Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Metallica Launch Brand-New Interactive Website

missionmetallica.com Enables Fans to Experience the Band's Upcoming Album Before It's Done via Exclusive Content All Summer Long!

BURBANK, CA--(Marketwire - May 27, 2008) - In what promises to be an exciting and innovative interactive experience for fans of Metallica, the band has announced it will launch a brand-new website, Mission Metallica (www.missionmetallica.com), which offers users a unique, ground-breaking look-in on the making of Metallica's upcoming ninth studio album, which the band began recording last year with producer Rick Rubin.

Rather than wait until the album's fall release date, fans will be able to access a special-edition version of the album before it comes out by joining missionmetallica.com. Set to launch on May 27th, the website will feature a treasure trove of exclusive content, including the low-down from the band members themselves about their progress in the studio via fly-on-the-wall video footage, audio of riffs and excerpts of new songs, exclusive new and never-before-seen archival photos from the studio, plus the chance to win tickets and meet-and-greet passes to Metallica's live concert events this summer. All of this content is absolutely free.

And if that free content isn't enough, fans can also join Mission: Metallica Platinum, which gains users access, high-quality digital album downloads delivered at midnight on release date, the physical album CD, plus complete downloads of classic live shows, exceedingly more fly-on-the-wall studio footage, loads of additional photos, and ringtones of riffs from the new album. In addition, Platinum members will be able to enter exclusive contests with the chance to win airfare, hotel, concert tickets, and meet-and-greet passes to Metallica's headlining performances at this year's Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, Ozzfest, and the U.K.'s Reading Festival, as well as a special album listening party at the band's Northern California headquarters.

Access to missionmetallica.com will begin on May 27th. The album + web content packages will be made available in the following six configurations:

-- MISSION: METALLICA. Includes fly-on-the-wall footage, riffs and
excerpts, new and archival photos, unique live tracks, audio and video blog
postings, plus the chance to win concert tickets and backstage passes.
Cost: FREE.

-- HIGH-QUALITY DIGITAL ALBUM DOWNLOAD. Package includes a digital
version of the album at 320 KBIT/S, which is a better sound quality than
what is available through most digital retailers. Users can pre-order the
album download, delivered at midnight on street date. Cost: $11.99.

the physical CD, plus shipping, as well as the high-quality, 320 KBIT/S
digital version of the album. Users can pre-order the album digital
download, delivered at midnight on street date. Cost: $19.99.

Package includes high-quality, 320 KBIT/S digital version of the album,
delivered at midnight on street date, plus Platinum Mission: Metallica
Experience. Cost: $24.99.

PLATINUM. Packageincludesthe physical CD, plus shipping, high-quality,
320 KBIT/S digital version of the album, delivered at midnight on street
date, plus Platinum Mission: Metallica Experience. Cost: $32.99.

edition package includes a boxed set of five LP's, each pressed on 180gram, 45 rpm vinyl, with five individual sleeves, the physical CD, the high-quality, 320 KBIT/S digital version of the album delivered at midnight on street date, a Mission: Metallica lithograph, the Platinum Mission:
Metallica Experience, plus all shipping included. Cost: $124.99.

The album, whose title will be announced on missionmetallica.com, will be released by Warner Bros. Records this fall. It is Metallica's first studio album since 2003's multi-platinum "St. Anger," which hit No. 1 in 30 countries and has sold nearly six million copies worldwide. Formed in Los Angeles in 1981 by drummer Lars Ulrich and rhythm guitarist and vocalist James Hetfield, Metallica has become one of the most influential and commercially successful rock bands in history, having sold nearly 100 million albums worldwide and playing to millions of fans the world over. They have garnered numerous awards and accolades, including seven Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, and three MTV Video Music Awards. In addition, their 1991 album, "Metallica" has been awarded the prestigious "Diamond Award" from the Recording Industry Association of America, given to those albums with U.S. sales of 10 million or more.


Gotham Rocks- Enjoy The Show

ilike2rock.net is proud to be a sponsor in the upcoming rock extravaganza “Gotham Rocks,” a New York City-based showcase of some of the best local NYC bands as well as some of the most talented and ‘under-the-radar’ independent bands from the Northeast and Mid Atlantic regions.

Sullivan Hall will be rocking on May 31, 2008, and a full night of festivities is planned. But before we hear about the talented musicians that have been chosen to participate, let’s explore and learn more about the program- Gotham Rocks.

Gotham Rocks goals are simple. To help promote independent artists and their music. Here is their mission statement:

The goals of GOTHAM ROCKS are:

• To pair indie music companies, bookers, promoters, radio, labels etc with the absolute best in independent local and regional bands.

• To give NYC rock bands who are ready to make the transition from local to regional touring band the opportunity to meet and team up with bands from other parts of the country.

• To foster and coalesce the growth of the modern and hard rock scene in NYC – a town that is more known for its hipster and indie rock and hip hop and yet has a thriving (if unorganized) hard rock scene.

• To provide all of the bands with a quality forum for them to showcase their talents to both fans and industry simultaneously. Creating opportunities for both independent bands and the companies, venues, labels etc that work with them.

And there is more, as each one of the bands will not only have chance to shine and showcase their talents, but there are rewards and incentives to perform well. Some of the Music Industry’s biggest names are going to be in attendance with special awards to be handed out. Here is an updated list:

www.MusicSubmit.com , Michael Cocoran, Director of Marketing – Will be awarding at least one Gotham Rocks Showcase band with one of their existing internet marketing packages. The band(s) and package(s) will be determined by Michael.

Six Flags, Great Adventure- Live and Local. Patricia Stevens, Program Founder and Director—Will be awarding at least one Gotham Rocks Showcase band one or multiple bookings at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ and possibly other Six Flags theme parks throughout the country.

www.Rockyou.com, Ro Choy – Vice President of Business Development - Rockyou.com will feature at least one Gotham Rocks Showcase band on the music portion of rockyou.com and make the band’s music available to its 36,000,000 users.

Chris Athens, Senior Mastering Engineer at Sterling Sound (www.sterling-sound.com) - one of the world's premier mastering studios. Chris, whose credits include, Ozzy, Limp Bizkit, Beastie Boys, Flyleaf, P. Diddy, will be awarding one Gotham Rocks band a with a free mastering session.

Bill Klatt (www.billklatt.com) – multi-platinum Producer/Engineer (Rolling Stones, Santana, David Bowie, Sting, Queens of the Stone Age, Days Of The New). Bill has agreed to join Gotham Rocks minimally as a Judge.

Sean Lee, Executive Producer MTV News. Sean will be acting as a judge and providing some media coverage for the showcase.

Scott Kuchler, WMIR 100.9FM, A&R Unlimited (www.wmir1009.com) Scott will be featuring all Gotham Rocks artists on WMIR.

DAA Entertainment Ben Will be awarding NJ venue bookings.

Budweiser- Budweiser will be sponsoring drink specials and beer for the bands

Creative Entertainment Group - A representative of CEG will also be on hand to judge bands and potentially award bookings

ilike2rock.net ilike2rock.net founder, DJ Tom will be providing all Gotham Rocks Bands with free "Gold" artist accounts and featuring them on the website.

101.9 RXP The New York Rock Experience- Royce Silverman, Promotions Manager for New York City's newest rock station has arranged for RXP to promote the show on air in the weeks prior to the event as well as on their website. In the spirit of promoting local and independent rock music, RXP staff will also be on hand at the event itself.

The show starts at 7:00pm and the doors will open at 6:30. Here is a list of the bands scheduled to appear and their time slot:

7:00 Striving in Greater Hopes (S.i.G.H.)
7:45 FEFF
8:30 Diablo Royale
9:15 AnAka
10:15 The Speaks
11:00 Shadows Lie
12:00 Panacea
1:00 Receptor

(tickets available at Ticketweb.com)

In conclusion, not only is this a premiere event to showcase some up and coming musical acts, it could be career defining for some of them. Ilike2rock.net will be there and hopefully many of the station’s fans and members will be there as well. Rock On!




214 Sullivan St., New York, New York 10012
Cost : $10 in advance, $12 at the door

This Date In Music History- May 27


Neil Finn of Crowded House, one of those musicians beloved by critics, was born in Te Awamutu, New Zealand in 1958.

Goth vocalist Siouxsie Sioux was born in London in 1957.

Respected Canadian singer/songwriter Bruce Cockburn was born in Pembroke, Ontario in 1945

Ramsey Lewis ("Wade In The Water") is 73

Cilla Black ("You're My World") is 65


Buddy Holly released his only No. 1 hit, "That'll Be the Day” in 1957.

In 1969, only five months after his debut album, Neil Young released the seminal album 'Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere,' the first of many with Crazy Horse.

In 1974, five year-old Lisa Marie Presley first met Michael Jackson in Lake Tahoe, where her father had been performing. Little did she know…

"Moon River" was named Record and Song of the Year at the Grammy Awards in 1962.

Frank Sinatra made his TV debut on Bob Hope's "Star Spangled Review" show on NBC (Peggy Lee also performs) in 1950.

Today in 1972, the song "Oh Girl" by the Chi-Lites topped the charts and stayed there for a week.

2004- Usher had all three singles in the Top 3 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, with "Burn" at No. 1. The last two acts to accomplish this feat were the Bee Gees and the Beatles.

At a U2 concert in Rome in 1987, the music was so loud that neighbors flood emergency services with calls claiming an earthquake has struck. U2's sound system set off earthquake alarms in two neighborhoods.

At a Coventry grammar school in England in 1964, 11 boys were suspended for cutting their hair like Mick Jagger.

Bob Dylan released his second album, "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan" in 1963.

The furor over Jerry Lee Lewis’ marriage to his 13-year old cousin Myra caused his U.K. tour to be canceled after only two shows in 1958.

British radio banned the Sex Pistols’ God Save The Queen” in 1977. It goes to the top of the charts anyway.

The Eagles embarked on their Hell Freezes Over Tour in 1994. The title is a reference to a prior Don Henley quote regarding the prospects of an Eagles reunion. Apparently, Henley misspoke.

Columbia and RCA Victor, two of America's biggest record labels, announced that they will raise the list price of L.P.s by one dollar on June 1, 1967. It was the first increase since 1953.

Rock is dangerous work. During a performance taped for Italian TV in 1980, David Lee Roth vaulted off drummer Alex Van Halen’s drum riser and right into some low hanging lights. The Van Halen front man suffered a fractured nose and multiple contusions.