The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival rolled into the the First Midwest Bank Amplitheatrer in Tinley Park yesterday. It was a metal-head’s dream concert with bands like Slipnot, Dragonforce, Mastodon, Machine Head, Five Finger Death Punch, Walls Of Jericho, & Airbourne part of the line-up. My favorite band that played at Mayhem Fest was Chicago’s own Disturbed.
Talk about a hometown success story. Disturbed has sold over 10-million albums worldwide. They are currently enjoying mass success with their aptly titled “Indestructible” album, their third in a row to debut at number one. That’s no small feat. Only six other rock bands have released three #1 albums in a row: Van Halen, Pearl Jam, U2, Dave Matthews Band, Staind and Metallica.
I had the pleasure of sitting down with Disturbed lead singer David Draiman a few hours before they hit the stage. Wow. Such an intelligent man. The full interview will be featured on a future episode of my podcast Cara’s Basement. But you can hear a good chunk of it right now, including him describing how Disturbed layed the ground work for their success a dozen years ago in Chicago, on The Chicago Music Guide website.
They play at Charter One Pavillion Thurday evening. And earlier that day they are putting on a FREE Mix lunchtime concert at Pioneer Court in the gold coast. Click HERE for details.
I spoke with lead singer Marc Roberge for The Chicago Music Guide. He talks about plenty of things including why he encourages you to record their shows and why it’s not a great idea to cruise across the country in an RV. Listen here:
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So much to do in Chicago the weekend of the Fourth Of July. Here’s one more thing to add to that massive list.
There’s a rockin’ benefit at The Double Door this Saturday, July 5. Five bands for only $8 – such a deal! It’s actually a pretty cool mix of bands covering several different music genre’s…melodic, folk, metal…quite the variety. Munroe, David Costa Is Dead, The Chemist vs. The Computer, Facing Winter and Mer will rock all night and there will be a raffle for lots of prizes including many autographed items (STP, Filter, etc) and other great prizes.
Proceeds from this concert benefit the Shannon Sperando Cancer Fund and thePrevent Cancer Foundation. Please click on the link for Shannon and read her story. Imagine everything is fine in your life then suddenly you have a seizure and discover you have a brain tumor. I’ve never met her but can empathize with such a shocking, serious medical situation happening to a young vibrant woman. No one deserves to go through such an experience and the financial hardship that goes along with it makes it suck that much more. Helping her by going to a fun concert isn’t such a difficult thing to do – it’s an easy & fun way to help.
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He put the love with the hammer – or was it the other way around?
Lovehammers singer Marty Casey has announced that he’s leaving LH to front L.A. Guns. Read his blog about it HERE. I suppose Marty feels it’s a great career move and I’m sure it was an extremely difficult decision, but I’m so bummed that my favorite band is now without my favorite lead singer.
I will certainly follow this situation closely and let you know what’s up next for Lovehammers.
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My one guilty pleasure (well, I have more than one but this all I’ll admit to right now) is loving General Hospital. I’m too busy to watch it regularly but as long as I see at least 5 minutes per week I’m good. But today, for the first time in my life I’ll be tivo-ing (is that a word?) Days Of Our Lives. Not because I want to watch it, but because of the song that will be featured in the coffee shop scene. The song is called “The Sweetest Tune” and it’s sung by one of the sweetest musicians I’ve ever interviewed, Joe Taylor.
If you’re not familiar with him, he’s a marvelous songwriter/singer currently based in New York. You can hear his music here. There’s a sweet video done by the New York Times about musicians auditioning to perform in the NY subway that features him – watch it here. Did he make it? Find out here.
He periodically performs in Chicago – hopefully, you’ll have the chance to experience his music live soon.
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There are only a few bands that are able to tackle a different sound with each album and keep pleasing their fans without alienating them. Linkin Park is a good example. Another one is The Bravery. Ironically, both Linkin Park and The Bravery headline the Projekt Revolution Tour this year along with the amazingly sexy & talented Chris Cornell.
But back to The Bravery. Their music has been featured on so many TV shows it’s hard to keep track: The Hills, Friday Night Lights, Grey’s Anatomy, Gossip Girl, Moonlight, Las Vegas, Rescue Me and Reaper. Plus, their song “Believe” is heard on two new video games: “Madden 08″ and X-Box’s “Game With Fame”. And that song is definitely one my favorites to play when I’m on the air at 101.9 WTMX!
The Bravery will play a show at The Metro this Friday night (April 19) with Fiction Plane (that’s the band that opened for The Police last summer and includes Sting‘s son Joe Sumner). I spoke with The Bravery lead guitarist/backing vocalist Mike Z for The Chicago Music Guide. You’ll notice that their recent surge in popularity hasn’t affected them much:
The Chicago Music Guide is working to help the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer raise money through a music benefit. I’ll be the emcee of this fun night of music. Live Life is at Joe’s Bar in Chicago on Sunday, April 27. Come experience live music from Paris Delane’s Tye Dye Skye, Jennifer Peterson Band, Ellen Rosner, Tracylynn & 55 South, Gina Gonzalez, White Buffalo Is Born and Twin Ray (Desiree Irwin). Doors open at 5:30, the live music begins at 6:30pm.
Tickets are only $20 plus there is an awesome silent auction. All net proceeds will benefit the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. Funding is a critical component to identifying a cure and eliminating the suffering of those who are affected by the disease.
I recently spoke to one of the Live Life performers, Ellen Rosner. She’s a breast cancer survivor and thrilled to be part of this benefit. Listen to our conversation here:
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