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HYRO THE HERO Adds New Tour & Festival Dates, Releases Track With Crankdat & Shares Q&A

 

 

 

DT: MARCH 27, 2019

FM: KELLY WALSH/MSO PR

 

HYRO THE HERO
REVEALS DETAILS ON UPCOMING TOUR DATES & FESTIVAL APPEARANCES: 
P.O.D., ROCKSTAR DISRUPT FESTIVAL TOUR, AFROPUNK, EPICENTER AND MORE
 
APPEARS ON NEW SINGLE FROM DJ/EDM ARTIST CRANKDAT, “MONSTER”

Photo Credit: Mark Adriane

 

In just shy of a week, rap rock harbinger HYRO THE HERO has announced an upcoming series of shows with nu-metal outfit P.O.D., a spot on Brooklyn‘s annual Afropunk Festival, a headlining gig for the official Epicenter Festival after-show, a spot on the inaugural Rockstar Energy Drink Disrupt Festival summer tour (The Used, Thrice, Circa Survive, Sum 41), and a guest spot on the latest single from DJ and EDM producer Crankdat, “Monster.” On top of this, HYRO THE HERO recently premiered the music video for the single “Never Back Down,” which Consequence of Sound praised for having “Rage Against the Machine-like verses with a melodic chorus.”


HYRO THE HERO will kick off his busy summer on May 3 in Jacksonville, FL at Welcome To Rockville before heading to Rockingham, NC on May 10 to perform at Epicenter Festival where he’ll also headline the official afterhours show with support from Wilson and Arrested Youth. He’ll then hop on a two-week jaunt with P.O.D. from May 12 to 24 as he makes his way to Rocklahoma on May 25 before getting his gaming on as he joins Trivium and Cane Hill at DreamHack in Dallas, TX on June 1. After taking a short break, he’ll return to the road with the Rockstar Energy Drink Disrupt Festival tour from June 21 to July 28. HYRO will then wrap up the summer dates with a stop at Afropunk Festival on August 24/25. A full list of dates is provided below; tickets are available with links and on-sale dates at
www.hyrothehero.com.

Scroll below for a Q&A with HYRO THE HERO!

 

 
Featuring his signature blend of infectious modern rock riffs overlaid with invigorating rap vocals, HYRO THE HERO‘s sophomore album FLAGGED CHANNEL is out now via SONY/RED MUSIC. The album, produced by Mitch Marlow (Papa Roach, Filter), includes hit single “Bullet,” which debuted in the Top 40 on Billboard’s Active Rock and Mainstream Rock charts while having over 2.7 million streams on Spotify. Watch the music video, originally premiered by Billboard.com, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACEKhljj5bk
 
Stream/Buy Flagged Channel here: https://RED.lnk.to/FlaggedChannelAS
 
Q&A WITH HYRO THE HERO, 2019

After five years following the release of your debut album Birth, School, Work, Death, you’ve come back with a new album, new label and a reinvigorated message on modern day society. What happened over that time period to bring you to where you are today?
 
HYRO: The time period in between now and my last album was one of growth and patience, I took some time to improve musically and let the game come to me. I dove into different genres, learned to produce, learn song structure and found ways I could bring my message to the people in the most powerful way possible. That is why Flagged Channel is so important to me, it’s the re-introduction of Hyro The Hero.


Over the past year there’s been a resurgence of bands in the ‘rap rock’ genre with up-and-coming artists including yourself, Fever 333, HO99O9, and even those like Lil Peep and Post Malone who’ve gained commercial success. While most have been likened to taking influence from Rage Against the Machine, Limp Bizkit, Korn – whose guitarist Munky guested on your album-, etc…what do you feel you bring to the table with FLAGGED CHANNEL? How do you stand out from the rest?

HYRO: It has been amazing seeing the genre grow the way it has been. I’ve been a man on a mission since the MySpace days blending the rock and rap sound. It’s what started me off back in 2005 when I was sampling sick riffs and breakdowns and rapping to them with hip hop beats on my first mixtape, Gangsta Rock.

 

The catalyst for my music style comes from an emotional place. My powerful words need very powerful music behind them. All of this combined with my talent of rocking the mic lyrically like no other is what separates me from the rest.
Do you feel there’s still a negative association with the term ‘rap rock’ in the public perspective? If so, why do you feel this is the case? Does that ever make you feel pressured to have to constantly elaborate or explain your music when talking to others?

HYRO: Yeah, there is still a negative connotation with it, but with all these sick bands we have now and the diverse styles of it–thatis going to change real soon. There is a coolness to it like never before which comes from influence from the trap sound that is popular in this day and age–the style bleeds over.
 
I’m proud to tell people about it because I know when they listen, they are gonna become instant fans.
 
You’ve also dabbled a bit in the EDM scene with a remix contest for your single “Bullet” and most recently you appeared on a track with Crankdat, “Monster.”  Can you share how that came about?
 
HYRO: My lawyer Eric German set it up! He shows me so much love and always has his ear out for stuff he knows I would be good on. Once the song was sent, I killed it and Crankdat loved it. It was dope because Crankdat would hum little ideas through voice text message so I could go in and try them out so he would have more to play with while building the track.
 
How do you feel that your music relates or overlaps with fans of that genre? Are you a fan of EDM music?
 

HYRO: It’s all energy. Once I am giving the people the energy they desire, it will translate perfectly. We are in a turn-up era, people want loud and energetic feelings. The only thing I believe is missing is true emotion in rapping today. Eminem and Tupac, for example, had that. I believe I bring that part back, so no matter what genre I take part in, it will hit the audience hard. 

 

Everyone claims their live show is “energetic,” “insane” or “off the walls,” but your performance literally is “off the walls,” as you’re no stranger to climbing stage scaffoldings, jumping off amps, hanging off stairs and even flying off the stage itself. Can you share with us what goes through your mind when you’re on stage?
 
HYRO: Haha, Yea, I’m actually hurt right now. My ankle is f*cked up, but adrenaline fixes that every time I’m on stage. The thing with me is I’m spitting so much lyrics from my heart that I have no choice but to emotionally be involved in it–it’s spiritual for me and an expression I get to let out. I’m so chill in real life that people can’t believe it’s me on stage. Something takes over and my body just does what it feels. 
 
Speaking of stages, you’ve played everything from bars and clubs to amphitheaters and huge festivals, and even a cruise ship! So, tell us… does size matter?

HYRO: Size of the place doesn’t matter to me so long as I’m in front of people. I feel blessed to rock at festivals with lots of people and blessed to be intimate with fans up close rocking small stages. Either way it goes, I want each person to feel I’m talking directly to them.
You’ve got a busy summer. You’re doing a run of dates with P.O.D.,then you’re heading out on the new Rockstar Energy Disrupt Festival and in between all that you’ll be on some of the biggest festivals like Afropunk, Welcome to Rockville, Rocklahoma, and Epicenter. How does that feel?
 
HYRO: Absolutely incredible, dream come true type sh*t. Words can’t begin to describe it.
What else in the works for HYRO THE HERO?
 
HYRO: I’m working on new music and will be focused on hitting the road this summer with all of these shows lined up. I just want to do an amazing job with my band and kill every show, all while leaving people with feeling like they got a message after seeing my set.
TOUR DATES
 
 
DATE
CITY
VENUE
Fri
5/3
Jacksonville, FL
Welcome To Rockville
Fri
5/10
Rockingham, NC
Epicenter
Fri
5/10
Rockingham, NC
Epicenter After Show
Sun
5/12
Chicago, IL
Bottom Lounge ^
Tue
5/14
Chesterfield, MI
Diesel Concert Lounge ^
Wed
5/15
Lexington, KY
Manchester Music Hall ^
Fri
5/17
Virginia Beach, VA
Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater ^
Sat
5/18
Lynchburg, VA
Phase2 Dining and Entertainment Club ^
Sun
5/19
Poughkeepsie, NY
The Chance ^
Tue
5/21
Sayreville, NJ
Starland Ballroom ^
Thu
5/23
Nashville, TN
The Cowan ^
Fri
5/24
Springfield, MO
The Complex ^
Sun
5/26
Pryor, OK
Rocklahoma
Sat
6/1
Dallas, TX
Dreamhack Dallas Convention
Fri
6/21
Dallas, TX
Dos Equis Pavillion #
Sat
6/22
Austin, TX
Austin 360 Amphitheatre #
Sun
6/23
The Woodlands, TX
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion #
Tue
6/25
West Palm Beach, FL
Coral Sky Amphitheatre #
Wed
6/26
Tampa, FL
MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre #
Fri
6/28
Atlanta, GA
Lakewood Amphitheater #
Sat
6/29
Charlotte, NC
PNC Music Pavillion #
Sun
6/30
Atlantic City, NJ
The Beach at Atlantic City #
Tue
7/2
Syracuse, NY
Lakeview Amphitheater – Syracuse #
Wed
7/3
Toronto, ON
Budweiser Stage #
Fri
7/5
Mansfield, MA
Xfinity Center #
Sat
7/6
Holmdel, NJ
PNC Bank Arts Center #
Sun
7/7
Hartford, CT
The Xfinity Theatre #
Tue
7/9
Bristow, VA
Jiffy Lube Live #
Wed
7/10
Clarkston, MI
DTE Energy Music Theatre #
Fri
7/12
Tinley Park, IL
Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre #
Sat
7/13
Thornville, OH
Legend Valley #
Sun
7/14
Noblesville, IN
Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center #
Mon
7/15
Maryland Heights, MO
Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre #
Wed
7/17
Englewood, CO
Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre #
Sat
7/20
Irvine, CA
Starland Ballroom #
Sun
7/21
Mountain View, CA
Shoreline Amphitheater #
Tue
7/23
Auburn, WA
White River Amphitheatre #
Wed
7/24
Boise, ID
Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater #
Fri
7/26
Chula Vista, CA
North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre #
Sat
7/27
Phoenix, AZ
Ak-Chin Pavillion #
Sun
7/28
Albuquerque, NM
Isleta Amphitheater #
Sat/Sun
8/24-25
Brooklyn, NY
Afropunk Festival

^ with P.O.D. & Nonpoint & Islander
# with Rockstar Energy Disrupt Festival Tour
 

 

For more information on HYRO THE HERO, please visit
FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | TWITTER | YOUTUBE | WEBSITE
 

 


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For press inquiries, please contact:
MSO PR
Kelly Walsh – 
kwalsh@msopr.com
818-380-0400, ext. 239

HYRO THE HERO “Never Back Down” Music Video Out Now

 

 

 

DT: MARCH 5, 2019

FM: KELLY WALSH/MSO PR

 

 

HYRO THE HERO
WILL “NEVER BACK DOWN”

IN NEW MUSIC VIDEO OUT NOW

RAP-ROCKER PREPARES FOR SUMMER FESTIVAL DATES:
ROCKLAHOMA (OK), EPICENTER (NC), WELCOME TO ROCKVILLE (FL),
ROCK FEST (WI) & MORE

 


(Photo Credit: Mark Adriane)
 
HYRO THE HERO refuses to slow down or back down following a highly energized sold-out performance in February in Los Angeles, CA with Nothing More and Of Mice & Men, along with a boat-rocking set on the ShipRocked Cruise earlier this year. He’s returned with a new music video for the pulverizing new single, “Never Back Down.”
 
Featuring his signature blend of infectious modern rock riffs overlaid with invigorating rap vocals, which Uncivil Revolt described as being “a combination between Tupac and Zack de la Rocha of Rage Against the Machine,” HYRO THE HERO stays true to himself in the video for “Never Back Down.”
 
HYRO further elaborates stating, “Behind the scenes was so much fun with me and my band taking on different roles and expressing the fight of keeping your integrity and not falling prey to what is hot now. I love making music and want to see it rise to the top and staying true to myself in the process, without ever backing down.”
 
Directed by Brian Cox of Flarelight Films (Hollywood Undead, Butcher Babies), “Never Back Down” can be seen streaming on Consequence of Sound HERE who state, “‘Never Back Down’ is aggressive throughout, showing Hyro’s love of hip-hop and rock,” or stream it directly below:
 
Hyro The Hero - Never Back Down
Hyro The Hero – Never Back Down
 
Never Back Down” is featured on HYRO THE HERO‘s new album, FLAGGED CHANNEL, out now via SONY/RED MUSIC. The album, produced by Mitch Marlow (Papa Roach, Filter), includes guest appearances from James “Munky” Shaffer (KORN) and Ash Costello (New Years Day) while marking the first new material from HYRO THE HERO following his debut 2011 release Birth, School, Work, Death

Stream/Buy Flagged Channel here: https://RED.lnk.to/FlaggedChannelAS.

Experience HYRO THE HERO’s rambunctious stage moves— from stage diving to climbing stage scaffoldings–and catch him appearing across the U.S. on several of the summer’s biggest rock festivals, listed below.
 
DATE
CITY
VENUE
FRI
5/3
Jacksonville, FL
Welcome to Rockville
FRI
5/10
Rockingham, NC
Epicenter
FRI
5/24
Pryor, OK
Rocklahoma
SAT
6/1
Dallas, TX
Dreamhack *
THU
6/20
Cadott, WI
Rock Fest
* with Trivium and Cane Hill
 
For more information on HYRO THE HERO, please visit
FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | TWITTER | YOUTUBE | WEBSITE 

 

 

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For press inquiries, please contact:
MSO PR
Kelly Walsh – kwalsh@msopr.com
818-380-0400, ext. 239

AMIGO THE DEVIL LAUNCHES VINYL PRE-ORDER FOR DEBUT EP, REVEALS CITY SESSION VIDEOS; ON TOUR NOW

DT: FEBRUARY 19, 2019
FM: KELLY WALSH/ MSO PR
AMIGO THE DEVIL
EMBARKS ON TOUR WITH DROPKICK MURPHYS
“VOLUME 1” VINYL PRE-ORDERS AVAILABLE NOW
SHARES BRIDGE CITY SESSIONS VIDEO CLIPS;
ADDITIONAL HEADLINING SHOWS ANNOUNCED FOR MAY
 

 
Dark folk singer/songwriter AMIGO THE DEVIL hit the road with Celtic punk outfit Dropkick Murphys this past weekend on their annual St. Patrick’s Day tour across North America alongside fellow support acts Booze & Glory and Lenny Lashley. Following the mostly sold-out month-long jaunt, AMIGO THE DEVIL will continue to bring his unique and ever-changing live set out on a series newly announced one-off dates across the U.S., including a dual night showcase with Itchy-O, before hitting the festival circuit with appearances at Sonic Temple, Welcome To Rockville, Epicenter, Punk Rock Bowling and several more. Full dates can be found listed below or at www.amigothedevil.com.
With the successful release of EVERYTHING IS FINE, the debut full-length studio album from AMIGO THE DEVIL (born under the name Danny Kiranos) last October–which entered the Billboard Americana Folk charts in the Top 30 at #27-KIRANOS has captivated listeners with his ability to make otherwise grisly lyrical content, such as serial killers and death, seem easygoing. Take for example his hit single “Hell And You,” which has amassed 1.3+ million streams on Spotify and sparked a cult movement of hundreds of fans worldwide inking its lyrics on their skin.
Possessing what LA Weekly described as “one of the most unique voices in music…a sepulchral beauty, acid wit and ingenious arrangements,” KIRANOS has launched a pre-order for the much-anticipated release of his debut EP, Volume 1, on vinyl. The vinyl will feature the EP’s 10 tracks remastered and is available for pre-order now at https://amigothedevil.indiemerch.com.
Bundle options include:
– Volume 1 LP paired with a rarities cassette (a collection of audio tracks and b-sides handpicked by AMIGO THE DEVIL) and a collectible 2.5″x3.5″ print set of the original EP artwork
– All of the above PLUS a RARE limited-edition Fine Art Print (100 total) including 1 18″x24″ print of your choice OR all 3 18″x24″ prints hand numbered and signed by AMIGO THE DEVIL and artist Justin Pape (25 total).
AMIGO THE DEVIL recently stopped by the Bridge City Sessions studio in Portland, OR to perform four acoustic tracks including “Cocaine and Abel,” “First Day Of The End Of My Life,” “I Hope Your Husband Dies” and “One Kind of People.”
Watch each performance below:
AMIGO THE DEVIL -
AMIGO THE DEVIL – “Cocaine and Abel” – BRIDGE CITY SESSIONS
AMIGO THE DEVIL -
AMIGO THE DEVIL – “First Day of the End of my Life” BRIDGE CITY SESSIONS
AMIGO THE DEVIL -
AMIGO THE DEVIL – “I Hope Your Husband Dies” BRIDGE CITY SESSIONS
AMIGO THE DEVIL -
AMIGO THE DEVIL – “One Kind of People” BRIDGE CITY SESSIONS
AMIGO THE DEVIL 2019 TOUR DATES
 
DATE
CITY
VENUE
Tues
2/19
Grand Rapids, MI
20 Monroe Live ^
Wed
2/20
Madison, WI
The Sylvee ^
Sat
2/23
Wichita, KS
The Cotillion ^
Sun
2/24
Dallas, TX
South Side Ballroom ^
Mon
2/25
Tulsa, OK
Cain’s Ballroom ^
Wed
2/27
Austin, TX
Stubb’s Bar-B-Q ^
Thu
2/28
San Antonio, TX
Alamo City Music Hall ^
Fri
3/1
New Orleans, LA
The Fillmore ^
Sat
3/2
Pensacola, FL
Vinyl Music Hall ^
Mon
3/4
St. Petersburg, FL
Jannus Live ^
Tues
3/5
Miami Beach, FL
Fillmore Miami Beach ^
Wed
3/6
Orlando, FL
Will’s Pub
Fri
3/8
North Myrtle Beach, SC
House of Blues ^
Sat
3/9
Knoxville, TN
The Mill & Mine ^
Sun
3/10
Richmond, VA
The National ^
Mon
3/11
Lancaster, PA
Freedom Hall ^
Tues
3/12
Portland, ME
State Theatre ^
Thu
3/14
Providence, RI
Fete Music Hall
Fri
3/15
Boston, MA
House of Blues ^
Fri
3/29
Estes Park, CO
Stanley Hotel &
Sat
3/30
Estes Park, CO
Stanley Hotel &
Sun
3/31
Los Angeles, CA
Roots Roadhouse 2019 @ EchoPlex
Fri
5/3
Jacksonville, FL
Welcome To Rockville Festival
Sat
5/4
Mexico City, MX
Domination MX Festival
Sun
5/5
Chicago, IL
Moon Runners Festival @ Reggie’s Rock Club
Wed
5/8
Gainesville, FL
High Dive
Thu
5/9
Atlanta, GA
Caledonia Lounge
Fri
5/10 – 5/11
Rockingham, NC
Epicenter Festival
Tue
5/15
Richmond, VA
The Camel
Wed
5/15
Philadelphia, PA
Voltage Lounge
Thu
5/16
Pittsburgh, PA
Spirit Hall
Sun
5/19
Columbus, OH
Sonic Temple Festival @ Mapfre Stadium
Tue
5/21
Memphis, TN
Growlers
Wed
5/22
Oklahoma City, OK
89th Street
Fri
5/24
Las Vegas, NV
Punk Rock Bowling
Sat
7/27
Bangor, ME
Impact Music Festival
Sun
7/28
Bangor, ME
Impact Music Festival
^ with Dropkick Murphys, Booze & Glory, Lenny Lashley
& with Itchy-O
For more information on AMIGO THE DEVIL, visit:
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For further information, please contact:
MSO PR
Kelly Walsh / kwalsh@msopr.com
818-380-0400, ext. 239

AMIGO THE DEVIL RELEASES “HELL AND YOU” MUSIC VIDEO, U.S. TOUR WITH DROPKICK MURPHYS TO LAUNCH FEBRUARY 15

DT: FEBRUARY 11, 2019
FM: KELLY WALSH, MITCH SCHNEIDER/ MSO PR
AMIGO THE DEVIL
SERENADES LISTENERS WITH NEW VIDEO,
“HELL AND YOU”
U.S. TOUR WITH DROPKICK MURPHYS STARTS THIS WEEKEND, FEBRUARY 15 – MARCH 15

Credit: Amber James

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, dark folk artist AMIGO THE DEVIL sends his sentiments with a serenading video playthrough of his fan-favorite and critically acclaimed single, “Hell And You” which has amassed over 1.3 million streams on Spotify and has sparked its own cult following of sorts with hundreds of fans inking their skins with its lyrics.
Inviting you to join him for a solo performance in the grotto behind his house, AMIGO THE DEVIL entices viewers with menacing glances matching the strum of each banjo note as he croons, “I’d rot in hell with you, if you’d just ask me to.” And if you’ve ever been to an AMIGO THE DEVIL show, you can probably imagine hearing a crowd of people merrily and carefreely chanting alongside him as he continues, “I love the sh*tty things we do together, live with me in this sin forever, Hell and you.”
Watch (and sing-along at home) to “Hell And You” below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpP-H0PQWUw
Combining elements of singer/songwriter, folk and country music with the dark and gruesome thematic of rock/metal, AMIGO THE DEVIL (born under the name Danny Kiranos) has been extensively touring the U.S. with his one man show in support of his debut full-length studio album, Everything Is Fine, which debuted at #27 on Billboard’s Americana Folk charts. You can stream and/or download the album -produced by Ross Robinson (Korn, Slipknot, Glassjaw) and featuring drummer Brad Wilk (Rage Against the Machine, Prophets of Rage)- here:

https://fanlink.to/everythingisfine

Following a series of mostly sold-out headlining shows, he will join Celtic punk rockers Dropkick Murphys on their St. Patrick’s Day tour from February 17 to March 15 alongside Booze & Glory and Lenny Lashley. Additional festival and one-off dates will take place including a show with the avant-garde electronic percussion group Itchy-O and festivals including Sonic Temple, Epicenter, Welcome To Rockville, Impact Music Festival and more. A full listing of upcoming shows is as follows:
DATE
CITY
VENUE
Fri
2/15
Virginia Beach, VA
The Bunker Brewpub & Cadence Hall
Sun
2/17
Poughkeepsie, NY
Mid-Hudson Civic Center ^
Mon
2/18
Toronto, ON
Rebel ^
Tues
2/19
Grand Rapids, MI
20 Monroe Live ^
Wed
2/20
Madison, WI
The Sylvee ^
Sat
2/23
Wichita, KS
The Cotillion ^
Sun
2/24
Dallas, TX
South Side Ballroom ^
Mon
2/25
Tulsa, OK
Cain’s Ballroom ^
Wed
2/27
Austin, TX
Stubb’s Bar-B-Q ^
Thu
2/28
San Antonio, TX
Alamo City Music Hall ^
Fri
3/1
New Orleans, LA
The Fillmore ^
Sat
3/2
Pensacola, FL
Vinyl Music Hall ^
Mon
3/4
St. Petersburg, FL
Jannus Live ^
Tues
3/5
Miami Beach, FL
Fillmore Miami Beach ^
Wed
3/6
Orlando, FL
Will’s Pub
Fri
3/8
North Myrtle Beach, SC
House of Blues ^
Sat
3/9
Knoxville, TN
The Mill & Mine ^
Sun
3/10
Richmond, VA
The National ^
Mon
3/11
Lancaster, PA
Freedom Hall ^
Tues
3/12
Portland, ME
State Theatre ^
Thu
3/14
Providence, RI
Fete Music Hall
Fri
3/15
Boston, MA
House of Blues ^
Fri
3/29
Estes Park, CO
Stanley Hotel &
Sat
3/30
Estes Park, CO
Stanley Hotel &
Sun
3/31
Los Angeles, CA
Roots Roadhouse 2019 @ EchoPlex
Fri
5/3
Jacksonville, FL
Welcome To Rockville Festival
Sat
5/4
Mexico City, MX
Domination MX Festival
Sun
5/5
Chicago, IL
Moon Runners Festival @ Reggie’s Rock Club
Fri
5/10
Rockingham, NC
Epicenter Festival
Sun
5/19
Columbus, OH
Sonic Temple Festival
Fri
5/24
Las Vegas, NV
Beauty Bar
Sat
7/27
Bangor, ME
Impact Music Festival
Sun
7/28
Bangor, ME
Impact Music Festival
^ with Dropkick Murphys, Booze & Glory and Lenny Lashley
& with Itchy-O
For more information on AMIGO THE DEVIL, visit:
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For further information, please contact:
MSO PR
Kelly Walsh / kwalsh@msopr.com
818-380-0400, ext. 239

OZZFEST 2018 New Year’s Eve Spectacular Recap (With Photos)


 

 

DATE:         JANUARY 3, 2019
FROM:        MARCEE RONDAN/MITCH SCHNEIDER

Photo credit: Oliver Halfin

OZZFEST 2018
NEW YEAR’S EVE SPECTACULAR
AT THE FORUM IN LOS ANGELES

 Photo credit: Ross Halfin

It was the place to be, and a helluva way to ring in the New Year–a mind-blowing extravaganza with the titans of heavy music delivering one spectacular set after another, complete with massive eye-popping productions. The first-ever OZZFEST New Year’s Eve celebration (Monday, December 31) at The Forum in Los Angeles was all this and more, adding up to one of the most memorable OZZFESTs ever.
 
The day-into-night event featured 10 hours of live music that culminated with a 90-minute career-spanning set from Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy® Award-winning singer, songwriter and festival namesake OZZY OSBOURNE. The afternoon kicked off with sets from Zakk Sabbath, DevilDriver and Wednesday 13 on the outdoor stage before moving indoors. The main stage was lit up by performances from OZZFEST alumni Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, and Jonathan Davis (of Korn)and Body Count featuring Ice-T (in their OZZFEST debut) before OSBOURNE and his band (longtime collaborators Zakk Wylde [Guitar], Blasko [Bass], Tommy Clufetos [Drums] and Adam Wakeman [Keyboards]) took to the stage at 11:30 PM, counting down to the new year with a mega mirror ball, confetti storm, fake snow blasts and huge balloon drop. The Forum will never be the same again.
 
Photo credit: Ross Halfin

Here’s some early press reaction
“Ozzy Osbourne rang in 2019 with a number of his friends as part of Ozzfest New Year’s Eve…Those friends included Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Jonathan Davis, and more…Ozzy and the crowd rang in the new year with a countdown, a giant disco ball, and confetti.”
–Heavy Consequence 1-1-19

“Ozzfest has taken many forms over the years, but on Dec.. 31, 2018 it served as a way send out 2018 with a major location-based event and ring in 2019 with some of rock and metal’s finest throwing a bash to remember. Ozzy Osbourne…returned to the concert stage at the Forum full of energy and ready to count down the final minutes of the year. But before that, a stellar lineup rocked fans inside and outdoors at the Forum during a brisk but sunny afternoon…”
–Loudwire, 1-1-19

“Ozzy Osbourne rang in the new year in Los Angeles, headlining the festival he founded, Ozzfest, at the Forum. The one-off show kicked off early, with the venue grounds transformed into a holiday wonderland complete with food trucks and an outdoor stage… Ozzy’s set included such classics as “Mama I’m Coming Home,” “Crazy Train,” and “No More Tears” as well as Black Sabbath hits “War Pigs,” and “Fairies Wear Boots.” He paused the show at a few minutes shy of midnight for the final countdown, and rang in 2019 with red fireworks and a shower of Ozzy-branded confetti.
–Variety, 1-1-19

www.Ozzfest.com
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OZZY OSBOURNE Talks About OZZFEST; Special Holiday Ticket Prices Available This Weekend

 

 

 

DATE:        DECEMBER 14, 2018
FROM:       MARCEE RONDAN/MITCH SCHNEIDER

OZZY OSBOURNE TALKS ABOUT…
OZZFEST
NEW YEAR’S EVE SPECTACULAR
AT THE FORUM IN LOS ANGELES
SPECIAL HOLIDAY TICKET PRICES
AVAILABLE THIS WEEKEND
WITH A LIMITED NUMBER OF TICKETS
AVAILABLE AT THE NEW YEAR’S EVE PRICE OF $20.19

 
“I feed off the crowd…I’m a conductor of craziness for the night.”
–OZZY OSBOURNE
 
Prior to the upcoming first-ever OZZFEST New Year’s Eve celebration, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy® Award-winning singer and songwriter OZZY OSBOURNE sat down to talk about the festival created in his name.
Q: How you do feel about working through the holidays?
 
OZZY: “I’VE ALWAYS WANTED TO WORK THROUGH CHRISTMAS–IT’S A GOOD START TO THE NEW YEAR. OZZFEST AT THE FORUM, NEW YEAR’S EVE, WITH US, TWO STAGES WITH MANSON, ROB ZOMBIE, ZAKK SABBATH, ICE T, A BUNCH OF DIFFERENT PEOPLE.”

Q: This year’s line-up features a lot of Ozzfest alumni.

OZZY: “YEAH, THAT’S THE BEAUTY OF IT, IT’S KIND OF LIKE THE ALL-STARS OF OZZFEST. THAT’S ONE THING I’M REALLY PROUD OF BECAUSE OF HOW THIS ALL STARTED. MANY YEARS AGO WHEN WE TRIED TO GO ON LOLLAPALOOZA AND THEY SAID WE DON’T HAVE ENOUGH SPACE FOR OZZY AND THIS KIND OF MUSIC. SO, WE TOOK A CHANCE AND DID IT ALL OUR OWN AND IT TOOK OFF. AND HERE WE ARE, TWENTY-ONE YEARS LATER. MY GOD.”

Q: There seems to be a real camaraderie among the hard rock world.

OZZY: “YOU KNOW PEOPLE LOOK AT HEAVY METAL GUYS AND THEY THINK ‘OH, THEY’RE BAD PEOPLE.’ BUT WE’RE REALLY NOT. I MEAN, IF SOMETHING BAD HAPPENS, I’LL GET PHONE CALLS ‘ARE YOU OKAY? DO YOU NEED ANY HELP?’ THIS GOES BACK YEARS TO EVEN WHEN RANDY GOT KILLED. I RECENTLY CONTACTED JONATHAN [DAVIS] AFTER HIS WIFE PASSED AWAY, IT MEANS A LOT TO SUPPORT EACH OTHER.”

Q: Let’s talk a little bit about Zakk and what it’s like having him back out with you. On OZZFEST, he’ll be pulling double-duty, performing on the second stage with Zakk Sabbath and then with you for the final set of the night.

OZZY: “IT’S GOOD TO HAVE HIM BACK. ZAKK’S LIKE A MEMBER OF MY FAMILY AND IT’S A JOY TO WORK WITH HIM NOW THAT WE’RE BOTH SOBER. YOU KNOW, HE’S THE LONGEST PLAYER–GUITAR PLAYER–I’VE EVER HAD BOTH WITH SABBATH AND MY SOLO GIG.’

Q: What are you looking forward to with Ozzfest this year?

OZZY: “I WANNA GIVE THEM A GREAT SHOW, I WANNA HAVE FUN. I MEAN, I’M BRINGING THE NEW YEAR IN WITH A BIG BANG!”

Q: And you’ll be onstage when the New Year rings in?

OZZY: “YEAH. I GOT TO TIME IT, BECAUSE WHEN YOU REHEARSE, YOU KNOW, I’LL PLAY THROUGH SONGS. BUT THEN WHEN YOU GO ON STAGE, YOU START TO JUST GO WITH IT. WE’VE GOT TO TIME IT SO WE CAN STOP FOR THE COUNTDOWN.”

Set for Monday, December 31 at The Forum in Los Angeles, OZZFEST will kick off 10 hours of live music at 2:30 PM with sets from Zakk Sabbath, Devildriver and Wednesday 13 on the outdoor stage. Everything shifts indoors at 6:00 PM, where OZZFEST alumni Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, and Jonathan Davis (of Korn) and Body Count featuring Ice-T (in their OZZFEST debut) will take the stage. The night will conclude with a performance from festival namesake OZZY OSBOURNE, who will count down to the new year!
 

 

Tickets for the Live Nation-produced OZZFEST 2018 are on sale now here.

 

Special holiday ticket prices runs from Friday, December 14 at 10:00 AM (PT) through Sunday, December 16 at 10:00 PM (PT), with a limited number of tickets available at the New Year’s Eve price of $20.19.
 

 

The OZZFEST line-up is as follows:

 

 
OZZY OSBOURNE
ROB ZOMBIE
MARILYN MANSON
JONATHAN DAVIS (of Korn)
BODY COUNT featuring Ice-T
ZAKK SABBATH
DEVILDRIVER
WEDNESDAY 13
 
 
 
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THE THE To Appear Live On KCRW’s “Morning Becomes Eclectic” Show Hosted By Jason Bentley This Monday, September 24

 

 

 
DT:      SEPTEMBER 20, 2018
 
FM:      MITCH SCHNEIDER/BARI LIEBERMAN, MSO PR
 
 
THE THE
TO APPEAR LIVE ON KCRW’S POPULAR SHOW
“MORNING BECOMES ECLECTIC”
HOSTED BY JASON BENTLEY

THIS MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24

 

AHEAD OF BACK-TO-BACK LOS ANGELES
HEADLINING CONCERTS

AT THE FORD THEATRE (9/24) AND HOLLWOOD PALLADIUM (9/25)

 

LOS ANGELES FILM SCREENING OF THE THE’S DOCUMENTARY
THE INERTIA VARIATIONS’
TAKING PLACE THIS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
AT THE MASONIC LODGE AT HOLLYWOOD FOREVER
FEATURING A Q&A WITH MATT JOHNSON
AND DIRECTOR JOHANNA ST MICHAELS
Above: Recent onstage photo of THE THE at Royal Albert Hall (L-R): Barrie Cadogan, Matt Johnson
THE THE, one of the most intriguing bands ever to emerge from England, are set for a special live performance and interview on KCRW’s popular show “Morning Becomes Eclectic” hosted by Jason Bentley on Monday, September 24, the morning of the first show of the band’s two concerts in Los Angeles. It will begin airing at 11:15 AM PT on 89.9FM in Los Angeles and stream online at www.kcrw.com. THE THE will play an array of songs, stripped down, and singer/songwriter Matt Johnson will also chat with Bentley.
 
In addition to their in-progress “Comeback Special” tour–which stops in Los Angeles at the Ford Theatre on Monday (9/24) and the Hollywood Palladium on Tuesday (9/25)THE THE recently announced a series of screenings of the documentary The Inertia Variations in every city on their North American tour. This critically acclaimed feature-length documentary, directed by Johanna St Michaels, tells the story of THE THE’s disappearance 16 years ago and re-emergence for 2018’s “Comeback Special” tour. It is essential viewing for all THE THE fans. The Los Angeles screening takes place Sunday, September 23 at the Masonic Lodge at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery and will be accompanied by a Q&A featuring Matt Johnson, director Johanna St Michaels plus special guest John Tottenham. Tickets available here.
 

 

The Inertia Variations trailer - featuring Matt Johnson of THE THE
The Inertia Variations trailer – featuring Matt Johnson of THE THE

 

 
THE THE launched their North American tour, their first in 18 years, last Friday (9/17) in Boston, hit New York for two shows (at the sold-out Brooklyn Steel and the Beacon Theatre) and then Toronto, receiving media and fan praise along the way. The nine-date headlining tour stops next in Detroit (sold-out) and Chicago (sold-out) before reaching the West Coast for its two Los Angeles shows and final date in San Francisco on Thursday, September 27. All remaining dates feature special guest Agnes Obel. See below for remaining tour dates and film screenings and initial critical feedback.
 
Alongside Johnson, the full band lineup for the outing features a member from each of the three previous THE THE world tours: James Eller on bass (representing the ‘Versus The World’ tour), DC Collard on keyboards (representing the ‘Lonely Planet’ tour) and Earl Harvin on drums (representing the ‘Naked’ tour). They are joined by ‘new’ member Barrie Cadogan on guitar, who has played with his own band Little Barrie as well as Primal Scream, Edwyn Collins, Thee Hypnotics, Damo Suzuki, Spiritualized and The Chemical Brothers among others. A tour trailer, with footage from THE THE‘s sold-out show at London’s Royal Albert Hall this past June, can be viewed here.
 
Here’s what the media is already saying about THE THE’s North American tour dates:
 
 
The current lineup of The The, who are genuinely shit hot, are almost like a more pared-down Bad Seeds, with Matt [Johnson] noting they don’t use sequencers, laptops or in-ear monitors…a terrific night…Matt, who was in great voice and spirits, told lots of stories, many of which were about New York City where he lived for many years.”
Brooklyn Vegan (Brooklyn), September 17, 2018
 
“What held constant throughout was Johnson’s emotive baritone, seemingly unchanged by age. Warm and welcoming, it provided the through note–the recognizable soul of the band. As images of Thatcher-era riots flashed on screen, Johnson’s instrument, as much as those scenes of a world gone awry, brought us full circle once again, with a soundtrack to match.”
-Clea Simon, Art Fuse (Boston), September 16, 2018
 
“The The played a show that was deeply political, uniting and inspiring [for] the audience. They opened with ‘Global Eyes,’ and lead singer Matt Johnson’s unmistakable voice encircled the crowd and wrapped them up with the lyrics ‘Mobilize, globalize, hypnotize, homogenize.’”
-Lauren Doyle, MXDWN (Brooklyn), September 17, 2018
 
 
THE THE’s  remaining North American film and concert Itinerary is below (click on venue to purchase tickets):
 
 
DETROIT
September 20th – Film: Cinema Detroit
September 21st – Concert (SOLD OUT): Royal Oak Music Theatre – supported by Agnes Obel
 
CHICAGO 
September 21st – Film: Logan Theatre
September 22nd – Concert (SOLD OUT): Riviera Theatre – supported by Agnes Obel
 
LOS ANGELES
September 23rd – Film: Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever
September 24th – Concert (SOLD OUT): Ford Theatre – supported by Agnes Obel
September 25th – Concert: Hollywood Palladium – supported by Agnes Obel
 
SAN FRANCISCO
September 26th – Film: Alamo Drafthouse
September 27th – Concert: The Masonic – supported by Agnes Obel
 
 
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THE THE Announces Film Screenings Tied to Their Concert Dates Launching This Friday; View New Tour Trailer


 

 
DT:      SEPTEMBER 12, 2018
 
FM:      MITCH SCHNEIDER/BARI LIEBERMAN, MSO PR
 
 
THE THE
ANNOUNCES SERIES OF SCREENINGS OF THE FILM
THE INERTIA VARIATIONS’
 IN EVERY CITY ON THEIR
NORTH AMERICAN “COMEBACK SPECIAL” CONCERT TOUR
LAUNCHING SEPTEMBER 14
Above: Recent onstage photo of THE THE at Royal Albert Hall (L-R): Barrie Cadogan, Matt Johnson
THE THE, one of the most intriguing bands ever to emerge from England, has announced a series of screenings of The Inertia Variations in every city on their upcoming North American tour launching this Friday, September 14.
 
This critically acclaimed feature-length documentary, directed by Johanna St Michaels, tells the story of THE THE’s disappearance 16 years ago and re-emergence for 2018’s “Comeback Special” tour. It is essential viewing for all THE THE fans. The screenings in New York and Los Angeles will be accompanied by a Q&A featuring Matt Johnson, director Johanna St Michaels plus special guests John Tottenham (LA) and James Eller (NYC).  Dates for all the screenings and tour dates are below.
 
THE THE recently revealed the full band lineup for their live shows–their first North American concerts in 18 years. Alongside singer and songwriter Matt Johnson, the line-up features a member from each of the three previous THE THE world tours: James Eller on bass (representing the ‘Versus The World’ tour), DC Collard on keyboards (representing the ‘Lonely Planet’ tour) and Earl Harvin on drums (representing the ‘Naked’ tour). They are joined by ‘new’ member Barrie Cadogan on guitar, who has played with his own band Little Barrie as well as Primal Scream, Edwyn Collins, Thee Hypnotics, Damo Suzuki, Spiritualized and The Chemical Brothers among others.
 
A tour trailer, with footage from THE THE‘s sold-out show at London’s Royal Albert Hall this past June, can be viewed here
The “2018 Comeback Special” will also include artistic contributions from a variety of longtime THE THE collaborators, including show designer Kate Wilkins, who worked on the ‘Naked’ tour in 2000, and audiovisual collage artist Vicki Bennett (aka People Like Us), who has created the kaleidoscopic video installation for the tour. 
 
This past June saw a flurry of activity for the recently reactivated THE THE, not only with a trilogy of sold-out London concerts at The Royal Albert Hall, Brixton Academy and The Troxy, but also the release of their new authorized biography Long Shadows, High Hopes: The Life and Times of Matt Johnson & THE THE by Neil Fraser (which came out June 7 by Omnibus Press), written with the full cooperation of Johnson who allowed unhindered access to his personal archives, and further screenings of The Inertia Variations documentary at the ICA in London.
 
THE THE will launch their North American tour this Friday, September 14 in Boston at the Orpheum Theatre. The nine-date headlining tour will make two stops in the New York area (September 16 at Brooklyn Steel and September 17 at the Beacon Theatre) and then head to Toronto, Detroit and Chicago before reaching Los Angeles for two shows (September 24 at the Ford Theatre and September 25 at the Hollywood Palladium) and wrapping September 27 in San Francisco. Agnes Obel will appear on all dates as a special guest, except the September 16 show at Brooklyn Steel where Elysian Fields will open and the September 17 gig at the Beacon Theater where XORDOX (aka JG Thirlwell/Foetus), a frequent THE THE collaborator, will open.
 
 
THE THE’s full North American film and concert Itinerary is below (click on venue to purchase tickets):
 
BOSTON
September 13th – Film: House of Blues
September 14th – Concert: Orpheum Theatre – supported by Agnes Obel
 
NEW YORK
September 15th – Film: Theatre 80
September 16th – Concert: Brooklyn Steel – supported by Elysian Fields
September 17th – Concert: Beacon Theatre – supported by JG Thirlwell / XORDOX
 
TORONTO 
September 18th – Film: Revue Cinema 
September 19th – Concert – Sony Centre For The Performing Arts – supported by Agnes Obel
 
DETROIT
September 20th – Film: Cinema Detroit
September 21st – Concert (SOLD OUT): Royal Oak Music Theatre – supported by Agnes Obel
 
CHICAGO 
September 21st – Film: Logan Theatre
September 22nd – Concert (SOLD OUT): Riviera Theatre – supported by Agnes Obel
 
LOS ANGELES
September 23rd- Film: Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever
September 24th – Concert (SOLD OUT): Ford Theatre – supported by Agnes Obel
September 25th – Concert: Hollywood Palladium – supported by Agnes Obel
 
SAN FRANCISCO
September 26th – Film: Alamo Drafthouse
September 27th – Concert: The Masonic – supported by Agnes Obel
 
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SPOTIFY MAKES MOTION TO RESTRICT COMMUNICATION BETWEEN WIXEN MUSIC PUBLISHING, INC., ITS CLIENTS, AND THEIR ATTORNEYS



 
 
DT:      JANUARY 8, 2018
 
FM:     MITCH SCHNEIDER/MIKE GOWEN
MSO PR
 
SPOTIFY MAKES MOTION TO RESTRICT COMMUNICATION BETWEEN WIXEN MUSIC PUBLISHING, INC., ITS CLIENTS, AND THEIR ATTORNEYS
                                                                                               
On Friday January 5, 2018, attorneys for Spotify made a chilling request of Judge Alison Nathan in the Ferrick vs. Spotify lawsuit intended to limit WIXEN MUSIC PUBLISHING, INC. clients who opted out of that suit from having free and unrestricted communications with Wixen and Donahue Fitzgerald LLP, the attorneys representing them in the Ferrick vs. Spotify and Wixen vs. Spotify lawsuits.
 
WIXEN MUSIC PUBLISHING, INC. founder Randall Wixen responded by saying  “This request is totally outrageous.   Our clients look to ourselves and their attorneys as trusted advisors.   To prevent us and their attorneys from having unmonitored discussions with our clients without Spotify and Court supervision prevents any discourse that would normally be privileged communications.  This is clearly an attempt to prevent our clients from getting our frank input and having questions answered without the threat of Spotify reviewing and having input into those discussions.   We are hopeful that Judge Nathan will reject this request outright.”
 
The actual wording of the proposal regarding the extended opt-out proposal being proposed is as follows:
 
“….the Court should preclude Wixen Music (and/or its counsel) from ex parte communications with recipients of the supplemental notice regarding the supplemental notice. To the extent that recipients have questions about the supplemental notice or the extended opt-out process, they may communicate those questions to [Settlement Administrator] GCG, which will inform the parties and counsel for Wixen Music of those questions.  Wixen Music (and/or its counsel) and the parties shall also be required to forward any questions submitted directly to any of them by recipients of the supplemental notice to GCG.  Wixen Music and the parties will be required to meet and confer regarding the questions and prepare an agreed-upon response to be transmitted by GCG. If Wixen Music and the parties cannot agree upon a response within two business days, they will provide a joint status report to the Court for prompt resolution.”
 
Wixen continues: “The request also includes other requirements that would likely confuse our clients and make it very difficult to remove themselves from the Ferrick suit, even though they have made it abundantly clear they want to do so.  Our clients already believe we are representing them, and they are likely to ignore a second opt-out notice in the belief that we are already handling everything for them.   As if this weren’t enough, Spotify and Ferrick class counsel propose to set up further road-blocks for opting out of the Ferrick suit including forbidding our clients’ managers, business managers, spouses, agents, and attorneys from confirming that Wixen Music Publishing, Inc. and Donahue Fitzgerald LLP in fact represent them, having such confirmations go through a third party claims administrator who doesn’t possess accurate information on how to contact our clients, and enforcing a slim 30-day period for 538 such affirmations of representations to be obtained.   Without any doubt, the intention is to disenfranchise our clients’ legal rights and subvert their intentions.”
 
WIXEN has had hundreds of affirmative communications from its clients cheering the actions taken by Wixen on their behalf, and has had major songwriters who are not Wixen clients, a major management company, and three major law firms, asking if they can take part in Wixen’s Ferrick suit opt-outs and if they can join Wixen vs. Spotify suit at this time. According to Randall Wixen, “We have heard from hundreds of Wixen clients, and many people we don’t represent, cheering us on.”
 
Randall Wixen concludes: “We remain optimistic that we can continue a meaningful dialog with Spotify, and are hopeful that we can put these matters behind us with a fair resolution that works for all parties.”
 
The cases are Ferrick et al. v. Spotify USA, Inc., Case No. 1:16-cv-08412 (Southern District of New York) and Wixen Music Publishing, Inc. v. Spotify USA, Inc., Case No. 2:17-cv-09288 (Central District of California).
 
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24025 Park Sorrento #130
Calabasas, CA 91302
Tel. 818 591-7355
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Donahue Fitzgerald LLP
1999 Harrison Street
25th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
Tel: (510) 451-3300
Fax:  (510) 451-1527
 
 
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WIXEN MUSIC PUBLISHING, INC. NOT PARTICIPATING IN FERRICK VS. SPOTIFY CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT, INSTEAD SEEKING AMICABLE SETTLEMENT



DT:      JANUARY 2, 2018
FM:      MITCH SCHNEIDER/MIKE GOWEN
 MSO PR
WIXEN MUSIC PUBLISHING, INC.
AND ITS CLIENTS HAVE ELECTED NOT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE FERRICK VS. SPOTIFY CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT THAT ADDRESSES WRONGDOING BY SPOTIFY
INSTEAD, AIM FOR AMICABLE SETTLEMENT FOR ITS PAST INFRINGEMENTS AND UNLICENSED USES, AND SEEKS TO WORK OUT A GO-FORWARD LICENSE WHICH IS FAIR TO ALL PARTIES
 
 
WIXEN MUSIC PUBLISHING, INC. is well-known in the music industry for supporting the rights of songwriters and publishers. Founded in 1978, the Los Angeles-based company represents thousands of songwriters and publishers, including many of the top acts in music.
On December 21, 2017, Congressman Doug Collins introduced the Music Modernization Act Of 2017.  WIXEN MUSIC PUBLISHING, INC. recognizes that a good deal of compromise went into crafting a bill that would please a diverse coalition of music industry groups and praises David Israelite and the NMPA for their help in working with Congressman Collins on this legislation.
 
In spite of its general support for the Act, WIXEN MUSIC PUBLISHING, INC. president Randall Wixen explains that “unfortunately the bill disenfranchises our clients from legal redress for infringements made of their songs without proper licenses by various streaming services.” Within the Act is a provision that (once the bill becomes law) would eliminate important legal remedies that publishers have against Spotify and similar services that may have infringed their works if suits were filed on or after January 1, 2018.
 
WIXEN MUSIC PUBLISHING, INC. and its clients have elected not to participate in the Ferrick vs. Spotify class action lawsuit that addresses this wrongdoing by Spotify, in part because of their belief that the proposed settlement is inadequate, because too much of the settlement is going to legal fees, and because the terms of the go-forward license in the settlement are not in their long-term best interests. WIXEN MUSIC PUBLISHING, INC. was and is desirous of sitting down with Spotify to work out an amicable settlement for its past infringements and unlicensed uses, and seeks to work out a go-forward license which is fair to all parties.
 
Mr. Wixen remarked: “We are very disappointed that these services will retroactively get a free pass for actions that were previously illegal unless we actually file suit before January 1, 2018.   Neither we nor our clients are interested in becoming litigants but we have been faced with a choice of forfeiting rights and damages, or taking action at this time. We regret that this otherwise admirable proposed bill has had this effect, and we hope that Spotify nonetheless comes to the table with a fair and reasonable approach to reaching a resolution with us. We are fully prepared to go as far forward in the courts as required to protect our clients’ rights.”
 
Wixen continues: “We’re just asking to be treated fairly. We are not looking for a ridiculous punitive payment. But we estimate that our clients account for somewhere between 1% and 5% of the music these services distribute. Spotify has more than $3 billion in annual revenue and pays outrageous annual salaries to its executives and millions per month for ultra-luxurious office space in various cities. All we’re asking for is for them to reasonably compensate our clients by sharing a miniscule amount of the revenue they take in with the creators of the product they sell. Music fans should be able to enjoy Spotify, knowing that their favorite artists are being treated fairly.”
 
 
 
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Wixen Music Publishing, Inc.
24025 Park Sorrento #130
Calabasas, CA 91302
Tel. 818 591-7355
Fax 818 591-7178
 
For press inquiries:
MSO PR
818.380.0400
Mitch Schneider: mschneider@msopr.com
Mike Gowen: mgowen@msopr.com
 
 

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