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OZZY OSBOURNE’S ‘Down To Earth’ 20th Anniversary Expanded Digital Edition Out Today

DATE: OCTOBER 15, 2021



Having recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of his NO MORE TEARS album with an expanded digital audio release, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy®-winning singer and songwriter OZZY OSBOURNE

will mark another album anniversary this month. To commemorate the 20th anniversary of 2001’s DOWN TO EARTH, three rare OZZY tracks–“No Place for Angels,” “Dreamer” (Acoustic Version), and “Gets Me Through” (Single Version)–have been released today (October 15) on digital platforms as part of a 20th anniversary expanded digital edition. Click here to listen.

The platinum-selling DOWN TO EARTH was OZZY’s eighth album and reached #4 on the Billboard Top 200 chart in the U.S and #19 on the UK Albums Chart. It produced two Top ten singles on the U.S. Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart: “Gets Me Through” and “Dreamer.” Recorded in Los Angeles and produced by Tim Palmer, who co-wrote some of the album’s songs with OZZY, the album’s players include OZZY’s longtime collaborator and guitarist Zakk Wylde along with bassist Robert Trujillo (Metallica) and drummer Mike Bordin (Faith No More).

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Rolling Stone said of the album, “Ozzy Osbourne is the most sentimental man in metal–and tough enough to let it show in ‘Gets Me Through’ and ‘Dreamer,’ the two best songs on Down to Earth. The first is a thumping thanksgiving, Osbourne’s admission that he is nothing like you think and would be even less without his fans…‘Dreamer’ is Osbourne imagining himself as John Lennon: pleading for calm and sense over piano, strings and, at the end, an ELO-style choir…He writes and sings about looking into the abyss – so you know which way to run. He’s never done it better.” Elsewhere, said: “‘Down to Earth’ displays enough eccentricity to keep one entertained and brimming with respect.”

As previously announced, last month, OZZY’s sixth solo album–the Top 10 (#7) and quadruple platinum NO MORE TEARS (Sony) was celebrated with an expanded digital audio album and two special editions–a 2LP black vinyl version and a special yellow and red 2LP vinyl version with a specially created booklet (exclusively at

The expanded DOWN TO EARTH track listing is as follows:

  1. Gets Me Through
  2. Facing Hell
  3. Dreamer
  4. No Easy Way Out
  5. That I Never Had
  6. You Know…(Pt. 1)
  7. Junkie
  8. Running out of Time
  9. Black Illusion
  10. Alive
  11. Can You Hear Them?
  12. **No Place for Angels
  13. **Dreamer (Acoustic Version)
  14. **Gets Me Through (Single Version)

**previously unavailable for streaming




YES Reveal Video For Track “Future Memories” From New Studio Album THE QUEST

DATE: OCTOBER 15, 2021



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YES, who are Steve Howe, Alan White, Geoff Downes, Jon Davison and Billy Sherwood, today (October 15) have revealed the video for the track “Future Memories” from their newly released studio album THE QUEST on InsideOutMusic/Sony Music. Watch the video here.

THE QUEST also sees its physical release today in North America. The album has also been hitting the charts worldwide, achieving these positions (among others):

#7 German Album Charts
#20 UK Album Charts
#1 UK Rock Album Charts
#5 Swiss Album Charts
#8 Japanese International Weekly Charts
#23 French Physical Album Charts
#37 Belgian National Album Charts
#54 Dutch Album Charts
#60 Italian Album Charts

YES also recently released videos for the album tracks “Dare To Know” and The Ice Bridge.”

THE QUEST was produced by Steve Howe, who says: “Much of the music was written in late 2019 with the rest in 2020. We commissioned several orchestrations to augment and enhance the overall sound of these fresh new recordings, hoping that our emphasis on melody, coupled with some expansive instrumental solo breaks, keeps up the momentum for our listeners.”

The album was recorded across the globe; the sessions took place in the UK with Steve Howe, Geoff Downes and Jon Davison, while Alan White and Billy Sherwood got together in the studio in the US. “Billy Sherwood and myself did all the rhythm sections, bass and drum, in America,” says Alan White, “down in Los Angeles at Uncle Studios, where he works a lot. It helps when you’ve got a good place to work,” Alan laughs, “and Billy’s really good on the recording desk, so we got things down relatively quickly. I spent quite a while studying the music before I went down to LA so I was prepared.”

THE QUEST is also now available for pre-order on various formats, including a Limited Deluxe Box-Set that features a Gatefold 180g 2LP on exclusive coloured vinyl, 2CD+Blu-ray Digipak (featuring 5.1 mix & backing tracks), 36-page perfect bound booklet, enamel pin badge, 60x90cm poster, slipmat & hand-numbered certificate of authenticity, all housed in a rigid lift-off box.

Containing 11 songs, 8 on the main CD with 3 extra tracks on a bonus CD, THE QUEST will also be available as Limited 2CD+Blu-ray Artbook, 2CD Digipak, Gatefold 2LP+2CD & as Digital Album. Order now here.

THE QUEST – 2CD Digipak tracklisting:

01. The Ice Bridge 7.01
02. Dare To Know 6.00
03. Minus The Man 5.35
04. Leave Well Alone 8.06
05. The Western Edge 4.26
06. Future Memories 5.08
07. Music To My Ears 4.41
08. A Living Island 6.52


01. Sister Sleeping Soul 4.51
02. Mystery Tour 3.33
03. Damaged World 5.20

Formats are:

Limited Edition Deluxe 2LP & 2CD plus Blu-ray Box-set
Limited Edition 2CD & Blu-ray Artbook
Gatefold 2LP & 2CD plus LP-booklet
2CD Digipak
Digital Album

Cover artwork designed and created by the band’s long term collaborator Roger Dean.

YES Story

For half a century YES have been the definitive band of the progressive music genre, the band by which all others are judged. Their ground-breaking albums of the 70s set the standard for the genre and influenced countless others who followed in their wake.

The current line-up of YES was completed in 2015 when Billy Sherwood replaced founder member Chris Squire, at Squire’s insistence, as he bravely fought a losing battle with leukaemia. Since then, YES have concentrated on touring with their Album Series tours, each featuring a classic YES album in its entirety. During this period YES have released three live albums Topographic Drama – Live Across America (2017), Yes Live 50 (2019) and The Royal Affair Tour: Live in Las Vegas (2020).

The music of YES has endured over the years and has been handed down through generations of music lovers.

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The O.N. Klub & Birth Of The L.A. SKA Boom, Grammy Museum Event, 10/23 in L.A.




Panel Discussion, Book Signings, Special Performances
Saturday, October 23, 2021, At 2:00 pm – GRAMMY Museum®, Los Angeles, CA

Ska might be a household name these days, but it wasn’t 40+ years ago when Howard Paar– newly arrived in LA from London, and inspired by British 2 Tone, Jamaican ska and reggae, and American soul music–launched one of the very first American ska scenes at a hole in the wall venue in Silver Lake called the O.N. Klub. Paar’s vision of a ska and soul-only club helped to give birth to a uniquely American version of ska that spawned The Boxboys–one of the earliest American ska bands–and The Untouchables, who later went on to global fame with their ska/mod look and sound. The O.N. Klub and the bands that Paar booked unleashed a ska and mod frenzy across the city, that brought the look and feel of Brighton in Quadrophenia to the streets of LA.

Several of the LA ska scene’s most prominent figures will gather for a special panel discussion at the GRAMMY Museum® to reminisce about the O.N. Klub and the early days of the LA ska and mod scene: singer Jerry Miller (The Untouchables), singer Chuck Askerneese (The Untouchables), bassist Ivan Wong (The Boxboys), drummer Greg Sowders (The Boxboys), bassist Norwood Fisher (Fishbone), singer Greg Lee (Hepcat), music critic Bill Bentley (LA Weekly), O.N. Klub creator, author and award-winning music supervisor Howard Paar, ska musician, podcaster and author Marc Wasserman and Laurence Fishburne, the award-winning actor, producer and original O. N. Klub patron will discuss the importance of the O.N. Klub and the early days of the LA ska and mod scene. There will also be special live performances by The Boxboys (1st time in 40 years!) and The Untouchables.  This afternoon affair will be hosted by veteran radio DJ/emcee Junor Francis and DJ Chuck Wren (Jump Up Records) will spin the best in American ska and reggae.

At 1:30pm and immediately following the performances, there will be book signings with authors Howard Paar (“Top Rankin,’” a punk/ska noir novel set against the 1980 backdrop of the O.N. Klub’s first year) and Marc Wasserman (“Ska Boom! An American Ska & Reggae Oral History” detailing the beginning of ska in the US). Both books will be on sale at the GRAMMY Museum® gift shop. This event is presented in association with History of LA Ska.


Howard Paar (O.N. Klub creator, music supervisor & Author of “Top Rankin’: A Punk/Ska Noir Novel”)
Marc Wasserman (Musician, Podcaster & Author of “Ska Boom!: An American Ska & Reggae Oral History”)
Jerry Miller (The Untouchables)
Chuck Askerneese (The Untouchables)
Ivan Wong (The Boxboys)
Greg Sowders (The Boxboys)
Norwood Fisher (Fishbone)
Greg Lee (Hepcat)
Bill Bentley (Former LA Weekly music editor & Author of Smithsonian Rock & Roll: Live & Unseen)
Laurence Fishburne (award-winning actor, producer and original O. N. Klub patron)

Special Performances by
The Boxboys (1st performance in 40 years!)
The Untouchables

All Ages
1:30pm doors / 2pm start
$15 tickets

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THE THE Share New Single “This Is The Night” Taken From ‘The Comeback Special’ Album, Film & Book Out 10/29




THE THE, one of the most intriguing bands ever to emerge from England, have shared “This Is The Night,” the latest single from their upcoming album THE COMEBACK SPECIAL. Listen to the track here, now available at all streaming and download services. The album, due out October 29 in multiple audio as well as video formats, documents their triumphant and sold-out Royal Albert Hall concert in 2018 in London.

“This Is The Night” was originally featured on THE THE’s much-acclaimed (and fourth album) Dusk in 1993. This live version of the song, with its haunting lyrics, urgent vocals and searing guitar lines, is especially potent.

The highlight of this multi-format release is an exquisitely designed 136-page art book, which tells the whole story behind THE COMEBACK SPECIAL with hundreds of behind-the-scenes photos, film stills, contributions and stories, as well as 6 discs including exclusive audio content, plus director Tim Pope’s film of the concert on both Blu-ray and DVD.

As another highlight of the new release, THE THE also recently launched a variety of new exclusive merch items and bundles on the official album webstore:

For a brand-new series of four exclusive THE THE prints, the band has teamed up with London’s Atom Gallery. Mark Perronet (print maker and co-owner of the gallery) had previously collaborated with Andy Dog, Matt Johnson’s late brother and designer of many of the group’s early sleeves. Utilising the old analogue technique of screenprinting, visual elements of The Comeback Special tour have been combined to create these vivid new designs. Each of these four new posters are hand-numbered, embossed with the THE THE logo and signed by Matt Johnson.

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The track listing of the live performance across all formats is as follows:

  1. Global Eyes
  2. Sweet Bird Of Truth
  3. Flesh & Bones
  4. Heartland
  5. The Beat(en) Generation
  6. Armageddon Days (are here again)
  7. A Long Hard Lazy Apprenticeship
  8. We Can’t Stop What’s Coming
  9. Phantom Walls
  10. Love Is Stronger Than Death
  11. Dogs Of Lust
  12. Helpline Operator
  13. This Is The Night
  14. This Is The Day
  15. Soul Catcher
  16. Bugle Boy
  17. Beyond Love
  18. Slow Emotion Replay
  19. (Like a) Sun Rising Thru My Garden
  20. Infected
  21. I’ve Been Waiting For Tomorrow (all of my life)
  22. True Happiness (this way lies)
  23. Uncertain Smile
  24. Lonely Planet

The Royal Albert Hall concert was the first of a trio of London shows during The Comeback Special tour—the others taking place at Brixton Academy and The Troxy—all of which sold out within minutes of going on sale.

Performing live for the first time in 16 years with a headline appearance at Denmark’s Heartland Festival a few days before the Royal Albert Hall concert, the rejuvenated THE THE, which featured previous members James Eller on bass, DC Collard on keyboards and Earl Harvin on drums and new member Barrie Cadogan on guitar alongside Matt Johnson, would go on to play sold-out shows and make festival headline appearances across the globe throughout 2018.

“Part comeback, part requiem, all extraordinary”
– James Hall, The Telegraph (UK)

“Johnson’s great achievement is to have made a body of work that is completely original, yet flows smoothly into the slipstream of accessible, socially conscious alternative rock.”

– Will Hodgkinson, The Times (UK)

“Johnson retains a gravel-voiced gravitas, and his band are taut and kinetic on barbed missiles such as ‘Armageddon Days (are here again)’… THE THE really shouldn’t leave it 16 years until their next tour.”

– Ian Gittins, The Guardian (UK)

“THE THE sound very much like a band revitalized… Johnson may not have sung publicly for years, but there’s little doubt he’s been practising his scales in private.”

– Jeremy Allen, The Independent (UK)




Las Vegas Weekly on Spanish Tapas Scene

Cool how the new Las Vegas Weekly shines a super-appetizing light on the Spanish tapas scene here, including places where we’ve been/love (Pamplona + Firefly… see last photo to see Rana and me recently outside the latter) and others we need to check out (like Valencian Gold). LVW also zeroes in other non-Spanish eateries serving tapas, like Nittaya’s Secret Kitchen (right where we live in Summerlin) with its Thai delicacies including those crazy-addictive potato curry puffs. 


GODSMACK Earn RIAA Gold Certification For Their ‘When Legends Rise’ Album; The Scars Foundation Established To Coincide With The Release Of Album’s “Under Your Scars” Single, Celebrates Three Years Of Mental Health Work




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Multi-platinum hard rock titans GODSMACK have earned another career highlight. The band’s WHEN LEGENDS RISE album (BMG, February 2018) is newly gold-certified by the RIAA. In addition, two more of the album’s singles (the title track and “Under Your Scars”) have also been officially certified gold by the RIAA. The album’s first single and #1 rock track “Bulletproof” earned a Platinum Digital Single Award in September 2020 and was previously certified Gold in the U.S.

WHEN LEGENDS RISE is the seventh studio album from GODSMACK, who are Sully Erna [vocals, guitar], Tony Rombola [guitar], Robbie Merrill [bass], and Shannon Larkin [drums]. Produced by Erik Ron and Erna, it was the band’s first release in four years and was recorded at their headquarters (GSHQ) in Derry, New Hampshire. The album went on to garner a multitude of career milestones for the group: four #1 rock tracks (an accomplishment that makes GODSMACK one of only four rock acts to achieve this), and a record 11 #1 singles in the band’s career with the album’s fourth single “Unforgettable.” WHEN LEGENDS RISE entered the Billboard Top 200 album chart in the top ten (#8), with four #1 placements on other charts: Top Rock Albums, Top Hard Music Albums, Top Independent Albums and Top Alternative Albums.

“After more than 20 years of chart-topping success, Godsmack remain ‘bullet proof,’” says Thomas Scherer, BMG President, Repertoire & Marketing New York and Los Angeles. “Undeniable hit songs coupled with innovative videos and an unprecedented direct access between the band and their fans, Godsmack deliver an ‘unforgettable’ music experience. The band continues to develop their global presence and put in the creative hard work that is the recipe for success. We all look forward to seeing them back out on the road soon, touring around the world behind their long-anticipated upcoming new album on BMG.”

Dan Gill, BMG EVP, Recorded Music, Los Angeles, adds,A journey three years in the making, our first Gold album together and one of many we look to achieve. When Legends Rise was only the beginning of what we can accomplish: their seventh Top 10 album, four consecutive Number One rock singles (‘Bulletproof,’ ‘When Legends Rise,’ ‘Under Your Scars,’ ‘Unforgettable’), and more than 1 billion streams set to be reached by the end of 2021. Godsmack shows up for their fans and the fans for them. It’s an honor to work with such a dedicated and hardworking band who continue to be at the top of their game after 20 years! Everyone at BMG wishes them the best in their continued success and congratulate them on achieving yet another career milestone.”

In 2019, SULLY announced the formation of The Scars Foundation. The foundation’s mission statement explains: The Scars Foundation has been established by Sully Erna to help raise awareness of the mental health issues that so many are faced with today. With the rise of suicides, bullying, addiction, abuse and so many other challenges, The Scars Foundation is dedicated to providing resources and tools to educate and empower people on a global level that struggle with these burdens.”

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“Since we formed the foundation, I’m not sure we’ve even put a dent in what we hope to accomplish,” SULLY says. “But what I can tell you is that my team and I are working tirelessly every day to try and reach as many people as possible with our message of inspiration and hope that there really are better ways to live life and help anyone in need that struggles with mental illness, to give them the tools they need to help them overcome any obstacles they may face with any kind of depression.  Getting the people who live with this silent killer to have a voice and change their self-destructive behavior IS the priority. “

Naomi Fabricant, The Scars Foundation Executive Director adds, “The Scars Foundation has been doing so much work helping as many people as possible. We have programs created that we use to help everyone from corporate teams to adolescents.  The team also visits addiction treatment facilities, homeless shelters, safe homes for women and children who were victims of abuse, trafficking, and all things in between. We have donated equipment for the elderly in underserved communities to help them stay connected and we have provided scholarships for at risk youth. Additionally, we have spent a lot of time working on developing strong partnerships with other organizations with like-minded missions including the Best Buy, Musicbiz and Gibson Gives to name a few. In summary, since our inception, we have been working hard…and as Sully said, we’ve worked tirelessly to help as many people as possible to overcome, learn to cope with their mental health struggles and improve their lives.”

SULLY continues, “When we established The Scars Foundation, we decided on ‘we are all imperfectly perfect!’ as the takeaway. We want everyone who feels ugly, unwanted, or traumatized in any way to know that these ‘imperfections’ within ourselves are about as normal as the sun rising and setting every day. They’re not unique and they’re not something to hide or be embarrassed about.  They ARE your scars, your battle wounds from life.  Doesn’t matter if they’re emotional or physical scars, they ARE to be worn as a badge of honor, to remind you of what made you who you are today.  And if you can wear them loudly and proudly, you will see life differently.  You will stand taller and walk prouder with your shoulders back and your head up high.  EVERYONE has some form of scars that they carry, that made them feel ‘lesser than’ and it should NEVER be something that defeats you.  It should make you feel blessed and empowered that you’ve had the opportunity to survive those moments and rise above them. All those ugly and embarrassing imperfections are EXACTLY what makes you perfect!”

“With the strain of the ongoing COVID pandemic, people who are already battling isolation and depression have been forced to isolate, lock down or any other strategy that we are told to do–and of course it’s going to inflate the numbers,” SULLY says. “ That’s why we are here.  To give people the tools and resources during these very trying times. For me personally, through the pandemic, I’ve been enjoying my life by spending time with the people who mean the most to me.  I’ve been hardcore touring now since 1998, and for the first time in my life I can sit home and just breathe and enjoy the simple things that life offers like family, friends, dinners, and hobbies.  Not doing anything sometimes, is doing more than you think for your well-being. This pandemic should be a reminder to all to just tap the brakes occasionally. Life goes by very fast when we’re always jamming up our schedules, but the best things in life really are free!”

Since the album’s release, GODSMACK’s worldwide reach continues to expand. On the live front, the band played 150+ shows worldwide around the release of WHEN LEGENDS RISE. In addition, as of September 1 (2021), WHEN LEGENDS RISE has generated more than 753M streams.

“When we were recording WHEN LEGENDS RISE, I heard a new sound,” Tony Rombola says. “Sully worked with other writers and that brought different ideas. “Yes, it’s been great to continue to have chart success, but we always strive to write the best music we can for ourselves and our fans.”

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September 29 Groundbreaking Set For THE ASTRO THEATER In La Vista, Nebraska




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Looking to fill the gap of a medium-sized venue in Omaha’s metro’s music scene, City+Ventures along with live music and entertainment businesses One Percent Productions and Mammoth, Inc have joined forces on a new music venue: The Astro Theater. The official groundbreaking for the venue is set for Wednesday, September 29 at 11:00 AM with La Vista Mayor Douglas Kindig, city council members, city staff, project partners, and developers all on hand.

The Astro Theater is designed as the focal point of the mixed-use La Vista City Centre development. The 2,500-person, 52,000-square foot indoor theater connects to an outdoor grass amphitheater, hosting 5,000 attendees and overlooking a 34-acre public park. The indoor venue and adjacent amphitheater are located in La Vista City Centre (8302 City Centre Drive, La Vista, Nebraska) and construction is set to begin the week of groundbreaking with plans for The Astro Theater to debut in January 2023.

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“The Omaha market has always needed an all-purpose multi-format theater and a proper boutique amphitheater,” said Josh Hunt, Mammoth, Inc. “At times, Omaha has been skipped over by tours because venues are too small, too big, or don’t have the necessary production capabilities. We believe The Astro Theater will not only alleviate those concerns but go above and beyond, creating a top-tier experience for artists and fans alike.”

“We’ve created a venue that provides the flexibility we know artists want in a new lifestyle development that brings the ultimate customer experience for their fans,” said Jim Johnson, One Percent Productions.

“Our goal is to create a mixed-use community space that brings a dynamic, large-scale urban destination to La Vista and Sarpy County,” said Chris Erickson and Danny White of City+Ventures. “The addition of The Astro Theater means you can enjoy dinner, a concert and post-show entertainment in one location.”

Once the venue opens, One Percent Productions and Mammoth, Inc. will manage bookings for the facility.  The two companies enjoy a long history together having booked shows for CHI Center, Baxter Arena, Ralston Arena, Sokol Auditorium, Sumtur Amphitheater, The Waiting Room, Reverb Lounge, and more.


One Percent Productions

One Percent Productions, formed in 1997 by Marc Leibowitz and Jim Johnson, opened The Waiting Room Lounge in 2007 and Reverb Lounge in 2014 producing hundreds of shows including those for other venues in Nebraska and Iowa. The company believes in investing in the community and has been a part of Omaha’s accelerating cultural growth.

Mammoth, Inc.

Mammoth, Inc. was started in 2006 by Jeff Fortier and Josh Hunt, who together have over 55 years of combined music industry experience producing a wide range of events including concerts, full scale festivals, and tour booking. Their venues include arenas, large amphitheaters, independent clubs, numerous large amphitheaters, over 50 historic indoor theaters throughout the country, as well as an independently owned venue portfolio



LOVE BY NUMB3RS Share Video For “Colours,” First Single From Their EP Of The Same Name Out November 19



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Portland, Maine-based indie trio LOVE BY NUMB3RS today (September 22) have shared the video for “Colours,” the first single from their upcoming six-song EP COLOURS. Look for the EP to be released November 19, which will be followed by a full-length album (their second) in 2022 (release date TBA). Watch the strikingly visual self-directed video, filmed at their house and studio (South Ranch), here.

The video was premiered yesterday (September 21) by Atwood Magazine which noted that “the sweetly stunning Colours’ puts LOVE BY NUMB3RS’ exceptional lyrical, vocal, and instrumental talents on full display. A soulful, rootsy, and bluesy outpouring of heavy-hearted feeling comes to life in a song that reckons with a mother and daughter’s turbulent relationship. The band weave a rich tapestry of sound together with vulnerable, visceral lyrics that find Anna Lombard thriving, reeling, and excelling in a tough space. She rises to meet the moment in an intimate and impassioned chorus that–excuse the pun–showcases an inner fire and her many colors…Whether you can relate to your own familial issues, or have other pains close at heart, “Colours” brings out the full spectrum in each and every one of us. It’s a radiant song of turmoil spilling over; of honesty and confession; of pain becoming beauty.”

Coming off their recent single Red Sun this past June, “Colours” will be available at all streaming platforms this Friday, September 24. It is a deeply soulful song written about a mother and daughter’s difficult relationship from the band who freewheelingly chart a course through eloquent alternative, Americana and roots rock. The lyrics are naked and unflinching:

“I been living my life in colors
You made so me so blue then I’m seeing red
When the calm after the storm comes
And then gray is all that’s left”

“It’s definitely inspired by r&b/soul music of the sixties and early seventies,” says Anna Lombard, who wrote the song with bandmate Dan Connor.   “It is real,” adds Anna.  “It is emotive.  It grooves and it builds all the way through the song until the abrupt radio silence after I scream the very last line.”

The track was produced by Anna and Jon Roods, who says: “The drums/beat were inspired by a traditional simple kick & snare feel…and then we built the instrumentation off of that after Anna finalized chords/arrangement in tandem with melody/lyrics.”


–Who wrote the song?

One afternoon Dan texted me a line that hit me kinda hard. The lyric Dan sent was, “I’ve been hearing you in colors” and it throttled us into this conversation (and my own nerdy research) about synesthesia (“synth” meaning “together” and “ethesia” meaning “perception).  If you’re not familiar, it is a neurological phenomenon where the parts of your brain that control your senses are all intertwined. For example, a person with it can hear sound or music and their brain involuntarily associates those sounds with a specific color, pattern, or shape.  And this condition can sometimes be a bit of sensory overload for those who have it (ahem, Jon.)  But it also tends to inspire creativity.  I became kind of obsessed with it. When you’re a kid, the first things you learn about are colors, the alphabet, numbers and shapes. So I started thinking about things like colors and shapes in a far less literal form.  Humans tend to associate colors with emotions.  Or a specific scent with an experience (good or bad).  And how the environment in which a child is raised ultimately “shapes” them into the person they become…it is internal and we cannot control it….it just happens…much like the involuntary response someone with synesthesia has to music, sounds, colors, touch, patterns, taste, etc.

I stayed up til 4:30 in the morning with my notebook and a pencil and when I finished, I realized I wrote this song about my relationship with my mother.  Family shit is hard, man.  And I’ve got no illusions about the fact that I can be a pain in the ass.  But it felt like this final plea, begging her to learn how to love me and to accept me for who I am….even if it wasn’t what she pictured.

When I sang the line, “You made me so blue and then I’m seeing red,” I quite literally could close my eyes and see the palest hues of blue…and the sadness was washed out by this storm of anger and all I could see was red.  In the aftermath, among all the emotional debris and self-reflection, there was a moment of calm that made me feel empty.  And all I could see was the color gray.

From the very moment I set my pencil down and finished writing, I felt this overwhelming sense of relief.  The process and the creation of this song had released me.  I was no longer immersed in a dense, emotional fog.  And I came to the realization that what started as a song for her, became a song for me… Because our children cannot be our mirror images.  So…you gotta learn how to let go of your ego–and I don’t mean ego as in self-importance–I mean the part of the ego acting as the voices in your head.  The ones which stem from your inner child and your own fears.  Because when you let go of that ego, you begin to learn how to be whole… to be seen… to be heard.  To be accepted.  And ultimately, capable of being loved and loving unconditionally… because deep down, isn’t that what all of us ever really want, anyway?

–Who directed the video, where was it filmed, and some thoughts about the video?

We focused a lot on the vibrance of colors, lighting, shapes–to tie into the meaning of the song.  I bought a silicone heart prop and Jon insisted I follow George Romero’s recipe for fake blood to depict the proverbial ripping out of my heart.  We built a set in our kitchen out of sound foam panels. I bought fabric and cut them into shapes inspired by and as a way of paying homage to the stage backdrop from the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival after we checked out Quest Love-directed documentary “Summer of Soul”– that shit is bonkers if you haven’t checked it out.  Grab some tissues while you’re at it.  For our final set for the video, Jon and I turned our garage into what looked like a cross between one of the clear plastic encased murder scene from the show Dexter and a dope art studio in SOHO.  I splattered buckets of paint and spray painted the plastic walls.  No matter how many times we’ve showered since, we can’t get the paint off parts of our feet. But in all, Jon and I really just focused on creating a visual that would stimulate the viewers senses using colors, shapes, textures, angles, lighting, our vintage gear, etc.  I should note that the pattern of multicolored foam sound panels as the mural against our dining room wall isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.  Adhesive spray is a thing, huh?

COLOURS EP track listing
1. Colours
2. Can’t Lie Like This
3. Oak Tree
4. All Falls Down
5. The Beat Goes On
6. Summertime

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THE HU Roared Into NYC For A Sold-Out Show At Irving Plaza In Front Of An Audience Of Devotees Including Whoopi Goldberg

DT: SEPTEMBER 21, 2021


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As part of their buzzed-about North American headlining tour, “The Hun Tour,” globally acclaimed Mongolian rock sensation THE HU roared into NYC for a sold-out show at Irving Plaza (9/18) in front of an audience of devotees including Whoopi Goldberg, actress and co-host of ABC-TV’s long-running hit talk show “The View.” Whoopi also came backstage to hang with the guys and express her deep admiration for them.

Known for their electrifying performances, THE HU will be on the road through October 31 with upcoming sold-out shows in Los Angeles, Seattle, Denver, Minneapolis and Flint (recent gigs in New York, Baltimore and Munhall, PA were sold out). Tickets are going fast for the remaining shows and can be purchased at

Read an exclusive Q&A here with THE HU as they talk about returning to the stage for the first time since the start of the pandemic and their experience dealing with its repercussions from a global standpoint. The band also discusses their excitement on reuniting with Lzzy Hale; being included as part of Metallica’s 30th anniversary reissue project; and the creation of new music.

Founded in 2016 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, THE HU, comprised of producer Dashka along with members Gala, Jaya, Temka, and Enkush, are a modern rock group rooted in the tradition of their homeland. The band’s name translates to the Mongolian root word for human being, and their unique approach blends instruments like the Morin Khuur (horsehead fiddle), Tovshuur (Mongolian guitar), Tumur Khuur (jaw harp) and throat singing with contemporary sounds, creating a unique sonic profile that they call “Hunnu Rock.”

Their debut album, 2019‘s THE GEREG, was released via BETTER NOISE MUSIC and debuted at #1 on the World Album and Top New Artist charts. With it, the band have accumulated over 250 million combined streams and video views to date and have received critical acclaim from the likes of Billboard, NPR, GQ, The Guardian, The Independent, Revolver, and even Sir Elton John himself.

Proving their global appeal, THE HU have sold out venues across the world in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, with scheduled festival appearances at Coachella, Lollapalooza, Download Festival, and more, creating a community of fans from all walks of life. They’ve quickly grabbed the attention of the industry, leading to collaborations with Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach and Lzzy Hale of Halestorm. Most recently, the band received praise from fans and critics for their Mongolian rendition of Metallica’s “Sad But True” (as part of Better Noise’s “15 Years of Rock” series), which Metallica themselves acknowledged on their social media accounts and enlisted them to be part of their upcoming Special 30th Anniversary ‘Black Album’ Reissue Covers Project, with a cover of the iconic song “Through The Never.” The band has also explored eclectic ways to reach audiences with their sound, most notably writing and recording music for EA Games’ Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.

Readying their next chapter as a global force, THE HU are finishing their highly anticipated sophomore album, which was recorded in their homeland during quarantine. The project is expected to be released in early 2022 via BETTER NOISE MUSIC.

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BETTER NOISE MUSIC is the premiere independent music label under BETTER NOISE ENTERTAINMENT, a content creation and marketing company that produces music, books, films, documentaries, TV shows, theatrical productions, and tours. Better Noise Music (formerly Eleven Seven Music), founded in 2006 by music industry veteran and independent pioneer Allen Kovac, focuses on artist development and has grown into a music industry independent powerhouse, with a roster including Mötley Crüe, Five Finger Death Punch, Escape The Fate, AWOLNATION, Atlas Genius, Papa Roach, Bad Wolves, Nothing More, and The Hu. Partnering with FUGA, AMPED and Membran, the company operates a global marketing and distribution platform with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Nashville, London, Berlin, Toronto and Sydney.

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JACOB AND THE DAZEY CHAIN Announces Debut EP ‘The Sky Is All I Need To Get High’ Released Today (9/20)





“Jacob & The Dazey Chain represent Tasteful, Artistic Nostalgia. Young taste-maker Jacob Thornton, the talented and prolific rockstar-on-the rise who has one hand reaching toward the 2020’s and the other holding on tightly to the 1970’s.”
The Aquarian Weekly, Sept.13, 2021

JACOB AND THE DAZEY CHAIN, the Brit-pop/rock-influenced singer, songwriter, guitarist and recent Nashville transplant from South Florida, today (September 20) releases his debut EP THE SKY IS ALL I NEED TO GET HIGH on indie label Gratuitous Noise. LISTEN HERE to the EP on all streaming platforms and check out JACOB’s quotes below about the songs.

All the songs on this six-song EP were written by JACOB REESE THORNTON and inspired by his longtime musical influences including R.E.M., Oasis, Lindsey Buckingham and Fleetwood Mac; as a young teen, he admired their albums when they were played around the house. All the tracks on THE SKY IS ALL I NEED TO GET HIGH were arranged and produced by JACOB, with two of them, “Traces” and the title song “The Sky Is All I Need To Get High,” co-produced with Bill Reynolds (Band of Horses) who also played bass. All the vocals and guitars were performed by JACOB, with Rami Jaffee (Foo Fighters) on B3 organ. Drummers Jerry Roe (Legendary Shack Shakers) and Lee Levin (Kelly Clarkson, Ricky Martin, Barry Gibb) also appear on select tracks.

“The overall theme is about finding hope in moments of uncertainty, and taking chances,” says JACOB about the EP. “Most of the songs were written when I was 17. Everyone at that age understands how daunting the future seems. Especially when it sneaks up on you. While it might not have been a conscious effort, when I listen back on these songs, I’m hearing my own inner dialogue–all the universal emotions that come with trying to find your purpose and place in the world. I’m a true believer in the idea that everything put in front of you is there for a reason, and that you have to follow your signal and embrace the path that calls you. That’s a driving force behind many of my songs.”

Three singles were released leading up to the EP: “Traces” (Jan ’21), “The Kids” (May ’21) and “Swan Dive” (July ’21). JACOB AND THE DAZEY CHAIN is a three-time winner in Classic Rock Magazine’s “New Tracks of the Week” reader’s poll. “Traces” entered the top 20 Play MPE downloads across all AAA/Rock specialty stations and Top 10 (#9) streaming charts and receives regular play on Little Steven’s Underground Garage on SiriusXM with Los Angeles DJ Rodney Bingenheimer.

JACOB’s guitar and vocal skills are not new to those who have seen him perform by invitation at Eric Clapton’s 2019 Crossroads Guitar Festival. He has also played on stage with Bruce Kulick (Kiss & Grand Funk Railroad) and Todd Kerns and Brent Fitz (from Slash & The Conspirators). In addition, he’s collaborated with bass legend Tony Franklin (The Firm, Jimmy Page & Paul Rodgers) on a searing cover of “I Can See For Miles” by The Who (watch here).

“It’s a once in a generational thing… I don’t think we get enough of these ”
~Lori Majewski, SiriusXM Volume – May 3, 2019

“So so talented–I think we are going to be talking about this kid for years and years…”
~Larry Flick, SiriusXM Volume; former Senior Talent Editor, Billboard Magazine – May 3, 2019

The title track and next single, “The Sky Is All I Need To Get High,” is scheduled for a mid-October 2021 release and a B-side “surprise” that JACOB plans to use as a PSA encouraging both young and old to practice Covid safety measures and do the right thing so we can all fully get back to enjoying the thrill of live music together.

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A limited edition vinyl of the EP is available here and includes four bonus tracks.

Sketches of You(received rave reviews on SiriusXM’s ‘Feedback’ on Volume 106)
“Ground Rush”
“Seed of Youth”
“Bulletproof Superstars” (Exclusive – never before released.)


“The Sky Is All I Need to Get High”
“’The Sky’ is the oldest track on the EP and the only one I’ve yet to play live. I was in Las Vegas rehearsing for Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival in early September 2019. I had about 30 mins to kill in our hotel room and figured I’d try to write a song. The bathroom acoustics were so incredible that I literally just sat by the sink, queued up a voice memo and let it roll. Weeks later I was sifting through old voice recordings and rediscovered the riff. Lyrically, the song is about trusting your own instincts and not letting people dictate the path you take. That’s a common theme in a number of my songs. I knew it had to be the opening track because it pretty much sums up the theme of the EP within the first 10 seconds.

“Traces” was written while going through a Beatles ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ phase. Learning to play those songs brought a whole new element to my writing, as so many of the chords are ones I’d never think to play. The Beatles wrote the book.  I’ll never forget the first time Bill and I heard Rami’s key parts on this song. When that first chorus hit, everyone in the room got goosebumps. It took it to the next level.  Lyrically, ‘Traces’ is about coming of age in troubled times, and with hope as a new era unfolds.

“Color Me Blind”
“It’s about wanting to get across to someone special but not knowing how, and the frustration that brings. ‘Color Me Blind’ was the last song completed for the EP. It’s a bit different from the rest of the record—it almost has a jazz flare to it. That bridge where the guitar lines and the synths begin to stack upon one another is one of my fave moments on the EP.”

“Swan Dive”
“I read a quote that said, ‘When you take big bites out of life, life sometimes bites back.’  That inspired ‘Swan Dive.’ I was partly thinking of musicians I know who, like me, put our music out there against impossible odds.  But it’s more universal.  I’d say it’s about throwing caution to the wind.  Overcoming fear and self-doubt.  But also being careful what you wish for.”

“The Kids”
“’The Kids’ is a reflection of the world my generation is inheriting–-cynicism and a sense of peril. It feels like what I’ve read about the late 1960’s. Music had a huge cultural impact then. It was not disposable and it mattered. At the time I wrote this song, two things were going on really.  The anger that came with this country’s last four years of political divide, and the awful school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in South Florida–20 minutes from my own high school. It left the entire South Florida community reeling. None of us really felt safe after that, and unfortunately these mass shootings continue. Our grandparents had to worry about a nuclear event and had fallout shelters in their high schools. My generation has to worry about the bullied kid with assault weapons shooting up the school. I thought the students who spoke out after that were very brave– ‘no more thoughts and prayers.’”

“Signal & the Noise”
“One silver lining of the Covid lockdown was the amount of free time to write. This song was a product of that. I am fascinated by the concept of synchronicity— how the universe always has a way of bringing the right people into your life at the right time if you follow your instincts. The demo version that made the EP was recorded live, in one take, on my iPhone 11 in the bathroom! It was something I did for social media and had no intent of recording it properly. However, once I saw the reaction it received, I started to track a studio version. But nothing matched the intensity of the original live take, warts and all. Then I started thinking back on some of my favorite songs including “Dead in the Water” (Noel Gallagher) and “Hey, Hey, My, My” (Neil Young) and realized that the live rawness and vulnerability of those tracks makes me feel like I am in the same room as the artist. It feels more personal. After all the production that went into this EP, I like the idea of closing it with something real and unfiltered.”


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