101.1 WJRR's Earthday Birthday 25 will take place on Saturday, April 21st, 2018, at the Central Florida Fairgrounds featuring Shinedown, Three Days Grace, Seether, Starset, Fozzy, 10 Years, Powerman 5000 and more to be announced! ! This year's music festival marks the 25th anniversary of the show. Earthday Birthday is one of the largest locally-produced annual rock festivals in the state and draws upwards of 15,000 music lovers from around the globe! WJRR's Earthday Birthday festival will feature 3 stages of music including the JRR Unplugged Acoustic Stage and Chill Zone, special VIP viewing areas, plus other attractions including The Mel's Bad Girls Club Art Walk and Charity Row featuring local artists and supporting Central Florida charities, the EDBD 25 Vendor Village, helicopter rides and more!
General Admission - $65
VIP - $165
Three Days Grace:
These rockers were born out of the post-grunge era in Ontario, Canada in the mid-90s. The band broke out big with their single, "I Hate Everything About You," in 2003 and have reigned atop the modern rock charts ever since. The guys are currently on tour, the Three Day Grace concert schedule includes more than twenty-four stops across North America throughout Summer, 2011.
Three Days Grace formed in 1992 while still in high school under the moniker "Groundswell." Lineup adjustments, a name change, and a move to Toronto, gave birth to the modern Three Days Grace. After years of performing at local bars, writing and recording material, and begging for a record deal, the band was finally noticed by the president of Jive Records who signed them in 2003. They moved to the States to record their self-titled debut which was released in 2004. Its lead off single, "I Hate Everything About You," received heavy radio airplay and has become the band's signature hit. Though the album only peaked at #69 on the Billboard 200, it managed to sell a million copies; Not bad for a debut album from a hard-rock band. Three Days Grace tour dates had the guys on the road for nearly two years to support the album and develop a following.
This constant touring and sudden fame took its toll on the band. Lead singer, Adam Gontier, developed an addition to prescription medication and voluntarily checked himself into a rehab facility. The experience was emotionally charged and had an effect on the band's recordings. Following his stint at rehab, the band relocated to a cottage in their native Ontario to write, record, and experiment with new sounds for their sophomore album. The album produced songs that described the emotional and physical pain of addiction. The set, "One-X," released the singles "Pain," and "Never Too Late," and hit stores in 2006. The album peaked at #5 on the Billboard 200 and was certified platinum by the RIAA. Three Days Grace concert dates included a co-headlining tour with Seether and Breaking Benjamin during 2007.
The band went on hiatus before returning to the studio in 2009 to record their third album, "Life Starts Now." The album signaled a new lyrical direction for the band and featured a lighter, more mature side. The title is derived from the band's belief in the human will and ability to evolve in the face of crippling challenges. The positivity paid off, and the album debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 becoming their highest charting album to date. It was released in 2009 and was nominated for Best Rock Album at the 2010 Juno Awards. Three Days Grace tour dates were booked on several high profile concert outings. They embarked on a headlining Canadian tour in 2009 followed by a co-headlining US tour with Breaking Benjamin and Flyleaf in early 2010. Three Days Grace tour dates were scheduled at several festivals including Rocklahoma 2010 and the Pointfest tour in St. Louis. They finished out 2010 as the opening act for Nickelback on their Dark Horse Fall 2010 Tour. The Three Days Grace 2011 concert schedule includes a spring tour with Avenged Sevenfold and a headlining gig at Carolina Rebellion. Check out these metal rockers when they come to your area. Use Eventful as your source for information on Three Days Grace concert schedule and venue information.
On their sixth full-length album Isolate and Medicate, multi-platinum alternative rock trio Seether – Shaun Morgan [vocals, guitar], Dale Stewart [bass, backing vocals], and John Humphrey [drums] – strip their trademark melodic thrash to its core and deliver the most poignant, passionate, and powerful record of their illustrious career. With rigorous minimalism and maturity, chief songwriter Shaun Morgan – long one of rock’s most unheralded melodists, has become a composer of deep emotion and clear-eyed vulnerability. The band too has developed into one of rock’s most fearsome units, playing with precision, grit and authority, yet still light on their feet. After 15+ years of hardscrabble success, it’s evident that Seether felt like survival was not enough. They had something to prove with this new album – somewhere farther to go.
One reason for the new approach must surely be Seether’s close partnership with ace producer Brendan O’Brien (Springsteen, Pearl Jam). More like a member of the band than a hired gun, O’Brien repeatedly championed Morgan as one of music’s most gifted songwriters and vocalists and Seether as one of rock’s most extraordinary bands. His unrelenting faith in their talent and potential has been something of a North Star for Seether, helping them struggle through and outlast some very dark times.
Recognizing that he needed to limit distractions, in early 2013 Morgan went about constructing a refuge in his New Hampshire home – a space where these new songs could develop and take shape. “I actually built a room that I could write in,” he recalls. “I personally pulled out the carpet, put in wood flooring, decorated, and painted. After getting off the road, it was a process of preparation to get the environment just right. I made a place that I felt comfortable and creative in. I was able to be safe and isolated, concentrating on writing music instead of dealing with the distractions that come with daily life.”
Lyrically, Morgan has never been afraid to look his demons in the eye. The people in these songs confront the truth with simmering rage; it’s the fuel they need to make them feel alive. “The whole record is a collection of diary entries,” Morgan revealed. “It’s just where I’m at and what I’m going through. I’m writing songs about getting through whatever situations I’m in at the time. These songs deal with relationships and life situations.”
Morgan emerged with a collection of fleshed-out ideas that the musicians honed during rehearsals together in drummer John Humphrey’s native Oklahoma. By the time they assembled with O’Brien to record the album at Hollywood’s Henson Studios in January 2014, their vision had clearly come into focus.
“It felt so natural,” explains Humphrey. “When we get together, there’s an indescribable chemistry. That’s all over this album. The three of us can jam together and finish a song pretty quickly. We were really focused. These guys are my second family. We’re tight musically and otherwise.”
The band cut the entire album in sixteen days. The swift recording pace did not allow them to smother the tracks with overproduction, but rather gave the songs a chance to breathe. On working with O’Brien, bassist Dale Stewart enthused, “He’s like a fourth band member at this point. We understand each other. He likes to get in there and work quickly and he encourages us to be ourselves. We often followed our first instinct. That allowed us to capture the moment.”
The album opener, “See You At The Bottom,” quickly locks in with brutal force as Morgan’s Beatles-meets-Nirvana wail comes screaming out of the speakers. From there, the album never lets up.
Gnashing riffs underpin another infectious chorus on the virulent first single, “Words As Weapons.” Morgan’s remarkable ear for indelible melodies is truly the band’s secret weapon. It’s what makes Isolate and Medicate so damn listenable. Morgan makes unrelenting despair a fun listen.
“Same Damn Life” – a boiling rejection of suburban sprawl juxtaposed against Morgan’s surgery falsetto – is a pop metal surprise. “I always felt like there was something there,” Morgan said of the song. “It started from a riff and went into a vocal idea. I’m a big fan of The Beatles. It’s fun to do something with that pop element. Those are the songs that stick with you.”
The album’s centerpiece, “Crash,” is quite possibly the most beautiful song Seether has ever recorded. Gorgeous vocal lines and warm, fuzzed-out guitars cascading into pulsating wall-of-sound atmospherics mark an undeniable creative peak for the band. “It’s different from what we’ve done in the past and that excited all of us,” Stewart says. “It doesn’t follow the stereotypical formula. It’s pretty. It’s heavy. It’s emotional and deep.”
Another reason for the band’s fresh outlook is the strong support and enthusiasm they feel from new label partners The Bicycle Music Company/Concord Music Group. The brothers-in-arms feel was galvanized with their new team. “In one of our first meetings with the label, we played everybody five or six completed songs,” Morgan remembers. “This marked the first time anybody outside of the band and Brendan listened to it. Afterwards, everybody was really excited and happy. Seeing the level of enthusiasm was great. That felt like the moment everything came together. It was a rebirth, in a sense.”
Seether has worked tirelessly to reach this point. The hard rocking outfit originally from Pretoria, South Africa has now released eight albums in all, two of which have gone Platinum and two more that are certified Gold along with a live concert DVD that has sold over 500,000 units – for total worldwide sales in excess of 4.5 million. The consistent hit makers have quietly amassed eleven #1 singles and seventeen Top 5 multi-format hits resulting in singles sales that top seven million – a level of success few artists working today can match. Seether has averaged 120 performances a year, crisscrossing the globe, emerging into headlining mainstays and featured performers on many of the world’s biggest rock festivals.
Isolate and Medicate will undoubtedly resonate deeply with the group’s fiercely loyal fans. “I hope everybody can feel this,” concludes Humphrey. “It’s a special album for us, and we put everything we had into it.”
Morgan completes the sentiment, “I want them to walk away having enjoyed the music. I want them to get the same emotional sense and happiness we feel listening to it. It’s so important and tied to memories we’ve all had. When somebody listens, it’ll hopefully make them feel good. They will know they’re not alone. That’s the reason we do it.”
Melodic hard rockers Shinedown hail from Jacksonville, Florida and feature vocalist Brent Smith, guitarist Jasin Todd, bassist Brad Stewart and drummer Barry Kerch. Snapped up by Atlantic Records during the early ‘00's flurry of post-Creed and Nickelback signings, the group released their debut album Leave a Whisper in 2003. Whisper ended up doing quite well for the band, aided by its single "Fly from the Inside." Shinedown also supported it with a heroic slate of live shows, remaining on tour for most of 2004. The following year the band issued a live album documenting those shows, then returned in October 2005 with their sophomore effort Us and Them.
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The saga and legend of Fozzy began in 1999 in the backstage area at the Alamodome in San Antonio at a WCW show...that was the day that Chris Jericho met Rich Ward of Stuck Mojo. Starting off as cover band and playing classics from the likes of Judas Priest and Iron Maiden, Fozzy released their debut album in 2000, simply entitled Fozzy.
As the success of the band grew, 2002 saw the release of Happenstance which featured original tracks such as To Kill A Stranger and With The Fire. With these proving to be more popular than the cover songs at their live shows, the band decided to pursue a different direction and release an album of completely new material.
This album was two years in the making and in January 2005, All That Remains was released with a full touring schedule to support it. Their immense popularity in the UK have seen them sell out every show they've played there - including the London Astoria. They were also asked to perform at Donington's Download Festival and their popularity has risen so much that have returned to the UK on five separate occasions, culminating in over 40 gigs in the last year. In between all of this, they played shows in Germany, Ireland and had a tour of Australia last September before heading back home to play the US and Canada.
If you thought this past year was eventful.... then you ain't seen nothin' yet!!