Posts Tagged “Promoters”

METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich was interviewed this past week by Nikki Blakk of the San Francisco, California radio station 107.7 The Bone about the band’s new 3D IMAX movie, “Metallica Through The Never”. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below.

Asked if there are any other surprises METALLICA has in store for its fans, Ulrich said: “There’s a very interesting thing coming our way in December. Nobody knows that, so… There’s another frontier heading in METALLICA‘s direction in December. Which, if anybody [working for the band’s management] even knew that I just said what I just said, they would hunt me down and silence me. But there is another frontier coming in December, which we’re very excited about.”

Lars was also asked if there are already plans underway for METALLICA to stage the third installment of its Orion Music + More festival in Detroit, Michigan next year.

“We haven’t gotten that far the last couple of months,” Lars said.

“Detroit was a great experience. We’d love to bring this thing back to Detroit. We’ve gotta sit down and look at the practical parts of it. And our good friends at [promoters] C3 [Presents] have gotta sit down and probably get their calculators out and all that stuff that we try to stay out of…

It’s great to do [Orion], we love doing it. I’d do Orion for the rest of our lives, if possible.

“It’s not an easy thing to launch a festival, but we’ve had a lot of fun the last two years doing it, and we hope to bring it back to Detroit.

“We’ve gotta run around the world for the next six weeks and hear ourselves talk about this movie and all that stuff, but probably on the other side of that, in October or November, we’ll start looking at the realities of Orion next year and then take it from there.”

Spokesperson Charlie Walker of promoter C3 Presents said a few months ago that around 20,000 attended the first day of this year’s Orion Music + More, with possibly more showing up on the second day.

A total of 37 groups, including the RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, DEFTONES, SILVERSUN PICKUPS, RISE AGAINST and BASSNECTAR, performed on Orion‘s five stages.

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Two years’ work lost: Apocalyptica

Apocalyptica have been forced to postpone a concert they’d been working on for two years after the venue was broken into and the production was trashed by vandals.

The cello-powered, Metallica-influenced metal band had been preparing to stage Wagner Reloaded, a spectacular performance marking the 200th anniversary of the classical composer Richard Wagner’s birth, on September 27.

Under the subtitle ‘Apocalyptica Meets Wagner’ the Finnish four-piece intended to deliver a mix of music, dance and multimedia projections involving 250 performers. The last version of the event was performed in July before 11,000 fans.

But that’s been put on hold after burglars destroyed props, costumers and equipment during a break-in at Leipzig Arena, Germany, which was being set up to host the show.

Project manager Thomas Guggi says: “The artists and promoters are shocked. The whole process is affected by the damage – we can’t guarantee a safe show any more.

“The work of two years has been destroyed. It will be impossible to stage the show on September 27 as there’s not enough time to replace the damaged items. Our artistic values are lost. We can’t present Wagner Reloaded to 100% in the present situation.”

Leipzig Arena are already working with the band and promoters to reschedule the event. Ticketholders are asked to consult their vendor for further information.

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AEROSMITH has canceled its two previously scheduled festival gigs in the Far East — Wednesday, August 21 in Shanghai and Saturday, August 24 in Taipei — due to the local promoters’ failure to “meet contractual obligations.”

AEROSMITH was supposed to make its Chinese live debut at the outdoor Shanghai Hongkou Stadium. The venue has a capacity of 25,000 people.

“We are extremely upset to have disappointed our dedicated fans,” says AEROSMITH singer Steven Tyler in a statement. “They have welcomed us into their country, and due to uncontrollable circumstances, we will not be able to perform. We were so excited to share our music with them and look forward to one day returning and giving them the show they deserve.”

“We’re disappointed as we wanted to play for our fans,” added AEROSMITH guitarist Joe Perry. “We’ve looked forward to this for a lifetime.”

“It’s always been a dream of ours to play in Shanghai and Taipei, and meet our fans there,” said AEROSMITH bassist Tom Hamilton says. “We were really looking forward to visiting Shanghai and Taipei and playing for our fans there and are very disappointed that these two shows have been cancelled.”

“I’m disappointed we weren’t able to play for our fans in China. However, the circumstances were beyond our control,” stated AEROSMITH drummer Joey Kramer. “I sincerely hope AEROSMITH will get another opportunity to come back to Shanghai and Taiwan to play for our many fans there.”

Back in May, AEROSMITH a concert in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta due to reports of a bomb threat at the Myanmar Embassy.

AEROSMITH‘s latest album, “Music From Another Dimension!”, was released on November 6, 2012, and debuted at No. 5 on The Billboard 200 chart, selling 63,000 copies in its first week of release.


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Front to back, the Summer Slaughter tour was the most exciting package of the summer for me. One thing that was noticeable at the New York City show was the lack of stagedives. Apparently, it wasn't a coincidence as many venues on the tour did not allow it. This upset one of the bands on …

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We're so excited to be teaming up with the promoters of Heavy MTL to give away free tickets to each stop of their upcoming "South of the Border" tour featuring All Shall Perish, Oceano, Within the Ruins, Obey the Brave, Reflections and Betrayal. Just fill out the form and you're entered. We'll be emailing winners …

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Some distressing news filtering through this morning as Motörhead were forced to cancel shows in Austria and Italy due to Lemmy suffering what has been described as “unspecified hematoma”.

“With great regret we inform you that, after [Motorhead had] canceled a date in Austria yesterday, Motorhead are also forced to cancel the date of June 25 in Milan, for the same reason,” state the Milan promoters, “health problems with Lemmy, caused by a strong hematoma, makes it impossible at present to go on stage.”

Hematoma is a a localised collection of blood outside the blood vessels, usually in the form of a blood clot. With Lemmy having recently been fitted with a defibrillator due to an irregular heart beat, it looks like the rock ‘n’ roll icon is taking a bit of a battering at the moment, so everyone here at Hammer wishes him a speedy recovery and hopes to see him back on his feet ASAP.



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Ask any touring band what the worst part about touring is and everything from dealing with sketchy promoters, ridiculous gas prices and long drives to the shitty pay, shittier food and lack of clean places to actually take a shit will always fall a distant second place behind crossing borders.

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Winner of this year’s Most Inappropriately Named Music Event (aside from Britain’s Got Talent, of course) must surely go to Camden Burning, which this year takes place in Angel, a part of London that is not even in the borough of Camden, let alone the town. We’ll excuse the hard-working promoters in this case, as it turns out this was originally meant to take place in the cosy confines of The Black Heart, until it was upgraded to this marginally larger venue – perhaps best known as the home of drug-fuelled PVC Saturday night rave-up Slimelight.

As well as moving venues, further last minute switches have had to be made due to some distinctly naughty behaviour by one of the more nefarious characters playing tonight – and it’s honour and bribes alone that keep us from saying more. Suffice to say the line-up shuffle sees local death metal blasphemers Trifixion opening affairs, their militarily-precise assault warming up the early attendees nicely. Pushing affairs closer to the tech/grind side of the genre is Oblivionized, who offer a scattershot of pummelling compositions, an intense experience that sees the powerhouse showering the audience in shrapnel, albeit of the musical variety. Breaking up things up somewhat, while retaining the deathly overtones, is Born of Ruin, a slowly-rising outfit born – not of ruin – but from the ashes of melodic death metallers Anterior. Somewhat heavier than said group, BoR nonetheless retain a few ‘core overtones while impressing with their ridiculously tight performance – all the more remarkable given that some members haven’t slept in some 36 hours.

Brothers in arms Dishonour the Crown are up next, their frenzied and rowdy battery proving as invigorating as ever thanks to the high-energy combination of hardcore, thrash, groove and death metal – ones to keep an eye on for sure. Acrania take things back to a more straight up death metal template, albeit one with a definite deathcore injection. Early impressions are somewhat mixed due to a lack of energy and a somewhat generic approach to songwriting, though in fairness they certainly improve as they go along, though whether that is due to a better performance or simply the choice of songs we couldn’t be entirely sure. Another band often described as death metal, but offering something rather more mixed are (mostly) local six-piece Meta-Stasis, the outfit fronted by the memorably-named and undeniably intense Solomon J Lucifer Christ, ex-frontman of Ted Maul. With their matching outfits and stage presence, they’re certainly a group that feel like they should be playing on a bigger stage than this, and it’s not only their masked keyboard player that gives off a hint of Slipknot.Tonight the sound doesn’t do them any favours, the drums dominating affairs, and it would be nice to hear a bit more of the electronics that occasionally flavour the songs, but there’s no doubting the intent at work here.

Heading back to death/deathcore territories are Ingested, a band which pose the question; how does a slam band function when no one is willing to slam? To be fair to the lads, by the very end of the set the somewhat stiff (fatigued?) crowd have a pit going, but despite their energy, some question remains as to whether any of these somewhat forgettable songs are really going to survive the test of time. Has writing powerful songs become secondary to simply getting a crowd off their feet live? In decades to come will anyone celebrate the current crop of death metal bands in the way we do with bands like Repulsion or Autopsy today? And does it matter ultimately? Questions, questions…

Anyway, last up tonight, and deservedly so, are Dripback, a band whose chemistry and boisterous, yobby vibe resuscitates a good deal of the crowd. Blurring the lines between metal and hardcore metal without losing the intensity of either genre, their set is a constant barrage, one that attains brutality without sacrificing the power of the riff. A worthy finale to a worthy event – here’s to next year, Camden or not.

Review by Dayal Patterson

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The Word Alive: bringing the synths to Slam Dunk, we imagine

This weekend, Slam Dunk festival takes over the UK for a Bank Holiday mosh-and-booze-up of epic proportions. It’s going to be an iron-clad rager and, if we’re being frank, a bit messy, so when we found out that Tom Doyle had gone and invented a drinking game for the duration of the fest, we had to nick it. Sorry, Tom.

So, in the first of what is probably going to be an ongoing and increasingly ridiculous series over festival season, here is the 100% Unofficial Metal Hammer Slam Dunk Drinking game:

Simple. See you down the front.*

*Please note, these rules are in no way officially affiliated with Slam Dunk festival or its promoters. It’s just a bit of fun. If you decide to actually go through with this, you are a maniac and can’t blame us if you end up face down, passed out in front of Tek-One.

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Promoters have been attempting to organize “The Landenburg Festival” for years, but now have been given clearance to set the date for the inaugural event as July 5-6, 2013 at Reiterhof Park in Ottweiler, Germany. The original idea was a dream of Vermont resident Anthony DeCrisantis, a self proclaimed “power metal guru” and uber fan of drummer Alex Landenberg, which would gather all the bands past and present in which the prolific drummer has played in his hometown.

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