Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion Announces A Line-Up Change! ZZ Top Band Member Suffers Injury!

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(PCM) Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion has announced a schedule change to the May 6 festival lineup at Rock City Campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC.

Regrettably, ZZ Top has canceled their spring tour–including their May 6 scheduled performance at Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion–due to an injury.

The band has released the following statement:

“Last Thursday, Dusty Hill was injured at the Lone Star Events Center in Lubbock, Texas that prevented the evening’s ZZ Top performance from taking place. Dusty has subsequently undergone treatment for a fractured shoulder. ZZ Top’s concert dates on the current tour have been postponed through May 7.

Dusty Hill offered this comment, “My physicians told me that this type of injury is usually associated with contact sports. I’m not sure bass-playing qualifies as such but they’re doing their best to get me back in the game as soon as possible. Thanks to everyone for all the good wishes we’ve received. We’re determined to enjoy a speedy recovery and see you soon!”

The schedule for the Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion main stages will be adjusted to allow bands extended performance times in ZZ Top’s absence.

In addition, 2016 Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion ticket purchasers will be offered a credit to apply to a 2017 Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion ticket purchase. Look for more details on the 2017 credit after the completion of this year’s festival at www.carolinarebellion.com.

The sixth annual Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion–May 6, 7 and 8–will feature performances from over 50 top rock artists playing on four stages, including Disturbed, Scorpions, Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Shinedown, Deftones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, A Day To Remember, 3 Doors Down, Alice Cooper, Bring Me The Horizon, Cypress Hill, Pennywise, Lamb Of God, and many others. The festival will also feature multiple festival experiences, premium camping facilities, and an expanded Pig Out BBQ Village, which will feature Gourmet Man Food that reflects cuisine of the region and the cultural food explosion that is happening around the country.

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Exclusive Interview: Good Charlotte Make A Triumphant Return! New Album Set For Release This Summer!

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(PCM) After taking approximately a five year hiatus, rockers Good Charlotte are triumphantly making a return to the stage and are gearing up to drop their highly-anticipated new album “Youth Authority” on July 15! The band is currently in the midst of performing a string of small club dates to set the pace for what is sure to be a fairly hectic rest of the year!

The first of these intimate tour stops took place at the TLA in Philadelphia, PA and ironically enough it is a venue that holds an incredibly special place in the history of Good Charlotte. The band played one of their very first shows ever at this venue in the City Of Brotherly Love, and also the now defunct alternative radio station Y100, here in Philly was one of the very first radio stations to spins the band’s very first single “Little Things”.

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The current TLA show sold out in mere minutes and the venue was packed to capacity as fans who were lucky enough to score tickets were able to enjoy cherishing a milestone in the band’s history, as this show marked Good Charlotte’s first return to Philly since their initial hiatus. The fans were enthralled with the show for start to finish and as vocalist Joel Madden remarked for the stage “Pop Punk is not dead, it was only taking a little nap.”

The band immediately kicked things into high gear opening with their pulsing hit “The Anthem” before plowing through a solid set that spawned their entire discography. Fans were clamoring for songs off the band’s debut album and Good Charlotte were more than happy to oblige. We were thrilled to hear songs such as “My Bloody Valentine”, “Motivation Proclamation”, “Girls & Boys”, “Riot Girl” and “I Just Wanna Live” to name a few and the band appropriately closed out their set with our tongue-in-cheek favorite “Lifestyles Of The Rich & Famous”.

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Good Charlotte appeared and sounded completely refreshed and even managed to throw two new songs from “Youth Authority” into the set with “Makeshift Love” and “40oz Dream”. Words can not even express how excited we are to check out the rest of this album and catch the band live again when they head out for a few dates on the Vans Warped Tour later this summer.

We had a chance to catch up with both Benji and Joel Madden of Good Charlotte to talk about the upcoming album, changes in the music industry, the generational appeal of their music and so much more!  When speaking about this intimate run of tour dates Joel Madden told us “At this point in our career we feel very genuine about what we do and we are only really kind of doing what we want to do, so I always say, let’s just play these shows that mean a lot to us because I don’t even know how many shows we have left in us. With the touring I say let’s just do the sh*t that really matters us, so we did these four shows and it just feels special every night”.

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Madden went on to tell us that what stood out during the recording process was “just the sheer love of us getting back together to make a record and the first song that came was a song called “Life Changes” and you can just feel the energy and that we all truly wanted to be back in that room together”.

You can listen to the full interview below:

Photography credit: Andrew Wendowski

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AC/DC’s Rock Or Bust World Tour Resumes With Axl Rose On Vocals

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(PCM) Rockers AC/DC have released a statement in regards to resuming their Rock Or Bust world tour and the addition of Guns n’ Roses vocalist Axl Rose taking on vocal duties for Brian Johnson.

“AC/DC band members would like to thank Brian Johnson for his contributions and dedication to the band throughout the years. We wish him all the best with his hearing issues and future ventures. As much as we want this tour to end as it started, we understand, respect and support Brian’s decision to stop touring and save his hearing. We are dedicated to fulfilling the remainder of our touring commitments to everyone that has supported us over the years, and are fortunate that Axl Rose has kindly offered his support to help us fulfill this commitment.”

AC/DC will resume their Rock Or Bust World Tour with Axl Rose joining on vocals. The European stadium tour dates begin on May 7 in Lisbon, Portugal and run through June 12 in Aarhus, Denmark as previously announced (see below for full itinerary). Following this European run of dates with AC/DC, Axl Rose will head out on his Guns N’ Roses, ‘Not In This Lifetime’ Summer Stadium Tour.

The 10 postponed U.S shows will be rescheduled and announced imminently, also with Axl Rose.
AC/DC European tour dates
May 7 Lisbon, Portugal
Passeio Maritimo De Alges

May 10 Seville, Spain
Estadio De La Cartuja

May 13 Marseille, France
Stade Velodrome

May 16 Werchter, Belgium
Werchter Site

May 19 Vienna, Austria
Erns-Happel Stadium
May 22 Prague, Czech Republic
Letnany Airport

May 26 Hamburg, Germany
Volksparkstadion
May 29 Berne, Switzerland
Stade De Suisse

June 1 Leipzig, Germany
Red Bull Arena
June 4 London, England
The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
June 9 Manchester, England
Etihad Stadium

June 12 Aarhus, Denmark
Ceres Park

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Catching Up With American Idol Winner Trent Harmon

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(PCM) The lights were dimmed for a final time and host Ryan Seacrest made one last dream come true, as Trent Harmon, 25, from Amory, MS, was named the 15th and final American Idol in the history-making series finale live from Dolby Theatre.

Harmon is the 15th Idol hopeful to win the prestigious American Idol title, joining the ranks of Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks, David Cook, Kris Allen, Lee DeWyze, Scott McCreery, Phillip Phillips, Candace Glover, Caleb Johnson and Nick Fradiani.

President Barack Obama kicked off the finale with a videotaped statement that paid tribute to the series and its impact on the nation. During the show, Season Four winner Carrie Underwood and Idol judge Keith Urban sang “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around”; judge Harry Connick, Jr. sang “What A Wonderful World” with New Orleans student Marley Fletcher; judge Jennifer Lopez performed her new single, “Ain’t Your Mama”; fan-favorite contestant William Hung sang the chorus of “She Bangs”; and in a surprise appearance, former judge Simon Cowell returned to join Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson in paying tribute to host Ryan Seacrest.

The finale also saw epic performances by the Top 10 finalists alongside Idol alumni superstars, including Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Jennifer Hudson plus Ruben Studdard, Fantasia, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks, David Cook, Kris Allen, Lee DeWyze, Scotty McCreery, Phillip Phillips, Candice Glover, Caleb Johnson, Nick Fradiani, Ace Young, Allison Iraheta, Amber Holcomb, Blake Lewis, Bo Bice, Brandon Rogers, Bucky Covington, Carly Smithson, Casey James, Chris Daughtry, Clark Beckham, Clay Aiken, Colton Dixon, Constantine Maroulis, Danny Gokey, Diana DeGarmo, Elliott Yamin, George Huff, James Durbin, Jessica Sanchez, Joshua Ledet, Justin Guarini, Katharine McPhee, Kellie Pickler, Kimberley Locke, Kree Harrison, LaToya London, Lauren Alaina, Melinda Doolittle, Pia Toscano, Sanjaya, Skylar Laine, Tamyra Gray and more as they returned to the stage that started it all to celebrate the Grand Finale.

We caught up with newly crowned American Idol Trent Harmon the morning after his big win to discuss his time on the show, the competition and just what he plans on doing next!

On who he would have loved to sing with on the finale

TRENT HARMON: Elton John

On what his plans are for his upcoming album

TH: I sing blue-eyed soul. I talked it over with Mr. Scott, and he said Justin Timberlake is thinking about making a country album. So, define country in 2016. I think it could be whatever you want it to be, so we’re going to try to make an album that country supporters would pick up. Country supporters, they go to shows, they go to festivals, they buy CDs, they download stuff. If you can make it in country, you can have a career.

On how he is feeling after the big win and it being such a highly emotional moment 

TH: Well, I’ve got sleep scheduled for next Friday at 2:00, but I really feel like it hasn’t sunk in yet. It hasn’t really sunk in because this morning when I hopped out of bed, I jumped in the shower, I started doing my warm ups and started practicing my song, and I realized that today I don’t have to do that anymore.

I’m kind of realizing that I can decompress a little bit at a time, and I don’t know how long it’ll take. It may take a week or a month before I really come down out of, I hate to say, like a PTSD, but I’m still kind of in that mode where I feel like at any moment I could get cut, but I can’t get cut anymore.

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On if he were surprised by his win and what he said to La’Porsha during their final hug on the finale stage

TH: When I auditioned in July, I didn’t expect to win, but I prepared to win at every facet of this competition.

I told La’Porsha no matter what name comes out of Ryan’s mouth, we’re going to hug until they separate us. I don’t care whose name gets called, Porsha, we just won a car, and you don’t win cars every day, so we’re going to be okay, Porsha.

On the hard work that went into being an American Idol contestant

TH: I wake up, go to bed, wake up in the middle of the night. If I am awake or asleep I am rehearsing. If I have two minutes to myself to do anything, I am in rehearsal mode. I didn’t know what I was doing, but that’s what it took. I was too dumb to know that I was in go mode all the time. But it paid off.

On when he found out he could do falsetto with his voice and old classic singers he is influenced by

TH: I just really learned that I could do things with my voice that I didn’t know I could do, probably, middle to the last few years of my college experience, so just in the last two to four years. I think I always heard the notes in my head while I’d be listening to Smokey Robinson and The Miracles or I’d be listening to The Temptations.

My grandma always played a lot of Temptations and a lot of Michael Jackson, Jackson 5, back in the day when I’d be at her house and we’d be cooking, and I would hear those notes in my head that I would want to sing, but I never tried to sing them, and one day they just jumped out of my mouth.

On what the song “Amazing Grace” means to him

TH: I keep “Amazing Grace” in my back pocket no matter where I go, whether it’s a Christian event that I’m at or if it’s not. If it’s just a secular event. I don’t know. Maybe it’s just because I know the words to it or because the words mean something to just about anybody whether you have any religious beliefs or not. That song means something.

There’s a reason it’s called a classic. There’s a reason that all these songs that we do are called classics. I would consider that one a classic, too, and I’ve just sung it at so many different things that have meant so much to me; that one’s just special to me.

That was the first one that my mom said, “Hey Trent, sing this part right here.” And I sang it, and she said, “Well, can you switch over and sing this part right here?” And that was when she realized that I could sing harmony. When I was four or five years old, and she realized something that I didn’t even realize at that early of an age.

On what he was surprised to learn about himself during his journey on American Idol

TH: I’ve always thought to myself that if I could ever get to the point, there’s so many intangibles that are encompassed within this reality singing competition. It’s not so much singing, there’s so much that goes into it. I would say singing would be less than 10% of it. But I knew that I could hang in the singing department, but I didn’t know that I could do interviews.

Nobody has really coached on how to talk to people in a public setting, and so sometimes, like right now, I’m talking to you having a conversation, and I’ve never done this before in my life. That has really surprised me, and it surprised my parents too. They said Trent, you’ve talked to more people through interviews than you’ve talked to us in your whole 25 years of life. Who taught you how to do that?

On the most surreal moment of the entire Idol experience

TH: I think whenever I turned around and I saw my mom and dad and my sister and my puppy dog walk out onto the stage two weeks ago, it was strange because it was like, I’m out here. I know that I’m out here doing this, but when they walked on the stage, I was like wow. We looked good as a collective unit; as a family. We looked like we were doing stuff in the Harmon collective unit. I’m doing something for my family. So that was pretty surreal.

On advice he has received from past Idol contestants and winners

TH: I guess, thankfully, most of the Idols that I got to talk to, they appreciated. They said, “Man, you seem pretty genuine. Don’t ever, ever quit that. Don’t ever get out of that head. Don’t ever, ever quit that.” And they didn’t give me very much advice in the moment.

I was lucky enough to exchange numbers with a lot of people that I never thought I’d have their name in my phone book, and they said look here, text me. And I could tell that they meant it. They said text me at any time of the day or night, ask me a question.

I got to exchange numbers with Jordin Sparks, and Ruben Studdard. It was just surreal for them to reach out and say, hey man, you’re the last one. We want to help you any way that we can. And I think they mean it.

On a possible move to Nashville

TH:  I’m sure that I will float between Nashville and Mississippi and Arkansas for quite a while. I’ve been doing the float between two states for the last four or five years, and I’ve gotten pretty good at it if you manage your time wisely, but I’m down to live wherever I’m happy. If that happens to be in Nashville for the next few years, then I’ll live in Nashville. If that happens to be Belize, then I’ll live in Belize.

On his relationship to country music

TH: I was just telling Mr. Scott last night. I said, man I don’t think you fully realize how much country music I listen to because whenever I really got the opportunity to pick the song myself, 100% myself, I was doing country songs on the show.

Now that was only sprinkled in very, very rarely because we always get to pick our own songs, but there would be influence from other people as well, but I sang a couple Chris Stapletons, and at that point, I think it was fully realized that this guy is confusing enough as it is, he talks so country but then he sings like a soul singer, well now he’s actually singing country.

I’ve always enjoyed all the classics. I love Conway Twitty. I’ve always been a big Conway Twitty fan. I’m a big Elvis fan. Elvis did country. I’m a Ray Charles fan. Ray Charles made a country album. So that’s kind of a point in case right there.

Define what country is in 2016. I mean, Ray Charles kind of broke that statement a long time. Justin Timberlake’s working on a country album. So, I feel like with being able to sing multiple genres is going to help me moving forward to make a country album that would be palatable to a lot of different people.

On plans to co-write his album

TH: I am a songwriter, but that will be decided by the Powers That Be. I don’t always have to have the best idea coming from myself. I just want the best idea. So, we’ll have to see where it leads us.

On his redo performance of “Chandelier” and advice given to him by Sia

TH: Sia said that she wrote this song from a state of struggling with alcoholism and that if I had a family member that struggled with alcoholism that that would be a route that I could sing that song from. And while I did lose a family member this year that struggled with alcoholism, I tried to go down that path and it was just too morbid. It was too sad. I didn’t want to. I sang it from a happy state.

When I asked her, I said, can I do that, this is your song. She said this is your song. For 90 seconds, this is your song. You sing it however you want to sing it. And I don’t think she meant for that just to apply to “Chandelier.” I think she was telling me to take that forward for the rest of my life. Even though I might be doing a cover song at some point, don’t sing it just as from the same head that the person that wrote it or performed it and made it popular from. Pick something from it. Find a lyric in it.

My favorite lyric from the Parson James song that I sang last week was, “It’s enough of a fight just staying alive anyways,” and I told Parson that. I said, “Man, that’s my favorite line in the song,” and he said, “Really? That’s crazy.” You just find a line that pulls to you. Pulls on your heart strings, and you go with it.

On his love for God and his family and how it plays an emotional role in his performances

TH: First of all, if anyone has made it through what I consider, I’d say the only two jobs that I would consider to be tougher than making it through American Idol boot camp, which is what I have aptly named it after the show’s been over, would be a preacher and/or a soldier. That would be the only two jobs that I would consider to be harder than what we just completed.

But if you can go through what we just did and not believe in something—I happen to believe in God, and then I would pray. Had a really simple prayer, I would say, especially when I had mono because I was pretty quarantined from the rest of the cast. I would say well, it’s just me and you. It’s just me and you God, and I kept that on my brain at all times when I didn’t have anybody else.

I didn’t have my parents out here with me, and it was just me, so I feel like if you could make it through this competition without believing in something, I wouldn’t say I’m impressed, I would say I’m kind of scared because I don’t know what you are. You’re super human, because I couldn’t have done it without him. That’s for sure.

Concert Review: Mac Sabbath Indulges The Hungry Crowd At Underground Arts In Philadelphia

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(PCM) Would you like some fries with that shake? Speaking of shakes, the walls at the cavernous Underground Arts in Philadelphia, PA were literally shaking when parody rockers Mac Sabbath took to the stage providing the sold-out crowd with a hilarious and thoroughly entertaining evening of tongue-in-cheek food humor and surprisingly stellar musicianship. Seriously, how can you go wrong with a band that parodies Black Sabbath songs while dressed as McDonald’s characters? It’s brilliant!

We figured that we had better get out to see Mac Sabbath before they find themselves inevitably sued by the McDonald’s corporation and it appeared that everyone else in Philly shared the same idea, as Underground Arts was packed. Mac Sabbath live is without a doubt one spectacle you need to experience at least once in your life! The band entered the stage to the creepy intro music of Stephen Sondheim’s “Send in the Clowns” and once the red and yellow circus curtain fell, the audience was entranced from beginning to end.

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Throughout the band’s roughly 80 minute performance they brought out many hilarious props such as light-up chicken nuggets, a six-foot milkshake straw, as well as, inflatable hamburgers which were tossed in the crowd. Vocalist Ronald Osbourne, who entered the stage as Evil Ronald McDonald donning a strait-jacket, was chock full of piss and vinegar, hilariously quipping and sharing fast-food related anecdotes throughout the entire set. There was even a grill set up at the front of the stage that acted as a fog machine for releasing dry ice!

Osbourne, who spoke with a fake British accent, referred to the band as Drive-Thru Metal and hilariously mocked additional bands in their genre such as Great White Castle and of course Almond Joy Division to name a few. He also noted that due to legalities, as the tour coincided with the release of McDonald’s famous Shamrock Shake, the tour must be referred to as the “Rock Sham Shake Tour”.

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The band opened their set with “More Ribs” their take on Sabbath’s “War Pigs” and plowed through additional classics such as “Frying Pan” (Iron Man), “Chicken for the Slaves” (Children Of The Grave), “Cherries Are Fruits” (Fairies Wear Boots) and my personal favorite “N.I.B.B.L.E.” (N.I.B.). What was also truly amazing was just how well band members Slayer MacCheeze and Grimalice were able to play so flawlessly while donning some seriously cumbersome costumes. Slayer MacCheeze was sporting a super-sized Mayor McCheese head and Grimalice was donned head to toe in a purple Gimace costume. We still can’t figure out how they were so on-point!

The band’s encore consisted of “Pair-Of-Buns” (Paranoid) where Ronald Osbourne urged the crowd to start a circle-slam and off he went crowd-surfing around the outskirts! It was an incredible sight to behold. Mac Sabbath are definitely one of the more interesting bands we have had the pleasure of checking out, as their show was a order of fun, irreverent humor and entertainment creating a “super-sized” entertainment deal!

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Photography credit: Ken Schuler Photography 

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Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon Perfectly Syncs With Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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(PCM) It was only a matter of time before someone would give this a try!  One Reddit user has come to the conclusion that Pink Floyd’s album “Dark Side Of The Moon” syncs up perfectly with the film “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” much the same as the album does with the legendary film “The Wizard Of Oz”.

Reddit user knnl says “Each act is roughly the same time as the album (~40 minutes). The music is always spot on for every scene, but the lyrics are what confirm that this was, indeed, [intentional].” In order to create the perfect sync knnl says you must start the album at the end of the movie’s crawl and the repeat album option must be checked in order for it to play continuously throughout the film. In the end the album should be played three times in a row for each of the film’s acts.

Some highlights of the sync include:

  • Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town, waiting for someone or something to show you the way.
    All the lyrics of “Time” happens while the movie shows Rey’s daily struggles. The whole scene just fits with the song
  • Get away. I’m alright, Jack, keep your hands of my stack. Money, it’s a hit. Don’t give me that do goody-good bullsh*t. I’m in a high fidelity first class travelling set, I think i’ll buy me a lear jet
    During the “keep your hands off my stack”, Han grabs Kylo’s saber. He gets stabbed right at the end of the “Don’t give me that do goody-good bullsh*t”.
  • You raise the blade,You make the change, You rearrange ’till i’m sane
    Played just perfectly at the end of the film.

You can check out the first eight minutes of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” synced with “Darkside of the Moon” below to get a taste:

We can recall many trippy nights back in high school zoning out to “Darkside of the Rainbow” as we used to call it, so we can’t wait to make an attempt at “Darkside of the Force”!

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