TYLER, Texas - Explosive rock 'n' rollers Rockett Queen will take their high energy show on the road in early 2016 as direct support to former Creed vocalist Scott Stapp.
"We couldn't be more excited about going out with Scott Stapp," said vocalist/guitarist Walter Lee. "We feel that teaming up with someone of his stature is exactly what the band needs to expose our music to the maximum amount of people possible. Not to mention between the two bands everyone in attendance will definitely get their money's worth from the shows."
Rockett Queen is the first band signed to music industry veteran Paul Bibeau's new Fade To Silence Records. The group's label debut is a re-released of the Goodnight California EP, previously self-released by the band, in an expanded edition including three new tracks.
Rockett Queen's brand of straight-up, honest rock 'n' roll has garnered the quartet a great deal of critical acclaim and Top 40 airplay. Performing for more than 25,000 music fans, the band's energetic live show has won over a devoted fanbase.
The Texas-based foursome debuted the video for "I Hate You" last week.
Rockett Queen is completed by Jay Scars on lead guitar, Chaz Graves on bass and Keith Crash on drums.
Tour dates are as follow:
Jan 15 - Palladium Theater, St Petersburg, FL
Jan 16 - LeVel Nightclub - Biloxi, MS
Jan 18 - Cat's Cradle, Carrboro, NC
Jan 20 - Marlin Room @ Webster Hall, New York, NY
Jan 21 - Village Night, Lancaster, PA
Jan 23 - Webster Theater, Hartford, CT
Jan 24 - The Palladium, Worcester, MA
Jan 26 - Iron Works, Buffalo, NY
Jan 27 - Altar Bar, Pittsburgh, PA
Jan 29 - Machine Shop, Flint, MI
Jan 30 - BMI Speedway, Versailles, OH
Feb 02 - The Arcada Theatre, St Charles, IL
Feb 03 - The Marq, Green Bay, WI
Feb 05 - Ground Zero, Traverse City, MI
Feb 06 - Piere's, Fort Wayne, IN
Feb 09 - Juanita's, Little Rock, AR
Feb 10 - Granada Theater, Dallas, TX
DENVER - The new book Baby You're a Rich Man: Suing the Beatles for Fun & Profit (ForeEdge/University Press of New England) by music business professor and award-winning attorney and journalist Stan Soocher contains many unusual insights into the Fab Four's musical, personal and legal histories.
Soocher was recently interviewed on Colorado Public Radio, where noted of his book's title: "To me, it sounds like a cook book ... because some of [the Beatles'] books were indeed 'cooked.' There's no doubt about that in terms of their accounting and all the people around the Beatles who siphoned off tens of millions of dollars through the years."
In the radio interview, Soocher talked about the attempt by Beatles' former manager Allen Klein to seize ownership of George Harrison's songs - including "Something," "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" and "My Sweet Lord" - for a relative pittance.
Fearing financial mismanagement, Harrison, John Lennon and Ringo Starr had fired Klein in March 1973 from continuing to manage their post-Beatles careers. But Klein's ABKCO music company was a conduit for George's revenues. Soocher explained that, in 1974, Klein sued George claiming that ABKCO had been caught in the middle of a $22,000 tax dispute between George on the one hand, and the IRS and New York City on the other.
Soocher said Klein's position was: "'I'm in the firing line and I want out of this. I'm willing to pay these $22,000 in taxes, but in return I want ownership of all of George's songs from 1968 forward.'" Klein didn't end up owning the songs, however, because George came to his senses and settled with the tax authorities.
Check out Stan Soocher's interview on Colorado Public radio here.
Stan Soocher will be speaking further about Baby You're a Rich Man during the following tour dates.
TORONTO - SayWeCanFly will usher in Spring with another journey across American, this time supporting Tonight Alive, Set It Off and The Ready Set on the "Fight for Something Tour."
Braden Barrie, the man behind the one-man singer/songwriter act, will be supporting his first EP for Epitaph, Darling, which was released in October.
"I think it will be cool opening the shows and having the chance to get kids pumped for the rest of the bands," Barrie said. "It's tough being the opener on such a great package because I definitely have to match the energy level of these bands, but it's giving me a reason to work as hard as I can to make my set the best it can be. I think coming right off a headlining Europe tour into this will be a nice little adventure."
A road veteran at just 20 years old, Barrie has toured continuously since before his self-released debut album, Between The Roses, earlier this year. SayWeCanFly has performed everywhere from coffee houses to the Vans Warped Tour, where Barrie spent the entire summer of 2015.
Whether small and intimate or at a huge festival, the one constant is Barrie's connection with each and every fan. Having built a devout following through the use of social media, Barrie makes it a point to connect personally while touring.
"Social media has been a huge part of my life," he said. "Talking to people online makes me just as happy as it makes the people I interact with. Being reminded of how much I am loved and that my music actually means something to people is very important to me because sometimes it's easy to forget. I love sharing my journey with everyone, because everyone is a part of my journey. I want everyone who cares about SayWeCanFly to know they are an important piece my life."
The "Fight for Something Tour" will allow Barrie to reach an even broader base of music fans, and impact them the way his loyal core following already has been.
03/01/16 Tue. Bottom Lounge, Chicago, IL
03/02/16 Wed. The Rave, Milwaukee, WI
03/03/16 Thu. The Crofoot Ballroom, Pontiac, MI
03/04/16 Fri. Waiting Room, Buffalo, NY
03/05/16 Sat. Irving Plaza, New York, NY
03/06/16 Sun. The Sinclair, Cambridge, MA
03/08/16 Tue. Baltimore Soundstage, Baltimore, MD
03/09/16 Wed. Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA
03/10/16 Thu. Greene Street, Greensboro, NC
03/11/16 Fri. The Masquerade, Atlanta, GA
03/12/16 Sat. The Beacham, Orlando, FL
03/14/16 Mon. Walters, Houston, TX
03/15/16 Tue. Trees, Dallas, TX
03/17/16 Thu. Nile Theatre, Mesa, AZ
03/18/16 Fri. Soma Side Stage, San Diego, CA
03/20/16 Sun. Slim's, San Francisco, CA
03/21/16 Mon. Ace of Spades, Sacramento, CA
03/23/16 Wed. Hawthorne Theatre, Portland, OR
03/24/16 Thu. Neumo's, Seattle, WA
03/26/16 Sat. In the Venue (Club Sound), Salt Lake City, UT
03/27/16 Sun. Marquis Theatre, Denver, CO
Mortiis guitarist Levi Gawron has entered into an endorsement deal with ESP Guitars.
"I'm really picky when it comes to my instrument," he said. "They feel great, they play great and they sound great."
"It always gets me excited when someone I am a fan of jumps on board with ESP," said Chris Cannella, Director of Artist Relations/ Product Management. "Being a part of the '90s Industrial and Black Metal movement myself, it's great to have a band that has kept it together all this time while still progressing. Not only that, but Levi is a killer player who doesn't just follow the keyboard melody with power chords - he actually plays guitar!"
Levi can be seen solely playing his brand new ESP EII Eclipse guitars on The Devils Be Damned Tour, Mortiis' current US tour with Mushroomhead.
Mortiis' US trek is the first is in nine years. The band is previewing material from the highly-anticipated album The Great Deceiver, due out early next year.
Remaining tour dates are as follow:
October 23, 2015 Fri. Headliner's, Toledo, OH
October 24, 2015 Sat. Harpo's Concert Theatre, Detroit, MI
October 25, 2015 Sun. Diamond Pub & Billiards, Louisville, KY
October 26, 2015 Mon. Oddbody's Music Room, Dayton, OH
October 27, 2015 Tue. The Tree, Joliet, IL
October 29, 2015 Thu. The Intersection, Grand Rapids, MI
October 30, 2015 Fri. Alrosa Villa, Columbus, OH
October 31, 2015 Sat. Agora Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
TORONTO - Darling, SayWeCanFly’s first EP for Epitaph, hits shelves today, October 23.
Darling, the follow-up to the one-man acoustic act’s debut Between The Roses, shows a more mature and developed side of 20-year-old Braden Barrie, who has been recording music since his early teens.
“Darling has been a great opportunity for me to dive a little more into my sound, and definitely helped me step a little closer to where I want to take SayWeCanFly,” said Barrie. “It's a little stepping stone into the next chapter, which I now have a much clearer idea of.”
Barrie’s career has developed through poignant songs that connect deeply with listeners, which has, in turn, build a strong personal relationship between the artist and fans via social media. Between The Roses was released by Barrie himself, then reissued later in the year in a Deluxe format.
“This EP has definitely been an interesting part of the SayWeCanFly story,” Barrie said. “I think the best part about Darling is that I had absolutely no idea I was creating it when it happened. I wrote the entire thing in one day, and was under the impression that these songs were going to be the deluxe edition of my last album.”
The interest from Epitaph caught Barrie by surprise, but it’s a relationship he is excited to enter into. “It was completely out of nowhere,” he said. “I'm certainly honored to be working with them because they are one of the few labels that I know honestly cares about the music and hard work of the bands on their roster. It's my first time ever working with a label, and the timing feels perfect.”
SayWeCanFly has been featured regularly on MTVU, MTVHits!, Alternative Press, MuchMusic, BryanStars, Fuse and more.
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