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TKO News

NATE ARLING JOINS TKO

Nate Arling has been promoted to Agent at TKO (The Kirby Organization) West Coast Offices! Nate has a wide range of experience in artist development and touring with over 15 years as head talent buyer at Chicago’s iconic music venue “Double Door,” and as a touring musician with The Last Vegas and Urge Overkill working at clubs to stadium tours worldwide.

“I am excited to become an agent with TKO and bring my expertise in music fests, concert booking, promotion, and global touring to the organization, alongside my favorite bands and agents” says Nate.

Nate’s RA client list includes Brant Bjork, JC Brooks, ABBARAMA, Danielle Colby from American Picker’s, Local H (International) as well as working with other TKO artists Led Zeppelin 2, Cinderella’s Tom Keifer, Pearl, Dave Davies of The Kinks, and more

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LIVING COLOUR PERFORM AT MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY

Keep calm but fight the power. Under the glow of the Washington Monument, The Roots, Public Enemy and Living Colour delivered a rousing free concert Saturday night (Sept. 24) to herald the opening of the National Museum of African American Heritage & Culture to a sprawling, exceptionally courteous crowd dotted with baby strollers and reverence. (Billboard.com)

The Freedom Sounds show punctuated a weekend of D.C. celebrations that saw a star-studded gala at the Kennedy Center, a surprise late-night parade through a downtown corridor led by Dave Grohl and New Orleans’ Preservation Hall Jazz Band, a formal dedication of the museum by President Barack Obama and performances on the mall by acts including Angelique Kidjo, Meshell Ndegeocello and Experience Unlimited.

Fusion rockers Living Colour kicked up a high-energy set that accented their tight, cohesive musicianship on hits, including “Cult of Personality,” “Funny Vibe” and “Time’s Up,” plus covers of Robert Johnson’s “Preachin’ Blues,” which will be on the band’s upcoming new album Shade, and somewhat odd choice of the Clash’s “Should I Stay Or Should I Go.”

The centerpiece was their boisterous reboot of Notorious B.I.G. song “Who Shot Ya,” which the band recorded this summer in reaction to the rampant gun violence both from police and within the African American community. Guitarist Vernon Reid introduced the song with a sober message: “There’s a lot of bad shit going on… how many more names do we need to memorize?” and reminder that “any of us could be at the wrong place at any time because bullets don’t discriminate.”

Public Enemy’s performance was delayed a half-hour but as the clock wound down so did the sun, providing a fittingly dramatic backdrop for the prolific, prophetic hip-hop masters to bring the noise. Accompanied by the full PE camp, including Professor Griff and DJ Terminator X, Chuck D and Flavor Flav unleashed their oral history — and some synchronized stage moves to boot.

There were condemnations and inspiration. At one point Flavor asked an obliging crowd to put up their middle finger and say “F–k Racism, f–k separatism,” then asked them to make a peace sign for the future. Chuck D instructed eyewitnesses to keep “fighting the power that don’t allow you to be a human being.”

But on this stage it was PE’s songs that spoke loudest as their tirades coursed through classics including “911 Is A Joke,” “Don’t Believe The Hype” “Can’t Truss It” — with Chuck D noting, “You can trust the museum” — “Shut ‘Em Down” and set closer “Fight the Power,” which the band dedicated to Radio Raheem, aka actor Bill Nunn, who played the street philosopher in the Spike Lee’s 1989 film Do the Right Thing.” Nunn passed away Saturday at age 63.

And there was humor. Flavor, who dedicated a striking bass solo to jazz great Stanley Clarke, whom he said was in the house, took his moment in the nation’s capital to a deliver a soliloquy asking for an invite to the White House, imploring, “All I want is to take a picture, I want to get an autograph and I want to keep the pen.”

The Roots brought the party vibe in a rollicking hour-long “late night” closer (the concert had a hard end time of 10 p.m.) that showcased their soulful hip-hop. They wove in a Philly tribute in the theme from Rocky, which band leader Questlove said was “in the name of freedom and liberty, in the name of justice” and a tone-perfect cover of Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy,” which they’ve been performing for years but resonated particularly strongly on this night.

Questlove dedicated the band’s set to “anyone, anywhere who has ever lifted a camera or a voice, who’s ever lifted a fist or a flag, or taken a knee against social injustice.”

His remarks seemed to reflect the spirit of the night — that if those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it, then the new museum’s testimony provides a beacon of hope for the future.

(Content from Billboard.com

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Jim Lenz joins TKO

Industry vet Jim Lenz has joined The Kirby Organization after 22 years as an agent at Paradise Artists.

Joining him in the move are The Winery Dogs, Cinderella’s Tom Keifer, Richie Kotzen, Mr. Big, Paul Gilbert, Ides Of March featuring Jim Peterik, Jefferson Starship, and more.
“In the early days of TKO I was fortunate enough to get to know the late Dave Kirby, founder and namesake of The Kirby Organization, who to me was an impressive visionary,” Lenz said. “I am looking forward to continuing the agency’s worldwide touring model with promoters, theatres, fairs, festivals and special events, as well as developing a corporate entertainment division around their artist roster.”
“We are very excited that Jim is joining TKO,” TKO President Andrew Goodfriend said. “Not only is he a great person, but his experience and talent speaks for itself – people with his vision aren’t easy to find in this business, and it’s an honor to see him become part of our family.”

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Behind the Music: ISLANDER

Shortly after the start of the 2014 Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival, Korn bassist Fieldy invited Avenged Sevenfold drummer Arin Ilejay to check out a band called Islander, which was playing hours before the two headliners were scheduled to perform.

“I watched their set and instantly fell in love,” Ilejay says. “Their sound was so cool and diverse and I became good friends with those guys and went back every day to watch them. The song ‘Counteract’ [from the band’s 2014 album, Violence & Destruction] especially blew my mind. I was like, ‘Dude, I wish I could sit in on the drums just for that song!'”

SEVENDUST: “MY FIRST GRAMMY”

Sevendust’s Lajon Witherspoon discusses the band’s “emotional” reaction to their first career GRAMMY nomination for Best Metal Performance for “Thank You” from their 2015 album Kill The Flaw.

WATCH THE CLIP HERE

Watch the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Monday, Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on CBS.

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Lemmy Kilmister

TKO is humbled and saddened by the passing of our friend, family member and colleague, Lemmy Kilmister. Motörhead has been a cornerstone of TKO since our inception in 2005. Lemmy’s unwavering spirit and resolve has been as instrumental to our agency as it has been to the evolution of heavy music around the world. It is with heavy hearts that we celebrate the words Lemmy proclaimed onstage every night: “We are Motorhead, and we play rock and roll.”

Amen to that.

God bless Lemmy.

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Scott Weiland

TKO is extremely saddened by the loss of Scott Weiland. Not only was he a superstar front man, he was the true meaning of the word rock star who played the part impeccably.
Our sincere condolences go out to all of his family, friends and fans around the world. May he rest in peace, he will be sorely missed.

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ANTHRAX: FOR ALL KINGS RELEASE DATE

It’s on! Anthrax fans have been waiting and the band is providing us with some big news concerning their next album. In the video above, you’ll find an album teaser that reveals the new album title and release date.

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With Our Arms to the Sun is the second act to sign with the new-launched Fade to Silence Records

With Our Arms to the Sun is a breath of fresh air in a musical landscape dominated by pop formatted bands. The Arizona desert-based foursome crafts a brand of cinematic conceptual music that aims to evoke emotion and inspire thought in listeners. The band’s free-flowing style is not easily pigeon-holed, appealing to fans of not just one genre, but to people in general who appreciate music as expression.

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P.O.D. Release Touching New Video for ‘Beautiful’

P.O.D. have revealed their brand new music video for their track beautiful via VEVO. The song is the band’s third single off of their latest album, ‘Murdered Love.’

The video was directed by Rich Ragsdale, who has also directed clips for The Sword and Lenny Kravitz, with co-direction from Brooks Jones.
The clip starts off with a boy who gets bullied and tossed in a dumpster. In the dumpster he finds these surreal goggles in which he sees an eerie looking man who turns out to be a very ‘Beautiful’ friend.
The song ‘Beautiful’ is available for 69 cents for a limited-time only at iTunes. P.O.D. fans will be able to give fans a ‘Beautiful’ experience this summer as they have recently announced that they will be embarking on a co-headlining tour with Flyleaf. The trek kicks off on July 13 in Wisconsin and wraps up Aug. 17 in Wyoming. For a full list of dates, click here.

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