Monthly Archives: March 2012

Theory Of A Deadman Put To The Test May 17 At House Of Blues Myrtle Beach

By Brian M. Howle

OK, you’re a kickass rock band from North Delta, British Columbia. If that name doesn’t ring a bell, well, there’s a reason for that.  It’s because North Delta ain’t exactly a hotbed of happenin’ rock bands.  So if you are from North Delta, just how the hell do you get your music out there in the mainstream, so you can be discovered, and for all to enjoy and fawn over you and make you rich and famous and all that good shit?

Well, simple:  The band’s lead singer, Tyler Connolly, gave Nickelback’s  Chad Kroeger a demo tape of their music while at an after-show party. and the rest, as they say, is history.  Of course, you have to move from North Delta to Vancouver.  But hey … doesn’t everyone?

God, I love a happy ending.

And now, kids, platinum-selling Vancouver rock band Theory of a Deadman are getting ready to hit the road this spring for a headlining tour that will be stopping in North Myrtle Beach, S.C. on Thursday, May 17 at House Of Blues Myrtle Beach with opening acts, Pop Evil and Stellar Revival.

The quartet is touring in support of The Truth Is, their fourth full length album released in July 2011 on Roadrunner/604 Records, which debuted at #8 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. Recorded in Los Angeles’ Bay 7 Studio with Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, 3 Doors Down), the 19 track album features the current single “Hurricane,” currently #15 at Active Rock and Mainstream Rock radio as well as first singles “Lowlife,” a raucous anthem celebrating simple pleasures and “The Bitch Came Back,” which gives a hilarious send-off to a bad ex with roaring guitars and flourishes of horns.

Theory of a Deadman—Tyler Connolly (lead vocals, lead guitars), David Brenner (rhythm guitar), Dean Back (bass), Joey Dandeneau (drums)—builds arena-ready hooks around hard rocking stories of good times, bad times and everything in between. The band solidified their place at the top of the modern hard rock charts by exceeding Platinum sales with their breakthrough album Scars & Souvenirs (2008) and with the #1 Active Rock Radio hits “Bad Girlfriend” and “So Happy.” The band has toured with everyone from Motley Crue and Godsmack to Daughtry and label mates Stone Sour and will be appearing at this year’s Rock on the Range festival alongside Incubus, Shinedown, Five Finger Death Punch, Slash, Cypress Hill and Chevelle.

To read the band’s bio, go to:

For info on the show, call the box office at 843-272-3000; for tickets call 1-877-598-8497; or visit .

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Spring Ushers In All Her Natural Finery At Charleston’s Magnificent Gardens

By Brian M. Howle

No use trying to deny it any longer, folks – around these parts (and a good portion of the nation), winter is listed as M.I.A. and it looks as if we can shelve the sweaters and blankies until next year – because we have slipped right past the ol’ Vernal Equinox (that’s First Day of Spring, Vern) and there is no shortage of things to do around the Palmetto state.

The iconic Long Bridge at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.

And while there is a veritable plethora of activities for you to enjoy, I must admit blatant prejudice in advising you to make one annual spring event that “Must See” item on your agenda, and the bestest part of my choice is that it can be enjoyed by every member of your family – and if you choose the one that allows it, even Fido can join the family outing!

See how magnificent a swamp can look, as it frames the basis for Cypress Gardens off of Hwy. 52 near Moncks Corner.

I’m speaking of what I personally find to be one of South Carolina’s most stellar attractions, which features the perfect union of the ingenuity and stewardship of humans with the breathtaking beauty of nature in all of her majestic glory – the ring of Gardens that encircle Historic Charleston and the immediate vicinity.

You can peruse the brochures, look online and get pertinent info … but there is NOTHING to compare with being there and taking in the stunning beauty that prevails and permeates every molecule of your being.

The breathtaking majesty of terraced landscaping that flows down to the waters of Middleton Place on Hwy. 61, which runs along the Ashley River.

Oh, and if you have a pooch, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is the ONLY garden in the state that allows doggies.  Be responsible and have them on a leash, but trust me, they will have a field day – and so will you.

Cypress Gardens • 3030 Cypress Gardens Road (Off of Hwy. 52 W.) • Moncks Corner, SC 29461 • 843-553-0515 •

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens • 3550 Ashley River Road (Hwy. 61 N.) • Charleston, SC 29414 • (800) 367-3517 •

Middleton Place • 4300 Ashley River Road (Hwy. 61 N.) • Charleston, SC 29414 • (843) 556-6020 • (800) 782-3608 •

And, honestly, in a category all its own – and season or time of year not that important, although always gorgeous with luscious, green leaves amongst massive, winding limbs that are draped with different forms of moss, from moist, wet green velvet to the arid, gray lifeless appearance of Spanish Moss hanging like a spirit that lingers on earth with a passionate urgency:
Angel Oak in all her majesty, in living color!  Notice the man in red jacket on left and person to left of trunk to gain perspective on size of the tree.

Angel Oak in all her majesty, in living color! Notice the man in red jacket on left and person to left of trunk to gain perspective on size of the tree.

The Angel Oak Tree • 3688 Angel Oak Road (Off of Hwy. 17 S. [Savannah Highway] and east on Main Road) • Johns Island, SC 29455 • (843) 559-3496

Angel Oak Tree Park is located on Johns Island with no admission charge. The park also has a gift shop and picnic area. On Johns Island stands the majestic Angel Oak. Estimated to be between 300-400 years old; the tree towers 65 feet high and has a circumference of 25.5 feet. Its area of shade is 17,000 square feet and its largest limb has a circumference of 11.5 feet, and a length of 89 feet.

Live oaks are not particularly tall trees, but have wide-spreading canopies. Only in the very old specimens do you find massive limbs resting on the ground, as you do the limbs of the Angel Oak. The City of Charleston acquired the Angel Oak Park in1991.

Hours of Operation: Monday – Saturday: 9am-5pm
Sunday- 1pm-5pm
No Admission Charge

This article also appeared in Alternatives NewsMagazine, April 2012.



No Rehab Needed For Jane’s Addiction At House Of Blues M.B. On March 10

Jane’s Addiction (L-R): Dave Navarro, Perry Farrell, Chris Chaney and Stephen Perkins. (Photo: Eliot Lee Hazel)

Doors Open 7:30 p.m.; Black Box Revelation Is Opening Act

By Brian M. Howle

There it is again, that kneejerk reaction to a band name that makes mothers quickly herd their young inside, as the fathers role up their sleeves and peer down with that badassdaddy stinkeye.  Well, hide all ya want and give yer best drop dead stare, ‘cause it’s not what ya think if you weren’t a happenin’ dude or dudette back in the day of too-cool-for-school rock and roll.  Only the really hip moms and dads knew that their children were safe from harm – well, relatively speaking – just because the band in question was Jane’s Addiction.

And finally, those kids can repay their very cool parental units by copping a couple of tix for mom & dad to rock out with the best of their day, as Jane’s Addiction rolls out onto the venerable stage at House Of Blues Myrtle Beach on Saturday, March 10 and their “Theatre of the Escapists” Tour, with support act Black Box Revelation.

At a time in recent rock history where damn near every band on MTV was assured meteoric success, Jane’s Addiction came along early on and gave an already tired, young genre a much needed burst of fresh air and newnessmixing styles of music.  There were those “I’m so miserable to be doing drugs and alcohol and getting laid every night” dudes complaining about their success, and then there was Jane’s Addiction.

Alternative rock pioneers Jane’s Addiction has set out on a special run of North American shows this winter tour —called the “Theatre of the Escapists” tour—that will bring the band to intimate venues, most of which are classic theatres, including House Of Blues Myrtle Beach.

Acclaimed for their swirling sonic symphony and unique studio alchemy, Jane’s Addiction have sold over seven million records in the U.S.alone. They’ve also garnered Grammy nominations and spearheaded the movement of modern American festival culture by launching and headlining Lollapalooza.

Onstage, Jane’s Addiction hold nothing back. They “…reminded everyone there were rock gods to be prayed to, and then defied them with feverish grace,” noted Billboard (August 13, 2011) of their NYC show at Terminal 5. Writing about their Los Angeles performance at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, (October 5, 2011) said:  “Jane’s Addiction stood triumphant for the entire show. It was one of those magical gigs where every element simply worked. On stage, Jane’s Addiction display the kind of mystique that’s belonged to the likes of Led Zeppelin and few others. However, they’re one of a kind.”

2011 was a milestone year for Jane’s Addiction, marking the release of their first studio album in eight years, the Rich Costey-produced album, The Great Escape Artist. Released via Capitol Records, the album received critical praise from the likes of Spin, USA Today and the Wall Street Journal. Spun through a kaleidoscope of tightly wound riffs, hypnotic harmonies, booming beats, and an unmistakable howl, the record announces the beginning of the next chapter for the alternative rock torchbearers.

Jane’s Addiction; Perry Farrell (Vocals) Dave Navarro (Guitars), and Stephen Perkins (Drums) began working on what would become The Great Escape Artist in 2010. After a highly successful summer tour with Nine Inch Nails, the group had tapped into a majestic chemistry, and they wanted to harness it on their first collection of studio material since 2003’s Strays.

Perkins summed up the fire burning at the heart of The Great Escape Artist, “There’s a great momentum that’s building in the band,” he told AOL’s Spinner, “and the positive energy of making new music and being proud of it.”
The process behind the tunes began in early 2011 when the band entered a Los Angeles studio with producer Rich Costey. Their intent was to travel a different road, and consequentially they paved an entirely new path for alternative music at large.

At Costey’s suggestion, Farrell and Navarro took a meeting with TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek in order to possibly collaborate. The three clicked instantly, and Sitek stepped into the role of a songwriter and a bass player for the album as Costey, Navarro, and touring bassist Chris Chaney would also share four-string duties.

Sitek helped the band evolve their alchemy, expanding the sound even more. Farrell described Sitek’s distillation of electronic textures, bombastic rock, and crazed punk to Rolling Stone declaring, “He’s like a scientist, and he’s not afraid of making a monster.”

Also in June of 2011, Jane’s Addiction hwas inducted into Guitar Center’s RockWalk by Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello, who made it clear that the alt-rock pioneers led the way: ”Nirvana often gets credit for being the first ‘alternative’ band to break through, the band that changed music and led rock out of the hair metal wilderness of the ‘80’s. That’s just not true. It was Jane’s Addiction,” said Morello.

From the beginning, Jane’s Addiction has thrown the most unique parties in rock, mixing a fierce musicality with theatrical flair onstage. The band, who always outrageously combines electricity, sex and danger, will return to form in 2012.

“We chose to play as many of the great theatres that we could find because we wanted to immerse the audience in a unique experience unlike any they have ever seen at a rock show,” says Farrell.   “Expect an orgy of musical and visual delights.  We like orgies, and hope you do too.”

In 1991, for the Jane’s Addiction “farewell” tour, Farrell concocted Lollapalooza. His visionary idea brought alternative nations together like never before, and the touring festival ran annually until 1997. After the first Lollapalooza, Jane’s Addiction went on hiatus, but they never truly went away.

“Fresh” doesn’t even begin to describe it though. This is another level for Jane’s Addiction, and they’re opening doors for curious artists to follow just like they did nearly thirty years ago. Farrell concludes, “I love being able to escape my past even though my past was great. I just love the future even more.”

And allow me to echo kudos to Tom Morello’s quote: Nirvana got the fastrack ticket, instant fame, huge wealth – and a dead frontman. Jane’s Addiction was a far more formative – and brilliantly creative – force in the music of their peers … the new face of music that shaped a generation.

So if your parents were cooler and smarter than you, now’s your chance to pull even and you may even pull ahead – well, if you already bought them Loge tickets to a sold-out show – as you all enjoy Jane’s Addiction, with opening act Black Box Revelation, on March 10. Doors open 7:30 p.m.

For info on all other shows, call 843-272-3000; for tickets call 1-877-598-8497; or visit .

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