Thursday, August 11, 2005

Sounds get heavy at Fair show

Hey, kids get ready to rock.

A triumvirate of hot up-and-coming bands-- sure to please teens and 20s-- will perform at the Upper Peninsula State Fair Friday, Aug. 19.

Seether, touring with a hit tune called "Remedy" in their songbook, will headline. Crossfade and Dark New Day, a bit of a supergroup, will open the show.

Some younger people have grumbled in the past that newer groups don't get booked at the Fair, but Seether and Crossfade have only been around for a few years and Dark New Day was formed in January.

Seether-- with a post-grunge alternative metal sound-- is playing numerous state fair shows on an American tour which runs until mid-September.

Fronted by singer-guitarist-songwriter Shaun Morgan, Seether hails from South Africa, not exactly a hotbed for new music. They landed a spot on the Ozzfest tour and released their debut disc, "Disclaimer" in 2002. That album boasted the single "Fine Again." Meantime, Morgan struck-up a friendship with Amy Lee of Evanesence fame and they dueted on the hit "Broken." Later, Morgan reviewed the content and sound mixes on their first LP and re-issued a revised version, "Disclaimer II."

"Karma and Effect," Seether's second full-length album, was released this summer.
Sharing the Fair bill, Crossfade also flies the metal-grunge flag. Based in South Carolina, the trio includes vocalist- guitarist Ed Sloan, drummer Brian Geiger and bassist Mitch James. Their self-titled first album was released by Columbia last year.

Dark New Day, meanwhile, is a recent addition to the metal circuit but its members have been in several well-known bands including Sevendust, Skrape and the touring version of Creed. Their debut release is called "Twelve Year Silence."

If you're ready to bang your head, tickets to the 7:30 p. m. show-- at $20--are available at the Fair box office and at the gate.

When country music icon Johnny Cash died, he left a priceless legacy of hundreds of recordings. Sony tapped into that treasure this month when it released a four-CD box set covering the period 1955-2002. Celebrating the golden anniversary of Cash's recording career, the set begins with his Sun label tracks from the mid-1950s. "Cash: The Legend" includes 104 songs, seven previously unreleased. A deluxe-- if pricey-- edition of the box, containing a 128-page hard cover coffee table book, bonus CD and DVD, as well as a 12 by 16 inch lithograph, will be issued Aug. 16. How pricey? Try a suggested list price of $329.98.

Brace yourself. Heavy metal giants Metallica will open for the Rolling Stones when the veteran British band plays San Francisco on Nov. 13 and 15. The Stones this month begin the U. S. segment of travels in support of their new studio album "A Bigger Bang." Metallica, which calls San Francisco home, enjoyed its biggest success in the mid-1990s with "Until It Sleeps," while Mick and the boys had their first commercial peak with 1965's "I Can't Get No Satisfaction."

A estimated 5,000 to 6,000 persons witnessed the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's performance at the Woodtick Music Festival in Hermansville on Aug. 5. By comparison, Gladstone's 2000 census total was 5,032.

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