Evanescence Brings the Carnival to the Midwest

Evanescence
Carnival of Madness Tour
The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
8/21/2012

Amy Lee of Evanescence

Amy Lee of Evanescence

Evanescence was back at the Rave last night in Milwaukee. It felt like Amy Lee and the band were just there a couple months ago, when in actuality it’s almost been a year. The band took Gossip Girl’s Taylor Momsen’s group, The Pretty Reckless, on tour as an opening act. This fall Evanescence hit the road with Halestorm, Chevelle, Cavo, and New Medicine on the Carnival of Madness Tour.

Amy Lee of Evanescence

Amy Lee of Evanescence

Ever since the band announced the release of their third studio album, the band has been on the road and hit some of the major rock festivals this summer. The band even performed at the Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo, Norway in January. Last night Evanescene returned to the Rave before they embark on their UK leg of the current tour.

Evanescence – “My Heart Is Broken” Official Video

Amy Lee of Evanescence

Amy Lee of Evanescence

Amy Lee of Evanescence

Amy Lee of Evanescence

Evanescence Tour Dates

08/21/2012      Eagles Ballroom – Milwaukee, WI
08/23/2012     Rock The Rapids Music Festival – Grand Rapids, MI
08/24/2012     DTE Music Theatre – Detroit, MI
08/26/2012     Toyota Park – Chicago, IL
08/28/2012     Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA
08/29/2012     PNC Amphiteatre – Holmdel, NJ
08/30/2012     Mohegan Sun Arena – Uncasville, CT
09/01/2012     Tanglewood – Lenox, MA
09/02/2012    Buffalo Outer Harbor Site – Buffalo, NY
10/11/2012     Chevrolet Hall – Belo Horizonte, BR10/06  Rio de Janeiro, Brasil @ HSBC Arena
10/07/2012     Sao Paulo, Brasil @ Live Music Rocks (Espaco das Americas)
10/11/2012       Recife, Brasil @ Chevrolet Hall
10/13/2012      Fortaleza, Brasil @ Ceara Music Festival
10/21/2012     Buenos Aires, Argentina @ Costanera Sur
10/23/2012       Santiago, Chile @ Arena Movistar
10/25/2012       Lima, Peru @ San Marcos Stadium
10/25/2012     San Marcos Stadium – Lima, PE
10/27/2012     Planeta Terra Festival – Bogota, CMB
10/30/2012     Estadio Saprissa – San Jose, CU
11/01/2012     Figali Convention Center – Panama City, PA
11/05/2012     Nottingham Arena – Nottingham, UK
11/06/2012     Manchester Arena – Manchester, UK
11/08/2012    Birmingham NIA – Birmingham, UK
11/09/2012     London Wembley Arena – London, UK

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Chevelle share a talented Saturday lineup at Summerfest

Chevelle – 2012 Summerfest
U.S. Cellular Connection – Milwaukee, WI
7/7/2012

All photos by Dan DeSlover – Concert Capture

Chevelle - 2012 Summerfest

Whether it was marketing strategy, or simply an alignment of the stars, Summerfest put together their strongest lineup for the final Saturday of the festival. The various ground stage headliners on July 7, 2012 were Hollywood Undead, Cake, Chevelle, Common and Phil Vassar; while Anthony Hamilton performed at the BMO Harris Pavilion. For those that needed a little more, Aerosmith and Cheap Trick were booked for the Marcus Amphitheater. The weather also started to cool off, making for a rather nice evening.

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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.

 

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2012 Rocklahoma sizzles with talent

Rocklahoma
Pryor, OK
5/24-26/2012

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Music fans from across the U.S. converged upon the small town of Pryor, Oklahoma for the annual Rocklahoma music festival on Memorial Day weekend. The three-day event took place Friday through Sunday, May 25-27, and included its best lineup to date.  Prior incarnations relied on 80s hair-metal bands, whereas the 2012 bill featured artists that varied from old-school bands such as Queensryche and Megadeth to Southern rockers Jackyl and Black Stone Cherry to Christian artists P.O.D. and RedCreed, Rob Zombie and Chickenfoot were featured as Main stage headliners over the three respective days.

Major artists were spread over two adjacent stages, Main and Hard Rock, such that music alternated virtually non-stop from 4:00 p.m. until well past midnight every night. A pair of smaller stages, Retrospect Records and Axis Campground, provided additional performances from smaller local and independent bands. VIP tickets offered reserved bench seating and standing room pit access for the Main stage, while the remainder of the festival grounds were grass-covered, general admission spaces open to all ticketed patrons.  Roughly 20,000 fans graced the wide open fields each day.

Adelitas Way returned to Rocklahoma and opened the Main stage on Friday with a full-throttled set that got the early crowd primed for a weekend of music.  They played at their typical frenzied pace despite a heat index over 90-degrees. Frontman Rick DeJesus got more people moving after he staid, “Fill this front up so I can jump off the f–king stage.”  They did and he kept his promise by crowd surfing after they closed their set with “Invincible”.  Cavo followed with a 45-minute set but lacked Adelitas’ enthusiasm despite an otherwise solid performance. Chevelle brought back the energy but suffered from sound problems near the front.  Vocalist Pete Loeffler was often drowned out from the bass that resonated from concrete slabs that defined the Main stage pit.

Friday’s highlights were appearances by Slash [show review], featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, and Creed [show review] who each produced sets of the highest caliber.  The lineup was wrought with irony in that Myles Kennedy also performs with Alter Bridge (a.k.a. Creed sans Scott Stapp).  Mark Tremonti, guitarist for both bands, later tweeted, “Great to hang with Myles and Slash. This was the first time Scott and Myles had a chance to meet!”

Redlight King gave a standout performance on the Hard Rock stage on Friday. Canadian musician Mark Kasprzyk fronts the new band, having found previous success touring as Kazzer. Redlight King goes beyond the radio friendly rock hit, “Bullet in My Hand,” with the chill rap “Old Man” that’s influenced by Neil Young’s classic hit. Kaz had great stage presence, while his smooth rap and capable voice are a complete package.

Saturday’s lineup stepped it up a notch.  With Anti-Mortem and Trivium on the bill, fans were going get a taste of the hardcore.  The latter annihilated the Hard Rock stage, generating the largest most pit of the weekend. When it appeared as though Trivium had hit their stride, they closed their set with an explosive rendition of Metallica’s “Creeping Death.”

Main stage artists Pop Evil, 10 Years and Theory of a Deadman provided a more mainstream rock experience for those not wanting to mosh. Pop Evil put in a strong ten-song set with hits “Hero,” “100 in a 55,” “Boss’s Daughter” and “Last Man Standing.”

10 Years always play with an acute determination and Saturday was no different. Both vocalist Jesse Hasek and bassist Lew Cosby were shirtless by the end of their set in the blazing Oklahoma sunshine. They performed a couple songs from their forthcoming album, Minus the Machine.  Hasek joined the crowd to sing “Shoot It Out” amongst the fans, at least as far as his mic cord would take him.

The Darkness reunited recently and the English outfit turned out their trademark 80s-meets-90s hairmetal laced with Justin Hawkins uber-falsetto vocals. Hawkins appeared in his Evel Knieval-styled leather pants and strutted about with a smile that went ear-to-ear. For many it was a new experience but others were stoked to see The Darkness back together.

Megadeth and Rob Zombie closed out the Main stage with a vengeance, while Volbeat was sandwiched between on the Hard Rock stage. Megadeth’s technically challenging riffs have been a mainstay of their sound for the past three decades. Guitarist Chris Broderick is the perfect complement to Dave Mustaine’s over the top fretwork. Dave Ellefson returned to his rightful place on bass for the last album. They gave a headline-worthy show and primed the crowd for Zombie.

Volbeat took charge of the Hard Rock stage and lit up the crowd for 45-minutes.  The Danish rockers finally broke through to U.S. audiences with their latest Beyond Hell/Above Heaven. Their style can best be described as Social Distortion meets Slayer, with catchy hooks and uptempo transitions that pairs like fine cuisine. Their live show takes it to the next level and they impressed a huge crowd.

Rob Zombie’s music from the macabre capped the night in spectacular fashion. Lights, fire, smoke and a stage-show that showed the Hollywood side of Zombie was a feast for the senses. This was a set that was best seen from a distance, those sitting too close had to  constantly move their heads back and forth to keep up with Zombie’s frenetic pace.

Sunday saw Rocklahoma return to its roots,  leaning toward classic rock with some Southern rock thrown in for good measure.  Kentucky rockers Black Stone Cherry paired well with Jackyl. Both had the crowd begging for more.

Puddle of Mudd usually give an upbeat performance, frontman Wes Scantlin has been known to climb scaffolding during their show.  However,  Scantlin was anemic, barely moving beyond center stage during their 45-minute set. Despite his lethargic presence, his voice was sharp and they gave an otherwise solid set.

One of Sunday’s highlights was an early evening appearance by Aranda. They hail from Oklahoma and rewarded their local fans who made the trek to Pryor. Brothers Gabe and Demeon Aranda share vocal duties, each garnering a hit with rock radio with their current, independent release Stop the World.

Art of Dying have been moving up the rock food chain with heavy rotation on rock radio and an abundance of touring (2011 UPROAR, 2011 and 2012 Avalanche). Good music with matching personalities, Art of Dying are living a dream and show no signs of slowing down.

Sunday closed with Seattle rockers Queensryche leading into Chickenfoots headline set. Geoff Tate’s operatic vocals are the basis of their sound, but their intricate melodies punctuated by Scott Rockenfield’s incessant pounding on the kit are intricately tied to Queensryche’s unique style. Rather than opening with an upbeat track, they chose to start with the slower-paced “Get Started.” Tate’s vocals were completely lost to the music, showing up only briefly during the quieter “Silent Lucidity.” Tate was obviously flustered, shrugging to the crew at side-stage between songs. He was obviously belting it out but his voice just wasn’t projecting beyond his monitors.

Supergroup Chickenfoot had a huge fan presence.  Sammy Hagar (vocals), Joe Satriani (guitar) and Michael Anthony (bass) were joined by Kenny Aronoff on drums. Founding member Chad Smith is currently on tour with his Red Hot Chili Peppers, a valid reason to be excused. Hagar is known for his dynamic performances and that’s exactly what Rocklahoma received.  Satriani is a guitar legend and a treat to watch perform.  Hagar and Anthony have a chemistry that dates back to their time together in Van Halen.  Calling their live show rock solid would be an understatement. No need for fancy effects, Chickenfoot simply came out and put the the rock in Oklahoma.

Though Rocklahoma lowlights were far and few between, the primary issue that frequently occurred was sound quality from Main stage vocal performances. Given that some artists had pristine sound, our conclusion was speaker placement coupled with the concrete channel directly in front of the stage greatly affected vocal sound quality.  Chevelle, 10 Years, Megadeth and Queensryche were adversely affected, even prompting Queensryche vocalist Geoff Tate to comment how this year’s crowd “sucked” relative to their 2009 set.  Many in the front were calling out for the band to “turn up the mic” to no avail.

Several guitars, signed by an entire band, were auctioned for charity each day between the later sets on the Main stage.  Creed,  Slash, Chickenfoot, Rob Zombie and Motley Crue (from the previous year) fetched thousands of dollars apiece, ranging from over $4000 to $7000 apiece, with Slash pulling in the most money for the cause.  The final item for bid was a 2012 Rocklahoma tour poster that was signed by every band member that performed on the two large stages over the three days, generating another $5000 in donations.

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In Photos: Chevelle at Rocklahoma 2012

Chevelle
Rocklahoma 2012
Pryor, OK
5/25/2012

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Chevelle played the Main Stage on Rocklahoma’s first of three days of pure rock.   They were joined on the bill alongside Adelitas Way, Cavo, Slash, and Creed.

Chevelle has a new album out now called Hat’s Off To The Bull, which is available to purchase here.

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Chevelle Returns to Their Second Home

Chevelle
The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
10/8/2011

Chevelle is:
Pete – vocals, guitar
Dean – bass
Sam – drums
Chevelle The Rave

Pete made it known that the Rave is Chevelle’s second home. The trio hail from northern Illinois where it’s just an hour drive from Milwaukee and to Chicago. They had a friend in the audience that they pointed out and talked to for most of the show even throwing a beer and Redbull to him. Pete also mentioned that he recently watched his favorite band from up in the balcony.

There was a moment when Pete asked the crowd if they wanted to come onstage. You could feel everyone’s heart stop for a second with excitement. The first thing I thought was, “what is security going to do?!” Thankfully Pete was joking, at least I think he was, and the crowd didn’t attempt to rush the stage.

Pete did have a moment during “Send the Pain Below” as his guitar went out and he held it up for the guitar tech to take. It took a few moments to find a replacement, but that guitar didn’t work either. Pete could have been upset, yet he just took it in stride and smiled. The Sam and Dean kept trucking along as the whole thing went down. His third guitar was the charm. It was interesting to hear the chorus of the song minus the guitar.

Setlist:
Family System
Jars
Vitamin R
Face to the Floor
Sleep Apnea
Well Enough Alone
Anti Saint
Send the Pain Below
Another Know it All
The Red
The Clincher
I Get It

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Chevelle on Tour:
October 10, 2011 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
October 11, 2011 Huntington, NY Paramount Theatre
October 12, 2011 Montclair, NJ The Wellmont Theatre
October 14, 2011 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
October 15, 2011 Boston, MA House Of Blues
October 17, 2011 Silver Spring, MD The Fillmore
October 18, 2011 Atlanta, GA Masquerade Music Park
October 19, 2011 Orlando, FL House Of Blues
October 21, 2011 Corpus Christi, TX Concrete Street
October 23, 2011 Grand Prairie, TX Verizon Theatre
October 25, 2011 Pharr, TX Pharr Entertainment Center
October 27, 2011 Odessa, TX Dos Amigos (Outdoors)
October 28, 2011 San Antonio, TX Sunken Gardens
October 29, 2011 El Paso, TX Speaking Rock Event Center

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In Photos: Chevelle at the Congress Theatre

Chevelle
Congress Theatre – Chicago, IL
8/18/2011

Chevelle Congress Theatre
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Chevelle Killed it at the Rave

Chevelle
The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
12/14/2010

Chevelle is (awesome):
Pete- vocals/guitar
Sam- drums
Dean- bass

Chevelle Rave 13

Chevelle made their last stop on their latest tour at the Rave in Milwaukee last night. The Chicago grown trio was out celebrating their 10 year anniversary. I personally can’t believe it’s been 10 years already but the more the merrier. Their current release is Sci-Fi Crimes, but they are releasing a bundle to commemorate their anniversary and it’s pretty enticing for Chevelle fans. The bundle includes a cd/dvd set that was filmed at the Metro in Chicago. The package also includes a limited edition t-shirt and can koozie that is all art created by Dean Bernardini.

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THREE DAYS GRACE ANNOUNCE THREE HEADLINE SHOWS WITH CHEVELLE AND SPECIAL GUEST FLYLEAF

THREE DAYS GRACE ANNOUNCE THREE HEADLINE SHOWS WITH CHEVELLE AND FLYLEAF

February 4 (Erie, PA), February 5 (Albany, NY) and February 6 (Wilkes-Barre, PA)

New York, NY — Three Days Grace will headline three shows with Chevelle and Flyleaf starting on February 4th in Erie, PA at the Tullio Arena.

The additional shows will be:

February 5th Albany, NY Washington Avenue Armory

February 6th Wilkes-Barre, PA Wachovia Arena

Tickets for these shows go on sale to fan club members on Tuesday, December 15th and for general on sale on Saturday, December 19th.

The fan club presale will be sold via Ticketmaster and a new coupon code will be needed to purchase tickets. Coupon codes will be sent out to current fan club members the evening of December 14th and then on the morning of December 15th for any new members. In addition to regular tickets, there will also be a limited number of VIP packages available to purchase. Please go to http://www.3dgfanclub.com for more information.

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NICO VEGA ON TOUR NOW; DATES INCLUDE SHOWS WITH CHEVELLE, AND INWARD EYE

 

LOS ANGELES TRIO TOURING IN SUPPORT OF ITS SELF-TITLED MYSPACE RECORDS DEBUT

BAND’S LATEST SINGLE “GRAVITY” BUZZING AT ALTERNATIVE RADIO

October 26, 2009—L.A. buzz band Nico Vega is currently on a headlining tour, including a homecoming Halloween show at Club Nokia with rockers Chevelle, before jumping on tour with Inward Eye, and Neon Trees.

As the trio’s latest single “Gravity” is taking off on alternative radio, the group will be filming the song’s video in November.

The band (singer Aja Volkman, guitarist Rich Koehler and drummer Dan Epand) has made a name for itself thanks in part to its blistering and in-your-face live show highlighted by dynamic frontwoman Aja Volkman’s volatile stage presence. Filter described the band as “a musical, mythical beast” while 944 Magazine heralded them as a “brutal love triangle of rock, funk and blues” and congratulated the trio for its “wide musical scope, which stretches from stomach-scraping soul to unrelenting rage.” The NY Post called Aja “insanely spirited,” comparing her to Janis Joplin and Karen O.

Having worked with producers Linda Perry (Pink, Gwen Stefani) and Tim Edgar (Earl Greyhound), and mixer Tchad Blake (Pearl Jam, Elvis Costello, Peter Gabriel), Nico Vega channels a classic swagger a la Led Zeppelin and adds soaring, soulful vocals somewhere between Fiona Apple and PJ Harvey.

Over the summer the band’s song “Beast” was featured in the horror film The Collector and now Aja is preparing to leap headfirst onto the silver screen herself, making her acting debut co-starring in the upcoming Dane Cook movie Answers To Nothing where her shockingly gritty scenes will definitely not be forgotten anytime soon. Aja will play Tara, the mistress who is also a musician, and Nico Vega will sport cameos in the movie.

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Catch Nico Vega on Tour:

Headline dates:
10/27 San Francisco, CA Thee Parkside
10/29 Santa Barbara, CA Velvet Jones
10/31 Los Angeles, CA Club Nokia (w. Chevelle) – HALLOWEEN SHOW
11/5 San Diego, CA Bar Pink
11/6 Tucson, AZ Plush

With Inward Eye/Neon Trees:
11/27 Mesa, AZ Hollywood Alley
11/29 Las Cruces, NM Code Red Concert Hall
12/1 Dallas, TX The Cavern
12/2 Biloxi, MS Hard Rock Café – Inside – ALL AGES, FREE SHOW
12/3 Jacksonville, FL Jack Rabbits
12/5 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade – Hell
12/6 Charlotte, NC Milestone
12/7 Washington, DC The Red and Black
12/10 Cambridge, MA TT The Bears
12/11 New York, NY The Studio at Webster Hall
12/13 Cleveland, OH Pirate’s Cove
12/18 Denver, CO Bender’s Tavern

Headline dates:
12/20 Las Vegas Wasted Space

CHEVELLE ANNOUNCE RELEASE DATE FOR NEW ALBUM

Sci-Fi Crimes Out On September 1st

First Single “Jars” Already A Smash At Modern Rock Radio

New York, NY – Multi-platinum Epic Records recording artists Chevelle will return with their fifth studio album titled: Sci-Fi Crimes on September 1st. The band’s brand new single “Jars” was the number one most added track at rock radio and the single is quickly becoming one of the band’s biggest hits to date entering the Top 20 after only two weeks.

The Chicago-based trio spent seven weeks co-producing Sci-Fi Crimes with Brian Virtue (Jane’s Addiction, 30 Seconds to Mars, Deftones) in Nashville, Tennessee. Chevelle are currently on the road all summer long with Staind and Shinedown where they are previewing some of their new material, alongside hits from their previous releases.

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