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Concert Review – Black Veil Brides – Black Mass Tour 2014 – O2 Academy Brixton, London, Oct. 4th 2014

Contributed by Alexandra –  Twitter; https://twitter.com/lexi22473_b

 Arriving at the venue, there’s already a big crowd lining up around the block. The end of the line reached the start and they asked everyone to get closer together, so there’s enough place for everyone to queue.

With opening the doors at 7 pm, the crowd was off and started moving. People with O2 phones got in first and the rest followed through quickly. Inside, Drama Club already started their set. The steady beat of their tunes got the crowd going. Part of their set was a remix of Andy Black’s (Andy Biersacks moniker), “They Don’t Need To Understand“. If they didn’t have everyone on their side, now they had. Even though they don’t play a classic rock sound they fit in pretty good.

Next on were UK residents Fearless Vampire Killers. They were obviously known to many people. Singers/guitarists Kier Kemp and Laurenence Beveridge switch singers position after a few songs. Good choice bringing them along. With this set-list they were the ones which are closest to the music Black Veil Brides play.

Next up came Attila. They canceled their own headline tour through the UK to be able to play this set with Black Veil Brides. They played an energetic set. Their singer Fronz knows how to get the crowd going and several time encourages them to do circle pits and simply just to party with them, having a good time.

Now everyone was ready for the headliners – Black Veil Brides. With every microphone that was put on stage and everything moving they cheered. When CC finally climbed up to his drum kit, the crowd went wild. He was followed by the rest of the band and they immediately started their set with “Heart Of  Fire“, one of the two already released songs of their self titled album “Black Veil Brides“. The stage had two stairs left and right from a podium where the drum kit was placed on in the middle of the stage on a huge stack of Marshall amps. At the end of each stair there were monitors where sometimes fire, the band logo and other pictures were displayed. Next on was a well known song for everyone “I Am Bulletproof“ from their latest album “Wretched and Divine“.

Andy Biersack, well known to hold unforgettable speeches, greeted everyone and told them how much they love to be back in the UK. There were more of those speeches throughout the show. He never tired to thank the BVB Army (that’s what their fanbase is called) for their support throughout the last 5 years. That all of this wouldn’t have been possible, if they didn’t stand beside the band as much as they do. The BVB Army is a really dedicated fanbase throughout the world.

Photos from their set by Alexandra and edited by Rockin Ryan:

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Watching the band play, you could see how much fun they had on stage and how much they love their job and also their fans. Jinxx, playing the guitar and also every other string instrument the band uses in their songs, wore a „I love London“ shirt, which was exactly what everyone felt by watching them play.

Next up came a song, they never played live in the UK before. It’s from the EP „Rebels“ and is called „Coffin“. It was received with a great cheer from the crowd. It was followed by another live debut, the second one of the upcomping album, that will be released worldwide on October 27th. It’s called „Faithless“. It’s only been released for about two weeks, but the crowd already knew every word.

Their set included some more of the new songs from “Black Veil Brides“ that were so far only known to a small crowd of people that were invited to a pre-listening-party about 3 weeks ago in London. They played “Good Bye Agony“ a slow song and “Last Rites“, which made everyone a bit more excited for the record release in 2 weeks.

Black Veil Brides also played some songs from their debut-album “We Stitch These Wounds“, like the breakthrough song of their career “Knives and Pens“, which has over 62 million clicks so far on Youtube and “Sweet Blasphemy“.

Like at most rock shows there also was a drum solo. The set list included a good mix of every record they released so far and the one that will be out soon. No other cover songs this time.

They closed the set with “Fallen Angels“ and finalized it with “Love Isn’t Always Fair“ and their fairly popular song “In The End“, which is a perfect ending to a fantastic show with amazing lighting, pyros and confetti for the final tunes.

Black Veil Brides clearly evolved with every record they made and every tour the play. Ready now to play big venues. They promised to come back to the UK soon and I’m pretty sure they will….

Their UK-tour ends Oct. 17th in Leeds. The US-Tour starts Oct. 21st in Niagara Falls, NY.

Set-List

  1. Heart of fire
  2. I am bulletproof
  3. Coffin
  4. Faithless
  5. Wretched and divine
  6. Knives and pens
  7. Overture
  8. Shadows die
  9. Goodbye agony
  10. Last rites
  11. Rebel love song
  12. CC’s drum solo
  13. The legacy
  14. Sweet blasphemy
  15. All your hate
  16. Perfect weapon
  17. Fallen Angels
  18. Love isn’t always fair
  19. In the end

 

Pre-order BVBIV at: http://www.blackveilbrides.net

 

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US Tour Dates:

  • Tue/Oct-21 Niagara Falls, NY @ Rapids Theatre
  • Wed/Oct-22 Columbus, OH @ The LC Pavilion
  • Fri/Oct-24 St. Paul, MN @ Myth
  • Sat/Oct-25 Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
  • Mon/Oct-27 Denver, CO @ The Fillmore Auditorium
  • Thu/Oct-30 Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
  • Fri/Oct-31 *ON SALE NOW* Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee Theatre
  • Sat/Nov-01 *ON SALE NOW* Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern Theatre
  • Mon/Nov-03 San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
  • Wed/Nov-05 Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
  • Fri/Nov-07 Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO
  • Sat/Nov-08 Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory Concert House
  • Sun/Nov-09 Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory Concert House
  • Mon/Nov-10 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
  • Wed/Nov-12 Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater
  • Fri/Nov-14 Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
  • Sat/Nov-15 Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
  • Sun/Nov-16 Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre
  • Mon/Nov-17 Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
  • Wed/Nov-19 Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
  • Fri/Nov-21 Stroudsburg, PA @ Sherman Theater
  • Sat/Nov-22 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
  • Sun/Nov-23 New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater
  • Wed/Nov-26 Portland, ME @ State Theatre
  • Fri/Nov-28 Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
  • Sat/Nov-29 Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore Silver Spring
  • Tue/Dec-02 Louisville, KY @ Expo Five
  • Wed/Dec-03 Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
  • Thu/Dec-04 Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House Of Blues
  • Fri/Dec-05 Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore Charlotte
  • Sat/Dec-06 Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
  • Mon/Dec-08 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Orbit Room
  • Tue/Dec-09 St Louis, MO @ The Pageant
  • Thu/Dec-11 Houston, TX @ Bayou Music Center
  • Fri/Dec-12 Dallas, TX @ South Side Ballroom
  • Sat/Dec-13 San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
  • Mon/Dec-15 Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater

~ Contributed by Alexandra –  Twitter; https://twitter.com/lexi22473_b

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One of our featured Monster Energy Aftershock Bands was Young Guns. The London based rockers have been consistently grabbing everyone’s attention. We were very excited to see them performing at this year’s Aftershock Festival. They were amazing, they came out blazing with energy and got everyone revved up. I have been loving their most recent single, I Want Out which shot to No. 1 on the Tunes Rock Chart in the UK. Check out  a video for it:

The track is the first song from their upcoming new album which is set for a 2015 release and was recorded in Bath, England, produced by Steve Osborne (Joy Division, U2, Peter Gabriel) and mixed by Damian Taylor (Arcade Fire, Bjork, The Killers)

Band Members:

  • Gustav Wood – Vocals
  • John Taylor – Guitar
  • Fraser Taylor – Guitar
  • Simon Mitchell – Bass
  • Ben Jolliffe – Drums

We had the chance to chat with Ben Jolliffe, Simon Mitchell and John Taylor after their set. Check out the interview here:

Check out the photos of them during their set at Aftershock by our Rockin Ryan:

They are currently out on tour with You Me At Six right after their appearance at Aftershock. Check the dates below and make sure to catch them out on tour:

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Make sure to visit their social media sites and stay up to date on their latest news. I will leave you with a video of Young Guns performing Bones at Aftershock.

~ Crank it up loud, Marisol

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Young Guns

One of our featured Monster Energy Aftershock Bands of the Day is Young Guns. The London based rockers have been consistently grabbing everyone’s attention. We are very excited to see them performing at this year’s Aftershock Festival. Right after the festival they will be setting out on tour with You Me At Six.  Young Guns most recent single, I Want Out shot to No. 1 on the Tunes Rock Chart in the UK and they have now released a great video for it. Check it out here:

The track is the first song from their upcoming yet-to-be titled new album which is set for a 2015 release and was recorded in Bath, England, produced by Steve Osborne (Joy Division, U2, Peter Gabriel) and mixed by Damian Taylor (Arcade Fire, Bjork, The Killers)

Band Members:

  • Gustav Wood – Vocals
  • John Taylor – Guitar
  • Fraser Taylor – Guitar
  • Simon Mitchell – Bass
  • Ben Jolliffe – Drums

Current Music: Bones available on iTunes here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/bones/id553326897 and stay tuned for new album in 2015

They are set to tour with You Me At Six right after their appearance at Aftershock. Check the dates below and make sure to catch them out on tour:

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We hope we will be seeing you at this year’s Aftershock Festival to catch Young Guns.  Make sure to visit their social media sites and stay up to date on their latest news.

~ Crank it up loud, Marisol

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Young Guns

Today our Monster Energy Aftershock Festival Featured Band of the Day is Young Guns. The London based rockers have been consistently grabbing everyone’s attention. We are very excited to see them performing at this year’s Aftershock Festival. Right after the festival they will be setting out on tour with You Me At Six.  Young Guns most recent single, I Want Out shot to No. 1 on the Tunes Rock Chart in the UK and they have now released a great video for it. Check it out here:

The track is the first song from their upcoming yet-to-be titled new album which is set for a 2015 release and was recorded in Bath, England, produced by Steve Osborne (Joy Division, U2, Peter Gabriel) and mixed by Damian Taylor (Arcade Fire, Bjork, The Killers)

Band Members:

  • Gustav Wood – Vocals
  • John Taylor – Guitar
  • Fraser Taylor – Guitar
  • Simon Mitchell – Bass
  • Ben Jolliffe – Drums

Current Music: Bones available on iTunes here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/bones/id553326897 and stay tuned for new album in 2015

Song to Check out: You are Not Lonely off Bones

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Make sure to visit their social media sites to stay up to date on the album news and tour dates.

Visit www.AFTERSHOCKConcert.com/Ticketswww.Ticketmaster.com and at all Ticketmaster outlets to pick up your tickets.

VIP tickets include: a VIP entrance to venue; access to VIP lounge area featuring dedicated bar, beverage and food service; viewing of main stage (seated and standing areas); seated area with shade for dining and private restroom facilities; a VIP commemorative guest laminate, and more. As in the past, ticket discounts will also be available for active military through AFTERSHOCK partner GovX. For full details about all tickets, military ticket discounts, hotel and VIP packages, visit www.AFTERSHOCKConcert.com.

We hope we will be seeing you at this year’s Aftershock Festival. So stay tuned for another band we will be featuring so you can get yourself prepped for a hell of a festival this year! Make sure to stay tuned for our complete Aftershock Festival coverage.

~ Crank it up loud, Marisol

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ALL TIME LOW TO PERFORM AT SSE ARENA WEMBLEY

 

All Time Low are set to perform a one show only at the legendary Wembley Arena in London. The date is set for March 15th and the show will be filmed for the band’s new DVD. Tickets for the event go on sale this Friday, August 8th through   &   The announcement came from a tweet that Wembley Arena released:

 

So stay tuned for more details and make sure to visit their social media sites for updates. I will leave you with our coverage of All Time Low when they came to Sacramento for the A Love Like Tour.

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Rian Dawson

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Check out a slideshow of photos by our Rockin Ryan from their set at the Ace of Spades that night:

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If you don’t have it yet, make sure to pick up their latest album, Don’t Panic: It’s Longer Now. You can head over to Itunes here or other digital and retail outlets.  Lastly, when All Time Low come to your town, get your tickets early, they will sell out!  I will leave you with a couple videos from their set.

~ Marisol

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charming liars

Charming Liars is one British/American band that you have to know! They have had quite a successful year touring last year and we had the chance to catch them on the Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival. We were immediately drawn into their charismatic personalities and energetic sets.

Several of the members have since relocated from London and call Los Angeles home now. They played a lot of the great venues in Los Angeles and everyone began to take notice of them. They soon worked with legendary producer Bob Rock and released their new EP We Won’t Give Up” on May 19th. The EP is filled with five great tracks that are fun alternative rock style songs. You will get hooked on them and find yourself singing along in no time!

We had the chance to talk with vocalist Charlie Cosser and are pleased to bring that interview to you here:

 

As we discussed in the interview, they are going to be busy working on new music, making music videos and heading out on the road. They have a couple shows coming up in Mexico too.  We look forward to them playing another US Tour.  Make sure to visit their social media sites so you can stay up to date on their latest news. I will leave you with a video featuring Charlie and Karnig as they give a track by track description of their new EP as well as their acoustic video for The Desperation.

~ Marisol

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Whether you are mending a broken heart, remembering that forgotten love or thinking about the one that makes your heart just dance with beats, BRITROYAL has the perfect music for your every mood. BRITROYAL is the work of twin singer/songwriters Kais and Mazin Oliver from London. BRITROYAL were discovered by American Music Executive, Mark Mazzetti. Mazzetti, a former VP of A&R at A&M Records has been responsible for guiding the music and careers of some of the world’s greatest artists including, STING, JANET JACKSON, BRYAN ADAMS and JOHN MAYER They have spectacular songwriting skills and emotionally driven lyrics wrapped in passionate vocals and sweet melodies.  BRITROYAL currently have their debut EP Unfinished out and it is quite a listen.

It starts right off with what I think might be my favorite song, Wasted I Love You which has such a catchy melody and lyrics that are raw and emotional. Check out the song here in their video:

 

Ordinary has a captivating intro and is a beautiful song with such touching uplifting lyrics. The perfect song to dedicate to that special person who is your hero. All the songs on the album are wonderful and each one with their emotionally stirring and passionate lyrics will touch your heart and feed your soul. The title track Unfinished will have you thinking about that one that got away or the one that still sits in  your mind renting space in your head wondering about all that unfinished business. The vocals on Unfinished once again deliver such emotion with every note and tone.

You can pick up BRITROYAL‘s EP on ITunes, GooglePlay, and let me know which is your favorite song. It won’t be long until you catch BRITROYAL playing on your local radio station. They are amazing and I hope you get a chance to check them out.

~ Marisol

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If you enjoy really good classic rock and roll, you can always pick up the blues influences. From the great music of Blues, Rock and Roll was born and what I really enjoy is when I find some good kick ass rockin blues. I would like to introduce you to my recent find that I have been enjoying, the Dave Jackson Band. Dave delivers intense grooves wrapped in spellbinding solos that you are magnetically drawn to.  We had the opportunity to talk with Dave Jackson and we are pleased to bring you that interview:

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Music Junkie Press: Thank you so much Dave for talking with us here at Music Junkie Press. How old were you when you first started playing guitar?

Dave: I grew up in Africa and when I was five years old, I made my own guitar out of a tin box, part of an old broom handle, some nails and rubber bands and I just went out and played.  I had no idea, I just made it up but it seemed to entertain people.  I would sit around and basically jam with local guys who had guitars and I would join in on ‘African folk songs’.

Music Junkie Press: That is awesome that you made your first guitar!!! Can you remember what the first song was that you could play in its entirety?

Dave: That’s a difficult one.  I’ve never actually sat down and learned a song.  Most of everything I play is just improvised and the songs we record and play ‘live’ just evolve and grow as we play them.  I can remember my parents saying, “Can’t you play a tune?” And I would reply, “I just did…it was my own composition and it was composed as I went along”.  I could never have been a concert pianist, I would have changed all the notes.  I do have a vast classical collection, as well as a jazz collection.  I’m more of an ‘avant-garde’ blues guy.  Though come to think of it, I do remember my Brother taking trumpet lessons and I picked it up one day and ran through the ‘Kenyan National Anthem’.  That was my first and last attempt at trumpet.

Music Junkie Press: I love that your music just flows so freely. We can really feel that in your songs. Do you have a particular song writing process or ritual?

Dave: Not really.  I write most of my songs away from an instrument.  I can be on a train, or walking down the street, or I might hear part of a conversation that sparks off an idea. Normally, the lyrics and the basic melody are all in my head before I pick up my guitar.

Music Junkie Press: We understand you were involved with ‘Teenage Cancer Trust’ and sold your ‘limited edition live’ recording, where you donated the proceeds.  How did you get involved with ‘TCT’ and will you be releasing any more of the live recordings?

Dave: We first met Phil Hargreaves on ‘Facebook’.  He regularly puts on gigs at London’s ‘100 Club’ and basically, we asked if we could help.  Unknown to us, they recorded the gig and a while later, they presented us with a complete package.  It was actually a ‘thank you’ from them, but we saw it as an opportunity to raise a little more money.  Phil is now ‘Corporate Ambassador’ for ‘TCT’.  We’ve since done another gig for them and hope we can continue to help.  No plans to release any more live material at the moment, although our first album was actually recorded ‘live’ in the studio with no overdubs or repairs and it does live on the edge sometimes.

Music Junkie Press: That is wonderful how you helped with the cause. I hope you keep us updated if there are ever going to be more releases so we can help as well. I hear that you are working on your 2nd album.  How is that going and what can we expect from this new album?  Do you have a title yet?

Dave: We’ve had all the material written for ages.  Its just a question of production.  Do we try and ‘produce’ this one, which I’m not a big fan of, or do we just do the same as we did for the first one…just play through the songs and whatever happens is whatever happens.  But we’ll see.  There’s pressure on us to do a big production on it, but there’s no way in hell I’m gonna spend more than the time it takes to plug in to get my guitar sound.  We don’t know how we’re going to play a song until we play it.  We’ve never rehearsed and some of the tracks on our first album were the first time we’d ever tried the song.  We are however experimenting with ‘tuning down’ to ‘C’, much to the dismay of our blues fans.  Is there a title  yet?……well…there have been a few.  So far, ‘Seven’ is the favourite.

Music Junkie Press: Tell us about your guitar and rig rundown?

Dave: Ah, this one!  I have many one-sided conversations aimed at me about guitarists and their special set up, and I do listen and pay attention, I promise.  At the moment, for smaller gigs, I have a ‘Fender Blues Deluxe’ and for larger gigs, a ‘Marshall 100 watt head’ with a 4 x 12, but I’ve played through ‘Fender Twins’; ‘Fender Bassmans’; ‘Vox AC30s’; ‘Mesa Boogies’ and other amps I don’t know the name of.  My main guitar is a ’62 re-issue Fender Strat’ and I have a ‘Tokai SG’.  I’ve tried ‘Les Pauls’; ‘Telecasters’; ‘Epiphones’ and a whole bunch of others.  I don’t have any particular preference, it’s the music I care about.  I know it’s supposed to be the ‘holy grail’…the search for that ‘special’ sound and I’ve seen guitarists with racks of studio gear and amplifiers behind perspex screens with expensive studio microphones in front of them, but I’ve never heard a sound like when I heard ‘Buddy Guy’ way back in 1968/9 playing a ‘Fender Strat’ straight into a ‘Fender Bassman’…that’s ‘live’.  I do have a bunch of pedals lying about.  Some I’ve been lent, some I’ve been given and in there are a ‘Fuzz Face’, a ‘Tube Screamer’ and a ‘Boss something or other’…there’s even a ‘Line 6 Crunch Tone’, which I think I actually bought. I use one or more sometimes…or not.  Maybe I’ll look around for something else one day.  String-wise, I use ‘D’Addario 12’s’, I guess ’cause we’re tuning down . They never seem to break on me and for more straight blues stuff, I tune them up to ‘D’.  I was lent a new pick the other day, think its called a ‘ChickenPick’.  It seems to be working really well.

Music Junkie Press: That is quite a rundown. I love the sound of a Fender Strat for blues! If you could go back and talk to your 14 year old self, what advice would you give yourself?

Dave: I would simply say, “Follow your heart, be true to yourself and never listen to anyone else”.  I’ve spent most of my life in a musical wilderness playing music I wasn’t true to, just to earn enough money to support someone else’s lifestyle.  My heart was empty and my soul was nowhere to be found.  Just when I’d reached rock bottom and there was nowhere for me to go, I met my now wife, Janet.  She put me straight and made me promise I would never again be anything other than myself.  I’m doing now what I should have done all those years ago.

Music Junkie Press: If you could take any song from any other genre and blues it up and turn it into your own style, what would it be?

Dave: What, you mean like ‘Jimi’?  Wow….if I could do something like that.  I wish I knew where Jimi came from….I’d go there and spend the rest of my ‘nine lives’ just meditating and trying to understand.  Its a very difficult one for me.  I’m so ‘in’ the ‘blues thing’ at the moment.  I do think about it sometimes, and who knows….maybe some heavy classical piece with all the chord structure taken out and just a drone tuned way way down, or maybe taking an ‘Indian Classical Raga’ and just jamming for hours.

Music Junkie Press: Us here at Music Junkie Press believe that Music can heal our soul, comfort us and help us through any situation.  Do you have any particular story or time where music helped you through something that you can share with our audience?

Dave: Yeah…It’s not a straightforward thing for me though.  All my life, I’ve been a performer and when I’m being true to myself, my heart is full and my soul soars. I can see the audience react accordingly, and most people tell me how my music took them back to good times and took them right out of what they were going through at the moment.  I’m sure some great pieces of classical music have more far reaching affects.  I know that  my music has helped me through some very dark times, but I’m still not ready to talk about that.

Music Junkie Press: We are looking forward to hearing more from the Dave Jackson Band and will share all the links to   your social media sites.  Lastly, is there anything else you would like to share with our audience?

Dave: Yeah….be nice to one another.  Peace and Love is a good thing.  Never stop learning and always be generous to those who want to learn from you.

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We thank Dave for his time and his great words of advice. I hope we all can listen to them and I am sure we can work to make the world a better place. You can watch Dave Jackson and his band as they perform a favorite of mine, “Born Again Bluesman” which will have you instantly hooked on Dave’s vocals and sweet playing. I am really excited about  hearing more from the Dave Jackson Band.  Check them out on their social media sites so you can keep up to date on their show dates as well as stay on top of when their next album is set to release!

~ Marisol

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