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Features Halestorm: 13 Get Off
Puddle Of Mudd: 15 Songs in the Key of...
TAKE ACTION TOUR 32 Music for a Cause GET TO KNOW: 40 Mayday Parade & We The Kings
IS IT TRUE?: 45
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Contents Volume II/ Issue 2
26 d e p a r t m e n t s Warm Ups: 7
Day Of Fire, Melora Hardin, Tamela Dâ€™Amico, Paper Tongues
Lita Ford, Halestorm, Puddle Of Mudd, Genitorturers
Orianthi and Lady Antebellum
Live Reviews: 32
Take Action Tour, Black Eyed Peas, Jay -Z, Celtic Woman. Breaking Benjain/Three Days Grace, Zakk Wylde
Get To Know: 40 Mayday Parade, We The Kings
Is It True: 45 Ke$ha
Unsigned Spotlight: 46 Industry Insiders: 50 This Just In: 53
Meet New Buzz Artists
WARM UPS Day of Fire * Melora Hardin * Tamela D’Amico * Paper Tongues
you haven’t met Day of Fire, get familiar because these guys are taking back the music industry on their terms. No prepackaged, clone rock here. Welcome to a new generation of rock that stands its ground.
Setting Rock on Fire by Kristin Tully
Start by telling me a little bit about the name Day of Fire. Where did it come from? Josh Brown: You know I went through a crazy time in my life where I used to be a very hardcore drug addict when I was in this band called Full Devil Jacket and I went through a period in my life where drugs just… they got me. I just knew I had to change or I was going to die if I kept going the way I was going. So I just really started looking for another way of life, looking for- really just looking for God. And then one day I had an experience that changed my life where I knew that there was something stronger out there than everything that I’d been exposed to previously. And that was my Day of Fire to put it in a corny way. You know, I just had a life changing spiritual awakening that rocked me. It was that experience that allowed me to turn away from drugs but it also lead me to turn away from music. I was done and I just stepped away from the whole thing. 7
Sometimes you need that little reprieve to realize what you want. Josh Brown: No doubt and for me I never really had, up to that point, I only knew one way of life. I had a really bad outlook on life and I didn’t exactly have the easiest childhood. I had no hope basically. I’d say that now I’ve got hope in my life- in my heart. I know you were originally signed as a Christian band, what prompted you to choose to label yourself as such because there can be a lot prejudices associated with that. Josh Brown: I would never label myself that because honestly, when someone is saying you’re a Christian Rock band that’s just your record company using that to try to sell records to a certain person. You know what I’m saying? It’s a label that gets put on you because your label wants to market you a certain way. I don’t sit
going ‘Man, we’re a Christian band we wanna play churches and be this way’ its just we’ve gone down that road and well…man, I am just me! I’m sure a lot of Christians find me too offensive to be a Christian and I know a lot of people don’t believe the way I do would say I’m freaking preaching at them or something but I just do what I do. I’m done apologizing for it. Now I’ll apologize if I mess up- cause I do. But I’m thankful for the experiences that I’ve had and I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for those experience but on the same token even though we’ve been plastered with that label, I’d put my band up against pretty much any modern rock band in the last ten years and my band will freakin’ stand up and swing somebody with some rock ‘n’ roll! I really feel like there is something genuine about what we do and I think that sells itself. You guys do breach a lot of heavy topics, which people relate to. One of the heavier subjects seems to be in “Cold Addiction.” Tell me a little about that song. Josh Brown: I lived for about seven or eight years in my life as a hardcore drug addict. “Cold Addiction” is a song about cocaine and just the hopelessness of not being able to get out of that. On that token, addiction is such a crazy thing because you know if you stay in that place you’re going to die… but at the same time you love it, because that’s what you’re used to. And it’s just that crazy cycle of doing the same things over and over again, expecting something different to happen. Along with that song, some of the other songs on this album are pretty personal. Why would you choose to share something as autobiographical as that with the world? Josh Brown: Man, I love songs about drugs. I’d share that because I relate with people that are at the bottom. I’m thinking this guy is exactly like me. And ten years ago I was doing exactly the same thing. My favorite songs and my favorite artists are- I listen to Bowie, Alice in Chains, just gritty rock ‘n’ roll. To me, if you don’t have any grit or dirt in your music,it doesn’t connect- it’s not authentic. Someone once told me that when you’re writing music, the stuff that’s really good is the stuff that you’re almost afraid to let anyone listen to because it’s so revealing. That’s the kind of music I listen to and I want to make. You’ve been likened to a lot of nineties bands, Sound Garden, Nirvana, Bush, do you draw inspiration from any of those particular bands? 8
Josh Brown: I’m holding up the nineties flag- I’m all about it! To me that was like that last time period where there were a lot of great bands out there. Like nowadays there are maybe five different kinds of bands and they all sound like each other. There’s a band that sounds like a second generation Tool, there’s a band that sounds like a Nickleback. You know, when you’ve got three or four different artists that every other band is deriving there sound from its just boring. In the nineties, and even early two-thousand you had twenty different bands with twenty different sounds and when you heard a song come on the radio you could go ‘Oh that’s Zombie’ or ‘That’s Alice in Chains’ and nowadays you go ‘Oh that’s…wait...it sounds like…uhh’ it all sounds like a third generation band. Now you guys worked with Chris Daughtry on this album, do you think that helped shape your sound a bit? Josh Brown: Definitely in the song writing. We toured with him for a while and I definitely got comfortable with the way I write on this record, and he helped me to do that. Living in Nashville also helped me do that. I love Stone Temple Pilots and if I could sound like STP, I would (You can put that down!)- I come from a place where I realized I’m not STP, I’m not Tool, I’m not any of these guys and I write the way I write. So instead of trying to mold that into sounding like Queens of The Stone Age- I love them but I just can’t make myself sound like them- so I’m just going to play the kind of music that I can write. And however that comes out I’m cool with it now! And we got a lot of that from Daughtry; he is just a great writer. He’s just a good person. In a time when everybody else in the music industry was turning their backs on my band he was there giving us a hand…which is very, very rare in this business. Speaking of Stone Temple Pilots, I saw on your Myspace that you said you sent an email to them asking if you could work with them in some capacity or tour with them. Josh Brown: Yeah I still haven’t received an email back. As soon as they read it’ll probably think I’m a crazy stalker or something. But honestly, I pay them a lot of respect because I do think they are the greatest band of my generation. From the recording aspect to their live show, to the fact they’re still putting out records, they’ve really pushed the envelope. We love them and would love the opportunity to tour with them.
by Paul Seach
looks to plant her flag on a new world
Known for her role as the sexy, yet stern (and sometimes crazy) former boss of Michael Scott on NBC’s The Office, Melora Hardin is stepping out of the actor’s spotlight and into a whole new world, one that is somewhat familiar grounds for Hardin. Appropriately titled All the Way to Mars, the album is Hardin’s first nationally release album on the LML music label. For Hardin, the album was a chance to explore another side of her talents. “The world of music is something I have been pursuing all my life,” she said. “I have been writing since I’m 2 (years old). I’m so excited about this being my first nationally released CD, and it’s another beautiful place I can expand out into.” The 17 track album takes you back in time to a period of performances by young girls traveling to big cities looking for their big break in some smoke-filled lounge. 9
Picture a single spotlight on Hardin as she struts towards the piano and begins to belt out “Raise the Roof,” the lead track to her album. “Richard-Jay Alexander and I created an act together that we did at Catalina Jazz Club and “Raise the Roof” was my opening number for that and that was Richards suggestion (to have it open on the album),” Hardin said. “He (Alexander) knew it was a great song. He is amazing at working with people.” Working with Hardin on her album is director/producer Richard-Jay Alexander who has worked with stars such as Bette Midler, Barbra Streisand and Bernadette Peters. For Hardin, Alexander’s experience was a perfect match, having worked with her influences. “As a child I listened to Judy Garland a lot, I thought she was amazing,” Hardin said. I loved the actress singer like Barbara Streisand and Judy Garland. I got my hands on everything that they sang.” Recorded over a span of three days, the album, according to Hardin, captured all the right emotions and sounds she and Alexander were going for, calling it “a wonderful acclamation of Richard’s experience,” her recording of two independent records and work as an actress. “All Messed Up” is a jazzy number where Hardin sings for her out of control love for another. All that’s missing from the song are the cat calls from the gentleman as Hardin seductively sings over this jazzy number. Aside from the lounge sound, the album features Broadway and standard sounds. Having written her first song at such a young age, music has been intertwined with her acting career. In the Rocketeer, she played a nightclub singer. In 2008, she played the lead role of “Fantine” in the Hollywood rendition of Les Miserables in Concert and made her Broadway stage debut playing Roxie Hart in Chicago in 2009. Her two independent releases called The Meloradrama and Purr are available on her web site www.melora.com. As for the future, Hardin is still getting her feet wet and hoping to explore more of this new world. She has a role in the upcoming family comedy called Knucklehead, which is scheduled for a November 2010 release.
auto-tuned, manufactured "singers". People often try to compare me to other singers from back in the day, but I don't hear it. I think that I just sound like me. Who knows, maybe I was reincarnated? I definitely have You started out as an independent film producer, a strong tie to the pre-war era that stretches beyond gaining numerous accolades. How and why did you normal intrigue. begin recording and performing? I have always been pursuing music/film/theater/etc at Do you have any plans to get back into the studio for the same time actually. Tt wasn't a situation where I another album? jumped from one medium to the other in any drastic Yes. We are currently working on new songs as well sense, although it may seem like that to someone who as some cover ideas. I am very eager to get back to only knows me for one thing. Performing and being recording. I am also thinking about doing a duet as a behind the scenes went hand in hand in some form or single release with someone special. another. I have a very active mind and love to learn. For instance, while I was working with a film producer What projects are you currently working on? learning the ropes, I was also enrolled in the Strasberg Currently, I have a musical new media series that I am Actors's studio and performing in a jazz girl group starring in that is in development, two other series that known as The Cosmopolitans on the weekends all over are completed and being shopped around to networks Los Angeles. I built up my resume on all fronts, won and a feature film in pre-production and lots of other some awards, and then branched off on my own. Now things pending on the slate. I always have many balls the goal is to put all of my talents into one musical film to juggle. I like having diversity in my life. or stage project and focus my energies there.
You have a very nostalgic sound to your voice, almost like you stepped directly out of a pre-war jazz club. Was that something that came naturally to you? THANK YOU! Thank you for phrasing it that way and not saying that I sound like so and so. I believe my voice is unique in these current times of pop music, 10
What is it about the jazz, big band, and swing eras that draws you to it? Jazz is my heart. One doesn't choose to sing jazz, it chooses you. I have sung and continue to sing other genres of music for work and film soundtracks and such. I have a few techno hits out there and a few pop/rock songs licensed to films. At the end of the day, beyond feeling like this music is my ingrained history, I choose to sing jazz because this music stands the test of time. These are really great melodies we are talking about. I can sing these songs until the day I die with my own personal stamp on them and they will carry the same sentiment or might even get better with age. When you sing straight pop music and act all young and cute...that doesn't necessarily translate when you are 85 dancing around to a miniskirt song, you dig? Jazz is long-term for me. I can go anywhere with my voice and there are many colors and characters to it, but I choose jazz as the music I want to connect to the people with for my recording career.
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Paper Tongues is an interesting name for a band, what is the story behind it?
is used for overflow flood waters, so it very rarely ever gets used. It’s just a huge dried out open dam. We pulled up and there was this giant production operation set up, with all the lights and cameras and people running around, it was like it was a Hollywood set with trailers and catering. It was wild. We never even dreamed that something like this would actually be available for us. It was really breathtaking driving up to it the first time. It was a lot of fun, but extremely hard work though. We played that song over and over and over. I’m not even sure how many times we actually played it. We arrived around noon and didn’t get out of there until around 3 am. And hopefully we’ll be filming a video for “Trinity” in February.
How important was the Improv Music Experience in bringing all of you together?
How do 7 guys from such diverse backgrounds spend so much time together get along so well?
It was really tough coming up with a name. We just couldn’t come up with anything we liked. So we finally just wrote down different random words that we found phonetically pleasing and put them all in a hat. Then we drew them out randomly and started pairing the words together. And paper tongues just went well together so we went with it. Now we’re finding the name Paper Tongues has a different meaning for everyone in the band as time goes on. It’s the same with the fans we meet; they all have their own interpretation of what Paper Tongues really means. It’s pretty cool and makes a great story.
Huge. Playing together there every week was a great experience. To have so many people that just wanted to get together, play music and have a good time was amazing. It was literally on a corner in downtown Charlotte. There would be amps, mics and drums set up for whoever wanted to get up and play. Other people would bring their trumpets, trombones, congas: everything you can imagine and just improvise.
A lot of grace. I think living, working, eating and every other part of our lives are with each other. It’s not like we have a 9 to 5 where we see our co-workers then go home and go out with friends. This is it, we go to work with each other. We sleep in bunks piled on top of each other on a bus. We wake up and everybody’s there. We go to sleep and everybody’s there. We watch movies together. Everything is 100% together. The only way we Is the Improve Music Experience still going can really keep things ok is just having grace, showing each other leniency. People are gonna be people. We’re on? I’m not sure if it’s still going on, I imagine it is. We’ve going to get at each others throats once in awhile. You been on the road and away so much I don’t really know. have to actively work at getting along when you have Aswan was kinda in charge when it started, but I don’t that many people living together. Every single day you have to make a conscious decision that you’re going to know if he passed the torch to anyone in particular. be a lenient, gracious person. Your first single Ride To California has been killing it on the radio all around the country. Any thoughts on the next single?
There is talk of a couple different songs. I know that right now a song called “Trinity” has been picking up speed on satellite radio. But we’re all hoping to see a track titled “Everybody” make it onto the radio pretty soon. The video for Ride To California is pretty cool. How was your first experience shooting a music video?
It was great. We really didn’t know what to expect since it was our first video. We shot it at this dam in L.A. that 11
Featuring Music’s Biggest Stars
Main Support Lita Ford * Halestorm * Puddle of Mudd * Genitorturers
What about being back in the studio recording Wicked Wonderland, was it the same as before or did it have a different feel to it? Well musically, i’ve wanted to make a heavy, high energy, hot n sexy c.d. so we’ve created our own wicked wonderland on this c.d. The movie The Runaways is getting awesome reviews. How much of a hand did you have in making sure the movie was portrayed as things really were? THe movie none of my input, and is not my project. Did you work with Scout Taylor-Compton on playing your part in the movie? Scout is awesome and wish i would have had the chance to work with her. That would have been a blast. Have you develop a friendship with Scout after her portrayal of you in The Runaways? Recently we played a live show in lake tahoe, nev. And scout came to the show . I was thrilled to meet her and to know what kind off person she really is. Scout rocks.!!!
The rock goddess is back. Lita Ford has a
How does it feel having a movie made about the start of what turned out to be both you and Joan’s music careers? I’m sorry, i can’t give you a true answer until i actually sit down and study the film.
Over a decade between the release of Black and Wicked Wonderland is quite a gap. What have you been up to during that time? We moved to a deserted island to get away from everything and just be a family.
So what do you have planned for the rest of 2010? Really shows, possibly some in vegas. We have some show’s booked . Ya never know what lies in store 2010.
new album and there is a new movie about her life/band with Joan Jett. Broken Records Magazine recently spoke to Lita through email.
Is Wicked Wonderland going to be the last album How did it feel getting back on the road and into the from Lita Ford, or should we expect a lot more to come in the future? spotlight? So far everything has been very exciting and educational The last CD ? Hell no! for my children. It feels great!!!
by Luis Vasquez “I’m in love with somebody…and it’s not you!” That’s the kind of rock you can expect from Halestorm, the pride of York, Pennyslvania. Led by lead singer, Elizabeth “Lzzy” Hale, along with brother Arejay, bassist Josh Smith and lead guitarist, Josh Hottinger, this foursome released their self-titled debut album after priming their craft for a number of years. In 2009, they beared fruit to the tune of a number #6 charting on the U.S. mainstream Rock spot with the song “I Get Off.” I got the opportunity to speak with Lzzy Hale, whose enthusiasm is infectious. The origin of this natural of forces resides in an earlier time with Lzzy’s dad, a musician in his own right, who handed over the baton to his son and daughter a couple of decades later. Lzzy explains, “Me and my brother, Arejay started when I was thirteen and he was ten. We named the band Halestorm. We called it that because my last name is H-A-L-E. It was that or the Hale Family Band which we weren’t exactly thrilled about.” 13
Music has always been a part of my family. My Dad’s a bass player and my Mom was an avid music fan. When my father played in bands in the 70’s and 80’s, my mom would help them around town. My family has always been involved. He finally settled down to have a family. When my brother and I started showing an interest in music, my parents were absolutely thrilled. I think they were thrilled that we didn’t want to be doctors and lawyers, something they don’t know anything about.” (Laughs) The Band was started in 1997. Their father even played bass for the group originally. It was eight years before they even signed a record deal. For those years, Halestorm was the epitome of grinders. They did it for the love of music and the thrill of performing live for people who could appreciate the work that went into it. “It’s amazing when you find what you love and what
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kind of makes you yourself,” We kind of looked at each Lzzy recalls. “The reward other and we felt we should comes from doing what you just take the risk. We knew love everyday. When my it was a good decision.” brother and I had our first It was through those performance, it was like a tours matched along side light switch turned on. This established, well-known is right. Let’s do this. It’s bands that added a great been a while but it feels like amount of experience to a blur. The fact we are still this young band. Whether here and still a band is quite it was the Sno-Core tour mind blowing. Technically or the Equinox, Halestorm in band years, we shouldn’t was blooded playing with exist.” the likes of Seether, Trapt, Finally a chance meeting and Shinedown, among in the heart of New York others. It was a wild affair City opened the door and for the group. “It was a exposed the band to the great experience. The members of a label called CD’S we were selling Atlantic. The story of how were purely because of our this band ended up in the live shows. It was our first hands of this company is national tour.” quite the tale. It was a case The patience that Atlantic of the timing not being right Records was willing to show initially. They were patient this band was an important and it paid off eventually. key in their development. Lzzy told us, “The process It allowed a freedom that was interesting. We were paid off handsomely in showcasing to a few labels. Every “When we settled down to “My parents were 2009. showcase was the same. They’d say, write, we had 428 songs. The whole ‘We love you, but we don’t know absolutely thrilled. process took almost to last minute. what to do with you.’ We do 250 dates We ended up spending 19 months in I think they were a year by ourselves in the beginning California just writing, recording, and of 05. Let’s keep doing what we do. talking to producers. We didn’t have a thrilled that we A label will come to us. Let’s not get development deal but they treated us if didn’t want to be pre-occupied with getting signed. It’s we did. They believed in us. We were not a goal-it’s a step.” doctors and law- sacred for a long time. We wanted to It was a number of years before get it right and the label saw that and yers, something they the band ever played for a label. They agreed. You can’t half ass it.” toured often and eventually ended up don’t know anything In the end, Halestorm are young playing in New York City. It was there veterans who will be realizing dreams about.” that Atlantic Records viewed them up in 2010. It is the evolution of a band close and personal. It was a case of reaching its full potential. “The goal -Lzzy Hale mutual understanding. “We had never is world domination (LAUGHS). really played the city before. The club owner brought Actually it’s ringing true. We’re going overseas next his lawyer to come see us. His lawyer brought a guy month and three weeks this summer. It will be my first from Atlantic Records. From that moment on…it was time for any reason going over there. It’s definitely a seven months. We would play there and someone from huge accomplishment for us. We get to play there and Atlantic would be there. We felt they had a grasp of see how we are received. We’re going to squeeze the what we did and did not want to exploit it in any way. life of this album. Hailstorm: permanently on tour.”
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A red light blinks on a Blackberry indicating a waiting message. As the message begins to play Puddle of Mudd’s tour manager relays, “This is Mark, I wanted to move the interview from the venue to the hotel. Give me a call and let me know if that works.” In the world of rock and roll things are rarely done on schedule, always changing, and never turn out as expected- sometimes you’ve got to just go with the flow. And if you’re a member of Puddle of Mudd it’s doubly true. 15
Waiting in The London NYC hotel a wide-eyed attractively tanned man casually does a once-around the lobby sipping at his Starbucks, trying to look inconspicuous. However, the rocker-esque figure in his leather jacket walking through the decadent marble lobby immediately makes him stand out; he is Puddle of Mudd’s guitarist, Paul Phillips. If his messy, shoulder length hair and brown fedora weren’t a dead give away as to who he is the emergence of fellow band-mate Ryan Yerdon as he saunters sleepily into the lobby, sunglasses on his face affirms it. “I just woke” Yerdon, the bands drummer, laughably admits. When most people are halfway through their nine to five work days, at 3pm, Puddle of Mudd’s day is just beginning. Yerdon and Phillips make their way into the hotels bar/lounge and choose a quiet secluded corner booth and slides into the booth side of the table. A still drowsy Ryan follows suite, making himself comfortable; he slouches back while sinking into the padded booth. “Did I wake you up when I called you?” Paul addresses his band mate. Yerdon raises his sunglasses from his eyes and his laugh confirms it. “This is only the third date on this tour…we were in Providence and Albany before this” Phillips explains. Aside from the change in scenery being on the road, Puddle of Mudd has been through a lot of change. The release of Volume 4: Songs In The Key of Love And Hate saw the bands return to its roots in a more grunge-rock sound. “When I came back in, I know there were things on the last record that Wes [Scantlin, vocalist/guitarist] wasn’t happy with. He though it had gone a little too “poppy,” so he told me he wanted to try and go back a little bit. I don’t know if we tried to do that or if it just happened,” Paul offers. As Paul speaks, Yerdon seems to quietly wait for his turn to chime in, “I think Paul’s right…it wasn’t a conscious decision it’s just our soundit’s the way the band writes.” Leaning forward, as if thinking aloud, Paul continues, “This time around we got thrown in the studio, I think, really before we were ready. We were working out a lot of the arrangements and a lot of the songs …while we were in the studiowhich, really, you’re supposed to do ahead of time, so it was like ‘ok good, we got that down, alright, hit record!’ so that was pretty new for us.” It’s funny to watch Paul speak in comparison to Ryan. Phillips has an engaging demeanor: his eyes widen at moments of interest and his deep voice fluidly carries the conversation. You can almost read his expression in his eyes as he speaking leaning forward on his knees. Conversely, Ryan is soft spoken and a bit more 16
calculated and collected. As Phillips speaks, answering with whatever comes to mind, Yerdon watches his band mate. You can tell he’s a drummer. The way he listens, looking over at Phillips, he is mulling over something in his head. As he slouches slightly in the booth, his arms casual folded across his chest he doesn’t say much but when he does you can tell his answer is thought out, he pulls everything back together, just like any good drummer would do onstage “When we wrote “Blood On The Table,” Paul kind of had this beat in his head and sang it to me and I just knew it. It kind of stuck and worked for most of the song really.” “Did I? I don’t remember that!” Paul laughs. “It kind of ties back into what Paul was saying, how a lot of the songs this time came together in the studio” Ryan finishes. While the Puddle of Mudd we know today is a mix of pop-rock and grunge, one of “Volume 4’s” songs “You’re The Only Reason” lends a softer, bluesier side. When asked about it, Phillips reveals Puddle of Mudd may have had a different fate had they not gone with a more pop route, “[You’re The Only Reason] is a song that was left over from the last record but everyone felt pretty strongly about. So at the last minute we just put it on the record. It was really weird- we just went off on this tangent and started going really, really bluesy- like with that song. It was strange; it was almost like southern rock! I was like ‘Hold on! This is weird for Puddle of Mudd!’ It’s weird because that’s kind of the direction the band was going when I left,” Phillips confesses. “Obviously they didn’t
go that route and the band came back to where we are now…playing the Nokia [Theater NYC],” he jokes. While it’s still early in the tour, Puddle of Mudd is no stranger to the road and the antics that come along with it. “Well we did a one-offs a couple of months ago and at some of the large festivals during the summer, they have gifting parties…and it’s basically like a huge tent with t-shirts, belt buckles, and whatever a band might need- they keep us clean and clothed- and at one of the booths they had paintball guns.” Paul interjects, “Which I knew was a bad idea as soon as I saw it.” Continuing, Ryan adds, “Yeah! I saw Wes light up when he saw the whole van and I knew it was gonna be bad! So we all got paint guns and so we have these guns now on the bus and one day you hear “POW” and our tour manager is yelling” Paul is now unable to hold in the laughter as they reminisce, “Oh man! Yeah, Wes pelted him in the ass! One shot …”POW”! He had a huge welt!” Ryan smiles, “Needless to say the whole bus was covered in paint by the end of the day.” Between tour antics, the band’s daunting schedule, release of their fourth studio album, and string of sold-out show dates, the most notable change was the bands switch-up in guitarists that lead to bring back former Puddle of Mudder, Paul Phillips. “It’s weird cause when I was gone, the guys came and played in Jacksonville, and they did this big radio show and there were a bunch of bands and I really didn’t want to go because I really just didn’t want to see Puddle and at the time 17
I was really just kind of sitting on my ass, (laugh) so I was like ‘uhh, I don’t really wanna go to that’ and all my friends talked me into it. They were like ‘Just go. Just go’ and so I went and ended up just hanging out with everybody and I was on the bus for awhile, hanging with Wes and we went out that night to bar- Wes and Doug came out- and it was weird cause when I left we were on real bad terms- like nobody was talking and it was just a real bad, bad situation- so it was like all of sudden we were all just getting along. I was like ‘what was that all about?!’ it was like ‘I actually like hanging out with you and I had fun tonight!’ it was really weird (wide eyes smile) you know what I mean? And so I just kept talking to Wes on the phone and all of sudden we were just calling each other on the phone – and I don’t think I ever, once called Wes on the phone before that [laugh]- and now we’re talking like weekly, daily, just one thing led to another and then all of a sudden he called me and was like- we kind of discussed it, and threw it out there a little bit and tossed it around but it was never in stone- and then he called me and was like ‘We have a show next week in California, we need you out here now!’ and I was like ‘Ok, I’m there.’” If there’s one thing that can be said for Puddle of Mudd, it’s they vibe; both musically and mentally, onstage and offstage. Maybe it’s the fact they finally perfected the lineup, or maybe it’s their throw down and let it flow attitude, either way it seems like the band has finally hit their groove and found a perfect fit. Paul ruminates “It was really weird that this friendship came about like we never had before. Before we just went straight into being a band, a business, and we never really formed that friendship. Now, the vibe is so different. Everybody gets along, it’s great. So, hopefully this will be the final lineup now.” Paid Advertisment
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Interview, Review and Photos by Ray White In 1993, through the gumdrops and lollypops that is the Disney ruled city of Orlando,FL, came a new breed of sexual, shock-rock. Led by the stunningly sexy Gen, Genitorturers fused both metal and hard rock and added a heavy dose of electro-industrial sound to a stage show that leaves very little to the imagination. Out working hard again in support of their latest album Blackheart Revolution, the “World’s Sexiest Rock Band” are at it again. Twisting minds and punching social stereotypes right in the mouth. Gen tells Broken Records Magazine about why she decided to leave pre-med to make music, plans for 2010 and about the rigors of taking such a production of a stage show on the road. out with less time in between. I was at the show in NYC, and I knew you were sick. The show still kicked ass, but was a lot tamer than Genitorturers’ shows I’ve seen in the past. Why so? Gen: Well, we were down a couple performers right before the tour started. So we had to cut a few things out and kinda roll with what we had. Obviously the type of performers we have dictates what we do on stage. So sometimes it’s not always what the club dictates to you, but who you have to work with. You have to have extreme individuals to do extreme things. And the shows will vary from venue to venue because we have different performers in different areas. On each stop you had a booth set up for fans to confess That show in particular, I remember the opening band was their best “Genitorturers” stories and moments doing some suspension stuff. We have some suspension for the upcoming DVD. Where did the idea for the performers who were with us in Orlando, Tampa, all the “Blackheart Confessional Booth” for this tour come Carolina shows and Atlanta. We have a lot of different elements to work with depending on who’s with us on from? Gen:That’s from the person I’m working on a bunch of tour. DVD stuff with, and a graphic artist. We came up with So it wasn’t so much a legal issue in NYC as just who that and thought it would be a lot of fun. you had available? Gen: There was a lot of legal stuff too there. They don’t Did you get some good stories out of it? Gen: Oh yeah! We got some great stuff and we’re gonna allow any fire in the Gramercy Theater. They wouldn’t start editing things this week. We did a 7 camera shoot allow us to hang any of our banners. Everything has to in Tampa and Orlando we’re putting some video stuff be fire retardant. There were some props and things we together for too. Trying to get the next DVD done and couldn’t use, I forgot about that. So there were some Broken Records Magazine: You just wrapped up your east coast tour with the Sex Slaves, how was it? Gen: Other than being sick for most of it, it went pretty good. Nothing too crazy, it was pretty sedate and organized; we didn’t really have any problems like we have in and out of Canada a few times. You never know how that’s gonna go. With a band named Genitorturers, you never know if they’re gonna give you sh** or not going across the border. So it went really smooth this time, which is good. We also played a great show at a really cool place in Toronto called The Mod Club. Such a nice place and had a lot of fun.
tried to give each song its own character for the type of song it was. That was really important to us. David and I wrote most of the music. Our guitarist Bizz wrote one song, “Revolution”. Anything happening with your Gen XX side project? Gen: Yeah, if you buy the new record “Blackheart Revolution” on iTunes you get a bonus Gen XX track which is “Two-Faced Traitor”. Just trying to introduce more people to the Gen XX project, which is the more electronic than rock. With the “Cum Junkie” 7 inch release we put the “Let’s Go” remix on the B-Side. Giving everyone a taste of what the Gen XX thing is.
we couldn’t use, I forgot about that. So there were some restrictions that went along with being in that particular club and what they allowed fire wise. The new album “Blackheart Revolution” has a lot of throwback sound to it, like the Motley Crue, arena rock era. Different than your previous efforts, where did that come from this time around? Gen: Really went after the things that inspired me to play music in the first place: Motley Crue, KISS, AC/ DC, early Alice Cooper. I wanted a record with a lot of dynamics to it, where all songs don’t sound the same. We
Coming up in May you have the “Rock Cruise” with Noise Auction. A 5 day cruise with stops in Grand Cayman and Jamaica. How did you get involved with that? Gen: It was the girl who puts on the Goth Cruise, and she wanted to do something a little different. She called us up and asked if we could do it. It’s gonna be fun, 5 days through the Caribbean and all the alcohol you can drink is included with the ticket. Over 5 days that can add up to a huge value. Lots of cool parties and events going on the whole time. You were in pre-med when you signed and took to the Genitorturers full time. What made you leave school and jump into rock full go? Gen: Well, the whole time I was in high school and college I was involved with music. Had a band, did radio
Genitorturers Blackheart Revolution Album Review After 7 years since Flesh Is The Law, The Genitorturers have a new album in stores now. Blackheart Revolution is a schizophrenic journey into the substance of the “World’s Sexiest Rock Band”. Taking a trip back in time to their early rock influences, injected with a heavy dose of industrial metal, it hits you in the face, and makes you go “thank you sir may I have another”. With sexy front woman Gen displaying every aspect of her vast vocal range, it’s a heavy musical rollercoaster ride. From the her guttural, gonna tear your heart out singing on tracks like “Take It”
and “Revolution” to the soothing and sweet sound of “Falling Stars” and “Vampire Lover”. And everywhere in between, Gen really shows her diversity on this effort. Some of the tracks have an “arena rock” feel to them like “Louder”, some have you just wanting to smash someone in a mosh pit like “Devil In A Bottle” . And “Confessions Of A Blackheart” is like a trip through the Town Of Halloween on LSD. A great album through and through, especially if you are a fan of the great, hard driving rock of the eighties powerhouse bands like Motely Crue. 19
shows. I was trying to juggle my chemistry labs and class work with doing shows too. It was a great outlet from pre med. Then when I was moving on to med school it just so happened that the band got signed. I figured I could always come back to school, it’s not like they can take away your education. Getting signed isn’t exactly something that happens everyday. How is it being in the band with and touring with your husband, bass player David “Evil D” Vincent? Gen: The key to it working is a mutual respect. Knowing each others strengths are and having a balance. And he recognizes this first and foremost is “Genitorturers” and therefore my band. So I ultimately have veto power over what happens. But I respect his opinion a lot, especially with regards to him as a creative portion and really fantastic songwriter. What I think it does is raises the bar for our standards, since we’re both perfectionists. We kind of push each other to a higher level. There’s a lot of back and forth in the process sure, but that’s what it takes. What was it like for you starting out in ultra conservative Orlando? Gen: Well, it is the land of Mickey Mouse. And Disney has a lot of influence in Orlando over what happens. They have a clampdown on some elements like freedom of expression and artistic freedom. That’s why I’m in Tampa now; it’s a much more free thinking, artistic environment. BRM: So Disneyworld extends beyond the walls of its park in Orlando then? Gen: Oh absolutely! Sure.
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So where do you draw the majority of your inspiration from for Genitorturers more than lively stage shows? Gen: Having a twisted sense of humor. It kinda starts there. A lot of the things I think “you know what would be really wrong?” It starts that way. And I do draw influences from historical perspectives. How men can get away with some things that women can’t. It started with our first album 120 Days of Genitorture, a very female Marquis de Sade themed album.
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“I’m at my apartment in LA. It’s actually been raining quite a bit. It’s raining today so I haven’t been outside but I can hear it”, Orianthi’s chipper voice ironically relays.
by Kristin Tully
It’s odd to picture what we all know as sunny L.A. plagued by rain but what’s even odder is the upbeat intonation of the voice across the line considering the weather description. However, considering who the voice on the other end of the line belongs to, it seems to make a bit more sense. “I don’t mind the rain though’ Geffen Records latest pop-rock, protégée Orianthi relays. “It’s good because it’s a perfect day to sort of be able to stay in and play some guitar.” Orianthi is anything but you’re ordinary pop star. Hailing form Adelaide Australia, Orianthi is not just another voice, but a guitar virtuoso. In fact she has been dubbed by Carlos Santana, himself his successor as a guitar player.
I studied classical and then moved onto electric when I was eleven. What was your first guitar? I think it was this old, sort of nylon acoustic. I don’t even think it had a brand name on it. And then I got an electric guitar after seeing Carlos [Santana] perform and that was a second hand Paul Reed Smith- it was actually a brown color. And I loved it!
How does it feel to be backed by PRS guitars? It’s amazing! I’ve been playing their guitars since I was eleven and I loved them and to have Paul’s supHow did you pick up guitar? port means so much! I can just remember always goI picked up the guitar when I was six because my dad ing and checking out all the beautiful guitars he had ing their this is a guitarist and he had guitars all over the home- he in the collection and gomy own was actually a left handed guitarists so they’re all hand year I actually have coming strung left handed- so I picked one up one day and signature guitar pretty asked him how play some chords and he taught me. out and it was tually. It’s I was so excited when I could actually play a chord- I surreal ac‘Oh my gosh! I think it was an A chord or something- and I just wanted l i k e my own guitar in to keep at it and learn more. One of my dad’s friends have there!’ it’s really, rewas a guitar teacher and he sent me to him and I went ally crazy. But to quite a few guitar teachers. Then when I was ten to have
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Paul’s support and the Paul Smith family, it means a lot and I just think they are top quality guitars. To me they sound so great, and they’re 22
really comfortable to play. And the new guitar we’re coming out with is something that will be affordable for kids to play but yet great quality. It’s important because, to me they are the Rolls Royce of guitars, and I remember when I begged for one at age eleven and I begged my dad for one and I got the second hand one, it was still super expensive but getting a new one out of the store…that was like amazing. So we’re coming up with something around six hundred dollars but it’s still amazing and feels nice. The neck is a custom 24 neck and it feels, just amazing. Do you have a favorite guitar? Definitely. It’s my custom 22 actually that I’ve had for about six years now. It’s a cherry burst and I’ve called it- I name all of my guitars- that ones named Nanoff and I got it ages ago. Nanoff is
a c tually my guardian angel so I called it that and I just love the guitar. I play it all the time, I used it on the Grammy awards when I jammed with Carrie Underwood, I used it playing a PRS show a couple times, and for This is It rehearsals. It just holds so much meaning to me and I love it. As a female did you find it hard to break into an industry predominately male oriented? Yeah, it does seem to be this ‘guys thing’ playing the guitar but I love it as much as they love it and I guess you just go for whatever you have a passion for and just follow yourself. Believe in yourself! I guess it’s like being a male ballerina- that’s considered to be a girl’s thing- but if you love it you just say whatever! You know, I actually have a female bass player and she is awesome! It reality it doesn’t really matter if you’re male or female, if you love it, and have a passion for it , don’t let that hold you back.
guys standing in the front row with their arms folded and they’re like ‘what are you gonna do?’ they think your just going to play a few chords or something. That’s kind of the vibe I get sometimes but then you’ve just got to let that go because that is there problem!
You’ve set the bar so high and played with some huge names. What does it mean to be success to you at this point? Success to me is to inspire. Inspire people to want to pick up the guitar when they hear my music. Getting emails from kids saying ‘we wanted to get a guitar for Christmas after seeing your film clips or hearing your song on the radio’ that means a lot to me- and especially coming from young girls that want to pick it up. That’s super cool! Or from girls who saw or heard me and said ‘we’re gonna keep at it now’. Just believe in yourself. That’s why the record is called Believe. I just think it’s so important to believe in what you’re doing, to believe in yourself, and to have that confidence. And sometimes, for me, getting that constructive criticism, being a female player, getting criticized from all of the guys, you just have to let that go. It’s so important to let go of negativity and focus on the positive, and where you want to be, and what you want to do. Like I’d love if we could do a world tour; that would be awesome! Travel the world with my band and put on a big show with pyro, that’d be amazing!
You’ve shared the stage, playing with Michael Jackson. How did you hook that up? Through myspace actually. I got an email from the musical director and he wanted me to come in and play for him and I didn’t think it was- I thought it was a joke! You know, getting an email through there. I was I definitely commend you, and thank you just like ‘This is wack! This is like really weird’ and for holding your own and proving those I wasn’t getting my hopes up either, I was like ‘This with prejudices wrong. Girls do rock! whole thing is kinda strange’ and looking at the email Thank you! You do get that negative sort of vibe as well he put in his number and all these details and when he sometimes when you get up on the stage. I see these reached out, it was for real. And I looked at his website 23
and myspace and he had all these people he’d worked Santana dubbed you his successor? How with, and I thought ok that’s cool, but you never know does that feel? with myspace. He was super cool and really nice and It’s crazy! He is an amazing player, and the reason he said ‘I want you why I picked up electo come in and play tric guitar when I was Beat It’ and as soon eleven. I think guitars as I started playing plays like Santana and the song I was so Steve Vai, I look up to nervous, I was like immensely, and I nev‘Is this for real?’ er stop learning from And then he called those kind of players. me back the next They’re just really day and said that he nice people too. There had played my Yousupport means a lot. Tube videos for MJ and he loved them How did you and he wanted me meet Steve and to come in and play Carlos? for him. And I just I met Steve [Vai] when thought that was so I was fifteen in Auscrazy! The day it tralia. It was my first Orianthi performing with Carrie happened I was just like skipping support so I was super nervous- let Underwood at the Grammy Awards around the apartment and my sister alone it being for one of the best was here and she was like ‘This is insane!’! But so I guitar players in the world- so I just played with a backwent in and played and I was super nervous and MJ ing tape, no one else on the stage, and it was like all came in and just sat right down on the coach and was guitar-head audience. Like all guys, and here I am fiflooking right at me and we went into Beat It. That was teen getting up on the stage with a backing tape and I really daunting and crazy because if you stop for a mo- played like three songs I think and Steve was actually ment you’re thinking about all the guitar players who standing behind listening. It was just crazy. And afterhave played with him before and it’s like ‘What am I wards he played and he came out like shredding and I going to play right now in front of the King of Pop?’ it was like ‘Oh my God!’ if he had come out beforehand wasn’t exactly the easiest thing to do. I probably wouldn’t have gotten up on that stage! He’s just so amazing. And after the show we met up, the next Being around such big names is there any- day he took my email address and he sent emails and thing you do to calm yourself? we kept in contact. I’d send him demos and he would You say to yourself, ‘I’m just going to do my best’. listen to them and just be really supportive. Getting an At the end of the day you cut that voice out that says email from him would just make my week! And when ‘He’s had really awesome guitar players playing for I was eighteen I jammed with him again. And then I him before’ they’re all legends and I’m not going to think Carlos came to Adelaide when I was eighteen try and fill their shows because they’re amazing! I’m and I sort of badgered him with press kits and CDs and just going to do what I do, and be my own, and do my stuff- one of my friends new the driver that was driving best and hopefully he digs it! And he did. I think that him around so I gave him CDs. It was kind of really sort he just saw that I had a real passion for playing- I think of weird. He probably thought ‘Oh my God this person that comes across. I learned a lot playing with him, I is crazy. I might as well just put her out of her misery definitely stepped up as a rhythm player. I wasn’t play- and meet her!’ so I think that’s what happened, he was ing a lot of rhythm, I did play chords and stuff, but I just like Ok and I thought I was just going to go get prefer to play lead, so by playing in his band I definitely my guitar signed, I was super excited about getting my stepped up because I was doing all these funky kind or PRS signed by Carlos. But we ended up jamming berhythmic parts and the other guitar player- he’s an in- cause he got me up on the stage and afterwards we went credible guitar player- I learned a lot from him as well. backstage and jammed for a bit. Then he invited me to 24
get up that night in front of fifteen thousand people at the show. Just jamming out for like forty-five minutes with him was like crazy. In 2005 I jammed with Carlos and that’s how I got my record deal. My A&R guy was actually in the audience and about a year later I signed with Geffen. Getting signed and moving out to LA and writing the record and recording it, this whole journey is a process. I learned so much!
Any pressure to make the album sound a certain way? Howard was awesome- Howard Benson was the producer- and we had a phone conversation before going in and recording it and he wanted to keep it real. I think that’s what he does with all the artists he works with. It’s the way that I wanted it to sound. I wanted to make a pop rock record that had an eighties feel to it and I love the guitar playing, there is a guitar solo on every track and Highly Strung is completely instrumental. I wrote that one with Steve Vai and I wanted a completely instrumental track so I’m really proud of the record. It’s definitely my vision, how I wanted it to be and I had an awesome time working with Howard. I love all kinds of music but I was hoping by making a pop record it would get it out there and on the radio and people would hear it and be inspired to pick up the guitar. I think you can hear in Believe that there’s influences like blues, Hendrixy, eighties rock vibes. I just hope inspires more kids to pick up the guitar and keep at it.
As a guitar player, what made you want to go out and be a solo act? I love just playing as a guitar player and collaborating with different artists but I also like fronting my band and singing and doing my own stuff. I have fun doing both but it’s cool just to be the guitar player sometimes. I like both but I’ve been singing since I was six just sort of for fun and I focused most of my energy on my guitar playing. I started singing again though when I was fifteen and playing out in cover bands in Adelaide till I was about twenty. And that made me sing, but I was actually really shy about singing then. I was making a lot of pocket money that way, playing two or three nights a week and just playing those guitar solos from the top forty songs and singing it was a good learning experience. It was crazy you’re carrying around your own equipment, getting home around 3am, and you play to mostly drunk people but it good for experience.
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Tell me about the writing process for Believe. The writing process took around a year, for me. We started recording and it kind of took more shape and went on as we recorded because we recorded some songs in the beginning that were kind of different. They weren’t as rock and edgy as I wanted them to be and then I wrote Bad News and that song kind of led the record more in that sort of direction. And then we have What’s It Gonna Be and all these other songs that kind of made sense and fit on their. Think Like a Man’s got sort of an ACDC vibe to it and probably According To You, the single. That song was played and I heard the lyrics and I didn’t have anything like it on the record so we cut and then sort of ‘Rockified’ it so its more rock pop. It’s a fun song to play.
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Country music’s latest phenomenon is taking over the world (and we are not talking about Taylor Swift). After a trio of musicians/songwriters got together to form a band, they toured and toured, and toured some more, even opening for some of Country’s biggest artists. Fast forward just a few years later, Nashville had a new favorite child: Lady Antebellum. Lady A, as their devoted following calls them, toured nonstop during their run supporting their debut album, Lady Antebellum (Capitol Nashville), and eventually became a dominant name in the music business. They appeared on TV talk shows as musical guests and were presented a Platinum certification plaque on the Ellen Show. The band seemed to finally hit their stride when the defeated the reigning vocal group of the year, Rascal Flatts, at the CMA awards. Only months earlier, Lady A would also release the single “I Run to You,” for which they also won Single of the Year. The track would climb the charts and peak at #1 and would eventually set the town for the title track for album number two. The CMAs recognition did bring about a fairly urgent sense of ante-upping. “It puts expectations on us,” says Charles Kelley, who shares lead vocal duties with Hillary Scott. “We already felt like there was a lot to prove after winning Best New Artist the year before— like people are invested in us and saying ‘All right, go get ‘em.’ Which is why we’re excited to get this album out.” “I’ll be honest,” says Hillary. “Somebody asked me if I was on such a high about the awards, and I said ‘Absolutely,’ But I was thinking to myself, ‘I’m also a little terrified.’ Because you hit a point like that and you really can’t go backwards” “Well, we can go backwards,” chimes in Charles, the pragmatist, laughing nervously. “If anything, though, it makes us want to work harder and record even better songs and continue to grow as performers and prove that we’re deserving of it,” says Hillary. Late January, Lady A would release the long awaited Need You Now. Shocking to some but expected by others, the album would debut at #1 on the all genre charts with sales of almost 500,000 copies (a rarity in the business this day and age). Lady A would hold the top spot again the following week but would get knocked into second by Sade. Sales of Need You Now were accelerated by the band’s victory at the Grammy awards. Flying high, Lady A then landed on the talk show of all talk shows, Oprah, and got to perform live and interviewed during her “Friday Live” show. To add more excitement, only two short years after 28
“You always hear about the power of a great song, and there’s no doubt that ‘Need You Now’ has definitely been a career-changer for us.” -Dave Haywood
winning the illustrious “Best New Artist” award at the Academy of Country Music (ACM) awards, Lady A was blessed with a total of 7 ACM nominations, more than any other artist, even Taylor Swift. Nominations include Top Vocal Group, Album of the Year for their self-titled debut release; as well as Single of the Year as the Artist and Producer, Record of the Year, and others. “You dream and pray your whole entire childhood to one day do what you enjoy and love doing the most...I feel blessed beyond measure, and am so appreciative of everyone in the country music community for thinking of us,” said Hillary Scott, singer. “I’m overwhelmed to say the least.” “You always hear about the power of a great song, and there’s no doubt that ‘Need You Now’ has definitely been a career-changer for us...but seven nominations?! We are blown away,” added Dave Haywood, guitarist. “We touch on a lot of really personal things in these songs,” says Charles Kelley, singer. “There’s a lot of emotion…there’s love, heartache, nostalgia, 29
vulnerability, happiness and hopefulness. We hope that fans will get to know us even better when they listen to it.” Need You Now has “a lot of really personal things in these songs,” says Kelley. “There’s a lot of emotion…there’s love, heartache, nostalgia, vulnerability, happiness and hopefulness. We hope that fans will get to know us even better when they listen to it.” Kelley also added that in the title track, “The production of that song is probably the best production of any song we’ve ever had, even though it’s a very minimalistic thing. The slide guitar is such a crucial part of it. But mainly, I felt like it was the best singing that I’ve ever heard Hillary do. It was her time to step out, and we couldn’t have picked a better song for her to really step out on like that. It’s a duet, but it’s definitely more of a Hillary song.” Haywood then added, “We didn’t think it would be a single. When we write, whenever we say ‘This will never get cut’ or ‘This will never be a single,’ we need to learn those are always our best songs.” Single number two from Need You Now was released in February and debuted at #47. The track, “American Honey,” brings you back to a time where life was much more innocent and sweet. Hillary Scott confides, “I think everyone, man or woman, it doesn’t matter, you get to a place in your life. I’m 23 years old. I went to college, and now I’m doing this for a living, but there’s
moments in time where I’m like, gosh, it would be great to just go back to when I was playing hide and go seek with my neighbors or laying on the screened-in porch in my aunt’s house, just chilling out—going back to the smells and the sights and all those things. That’s what I loved about it—the nostalgic thing. It just has this sweetness to it and warms your heart.” “Honey” was written by longtime Carrie Underwood songwriter and collaborator, Hillary Lindsay. 2010 may have be just a few months deep, but for Lady Antebellum, this year is truly the first year for the rest of their lives. A tour with megastar, Tim McGraw, ends in August; their 7 nominations for the ACM awards, and countess other media appearances will keep the band busy. Without a doubt, the world needs Lady A now!
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Live Music At Its Best
Take Action Tour * Jay-Z * Black Eyed Peas * Three Days Grace/Breaking Benjamin* Zakk Wylde * Celttic Woman
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he 2010 Sub City Take Action Tour brought hundreds of fans to Sayreville, New Jersey. Starland Ballroom presented this packed out show February 4. This year’s tour gave 10 percent of the proceeds to “Driving for Donors,” an organization giving bone marrow transplants to people with life threatening diseases. The band line up for the night included Call the Cops, There for Tomorrow, A Rocket to the Moon, Mayday Parade, and headliner, We the Kings. Each of the bands showed their musical talent by getting the crowd going with their energy filled music and also showed their comedic side with all of their “Jersey Shore” jokes. Call the Cops and There for Tomorrow kicked off the show with their high powered performances. Call the Cops took pictures with some fans and joined the crowd after their set. A Rocket to the Moon also put on a powerful set by playing songs off their album On Your Side. The vocalist, Nick Santino, engaged the crowd by giving a heart felt love speech followed by an acoustic version of “Baby Blue Eyes”. A Rocket to the Moon knew how to get everyone moving. Mayday Parade rocked the stage by playing songs from their new album Anywhere but Here and their 2007 album A Lesson in Romantics. In the middle of their performance, lead singer Derek Sanders played
an acoustic solo of “I swear this time I mean it” and made the fans go wild. With dozens of crowd surfers and everyone screaming their lyrics, their performance was nothing less than awesome. The anticipation was growing as everyone waited for headliner, We the Kings. When they came out, they started off by playing “She takes me high” and “Skyway Avenue”. We the Kings got every single person jumping and the energy and excitement they brought to their fans was enormous. Just when everyone thought they were done, We the Kings had a surprise and came back out to play two encore songs. They came back out to play “Heaven can wait” and “Check yes Juliet”. We the Kings gave their fans everything they could ask for. Nobody left Starland Ballroom that night unsatisfied.
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This years Take Action Tour with We The Kings and Mayday Parade rolled into NYC on Feb 8 to play a sold-out Highline Ballroom. With 10% of each ticket being donated to Driving For Donors, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating awareness of lifethreatening diseases like leukemia and lymphoma. As well as helping find bone-marrow donors to save lives of those afflicted. Fans were also afforded the opportunity to sign up for the National Marrow Registry on site.
As the Highline began filling up, Call The Cops a performance that left nothing to question whether took the stage and got the crowd going immediately. they are having a good time on this tour. Climbing Starting what was a very high energy and exciting on and jumping off of anything they could the entire night. With very short times between sets the music set. At one point the crowd was so worked up, it felt just kept rolling. Next on stage was There For Tomor- like the Highline may collapse; the entire building was row, who seemed to be feeding off an endless supply of shaking. Capping off the night, We The Kings took stage and energy onstage. They made you pay attention whether you wanted to or not, with about 30 minutes of pure the entire building erupted into screams and cheers. Everyone on the Highline was more than thrilled as adrenaline. they began their set. GuitarAfter There For Tomorrow ists Travis Clark and Hunter did their best to wear out the Thomsen both ignited the crowd, they still had plenty crowd by getting up close in the tank for A Rocket To and personal with the fans The Moon. With the girls who managed to fight screaming for frontman their way to the front. Nick Santino, you could With a partial acoustic feel the electricity. They set, We The Kings took took you up to 10 and fans up and down the kept you thee all the energy scale throughway to the end. out, closing out what Not to be outdone, was a good time Mayday Parade tore had by all. And the stage up. With best of all, it was Derek Sanders and ROCKET TO for a good cause. Brooks Betts giving THE MOON Paid Advertisement
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Review by: Diana Sonis Photos by: Jill Bednar old Roc Nation signee and NYC local, Bridget Kelly. The set broke to give Young Jeezy some stage space, who came out swinging with hits like “Who Dat,” “Crazy World,” and “Put On.” Harder and moodier, Jeezy’s style subdued some of the energy whipped up by Jay Z in the first half, but not for long as Jay came out to finish Jeezy’s set with “My President.” In the second half, pacing up and down the stage with military precision, Jay continued to power through some of his older hits “Big Pimpin,” “Can I Get A...,” finishing up the night with “Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem).” Over a nearly two-hour headlining set, Jay Z performed just about every song a fan would want to hear, dipping as far back as his 1996 debut album Reasonable Doubt. What do you expect from a legend with over two decades in the rap game and a long list of hits? A show that brings down the house…every time.
Since dropping his latest album in 2009, Jay Z has been feeling the love on the mostly sold-out Blueprint III tour, and New Jersey on Saturday night was no different. With Trey Songz hitting all the high notes for legions of screaming females in the opening, most fans trickled into the stadium just in time to see Jay Z spring up from somewhere beneath the stage and launch into one of the biggest hits off the album: “Run This Town.” Backed up by a full band, the Roc Boyz, the man known as Shawn Carter in all black everything and a signature Yankee Cap spit out hits like “On To The Next One,” “DOA (Death of Auto Tune),” and of course “Empire State of Mind” while tall LED screens illuminated a New York skyline. With Alicia Keys notably missing from her supporting role in the New York anthem, Jay did get some help from the 21-year34
Live Reviews with the PS 22 Chorus
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World famous Irish music sensation, Celtic Woman, joined forces with Staten Island’s Public School 22 Chorus on Forest Avenue, Staten Island, NY on Thursday afternoon, February 26. The weather was cold and snowy outside but it was hot and inspirational inside. Celtic Woman are currently on a 75 city national concert tour, performing songs from their newest CD and DVD, “Songs From the Heart.” The multi platinum allfemale ensemble first learned about PS 22 at the National Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington D.C. where they both performed for President Obama and the first family this past December. “Since we strongly believe in arts education starting from a young age we thought it would be very special to invite them to perform with us at Radio City,” said Celtic Woman’s Lisa Kelly. At Thursday’s rehearsal, the chemistry between the two groups was undeniable, almost as if the two had been working together for years. Celtic Woman vocalists Lisa Kelly, Chloe Agnew, Lynn Hilary, Alex Sharpe and violinist Mairead Nesbitt sang “You Raise Me Up,” and “When You Believe” before jamming on PS 22’s version of “Empire State of Mind.” Before the rehearsal ended, Celtic Woman and their musical director David Downes taught the 5th grade chorus one of Celtic Woman’s signature favorites, “Spanish Lady.” The catchy chorus was challenging for the young group at first, but they learned the song in a few takes, demonstrating their true professionalism. During the rehearsal, each member of Celtic Woman took time to sit and speak with the students and the kids were just floored and starstruck by the singing group. Even the group’s Celtic violin player, Mairead Nesbitt spent time to show 5th grader, Ashley Renoird, her instrument.
Review by: Jackie Vera Photos by: Kristin Tully @ Madison Square Garden NY,NY The Black Eyed Peas has now hit absolute mainstream success. They went from playing small underground venues to headlining Madison Square Garden. The steady change came in 2003, when the group signed on Stacey “Fergie” Ferguson as another member of their group. Her vocals changed the direction of the group and now they have a number 1 album (The END) besides the constant barrage of number 1 singles from the album (I Gotta Feeling, Boom Boom Pow, and Imma Be). The show at Madison Square Garden in NYC had a very diverse audience; it ranged from young children to young adults and even older grandparents. In front of me was two middle aged parents with what seemed to be their two children. Sitting to the left of them could have been their grandmother. Never have I seen a demographic like this at a show. The performance had a great vibe and energy. Opening the show was party pop group LMFAO, and rapper Ludacris. Finally at 9:15pm, the Peas hit the stage. Fergie performed a number of her solo songs. Taboo flew across Madison Square Garden on a lit up motorcycle. Will.I.Am blew the crowd away by freestyling to text messages sent from audience members displayed on the monitors. The show delivered great music performed by their band and guest DJ, David Guetta, performing “I Gotta Feeling” on the turntables. Will.I.Am had explained that Guetta cowrote and produced “I Gotta Feeling” with the band. The whole show was a huge party and the 36
whole crowd was dancing and singing along to almost every song. The Black Eyed Peas proved that they had become a household name by selling out a venue like Madison Square Garden. Costumes were a big part of the show. The costumes were like the theme of their music: futuristic. The show closed with “Boom Boom Pow” as the whole crowd danced and sang along every word. The Black Eyed Peas have proven themselves in the music industry and they won’t be going away anytime soon.
2/19/2010 @ Prudential Center Newark, NJ
Review by: Gerard Ucelli Photos by: Scott Vollweiler It was a cold night on February 19th, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey, where a huge concert was taking place at the Prudential Center. Going to this concert, I had no idea what to expect because I had never seen any of these bands live before. Flyleaf was the first band to take the stage as the opening act. Playing songs from both albums, Flyleaf (2005) and Memento Mori (2009), Flyleaf opened up with their hit “Fully Alive.” I have to say they caught my attention right away. They weren’t too interactive with the crowd, but they didn’t have to; their stage presence was enough. Another thing that was beneficial was the occasional screaming that Lacey Mosley, vocalist, was able to pull off in a few songs. For example, in the intro to “So Sick,” her screaming is so strong that I questioned if it was a girl screaming. “All Around Me” stood out from the majority of songs they played because that’s a personal favorite of mine and the harmonies that Pat Seals does on that song are outstanding. Breaking Benjamin came on next after a Drummer from 3 Days Grace 37
decent time setting up. They opened up with “I Will Not Bow,” a strong opener for the crowd. They played songs off of all 4 albums, Saturate (2002), We Are Not Alone (2004), Phobia (2006) and Dear Agony (2009). Benjamin Burley, vocalist, is very strong in Bassist for Breaking Benjamin range. It was remarkable how he was able to stay on key and go above and beyond vocally. What was epic about Breaking Benjamin that night was the background screen. There were clips of Halo while they performed “Blow Me Away.” Around that time, the mosh pits and crowd surfing started to increase consistently as the song went on. Later on in the set, they covered “Dream On” by Aerosmith. On the background screen, there was a video montage tribute to famous musicians who have died. The range of pictures went from DJ AM, Frank Zappa, Keith Moon (The Who), Layne Stanley (Alice In Chains), to guitarists Jimi Hendrix, Dimebag Darrell and Johnny Cash. The video also included the two deceased Beatles, John and George. It was truly a poignant moment that will continued on next page
Prudential Center with tons of heat. I didn’t find the drum solo too impressive. Neil Sanderson, drummer is tight for what he does, but he’s not varied at all as far as adapting to different styles of rhythm. What may have thrown him off this night was right before he was to start his solo, he knocked down his microphone and has problems with his keyboard intro. With that being said, Three
surely be talked about throughout the tour. The cover itself was dead on with the original but the way that they made it their own was Burley sang in a lower key [editors note: Breaking Benjamin usually tunes their guitars down to Drop B or Drop C tunings]. It wasn’t until the ban played “You’re So Cold,” that the crowd started to sing the lyrics. Then it was the same routine for “Breath” and “Diary of Jane.”
“It was truly a poignant moment that will surely be talked about throughout the tour.” - In relation to Breaking Benjamin’s cover of Dream On.
Three Days Grace was the last act to perform during this co-headlining show. They opened up with “Break,” their latest hit single which is off their most recent album, Life Starts Now (2009). They also played songs from their previous albums Three Days Grace (2003) and One-X (2006). Three songs into the set, they went into “I Hate Everything About You,” and there was not one person sitting down. While the song doesn’t glam up to the standard arena rock style, the band infused one major component to the song, PYRO! The end of the song was filled with pyro, filling the
Days Grace was definitely the best as far as stage presence and keeping the crowd entertained. When they covered Apocalyptica’s “I Don’t Care,” which Adam Gontier, vocalist, co-wrote and sang vocals on, he appeared on a mini stage, back by the sound board. He then walked through the crowd without the most apathetic attitude and it only got better from there. When they played “Riot” and “Animal That I Become,” everyone in the crowd was going absolutely nuts.
Live Reviews At Iridium NYC During Les Paul Mondays
The legendary Iridium Jazz Club, where the famed Les Paul performed every Monday night in the later years of his career, was the scene of an intimate evening concert featuring Zakk Wylde on January 25, 2010. The guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne and front-man of Black Label Society performed for a packed audience as part of Les Paul Mondays at the venue. Tom Doyle, The Les Paul Trio and Sonic Rebellion performed before Zakk took the stage. The entire atmosphere of the club and concert was very relaxed; the audience members sat at their tables eating dinner and having a few drinks while enjoying the evening’s show. Tom Doyle opened with a few jokes and anecdotes about meeting and working with Les Paul. His solo guitar set was energetic and included “Mr. Sandman” and a song that he wrote called “High Strung.” Tom showed off his moves with the daring, intricate guitar riffs in the latter song. After a short set, Doyle led the way for the next band to perform, The Les Paul Trio. Lou Pallo, Nicki Parrott and John Colianni make up the band that Les Paul performed with at the Iridium. With Lou on guitar and vocals, Nicki on bass and John on piano, the group is now named the Les Paul Trio in honor of their late front-man. This fun and jazzy set began with “The Lady is a Tramp” and “Makin’ Whoopee.” Parrott then sang the cheeky and suggestive “I Love Big Instruments,” after telling the audience of the thrill she gets from carrying her huge bass around New York City. “Blue Skies,” was also performed and since it was arranged by Les Paul, it was a great way to pay tribute to him. Next, the audience was introduced to Iridium’s bartender Andy and his band, Sonic Rebellion. After some technical difficulties, their short metal set was under way. The band played two songs, one of which was titled “Eyes on 39
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You.” Zakk Wylde took to the stage following Sonic Rebellion. The relaxed atmosphere of the night continued as Zakk came to the mic and joked with the audience. After a few jokes about Ozzy Osbourne and asking the audience what football team they thought would go to the Superbowl, Zakk sat down and began what seemed like a big jam session. The band that accompanied Zakk was comprised of BLS bassist JD DeServio and Pallo and Colianni from the Les Paul Trio. Keeping with the theme of the night and the venue itself, Zakk performed a very bluesy set. After opening with T-Bone Walker’s “Stormy Monday,” Zakk introduced the next song he would cover, “Little Wing.” This rendition showed off how great of a guitarist Zakk really is. Leon Russell’s “A Song for You” was next, which was followed by the BLS song, “Blessed Hellride,” which really got the audience going. Finally, the evening culminated with amazing performances of “Voodoo Child” and “Sunshine of Your Love.” The two songs were played as a medley. The latter was unannounced, so that was a pleasant surprise, as was the guitar solo that led into the song. Zakk Wylde’s set was perfect for the ambience of Iridium and the night itself. The song choices were great, because they really showcased Zakk’s deep, emotional voice as well as his guitar talent. He was seated for the entire show, drank a few (non-alcoholic) beers, joked around and played great music for the fans, which he treated like his buddies. It really showed that Zakk enjoys playing music as well as having the ability to perform for and hang out with the people who appreciate music the most. Paying tribute to one of the greatest guitarists of our time is what tied the whole thing together.
GET TO KNOW by Gerard Ucelli
Counting their Tales Told by Dead Friends EP, Mayday Parade (signed to Atlantic Records) is going on their four year anniversary. They have released two albums after their EP which is A Lesson in Romantics (2007) and Anywhere but Here (2009). They are possibly one of the most popular bands in the pop/punk scene right now. Known for their deep lyrics, Mayday Parade has this sensational ability to stand out and truly make a name for themselves. As an original member of Mayday Parade, Sanders has plenty of experience dealing with the transition of their songs, being the main front man throughout their career and having the pleasure to be on various mainstream tours. With all the success that Sanders has, for him it’s all the same as long as his dream in music is fulfilled. Anyone would be curious on one’s perspective of when he/she “made it” as far as success. That could never pass that up as the basis of a question when I asked Sanders myself. “You know there hasn’t been like one specific moment for sure where it was like “O man.” There have been several moments just being on the cover of AP Magazine. Another is being on Warped Tour the whole time on a bus. Just to be on a bus or going overseas and people singing our songs. There are all kinds of moments where it was surreal and amazing,” said Sanders. To live out a dream brings some kind of happiness in one’s life. When an individual has something in mind for the future at a young age, as long as the diligence is there that desire never changes. It would be interesting to see what one would do if they’re dream never came true. Notice when someone’s ambitions sound “farfetched” another would ask them what their backup plan is. Mayday Parade did a cover of The Pussycat Doll’s song “When I Grow Up” for Pop Goes Punk 2 (2009). Taking a somewhat silly song and turning it to a serious 41
question such as what one would do if he/she would do without their current profession can’t be ignored. “You know what man that’s a really tough question. It’s scary because I don’t have an answer. I have no idea what I would be doing. Ever since high school, I know this is what I want to do. It’s the only thing I feel that I’m pretty good at, but I actually care enough about to try as hard as I can to make it happen. I don’t know. I would be doing something in music in some way, but I’m not sure so hopefully we can do this for a while until we can figure it out,” said Sanders. Anywhere but Where is Mayday Parade’s most recent released. It was released on October 6th, 2009. It was two years since Mayday Parade released an album. Since it’s been a decent amount of time since any recent music has came out, why not ask one of the five creators himself (Sanders) on what he felt was different between this and the last album A Lesson In Romantics. “I’d say the biggest difference is that we didn’t do as much as the back and forth singing. It doesn’t have Jason singing which sucks because I’m doing mostly everything. In all and all the back and forth singing is the only main difference other than that it’s still Mayday Parade. Were still trying to destroy the songs the best we can and put them on TV,” said Sanders. Mayday Parade has been on a crazy amount of tours including Bamboozle and Warped Tour. Most recently, they have been a part of the Take Action Tour with A Rocket to The Moon, Stereo Skyline, There For Tomorrow and We The Kings. To get associated with this tour is very honorable because the shows go to charity for victims of leukemia and have crazy experiences with fans or do they? “I’m not sure how it originally came about, but I just know we were offered the tour and we were stoked to be a part of it because one there’s great bands and it’s all for a great cause and it’s all going to charity you
know? No not really, there hasn’t been anything too out of the ordinary. It’s kind of just the usual you know. It’s only two weeks into the tour, but it’s cool that there are really a lot of people that seem to appreciate this tour, but there hasn’t been anything too crazy yet,” said Sanders. Singers and American Idol go together like peanut butter and jelly. When it comes down to picking songs whether it being on the big stage or in the audition round, the singer usually covers what is most relating to their influences. Just like Randy, Simon or any other judge, I asked what song you would sing in the audition round quickly followed by who are Saunders’ musical influences. “There’s a ton of bands and artists that were all influenced by. I decided to mention Queen. Queen is a huge one for me. There are a lot of modern bands as well for our band like Taking Back Sunday, Brand New, Jimmy Eat World, The Starting Line, some 90s rock bands like Third Eye Blind the Foo Fighters. There a ton really, but there’s a couple I guess,” said Saunders. Since it is only February of 2010, things can still be unanswered for what the future is. When I asked Saunders on what the fans can expect this year, outside of touring not much else was confirmed. Obviously the year is still new and it’s not surprising not to have definite answers. “It’s all going to be about touring this year. The CD out now and were trying to work and tour as much as we can. So we have the Take Action Tour now and we do have the Warped Tour this summer, but in months in between were going to stay on the road. There are a lot of things were looking at right now and it’s exciting but it’s not confirmed yet so we can’t necessarily say,” said Saunders.
Derek Saunders of Mayday Parade
Compare Anywhere But Here to A Lesson In Romantics? And what would you say is the main difference between both albums?
I’d say the biggest difference is that we didn’t do as much as the back and forth singing. It doesn’t have Jason singing which sucks because I’m doing mostly everything. In all and all the back and forth singing is the only main difference other than that it’s still Mayday Parade. Were still trying to destroy the songs the best we can and put them on TV.
How did you guys get on the Take Action tour and how’s it been?
I’m not sure how it originally came about, but I just know we were offered the tour and we were stoked to be a part of it because one there’s great bands and it’s all for a great cause and it’s all going to charity you know.
Did you have a crazy experience with a fan on this tour yet?
No, not really. There hasn’t been anything too out of the ordinary. It’s kind of just the usual, you know! It’s only two weeks into the tour, but it’s cool that there are really a lot of people that seem to appreciate this tour, but there hasn’t been anything too crazy yet.
You know what man that’s a really tough question. It’s scary because I don’t have an answer. I have no idea what I would be doing. Ever since high school, I know 42
Since you did that infamous cover of the Pussycat Dolls what would you be doing if you weren’t in music?
GET TO KNOW this is what I want to do. It’s the only thing I feel that I’m pretty good at, but I actually care enough about to try as hard as I can to make it happen. I don’t know. I would be doing something in music in some way, but I’m not sure so hopefully we can do this for a while until we can figure it out.
Who are you musically influenced by?
There’s a ton of bands and artists that were all influenced by. I decided to mention Queen. Queen is a huge one for me. There are a lot of modern bands as well for our band like Taking Back Sunday, Brand New, Jimmy Eat World, The Starting Line, some 90s rock bands like Third Eye Blind the Foo Fighters. There a ton really, but there’s a couple I guess.
Was there a time with Mayday Parade where you felt like you “made it”
You know there hasn’t been like one specific moment for sure where it was like “O man.” There have been several moments just being on the cover of AP Magazine. Another is being on Warped Tour the whole time on a bus. Just to be on a bus or going overseas and people singing our songs. There have all kinds of moments where it was surreal and amazing.
Travis Clark of We The Kings
How would you compare and/or contrast your new album Smile Kid to We The Kings? The biggest difference between the two albums is that it’s a lot more dynamic. It was kind of like a ‘Check Yes Juliet’ Version 2.0. Writing this record, we tried to make it moviesque as possible.
Give a synopsis on the new single “Heaven Can’t Wait” and what was the inspiration behind the video? Give us a heads up of what we can expect from Every one of our videos is so close to the story line. Mayday Parade in 2010 such as tours or albums We wanted this one to have more comic relief. Nicolas etc? Guisen directed this video. It was pretty fun and It’s all going to be about touring this year. The CD out probably one of the most fun videos we were ever apart now and were trying to work and tour as much as we of. There’s a lyric in that song that describes the video can. So we have the Take Action Tour now and we do perfectly. “Here is a song for the night I drink too much have the Warped Tour this summer, but in the months in and spill my word” between, we’re going to stay on the road. There are a lot of things were looking at right now and it’s exciting Why should people come to the Take Action Tour and but it’s not confirmed yet so we can’t necessarily say. what would make people think this tear will kickass? Well first off it’s a charity tour for kids who have leukemia and with us other bands that would be headlining are Mayday Parade, A Rocket To The Moon, Stereo Skyline, and There For Tomorrow.
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Who are your musical influences and what would be your dream tour of 3 bands/acts you listen to now? Some of my musical influences range from Jimmy Eat World, Third Eye Blind, Blink 182, Coldplay, and The Beach Boys. I listen to everything for the most part. My dream tour would definitely have to be Jimmy Eat World, Lil Wayne and Coldplay just to see what it would be like to have them all in the same room. 43
We The Kings have released two albums since they came out in 2007. Those albums were We The Kings (2007) and Smile Kid (2009). They are one of the bigger bands in the pop/punk scene mainly due to their catchiness and range. However, they are best known for their hit single “Check Yes Juliet” off their We The Kings album. Coming back with the new single and video “Heaven Can’t Wait”, Clark had a lot to say about Smile Kid in contrast to We The Kings and the experience of making the new video. “The biggest difference between the two albums is that it’s a lot more dynamic. It was kind of like a ‘Check Yes Juliet’ Version 2.0. Writing this record, we tried to make it moviesque as possible. Every one of our videos is so close to the story line. We wanted this one to have more comic relief. Nicolas Guisen directed this video. It was pretty fun and probably one of the most fun videos we were ever apart of. There’s a lyric in that song that describes the video perfectly. “Here is a song for the night I drink too much and spill my word,” said Clark. We The Kings have plenty of experience on tours. They were on various tours such as Warped Tour and Bamboozle and that’s not even including being guest performances on certain shows such as Jimmy Kimmel Live. Even more recently, they were guests on MTV’s Silent Library which was definitely a different experience for them. One would think that touring would be nothing new to them. Due to the release of their new album they are currently taking part of the Take Action Tour this year. Intentionally given 15-20 seconds to say why people should come, his explanation summed it up and also added how it felt different to other tours. “Well first off it’s a charity tour for kids who have leukemia and with us other bands which makes it even more awesome because it goes to a good cause. Another reason is the 44
other bands that will be headlining are Mayday Parade, A Rocket To The Moon, Stereo Skyline, and There For Tomorrow,” said Clark. It’s always interesting to see what influences one to do what he/she does with life. Referring this to a question for Clark was short and sweet. It is highly noticeable how variation We The Kings has with their influences. For anyone into music as well, it’s very possible that everyone has fantasies on their dream tour to see. When that was included as a question, it was the same as his influences with even more of a twist. Some of my musical influences range from Jimmy Eat World, Third Eye Blind, Blink 182, Coldplay, and The Beach Boys. I listen to everything for the most part. My dream tour would definitely have to be Jimmy Eat World, Lil Wayne and Coldplay just to see what it would be like to have them all in the same room,” said Clark. Success is defined by perspective, but the stereotype to all success usually revolves in some way about money. Fame is also accountable for fitting into success. There is also that time where it was considered that one moment where anyone feels like they “made it.” That goes into perspective, but talking to Clark, fame was primarily involved into his story. It was like one of those moments that would happen once in a while/lifetime. The year last year before, we played a show at the Tampa Bay Rays. There were other acts on that too. Ludacris played on the show. George Strait who’s a country singer was on the show as well. The stage was right in center field. We had the biggest turnout of all the acts. I think we had about 26,000 people there for us. The mayor of Bradenton, Florida gave us the key to the city. Robin Williams came out to the show and we were hanging out with him at our tour bus for an hour just hanging out. It was really awesome,” said Clark.
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Is It True? with KE$HA
BACKSTAGE at Z100’s Jingle Ball in Madison Square Garden, we asked Ke$ha:
Is it true that you snuck into Prince’s house and got kicked out?
True! I did sneak into Prince’s house. True, I got kicked out. I got his address and snuck in under the fence. I inevitably got in and walked in on him having...band practice. I left my CD there for him and then got booted.
>Two more members of the vivacious Pussycat Dolls have left the group. This leaves two. Online reports claim that members of the band were no long happy with lead singer, Nicole Scherlinger. Scherlinger says that the group will continue. >The annual Bamboozle festival in New Jersey contimes this May. Headliners are Weezer and Paramore. Ke$ha, whose first album, Animal, debuted at #1, will support on both days. > The Roots’ long-delayed album “How I Got Over” has a new release date. The set will now come out June 8 on Def Jam, according to a Twitter post from drummer Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson. “How I Got Over” was originally expected last June, then in the fall and in early 2010, but was continually pushed back because the Roots kept recording new material in the midst of their stint as the house band on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.”
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Unsigned Spotlight Legend of the Fall * Electric Socery * It’s Not Over * Atomik Age
by Scott Vollweiler Bigwig, Tantric, Naked Brothers Band, Doro Pesch). Legend Of The Fall consists of members JD- Vocals, Guitar; SkylerDrums, Vocals; Levi- Keyboards, Vocals; Madison Bass, Vocals; CaseyJonesGuitar, Vocals. After forming in Summer 2007, the band self released two albums and is eagerly waiting on recording their EP with Malsch. Earlier this year, Broken Records had the exclusive opportunity shoot the bands promotional photos for their upcoming campaign. The band of brothers proved to be one heck of a good time. We wanted to show the band in a younger light, rather than the standard dark and angry moods. Instead, the photo session took place inside of the groups school; shooting inside the school gave the band some comfort and let them show their youthful side. After all, the band members range from 14-21 years of age. “We are looking forward to what lies ahead,” states Levi. “2010 is going to be an amazing year!” For more information, visit LegendOfTheFall.com
Hailing from New Jersey, the five Alam brothers formed the holy alliance known as Legend Of The Fall. The fivesome recently signed an exclusive management and PR contract with industry heavyweights, New Ocean Media (Framing Hanley, Sebastian Bach, Otep, Candlebox) and is set to enter Soundmine Recording Studio in East Stroudsburg in March with uber music producer, Dan Malsch (Forever the Sickest Kids, Framing Hanley,
by Christina Curcuru
The ATOMIK AGE Project All You Need is Love and the Music Will Come
There are many rock star hopefuls who try to figure out the recipe for success. If you ask Staten Island based band The Atomik Age Project, its members will all agree that friendship is the key. Now, I may be partial, as my father is not only my band mate, but also maestro of the entire group. Still, though many twenty-something year old daughters roll their eyes in boredom when hearing stories of the “good old days,” to me, this story about bridging the gap between friendship and music never gets old. 46
It all started six years ago when my father, Phil Curcuru, was working on a movie with his best friend Lenny. The movie, appropriately named The Lenny and Phil Story, was a compilation of their skits filmed over past twenty years. My father, an accomplished musician, in composing a song for the closing credits, wanted to capture and portray the feeling experienced by someone shooting his way up the charts of popularity. This resulted in the first song that would be performed by The Atomik Age Project. He called his family and childhood friends, also musicians, to see if they wanted to contribute to the song. Getting together to record “Look At Me,” was the beginning of what would become their journey towards success. They entirety of their first CD, On Time For Being
Late, a compilation of ballads and upbeat tempos, was recorded without the group even being in the same room. Since he didn’t have a recording studio, my father transformed a tiny room in his house into a place to record. Using his computer, he laid down foundation tracks of him playing guitar; the other members of the band would come in separately and record their parts. He would then mix them together to form a song. The band didn’t get together as a group until they were asked to appear on the Staten Island Community Television show The Directors Chair. According to Jimmy, the lead vocalist, “It was special to just get to see each other, but now it was even more special because before we did that interview, we hadn’t really gotten together as a group. I didn’t know who Stu,” the sax player, “was until that day.” The soft rock and adult contemporary styles of The Atomik Age Project reach out to all demographics from ages 15 to 65. Every song on the album tell stories that reflect situations that people deal with in their every day lives. My father elaborates “There’s a little bit for
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everyone. You’ll get a review from someone that is 18 years old who says ‘Wow, I love that!’ and then you’ll get one from someone who is 55 saying ‘That is such a beautiful song. I use it at night to relax’ There are hundreds of reviews like these.” These reviews go beyond local praise, hailing from all over the world including Japan, China, Sweden, and Germany, not to mention from their large fan base in the United Kingdom where they have won four awards for songs from their first CD and for the single “4 Ever Fab” commemorating the 45th anniversary of The Beatles landing in America. In 2008 they won Best Original Soundtrack for “Wild One” in the Staten Island Director’s Chair Film Festival. With help from websites such as CD Baby, Jango, iTunes and Broadjam, the group has made their mark. Although receiving worldwide notoriety and awards is something the band humbly appreciates, it’s the fact that they have an actual product to share that makes them so proud. According to Louie DiNatale, the keyboard player, “After all these years of playing, I never thought that I would have a finished product. It’s amazing.” As for the future, The Atomik Age Project has embarked on a new project that strikes an emotional chord in each of them. “Brooklyn Charlie” is a song written as a tribute for dear friend and family member Joe Curcuru, the drummer in the band, who passed away this past year. My father says, “I felt I had to tribute his life and his music and the involvement he had with us.” It is obvious to see that The Atomik Age Project is a tight knit group whose friendships and memories are what keep the band going and the music sounding sweeter than ever. My father concludes by saying “The common denominator is music and friendship. It’s the love of both of those.”
It’s Not Over
Earlier in February, It’s Not Over; a pop/punk band from Staten Island, N.Y. was at the College of Staten Island. One would think that all the band members were about to go to their classes. The ironic factor is that none of them go to school there. WSIA (88.9) is the college’s radio station and they were going for the purpose of being interviewed not only by me, but getting interviewed by WSIA and doing a voiceover session. It all started with doing the voiceover for It’s Not Over’s promotion for their upcoming shows. This all started when It’s Not Over was the winner for CSI Battle 47
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of The Bands. Filming the outtakes of them recording their promotion was quite amusing to say the least. Highlights of the recording process was Matt Cabello, drummer was making amusing faces every time he would say his line “now we’re here to play for you.” Another amusing moment during their voiceover was when Michael Giordano, vocalist thought he read his line backwards and basically realized he was wrong for being right. On camera, it’s funnier than in words. Overall, the voiceover went smoothly and they quickly moved on to the next task which is an interview from yours truly. continued on next page
Vermont Based Band Conjures Up a New Way of Listening to Music
By: Christina Curcuru
Psychedelic… Heavy... Funky. What do you think of when you hear these words? Maybe it’s having a conversation with your parents as you travel down memory lane to their teen years? How about watching Austin Powers for the fifth consecutive time? Both are plausible examples, but in this case, the Vermont based band Electric Sorcery reflects a completely new meaning. Band mates Derek Campbell, Micah Carbonneau, and Luke Laplant have always had a profound respect for each other’s music. Very close friends, they originally played in the Vermont fusion group Viscus and hoped to eventually form a band together in the future. Derek and Micah started Electric Sorcery in the fall of 2007 with original band mate and friend Nathanael Reynolds. They released their first album “Electric Sorcery” in April of 2009. After parting ways with Nathanael in the summer of 2009, Luke joined the ranks and the present Electric Sorcery was born, finally making the musicians’ hope for a band together a reality. Electric Sorcery boasts a distinct, unique sound making use of various instruments that are not the norm in most bands. Luke brings in his own brand of originality by his use of the electronic wind instrument (EWI), as does Derek with his use of a Theremin, harmonica and even a fife. Let’s not forget about Micah who according to Derek is a “wild man on the drums!” Although each of the band members have their specialties they each perform a little bit of everything depending on whether they are recording in the studio or performing live on stage. It’s this immersion between well-known instruments like the guitar, sax and keyboards with the eclectic instruments previously mentioned that give Electric Sorcery that little extra zing that is worth stopping and taking a listen to. In the future Electric Sorcery has big plans for themselves that include releasing more albums as well as local and regional tours. When asked if there was one thing he would like people to remember after reading this article Derek says, “That somewhere, deep in the forests of Vermont, heavy rhythms and strange electronic sounds echo through the night and Electric Sorcery is conjuring.”
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The interview was filmed right outside of WSIA radio station where it was absolutely freezing out. We were all in shock that the infamous snowstorm didn’t necessarily happen yet. This was done twenty minutes before they had to do their interview with WSIA. The first question that I asked wasn’t even close to a surprise. Asking them about the feeling of being interviewed in twenty minutes from WSIA and the answer was very simple for them. “I love it. I actually like doing this better than being in class,” George Thomas, bassist. The topic of getting “crunk” came into place when I asked each band member to name another band they would get crunk with. “Get crunk with? I’d have to say Boys Like Girls,” said Thomas. “I’d have to say Green Day,” said Giordano. “Brand New,” said Joshua Cronopulos. Does it have to be a band because I say Lady Gaga?” said Cabello. Going back into the WSIA studio, it was pretty awesome to go in the room and film them. It’s Not Over songs “Kiss Kiss” and “Better Off” were played on the radio to help introduce the band. The questions were more in depth. One of the questions went to Thomas about being in Every Night Drive and his transition to It’s Not Over. “I parted ways with those guys, but now I’m with these guys and I’m having fun.” Another question was about their first show which for It’s Not Over was back in November 2006. “We were at Dock Street and the guy tells us when we get to our show to play that was no longer on the bill. He ended up giving us a slot at 7:00 P.M. and the show started at 8:00,” said Giordano. When the interview was about to end, one of the staff members came in and started talking with them on the air. They ended off the show by doing animal noises. When one thinks that the randomness is finally done, guess what... “It’s Not Over.”
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Industry Insider Earshot Media * Daisy Rock Guitars * Jeff Hanson
A Conversation with a Music Industry veteran. Mike Cubillos is the owner of EARSHOT MEDIA, and is one of the most respected publicists in the music business.
WHO IS.... How did Earshot Media start? I started Earshot Media after getting laid off from my major label job at Mercury Records. I was part of a mass layoff that resulted in hundreds of people losing their jobs when Polygram and Seagrams merged back in the late-90’s. Although it was quite a bummer at the time, it turned out to be just the push I needed to finally branch out on my own. My first major client was a label called Mojo Records that was distributed through Universal. We handled press for their entire roster and that’s when I started working with bands like Reel Big Fish, Goldfinger, etc. From there it grew to where we started working with various record labels (both independents and majors). How is it an independent PR firm, like yourself, get such a diverse and popular roster? I think a little bit of luck plays a part, but mostly A LOT of hard work! We’ve been busting our butts for over a decade and hopefully labels/bands/managers see that we are passionate about the projects that we take on. I know I feel a personal responsibility to not let clients down and I think our dedication shows. It’s a small industry and if you’re not getting results, word will travel fast. Why should a band choose Earshot Media? I think bands would be wise to hire Earshot Media because, in addition to having worked many established acts, we have a proven track record of helping developing artists from the ground up. Over the years, we’ve had a hand in developing bands such as All-American Rejects, Plain White T’s, All Time Low, Avenged Sevenfold, Never Shout Never, Boys Like Girls, The Rocket Summer, Pepper, Set Your Goals and many others. We’re motivated not by money but by the music. I can think of nothing better than turning other music fans on to new artists and helping to build careers. 50
How did you get your start in Public Relations? I started in the business as intern at a record company while in college. I bounced around between a few departments before finally realizing that publicity was where I needed to be. Eventually I got hired on at the label I was interning at. As a publicist, I enjoyed the interaction with the artists and managers as well as with music journalists. As a long time reader of such music publications as Rolling Stone, BAM (west coast music rag), SPIN, LA Weekly, the LA Times Calendar section, etc., I was as “in awe” of these writers as I was of the bands I was working with. I felt a kinship with them because ultimately we’re all really just “superfans” of music. In my mind, getting paid to talk about music all day was not a bad way to make a living. You’ve been doing PR for bands like Reel Big Fish for many years. How is it that bands stay with you month after month? Year after year? Reel Big Fish has been a client since day one. Their loyalty has been nothing short of amazing and I never take it for granted. Again, I’d like to think that the bands that keep coming back, see that Earshot works tirelessly to help them, and that our efforts generate results.
Dasiy Rock Guitars wants a Revolution By Paul Seach
“Nothing less than to change the world.” There is a girl’s rock revolution coming, says Daisy Rock Girl Guitar founder Tish Ciravolo. And she hopes to have a hand in it. After spending most of her music playing days patrolling the L.A. scene and performing in bands such as the Rag Dolls, The Velvets, They Eat Their Own and her own group Shiksa and the Sluts, Ciravolo knew she could contribute to music in another way. Designing guitars built for females. “(We are the) only girl guitar company whose mission is to get more girls to learn how to play guitar,” Ciravolo said. “We get emails from girls all over the country, really all over the world, saying we want to start a band. (There are) not a lot of resources for women.” Until Ciravolo watched her daughter draw a daisy.
Ciravolo drew a guitar neck on the daisy and the concept for Daisy Rock Girl Guitars was born. Ten years later, Daisy Rock guitar has built quite a name for itself with many famous professional artists choosing to take a Daisy Rock guitar to the stage. Names such as Avril Lavige, Joan Jett, Miley Cyrus, Vicki Peterson (The Bangles), Jane Wiedlin, Lisa Loeb and Dolly Parton, just to name a few. Her company has also sold over 150,000 guitars during those ten years. The uniqueness is in the craftsmanship of the guitar. Built lighter and with a smaller neck, the guitar is designed to better suit a female’s hands. This came from her own experiences when she returned her bass guitar because it was too heavy. But it hasn’t been smooth sailing for Ciravolo. Not everyone jumped on the girl guitar band wagon. In a feature article on Ciravolo and Daisy Rock guitars in USA Today, Andy Rossi, senior vice president of global sales and marketing for Fender said that “with all due respect to Daisy Rock, creating an instrument that is specialized for females is pandering, insulting and not what females want.” Ciravolo took it in stride and said that shortly after the article was published she received a call from Rossi who apologized and said he had been misquoted. Nonetheless, Ciravolo continues to use her bubbly and warm personality to move the company forward and help inspire aspiring female musicians. Her lighter and better fitting guitar hopes to reduce discouragement in playing. She helped create a book with Alfred Publishing that is specifically for girls. Ciravolo also takes part in charity events and Lillith Fair. Any opportunity to show women they can hang with guys and Ciravolo looks to be there. As for the future, Ciravolo sees a girls revolution coming with more rock and punk bands coming up. If she is lucky, they will be carrying a Daisy Rock guitar to the stage.
Jeff Hanson Former Creed Manager now owns Silent Majorty Group Personally, Jeff Hanson has been a figure in the music business that I’ve looked up to for years. I first heard of Mr. Hanson when Creed’s “Behind The Music” aired on VH1. The members of the band, as a well as Hanson, were interviewed by the show. It was incredible that a regular “Joe” could take a bar band and turn them into worldwide superstars. Hanson reminisces, “I started as a DJ playing what we used to call progressive music (The Cure) and I ended up buying the club that I was DJing in. I started owning other bars then selling them. Then I was the guy who just booked the talent for North Florida, South Florida and Central Florida. Creed was playing my bars and so I started booking them into other bars; it eventually just morphed into management cause they didn’t have any money to make a record. So I lent them money and that record became their first record, My Own Prison. That record was famously known for costing us only six-thousand dollars to record and went on to sell six million copies. I think we got turned down by about twelve labels and the thirteenth label on the totem pole was Wind Up Records. I think they had eight employees and I had five.” Jeff Hanson even stayed with the “band” when Creed broke up in 2003. “I didn’t manage Creed anymore because there wasn’t a Creed to manage,” Hanson adds. He then managed Alter Bridge which featured members of Creed. After his tenure with Creed and Alter Bridge, Jeff Hanson decided to look for newer talent. “I started looking for newer bands. That’s something about me; I am more into the music than the business and day to day part of the business.” He then focused more on bands he 52
at signed at that point. Hanson signed Paramore, Mute Math, Family Force 5 and others. Around that time, Hanson pretty much left the management side of the business and signed a deal with Warner Music Group (WMG) and started his own label. “Framing Hanley was the first band we signed. We also manage FH and Tantric but I’m more excited and interested in doing my label than I am in the management side. I hire people to do that side since bands do need management. I like to sit in the studio; I like to listen to music; I like to A & R my own records; I like coming up with marketing plans.” He is a self taught entrepreneur. It’s amazing how dedication to something can truly prove to be all you need to be successful. Jeff Hanson is truly the man when it comes to having the golden ears. He definitely knows a hit record when he hears one. So I asked him, “Will you look for a band for the first time with your ‘ears’ or your eyes?” His response, “Anyone can put someone on stage with the look. I’m looking for someone who has a knack for really cool pop melodies. My taste is usually always a few years ahead of what is the mainstream and top 40. I liked Depeche Mode before they were popular in the US. I liked Creed when it wasn’t cool to like that style. Then a year later, they were the biggest band on the popular. Look at Paramore…It took them three years to sell onehundred thousand copies and then sell a couple of million records.” For anyone who truly wants to get into management or start their own label, use Jeff Hanson as a model. He is the epitome of a musical genius, at least I think so. Check out all of his artists on Silent Majority Group. You can catch just about every one of them in Broken Records Magazine.
My taste is usually always a few years ahead of what is the mainstream. Paramore took three years to sell 1 million records. Then they sold a couple of million. -Jeff Hanson
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Stone Temple Pilots
Since the moment they appeared on the scene in the early 90’s, Stone Temple Pilots dominated the decade from start to finish, racking up 15 singles on the Billboard Top Ten, winning a “Best Hard Rock Performance” GRAMMY in 1994 for for “Plush,” and having their five albums sell more than 35 million copies worldwide. Of all their peers, STP alone had sustained commercial success, earning greater critical acclaim with each release, building a body of work that remains popular and its enduring acclaim has only highlighted the absence of the band, who quietly went their separate ways after the turnof the millennium release of Shangri-La Dee Da. Despite the presence of the greatest hits album Thank You in 2003, there was a generation that has never witnessed the live power of the vocalist Scott Weiland, guitarist Dean DeLeo, bassist Robert DeLeo and drummer Eric Kretz live in concert. That all changed when the band reunited for a massive concert tour in 2008. A dominant force in rock music since their inception, the group’s impressively extensive and top-selling music has cemented their standing as one of the most successful rock groups of all time. Scott Weiland and Robert DeLeo met at a Black Flag concert in Long Beach, California, discovering in the course of their conversation that the two were dating the same girl. Instead of sparking a rivalry, this common ground was the foundation of a friendship, with the pair moving into the girl’s apartment after she left town. Weiland and DeLeo formed a band called Mighty Joe Young, with drummer Eric Kretz joining the lineup soon afterward, with Robert’s brother Dean coming aboard not long after that. Soon, the group established themselves as a draw in San Diego, eventually gaining the attention of Atlantic Records who signed them in 1991. After hearing that there was a blues singer calling himself Mighty Joe Young, the group changed their name to Stone Temple Pilots during the recording of their 1992 debut album, Core. Core was bracing blend of grunge guitars, classic rock moves and big pop hooks. At first, the ironic swagger of “Sex Type Thing” brought them onto MTV and radio, but it was “Plush” that blew the doors wide open for the 53
band, establishing them as multi-platinum act in 1993. A pair of subsequent singles were released from Core -- “Wicked Garden” and the spooky, acoustic “Creep” -before they delivered Purple in 1994. A large, eager fan base snatched Purple up upon its opening week, sending it to # 1 but Purple wasn’t a one-week wonder, it grew as the record spun off hit after hit: first there was the majestic, cryptic “Big Empty,” taken from The Crow soundtrack, then there was “Vasoline,” which was followed by the modern rock classic “Interstate Love Song,” a radio smash that stayed on the top of Billboard’s Album Rock charts for 15 weeks, besting the record set by the Rolling Stones’ “Start Me Up. “ Stone Temple Pilots went their separate ways after Shangri-La Dee Da, leaving the question of a reunion hanging in the air. A greatest hits album called Thank You in 2003 only reminded fans that all great bands have a certain magic that is attained when the original lineup comes together to play, something Stone Temple Pilots will prove that this summer when they reunite for this long-awaited tour. In Spring 2008 STP officially revealed that the band were reuniting and launched a massive 2008 concert tour encompassing over 65 dates and hitting all corners of North America. Marking the first national tour for Stone Temple Pilots in almost eight years, the tour brought the iconic band’s charismatic musicianship and exhilarating live shows to amphitheatres across North America. The band enjoyed the experience of being back together and performing that they decided to bring the magic back in to the studio. Stone Temple Pilots has announced the upcoming release of their hugely anticipated new album. STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, the band’s first allnew collection in close to a decade – will arrive in stores and at all online retailers around the globe on May 25th. Produced by Stone Temple Pilots and mixed by Chris Lord-Alge (Green Day, Dave Matthews Band), the album sees one of rock’s biggest bands continuing to explore their enduring approach to music – melding big rock riffs, classic pop hooks, and the restless experimentalism of glam, punk, and psychedelia.
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(YHU\RQH6KRXOG.QRZ$ERXW ,GHQWLW\7KHIW 1. You’re Only as Safe as Your Weakest Link.
The challenge in protecting your identity is that your personal information is everywhere. Even if you shred your private documents, or use secure websites and strong passwords, what about everyone else who has your Social Security number – like your doctor, dentist or the 17-year-old clerk handling your credit application at the electronics store? The problem quickly becomes obvious: you may be doing everything right, but what about everyone else who has your information?
2. Once Your Social Security Number is Out, It’s Staying Out.
If your credit or debit card is stolen, you can replace it, but what happens when non-changing information like your Social Security number is stolen? The fact is, once it’s out, it’s out. Identity thieves buy, sell and trade stolen information, using it over and over again for years. Is your Social Security number really secure?
3. Anyone Can Be A Target.
Recent news reports revealed that even the chairman of the Federal Reserve1 was one of the 9.9 million Americans who were victims of identity theft in 2008.2 Other reports describe how one identity theft ring was responsible for two of the largest thefts in history, resulting in the theft of more than 130 million credit and debit card numbers.3 Think you could be at risk? (See #1.)
4. How Protected Are You?
You may think you’re protected, but are you really? Your credit card may be safeguarded; but that won’t help if thieves open new lines of credit. Credit monitoring will only alert you once something bad has already happened. Neither method will help prevent identity theft, nor resolve problems once you’ve become a victim.
5. There is Help.
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Source: Isikoff, Michael. “Bernanke Victimized by Identity Fraud Ring.” Newsweek. 25 August 2009. Web. 20 September 2009. 2Source: Javelin Strategy & Research. “2009 Identity Fraud Survey Report.” February 2009. 3Source: Wallack, Todd. “Hacker Pleads Guilty in Data Theft.” The Boston Globe. 12 September 2009. Web. 20 September 2009.
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Latest Issue of Broken Records Magazine. March/April 2010. Featuring cover stories: Lady A and Orianthi. Also featuring: Halestorm, Puddle o...
Published on Mar 12, 2010
Latest Issue of Broken Records Magazine. March/April 2010. Featuring cover stories: Lady A and Orianthi. Also featuring: Halestorm, Puddle o...