The Apocalypse Blues Revue (Godsmack) Call It Quits

The Apocalypse Blues Revue, the blues band featuring Godsmack’s Shannon Larkin and Tony Rombola, along with Ray Cerbone and Brian Carpenter, have called it quits. The group were unable to continue due to scheduling conflicts.

Cerbone commented:

“Endings…Beginings…and Continuations

Hey ABR fans, Rafer here….some things I have to relate to ya all. Sit down and relax cause its just some shades of blues that we all just have to accept. Six years ago Shannon and Tony had a dream and that dream manifested itself into The Apocalypse Blues Revue with me and Brian fully on board. It was apparent that together we had something very special. We also knew going in that it wasn’t going to be easy to deal with schedules and timelines but we all poured ourselves into this project heart and soul. Songs were written…shows were performed….a record company jumped on board and a first record was born that went to number 2 on the blues charts and received rave reviews!! We toured and did shows in between Shannon and Tony’s tours with Godsmack. During those tours we all still wrote and rehearsed staying at the ready for any shows that came up. All of you fans were amazing in how you supported and encouraged us in this project, especially during those “quiet” times.

Time passed and soon we recorded our second record. It became clear that the whole scheduling conflict was going to be hard to work around. Sometimes the stars and planets align and sometimes they don’t. Unfortunately ABR had to be put on hold while bigger things in the music universe were taking place.

Maybe too much time passed….maybe the future hold time was going to be too great…maybe it is just the timeline. Unfortunately we’ve come to a place where, for ABR at least, “the music’s over”. For band members it goes on…Shannon and Tony are currently fully immersed in Godsmack with ideas for a new project with Brian in the not too distant future. As for me…I’m working on my first solo record of my fingerstyle, acoustic, singer/songwriter music set for release in early April. It ain’t the blues but it has always been my first love. If you want to check it out on Facebook the page is Ray Cerbone Americana And More.

So from Shannon, Tony, Rafer, and Brian, Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts. We know we left a mark out there for sure. There could be some ABR shows off in the future…who knows? We also still have some vinyl and cd’s kickin’ around. Send me a PM and I’ll see what I can do. Farewell….The music lives forever in our hearts, Rafer

PS – As soon as I have cd’s and vinyl in hand I will post it. Thank You – Rafer”

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The Apocalypse Blues Revue (Godsmack) Premiere New Song “Nobody Rides For Free”

The Apocalypse Blues Revue, the blues band featuring Godsmack’s Shannon Larkin and Tony Rombola, along with Ray Cerbone and Brian Carpenter, have premiered a new song titled “Nobody Rides For Free.” This track is from the group’s new album “The Shape Of Blues To Come,” which will be released on July 20.

The Apocalypse Blues Revue (Godsmack) Premiere New Song “Open Spaces”

The Apocalypse Blues Revue, the blues band featuring Godsmack’s Shannon Larkin and Tony Rombola, along with Ray Cerbone and Brian Carpenter, have premiered a new song titled “Open Spaces.” This track is from the group’s new album “The Shape Of Blues To Come,” which will be released on July 20.

The Apocalypse Blues Revue Premiere “Hell To Pay” Lyric Video, Reveal Details For New Album “The Shape Of Blues To Come”

The Apocalypse Blues Revue, the blues band featuring Godsmack’s Shannon Larkin and Tony Rombola, along with Ray Cerbone and Brian Carpenter, have premiered a lyric video for their new song “Hell To Pay.” This track is from the group’s new album “The Shape Of Blues To Come,” which will be released on July 20.

“The Shape Of Blues To Come” Track Listing:

01. “Open Spaces”
02. “We Are One”
03. “Hell To Pay”
04. “Have You Heard?!”
05. “To Hell With You”
06. “Nobody Rides For Free”
07. “Sincere”
08. “What A Way To Go”
09. “Noumenal Blues”

The band said the following:

“Hey there people! Are you tired of hearing the same old thing over and over again? Have you ever wondered where the passion and originality has gone? Do you look at the blues as a form of art with shapes and colors all it’s own? Are you bored with robots doing the 1-4-5 on a shallow pond? If you answered yes to any of these questions and want to be a part of a deeper, darker blue, then come join The Apocalypse Blues Revue on a musical journey into The Shape Of Blues To Come. Available for pre-order now at the Mascot Label Group website. Come with us on an immersive trip into the heart and mind of the true American music. Nothing inventive is safe, and nothing safe is original. To us, this record is an experience, an event. Every note is played as if it could be our last. When it comes to the blues, we mean business. We wear traditionalism on our sleeves, but refuse to grow stagnant. You will not hear automatons going through the motions. If you shut your eyes and let us take you deep, you can join us on the ocean floor and become One, rising with us on our mission to bring the blues into the light. Indeed, into the consciousness of expressionistic and unique lovers of human music. No samples or click tracks, crafted live from four guys sweating and bleeding from our hearts. The mission is pure, the motive is true, the passion is real, the colour is blue. People scream, “You’re not traditional enough!” or, “Its too heavy to be blues!”. We just smile.There has never been a heavier blues band on the planet, and we invite you into our minds and hearts to join us. The blues are about intent and tone, darkness and light and the balance in between, and sincerity. We play from the heart. Our influences come from many styles/genres, and it can’t help but bleed through our music creating our own own unique sound…but blue it IS. We wear our influences on our sleeves and shape it organically to try to excite people about the blues in music and culture. Help us spread the news! The Apocalypse is comin’ and it ain’t yer daddy’s blues!!!”

The Apocalypse Blues Revue (Godsmack) Cancel Three Dates

The Apocalypse Blues Revue, the band featuring Godsmack’s Shannon Larkin and Tony Rombola, along with Ray “Rafer John” Cerbone and Brian Carpenter, have cancelled their shows in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Maryland. You can read their full statement about that below.

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“Hey everyone, due to unforeseen circumstances we are having to cut our current tour short by a couple of shows. We’re very sorry to do this, and promise we’ll make them up to you all, but the following shows are now cancelled for the time being:

10/08: Chameleon Club, Lancaster PA
10/09: Mainstage, Morgantown WV
10/10: Rams Head, Annapolis MD

Thanks to everyone who came out, and we still have two more shows this week at Hard Rock Café in Pittsburg PA on 10/5, and then opening for Blue Oyster Cult in Ridgefield CT at the Ridgefield Playhouse on Friday, 10/7!”

The Apocalypse Blues Revue (Godsmack) Announce 2016 Tour

The Apocalypse Blues Revue, the band featuring Godsmack’s Shannon Larkin and Tony Rombola, along with Ray “Rafer John” Cerbone and Brian Carpenter, have announced a U.S. tour. Check out the initial dates below.

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Tour Dates:

09/16 Hampton Beach, NH – Wally’s Pub
09/17 Chester, PA – Rock Allegiance Festival – PPL
09/24 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Loft @ The Chance
09/25 New York, NY – Highline Ballroom
09/30 Winchester, VA – Blue Fox Billiards
10/01 Waynesboro, PA – Dawg House
10/02 Lakewood, NJ – Rock Carnival @ First Energy Park
11/04 Jim Thorpe, PA – Penn’s Peak

The Apocalypse Blues Revue (Godsmack) Premiere “Devil Plays A Strat” Music Video

The Apocalypse Blues Revue, the band featuring Godsmack’s Shannon Larkin and Tony Rombola, along with Ray “Rafer John” Cerbone and Brian Carpenter, have premiered a new video for their song “Devil Plays A Strat.” This song is from the band’s self-titled album, which will be released on August 26.