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Finland-based symphonic metal storytellers NIGHTWISH will make their debut at the iconic Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on Friday, May 1, 2015. The band will support their upcoming spring 2015 studio album. VIP tickets go on sale Tuesday, September 9 at www.EnterTheVault.com. General tickets go on sale Friday, September 12.
Equal parts cinematic storytelling and gothic symphonics, Nightwish have sold more than 7 million albums worldwide and have received over 60 Gold and Platinum awards, making them Finland’s most successful rock band.
Hugely influential, unique, and unrivaled in the heavy metal pantheon, NIGHTWISH continue to expand the breadth and scope of their artistic vision with each successive release. Their 2011 studio album, Imaginaerum, arrived into the world with a visual counterpart “Imaginaerum – The Movie,” an album-length film directed by Stobe Harju and produced by Solar Filmswhich created a musical fantasy world in the vein of David Lynch, Neil Gaiman, and Cirque du Soleil. A journey between two different dimensions, the film tells an extraordinary tale of the power of imagination & memory and what is most important in life.
The keyboard-driven compositions from bandleader Tuomas Holopainen surpass that of some of the most brilliant film scores and work brilliantly alongside their engaging and electrifying Dutch frontwoman Floor Jansen, who was announced as an official member of the band – along with British multi-instrumentalist Troy Donockley – in October of last year. The band’s 2013 “Imaginaerum World Tour,” consisting of 104 shows in 34 countries and a total audience of over 1.5 million fans around the globe, was captured in the live DVD / Blu-ray release Showtime, Storytime and includes the band’s live Wacken Open Air set in front of 85,000 fans plus the two-hour Ville Lipiäinen-directed documentary film “Please Learn the Setlist in 48 Hours.”
Soaring emotion, divine melodies, haunting choruses, and grandiose orchestrations, all will be treated to endearing NIGHTWISH fan favorites such as “Ghost Love Score,” “Nemo,” “Wish I Had An Angel,” “Bye Bye Beautiful,” and “I Want My Tears Back.”
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Damien Rice is set to embark on a nationwide tour this spring—his largest U.S. run in nearly a decade—including a stop at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on Friday, April 24. Of his live set, Billboard hails, “Spellbinding, captivating, riveting, mesmerizing, dazzling—there aren’t enough words in the thesaurus to convey the bravura and depth it takes to hold an entire room in 2014 for two hours with no production, no visuals, no frills, just songs and stories.”
My Favourite Faded Fantasy, the highly anticipated new album from Rice, is now available and continues to receive critical praise both stateside and abroad. The record debuted #1 in Ireland, #2 in Holland, #3 in Belgium, #7 in the U.K. Rice also performed the album’s single “I Don’t Want to Change You” on “The Late Show with David Letterman”: http://bit.ly/14Ein4a.
My Favourite Faded Fantasy was produced by renowned producer Rick Rubin and Rice. The recording began in Los Angeles and finished up in Iceland. Watch the clip of Rice explaining his creative process here: http://bit.ly/10zh2Kl. The video for “I Don’t Want to Change You” recently premiered at Huffington Post, watch it here: http://bit.ly/1tDE5yq. The video was directed by Icelandic filmmaking duo Arni & Kinski and also shot in Iceland.
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Shpongle’s Simon Posford will bring Shpongletron 3.1 to City National Grove of Anaheim on Sunday, March 15 with special guest Phutureprimitive.
With over 80 years’ experience collectively, Simon Posford and Raja Ram are more than qualified for the exploration into the unclassifiable music frontiers they have ventured into; ‘SHPONGLE’ is a new world of traditional sounds, acoustic guitars, Moroccan drums, Turkish operatic singing, cello, double bass, backing vocals and silver flute blended together with the computer wizardry of Simon Posford’s studio production.
Simon Posford (aka Hallucinogen) has long had a reputation as the, ‘Hallucinogenius,’ a imitable pioneer in sound experimentation, from his seminal first album, ‘Twisted’ which reached No.28 in the French charts selling over 50,000 copies worldwide, up to his recent Millennium hit, ‘Mi-Loony-Um’ with its up-to-the minute modem melodies. His international fan base has flowered from country-wide to world-wide in the last ten years, since his humble beginnings at Youth’s Butterfly Studios in Brixton. This year alone he has played over 16 sell out gigs around the world, each with a capacity of over 1500 people, in Australia, Israel, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Moscow, Geneva, Montreal, Tokyo to name just a few.
Raja Ram is the innovative sonic co-pilot producing alongside Simon and providing inspirational artwork for the album covers and the website. as well as his unmistakable flute solo’s in C Major. A founding member of the band Quintessence in the sixties. Raja has many years of band experience in the music industry. Not only a band member but also the creator of TIP Records along with their infamous party sound and energy, he is not only a brilliant flautist but the inspirational man behind the ‘Shpongle’ concept.
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Which One’s Pink? will play a note-for-note performance of Pink Floyd’s greatest hits at City National Grove of Anaheim on Saturday, February 28.
Based in Los Angeles, Which One’s Pink? is dedicated to bringing the life and music of Pink Floyd back to a modern crowd, decades after the band put out their final album and played their final tour. The classic line-up is re-imagined in this stellar tribute band, with all instruments and cray space noises accounted for along the way.
Up to nine people appear on any given Pink Floyd song, as the band has amassed an armada of Floyd fans for each and every show. They bring a vast mastery of the band’s entire catalog, but mostly stick to the post-Syd Barrett material. They once had Floyd producer Alan Parsons mix one of their Dark Side of the Moon covers, which is rare to be sure.
Most recently they released their tribute album named Just The Basic Facts, combining a baker’s dozen’s worth of songs for fans of dedicated reproductions to enjoy. They tour up and down California, playing sold-out gigs to anyone with a taste for the finer brand of classic rock.
Queen Nation, a tribute to Queen, was formed in 2004. Queen Nation consists of: Gregory Finsley on vocals & keyboards as Freddie Mercury, Mike McManus on guitar as Brian May, Pete Burke on drums as Roger Taylor, and Parker Combs on bass as John Deacon. The mission of the show is to carry on the musical torch and pay homage to the golden age of Queen.
Queen Nation’s live 90-minute production of Queen’s greatest hits preserves the image, sound, and stage persona of vintage Queen. Audiences are amazed at the accuracy of Queen Nation’s live retrospective journey through such Queen songs as We Will Rock You, Bohemian Rhapsody, We Are The Champions, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, You’re My Best Friend, Another One Bites The Dust, Under Pressure and many more.
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OC natives Reel Big Fish return to City National Grove of Anaheim for a co-headline date with Less Than Jake on February 18 with special guest Authority Zero.
Reel Big Fish was one of the legions of Southern California ska-punk bands to edge into the mainstream following the mid-’90s success of No Doubt and Sublime. The group cultivated an underground following that broke into the mainstream in summer 1997, when their single “Sell Out” became a modern rock radio and MTV favorite. Their appearance in the movie “Baseketball” also gained them more fans and helped the bands popularity to grow. Still fronted by original lead singer and song writer Aaron Barrett, they continue releasing albums and touring relentlessly, playing more and more countries and bigger venues all over the world.
Reel Big Fish recorded its self-released debut album, “Everything Sucks”, in 1995. Their single “Turn the Radio Off” was unleashed in August 1996, and over the next year, the group continually toured in support of the album’s release, expanding their fan base all the while. In spring 1997, the single “Sell Out” began receiving heavy airplay. By summer, the song had become a moderate modern rock hit, and the album had charted in the Top 100.
Candy Coated Fury is Reel Big Fish’s first album of newly recorded original material in five years. Overall, it’s the seventh in the band’s twenty year history, and it feels as vital and vitriolic as RBF’s foundational releases.
“But they never went anywhere,” you protest. Well reader, in that sense you are correct. Less Than Jake not only served up their latest album See The Light, but—after more than two decades together— are also embracing a total back to basics approach.
Throughout a career that has run the gamut from self-releases and small indie imprints to large independent labels and major music conglomerates, the band has always been more than the sum of its parts. Now more than ever, though, they espouse their stature as a DIY collective that works together.
The result of their old school approach is the old school sound of See The Light, created without any external meddling from corporate lackeys. “Everyone had their alone time with chords and some quick structures; we all put our ideas down before we got together,” says Vinnie. “Then we sat at an octagon table in our warehouse and went through: this is what we think about this song, maybe we should do it ska, maybe we should do it punk—true band songwriting in essence.”
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NICKELODEON’S THE FRESH BEAT BAND KICKS OFF NATIONWIDE CONCERT TOUR WITH BRAND-NEW LIVE SHOW
Band Reveals Complete Set List Featuring New Songs and Fan Favorites
The Fresh Beat Band Visits City National Grove of Anaheim on February 16
The Fresh Beat Band, Nickelodeon’s music group and stars of the Emmy Award-winning preschool series of the same name, debuted a brand-new stage show this week as part of their nationwide concert tour traveling to nearly 40 cities. The Fresh Beat Band Greatest Hits Live presented by Nickelodeon is a concert for the whole family with high-energy performances, captivating visuals and fun interactive surprises.
The Fresh Beat Band visits City National Grove of Anaheim on February 16. Tickets are on sale now.
The show features a new set list that includes fan favorites “Bananas,” “A Friend Like You,” and a remixed version of “Great Day,” plus the pop classic, “Walk Like An Egyptian,” and new songs like “Every Pirate Has to Dance.” Kids will have an opportunity to see and interact with their favorite rock star–Kiki, Marina, Twist and Shout–as the band travels to cities including New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas and more. Tickets along with Fresh Beat Band VIP packages with meet and greets are available at www.freshbeatbandlive.com and www.ticketmaster.com.
“We can’t wait for our Fresh Beat fans to go ‘bananas’ at our brand-new concert jam-packed with catchy tunes, over-the-top dance routines and silly surprises,” said The Fresh Beat Band. “We are pumped to perform our biggest hits plus new songs to create one unforgettable first concert experience for young kids.”
The Fresh Beat Band Greatest Hits Live set list includes:
1) The Fresh Beat Band Theme Song
2) DJ Get the Party Started
3) Walk Like an Egyptian
4) Music Keeps Me Movin’
5) A Friend Like You
6) Every Pirate Has to Dance
7) Spin Around
8) The Fresh Beat Band of Spies Theme Song
9) Here We Go
10) We Got the Beat
11) I Can Do Anything
12) Reach for the Sky
13) Freeze Dance
14) Shine (Acoustic)
15) Here for You
18) Great Day (Remix)
Nickelodeon is currently in production on Fresh Beat Band of Spies, a brand-new animated preschool series based on the hit live-action show, The Fresh Beat Band. In the new series, Kiki (Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer), Marina (Tara Perry), Twist (Jon Beavers) and Shout (Thomas Hobson) are bandmates and also undercover spies. The pop band uses their individual talents and the coolest transforming spy gadgets to outwit a goofy cast of bad guys and solve wild and wacky mysteries. The series, which teaches problem-solving to preschoolers, is created by Nadine van der Velde and Scott Kraft (The Fresh Beat Band). Fresh Beat Band of Spies will premiere in 2015.
The Fresh Beat Band soundtracks – The Fresh Beat Band: Music From The Hit TV Show and The Fresh Beat Band: More Music From The Hit TV Show Vol 2.0 – are currently available on iTunes and in stores everywhere. For more information, visit the tour website at http://www.freshbeatbandlive.com and for Fresh Beat activities and fun go to http://www.nickjr.com/the-fresh-beat-band/.
In each episode of The Fresh Beat Band preschoolers sing and dance along as they help The Fresh Beat Band solve everyday challenges. Preschoolers learn the fundamentals of music such as melody, rhythm, tempo and performance styles and the importance of friendship, working together, and respecting each other’s differences. Ne-Yo, Justin Bieber, Jason Mraz, Wayne Brady and Sarah Chalke have all hung out with the Fresh Beats and the group is beloved by many celebrity parents.
Nickelodeon, now in its 35th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in almost 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 19 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIA.B).
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