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Tom Keifer, best known as the singer/songwriter/guitarist of the Philadelphia-based blues-rock band CINDERELLA, was interviewed by Travis Rodriguez of “Daytime At Nine” this past May in San Antonio, Texas. You can watch the chat below.

Keifer‘s debut solo album, “The Way Life Goes”, sold 5,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 78 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was released on April 30 via Merovee Records (through Warner Music Group‘s Independent Label Group).

In a recent interview with, Keifer stated about the prospect of going solo: “It was a little scary at first. I’ve played with the same band for nearly 30 years. Going out on your own is like being on a little block of ice, floating out to sea, I guess. But I’ve got an incredible band out here, and they’re not only great musicians but they really great guys and we get along really well. And Savannah [Tom‘s wife] is out here and she’s part of the show. She comes out and sings some songs with me. The show’s a really nice mix of new songs and we’re doing a lot of the old CINDERELLA songs so that’s familiar for me. It’s ingrained in me.”

Regarding his songwriting process, Tom told Music Junkie Press: “Well, I try to write from real inspirations and it always starts from a lyric for me. Even the hard and heavy songs that you would think that started on guitars actually started from lyrics. So that inspiration can come at any time; you can be driving down the road or in aisle 6 at Home Depot. You got this idea in your head and then you are racing for an instrument to try and figure out what you are hearing. I will hear a lyric, a songtitle, or a chorus or line or something usually with a melody and it grows from there.”

Tom also spoke about the growing trend by music consumers of purchasing and downloading individual songs through digital outlets rather than experiencing full-length albums as they were intended to be heard by the artists that created them.

“I think every generation has their way and it is not wrong,” he said. “I think that what would probably help people to be more into whole works of arts or records is that artists create whole works of art or whole records. Like a ‘Physical Graffiti’ or an ‘Exile On Main Street’, or ‘Hotel California’ — [those] are some of the ones I grew up on. Or FLEETWOOD MAC ‘Rumors’, AEROSMITH‘s well of them; ‘Toys In The Attic’. Those were incredible albums from beginning to end. I think there are still some artists that still do that, but I think with the shrinking budgets at record companies, artist development isn’t what it used to be, recording budgets are not what they used to be. So I think less and less, we are not getting great full albums. That is the Catch 22 of the lost revenues from downloading. I don’t know that the average listener out there or fan realizes that by swiping music you kind of hurt the art itself and record companies. I mean, I know everyone views the record companies as the big evil corporate thing or whatever, but there is a lot of good that comes from them too. They do help to develop artists, and back in the ’60s, ’70s and the ’80s when we were coming up, they stayed with you and they developed you. They made sure you were working in the best studios, working with the best engineers and the best producers and that is a good thing. That is how you get great albums. That still goes on today; don’t get me wrong, I just think it is less artists get the opportunity for that because of the budgets and the mentality of the record companies have changed, due to lost revenues and we all know why. There are many reasons of why that has happened and a lot of that has to do with the technology we have. The second the first audio file transmitted over the Internet we were really all sunk. In terms of what the door it had opened up for causing problems within the industry.”


Performance (September 7 in York, Pennsylvania):

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Bloodstock 2012 saw its most successful year so far as over 11,300 music fans descended on Catton Park for four days of ferocious metal mayhem. Capturing the phenomenal main stage performances across the weekend were streaming partner Daily Motion, attracting well over 200,000 visitors across the weekend. Band booker Vicky Gregory comments:

“To say we were totally blown away by this year is an understatement! We had the highest attendance in the festival’s 12 year history with over 11,300 festival goers and looking at the feedback from the fans they were equally blown away!

“The feedback we’ve recieved from all the bands that played the festival has been superb with many saying it was the best festival they have ever played and to hear that makes all the hard work worth it! Role on 2013 and a huge thanks to all that attended the festival this year – it’s good to know that metal is so alive and well in the UK!!!”

The organizers of the festival also commented on confirming Anthrax for the upcoming 2013 edition:

“Wasting no time in moving forward with plans for 2013 we are pleased to confirm our Saturday Special Guest slot goes to ANTHRAX. With some really exciting announcements coming soon – Bloodstock is set to go from strength to strength in 2013 with some more incredible band announcements coming your way soon.

“For those of you wanting to secure your place at Bloodstock Open Air 2013, a limited number of Early Bird tickets are now on sale from the Bloodstock website at the incredible price of just £100 (+ booking fee) for four days of the best collection of METAL on UK soil.

“For those of you who attended Bloodstock this year here’s your chance to win a pair of tickets to next year’s festival by simply completing our online survery on your experience of this year’s Bloodstock – The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, we want it all! We will constantly strive to improve year on year and although this year’s a tough one to beat – you can be assured we will pull out all the stops to guarantee the best metal weekend of your life!”

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Symphonic/power metal band Heliosaga is proud to welcome new vocalist Chelsea Knaack, who is known for her lead vocals in the now disbanded DesDemon. The following press release was also issued:

“Damien Villarreal formed Heliosaga in 2010 with a dynamic selection of musicians around San Antonio, Texas. Heliosaga’s powerful moving melodies, enhanced by Chelsea Knaack’s passionate soprano voice, will make Heliosaga a force among the ranks of the female fronted genre.

“Heliosaga is writing new material and will begin pre-production for label representation following Chelsea’s relocation to Texas this Summer. The name Heliosaga is a metaphor derived from helios, the Greek word for sun, and saga meaning the story/ history; thus, Heliosaga represents the journey of life.”

Chelsea Knaack states, “I was looking for a new chapter in my life with a new adventure and Heliosaga fit the plan. It was also the chemistry with the guys; we are all very similar in many ways. It will be a great adventure indeed.”

Heliosaga also commented, “Chelsea’s vocals are moving, her stage presence is captivating and she has an immense passion for this kind of music. Shortly after meeting we realized how well we click on personal and professional levels, so we can say that we have gained a great friend and an incredible band mate! We are eager to begin recording our debut album together, which will be released early next year.”

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Fear Factory today confirms the band’s first tour dates for 2012. Set to begin in San Antonio on May 1st, the tour’s initial dates include stops in Dallas, Philadelphia, New York City, Baltimore, and Denver among others.

Joining Fear Factory for the tour is Boston’s Shadows Fall, Kansas City-based The Browning, Riverside, California’s The Devastated, and Legacy Of Disorder from New Zealand. The tour will precede the release of Fear Factory’s new album titled “The Industrialist.”

Fear Factory recently announced the addition of bass player Matt DeVries. The Ohio native previously noted, “I have been asked to join one of my favorite bands. I have been a fan of Fear Factory since 1992 and I could not be more excited to be part of this incredible band.” Guitarist Dino Cazares and vocalist Burton C. Bell noted, “we are very excited to have Matt playing bass for Fear Factory. We feel he is a great addition to our touring line-up. He has been a friend for a very long time and he is a great musician who will be a perfect instrument in the FF machine.”

With rehearsals for the tour expected to start soon, the members of Fear Factory are finishing details on their forthcoming new album expected for release early summer. Greg Reely has now completed the album’s mix. All that remains is final artwork and packaging. Regarding the new material, Cazares and Bell affirm, “this album perfectly captures the true nature of Fear Factory. The industrial/metal blend is a strong return to our original concept for Fear Factory.”

Confirmed dates as of press time are:

5/01/2012 Backstage Live – San Antonio, TX
5/02/2012 Trees – Dallas, TX
5/03/2012 Scout Bar – Houston, TX
5/05/2012 State Theater – St. Petersburg, FL
5/06/2012 Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
5/09/2012 Ziggy’s – Winston-Salem, NC
5/10/2012 Theater of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
5/11/2012 Wally’s Pub – Hampton Beach, NH
5/12/2012 Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
5/13/2012 Sonar – Baltimore, MD
5/16/2012 The Crofoot Ballroom – Pontiac, MI
5/20/2012 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO

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Born of Osiris has announced upcoming North American tour dates in support of the band’s latest album “The Discovery.” Joining Born of Osiris on this run will be Veil of Maya, Carnifex, Struc/tures and France’s Betraying The Martyrs (performing in the U.S. for the very first time). The trek is set to run between November 18th and December 18th.

Lee McKinney (guitars) states: “We couldn’t be more excited about ‘The Discovery’ headlining U.S. tour. We are going to be back in the U.S. with our good friends Veil of Maya for the first time in years. Not only are they an incredible band, they are some of our closest friends from Chicago. Also on the tour is Carnifex. They are a really heavy band and we can’t wait to see what they are all about. Struc/tures and Betraying the Martyrs will be opening up the tour. These are some of Sumerian’s best new bands. Struc/tures is a great progressive metal band that also has a new album coming out just before the tour on October 24th. Betraying the Martyrs has a new album out and this tour also marks their first U.S. tour to date. We are beyond stoked to be able to present you with a package you haven’t seen a different version of ten times! All the bands are fresh and have new music. We’ll also be playing our longest set yet. Don’t miss it!”

The currently announced dates are as follows (more dates set to be revealed next week):

11/18 – Dayton, OH @ The Attic
11/20 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabodys
11/23 – Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theatre
11/25 – Joliet, IL @ Mojoes
11/26 – Detroit, MI @ Harpos
11/27 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
11/28 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
11/29 – Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon

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Kvelertak are an incredible band from Norway that destroyed SXSW this year, definitely one of the highlights. We also have two live clips from the band performing during SXSW. Check those out at this [link]

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Date: 2011-04-01

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