NJ    The MAC at Monmouth University
21   Syracuse, NY    Landmark Theater
23   Lowell, MA    Lowell Memorial
25   Newark, NJ    NJ PAC
29   Albany, NY    Palace Theater

1    New York, NY    Hammerstein Ballroom

10   Indianapolis, IN    Egyptian Room
11   Waukegan, IL    Genesee Theatre
13   Minneapolis, MN    The Brick
15   Omaha, NE    Orpheum Theatre
16   St. Louis, MO    Peabody Opera House
18   Kansas City, MO    The Midland by AMC
19   Tulsa, OK    Brady Theatre
21   Phoenix, AZ    Comerica Theatre
22   San Diego, CA    San Diego Civic Theatre
24   Las Vegas, NV    The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
30   Los Angeles, CA    Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live
31   San Francisco, CA    The Warfield

2   Portland, OR    Keller Auditorium
3   Seattle, WA   Paramount Theatre
5   Salt Lake City, UT   Abravanel Hall
7   Denver, CO   Jim Beam Live Music Series at Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre
11   Grand Prairie, TX   Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
13   Austin, TX   Bass Concert Hall

SafetySuit on the road with Daughtry

Opening for Daughtry
Convocation Center – Dekalb, IL
All Photos by Paul Weber

SafetySuit is:
Douglas Brown – vocals, rhythm guitar
Dave Garofalo– guitar
Jeremy Henshaw– bass
Tate Cunningham– drums

SafetySuit Dekalb IL Convocation Center NIU

SafetySuit is riding high with their sophomore album hitting the #1 spot on iTunes the week of its release.   This pop/rock band from Tennessee also is celebrating their current spot as opener for Daughtry on the Break the Spell 2012 tour.

SafetySuit Dekalb IL Convocation Center NIULast night was the second stop opening for Daughtry as they hit the Convocation Center on the NIU campus.  The show took place in the arena that isn’t ideal for concerts.  Part of me feels pretty bad for SafetySuit as it took the crowd a while to warm up to them.  This is no knock to the band as they were amazing. I blame it more on the venue as the sound bounced around and made fans feel like they were in a less intimate space than they actually were.  I hope for future gigs on this tour the show gets a backdrop on the stage to help provide a solution to that sound problem, as the empty seats behind the stage only made the sound worse.  For that, I feel bad for the guys as it took the crowd to the tail end of their set to get off their feet and give back the energy the band was feeding the crowd.

SafetySuit’s “These Times” Music Video

The highlight of the set was their current single, “These Times,” where the music video is a compilation of fan submitted videos portraying their own hard times. The prelude to the song was Douglas sending out a message to those who are currently enduring tough circumstances, “These times are hard but they will pass.” Also a strong point of the night was the cover of “Hallelujah.”  It was after “Hallelujah” when Douglas jumped off stage and was in the pit serenading the front rows.  This is when the crowd started to get on their feet, as Douglas also reminded those in the arena that this was, in fact, a rock show.  It also didn’t take long for Douglas to leave the pit and greet fans with floor seats.  He really knows how to get the crowd pumped.

The set ended with “Stay,” one of the songs that helped launch their career.  It’s just too bad it took the crowd so long to catch the goodness SafetySuit was giving as the crowd was left wanting more.

Photos of SafetySuit’s set:

In Photos: Van Halen at the United Center in Chicago

Van Halen
United Center – Chicago, IL

All Photos by Paul Weber

Van Halen is:
David Lee Roth
Eddie Van Halen
Alex Van Halen
Wolf Van Halen

Van Halen United Center Chicago IL 2012

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Young the Giant Light Up the Rave

Young the Giant
The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
All Photos by Paul Weber

Young the Giant:
Sameer Gadhia – vocals
Jacob Tilley – guitar
Eric Cannata – guitar/vocals
Payam Doostzadeh – bass
Francois Comtois – drums/vocals

Young the Giant The Rave Milwaukee Wisconsin

Young the Giant is riding high on a huge success of their second single “Cough Syrup” off their 2010 self-titled release. Another high note for the band was Fox’s hit show Glee covering  “Cough Syrup” in their latest episode.  The band is also set to play on one of the hottest music festivals this summer, Bonnaroo, as well as the Hangout Music Festival in Alabama. Their latest headlining tour is sold-out with the support of Walk the Moon. Thus, 2012 is looking good for this alternative rock band from Irvine, California.

Young the Giant The Rave Milwaukee WisconsinLast night at the Rave was very interesting. This was the first time I’ve seen Young the Giant live after hearing the chatter about “Cough Syrup.”  It’s pretty bad of me because these guys have been around since 2004 and were formerly known as The Jakes. They sure know how to make an incredible first impression and one of the things I noticed was the amazing lighted backdrop on stage; it illuminated the stage setting the tone for the show.  There were hanging lanterns along with stands of exposed light bulbs that dominated the back of the stage.  The real surprising thing I noticed was how many fans, young ones, in attendance smoked pot.  That’s all I smelled as soon as the first song was over.  It was unexpected and slightly funny because just a couple weeks before Megadeth and Motorhead were at the Rave and that very familiar scent was not present.  For Young the Giant to be playing Bonnaroo just seems more appropriate than ever.

“My Body” Music Video

I can dig Young the Giant because they are a cross between Coldplay and Kings of Leon. At times  Sameer’s vocals even reminded me of Jim Morrison from the Doors.  He has such a strong vocal presence that trumps many of the other bands in the alternative rock genre.  As mentioned above the hanging lights from the back of the stage lit up the band and created a surreal vibe for their alternative rock sound.

This is the time to catch them before they hit it really big. Tour dates and photos from their set below.


I Got
Guns Out
Shake My Hand
12 Fingers
What You Get
Cough Syrup
Ever Little Thing
St. Walker
God Made Man

My Body

Photos from Young the Giant’s set at the Rave in Milwaukee:

Young the Giant on Tour:

Wed-Feb-15   Tucson, AZ       Rialto Theatre (+) – SOLD OUT
Thu-Feb-16     Phoenix, AZ       Crescent Ballroom (+) – SOLD OUT
Fri-Feb-17       Phoenix, AZ       Crescent Ballroom (+) – SOLD OUT
Sat-Feb-18       Denver, CO       Ogden (+) – SOLD OUT
Mon-Feb-20    Minneapolis, MN       First Avenue (+)
Tue-Feb-21       Milwaukee, WI       Rave Ballroom (+)
Thu-Feb-23       Chicago, IL        The Riviera (+) – SOLD OUT
Fri-Feb-24        Covington, KY       Madison Theatre (+) – SOLD OUT
Sat-Feb-25        Columbus, OH        Newport Music Hall (+) – SOLD OUT
Sun-Feb-26       Cleveland, OH       Beachland Ballroom (+) – SOLD OUT
Tue-Feb-28       Detroit, MI        Majestic Theatre (+) – SOLD OUT
Thu-Mar-01      Toronto, ON        Sound Academy(+) – SOLD OUT
Fri-Mar-02       Ottawa, ON        The Bronson Centre (+) – SOLD OUT
Sat-Mar-03       Montreal, QC       Cabaret-Mile End (+) – SOLD OUT
Sun-Mar-04      Quebec City, QC       Le Cercle (+)
Tue-Mar-06      Burlington, VT       Higher Ground ( ! )
Thu-Mar-08      Boston, MA       House of Blues ( ! ) – SOLD OUT
Fri-Mar-09        New York, NY       Terminal 5 ( ! ) – SOLD OUT
Sat-Mar-10        Philadelphia, PA      Electric Factory ( ! ) – SOLD OUT
Sun-Mar-11       Washington, DC       9:30 Club( ! ) – SOLD OUT
Thu-Mar-15       Atlanta, GA       Center Stage ( ! ) – SOLD OUT
Fri-Mar-16         Jacksonville, FL       Freebird Live ( ! ) – SOLD OUT
Sat-Mar-17         Tampa, FL       Ritz Ybor ( ! )
Sun-Mar-18       Ft. Lauderdale, FL       Culture Room ( ! ) – SOLD OUT
Tue-Mar-20      New Orleans, LA       House of Blues ( ! ) – SOLD OUT
Thu-Mar-22      Houston, TX       Warehouse Live ( ! ) – SOLD OUT
Fri-Mar-23        Dallas, TX       Prophet Bar ( ! ) – SOLD OUT
Sat-Mar-24       Austin, TX       Stubb’s BBQ ( ! ) – SOLD OUT
Sat-Mar-25       Austin, TX       Stubb’s BBQ ( ! ) – SOLD OUT
Tue-Mar-27      Tulsa, OK       Cain’s Ballroom ( ! )
Thu-Mar-29      St. Louis, MO      Pageant ( ! )
Fri-Mar-30       Kansas City, MO       The Midland ( ! ) – SOLD OUT
Sat-Mar-31       Des Moines, IA       People’s Court ( ! ) – SOLD OUT
Tue-Apr-03       Salt Lake City, UT       In The Venue ( ! )
Thur-Apr-05     Portland, OR       Roseland Theater ( ! )
Fri-Apr-06        Portland, OR       Roseland Theater ( ! ) – SOLD OUT
Sat-Apr-07       Seattle, WA      Moore Theatre ( ! ) – SOLD OUT

Sun-Apr-01     The Boulder Theater   eTown Presents Boulder, CO
Fri-Apr 20       STAGE AE     Pittsburgh, PA
Sun-Apr-22     The National     Richmond, VA
Thur-Apr-26    The Fillmore     Charlotte Charlotte, NC
May 18-20      Hangout Music Festival       Gulf Shores, AL
June 7-10       Bonnaroo       Manchester, TN
Sat-Jul-14       Edgefest/Downsview Park      Toronto, Canada
Mon-Jul-16      Central Park Summerstage      New York, NY
Thurs-Jul-22      Pacific Amphitheatre/OC Fair       Costa Mesa, CA

(+) = w/Special Guest WALK THE MOON
( ! ) = w/Special Guest GROUPLOVE


Walk the Moon Winning Over Fans

Walk the Moon
The Rave- Milwaukee, WI
All Photos by Paul Weber

Walk the Moon is:
Nicholas Petricca: lead vocals, keys, synthesizer
Kevin Ray: bass, vocals
Sean Waugaman: drums, vocals
Eli Maiman: guitar, vocals

Walk the Moon The Rave Milwaukee Wisconsin

Walk the Moon hails from Cincinnati, Ohio and was pleased to be in the Midwest last night opening for Young the Giant at the Rave in Milwaukee. They are out promoting their recently released EP, Anna Sun, off RCA Records.   They list themselves as indie/visual/lyrical band on their Facebook Page yet those categories don’t begin to capture the true essence of the band.

Walk the Moon The Rave Milwaukee WisconsinLet’s talk about the how they call themselves a visual band.  Not knowing who this fine group of gentlemen was before tonight, I read visual as in Pink Floyd visual with the whole light show and such.  Walk the Moon didn’t have any fancy lighting, but they didn’t need it as they are the visual aspect that they mention.   Lead singer, Nicholas Petricca, is a triple threat takes on lead vocals, keys, and even percussion.  The drama of the band comes from Nicholas switching from keys, drums, and alternating mics.  Also the band exudes a party energy onstage with lots of jumping  and how can I forget the face paint?

Walk the Moon fans stood out from the rest as they would walk by with painted faces.  Bonnaroo documented the band prepping for their set last year.  The band aims to bring out their inner child at every show and one part of that is painting their faces and in this particular case they guys take to the crowd to paint fan’s faces. Watch the video below:

Last night’s show was a great gift to my ears.  The sound was not overwhelming to my ears even though they had Sean Waugaman on his drum kit and Nicholas beating his drum next to his mic.  It was a first time in a while where I took out my earplugs to enjoy the band.  Each band member also had their own microphone, which is sometimes scary because some musicians just can’t or shouldn’t sing.  Walk the Moon shocked me as each member of the band hit the mic and beautiful harmonies were piped through the speakers.  They must be a production engineer’s dream as their pitch was right on.

Nicholas mentioned that he wants the band to achieve the success that Young the Giant has made for themselves.  The thing is, last night Walk the Moon killed it and could hold their own as a headliner.  They had the crowd engaged by the second song clapping right along with their music and the beating drum. I couldn’t tell that I was watching an opening band as the energy was high and won over the audience at the Rave.

Check out more photos from Walk the Moon’s set at the Rave:

Check out Walk the Moon as they open for Young the Giant on their current tour:

Date Venue Location
Feb 08 The Fillmore w/ Young the Giant San Francisco, CA
Feb 09 The Fillmore w/ Young the Giant San Francisco, CA
Feb 10 Soma w/ Young the Giant San Diego, CA
Feb 11 The Wiltern – SOLD OUT Los Angeles, CA
Feb 12 The Wiltern w/ Young the Giant Los Angeles, CA
Feb 15 Rialto Theatre w/ Young the Giant Tucson, AZ
Feb 16 Crescent Ballroom w/ Young the Giant Phoenix, AZ
Feb 18 Ogden Theatre w/ Young the Giant Denver, CO
Feb 20 First Ave w/ Young the Giant Minneapolis, MN
Feb 21 Eagles Ballroom w/ Young the Giant Milwaukee, WI
Feb 23 Riviera Theatre w/ Young the Giant Chicago, IL
Feb 24 Madison Theater w/ Young the Giant Cincinnati, OH
Feb 25 Newport Music Hall w/ Young the Giant Columbus, OH
Feb 26 Beachland Ballroom w/ Young the Giant Cleveland, OH
Feb 28 The Majestic w/ Young the Giant Detroit, MI
Mar 01 Sound Academy w/ Young the Giant Toronto, Canada
Mar 02 The Bronson Centre w/ Young the Giant Ottawa, Canada
Mar 03 The Corona w/ Young the Giant Montreal, Canada
Mar 04 Le Cercle w/ Young the Giant Quebec, Canada
Mar 06 House of Blues w/ Kaiser Chiefs Boston, MA
Mar 08 Terminal 5 w/ Kaiser Chiefs New York, NY
Mar 09 9:30 Club w/ Kaiser Chiefs Washington, DC
Mar 10 Tabernacle w/ Kaiser Chiefs Atlanta, GA
Mar 12 House of Blues w/ Kaiser Chiefs Dallas, TX
Mar 14 House of Blues w/ Kaiser Chiefs Houston, TX
Mar 19 The Echo w/ Kaiser Chiefs Los Angeles, CA
Mar 20 The Fillmore w/ Kaiser Chiefs San Francisco, CA
Mar 22 Crystal Ballroom w/ Kaiser Chiefs Portland, OR
Mar 23 Showbox at the Market w/ Kaiser Chiefs Seattle, WA
Mar 24 Commodore Ballroom w/ Kaiser Chiefs Vancouver, Canada

Eye Empire’s Moment of Impact at the Brat Stop

Eye Empire
The Brat Stop – Kenosha, WI
All Photos by Paul Weber

Eye Empire The Brat Stop Kenosha Wisconsin

Have you ever witnessed a band live and thought to yourself, “Wow, these guys are going to be big?”  That’s what ran through my head last night as Eye Empire hit the stage at the Brat Stop in Kenosha.  Who is Eye Empire?  The band is composed of four very talented gentlemen. On bass is Corey Lowery. Sound familiar? Corey used to be in Stuck Mojo, Stereomud, and Dark New Day, and he also is the brother to Clint Lowery from this lil’ metal band called Sevendust. Heard of them? I thought so. Then there is B.C. Kochmit on guitar formerly from Switched, and Donald Carpenter who used to sing lead vocals for Submersed.  The guys had a small problem as Morgan Rose from Sevendust played drums for them on their album; they had to find someone who could fill those shoes live and take over drums completely. They found Ryan Bennett from Texas Hippie Coalition, who is an insane talent on drums; no filler all killer.

Eye Empire The Brat Stop Kenosha WisconsinEye Empire is currently out on an extensive tour in the Midwest promoting their album Moment of Impact  that was recorded in 2010 with Corey Lowery and the band on the production end, Clint Lowery assisting with writing, and Sevendust members Lajon Witherspoon and Morgan Rose contributing their talents.  Moment of Impact is a solid rock album, and dare I say, radio friendly which isn’t a bad thing. I was actually floored when I played the first tune, “I Pray” off the album.  It’s a very polished rock album that positions Eye Empire for greatness.

Live these guys are stellar to say the least. If you listened to Submersed’s “Hollow” you can begin to understand the power of DC’s vocal abilities, but Eye Empire’s material makes “Hollow” sound like child’s play. DC can sound like an angel one minute, as in “Angel and Demons,” and in the next breath channel cookie monster.

The quartet performed as if they had 10,000 fans at their feet and appreciated everyone that was before them.  DC repeated several times throughout the night, “It’s not about how many; it’s about who shows up!”  There were fans there that drove 5 hours just to see them perform. Also in the crowd was a man who had just gone to the tattoo parlor and had the Eye Empire logo scribed into his bicep.  Corey pulled him onstage and let the rest of the fans see his dedication.

The energy was intense and DC warned the audience that the reoccurring theme for the night would be “moving your body.”  It was a high octane performance that was fueled by songs from Moment of Impact  including the likes of “Great Deceiver,” “Feels Like I am Falling,” “Bull in a China Shop,” “Self Destructive,” “More Than Fate,” and “I Pray.”

Official “I Pray” Music Video from Eye Empire

As DC had mentioned the theme of the night would be moving your body, but the actual reoccurring theme of the night was the appreciation this band has for their fans – #LoveRespectSupport.  It was genuine as these guys have seen the highs and lows of the business and, as DC put it, “[He understands] just how important fans are to music.”

Look out for some new music as they’ve been recording for the past 4 days in Cleveland in a makeshift studio in the Red Roof Inn.   There is no doubt that this band is going places and could quite easily handle an opening spot on a rock festival stage. In other words, this is the must-see band for 2012! Tour dates and photos from their set are below.

Check out more photos from Eye Empire’s set at the Brat Stop:

Eye Empire Tour Dates:

Feb 17 The Intersection  Grand Rapids, MI
Feb 18 The Stop Urbana, IL
Feb 19 Bar 3 Rockford, IL
Feb 21 Warehouse La Crosse, WI
Feb 23 Offside Barw/ Soil Woodstock, IL
Feb 24 Back Barw/ Soil Janesville, WI
Feb 26 Planet Rock Battle Creek, MI
Feb 28 The Loft Lansing, MI
Mar 01 Wally’s Pub Hampton, NH
Mar 02 Mulcahy’s Pub and Music Hall Wantagh, NY
Mar 03 The Room Brookfield, CT
Mar 10 McGuffy’s Dayton, OH
Mar 15 Royal Palace Venice, FL
Mar 16 The Rusty Hook Sarasota, FL
Mar 17 Durty Nellys Block Party St Petersburg, FL
Mar 18 321 Local Cocoa Beach, FL
Mar 23 The Loose Caboose Columbia, SC
Mar 24 Ground Zero Spartanburg, SC
Mar 31 Up or On the Rocks West Hartford, CT
Apr 29 Welcome To Rockvillew/ Shinedown, Five … Jacksonville, FL