LIVE & DIRECT : Concert News & Reviews By Jay Warsinske, MEDIA CENTRAL, ITV: INDIEPOWER.TV

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    The SUMMER CONCERT Business was in FULL BLOOM this Summer! While the ‘suits’ cry about less tickets sold, the FANS got treat after treat!
    MAYHEM, it’s 3rd triumphant year ROCKED THE NATION with the likes of KORN, ROB ZOMBIE, LAMB OF GOD, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, HATEBREED, SHADOWS FALL, CHIMAIRA & more! Nothin’ like seeing ZOMBIE blow up stuff in the scorching heat with video screens everywhere! Like a HORROR MOVIE come to life, as KORN brought the enormity of an actual ‘Oil Field on fire’ to their latest album theme! Chimaira told us “ We play all over the World, cause they starve for US Metal worldwide, & we love to spread our passion for this music we love – MAYHEM is a huge crowd every day!” Lamb of God rocked hard with a soulful touch & a sleek stage, while Five Finger brought their militaristic “War Is The Answer’ attitude with what guitarist Zoltan tells us is ‘the biggest shows we’ve done in the US, going from second stage 2 years ago to the main stage today, all from hard work & fan appreciation!” Shadows Falls says “Strive for originalty! There are so many bands that sound like other existing bands, find your own style & don’t follow anyone!” MAYHEM slayed 26 markets & keeps getting bigger! The same team is launching UPROAR TOUR this year with a more ‘hard rock’ style, starring AVENGED SEVENFOLD, DISTURBED, HELL YEAH, STONE SOUR, AIRBOURNE & more! 35 dates on now! For more, go to www.rockstaruproar.com ! (OZZFEST did 6 dates, but didn’t add us to their list! Shame on you, depriving our mighty readers! No review or coverage here!)
    WARPED TOUR survived it’s 16 year & no signs of ‘dying’! Punk met Emo met Metal met Old School in the ’80 band Summercamp from hell’ that ONLY WARPED can bring! Kicked off in L.A. & spread THE NOISE across the US & Canada, before ending up on the West Coast! Kevin Lymon keeps it ALIVE with an awesome mix of established bands, old school groups, cutting edge new guys & a midway that is a punk rock kid’s ‘pig in sh*t’ funzone! They have a ‘Reverse Child Care’ where the parents go to ‘play’, while the KIDS ROCK! Highlights included DROPKICK MURPHYS, ALKALINE TRIO, SUM 41, ALL AMERICAN REJECTS, ANDREW WK, ANTI-FLAG, Tom Morello’s killer STREET SWEEPER SOCIAL CLUB, BRING ME THE HORIZON, DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, EVERY TIME I DIE, THE SWELLERS, SUICIDE SILENCE, WHITECHAPEL, EYES SET TO KILL, GBH, & CASUALTIES & many more! The VOLUME at 80 bands in like 8 hours is VALUE & INTENSITY, as the music is non-stop on multiple stages! CASUALTIES told us “We do this for the LOVE of it, I can make more $ back home at my Tat Shop, but we love the power of a crowd getting’ off on punk energy!” Swellers told us about the ‘scarifice’ it takes to do this, “We had to grow ‘a family’ handling our business, so we had could devote our lives to STAYING on the road! WARPED is a great way to build our fanbase” UK Subs, who have been doing this since ’79, says it best, “WARPED is a great way to see our old fans, make newer young ones & see a bunch of them live! It’s a celebration of punk, in it’s 5th decade!” Turning a lot of heads with hot girls included are Eyes Set to Kill, that told us, “We’re here to get new fans, get the word out on our new music, & raise the bar! We just got back from Germany where fans went nuts, & we want to spread that spirit around the world!” The WARPED team constantly growing, had a good first year with the offshoot, COUNTRY THROWDOWN package & upwards & onwards in ’11 & beyond!
    GUERILLA UNION has been busy with their ROCK THE BELLS, PAID DUES, SMOKEOUT franchises & more! PAID DUES has the West Coast Don ICE CUBE, along with DOGG POUND, WuTang’s RAEKWON, MURS, PSYCHO REALM, DILATED PEOPLES, TECH-9INE & more!
    Kurrupt told us, “The West Coast is burstin’ with talent, from Snoop to Cube, from Game to Quik, to all the hot new guns comin’!” Daz added “We just learned our skills & keep growin’ everyday, good talent never sleeps!” Raekwon thinks “One of the greatest things in music is to get different artists & vibes together to create a movement! We love reppin’ our crew at stages all over the world!” Dilated stated “The Hip Hop culture is about celebrating the comraderie of talents & cultures, PAID DUES & ROCK THE BELLS do that!” ROCK THE BELLS kicks off shortly & L2P will bring you the review & views from backstage! www.GuerillaUnion.com for more info!
    For the Metal Fans, the Queen of Metal, METAL SANAZ is set to announce the ‘BATTLE FOR THE ULTIMATE METAL’ Tour across the US in Feb-March ’11, looking for the HOTTEST NEW METAL BAND in America for a Major New Record Deal & worldwide launch, in a series of major regional & national battles, along with national acts, hot metal chicks & a non-stop metal celebration! Stay tuned to www.MetalSanaz.com for more details!
    In CONFERENCE NEWS, The NEW MUSIC SEMINAR is back in a big way, with L.A. & NYC Events, with L.A. next the day after the Grammys 2011. MIDWEST MELTDOWN, featuring yours truly & fellow industry experts in Milwaukee Sept 18-19, www.IndustryMeltdownSummit.com .
    With news of the Ultimate Music & Entertainment Conference & Showcase, called POWERMOVES, being launched & on tour, appearing in a city near you! Email to: info@PowerMoves.net for details in your area!
    2011 will be KILLER with a new COACHELLA (April 15-17), WARPED, MAYHEM, UPROAR, COUNTRY THROWDOWN. ROCK THE BELLS & more! The INDIE MUSIC FEST is set for VEGAS on Sat May 21st (with a ton of bands from across the nation, including KREEP, LIVING DEADLIGHTS, TUESDAYS RAIN, PENSIVE, BLACKLIST UNION, FOUR MINUTES TIL MIDNIGHT, SCATTERED HAMLET, SIX OUNCE GLOVES, JDALE, BLKRAW, SMIRNOV & many more!)
    Stay tuned to LIVE & DIRECT from music industry leader JAY WARSINSKE for more TOUR / CONCERT NEWS & REVIEWS from shows, conferences, festivals & more! ROCK TILL YOU DROP!

    Send news, info, questions & tour details to: jay@indiepower.com

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