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  • Common Ground Announces More Acts For The 2012 Festival

    Posted by Jennifer Taylor

    Common Ground Music Festival, presented by Miller Lite, heats up the Midwest once again as it tacks another nine artists to its July lineup. Rock, classics and country are represented as officials announce: Michigan’s own Pop Evil along with  IAMDYNAMITE and Candlebox (Monday, July 9); Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh (Tuesday, July 10); country stars, High Valley (Wednesday, July 11); Willie Nelson’s progeny, son Lukas Nelson (& Promise of the Real), Gunnar & the Grizzly Boys, Delta Rae (Thursday, July 12) and Like a Storm (Saturday, July 14).

    MONDAY, JULY 9 — (previously announced: Bush) Tickets currently on sale

    Pop Evil

    Pop Evil —Auto Value Main Stage — Having played nearly 400 shows in two years, the Michigan born-and-bred hard rock quintetbuilt their dream the old-fashioned way: through hard work. Their half melodic, half “evil” sound suggest Guns N’ Roses, Pantera and Motley Crue, yet Pop Evil has an aesthetic all their own. With sophomore album “War of Angels,” Pop Evil provides a spectacular showcase of vocal range and guitar showmanship including hits like “100 in a 55,“ “Monster You Made,” and “Bosses Daughter.”

     IAmDynamite

    IAMDYNAMITE —Auto Value Main Stage — Detroit indie-scene stealing rockers, IAMDYNAMITE, layer thunderous beats and crunching power chords with just one guitar and a drum set. Influenced by “the power rock of the 90s,” the band’s debut album, “SUPERMEGAFANTASTIC,” captures a nicely refined version of the energetic live performances where two guys sound like five, check out their latest hit “Stereo.”

     Candlebox

    Candlebox —Pearle Vision Pavilion— The 90s had its share of megastars and Candlebox rode that wave while selling more than five million albums including major hits like “Cover Me,” “Far Behind,” and “You.” Now, with 20+ years’ experience this modern-rock band again expertly combines aggression, melodicism and massive “hooks” to prove they are still in peak form.

     

    TUESDAY, JULY 10 —Tickets on sale Friday, May 11, 8 a.m.- *Special Pricing Promotion below *

    Joe Walsh

    Joe Walsh —Auto Values Main Stage — This Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame inductee as three decades of musical history has been artfully carved by guitarist Joe Walsh. Best known as the James Gang and the Eagles guitarist, Walsh was instrumental in delivering the edgy sound of the #1 “Hotel California,” “All Night Long,” and “Rocky Mountain Way.” Walsh followed success with two solo albums: “You Can’t Argue With a Sick Mind, “and “But Seriously Folks,” which boasted the notorious hit, “Life’s Been Good.” After 14 years, the Eagles reunited for “Hell Freezes Over,” which reached #1 on the Billboard Charts and sparked one of the most successful tours in music history.

     

    WEDNESDAY, JULY 11 — (previously announced: Kevin Costner & Modern West) Tickets currently on sale

    High Valley

    High Valley —Auto Value Main Stage — his band has been nominated for Country Artist of the Year for the 2012 SiriusXM Indie Awards. The group won the 2011 Country Radio Music Award for Best New Group and garnered five wins at the 2011 Gospel Music Association Covenant Awards. In addition they have been nominated for a Canadian Country Music Award. High Valley has mastered this one-two punch making them one of the most impressive new acts in the country scene. Known for songs like “Call Me Old-Fashioned,” “My Way Back Home,” “On The Combine,” and “Somebody Like Me.”

    THURSDAY, JULY 12 — (previously announced: Eric Church) Tickets currently on sale

    Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real

    Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real —Auto Value Main Stage — Yes, of THAT Nelson family. Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real’s star shines brightly. Chalk up national airtime on Letterman, Leno and Kimmel add to that performances at Farm Aid and Stagecoach and you’re guaranteed one amazing show. From calypso vibes, to gritty rock album “Wasted,” written in the back of the band’s tour bus, maintains rock-n-roll form as it tells the tale of Nelson’s summer of debauchery.

    Gunnar & the Grizzly Boys —Pearle Vision Pavilion — High-energy Americana country rock is Gunnar’s signature sound. Their first album, “Homegrown,” keeps them true to their country roots even though they call Michigan home. Radio recognition and a high-energy live performance caught the eye of some of country’s biggest acts leading to opening acts for Gretchen Wilson, Lady Antebellum, Craig Morgan and Ty Stone. Imagine a combination of Justin Moore, Bruce Springsteen, Zac Brown Band, Jamey Johnson, and Eric Church with passion and energy not seen in country music and you’ve got Gunnar & the Grizzly Boys.

     Delta Rae

    Delta Rae —Pearle Vision Pavilion — Four singers belt out four-part harmonies filled with rich Carolina soul. Delta Rae’s music reflects joy and passion as they play to sold-out crowds on both coasts. Their music touches on all aspects of Americana — gospel, country, bluegrass and blues— while blending in strong pop appeal.

     

    SATURDAY, JULY 14 — (previously announced: Three Days Grace) Tickets currently on sale

    Like A Storm

    Like A Storm —Auto Value Main Stage — These Vancouver-via-New Zealand guys are bringing powerful and dazzling hard rock. That’s what caught the ear of multi-platinum producer, Mike Plotnikoff (Three Days Grace/Seether/Papa Roach/Buckcherry) and likely what scored them gigs with arena-rock giants Creed, Staind, Shinedown and Skillet. Like A Storm posted a respectable hit on the Billboard New Artist Charts, especially considering sales were just three weeks old and came from fans’ tour purchases. Breaking in to the US through the well-respected Rock on the Range festival, Like A Storm has built a diehard following across the country and will tour with Creed this spring.

     

    SPECIAL PRICING PROMOTION – A limited quantity of $15.00 (+fee) tickets will be available beginning Friday, May 11 for Joe Walsh (Tuesday, July 10). The $15 pricing promotion runs 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday, May 11 ONLY while supplies last. Ticket orders limited to eight per festival day, per person.

     

    Joe Walsh

    Tuesday, July 10, 2012

    Limited quantity at $15.00 (+ fee) for 13-Hour Sale; $25.00 (+ fee) after

     

    SINGLE-DAY TICKETS ALREADY ON SALE:

    Bush, Pop Evil, IAMDYNAMITE, Candlebox

    Monday, July 9, 2012

    $25 (+fee)

    Kevin Costner & Modern West, High Valley

    Wednesday, July 11, 2012

    $20 (+fee)

    Eric Church, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Gunnar & the Grizzly Boys, Delta Rae

    Thursday, July 12, 2012

    $34.50 (+fee)

    Three Days Grace , Like A Storm

    Saturday, July 14, 2012

    $25 (+fee)

     

    UPGRADE SEATING TICKETS:

    Bush, Pop Evil, IAMDYNAMITE, Candlebox

    Monday, July 9, 2012

    $10 (+fee)

    Joe Walsh

    Tuesday, July 10, 2012

    $15 (+fee)

    Kevin Costner & Modern West, High Valley

    Wednesday, July 11, 2012

    $15 (+fee)

    Eric Church, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Gunnar & the Grizzly Boys, Delta Rae

    Thursday, July 12, 2012

    $15 (+fee)

    Three Days Grace , Like A Storm

    Saturday, July 14, 2012

    $10 (+fee)

     

    SINGLE-DAY VIP PASS:
    Fans seeking a VIP experience including access to the VIP pit and UnCommon Club.  Quantities are extremely limited.
    Full VIP Ticket details available at CommonGroundFest.com

    Bush, Pop Evil, IAMDYNAMITE, Candlebox

    Monday, July 9, 2012

    $89 (+fee)

    Joe Walsh

    Tuesday, July 10, 2012

    $99 (+fee)

    Kevin Costner & Modern West, High Valley

    Wednesday, July 11, 2012

    $99 (+fee)

    Eric Church, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Gunnar & the Grizzly Boys, Delta Rae

    Thursday, July 12, 2012

    $99 (+fee)

    Three Days Grace , Like A Storm

    Saturday, July 14, 2012

    $89 (+fee)

     

    FAST PASS: This pass will allow you to enter the venue between 5:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Quantities are limited. The 7-Day Pass is $50.00 (+ fee) and the Single-Day Fast Pass is $10.00 (+ fee).

     

    SEVEN-DAY GENERAL ADMISSION PASS: Seven-Day festival passes are limited and first-come, first-served. Week-long passes are the week’s best value at $89 (+ fee).

     

    SEVEN-DAY VIP PASS: Seven-Day VIP Pass. Quantities are extremely limited and include week-long access to the VIP pit and UnCommon Club. Full UnCommon Club details are available at CommonGroundFest.com. Tickets are $299 (+ fee).

     

    All tickets have a $3.00 fee per ticket when purchased online, by phone and at the Common Ground Festival office.

     

    PURCHASE TICKETS:

    All Common Ground Music Festival tickets may be purchased —

    • In Person: Common Ground Music Festival Office located at 901 N. Washington Ave. in Lansing.
      (NW corner of N. Washington Ave. and Oakland Ave.) Free parking is available on N. Washington Ave.
    • Online: www.commongroundfest.com
    • By phone: 877-569-7767
      • Office hours are 11:00 AM- 6:00 PM, Monday-Friday.
      • Print tickets at home or —NEW!—send them to your smart phone.

     

    For more detailed information about the 2012 Common Ground Music Festival, log on to the official website at www.commongroundfest.com or call the festival office at (517) 267-1502.

  • Soundgarden Unlease "Live To Rise" Music Video

    Posted by Jennifer Taylor

    Chris Cornel of Soundgarden

    VEVO/YouTube


    In their first appearance in a music video since the Clinton administration, Soundgarden throw down the groove while The Avengers provide the excitement.

    Soundgarden’s ‘Live to Rise’ is their first entirely new song in nearly 16 years. It’s been almost as long since Chris Cornell, Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron and Ben Shepherd have appeared in a music video together. When we last saw the innovative grunge foursome, a short-haired Cornell was being brainwashed to the tune of ‘Blow Up the Outside World,’ while he and the band played in front of a green screen. While much has changed since 1996, there are definitely some that have stayed the same.

    Fast-forward to 2012, Chris Cornell’s hair is back to an appropriately grunge-y length and his bandmates are a bit longer in the tooth, but they still pack a powerful sonic punch. Much of the video’s excitement is provided through clips of ‘The Avengers,’ the film for which the song was recorded, while the band plays to a dark empty warehouse. Towards the back end of the Robert-Hales directed clip, the room is filled with a blue energy source and gale-force winds that call to mind another classic Soundgarden clip.

    The music video for ‘Live to Rise’ may not be as memorable as their face-melting turn in ‘Black Hole Sun,’ but it’s good to see the band back in action after all these years. The song itself has already made an impact at radio, climbing to No. 3 on the mainstream rock charts in just a few weeks. The track was recorded more recently and is described as more “stripped-down” than those which will appear on the forthcoming Soundgarden album, which has a tentative fall release date.

    by: Tree Riddle


    Watch Soundgarden’s Music Video for ‘Live to Rise’

  • Top 10 Rock Albums of 2012 (So Far)

    Posted by Jennifer Taylor

    rock albums
    Mary Ouellette, SheWillShootYou.com

     

    We’re not even halfway through 2012 and there have already been a number of high quality hard rock albums released. So far, 2012 is looking like the year of the woman in rock, as several female-fronted bands have unleashed critically acclaimed discs, including Lacuna Coil, Halestorm, Dead Sara and Nightwish, to name a few. But there's still room for the boys on this list, as such acts as Marilyn Manson and Shinedown have released strong albums this year. As new albums continue to come out in 2012, we will be updating this list with any discs that are worthy of cracking the Top 10. In the meantime, check out Loudwire’s current list of the Top 10 Hard Rock Albums of 2012 (So Far).


    Taproot

    10
    'The Episodes'
    Taproot
     
     
    Taproot’s sixth studio album ‘The Episodes’ is a concept disc that was conceived even before the band released its 2010 album ‘Plead the Fifth.’ Frontman Stephen Richards holds onto his unique distorted, melodic vocals while also belting out thick growls throughout some of the tracks.
     
    Epica
    9
    'Requiem for the Indifferent'
    Epica
     
     
    Dutch symphonic metalers Epica have unleashed their fifth full length disc ‘Requiem for the Indifferent.’ The debut single ‘Storm the Sorrow’ represents the entire tone of the disc. The record offers the tantalizing vocals of frontwoman Simone Simmons, beautiful orchestration but it also has heavy gutturals, edgy riffs, galloping drum patterns and much more.
     
    Foxy Shazam
    8
    ‘The Church of Rock and Roll’
    Foxy Shazam
     
     
    The psychedelic rockers of Foxy Shazam have infected our ear drums with their single ‘I Like It’ off of their groovy latest album ‘The Church of Rock and Roll.’ The disc is definitely packed with party tunes that have soul, it’s funky and it rocks. From beginning to end, ‘The Church of Rock and Roll’ is complete with big choruses, deep bass lines, falsetto vocals and so much more.
     
    Adrenaline Mob
    7
    'Omerta'
    Adrenaline Mob
     
     
    Adrenaline Mob are a supergroup featuring Russell Allen (Symphony X), drummer Mike Portnoy (formerly of Dream Theater) and guitarist Mike Orlando. Their hard-rockin’ debut album ‘Omerta’ includes their catchy single ‘Undaunted,’ as well as a cover of Duran Duran’s ‘Coming Undone' (featuring Halestorm singer Lzzy Hale). The band's touring lineup has been round out by bassist John Moyer (Disturbed).
     
    Halestorm
    6
    ‘The Strange Case Of…’
    Halestorm
     
     
    Speaking of Lzzy Hale, her band Halestorm takes the sixth spot on the list with their sophomore album ‘The Strange Case Of…’ which is filled with gargantuan and endless vocal range. It’s a wonderful mystery of how long Ms. Hale can keep a note going. The entire band seems to keep going on the road as they have just announced dates for an extensive 2012 world tour.


     
    Shinedwon
    5
    ‘Amaryllis'
    Shinedown
     
     
    It’s a major year for Shinedown with the release of their fourth studio album ‘Amaryllis.’ Their single ‘Bully’ and spent several weeks at No. 1 on the rock chart while 'Amaryllis' scored a big debut on the Billboard 200 tally. It was also recently announced that Shinedown would be co-headlining the 2012 Uproar Festival along with Godsmack, Staind, Papa Roach and more.

    Nightwish
    4
    'Imaginaerum'
    Nightwish
     
     
    ‘Imaginaerum’ is the latest disc by Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish. The new album is dark but filled with twists and turns and takes you on a wild roller-coaster ride with a fusion of sounds and melodies. The band will also release a full length feature film of the same name to accompany the record, plus they've also announced a 2012 North American tour set for the fall.
     
    Dead Sara
    3
    'Dead Sara'
    Dead Sara
     
     
    Dead Sara's debut self-titled album is currently being powered by the radio hit ‘Weatherman.’ Frontwoman Emily Armstrong showcases vocal layers that can go from a raspy whisper to a soaring yell, while guitarist Siouxsie Medley delivers some chunky riffs throughout the disc. Check out our exclusive interview with Armstrong and Medley here.
     
    Lacuma Coil
    2
    'Dark Adrenaline'
    Lacuna Coil
     
     
    The Italian rockers of Lacuna Coil unleashed their sixth studio record ‘Dark Adrenaline’ this year and they have been on tour nonstop in order to promote it. They kicked off 2012 being part of Gigantour and now they are headlining the ‘Dark Legacy Tour.’ ‘Dark Adrenaline’ is a heavy yet melodic album that beautifully captures Lacuna Coil’s signature sound.
     
    Marilyn Manson
    1
    'Born Villain'
    Marilyn Manson
     
     
    Marilyn Manson has returned with his brand new album ‘Born Villain’ which is his follow up to 2009’s ‘The High End of Low.' The debut single off the album ‘No Reflection’ has been heating up music charts and the record as a whole marks a new musical direction with the same eerie yet poetic essence that Manson fans know and love. Manson himself has referred to 'Born Villain' as his 'comeback album,' and upon listening to the disc, it certainly appears to be a successful comeback.
     
    What Is Your Favorite Album of 2012 So Far? Are any of the above 10 discs one of your favorite rock albums of 2012? If so, tell us which ones?

    by: Liz Ramanand

  • Scott Weiland Eyes Return To Velvet Revolver & New Stone Temple Pilots Album

    Posted by Jennifer Taylor

    Scott Weiland
    Photo by Heather Chamberlain

    Scott Weiland has been one of the most unpredictable frontmen in rock for the past two decades. In a new interview, he not only reveals that he hopes to release a new Stone Temple Pilots album, he also admits he would like to rejoin Velvet Revolver at some point down the road. It’s official, hell has frozen over.

    Weiland returned to STP after a nasty split with Velvet Revolver, who’ve yet to find a suitable replacement for the erstwhile vocalist. The group reconvened for a one-off performance at a recent benefit, which Weiland surprisingly reveals may not be the last time. “Yeah, I definitely would, some time,” Weiland tells Rolling Stone of possibly rejoining VR. “If Maynard [James Keenan] can do it with A Perfect Circle and Tool, then there’s no reason why I shouldn’t go and do it with both bands.”

    The STP vocalist recently contributed a new solo song called ‘Breathe’ to the soundtrack for the blockbuster film  ‘The Avengers.’ “I thought that it fit the idea – I haven’t seen the film yet, but just thematically, it fit,” says Weiland. “It’s probably the most commercial sort of song, the poppiest song, that I’ve put out on any of my previous solo records.”

    After indicating that another solo effort may be on the horizon, Weiland expressed his excitement for Stone Temple Pilots’ upcoming 20th anniversary tour for their debut album, ‘Core.’ “We’re going to play the album in its entirety,” Weiland says of the tour. “I think it’ll be really fun, because the one thing that I got tired of was sort of playing the same basic set list every night. It was like, ‘the hits.”

    Stone Temple Pilots have reportedly been toying with the notion of releasing a new album for the past couple of years, but have yet to do so. “I’m sure that will happen,” says Weiland. “Although it’s odd because we used to tour to promote our records, and now we put out records to promote tours. Which is the way of the world, though.”

    by: Tree Riddle

    New Scott Weiland-Breath (audio is not great)

    Velvet Revolver

    Stone Temple Pilots-Wicked Garden (Core Album)

     

  • Shinedown, Godsmack, Staind & Papa Roach Lead 2012 Uproar Festival Tour Lineup

    Posted by Jennifer Taylor

    Shinedown, Godsmack, Staind, Papa Roach
    Getty Images: Kevin Winter / Ethan Miller / Jason Kempin / Ethan Miller

    Shinedown, Godsmack, Staind and Papa Roach lead the lineup for the 2012 Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival tour, which also features a number of other hit-making rock acts.

    This year’s Rockstar Uproar Festival promises to be a stacked bill with Shinedown, Staind, Godsmack, Papa Roach and Adelitas Way making up the Rockstar Energy Drink Main Stage. The Ernie Ball and Jagermeister stages also boast impressive lineups as well, featuring performances from P.O.D., Fozzy, Deuce, Redlight King, Mindset Evolution, Candlelight Red, In This Moment and Thousand Foot Krutch.

    “This is our first year on the Uproar Festival, and we are honored to be sharing the stage with all the bands…Trust me this is one tour you do not want to miss,” says Brent Smith of Shinedown. Meanwhile, Godsmack drummer Shannon Larkin adds, ”Nothing makes us feel more at home than playing the best festival in the U.S. with the baddest-ass line-up of the year! You better hold on to your hats America, ’cause this fall we’re coming at you hard ‘n loud with the power hour Smackdown!”

    The touring festival will run Aug. 15 – Sept. 30, but the only confirmed stop thus far is an Aug. 18 show in Little Rock, Ark. However, you can check out the planned dates for the trek here. The Uproar Festival is also giving away a trip to see the traveling festival at any one of its planned 39 stops; check out the official website for details.

    by: Tree Riddle

  • Is this a painting?

    Posted by Jennifer Taylor

    This Isn’t a Painting


    Alexa Meade close up

    By Alexa Meade

    Alexa Meade

    By Alexa Meade

    Acutal exhibit

    By Alexa Meade

  • Dutch Ban Takes Aim At Foreigners Buying Pot

    Posted by Jennifer Taylor

     

    Amsterdam Pot Smoker
    FILE - In this Friday April 20, 2012 file photo a protestor from Belgium with a marijuana leaf painted on his face smokes a marijuana joint in Amsterdam during a protest against a government plan to stop foreigners from buying marijuana in the Netherlands. A Dutch judge has upheld the government's plan to introduce a "weed pass" on Friday, April 27, 2012, to prevent foreigners from buying marijuana in coffee shops. A lawyer for coffee shop owners says he will file an urgent appeal against Friday's ruling that clears the way for the introduction of the pass in southern provinces on May 1. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)
     

    AMSTERDAM (AP) - This country of canals and tulips is also famous for "coffee shops" where joints and cappuccinos share the menu. Now, the Netherlands' famed tolerance for drugs could be going up in smoke.

    A judge on Friday upheld a government plan to ban foreign tourists from buying marijuana by introducing a "weed pass" available only to Dutch citizens and permanent residents.

    The new regulation reins in one of the country's most cherished symbols of tolerance _ its laissez-faire attitude toward soft drugs _ and reflects the drift away from a long-held view of the Netherlands as a free-wheeling utopia.

    For many tourists visiting Amsterdam the image endures, and smoking a joint in a canal-side coffee shop ranks high on their to-do lists, along with visiting cultural highlights like the Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank House.

    Worried that tourism will take a hit, the city's mayor, Eberhard van der Laan, is hoping to hammer out a compromise with the national government, which relies on municipalities and local police to enforce its drug policies.

    Relaxing outside The Bulldog, a coffee shop in downtown Amsterdam, Gavin Harrison and Ian Leigh of Northern Ireland said they hoped the city wouldn't change.

    "I think it's going to be a shame for Amsterdam, I think it's going to lose a lot of tourists," Harrison said.

    Leigh said he had been visiting Amsterdam for a decade and had noticed the erosion of tolerance over the years. "It's taking a step back," he said.

    Coffee shop owners have not given up the fight. A week ago they mustered a few hundred patrons for a "smoke-out" in downtown Amsterdam to protest the new restrictions.

    A lawyer for the owners, Maurice Veldman, said he would file an appeal against the ruling by The Hague District court, which clears the way for the weed pass to be introduced in southern provinces on Tuesday.

    If the government gets its way, the pass will roll out in the rest of the country _ including Amsterdam _ next year. It will turn coffee shops into private clubs with membership open only to Dutch residents and limited to 2,000 per shop.

    The Netherlands has more than 650 coffee shops, 214 of them in Amsterdam. The number has been steadily declining as municipalities imposed tougher regulations, such as shuttering ones close to schools.

    But the new membership rules are the most significant rollback in years to the traditional Dutch tolerance of marijuana use.

    The government argues that the move is justified to crack down on so-called "drug tourists," effectively couriers who drive over the border from neighboring Belgium and Germany to buy large amounts of marijuana and take it home to resell. They cause traffic and public order problems in towns along the Dutch border.

    Such issues do not exist in Amsterdam, where most tourists walk or ride bikes and buy pot for their own consumption.

    The weed pass "doesn't solve any problems we have here and it could create new problems," said city spokeswoman Tahira Limon.

    Many Amsterdam residents agree.

    Barring tourists from coffee shops will only drive them into the hands of street dealers, warned Liza Roodhof, unwinding with a friend at an Amsterdam cafe that caters to artsy types.

    "If you make it so that tourists can't buy weed in a coffee shop, then they're going to buy it on the street. So you add more problems than you solve," she said.

    Her friend Nina Fokker, an actress, also worried about what the ban portends for the Netherlands' image as an open-minded society.

    Tolerance "is something beautiful, it has something special, it has something that's authentic about the Netherlands," she said.

    It is not just hardcore pot heads taking a toke in the city. Limon said 4 million to 5 million tourists visit Amsterdam each year and around 23 percent say they visit a coffee shop during their stay.

    Therese Ariaans of the Dutch tourism board said it was hard to judge the effect on tourism _ it could reduce visits from people wanting to smoke pot but increase tourists previously kept away by Amsterdam's seedy side.

    "If the result is that there will be fewer visitors to the Netherlands we would regret that," she said.

    Amsterdam argues that the reasons coffee shops were first tolerated decades ago are still relevant today _ they are well-regulated havens where people can buy soft drugs without coming into contact with dealers of hard drugs like heroin and cocaine.

    By MIKE CORDER and TOBY STERLING
    Associated Press

     

  • Steven Tyler's Burger King Commercial...Seriously

    Posted by Jennifer Taylor

    AEROSMITH's Steven Tyler Flogging Chicken For Burger King; New Commercial Online


    AEROSMITH singer Steven Tyler is part of Burger King's marketing plan for their new Crispy Chicken Strips and can be found starring in a new 30-second commercial that can be seen below:

  • System Of Down & Deftones Join Forces For 2012 North American Tour

    Posted by Jennifer Taylor

    Serj-Tankian_Chino-MorenoHannah Johnston / Mark Metcalfe, Getty Images

    System of a Down and Deftones have announced dates for a joint North American summer tour that is sure to be one of the hottest tickets in 2012. The trek will hit East Coast and Midwest cities in August, with SOAD headlining and Deftones providing direct support.

    Since reuniting after a lengthy hiatus, System of a Down have played West Coast dates, as well as shows in Europe and Australia. Now, the band will be taking their dynamic live show to the East Coast and Midwest for a brief jaunt in August.

    The trek kicks off Aug. 2 in Camden, N.J., and is currently scheduled through an Aug. 15 show in Chicago. The dates include two previously announced gigs at the Heavy MTL and Heavy T.O. festivals in Canada.

    While SOAD have not revealed any definitive plans for a new album, drummer John Dolmayan said in the fall that a new System album was “going to happen.” Meanwhile, SOAD singer Serj Tankian recently announced plans to release his third solo album, ‘Harakiri,’ this summer.

    As for Deftones, the band is currently in the studio working on their next album. “I know everybody says this, but I believe this is the best record we’ve made,” declared singer Chino Moreno.

    Check out the full list of North American dates for System of a Down and Deftones below:

    System of a Down + Deftones North American Tour Dates:
    8/2 — Susquehanna Bank Center – Camden, N.J.*
    8/4 — PNC Center – Holmdel, N.J.**
    8/5 — Nikon at Jones Beach – Wantagh, N.Y.**
    8/7 — Verizon Center – Washington, D.C.*
    8/9 — Comcast Center – Boston, Mass.*
    8/11 — Heavy MTL Festival –  Montreal, Qebec***
    8/12 — Heavy TO Festival – Toronto, Ontario***
    8/14 — DTE Energy Amphitheater – Detroit, Mich.*
    8/15 — Allstate Arena – Chicago, Ill.**

    *Tickets go on sale at 10AM May 4.
    **Tickets go on sale at 10AM May 5.
    ***Tickets now on sale.

    by: Spencer Kaufman