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Disturbed's Title Track Hits #1 At Active Rock Radio
December 17, 2008
Multi-platinum hard-rock band, Disturbed, have scored their second No. 1 single on the BDS/Billboard Active Rock chart this year with the title track from their current album, the nearly platinum 'Indestructible'.

The album's lead-off single, "Inside the Fire," set a record for the longest-running No. 1 in the history of the Active Rock chart when it spent 16 weeks in the top slot. Disturbed are also riding high with their first-ever Grammy Award nomination in the "Best Hard Rock Performance" category for "Inside the Fire."

The self-produced 'Indestructible' debuted at Number One on Billboard's Top 200 album chart in June and remained in the Top 10 for five weeks. It is the band's third consecutive Number One album, following their platinum-sellers 'Believe' (2002) and 'Ten Thousand Fists' (2005), making Disturbed one of only six rock bands in history to score three consecutive Number One debuts with studio albums. Formed in Chicago in 1996, Disturbed have sold a collective 10 million albums worldwide.

Disturbed have recently announced dates for the winter leg of their headlining North American tour in support of 'Indestructible'.

Disturbed Tour Dates w/ Sevendust, Skindred:
1/16 - Milwaukee, WI - Eagles Ballroom
1/17 - Springfield, MO - Shrine Mosque
1/19 - Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theatre
1/21 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Great Salt Air
1/23 - Seattle, WA - Everett Arena
1/24 - Kennwick, WA - Toyota Center
1/26 - Sacramento, CA - Arco Arena
1/27 - San Jose, CA - San Jose Event Center
1/29 - Los Angeles, CA - Palladium
1/30 - Las Vegas, NV - Pearl
2/02 - El Paso, TX - County Coliseum
2/03 - Belton, TX - Bell County Expo
2/05 - Midland, TX - Midland Horseshoe Arena
2/06 - Corpus Christi, TX - The Pavilion
2/10 - Tupelo, MS - Bancorp South Arena
2/11 - Augusta, GA - James Brown Arena
2/13 - Jacksonville, FL - Morrocco Shrine Auditorium
2/14 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Pompano Beach Amphitheater
2/16 - Ft. Meyers, FL - Germain Arena
2/18 - Myrtle Beach, SC - House of Blues
2/19 - Johnson City, TN - Freedom Hall Civic Center
2/21 - Rochester, NY - Armory
2/22 - Atlantic City, NJ - House of Blues
2/24 - Dayton, OH - Hara Arena
2/25 - Huntington, WV - Big Sandy Arena
2/27 - Utica, NY - Utica Auditorium
2/28 – Scranton, PA - Scranton Cultural Center

Please visit the band's official website, www.disturbed1.com, for more details.
 
 
 
 
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Disturbed Announce Winter Leg Of U.S. Headline Tour
December 11, 2008
Chart-topping hard-rock band, Disturbed, have announced a winter leg of their headlining North American tour in support of their current album, the nearly platinum 'Indestructible'. The tour begins January 16th, 2009, in Milwaukee, WI, and crisscrosses the country before finishing up in Utica, NY, on February 27th. Sevendust and Skindred will appear as support.

Disturbed are riding high with their first-ever Grammy Award nomination in the "Best Hard Rock Performance" category for 'Indestructible's' first single "Inside the Fire," which set a record when it spent 16 weeks atop the Active Rock Radio chart. Their new single/title track, "Indestructible," currently sit at No. 2 on Billboard's Active Rock chart.

The self-produced 'Indestructible' debuted at Number One on Billboard's Top 200 album chart and remained in the Top 10 for five weeks. It is the band's third consecutive Number One album, following their platinum-sellers 'Believe' (2002) and 'Ten Thousand Fists' (2005), making Disturbed one of only six rock bands in history to score three consecutive Number One debuts with studio albums. Formed in Chicago in 1996, Disturbed have sold a collective 10 million albums worldwide.

Disturbed Tour Dates w/ Sevendust, Skindred:
1/16 - Milwaukee, WI - Eagles Ballroom
1/17 - Springfield, MO - Shrine Mosque
1/19 - Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theatre
1/21 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Great Salt Air
1/23 - Seattle, WA - Everett Arena
1/24 - Kennwick, WA - Toyota Center
1/26 - Sacramento, CA - Arco Arena
1/27 - San Jose, CA - San Jose Event Center
1/29 - Los Angeles, CA - Palladium
1/30 - Las Vegas, NV - Pearl
2/02 - El Paso, TX - County Coliseum
2/03 - Belton, TX - Bell County Expo
2/05 - Midland, TX - Midland Horseshoe Arena
2/06 - Corpus Christi, TX - The Pavilion
2/10 - Tupelo, MS - Bancorp South Arena
2/11 - Augusta, GA - James Brown Arena
2/13 - Jacksonville, FL - Morrocco Shrine Auditorium
2/14 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Pompano Beach Amphitheater
2/16 - Ft. Meyers, FL - Germain Arena
2/18 - Myrtle Beach, SC - House of Blues
2/19 - Johnson City, TN - Freedom Hall Civic Center
2/21 - Rochester, NY - Armory
2/22 - Atlantic City, NJ - House of Blues
2/24 - Dayton, OH - Hara Arena
2/25 - Huntington, WV - Big Sandy Arena
2/27 - Utica, NY - Utica Auditorium
2/28 – Scranton, PA - Scranton Cultural Center

For more information on Disturbed, including updates and ticket on sale dates, visit www.disturbed1.com.
 
 
 
 
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Nonpoint, Skindred To Headline 'The Great American Rampage'
August 22, 2007
Bieler Bros. Records has announced the launch of "The Great American Rampage" tour. Created to be an annual touring event, this year's inaugural jaunt will take place in the United States and will run from October through December, and is set to feature a power-packed lineup of bands.

Co-headlining "The Great American Rampage" this year will be metal fan favorites Nonpoint, and the kings of ragga-punk-metal Skindred. Supporting the "Rampage" headliners will be none other than Latin metal monsters Ankla, who are currently dominating Ozzfest's second stage and making a name for themselves as the festivals breakthrough act this year. With three powerhouse bands already on tap, opening acts for the journey are expected to be announced soon.

"The Great American Rampage" will also feature a series of prize giveaways and opportunities to interact with the bands.

Dates for the tour and more details will be announced soon.
 
 
 
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A Preview Of Babylon
August 3, 2004
Four tracks from Skindred's album Babylon have been posted online, you can listen to them here. The tracks online for listening are "Nobody", "The Fear", "Pressure", and "Selector". The album, which is a re-release with four extra tracks, will be in stores August 31st through Bieler Bros/Lava.
 
 
 
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Biography
YEAR FORMED: 2002
HOME TOWN: South Wales
MEMBERS:
Benji Webbe (vocals)
Mikey Dee (guitar)
Daniel Pugsley (bass/programming)
Dirty Arya (drums)

"Diversity is not the problem: sameness is."- Leon Botstein, Bard College President Rock music must evolve, or suffer becoming dull and trite. When the fusion of styles yields innovative and contagious new music, it is an explosive event. The band creating this explosion is SKINDRED, a four-piece heavy rock n' reggae outfit hailing from the UK. Skindred's upcoming Lava Records debut, scheduled for release in the Summer of 2004, is entitled "Babylon," and it will undoubtedly be considered one of the most impressive rock releases this year. Hailing from South Wales, Skindred is the project of eclectic, energetic vocalist Benji Webbe and fellow bassist-programmer, Daniel Pugsley. The two joined musical forces following the demise of Benji's first band, Dub War. Skindred's lineup also features axe-man Mikey Dee and drummer Dirty Arya who joined the band in December 2002 and have been blowing the roof off ever since. "Skindred is dancehall; it's punk; it's metal, it's who we are," Pugsley proclaims. Call it what you want but it's that cohesive nether-region where Bounty Killa meets the Police-where 311 and System of a Down collide. Hence, it's the evolution of Skindred's incendiary metal-fueled reggae-rock. Explains Benji, "For me, when I look at myself as a vocalist, as a kid growing up, I never liked listening to just one type of music. There were a lot of scenes around, some of my friends were really into reggae, and some were into rock: but no one was into everything. I was into The Police, The Specials, The Clash and bands which borrowed music from different cultures. That's what I wanted to do as far as a band," Benji continues, "That's where Skindred's strength lies, combining the diversity of cultures through our music. We started out doing that with Dub War; but we accomplished it with Skindred." The fusion of hard rock and reggae with programming and dub, together with Benji's patois is the evolution of an explosive new genre without the generic name. "I grew up near the water in the docks area of South Wales, which had a large Arabian population," Benji recollects. "There were a lot of black people from the West Indies, people from the west coast of Africa, a lot of Irish and Italian immigrants. It was a very multicultural area. I remember a saying, growing up which said, 'It's not about black or white-it's about being wrong or right.' A kid can come from my town and being black, didn't mean he's in a gang, you know? Growing up with different cultures around you is a beautiful thing and that made me the person I am today. If I grew up in a straight black area, I might be a totally different person. Instead, I had all these Irish kids around me, singing their songs and doing their jigs. The Africans had their music, the Jamaicans and the Islanders; even the Arabians had their music you know?" By today's standards, Skindred is completely unique in their musical approach. "There's no scene for what we're playing," says Benji. "There are few bands that like and play the same kind of music as we do. We didn't set out to start a reggae/rock scene; we were just playing one or the other. If I had to play just one type of music, I'd be bored as hell." Benji continues, "The amalgamation of the styles in our songs keeps me happy, which is important-it pushes us forward. Maybe one day the world will catch up with us and if it doesn't work out, you'll find me back here, at home, singing rock and reggae." With Dirty Arya and Mikey Dee in tow, Skindred intends to transport fans to a higher level of consciousness. "Babylon's" first single, Nobody is a genre-bending, high-octane hybrid of dancehall and metal. It's a sucker-punch to the ribs musically. "Babylon's" entire tone is unsettling. From the drum and bass album opener Set It Off to the metal-ized toasting on the title track Babylon, Skindred is bringing their reggae-fied metal, dread-head-dub to the masses. Whatever you call it, Skindred is making rock music exciting again. "Benj and I both loved the Pistols and Queen. The way Freddie Mercury delivered his vocals, so strong and soulful, it just rocked," Daniel confesses. "We absorbed as many different musical styles as we could. The first real rock record I had was "Appetite For Destruction" but I didn't buy another rock record until "Follow The Leader" 'cuz I was so into dancehall and reggae and drum and bass. We were into everything, and we wanted to play everything." Benji also had diverse influences, which ultimately affected the recording of "Babylon." "Growing up around all these Rasta men, the reggae playing, dreads swinging; each time we heard "Another One Bites the Dust", my foot would be tapping. I was deep into dancehall for so long but the thing that might have brought me back to heavy music may have been the "Judgment Night" soundtrack. It had all these rap and hard rock bands side by side. Helmet and House Of Pain, it was so amazing because you had bands from different worlds making music together." "When we write a tune," Benji comments," it goes something like this. We try to imagine artists like Helmet and Sean Paul in the studio together and see where it goes from there. Then we'll say, what if Bob Marley sang with Queen and go for it again. On The Fear, Danny and I decided to do a few different songs and work on the influences. We did "Ramble On," by Led Zep; we did some stuff by a guy called Tenor Saw and we did some Clash. For me it's just about bullying. People have been bullied for thousands of years. I had this friend who was going through a lot at the time, and I felt it was a partial message to him to get strong and stay through it, you know? And that's what I was aiming for lyrically. For me, a band like the Clash is incredible. And I was fortunate enough to meet Joe Strummer and tell him that I was doing a song of his. He was such a gentleman and said, 'Oh, that's very nice. Very nice.' I'll always be grateful for having had the chance to meet him and share that with him." Daniel sums it up best, "Now we're just trying to take it all forward. We want to do this as a band 'cuz we believe there's people like us who want to hear more than just the same thing from the same bands again and again. Just like Benj and I, we like a lot of the same things, but we like different things as well. And that's how we play our music."