Sabaton Slays During Recent Concert In Philadelphia, PA! Exclusive Interview!

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(PCM) Having never had the pleasure of seeing Sabaton in the live setting, I was overjoyed at the chance to come out and witness their absolutely explosive performance at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA.  Needless to say they have made a fan for life!

Once Sabaton hits the stage it is like someone flipped the on-switch and the band was on full throttle for start to finish. Many of Sabaton’s songs deal with the heavy subject matter of both history and war, so it was amazing to watch them find the perfect balance to ease up some of the tension of the subject matter was brilliant. The band took time to laugh and joke with the crowd between songs and it was the perfect way to brighten everyone’s spirits just a bit. They are really funny guys and there is so much obvious chemistry between them all when they interact with one another on stage.

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Sabaton’s setlist was stellar and the musicianship was right on-point. My only wish was that their set could have been a bit longer, as I could have honestly stayed and listened to them play for half the night, but knowing that I will see them again at Rock On The Range in Columbus, OH in just a few short weeks definitely eases my pain.

We had a chance to catch up with members of Sabaton Chris Rorland and Thorbjorn Englund just prior to the band’s explosive performance. Check it out below:

Sabaton Setlist:

Ghost Division
To Hell and Back
Soldier of 3 Armies
Night Witches
Carolus Rex
Resist and Bite
Swedish Pagans
Uprising
Primo Victoria
Metal Crüe

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Filter’s Richard Patrick Reveals That New Album Is Incredibly Exciting

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(PCM) Attending a Filter show is always a memorable experience and the band delivers, putting their heart and soul into each and every performance.  Kristyn Clarke of PCM and The Rock Revival’s Matt Bishop caught Filter’s recent performance at The Trocadero in Philadelphia, PA, as well as, caught up with front man Richard Patrick and drummer Chris Reeve for a lengthy chat prior to the show.

Richard tells us that during the process for recording the band’s seventh album he went back with producer Ben Gross he says “I spent a lot of time re-visiting the world of “Short Bus” and at the same time I started working on a sound that I would be like the person that I am now, so it’s extremely exciting.”  He reveals that he is calling the sound “new industrial” and we certainly find that incredibly fitting as Filter was never a band that could be placed in one particular genre box and we love them for that!

Richard also reveals his thoughts on the current state of the music industry. His opinions and raw honesty is always refreshing and we absolutely commend him for being fearless when it comes to going against the grain. Filter creates music that actually makes people think and that has a message to convey. One of the major problems that exists with current Top 40 radio, in the world of both rock and pop is that everything is completely safe and we couldn’t agree more with Richard that it is time to make a change.

You can watch the full interview below:

The band’s performance in Philly was top-notch!  Filter absolutely oozes charisma once they take the stage and they command the audiences attention from the beginning of their set to the very end. Our only complaint was wishing that their set could have been a bit longer!

The band plowed through their hits such as “Can’t You Trip Like I Do”, “Jurassitol’ and “Hey Man, Nice Shot”, as well as, the not often played “You Walk Away” closing out with “Welcome To The Fold”. Overall a fantastic performance from an equally fantastic band!

 

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Coal Chamber’s Nadja Peulen Talks About How Great It Feels To Have Band Back Out On The Road

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(PCM) We were recently able to catch Coal Chambers electrifying show at The Trocadero in Philadelphia, PA, as well as, catch up with Coal Chamber bassist Nadja Peulen prior to the band’s performance.

In the interview Peulen revealed to us that she was a bit nervous before heading back out with the band, however she says that “after the first show it was like we never skipped a beat.” Peulen also spoke in depth to us about the band’s upcoming new album “Rivals” which will be released in North America on May 19 via Napalm Records. “Rivals” marks the band’s first new album release in thirteen years.

Peulen says “We just started jamming old school and recorded our demoing stuff and we did that for a few months. Then we went into the studio for pre-production for about ten days and then right away went to Florida to start tracking the album.”  She goes on to say “It was flowing for us and it was easy. The new record is heavy and it’s good!  I’m really proud of this record.”  It also happens to be the first that she is actually playing on, as Peulen has supported the band’s earlier albums live.

In our interview Peulen mentioned the band coming together and not really skipping a beat with both performing live and recording the new album and we honestly could not agree more!  The band’s chemistry on stage was amazing and they sounded incredibly refreshed and tight.

We were jumping for pure and utter joy when the band opened up with “Loco” and kept the momentum going with “Big Truck” and their brand-new single “I.O.U. Nothing”.  Watching the mosh pit open up in the center of the crowd took us back to the early days of attending true rock shows and the energy from the stage radiated throughout the entire venue.

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Despite the fact that Coal Chamber has not been on the road for quite some time, watching their performance was as if no time had passed at all. Songs such as “Rowboat”, “Dark Days” and of course “Sway” sounded as fresh as the day they were first recorded and provides a true statement to the musicianship and longevity of this band.

We are on the edge of our seats in anticipation for the upcoming new album and if the show is any indication Coal Chamber will without a doubt be generating a ton of buzz throughout 2015.

Photography credit: Megan C Brooks Photography

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Singing Like She Means It – Kelsea Ballerini Steps Into The Spotlight On 2015 U.S. Tour

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(PCM) Rising country music singer Kelsea Ballerini is poised for a big year in 2015. She recently kicked off a U.S. tour with Billy Currington and the pair will be on the road for the next several weeks. The music video for her hit single “Love Me Like You Mean It” recently premiered on CMT’s Hot 20 Countdown. The song is the lead track from her upcoming debut full-length LP ‘The First Time’ which is due out on May 19 via Black River Entertainment.

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Kelsea is bubbly and beautiful, and she won over fans almost immediately after taking the stage at the Sands Event Center in Bethlehem, PA. She performed tracks off her debut EP and her upcoming new album including the foot-stomping sing-along anthem “Dibs” and others. Ballerini changed things up a bit with a mid-set medley of throwback pop classics as well. The highlight of her performance was of course her hit single “Love Me Like You Mean It”, a lovely track with a vintage Reba-esque country sound.

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After the show, Kelsea held a meet-and-greet with fans. She signed autographs and took photos until the very last person left the venue. She was humble and truly kind, and the fans appreciated every moment.

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Kelsea Ballerini hails from Knoxville, TN and moved to nearby Nashville at the age of 15 to fully pursue her songwriting. She inked a publishing deal in 2013 with Black River Publishing. She released her debut EP soon after. Kelsea is poised to hit the next level with the release of her debut LP in May. If she keeps singing like she means it, the sky’s the limit.

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A full gallery of photos from the performance can be found here!

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The Light Continues To Shine For Daryl Hall And John Oates

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(PCM) Every time I have had the pleasure of seeing Daryl Hall and John Oates perform live, I know that I am in-store for a fantastic evening of stellar musicianship and of course some delightful catchy melodies.

When Daryl Hall and John Oates take to the stage, they churn out hit after hit from beginning to end. To this day, they still have the ability to cause the women in the crowd to lose their minds and more panties were flying at the stage than I have seen at any other rock show in quite some time.

There is a reason that Rock n’ Roll Hall of Famer’s Daryl Hall and John Oates are still the number one selling music duo in history. They always knew just how to craft the perfect song and their 14-song set spanned the entire length of their extensive career. Opening up with “Maneater” and “Out Of Touch” to closing their second encore with “Kiss On My List” and “Private Eyes”, there was not a single song that I wanted to hear that was left out of the evenings incredibly tight set list.

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The women in the crowd went truly wild during both “She Gone” and “Sara Smile” and I personally had the best time ever dancing my heart out to hits such as “Rich Girl” and my personal favorite “You Make My Dreams”. I adore hearing these songs in the live environment and a lot of the new arrangements do a fantastic job at enhancing an already phenomenal song.

The pair appear to be having a fantastic time on stage and while many artists who have been in the game as long as these two could afford to “phone it in” so to say, Daryl Hall and John Oates sounded both fresh and energized and put on a truly outstanding performance.

Daryl Hall & John Oates are soul survivors. Signed to Atlantic by Ahmet Ertegan in the 1970’s, from the mid-’70s to the mid-’80s, the duo would score six #1 singles, including “Rich Girl” (also #1 R&B), “Kiss on My List,” “Private Eyes,” “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do) (also #1 R&B), “Maneater” and “Out of Touch.” By 1987, the R.I.A.A. recognized Daryl Hall and John Oates as the number-one selling duo in music history, a record they still hold today. In May 2008, the duo was honored with the Icon Award during BMI’s 56th annual Pop Awards. In 2014, the two musicians hit another high as they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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“The Honeymoon Tour” Featuring Ariana Grande And Rixon At The Wells Fargo Center

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(PCM) It’s always nice getting over to the big arena for a spectacular show.  When in the Philadelphia area it’s always a treat to check out the large production shows that the Wells Fargo Center brings. Known by many as the face on some of Nickelodeon television’s most popular programs Ariana Grande has made her way from the screen to the stage. It would be easy to say that her popularity from these shows helped, but truthfully it’s her talent and shining star that helps keep her relevant to her many fans.

Opening was Manchester, England natives, Rixton. Making the most out of every second they had on stage the four pack made up of Jake Roche, Charley Bagnall, Danny Wilkin and Lewi Morganpiece group went right to work. Rixton opened with “Wait on me” to an appreciative Philadelphia audience following with their hit song “Make out”. It was great to hear a song that I recognized, and one I won’t forget as many of fans in attendance sang along with them.

Though most boy bands have to go through the motions of connecting with fans there was a real genuine energy and charisma that the group showed. They were entertaining to watch and looked like they were having a good time. Rixton played seven songs, my favorite being the cover medley of “Fine China / Uptown Funk / Crazy in Love”. The dancing and stage presence of these guys is something you don’t want to miss. I am sure this will not be the last time we talk about Rixton. Rixton will soon be hitting the road for a summer tour with Ed Sheeran, so we absolutely can’t wait to catch these guys when they are around again this June.

After a 20 minute changeover it was time for Ariana Grande to hit the stage. The lights went down and a roar of 20,000 screaming girls filled the air at the packed Wells Fargo Center. The girl we used to know as “Cat Valentine” is all grown up now. The innocence she showed on “Victorious” and “Sam & Kat” have been replaced with beautiful sparkled dresses and stiletto heels. Aided by a full group of back up dancers Ariana showed why she is making her way up the pop charts. Opening with her popular hit “Bang, Bang!” — Ariana went into full dance mode, leading her dancers like a true pop star. The way Ariana took control of the stage was very impressive leading her dancers like she has been doing this forever.

Each song came with a full costume change with sparkled dresses and stiletto heels being the theme of the night. Though she was singing to a parent in tow younger audience I always had the feeling that Ariana was performing like she is trying to shed the teenage innocence of her TV character and enter into adulthood as a pop superstar. As she performed through her one and half hour set Ariana showed a comfort in being on stage using props like clouds and beautiful chandelier’s to carry her through the air into or out of each song. The background light screens and lights also played into her performance, using perfect light and video combinations to build up each song. The fans sung along as she performed flawless versions of songs like “Be my Baby”, “Best mistake”, “Tattooed heart” and “Love me harder”.

If the fans in attendance did not get enough interaction with Ariana the highlight moment of the night came when everyone sang happy birthday to one of her back up dancers. There was so much child parent bonding at this show you couldn’t help but leave with a song in your heart. Catch Ariana Grande on “The Honeymoon Tour” in a city near you!

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