Think You're The Ultimate 'Gigantour' Fan??
October 4, 2006
The following announcement has been posted on the official Gigantour web site:
"Orlando, Florida residents: send in your photo and a short paragraph, fifty words or less, telling us why you are the ultimate Gigantour fan! If you are chosen, the Gigantour video crew will come to your home to film you getting ready for the show at the Hard Rock Live in Orlando on October 8th, escort you and a friend to the show, set you up with VIP backstage passes and tickets, and you will meet Megadeth at the end of the show! All will be filmed to be included on next year's Gigantour 2006 DVD! E-mail your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Winner will be notified October 7th. Contest open to Orlando, Florida residents only. Good luck!"
Contest Details Revealed To Play Onstage With Arch Enemy
October 2, 2006
One lucky Arch Enemy
fan will win the chance to play on stage with the band during the October 6 Gigantour
stop in Tampa Bay, Florida.
Contest details are as follows:
"Learn the lead guitar solo for the song 'Ravenous'
(the solo at 3:00 - 3:12 in the song), show up at the ESP
booth immediately after venue doors open at the Tampa Bay, Florida concert on October 6. Arch Enemy
will pick three finalists, then pick a grand-prize winner who will be a guest on stage and play the lead solo during the song with Arch Enemy
! Do not bring your own guitar — guitar and amplification will be provided by ESP
and Line 6
" can be downloaded here
The North American installment of Gigantour 2006
kicked off September 6 in Boise, Idaho. The trek features Lamb Of God
, Arch Enemy
, The Smashup
, Into Eternity
in addition to the headliner Megadeth
Gigantour Benefit Softball Game
September 30, 2006
It will be bands vs. crew this Monday, October 2 when Gigantour
takes a break in Norfolk, VA for a friendly softball game. The game is taking place at Norfolk, Virginia’s Harbor Park minor league baseball stadium on a day off for the fast and furious traveling festival, which kicked off in early September and wraps October 8.
The 4:00 PM game is open to the public and is free to any fan bringing food donations. All food will be donated to the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia, which is a warehouse or “bank” where recovered and donated food is collected, sorted and distributed to over 600 agencies (http://www.foodbankonline.org
). “This is an easy way for us to give something back to the community,” says Megadeth
frontman and Gigantour
creator Dave Mustaine
, “and last year’s game was a lot of fun. This year, we wanted to do it bigger, in a proper stadium with dugouts and everything. And letting fans and neighbors in on it, for charity, really raises the stakes. The roadies think they’re going to pound us, but they’ve never seen some of these drummers swing a bat.”
Headlined by Megadeth
and also featuring Lamb Of God
, Arch Enemy
, Into Eternity
and The Smashup
is a multi-act, two-stage festival that first launched last year.
Time: 4:00-6:00 PM (doors open at 3:30PM)
Location: Harbor Park Stadium, 150 Park Avenue, Norfolk, VA
'Saw III' Soundtrack Final Tracklisting Revealed
September 18, 2006
The final track listing for the upcoming 'Saw III' soundtrack, which hits stores on October 24th, has been revealed. The soundtrack, which is being released via Artist Addiction, Warcon Entertainment, and Fontana Distribution features some of the biggest names in Hard Rock and Metal. From veterans like Slayer, Helmet, Ministry, and Meshuggah to some of the best up and coming bands today such as Lamb Of God, Avenged Sevenfold, All That Remains, Eighteen Visions, Mastodon, and many more. Helmet's "Monochrome" will serve as the soundtrack's lead off single. The full tracklisting is as follows:
Saw III Soundtrack:
1. All That Remains- "This Calling"
2. Static-X- "No Submission"
3. Slayer- "Eyes Of The Insane"
4. Lamb of God- "Walk With Me In Hell"
5. Helmet- "Monochrome"
6. Disturbed- "Guarded"
7. Blue October- "Drilled a Wire Through My Cheek"
8. Drowning Pool- "No More"
9. Avenged Sevenfold- "Burn It Down"
10. Eighteen Visions- "Your Nightmare"
11. Opiate For The Masses- "Dead Underground"
12. Bullet For My Valentine- "Suffocating Under Words (What Can I Do) "
13. Ministry- "Fear Is Big Business"
14. Mastodon- "The Wolf Is Loose"
15. Hydrovibe (feat. Shawnee Smith)- "Killer Inside"
16. HourCast- "Sakkara"
17. Meshuggah- "Shed"
18. The Smashup- "Effigy"
19. Ghost Machine- "Siesta Loca"
20. Charlie Clouser- "S*!thole Theme"
A Musical Evening Inspired By 'Saw III'; Helmet To Headline
September 14, 2006
In anticipation of the opening of 'SAW III'
, which hits theaters October 27th, the SAW
franchise teams up with Warcon Records
to begin “pulling out all the stops” with a show at Webster Hall in New York City October 19th. The show focuses on the musical side of SAW
and combines appearances by bands featured on the 'SAW III'
soundtrack, to be released October 24th via Artist Addiction
, Warcon Enterprises
& Fontana Distribution
. The night will be headlined by the infamous Helmet
, The Smashup
. The show will be hosted by Shawnee Smith
(who stars as “Amanda
” in all three SAW
films). Special guests from the SAW
franchise will also make appearances.
The show will also feature a SAW
museum that includes: torture devices, headgear, set pieces and even Jigsaw’s
infamous puppet “Billie
” as well as other authentic props from the SAW
franchise. All on exhibition for the first and only time ever. As an added bonus, true SAW
devotees will be able to join the “Circle of Blood
.” Circle of Blood
participants will gain early access to the venue for a private meet and greet autograph session with Shawnee Smith
, the bands and members of the cast and will take home a commemorative bag of SAW
For ticket information to participate in this special event, and to find out how to take part in the “Circle of Blood
,” click here
(10 news stories listed.)
YEAR FORMED: 2001
HOME TOWN: New York, NY
Watt White - vocals
Vin Alfieri - guitar
Rich Liegey - bass
Ant C. - drums
The most rewarding way to do something is to do it yourself, to earn your battle scars and get your hands dirty in the process. The SmashUp knows this better than anybody.
Since forming in New York City in 2001, The SmashUp has been doing it the only way they knew how: by themselves and for themselves. Vocalist Watt White explains, "The minute you start doing things you think people will like, you fail. Do it for yourself. The world will come." Guitarist Vin Alfieri adds, “Everything is so DIY driven. Anybody with the drive to do this can make something…You’ve just gotta enjoy the ride.”
The SmashUp is a band that allows fans to feel a common bond and a sense of understanding. “We consider ourselves storytellers. Everyone can relate to our experiences, but we don’t write songs about breaking up with girlfriends,” says Alfieri. The songs on Being And Becoming touch on a variety of subjects. The song Murder To The Mattress is about abortion and unwanted pregnancy, while Rachel’s Day is about a friend of the band who lost her battle with drug addiction. “Never Gonna Kill Us is our anthem. Being in a band puts you against the odds, but once you’ve started, there is no choice. Quitting is never an option.”
The SmashUp has peddled its brand of musical intensity and passion to crowds of various sizes and musical tastes. “We’ve played everything from underground shows at VFW halls to clubs with national acts.” In fact, the band has shared the stage with bands as varied as Coheed and Cambria, Eighteen Visions and The Used. This suits The SmashUp just fine: “We have so many different elements… We have been influenced by Black Flag and Bad Brains, but we’re by no means a hardcore band and even though we have a punk rock work ethic, I don’t think we could be classified as a strictly punk rock band either.” To further elaborate the band’s influences would indicate just how varied their tastes are: from Rancid, NOFX and AFI, to The Police, Pink Floyd, Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix to Metallica, Megadeth, Avenged Sevenfold and Mastodon.
The members of The SmashUp are also multitalented. The band self-produced Being And Becoming because “We weren’t happy with working with past producers and I think we did a pretty good job of it ourselves.” Alfieri is well-experienced with a variety of musical ventures, having written original music in varying styles for multiple films and television programs including Daredevil, The Punisher, Fantastic Four, The OC, The Secret Window, Garfield, Fat Albert, Mr. And Mrs. Smith, Johnson Family Vacation, Rebound and American Pie 2. Vocalist Watt White has appeared in commercials for AOL, Virgin Mobile, Subway and Heineken, often with a singing role. Alfieri explains “We need to have some way to support ourselves as a touring band.”
Signing with WARCON Enterprises has opened a new chapter in The SmashUp’s story. “Working with WARCON and (cofounders) Bob Chiappardi and Kevin Lyman brings the band to a new level. WARCON gets what we’re about. It gives us a chance to have a chance.”