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27 Jun

By Michel Dussack

This past weekend, Orion Music + More (Metallica’s curated music festival) took over Atlantic City’s Bader Field for two days of (mostly) heavy music, skateboarding, surfing, car shows, films, and even some horror (Kirk Hammett’s personal collection of horror memorabilia, that is). The festival seemed to be a great success, and during the two days there, I heard only positive things from the attendees. Even during the most brutal of pits that broke out, fans were eager to pick up anyone who tripped, and throughout the entire weekend there seemed to be a sense of comradery that overpowered everything else.

(credit: Matt Ellis)

Day one kicked off with a bang thanks to an aggressive set from Los Angeles based post-hardcore band letlive. (yes, the lowercase ‘L’ and period are included in the band’s name). While the entire band delivered a heavy set that sparked the slightest bit of moshing at 2:30 in the afternoon, it was vocalist Jason Butler that stole not only the show, but the allegiance of the crowd. Throughout their 45 minute set, he exhibited a confidence that is typically reserved for bands playing much later in the day. One such moment came in between songs, when it was possible to hear music coming from a nearby stage. Upon hearing the other band’s music, Butler screamed into the microphone “Yo shut the fuck up over there, don’t you see we’re trying to play a show?” His stage antics continued throughout their set and included climbing as high above the stage as he could and violently shaking the scaffolding that he was climbing on, running off the stage and trying to steal a golf cart (when he released that he couldn’t he resorted to throwing bags of trash out of the back of it) and smashing the clock that the festival crew used to keep time during the day. Indeed, letlive. set the bar high as the first band I caught of the festival.

(credit: Cambria Harkey)

The next band up was Lucero, who struck me as one of the more eclectic choices of the weekend. While the band does have roots in punk, they also have strong ties to the South and thus, country music. However, the crowd was indeed very receptive to the band, especially when they broke out a cover of Jawbreaker’s ‘Kiss the Bottle’ early on. As one would expect, when the band explained that the next song, ‘Women and Work’ was about whiskey, the crowd’s ears perked up and ate it up. Vocalist Ben Nichols has an extremely distinctive voice, and the rest of the band provided a fusion of heavy and country that is quite hard to put down in words. Overall, their set was great; however, I did miss the last couple songs of it to get a good spot for the next band taking the opposite stage.

(credit: Michel Dussack)

Toronto based punk band Fucked Up were next, and after vocalist Damian Abraham explained that it was a dream come true to play with Metallica, he jumped off the stage as the band opened with ‘The Other Shoe’ off their critically acclaimed album ‘David Comes to Life’. Damian made his way through the entire crowd during the show, not returning to the stage until after about 45 minutes of their hour long set. During this time, he allowed members of the crowd to sing parts for him, gave his microphone away while he jumped over a barricade to give high-fives to everyone in the handicap section back by the soundboard, and became the center of multiple mosh pits. In between nearly every song, he thanked the crowd multiple times with sincerity rarely seen in rock and roll. He seemed genuinely shocked that so many of the audience knew the words to the songs and, together with the rest of the band, delivered the best set of the day (besides Metallica of course).

(credit: Cambria Harkey)

As soon as Fucked Up’s set ended, the distinctive sound of Beastie Boy’s ‘Sabotage’ could be heard from the main stage, which meant one thing – The Gaslight Anthem would be taking the stage next. While the New Jersey based band delivered a fantastic set, it was also extremely hard to get into given the distance at which anyone without a Met Club wristband had to stand. Despite this, the band delivered a tight and impressive set which included hits such as ‘American Slang’, ‘The ’59 Sound’ and their newest single ‘45’. They were also the first band of the day that the majority of the crowd seemed to already be familiar with, in no small part due to the fact that they were essentially a local band. As soon as set closer ‘The ’59 Sound’ started, some of the crowd, myself included, began to slowly walk over to the secondary stage for Cage the Elephant’s set which was scheduled to start as soon as The Gaslight Anthem ended.

(credit: Michel Dussack)

Cage the Elephant delivered an hour long set that encompassed both of the bands studio albums, and lots of crowd surfing. Singer Matthew Schultz was unstoppable throughout their set, hardly pausing to take a breath after moving constantly during every song. The band seemed to be slowly winning over the crowd throughout the set, until the end, when nearly everyone in the crowd exploded in cheers during ‘Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked’. ‘Shake Me Down’ followed, and when it came time for the bridge, Matt let the crowd take over vocal duties for him as everyone sang “Even on a cloudy day” over and over despite there not being a single cloud in the sky. The band closed their set with the ferocious ‘Saber-Tooth Tiger’ as Matt climbed his way on top of the crowd, stood on outstretched hands, and threw himself back down onto the crowd. For the large portion of the crowd that only knew a handful of the bands tracks, this was certainly unexpected.

(credit: Cambria Harkey)

Modest Mouse was next up, and despite playing a set filled with great music, they were the most poorly received band of the day. The band’s general mellow vibe didn’t mesh well with the crowd who had been seeing much heavier sets the entire day. The only point in which the band seemed to silence the critics was during their hit ‘Float On’. For the few members of the crowd that were more familiar with the band’s music, ‘Dramamine’ and ‘Tiny Cities Made of Ashes’ served as set highlights. It’s a shame that such a great set was marred simply because the band skewed too far from the “typical” sound that people at the festival were used to.

(credit: Dave Mead)

Sheffield based indie rock band Arctic Monkeys followed, and the crowd reacted in a much more welcoming manner to them. Towards the front of the crowd, hundreds of fans who knew every song were clustered around the quartet. The band packed 16 songs into their hour set, including hits such as ‘Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair’ and ‘I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor’. Frontman Alex Turner was energetic and humorous throughout their entire set, particularly when he introduced drummer Matt Helders as the guy “on your girlfriend’s mind”. The band closed out their set with a powerful trio of songs – ‘Evil Twin’, ‘Brick by Brick’ and new single ‘R U Mine?’ and then it was time for the entire festival to head to the main stage for Metallica’s set.

(credit: Matt Ellis)

As soon as Ennio Morricone’s ‘The Ecstasy of Gold’ rang out over the PA system, fans knew that it was time for Metallica to take the stage. The band opened with ‘Hit the Lights’ before diving into one of their biggest songs – ‘Master of Puppets’. Everyone in the band sounded in top form throughout the night, and James Hetfield is second to none when it comes to fronting a band. Throughout the night he expressed waves of gratitude an appreciation to the crowd, and led numerous crowd chants and sing alongs. The band played five songs to start of the night before the real reason why everyone was gathered began.

The lights on the stage cut off abruptly and a video detailing the history of ‘Ride the Lightning’ began to play. When that video ended, the band ripped into a stunning version of ‘The Call of Ktulu’ and it became obvious that they would be playing ‘Ride the Lightning’ backwards, just as they had been doing for ‘The Black Album’ in Europe. When it came time for the band to play ‘Escape’, a track which had never been played live, there was a sense of tension on the stage. Hetfield remarked how the band had never played the song, something that the entire crowd seemed to already know, before beginning it. While instrumentally it sounded perfectly, Hetfield simply didn’t have the range to hit every note of the song perfectly. While it was amazing to hear live, especially considering it was the first time being performed ever, don’t expect for them to try it again.

The band continued through the album, before closing out that portion of their set with album opener ‘Fight Fire With Fire’. They didn’t stop there however, continuing on to play ‘Nothing Else Matters’ and close their main set with ‘Enter Sandman’ which featured countless fireworks shot off throughout the song. When it came time for the band to return for their encore, they did so with ‘Battery’ which caused the already large pits to double in size. ‘One’ followed and featured numerous explosions, pyro, and lasers. There were so many lasers in fact, that the band switched off the video screens during the performance, probably for fear of damaging their cameras. The band treated fans to one final song to end the night – ‘Seek and Destroy’ during which all the house lights were turned on and giant Metallica beach balls were dropped into the crowd. The audience took this song as their chance to dispel as much of their energy as possible, though some seemed reserved, knowing they would be doing this all again the next day.

07 Feb

Metallica has just announced the first ever Orion Music + More festival set for June 23rd and 24th at Bader Field in Atlantic City, NJ. The festival is being co-presented with C3 Presents. The festival will feature music, art and more. Metallica will headline both nights of Orion Music + More and play “The Black Album” in its entirety one night Ride The Lightning in its entirety the other. This will be the only time the band will perform these albums in North America in 2012!

The lineup for Orion Music + More is incredibly diverse. Over 20 bands are scheduled to perform including: Arctic Monkeys, Avenged Sevenfold, Modest Mouse, The Gaslight Anthem, Cage The Elephant, Fucked Up, Best Coast, Hot Snakes, Titus Andronicus, Gary Clark Jr., Lucero, Roky Erickson, The Black Angels, The Sword, Liturgy, and more to be announced.

The Metallica Met Club fan club presale starts tomorrow – February 8th at 10am (Eastern) and runs through Friday, February 10th at 10pm (Eastern). Met Club members get first dibs on buying festival tickets.

These are the two ticket options:

– A Super Special Price at $125 including all fees for a 2-Day pass OR
The MET CLUB ULTRA 2-DAY PASS, which includes Front of Stage Viewing Area Access, Exclusive Ultra Lounge Access & More for $225 including all fees

21 Jul

A major new music festival is set to launch this Fall celebrating the rich and diverse music scene from across the U.S. with headliners Bob Seger, Kid Rock and The Killers. Orlando Calling will be a weekend long action-packed festival set in America’s entertainment playground of Orlando, Florida at the world famous Citrus Bowl Park. Featuring four stages of American Artists, Orlando Calling will present platinum-selling marquee acts, icons from the genres of Blues, Country, Rock, Alternative, Nu Folk and R&B. The Festival will also showcase exciting young talent emerging from the Central Florida area and across the nation. Tickets go on sale Saturday, July 23rd at 10am at Ticket package details listed below.

The Killers, will perform a rare US show, their first public appearance in over two years, as Saturday night’s headline act. Sunday night’s headliner, Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, will perform on an outdoor festival bill for the first time in decades, and for a rare and unique Festival appearance, Kid Rock will join the bill. Other artists will include seminal indie rock acts The Raconteurs and Pixies, and the popular folk rock ensemble, The Avett Brothers. ** Full list of announced performers below.

Festival fans will be able to experience all the action from the multiple stages and performance areas in a way that is accessible, inclusive, and designed as a shared celebration of American music heritage and culture. Additionally, a ‘coffee house’ venue will spotlight traditional folk, bluegrass, jazz and other legacy artists, and will promote the work of local and regional artisans, visual artists, and craft vendors.

Produced by Festival Republic, Europe’s most accomplished independent festival promoters, Orlando Calling promises to bring a genuine festival feel to an urban environment. Melvin Benn, CEO of Festival Republic who produces Glastonbury Festival as well as Reading, Leeds, Latitude and Big Chill in the UK and Electric Picnic in Ireland, Hove in Norway and Berlin Festival in Germany brings all his experience to the Florida market for the first time.

“I am massively excited at the thought of creating an American Music Festival in the sunshine state. Orlando Calling has been a long-term dream for me to realize as has been my desire to reunite a working relationship with Liam Lynch of Authentic, my creative producer,” said Benn. “This will be the first of many festivals to be held on an annual basis in this wonderful city, and to be able to present such amazing artists in the first year is very special indeed.”

Fans will be able to enjoy a downtown music festival in a major regional hub, utilizing local hotel accommodations and free and frequent shuttle bus service directly from downtown to the festival site at the Florida Citrus Bowl Park. Additional late night shows and other activities are planned throughout the weekend in Downtown Orlando.

“Orlando Calling will add another unique, cultural opportunity for our community that will also provide additional economic impact throughout Central Florida,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “We are excited to host this event in the recently renovated Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium and to continue to bring more concerts and other events like this to that venue.”

“What makes Orlando the most visited destination in the country, with more than 51 million visitors last year, is that it continually offers new experiences for visitors from across the Globe. Visit Orlando constantly seeks new events and partners and Orlando Calling is a perfect marriage of two great brands – Orlando and Festival Republic – that creates a unique music festival experience,” said Gary Sain, president and CEO of Visit Orlando. “It adds a really exciting music component to our world-renowned theme park attractions, growing dining and nightlife scene, world-class downtown and more.”

Additional information will be available at


All dates and stage times are TBD and this schedule is subject to change.


The Killers


The Avett Brothers

The Roots

The Raconteurs

Gogol Bordello


Iron and Wine

Pete Yorn

Gavin DeGraw

Jenny and Johnny

Drive By Truckers

Civil Twilight


Dr. Dog

Justin Townes Earle

Felice Brothers

Ben Sollee

Renee & The Translators


Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band

Kid Rock

Doobie Brothers

Dwight Yoakam

Buddy Guy

Warren Haynes Band

Chris Isaak

Brandi Carlile

Robert Randolph & The Family Band

Michelle Branch

The Flatlanders

Los Lonely Boys

Blues Traveler

Justin Townes Earle

The David Mayfield Parade

The Supervillains


Tickets go on sale Saturday, July 23rd at 10am at or by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000.

Single Day Tickets:

$80 – Stage One Field Access and Reserved Seating options

$165 – VIP

2-Day Weekend Tickets:

$145 – Stage One Field Access and Reserved Seating options

$285 — VIP

** Summer incentive ticket pricing in effect through August 31 only


Festival Republic, which is 51% owned by Live Nation, is the UK’s leading festival and event promoter. Its portfolio includes Reading & Leeds Festivals (UK), Latitude (UK), The Big Chill (UK), Electric Picnic (Republic of Ireland), Hove (Norway), and Berlin Festival (Germany).

Melvin Benn, CEO of Festival Republic, also has operational responsibility for and is the license holder of Glastonbury Festival (UK). He is also the Chairman of Wembley Stadium (UK).

The City of Orlando recently completed $10 million in the first phase of planned enhancements at the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium. Improvements included structural work, lighting and technology that will allow the Citrus Bowl to remain competitive in attracting world-class events and Bowl Games. Currently, the stadium is home to the annual Capital One and Champs Sports Bowls, Florida Classic ethune-Cookman vs. Florida A&M football game and other events.

25 Feb

Lucero performed “Sixes and Sevens” and “Darken My Door” on Last Call with Carson Daly. Watch the videos below and pick up the album 1372 Overton Park on iTunes, Amazon MP3, CD

05 Oct

Tennessee rockers Lucero will release their new album 1372 Overton Park tomorrow October 6th on Universal Republic Records. One lucky reader of The Audio Perv will win a SIGNED copy of 1372 Overton Park. If you want to win your copy, all you have to do is strong>email us and we’ll email you back if you win! For more on Lucero, go to and

Buy 1372 Overton Park here.

20 Sep

To promote Lucero’s new album 1372 Overton Park, the band commissioned a music video for each song on the record -12 videos total. While these videographer’s level of experience ranged, some holding only handy-cams, others with years of training under their belt, they sought out videographers with one thing in common: they’re all huge Lucero fans and wanted to make a video.

The last thing Lucero wanted was a slick video for a major label record. Or even worse, a cheap video trying too hard. And, they wanted something off center…something you wouldn’t expect from a Lucero video.

This project was meant not only to promote Lucero’s amazing new album, but also their remarkable fans who, time and time again, prove their strong dedication to the band.

Videographer Alex Mecum, who works for Bottom of the Bottle Productions (NBC’s Today Show, Columbia Pictures’ Girl Interrupted, MTV’s Choose or Lose), shot a video for “Darken My Door” starring a homeless puppet. It’s hilarious, picture the Simpsons meets Born on the 4th of July.

The band will be premiering a new video every Thursday leading up to the release of 1372 Overton Park on October 6th. After the release date, the rest of the videos will be made available for fans to watch, share, and enjoy.

For more information on Lucero, check out and

Darken My Door from Lucero on Vimeo.

03 Sep

Lucero’s sixth studio album and major label debut, 1372 Overton Park, is due October 6 on Universal Republic Records. Produced by Ted Hutt (The Gaslight Anthem) and featuring horn arrangements by legendary Memphis session player Jim Spake (Al Green, John Hiatt, Solomon Burke, Cat Power), the record marks a decided turn toward the Memphis soul sound that has long informed the band’s records from afar. 1372 Overton Park follows the band’s 2006 release, Rebels, Rogues & Sworn Brothers, hailed by Pitchfork as “the best showcase for the band’s taut dynamic yet.”

    Stream the track “Smoke” here.

The new album’s name comes from the address of the Memphis loft in which all four band members lived, practiced and even recorded portions of their 2003 release That Much Further West (the history of the space itself is even more colorful—in the `70s, 1372 Overton Park was a karate dojo where local resident Elvis Presley, among others, took lessons). Over recent years band members have gradually moved out leaving lead singer and guitarist Ben Nichols the sole resident of the space until word finally came down that the building would be sold and demolished. Almost as if marking the end of an era not only for the building but for the band as well, this record turns the page and signals a strong move toward the Memphis soul sound that has long served as an influence for the group.

While 1372 Overton Park serves as a love letter to Memphis and its musical heritage, the band has far from abandoned the country/rock/punk influences that they’ve become known for over their previous five records and countless tour dates in front of rabid fans. “I think the fact that we don’t claim a genre is very important to what Lucero is,” according to Nichols. “There are too many rules in punk rock. Too many rules in country music. We’re hard headed and…god damn if we don’t do things the way we want to do them.”

Ramblin’ Roadshow & Memphis Revue

After a run of festival and club dates this summer, Lucero will tour throughout the fall in support of the new album with the Lucero Ramblin’ Roadshow & Memphis Revue, a traveling roadshow featuring Amy LaVere, Cedric Burnside with Lightnin’ Malcolm, Jack Oblivian, John Paul Keith & the One Four Fives and The Dirty Streets.

October 9 – Cannery Ballroom – Nashville, TN
October 10 – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
October 11 – The Pour House – Charleston, SC
October 13 – Cats Cradle – Carrboro, NC
October 14 – The National – Richmond, VA
October 15 – 9:30 Club – Washington D.C.
October 16 – Starlight Ballroom – Philadelphia, PA
October 17 – Webster Hall – New York, NY
October 18 – The Middle East – Cambridge, MA
October 20 – Lee’s Palace – Toronto, ON
October 21 – The Magic Stick – Detroit, MI
October 22 – Turner Hall – Milwaukee, WI
October 23 – Varsity Theater – Minneapolis, MN
October 26 – Aggie Theatre – Ft. Collins, CO
October 27 – Ogden Theater – Denver, CO
October 29 – The Crocodile – Seattle, WA
October 30 – Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
November 1 – Mezzanine – San Francisco, CA
November 4 – The Casbah – San Diego, CA
November 5 – The Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ
November 7 – Longhorn Saloon – Ft. Worth, TX
November 8 – Fun Fun Fun Fest – Austin, TX
November 9 – Meridian – Houston, TX
November 10 – Alabama Music Box – Mobile, AL
November 12 – Club Down Under @ Florida State University – Tallahassee, FL
November 13 – Czar – Tampa, FL
November 14 – Lizzie McCormick Stage – Orlando, FL
November 15 – Cafe Eleven – St. Augustine, FL
November 17 – Visulite Theatre – Charlotte, NC
November 18 – 40 Watt – Athens, GA
November 19 – Valarium – Knoxville, TN
November 20 – Orange Peel – Asheville, NC
November 21 – Headliners – Louisville, KY

For more information on Lucero, go to and

04 Aug

Lucero are set for a fall tour in support of their major label debut “1372 Overton Park” (Universal Republic). The LUCERO RAMBLIN’ ROADSHOW & MEMPHIS REVUE best tour name of the year!) is a traveling roadshow featuring Amy LaVere, Cedric Burnside with Lightnin’ Malcolm, Jack Oblivian, John Paul Keith & the One Four Fives and The City Champs. Check out the tour dates below and go to for more on the band:

October 9 – Next Big Nashville @ Cannery Ballroom – Nashville, TN*
October 10 – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA*
October 11 – The Pour House – Charleston, SC*
October 13 – Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC*
October 14 – The National – Richmond, VA*
October 15 – 930 Club – Washington, DC*
October 16 – Starlight Ballroom – Philadelphia, PA*
October 17 – Webster Hall – New York, NY*
October 18 – The Middle East – Cambridge, MA*
October 20 – Lee’s Palace – Toronto, ON*
October 21 – The Magic Stick – Detroit, MI*
October 22 – Turner Hall – Milwaukee, WI*
October 23 – Varsity Theater – Minneapolis, MN*
October 26 – Aggie Theatre – Ft. Collins, CO†
October 27 – Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO†
October 29 – The Crocodile – Seattle, WA†
October 30 – Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR†
November 1 – Mezzanine – San Francisco, CA†
November 4 – The Casbah – San Diego, CA†
November 5 – The Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ†
November 7 – Longhorn Saloon – Ft. Worth, TX††
November 8 – Fun Fun Fun Fest – Austin, TX††
November 9 – Meridian – Houston, TX††
November 10 – Alabama Music Box – Mobile, AL††
November 12 – Club Downunder @ FL State Univ. – Tallahassee, FL††
November 13 – Czar – Tampa, FL††
November 14 – Lizzie McCormick Stage – Orlando, FL††
November 15 – Café Eleven – St. Augustine, FL††
November 17 – Visulite Theatre – Charlotte, NC††
November 18 – 40 Watt Club – Athens, GA††
November 19 – Valarium – Knoxville, TN††
November 20 – Orange Peel – Asheville, NC††
November 21 – Headliners – Louisville, KY††

* with Amy LaVere and Cedric Burnside & Lightnin’ Malcolm
† with Jack Oblivian and John Paul Keith & the One Four Fives
†† with Cedric Burnside & Lightnin’ Malcolm and The City Champs