Open for The Dear & Departed!

So you’re in a band and you think “Man! I want to play the Roxy!” Well, this is your chance to win!

The Dear and Departed features well-known LA tattoo artist, Dan Smith aka Dan Under, and you’ve probably seen him on episodes of LA Ink. Smith grew up listening to bands like The Jam, New Order, Duran Duran, and more that shaped his love for punk and new wave. The Dear & Departed also includes Scott Sprigg, Darren Parkinson, Jimmy Walsh & Neeraj Kane. The band has put out three albums, Something Quite Peculiar, Chapters, and their latest, Every Waking Moment takes the band’s sound to a new level. The album, out on Equal Vision Records was produced by New Found Glory’s Chad Gilbert and the band has performed worldwide with Alkaline Trio, Avenged Sevenfold, AFI, and more.

Here’s how you can enter to open for this awesome band! First of all, check your calendar, are you free March 15? Good.

You have two options to submit your band:
1. Tweet: We want to rock @TheRoxy’s stage with @DearandDeparted on 3/15! (Link to your music) #DearDepartedRox

2. Facebook Post:
On The Roxy’s Facebook Page: We want to play with The Dear and Departed on March 15! (Link to your music)
On The Dear & Departed’s Facebook Page: We want to play with you at The Roxy on March 15! (Link to your music)

The band with the most retweets on their Tweet or Likes on their post will win! The Dear & Departed will pick the winning band at 12pm on March 8, so post away, tell your friends, and good luck!

Camp Freddy & Friends

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for Camp Freddy fans because December is right around the corner & that means it’s time for the Camp Freddy & Friends residency! December 2, 9, 16, & 23 are this year’s dates & we can’t wait to spend them with you, Billy Morrison (Billy Idol/The Cult), Dave Navarro (Janes Addiction/The Panic Channel), Matt Sorum (Guns N Roses/Velvet Revolver), Donovan Leitch (son of legendary folk singer Donovan), Chris Chaney (Janes Addiction/Alanis Morrisette), and all their famous friends.

If you’ve seen the show before you know it’s the best party of you’ll go to all year and can expect the best of the best guests at each show. Previous “Friends” include Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Idol, Steven Tyler, Moby, Chad Smith, Billie Joe Armstrong, Mark McGrath, Slash, Juliette Lewis & so many others.

Get a dose of CF here:

Camp Freddy Compilation from Dave Navarro on Vimeo.

Tickets are available via Ticketweb & The Roxy Box Office now!

Limited Golden tickets are available that get you access to all four shows, one soundcheck, and meet & greet with the band! For more information call The Roxy box office at 310-278-9457.

RHCP Invade The Roxy

You read that correctly, amigos. The Red Hot Chili Peppers will take over The Roxy on August 22 for a once in a lifetime private performance!

Red Hot Chili Peppers are no strangers to The Roxy having played here in the late 80s and early 90s and we’re thrilled to have them back again. Check out fan footage below:

The Peppers 10th studio album I’m With You will be released August 30 and features the single “The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie.” This guaranteed to be amazeballs Live At The Roxy show will be filmed by Fuse TV to be aired the same day of I’m With You‘s release!

Keep checking back here for more information & for the most up to date news.

Q&A with Outernational

By: Brent X Mendoza

Tomorrow rock revolutionaries Outernational featuring drummer Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) will take the stage for a night of socially conscious, genre defying jams. To their credit, the NY based quintet has garnered the attention of guitar god Tom Morello, who has worked with the band as a producer, and even goes as far as to call them, “the next Rage Against The Machine.”

Before heading to the show, get inside the political minds of guitarist Leo Mintek, drummer Chad Smith, and frontman Miles Solay as they share their thoughts on the music industry, stardom, and the state of world affairs.

First off, the name of the band… care to define/explain?

Mintek: Outernational means no borders, no nations. It means revolution, an end to all the divisions between people across the world; valuing the lives of all humans, and uprooting the twisted system keeping people separated and at each other’s throats.

Do you believe that artists/musicians have a responsibility to be politically active/social conscious? Is it vital to have a message?

Mintek: Artists have a responsibility to make great art. And someone once said if you want to make great art, you should set out to fulfill a great need. It’s time to tell the truth and it’s time to shake things up. It’s time to envision something very new.

In your opinion, what is the single most important issue afflicting our world today?

Mintek: Capitalism. Whole countries are sucked dry to feed rich countries. This system destroys people’s means to live worldwide and forces them to go through hell to immigrate to the US and Europe, just to be exploited and disrespected. Poor people here have their livelihoods taken away, and their communities, schools, health, everything neglected and left to rot because supporting these things are not profitable. Profit above all, this is the law and it is killing everything including the planet itself. It goes deep into the culture and psyches of people, all the fucked up values: “me first”, “America first”, the commoditization of everything, even sex, love and intimacy. It’s a cancer and it’s way past its time.

There seems to be an enormous amount of hype surrounding the band, a lot of “next big thing” headlines floating around; does all the attention put stress/strain on the band? Do you ever get self-conscious creatively thinking about people’s “expectations?”

Mintek: We make all our decisions with the people in mind. What needs to be said? What needs to be done? It’s liberating and inspiring to have a calling bigger than yourself.

As an artist, where do you stand on the whole “downloading/file sharing” debate? Should music be free?

Mintek: It costs money to make great records. Fans need to financially support the artists they want to hear. But there are many ways to do that.

How did Chad Smith come about as a guest drummer?

Smith: I first met ON about three years ago, when I was asked to play on their record. They were great, and I had a fun time doing it. Fast forward to six months ago, I moved to NYC and reached out to Miles and we reconnected. For some reason, they got the Spinal tap drummer thing going on. Hope I don’t explode….

Chad what’s it been like watching, getting to experience again, a band in the early stages, sort of building their fanbase and beginning to “take off?”

Smith: Seeing is believing. They are down for the cause. They live it; it is no bullshit. From driving cross country, straight through in a van, to, which keeps them connected to likeminded people, it’s awesome and humbling and inspiring all at the same time. The new grassroots movement has Outernantional for soil! BAKOW!

Better album, RHCP’s Blood Sugar Sex Magik, or RATM’s self-titled debut?

Solay: London Calling.


Outernational performs tomorrow, Wednesday, June 1 along with The Tender Box, Beatmo, and The Red Paintings. Doors open at 8 p.m. Get the details & ticket info here.

For more info on the band head to

Chickenfoot Raises The Bar

Chickenfoot brought the house down last night! So many epic musicians doing what they do best on our stage- it was such a pleasure. Thanks to all the die hard fans traveling from far and wide, and our industry favorites who joined us last night as well!
Photo Credit: David Tobin

Chickenfoot May 19, 2009