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2017 Bud Light River City Rockfest

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May 27, 2017 – 11:00 AM

One AT&T Center Pkwy
San Antonio, TX 78219 Map

  • Def Leppard
  • The Offspring
  • The Pretty Reckless
  • Three Days Grace
  • Godsmack
  • Papa Roach
  • Taking Back Sunday
  • Black Stone Cherry
  • Buckcherry
  • In Flames
  • Badflower
  • FOZZY
  • Kyng

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Def Leppard: After releasing two albums in the early eighties to mediocre sales, this English metal band hit rock stardom with the release of their third album, Pyromania, in 1983. In total, the band has released two diamond certified albums, countless singles, and headlined over a dozen tours. Along the way, the band suffered through tragedy, fluctuations in success, deadly battles with addiction, and several line-up changes. They have however, endured, and Def Leppard tour dates are scheduled internationally this spring and summer 2011.

The Sheffield, England natives formed in the late seventies and are considered the forerunners of New Wave British Heavy Metal. Through their strenuous touring efforts and energetic metal shows, Def Leppard were able to secure a major label contract with Mercury Records. Their debut album, On Through the Night, was released in 1980 to mediocre sales. However, Def Leppard were able to book tour dates at the Reading Festival and were the supporting act for AC/DC and Ted Nugent. Their touring attracted the attention of famed record producer, Mutt Lange, who produced their second album, High 'n' Dry in 1981. In spite of their talent and Lange's fame, this album also had tepid sales. Not to be outdone, the Def Leppard concert schedule saw the band opening for Ozzy, and they continued to cultivate a hard rock following throughout their prolific touring. Due to excessive drinking, the band was forced to fire their lead guitarist and replace him with Phil Collen. Sadly, this wouldn't be the only alcohol/drug related issue that the band would face.

In the end, 1983 proved to be the big year for Def Leppard. Their third album, Pyromania, was again produced by Mutt Lange and released in January. Their hard rock image and catchy songs translated well through videos, and Def Leppard band found themselves in heavy rotation on MTV. Pyromania spawned hit after hit, including "Photograph" and "Rock of Ages," and was certified diamond by the RIAA. The Def Leppard concert schedule included a major headlining tour and to top it all off, they were voted as 1984's favorite touring rock band in a Gallup poll.

Under pressure to record a hit follow-up, Def Leppard relocated to Ireland to craft the sequel entitled Hysteria. Tragedy struck later that year when drummer Rick Allen was involved in a car accident that severed his left arm. Undeterred, the bandmates decided that he would stay on as drummer with Allen finding alternate ways to keep the drums beating. After a four year recording session, Hysteria, was released in 1987 and was also certified diamond by the RIAA. The album would go on to produce seven singles on the Billboard Hot 100, and also featured the crowd favorite, "Pour Some Sugar on Me." Def Leppard booked a worldwide tour entitled "Adrenalize," which had the band on the road internationally for fifteen consecutive months.

Upon returning from the road, Def Leppard quickly hit the studio, only to encounter more setbacks and tragedy. Due to his continued dependence on alcohol, guitarist Steve Clark was granted a leave of absence from the band to get sober. Clark was later found dead in his London home in 1991 after consuming a lethal amount of drugs and alcohol. The tragedy left the bandmates shaken; however, they continued to record their fifth album Adrenalize. It was released in 1992 and was instantly successful, hitting #1 on the Billboard 200. This was the band's last runaway commercial hit. The band has continued to release more material, a total of five albums, including the most recent, Songs from the Sparkle Lounge, which was released in 2008.

During the last decade, the band has continued to tour. Def Leppard has also received one of music's greatest accolades with their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. A testament to their longevity, Def Leppard tour dates 2011 have been announced, and the band will co-headline a tour with Heart this spring and summer. Headbangers and eighties rock fans alike, don't miss out on the chance to catch these living legends in your area: use Eventful as your source for Def Leppard tour dates and concert schedule updates through 2011 and beyond.

The Offspring: The Offspring were our favorite punk band of the 1990s and continued their successful run well into the new millennium. The screaming vocals of Dexter and the intense guitar riffs of Noodles made them rock gods during the golden age of KROQ and Southern California rock music. In their near quarter century as a band, the Offspring are still going strong and are currently on tour. Don't miss a date on the Offspring concert schedule 2011. Use Eventful as your source for The Offspring tour dates and concert tour information.

The Offspring was founded by high school classmates Dexter Holland and Greg Kriesel who met each other on their cross-country team. They decided to form a band when they were denied entrance into a Social Distortion concert. They hired Noodles, the school janitor, on lead guitar and released their first single "Ill Be Waiting" in 1987. The band continued to record even though Dexter was conducting research for a PhD in Molecular Biology at USC. The band was signed to an indie label deal with Nemesis Records and released their self-titled debut in 1989. While the record didn't take off, they scored huge buzz with their sophomore album, Ignition, released in 1992. The Offspring tour dates included a near two-year outing alongside punk rockers Pennywise and So-Cal favorite No Doubt. The Offspring, along with other So-Cal acts, were about to explode onto the Mainstream rock scene.

The Offspring released their breakthrough album and biggest hit to-date, Smash, in 1994. The album was a runaway hit and featured the singles "Self Esteem" and "Gotta Get Away" before selling over 16 million copies worldwide. The bandmates decided to start their own label, Nitro Records, and signed acts such as the Vandals and Guttermouth. The Offspring themselves then signed with major label Columbia Records and released Ixnay on the Hombre in 1996. While the album reached platinum status, it was considered a departure from Smash and sold only a fraction of the amount of records. The Offspring were not out of the count and returned with the multi-Platinum album Americana in 1998 which featured the hit "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)". They closed out the decade as one of the top rock acts of the '90s and continued to tour and record.

During the 2000s, the band released Conspiracy of One in 2000, Splinter in 2003, and Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace in 2008 all which were certified Gold or Platinum. The Offspring tour dates included a headlining stint on the Vans Warped Tour and a Europe and Japan wide tour in 2005. In 2008, The Offspring tour dates included a headlining stint alongside Incubus on the Soundwave Festival and they headlined the 19th annual KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas. The guys are currently in the studio recording their ninth album. In addition, an extensive Offspring concert schedule has been planned for 2011. The Offspring tour dates are booked on a national tour this summer and fall. The Offspring concert schedule 2011 also includes a headlining stint at the Reading and Leeds Festival in the UK. Use Eventful for more on Offspring tour dates and venue information!

The Pretty Reckless: Taylor Momsen, best known for her role as Jenny Humphrey on the CW's hit show "Gossip Girl" has decided to share her musical talents with the world.

Influences being rock/grunge bands (such as The Runaways, Hole, and Soundgarden) Momsen recruited her own band, wrote and recorded all the songs, and formed what we now know as The Pretty Reckless.

Watching her perform just one song is quite notably outstanding; so very comparable to Cherrie Currie or Courtney Love, you wouldn't believe the girl's only going into her junior year in high school.

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.

Godsmack: Godsmack came as a breath of fresh air to the world of heavy metal when they arrived on the scene in 1998. Godsmack's ferocious tour dates and hit albums featuring the deep growl of lead singer Sully Erna earned the band the reputation as one of the most popular heavy metal bands of the new millennium. Even Godsmack's latest album, The Oracle, has given the band their third #1 album in a row, showing off their staying power. This will also be displayed on Godsmack's North American tour dates in 2011, which are tearing through arenas this summer.

Sully Erna formed Godsmack in 1995 after becoming tired of drumming and wanting to take a stab at singing. Godsmack's self-titled debut album became a huge success, going platinum four times thanks largely to the hit single, "Whatever." Headlining and high profile tour dates quickly followed, including an appearance at Ozzfest and supporting Black Sabbath on their tour. Godsmack continued to score hits with their albums, including Faceless in 2003, which featured the Grammy-nominated songs "I Stand Alone" and "Straight Out of Line."

After four years without a release, Godsmack released The Oracle in 2010. The album was praised by fans and critics as a return to the band's signature sound displayed on their first album. The album has also reignited Godsmack's tenacity for touring, as the band has numerous tour dates in 2011. After finishing up headlining appearances on the Mayhem Festival on August 14, Godsmack will perform around North America where they will be supported by Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and Adrenaline Mob. Don't miss these 2011 tour dates as Godsmack shows the world they're still in their prime.

Papa Roach: In the small Northern California town of Vacaville, four high school friends, Jacoby Shaddix, Jerry Horton, Dave Buckner, and Will James, decided to start a band. In 1993, they became Papa Roach, a band whose influences included prominent Bay Area acts such as Faith No More and Primus. Papa Roach quickly rose to the top of the Vacaville music scene with their blending of hip-hop, groove-funk, and hardcore.

After a couple of years of playing coffeehouses, pizza joints, and keg-parties, they were headlining such places as the Cactus Club in San Jose, the Cattle Club in Sacramento, and the Berkeley Square in Berkeley. Due to the antics of unpredictable Shaddix, and the raw power supplied by the band in live performances, Papa Roach captured the attention of younger audiences. In turn, kids showed their appreciation for the band by faithfully attending all the band's shows. In these early years, Papa Roach was able to support the Deftones on two shows, and have bands such as Incubus, Snot, Far, Human Waste Project, Downset and Fu Manchu open for them.

In the summer of 1996, while realizing athat they had something special, Papa Roach decided to make changes necessary to reach the next level. First, the band replaced bass player Will James because his commitment to church summer camp that would have prevented the band from practicing and playing any shows over the summer. Papa Roach did not have to go far to find their new bass player. Tobin Esperance, who was only 16 years old and who had been a roadie for Papa Roach since age 13, readily became the new bass player. Second, the band hired a manager, Bret Bair, to help them with bookings, promotions, and merchandising. With a new bass player and management in place, Papa Roach decided to enter the studio to record a full-length CD.

"Old Friends From Young Years" was recorded for $700 at E.S.P. Studios in Pittsburg, California, and was subsequently released in February of 1997. The CD contains 13 tracks, including the songs "Orange Drive Palms", and "Liquid Diet". Without any push from the band or management, many smaller independent and college radio stations in Chico, Davis, San Jose, Sacramento, and the Bay Area added Papa Roach to their playlists. To the bands' surprise, Papa Roach charted number one as Cal-State Sacramento's most requested band for five consecutive weeks. Papa Roach celebrated the release of their first album with several CD release shows. The Vacaville CD release show was attended by 700 kids, while CD release shows in Berkeley and Sacramento were attended by 400 and 300 kids, respectively.

Papa Roach's emerging popularity did not escape the eyes and ears of promoters, who started booking the band as a support act on many larger national shows. In March of 1997, Papa Roach played main support to Suicidal Tendencies in front of 1,000 people in Sacramento. They also either headlined or supported many of today's up and coming acts in the aggressive rock genre, including Incubus, Snot, Far, Human Waste Project, (hed) p.e., Sevendust, WIll Haven and Powerman 5000. Papa Roach has also played Southern California on a frequent basis, and is now becoming a regular at such reknowned clubs as the Troubador in Hollywood, and Soma in San Diego.

In April 1998, Papa Roach released "5 Tracks Deep", and E.P. containing five songs which sold 1,000 copies within the first month after its release. This CD exemplifies the natural growth in musicianship and song-writing ability within band since "Old Friends From Young Years" was recorded 18 months earlier. The songs "Revenge in Japanese" is a perfect example of the Papa Roach trademark sound where hip-hop verses lead to a catchy radio-friendly chorus. This results in a song with both energy and emotion that will attract diverse crowds of people.

Taking Back Sunday: Taking Back Sunday was largely responsible for the mainstream post hardcore movement in the early 2000s. Their combination of hardcore and pop punk has produced hit records and generated engaging tour dates for nearly ten years, with no plans of stopping soon. Taking Back Sunday's eponymous album has just released and is already garnering some well deserved buzz. There is also lots of talk about the group's current tour dates in 2011 which extend until the end of summer.

Taking Back Sunday was formed in 1999 by Eddie Reyes, who had already been a pioneer in the hardcore scene in Long Island. After numerous tour dates with like-minded bands around New York, Taking Back Sunday signed with Victory Records and released their debut album, Tell All Your Friends, in 2002. The album contained a number of hit singles (including "Cute Without the 'E' (Cut from the Team)) that brought Taking Back Sunday their first taste of mainstream success. The band experienced even more success with Louder Now in 2006, which contained a lot of the energy audiences experience on tour dates and shot to the top of the Billboard charts.

Taking Back Sunday's latest self-titled album already has critics and fans talking, in particular the singles "Faith (When I Let You Down)" and "This Is All Now." The album has delighted fans (and the band's members) that were disappointed in their previous album, New Again. Part of fans' exuberance is the fact that the album was recorded using Taking Back Sunday's classic lineup of John Nolan, Adam Lazzara, Eddie Reyes, Shaun Cooper, and Mark O'Connell; the same lineup that recorded their first hit album, Tell All Your Friends.

Taking Back Sunday is celebrating their successful new album with ongoing tour dates in 2011, currently in the western United States as of late June. US concert dates in 2011 will visit many a House of Blues before heading to Ireland on August 21. Taking Back Sunday will visit the UK (including the Reading and Leeds Festival), Italy, and Germany before concluding their 2011 tour dates on September 7. For all of Taking Back Sunday's tour date information, just visit Eventful.

Black Stone Cherry: More than anything, the South is known for its music and its strong family ties. Both are highlighted with Black Stone Cherry, a Kentucky band that redefines southern rock for a modern audience. By any standard, BSC is unconventional: they take the larger-than-life mystique of classic rock and modernize it with a driving attack that is equal parts roots and modern hard rock. Few bands this young - none of the four members is older than 23, the youngest is 20 - sound this powerful or versatile. They're hard and heavy, but Black Stone Cherry is southern to the core, and they come by their love of music in genuine way: it's in their blood, and it's in their home.

BSC hails from Edmonton, a small town in south-central Kentucky that's in the middle of a dry (alcohol-prohibited) county, where there is very little to do. For many, including the members of BSC, music was their escape. And there was a lot of music around. "There's lots of great bluegrass and southern gospel groups which we all love," says Ben. Given all this music, it's no shock that the four members of BSC have a rich musical tradition in their own families, handed down from their grandparents, through their parents, to the band themselves. John Fred's father Richard is a founding member of the Grammy Award-winning Kentucky Headhunters, while Jon's Great-Uncle was a jazz drummer. Chris received his first guitar from his grandfather, who built instruments by hand, and learned his first chords from his dad. And it wasn't just their family that encouraged them to play: whenever Chris got into trouble at school, he wound up in the principal's office, jamming with the principal himself.

Surrounded by music and support down in Edmonton, Black Stone Cherry was able develop far away from the mainstream. "When you're from an area where you don't have the competition to be playing the same kind of music, you create your own style of music," explains John Fred. Robertson agrees: "being down here, in the middle of nowhere, you kind of have to come up with your own thing just to entertain yourself." Chris and John Fred began playing together while they were still teenagers in high school, with Jon and Ben joining them soon afterward, officially forming on June 4, 2001. Black Stone Cherry took over a century-old practice house that had been the territory of the Kentucky Headhunters since 1968 and rehearsed relentlessly. There was a special vibe in that practice house that emanated from the walls plastered with decades of rock memorabilia - posters, flyers, album covers. "We grew up looking at these posters and visualizing ourselves being on kids bedrooms," explains John Fred. "It pushed us to try to create something up to that level."

While there are echoes of the past in their music - their fluid musicality recalls Zeppelin and they have an honesty often associated with bands like Skynyrd and the Black Crowes - it merely acts as a foundation for their music. Black Stone Cherry is a full-throttle modern rock band, with guitars that rage and a shuddering rhythmic attack. They sound as earthy and raw as Soundgarden, as heavy and fun as AC/DC, yet there's a higher level of musicianship to their performances and songwriting that makes them like no one else. They can grind out an intense, bluesy riff that's equal parts Guns N Roses and Alice In Chains on "Lonely Train," a gripping song about how war effects the families left behind when a soldier goes off to war. There's an intensity to "Lonely Train" that cuts to the bone. They also can conjure up spooky, cinematic drama as they do on "Rain Wizard," a tune based on a local legend about mysterious wisemen that could bring about rain at a time of drought and famine. And with the rampaging "Backwoods Gold," BSC proves they're master storytellers, too, with a tale about a local man who ran moonshine out of the hardware store in the heart of town. This variety is unusual in a young band, and John Fred says that was the intention: "We wanted to dig deep into the well and pull something out that was totally different from what was going on. We wanted to make music that people could really latch onto - something that was still totally different from what was going on today but reminded people of the great rock icons of yesteryear."

That's what happened in Edmonton - everybody from eight to eighty embraced Black Stone Cherry. "People heard about these kids taking over these old-time music clubs and we turned them into rock & roll parties," remembers Ben. Soon, there wasn't a soul in town who didn't love the band. Once recording was finished, the band played a homecoming concert, and 1500 people packed into the local middle school gym - the same school where Chris used to jam away with the principal. It was that principal who invited the group back for a concert to celebrate their debut album on In De Goot/Roadrunner Records. Pulling into town, the roads were covered with signs welcoming the band back home - even the digital construction signs hailed their return, trumpeting "BSC TONIGHT at the Middle School" - a sure sign of how beloved this band is in Edmonton.

Now, with their debut album about to be released, America at large will soon love Black Stone Cherry too. Appropriately, the debut was recorded at home in Kentucky, with friends and family: John Fred's father along with engineer wiz David Barrick produced the album. Kevin Shirley of Aerosmith's "Nine Lives" and Led Zeppelin's "How the West was Won", mixed the record at the Palm's Studio in Las Vegas, Nevada. Chris says, "We went in and recorded it like they did in the old days. It's really human, it's not robotic or anything." "It's all about the groove," says Jon, the way it makes people move." This album captures the kinetic energy and force of the band's live show and it is proof that Black Stone Cherry are true southern originals. Or as Ben puts it: "We're a straight-ahead, in-your-face rock & roll band that tells the truth and sometimes stretches it beyond the imagination."

Buckcherry: Buckcherry rocked 1999 with their hit "Lit Up" and toured with Lenny Kravitz on his Freedom Tour. After breaking up in the early 2000s, they remerged with a Platinum album in 2006 and followed up with two top-ten albums on the BIllboard 200. With Josh Todd's screeching vocals and Keith Nelson's hard-hitting guitar riffs, the members of Buckcherry have become heavy metal gods. Buckcherry tour dates have been scheduled nationally to promote their latest release, All Night Long. Don't miss a date on the Buckcherry concert schedule (2011); Use Eventful as your source for Buckcherry tour dates and venue information.

After their self-titled 1999 debut went Gold, they released their critically panned album, Time Bomb, in 2001. Buckcherry tour dates were booked on the opening stage for ACDC's spring 2000 tour and they subsequently disbanded. They reunited in 2005 to release their commercially successful album, 15, which featured their first top ten hit - "Sorry". Buckcherry toured with Motley Crue in 2008 on Crue Fest along with rockers Papa Roach. They released their first top ten album, Black Butterfly and they toured with Kiss in 2009.

Buckcherry released their most recent album, All Night Long, in 2010 which debuted at #10 on the Billboard 200. Buckcherry toured with Hellyeah and All That Remains on the Jagermeister Music Tour throughout Spring, 2011. A scaled down Buckcherry headlining tour is currently scheduled throughout the US this 2011. The Buckcherry bandmates are the bad boys of metal and true living rockstars. Don't miss a date on the Buckcherry concert schedule (2011); Use Eventful for Buckcherry tour dates and concert performance info.

In Flames: Metal band from Gothenburg Sweden. Latest CD in stores is Come Clarity.

FOZZY: 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!!

Kyng: KYNG the southern California hard rock trio, originated in January of 2008 in Los Angeles. Singer/songwriter Eddie Veliz bassist, Tony Castaneda and drummer Pepe Clarke Magana, after years of working off and on with each other on various projects, decided to propagate the idea of a band that would closer fulfill their musical desires. Within months of sessioning the three were sold on the chemistr...y and shortly after that went into the studio to record their debut album. The sound they realized was exactly what they had sought after, a unique and universally appealing combination of heavy and captivating concepts, channeling influences from black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin to the Foo Fighters and Queens of the Stone Age. "We wanted a band that could stand alongside anything in the scene, have the ability to crossover seamlessly and still bridge who we are.” KYNG’s versatile approach of a sweet devastation bleeds from an artistic drive toward a momentum described as "California Heavy". Their evolution will undoubtedly blaze a trail that redefines what is expected and defines the giants they will become. Their first album, Trampled Sun, on REALID Records is set to hit the streets of the US and the World Wide Web September 27 while their first two singles, Falling Down and Trails in Veins, both mixed by Mike Watts (Adelita’s Way, Hopesfall, Quicksand, Brand New), are set to take over the airwaves and online channels mid July and will be available at iTunes July 26th. The digital deluxe of Trampled Sun will contain 15 tracks exemplifying the bands great range and how much music KYNG has to offer the planet earth. The Los Angeles based trio, hailing from LA and parts of Mexico, is as unique in spirit as their sound. Reminiscent at times of the metal and hard rock of the late 1970’s in style and musical collection, with a presentation that is totally heavy, classic and modern-day all at once, they are sure to refresh the Active Rock and Metal landscapes of today and tomorrow. As drummer Pepe Clarke Magaña puts it, “I think we’re doing stuff, or a combination of stuff that has been done before, in a way it’s never been done before.” Their sound on Trampled Sun easily provokes the question, “Is that really just 3 dudes?” The pipes on Eddie Veliz reminiscent of Cornell is his early days, the thunder brought by Pepe Clarke Magaña on the drums and the rolling rhythms brought by bassist Tony Castañeda have KYNG meant for great things. Completing dates with The Sword, KYNG is currently out with Black Stone Cherry and Pop Evil and plan on touring forever as the road is the life’s blood of any young hard rock band looking to take over the world. In the land of pigs, the butcher is KYNG.