Panic Room launch PledgeMusic campaign for live DVD

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Panic Room have launched a PledgeMusic campaign to help fund their live DVD.

The band are planning to record their London show at Islington Assembly Hall on the 18th of June, and in order to fully document the event and release the subsequent DVD are looking to raise £25,000.

Say Panic Room of the campaign: “We’ve released five albums now and been touring for eight years. But there’s still one thing we haven’t done – filmed a live DVD. So that’s exactly what we’re going to do this summer.

“We’re a bunch of perfectionists, and we never want to give you anything but our best. But now in 2016, everything has fallen into place perfectly and the band are on fire right now.

“We’ve booked the Islington Assembly Hall in London – a Grade II Listed building with gorgeous Art Deco features, which we know will make an incredible backdrop for the Panic Room live DVD.

“It’s the perfect summer night gig – and we need all of you guys there to fill the hall and make it the most epic gig ever.”

Panic Room are offering those who pledge a range of incentives including signed DVDs, deluxe editions of the film, t-shirts, disposable “Panic-Cams”, photo books and exclusive behind-the-scenes updates. You can find out more and make your pledge via Panic Room’s official PledgeMusic campaign page.

Panic Room have several other live dates planned over the summer:

May 21st: Bilston, Panic Room Weekend
May 22nd: Bilston, Panic Room Weekend
Jun 11th: Poole, Mr Kyps
Jun 12th: Cambridge, Junction 2
Jun 18th: London, Islington Assembly Hall
Jun 23rd: Bristol, The Fleece
Jun 24th: Worcester, Marr’s Bar
Jun 25th: St Helens, The Citadel

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Maiden and Sabbath men back change to ticket sales laws

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Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi and Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood have backed a campaign to change laws relating to secondary ticket sales in the UK.

PutFansFirst.co.uk has been created with support from the All Party Parliamentary Group For Ticket Abuse, whose members believe that the music industry needs support to fight ticket touts and botnets that buy up vast amounts of concert tickets and then sell them at massively inflated prices.

Amendments to the Consumer Rights Bill that were intended to help stop the practice were scrapped recently after they were defeated by a vote of MPs in the House Of Commons.

However Mike Weatherley MP, co-chairman of the All Party Group, wants to organise vocal support from fans and musicians to make clear to legislators how they feel about the current state of the secondary sales market.

Speaking to TeamRock, Weatherley said: “Our creative industries generate more than £36bn and employ 1.5m people. For success to continue it’s necessary to ensure that artists and fans get a fair deal.

“Society has moved on from a few touts outside venues selling tickets at marked-up prices. The new issue is botnets, which buy up tens of thousands of tickets seconds after they’ve gone on sale, so genuine fans are unable to buy at source prices.”

“Let’s say a fan has £200 to spend on live music. If they have to pay the whole lot to go to one event, rather than go to four at £50, then there’s going to be a quarter as many events being promoted.

“Income to venues and artists does go down directly as a result of these inflated ticket prices. We should all be concerned by this in the long term.”

Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood recently commented: “Secondary ticketing excesses are a blight on live music events. Many major music managers, artists, agents and promoters have long been calling for government intervention and legislation. It would be easy – as some bands and organisations do – to jump on the gravy train and create large extra income streams at the expense of their fans. But they don’t. Why? Because they consider it cynical, long term counter-productive and immoral.”

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi lent his support saying: “If you agree that fans should be able to sell tickets that they can’t use but not allow this to be exploited for commercial gain, here is the link.”

The Put Fans First campaign has also received support from other bodies such as the Featured Artists Coalition, The Agency Group and sporting bodies the ECB, the RFU and the Sport & Recreation Alliance.

Mike Weatherley concludes: “We would like to create as much pressure from fans and providers of live events, supporting a change in the law on secondary ticketing – especially through members of the public writing to their MPs. This would be a hugely helpful step in persuading MPs that this is an issue that needs addressing.”

The campaign has also set up a Facebook page that you can find here.

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Billy Bragg campaign to lift prison ban successful

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A campaign led by Billy Bragg has successfully seen prisoners in British jails be allowed to use steel stringed guitars.

Musicians such as Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien and Philip Selway, Elbow’s Guy Garvey, Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour and Johnny Marr also supported the campaign to overturn the ban.

Bragg, who founded the Jail Guitar Doors rehabilitation initiative said: “As an incentive to engage in rehabilitation individual access to steel strung guitars can really help the atmosphere on a prison wing. I’ve had a number of projects involving guitars on hold which now will be able to go ahead, and will allow those using music in prisons to get on with this important work.”

In a letter published in The Guardian earlier this year 12 musicians, whose number also included Richard Hawley, argued that “music has an important role to play in engaging prisoners in the process of rehabilitation” and that this was being undermined if inmates were not allowed to practice.

The campaign was also led by Cardiff West MP Kevin Brennan, who commented: “This is a victory for common sense and I’m pleased after months of campaigning the UK Government has listened. The power of music to help prisoners to rehabilitate is well documented. I started the campaign after prisoners wrote to me explaining how they had saved from their small prison wages to buy guitars and how therapeutic learning to play the guitar had been for them before the ban.”

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Metal supergroup launches crowdfunding campaign

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Project Rogue campaign artwork

Hold the horses! Stop the press! What the hell is all this then?!

A veritable feast of metal music stars, including members of System Of A Down and Fear Factory, have launched one of the most ambitious music-related crowdfunding campaigns ever seen.

Under the band name Project Rogue, the campaign aims to raise $70,000 (£40,000) to create an album called Titans, that will feature performances from Lamb Of God’s Chris Adler, Napalm Death’s Mitch Harris, Cannibal Corpse’s Rob Barrett, alongside Paul Masdival from Cynic.

System Of A Down bass player Shavo Odadjian and Fear Factory’s founding drummer Raymond Herrera are also involved, alongside various established and up-and-coming metal musicians.

Designated Project Rogue leader Herrera says: “Ive been looking into the crowdfunding aspect of the music industry and it’s been pretty interesting to see how people have taken to it. Something like this is very unique because it allows us to deal or work directly with the fans, where they actually invest or be involved in something that is direct with the artist.”

JD Schmidt of Nociceptor adds: “It’s awesome for a band to be able to seek out to a financial resource without having to sign their lives away to a bank to see a project through. And on the other side of the coin it’s great for fans to be a part of the music that they love in whatever way they can.”

“I was floored when they asked me to be a part of it. Deeply humbled and kind of overwhelmed. I think I peed a little bit.”

Odadjian describes crowdfunding as “the future” and says he will offer his bass playing skills as well as writing and arrangement to the songs.

Pat Lachman of Damageplan says he hopes the album will “scare the shit out of people.”

A host of funding options are available for investors, including a digital copy of the album priced at $10 (£6), up to $10,000 (£6,000), a level of contribution which will see your very own composition worked into the music of the album.

To find out more about the project, along with all the details of the levels of funding that are available, head on over to the Project Rogue IndieGoGo campaign page. The project has until the 8th of July to reach it’s target.

Watch the Project Rogue official campaign video below:

The result of metal masterminds, or a sizeable and grand folly? We’re hoping for the former and will be watching with anticipation. Let us know what you think about the news!

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Foo Fighters to play gig funded by crowdsource campaign

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As if he wasn’t already “The Nicest Man In Rock” (TM), Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters have now agreed to play a crowdsourced gig.

The band haven’t played a show in Richmond, Virgina for close to 16 years, so local resident Andrew Goldin started an online campaign to raise funds to book them.

The fundraising page reads: “It’s simple. The Foo Fighters haven’t played Richmond, Virginia since May 17, 1998. That’s more than 15 years ago and that’s way too long. So we’re taking it upon ourselves to bring ’em back!”. The ‘Help Bring The Foo Fighters Back To RVA’ campaign site is selling 1,400 tickets at $50 a ticket.

The band have now seemingly taken to Twitter to agree to play a show in the city, writing: “See ya soon”. However, a date has yet to be announced.

The new Foo Fighters album will be released this November. The album is currently untitled but was recorded in eight different studios in eight states across America. It will be accompanied by mini series Sonic Highways, broadcast on HBO, which will document the recording progress. Dave Grohl will operate as director on the project, following his Sound City documentary of 2013.

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