Spoken Launches GoFundMe Ahead of Recording New Music

Spoken, the veteran hard rock band helmed by vocalist Matt Baird, is inviting fans to help support the mission and ministry of the band through a recently launched GoFundMe campaign.

This opportunity is different than previous fundraisers, according to Baird. In a video message on the GoFundMe page, he says, “Sometimes the stories you share may become an inspiration for a song. We’re talking to multiple record labels about putting out the next Spoken record. This campaign is not for a full album right away.”

The goal is to have a list of 20 to 25 songs to choose from for the upcoming record, with the money raised in this campaign supporting the cost of recording.

“Each person that donates will get a new song sent out via the updates, along with an exclusive poster with your name on it, as a thanks, when the campaign is complete,” according to the site.

Spoken released their latest album, IX, in September 2017, and have been touring extensively in support of that record since. They were included as one of the acts on the City Rockfest Tour in 2018.

Visit the GoFundMe campaign to help support the ministry of Spoken, follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and stay up-to-date on the latest on their official website.

Alter Bridge to Record Sixth Album in 2019

Myles Kennedy, Mark Tremonti and the rest of Alter Bridge is getting ready to hit the studio to record Alter Bridge VI, set for a to-be-announced 2019 release.

Fans are invited to support the creative process by purchasing fan experience packages– such as hanging out in the studio, a tour meet and greet and AB VI on vinyl– available on the AB website.

Alter Bridge includes former Creed band members Mark Tremonti (guitars), Brian Marshall (bass) and Scott Phillips (drums) fronted by vocalist Myles Kennedy. In 2018, the band released a live album called Alter Bridge: Live from The Royal Albert Hall featuring The Parallax Orchestra.

Keep up with Alter Bridge by following them on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.


Evanescence Announces Headlining Tour

Symphonic hard rock band Evanescence announced today that they will headline a tour this May.

According to a post on Facebook, the group will play ten shows primarily covering the Eastern United States, with stops in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C. and Florida.

Fans can register for early access to tickets and VIP passes here by Wednesday, February 6 at Noon ET.

5/3 – Jacksonville, FL @ Welcome To Rockville
5/5 – Hollywood, FL @ Hard Rock Live *
5/7 – New Orleans, LA @ Saenger Theatre *
5/9 – Atlanta, GA @ Coca Cola Roxy Theater *
5/10 – Concord, NC @ Epicenter Festival
5/12 – Coraopolis, PA @ UPMC Events Center **
5/14 – Bethlehem, PA @ Sands Bethlehem Event Center *
5/15 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem *
5/18 – Camden, NJ @ MMRBQ Festival
5/19 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena *

General admission tickets will be available Friday, February 8 at 10 AM local venue time.

Evanescence released their fourth studio album, Synthesis, in 2017 after a brief hiatus. Vocalist and pianist Amy Lee recently collaborated by playing piano with Veridia on “I’ll Never Be Ready” on The Beast You Feed.

Learn more about Evanescence by following them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or by visiting their website.

Matty Mullins Features On New Song by Nowhere To Be Found

The band Nowhere To Be Found has released a new track and music video titled “Traverse,” featuring Memphis May Fire lead singer Matty Mullins. You can watch the video below.

Heavy-hitting “Traverse” is the first track from the band’s upcoming second album, following their 2016 self-produced debut Safe Haven. For their second album, Nowhere To Be Found is partnering with producer Henrik Udd (Bring Me the Horizon, Architects).

If you’d like to hear more from Nowhere To Be Found, find them on Spotify. You can also follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

The Persuaded Releases Single and Video ‘Wolves’

The Persuaded has released a new song, “Wolves,” which is the first taste of their upcoming Rockfest Records debut Dawn of Destruction. The song was released alongside a music video produced by ATD Media.

The song explores themes of betrayal, with the video telling a dark story of deception to match. You can watch the music video below, and read more about the themes and the video’s creation via ATD’s blog.

Dawn of Destruction will be the much-anticipated first full length album from Nashville based band The Persuaded, who has previously released two EPs independently. Last year, it was announced that they had signed to Rockfest Records for their first album.

To keep up with The Persuaded as they get ready to release the album, follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Lacey Sturm Writing For Sophomore Album With Skillet’s Korey Cooper

2019 is off to a blazing start for both Skillet and Lacey Sturm, and much of that is intersecting in glorious collaboration.

Last week it was reported that former Flyleaf lead singer Lacey Sturm will be filling in on vocals for Skillet drummer and vocalist Jen Ledger on their upcoming tour with Breaking Benjamin.

Now Skillet guitarist Korey Cooper is working with Lacey Sturm on the creation of Lacey’s sophomore solo project. In a post on Facebook, Lacey Sturm is pictured with Korey Cooper “working on lyrics” for new music. Both veteran female musicians have also been sharing Instagram stories of their time creating together.

In February 2016, Lacey Sturm released her debut solo album, Life Screams. That album reached the top spot of Billboard’s Hard Rock Albums chart.  Last year, Lacey and her husband and guitarist Joshua Sturm welcomed their their third child and unveiled Reflect Love Back, a 12-week video devotional series which includes 12 new accompanying acoustic songs along with daily devotions and scripture readings.

Keep up with Lacey Sturm by following her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and by visiting her website.

Paper Route Announces Indefinite Hiatus

Alt rock band Paper Route announced in a tweet this week that they are officially on hiatus.

“For those asking, we apologize for our radio silence in 2018,” the tweet reads. “We are on indefinite hiatus currently and will update you if that ever changes. Thank you for all the love over the years. In a chaotic industry, our fans have been the one constant which we are so grateful for.”

No further information was given regarding the circumstances of the band’s hiatus. Lead singer JT Daly is an accomplished remixer, visual artist, and songwriter, and he spent some of 2018 on side project The Voodoo Children.

The band released their last album, Real Emotion, in 2016. The single “Chariots” gained a significant amount of traction, including placement in the game FIFA 17. Paper Route has released three studio albums in total, including Absence (2009) and The Peace of the Wild Things (2012).

The Rocket Summer Prepares New Album

The Rocket Summer, the project of prolific creative and one man band Bryce Avary, has fallen quiet in the three years since Zoetic released. But Bryce broke his silence this week to share that new music is coming soon.

“I thought I had finished recording most of the album so I went on tour last summer and proclaimed from the stage night after night that my new album was almost done,” Bryce Avary admitted in the open letter. “And then more songs were born… a lot more. Songs that I simply had to chase.”

This resulted in the musician re-entering the studio, creating, and ultimately taking a step back to assess what he had. “And on Jan 2, I started sifting through the mountain of songs and am now finally M I X I N G this new album. I have to say the way it’s sounding is making me smile real big. I’m very proud of it and can’t wait for it to be ours and not just this thing only I know about.”

Excited fans instantly responded with enthusiasm. The project will be The Rocket Summer’s seventh since their break-out debut Calendar Days in 2003. To keep up with the mixing process and find out when the official release date is set for, find The Rocket Summer on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Skillet Invites Lacey Sturm to Fill In For Jen Ledger on Breaking Benjamin Tour

Skillet announced that Lacey Sturm will be joining the band for select dates on their upcoming tour with Breaking Benjamin.

In a split screen video conversation with Jen Ledger on the official Lacey Sturm Instagram page, John Cooper says that due to Winter Jam conflicts, Jen Ledger will miss 5 upcoming shows: “We needed to find an equally awesomest girl we could ever find to fill in for Jen for a few shows.”

Though the official dates were not announced, the following are when Skillet is scheduled to play shows simultaneously as Winter Jam 2019:

  • Friday March 15
  • Thursday March 21
  • Saturday March 23
  • Friday March 29
  • Sunday March 31

You can find out more about the upcoming tour with Breaking Benjamin featuring Skillet, Underoath and Fight the Fury by visiting skillet.com/tour. Make sure you catch Jen Ledger on Winter Jam as well, with all dates at jamtour.com.

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