Todd Kerns launches Pledge Music campaign
We all know the success story that was the incredible Ginger Wildhearts Pledge Music campaign last year and what became the phenomenon of 555%. Since this amazing achievement more and more bands and artists have turned to Pledge in order to raise funds to keep producing music. The key to this is it keeps music independent, cutting out the middle man and getting the product of everyone’s hard work direct from artist to fan. Amazing right?
Well, Todd Kerns, of Slash feat. Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, Sin City Sinners, and formally of Age of Electric and Static in Stereo has gone and released his very own pledge music campaign!
He will be releasing a brand new acoustic solo album titled Hello Cruel World, and as a little bonus there will be an exclusive EP available to pledgers only, Near Life Experience which will be a covers EP of some of Kerns pre released songs in acoustic form. There is also a whole host of other goodies on offer for those who pledge, well worth a look! Check out the video below for all you need to know…
"I couldn’t be more excited about the prospects of such a venture together. This feels like an adventure the musician and the audience go on as a singular unit. I’m super excited about the possibilities of what a system like this could bring to us music lovers in the future. ”
We are super excited about this one, and you should be too! Nearly at 100% within the first 24 hours of going live, this campaign looks set to grow and grow! So do yourselves a favour and hit the link. Keep music exciting and alive and pledge pledge pledge!
New video from Rival Sons!
Fresh from their recent win at the Classic Rock Awards, Breakthrough Act Rival Sons have released a second video from their third album Head Down. Until The Sun Comes features a plastic figure motorcycle riding through the desert; we’ll leave the end discovery to find out yourself!
Check out the video premier here on the NME website
Todd Kerns to launch new Pledgemusic campaign (and a free download too!)
The countdown is on to the launch of another fantastic Pledgemusic campaign to come our way this year!
Todd Kerns, current bassist for Slash and frontman for Vegas rockers Sin City Sinners has revealed he will be working on his very own Pledgemusic campaign, to be launched on 13th December. The project will involve the recording of a new full length acoustic album Hello Cruel World, aswell as an extra EP of some of his personal favourites, also done acoustically.
Posting on his official blog, he explains it was actually the inspiration of Ginger Wildheart and the amazing success he had with 555%, as well as his current projects, that led him down the path of Pledgemusic.
"The entire project was elevated by my time with Ginger Wildheart and his amazing manager, Gav McCaughey. Through them, I was turned on to a whole other way to make records. All I wanna do is make music and get it to the people who want it. People say the record industry is dead and I say that’s partly true. I still believe there are a great many music lovers that find great joy in discovering new music. I just think that marketplace has become much more selective."
The campaign will go live on 13th December, but right now you can grab yourself the free track Little Grace from Kerns as a special bonus! Head here to download the track!
Sign up and get involved in making history and keeping music independent! And make sure you check back here for full news on the launch and all that will be available!
Slash announces two UK dates
That’s right! The man in the hat is making a return to our shores to play shows at Nottingham Arena and Blackpool’s Empress Ballroom on 28th February and 1st March respectively. Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators released their first album Apocalyptic Love earlier this year and have since been on a worldwide tour. In addition, a special 3 disc edition of the album will be released in Europe on 3rd December with a handful of bonus features including a DVD of the album launch in New York.
Tickets are onsale from tomorrow for O2 customers and general sale on Friday.
Next Jägermeister tour announced!
After proving such a success this year, Jägermeister have announced their next tour set to take place March 2013!
This time they will be taking occult rockers Ghost, French metallers Gojira and our very own The Defiled on the road at 6 different venues across the UK. And what is even better is it will only set you back a fiver! Yep, £5 for 3 pretty sweet bands.
The tour hits the following UK venues:
Monday 18th March – Sheffield O2 Academy
Tuesday 19th March – Glasgow O2 Academy
Wednesday 20th March – Bristol O2 Academy
Friday 22nd March – Bournemouth O2 Academy
Saturday 23rd March – Birmingham O2 Academy
Sunday 24th March – Brixton O2 Academy
Tickets are on sale Nov 30, get on it!
The countdown to Hard Rock Hell!
In 4 days time rockers will be descending on Wales for 4 days full of rock & roll. In anticipation for the main event we have created a small playlist featuring some of the artists we recommend you go and see; or just check out if you aren’t able to make it!
Hornet set to make debut album through Pledge campaign
Up and coming London rockers Hornet are the latest group to announce a Pledge music campaign to make their debut album. Receiving glowing reviews for their rock n roll style with a dash of punk, they hope to follow in the steps of Ginger Wildheart to raise funds to create an album for the fans.
Pledge music campaigns allow the artist freedom as the funds come from fan donations rather than a record label. The album is set to be released next April and 10% of the money raised after their target is hit will go towards MacMillan Cancer Support.
“Pledge is a great way to get fans involved with our debut album and make it as much of an experience for them as it is for us!” said frontman Joe Thompson. “The album can be bought in advance through Pledge Music for just £8 or other exclusives can be bought such as signed setlists, guitar tabs and even Tollef’s Gibson SG which will be used in the recording of the album. Also 10% of any money Pledged after our goal is reached will be given to the great cause that is Macmillan Cancer Support.”
Pledging starts from just £8 which you can do right here! Check out Hornet’s campaign video below.
Ginger Wildheart to support The Darkness
After a successful support slot with Slash and winning Classic Rock’s Event Of The Year for his pledge campaign album 555%, cult legend Ginger Wildheart will be joining The Darkness on the UK & Euro legs of their world tour next year.
Corey Taylor keen on Bieber performance
You may remember a small YouTube video put together last year mixing heavy metallers Slipknot with teen pop star Justin Bieber. In an interview with Revolver, frontman Corey Taylor stated he would like to perform the mash up live revealing he recently tried to get Bieber involved in an acoustic performance after discovering he was nearby:
I was in Baltimore on my book tour and Justin was nearby in Washington, DC. I tried to get him down to my reading because I wanted to try to do an acoustic version of Psychosocial Baby together. But he was actually visiting children’s hospitals. You can’t say anything bad about a guy who’s visiting children’s hospitals.
Slipknot will be headlining next years Download Festival; special surprise? We rather hope not! Check out the mash up below.
Def Leppard set for Vegas residency
Another band set to take on their on residency in Las Vegas next year is going to be Def Leppard. The Sheffield rockers are set to play their classic album Hysteria during their nine show stint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.
Following the likes of Guns n Roses and Motley Crue, Leppard begin their run of shows on March 22 2013 and will be playing hits from their 35 year career. "We’re very happy to be part of what I call the first wave of rockers to take Vegas back from the lounge singers." says frontman Joe Elliott. This will mark the first time the band have played one of their albums from start to finish.
Tickets go on sale this weekend…..maybe time for a holiday??