New Music Video Release April 2015
"Thunderhead" is the next release off of "Rock n' Roll Machine" to hit the big screen. The 24mm film shoot promises visual high energy with a nod to some 80's video favorites. We caught up with Dan to get the scoop. Tell us a bit about the video, will it be similar to the last? "Similar in that there is a visual storyline with the lyrics, but not as literal as I did with the Frankenbarbie concept. The editing style will also be more compelling with split screen effects and post production tricks. And Frankenbarbie will be making a cameo!" Awesome. So what is the concept. "A bunker setting Mad Max style. That is the theme of the song, the whole album actually. We are designing something similar to the CD cover with the majority of the action taking place on the monitor itself. The intro and exit of the song will feature a wide shot of the room and a surprise viewer watching the monitor! Don't want to spoil anything, but a loose tie in to Alice's Hey Stupid music video from back in the day." Is Justin Pierce (guitar) going to playing the part of the guitar borg again? "Look for Justin, but not in that character. We are shooting outside footage for the majority of the video that will be playing on the screen in the bunker set. You are actually watching what was, as that world is now gone, or at the very least it no longer exists within that world of the bunker. It's going to be fun, fast paced, and offer up a few surprises." Look for the video to be released in late April with more updates right here.
October Event Recap:
Thanks to everyone who came out for special events during the Halloween season. From officiating a "Zombie Wedding Vow Renewal" on Halloween, to the Emma Crawford Coffin Race Parade, appearances on KKTV 11 and Fox 21 News (check out an off camera recording from the live feed with Fox on the video tab top of page), Dan made plenty of Halloween rounds! Again this year he supported Hellscream Haunted House on air with our friends at KILO radio. Nearly 1,000 limited edition units of the "Spooky Audio Comic" were given out during events all month long. Dan shared: "Somehow we survived the craziest Halloween season yet and made lots of new friends along the way, I appreciate the support and all the positive feedback on the music." Along with the Haunt, Dan was proud to support events at Swan House Manor and Zeezo's in Colorado Springs. Look for a photo log of the events to post here shortly.
Frankenbarbie World Premiere:
The first video release from the new album is set for midnight, September 20th MST. Shot on location at Hellscream Haunted House, the video features Justin Pierce as the guitar playing cyborg and Bunny Bee as Frankenbarbie. The video was produced and directed by Dan and shot on location directed by Cinema Pirate with make-up support courtesy of Zeezo's (Mark Modeer). "Everyone really did a great job on the shoot- Justin did some fantastic fabrication to create his character. It's been years since Judy (Bunny Bee) and I have worked on a project together, so it was a treat to feature her in the staring role!" A limited edition 1,000 unit enhanced CD this October will feature the song and video along with an extra surprise song- stay tuned for details!
Dragontown Dan with Alice Cooper Live Onstage:
On August 2nd Alice Cooper and band rolled into Colorado with Motley Crue for a sold out show at the Pepsi Center in Denver with a surprise... DTD onstage during Alice's finale with "School's Out." Dan was unaware of the invitation until a few days before. He shared, "It took be by surprise, it was a tremendous honor and an incredible experience. I've been asked what it was like to be onstage with the master showman in front of 50,000+ concert goers. The one take away was the shear thunderous power of the audience. You could feel their volume literally sway your body. It's an active stage, especially during that song so I was instructed (and had to be aware) of my space and where I was at all times. There is a reason Alice and the band sustain injuries every tour, it gets crazy up there. When you are on stage with a Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame artist it is really something special." Additional thanks go out to Leydi, Pat, Toby, Roxie... and of course Alice for a truly memorable evening.
June 1st release date:
"Rock n Roll Machine" 11 song CD street date has been announced. The CD will be distributed through Reverse Records. Along with a wild and crazy rock and roll ride musically and lyrically, there will be special packaging on first run pressing. READ MORE
Rock n' Roll Machine production details:
Recorded, mixed & mastered 2013-2014: BakTrak Studio Colorado Springs with: Dragontown Dan (lead vocals & keyboards), Justin Pierce (guitars), Robert Kent (bass), Trig LaCotta (drums), Arwen Fonzen (guest duet vocals), Philip Rodriguez (saxophone)
Rock n' Roll Machine song line up unveiled
Playing out in a rock opera style storyline, the Rock n' Roll Machine will feature the following original tracks:
1. Violent Fascination
3. Guitars, Girls, & Guns
4. Murder by Numbers
5. Apocalyptic Love (duet featuring Arwen Fonzen)
6. I Wish it was the 80's
8. Secondhand Lipstick (Philip Rodriguez/ saxophone)
10. The Ballad of Ingrid Cold (instrumental)
11. Keep your Dreams Alive (bonus track)
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