Hard Rock Rising Gives Aspiring Bands A Chance At Stardom

ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 7, 2013 – Hard Rock International continues its commitment to emerging musicians of tomorrow with this year’s Hard Rock Rising, the world’s largest and most far-reaching battle of the bands competition. Hard Rock Rising supports the musical careers of aspiring artists around the globe by giving one local band the opportunity of a lifetime – participate in a World Tour at Hard Rock Cafe locations, film a music video, record an album with Hard Rock Records and receive $10,000 in new gear.

Hard Rock is eager to uncover another pool of budding talent and provide them with an international stage to showcase their talents,” said John Kirkpatrick , Head of Music & Artist Relations, Hard Rock International. “More than 12,000 bands entered Hard Rock Rising and nearly one million votes were cast by fans around the globe in 2012 – we hope the continued success of this program will catapult an emerging band to success and introduce their sound to Hard Rock’s worldwide audience.” [more]

Hard Rock, in partnership with online music services company ReverbNation, will host an open registration for bands wishing to participate in the global battle from Monday, January 7, 2013, through Monday, January 21, 2013.  This will be the second year that Hard Rock has partnered with ReverbNation.

The influence of Hard Rock’s iconic brand – fused with ReverbNation’s extensive network of over 2.4 million artists in 250 countries worldwide – is a match made in rock and roll heaven,” said Mike Doernberg , CEO and Co-founder of ReverbNation. “We’re looking forward to once again helping to create breaks for aspiring artists around the globe.

To register, future rock stars can visit one of 96 participating Hard Rock Cafe Facebook pages. Following open registration, fans decide who moves on to the live performance phase of the program and can vote on any Hard Rock’s city-specific, Facebook page by downloading free tracks from bands of their choice. For full rules and a list of participating locations, visit www.hardrock.com.

After fans choose their favorites, participating Hard Rock Cafe locations around the world will host a series of live competitions featuring these local bands. One winner will be selected from each location by a panel of local industry judges. Selected local winners will be narrowed down to the top twenty-five bands worldwide via a second round of fan voting on participating Hard Rock Facebook pages. Once the top 25 are determined, a panel of music industry professionals, including Steven Van Zandt of the E Street Band; Live Nation Senior Vice President of Music Toby Leighton-Pope; and Hard Rock Records’ Artist Relations Executives John Kirkpatrick, James Buell, and Blake Smith will select the grand prize winner and two runner up bands.

Following an exhilarating competition process – the Grand Prize winner will play a World Tour in cities including Sydney, Tokyo, Hong Kong, London, Chicago and Honolulu, arranged by Hard Rock International; record an album with Hard Rock Records; shoot a music video; and receive new music equipment and gear valued at $10,000. Two runner-up bands will each receive new music equipment and gear valued at $10,000.

About ReverbNation
ReverbNation provides over 2.6 million artists, managers, labels, venues, festivals/events and other music industry professionals with powerful, easy-to-use technology to promote and prosper online. The array of distribution and promotional solutions provides the hands-on tools and actionable insights that allow them to reach their goals in an increasingly complex music industry. The company operates worldwide with customers on every continent. Over 20 million visitors come to reverbnation.com every month. For more information, visit ReverbNation.com and follow ReverbNation on Twitter: www.twitter.com/reverbnation

About Hard Rock Records
Hard Rock Records is an independent music label created in 2012 by Hard Rock International to find, develop, and promote up-and-coming artists. Hard Rock Records provides artists an unparalleled opportunity, giving each artist on the label assistance with recording, production, marketing, promotion, distribution and touring in exchange for a one-year commitment to the label. At the end of that year, the artist walks away with ownership of any recordings as well as all the profits from their release. Hard Rock has no expectation for remuneration of any funds spent developing the artist. For additional information on Hard Rock Records, visit www.hardrockrecords.com.

About Hard Rock International
With a total of 181 venues in 58 countries, including 142 cafes, 18 hotels and 8 casinos, Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world’s greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. HRI owns the global trademark for all Hard Rock brands.  The company owns, operates and franchises Cafes in iconic cities including London, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Dubai.  HRI also owns, licenses and/or manages hotel/casino properties worldwide. Destinations include the companies’ two most successful Hotel and Casino properties in Tampa and Hollywood, Fl., both owned and operated by HRI parent company The Seminole Tribe of Florida., as well as other exciting locations including Bali, Biloxi, Chicago, Cancun, Las Vegas, San Diego and Singapore. Upcoming new Hard Rock Cafe locations include Melaka and San Jose.  New Hard Rock Hotel projects include Aruba, Riviera Maya, Abu Dhabi and Shenzhen and Haikou in China. New Hard Rock Casino projects in development include Hungary and Northfield, OH.  For more information on Hard Rock International, visit www.hardrock.com, www.hardrockhotels.com, and www.facebook.com/hardrock.

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  2. Would you please review and interview my two new releases that are distributed and released through MRI/RED/Sony for the new Ode To Orpheus and Dead On Arrival albums that were released on September 17th? We are scheduling interviews now and have some booked already. Looking for more bookings to perform.

    Thank you. Sincerely, Rick Ferrusi at
    https://www.facebook.com/DrummerRickFerrusi

    Description: 2013 release from the NY Metal marvels.
    ORDER "Rest In Peace" by Dead On Arrival at, http://www.amazon.com/Rest-Peace-Dead-Arrival/dp/B00E3JGC7O/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1377589838&sr=1-1

    Artist: Dead On Arrival
    Description:
    2013 release from the NY Metal marvels. Rick Ferrusi is the drummer, musician, songwriter, producer and founding member of D.O.A.(Dead On Arrival) the heavy metal rock band from N.Y. The group issued Alive and Kickin' on the independent Polo label in 1996. Rick Ferrusi founded the group in his home state of New York, and provided most of the spirituality tinged songwriting direction. His music is capable of altering the listener's mood and transporting them into a separate reality. Dead on Arrival (alternately and confusingly also known as D.O.A.) is a heavy modern progressive, psychedelic tinged hard rock band with influences by the likes of, Iron Butterfly, Uriah Heep, Vanilla Fudge, and Deep Purple with the flavor of today s hard rock sound. The album, Alive and Kickin' had done extremely well on radio and was charted as one of the top Indi albums of its time.
    Track Listing:
    Disc 1:

    1 Hell To Hell
    2 Time And Time Again
    3 Pressed For Time
    4 No More War
    5 Walking In The Shadow Of The Blues
    6 The Deceiver
    7 U.S.R.C.
    8 The Mage's Rage
    9 The Mage Speaks
    10 Rest In Peace
    Label:
    MRI-RED-SONY
    Format:
    Compact Disc

    Members Rick Ferrusi, Drummer and Percussionist.
    Donald Shickle, Vocalist.
    Gary Cappuccio, Guitarist and Keyboardist.
    Mahlon Groom, Guitarist.
    Ray Scavo, Bassist.

    Dead On Arrival Websites
    http://www.myspace.com/newyorkdoa
    http://www.facebook.com/NewYorkDOA

    Music Samples on Google Play
    "No girly glam boys here"!
    https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Dead_On_Arrival_R_I_P?id=B34amny7hpyvmqg24w3puo6vwum

    Also, "On The Darkside Of The Sun" by Ode To Orpheus at http://www.amazon.com/Darkside-Sun-Ode-Orpheus/dp/B00E9E4GM6/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1377589710&sr=1-1 they are scheduled to be released Sep 17, 2013 on the Mri–Red–Sony label.

    Artist: Ode To Orpheus
    Description:
    "On The Darkside Of The Sun" by Ode To Orpheus has a lot of meaning behind it. Morally speaking the Earth is "On The Darkside Of The Sun" because of it's inhabitant's and the way they conduct them selves making it a very dark place to live. This 11 song concept album starts out with a song entitled "Road Rage" with all the events that are take place every day building tensions between all of mankind and their issues they have between each other. One day out of the blue… BOOM! "((The Coming, The Beginning, In The Act of, and the end…. of the Third World War))". The title of the last track, "Darkside Of The Sun". A 20 minute anthematic Rock Opera. This album is like a great Movie.

    1 Road Rage
    2 Aggression
    3 Creator
    4 I Told You So
    5 Stop
    6 Garden Of Sin
    7 Come Home
    8 Nightmare
    9 Peacemaker
    10 Destiny
    11 Darkside Of The Sun

    Label:
    MRI-RED-SONY
    Format:
    Compact Disc

    Members Rick Ferrusi, Drummer and Percussionist.
    Donald Shickle, Vocalist.
    Gary Cappuccio, Guitarist and Keyboardist.
    Mahlon Groom, Guitarist.
    Ray Scavo, Bassist.

    Ode To Orpheus Websites
    http://www.myspace.com/odetoorpheus
    http://www.facebook.com/OdeToOrpheus

    Music Samples on Google Play
    "No girly glam boys here"!
    https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Ode_To_Orpheus_On_the_Darkside_of_the_Sun?id=B4562msxynscjdpbob6mef7eysq

    JOIN US> On our Musical Journey into the depths of these colourful creations with the amazing musicianship of Dead On Arrival. The NEW album Releases for Dead On Arrival and Ode To Orpheus was September 17th, 2013 In stores EVERYWHERE!

    Dead on Arrival® alternately known as D.O.A. is a Heavy Metal, rock band. Drummer and Middletown, NY, native Rick Ferrusi founded the group in the early 90's. as an updated version from the original line up of the early 70's.

    About D.O.A. (Dead On Arrival)®
    Biography: Dead on Arrival® (alternately and confusingly also known as (D.O.A.) is a Heavy Metal, Psychedelic acid rock band influenced by the likes of Iron Butterfly, Uriah Heep, Vanilla Fudge, and Deep Purple. Drummer and Middletown, NY, native Rick Ferrusi founded the group in his home state, and provided most of the spirituality tinged songwriting direction. The group issued Alive and Kickin' on the independent Polo label in 1996. ~ Steve Huey, All Music Guide – http://www.allmusic.com/album/alive-and-kickin-mw0000183373

    All Music Guide – http://www.allmusic.com/album/rest-in-peace-mw0002568782

    Rick Ferrusi, Drums
    Donald Shickle, Vocals
    Mahlon Groom, Guitar
    Gary Cappuccio, Guitar
    Ray Scavo Jr: Bass
    About: Drummer, musician, producer and founding member of D.O.A. (Dead On Arrival)®, "Ode To Orpheus" and "BIG BANG THEORY" Rick Ferrusi is the drummer, musician, songwriter, producer and founding member of D.O.A.(Dead On Arrival) the heavy metal rock band from N.Y. The group issued Alive and Kickin' on the independent Polo label in 1996.

    Rick Ferrusi founded the group Dead On Arrival in his home state of New York, and provided most of the spirituality tinged songwriting direction. Rick is also the driving force of the rock band Dead On Arrival. His music is capable of altering the listener's mood and transporting them into a separate reality.

    Dead on Arrival (alternately and confusingly also known as D.O.A.) is a heavy modern progressive, psychedelic tinged hard rock band with influences by the likes of, Iron Butterfly, Uriah Heep, Vanilla Fudge, and Deep Purple with the flavor of today s hard rock sound. The album, Alive and Kickin' had done extremely well on radio and was charted as one of the top Indi albums of it's time. Due to popular demand along with vocalist Donald Shickle, D.O.A is back with the new album 'Rest In Peace' the title meaning, to 'Live In Peace' (throughout eternity)!
    Biography: Bio: Rick Ferrusi: Drummer, musician, producer and founding member of D.O.A. (Dead On Arrival)® the heavy metal band from N.Y. The group issued Alive and Kickin' on the independent Polo label in 1996. A personal and up close look of the hard rock / heavy metal drummer Rick Ferrusi. In a career that has spanned more than a quarter of a century Rick Ferrusi has established himself as one of the great rock and roll drummers of his time. But to call Rick merely a drummer does not do justice to the depth of his musical talents and knowledge. The founder of the legendary rock band Dead on Arrival is not just a musician. He is a master composer in the rock genre unlike any other. All one needs to do is listen to The Mage's Rage, the 32-minute instrumental on the Rest in Peace album, to hear Ferrusi's talents as a composer.The song was recorded live in the studio with Ferrusi playing drums and conducting at the same time. The music splashes across the senses at times like a brilliant watercolor and at times like a Dali or Picasso painting that storms the synapses and alters the way we see the world around us. In The Mage's Rage we hear Ferrusi's talent unleashed. The 32-minute trip has distinct movements like a piece of classical music, but with all the fire and mind-bending glory of the psychedelic era. At the core, Rick Ferrusi is a wizard of communication. Whether voicing his opinions on a variety of subjects, making his drums banter non-stop during a concert or playing mood music on a keyboard, Rick is always communicating. Yes, Rick Ferrusi plays the keyboard. It's one of his best-kept secrets. I happened to wander into his house one day and heard this incredible, bluesy piano playing. When I entered the room there was Rick jabbing at the keyboard. The music took me away to a smoky bar in St. Louis or Chicago circa 1930. Then he switched gears and played the eerie strains that can be heard on several Dead on Arrival songs, most notably The Mage Speaks. Then he segued into the manic Farfisa-organ sound similar to that in his classic song Rest In Peace. Rick's keyboard playing that day is symbolic of his music in that it is capable of altering the listener's mood and transporting him into a separate reality, one of the many realities on the bright landscape that is Rick Ferrusi's mind. In the words of Rick himself from the song Alive and Kickin', Let the sound take you away. Rick does this again and again on the albums Alive and Kickin' and Rest in Peace. It is a journey well worth taking. The music has an air of familiarity, but at the same time poses a challenge to the listener, a challenge to jump on board and experience the colors the sound brings out. This goes along with Rick's personality. On stage he is larger than life, The Mage come to proclaim a new way of viewing and ultimately living in the world. Off stage he sometimes comes off as an average guy having a cup of coffee with you discussing the state of the world. But he always throws a zinger into the conversation, which makes you think. It's like that with his songwriting as well. He writes about everything from cruising in a new car to explorations of the mass psyche. As a drummer, Rick is second to none. A listen to the solos on both The Mage's Rage and Rest in Peace will confirm this. He is a banger in the tradition of John Bonham and Keith Moon. But Rick goes beyond the loud playing to explore the depths of softness. He once said, I can play so soft you can hear a pin drop. It's all part of making the skins talk in riddles and then answering them with clarity unknown to other drummers of his era. This writing gives an indication of what Rick Ferrusi is all about, but it's only a small sampling of the man. Every time you think you have him pegged, you discover another level of depth previously unrevealed. Rick is an endless ocean with infinite rainbows reflected on its surface. No matter how far down you go, you never touch bottom. And no matter how high up you go, there's always color. [Written By, Skip Leon].
    Description
    Rick Ferrusi: Drummer, Musician, Songwriter, Music Producer and Founding member of D.O.A. (Dead On Arrival)®, "Ode To Orpheus" and "BIG BANG THEORY"http://www.facebook.com/DrummerRickFerrusi

    I just don't just play my drum parts and you won't hear many drummers play like me. I've created and wrote my drum parts with – (U.S.R.C.), ((Unique Sounds of Rhythms and Creativity)). I drummed my ass off on the new Dead On Arrival and Ode To Orpheus albums that were Released on September 17th, 2013 through MRI-RED-Sony. People call my work drummer albums. I really just play what I think the song needs, by putting energy and drive in the music, and I just love what I do with (U.S.R.C.), ((Unique Sounds and Rhythms of Creativity)).

    THE PHYSICAL MEANING OF COLOR IS HOW I PERFORM MY DRUMMING. IT'S LIKE, "Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci" CREATES A PAINTING, AND IT'S ALL IN HOW THE PRISMS OF LIGHT SHINE INTO THE DARKNESS OF MY SOUL IN THROUGH MY EYES AND OUT OF MY LIMBS WHEN I PERFORM.

    My Influences are (In Jazz) Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa, Louis Bellson. (In Rock) Keith Moon, Carl Palmer, Don Brewer, Ron Bushy, John Bonham, Ian Paice, Ginger Baker, Buddy Miles, Jerry Edmonton, and most the greats from that era. And I have created my very own unique style of drumming from these great drum teachers that I've learned from, and I feel I sound like no one but myself, true to my own sound and style. Thank you ALL so very much for your kind support. Sincerely, Rick Ferrusi
    <https://www.facebook.com/DrummerRickFerrusi&gt;

    Rick Ferrusi: Drum Solo – DOA (Dead On Arrival)® "Live" – YouTubeâ–º 4:22
    by Polo Artist Management> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Duzqaebo_KQ

    POLO Entertainment Inc. | All Rights Reserved 2013

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