May 14, 2012 – Rock hit-makers Sixx:A.M. (vocalist and famed rock producer James Michael, Motley Crue bassist and radio personality Nikki Sixx and Guns n’ Roses guitarist Dj Ashba) announced today their support of City of Hope through an initiative designed to help raise money for research, treatment and education for the fight against cancer, diabetes and HIV/AIDS. Joining other celebrities such as Ryan Seacrest, Vince Gill and Sugarland in their support of City of Hope, Sixx:A.M. have offered their new music video for “Are You With Me Now” exclusively to the charity. Beginning today, fans who make a donation to City of Hope via will receive a code to unlock the never-been-seen-before video.

Check out a short preview of Sixx:A.M.’s new “Are You With Me Now” video here!

“Are You With Me Now” is the third single from the band’s latest album, This Is Gonna Hurt. The album gave the band their first Top 10 debut on The Billboard 200 chart and has already produced the #1 hit “Lies of the Beautiful People.” The 11-track CD that Billboard proclaimed “redefines the meaning of beauty” and AOL added is “boasting 11 radio-baiting tracks” is also the soundtrack to Nikki Sixx’s New York Times bestselling book “This Is Gonna Hurt,” which debuted at #4.

 Sixx:A.M. is the rock band formed in 2007 by Nikki Sixx (bass), Dj Ashba (guitar) and James Michael (vocals). Their debut album, The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack, sold over 300,000 copies, and the single, “Life Is Beautiful,” became radio’s most played rock song of 2008.

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Project Mars TO Open For Legendary Metallers ANVIL in OTTAWA MAY 22ND!

   Project Mars Open For Legendary Metallers ANVIL

Aylmer, QC heavy rockers Project Mars have been given the nod to open in Ottawa on May 22nd for legendary Canadian metal band ANVIL whom for the last 30-plus years have unleashed 14 full-length albums and one critically acclaimed documentary – Anvil! The Story of Anvil, and have influenced heavy hitters like Slayer and Metallica.

Show Details:

Date: Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Venue: The Brass Monkey, 250A Greenbank Rd.

Time: 7:00pm – 19+

Cost: $20

Ticket Link:

Bands: ANVIL, CAYM, Project Mars

Event Link:

In additional news, Project Mars recently teamed up with to spread to the masses their latest single and tribute to Canadian soldiers “Don’t Hold Back” for free download at the following link –

Don’t Hold Back is written as dedication to Canadian troops and our good friend / former bassist Jordan Elliott who broke the news to us that he was going to be stationed in Afghanistan and before he left gave me his guitar telling me that if anything were to happen to him that he wanted someone to write some good tunes and keep his spirit alive.” says guitarist Jason Connolly. “We also wanted to write a song that described a soldiers point of view of going into battle and not letting anything get in his or her way along with illustrating the fear that goes along with it and the thoughts of not knowing if you’ll ever return the same mentally or physically and alive to your friends and family.”

“Don’t Hold Back” is from Project Mars upcoming debut album set for release in later 2012.

Single Stream Lyric Video – Don’t Hold Back –

Video – Hey (Live) –

About: What began as some plain good ol’ banter on the job between three coworkers at a restaurant, soon became prog rock band Sound Addiction, morphed into a power trio and eventually evolved into alt rock band now know as Project Mars.

After purchasing all the necessary gear to record a debut album, tackling the learning curve that followed and playing a number of successful shows, a mix of unforeseen factors led to the dissolution of Project Mars a year later. But not too long after that is when, in 2010, a reunion between high school friends Jason Connolly (Guitars/Vocals) and Ron Henry (Vocals/Guitars) resulted in the beginning of the resurrection of Project Mars.

Now, Project Mars is gearing up to release its debut full-length album, Don’t Hold Back, in September 2012. With the title track an ode to the band’s former bassist who left to join the Canadian army, the record deals with everything from war and politics to more personal struggles.

Packed with in-your-face rock and tons of attitude from track to track, Don’t Hold Back’s first mission is to kick listeners’ asses and its second is to help raise awareness and funds for multiple sclerosis research, following a recent diagnosis that hit close to home.

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THE USED, from Orem, Utah USA, will be doing two in store autograph sessions in Alberta during their western Canadian tour in June at WEST 49 locations! Bert, Quinn, Jeph and Dan will be at the West 49 store in West Edmonton Mall, Edmonton, AB on June 05th and in Chinook Mall, Calgary, AB on June 06th.  Both autograph sessions will run from 5pm till 6pm MST at the West 49 locations.

“We bring the best in the latest skateboard fashion, accessories and equipment.  Now we get to bring the best in music into our stores!  We are very excited to be working with THE USED and hosting their autograph sessions in our 2 main Alberta stores.  As a long time fan of the band and their music, this opportunity is priceless to us and we are happy to welcome the band to our stores” comments Cindy Mielke – Director of Marketing at West 49.

The Used are also looking forward to returning to the great white north, “We are so excited to be returning to Canada. Its been way to long. We have missed are Canadians fans! Love, The Used”

VULNERABLE came out March 2012, charting #21 Top 200 Current Albums, #4 Independent Charts, #3 Hard Music Chart, #7 Alternative Chart and #12 Digital Album Chart.  Turning personal adversity into art is the Used’s trademark, and the band’s fifth full-length, Vulnerable, was a record that simply had to be made. It marks a particular triumph for singer Bert McCracken, who is now reenergized after suffering a broken hand and elbow last year, falling from a stage in Orange County, Calif., and then spending four months getting surgery and recuperating. The experience partially birthed the title and concept of Vulnerable.
“Me feeling that vulnerability kind of sparked this creative fire inside of me,” says Bert McCracken. “This record’s really about becoming more than just who you are, and allowing yourself that vulnerability to be a more powerful person. It’s a lot more positive than a lot of records we’ve written in the past. I think everyone could use some positivity nowadays.”

Purchase Vulnerable here.

06.03 Winnipeg, MB @ Garrick

06.05 Edmonton, AB @ Starlite
06.06 Calgary, AB @ Macewan Ballroom
06.09 Vancouver, BC @ Vogue
07.14 Montreal, QC @ Parc Jean-Drapeau – WARPED TOUR
07.15 Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre – WAPRED TOUR

Bert McCracken – Vocals
Quinn Allman – Guitar
Jeph Howard – Bass
Dan Whitesides – Drums




Chaos, tempered by love and delivered with great fury. That’s Dearly Beloved. And when they collide with their friends in Die Mannequin what you have is a pairing of daring, gargantuan rock bands, stomping all over North America on tours, leaving past record labels round the bend, and finally – coming together for what could already be the Canadian Rock Tour of the Year.

Newly signed to eOne Music Canada, Dearly Beloved’s new album Hawk vs Pigeon was recorded in Joshua Tree, California at Rancho De La Luna and the band’s Phoebe Street Studios. Coming out on May 22nd, the album is dominated by band member Rob Higgins’ rebirth of sorts and a disappearance to the desert for a recharge and a rethink on mortality. Partner in music and life-long friend Niva Chow and new drummer Gavin Maguire extend the spirit of barrier-trashing rock innovation, coming together for what is most certainly their most fully-formed album of their career. Hawk vs. Pigeon features guest appearances by Dave Catching of Eagles Of Death Metal /Earthlings?, Brendan Canning of Broken Social Scene and Patrick Pentland of Sloan.

Cutting his teeth in seminal indie rock bands like Change of Heart and Tristan Psionic while Niva was wowing crowds in the punk band, Sticky Rice, their chops were put to good use on Dearly Beloved’s first LP, You Are The Jaguar”, where the band played 40 shows in 60 days across Canada in 2007, and a slew of shows in the US with Juliette Lewis and Sloan to promote their They Will Take Up Serpents album in 2011.

At the centerpiece of Hawk vs. Pigeon is a genuine heart-stopper – “To Better Days” an intensely personal song of inspiration and future building in more ways than one. Care and Tony from Die Mannequin perform on the song, and it’s a call to arms that resonates with both bands.

Die Mannequin is a group not without their own dramas. They started in the spring of 2006 when Failure recorded her first EP, How to Kill. Death from Above 1979’s Jesse F. Keeler took care of the drum duties as well as production. Die Mannequin opened for Guns N’ Roses on the Canadian dates of their 2006 North American Tour, and supported Sum 41 on their Strength in Numbers tour during the fall of 2007.

2009’s Fino + Bleed marked Die Mannequin’s first true studio album, and things get a little bit eventful after that. The record was produced by Matt Hyde (Slayer, Children Of Bodom, No Doubt) and mixed by Mike Fraser (AC/DC, Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne) and features Jack Irons (Pearl Jam, RHCP, The Wallflowers) on drums. Two massive tours followed, one headlining, and one supporting Marilyn Manson. In 2010 director Bruce McDonald started to work on his acclaimed film Hard Core Logo sequel – Die Mannequin was his first choice in carrying the torch of the original films’ group which featured Hugh Dillon as Joe Dick.

In this follow-up film Bruce McDonald (reprising his role as himself), sets out to follow Care Failure (who claims to be channeling the spirit of Joe Dick) and her band Die Mannequin out to Manitou Beach, Saskatchewan in the dead of winter to document their new recording at the famous Danceland ballroom. While filming Hard Core Logo 2, Bruce set up the production so that the band was actually recording new tracks live off the studio floor with legendary Canadian producer Peter Moore (Neil Young, Diana Krall, Cowboy Junkies). HCLII wrapped up production 2011 and is now set to hit theaters across Canada this week and will launch Die Mannequin onto a whole new fanbase.

On June 12th, The Danceland EP entitled features new songs along with tracks recorded during the filming of Hard Core Logo 2. The music is raw and stunning, and represents a group that is starting to enter the zenith of their career.

Tour Dates
11-May-12       Dearly Beloved/Die Mannequin            Thunder Bay     ON      Crocks          
13-May-12       Dearly Beloved/Die Mannequin            Winnipeg        MB      Pyramid         
15-May-12       Dearly Beloved/Die Mannequin            Calgary AB      Dickens Pub             
16-May-12       Dearly Beloved/Die Mannequin            Edmonton     AB     Pawn Shop               
18-May-12       Dearly Beloved/Die Mannequin            Vancouver    BC      Cobalt          
19-May-12       Dearly Beloved/Die Mannequin            Nanaimo  BC   Queen’s Hotel           
20-May-12       Dearly Beloved/Die Mannequin            Victoria        BC      Club 919                
23-May-12       Dearly Beloved/Die Mannequin            Lethbridge  AB   The Rhythm House                
24-May-12       Dearly Beloved/Die Mannequin            Regina          SK   The Exchange            
25-May-12       Dearly Beloved/Die Mannequin            Brandon MB    North Hill Inn          
30-May-12       Dearly Beloved/Die Mannequin            Ottawa  ON      Zaphod Beeblebrox               
15-Jun-12       Dearly Beloved/Die Mannequin            Toronto ON      Mod Club                
16-Jun-12       Dearly Beloved/Die Mannequin            Peterborough    ON  Red Dog         
21-Jun-12       Dearly Beloved/Die Mannequin            Windsor ON   Dominion House          
22-Jun-12       Dearly Beloved/Die Mannequin           London  ON      Call The Office         
23-Jun-12       Dearly Beloved/Die Mannequin           Guelph    ON      Vinyl           
24-Jun-12       Dearly Beloved only                         St. Catharines  ON      Scene Festival