MADAME MAYHEM: Music, Mayhem…And A Guy Named Mark!

Madame Mayhem performs to an enthusiastic crowd at the Cutting Room during her White Noise debut CD launch party last Saturday (photo by Anne Raso).

I was recently introduced to no-holds-barred-belter Madame Mayhem by her publicist, the legendary Liz Derringer, and was invited to her recent debut album launch party at midtown Manhattan’s Cutting Room this past Saturday night–which also served as a well-attended fundraiser for Musicians On Call.

Madame (who is shy about giving out her real name) is a New York native who was a “top camper” at Rock And Roll Fantasy Camp in LA–so uniquely talented, in fact, that super-counselor Mark Hudson (best known for his production work with Ringo Starr, and as co-writer of the Grammy-winning Aersosmith song “Livin’ On The Edge”) took her under his wing and got “a little help from his friends.” Her debut album White Noise is star-studded and many of those musicians have been creating a buzz on this Lady In Black all over the industry.

Moyer and Hudson–both performed with Madame Mayhem during her 90 minute set at the Cutting Room (photo  by Anne Raso).

Madame Mayhem’s sound if straight ahead hard rock–something sorely missing from the scene right now (I didn’t have to tell you that!). Hudson not only produced and mentored Ms. Mayhem, but got the likes of Disturbed and Adrenaline Mob bassist John Moyer, former Quiet Riot/current Blue Oyster Cult bassist/Rock Camp counselor Rudy Sarzo and legendary axeman Earl Slick to play on her debut disc, White Noise (on HeadBall Records) which went on sale on Tuesday, October 30.

L to R: Madame Mayhem with Adrenaline Mob guitarist Mike Orlando, producer Mark Hudson and Disturbed/Adrenaline Mob bassist John Moyer (photo by Anne Raso).

I have sat in on a few of Hudson’s Rock Camp classes but was not at the LA Rock Camp attended by Mayhem. Hudson is a favored counselor not only because of his years in the business and the good advice he doles out to his campers, but because he always seems to be enjoying himself but because he seems to have something to offer to every musical level of camper, from shaky tambourine players to guitar players who give Jimmy Page a run for his money. To the best of my knowledge, Mayhem is the only Rock Camp act he has personally been knocked out enough by to produce and bring up through the ranks of the fickle music business.  Now, that’s really saying something for her talents!

Madame Mayhem’s debut CD White Noise will rock you like…Hurricane Sandy and a big bag of Halloween candy combined. (Photo courtesy of HeadBall Records.)

Mayhem’s record release party included a fantastic 90 minute set which included the fantastic Matty Amendola on the skins (one of the NYC area’s “young Turks” in the Skins Department) and Mark Hudson and John Moyer sitting in for a few tunes–Hudson sang his self-penned “Livin’ On The Edge” and Moyer actually performed on the track he did for the White Noise album, “Dead Will Rise.” The only disappointment of the evening was that several superstars who played on White Noise were not able to attend the opening due to inclement weather–and they included former Cars guitar slinger Elliot Easton, and the aforementioned Sarzo and Slick. I was happy to meet John Moyer’s bandmate, axeman Mike Orlando at the Madame Mayhem CD launch party, although he did not sit in on the set like Moyer did.

This enthusiastic Madame Mayhem fan was thrilled to get his White Noise CD signed by Moyer, Hudson and Mayhem–rumor has it that he is now trying to grow a multi-colored beard like Hudson’s, getting his hair braided like Moyers and is sporting the spiky cuff bracelets that Mayhem has helped popularize recently, LOL (photo by Anne Raso).

For more info on Madame Mayhem, visit her official site, www.madamemayhem.com. Also be sure to like her official Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/madamemayhem. Her Twitter handle is @mayhemofficial. The White Noise album can be purchased for only $8.99 on amazon.com. Rock on, Madame!–Anne M. Raso


Disturbed To Premiere Video For New Single

Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum hard rock band Disturbed will premiere the video for  “Another Way To Die” exclusively with Clear Channel for 24 hours starting on Monday August 9, 2010.  The video will air across Clear Channel Radio’s Active Rock, Mainstream Rock, Alternative and Sports station websites: over 130 stations nationwide. Additionally, fans can watch the video on their mobile devices using the iheartradio application, which has been downloaded over 8 million times on iPhone, BlackBerry, and Android.   After 24 hours the video will go wide and can be seen on www.disturbed1.com.

“Another Way to Die” is the first single off the band’s new album Asylum, set for release via Reprise Records on August 31, 2010.  The video was directed by Roboshobo (Mastodon, Metallica).
“Another Way to Die” is already a #1 hit at Active Rock Radio. This is the highest Billboard Active Rock debut in Disturbed’s history and the fastest # 1 for the band on Billboard’s Active Rock chart, getting to #1 in just 4 weeks.  It is also the fastest # 1 on Billboard’s Active Rock chart in over 3 years and is the band’s 7th # 1 single on Billboard’s Active Rock chart: they are tied with Metallica for the 3rd most #1’s on the Active Rock chart.
To celebrate their 10th anniversary, Disturbed has created the documentary Decade of Disturbed.  The 60 + minute film candidly captures the band’s ten-year history, with extensive behind the scenes and never before seen footage.  Decade of Disturbed will be included with every purchase of Asylum as a special gift to fans from the band.
The Asylum Limited Edition CD/DVD pre-order comes with the full album including two bonus tracks (“Down With The Sickness ” & “Stricken” live), expanded artwork, a dvd with the Decade of Disturbed documentary plus nine “Disturbed Dissected,” exclusive instrument video instructionals, and an exclusive double-sided poster with guitar tabs.  It is available only throughwww.disturbed1.com.
The iTunes LP version of Asylum is also available to pre-order now. This version also includes a download featuring the Decade of Disturbed documentary, two bonus tracks (“Down With The Sickness” & “Stricken” live), an additional exclusive bonus track  (“Leave It Alone”), and two “Disturbed Dissected,” exclusive instrument video instructionals.
On August 17th the Chicago four-piece will hit the road to headline the first annual Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival, which runs through October 4th.  Also on the bill are Avenged Sevenfold, Stone Sour, Halestorm, and Hell Yeah. Tickets for UPROAR are on sale now. Please visit http://www.rockstaruproar.com for details.    Prior to UPROAR, Disturbed will be co-headlining the 70th annual Sturgis Rally in Sturgis, SD on August 13th.
Disturbed is vocalist David Draiman, guitarist Dan Donegan, drummer Mike Wengren, and bassist John Moyer. For more on the band, including news about the “Decade of Disturbed,” please visit www.disturbed1.com.
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