The third annual CARNIVAL OF MADNESS TOUR fueled by Monster Energy has announced the addition of CAVO to the all-star lineup including EVANESCENCE, CHEVELLE, HALESTORM and NEW MEDICINE. Tickets for the annual touring rock extravaganza–with affordable prices ranging from $25-$45–are currently on sale via www.carnivalofmadness.com.
Kicking off Tuesday, July 31 in Springfield, IL, the 2012 trek will hit major cities across the U.S. including Boston, Baltimore, Atlanta, Detroit, Milwaukee, Chicago and Pittsburgh. See below for updated routing. Note: dates and line ups are subject to change.
“We’re really looking forward to the Carnival of Madness tour this summer,” says EVANESCENCE front woman AMY LEE about the upcoming tour. “We love Chevelle and haven’t hit the road together in years, and I’m really stoked to finally be playing some shows with Halestorm. Naturally I’m a fan of strong women in music and Lzzy’s voice is spectacular.”
For new CARNIVAL OF MADNESS addition CAVO, their sophomore album Thick As Thieves is a testament to their bond that was once broken and has now been rebuilt and even strengthened. Released April 2012 via Eleven Seven Music, the album, featuring the Top 20 Active Rock title track, was dubbed “melodic rock gold” by AOL Noisecreep and received a 4-out-of-5 stars review by the website Loudwire. CAVO–CASEY WALKER (Vocals), BRIAN SMITH (bass), CHAD LAROY (drums) and CHRIS HOBBS (guitar)–will officially be impacting rock radio this summer with their next single “Circles,” though it is already spinning at Sirius, KQRC in Kansas City and hometown favorite, KPNT in St. Louis, MO. The band has previously achieved a #1 single, “Champagne,” and Top 5 rock track, “Crash,” on their major label debut, Bright Nights Dark Days (Reprise Records).
On Monday, July 23, Amy Lee of EVANESCENCE, Pete and Sam Loeffler of CHEVELLE and Lzzy Hale of HALESTORM will appear on Rockline Radio in anticipation of the tour launch. Hosted by Bob Coburn, the nationally syndicated radio show airs live at 8:30pm Pacific/11:30pm Eastern on rock stations across the country and can also be heard online at www.rocklineradio.com. Check their website for local affiliated stations. During the show, fans can call in to ask the artists questions as well at 1-800-344-ROCK (7625).
The five CARNIVAL OF MADNESS bands have also set weekly Google Hangouts to video chat with their fans prior to kicking off the tour. Starting today (6/18), fans can check out the contests page at www.CarnivalofMadness.com/contests to enter for a chance to take part in the Hangout and chat with their favorite bands. Those who don’t win will still be able to join in and watch the Hangout live at www.carnivalofmadness.com. The Hangouts will take place: Thursday, June 21 with NEW MEDICINE, Thursday, June 28 with CAVO, Thursday, July 12 with HALESTORM, Thursday, July 19 with CHEVELLE and a date TBA with EVANESCENCE. Exact times and further details will be posted at www.carnivalofmadness.com.
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Listen to your local rock radio station, leading up to the show in your area, and win the chance to go for a cruise with members of Chevelle in the “supped up” up Monster Energy CheveHELLe on Wheels (featuring JVC Mobile Audio). Winners will also receive the JVC KR-R530 in-dash CD Receiver. If that were not enough, winners also snag a pair of Beacon Audio headphones and sit on the side of the stage while Chevelle performs rocking to the same monitor mix the band themselves will be hearing. For more information, visit www.CarnivalofMadness.com/contests.
Carnival of Madness is excited to be a part of Beacon Audio’s launch in 2012! Fans will be able to register to win either Beacon Audio’s new Orion headphones or the new Phoenix Bluetooth portable speaker. Winners will also get to meet Halestorm each evening after their performance. Beginning Monday, July 9, go to www.CarnivalofMadness.com/contests and register.
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Calling ALL guitar players, or NOT! Whether you’re a shredder, beginner or just rock the air, beginning Monday, July 9, go to www.CarnivalofMadness.com/contests to find out details on how you can register for your chance to win a limited edition “Six Strings of Madness” guitar from Carnival of Madness and PRS Guitars.
Grammy Award winning band EVANESCENCE–AMY LEE (vocals, piano), TERRY BALSAMO (guitar), TROY MCLAWHORN (guitar), TIM MCCORD (bass) and WILL HUNT (drums)–has sold more than 25 million records worldwide with more than 10 million in the U.S. alone with the help of such Top 10 hit singles as “Bring Me To Life,” “My Immortal” and “Call Me When You’re Sober.” In October of 2011, the group released their highly anticipated third studio album, and first album in five years, Evanescence (Wind-Up Records), which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart and features the hit tracks “What You Want,” “Made Of Stone,” and “My Heart Is Broken.”
Platinum-selling alternative hard rock trio CHEVELLE–PETE LOEFFLER (Guitars, Vocals), SAM LOEFFLER (Drums) and DEAN BERNARDINI (Bass, Vocals)–released their latest and sixth full-length album Hats Off To The Bull (Epic Records) late 2011. The album debuted on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart at #19 and features two, #1 hit Active Rock singles “Face To The Floor” and “Hats Off To The Bull.”
Pennsylvania quartet HALESTORM–frontwoman LZZY HALE, drummer AREJAY HALE, guitarist JOE HOTTINGER and bassist JOSH SMITH–returned in April 2012 with their second full-length, The Strange Case of…. (Atlantic Records) after scoring two top 10 singles (“I Get Off” and “It’s Not You”) from their self-titled debut album. The first single “Love Bites (So Do I)” is a storming rocker that has already reached the Top Spot at Active Rock radio.
NEW MEDICINE–JAKE SCHERER (Vocals), DAN GARLAND (Guitar), MATTHEW BRADY (Bass) and RYAN GUANZON (Drums)–injects a little hope into hard rock on their debut album, Race You To The Bottom (Photo Finish Records). The album features the first single, “Laid,” co-written by Scherer and producers S*A*M & Sluggo, and their latest track at radio, “Race You To The Bottom,” which has gone on to sell over 11,000 copies.
For up-to-the-minute news on CARNIVAL OF MADNESS, visit www.carnivalofmadness.com, www.facebook.com/CarnivalofMadness and www.twitter.com/carnivalmadness.
Check out the CARNIVAL OF MADNESS Tour on the following dates:
DATE CITY VENUE
Tue 7/31 Springfield, IL Prairie Capital Convention Center
Wed 8/1 Columbus, OH LC Pavilion
Fri 8/3 Atlantic City, NJ House of Blues
Sat 8/4 Chester, PA Harrah’s Chester Downs
Mon 8/6 Boston, MA Bank of America Pavilion
Tue 8/7 Baltimore, MD Pier Six
Wed 8/8 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Fri 8/10 Atlanta, GA Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
Mon 8/13 Belton, TX Bell County Expo
Tue 8/14 Laredo, TX Laredo Energy Center
Wed 8/15 Midland, TX Midland Horseshoe Arena
Fri 8/17 Lubbock, TX Lone Star Events Center
Sat 8/18 El Paso, TX Don Haskins Center
Mon 8/20 Sioux City, IA Tyson Center
*Tue 8/21 Milwaukee, WI Eagles Ballroom
**Thu 8/23 Grand Rapids, MI Rock the Rapids
**Fri 8/24 Detroit, MI DTE Music Theatre
Sun 8/26 Chicago, IL Toyota Park
**Tue 8/28 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
Wed 8/29 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
**Thu 8/30 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun
**Sun 9/2 Buffalo, NY Buffalo Outer Harbor
(*) show features Evanescence, Cavo and New Medicine with very special guests
(**) show features Evanescence, Chevelle, Cavo and New Medicine with very special guests
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New York, NY – St. Louis rockers Cavo have completed recording their upcoming album Thick as Thieves. The album, their first with top independent rock label Eleven Seven Music, is set for release in early 2012. Produced by Kato Khandwala (Blondie, Drowning Pool) David Bendeth (Paramore, Papa Roach, Breaking Benjamin) and Dan Korneff (All That Remains, My Chemical Romance), Thick as Thieves was recorded at House of Loud Studios in New Jersey. The title track and first single impacted at rock radio last week. With immediate adds in Chicago, Phoenix, Kansas City, St. Louis and thirteen other markets, the powerful sophomore debut is off to a promising start. Cavo is currently planning a short radio promo tour in select markets, to be announced shortly.
The music video for “Thick as Thieves” premiered on Yahoo! last week and was directed by Frankie Nasso, who has directed videos for Chevelle, the RZA, HellYeah! and All That Remains,. The video features Cavo performing on a hi-rise rooftop in St. Louis. To watch the video, click HERE (www.youtube.com/cavomusic).
In anticipation of the Thick As Thieves release, Cavo is calling on its fans to help finalize their cover art, which will be a collage of candid band shots taken by fans. To participate, fans should upload their photos of the band here (http://www.cavomusic.com/photo.html). Artwork is set to be revealed in early December.
“Our fans have always been so important to us, and we wanted to do something to really include them in the process of making this new album,” comments singer Casey Walker. “We want to use their photos from our shows on the cover, which will truly allow them to be part of the fabric of Cavo. If it weren’t for the fans, we wouldn’t be here.”
Cavo experienced an incredible measure of success with its debut, 2009’s Bright Nights Dark Days, which yielded the No. 1 hit “Champagne.” The band’s rise to the top of the charts and subsequent touring nearly tore them apart, leaving their relationships with each other and as a unit in shreds. After a brief break and careful examination of their friendships and motives, Cavo decided to soldier on together. Thick as Thieves is the band’s testament to their bond that was once broken and has now been rebuilt and even strengthened. The title track and first single showcases front man Casey Walker’s soaring vocals with a message furthering the notion that things are tighter than ever in the Cavo ranks.
The track listing is as follows:
Thick as Thieves
Give it Away
Hold Your Ground
Never Gonna Hurt
Formed in St. Louis in 2002, Cavo is Chris Hobbs (guitar), Chad LaRoy (drums), Brian Smith (bass) and Casey Walker (vocals). The band’s last album, Bright Nights Dark Days, was released on Reprise Records in 2009 and sold over 120,00 albums and over 450,000 singles. The album spawned two top 10 hits, “Champagne” (which reached #1) and “Crash (peaked at #6). Cavo has toured with Daughtry, Nickelback, Lifehouse, Shinedown among others.