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Review: Stolen Babies @ Chicago House of Blues 1/28/2014

Posted in All Metal, Artist Watch, New Music, News, Photos, Reviews, Shows with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 7, 2014 by Randy

Circulating on rock radio right now is a very intriguing band that goes by the name of Stolen Babies. Their sound is very reminiscent of early Industrial Metal, mixed with a strong Shock Rock influence. Sprinkle a little accordion in there, maybe some 55 gallon drum, then choose either a guitar or bass (never both at the same time), and wa-lah.

Stolen Babies are currently embarked on tour with two power house bands in rock (Stone Sour and Pop Evil), and most dates on this tour have been sold out. We were fortunate to cover the Chicago House of Blues stop, and honestly, we were mind blown. They are the opener for this tour, and with only 3 bands on the bill, they had ample time to melt faces. From the first note, to the last riff, they managed to strangle hold the crowd. Regardless if they’ve never been heard, their arsenal of songs is a crowd mover…exploding with an instant pit, full of elbows and crowd surfers.

The band consists of Dominique Lenore Persi (vocals), Rani Sharone (bassist and guitarist) and Gil Sharone on drums. One interesting thing about the band and their sound is Dominique…and she isn’t just a vocalist. On certain songs she beats away at that 55 gallon barrel hanging from what appears to be an engine hoist, giving a slight percussion that you’d expect to hear in bands like Slipknot and Mushroom Head. But, there’s more: the unique sound doesn’t stop there because she also plays an accordion… YES, AN ACCORDION! This throws a completely different aspect into this band’s sound that has already separated them from traditional rock/metal bands. To say the least, these guys are a true experimental rock band and have certainly found their niche in an industry constantly looking for new sounds.

-Pop Evil highlights included Leigh Kakat coming out and climbing on the crowd to sing
-Stone Sour’s Corey Taylor played Alice in Chains’ “Nutshell” solo, and also the first 2/3 of “Through Glass” before the band erupted
-Within each set, there were some sound issues

Only a few more dates remain on this tour…check them out below. If you aren’t able to make it to a show, definitely get on your computer and check out Stolen Babis online and hear their fascinating sound for yourself.

-Randy Hall and Logan Rendulic © The Rock Tribune, 2014

Feb 6  Thu   Anaheim, CA
Feb 8  Sat     Las Vegas, NV
Feb 9  Sun    Tempe, AZ
Feb 11 Tue   El Paso, TX
Feb 13 Thu  Dallas, TX
Feb 14 Fri    Houston, TX
Feb 15 Sat   San Antonio, TX

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Stolen Babies, a set by logan.rocktribune on Flickr.

 

STOLEN BABIES Announce Upcoming U.S. Tour with STONE SOUR and POP EVIL – Coming This January/February

Posted in All Metal, Artist Watch, Featured, New Music, News, Shows, Uncategorized with tags , , , on December 6, 2013 by Randy

Experimental rock group STOLEN BABIES are pleased to announce their upcoming U.S. tour with headlining hard rock giants Stone Sour and fellow supporters Pop Evil. The tour begins on January 14th in Orlando, FL and stops in several major American cities through February 15th.  See below for all current tour dates and make sure to get tickets now before there are none left! Additional dates are scheduled for announcement.

Drummer Gil Sharone says, “We’re really excited about being on the Stone Sour tour and coming back to so many of our favorite cities. It’s a big deal to us and we’re grateful for the opportunity.”

STOLEN BABIES

ON TOUR W/ STONE SOUR, POP EVIL

14-Jan  Orlando, FL @ House of Blues

15-Jan  Charlotte, NC @ Fillmore

17-Jan  Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live

18-Jan  New York, NY @ Irving Plaza

19-Jan  Philadelphia, PA @ TLA

21-Jan  Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom

22-Jan  Boston, MA @ House of Blues

24-Jan  Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues

25-Jan  Ft. Wayne, IN @ Piere’s

26-Jan  Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts

28-Jan  Chicago, IL @ House of Blues

31-Jan  Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theatre

1-Feb   Sioux Falls, SD @ The District

3-Feb   Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre

5-Feb   West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues

6-Feb   Anaheim, CA @ House Of Blues

8-Feb   Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues

9-Feb   Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee

11-Feb El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls

13-Feb Dallas, TX @ House of Blues

14-Feb Houston, TX @ House of Blues

15-Feb San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live

 

 

STOLEN BABIES drummer Gil Sharone is an official nominee in the Modern Drummer 2014 Readers Poll! Gil is nominated in the Best Clinician category. Support STOLEN BABIES and cast your vote for Gil HERE.

 

While you are surfing the web, check out the band’s latest music video for the track ‘Second Sleep’. The video was directed by Ilan Sharone, well-known video director and brother of Rani and Gil, with visual FX and animation by Meats Meier. The track is cut from the band’s most recent full-length release, entitled Naught. The album is available at your local music retailer and through iTunes, Amazon and all other standard digital retailers.

 

 

For more information on STOLEN BABIES, please visit these websites:

www.stolenbabiestheband.com

www.facebook.com/stolenbabiesofficial

www.twitter.com/stolenbabies

www.myspace.com/stolenbabies

 

 

STOLEN BABIES is:

Dominique Lenore Persi – Lead Vocals/Accordion

Rani Sharone – Bass/Guitar/Vocals

Gil Sharone – Drums

STONE SOUR: HOUSE OF GOLD & BONES PART 1 OUT TODAY; FIRST SINGLE “ABSOLUTE ZERO” IS TOP FIVE AT ROCK RADIO

Posted in All Metal, Artist Watch, New Music, News, Releases with tags , , , , , , on October 22, 2012 by Randy

New York, NY (October 22, 2012) – Grammy-nominated rock band Stone Sour will release part one of a two album series, House of Gold & Bones, on Roadrunner Records today, October 22, 2012.  Recorded at Sound Farm Studios just outside of the band’s native Des Moines, Iowa with producer David Bottrill (Tool, Muse) at the helm, the album has met with early rave reviews worldwide.

Singer, songwriter and lyricist Corey Taylor, himself a bestselling author courtesy of last year’s Seven Deadly Sins, wrote the lyrics for the 23 tracks that make up House of Gold & Bones as a linear storyline, which follows the compelling story of a character created by Taylor.  Music is just one of the mediums used to tell the story; Corey Taylor recently revealed details of the new project with Dark Horse Comics, House of Gold & Bones which follows, and expands on, the story contained within the albums.  With stunning covers from Jason Shawn Alexander (Empty Zone, Batman, Abe Sapien), this limited four-issue series marks Corey Taylor’s debut in the comics genre.

Stone Sour recently announced two intimate hometown shows October 28 and 29th, both of which sold out in minutes.  The band has also confirmed the first leg of a massive global tour push to support House of Gold & Bones, playing shows on five continents so far, with many more to come.  

www.stonesour.com

COREY TAYLOR: “AN EVENING WITH COREY TAYLOR” FIRST-EVER SOLO TREK FEATURING LIVE ACOUSTIC SONGS, SPOKEN WORD PERFORMANCES AND AUDIENCE Q&A SESSIONS TO KICK-OFF NOVEMBER 14

Posted in All Metal, Artist Watch, News with tags , , , , , , on November 10, 2011 by Randy

GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING FRONTMAN FOR SLIPKNOT AND STONE SOUR AND BEST- SELLING AUTHOR
INVITED TO BE THE OFFICIAL GUEST SPEAKER
AT OXFORD UNIVERSITY

2011 has been a landmark year so far for COREY TAYLOR. Known worldwide as the dynamic lead-singer for two multi-platinum rock groups–Slipknot and Stone Sour–the Grammy Award-winner this year added two more impressive credentials to his resume: best-selling author for his SEVEN DEADLY SINS… book as well as Oxford University official guest lecturer.  This fall, COREY will launch his first-ever solo tour “An Evening With Corey Taylor.” It begins November 14 in Anaheim and wraps December 13 in Orlando.
This unique month-long trek will feature COREY playing acoustically, both original songs and some of his favorite covers. The evening will also encompass a spoken word performance with select excerpts from SEVEN DEADLY SINS… and audiences will get a rare chance to interact with the powerful frontman during an open Q&A session. For tickets and VIP packages to “An Evening With Corey Taylor” including a ticket to the show, entry to soundcheck, a pre-show VIP reception with COREY and an autographed hardcover copy of SEVEN DEADLY SINS…, visit: http://thecoreytaylor.com/?page=tour.

COREY recently joined the ranks of the Albert Einstein, the Dalai Lama, Michael Jackson and Kermit the Frog when he was invited to be the official guest speaker at Oxford University. For this in-depth and diverse lecture COREY delved deep into the inspiration behind his music and his new book SEVEN DEADLY SINS: Settling the Argument Between Born Bad and Damaged Good–a philosophical exploration into how this Renaissance man’s history and approach to his art, has created worldwide success and a unique vision for living life to the fullest, all told through the prism of the so-called Seven Deadly Sins. SEVEN DEADLY SINS… spent four weeks on the New York Times bestsellers list and five weeks on the Times of London’s bestseller list.  Publisher’s Weekly reviewed SEVEN DEADLY SINS…,

“Starting with the premise that the seven deadly sins should be changed to ‘the seven petty sins,’ since the old ones are outdated and ‘barely PG-13,’ he ends by offering a list he calls ‘the New Seven Deadly Sins,’ which include murder, child abuse, rape and torture. In between, he barrels through his personal takes on positive aspects of the seven sins, such as his view of greed, ‘where one man’s greed is another man’s ambition’ that ‘could cure cancer…’ Overall, his hope is that people will ‘stop holding themselves back even slightly and start realizing potential they never dreamed existed,’ a hope that survived a harrowing childhood in a small Midwestern town-‘a cornucopia of racism, malicious intent, and ignorant torrents of pain’ that he describes in the book’s most powerful and moving chapter.” (August 2011)

The full Oxford University lecture will premiere in four parts on www.thecoreytaylor.com every Wednesday at 5:00pm ET. Watch COREY TAYLOR live from Oxford University here:

And catch “An Evening With Corey Taylor” this fall in the cities listed below. For tickets, visit: http://thecoreytaylor.com/?page=tour

 

DATE

  CITY VENUE
Mon 11/14 Anaheim, CA House of Blues
Tue 11/15 Phoenix, AZ Crescent Ballroom
Thu 11/17 Houston, TX Bronze Peacock at HOB
Fri 11/18 Dallas, TX Trees Lounge
Sat 11/19 Denver, CO Gothic Theatre
Mon 11/21 Omaha, NE Waiting Room
Tue 11/22 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater
Wed 11/23 Milwaukee, WI The Rave
Fri 11/25 Detroit, MI Eagle Theatre
Sat 11/26 Chicago, IL Double Door
Mon 11/28 Indianapolis, IN Radio Radio
Thu 12/1 Montreal, QC Corona Theatre
Fri 12/2 Toronto, ON Mod Club
Sun 12/4 Boston, MA Middle East
Mon 12/5 New York, NY Highland Ballroom
Tue 12/6 Philadelphia, PA World Café Live
Wed 12/7 Providence, RI The Met
Fri 12/9 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
Sat 12/10 Baltimore, MD Sound Stage
Mon 12/12 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
Tue 12/13 Orlando, FL The Social

COREY TAYLOR TO EMBARK ON SOLO TOUR :::: SHOWS WILL INCLUDE ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCES, BOOK READINGS, Q&As + MORE

Posted in All Metal, Artist Watch, News with tags , , , , , on October 11, 2011 by Randy

New York, NY:  Corey Taylor, frontman for genre-defining rock bands Slipknot and Stone Sour, is embarking on a solo tour this fall.

The idea for the tour sprang from an intimate set of UK gigs that Taylor recently played to launch his bestselling book Seven Deadly Sins, as well as his speaking engagement at Oxford University this summer.  Taylor will perform originals and some choice covers acoustically; will read selections from the book; and take questions from the audience.  Billed as “An Evening With Corey Taylor,” these shows will be a rare opportunity for many fans to interact with Taylor in this intimate a setting, and vice versa.

“I had so much fun doing this type of show in England that I just HAD to bring it to the States,” said Taylor. “It’s gonna be one-part Henry Rollins, one-part Johnny Cash and probably a little heavy on the Monty Python. It’s everything I love to do: singing, comedy and talkin’ smack. Hopefully, the audience enjoys it as much as I do.”

Armed with an acoustic guitar, a copy of his book, a microphone and his unflinching worldview and lacerating wit, Corey Taylor is coming to your town to spread the gospel as only he can and it will be a night fans won’t soon forget. If you are looking to be fully entertained by one of the most gifted voices of the hard rock scene, this is a night you won’t dare miss.

Taylor’s book, Seven Deadly Sins: Settling the Argument Between Born Bad and Damaged Good, is an outrageous manifesto on the nature of sin, offered in Taylor’s unique and informed voice. The tome is now available in audio form, read by Taylor himself, and it features an action-packed ending not included in the print version.  Seven Deadly Sins spent four weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list, and five weeks on the Times of London Best Seller list.

Corey Taylor solo dates are as follows:

10/22 Bee Cave, TX (Austin) La Grange Festival

11/14 Anaheim, CA House of Blues

11/15 Phoenix, AZ Crescent Ballroom

11/17 Houston, TX Bronze Peacock at HOB

11/19 Denver, CO Gothic Theatre

11/21 Omaha, NE Waiting Room

11/22 Minneapolis, MN Varsity

11/23 Milwaukee, WI Rave

11/25 Detroit, MI Eagle Theatre

11/26 Chicago, IL Double Door

12/1 Montreal, QC Corona Theatre

12/2 Toronto, ON Mod Club

12/4 Boston, MA Middle East

12/5 New York, NY Highline Ballroom

12/6 Philadelphia, PA World Café Live

12/7 Providence, RI The Met

12/9 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom

12/10Baltimore, MD Sound Stage

12/12 Atlanta, GA Masquerade

12/13 Orlando, FL The Social

www.facebook.com/thecoreytaylor

Mike Portnoy to fill in for Stone Sour’s Roy Mayorga for One-Off Show

Posted in News with tags , , , , on September 16, 2011 by Randy

STONE SOUR are excited to announce that drum wizard Mike Portnoy will be joining them behind the kit for a one-off upcoming show at the world-renowned ‘Rock In Rio’ Festival on September 24.

The band’s regular drummer, Roy Mayorga, is currently home and anxiously awaiting the birth of his first daughter — due the very same day as Stone Sour’s Rio show.  Roy personally asked his friend Mike Portnoy to fill in for what is sure to be a special ‘once in a lifetime’ event for the fans in attendance.  Said Portnoy: “It’s my honor and pleasure to be able to help out my good friends in Stone Sour and my brother Roy in their time of need.  It’s also an unexpected treat for me to get another visit with some of the greatest fans in the world down in Brazil.”

Frontman Corey Taylor added: “We’ve been waiting a long time for the opportunity to come to South America. This year’s Rock in Rio should be fantastic. With Roy expecting his first child, we’ll charge on without him, but having Mike fill in for this one show will be great. We can’t wait to take the stage and lay it down the only way Stone Sour knows how: full on and in your face!”

Plans are afoot for a special EP/DVD release from STONE SOUR this Winter, along with a special MP3 giveaway via STONE SOUR’sFacebook page.   Stay tuned for full details soon.

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