Music News: "Under The Sun" Tour, Queensryche's Questionable Press Release, And, Sigh, Hanson Ready To Release A New Album!


Just when you thought it was safe to hit the local concert shed, five guilty pleasures from the "Decade of Grunge" have joined forces for an aptly-named 13-date summer tour. If you happen to be a nostalgic thirty-something whose idea of fun is paying $20 for parking, baking all day in the sun while tossing back some $10 Bud Lights, and going home with hours of unwatchable camera-phone footage of Fastball and Vertical Horizon "bringing the rock", then this tour is for you.

Smash Mouth * Sugar Ray * Gin Blossoms * Vertical Horizon * Fastball

4        Socorro, TX                      Socorro Entertainment Center
7        San Diego, CA                  Humphrey’s
12      Lincoln, CA                      Thunder Valley Casino Resort
16      Sandy, UT                        Sandy City Amphitheater
19      Council Bluffs, IA              Harrah’s Council Bluffs – Stir Cove
20      Highland Park, IL              Ravinia Festival
25      Cincinnati, OH                  Horseshoe Casino – The Plaza
27      Canandaigua, NY              Constellation Brands Marvin Sands P.A.C.
30      Huntington, NY                The Paramount

1        Hampton Beach, NH          Hampton Beach Ballroom
2        Asbury Park, NJ                The Stone Pony Summer Stage
6        Vienna, VA                       The Felen Center @ Wolf Trap
9        North Charleston, SC        North Charleston Performing Arts Center


Wow, it's one thing to remix your album because it sounds like shit, but it's a while other enchilada to put out a press release admitting it:

"Since previews of the new Queensrÿche album were made available to the general public on iTunes and other digital retailers, some of the response has been less than positive. Some complained about the overall quality of the recordings, and in particular the mix. We here at Deadline Music have the utmost confidence in the powerful songwriting and outstanding performances from Geoff Tate and crew on this album, but we also want the fans to know that we are listening to them as well! So, in the interest of democratic free choice, Deadline Music has commissioned the superbly talented musician/producer Billy Sherwood (ex-YES) to remix the album. Now fans will be able to decide which mix they feel best represents the album: the original mix, which will be released on April 23rd, or the new mix by Billy Sherwood that will be made available at a future date to be announced…. WE REMIX, YOU DECIDE!"



The infectious new single "Get The Girl Back," which features the band's signature soulful pop-rock sound, will be introduced to fans through the buzzworthy music video featuring Kat Dennings (Two Broke Girls) and Nikki Reed (Twilight/ Thirteen). The video is set to premiere online on on April 4th, and on-air on the VH1 Top 20 Countdown on April 6th. HANSON will perform the song on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on April 9th.

The video is a narrative tale which features the band performing in a packed club backed by an old-school brass section that accentuates the retro aesthetic of the song. ANTHEM was produced and written by the band and was mixed by Tom Lord-Alge. It features a more guitar-driven sound, pulling from a series of harder hitting rock and R&B influences from James Brown to early Michael Jackson, and AC/DC.

Wait, did Hanson just credit their "guitar-driven sound" to being influenced by James Brown and early Michael Jackson?!  As if that weren't bad enough, they have the gall to namedrop AC/DC, too, because, you know, they actually use guitars, I guess.

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