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Lacuna Coil Checks In From The Road
July 18, 2009
Century Media Recording artists, Lacuna Coil, are currently out on their first US headlining tour in over two years, the American Spellbound Tour. Each week fans can read about the day-to-day happenings of Italy’s hardest rockers on www.GuitarWorld.com, via weekly blog posts from guitarist CristianoPizzaMigliore. The blog for the first week can be viewed at this location.

The American Spellbound Tour is also Lacuna Coil’s first tour in support of their latest release, 'Shallow Life', which came out on Century Media Records in April, and debuted at #16 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart. Supporting Lacuna Coil on the tour are Kill Hannah, Seventh Void, and Dommin.

“It's great to be back to the U.S. and everyone seems to know every song we play, including the new stuff,” comments Migliore on his first week’s GuitarWorld.com blog post. “When we play ‘Spellbound’, the first single off of 'Shallow Life', people literally start freakin' out! We certainly didn't expect such a great reaction.”

Lacuna Coil
will also be making a stop at KQXR’s studio in Idaho for a special live acoustic performance at 2:00pm MST on Friday, July 17th before hitting the stage in Boise at the Knitting Factory. Be sure to catch Lacuna Coil on tour now, and request “Spellbound”, the first single off 'Shallow Life', on your local Alternative radio station.

Lacuna Coil
American Spellbound
Tour w/ Kill Hannah, Seventh Void & Dommin:
07/17 - Knitting Factory – Boise, ID
07/18 - Roseland – Portland, OR
07/19 - Neumo’s – Seattle, WA
07/21 - Last Day Saloon – Santa Rosa, CA
07/22 - House of Blues – Hollywood, CA
07/24 - House of Blues – Las Vegas. NV
07/25 - The New Oasis – Sparks, NV
07/26 - The Senator Theater – Chico, CA
07/27 - Slim’s – San Francisco, CA

European Festival And Headline Dates:
07/30 - Wacken Open Air – Wacken, Gernamy
07/31 - The Forum – London, UK
08/01 - The Barfly – Liverpool, UK
08/02 - King Tut’s – Glasgow, Scotland
08/05 - Summer Darkness Festival – Utrecht, Netherlands

More American Lacuna Coil Dates:
08/07 The Machine Shop - Flint, MI
08/09 WJJO Band Camp (Alliant Energy Center) - Madison, WI
08/11 The Black Sheep - Colorado Springs, CO

For more info on Lacuna Coil, visit www.myspace.com/lacunacoil.
 
 
 
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Kill Hannah Escape Tour Bus Fire
October 25, 2008
On Tuesday this week, the Chicago-based band had a nasty wake up call – their tour manager shouting that the tour bus was on fire. Scrambling out half-dressed, all of Kill Hannah and their British support band My Passion managed to escape without serious injury, although all possessions inside the bus were lost. Despite regretfully having to cancel 2 shows in France and Belgium, Kill Hannah were determined to save as many dates as they could and all UK shows will go ahead. The second leg of the band’s UK tour started last night in Stoke-on-Trent.

Wanting to reassure fans they were okay, Kill Hannah’s frontman Mat Devine posted the following message and the attached photos on their official MySpace page shortly afterwards:

“It was a view from a postcard that turned into a nightmare. This morning at 9am driving on our tour bus from a show in Bologna, Italy to Paris, France we woke up somewhere in the Swiss Alps to the smell of toxic smoke and the serious tone of our tour manager shouting three words you never want to hear: “Bus On Fire.” Within seconds all band members (including our support act My Passion), crew and guests were standing shirtless and shoeless on the side of the winding road as the entire 2-floor 45ft bus was fully engulfed in flames. Windows began bursting from the heat and there were several large explosions. It took Swiss firefighters less than 15 minutes to respond to the blaze, but by that time the bus and virtually all of our possessions were lost: luggage, clothes, passports, wallets, laptops, shoes, phones, and countless irreplaceable sentimental items, including many gifts given to us by fans as we’ve crisscrossed the UK and Europe over the last month on tour.

We stood, surrounded by scenic snowcapped mountains, watching the scene in disbelief, comforting one another as the blaze was battled. After two hours we were permitted to return to the blackened shell of the bus in a vain attempt to retrieve anything that may have survived. Finally, we were taken by charter to the Swiss village of Airolo where I write you now from a tiny hotel.

Fortunately, aside from smoke inhalation and shock, everyone is fine, as is our trailer of gear and merchandise. Half of us are without shoes, and although we all smell like noxious smoke and chemicals, we are all warm in our own band’s hoodies and t-shirts. The hotel has a bar and an accordion, so we will try to keep spirits high while we await our replacement bus from Manchester, England.

The official cause of the fire will remain unknown until after tomorrow’s investigation, but it appears to have started underneath the bus as it was driving. We are very sorry to have to cancel both our Paris and Belgian dates, but we expect to be in Stoke On Trent in time for Thursday’s show.

We want to thank the KH fans, our friends, our crew, our management, The Hotel Des Alps, the staff at Restorante Cristallina, and all the Swiss Emergency personnel for helping us through this traumatic day.”

You can also see a short video of the fire below.

Kill Hannah’s UK shows are as follows:
10/25 – Dublin - Whelans
10/26 – Belfast - Limelight
10/27 – Glasgow - Garage
10/28 – Northampton - Roadmenders
10/29 – London - LA2
10/30 – Portsmouth - Wedgewood Rooms
10/31 – Manchester - Academy 2
11/01 – Birmingham - Academy 2

For more information, stay tuned to www.myspace.com/killhannah.
 
 
 
 
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Kill Hannah Confirms UK Headline Tour
June 17, 2008
Following a storming performance at this weekend’s Download Festival, Chicago rockers Kill Hannah are excited to announce Autumn headline dates. The acclaimed alternative band will be playing 18 UK shows - starting with nine shows Sep 23 – Oct 2, then returning for nine more from Oct 24 – Nov 1. In between, the band will tour in Europe, with headline dates TBA.

The full list of confirmed dates are:
9/23 – Edinburgh Cabaret Voltaire
9/24 - Newcastle Academy
9/25 - Norwich Waterfront
9/26 – Sheffield Academy 2
9/27 – Leeds Cockpit
9/28 – Bristol Academy
9/29 - Exeter The Phoenix
9/30 – Brighton Concorde 2
10/2 – Nottingham Rock City

2nd leg:
10/24 - Stoke-On-Trent - Sugarmill
10/25 – Dublin - Whelans
10/26 – Belfast - Limelight
10/27 – Glasgow - Garage
10/28 – Northhampton - Roadmender
10/29 – London - LA2
10/30 – Portsmouth - Wedgewood Rooms
10/31 – Manchester - Academy 2
11/1 – Birmingham - Academy 2

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 20 June, priced between £9-11. Support for all dates is to be confirmed.

Watch NME’s video interview with Kill Hannah from Download below. Also, following a stint in Kerrang!’s signing tent on Friday, the band also recorded a special festival podcast, which you can see below as well.
 
 
 
 
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Biography
HOME TOWN: Chicago, IL
MEMBERS:
Mat Devine - Vocals
Guitar
Jonathan Radtke- Guitars
Background Vocals
Dan Wiese- Guitars
Background Vocals
Greg Corner- Bass Guitar
Elias Mallin- Live Drums

Despite having no previous TV, radio or press promotion in the UK, Chicago-based five piece KILL HANNAH already draw crowds of over 1000 people to their headline shows here. Add to the fact that they have over 200,000 MySpace friends and over 11,000,000 actual song plays from their jukebox, and that their video to their first UK single, Lips Like Morphine, has received nearly 1.6 million plays on YouTube alone, and it’s clear that KILL HANNAH are rock’s best kept secret. And did we mention celebrity endorsements from the likes of SMASHING PUMPKINS, MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE and Jared Leto’s 30 SECONDS TO MARS?

Formed in Chicago in the late '90s while singer/songwriter Mat Devine was still at university, KILL HANNAH issued several critically acclaimed and fan favourite independent EPs before stabilising their line-up and signing to Atlantic Records for their 2003 major label debut, For Never And Ever.

Dubbed "the missing link between The Killers, The Cure, Smashing Pumpkins and My Chemical Romance", no one sounded or indeed looked like KILL HANNAH when they first broke free of their art school roots. Some called it new romantic, some called it darkwave, others called it goth, but those tags don't do any justice to KILL HANNAH's music. They are all of the above but also so much more.

Lead single Kennedy quickly became an instant cult classic and was heavily featured in such hit US television shows as One Tree Hill, Jack & Bobby and North Shore. Yet, despite this mainstream exposure, KILL HANNAH stayed true to their underground roots with a fierce DIY mentality - creating their own merchandise, passing out fliers in the snow and pouring rain and personally maintaining their heavily trafficked website and more. They still do.

KILL HANNAH have amassed some of the most loyal and dedicated fans out there. These fans show up for shows at the crack of dawn when the band arrives to town, clad in custom made KILL HANNAH attire, proudly displaying their KILL HANNAH tattoos, where they meet up with other fans who have travelled far and wide with the hopes of catching a moment with the band, and to meet other KILL HANNAH fans. These fans have set up their own cult community and fan club, called the KILL HANNAH KOLLECTIVE (KHK). The KHK has grown to have active branches in almost every major city across the USA, and now in nearly every major country as well. As the music of KILL HANNAH has impacted fans around the world, KILL HANNAH have become more than a band, they have become a movement.

Creative in every aspect of their lives, various members have also initiated other projects. Frontman Mat Devine co-founded the Chicago Suicide Club, a lifestyle brand dedicated to art, fashion and events. As part of the Chicago underground music scene, the CSC has produced DJ events and aftershow parties with Jeremy Dawson of Shiny Toy Guns, Jared Leto of 30 Seconds to Mars, Peaches, Ladytron, Paul Barker of Ministry, Chris Vrenna of NIN, Marilyn Manson, Gnarls Barkley, Buzz McCoy of My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult, Daniel Ash of Bauhaus/Love & Rockets, Marky Ramone of The Ramones, The Sounds, DJ/Performance artists Superstars of Love, and Ronan Harris of VNV Nation.

Bass player Greg Corner is a world renowned DJ and co-founder of Chicago's Dark Wave Disco, a monthly dance party that has featured Tommie Sunshine, Classixx (formerly Young Americans), The Teenagers, Steve Aoki, Carlos D. of Interpol, Uffie, Lady Sovereign, The Sounds, MSTRKRFT and Junior Sanchez, as well as The Faint, The MisShapes, Go!Motion, Blake Miller of Moving Units and Adam 12 of She Wants Revenge. It has received national press in SPIN Magazine and URB Magazine as one of the hottest parties in America.

The band's follow-up album, Until There's Nothing Left Of Us, surfaced in 2006 debuting at number 8 in the official Billboard Heatseeker's chart. While KILL HANNAH had cut Forever Never And Ever far from home in sunny Los Angeles, Until There's Nothing Left of Us was conceived and created back home in Chicago during the dead of winter. That, according to Devine, stamps every second of the album with a distinctive energy.

"Everything came from the stimulation I get from this place," he insists. "I live in view of the entire skyline; the trains literally circle me. It’s almost like the city itself envelops me. Like any metropolis, it can be dark at times, but super-romantic too. From nine to five it's absolute chaos, and then after six o’clock it's completely desolate. At the lakeshore it might be totally placid and serene, and in the next minute these crazy waves crash in and freeze as massive piles of jagged ice. In a way, our music is like that too. From track to track on this record, and even within each song, we have moments of triumph and then we have moments of creepy romance."

The band gathered at friend/former drummer Garrett Hammond’s home studio and began taking all of their demos apart. "We’d rehearse and develop and record every single part," recalls guitarist Dan Wiese. "Every note and every word got re-evaluated several times before everyone was satisfied."

After wrapping up their intense pre-production, they hit the studio with Chicago native Johnny K. With a catalogue that includes producing bands like Disturbed, Plain White T's, Finger 11 and 3 Doors Down, he seemed like an unusual choice for KILL HANNAH. "But we wanted to experiment," Devine explains. "My personal tastes lean toward European and 80's influences, and Johnny is known for doing straight-ahead rock or metal. In Chicago terms, it's like we're North Side and Johnny is, as he calls himself, a 'South Side knucklehead'." It was, of course, a perfect match. They began by finding common ground, as Johnny seconded their enthusiasm for The Cure, Peter Gabriel, and The Psychedelic Furs. The successful plan then, was to at once expand and refine their sound without losing the primal instincts that have driven KILL HANNAH from the start.

KILL HANNAH do not like to sit still. Between 2003 - 2007, they toured the US constantly – at one stage performing more than 250 shows within 18 months. Their touring buddies were diverse, including Chevelle, HIM, Papa Roach, Evanescence, Janes Addiction, and The All-American Rejects, to The Distillers, Lost Prophets, The Rasmus, 30 Seconds To Mars, Mindless Self Indulgence, Flyleaf, Alice in Chains and Velvet Revolver, and even with groups like The Sounds, Shiny Toy Guns and Angels and Airwaves... and the list continues. Impressively, the band also managed to find time to contribute a cover of Queen/David Bowie song Under Pressure to the soundtrack for thriller movie The Invisible, following a personal invitation from director David Goyer (Magneto, Batman Begins, Blade).

KILL HANNAH made their first foray into the UK live scene in 2007. You may also have caught them at the Give It A Name festival at London's Earls Court or the Birmingham N.I.A., or more recently as main support for the sold out tour with HIM. And, like in the US, KILL HANNAH have forged a formidable reputation as an extraordinary live band.

Single Lips Like Morphine is due for UK release on March 17, 2008. The band's first album release in the UK & Japan will be Until There's Nothing Left Of Us with added songs from For Never And Ever, plus new unreleased tracks. Until There’s Nothing Left Of Us is set to hit stores on March 24, 2008. KILL HANNAH will be main support to Aidan’s UK tour in March/April 2008.