In my never-ending quest to keep you concert going mavens informed I was happy to see this press release hit the Metal Media Desk here at the PiercingMetal Command HQ. Yes my friends the HardDrive Live tour is back for 2016 and is bringing out a batch of interesting artists. This press copy is rather thorough and gives some keen insight into the numerous performers so I’ve embedded it all for you below the poster. After the run of dates I’ll return with some notes.
(March 01, 2016) – The 2016 HardDrive Live Tour is set to hit the road next month with SICK PUPPIES, RED SUN RISING, STITCHED UP HEART, HUDSON and SMASHING SATELLITES confirmed for the upcoming month long trek. The tour is scheduled to kick off in Houston, TX on April 22 and will run through May 21st where it will wrap up in St Louis, Missouri. The 2016 HardDrive Live Tour is produced in conjunction with Ledge Entertainment. Tickets, as well as VIP packages for Sick Puppies, will be available on Friday, March 04 at 10 A.M. via www.ticketmaster.com.
Since bursting into the rock scene, headliners Sick Puppies have sold over 1 million records, including a Gold album certification for their breakout second full-length Tri-Polar which yielded 2 million in single sales including the gold-certified ―You’re Going Down‖ as well as rock smashes ―Maybe‖, ―Riptide‖ and ―Odd One.‖ Sick Puppies fourth album is due to be released this spring and features the single, ―Stick To Your Guns‖.
Akron, Ohio’s Red Sun Rising proudly carries on the tradition of pure rock music with their full-length debut, Polyester Zeal (Razor & Tie). The band has been steadily climbing the rock radio charts since and was recently dubbed ―New Artist of the Year‖ at the 2016 Radio Contraband Awards. Their debut single ―The Otherside‖ topped the Active/Mainstream Rock radio charts, making them the only artist in 2015 whose debut single reached number one on the Rock chart. Their second single ―Emotionless‖ is closing in on the Top 15 of Active Rock radio charts. Red Sun Rising is Mike Protich (vocals/guitar), Ryan Williams (guitar), Ricky Miller (bass/vocals), Dave McGarry (guitar/vocals) and Pat Gerasia (drums). The band started off playing local gigs and frequently performed all over the Midwest relying entirely on social media as well as word of mouth which allowed them to build a strong and dedicated fan-base. Though they released two albums independently in their early years, Red Sun Rising received critical success when they released their latest album Polyester Zeal via Razor & Tie in August 2015. Additionally, the band has shared the stage with Godsmack, Seether, Sevendust, Nothing More, Pop Evil, Shinedown, Chevelle, and more.
Stitched Up Heart forged their path in sheer passion and earned their keep in physicality and volume. Both on the road and in the studio, frontwoman Mixi and the Los Angeles-based quintet face 2016 and their forthcoming Another Century debut with brazen confidence. ―Finally Free‖ is the clarion call for the band’s day of reckoning. Recorded by producer Mitch Marlow and captured on video by director Ron Underwood (also known as the high-flying frontman for labelmates, 9ELECTRIC), ―Finally Free‖ delivers on the promise hinted at on their self-released EP, Skeleton Key. Stitched Up Heart’s days of self-booked national van tours and Mixi being a Revolver ―Hottest Chicks‖ mainstay was merely the beginning. Driven by a new level of sonic confidence and topped with the frontwoman’s soaring vocal verve, it’s the sound of a band unapologetically coming into its own. .
HUDSON is a rock and roll band from Los Angeles that formed in the fall of 2013. The band’s dirty, bluesy, swagger-infused sound, shaped by childhood influences ranging from Led Zeppelin and Lynyrd Skynyrd, to Johnny Cash, Pink Floyd and Nirvana, is catching the attention of fans and critics alike–Huffington Post recently wrote that “HUDSON might just be the next legendary rock and roll band with the potential to change the world.” Catch the video for their new single “Cast Out” off their sophomore EP on MTV Live or by visiting .
Regarding Smashing Satellites, Sal Costa fulfilled his dream of playing arenas in a rock band, but that band wasn’t his, so now he’s going full-force as lead singer, songwriter, co-producer and guitarist of Toronto’s alternative-rock band Smashing Satellites. The band — comprised of childhood friend/guitarist-keyboardist Mick Valentyne, drummer Mykey Thomas, and Vancouver guitarist-keyboardist Devon Laughed. ―Coming from a straight up rock band, I wanted people to know that that wasn’t the only place where my heart lies,” says Sal. ―Smashing Satellites is a quirky alternative rock band with a throwback to all the greats of many genres and eras that influenced me growing up. This is who I am and this is what I’m going to do in the future.‖
HardDrive with Lou Brutus debuted on July 5, 1996. HardDrive is America’s longest running new rock show supporting the careers of hundreds of artists in the hard rock genre. Many artists got their first airplay on the nationally syndicated program. United Stations acquired the series in 2001, and in 2007 originator / producer Roxy Myzal developed the much longer, five-night-a-week brand extension, HardDrive XL, also featuring award winning air talent, Lou Brutus. Myzal has been awarded RadioContraband’s Non-Traditional Rock Programmer of the year 4 consecutive years in a row, and also received their prestigious Impact Award in 2013 and Format MVP, their top award, while among his many accolades. Brutus has been consecutively and overwhelmingly voted as Nationally Syndicated DJ of the Year as the programs’ host.
HardDrive Live Tour Dates:
April 21: San Antonio, TX @ Siesta Fest *
April 22: Houston, TX @ Scout Bar #
April 23: Dallas, TX @ The Bomb Factory*
April 24: Corpus Christi, TX @ House of Rock **
April 26: Birmingham, AL @ Workplay Theater
April 27: Destin, FL @ Club LA
April 29: Tampa, FL @ 98 Rockfest Amalie Arena*
April 30: Orlando, FL @ The Social
May 01: Jacksonville, FL @ Welcome To Rockville*
May 03: Johnson City, TN @ Capone’s
May 04: Chattanooga, TN @ Revelry Room
May 06: Concord, NC @ Carolina Rebellion*
May 07: Lancaster, PA @ The Chameleon Club ^
May 08: Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
May 09: New York, NY @ The Gramercy Theatre
May 11: Buffalo, NY @ Iron Works
May 12: Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
May 13: Arlington Heights, IL @ Home Bar
May 14: Fort Wayne, IN @ Piere’s Entertainment Center ^
May 15: Battle Creek, MI @ The Music Factory ^
May 17: Bloomington, IL @ The Castle Theater
May 18: Nashville, TN @ Exit In
May 20: Columbus, OH @ Rock On The Range*
May 21: Maryland Heights, MO @ Pointest Hollywood Casino Amphitheater*
May 23: El Paso, TX @ Speaking Rock Entertainment Center*
June 12: South Bend, IN @ The Bear’s Big Growl 5 St Joseph County 4H Fairgrounds*
* = These dates are not hardDrive Live Tour stops, but include Sick Puppies
** = No Red Sun Rising
^ = No Red Sun Rising/With Smashing Satellites # =No Red Sun Rising or Stitched Up Heart
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: I haven’t caught the HDL tour in a couple of years and look forward to making up for that concert attending indiscretion especially based on the bands that are involved in this one. I was a latecomer to Sick Puppies until I caught them on one of those “Hottest Chicks In Hard Rock” tours and Stitched Up Heart are a band I’ve enjoyed for a few years and only caught once. The rest of the roster will be all new to my musical ears and I just love an event that lets me absorb new groups. When this show hits NYC at the Gramercy Theatre I am going to do my best to be on point and be capturing images for all of your faraway fans that will not be getting this tour. So tell me readers what do you think about this one? Is it something you will be catching? Let me know in the comments.
Sick Puppies: http://www.sickpuppies.com
Red Sun Rising: http://www.redsunrisingmusic.com
Stitched Up Heart: https://www.facebook.com/StitchedUpHeartRock
Smashing Satellites: http://www.smashingsatellites.com