Indypendence Day Street Fest 2013 - Concert for Cancer

Indypendence Day Street Fest 2013 - Concert for Cancer

The inaugural INDYpendence Street Fest Concert for Cancer is a 4 of July Celebration and Fundraiser taking place on Georgia Street. The event is benefitting the Leukemia Lymphoma Society and the St. Francis Patient Assistance Fund.

The event is the brain child of Scott Lintner who was diagnosed with Leukemia on 6/30/1999. The two events that change his life the most was that day and the days his beautiful daughters were born. Scott was not supposed to ever make it to 50.

Through a lot of personal stubbornness, medical miracles, faith and a whole lot of help from friends and family, Scott saw the age of 50 in June 2012. He always said that if he made it, he would have a huge party for everyone that has helped him and all those affected by Cancer. INDYpendence Street Fest is Scott's dream becoming a reality.

After four albums, platinum-plus sales, sold-out crowds and more than a dozen radio hits, Puddle of Mudd has cemented its reputation and its repertoire in the rock 'n' roll world. It's the proverbial force to be reckoned with, possessing the kind of track record that most bands would be proud to have had over an entire career. Think songs like "Blurry," "Drift & Die," "She Hates Me," "Away From Me" and "Psycho" for starters.

Rest assured it's been a good time, but now Puddle of Mudd wants to have some fun.

RE:(DISC)OVERED is an entirely different kind of endeavor for the group, which has been churning out its own material since their debut album Come Clean was released in 2001. This time the Mudd men have put down their pens in favor of recording 11 classic rock tracks by artists such as: The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Steve Miller Band, AC/DC, Elton John and many others. Some are perfectly in character; others are surprising, but ultimately RE:(DISC)OVERED is Puddle of Mudd getting to both show and explore some different sides of its musical makeup.

"When we were on the road last time we were playing (AC/DC's) 'TNT', (Miller's) 'The Joker', 'War Pigs' by Black Sabbath and 'Summer Lovin'' from the Grease soundtrack -- just kind of bouncing around, doing covers," Scantlin says. "We never put any cover songs on our records before, so it just seemed like something fun to do. Plus they're all hit songs, all timeless songs. Who wouldn't want to make a record like that?"

Guitarist Paul Phillips adds that, "I think we needed something like this because it was a no pressure situation. We just wanted to do something for fun in the studio. We had a great time, and I think it was the right thing to do."

But don't think that the project was, as Scantlin would say, "easy peasy."

"It was challenging to sing these songs by these really legendary singers," he recalls. "Not only were these great songs and great performances, but they were all in their 20s when they wrote this stuff and recorded it. I really had to buckle down and push myself to get 'em right."

Song selection was the first order of business as Puddle of Mudd set out to make RE:(DISC)OVERED. The "committee," which included Scantlin, Phillips, Producer Bill Appleberry (Stone Temple Pilots), and band manager Danny Wimmer, initially threw around ideas and came up with a list of about 30 possibilities. That was whittled down to the batch the band decided to record, hitting Stone Temple Pilots drummer Eric Kretz's Bomb Shelter studio in Los Angeles during January and February. The band utilized a few additional side musicians, including up-and-coming singer BC Jean, whose vocals grace the track "Stop Dragging My Heart around", originally recorded by Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty.

"There's a reason that every song was chosen to be on the album," Phillips explains. "They were all songs and bands that we have been fans of forever. When choosing these songs, we really looked for ones that were both inspiring and challenging. We chose some that may be unexpected just so we could push the Puddle envelope a bit. We really wanted to stretch our legs on this one. It gave us a chance to try some things that we have never really done on our records." At the same time, the guitarist adds, Puddle of Mudd was not out to reinvent these tried-and-true favorites.

"We wanted to pay tribute to these songs rather than bastardizing them like a lot of people do when they do covers," Phillips says. "We really tried to keep them true to what they were. They are great songs already, so who am I to go in and change a Rolling Stones song? They're not slavish copies; these songs do have a Puddle of Mudd flavor to them, but we didn't go in and change parts just to make it sound more like us."

Scantlin confirms that "every single song on this record hits home with me," even those from particularly unexpected sources. Neil Young's "Old Man," for instance, carries the message that "everybody kind of ends up becoming their father one way or another." Meanwhile, Elton John's "Rocket Man" is a beautiful metaphor for life on the road.

"Rocket Man is like your girl's packing your bags and you're going on tour and 'I'll see you in about three months. I miss my family and I miss everybody, but you've got to go out there and do this musician thing," Scantlin notes. "So that hit home with me." And as far as Bad Company's "Shooting Star" is concerned, Scantlin says that, "It's directly related to my entire life, except for the very end, because I'm still alive."

Phillips was most surprised to be recording Led Zeppelin's "D'yer M'ker," "just because the reggae feel is not what we do." Nevertheless, he has a very personal attachment to the tune. "Growing up there was a guy down the street who was a little older and he used to drive me to school every day," the guitarist recalls. "He had this convertible VW Bug, and I swear he used to play that song every single day in his car, and I hated it because I was such a metal head. Growing up I was all about Metallica and whatnot, and I was like, 'This is the worst thing I've ever heard!' As time went on, I grew to appreciate classic rock, and Zeppelin has become one of my all time faves." Phillips says the solo on Free's "All Right Now" was his "arch nemesis." "The whole time that gave me problems," he says, "but luckily on the day of recording I managed to pull it off.

Billy Squier's "Everybody Wants You" was the most surprising track for Scantlin. "I never expected to see this one on the list, but it's really hooky and groovy. "As long as it's fun or feels good, I'm in."

Selections like that were key to Puddle of Mudd's mission in making RE:(DISC)OVERED. "People hear Puddle's gonna do a covers album and they think it'll be Nirvana and the Ramones and Metallica and stuff like that," Phillips says. "We wanted to stretch our legs, and it was a very challenging thing to have songs that have piano and these big crazy arrangements. I mean, doing an Elton John song with piano and backup singers is not the easiest of tasks. It's quite difficult, and that's exactly what we wanted."

Puddle of Mudd plans to give RE:(DISC)OVERED its due on the road, with a full set of its songs followed by an intermission and then "every Puddle of Mudd hit we've every released," according to Scantlin. There will be plenty of touring, he and Phillips promise, but they're also already writing new material and are excited to get back into the studio to apply some of the musical lessons they learned while making RE:(DISC)OVERED. "I think this kind of opens us up," Phillips says. "I think it brought everybody's playing up and created a platform for us to experiment a bit more and try some different things on the next record. The next record is a real important record for us and we really want to try to take it to the next level and surprise people, so I think (RE:(DISC)OVERED) is a great springboard for that to happen."

Scantlin adds that, "The whole process just inspired everyone. It brought us all back to our roots. I think it's going to have a big effect on the next original recording in a really good way."

Hoobastank is an American rock band, best known for their hits "Crawling in the Dark", "Running Away", and "The Reason". They formed in 1994 in Agoura Hills, California, with singer Doug Robb, guitarist Dan Estrin, drummer Chris Hesse, and original bassist Markku Lappalainen. They are signed to Island Records and have released four albums and one extended play to date. Their fourth and most recent studio album, For(N)ever, was released in January 2009. They have sold 10 million albums worldwide.

Sick Puppies don't do things halfway, they see the glass as not just half-full, but
brimming over with the kind of solid-rock anthems that'll remind even the most cynical
that absolutely anything is possible.
When the Australian band decided to break through in the U.S., founding
members, vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Shimon Moore and his high school classmate,
bassist Emma Anzai, simply picked up and moved lock, stock and guitar to L.A.,
advertised for a drummer on Craig's List, and were soon joined by Orange County
native Mark Goodwin.
The band's acclaimed sophomore release, Tri-Polar, has sold more
than 300,000 copies to date and includes four top 10 Rock tracks "Maybe", "Odd One",
"You're Going Down", and their latest "Riptide" which has steered the way to
appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Lopez Tonight.
To this date Sick Puppies have shared stages with the likes of Nickelback,
Seether, Shindeown, Breaking Benjamin, Evanescence, Deftones, Velvet Revolver, and
many more. Together they've created a sound that reflects the past whirlwind years
spent in the rock and roll fast lane, on the grueling tour grind, honing their chops until
they are a finely tuned powerhouse ready to let loose with the anger, frustration and
triumphs.

Lit have just released their fifth studio album, The View From The Bottom on Megaforce Records, so it's natural to ask yourself, "Where has the band been?" But the answer to that question is particularly complicated, rife with stories and situations of triumph over tribulation. The answer is all in the new record's title.

No, it has nothing to do with Lit having slid off the face of the earth (and the charts) over the past eight or so years. In fact, through a number of heartbreaking challenges, the Fullerton, CA rock band, comprised of bros, singer A. Jay Popoff, guitarist/singer Jeremy Popoff, and lifelong friends, bassist/singer Kevin Baldes and drummer Allen Shellenberger, would remain active. Even vital.
As if it needs to be said, the group, had seen significant success with their second album A Place in the Sun (1999) which spawned 3 uber hit singles: "Miserable," which went to #3 on the Modern Rock Tracks, and whose video featured the flaxen voluptitude of Pamela Anderson; "Zip-Lock," and "My Own Worst Enemy" (which held the number one position on the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart for three months, and received a Billboard Music Award for the biggest modern rock song of 1999). The song has actually sold over 650,000 downloads to date, which is no small feat considering that it was released before the advent of that technology.
Most of Lit's salad days were spent on the road. They rocked Woodstock 1999 and supported the Offspring, No Doubt and Garbage, spanning the globe and clocking in close to 500 shows between 1999 and 2000 (They were also seen all over television on MTV Spring Break, Cribs, TRL, Leno, Conan and more). And riding on its heels, A Place In The Sun's 2001 follow-up Atomic boasted yet another Top Ten single for the band, "Lipstick And Bruises," and a support tour with Kid Rock.
After a very short breather, Lit would again, hit the road in 2003, this time, with a more intimate club tour to support the release of their fourth, self-titled LP, released in 2004, post a bold move to an indie label. A long-form live performance DVD release, All Access would follow later that year, and concurrently, Jeremy would give the band's hometown of Fullerton, CA a new watering hole, the Slidebar, which fast became a top Orange County hang.
Then, in a tragic turnabout of fortune, A. Jay and Jeremy's stepfather was killed and their mother seriously injured when they were involved in a motorcycle accident with a drunk driver on the Ortega Highway near their home in Lake Elsinore. The tragedy would make it extremely difficult for the band to weather the work but despite it all, they would continue to write and play shows. In July of 2008, the band had been called to support Kiss on a European tour but just days before the first date, misfortune befell the group again when Shellenberger was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Just over a year later, the illness would take his life.
Spirits left in ruins, still A. Jay, Jeremy and Kevin found the wherewithal to make the music. Initially, the group still felt unable to pen songs for a new disc. Slowly, without forcing it, the group began writing. "It took those traumatic things to slowly start pulling us back together as a unit," says A. Jay.
With the help of a new drummer/old friend, in fact Shellenberger's drum tech, Nathan Walker and guitarist/keyboardist Ryan Gillmor, Lit suddenly found themselves with a pile of new material. The inspiration had struck and during various writing sessions throughout 2010 and 2011 The group began to construct their first new tracks in many years. "We're ready as a band to get out there again," A. Jay says. "We have the right guys now and our band is more focused than it's ever been, maybe because we've learned so much in the process."

The group headed into the studio in late 2011 with Butch Walker, who had recently helmed records by Panic! At The Disco, Avril Lavigne and Weezer, (along writing credits on countless hits), armed with a selection of these new songs and, for the first time ever, demos. Whereas in the past Lit had written just enough tracks for an album, on this album the band was prepared with way more tracks than appear on The View From The Bottom. The majority of the disc was tracked live on two-inch tape in order to capture a "very organic and real" feeling in the recordings. The process felt natural, like the time to make a follow-up to Lit was finally the right time.

"We were thrilled and excited to be able to finally make a record with Butch," Jeremy says of the recording process. "It was such a blast. It was a very fast, organic process- completely drama free. It was all about fun and making the best music we could make. Just really enjoying the process, which we now have the luxury of doing. It was just the way it should be making a record."

The resulting album is impassioned and alive, a collection of solidly catchy rock songs that reverberate with inspiration.

Mixed by Joe Zook (Katy Perry, The Hives, One Republic, Pink) The View From The Bottom tangibly tells the story of Lit's in between days. The tracks, which veer from upbeat rocker to pensive ballad, narrate the story of the musicians' experiences over the past ten years, encompassing both their individual and collective histories. Allen's death is threaded throughout the album, coloring the songwriting on tracks like "The Wall," a number based around a photograph of the band taken at his last show. "The picture's in my living room," Jeremy notes. "We took the picture off the wall and took it into the yard when we were writing and the lyric is 'There's more behind that picture than the wall.' It represents an important growth as songwriters. I'm really proud of that one."
Other standout tracks include, "The Broken" and most poignantly, "Here's To Us," but the new record is not without its lighter, Big Rock Moments- reference the absolutely monolithic kick-starter, "C'mon" and the equally tremendous "You Tonight," co-written by Marti Frederiksen whose collabs include Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne, Mick Jagger, and Carrie Underwood among others, not to mention the glam stomper, "Same Shit, Different Drink," (co-written with Walker).
Ultimately, The View From the Bottom is inherently a Lit album, driven by propulsive tracks intended to make the listener let go and have a good time. It reflects two sides of the same spectrum, offering a balanced, diverse listening experience that finds cohesiveness in both its tone and songwriting prowess.

"Part of us wanted to touch on the stuff that we'd been through and there was another part of us that just wanted to get back to the idea of having fun and being excited to play live," Jeremy says of that dichotomy. "I think there was also an element of wanting to make music we felt like was missing from the radio right now. Which is exactly how we felt 12 years ago when we were writing A Place In the Sun."

Now, Lit has succeeded in re-exciting their longtime fans and have even won over new ones with some extensive touring since the release of View From The Bottom, including a triumphant stint on the Summerland tour this past summer as well their fall run with Buckcherry and Saving Abel.
And for more information about Lit, please visit: http://www.litband.com

The SoCal alt-metal foursome Alien Ant Farm formed in 1996 with the raging singer/songwriter Dryden Mitchell, guitarist Terry Corso, bassist Tye Zamora, and drummer Mike Cosgrove. All were bored with their day jobs and sought something else to break them from corporate norms. Music allowed them to freely express themselves, and a friendship was born. They independently released their quirky debut, Greatest Hits, toward the end of the '90s and soon enough noise surrounded the band. It won the award for Best Independent Album at the 1999 L.A. Music Awards and Alien Ant Farm found themselves striking a deal with Papa Roach's New Noize, which is partners with DreamWorks.

Two years later they made their major-label introduction with ANThology, issued in March 2001. Debut single "Smooth Criminal" was a funky metal mix of Michael Jackson's original song, and pop kids of the TRL generation loved it. The song hit number one on the modern rock charts, and the album eventually went platinum. A year later, between tours of Europe, the band was back in the studio recording new music. Their new song "Bug Bites" was featured in the Tobey Maguire flick Spiderman in May 2002. But while traveling in Spain to a gig in Portugal that same month, the band's bus collided with a truck, killing their driver, Christopher Holland. The band and crew members suffered various injuries as well, most seriously Mitchell, who fractured his C2 vertebra. Thankfully, he came out of surgery able to walk, though suffered some nerve damage and a slight loss of motion.

Committed to getting back to work and pushing the incident aside, Alien Ant Farm hit the studio to record their follow-up record. truANT was issued in May 2003, right as Dreamworks was dissolving as a label. As a result, the album barely made a splash on the U.S. charts, though the single "These Days" managed to crack the Top 30. Guitarist Corso subsequently exited the group and was replaced by Joe Hill. Zamora next left for college after recording of the band's fourth effort wrapped. Up in the Attic appeared in July 2006 on New Door Records, as hardcore vet Alex Barreto (Chain of Strength, Inside Out) entered on bass. Alien Ant Farm simultaneously released the DVD BUSted, which included music videos, live footage, and a candid documentary. ~ MacKenzie Wilson, All Music Guide

Trapt is an alternative band from Los Gatos, California. The band formed in 1995, after meeting in high school, with members: Chris Taylor Brown (vocalist), Simon Ormandy (guitarist), Peter Charrell (bassist) and David Stege (drummer) and recorded the albums 'Amalgamation' and 'Glimpse' to sell at local shows. After several rehearsal absences and negative feedback the band decided to let David go. While attempting to find a suitable replacement, the band signed to Warner Bros. Records and began recording their debut self-titled album. The band enlisted Robin Diaz, to perform drums on the record, and in turn Robin, helped the band find their permanent drummer, Aaron Montgomery.

On November 22nd, 2002, the band released Trapt, along with the single "Headstrong". "Headstrong" became a fantastic hit, reaching #1 on alternative charts and #16 on pop. Follow-up singles "Still Frame" and "Echo" (with a video featuring Michelle Trachtenberg) did respectably, although they never reached the heights of "Headstrong". "Headstrong" became the official theme song of WWE Bad Blood for June 2003. Trapt eventually hit platinum. After more than one year an EP followed on March 30th, 2004, that included a new song called "Promise" along with live versions of "Made Of Glass" and "Echo".

On September 13th, 2005, the band released their sophomore album "Someone In Control" along with the single "Stand Up". "Stand Up" failed to do as well as any of their previous singles, although it still made an excellent run on active rock stations. "Waiting" and "Disconnected (Out Of Touch)", were also released as singles, and have yet to repeat the success of any of Trapt's self-titled radio hits. The band spent the first half of 2006 co-headlining with Shinedown as part of the Equinox Tour.

A live album was released in September, 2007, containing live tracks from both previous albums with new studio tracks "Stay Alive" and "Everything to Lose".

Trapt hit the studio in July 2007 to begin recording their 3rd album, which was released on 5th August 2008 named "Only Through the Pain…".

Trapt announced in late fall/early winter 2009 they were working on a new album for summer or fall release in 2010. On July 20, 2010, Trapt released their first single "Sound Off," for the upcoming album "No Apologies," due out in stores October 12, 2010. Updates, along with an EPK, for the upcoming album is available on their Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube (official trapt) accounts.

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Indypendence Day Street Fest 2013 - Concert for Cancer with Puddle Of Mudd, Hoobastank, Sick Puppies, Lit, Alien Ant Farm, Trapt

Thursday, July 4 · 2:00 PM at Georgia Street