CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNER!
After sifting through thousands of great entries, the HOH is happy to announce we have a Grand Prize winner for the VIP trip to the M3 Rock Festival next weekend – Mike Kinler from Luling, Louisiana who listens to Bayou 95.7 – WKBU!
There were many reasons we liked Mike’s entry:
1) He was a first responder who weathered out Hurricane Katrina and stayed to help.
2) He wanted to set a good example for his two kids, so he went back to law school.
3) He actually admits losing his virginity to … Warrant! “Cherry Pie” anyone?
4) He proudly admits to being an ex-mulleteer … and he sent us a photo to prove it. Mike, that is F-I-N-E ! ! !
Mike has decided to take his lovely wife Mary to the show. In addition to getting the free airfare, hotel and show tickets, Mike and Mary will be meeting lots of the bands on the bill, and we have confirmed that they will even be able to hang out with Warrant and tell them his story!
Thanks to everyone who entered the contest. Next week we’ll announce the runner-up list, who along with Mike, will all be receiving the new CDs from Whitesnake, Mr. Big and Gary Cherone’s Hurtsmile, all courtesy of Frontiers Records.
Here’s Mike’s winning entry:
Dee, I am a proud ex-mullet wearing headbanger from the New Orleans Area. I may not have the hair any more but the music lives on inside my heart. First let me tell you how my life has changed since my younger days. I am now a husband and father of 2. I went through hurricane Katrina, and since my present job makes me a first responder I stayed and rode out the storm here in New Orleans.
Since the storm I have returned to school to get a degree from Loyola University in New Orleans. I am a senior and about to graduate in May. I know it is a little late to be back in school at the age of 38, but I wanted to be a good example for my kids. This would be a great graduation gift after 4 years of a fulltime job, full time school, and full time family. I could really use the weekend away and listening to some kick-ass metal bands from my day rocking on stage would be a dream come true. I have seen almost every one of these bands at one time in my life and some more than once, but never together. I even lost my virginity as Warrant was spinning on my record player…that’s right…vinyl before vinyl was considered retro and cool. Don’t even think I had a cassette player at that time.
I am sure you will have a lot of great emails to pick through but I hope you at least consider my request to be the one who goes to the show, I would even consider taking the wife with me for the weekend. Since she has been great support as I have been so, so, so, so, so busy the last few years. <-- catch that hint about how I could use this get away again? because I could do a bunch more as subtle as that one. Rock on brother, Mike p.s. I still have my mullet pictures from 1989 if you need to verify that I had said mullet!
Thanks to ALL the HOH and Metal Fans who entered the contest!
– Dee and the House of Hair Team!
The House of Hair and Frontiers Records has teamed up to offer HOH listeners another once in a lifetime trip! You and a guest could win a VIP trip to the M3 Rock Festival in Columbia, MD May 13-14!!
Included in the prize is roundtrip airfare for two from any major airport in the U.S. or Canada, two nights lodging, VIP tickets to the show, and a chance to hang out with lots of the artists backstage! Also included are the new CD releases from Whitesnake, Mr. Big and Hurtsmile featuring Gary Cherone. Besides Whitesnake, Mr. Big and Hurtsmile, other artists on the two day lineup are Kix, Warrant, LA Guns, Jetboy, Tesla, Sebastian Bach, Danger Danger, Lita Ford, Slaughter, Great White, Firehouse, Big Noise, Black And Blue, Faster Pussycat and Pretty Boy Floyd.
Wanna win?? Then you better let us know why you…and only you…should be chosen as our grand prize winner!
ENTER TO WIN: Contest Entry Form
Whitesnake’s FOREVERMORE finds founder/singer/songwriter David Coverdale and company returning to their no-holds-barred, bluesiest, sexiest rock n’ roll roots. This will be Whitesnake’s first release via the Italian-based Frontiers Records label. FOREVERMORE was recorded, produced and mixed by Los Bros Brutalos (Coverdale, Doug Aldrich and Michael McIntyre) at Snakebyte Studios and Grumblenott Studios & Villas in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, with additional work at Casa Dala, Sherman Oaks, CA. Whitesnake unleash the brand new single and video, “Love Will Set You Free.” Directed by Devin DeHaven/Fortress Entertainment (Papa Roach, Method Man, Talib Kweli), the video was shot in Lake Tahoe, NV and features cameos by Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale’s son Justin and wife, Cindy (who is the inspiration for the song). “Love Will Set You Free” is the first single from the new Whitesnake album, FOREVERMORE.
Formed in 1977, and steered by the legendary David Coverdale, Whitesnake carry a rightful reputation as one of the world’s leading rock n’ roll bands. Coverdale’s blues roots, combined with a feral sense of rockin’ and rollin’, have consistently shaped the ‘Snake’s sound along with Coverdale’s love and appreciation of impeccable musicianship. Whitesnake’s ascent to the very top of the rock n’ roll heap was confirmed with 1987’s self-titled mega-platinum album, which saw two massive Top 10 hits, two #1 singles with “Here I Go Again” and “Is This Love” and a virtual 24-hour domination of MTV around the world.
Whitesnake is: David Coverdale (vocals), Doug Aldrich (guitars), Reb Beach (guitars), Michael Devin (bass) and Brian Tichy (drums).
Shredder rock-pop metallers Mr. Big are back with brand new album WHAT IF… The new studio release finds all four original band members reuniting for their first album in 14 years. Produced by Kevin Shirley (Aerosmith, Rush, Iron Maiden), the first single from the album, “Undertow,” is impacting radio now. Released last month overseas, WHAT IF… has hit the European album charts with strong respective debuts including: #36 in Switzerland, #50 in Germany, #71 in Austria, #71 in Italy and #75 in Sweden.
WHAT IF…will be released in a special edition CD + DVD in digipak, regular CD, vinyl and digital download and in a limited edition luxury box including the CD, DVD, LP and exclusive memorabilia. The DVD includes videos of “Undertow” and “All The Way Up” plus a documentary “making of” the album including interviews and exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of the four band members. Tour dates will be announced later this year.
Formed in 1988, Mr. Big forged its place in hard rock history by combining trademark virtuosic musicianship with stellar vocal harmonies. The original (and now reunited) line-up features vocalist Eric Martin, guitarist Paul Gilbert, bassist Billy Sheehan, and drummer Pat Torpey. The quartet produced numerous hit songs that ranged across a wide array of rock genres, including the ubiquitous “To Be With You,” which was a Billboard Hot 100 #1 single in 15 countries for weeks, propelling the band to huge international success and record sales in the multi-millions.Formed in 1988, Mr. Big forged its place in hard rock history by combining trademark virtuosic musicianship with stellar vocal harmonies. The original (and now reunited) line-up features vocalist Eric Martin, guitarist Paul Gilbert, bassist Billy Sheehan, and drummer Pat Torpey. The quartet produced numerous hit songs that ranged across a wide array of rock genres, including the ubiquitous “To Be With You,” which was a Billboard Hot 100 #1 single in 15 countries for weeks, propelling the band to huge international success and record sales in the multi-millions.
This is the latest from Gary Cherone (Extreme, Van Halen), who has teamed up with his brother Mark to write his most succinct record to date. The self-titled, HURTSMILE is a raw sonic sucker punch in the face! From the opening buzz saw riff of “Just War Theory” to the epic finale of “Slave” and “Beyond The Garden/Kicking Against the Goads”, Gary continues to push and poke you in the ear with his lyrically provocative themes.
“Hurtsmile was a long time coming… I always wanted to write a record with my brother,” says Gary. “I’m a big fan of Mark’s song writing and his snarling guitar riffs.” The timing was right as Extreme was in-between their touring and record cycle, leaving Gary the freedom. They recruited Joe Pessia (bass) an alumnus of Nuno Bettencourt’s Dramagods as well as the guitar player for Tantric. Joe also engineered, and co-produced the record with Gary. To round off the lineup they enlisted heavy hitter Dana Spellman on drums “It’s an east coast/Boston thing,” states Gary. “Mark, my brother, was in a band with Nuno’s brother… Joe was in Nuno’s band and Dana was a friend, and student of Mike Mangini (former Extreme drummer) … we like to keep it in the family.”
The lineup is not the only thing familiar with the band. In true Cherone fashion, the record is chock full of swaggering guitar, soaring vocals and the trademark Cherone eclecticism on tracks such as “Jesus Would You Meet Me”, the reggae-tinged “Just War Reprise” and the Dylan-esque “The Murder of Daniel Faulkner (4699)”. “Hurtsmile was about returning to my roots, writing a record in my basement, a straight up rock ‘n’ roll record… but it turned out to be more diverse and ambitious than I expected.”
Gary is no stranger to taking on intense topics, and Hurtsmile is no exception. The first half of the record is a group of more loosely knit songs such as the cynically inquisitive “Just War Theory”, the limit’s of free speech “Tolerance Song” and the disturbingly mesmerizing “Kaffur (Infidel)”, inspired by the beheading of journalist Daniel Pearl.
The 2nd half of the record is more conceptually cohesive; an introspective look at the nature of man and the condition of the human heart. “Stillborn” introduced earlier, and “Set Me Free” both touch on mans inclination toward darkness, culminating with an epic journey from sin to salvation… “Slave” to “Beyond the Garden/Kicking Against the Goads”.
For the most part both themes are represented as two sides of a record. A concept familiar to Extreme fans but make no mistake, whether reading between the lines or just moved by the visceral power of the music, this is a completely different type of record. Gary adds, “All the boys in the band bring something new to the table, and you’ll never know what hit you!”
ENTER TO WIN: Contest Entry Form
What do you win?
19 Runners Up each get:
One (1) CD copy of Whitesnake’s “Forevermore”, One (1) CD copy of Mr. Big’s “What If…” and One (1) CD copy of Hurtsmile’s “Hurtsmile”.
1 GRAND PRIZE Winner gets:
- 1) Two (2) VIP tickets to the M3 Rock Festival in Columbia, MD May 13-14 with an opportunity to meet several of the bands backstage
- 2) Airfare for two (2) from any major airport in the U.S. or Canada to Baltimore or Washington, D.C.
- 3) Two (2) nights hotel May 13-14
- 4) One (1) CD copy of Whitesnake’s “Forevermore”, one (1) CD copy of Mr. Big’s “What If…” and one (1) CD copy of Hurtsmile’s “Hurtsmile”.
How to Enter:
Fill in the Entry Form HERE. ONE ENTRY PER PERSON ONLY, please. Duplicates will be tossed out.
Tell us why YOU would be our ultimate M3 Rock Festival guest!! Honesty, sincerity and humor are always good! The HOH team will judge which entry we feel is best. You MUST include a cell or home phone where you can be reached during the day to be contacted in case you are the winner.
How we choose the winner:
Only entries received by Monday, April 25, 2011 will be considered. The HOH staff and prize team will choose the Grand Prize winner. Entries will be judged on honesty, creativity, sincerity, originality and who we think truly deserves this awesome prize! Entries do not need to be lengthy, although they can be. Convince us that the ONLY person we could possibly pick to win is YOU!!
ENTRIES MUST HAVE ALL FIELDS FILLED IN TO BE CONSIDERED. It is VERY IMPORTANT that you include a valid email address and a phone number where we can reach you. (This information is never stored or used for any marketing purposes!) If you are chosen as a finalist, you will be emailed or called so we can verify your age and ID.
CONTEST START DATE: Friday, April 1, 2011
CONTEST END DATE: Monday, April 25, 2011 at midnight
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This contest is open to residents of the USA and Canada ONLY.
Winner and guest will have to sign legal disclaimers. Major rules include:
1. Winner and guest must be 21 or over – no exceptions! Faxed copies of a driver’s license or other official ID will be required if you are picked as the winner. Winner and guest will need to supply social security numbers for tax purposes. Winner and guest will also need a passport if traveling to/from Canada. There will be an additional legal disclaimer to sign by both winner and guest prior to travel.
2. Airfare is coach service. Winner and guest must originate flights from the same airport within the Continental U.S. or Canada on the same day and time. Winner and guest must be able to fly to the event and provide proper legal ID to the airlines.
3. Lodging is one (1) room, double occupancy. Hotel will be chosen by our M3 Rock Festival sponsor.
4. ALL GROUND TRANSPORTATION TO and FROM THE AIRPORT AND THE CONCERT VENUES IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE WINNER. So, you must be able to rent a car and have a valid driver’s license, or the means to pay for a cab/limo.
5. In the event that winner or guest is impaired by alcohol or shows disruptive behavior, meet and greet privileges will be cancelled.
6. All applicable local, state, federal and international laws apply.
7 . Prize is non-transferable, non-substitutable and has NO cash value in the event of trip cancellation for ANY REASON.
8. This contest is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada only.