Once again, Fallen Blue is honored to partner up with the M3 Rock Festival. Now in its fifth year, M3 will once again be held at the Merriweather Post Paviallion (Columbia, MD) on May 3-4, 2013. This years lineup hits close to home with Fallen Blue, as our National Spokesperson, AJ Pero, will once again be a force on the drums for TWISTED SISTER, who are co-headlining the show on Saturday. We have also have the distinction of working with several of the other bands playing this weekend: FIREHOUSE, TRIXTER, DANGER DANGER, and STEELHEART! Look for some interviews with all of our artist supporters, leading up to the festival this year.
In the coming weeks, we will announce how Fallen Blue will be involved this year with the show...it will be something memorable for sure! If you were able to attend last year, Oakley sponsored the band WARRANT to play an acoustic set to kick off the show on Friday!
Thanks for all your continued support!
Last Updated on Monday, 11 February 2013 07:13
1.) 2013 is shaping up to be a big year for you, having just signed a record deal with HVM; what plans do you have music wise? Can we expect a new music video?
We already have the new single ready to go and 9 more in the making. Most of them will be produced by Roy Z of Rob Halford, Bruce Dickinson, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest fame. The new stuff paints some pictures that warrant visual support so we will definitely have some videos coming with the new music. We are also working on national tours and some festival appearances with an all star line-up which includes members of Rainbow, Dio, Halford, The Cult and Judas Priest...I cannot wait to see my RnR family on the road in 2013!
2.)You have had the honor of playing with some of the legends in the music business, George Lynch & Vinny Appice to name a few. And recently, you named Roy Z & Jimmy Bain as your latest band members...how did you decide on both Roy & Jimmy?
Jimmy has always been and forever will be my favorite bassist and one of my dearest friends. Whenever we have the opportunity to work together I enjoy the privilege of doing so.
Roy and I have been wanting to work together for a long time. I have watched him in action with Halford and Dickinson and always thought that he was and is one of the very best in the business. He is also a stellar gentleman which I respect on a personal level. We both believe that right now is the moment to create something special together. I cannot wait to show you what we come up with...
3.)We have heard that you have done some extensive research in regards to Vlad The Impaler, and you even own some of his jewelry; what is it about Vlad that interests you the most? Any thought of doing a concept album?
Vlad is a very interesting character which is misunderstood for the most part because he was the inspiration to Bram Stoker's Dracula. The truth is that he was not "evil" but rather heroic. He had to fight an insurmountable force with just a handful of warriors when the Turks invaded his country. He realized that the only way to win this war was through intimidation. So didn't just kill the enemy soldiers but he also impaled them for the enemy to see. Wherever the Turks went they saw forests of impaled bodies which did severe damage to their resolve. One particular incident stands out though...
While having a dinner meeting with one of his enemy warlords Vlad dined with a recently killed second enemy warlord propped up next to the dinner table. He proceeded to dunk his bread in the still open and bleeding wound of his dead antagonist and ate it which scared the crap out of his guest and no doubt was the birth of the legend of the blood drinking monster we all have come to know as Dracula.
In any case... Vlad succeeded in scaring the Turks to the point where they fled his country. So Vlad was not a monster but actually an exceptional war hero and genius who saved his people from death and slavery.
I would say that the next 10 singles, once put out, will make for a combined concept album since they all tell a different part of a larger story. It will all make sense as it unfolds...
4.) There is no denying your love dogs; what led to your sincere & adamant involvement in being a champion for their rights?
I adore all animals... Dogs in particular and certain breeds happen to be my personal favorites. My greatest passion are the so called "fighting" breeds. These dogs are so completely misunderstood and bad mouthed by hate mongering media and the uneducated public that one can say there is a literal witch hunt against these innocent victims running rampant on a global basis.
The interesting thing about this is that ALL of the bad stuff you hear about these breeds is spread and perpetuated by people who have never lived with any of these dogs. On the other hand you cannot find a single pitbull, perro de presa or tosa (there are many other breeds) owner who has anything but great things to say about these dogs...
So here is the question I would like to ask every THINKING person who reads this:
If I told you that Porsche handles badly, breaks down all the time and is an all around shit bucket of a car you might believe me... But if you found out that I never owned, handled or driven a Porsche in my life then how much would my opinion mean to you now...?
If you want to know about what kind of a car Porsche is then find someone who has owned and driven these cars all of his life because only such a person can give you the real information.
If everyone who owns pitbulls says they are great dogs and everyone who says they are bad dogs never had one then who is credible here?
ANY dog can be turned into a dangerous animal by a sick human being. But NO dog is more dangerous than any other by nature. Anyone who believes any different is someone with a severe lack of intelligence and has absolutely no common sense. Such a person is much more dangerous than a pitbull because stupid people kill humans all the time.
5.) This past November, you performed at the first annual Rock Harvest, a police concert for Fallen Blue. How did you get involved with that? Do you have any police stories to share?
Rock Harvest was a blast. It was a long way to go from home but worth it for sure. When I was asked to participate in this event I thought it was a fantastic cause and immediately said yes. All too often a single bad cop gets national news exposure and makes the police on the whole look bad. I think it is important that we don't forget the vast majority of heroes who keep our streets safe and often give their lives protecting ours. I think we all owe these men and women a big thank you and Rock Harvest to me is a great way to do just that. I am honored to be a part of it and will return to do it again whenever I am asked to do so...
For more on Mandy Lion: www.highvolmusic.com
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 December 2012 08:11
Sometimes when you purchase tickets to an event, you wonder whether or not the VIP upgrade is worth it. I am one who usually springs for the upgrade with the hopes of getting to meet the performers (even if it is a 2 second photo op). Sometimes I am disappointed; sometimes I am thrilled with the experience!. The VIP upgrade for Rock Harvest was one of those thrilling experiences. It was so much more than a laminate and a poster (both of which were presented to us at check in). It was the experience of a lifetime!
Early in the day, VIP ticket holders got to check in early and have a Meet and Greet with the artists. Most of the artists were present and took their time taking pictures with people. The artists were gracious in taking pictures and chatting with the VIP guests. We even got free autographed CD’s!
The line-up of artists was nothing short of amazing. The ensemble was not the same group of bands that tour every year and play all the big festivals. Instead we got to experience a blend of local talent, acoustic sets, full plugged-in sets, and stellar collaborations. Early in the day, local Band King Belvedere pulled out a solid, plugged-in set. Modern Superstar also gave a high-energy performance. They demanded and got plenty of audience participation throughout their set, but especially with their closing song, Britny Fox’s “Girl School.”
The tempo slowed down a bit for a few acoustic performances. Michael Olivieri (best known for fronting Leatherwolf) gave a solo performance with a very soulful rendition of Leatherwolf’s “Hideaway”. A truly stand-out, unplugged performance was a rare acoustic set from Phil Lewis & Scotty Griffin of LA Guns (with Scotty tearing it up on guitar). They performed “You Better Not Love Me” off their new album and some of their staples including “Ballad of Jayne” and “Sex Action”.
Mandy Lion’s WWIII delivered a rare East Coast performance, nailing it with his trademark guttural vocals on “I’m Gonna Love You To Death.” But, the most dynamic amped performance of the evening had to go to Burning Rain on their rendition of “Cryin in the Rain.” (Burning Rain includes Whitesnake’s Doug Aldrich, Dokken’s Sean McNabb, Montrose’s Keith St John, and Matt Starr of Ace Frehley). They killed it!
Throughout the evening, the VIP guests were welcomed backstage where there was plenty of pizza, beer, bottled water, and artists coming in and out between sets. All of the artists were kind enough to take more photos with the guests. All in all it was a great time. After experiencing incredible live music sets, posing for photos with music legend Paul Shortino and others, also giving site-seeing advice to Michael Olivieri. I can say the entire event was like nothing I’ve ever participated in. Most importantly, everyone there was honored to be part of such a great event supporting Fallen Blue.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 October 2012 14:59
On November 10, 2012, at Recher Theatre in Towson, MD, Fallen Blue will be presenting Rock Harvest, our first of what hopes to be many years of this annual benefit concert. We have a couple of families in mind that we plan to donate proceeds from the show to, as well as send some money to our partner police non-profits, Get Behind The Badge and Safe Call Now. Once again, this show couldn't be possible without the support and sponsorship from some of our biggest allies: Shockwave Magazine, Jamsync Music, 97 Underground, and last but not least, Recher Theatre for stepping up to the plate to host, what will be an all-day music event.
In its first year, Rock Harvest has assembled an incredible mix of music from the rock and hard rock genres, as well as the hair, progressive, thrash, and power metal scene. The artists we have performing have graced some of the largest stages in the world, to include the Download Festival, M3 Rock Festival, and Rocklohoma.
Don Dokken (Dokken)
Mark Boals (Yngwie Malmsteen)
Mandy Lion's WWIII
Paul Shortino & David Henzerling (King Kobra)
Ashes Of Ares (Matt Barlow & Freddie Vidales of Iced Earth, and Van Williams of Nevermore)
Neil Turbin (Anthrax)
Phil Lewis & Scotty Griffin (LA Guns)
Burning Rain featuring Keith St. John (Montrose) & Doug Aldrich (Dio, Whitesnake)
Michael Olivieri (Leatherwolf)
Mike Orlando (Adrenaline Mob, TRED)
Marten Andersson (Lizzy Borden, Lynch Mob)
Modern Superstar (OH)
Fallen Martyr (DC)
Ghost Of War (PA)
Iconic Tonic (OH)
King Belvedere (MD)
Planet 9 (OH)
Leather & Lace (MD)
Rock Harvest will once again be hosted by our National Spokesperson, AJ Pero (Twisted Sister) and Mike Brilhart of Baltimore, Maryland's, 97 Underground!
While the music is going, there will also be an incredible silent auction going on, which will include items from some of our artist friends, to include autographed posters from Henry Rollins, Incubus, and Shinedown, framed autographed album from Ted Nugent, an autographed Dunlop pedal from Zakk Wylde, and numerous other items.
Tickets go on sale July 31, 2012: http://www.showclix.com/event/3645063/listing . Tickets are $20 advance and door, and $45 for VIP, which will include concert poster, VIP laminate, and a meet/greet with all the talent involved.
Stay tuned for information and trivia leading up to the complete line-up announcement for Rock Harvest later this summer.
Last Updated on Monday, 17 September 2012 17:47