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Tuesday, February 16 2016 19:49

Chicago Open Air - Full Lineup Announced!

The full lineup for the First Annual CHICAGO OPEN AIR Music Festival has been released, and I'm digging it. The Chicagoland area hasn't seen a lineup like this in quite some time, and among the ones that had long-been rumored (DISTURBED, SLIPKNOT, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH), there's some pleasant surprises - like the mighty HELMET, who actually received some premium poster space for this one. Perhaps the only thing that could make this better for me is if PRODUCT OF HATE were on the bill, but alas, they will likely be touring elsewhere in July as it is. Check out the official announcement for Chicago Open Air below...

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The ReAktion is a South American band that blends rock and electronica, and after catching the eye of SLIPKNOT turbtablist (and noted TRANSFORMERS enthusiast) Sid Wilson, they're prepping to hit the world hard with the release of their new album, SELKNAM. "10 Steps to Success" is the debut single from that new record, and this week the lyric video has arrived. Designed by Leonardo Signorelli and Gaston Velez, the new clip can be viewed below...

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For the past few years, the crew over at Roma Music Group has been releasing lullaby albums based on the biggest names in music through their Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star line - a collection that I've covered extensively here on THE ROCK FATHER. What had been flying under my radar until recently is a line of tributes they've been releasing by the MIDNITE STRING QUARTET. Now, string tributes are nothing new, but the library that Roma has assembled here is impressive. Already, they have releases based around DEFTONES, METALLICA, PANTERA, SLIPKNOT, ASKING ALEXANDRIA, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and more - with albums based on the works of ADELE, PARAMORE, FALL OUT BOY, PANIC AT THE DISCO, RADIOHEAD and more due out within the next few weeks. Take a look at the rundown of what's out, all available on iTunes and Amazon.

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On April 1, Rhino Records will release RONNIE JAMES DIO - THIS IS YOUR LIFE, a truly all-star tribute album for the rock icon, with proceeds benefiting the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund.  Today, Guitar World premiered a stream of "Rainbow in the Dark" as performed by Corey Taylor (SLIPKNOT, STONE SOUR), Roy Mayorga (STONE SOUR, ex-SOULFLY), Satchel (STEEL PANTHER), Christian Martucci (STONE SOUR), and Jason Christopher (SEBASTIAN BACH, PRONG).

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I have to say, since BORDERS went out of business, I have not seen a copy of UK-based METAL HAMMER on the racks anywhere near me. That said, there's a reason why METAL HAMMER is one of the last print mags standing, and they continue to show that every month. For METAL HAMMER 253, their February 2014 issue, they've taken things into STAR WARS territory, with the entire issue taking inspiration from a galaxy far, far away, starting off with a cover by SIXMOREVODKA (said to have the "blessing of LUCASFILM). The mag goes on-sale January 7 (you can order direct from their UK site), or you can subscribe via (my affiliate) Amazon, though you probably won't get this one in time. Take a peek...

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If your baby is 555 then you're 666, right? Worlds are colliding here folks, as the crew at Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star have announced LULLABY VERSIONS OF SLIPKNOT for a July 2, 2013 digital release. They've unleashed a preview stream of the lullaby version of "Before I Forget" (hear it on The Rock Father below), and if you pre-order the 12-song collection now via iTunes, you'll get that track right away. Corey Taylor and M. Shawn Crahan are both certified "Rock Fathers" in their own right, and the late Paul Gray had a little one as well.

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