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Simple Plan Rocks Phoenix Arizona

11-19-2019

Simple Plan Rocks The Historic Van Buren In Phoenix Arizona

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While this is my first time covering a Simple Plan show, it’s my third time attending one and I must say, I’ve never been disappointed. The crowd that always gathers hours before the doors open (this time in an out-of-season rainstorm) is proof that I am not alone in my sentiment.

Of course, I’d already heard their new teaser track, Where I Belong, which was a collaboration with their opening acts, We the Kings and State Champs, but hearing it live only made my craving and excitement for the imminent announcement of Simple Plan’s new album all the more intense.

 

Simple Plan, who originally hail from Montreal (they were the inspiration for my son and I to learn French) definitely attracts a unique crowd which sets up a laid back feeling that is just fun. I saw brothers and sisters, couples, friends (several of which had met years prior at other Simple Plan shows) and even parents with their kids or teens.

 

I shouldn’t be surprised, my eight-year-old begged me to let him skip the first day of school when he was six for the second of their concerts that I went to. His eyes lit up like the fourth of July when Pierre Bouvier, the lead singer, saw his sign and brought him on stage. (The opening act Patent Pending had him crowd surfing too. Needless to say, he is one lucky little rock star in training.) I think Pierre was his first case of hero worship. I cringed, however, when guitarist, Jeff Stinco, came over to say hello to him before the show and he looked him dead in the eyes and, with all of the irritation his tiny voice could muster, groaned: “You’re not Pierre.” There are over 445 named shades of red. My face cycled through all of them.

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(Simple Plan Bringing Amanda’s Son Bryston On Stage:

Photo Credit: Good Guy Chady)

Fortunately, Jeff reassured me that he had kids and knew that they sometimes exist only to embarrass us. That was the moment that humanized them for me. Since then, I’ve seen countless other acts of them connecting face-to-face with their fans, something that I know first-hand a great deal of celebrities don’t do.

 

I think it is because of that connection that their fans find such solace in their music. I couldn’t count how many people in line had the signatures of the band members permanently inked on various parts of their bodies or tattoos of their favorite song lyrics, many of which they attributed for saving their lives. This is so common among their followers that they have a song called, This Song Saved My Life, the music video for which is comprised of fans expressing how they were touched by the band’s music. I certainly listened to their tracks more than a few times when things got tough.

The band also has its own personal experience with depression and mental health issues as bassist, David Desrosiers, has publically shared his struggles with the disease, even taking a hiatus for treatment between spring of 2017 until just a few months ago. Fans stood alongside him, offering up any support they could like you can imagine one doing for their best friend.

 

This was my first time at The Van Buren, which I found to be a hidden treasure off the beaten path of the road with the same name. It wasn’t so big that the event felt impersonal nor was it so small that I felt like a sardine in a can and the chandeliers that welcome you are breathtaking.

 

The show started with NorthBound, a fun up and coming rock band from Florida with influences such as Alkaline Trio and Bayside. They were followed by We the Kings, who label themselves as “power pop.” Despite having the word, ‘pop’, in their description, they still succeeded in keeping the punk-rock loving crowd pumped, even when they took a break during their second song to step off the stage and ensure the safety and care of a fan near the front who began having a seizure. The crowd cooed as the lead singer, Travis Clark, had them do the dance steps that his four year old daughter had assigned to a specific chorus. State Champs managed to amp it up one more notch with fans seemingly just as excited for them as for Simple Plan, something I don’t think I’ve ever seen.

 

Still, the energy Pierre Bouvier and his band mates bring to the stage is unparalleled and, as the lights readjusted and the music began pounding through the venue, even I couldn’t help mouthing the lyrics that have been ingrained in my head for years (some nearly two decades) from my assigned correspondent area in the pit.

 

When I found my place in the crowd later, it didn’t take long for my throat to feel raw as I screamed out beloved songs such as Jump, Addicted and my son’s favorite, I’m Just A Kid  while also trying not to cry during Untitled or ruminate on a crappy ex during Your Love Is A Lie. Though, I realized during the concert that I had fallen so in love with the french version of Summer Paradise that I’d forgotten the english words!

 

Despite playing dozens of shows since, Pierre recognized me from the front row as the girl that got engaged on stage two years ago. Two years ago! I can barely remember what I ate yesterday and this rock star still remembers a face he saw two years ago. Which only stands to reiterate my previous statement of their connection to their fans. They crowd surf. Pierre goes to the back of the crowd to talk and sing and give fans that wouldn’t have otherwise gotten close a more personal experience. They have backstage pizza parties with their VIPs. And they even invite about twenty fans on stage for a group photo (yours truly was lucky enough to be one of the chosen ones!)

 

The tour has four more US shows, one tonight in Vegas and the others in California, before moving to Australia and the UK. If there is ever a show you don’t want to miss, it is this one.

 

 

Photo Credit: Amanda Webster/Regional Entertainment

 

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Red Set To Release The Evening Hate EP November 1st

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GRAMMY® nominated, RIAA Certified Gold-selling rock band RED is set to release The Evening Hate EP November 1st via RED ENTERTAINMENT / The Fuel Music to digital outlets worldwide. The 5-track EP features the lead single and title song featured on SiriusXM Octane, Loudwire, hardDrive with Lou Brutus, hardDrive XL, New Metal Tracks (Spotify), Music Choice, as well as follow-up single, “From The Ashes,” headed to radio October 25th.

 

The EP also includes the band’s latest cover song, its take on Fuel’s No. 1 hit song “Hemorrhage (In My Hands).”

 

“We all love music and are old enough to have some pretty big favorites over the years, but when Anthony [Armstrong, RED guitarist] suggested ‘Hemorrhage,’ we all agreed and loved the song,” shares RED vocalist Michael Barnes. “It actually came together rather quickly and as an added bonus we were able to work with the original producer of the song on our version!”

 

Produced by Ben Grosse, known for mixing RED’s albums as well as working with Fuel, Breaking Benjamin, Disturbed, Alter Bridge and many others, “Hemorrhage” releases today to all digital and streaming outlets around the world (https://lnk.to/hemorrhage).

 

The new track joins the eclectic collection of songs RED has covered both live and in the studio from as far back as Duran Duran’s “Ordinary World,” featured on the 10-year anniversary of the GRAMMY-nominated album Innocence & Instinct out last month, to “Unstoppable” (originally by Sia) on its previous album GONE.

 

RED, comprised of Barnes, identical twin brothers Anthony and Randy Armstrong (bass), and longtime live drummer Dan Johnson, will also join In Flames for a 34-city major market tour across the US and Canada this fall:

 

Nov. 2  Wichita, KS – The Wave Outdoor, Tickets VIP RSVP

Nov. 3  Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre, Tickets VIP RSVP

Nov. 4  Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex, Tickets VIP RSVP

Nov. 6  Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory, Tickets VIP RSVP

Nov. 7  Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre, Tickets VIP RSVP

Nov. 8  Las Vegas, NV – Hard Rock Café, Tickets VIP RSVP

Nov. 9  Reno, NV – Cargo Concert Hall, Tickets VIP RSVP

Nov. 10  Chico, CA – Senator Theater, Tickets VIP RSVP

Nov. 11  San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom, Tickets VIP RSVP

Nov. 13  Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre, Tickets VIP RSVP

Nov. 14  Bend, OR – Midtown Ballroom/Domino Room/Annex, Tickets VIP RSVP

Nov. 16  Seattle, WA – El Corazón, Tickets VIP RSVP

Nov. 17  Vancouver, BC, Canada – Rickshaw Theatre, Tickets VIP RSVP

Nov. 19  Calgary, AB, Canada – The Palace Theatre, Tickets VIP RSVP

Nov. 20  Edmonton, AB, Canada – Union Hall, Tickets VIP RSVP

Nov. 22  Winnipeg, MB, Canada – The Garrick, Tickets VIP RSVP

Nov. 23  Minneapolis, MN – The Cabooze, Tickets VIP RSVP

Nov. 24  Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall, Tickets VIP RSVP

Nov. 26  London, ON, Canada – London Music Hall, Tickets VIP RSVP

Nov. 27  Toronto, ON, Canada – Phoenix Concert Theatre, Tickets VIP RSVP

Nov. 28  Ottawa, ON, Canada – Bronson Centre, Tickets VIP RSVP

Dec. 3  Quebec City, QC, Canada – Impérial Bell, Tickets VIP RSVP

Dec. 4  Montréal, QC, Canada – Corona Theatre, Tickets VIP RSVP

Dec. 5  Portland, ME – Aura, Tickets VIP RSVP

Dec. 6  Worcester, MA – Palladium, Tickets VIP RSVP

Dec. 7  Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live!, Tickets VIP RSVP

Dec. 8  New York, NY – Sony Hall, Tickets VIP RSVP

Dec. 10  Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom, Tickets VIP RSVP

Dec. 11  Chattanooga, TN – The Signal, Tickets VIP RSVP

Dec. 12  Greenville, SC – The Firmament, Tickets VIP RSVP

Dec. 14  Fort Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room, Tickets VIP RSVP

Dec. 15  Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live Orlando, Tickets VIP RSVP

Dec. 16  Atlanta, GA – Center Stage Theater, Tickets VIP RSVP

Dec. 18  Oklahoma City, OK – Tower Theatre, Tickets VIP RSVP

 

All the latest RED tour dates, news and more can be found at www.thebandred.com,

Bang Bang Romeo Cover Roxette’s ‘The Look’

Press Release 8-2-2019

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Bang Bang Romeo
Cover Roxette’s ‘The Look’ with live video recorded during Isle Of Wight Festival
The band release latest single and video as they continue European Tour with P!nk.
Rising Stars Bang Bang Romeo release the official video for their new single ‘The Look’. The track is a cover of the late 80’s hit from Swedish pop act Roxette.
Comments Bang Bang Romeo:
“We had so much fun taking on this classic and putting our own spin on it! We wanted to celebrate how timeless this tune is!”
Watch ‘The Look’ official video here.
The video was filmed during the band’s performance at Isle Of Wight Festival in June. The band are regular performers at the music festival with organiser John Giddings booking them for their first main stage festival performance last year and stating it was the “Biggest crowd for an opening act on the main stage in the history of the Isle Of Wight Festival” – John Giddings, Solo Music Agency/Isle of Wight Festival
Bang Bang Romeo are currently on the road finishing up a massive European stadium tour with the one and only P!nk, performing in over 10 countries to over 1.5 million fans.
They embark on their headline UK Tour this October called the ‘Star Crossed Species Tour’. Tickets are selling fast, with shows in Edinburgh and Manchester already sold out; Glasgow, Leeds, Bristol and London following suit. Tickets are available here.
Upcoming Tour-dates as follows:
Thursday 1 August: Sting Support – Foire Aux Vins, Colmar, FRANCE
Saturday 3 August: P!nk Support – Tele2 Arena, Stockholm, SWEDEN
Monday 5 August: P!nk Support – Telenor Arena, Oslo, NORWAY
Wednesday 7 August: P!nk Support – CASA Arena, Horsens, DENMARK
Saturday 24 August: Camper Calling Festival, Alcester, UK
STAR CROSSED SPECIES HEADLINE TOUR:
Thursday 3 October: Think Tank – Newcastle
Friday 4 October: Stereo – Glasgow
Saturday 5 October: Sneaky Pete’s – Edinburgh
Thursday 10 October: Belgrave Music Hall – Leeds
Friday 11 October: Deaf Institute – Manchester
Saturday 12 October: EBGBS – Liverpool
Wednesday 16 October: Clwb Ifor Back – Cardiff
Thursday 17 October: The Louisiana – Bristol
Friday 18 October: Joiners Arms – Southampton
Saturday 19 October: Castle & Falcon – Birmingham
Wednesday 23 October: Waterfront Studio – Norwich
Thursday 24 October: Omeara – London,
Friday 25 October: Green Door Store – Brighton
Saturday 26 October: The Foundry – Sheffield
Praise for BBR:
“They sound just like a Tarantino soundtrack” – Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 1
“Gutsy rock and roll collides with Northern Soul” – Steve Lamacq, BBC Radio 6
“Grand, scintillating bar-rock that could open up the heavens based off the magnitude of Anastasia ‘Stars’ Walker’s voice alone” – Billboard
“The most formidable front woman I’ve seen, talk about charisma, presence and a voice to match” – Gordon Smart, Radio X
“Completely mind blowing” – Louder Than War.
“Sheffield soul-rock phenomenon who very nearly demolished the entire blue fin building with brilliantly brash alt hits”. – NME
“Fronted by the powerhouse vocalist that is Anastasia Walker, the group make disco-influenced pop rock that you can’t help but want to dance to.” – The Independent
“Anastasia Walker’s earth shattering vocal possesses your undivided attention.” – Clash Magazine
“…timeless, untamed and utterly authentic – at times reminiscent of Nancy Sinatra meets Amy Winehouse meets Grace Slick on a Tarantino soundtrack.”  – The Vpme
“Stadium-filling sounds don’t come more powerful than those out of Bang Bang Romeo. Thanks largely to vocalist Anastasia ‘Stars’ Walker’s once-in-a-blue-moon voice, this is a classic rock band coming for the big leagues in 2019.” – Gigwise
“Slick, 60’s- inspired rock ‘n’ roll” – Metro
“We’ve loved Bang Bang Romeo since their beginnings. From soulful blues and riffing heavy rock, to vulnerable pop ballads and stomping rock and roll. Bang Bang Romeo leave no territory untouched” – DIVA

DIAMANTE RELEASES NEW SONG “WHEN I’M NOT AROUND”

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Press Release 8-2-2019
It generally takes over a billion years for a diamond to form. Yet in just 22 years, Diamante has already begun to show her rock ‘n’ roll sparkle. With her bright blue hair, show-stopping voice, runway-ready fashion swagger, and empowering message, the Boston-raised and Los Angeles-based Mexican-Italian-American sonic heroine brings a new (and blue) fire to rock and alternative music.
 Diamante has just taken a giant leap forward in her steadily burgeoning career by releasing the brand new song “When I’m Not Around.” Listen to the track here. Watch the official music video here.
The song was written by legendary songwriter Diane Warren, one of the most celebrated, decorated, and successful songwriters of the modern era. Her impressive resume includes dozens of multi-platinum smash hits and pop culture touchstones like “Because You Loved Me” (Celine Dion), “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” (Aerosmith), and many others.
“‘When I’m Not Around’ is an incredibly special song, and the moment I listened to it, Diane [Warren]’s lyrics instantly resonated with me,” says Diamante. “The song perfectly describes my experience with love time and time again: constantly feeling unappreciated by someone who doesn’t know what they have until it’s gone. I knew the song would be vocally challenging to record, and because of that, I feel I was really able to pour my soul into the song through the vocal delivery.”
Warren gushes about Diamante’s vocal performance on “When I’m Not Around,” saying, “Diamante sings this song with so much passion that she will make you believe every word with every note.”
“When I’m Not Around” arrives in time for Diamante’s fall 2019 tour with Breaking Benjamin and select dates with fellow female rocker Dorothy. All Diamante tour dates below.
Diamante’s well-received debut album Coming in Hot is out now. As a disciple of both P!nk and Guns N’ Roses, Diamante devoted every waking minute to honing a signature “classic rock sound with a modern alternative edge” on her debut. The title track boasts arena-sized hooks, while “Fight Like a Girl” is as anthemic as its gets. “Had Enough” is equal parts angst and groove, while “Kind of Love” packs a classic rock punch. “I’m Sorry” and “Black Heart” are ballads that offer a look at who Diamante is under that leather-studded surface. Meanwhile, “Lo Siento,” the Spanish version of “I’m Sorry,” shows the singer expressing the other side of herself and her heritage.
Diamante has accumulated 4 million streams combined on Spotify as she continues to win fans over with every show she plays.
Press praise for Coming in Hot is as follows:
“Coming in Hot is an excellent showcase for the raw power of her voice, which at times recalls Melissa Etheridge and Sass Jordan blended with the dispassionate elan of Blondie’s Debbie Harry,” raved Billboard, while Guitar Girl stated the “her new album is anthemic to the lost lustre of rock, and this rock beauty is bringing it back.” Powerplay said it best when it proclaimed that Diamante “will inspire a new generation” of rockers.
2019 Tour Dates
DIAMANTE ON TOUR:
With Breaking Benjamin
8/3 — Lancaster, PA — Chameleon Club*
8/4 — Darien Center, NY — Darien Lake Amphitheater
8/6 — Cuyahoga Falls, OH — Blossom Music Center
8/7 — Cincinnati, OH — Riverbend Music Center
8/9 — Camden, NJ — BB&T Pavilion
8/10 — Scranton, PA — Montage Mountain Amph.
8/13 — Charleston, SC — Music Farm*
8/15 — Alpharetta, GA — VERIZON AMPHITHEATRE
8/17 — Charlotte, NC — PNC Music Pavilion
8/18 — Raleigh, NC — Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
8/21 — Virginia Beach, VA — Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
8/22 — Bristow, VA — Jiffy Lube Live
8/24 — Holmdel, NJ — PNC BANK ARTS CENTER
8/25 — Mansfield, MA — Xfinity Center
8/28 — Bangor, ME — Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
8/30 — Gilford, NH — Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
8/31 — Wantagh, NY — Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
9/2 — Toronto, ON — Budweiser Stage
9/4 — Tinley Park, IL — Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
9/6 — Bonner Springs — Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
9/9 — Dallas, TX — Dos Equis Pavilion
9/10 — The Woodlands, TX — Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
9/13 — Albuquerque, NM — Isleta Amphitheater
9/14 — Tucson, AZ — The Rock*
9/15 — Phoenix, AZ — Ak-Chin Pavilion
9/16 — Irvine, CA — Five Point Amphitheater
9/18 — Concord, CA — Concord Pavilion
9/20 — Bend, OR — The Domino Room*
9/21 — Ridgefield, WA — Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
9/22 — Auburn, WA — White River Amphitheatre
9/25 — Salt Lake City, UT — USANA Amphitheatre

Train & The Goo Goo Dolls Rock The Amp

The summer is heating up with an amazing line up hitting the stage at The Amp in Rogers, Arkansas. Train and The Goo Goo Dolls rocked fans of all ages Wensday night. The Wal-Mart Amp brings in some of the best music to the region with concerts lasting all summer long and each year the line up is incrediable it makes you wish your summer was longer.

You could instantly recoginze the chords to your favorite lyrics as the band was performing with the crowd and was singing along. Delivering hit after hit these two bands are showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

Crowd interaction is amazing when a band relates their music and what it means to you thats what makes a show so special and worth attending.

 

Photo Credit: Lacy Bright/Regional Entertainment

(Be sure to visit link below and get your self some of the best concert seats of the year)

https://waltonartscenter.org/AMP/

Train’s Greatest Hits album and epic nationwide tour will celebrate 20 years of beloved music and hits. The album pulls together 16 fan-favorites like “Drops of Jupiter,” “Calling All Angels,” and “Hey Soul Sister” plus a special cover of one of front man Pat Monahan’s favorite songs, George Michael’s “Careless Whisper” -Train’s version features world renowned saxophonist Kenny G. Train’s music video for the cover features Sexy SaxMan andRIchard Karn (Home Improvement’s Al Borlan).

Train and Goo Goo Dolls 2019 summer tour dates:

June 7th – Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheatre
June 8th – Ridgefield, WA @ Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
June 9th – Airway Heights, WA @ Northern Quest Casino & Resort (no Allen Stone)
June 11th – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl
June 12th – Phoenix, AZ @ AK-CHIN Pavilion
June 14th – Chula Vista, CA @ North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
June 15th – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
June 16th – Irvine, CA @ FivePoint Amphitheater
June 18th – West Valley City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
June 20th – Denver, CO @ Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
June 21st – Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre
June 22nd – Maryland Heights, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
June 23rd – Southhaven, MS @ BankPlus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove
June 25th – Council Bluffs, IA @ Harrah’s Council Bluffs – Stir Cove
June 26th – Rogers, AR @ Walmart AMP
June 28th – Woodlands, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
June 29th – Dallas, TX @ Dos Equis Pavilion
July 6th – West Palm Beach, FL @ Coral Sky Amphitheatre
July 7th – Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
July 9th – Jacksonville, FL @ Daily’s Place
July 10th – Alpharetta, GA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater at Encore Park
July 12th – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
July 13th – Raleigh, NC @ Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek Amphitheater

July 14th – Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
July 16th – Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater
July 18th – Walker, MN @ Moondance Jam
July 20th – Tinley Park, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
July 21st – Noblesville, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
July 23rd – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 24th – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
July 26th – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
July 27th – Bethel, NY @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
July 28th – Gilford, NH @ Meadowbrook Music Pavilion
July 30th – Bangor, ME @ Darling’s Waterfront Park Pavilion
August 1st – Scranton, PA @ Pavilion at Montage Mountain
August 2nd – Canandaigua, NY @ Constellation Brands Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center
August 3rd – Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
August 6th – Bethlehem, PA @ Musikfest
August 7th – Burgettstown, PA @ KeyBank Pavilion
August 9th – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
August 10th – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion
August 11th – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
August 14th – Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center
August 16th – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
August 17th – Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center

links to bands offical websites below

https://www.googoodolls.com/

https://www.savemesanfrancisco.com/