Quicken Loans Arena Hosts World’s Hottest Rock Bands @
Journeys ALTERNATIVE PRESS MUSIC AWARDS
Fueled By Monster Energy Drink
Weezer, All Time Low, Rob Zombie, Panic! At The Disco, and Sum 41
Amongst Star-Studded Appearances, Live from the Quicken Loans Arena
See All Performances and Award Presentations at www.altpress.com/aptv
Cleveland, OH — Cleveland truly rocked harder than ever last night (July 22, 2015) at the second annual Journeys AP Music Awards fueled by Monster Energy Drink. The event celebrated a stellar sophomore year that captured both the hearts and ears of underground rock fans around the globe. Social media reaction and fan response flooded the internet following the opening red carpet and awards ceremony event at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Fans enjoyed a program that included a high spirited, acrobatic kick-off by The Cavalier Girls, Q Spirit Squad and Q Scream Team, prior to top music stars arriving and walking down the red carpet and joining the AXS TV pre-show.
This exciting APMAs pre-show previewed the forthcoming once-in-a-lifetime performances from chart-topping artists, both brand new and legendary.
Hosted by Alex Gaskarth and Jack Barakat of pop-punk princes All Time Low, the 2015 APMAs featured many inspired performances and special collaborations. The Contemporary Youth Orchestra performed an overture of the show’s Song Of The Year nominees. All Time Low offered a punk history lesson with a medley of cover versions of classic songs written by such punk avatars Joan Jett, the Ramones, Nirvana amongst others. Weezer were joined by Candy Hearts frontwoman Mariel Loveland on their song “Go Away.” Panic! At The Disco pulled off a stentorian rendition of the Queen classic “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Black Veil Brides threw down a blistering version of Billy Idol’s “Rebel Yell.” New Found Glory were joined by Paramore vocalist Hayley Williams for the bouncy ’n’ crunchy “Vicious Love.” Brooding electronic rock trio PVRIS teamed up with Issues frontman Tyler Carter for their song “My House.” Hard rockers Halestorm were joined by Slipknot/Stone Sour vocalist Corey Taylor for a cover of Seattle supergroup Temple Of The Dog’s “Hunger Strike.” Pierce The Veil showered the crowd in both confetti and decibels during “Divine Zero.” Canadian pop-punk institution Simple Plan enlisted Mike Herrera from MxPx for a version of “Responsibility.” Spooky-glam outfit Motionless In White turned in a furious two-song performance which included their powerful single “Reincarnate” and a pummeling cover of White Zombie’s “Thunder Kiss ’65” where they were joined by Vanguard Award recipient Rob Zombie. Sum 41’s comeback was positively celebratory, marking the return of original guitarist Dave “Brown Sound” Baksh, and delivering rousing versions of Run-DMC’s “Mary Mary” and “King Of Rock,” fortified by none other than DMC himself. Scene staples Taking Back Sunday’s performance of “Better Homes And Gardens” resonated with the crowd.
Make sure to check out official videos and media from the APMAs at altpress.com
See below for the full list of all the APMAs 2015 award winners:
BEST VOCALIST presented by AXS TV: Hayley Williams, Paramore
BEST INTERNATIONAL BAND presented by AP Japan: The 1975
ICON AWARD presented by Artery Recordings: X
VANGUARD AWARD presented by Equal Vision and MerchNow: Rob Zombie
BEST BASSIST presented by Razor & Tie: Zack Merrick, All Time Low
ARTIST PHILANTHROPIC presented by Sub City/Take Action:
Taking Back Sunday for American Cancer Society
BEST LIVE BAND presented by Macbeth: A Day To Remember
BEST DRUMMER presented by DW Drums: Rian Dawson, All Time Low
BEST FANDOM presented by Tumblr: 5 Seconds Of Summer
BEST MUSIC VIDEO presented by Journeys: “Drown,” Bring Me The Horizon
SONG OF THE YEAR presented by Epitaph Records: “Kick Me,” Sleeping With Sirens
BEST UNDERGROUND BAND presented by Sumerian Records: Being As An Ocean
MOST DEDICATED FANS presented by Fearless Records: All Time Low’s “hustlers”
BEST GUITARIST presented by Gibson Brands: Tony Perry, Pierce The Veil
BREAKTHROUGH BAND presented by Splat: PVRIS
ARTIST OF THE YEAR presented by Monster Energy: Issues
ALBUM OF THE YEAR presented by Journeys: Black Veil Brides, Black Veil Brides
The four-hour show went far to transcend generations, genres and preconceived notions about the current state of underground rock. The 2015 APMAs was a night to remember and another reminder why Alternative Press magazine will always remain in the forefront of the next shift in music culture.
The APMAs is produced by Josh Bernstein, Mike Shea, Kevin Lyman, Dawn Marshman, Joe Scarpelli and Marc Grant.
About Alternative Press:
Now in its 30th year, Alternative Press continues to be on the forefront of discovering new artists, breaking news and reporting on the latest trends in music and youth culture. Since its early days as a pasted-up fanzine in the mid-’80s, Alternative Press is one of the largest music magazines in the world. AP provides in-depth interviews and exclusive photos, making it an essential collectors piece for a passionate fan base, as well as digitally through various mobile and tablet formats. AP has expanded its digital reach via an enhanced mobile app and Altpress.com, one of the world’s fastest-growing websites. The site has become a necessary destination for up-to-the-minute breaking news, coverage from our national APtv correspondents, exclusive multimedia premieres and much more. Additionally, the brand has been successfully extended through live events, beginning with the launch of the AP Tour and the company’s inaugural AP Music Award Show, which trended No. 1 worldwide on Twitter and Facebook. Independently owned and operated, AP continues to reach millions of fans, offering them insight to the hottest artists and cultural trends first.
Journeys is a leader in the teen specialty retail scene, with more than 850 stores in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Canada. Journeys uses fashion savvy and merchandising science to keep in step with the fast-paced footwear and accessories market for 13- to 22-year-old guys and girls. Journeys offers a wide variety of trendy, relevant brands that cater to teens who seek the hottest, new styles. The Journeys store is more than a retail environment; it’s an extension of the teen lifestyle. From the plasma TVs playing exclusive content and the latest music videos, to the visual merchandising strategy and promotions, to the employees whose image and style reflect the customers’ lifestyle and attitude. In addition, Journeys reaches its customers through www.journeys.com,a mobile website, catalog, national advertising, strategic cross-promotions, social media and grass-roots events like The Journeys Noise Tour. Journeys is, in every way, an attitude you can wear!
About Monster Energy Drink:
Most companies spend their money on ad agencies, TV commercials, radio spots and billboards to tell you how good their products are. At Monster Energy, we chose none of the above. Instead we support the scene, our bands, our athletes and our fans. We back athletes so they can make a career out of their passion. We promote concert tours, so our favorite bands can visit your hometown. We celebrate with our fans and riders by throwing parties and making the coolest events we can think of a reality. www.monsterenergy.com | www.facebook.com/monsterenergy
About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum:
The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame And Museum’s mission is to engage, teach and inspire through the power of rock and roll. The institution carries out its mission by giving voice to the stories of the people, artifacts and events that shaped rock and roll — through Museum exhibits, materials in the Museum’s Library and Archives, traveling exhibitions, and a wide array of innovative educational programs and activities. The 150,000 square-foot Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, located in Cleveland’s rapidly developing North Coast Harbor, is home to major artifact collections, four state-of-the-art theaters, and year-round educational and concert programming.
The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays (and Saturdays from Memorial Day through Labor Day), the Museum is open until 9 p.m. Museum admission is $22 for adults, $18 for adult residents of Greater Cleveland, $17 for seniors (65+), $13 for youth (9-12), children under 8 are free. A 6% Admission Tax that goes to support Cleveland Metropolitan Schools is added to each ticket at purchase. Museum Members are always admitted free, for information or to join the membership program call 216.515.8425. For general inquiries, please call 216.781.ROCK (7625) or visit http://www.rockhall.com. The Ohio Arts Council supports the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. The Museum is also generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.
About Gibson Brands:
Gibson Brands, the fastest-growing company in the music and sound industries, was founded in 1894 and is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee. Gibson Brands is a global leader in musical instruments, consumer electronics, and professional audio, and is dedicated to bringing the finest experiences to consumers by offering exceptional products with world-recognized brands.
Gibson Brands has a portfolio of over 100 well-recognized brand names starting with the #1 guitar brand, Gibson. Other instrument brands include Epiphone, Dobro, Valley Arts, Kramer, Steinberger, Tobias, Slingerland, Maestro, Baldwin, Hamilton, Chickering and Wurlitzer. In professional audio, KRK Systems, TASCAM, Cerwin-Vega, Stanton, and Cakewalk also continue Gibson’s tradition of quality in their respective markets. Consumer electronics brands include Onkyo, Integra, TEAC, and Esoteric.
Gibson Brands recently expanded its reach into consumer markets with the acquisition of Philips’ Home Entertainment based in Hong Kong—a company that invented the cassette tape, the CD format, the DVD format and the MP3 format. Under the Philips and Fidelio brand names, Gibson Brands continue to represent the ideal combination of innovation, tradition and a dedication to improving design while maintaining the highest level o craftsmanship. A global company, Gibson Brands has manufacturing, marketing and research and development centers throughout the world.
All Gibson Brands are dedicated to innovation, prestige and improving the quality of life and music for its customers. Its goal is to provide the most exceptional customer audio products and experiences in the world.