Gas Lipstick Leaves HIM

Drummer, Gas Lipstick has announced his departure from HIM. He said their is no “bad blood” between members. He just feels like its time to “move on.”

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Lipstick posted the following on Facebook:

“FINAL WORDS

With a heavy heart I’m announcing my departure from HIM, a magnificent band that I’ve been part of for the past 16 magical years. It has been a journey that I will remember for the rest of my life. There is no drama, bad blood or any negativity involved in my departure.

I simply feel that it’s time for me to move on as a musician.

I have noticed during the final stages of our last tour that my heart was not in it 100% anymore.

I’ve always been a guy who played every note straight from my heart and I feel the music very strongly while I perform.
If my heart feels that it’s time to let it go, then I have to listen because otherwise it wouldn’t be right towards myself, the rest of the band or you wonderful fans.
It would end up being a forced effort and I can’t perform or create like that.

Another thing that I’ve recently started to miss is songwriting. I’ve always been a songwriter. I didn’t feel the need to write after I joined the band in 1999 and noticed that Ville is a tremendous songwriter. In my mind he has never brought a single half assed song to the practice room. Every song was top notch and I felt that I didn’t have the need to stir the mix. All of his songs were amazing as he presented them. But last fall I’ve started to feel that I’m missing writing again and that I would like to pursue my own musical interests. I started to miss the feeling of being in a band, where I could be one of the songwriters again.

Three years ago, I had a very heavy year with my arm problems and it took a toll on me.
It took me 9 stressful months to get back into playing shape, but after recording the “Tears On Tape” record and performing 100 + live shows following the release of that record, I can safely say that I’m back 100% physically and mentally. Those 9 stressful months were one of the toughest periods I have ever experienced throughout my career and adding everything mentioned above, I feel that I need a change in life. I need a fresh start.

I have nothing but great words to say about my brothers: Ville, Mige, Burton, and Linde, our touring crew Viltsu, Antti, Manne, Sean, Brad and our management Seppo, Taina and Vuokko. I wish them nothing but a great success in the future! They are all amazing people and it has been a pleasure working with them all of these years.
I’d like to as well thank all the record company people, promoters, past crew members, producers and engineers that I’ve had the privilege to get to know and work with. You rock BIG TIME!

And for the last but not the least important I’d like to thank all of you fabulous fans. Thank you for your never ending support and love. HIM has the best fans in the world!
Without you, nothing would’ve been possible.

I hope that our paths will cross again eventually and you can count on that I’m going to keep you posted about my future endeavours in the crazy world of Musicland. Stay tuned!

Cheers, Gas Lipstick.”

Adelitas Way Crowdfund New Album

Adelitas Way have set up a crowdfunding campaign via PledgeMusic, to help finance their new album. Fans that donate will receive the band’s new EP in March and will also have a chance to receive things like signed CDs, signed drumheads, a Skype acoustic performance etc.

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Rick DeJesus issued the following statement:

“AW Army,

We are in the jam room preparing to write, record and release our fourth studio album! This album will be not be marketed by dinosaur corporate suits, but by a team that we are putting together that will finally see us taking our music global! In our eight years at a major label, we NEVER had our music released worldwide! We want to change this and want YOU to be a MASSIVE part of helping us spread our music across the world!

We have developed some really killer exclusives. From once in a lifetime experiences to limited edition items, we think fans both old and new will love what is being offered!

We don’t have a firm delivery date for the album, but our goal is this summer. We know that is a long wait. In the meantime, we are offering a new 5 song digital EP that will be included with every pledge item being offered! You’ll get one never before heard song from the EP immediately upon pledging and then the rest of the songs on March 17th. 2-3 of these songs will wind up on the full-length album, so consider it a sneak peek of AW4!

Our first dollar has been donated by my mom, Jill DeJesus. We all know our moms ALWAYS have our backs! So, we can say this album project is ready to roll thanks to her! Thanks Mom! : )

Thank you to all of our A-Team for your ongoing support of our band. We know every band says it, but we are nothing without our fans!!

Sincerely,

Rick DeJesus”

Alesana Announce U.S. Tour With Capture The Crown, The Browning, Conquer Divide & The Funeral Portrait

Alesana have announced a headlining U.S. tour. The band will also be joined by supporting acts, Capture The Crown, The Browning, Conquer Divide and The Funeral Portrait.

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Tour Dates:

04/03 Winston-Salem, NC – Ziggys
04/04 Louisville, KY – Expo Five
04/06 Allentown, PA, – Crocodile Rock
04/07 Millvale, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre
04/08 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
04/09 New York, NY – Webster Hall
04/10 Buffalo, NY – Waiting Room
04/11 Cleveland, OH – The Agora Theatre
04/12 Westland, MI – The Token Lounge
04/14 Lansing, MI – The Loft
04/16 Indianapolis, IN – Emerson Theatre
04/17 Joliet, IL – Mojoes
04/18 St. Paul, MN – Amsterdam Bar
04/20 West Des Moines, IA – Val Air Ballroom
04/21 St. Louis, MO – The Firebird
04/22 Merriam, ks – Aftershock
04/23 Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre
04/24 Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue
04/25 Orangevale, CA – The Boardwalk
04/26 Bakersfield, CA – Jerry’s Pizza
04/27 West Hollywood, CA – Whiskey A Go Go
04/28 Tucson, AZ – The Rock
04/29 Phoenix, TX – Joe’s Grotto
05/01 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
05/02 Austin, TX – Dirty Dog Bar
05/03 Dallas, TX – Curtain Club

Future User Premiere “Mountain Lion” Music Video/Reveal Member Identities

Future User, the new project that is now known to feature Tim Commerford (Rage Against The Machine) and Jordan Tarlow, have premiered a new video for their song “Mountain Lion,” via Rolling Stone. The song will be on the duo’s new album, #SteroidsOrHeroine, which will be released on February 24.