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TECH N9NE

LIVE IN TORONTO SEPTEMEBER 22ND 2012

FridaeTV is giving away a pair of tickets to see TECH N9NE  live in Toronto September 22nd 2012 at The Rockpile! All you have to do is email your answer to the skill testing question below with your name, age and phone number before 11:59pm September 9th 2012.

Skill Testing Question: WHO IS TECH N9NE’S OPENING ACT FOR THE CANADIAN TOUR?

Email answer to: techn9netoronto@gmail.com

When: September 22nd at the Rockpile (5555 Dundas St W. Toronto)

CONTEST RULES: All entrants must be 19 years of age to enter, no purchase necessary. Entry with correct answer will be chosen randomly, all entries will be accepted until 11:59PM SEPTEMBER 9TH 2012. Winner will be announced the following day September 10th 2012. The prize is two tickets to see Tech N9Ne live in Toronto at the Rockpile Saturday September 22nd 2012.

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THE SMASHING PUMPKINS ANNOUNCE THE CANADIAN OCEANIA TOUR!

THE SMASHING PUMPKINS

OCEANIA TOUR

FIRST MAJOR CANADIAN TOUR IN TEN YEARS

BAND TO PERFORM THEIR ACCLAIMED ALBUM ‘OCEANIA’

IN FULL, FOLLOWED BY A SET OF CLASSICS AND DEEP CUTS

THE SHOW’S VISUALS USE NEW TECHNOLOGY IN VIDEO-MAPPING THAT WERE PREPARED BY SEAN EVANS  (ROGER WATERS’ “THE WALL”)

 

TORONTO, ON(MONDAY, AUGUST 20) – THE SMASHING PUMPKINS–singer/guitarist BILLY CORGAN, guitarist

JEFF SCHROEDER, drummer MIKE BYRNE andbassist NICOLE FIORENTINO—will embark on a North American tour launching October 2 in Winnipegincluding one night at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre on October 25th.  Tickets go on sale Friday, August 24th at 10am at the Air Canada Centre Box Office, Ticketmaster.ca or chare by phone 855-985-5000.

“Wow, seriously. What a sight. What a sound. What a show. The Smashing Pumpkins have still got it.” –Love Rod & Dave-O, TRIPLEM.AU, August 1, 2012   (headline show in Sydney)

Look for the band to perform their critically acclaimed album OCEANIA–which entered the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart at #4 and earned the #1 spot on the Independent Albums Chart this past June–in full and for the second half of the show they’ll play classics and deep cuts from their body of work.  The PUMPKINS will be backed by visuals prepared by Sean Evans, whose most recent project was assisting Roger Waters on the newest staging of “The Wall.” THE PUMPKINS will be using new technology in video-mapping to create something new and previously unseen.

A limited amount of VIP Packages will be made available giving fans access to an amazing, exclusive opportunity.  In addition to a premium ticket or GA ticket with elevated viewing access, packages may include a 3-song Backstage Performance with the band including a Q&A, an autographed limited edition tour poster, an on-site VIP Concierge, a copy of the new CD OCEANIA, and exclusive merch. Visit http://www.smashingpumpkins.com/ for more information on these VIP Packages.

OCEANIA (Martha’s Music/EMI Label Services/Caroline Distribution) was created by the band at Corgan’s private studio in Chicagoas a true album experience for listeners to fully immerse themselves in. The powerful 13-song collection was produced by Corgan and Bjorn Thorsrud and mixed by David Bottrill.  Marking THE SMASHING PUMPKINS’ 7thstudio record and 7th Top Ten album, it is “an album within an album,” part of their 44-song work-in-progress TEARGARDEN BY KALEIDYSCOPE. Of OCEANIA, USA Today said Corgan’s “creative engines are roaring with an intensity and creative pluck unmatched since his mid-’90s classics” (6/19/12); the Los Angeles Times said it is “the best thing the Pumpkins have done since the ‘90s” (6/19/12); and the Chicago Tribune called it “Corgan’s best work since the ‘90s” (6/15/12).

The PUMPKINS are coming offa successful tour of Australia, New Zealand and South Korea that ran from July 26-August 14.  They headlined festivals and, at their own shows, performed OCEANIA in full, followed by a set of classics and deep cuts (see critical quotes below).

Oceania is a great album….this record transports you back to the ‘90s Pumpkins, when things were epic, huge, and felt just oh-so-connected-and-good. ‘Panopticon’ and ‘Pinwheels’ were standouts, and the remarkable thing is while I had a month of listening to his album before the show, my friend who hadn’t heard a thing still enjoyed it.”

–David Farrier, 3NEWS.CO, August 5, 2012 (headline show)

“’Quasar,’ the opening track from Oceaniawas pulverising, an exhilarating collision of tumbling drums and piercing, wailing guitars that announced the band were here to play with intent and conviction. From there on the new album slowly revealed itself over the next hour, shifting between the riff heavy tracks and the moodier, quieter moments that often featured addition synths and loops. ‘My Love Is Winter’ felt like the moment where it all began to gel with Corgan delivering the melodically anthemic chorus that felt like a return to some of his stronger songwriting moments. ‘One Diamond, One Heart’ and ‘Pinwheels’ continued the same vibe with an added electronic nod…drummer Mike Byrne nailed everything and played with bombast and subtlety in equal measures and Jeff Schroeder was Corgan’s equal in terms of paint peeling solos and some wonderful textural playing to match.”

FASTERLOUDER.AU, August 1, 2012 (headline show)

“… included the head-spinning thump of ‘Quasar,’ the pounding positivity of ‘Panopticon’ and ‘The Celestials’–a Corgan singalong special that’s worthy of inclusion on the band’s landmark 1993 album Siamese Dream. Other standouts included the shimmering ballad ‘Pinwheels,’ the epic and moody shapechanging title track that finished with a classic Corgan guitar freak out, and ‘One Diamond, One Heart,’ which came with an electro stomp like something from the band’s controversial but underrated 1998 record Adore.”

–Chris Schulz, NEW ZEALAND HERALD, August 5, 2012 (headline show)

“There definitely are not many musical acts that can wow an Auckland audience consisting of fans from different generations but The Smashing Pumpkins did just that last night.”

–Trevor Quinn, STUFF.CO, August 5, 2012 (headline show)

“…they wrapped the three-day festival on Sunday with a monster set…”

— Lars Brandle, BILLBOARD.COM, July 30, 2012 (review of band’s show Down Under when they were one of the headliners of the Splendour In The Grass festival)

“…a triumphant headline set spanning their 20-year career.”

–Ross Purdie, COURIERMAIL.AU, July 30, 2012 (Splendour In The Grass festival)

“…a massive 17 song festival set that would satisfy any fan, with a perfect blend of old and new material.”

 — MTV.COM.AU, August 1, 2012 (Splendour In The Grass festival)

The PUMPKINS’ confirmed Canadian tour dates are below:

October 2, 2012                  MTS Centre                          Winnipeg, Manitoba

October 4, 2102                  Scotiabank Saddledome    Calgary, Alberta

October 5, 2012                 Rexall Place                          Edmonton, Alberta

October 7, 2012                  Rogers Arena                       Vancouver, BC

October 25, 2012               Air Canada Centre              Toronto, Ontario

October 28, 2012               University of Montreal      Montreal, Quebec

About THE SMASHING PUMPKINS:

THE SMASHING PUMPKINS have created one of the most acclaimed bodies of work in musical history having sold more than 30 million albums, and won multiple Grammy Awards in the process.  Formed in Chicago in 1988, they released Gish, their influential and platinum debut in 1991, which was followed by albums including the nine-time platinum Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness and the four-time platinum Siamese Dream, as well as the platinum certified 1998 album Adore.   The pivotal group’s many hits defined the alternative music era and continue to resonate on modern rock radio, influencing a whole new generation.   The PUMPKINS returned in 2007 with their acclaimed sixth album Zeitgeist.  They have since remained on the cutting edge of music and technology with various online releases. In June 2012, the band released the album Oceania, via Martha’s Music/EMI Label Services/Caroline Distribution. Marking THE SMASHING PUMPKINS’ 7th studio record, it is “an album within an album,” part of their 44-song work-in-progress Teargarden By Kaleidyscope.

www.smashingpumpkins.com

http://www.facebook.com/smashingpumpkins

http://twitter.com/smashingpumpkin

http://twitter.com/Billy

http://www.youtube.com/smashingpumpkins

 

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2ND NEW ORDER TORONTO SHOW ADDED, ON SALE TOMORROW!

NEW ORDER

NORTH AMERICA – 2012

SECOND TORONTO SHOW JUST ANNOUNCED

 

TORONTO, ON – (MONDAY, AUGUST 20) – Following the immediate sell-out of their first night at Toronto’s Sony Centre For the Performing Arts, NEW ORDER has confirmed they will add a second night in Toronto as part of their first tour of North America since 2005. 

Singer Bernard Sumner said, “We’ve been having such a great time together this year, playing shows all over Europe, and we’re all really excited to be playing America again. We have so many friends and fans there we can’t wait to get back!”

NEW ORDER’S last US tour was back in May 2005, their last US show an exclusive appearance at Miami’s Ultra Music Festival earlier this year, and their last visit to Canada was 11 years ago, in 2001.

For ticket information   www.newordernow.net

NEW ORDER are:

Bernard Sumner (vocals, guitar)

Stephen Morris (drums)

Gillian Gilbert (keyboard, guitar)

Phil Cunningham (guitar, keyboards)

Tom Chapman (bass)

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TIM CHAISSON ANNOUNCES TOUR AND ALBUM!

TIM CHAISSON ANNOUNCES TOUR DATES IN SUPPORT OF NEW LP ‘THE OTHER SIDE’, TO BE RELEASED SEPTEMBER 25, 2012 VIA BUMSTEAD 

Photography By: Jess Baumung East coast singer-songwriter Tim Chaisson is set to release his fifth studio album nationally on September 25, 2012 via Bumstead (The Trews, Two Hours Traffic Poor Young Things) and is also pleased to announce Canadian tour dates including stops in Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, and Charlottetown in support of the new release. 

Recorded at Woodshed Studio under the guidance of producer Colin Linden (Bruce Cockburn, Blackie & the Rodeo Kings, Lucinda Williams), The Other Side blends Maritime roots and folk music with a lush yet minimal arrangement. As with previous releases, Chaisson’s golden-toned voice and signature guitar are at the forefront, embracing a warm transparency that fans and critics have come to love. New tracks including the standout “Beat This Heart” featuring songstress Serena Ryder are bound to become favourites, along with “Bail You Out” which Chaisson recorded for Southern Souls along with “Blast Your Way Out” earlier this summer. 
It’s no surprise coming from a musically influenced family that Chaisson set his sights on solo artistry at a young age. With the 2009 release of Broken Hearted Beat, Tim Chaisson’s fourth studio album, the multi-instrument became a force on the national music scene garnering attention including a #1 spot on the MuchMoreMusic Countdown, “Touring Artist of the Year” by Music PEI, and solo tours of Australia. With recent festival dates under his belt including Hamilton’s Festival of Friends and the inaugural Boots and Hearts Music Festival, Tim Chaisson has already been treating audiences to new material, hinting at what The Other Side promises. Between the new release and national tour dates, it’s evident that Tim Chaisson is an artist to watch in 2012. Download link and tour dates below. 
TOUR DATES 
Sept. 22 @ Canada’s Walk of Fame, TORONTO, ON 
Sept. 25 @ Dakota Tavern, TORONTO, ON 
Sept. 26 @ Quai des Brumes, MONTREAL, QC 
Sept. 28 @ Seahorse Tavern, HALIFAX, NS 
Sept. 29 @ Hunter’s Ale House, CHARLOTTETOWN, PE

SECRET BROADCAST RELEASE NEW VIDEO RAYGUN!

Secret Broadcast Make 3-year Olds Cry in New Video

eOne Music Canada rock group Secret Broadcast (www.SecretBroadcast.com) has released their brand new music video for “Raygun”, the forthcoming single from their latest EP “Hungry Ghost”.

The song has quickly became a fan favorite, performing it as part of their encores on their previous cross-Canada tours in 2012. Right from the start, this was the single of choice from Canadian radio programmers and will be going to radio in September.

The video features the band performing at a day care centre. “We thought it would be a lot of fun to put on a rock n roll show for a bunch of 3-year olds and see what happened,” says Matt Lightstone, Guitarist and Vocalist.  “Some kids cried hysterically, some kids covered their ears, but for the most part we were able to win over the crowd.

“Raygun” was directed and co-produced by filmmaker Josh Warburton of Vulture Culture Films who has previously directed videos for Monster Truck, Arkells and Cancer Bats. Says drummer Keith Heppler. “Music has been proven to be a highly effective tool to foster learning and deepen children’s understanding and comprehension. Except for the smell of urine, the kids held exactly the same patience as teenagers. Actually, at some of the festivals we’ve played at, the smells were the same, too.”

Secret Broadcast have shared the stage with such acts as Metric, The Stills, Matthew Good, and Tokyo Police Club. They performed at Toronto and Calgary’s Virgin Festivals in 2008, main stage at Virgin Festival Calgary 2009, and have showcased at CMJ, NXNE, CMW, JunoFest, and New Music West. In 2009, their debut LP, Exploding Spiders, quickly climbed the Canadian college and commercial radio charts, hitting the Top 40 on the Canadian Campus Radio Chart while the first single, Out Of Control, reached #60 on the Canadian Alt/Rock charts. In late 2010, Secret Broadcast relocated to Toronto and created their new Hungry Ghost EP with acclaimed producer, Jon Drew (Tokyo Police Club, F**ked Up, Arkells, Dinosaur Bones). The group will be performing exclusively at HMV in-stores with a club tour in September:

August 18th  Waterloo, ON – HMV In-Store Performance – Conestoga Mall
August 19th Cambridge, ON – HMV In-Store Performance – Cambridge Centre
August 25th Guelph, ON – HMV In-Store Performance – Stone Road Mall
September 15th Toronto, ON – Cherry Cola’s
September 21st Waterloo, ON Maxwell’s
September 22nd Brantford, ON Two Doors Down
September 24th Sault Ste Marie ON – The Speak Easy (Algoma University)
September 25th Thunder Bay, ON – Crocks
September 26th Winnipeg, MB – Pyramid Cabaret
September 28th Edmonton, AB – Haven Social Club
October 4th Calgary, AB – The Republik

Stream their new album here!

www.SECRETBROADCAST.com

MOTIONLESS IN WHITE TO TOUR NORTH AMERICA THIS FALL!

 MOTIONLESS IN WHITE ANNOUNCE FALL HEADLINING TOUR!

Explosive sextet Motionless In White are thrilled to announce their first North American headline tour for this fall.

“We couldn’t be more excited to be heading out on our first full headline tour this fall,” notes lead singer Chris Motionless. “We’ve spent a long time waiting for this moment, and can’t wait to kick off Infamous and the next phase of Motionless In White in the best fucking way possible. I won’t give too many things away, but I will say that you will definitely leave knowing you just witnessed a true SHOW.”

The Infamous Tour, presented by Rockstar Energy Drink, kicks off on November 8 in Burlington, VT, and will hit 31 cities across the country, more dates to be announced soon. The tour includes support from Chelsea GrinStick To Your Guns, Crown The Empire, and label mates Upon This Dawning. The tour follows a huge summer on Vans Warped Tour, headline dates in Japan and a sold out tour of the UK this September.

The tour comes in support of forthcoming album Infamous. Produced by Jason Suecof (August Burns Red, Black Dahlia Murder, White Chapel) and Tim Skold (Marilyn Manson), Infamous is the band’s second full-length, and is set for release this fall.

MOTIONLESS IN WHITE – Chris Motionless (vocals), Ricky Horror (guitar), Angelo Parente (drums), Ryan Sitkowski (guitar), Josh Balz (keys), Devin “Ghost” Sola (bass) – Since the release of their first full-length Creatures, the dark rockers have received two nominations for both the Kerrang! Awards and Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards earlier this year. The band has been featured on the cover of Kerrang! Magazine, and has gained coverage from Revolver, FEARnet, Kerrang!, INKED, Bloody Disgusting, OUTBURN, Tattoo Magazine, Rock Sound, Metal Hammer, and more. The band recently released the controversial video for the single “Immaculate Misconception”, featuring Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider, now at over 2 million YouTube views. The video was named by AOL Noisecreep as one of the Top Ten Heavy Metal Videos of 2011, and FEARnet’s Most Shocking Music Video of 2011. Frontman Chris Motionless also appeared on the cover of Alternative Press this summer, and on TLC’s reality tattoo show NY Ink.

Rockstar Energy Drink presentes The Infamous Tour Dates: 

Motionless In White, Chelsea Grin, Stick To Your Guns, Crown The Empire, & Upon This Dawning 

 

11/8 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground

11/11 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom

11/13 – Charlotte, NC @ Amos

11/15 – St Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre

11/17 – Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room

11/20 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts

11/21 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s

11/24 – Montreal, QC @ Le Tulipe

11/25 – Toronto, ON @ Virgin Mobile Mod Club

11/26 – London, ON @ London Music Hall

11/27 – Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot Ballroom

11/30 – Dallas, TX @ The Door

12/2 – Odessa, TX @ Dos Amigos

12/4 – Tempe, AZ @ Nile Theatre

12/5 – West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues

12/6 – Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse

12/7 – San Diego, CA @ Soma

12/8 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades

12/11 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall

12/12 – Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s

12/13 – Chicago, IL @ The Bottom Lounge

12/14 – Pittsburgh, PA @ The Ironworks

12/15 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza

12/16 – Philadelphia, PA @ TLA

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AUSTRALIA’S ARCANE SAINTS HIT CANADA THIS SEPTEMBER!

 

Australian Grunge Rockers ARCANE SAINTS Announce Canadian Dates ‘Never Say Die Tour’

Australian grunge rockers ARCANE SAINTS are coming to tour Canada with a vengeance this September, making up for their spring tour, which had to be cancelled due to an unexpected circumstance.

Traveling from Down Under to the Great White North, Arcane Saints will rock crowds from Toronto to Vancouver on a six-day adventure across Canada, kicking off on September 12 at Cherry Cola’s (200 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON).

“We were devastated at having to postpone our Canada tour earlier this year but this tour is going to be bigger and better. Having opened for The Trews here in Australia they spoke very highly of the Canadian rock scene and we can’t wait to get over there and experience it for ourselves.” comments vocalist / guitarist Michael John  

About: Arcane Saints came together when singer/guitarist Michael John (a relative of Iron Maiden founding member Steve Harris), invested his prize money from an international song writing competition and got a one-way ticket to Melbourne, Australia from his home country of New Zealand to form the quartet with bassist Jim Luxford, guitarist Michael “Sheep” Gooding and drummer Sam Sablinskis.

Live Video from CHINA Tour 2012 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjmQu7qmHGs

Single – Never Say Die – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bh4w-37gmbQ 

Single – Reflections – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJLKmEFjfLY

Single- Nervous Breakdown – FREE DOWNLOAD

Never Say Die Tour Dates – https://www.facebook.com/events/392805187448544/

September 12, 2012 – Cherry Cola’s, Toronto, ON – w/ guests – Doors 9pm – 19+ 

September 14, 2012 – The Foundry, Thunder Bay, ON – w/ guests – Doors 10pm – 19+ – Cover $10

September 15, 2012 – The Cavern Club, Winnipeg, MB – w/ Sons of York + guests – Doors 9pm – 18+ – Cover $7

September 18, 2012 – Pawn Shop – Edmonton, AB – w/ Who’s the Hero, Submerged & Riot In Paradise – Doors 8pm – 18+ – Cover $10

September 19, 2012 – Dicken’s Pub – Calgary, AB – w/ 3 Head Cobra, Before the Storm – Doors 9pm – 18+ 

September 21, 2012 – The Rockin Firkin – Kamloops BC w/ Full of Excuses

September 22, 2012 – TBA – Vancouver, BC

  Tour Dates | ArcaneSaints.com | Facebook | Reverbnation

NICK CARTER TAKES ON TORONTO – FEATURE EDITORIAL REVIEW

All Photography By: Fridae Mattas

NICK CARTER

LIVE @ THE CNE 2012

FEATURE EDITORIAL REVIEW

 

By: Fridae Mattas

 

No, there is nothing wrong with your eyes, you can say his name out loud if you want Nick Carter. The Backstreet Boy who brought Boyband madness to a whole other level back in the 90’s. To this day many artists and groups aspire to be like Carter and his group. All the rock and metal fans are probably like why does she keep throwing poptarts at us?! The Arts Curator (That would be me) selects what is covered based on quality and audience demand. After I published the insanity of last year’s autograph signing people have been searching for content on this particular artist every day. I try to give the people what they want and introduce them to new music. Prior to publishing the CNE press release I saw on the list of performers that Carter was scheduled for the 19th. Naturally, my curiosity kicked in! I had to see what baby Backstreet Boy all grown up had to give as a solo artist. He released his second solo record titled “I’m Taking Off” last year and has had a few shows in Toronto since but I couldn’t make them. Plus, it’s not like his publicists have rushed to respond to my media request so why bother? I don’t chase anyone.

This was not the first Nick Carter solo show I have been to but the first I was actually able to kind of watch… Flashback to 2002/2003 when he released his debut solo record “Now or Never”, my friend whom I lost touch with a few years ago was his bodyguard for that tour. When they came to Toronto I went to visit him with my Korean friend and chilled backstage prior to the show at the Kool Haus. All I can recall from that night was Carter jibbering Japanese to my Korean friend just before he went on stage, his super creepy friend and a contest winner totally freaking out in his dressing room. When I say freaking out I mean blood curdling screams, tears and convulsions! I could see her on the floor flipping out thinking she was having a seizure or something! I asked my friend what was going on, he came out of the dressing room and told me nothing, she just met Nick Carter. That was mind blasting! To this day I will never forget that girls’ hysteria, I just don’t get it!

He’s a talented attractive guy, okay but there are many talented hot guys! What comes over a person to have that kind of reaction? As for his actual performance, I don’t remember much of it at all! My attention was focused on the fans peeking through the curtain as they were pushing the barricade closest to us. I was scared, praying that it wouldn’t fall over to cause a stampede of fans stage left. A few teenies managed to sneak past security landing behind the curtain; clearly security wasn’t doing a very good job keeping the teenies at bay. They pushed me and my then friend out of their way running as fast as they could to the stage, completely blocking the “Make a Wish” girl’s view. I kept asking them to move out of her way so she could watch the show if they were going to stay. It was only common courtesy but the teenies obviously didn’t care about anything other than getting a piece of Nick Carter and continued to stand in front of her for the rest of the set. Sadly, I am pretty sure the Make a Wish girl has passed on by now, she did not look well but you could see the excitement in her eyes as she watched Carter on stage, she was absolutely thrilled to be there.

Fast forward present day 2012, well last Sunday August 19th to be exact when BC’s Andrew Allen was opening the show for Carter. The crowd wasn’t too large yet so there was ample room for me to float around and get the shots I needed without being in the pit, until it started to rain! I quickly put my camera away until it stopped. The CNE Bandshell’s sound is so impeccably crisp. A recent example of their professionalism was during Salt N Pepa’s set when one of the speakers blew out mid song. The fabulous femmes continued on with the track and the speaker was repaired before it ended. I was not at all worried about the sound but the tragic lighting washing everyone out was going to be a challenge, as was the stabilizing the footage, I tried my best. Shooting from the audience at a pop show, is completely different than a metal or rock show but have similar elements of danger with the huge possibility of assy footage and photos.

Never in my life have I heard of Andrew Allen or seen him perform but I arrived just in time to catch the BC native in action with his drummer. Andrew’s audience interaction was a decent start; you could tell he was nervous which is only natural. I wish he migrated around a bit more on the stage but he still needs to get used to being on the bigger ones. Vocals were good but do not stand out amongst the plethora of singer songwriters I have seen. The songs need some tweaking but they weren’t too bad, he had a few catchy ones like “What You Wanted” and “Sooner”. Andrew Allen has potential to blossom into a fantastic artist and I recommend checking him out if he ends up playing in your neighborhood!

Next up the headliner, I have not seen such a massive crowd gather so fast, Carter even mentioned something about this audience being the largest crowd on his solo tour yet, at least he’s honest. The fans in the front have been waiting for him since who knows what time. Guaranteed there were a few that flew in from different countries (I think he even pointed one out during the set) and I’m sure many camped out as early as they could to get their front row spot. It was funny because the CNE staff I spoke with told me to push through and make way to the front. If I’m not in the pit or on stage, I try to shoot from the sides or farther back in the middle. No way in hell was I about to even go near the front row, especially after my recent close call at Heavy T.O.’s metal mud fest.

Carter launched his Space themed set with the title track from his sophomore album “I’m Taking Off” coming out in a space suit with super ugly red leather hammer pants. He started in sounding pretty good with Axe in hand, I could tell he was still learning to master the axe but he’s way better than I and many other “Guitarists” I have come across. There weren’t too many pitch issues except for near the end of this tune and a few others but not as bad as most would assume. I’d rather see Nick Carter live again than Marylin Manson! His recent performance was absolutely the biggest disappointment to my ears of the century. I tried my best to keep the camera steady while shooting but had to stabilize most of the footage in post; no control over the waving hands smacking my lens mid filming. Nick sang a few tracks off of both his records with a few Backstreet Boys tunes mixed in, he even went half over the barricade to touch the fans during the classic hit “I Want It That Way”.

Mid set it was sexy time for the fans as he turned on his “Nasty” seductive charm which made me laugh! He even chose a fan to serenade on stage, that caused extreme screams every girl in the audience was hoping it was them, except me of course. Thank God I remembered my ear plugs they saved my ears from the high vocal decibels of the fans. Nick ended up choosing a ginger again, when I covered the NKOTBSB Hamilton show last year he also chose a ginger but she had a clever sign. I felt sorry for this girl because when he asked the fans to cheer for her none of them except her friends did, they were jealous moodies. Carter was giving the fans exactly what they wanted and at times it seemed like he was actually teasing them on purpose which was very amusing. He gave the chosen one some extra attention, playing with her hair, caressing her face and ending the serenade with a kiss. This was more than likely the best day of her life and she probably creamed her luckies on stage.

Carter has had a busy career life, past few years touring as part of the NKOTBSB, doing his own solo thing and working on the new Backstreet Boys record with all of the members including Kevin, he’s back! But, life is not always peachy even for a Backstreet Boy, earlier this year Nick tragically lost his younger sister Leslie who was a singer and new Mother. It is so hard to lose anyone especially immediate family, people say time heals all wounds but I have come to conclude you never really get over certain things. You just have to adapt to life the best way you can and hope to survive this journey . I met Leslie in the past, she was a sweet girl. One thing I will remember is how much she loved her family especially her big bro, he was all she would talk about.

Nick was trying to keep everything smooth and on key while dancing and playing the guitar at the same time, his efforts did not go unnoticed and the crowd of course thought he was flawless. His vocals are becoming stronger and he had the stamina to perform a fifteen track set on his own. In fact, I was quite impressed with his steady tone when he sang “Incomplete”. There were moments he seemed genuinely happy but also many instances he looked drained, running through a set he’s performed many times before like a robot. I also picked up on this intense sadness about him especially during the track “Falling Down”, cheer up Charlie!

He probably loves every minute of his career but it must be getting to him, he’s been working since his early teens with the Backstreet Boys. All of his group mates have been able to grow up and move on with their lives getting married, having children but not Carter. Who knows if he has someone in his life that actually really loves him and even if he did, would his fans allow him to grow up? Nobody will be good enough for him in their eyes, even if she was the new age Mother Theresa! Aside from the nut jobs I’ve come across, some of Carter’s fans truly have his best interests at heart and want to see him happy. Well, according to the random sobbing Asian girl who turned to me near the end of the set and said “I just want to see him happy”. I thought she was the only one in tears but when I turned around to see the rest of the audience there were a few more wet eyes, some had mascara running down their face.

The band Nick had backing him up was amazing, they even dressed up as aliens and astronauts playing their part in the show. The audience was majority female, couples, families and a few guys lingering around who were probably secretly teenying out amongst themselves like these army dudes were. Although he could relax on the redundant pointing and hand gestures, his solo music has more of an edge and the content is getting better lyrically. Nick Carter did an exceptional job taking on Toronto by himself, far exceeding my expectations! He closed the set with his single “Burning Up”, you can check out more photos here and a few tunes from the set will be up here shortly. Catch Carter later this week on Good Morning America August 31st where he will be performing with all of his Backstreet brothers. If you have the opportunity to see this Backstreet Boy rock the stage solo, take that chance you may be pleasantly surprised.

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PAPA ROACH HALTS TOUR, SHADDIX TO UNDERGO SURGERY!

PAPA ROACH SUSPENDS TOUR

SINGER JACOBY SHADDIX TO UNDERGO SURGERY

NEW YORK, NY – Multi-platinum rockers Papa Roach have been forced to cancel the remainder of their scheduled dates on the Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival, which kicked off last week in Kansas City. Lead singer Jacoby Shaddix has been diagnosed with a nodule on his left vocal chord. At the advice of his physician, he will undergo corrective surgery to remove the nodule and prevent further damage.  

“It’s no secret that I’ve been having issues with my voice lately. I was hoping to be able to go out there and kill it on this tour by resting and doing vocal exercises, but my voice has just gone out on me. I hate to let our fans down, but unfortunately surgery is the only way to fix it,” Shaddix said. “The last thing we want to do is give our fans less than 100% every night. We know they’ll understand and we’ll be back better than ever.”

“It was amazing having Papa Roach on the road with us for the first few UPROAR shows. We’re disappointed that they can’t continue for the rest of the tour, but Jacoby’s health is the priority and we wish him a speedy recovery,” says Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival co-producer John Oakes.

The band apologizes for any inconvenience, but wants to assure fans that Shaddix is expected to make a complete recovery. Touring plans for this fall are not expected to be affected.

Earlier this summer, Papa Roach launched the first single, “STILL SWINGIN,” from their hotly anticipated upcoming album, THE CONNECTION (October 2, Eleven Seven Music). The track is currently top 15 at Active Rock and has charted at Alternative radio formats merely weeks after impacting. The track is equal parts classic Papa Roach with big hooks and an anthemic chorus, coupled with modern electronic elements; a song that at one time captures the hard rock band’s signature sound while exhibiting their contemporary edge.

Known for their electrifying and explosive live shows, Papa Roach have become the common denominator for some of the most successful rock tours in recent years and have critics worldwide hailing them as “the best live band.” With their feet firmly planted in over 10 years of multi-format success, Papa Roach’s Time For Annihilation…On the Record and On the Road (Eleven Seven Music, August 2010) debuted as the #1 Independent Rock, #23 Top 200, #4 Hard Rock and #5 Alternative Album on Billboard’s charts. The album’s singles, “Kick in the Teeth” and “Burn” both remained in the Top 5 at the active rock radio format for over 8 weeks straight, joining 8 additional Top10 hits throughout the band’s career with songs such as “Last Resort” and “Scars.”

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THE CHARIOT DEBUT NEW SINGLE “IN” AUGUST 28TH!

    THE CHARIOT DEBUT NEW SINGLE

“IN”

THE CHARIOT DEBUT NEW SINGLE, “IN”
“ONE WING” AVAILABLE AUGUST 28th, 2012

(NEW YORK, NY) – Atlanta’s own THE CHARIOT has debuted a brand new track titled, “In,” today exclusively via Altpress.com. Click HERE to listen! This song was originally going to be the opening track to ‘One Wing.’  It was a last minute decision to move it further in down list, and I think it was for the better. says frontman Josh Scogin. THE CHARIOT will release “One Wing,” on August 28th, 2012.

Scogin continues, The song still has the strength of an opener but this record is a journey and for that reason alone it belongs at track 7.  One Wing was designed to be heard in chronological order but having said that, I think this song does a pretty good job standing all alone as well.”

TRACK LISTING:
1. Forget
2. Not
3. Your
4. First
5. Love.
6. Speak
7. in
8. Tounges
9. and
10. Cheek.

The band recently launched pre-order packages with brand new merch designs. Each physical preorder from the band will receive a link to a live version of “Speak” and the track “and” from the “One Wing” demo recording sessions.

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The band goes into great depth explaining their cover art with artist Trey Moseley providing his own words. Click HERE or the image to view a behind the scenes video on the making of the artwork that became, “One Wing.”

In a recent interview the band was asked what their mindset was when going into the studio on “One Wing,” and front man Josh Scogin commented, “Let’s get weird.”
THE CHARIOT is: Josh Scogin (vocals), Stephen “Stevis” Harrison (guitar), David Kennedy (drums) and Brandon Henderson (guitar).