DevilDriver is an American heavy metal band from Santa Barbara, formed in 2002, consisting of vocalist Dez Fafara, guitarists Mike Spreitzer and Neal Tiemann, drummer Austin D'Amond, bassist Diego "Ashes" Ibarra. The band was named Deathride, due to copyright issues and the name being taken by several bands, the band changed its name to DevilDriver. Fafara hosted several barbecues after moving from Orange County to Santa Barbara and would jam with musicians he met, which led to the formation of the band. "I met Evan we struck up a friendship and started jamming," said Fafara Guitarist Evan Pitts met Fafara in a restaurant and gave him his phone number for a jam session, while John Boecklin who played 2nd guitar went to playing drums, met Fafara at a bar. The band was known as Deathride, but changed their name to DevilDriver because Fafara felt there were too many bands with that name. Another problem was that Roadrunner Records were unable to secure copyright; the members compiled a list of two hundred names to go for a more original approach.
Fafara's wife had a book by Italian witchcraft author Raven Grimassi on Stregheria, came across the term "devil driver". The term "devil driver" refers to bells Italian witches used to drive evil forces away. Fafara thought it was appropriate because it sounded "evil", thought the term "suits his life"; the band's logo is the Cross of Confusion, which has existed for thousands of years and refers to "question religion, question authority, question everything around you". Fafara was brought up to "question everything" and was exposed to Italian witchcraft through his grandparents. DevilDriver's debut record was going to be called Thirteen, Straight to Hell. However, Fafara claims it was changed "for so many reasons that I can't go into." The band's self-titled debut DevilDriver, was released on October 28, 2003 under Roadrunner Records, entered the Top Heatseekers chart at number 17. Guitarist Pitts wrote 90% of the music, according to Mike Spreitzer, who replaced Pitts after his departure from the band.
Music critics response to the album was negative. Allmusic reviewer Johnny Loftus commented that elements in the songs "Die" and "Swinging the Dead" redeem an otherwise disappointing album and hoped the band would focus less on the mainstream; the band returned to the studio in 2005 to record their follow-up to DevilDriver. The album was produced at Sonic Ranch Studios, a 1,400-acre pecan ranch, 40 miles away from El Paso, Texas; the band members wanted to be isolated when recording the album so they could focus on the music as friends, family and girlfriends would interrupt. 30 songs were written which were narrowed down to 15 by the band. The 15 songs were played for producer Colin Richardson who wanted to begin tracking immediately; the name of the album was thought of by Fafara who believed that The Fury of Our Maker's Hand refers to the "storm" his life has been the past 10 years, "You have your maker's hand and I have my maker's hand and we both living in our fury, the fury of our maker's hand.
It explains my life". The album was released on June 28, 2005 and debuted on the Billboard 200 chart at number 117, with sales of 10,402 in its first week; the album debuted at number 1 on the Top Heatseekers chart. Johnny Loftus of Allmusic described the album as "a severe turn away from the falter of their first album" and said that the band made their "true debut the second time around". Dom Lawson of Kerrang! gave the album a positive review describing the album as a "fresh and exhilarating approach to modern metal". The band toured extensively in support of the album, which included shows in the United States and Australia in support of bands such as In Flames, Fear Factory, Machine Head; the band played for the first time as a headliner in the Burning Daylight Tour. On October 31, 2006, The Fury of Our Maker's Hand was re-released to include three new studio tracks, including "Digging up the Corpses", featured on the soundtrack to Resident Evil: Apocalypse; the release contained three live recordings of released, a DVD of all of the band's music videos, new cover art, inside liner notes.
The band reunited at Sonic Ranch Studios while they recorded their third studio effort, The Last Kind Words, released in June 2007. The album's first single "Not All. Cox's career began when he created Coal Chamber's music video "Loco", so he re-paid a favor to Fafara and the band. Cox now directs music videos for bands such as Linkin Korn; the first song to be previewed was "Horn of Betrayal" which debuted on Sirius Satellite's Hard Attack channel on May 16, 2007. The Last Kind Words entered the German charts at number 92, peaked at number 48 on the Billboard 200, with over 14,000 copies sold. DevilDriver promoted the album at the 2007 Download Festival at Donington Park alongside headliners Linkin Park, Iron Maiden, My Chemical Romance. A Guinness world record was attempted by the band for the "largest circle pit" at the festival. Guinness responded to the query and denied the request stating they receive over 60,000 requests a year and there is no way to physically define where a circle pit starts and ends.
They considered the proposal in the context of the subject area and stated that "our decision is final in this matter". The band appeared at 2007's Ozzfest. Fafara had been planning to take his first six weeks off in 11 years, but Sharon Osbourne, who had managed Fafara's
The United Kingdom the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, sometimes referred to as Britain, is a sovereign country located off the north-western coast of the European mainland. The United Kingdom includes the island of Great Britain, the north-eastern part of the island of Ireland, many smaller islands. Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom that shares a land border with another sovereign state, the Republic of Ireland. Apart from this land border, the United Kingdom is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the North Sea to the east, the English Channel to the south and the Celtic Sea to the south-west, giving it the 12th-longest coastline in the world; the Irish Sea lies between Great Ireland. With an area of 242,500 square kilometres, the United Kingdom is the 78th-largest sovereign state in the world, it is the 22nd-most populous country, with an estimated 66.0 million inhabitants in 2017. The UK is constitutional monarchy; the current monarch is Queen Elizabeth II, who has reigned since 1952, making her the longest-serving current head of state.
The United Kingdom's capital and largest city is London, a global city and financial centre with an urban area population of 10.3 million. Other major urban areas in the UK include Greater Manchester, the West Midlands and West Yorkshire conurbations, Greater Glasgow and the Liverpool Built-up Area; the United Kingdom consists of four constituent countries: England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Their capitals are London, Edinburgh and Belfast, respectively. Apart from England, the countries have their own devolved governments, each with varying powers, but such power is delegated by the Parliament of the United Kingdom, which may enact laws unilaterally altering or abolishing devolution; the nearby Isle of Man, Bailiwick of Guernsey and Bailiwick of Jersey are not part of the UK, being Crown dependencies with the British Government responsible for defence and international representation. The medieval conquest and subsequent annexation of Wales by the Kingdom of England, followed by the union between England and Scotland in 1707 to form the Kingdom of Great Britain, the union in 1801 of Great Britain with the Kingdom of Ireland created the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
Five-sixths of Ireland seceded from the UK in 1922, leaving the present formulation of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. There are fourteen British Overseas Territories, the remnants of the British Empire which, at its height in the 1920s, encompassed a quarter of the world's land mass and was the largest empire in history. British influence can be observed in the language and political systems of many of its former colonies; the United Kingdom is a developed country and has the world's fifth-largest economy by nominal GDP and ninth-largest economy by purchasing power parity. It has a high-income economy and has a high Human Development Index rating, ranking 14th in the world, it was the world's first industrialised country and the world's foremost power during the 19th and early 20th centuries. The UK remains a great power, with considerable economic, military and political influence internationally, it is sixth in military expenditure in the world. It has been a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council since its first session in 1946.
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Although the United Kingdom is a sovereign country, Scotland and Northern Ireland are widely referred to as countries. The UK Prime Minister's website has used the phrase "countries within a country" to describe the United Kingdom; some statistical summaries, such as those for the twelve NUTS 1 regions of the United Kingdom refer to Scotland and Northern Ireland as "regions". Northern Ireland is referred to as a "province". With regard to Northern Ireland, the descriptive name used "can be controversial, with the choice revealing one's political preferences"; the term "Great Britain" conventionally refers to the island of Great Britain, or politically to England and Wales in combination. However, it is sometimes used as a loose synonym for the United Kingdom as a whole; the term "Britain" is used both as a synonym for Great Britain, as a synonym for the United Kingdom. Usage is mixed, with the BBC preferring to use Britain as shorthand only for Great Britain and the UK Government, while accepting that both terms refer to the United K
The Vault (TV channel)
The Vault is a British music channel owned and operated by TRACE Group. It launched as a late night service called Video Vault on 12 March 2003, it was renamed The Vault on 16 July 2003 and increased hours to 8 pm to 6 am expanded to 24 hours a day on 17 September 2003. The channel plays nostalgic music and classic pop from the 1960s onwards to the early 2010s featuring music videos and concert footage from as early as at least the 1950s, it features a few classic entertainment shows from the 90s. The Vault logo is on screen in the top left-hand corner during music videos and the song information fades in and out, at the bottom of the screen, at the start and near the end of each music video; the Vault is available 24 hours a day on Sky channel 365 and is part of a bouquet of channels owned by TRACE Group. It launched on Freeview in November 2017, replacing Chart Show TV, but was removed on 7 November 2018 and its slot being replaced by its former sister channel True Movies +1; the Vault rebranded with a new logo and graphics presentation on 29 April 2010 along with newly themed content and a much more diverse mix of classic pop, classic dance, classic rock, classic RnB, love songs and chill out music throughout the last 25 years.
A further rebrand took place in 2014 with an additional focus on pop music. Another rebrand happened in 2016 with some entertainment shows from the 90s being added. 80s Ballads - The best power ballads from the 1980s. Back to... - All the biggest songs from a certain year. Battle of the... - Music from artists or bands based on different themes. Best of the 1980s - Hit music videos from the 1980s. Best of the 1990s - The best music from the 1990s. Cuddie up with Vault - Relaxing chill-out music. Feel Good Anthems Greatest Number 2s - The best songs to reach number two from different years. Hits from Flix - The best music from top films. Hunkz and Honeyz - Classic videos featuring the best artists. Infinite Classics - All-time classic songs. Karaoke Klassics - A collection of classic karaoke songs. Motown Classics - Classic motown music videos. Number 1s at One - The best chart topping songs from previous years. Number 1s of... - Number one songs from a chosen year. Number 2s at Two - Classic songs from previous years that made it to number two in the charts.
Original vs Cover - A collection of original songs and their cover versions. Rise and Shine - Classic music videos. Same but Different - Different songs with shared titles. Saturday Nite Party - Classic party anthems. Thank Classic it's Friday! - The best feel good music. The Greatest No. 1s of the 80s - The best number one songs from the 1980s. The Greatest No. 1s of the Noughties - Big hit number one songs. The Very Best of... - The biggest songs from a chosen year. Thru the Years - A look back at the life and music of a particular artist or band. Top 5 at 5... - The best five songs from an artist. Top 10 Hits - A countdown of the top 10 songs from different years. Top 20 80s Ballads - A countdown of the 1980s top 20 power ballads. Vault Classics - Non-stop classic music videos. Vault Hits - The best music from the last five years. Vault Loves... Non-stop music from a certain artist or band. Vault's Pub Jukebox - The best classic songs. Vault's Top 10 - The top 10 classic videos from a particular year. Vault @ Nite - Non-stop classic music videos.
Vault's Best Selection - A collection of the best classic songs. Videos from The Vault - Hit songs from previous years. Weekend Wake up - Classic music videos. What was Big in...? - The biggest news in showbiz from a certain year. Where are They Now?... - Best songs from that particular artist. Kenan & Kel Sabrina the Teenage Witch Saved by the Bell Sister, Sister Sweet Valley High USA High The Vault on MySpace
36 Crazyfists is a metalcore band formed in Anchorage and based in Portland, Oregon. The band's name comes from the 36 Crazy Fists, they have released eight studio albums. 36 Crazyfists formed in 1994 in Alaska. The original members were vocalist Brock Lindow, guitarists Steve Holt and Ryan Brownell, bassist JD Stuart, drummer Thomas Noonan. Holt is from Kenai, Lindow spent much of his childhood there. Lindow, Brownell and Noonan are all from Anchorage. 36CF originated from the remains of three local bands: Grin and Broke. JD Stuart played in Grin, Brock Lindow in Hessian, Steve Holt and Ryan Brownell in Broke. One of the circumstances influencing the formation of 36CF was the murder of Broke's drummer Duane Monsen. On January 28, 1994, Broke played a set at the Underground bar in Anchorage; that night there was an altercation between Monsen and a drunken soldier, stationed locally at Ft. Richardson. According to an article in the Anchorage Daily News, Monsen tried to apologize and defuse the situation, but was fatally stabbed in the neck.
He was 27 years old. In the wake of this tragedy, Monsen's friends organized a benefit concert to raise funds for his family. Monsen's protégé Thomas Noonan played the drums at this show and the musicians decided that they were an excellent match. In retrospect, it became the first 36CF performance.36CF released their first EP, Boss Buckle, in 1995 on cassette. At that time the band's local popularity was rising and the tape became a rarity, with the entire printing sold or given away as promos. On May 13, 1996, 36CF opened for Primus at Egan Center in Anchorage; this concert was interesting in a few ways. This was the one of the first times 36CF performed before an audience of thousands, though many locals were familiar with the band's music; this was the last show of Primus' Punchbowl tour and the last show for drummer Tim Alexander before his first hiatus from Primus.36CF were planning to relocate to Tacoma Washington in search of professional recording contracts when another tragedy struck.
On June 16, 1996, JD Stuart died in a car collision at age 23. This was a huge loss for the band because Stuart's musicianship and showmanship were a large part of the band's appeal; the band persevered. At that time, Brownell retired from the band and the remaining members recruited bassist Mick Whitney, from Anchorage. 36CF relocated to the Seattle-Tacoma metro area. In 1997, the band released Suffer Tree, on cassette; that year they released their full-length debut CD, In the Skin. They next moved to Oregon. In 1999, they released a four-song demo that, through their friends in Skinlab, ended up in the hands of Monte Conner, A&R rep at Roadrunner Records. In an interview with AntiHero Magazine, vocalist Brock Lindow states that the demo was produced by Steev Esquivel and Scott Sargeant of Skinlab. Signed by Roadrunner Records in 2000, the band recorded their major debut album Bitterness the Star, released on April 4, 2002. In support of its release they toured with bands such as Candiria, God Forbid, Chimaira and Hotwire.
After touring the United States, they headed off to Europe to begin the European Road Rage Tour with Killswitch Engage and Five Pointe O. The band re-emerged two years on March 16, 2004 with their second album A Snow Capped Romance, produced by James Paul Wisner, they toured intensely behind the record through December, taking two months off before beginning the work on their next album. 36 Crazyfists entered the studio with producer Sal Villanueva in October 2005 to commence recording their third album Rest Inside the Flames, released across Europe on June 12, 2006. Roadrunner decided not to release the album in North America. A deal with DRT Entertainment was struck, the album received a belated release on November 7, 2006; the album was a success in the UK, with Rest Inside the Flames debuting at No. 71 on the UK Albums Chart, reaching No. 2 on the BBC's Rock Albums chart. However, the album only sold 1,858 copies in the US during its first week of release; the band started an extensive UK tour, supported by Twelve Tribes and Your Rigamortus on April 1, 2007, where they played at 26 venues across the country.
In May 2008 the band released Its Takers on Ferret Music. They continue to play annually at the Summer Meltdown Festival in Anchorage, except for 2008, when they were on tour with the first Annual Rockstar Mayhem Festival. Shortly after the Mayhem tour, bassist Mick Whitney left the band and was replaced by Brett Makowski. 36 Crazyfists filmed their show of January 9, 2009 in Anchorage, Alaska for their first live DVD, Underneath a Northern Sky, released in October 2009. The album Collisions and Castaways was released in the US by Ferret Music on July 27, 2010 and a day earlier in the rest of the world via Roadrunner Records; the album features guest appearances by Twelve Tribes frontman Adam Jackson, Raithon Clay of Plans to Make Perfect, Brandon Davis from Across the Sun. Production duties for the album were handled by band guitarist Steve Holt and sport mixing from Andy Sneap; the band played a variety of European festivals including the UK Download Festival. 36 Crazyfists returned to the US in July to tour with Fear Factory, After the Burial, Divine Heresy, Baptized in Blood.
In the UK the band resigned with Roadrunner Records. Collisions and Castaways was re
You Me at Six
You Me at Six are an English rock band from Weybridge, Surrey. Formed in 2004, the group achieved success in 2008 with the release of their debut album, Take Off Your Colours, which included the singles "Save It for the Bedroom", "Finders Keepers" and "Kiss and Tell", with the latter two peaking at number 33 and number 42 in the official UK Singles Chart, their second album Hold Me Down debuted at number 5 in the UK, while third album Sinners Never Sleep peaked at number 3, was certified Gold, spawned the band's fifth top 50 single "Loverboy". "The Swarm" was released as a non-album single for the launch of the roller coaster of the same name. Cavalier Youth was released as their fourth album to a number 1 debut in 2014 and contained the number 11 single "Lived a Lie". You Me at Six has toured extensively, with appearances on Warped Tour and has toured with Thirty Seconds to Mars, Fall Out Boy and All Time Low. You Me at Six won the award for Best British Band at the Kerrang! Awards in 2011; the band's influences include American rock bands Incubus and Thrice.
You Me at Six formed in Weybridge, Surrey in 2004. The band's line-up consisted of vocalist Josh Franceschi, guitarists Max Helyer and Chris Miller, bassist Matt Barnes, drummer Joe Phillips; the group released an EP, We Know What It Means to Be Alone in 2006, after which, Phillips left the band. He was replaced by Dan Flint, who the band had gone to college with, following the band's appearance at Slam Dunk Festival 2007. Flint was asked to fill in on drums for a tour, before being asked to join the band; the band released another EP in 2007. During summer 2007, the owner of Drive-Thru, Richard Reines, had arranged a meeting with the band; the band were ecstatic about the prospect and proceeded to wait in London for three hours, only for Reines to fail to show up. Their debut album, Take Off Your Colours, came out in October 2008 on Slam Dunk Records. Six singles were released from the album: "Save It for the Bedroom", "If I Were in Your Shoes", "Gossip", "Jealous Minds Think Alike", "Finders Keepers" and "Kiss and Tell".
Take off Your Colours was re-released as a "deluxe" version, with added tracks, the band supported Fall Out Boy in late 2008. They were nominated for "Best British Band" at the 2008 and 2009 Kerrang! Awards, but lost both times to Bullet for My Valentine; the band released second album, Hold Me Down, on Virgin Records in January 2010. The album was preceded by a free digital download of song "The Consequence". Recorded at Outhouse Studios in Reading and engineered by Matt O'Grady and mixed by John Mitchell, Hold Me Down, debuted at No. 5 in the UK album charts. Follow-up singles, the Underdog EP and "Stay With Me", were released. You Me At Six again lost out to Bullet For My Valentine in the "Best British Band" category at the 2010 Kerrang! Awards and collaborated with American rap duo Chiddy Bang on a track titled "Rescue Me", released in February 2011. You Me At Six recorded a third album, Sinners Never Sleep, at The Sound Factory studio in Los Angeles, California; the record was released in October 2011, peaked at No. 3 in the UK Album Charts.
A single, Bite My Tongue, featuring Oliver Sykes was released two months and the group won the "Best British Band" award at the Kerrang! Awards. A further single, "No One Does It Better", was released in 2012, as was a song specially recorded for The Swarm, a ride at Thorpe Park. In 2013 the band returned to Los Angeles to record with producer Neal Avron; the resulting album, Cavalier Youth, was released in January 2014, with single Lived A Lie trailing the full-length in September 2013. Their fifth album, Night People was released on 13 January 2017, their sixth album, VI, was released on 5 October 2018. You Me at Six kicked off their year playing a launch show in Kingston – intended to be an instore gig at Banquet Records, it was upgraded to the new Hippodrome – in support of their new album Hold Me Down on 11 January; as of February they have played 3 dates, including an HMV instore and an HMV event headline promoting new British music at the Relentless Garage London. They announced that they would be playing several festivals including Punkspring in Japan, the whole Vans Warped Tour.
They have completed their third sell-out headline tour in support of their second album Hold Me Down. They were joined by Elissa Franceschi on selected dates. In Belfast, Matt told GiggingNI.com how it was "exciting to see how much you've grown from a year and a half ago". It was announced on the Leeds leg of the tour on 16 March that You Me at Six would be returning to Leeds and playing the festival. In August 2010, the band performed on the main stage at the Leeds and Reading festivals; the band did a Reading and Leeds warm up gig at Wedgewood Rooms in Portsmouth in August. On 18 May 2010, You Me at Six visited BBC Radio One's Live Lounge for the second time, presented by Fearne Cotton. Aside from being interviewed they played a version of "Liquid Confidence" and a cover of Ellie Goulding's "Starry Eyed" at Maida Vale, in London live on air. On 23 May 2010, they played the "In New Music We Trust" stage at the Radio One Big Weekend in Bangor, North Wales, they were joined onstage by Sean Smith for "The Consequence" and Aled Phillips on "Save It for the Bedroom".
On 3 December 2010, the band posted an announcement on their official website stating "both the band and YMAS HQ are disappointed to announce that due to the inclement weather and transport issues, the two You Me at Six shows at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange this weekend will be postponed" and that "it's just not safe for the band or the atte
Bullet for My Valentine
Bullet for My Valentine abbreviated as BFMV, are a Welsh heavy metal band from Bridgend, formed in 1998. The band is composed of Matthew Tuck, Michael Paget, Jason Bowld and Jamie Mathias. Former members include Jason James and Nick Crandle, they were formed under the name Jeff Killed John and started their music career by covering songs by Metallica and Nirvana. Jeff Killed John recorded six songs. A change of style from Jeff Killed John's style, led the band to change their name. In 2002, the band secured a five-album deal with Sony BMG; the band has stated that their music is influenced by classic metal acts such as Metallica, Iron Maiden and Slayer. The band is part of the Cardiff music scene. Bullet for My Valentine's debut album The Poison was released on 3 October 2005 in the United Kingdom and on 14 February 2006 in the United States to coincide with Valentine's Day, in a nod to the band's name; the album entered the U. S. Billboard 200 at number 128, it was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.
The band made appearances at the Download Festival and Kerrang! XXV, undertook a U. S. tour with Rob Zombie. Bullet for My Valentine's second studio album, Scream Aim Fire, was released on 29 January 2008 and debuted at number four on the Billboard 200; the band's third album, was released on 26 April 2010 and debuted at number three on the Billboard 200. On 8 February 2013 the band released their fourth studio album, Temper Temper, which peaked at number 13 on the Billboard 200. On 14 August 2015 the band released their fifth studio album, which peaked at number 8 on the Billboard 200. On 29 June 2018 the band released their sixth studio album, Gravity; the band has sold over one million albums in the United States and over 4,000,000 albums worldwide and are the most-successful act in the Kerrang! Awards category of "Best British Band" with three wins. Jeff Killed John was the forerunner band to Bullet for My Valentine and was formed in 1998 by Matthew Tuck, Michael "Padge" Paget, Nick Crandle, Michael "Moose" Thomas while studying music at Bridgend College.
They started playing Metallica cover songs. In 1999, the band released their first EP, Better Off Alone, they released another two-track EP in 2002, You/Play with Me, produced by Greg Haver. The EP was financed through the Pynci scheme for new Welsh musicians and the release garnered radio airplay on BBC Radio 1's broadcast at Newport's T. J.'s. Jeff Killed John's music followed the nu metal trend set by bands such as Limp Bizkit. Shortly after, the band released another two-track EP titled Eye Spy. In 2003, their second EP was released; this was a promotional CD and was shipped to different record companies, as well as being given out locally in Bridgend. Bassist Crandle left the band on the eve of entering the recording sessions for the band's self-titled EP and was replaced by Jason James; the band changed their name to Bullet for My Valentine and reworked their musical strategy. In late 2003, they released their final EP before record labels began to notice their potential; this happened due to the sudden change in their strategy and sound, which the band claims came "directly out of their heads."
Their self-titled EP consisted of five songs. Roadrunner Records offered the band a deal; the offer was turned down, the band signed a five-album record deal with Sony BMG and a UK licensing deal with Visible Noise. According to Tuck, they chose Sony because, "We thought that a lot more doors would be open to us." A self-titled EP was released on 15 November 2004 in the UK. Produced by Colin Richardson, it marked the band's first official release. A second EP, Hand of Blood, was released on 22 August 2005 through Trustkill Records and was only available in the U. S.. Daniel Lukes of Decibel Magazine reviewed the EP by stating, "The worst part is that the music itself isn’t all that bad, for the genre." He went on to comment. Zero Magazine's Josh Joyce complimented the band on "how technical they can get without confusing the kids." Bullet for My Valentine's debut album, The Poison, was released on 3 October 2005 in the UK and on Valentine's Day, 2006 in the US. It entered the Billboard 200 at number 128, attained number 11 on the Independent Albums chart.
On 30 January 2009, the album was certified gold by the RIAA after 500,000 copies were sold in the US. Four singles were released from The Poison: "4 Words", "Suffocating Under Words of Sorrow", "All These Things I Hate", "Tears Don't Fall". Bullet for My Valentine promoted the album by touring across the world. In 2005, with increased popularity, they played on the larger Download Festival Snickers stage. Other tours included opening for Metallica and Guns N' Roses in the summer of 2006, the Vans Warped Tour and Earthday Birthday; the band's headline performance at Kerrang XXV, a one-off gig at Brixton Academy in London on 28 January 2006, was filmed for their first DVD, The Poison: Live at Brixton. During June 2007, Tuck suffered from laryngitis, which let to an emergency tonsillectomy i
The Vans Warped Tour was a traveling rock tour that toured the United States annually each summer since 1995. It is the largest traveling music festival in the United States, is the longest-running touring music festival in North America; the first Warped Tour took place in 1995, the skateboard shoe manufacturer Vans became the main sponsor of the tour starting with the second tour in 1996, when it became known as the "The Vans Warped Tour". Although Vans continued to be the main sponsor and lended its name to the festival, other sponsors participated with stages or other aspects of the festival sometimes being named after them. Warped Tour was conceived in 1995 as an eclectic alternative rock festival, but in 1996 began focusing on punk rock music. Although it has continued to be known as a punk rock festival, it has included acts of diverse genres over the years. Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman stated that the 2018 Vans Warped Tour would be the final, full cross-country run. On December 18, 2018, Lyman revealed details for the tour's 25th anniversary, with only three events taking place in 2019.
The band times and sets can be purchased from a stand. Every year there was a "BBQ Band". In exchange for the privilege of playing on the tour, the BBQ Band prepared the post-show barbecue held for the bands and crew most evenings. Past BBQ Bands have included Dropkick Murphys, Art of Shock and "The Fabulous Rudies". One band, has been permitted for the past four years to play on the tour in exchange for working on the setup crew; the "BBQ Band" for the 2016 tour was the band Reckless Serenade. The tour started as a skate punk and third-wave ska tour, but began to feature pop punk and metalcore acts. There are some hardcore and street punk bands, such as the Casualties, the Unseen and Anti-Flag, that still play Warped Tour, as well as older bands that have played the tour numerous times since its inception The tour wasn't set up in just one way, it was set up early in the morning during the set up crews' arrival and taken down during the last show of the day. When heading into Canada, there was a bus that loaded the supplies that headed into Canada while the other bus contains the equipment that stayed in the U.
S. until the next show. In 2013, Kevin Lyman decided to allow parents free admission to the Warped Tour. Citing issues such as transportation problems for minors and the audience member demographic opening up to a younger crowd every year, Lyman determined that parents accompanying their children would be allowed into the tour for free. Parents have their own adult day care, it was known as Reverse Day Care. Grown-ups could spend the day waiting for their children in the Reverse Day Care tent. There was ample seating and fans or cooling devices to keep the parents occupied during the festival; the Warped Tour was created in 1995 by Kevin Lyman, in production with the short-lived Warp Magazine and Creative Artists Agency. The tour began June 21 at the Idaho Center in Boise and ended August 18 in Detroit; the tour was held at outdoor venues, though on rare occasions it was held indoors. In 1996, due to problems with the venue where the event was to be held, the show was forced to be moved indoors to The Capitol Ballroom nightclub in Washington DC.1996 was the first year for Vans as a sponsor and they have been the main sponsor since carrying their name in the title.
In 1998, the tour went international, including venues in Australia, Europe and the United States. In 1999, the tour started off in New Zealand and Hawaii in the New Year, it started up again in the United States for the northern hemisphere summer before ending up in Europe. The Vans Warped Tour has turned eco-friendly by using biodiesel for the production buses. In 2009, the two main stages were condensed into one and bands were given 40-minute sets, as opposed to the traditional 30 minutes across the previous two stages. Despite this, the tour decided to bring back the two main stages concept with 35-minute sets instead for the 2012 tour and beyond. In 2012, the Warped Tour traveled to London, the first time the tour has left North America since 1999. In the UK and Europe, Warped Tour is operated by English promoter Kilimanjaro Live; the Warped Tour returned to London in 2015. On February 10, 2009 details for the annual "Warped Tour Kick Off Party" were announced; the show took place on April 2, 2009 at The Key Club in West Hollywood and featured Warped Tour 2009 bands T.
S. O. L; the Adolescents, Sing it Loud, TAT, TV/TV on the bill. The tour won the Best Festival/Tour Award at the Rock on Request Awards; the Warped Tour 2012 kick off party took place March 29, 2012 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, California featuring performances by Falling in Reverse, The Used, Dead Sara, Matt Toka and Forever Came Calling. During the Toronto date, a fan died; the band as well as Warped Tour offered their condolences on Twitter. For the first time in 14 years, Warped Tour was held in the UK in November 2012; this was the first year the show Warped Roadies premiered. The show was a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of the Vans Warped Tour as it travels across the country with more than 60 bands; the Warped Tour 2013 kick off party took place March 28, 2013 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, California featuring performances by Chiodos, New Beat Fund, Gin Wigmore, MC Lars, Craig Owens, Dia Frampton, Charlotte Sometimes, Big Chocolate] Echosmith and special guests. The tour will once again return to Europe for the second year in a row with more tour dates.
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