VINTAGE ARENA ROCK RETURNS TO THE SUNSET STRIP WITH THE APOCALYPTIC LOVERS!

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Email: apocalypticlovers@gmail.com

VINTAGE ARENA ROCK RETURNS TO THE SUNSET STRIP WITH THE APOCALYPTIC LOVERS

 LOS ANGELES, CA – April 2, 2019 – Armed with an album helmed by long time Dokken producer Michael Wagener, the Apocalyptic Lovers return to Los Angeles for the first time in 25 years.

When the band hits the stage at 8:45 PM to open for Dokken at the World Famous Whisky A Go Go on April 20th, they will have come full circle since attending Foundations Forum in 1994 – a trip that garnered them (the only unsigned band) a mention in Entertainment Weekly magazine.

The band went on hiatus once the grunge scene peaked, but after consulting with former Guns ‘n Roses and Great White manager, Alan Niven in 2016, the Apocalyptic Lovers have rebranded (once Love And War) and returned with Redemption Volume I, mixed by producer Michael Wagener (Queen, Motley Crue, Dokken, Ozzy, Extreme, Metallica, Poison and Skid Row, to name a few).

On the cusp of releasing their new album, the Whisky A Go Go will also be the official release party for the reissued version of Redemption Volume I. The reissued CD will be exclusive to The Whisky A Go Go performance until it goes on sale to the public the following weekend. It contains a bonus song, all new art, photos, and lyrics. The bonus track is a demo from their upcoming album and is a rocker called Gasoline that Hope penned for his wife.

Attendees of the show are in for a real treat with the band’s silver bullet, singer Robert Kane. Kane’s lead vocals are on point and soar live. One album reviewer compared Kane to Rob Halford (Judas Priest), Tony Harnell (T.N.T.), and Don Dokken himself all rolled into one. This has fans of 80s arena rock grabbing tickets so they don’t miss the Apocalyptic Lovers’ one and only Los Angeles appearance in 2019.

About the Apocalyptic Lovers: Reminiscent of when arena rock and music videos ruled the air waves, the Apocalyptic Lovers consists of all four original members: founding member Dave Hope, vocalist Rob Kane, lead guitarist and writer Sean Magee, and bassist Mike Nagy. Once based out of the rust belt city of Youngstown, Ohio, the four members now populate great cities in AZ, PA, RI and VA, but this has not deterred them from writing, recording and planning world domination one fan at a time.

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As Whisky A Go Go show draws near, the band hits multiple radio shows.

March 8, 2019 – As the Apocalyptic Lovers prepare to open for Dokken at the Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood, California, they are taking to the air waves on a few radio shows.

Most recently, drummer and founding member David B Hope stopped by Hard, Heavy & Hair with host Pariah Burke. Pariah reached out to David to inquire about him co-hosting the indie segment of his show, chat about what the band is up to, and introduce his listeners to a very young, up-and-coming band, WALKER.

Apocalyptic Lovers also made their debut on several other radio shows/podcasts including the Jet City Rockers Show, the Record Machine Show, and the Rock Avenue Radio Show.

David had a great time hanging out with James Michael Hollenstein of the Record Machine Show and talking shop. You can listen to David and Michael discuss the Whisky A Go Go show and the perks their ticket buyers will receive. They also touch on the band’s re-issued version of Redemption Volume I (due March 19, 2019) and their new album coming out in late 2019. Michael always spins music on his show, so he picked his two favorite Apocalyptic Lovers tunes.

The Rock Avenue Radio Show hailing from Germany will see the Apocalyptic Lovers making their debut as well. Host Jörg Bonszkowski found the band via social media and reached out about introducing his listeners to the band. Make sure to catch Jörg introducing his listeners to the band on Tuesday, March 12 at 4:00 PM (EST).

The band’s music also made its debut on the Jet City Rockers Show with the incredibly funny hosts Captain Michele and Co-pilot Rob. These two have some of the best tongue-and-cheek commentary out there, so make sure to catch their show. The band debuted last week and the flight crew plans to continue spinning them in support of their April 20th Whisky A Go Go show opening for 80’s icon metal band, Dokken,

All the shows above are syndicated on multiple celestial and FM radio stations throughout the week. If you miss any of the shows, they will be posted on their respective websites to catch at your leisure.

Click on any of the links below for all scheduled radio affiliates and archived podcasts.

Hard, Heavy & Hair: Listen Free & Info

Record Machine Show: Listen Free & Info

Rock Ave Radio Show: Listen Free & Info

Jet City Rocker Show: Listen Free & Info

 

 

 

Opening for Dokken at the Whisky A Go Go over spring break and a new album in the works set the stage for the Apocalyptic Lovers in 2019.

December 13, 2018 – Life for the Apocalyptic Lovers (formerly Love And War) in September of 1994 seemed to be moving on up. Upon their return from a successful stay at Foundations Forum (Hard Rock/Heavy Metal convention held in Los Angeles) the band was informed they were the only unsigned band mentioned in Entertainment Weekly Magazine (No. 242) in a full page spread titled Symposium for the Devil. Though the mention was small, the phone calls started to pour in and the trip to LA seemed to be paying off.

Two distribution deals where secured, an overseas tour was in the works, a new album was due out. and many U.S. shows were being booked. Then, like many hard rock and metal bands in the 90s, the wheels came off and the band took a very long break.

In April of 2016, the band returned, rebranded as the Apocalyptic Lovers with an aptly named new record Redemption Volume I. Not wanting to jump on any bandwagons, the band stuck to their sound and sought out long-time, legendary producer of Dokken, Michael Wagener to work on their album. Even though the music industry had changed, the album received very favorable reviews from the hard rock and metal community.

All four original members of the band live in different states these days, but continue to write music, market the band, and book live shows. Founding member and drummer, David B Hope had this to say in regards to playing live shows.

“Our goal since being back has been to use the web to target and reach the millions of fans who grew up on and still love our brand of music. We knew the timing was right when we saw kids in middle and high schools wearing Motley Crue and Kiss shirts. Our record release party went really well and we sounded even better than we did more than twenty years ago. Rob’s voice has aged well – he just nails the highs and sounds so good both in the studio and live. His voice, Sean’s guitar playing, and Mike’s bass playing really sets this band apart. As the drummer, I have the best seat in the house listening to these three play together, and Rob’s voice really is our silver bullet.

“We had no real plans to play after our record release party, but it went well and was so fun, I think we were bit by the rock & roll bug. So I have been attempting to book shows ever since, but in a new way. We only want to play a handful of shows per year and take time off to put out new music. For us, it’s really about writing and recording the music, so the shows are more PR for our album than anything else. Plus, with the less-is-more approach, the fans seems to be open to travel to see a band that is not out over-saturating the market.

“It just so happened that the planets aligned and hell must have frozen over, too for this DOKKEN show to happen,” Hope laughs. “The really difficult one to schedule is our founding bassist, Mike Nagy. Mike is a full time firefighter, so his rotating schedule is tough to schedule around, but with Dokken at the Whisky A Go Go on a Saturday night in LA, we had to make it happen, right? Dokken is the one band all of us in the band loved growing up and still love to this day, and playing with them at the Whisky is really a dream come true that we thought was going to happen back in the 90s. Better late then never.”

The Apocalyptic Lovers are set to hit the stage of the world famous Whisky A Go Go on Saturday, April 20th when they open for 80s icon, Dokken. The band would like fans to know that they have a small amount of fee free, discounted tickets to the Dokken show. These discounted tickets can only be ordered via the Apocalyptic Lovers website and should sell quickly since the show is all ages. At the time of this press release, the other bands on the bill have not been published. The Apocalyptic Lovers hit the stage at 8:45 PM and will unleash a 30 minute set containing songs from their Michael Wagener mixed album, Redemption Volume I.

As for their set list opening for Dokken, Hope said, ” We only have 30 minutes to introduce LA and the Whisky to the Apocalyptic Lovers, so we plan on picking the strongest songs from the album, and maybe a new one from our new record due out in 2019. The thing that excites us about the show besides performing is we will have a new second pressing of our CD to sell at the show along with new shirts. Both will be exclusively available at the Whisky, and we will place whatever is left in our online store.

“The exciting thing about the second pressing of Redemption Volume I is the entire packaging overhaul. This time out, it will have all new art work more inline with the limited edition vinyl we just released. The CD booklet is going from a couple pages to about 18, so it will have all the lyrics and more vintage photos of us and our fans. The CD connoisseurs will be thrilled that it will not be a CDR this time either. The cherry on top is that we may add a bonus song as well. The writing for our new album is going well and the demos sound great, so we may add one of the demos as a bonus song so fans can hear whats coming next. Since we plan on playing more shows in 2019, what we don’t sell at the Whisky, we will sell online or at the other live shows along with our new album when it’s released.”

This is sure to be a big spring break bash at the Whisky A Go Go with Dokken and the Apocalyptic Lovers. Make a night of it by grabbing dinner at the Rainbow Bar & Grill and head on over to see how much Dokken influenced the sound of the Apocalyptic Lovers. I am sure you will agree, they are a band that fans of the melodic rock/metal genre will fall in love with musically. Welcome back and go get ’em.

Apocalyptic Lovers debut new live music video, but not without controversy.

August 28, 2018 – Amid a successful vinyl album campaign that put their most recent album Redemption Volume I mixed by Michael Wagener on vinyl, the Apocalyptic Lovers thought it would be fun to toss out a live and raw video of their performance of Who the Hell Are You? Seems simple and innocent enough, right?

The new music video consists of all five band members with multiple camera shots and live unedited audio directly from the soundboard. The song Who the Hell Are You is one of the more recent songs to make that album, and the band was pretty happy with how the raw live audio of the song sounded. Founding member David B Hope states, “There were several things about this video I really enjoyed and I thought our fans worldwide would dig it as well. First, considering that it’s directly from the sound board with no computer enhancements, we sound pretty cool, mistakes and all. Rock and roll was not meant to be perfect and we don’t use anything electronic to help perfect our live sound.

“The song was never demoed and we were thrilled it made it onto our latest album. We played the song for a few months before we split, but nothing more until we got back together 20 plus years later. We are very stoked to bring this song a new life.

“At this particular show, we wanted to have a friends-family-and-fans reunion of sorts, and we used both of our bass players who traded between playing bass and rhythm guitar. In this video, George Allan is on bass and Mike Nagy is on guitar, and that was a first for both guys. We are staying as a four-piece now with rhythm guitar duty being picked up by our singer, Rob Kane, but the trading on and off was good times for all involved, both on the album and playing live.” (Mike is another founding member of the band and will be the full time bassist in studio and live, unless duty calls and he is fighting fires in his hometown of Virginia.)

The band did a soft launch of the live video on YouTube and Twitter on August 18th and leaked it to die-hard fans as well. The band was then set to launch Who the Hell Are You with a major push via all social media on the 21st of August.  The launch went smoothly on all platforms until Hope attempted to embed the video and boost it on the band’s Facebook page.

Hope tried to load the video on the band’s Facebook page in multiple ways. He tried multiple browsers, file sizes, and other tricks to get the video to take. However, nothing seemed to let him launch. Since the video is not a YouTube link and can be boosted through the band’s page to Facebook and Instagram followers, there are many sensitive rules.  Remembering this, Hope was prompted to try one last thing before contacting support. He removed the word “hell,” and what do you know? After the tiny, four-letter-word was removed, the video launched within seconds.

It seems ironic that a word used in the Bible and on public television is dubbed too harsh for Facebook, while animal beatings, violence, and almost naked people show up in news feeds at an alarming rate. So, a word of caution – post and consume social media at your own risk!

If you’re not so easily offended by a mere word, take a moment to head to a page that does not give a “hell” (at least not as far as to censor it in its word form), and subscribe to the band’s YouTube channel. And while you’re there, like and share the new live, raw music video, Who the HELL Are You?

 

Band debuts on Hard, Heavy & Hair with host Pariah Burke.

July 20, 2018 – Time has not stood still since the release of the Apocalyptic Lovers last release, but Redemption Vol I is still picking up steam. The album was recently discovered by Pariah Burke host of the syndicated radio show Hard, Heavy & Hair.

Hard, Heavy & Hair is syndicated on over 25 radio stations world wide including Hong Kong and the UK, so make sure to catch the Apocalyptic Lovers via Pariah’s web page on episode 161.

While you are at home, work or in your car, you can catch over 2 hours of new and classic rock/metal and Pariah guarantees to keep it loud and hard!

Here is a look at this weeks show #161.

New music from Kissin’ Dynamite and Captain Black Beard a band that a member of Kiss said has “guts and glory written all over them“.

News about Great White [Band], Robert Mason, George Lynch, and a real bourbon tragedy.

Power ballads and soul-shakers by Faster Pussycat, SKID ROW, Great White, Five Finger Death Punch, Eclipse, and Lansdowne

House-rocking, headbanging hits and deep cuts from Baton Rouge, Def Leppard, Pariah, RATT, AC/DC, Motley Crue, Aerosmith, Dokken, WARRANT, a Lita Ford song other than the 2 you always hear on the radio, and more!

Click the following link to listen commercial free: Hard, Heavy & Hair – #161 – Apocalyptic Lovers and Big Cocks – http://www.pariahrocks.com/

The music business is not the same in many ways these days, but one thing that has not changed is the passion that people in all walks of life have for hard rock and heavy metal music. Apocalyptic Lovers want to send out a big thank you to Pariah Burke and his show Hard, Heavy & Hair for spinning them and the many other great hard rock bands!

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WNJR 91.7 FM Washington – Pittsburgh adds the Apocalyptic Lovers by way of Miami.

March 06, 2018 – Time has not stood still since the albums release, but Redemption Vol I by the Apocalyptic Lovers is still picking up steam. The album was recently discovered by the WNJR Program Director and his wife by way of the Monsters of Rock Cruise this past February.

The band had been contacted about donating merchandise for door prizes at a party in Miami, Florida. The party turned out to be a gathering held for the past three years before music lovers would board their ship for the Monsters of Rock Cruise. The Cruise is very well know by fans of 80’s rock and metal due to bands like Ratt, Dokken, Tesla, and many others providing the entertainment for the duration of the cruise.

The Apocalyptic Lovers have been targeting the cruise for the past two years as a way to increase their fan base, so donating music and shirts seemed to be a perfect fit. Over 800 guests attended the Miami Cocktail Bash – The Calm Before the Storm and around 200 of them walked away with gift bags of rock and roll goodies. Only ten items of the Apocalyptic Lovers were in the bags, but those 10 items made the bands social media and website more active than ever.

All the activity made sense to the band, since their music is very much in the vein of 80s rock and metal and their album was mixed by legendary producer Michael Wagener. Mr. Wagener probably worked with close to 85% of the bands on the Monsters of Rock Cruise throughout his career and was actually on the cruise this year to speak on a panel. Between Mr. Wagener mixing their record, fans winning their music along with his and hers concert shirts, its no wonder guests on the ship flooded the bands social media and website.

WNJR Program Director Greg Uhrlen ended up coming home from his trip with the only physical CD the band sent to the cocktail party in Miami and that was the icing on the cake. (Actually he and his wife snagged the disc from their daughters gift bag!)

Greg not only is the Program Director, but he also hosts a show called The Pure Rock Shop on WNJR, where the band will make its debut this Wednesday the 7th. If you want to hear what Apocalyptic Lovers song Greg spins, make sure to tune in to the station around 4:00 PM EST. Fans of hard rock and metal will also want to check out Greg’s website for the Pure Rock Shop for even more rock and roll news and interviews.

The band would like to first thank the host of the cocktail party in Miami, Pamela D, Crockett. Pamela gave the guys a great opportunity to network within a perfect target audience regarding their fan base and it paid off.  Between the huge increase in social media and website traffic, to Greg ending up with their CD, this ended up a successful opportunity for the band.

The guys are also thrilled and thankful that Greg and his wife Kara both enjoyed the CD and are humbled to be getting air play once again on FM radio. The music business is not the same in many ways these days, but one thing that has not changed is the passion that people in all walks of life have for hard rock and heavy metal music.

Station information: 91.7 FM WNJR Washington / Pittsburgh and online at WNJR.org. On air studio phone for requests and calling 724-503-1001 ext 6239. Mobile users can use the free TuneIn app and search WNJR.

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Jeff Pilson (Dokken, Foreigner, Super Stroke) along with Apocalyptic Lovers and more on Hair Metal Mansion this week!

January 30, 2018 – This Thursday on the Hair Metal Mansion radio show Jeff Pilson, bassist of the 80’s metal band Dokken and now Foreigner, speaks on his multiple projects coming in 2018.

One of many projects we hope he touches on is his new band featuring the original Dokken line up minus Don Dokken. The band consists of George Lynch, Jeff Pilson, Wild Mick Brown and vocalist Robert Mason (Warrant/Lynch Mob). The project is called Super Stroke and rumor has it a new album is on the way via Frontiers Records.

Please make sure to stay tuned in and check out all the great tunes that Hair Metal Mansion with Andrew the Axeman will be spinning including  Dokken, Foreigner, new Bulletboys, WASP, LA GunsApocalyptic Lovers and all the best new and classic melodic rock!

Not only will you hear another great interview from Andrew with Jeff, but Andrew also has new details on the Apocalyptic Lovers and their new Covers EP as well as Redemption Vol 2.

The premiere simulcasts on multiple stations, but tune into one of the bands favorites at 9:00 PM EST:

– Philly Rock Radio: www.phillyrockradio.com 

Can’t catch the premier on Thursday? Click HERE for a complete list of all the radio show affiliates dates and times.