WHAT THE F@#K PEOPLE!!!

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As I sit here and see/hear/read all of the news about racial tensions, the assassination of police officers, and other horrors going on I thought I would talk a little about my feelings to you my loyal readers.

I am going to share some things with you about my life and thoughts. First off, my mother’s father was a Cherokee and a tribal leader, I knew nothing of this life as he passed long before my birth and I only had word of mouth to go by.  I spent the first 9 years of my life with a man whom I thought was my father. This man was abusive as all get out to me and my mom. He was severely racist as well. We lived in neighborhood that was all white and to everyone’s horror a black family moved in. I made quick friends with their son and I was well treated by their family, not so by my stepfather. I could have given a shit about his color. My mom divorced him shortly before I turned 10.

My mom’s next husband came from a family of Mexican descent and I was suddenly thrust into that culture. I embraced it and was accepted into their family with open arms.  I often heard the terms “Spic”, “Beaner”, and other derogatory terms and they hurt me deeply.

As an adult I found out about my birth father and his heritage. They come from Nordic roots and settled in Normandy and then Canada and later America. When I found his family I learned that I had cousins that were a mixture  black and white. This phased me not one bit.

Growing up around racial and cultural diversity taught me tolerance instead of bias. I am of the firm belief that one owns one own actions, period. I could have very easily taken the PTSD crutch and been an abuser myself, or a racist, or a myriad of other horrible things I’ve been exposed to in my life. I, however, chose to do what I felt was right in my heart. I love my wife, children, grandchild, friends,  and family and would do anything for them.

There is stupidity in every race and THAT stupidity belongs to each individual who makes bad decisions.

I thought we were done with racial inequality and it was put to bed. How can we have a black lives matter without a white/yellow/red/brown lives matter? How come there is a NAACP and not a NAACP (insert Caucasian in the place of the C)? Why don’t we just have a NAAP? To quote Depeche Mode, “People are people, so why should it be, you and I should get along so awfully?”

As for the police, like in every job in the world there is corruption and people there for the wrong reasons. For the most part however, the police are there to protect and serve. Police Service is a thankless job for most of the officers, and now we have people assassinating them willy nilly.

I am going to say this right here, right now: IF YOU DON’T WANT TO BE KILLED BY THE POLICE DON’T BE OUT DOING SHIT YOU SHOULDN’T BE DOING!!!!

I am heavily tattooed and have that “Biker” look and have NEVER HAD A PROBLEM WITH THE POLICE!!! BECAUSE WHENEVER I HAVE AN INTERACTION WITH THE POLICE I TREAT THEM WITH RESPECT AND COMPLIANCE! An altercation in the field with police can cause nothing but trouble and heartache. Burning, looting, and destruction are not the answer people. Mature conversation and communications can accomplish far more.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the greatest men to advance racial equality and I have always admired him for it. But I feel his work is being unraveled by the actions of people today.

I don’t know about any of you but I bleed red and my outside is just a fancy wrapper. We are all just people and as such we should be caring for each other and brothers and sisters of the HUMAN RACE.

 

People are people…

-the Hellion

 

Darling Down Releases Quentin Tarantino Style Music Video “Never Tell”

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Darling Down Releases Quentin Tarantino Style Music Video “Never Tell”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

April 24, 2015Battle Creek, Michigan – Female fronted Rock bandDarling Down have released their “Never Tell” music video. The video was produced by Travis Ross at RipJaw Media and was filmed in the sleepy town of Hillsdale Michigan. The track comes from their new albumNever Tell which features collaborations with accomplished guest musicians including Clint Lowery of Sevendust, Vinnie Dombrowski ofSponge, Stephen Richards of Taproot, and Brett Hestla of Dark New Day. The album is available now through all digital retailers.

Watch Darling Down’s “Never Tell” music video below:

The best part of the video is all the gore. We filmed it with inspiration fromEli Roth and Quentin Tarantino. I was surprised to learn how the special effects makeup artist made blood splatter. Let’s just say there was a lot of spitting.Ryan Hudson (Darling Down)

Buy Darling Down’s new album Never Tell HERE.

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About Darling Down:

With their symphonically powerful sound and an arsenal of brand new material, mid-Michigan’s Darling Down is prepared to show the world that they are ready to stake their artistic claim in the territory of modern rock.

The band, an outstanding female fronted four piece, has a synergistic effect among its members: Amanda Legault’s clear, strong vocals that range from powerfully compelling to hauntingly sweet, Dustin Claud’s driving and dynamic guitar riffs, Jim Dokurno’s thunderous bass lines, and Ryan Hudson’s tight musicianship on drums. Committed to lyrically thoughtful and melodically engrossing songwriting with powerful hooks,Darling Down is distinctive in today’s musical arena. With lyrically relatable songs full of enough edginess, passion and real life to appeal to a wide audience, Darling Down’s songs are catchy, intriguing, and heavy; beautifully sung, constructed and arranged. Sonically driving, with soaring vocals and harmonies, the deep lyrics are sometimes juxtaposed with eerily strong, pretty vocals and heavy guitars, as on their earlier recording, “Revenge is Sweet Like Cherries.”

Fast forward to 2014, Darling Down is not holding anything back with their highly anticipated and absorbing new album, Never Tell, produced by the nationally acclaimed producer/ engineer/mixer Chuck Alkazian(Soundgarden, Trust Company, Pop Evil) and recorded at Pearl Sound Studios. Never Tell, which has an anticipated release date of 7/22/2014, has already garnered a sizable amount of pre-release industry buzz. A stellar collection of songs, creatively written and with spectacular pieces of orchestration, Darling Down and their producer have created an album full of great musicianship, mesmerizing rhythms and melodies, and exciting, innovative collaborations with accomplished outside artists. Never Tell will feature guest appearances by Clint Lowery of Sevendust, Vinnie Dombrowski of Sponge, Stephen Richards of Taproot, and Brett Hestla of Dark New Day, and reaction to the album during its development has been explosively positive. Never Tell will launch the hard-hitting, intensely memorable “Pressure” as the first single off the album and plans are for the immediate release of a lyric video.

Ramping up for the expansion of their touring in addition to their current live shows on schedule, following the release of Never Tell Darling Downwill be amplifying their live show radius throughout North America. In recent years, Darling Down has developed a loyal fan base with their passionate music and high energy live performances, and grabbed the attention of audiences throughout the Midwest. The band has performed alongside many notable acts including Theory of a Deadman, Nonpoint,Taproot, Smile Empty Soul, Pop Evil, Red, Ra, Framing Hanley,Saving Abel, Evans Blue, Saliva, Hed PE, Mushoomhead and many more. Darling Down, fresh off the release of Never Tell, will be one to watch as they share their new music and unique show with an even wider scope of music fans throughout the country. Be on the lookout for upcoming tour dates!

     it’s loud, it’s dirty, it’s ROCK N’ ROLL!!!

     – the Hellion

Marking the Band’s First U.S. Live Performances in 10 Years, COAL CHAMBER Announces Co-Headliner with SEVENDUST, Featuring Special Guests LACUNA COIL — CANDLELIGHT RED and STOLEN BABIES to Open Select Dates‏

Marking the Band’s First U.S. Live Performances in 10 Years, COAL CHAMBER Announces Co-Headliner with SEVENDUST, Featuring Special Guests LACUNA COIL

 

CANDLELIGHT RED and STOLEN BABIES to Open Select Dates

 

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Marking their first U.S. live performances in over 10 years, 90’s alt-metal band COAL CHAMBER is pleased to announce that they are back in action and kicking off a co-headline tour with Sevendust this spring. The tour will also feature special guests Lacuna Coil as direct support on each date, as well as Candlelight Red and Stolen Babies opening on either half of the run (see the split below). See below for a full listing of North American tour dates.

 

Each member of COAL CHAMBER had words to share about the announcement.

 

“I’m STOKED to be bringing COAL CHAMBER back to the United States,” exclaims vocalist Dez Fafara. “These shows are going to fucking rule! The line-up is perfect! Hope to see you all there!”

 

“The past has fuelled the fire to bring COAL CHAMBER back stronger than ever,” adds drummer Mike Cox. “I couldn’t be more excited to tour the states on an amazing tour. HERE WE GO!”

 

“I’m really excited and grateful to be a part of such an awesome bill! We will be slaying it across America and the world,” adds guitarist Meegs Rascón.

 

Bassist Chela Rhea Harper states, “America is where COAL CHAMBER started; where the music first came to life.  The entire experience in Australia and South America has been so surreal up until this point, and to be able to continue this adventure on the band’s home soil is an honor. The support from all has been tremendous.”

 

Tickets go on sale this Friday, January 18th! See below for all currently confirmed tour dates and stay tuned for more ticketing information.

 

 

COAL CHAMBER with Sevendust, Lacuna Coil, Candlelight Red and Stolen Babies:

3/28 – Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee*

3/29 – Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia LA Live*

3/30 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom*

3/31 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades*

4/2 – Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre*

4/3 – Wichita, KS @ The Cotillion*

4/4 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom*

4/5 – Sauget, IL @ Pop’s*

4/6 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave*

4/8 – Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights*

4/9 – Joliet, IL @ Mojoes*

4/11 – Ft. Wayne, IN @ Piere’s*

4/12 – Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s*

4/13 – Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy**

4/14 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater**

4/16 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium**

4/17 – New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater**

4/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory**

4/19 – Hampton Beach, NH @ Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom**

4/20 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom**

4/22 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live!**

4/23 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore**

4/24 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle**

4/26 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live Ballroom**

4/27 – Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete Street Amphitheater**

4/28 – Dallas, TX @ The Palladium Ballroom**

 

*feat. Candlelight Red

**feat. Stolen Babies

GUITARIST – GARY CLARK JR

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I have a lot of great friends who turn me on to new music. I would like to thank TA for telling me about Gary Clark JR.

Born in Austin Texas, Gary began playing guitar at twelve years old. He was gigging in small venues when he met promoter Clifford Antone owner of the famous Austin club Antone’s. Antone’s was where Stevie Ray and Jimmie Vaughan began making their mar on the music scene. Antone helped Gary get some exposure and get involved with Jimmie Vaughan and others in the Austin music community. They in turn helped Gary further his career. Gary’s music shows how rock n’ roll and the blues have influenced almost every type of music from hip-hop, to country.

Gary has come far for his young age of 28. He performed at the 2010 Crossroads Guitar Festival with icons such as B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Steve Winwood, John Mayer, Sheryl Crow, Jeff Beck, and ZZ Top.

In February of 2012, Gary played with some Blues legends at the Red, White and Blues event at the White House. This show was broadcast on PBS and featured B.B. King, Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck, and Buddy Guy, among others.

Gary has received several accolades in his career as well.
Kirk Watson, the Mayor of Austin, proclaimed May 3rd, 2001 as Gary Clark JR Day. Gary was 17 at the time.

Gary has also won the Austin Music Award for Best Blues and Electric Guitarist, three times.

Gary was SPIN magazine’s breakout artist for the month of November 2011.

Rolling Stone Magazine ranked Gary’s Bright Lights EP number 40 on its list of top 50 albums in 2011.

Gary was introduced on stage by Metallica’s own Kirk Hammett at the Orion Festival in Atlantic City, NJ.

Gary released The Bright Lights EP on Warner Bros. Records on November 30, 2011.

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1. Bright Lights (5:24)
2. Don’t Owe You A Thang (3:35)
3. Things Are Changin’ (Live) [Solo Acoustic] (4:31)
4. When My Train Pulls In (Live) [Solo Acoustic] (8:13)

 

Gary’s major label debut is Blak and Blu which was released on Warner Bros. Records on October 22. 2012.

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1. Ain’t Messin ‘Round
2. When My Train Pulls In
3. Blak and Blu
4. Bright Lights
5. Travis County
6. The Life
7. Glitter Ain’t Gold (Jumpin’ For Nothin’)
8. Numb
9. Please Come Home
10. Things Are Changin’
11. Third Stone From The Sun/If You Love Me Like You Say
12. You Saved Me
13. Next Door Neighbor Blues
14. Breakdown (Deluxe version bonus track)
15. Soul (Deluxe version bonus track)

Gary has made an impact on me as well. Having always been a fan of Blues guitar, I am blown away by his performing, and am glad to see the Blues is still alive and well. Give a listen to “Bright Lights”:

the Hellion