By: Anthony Cannella
As this tour kicked off, we caught it right away as the Riviera Theatre got taken over by the Swedish Progressive Rock/Metal icons, Opeth, along with the support from Graveyard. With Graveyard setting the tempo for the night, they absolutely killed it with their Heavy Rock style that had a major hint of Blues in the mix. Graveyard complements Opeth to perfection on this tour as both bands are extremely unique in their own way. These bands are a must see together as the show doesn’t even give off a concert vibe. It is more like an invitation to one hell of a jam session and all you have to do is watch these Rockstar’s take over! As Opeth closes you can truly witness why this band has been topping charts and touring the world since 1990. Their melodic Metal vibe will have you mesmerized from start to finish. Check out the photos below to witness what we got to see from these legends!
Opeth and Graveyard, Photos by Anthony Cannella
When this tour wraps up, Opeth and Graveyard are nowhere close to being done as they are set for more dates and numerous festivals. Check below to see those tour dates of theirs and go to their social medias to see what festivals they will be appearing at! Trust us, you will now want to miss out!
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By: Anthony Cannella
Recently, the Winter Tour 2020 with Korn, Breaking Benjamin and Bones UK came through Rockford, Illinois at the BMO Harris Bank Center and it was a celebration that will never be forgotten! It was a celebration of two powerhouse bands that have taken over the game with their two completely different styles. Korn being together for 25+ years and Breaking Benjamin being together for 20 years, they proved to us yet again on why they still sell out the massive venues they book. Also, proving to the fans that they are here to stay for many more years to come. With both bands dropping all their top hits along with their newer music, it ignited the crowd forcing it to be an amazing set. Check out the photos below to have a glimpse of how much this show rocked!
Korn, Photos by Anthony Cannella
Breaking Benjamin, Photos by Anthony Cannella
This Winter Tour has a handful of dates still left so if they are coming to your city, we suggest that you get your tickets now and have yourself an incredible night of Rock/Metal with some legendary talented bands. See below for new tour and project info on Korn and Breaking Benjamin!
Just before this tour, Breaking Benjamin graced us with an outstanding project that they put together. The band released a full acoustic album called ‘Aurora’, which includes all their fan favorites along with special guests that feature on the album such as: Adam Gontier, Michael Barnes, Scooter Ward, Spencer Chamberlain and Lacey Sturm. ‘Aurora’ goes down as their seventh full length album and it is a must listen. The collaborations go unmatched and gives you an opportunity to hear these songs like you never have before! The link to order ‘Aurora’ can be found below the album cover.
Breaking Benjamin Website
Breaking Benjamin Facebook
Bones UK Website
Bones UK Facebook
8/07 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center*
8/09 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre*
8/11 – Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheatre*
8/13 – Sacramento, CA @ Toyota Amphitheatre*
8/14 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre At Mountain View*
8/16 – Irvine, CA @ FivePoint Amphitheatre*
8/17 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion*
8/19 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater*
8/21 – Dallas, TX @ Dos Equis Pavilion*
8/22 – Austin, TX @ Germania Insurance Amphitheater*
8/23 – The Woodlands, TX @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion*
8/25 – Alpharetta, GA @ Ameris Bank Amphitheatre*
8/27 – Scranton, PA @ The Pavilion at Montage Mountain*
8/29 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion^
8/30 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live^
9/01 – Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Centerr^
9/02 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Centerr^
9/03 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center^
9/05 – Burgettstown, PA @ S&T Bank Music Park^
9/06 – Darien Lake, NY @ Live Nation Concerts at Darien Lake Amphitheater^
9/09 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage^
9/10 – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre^
9/12 – Noblesville, IN @ Ruoff Music Center^
9/13 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center^
9/15 – Tinley Park, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre Chicago^
9/17 – Maryland Heights, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre St. Louis^
* with Daron Malakian and Scars on Broadway + Spotlights
^ with Helmet + 68
Alt-Rock Veterans Soul Asylum and Local H Brought Some 90's Nostalgia Feels To The Motor City (Photo Gallery)
Photos by Josh Justice
90's college rockers Soul Asylum brought their Dead Letter Tour with Local H to St. Andrew's Hall in downtown Detroit, Michigan. The month-long tour hits both coast before ending in Austin, Texas on March 20.
Exclusive Interview With Dragged Under Vocalist Tony Cappocchi About New Album ‘The World Is In Your Way’
By Anthony Cannella
Recently, the Alternative/Punk Rock/Hardcore Punk boys from Seattle, Washington, Dragged Under, released their highly anticipated debut album ‘The World Is In Your Way’! To celebrate and promote this killer album, Dragged Under has been opening for The Used on their sold-out tour along with playing a number of headlining gigs!
We had the honor and opportunity to check out Dragged Under’s debut album ‘The World Is In Your Way’ and when we were done, we just had to know more about it. We got in contact with vocalist Tony Cappocchi; Check out below on what he had to say!
HeadRush Tv: So, this tour that you’re on right now with The Used just kicked off about 10 days ago. Every show on this tour is literally SOLD OUT! How has it been so far and how have the crowds been responding to the new music?
Tony Cappocchi: The shows have been insane. As a small / newer band, to walk out on stage every night to a roaring crowd and a full room, it's more than we could ask for. Truly we feel blessed. The crowds have been overwhelmingly positive, They seem to be really locking onto the nostalgia in our music of the early 2000's skate punk that we've been trying to bring back. We always hang out at our merch booth after each show and some of the people are saying some things that blow our minds daily. People who have never heard us that say things like "you're going to be huge" or "I thought you were a feldman band based on the song writing" that will never get old.
HeadRush Tv: Speaking of new music, you guys recently released your debut album ‘The World Is In Your Way’ on January 17! For your debut album I’m sure you guys wanted to come out strong so what was the creative process like for this album?
Tony Cappocchi: This process was different than anything we've ever done, For the first time we just said, "fuck what people think, we're doing what we want on this release" that on top of the fact that we worked with an amazing producer (Hiram Hernandez). Having that impartial ear in the room and someone who’s got a LOT more songwriting experience that us was a big help. He was the perfect missing piece to push us over hurdles and help us navigate the writers block that we would experience from time to time. It's something that I recommend to everyone now. We also started writing for the stage, and for the live show. We decided we wanted songs that would come across as sing along / crowd participation songs, more than what we thought radio DJ's wanted to hear.
HeadRush Tv: ‘The World Is In Your Way’ is already putting you guys on the charts on Billboard with stats like #18 Top Alternative New Artist, #45 Top Current Hard Music, #79 Top New Artist and more! It has also received over a million streams! With your music being heard all over, what meanings were you trying to get across with this album? And has it sunk in yet that all your hard work on this album is paying off now?
Tony Cappocchi: The response for the album is crazy. I don't think we thought it would be this well received, this time it feels "real". All we wanted with this album was to make people feel something, or help them understand the mindset of different people with different problems. From interpersonal conflict, to self-doubt, to relationships and even business partnerships with industry people, this album is us screaming, bleeding and sweating out our frustration from the last 10 years of grinding and making it nowhere, into 9 songs.
HeadRush Tv: So, getting into tour life, you guys are on this tour and also on your headlining No Days Off Tour. Which is funny cause you guys are literally getting no days off! How do you keep up and stay sharp while on the road and does anything change between this tour and the headlining one?
Tony Cappocchi: It's tough, this is literally the hardest part of being in a band, the start. We all have jobs, girlfriends, etc back home and being gone every day and trying to find ways to earn on the road is a task by itself. We are big on sleep and the dudes understand that we need to stay as rested as possible, which is why we commit to staying in a hotel, even if we're crammed in there it beats the hell out of the van. They've also been really supportive of me, especially being that I have a biological instrument. They can go out there sick and limp along and no one will notice, if I get sick, we're in for a rough show and a long recovery. We also work on out diet a lot on the road, avoid junk and sugar and drink LOADS of water.
the only change that we make on the off day shows is how much time we commit to the venue, usually they like us there around 3 or so to sound check, but we have been showing up late to try and get a few extra hours outside the venues whenever possible. Venues at our size often don't have a green room, or a quiet place for us to hang out, and I try not to fight the noise. Trying to talk to fans over the noise of the PA / other people can be a real strain. If we have to be at the venue early I try to leave the venue between our sound check and set to go somewhere quiet, and clean just to avoid the possibility of overworking my voice, even if that is just the van for a cat nap.
The bottom line is rest, water, repeat. That's the only way to stay sharp with minimal off days.
HeadRush Tv: Lastly, I want to give you guys the full platform here for your incredible following and fans. What can they be expecting in the near future and for the rest of this year?
Tony Cappocchi: 2020 is all about getting in front of the fans, our and other bands fans. We want to spend a good majority of this year on the road. that's what it takes to grow as a small band so that's what we intend to do. Kissing a lot of frogs until one turns into a prince so to speak. It's likely we won't do many musical releases in 2020, we want our album to have some time to breathe.
‘The World Is In Your Way’ is currently out on all platforms so make sure you give it a listen as soon as possible if you haven’t already! Also, do NOT miss Dragged Under on their tour right now with The Used and their headlining shows. As we said before, the tour with The Used is sold out so better figure out quickly what you can do! Check out upcoming dates below!
By: Anthony Cannella
Recently, the icon from Sumerian Records, Poppy, came to the sold-out Vic Theatre in Chicago, Illinois and completely took over. With a line that stretched along a couple Chicago roads, you could tell the fans were anticipating this night! With that being said, Poppy did not disappoint as she rocked The Vic with her unique style and flawless onstage live performance. Check below to have a glimpse of Poppy in Chicago!
Poppy, Photos by Anthony Cannella
With a solid 15 song set, Poppy gave the crowd everything that they could have wanted. Starting off the set with “Concrete” and ending it with “I Disagree”, she never gave The Vic a break from her killer breakdowns that seriously go unmatched. With her new album ‘I Disagree’ that came out January 10 via Sumerian Records, Poppy is utilizing this tour to perfection as she showcases these songs to her fans. In addition to these songs that have been taking over the music industry, Poppy threw in a cover of t.A.T.u.’s song “All The Things She Said” mid set! This song really fits her type of style and is honestly performed very well by her, with her unique voice that leaves you wanting more.
Poppy is currently an artist that you do not want to miss out on while she is on tour! There is a reason why she has been taking the music industry by storm and we suggest you find out for yourself. For a preview, check some of the music videos below. Also, check the tour dates at the top and see if Poppy will be at a venue near you soon!
Author and Photographer: Jonathan Stark (Stark Raving Mad Photography LLC.)
Ah, Dropkick Murphys….. A band I’ve been listening to since “Give’ Em the Boot” came out in 1997. The Dropkick Murphys had a song on there titled “Barroom Hero” and it was absolutely incredible. Pretty sure I’m not the only one who felt that way. Totally original, compelling, raw and rowdy. I was playing rugby at that time for The University of Central Florida and the song fit the bill; got a lot of play on the pitch and at the pub.
Dropkick Murphys and others have the power to take me back. They are part of a soundtrack to my life, a soundtrack to our lives. They are still hammering it out, refusing to fade and they certainly have not lost their relevance and impact.
Last year they toured with Clutch and Hatebreed and I was fortunate enough to catch the show. Side note here, Clutch puts on an awesome show. You can catch them on tour with Volbeat starting in April.
I shot a multitude of outstanding shows in 2019 from Social Distortion, Bad Religion, Killswitch Engage, Korn, After the Burial, As I Lay Dying, and Within Temptation to Switchfoot and Lecrae. However, I’m not sure anyone can touch the energy of the boys in Dropkick. It was just me and one other photographer in the photo pit and we were absolutely hustling. I mean sweaty, heavy breathing Crossfit style workout. Ken and Al had us running as they moved from the stage to the crowd and back again. To add to the fun they swapped sides of the stage on the regular. I was amazed that we all worked together in a nice almost choreographed fashion. It was an honor.
I had a few magic captures in 2019, one came during the All That Remains concert at The Oriental Theater in Denver when Phil sung "What If I Was Nothing" to a woman in the audience. Another, I felt was when a fan in line at the Unashamed Forever Tour in Tampa gave me a high-five. The last was during the Dropkick Murphys show in Denver when Ken gave the microphone to a young fan in the audience. These moments are some of my proudest.
Ken and the guys honoring their fans, especially the young fans was something that I’ll never forget. It shows their humility and how much they make their concerts into an organic event, almost one body, band and fan moving as one. I was very impressed. Having been a fan since before their first LP was released, shockingly I had never attended a Dropkick concert. For shame.
Besides the aforementioned, the show was invariably charged for so many reasons. The tech guys and soundboard hustlers (Forgive me; I’m a layman in the industry speak.) were topnotch. As a photographer the lighting was on point from the opening notes on the bagpipe. That is such a blessing to a photographer operating under the first three songs rule. Additionally, everyone in the band was engaged, not just going through the motions. It was obvious they are truly enjoying the performance just as much if not more so than the fans in attendance. I had taken my oldest son, Brody, who’s a fan as well. He informed me that based on his learned opinion, Dropkick Murphys and August Burns Red were tied for the best performances of the year. He’s right; August Burns Red does put on one heck of a show too.
The Dropkick Murphys are headed overseas. Likely as I type this sub-professional sub-par article they are in flight. January 28th they will be playing Madrid, Spain. I’m a little jealous as they will be hitting Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Austria, Denmark and so on. You can see it for yourself here, those lucky bastages. Whether you’re an avid fan, kinda fan, or just like a live performance, go see Dropkick Murphys perform live….. Maybe you can catch their show in Oslo, Norway on February 3rd. I’m thinking vacation.
The Medicine Tour Rolls Through The Forge in Joliet, Illinois With Sleeping With Sirens, Set It Off, Belmont and Point North
By: Anthony Cannella
Recently, The Medicine Tour kicked off and made its stop at the sold out, The Forge, venue in Joliet, Illinois with the stacked lineup of Sleeping With Sirens, Set It Off, Belmont and Point North! With the line wrapped around the block before the show even started, you could tell these fans were ready for an insane night of Rock. Right from the beginning, the crowd wasted no time as they presented a high energy environment throughout Point North’s set. As time went on, the people kept pouring in, which indicated it was only going to crazier as the show went on!
After Point North set the standard of the night, Belmont took it up a notch as they got the crowd surfers going with their Punk/Bounce style. With Belmont being from Chicago, they definitely felt the love from the hometown crowd as they even gave us a taste of some new music!
With Belmont’s set wrapping up, Set It Off and Sleeping With Sirens concluded the night as they completely took over the venue back to back. With The Forge being a compact venue, they utilized it to their advantage as they forced the crowd to do whatever they wanted to with their high energy performance. Sleeping With Sirens is honestly a band that is a must see when they are at a venue near you. Their style goes unmatched as they present you a set that ranges throughout their years. As a fan, they leave you completely satisfied mixing the old bangers with the hits from their newest album ‘How It Feels To Be Lost’ that was released in 2019 via Sumerian Records. Kellin Quinn is absolutely flawless in his vocals, but is perfectly complimented by his Rockstar’s behind him that include: Jack Fowler, Gabe Barham, Nick Martin and Justin Hills! One moment they have you moshing, crowd surfing, doing a wall of death and then the other moment before you know it, they bring it down as they play their cover of IRIS by the Goo Goo Dolls acoustically.
The Medicine Tour is an absolute must-see tour and there are still plenty of shows left on this tour. If it is coming to your city, we suggest that you get tickets immediately if you haven’t already. Lucky for you, if you missed this tour or if you simply would like to see Set It Off or Sleeping With Sirens again, check out their tour dates that will occur once this tour is over! All info can be found below!
Sleeping With Sirens, Photos by Anthony Cannella
Set It Off, Photos by Anthony Cannella
Belmont, Photos by Anthony Cannella
By: Anthony Cannella
All Time Low’s Ten Years Later And It’s Still Nothing Personal Tour rolled through Chicago, Illinois at the House Of Blues and we were there! All Time Low had the sold-out crowd going insane as they performed their third studio album ‘Nothing Personal’, that was released via Hopeless Records on July 7, 2009, in its entirety. In addition, they threw in one of their crowd favorites “Dear Maria” as their closing song for the encore. These Pop-Punk bangers from 2009 literally made the venue shake as everyone sang along while jumping with the crowd surfers. From start to finish, All Time Low had the girls going wild as they covered the stage with bras that were thrown at them. We could easily say they made security earn their money that night! To see how incredible this show was, check the photos below!
Alex Gaskarth, Jack Barakat, Rian Dawson, Zack Merrick also had their families there in the VIP boxes, which made for a special night all around for everyone. All Time Low has recently released a remaster of ‘Nothing Personal’ and it is available now! We highly suggest that you check it out and start blasting this album as it is timeless music that will never get sick of. It is truly an amazing album, so definitely give this tribute some attention! Check out the links below to order it and find out more info about the album!
All Time Low, Photos by Anthony Cannella
101WKQX The Nights We Stole Christmas Takes Over The Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, Illinois For 5 Sold Out Nights
By: Anthony Cannella
For five straight nights, 101 WKQX transformed the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago into a winter wonderland of Rock for the annual The Nights We Stole Christmas! The place was lit up with Christmas decorations, had snow coming down from the ceiling at all times and even had Santa make an appearance. Out of the thrilling five nights of incredible talent that the Aragon hosted, we were able to attend the first and last night. With that being said, we were able to work with The Federal Empire, Angels And Airwaves and Cage The Elephant on night one! On the last night, we were with The Glorious Sons, Highly Suspect and closed with 311!
Each band brough an insane amount of energy, giving the fans a set they will never forget. From crowd diving to jumping on the barricade and singing with the crowd, each band brought their own antics that made the place erupt. The similarity between these six bands that we caught are that each of them released new music in 2019, whether that be a few songs or an entire album. Some of them still have more music on the way! We could assure you that they did not hesitate to showcase the new stuff, which you could tell was highly anticipated based off the reactions. These bands are dynamite live performers though and are a must see. Luckily for you, 2020 will be a busy year for each of them, so be on the lookout! To learn more, click the links below on the bands websites to find out info on tour dates, releases and much more. Also, check out the photos below to see how much these days ROCKED!
The Federal Empire, Photos by Anthony Cannella
Angels and Airwaves, Photos by Anthony Cannella
Cage the Elephant, Photos by Anthony Cannella
Highly Suspect, Photos by Anthony Cannella
311, Photos by Anthony Cannella
Saving Vice Ends The Year With New Single "Hollow Bastion" and Music Video For It; Interview With Vocalist Tyler Small
By: Anthony Cannella
All Photos: Ian Urquhart
Saving Vice, the Metalcore Independent band from New England, had one hell of a 2019 with appearances on the Billboard charts along with performances at Warped Tour, iMatter Festival, and much more. Since they have started in 2016, Saving Vice has been creeping up to new heights in the Metalcore scene with their intense sound and heavy passionate performances.
Seeing them live and hearing their music, it is no surprise on why they have been taking over one city, venue and festival at a time!
Saving Vice: Photos by Ian Urquhart
As their brilliant year comes to an end, Saving Vice sure went out with a bang as they released their new single “Hollow Bastion” with a killer music video that followed! Check it out below and let us know what you think!
After hearing this new single and watching the new music video for “Hollow Bastion”, we just had to know more about it. We had a chat with Saving Vice’s vocalist Tyler Small about the single and about their year as a whole. Check out what he had to say below!
Tyler Small, Saving Vice
HeadRush TV: It is no secret that Saving Vice killed it in 2019 with things such as Billboard charts, Warped Tour, iMatter Festival, and more. With those accolades and festivals in the books now, what more will you strive for in 2020?
Tyler Small: It's honestly hard to say because we never expect these things that keep happening for us, we just learn from our previous successes and mistakes. There are definitely some festivals and bands we have in our sights for shows, we really want to get on the road more. The biggest thing for us is making sure our album reaches as many people as possible, our music usually does the work for us anytime people hear it.
HeadRush TV: So, speaking of 2020, Saving Vice is releasing a new album in February! Could you tell us what this creative process was like for this album and what could we really expect with this new music?
Tyler Small: We all have our own systems, I can only speak for myself, but I just write whenever I have an idea or inspiration, so it's never forced. Sometimes it'll be a melody, or a one liner, maybe even a title, then later when I get pre pro instrumentals sent to me I'll kinds of piece it together with the music. I can say for certain not a single song sounds the same, they may all sound like us but we touched so many genres and subgenres on this album. There's a song for everyone.
HeadRush TV: On the topic of new music, you guys just released a new song and music video for “Hallow Bastion”. What message are you trying to get across with this new song and with the killer music video that followed?
Tyler Small: The song is pretty much about coping with the depression nostalgia can bring as well as the dread of mortality. If there is one solid message it's that your time is limited and you can waste it dwelling on what could be or could have been, or you can use it wisely before it's too late.
HeadRush TV: The music video for “Hollow Bastion” honestly goes so hard! What was the filming process like for this song and could we expect any more music videos for this upcoming album?
Tyler Small: So, we basically had this one big white room in a studio, and we all took turns shooting our scenes. The coolest parts for me were having Robbie's grandfather acting as his future self and when I was spitting up blood and teeth. It just made me feel like I was shooting a Marilyn Manson video or something. There will 100% be more videos as well, we really believe in every song and want each one to be brought to life if possible.
HeadRush TV: Lastly, so I would love to give you guys the full platform here. Besides the album in February, what could your fans and followers be expecting in the new year 2020?
Tyler Small: We try not to make empty promises, but we will be coming to a lot of places we've never been and we're really excited show a larger scope of the music scene what we have to offer.
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