Chicago Open Air has announced RAMMSTEIN as one of the headlining acts for the three-day music, craft beer and Gourmet Man Food festival held July 15-17 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois, just outside Chicago. This marks RAMMSTEIN’s only 2016 U.S. performance and first Chicago show since 2012. Additional festival headliners will be announced on February 16.


Chicago Open Air will feature performances by over 40 bands, an outdoor Gourmet Man Food selection incorporating local and regional cuisine, a craft beer village highlighting top brews from the region, and other entertainment and fan experiences.


Discounted early bird general admission three-day weekend tickets are available for purchase now at www.ChicagoOpenAir.com


RAMMSTEIN are known for their explosive and creative live performances with spectacular lighting. In the course of two decades, the German rock band have risen to the apex of the great rock pyramid, achieving album and DVD sales in the millions, headlining major festivals and bigger venues around the world (including New York’s Madison Square Garden, a show that sold out its 18,200 tickets in under 30 minutes!), and establishing themselves as peerless master showmen with an approach to their art — and “art” is the word — that is dramatic, epic in scale and capable of touching all of the senses; a dark and spectacular fairy-tale laced with controversy and don’t-try-this-at-home theatrics.


“RAMMSTEIN is an act that is headlining major festivals all over the world,” says Chicago Open Air producer Danny Wimmer. “I’ve been trying to get RAMMSTEIN here for years and I couldn’t be more ecstatic to launch Chicago Open Air with them. If you’ve never seen RAMMSTEIN live before, you are in for a real treat.”


Look for the full list of Chicago Open Air music, craft beer and artist-inspired beverages, as well as the Gourmet Man Food lineup to be revealed Tuesday, February 16 at 5:00 p.m. Central Time at www.ChicagoOpenAir.com.


A limited quantity of early bird discounted three-day weekend general admission tickets are now available for $199.50 (Field) and $109.50 (Bowl). Once those are sold out, general admission three-day weekend tickets will be $219.50 (Field) and $119.50 (Bowl) while supplies last, with prices increasing as allotments sell out.


VIP three-day weekend tickets are available starting at $399.50. A limited number of three-day weekend Zippo VIP Ticket two-packs are also available for $860.00. This package includes two VIP tickets plus two commemorative Zippo lighters.


All VIP tickets include: VIP entrance lanes into the event, access to a VIP lounge area featuring dedicated food and beverage offerings (for additional purchase), field and stadium level viewing areas of the main stage, dedicated restroom facilities, and a commemorative Chicago Open Air VIP-only laminate.


Single-day general admission bowl tickets go on sale Tuesday, February 16 at 5:00 p.m. CT and prices start at $49.50 (plus fees).


Ticket prices will increase in the coming weeks, so fans are encouraged to buy early and save.


Chicago Open Air is produced by Danny Wimmer Presents, Live Nation and Toyota Park, with the support of the Village of Bridgeview and Bridgeview Mayor Steven Landek.


Festival doors open at 11:00 a.m. each day and the show ends at 11:30 p.m. on Friday, 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 10:00 p.m. on Sunday.


For more information on Chicago Open Air, visit www.ChicagoOpenAir.com.


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Life-Size Lemmy Statue to be Erected at The Rainbow bar & Grill



A life-sized bronze statue of late Motörhead mainman Lemmy Kilmister is going to be erected at the Rainbow Bar & Grill in Los Angeles. Lemmy was a regular at the legendary LA establishment, and could often be seen in the bar sitting in front of his favorite video game.

Lemmy was such a fixture at the Rainbow that his memorial service was even held there early last month. After Lemmy’s passing, a crowdfunding campaign to erect a statue in Lemmy’s honor was started, and now Los Angeles based artist Travis Moore has been given the go-ahead to start work on the statue.

The bronze statue will be over six feet tall, and will be housed in a special shrine that is currently being created on the patio of the Rainbow. In order to ensure that the statue turns out right in terms of looks and proportions, Moore will first be creating an eighteen inch version.

“So happy to be creating the #Lemmy statue!!!! This will be an amazing tribute to him and all the #Motorhead family out there around the world, who are helping raise the cash,” said Moore in a statement.

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2016 Is The Year of LITA FORD New Book and Book Tour, New Album and Tour With Halestorm All On Tap!



2016 is shaping up to be a banner year for the reigning Queen of Heavy Metal LITA FORD. Her long awaited and highly anticipated autobiography Living Like a Runaway will be released February 23rd via Dey Street Books. The book is currently listed as one of Amazon.com’s “Best Books of the Month” in humor and entertainment and can be pre-ordered HERE. In support of the book, LITA will be taking part in a cross-country book tour, including readings, Q&A sessions, Book Signings and more. Information on the regarding all the book tour events can be found below.


“I got the first copy of my book Living Like a Runaway yesterday. The anticipation of its release has got me on pins and needles. As I started writing this book, I said to my editor this book is a fight Peter, he said to me, the best books always are LITA. We looked at each other and smiled, with that vote of confidence I knew we would have a winner on our hands….from that point on it was onwards and upwards”, says FORD of her new book.

LITA FORD is set to release her latest album Time Capsule on SPV/Steamhammer on April 15, 2016. Thevery special and unusual recording turns back the clock to a time when honest, down-to-earth rock music was still handmade and recorded without digital tricks and contraptions. Time Capsule is a “throwback” record that boasts identifiable voices and brilliant players jamming without any planning or pressure. Some of the album`s highlights: Billy Sheehan (bass), Rodger Carter (drums), Dave Navarro (mandolin), Jeff Scott Soto (vocals), Rick Nielsen and Robin Zander (backing vocals) and Gene Simmons (bass).


Time Capsule contains ten songs plus an intro and will be available as a digipak as well as an LP version and download. It`s Ford`s gift to fans who love the ´80s, when thrilling vocal performances, raunchy riffs, and loud, growling guitars were as essential as oxygen.


In support of Time Capsule, LITA FORD will take to the road with her all-star band for a string of headline dates and special shows in February in March. Following those dates, LITA will join up with Halestorm providing direct support on their North America tour. A complete list of dates can be found below.


LITA on the new album and tour:
“Time Capsule is some of the best work I’ve ever produced and written with some of the best of the best musicians and engineers of the 80’s, this package is only missing one thing… a tour!!! But now we have it! It is with great honor and respect that I will be providing direct support to Halestorm with up and comers Dorothy opening the shows. We can all rock out together as this will surely be a tour of the titans! So grab yourself the book and rock out to this buried treasure. Then get ready for this one of a kind tour!”


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2/12: Houston, TX @ BFE Rock Club
2/14: Ft. Worth, TX @ The Rail Club
2/20: Enoch, AB @ River Cree Resort (With Vixen and Femme Fatale)
3/5: Beverly Hills, CA @ Saban Theatre (With Ace Frehley)
3/6: Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl (With Ace Frehley)
3/19: Toledo, OH @ Savage Arena (With Brett Michaels, Ratt, Warrant, Firehouse, LA Guns and Trixter

LITA FORD W/Halestorm:
4/1: Reading, PA @ Reading Eagle Theatre in the Santander Arena
4/2: Hampton Beach, NH @ Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
4/5: Huntington, WV @ Big Sandy Superstore Arena
4/6: Lexington, KY @ Singletary Center
4/7: Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
4/9: Biloxi, MS @ Hard Rock Live
4/11: Springfield, MO @ Gillioz Theatre
4/12: Tulsa, OK @ Brady Theater
4/13: Wichita, KS @ Cotillion Ballroom
4/15: Fargo, ND @ Fargo Civic Center
4/16: Sioux City, IA @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
4/19: Huntsville, AL @ Mark C. Smith Concert Hall
4/20: Spartanburg, SC @ Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium
4/21: Johnson City, TN @ Freedom Hall Civic Center

4/24: Ladson, SC @ 98 Rock Fest

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Awaiting Approval From The City Of Dallas, EXXXOTICA Announces Its Three Other 2016 Dates & All-New Location



As EXXXOTICA Continues to Await Approval from the City Of Dallas, The Sexual Revolution Continues as EXXXOTICA, The Nation’s Largest Event Dedicated To Love & Sex, Confirms Its Three Other Locations in 2016, Including Its Debut Event in Columbus, Ohio.

(February 9, 2016 – PHILADELPHIA, PA) The EXXXOTICA Expo www.eXXXoticaExpo.com, has once again been in the national spotlight as the City of Dallas has decided to put the event’s return to the Dallas Convention Center to a vote from the Dallas City Council, which is scheduled for Wednesday, February 10.
In the interim, the nation’s largest events dedicated to love and sex, is pleased to announce its remaining 2016 event schedule and locations, as well as unveiling its all-new ad campaign for the year, which clearly sends the message that the sexual revolution is here.
Presented By MyFreeCams www.myfreecams.com, EXXXOTICA is happy to announce its return to both Chicago (July 8-10), and New Jersey (November 4-6), as well as making its debut in Columbus, Ohio, August 26-28, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

“Columbus is a pretty amazing geographical location,” J. Handy, Director of EXXXOTICA, said about the choice of the show’s debut in the Buckeye State. “First off, it’s one of the 15 largest cities in the country. Second, it’s within driving distance of Detroit, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Louisville, all who have a combined population of over 2.5 million people.” Columbus was also recently named one of the most “sex-happy” cities in the country, ranking third in the nation, in a recent Men’s Health article.

EXXXOTICA’s 2016 ad campaign that carries the timely message of “Sex Isn’t A Four Letter Word” features empowered images of adult stars and EXXXOTICA favorites including the likes of Allie Haze, Anikka Albrite, Asa Akira, Charlie Grace, Jillian Janson, Kelly Shibari, Kendra Sunderland, Mick Blue, Misty Stone, Nina Hartley, Ms. EXXXOTICA New Jersey Roxy Nelson, Skin Diamond and Stoya, among others.

Dates and general information for all four shows is now available with the launch of the updated official website, www.eXXXoticaExpo.com. Location specific sub-sites will launch soon and will be the place where fans and exhibitors can find out all the information they need about all things EXXXOTICA, including stars appearing, exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities, educational seminar schedule, travel info, official after parties, special events, announcements, and much more.

Exhibit and sponsorship sales are already soaring after last year’s trio of record-breaking shows. Limited premium space and a variety of sponsorship opportunities are available for all events. There are exhibitor and/or sponsorship packages to fit every budget that will put you and your business in front of a rabid cash-in-hand crowd. All inquires can be directed to sales@3xevents.com.

“We’re really excited with the direction of the EXXXOTICA brand. In today’s world, it’s important that sex has a voice, and we’re happy to be that voice.” Handy continues, “We believe that sex is best served by way of education and entertainment, and that’s exactly what EXXXOTICA does.”


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How HBO’s ‘Vinyl’ Taps Into the Secret History of Seventies Rock



SOURCE: Rolling Stone


Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger’s HBO show deep-dives into the decade’s music-biz underbelly

Welcome to New York, 1973: The spirit of rock & roll is a cesspool of money, drugs and bodily fluids. It’s the same unholy trinity that fuels Vinyl, the excellent and hotly awaited new HBO tale of the Seventies music business, executive-produced by the glimmer twins of Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger, along with The Sopranos’ Terence Winter. The mobbed-up record labels are trying to squeeze every last drop of blood they can get from what’s left of the Sixties. On the streets, punk and hip-hop are just starting to fester. Up in the boardrooms, it’s business as usual – a promo hustler drops by to visit his favorite radio DJ, giving him the hundred-dollar handshake, except by now the payola nut is up to five grand and a gram. The promo man and the DJ snort a few lines of “Bolivian dancing dust” off the record on the turntable, while Chicago’s “Saturday in the Park” plays. That perky little hit has never sounded so sordid. Can you dig it?

Vinyl gives the Seventies New York rock scene the Goodfellas treatment. Bobby Cannavale stars as the Henry Hill figure: Richie Finestra, head honcho of struggling American Century Records and a veteran of the label wars of the early Sixties. As he recalls, “When I started in this business, rock & roll was defined like this: Two Jews and a guinea recording four schvartzes on a single track. Now it’s changed so much it’s not even recognizable as the thing people used to be so afraid of.”


He’s a racket boy who worked his way up in the New York clubs, bragging, “You think you work hard? Try scraping Chubby Checker’s vomit off the inside of a toilet stall.” But now his label is falling apart; nobody knows what’s going to hit big next. He wants to sell out to Polygram, but first he needs to sign some heavy hitters, so he has his people scrounging around for the almost-famous. James Jagger, Mick’s 30-year-old son, is priceless as the singer for the up-and-coming proto-punks the Nasty Bits. Meanwhile, Finestra’s partying takes a toll on his marriage to Olivia Wilde, a former Factory model turned into a bored suburban housewife. She meets a Nico-style scenester at a party, who coos, “Andy asked for you just the other night! Lou was with us.”


Vinyl uses the gritty details of Seventies rock culture to tell the story, like the moment when a room of jaded label hacks sit around listening to a record from this weird new pop group from Sweden named Abba. (“The music’s garbage, but I’d fuck the blonde.” “Can you beg in Swedish?”) A cardboard cutout of Rod Stewart in the corner looks on sadly, as if he wishes he could warn them the future will be like nothing they imagined.


The show has a great sense of American sleaze – the Scorsese-directed premiere episode revels in the petty criminal details of how nickels and dimes get cranked out of the old-school music machine, whether that means dumping cutouts or kneecapping artists who get out of line.


Passionate music fans rub elbows with gangsters and killers – yet sometimes they’re the same people. The weak spots come when actors try to impersonate real-life rock stars, as in the clumsy scenes where Cannavale argues with Led Zeppelin. The guy playing Robert Plant looks more like Dave Mustaine after raiding Dee Snider’s wig vault, and Zeppelin manager Peter Grant, legendary as a terrifying hulk of brute force, is portrayed as looking more like a crankier Phil Collins.


1973 was also the year Scorsese dropped Mean Streets, the film that made his bones as a director and changed all the rules of Seventies cinema, especially in the way it used rock & roll to tell the story. Mean Streets was also the movie that fused the genius of both Scorsese and Jagger, with the Stones on the soundtrack – the classic scene where Robert De Niro glowers in the club to “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.”


So this is a shady world Scorsese and Jagger know well. In one fantastic nightmare sequence, Cannavale scores blow downtown, then goes to the Mercer Arts Center to see the New York Dolls play “Personality Crisis,” as the violence of the music and the madness of the fans make him sweat his brains out through his leather jacket. It’s a perfect soundtrack to the personality crisis that’s going on in his soul – and also for the state of rock & roll. Paint it black, baby.

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FILTER: More ‘Crazy Eyes’ Album Details Revealed



FILTER will release its seventh studio album, “Crazy Eyes”, on April 8 via Wind-Up Records. The follow-up to 2013’s “The Sun Comes Out Tonight” was produced by FILTER founder, singer and guitarist Richard Patrick.

“FILTER is the mind,” exclaims Richard. “It’s your interpretation or my interpretation. Our thing is to look at people’s unexplainable behavior and assess it, using sound. It’s a way to approximate the insanity of the human condition. The reason this record is so fucking heavy and strange is it’s exactly the opposite of what’s popular. It’s not pretty. It’s not cute. It’s real.”

Rather than partner with a producer, Richard took up the reins and oversaw the production side himself…

“You recognize it’s us from my aggression and singing, but the instrumentation had to change,” he admits. “It wasn’t about just stacking guitars like we might’ve done on the last couple of records. There are way more electronics and sound design used.”

He collaborated with old friends such as the man behind 1999’s seminal platinum-certified “Title Of Record”, producer Ben Grosse (THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS, MARILYN MANSON), and Michael “Blumpy” Tuller (NINE INCH NAILS). He also worked closely with new bandmates Oumi Kapila (guitar, programming), Ashley Dzerigian (bass), Chris Reeve (drums) and Bobby Miller (keyboards), plus former FILTER bandmates Johnny Radke and Danny Lohner. Mixing, meanwhile, was taken care of by Brian Virtue (JANE’S ADDICTION, THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS, DEFTONES), with the mastering being handled by the colorful Howie Weinberg (VAN HALEN, THE MARS VOLTA, THE WHITE STRIPES).

The first single, “Take Me To Heaven”, rides a pulse-pounding gallop into an entrancing and ponderous refrain.

“I was looking into the eyes of my father when he was passing away, and I held his hand,” Richard recalls. “He glanced at me really quickly, focused on me, had this look of gratitude, and then he slipped away. I was almost like, ‘I hope you’re going to heaven’. Scientifically, the idea doesn’t make any sense to me, but if there is a heaven, take me there. That’s what happened.”

Ultimately, it all comes back to the fact that Richard remains honest.

“I’m completely into this for the music,” he concludes. “Being yourself is the most important thing. I authentically went to places I’d never gone before. That was from my heart. I’m trying to be as genuine as possible to what FILTER is. It’s about sounding fucking different, forward and original.”

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