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Avenged Sevenfold Add More Dates To Current Tour
February 6, 2009
Due to overwhelming fan demand, Orange County's Avenged Sevenfold have extended their current tour, adding an additional series of spring North American tour dates to the second leg, which began on January 28th. The tour, a co-headlining jaunt with Buckcherry that began last fall, has been a triumphant success with heavy demand for tickets and sold-out shows. Filling out the bill are Papa Roach. The tour is a great opportunity to see the most exciting hard rock for $40 or less. Tickets go on sale through Ticketmaster and other outlets in February. Please see below for tour and on-sale dates.

Avenged Sevenfold have been on the road for more than a year, playing to packed arenas on the fourth annual Rockstar Taste of Chaos tour, as well as a European tour with rock legends Iron Maiden. The band is touring behind the self-produced 'Avenged Sevenfold', which topped the Billboard Alternative, Hard, and Rock charts the week after its release in October 2007. It also won the award for "Best Album" at the 2008 Kerrang! Awards. The follow-up to 2005's million-selling 'City of Evil', Avenged Sevenfold debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200, marking the biggest sales week ever for the quintet. The album has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.

Avenged Sevenfold recently captured their spectacular stage show in an acclaimed DVD/CD package called 'Live in the LBC & Diamonds in the Rough', which features the band's jubilant hometown show at the Long Beach Arena headlining Taste of Chaos in April 2008, as well as previously unreleased b-sides and other never-before-heard material.

Avenged Sevenfold's upcoming tour dates are as follows. Newly announced on-sale dates are listed in parentheses:

w/ Buckcherry, Papa Roach:
2/06 - Portland, OR - Memorial Coliseum
2/07 - Tacoma, WA - Tacoma Dome
2/09 - Spokane, WA - Star Theater at Spokane Arena
2/12 - Rapid City, SD - Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
2/14 - Council Bluffs, ID - Mid America Center
2/17 - St. Louis, MO - The Family Arena
2/20 - Cleveland, OH - The Wolstein Center
2/21 - Battle Creek, MI - Kellogg Arena
2/23 - Cincinnati, OH - The Bank of Kentucky Center
2/24 - Pikeville, KY - Eastern Kentucky Expo Center
2/25 - Pittsburgh, PA - The Peterson Events Center
3/20 - Utica, NY, Utica Auditorium (2/14)
3/23 - Columbus, GA, Columbus Civic Center (2/7)
3/26 - Johnson City, TN, Freedom Hall (2/7)
3/27 - Lexington, KY, Rupp Arena (2/7)
3/30 - Nashville, TN, Sommet Center (2/6)
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Buckcherry Release Japanese Live Video Performance
December 12, 2008
So Cal rockers, Buckcherry, have just released a live video performance of their new single, “Rescue Me.” The clip was filmed in Japan during their recent tour there supporting 'Black Butterfly'. You can check out the video below.

Building on the success of their current co-headlining tour, Avenged Sevenfold and Buckcherry have announced the next leg beginning on January 28th in Salt Lake City, UT. The next dates on the arena tour include Papa Roach and Saving Abel, offering fans 4 bands for under $40.00.

The Buckcherry and Avenged Sevenfold package is considered to be one of the three major successful rock tours of the season, along with AC/DC and Metallica. A tour announcement video can also be viewed below.

Buckcherry/Avenged Sevenfold 2009 Tour Dates
w/ Papa Roach and Saving Abel:
1/28 - Salt Lake City, UT - “E” Center
1/30 - Phoenix, AZ - Arena
1/31 - Albuquerque, NM - Tingley Coliseum
2/02 - Bakersfield, CA - Rabobank Arena
2/03 - Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena
2/05 - Yakima, WA - Yakima Valley SunDome
2/06 - Portland, OR - Memorial Coliseum
2/07 - Tacoma, WA - Tacoma Dome
2/09 - Spokane, WA - Star Theater at Spokane Arena
2/12 - Rapid City, SD - Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
2/14 - Council Bluffs, ID - Mid America Center *
2/17 - St. Louis, MO - The Family Arena *
2/20 - Cleveland, OH - The Wolstein Center
2/21 - Battle Creek, MI - Kellogg Arena *
2/23 - Cincinnati, OH - The Bank of Kentucky Center *
2/24 - Pikeville, KY - Eastern Kentucky Expo Center
2/25 - Pittsburgh, PA - The Peterson Events Center

* = Buckcherry, Avenged Sevenfold and Papa Roach only
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Papa Roach: New Video For 'Hollywood Whore'
December 2, 2008
Sacramento rockers, Papa Roach, recently shot a new video for the song, "Hollywood Whore", which is taken from their upcoming Universal album, 'Metamorphosis'. Check out the video below.

The song has been receiving a HUGE response from fans both online and on their current tour with Staind and Seether, which wraps up this week in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Remaining tour dates are as follows:
12/2 - Denver, CO - Fillmore Auditorium
12/4 - Green Bay, WI - Brown County Veterans Memorial Complex

'Metamorphosis', which was pushed back to early spring of 2009 from a tentative date of Fall 2008, will follow up 2006's 'The Paramour Sessions'. The disc will also mark the recording debut with Papa Roach of ex-Unwritten Law drummer Tony Palermo, who replaced founding drummer Dave Buckner last year after Buckner went down with substance abuse issues.
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State Of Shock Release New Song, Tour With Staind
November 20, 2008
Canadian melodic-rockers State of Shock will be digitally releasing their album, 'Life, Love & Lies' on December 23rd. Already a headlining act up north, the band have set their sites on the States with a supporting slot on Staind’s current U.S. tour.

State of Shock have also just re-released their track “Rollin” which was originally released on their Canadian debut album. The slow-burning track will also be available on 'Life, Love & Lies' when hits all digital outlets.

Check out "Rollin" below:

State of Shock w/ Staind, Seether, and Papa Roach:
11/18 - Hammerstein Ballroom - New York, NY
11/19 - Wicomico Civic Center - Salisbury, MD
11/20 - Big Sandy Arena - Huntington, WV
11/22 - Hara Arena - Dayton, OH
11/23 - Pepsi Coliseum - Indianapolis, IN
11/25 - Ford Park - Beaumont, TX
11/26 - Freeman Coliseum - San Antonio, TX
11/28 - Midland Horshoe Arena - Midland, TX
11/29 - Amarillo Civic Center - Amarillo, TX
11/30 - County Coliseum - El Paso, TX
12/2 - The Fillmore Auditorium - Denver, CO
12/4 - Brown County Arena - Green Bay, WI
12/5 - McElroy Auditorium - Waterloo, IA
12/6 - The Venue at Horseshoe Hammond Casino - Hammond, IN
12/8 - Sound Academy -Toronto, Ontario, CA
12/10 - The Fillmore Detroit - Detroit, MI

'Life, Love & Lies' hits store shelves on 12/23 via Universal Records.
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Staind Adds Tour Dates With Papa Roach, Seether
September 8, 2008
Multi-platinum hard rock quartet, Staind, has added more dates to their upcoming tour with special guests Seether, Papa Roach, and on select dates, Red. The tour begins October 4th at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD. Fans can go to for ticket information.

Staind is touring in support of new album 'The Illusion Of Progress', which debuted on Billboard’s Top 200 at No. 3, and new hit single “Believe,” which is currently No. 1 on the Modern Rock Chart. 'The Illusion Of Progress' is the fourth consecutive album of Staind’s career to debut in the top 3.

Tour dates for Staind are as follows (additional dates to be confirmed):

10/3 - Turning Stone - Verona, NY (Staind only)

w/ Seether, Papa Roach:
10/4 - Merriweather Post Pavilion Columbia, MD
10/7 - Greensboro Special Events Center Greensboro, NC
10/9 - Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, FL
10/10 - St. Augustine Amphitheater St. Augustine, FL
10/12 - Hard Rock Live Orlando, FL
10/14 - Heritage Park Simpsonville (Greenville), SC
10/15 - Freedom Hall Civic Center Johnson City, TN
10/17 - The Amphitheater at the Warf Orange Beach, AL
10/18 - Snowden Grove Park Amphitheatre Southaven, MS
10/19 - Lakewood Amphitheater Atlanta, GA
10/21 - Black River Coliseum Poplar Bluff, MO
10/22 - Rockford MetroCentre Rockford, IL
10/24 - Tulsa Convention Center Arena Tulsa, OK
10/26 - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Houston, TX (KTBZ Radio Show)
11/12 - Mohegan Sun Casino Uncasville, CT (w/ Papa Roach only)
11/14 - Sovereign Center Reading, PA (w/ Papa Roach only)
11/15 - Asbury Park Convention Hall Complex Asbury Park, NJ
11/16 - Tsongas Arena Lowell, MA
11/18 - Hammerstein Ballroom New York, NY
11/19 - Wicomico Youth and Civic Center Salisbury, MD
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HOME TOWN: Vacaville, CA
Jacoby Shaddix - Vocals
Jerry Horton - Guitar
Tobin Esperance - Bass
Tony Palermo - Drums

In 1933, oil heiress Daisy Canfield was on her way home from a party when her car veered off a Mulholland Drive cliff, plummeting 300 feet and instantly killing the wife of silent movie star Antonio Moreno. In the decades that followed, the couple’s 14-bedroom Hollywood Hills estate would see time as a school for girls, then a convent before falling into disrepair, later being devastated by a 1987 earthquake. Born again more than a decade later, the renovated mansion has served as a recording studio for the likes of H.I.M. and Gwen Stefani, and recently hosted television’s “Rock Star” reality series.

It was between seasons of “Rock Star” that Papa Roach were tenants of the historic property, writing and recording the songs that comprise The Paramour Sessions. “We chose to move into the Paramour so we could focus on music and not have to deal with and be affected by the outside world,” says Papa Roach drummer Dave Buckner. Little did the band realize the impact that the house would actually have.

“We went in to the house with the intention of writing the most savage, bad-ass record we could write,” adds frontman Jacoby Shaddix, “but when we got there, the house had a spirit about it that was bigger than us. We knew we were onto something the second we went into our jam sessions, because we’d never stepped into a room and played for six or seven hours straight, just being creative.”

The results of that creative energy – whether channeled by the band, or the product of a mysterious, more elusive energy – are The Paramour Sessions, the fifth full-length Papa Roach release of the past decade, and second for Geffen Records. “Living in the house together was the best thing we could have done for ourselves,” says guitarist Jerry Horton. “It brought new life to our writing process and helped us reconnect musically and spiritually. The Paramour brought another level to our creative flow and that had a major influence on the songs, as well as how we’ll write music in the future.” Details Shaddix: “There was something about the ballroom we recorded in that made us want to write bigger, with more open chords. Something happened there that we wanted everyone to experience with us, and we wanted the songs to feel as grand and over-the-top as our experience there was.”

The first single “…To Be Loved” opens the album with a down-tuned litany that harkens back to Papa Roach’s genre-jumping roots, but quickly explodes into a rock and roll maelstrom more in line with their previous release, the critically acclaimed and platinum-selling Getting Away With Murder. Arena rock crashes head-on with punk attitude and contagious, sing-along choruses, setting the bar early for the most infectious P-Roach album to date: No small statement, considering that Papa Roach have already sold more than 10 million albums, establishing themselves as one of the most successful rock bands in the world.

“We approach every record with no rules, no boundaries,” says Tobin Esperance, who played a lot of guitar on the record, in addition to his full-time bass duties. “We do what comes naturally to us, and I think that shows in all of our recordings. We are a rock and roll band with many different influences.” “First and foremost, we want to write songs – lyrically and melodically – that you can sing along with,” adds Shaddix. “We’re a band that tries to walk that line between metal, hardcore, punk rock and pop music, and we do our best at trying to make it all tasteful. Not heavy shit just for the sake of having heavy shit, but heavy shit that you can sing along with because it’s got a pop sensibility.”

Don’t get too focused on the allusion of a pop mindset, as The Paramour Sessions proved a dark and haunting chapter in Papa Roach history. “We were in a pretty volatile state when we made this record, because a lot of us were going through a lot of personal shit,” says Shaddix. “There’s love on this album, there’s fucking violence on the record, there’s sex, drugs and rock and roll, there’s fear, there’s fucking strength… Every experience we could experience as a group of people, we experienced in that house. We cried, we fought, there were sleepless nights, and we kind of got scared of who we were for a while there. But crazy as it was, coming out on the other side of making the record, I think getting lost in ourselves was the best thing that we could have done. Towards the end of it, we knew we had to get out of that place or we’d go fucking crazy.”

Make no mistake, there were no shortage of crazy moments captured at Paramour. From the four-to-the-floor, full frontal assault of “Alive” and the fast and furious frenzy of “Crash,” to the ambient undertow of “Forever” and the lush landscape and colossal choruses of “The World Around You,” and through the epic orchestration of closing track “Roses On My Grave,” the 13 tracks flow with an inspired energy and linger with a haunting aftertaste.

“Every album we’ve made is a reflection of our states, both personally and musically, and this album is no different,” explains Buckner. “The whole property was completely fucking haunted, and I saw it as a sanctioned opportunity for me to lose my mind—And I did exactly that. I was visited by inter-dimensional beings, had out-of-body sex with spirits from old Hollywood, learned how to see specters, and now know what it feels like to have a ghost walk through me. It’s a very enlightening and inspiring experience, and something to check off the list.”

“There were times that I was just lyrically stuck, and I would go down to Daisy’s grave – she was buried on the property – and just write whatever came to me,” recalls Shaddix. “I wrote ‘Forever’ down there, and also ‘My Heart Is A Fist.’ I’d just walk around the property and find the lyrics – I’d look under rocks, I’d trip out, I’d meditate.

“Ultimately, we all needed to face whatever our fears were on this record,” the singer continues. “We also need to be able to face the fans, face the world, and be able to be proud of who we are and what we do. After making this record, we couldn’t ask for anything more than what we accomplished.” “It was a pretty crazy, intense time, and you can hear it throughout the record,” sums Esperance. “It’s a very honest and direct record, which is the same thing that Papa Roach strive to be as a band.”

“In the early days, I would obsess and worry about making our mark on rock music, but not anymore,” concludes Buckner. “In fact, I’m not sure that’s even a worthy concern… We rock today, and that’s what’s cool.”

Another chapter in Paramour history has been written.