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After seeing his sixth studio album '85% Proof' enter the official UK Album Charts at No 1, national treasure Will Young unveils this exclusive remix of upcoming single 'Thank You', courtesy of French producer-extroadinaire Fred Falke.
Following the success of '85% Proof's A-listed lead single 'Love Revolution', Fred Falke's take on 'Thank You' sees him highlight the original's honest, heart-wrenching tone with a hypnotic underside, transforming the song into the perfect soundtrack for summer.
Despite being on the cusp of performing the first of their several high-profile UK festival appearances (topping the bill on the second stage at Download Festival this coming weekend), Enter Shikari have unveiled a run of UK dates in “big rooms” for the start of 2016.
Taking in some of the band’s biggest (non-festival) headline shows of their career thus far, the dates start with a pair of relatively intimate Scottish dates, then heading down the country before ending with a 10,000 capacity show at London’s legendary Alexandra Palace.
Joining Enter Shikari as special guests for this run will be North American label-mates, The Wonder Years (openers for the shows are still TBA).
Check out this announcement video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2yYtIcWsJg&feature=youtu.be - credit Oleg Rooz
Enter Shikari released their fourth full-length studio album - "The Mindsweep" - via Ambush Reality / Play It Again Sam (Hopeless Records in North America) in January 2015, giving the band their fourth UK Album Chart Top 10 album.
Frontman Rou Reynolds had this to say on the subject of the tour :
“It’s difficult to summon the words, we’re inexpressibly excited for these shows!
Before booking an ‘arena-sized’ tour we wanted to wait until we were able to book as many 'flat-floored' standing venues as possible up and down the UK, as there’s nothing rock ’n’ roll about sitting at a gig 100 meters from the stage. As much as is possible, these venues should feel like normal Shikari shows but swollen in size - the communal aspect of the shows should still stay intact.
I also can’t tell you how much we’re looking forward to getting back into the sweet shop of production and lighting so we can make this a total assault on all the senses.
We will also be doing a pro bono public service by testing the structural foundations of each one of these venues to their limits with our sub bass speakers.
We’re really happy to have The Wonder Years out with us, too, and can’t wait to announce the full bill.”
Plans for more special releases are afoot. Watch this space.
THUR 18 - GLASGOW - 02 ACADEMY
FRI 19 - EDINBURGH - CORN EXCHANGE
SAT 20 - NOTTINGHAM - CAPITAL FM ARENA
MON 22 - BOURNEMOUTH - INTERNATIONAL CENTRE
TUES 23 - CARDIFF - MOTORPOINT ARENA
THUR 25 - MANCHESTER - VICTORIA WAREHOUSE
SAT 27 - LONDON - ALEXANDRA PALACE
tickets on sale FRIDAY 19th JUNE from
Living Colour, the multi-platinum rock band whose music Rolling Stone described as “an intoxicating brew of hard, grinding rock with splashes of funk, jazz, reggae and pop,” join Aerosmith for the band’s Blue Army tour. The dates kick off on Saturday, June 13 at the Gila River Arena in Phoenix.
“It’s incredibly exciting for us to open for one of America’s, and the world’s, most prominent rock bands,” said guitarist Vernon Reid of the summer outing.
The New York-based band will also be playing a series of headlining dates over the summer including a 4th of July performance at Brooklyn’s 44th Annual International African Arts Fest.
Living Colour tour dates:
June 13 Glendale, AZ Gila River Arena
June 24 Evansville, IN Ford Center
June 30 Hidalgo, TX State Farm Arena
July 2 Londonderry, NH Tupelo Music Hall *
July 3 Uncasville, CT Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun *
July 4 Brooklyn, NY 44th Annual International African Arts Fest *
July 7 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl
July 9 Anaheim, CA House of Blues Anaheim *
July 10 Salinas, CA California Rodeo Salinas
July 13 Kelowna, BC Prospera Place
July 16 Victoria, BC Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre
July 19 Ft. McMurray, AB SMS Stadium
July 22 Cheyenne, WY Cheyenne Frontier Days
July 25 Minot, ND North Dakota State Fair
July 28 Ridgefield, WA Amphitheater Northwest
August 4 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
August 7 Canton, OH Tom Bensen Hall of Fame Stadium
Sept. 11 – 13 Chicago, IL Riot Fest
* Living Colour headlining dates, more to be announce shortly.
Living Colour is wrapping up work on their fifth album, Shade. In a recent interview with Loudwire, singer Corey Glover said of the new album, “As time progresses, a shadow falls and it’s about the progression of time. We’re trying to dissect and really take the roots of the music that created us and take it to task.” Andre Betts, who worked with has previously worked with the band, returned to produce a few tracks on the new offering.
Reid, in a feature for Guitar World, explained the album is influenced by Reid’s interest in how “the blues, hard rock and metal are connected. We’re not going to do a blues-rock record but the blues is very integral and important. So that conversation has been the underpinning of what we’ve been doing.”
Living Colour is Will Calhoun (drums), Corey Glover (vocals), Vernon Reid (guitar) and Doug Wimbish (bass).
Alternative Press, the internationally renowned publication that ultimately broke groups such as Nirvana, Weezer, Smashing Pumpkins, Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Fall Out Boy, Nine Inch Nails, Slipknot, Marilyn Manson and others, celebrates 30 years of bringing fans the hottest artists and cultural trends upfront this month, by announcing a specially dedicated exhibit within the legendary Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame And Museum.
Alternative Press founder and CEO Mike Shea offers his thoughts on this history of his magazine that he started in his childhood bedroom, and its transition into the great entertainment periodical it has become.
“In May of 1985, I had asked a couple of skater kids and a few music fans to whip together a bunch of reviews of new and classic punk records along with a few sentences about whatever cool shows they had gone to recently for this new fanzine I had been piecing together out of my bedroom. I had been editor of the high school newspaper so I knew how to do layout, photos, letterpress and write. I went to Morse Graphics and bought a bunch of graph paper and sketched out the first issue like I had the school newspaper during my Senior year.
The most important story to me that was being written for the first issue was why the Smiths weren't coming to Cleveland on their 1985 tour of America—I was super-pissed about that. So I wrote the piece. I called the local Warner Brothers Records office (the band were on Sire) to try and get to the answer of the cause of this travesty and the suggestion from the label rep was to ‘probably write Sire Records in New York City about it but it probably won't do any good anyway.’ (It didn't.)”
“To think that 30 years later, this little fanzine that we pasted together with spray mount and Xacto knives could still be around and continue to be a resource for the young music fans of today, just like it had been back in the 80's when we started, is both astounding, but also extremely humbling. We had no idea that we would have this sort of lasting impression on music fans here in the US (and worldwide for that matter.) The first US magazine to have Nine Inch Nails to Marilyn Manson to Korn to Radiohead to Oasis to Fall Out Boy to Paramore to Smashing Pumpkins to Blink 182 to Rage Against The Machine to Foo Fighters to All Time Low—how we did all that still blows me away.
30 years, 325 issues, thousands and thousands of pages printed and just as many artists from large mega-acts to unsigned upstarts, all written about and photographed for our pages: The AP brand has become something so big and with such a lasting legacy, all I can do is literally sit back and be proud of all of hard work and long hours that all of the AP lifers, past and present, have contributed to make Alternative Press what it is today.”
Alternative Press Editor In Chief Jason Pettigrew adds:
“I speak to a lot of music fans, listeners of all ages and creeds who either pledge varying degrees of allegiance toward assorted subgenres or are completely immersed in playlist culture where the ‘guilty pleasure’ simply doesn't exist. All of them are quick to acknowledge AP as being a flashpoint for their musical enlightenment at some point in their lives. I like to think we've played a part in helping successive generations discover their own culture, when other outlets simply didn't care unless they could exploit it. I'm proud to be a part of what Mike Shea set out to do all those years ago. And, like any other guy who spends most of his weekends in record stores, I can't wait to hear what the future sounds like.”
To celebrate the 30th anniversary, ‘stache media and Alternative Press have partnered together to release a limited edition 30th Anniversary Alternative Press Fan Pack, available only at Best Buy. Available June 28th, the fan pack takes a look back at the last 30 years of Alternative Press and looks forward to the next 30 bands on the rise. The piece includes a “Pride of 85” bandana, limited edition poster and a 30-track sampler spotlighting artists like We Came As Romans, State Champs, Real Friends, As It Is, Beartooth and more. Link to purchase now: www.altpress.com/AP30FanPack
On the eve of this year’s APMAs (July 21), Alternative Press Magazine will be honored by the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame And Museum with the unveiling of a special new exhibit, "Never Give Up: Alternative Press Magazine At 30", presented by Roadrunner Records, Fueled By Ramen and Jakprints. To commemorate the milestone and Alternative Press’ unparalleled 30 years of championing underground music and breaking some of the biggest names into the mainstream, the exhibit will feature a history of the magazine, its best stories and photos, and how the publication contributed a much-needed voice to the underground over the years. Special artifacts that will be on display include contact sheets from various photo shoots, cover art from hundreds of issues, letters to Alternative Press Magazine from fans and celebrities, early art work, video interviews with musicians featured over the years, footage from prior award shows and Vans Warped Tours, and more. The exhibit opening will kick-off with a special Sonic Session featuring Danish alt-rock group New Politics and one of AP’s “100 Bands You Need to Know In 2015,” Vinyl Theatre. For more information visit rockhall.com. Entry to the exhibit is just $5.50.
EXHIBIT OPENING TIMELINE:
7:00pm - Doors open to the public
8:00pm - OUTDOOR CONCERT begins, featuring New Politics & Vinyl Theatre
11:00pm - Museum closes
Greg Harris, CEO and President of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame & Museum says, “It’s a banner year for Alternative Press, the Rock Hall and Cleveland! As the Museum turns 20 and AP turns 30, it’s only fitting that these two Cleveland icons have a joint celebration. We are excited to exhibit the rich history of the influential magazine in our Museum, host New Politics for a Sonic Sessions concert, and support the 2nd annual Alternative Press Music Awards.”
The Alternative Press brand has been successfully extended through live events, beginning with the launch of the AP Tour and the company's inaugural Alternative Press Music Awards show, which trended No. 1 worldwide on Twitter and Facebook for over 24 hours.
The highly-successful AP Tour —which has featured diverse groups such as Circa Survive, All Time Low, 30H!3, Bring Me The Horizon, Black Veil Brides, Four Year Strong and Miss May I—saw its ninth run in 2012. (Fun fact: Sonny Moore took part in his first national solo run on the AP Tour in 2008, which marked his transition from From First To Last into his Skrillex years.) The tenth AP Tour is set to launch this fall, with the lineup set to be announced at this year’s APMAs.
This year’s APMAs will take place on July 22nd 2015 at the Quicken Loans Arena and will be hosted by Alex Gaskarth and Jack Barakat of Billboard chart-toppers and five-time AP cover stars All Time Low. Performances from Weezer, Sum 41, Simple Plan, Black Veil Brides, Panic! At The Disco, Taking Back Sunday, Corey Taylor of Slipknot & Stone Sour, Motionless In White, a special performance from New Found Glory featuring Hayley Williams, Halestorm, Tyler Carter of Issues, and (last but not least)… All Time Low! The world-renowned Contemporary Youth Orchestra will also be returning to the APMAs to accompany many of the evening’s performances and event proceedings.
For tickets, voting and information, visit www.altpress.com/apmas.
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