Mando Diao sell out Zermatt Unplugged.

Mando Diao sell out Zermatt Unplugged.

Mando Diao sell out Zermatt Unplugged.

Two weeks before the start of the festival, the second concert, that of the Swedish rock band Mando Diao, is sold out. No more tickets can thereby be obtained for the Marquee stage for the weekend. In the fourth edition of Zermatt Unplugged, the organiser, Tom Talent Entertainment, is aiming for a complete sell-out of all concerts, after selling 83% of all concert tickets last year.

Zermatt Unplugged is pursuing ambitious goals. ‘We will be in the black from 2012′, explained Festival President Thomas Sterchi in an interview with the Walliser Bote. For the first time, Sterchi also publicly revealed last year’s deficit for the still young and emerging event: CHF 900,000. With this year’s fourth edition of Zermatt Unplugged, the organiser wants to reduce this deficit by around CHF 600,000, to CHF 300,000 CHF. ‘We expect at least 15,000 festival visitors this year, not the least due to the attractive supporting programme of the New Talent Stages: 35 free concerts with emerging talents’, explained Festival President Thomas Sterchi.

An important source of income is the sale of tickets, which has exceeded all expectations this year. Zermatt Unplugged was able to start the advance sales of 7 of the 10 major concerts at the beginning of December, and the sell-out of the OneRepublic concert was already announced at the beginning of March. Two weeks before the start of the festival, this has now been followed by the Mando Diao concert, and Seal is not far behind. There are only around 300 concert tickets still available.

Train Gets “Unplugged” On VH1 In September

Train Gets "Unplugged" On VH1 In September

Train Gets "Unplugged" On VH1 In September

Train Gets “Unplugged” On VH1 In September. Train is getting “Unplugged” with the return of MTV and VH1’s iconic series. The Grammy Award-winning group are the latest artists to strip down their sound for the mostly acoustic, intimate performance.  Pat Monahan, Jimmy Stafford and Scott Underwood are riding the wave of their latest huge hit, “Hey, Soul Sister.” They’ll also perform more cuts from their latest album, “Save Me San Francisco,” including “If It’s Love,” and “Marry Me.” They’ll also perform their hit “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)” and a cover, which has yet to be revealed. Exclusive interviews and performances from “Unplugged: Train” did debut on the VH1 website on August 12th, while the full special will air as part of VH1’s “Friday Night Alright” on Friday, September 17th at 11pm and on Palladia Saturday, September 18th at 9pm. Train are the latest artists to go “Unplugged,” which have included current stars and music legends like Nirvana, Mariah Carey, Eric Clapton, Alicia Keys, and Pearl Jam. Train are currently on tour with John Mayer. They’ll continue on a solo tour through the U.S. at the end of the month before heading overseas for shows in the UK, Germany, and Switzerland, among other spots.

Paramore preps ‘brand new’ release

paramoreParamore is preparing to release its third album, “brand new eyes” on Sept. 29 via Fueled By Ramen. The Nashville group – who sounds nothing like Nasheville — tapped superstar producer Rob Cavallo (Green Day, Kid Rock, My Chemical Romance) to man the decks.  The set’s first single “Ignorance” will be released to radio at the beginning of next month and will go up for sale on iTunes, Amazon and all other digital stores on July 7. Pre-sales for the record also goes up on July 7 via the band’s website.  “brand new eyes” will be released as a normal CD as well as a doozy of a deluxe version, limited to 15,000, which “includes the album on CD, a 40-page hardcover journal with Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams’ handwritten lyrics and notes on the album, a color vinyl 7″ single with four acoustic songs, a DVD featuring an exclusive making-of documentary (with interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, the ‘Ignorance’ music video and making-the-video footage, plus rare band vignettes from www.paramore.net), a 16-page full-color booklet, an exclusive Paramore poster, five limited edition collectible Paramore photos printed on hardstock paper, and a numbered certificate of authenticity” according to a release from Atlantic. Whoosh.  “brand new eyes” is the follow-up to Paramore’s breakthrough set “RIOT!,” released in 2007. The group gained even more exposure as its track “Decode” was included on the soundtrack to “Twilight.” However, as the band told Billboard, fans shouldn’t expect any Paramore songs on the “New Moon” soundtrack.  “We don’t want to be, like, the vampire house band,” drummer Zac Farro explains. “It was really fun to be a part of that, and great exposure, but I think ‘Twilight’ was it for us. We don’t want to seem like we’re trying to get in every single movie they put out.”  The band has been previewing new material as it has been opening for No Doubt on the road, now through the beginning of August. They are also scheduled to air an “MTV Unplugged” special in September.

Here is the tracklist to “brand new eyes”:
1.      Careful
2.      Ignorance
3.      Playing God
4.      Brick By Boring Brick
5.      Turn It Off
6.      The Only Exception
7.      Feeling Sorry
8.      Looking Up
9.      Where The Lines Overlap
10.  Misguided Ghosts
11.  All I Wanted

Here are Paramore’s/No Doubt’s tour dates:

27        Wantagh, NY                        Nikon At Jones Beach Theater
29        Cleveland, OH                       Blossom Music Center
30        London, ON                          John Labatt Centre
2          Milwaukee, WI                      Summerfest – Marcus Amphitheater
3          Detroit, MI                             Palace Of Auburn Hills
5          St. Paul, MN                          Xcel Energy Center
6          Kansas City, MO                   Starlight Theatre
8          St. Louis, MO                        Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
10        Indianapolis, IN                     Verizon Wireless Music Center
11        Chicago, IL                            First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
13        Winnipeg, MB                       MTS Centre
15        Calgary, AB                           Pengrowth Saddledome
16        Edmonton, AB                       Rexall Place
18        Vancouver, BC                       General Motors Place
19        Seattle, WA                            White River Amphitheatre
21        Concord, CA                          Sleep Train Pavilion
22        Universal City, CA                Gibson Amphitheatre
24        Sacramento, CA                    Sleep Train Amphitheatre
25        Mountain View, CA              Shoreline Amphitheatre
27        Universal City, CA                Gibson Amphitheatre
28        Universal City, CA                Gibson Amphitheatre
31        Irvine, CA                               Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
1          Irvine, CA                               Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
2          Irvine, CA                               Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
7          Tokyo, JPN                            Summer Sonic 2009
8          Osaka, JPN                            Summer Sonic 2009

Rock Band Unplugged launched on the PSP system

rock-band-unplugged2Harmonix has announced plans today to release Rock Band Unplugged for the PSP(R) (PlayStation(R)Portable) system. Rock Band Unplugged, developed by Harmonix in partnership with Backbone Entertainment, a Foundation 9 Entertainment studio, and based on the award-winning Rock Band series of games, will launch simultaneously in both North America and Europe June 9, 2009. The game will launch exclusively on the PSP system with software retailing for $39.99 in North America.  Rock Band Unplugged creates a full band experience in the palm of your hand by combining traditional beat match gameplay with key elements from both Rock Band and Rock Band 2, such as overdrive and chords. Your hands are the “peripherals” in Rock Band Unplugged allowing you to take direct control of the lead/bass guitars, drums and vocals. In addition, players can expect a rich Rock Band experience with fully functional modes like World Tour, Band Survival and Warm Up and a robust character creator for full customization! The following tracks will launch exclusively through Rock Band Unplugged on the PSP system for a limited time before becoming downloadable content for the other platforms:

– 3 Doors Down – “Kryptonite”
– AFI – “Miss Murder”
– Alice in Chains – “Would?”
– Audioslave – “Gasoline”
– Black Tide – “Show Me the Way”
– Blink 182 – “What’s My Age Again”
– Freezepop – “Less Talk More Rokk”
– Jackson 5 – “ABC”
– Tenacious D – “Rock Your Socks”

To commemorate the debut of the Rock Band franchise on the PSP system, Sony Computer Entertainment America plans to release a limited edition Rock Band branded PSP Entertainment Pack at the launch of Rock Band Unplugged. The bundle will include the game, a voucher to download Paramount Pictures’ School of Rock from PlayStation(R)Store, a 4GB Memory Stick PRO Duo(TM), and a “Piano Black” PSP system. The Rock Band Entertainment Pack will be available in North America for $199.99 (MSRP).

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