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PICK OF THE LITTER!

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 94.3 KILO & Independent Records Pick Of The Litter for April 2015:

BREAKING BENJAMIN: DARK BEFORE DAWN

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In late 2000, guitarist Aaron Fink and bassist Mark James Klepaski made a surprising and unexpected decision: they left Lifer, an alternative metal band that was signed to Universal and was gaining commercial acceptance. Fink and Klepaski departed Lifer (which was originally called Strangers with Candy) so that they could join forces with singer Ben Burnley and drummer Jeremy Hummel and form Breaking Benjamin. Why would Fink and Klepaski leave a band that had a contract with Universal to form a new alt-rock band that, at the time, was unsigned? According to Breaking Benjamin’s press releases, the ex-members of Lifer had so much faith in Burnley’s songwriting talents that they were willing to take a gamble and uproot themselves. So in late 2000, Breaking Benjamin got started with a four-man lineup that consisted of Burnley on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Fink on lead guitar, Klepaski on bass, and Hummel on drums. Breaking Benjamin wasn’t the first time that Fink had worked with Burnley; he had known the singer since high school. All four members of the band are from Wilkes-Barre, a small town in northeastern Pennsylvania.

When Breaking Benjamin started playing around Wilkes-Barre, they were far from a carbon copy of Lifer — instead, they favored a radio-friendly post-grunge approach that was aggressive and forceful yet melodic. The band’s various influences included, among others, Live, Bush, Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, and Nirvana. Burnley has been quoted as saying that at age 14, he taught himself to play guitar by listening to Nirvana’s seminal 1991 release Nevermind over and over. Korn and Tool have also been cited as influences, but unlike Korn, Breaking Benjamin doesn’t have strong hip-hop leanings and isn’t quite alt metal — hard alt rock, certainly, but not quite alt metal. That isn’t to say that Breaking Benjamin hasn’t been influenced by certain aspects of Korn’s sound. The Pennsylvanians do incorporate the sort of choppy, downtuned guitars that are quite prevalent in alt-metal, and even though Breaking Benjamin has a lot in common with post-grunge bands like Creed, Default, Cinema8, and Third Eye Blind, they tend to be a bit heavier.

In 2001, Breaking Benjamin’s Wilkes-Barre gigs caught the attention of a local radio DJ named Freddie Fabbri, who was an on-air personality at alt-rock station WBSX-FM. Fabbri put their song “Polyamorous” in rotation, and he also financed the recording of their self-titled debut EP — which, in 2001, ended up selling about 2,000 copies in and around Wilkes-Barre. It was also in 2001 that Breaking Benjamin signed with Hollywood Records, which united the band with Ulrich Wild (a busy producer/engineer who had worked with Powerman 5000, Stabbing Westward, White Zombie, Static-X, Pantera, Slipknot, and quite a few others). Wild served as both producer and engineer on Breaking Benjamin’s first full-length album, Saturate, which Hollywood released in August 2002. We Are Not Alone followed two years later, complete with a few collaborations with Billy Corgan; the band landed a primo spot on the Evanescence tour in support of the effort, as three of the album’s singles made their way onto the Billboard charts (“So Cold” and “Sooner or Later” both peaked at number two in Mainstream Rock).

Breaking Benjamin issued their third album, Phobia, in August 2006 before heading out on nationwide headlining dates with Evans Blue and Dropping Daylight in tow. The album featured new drummer Chad Szeliga and was spearheaded by the single “The Diary of Jane,” which quickly heated up airwaves and helped the album debut at number two on the Billboard charts. Phobia was reissued that fall with additional bonus tracks, while the band continued touring alongside Godsmack. After the tour, Breaking Benjamin dove back into the studio to begin work on their fourth full-length. The resulting Dear Agony, fueled by the first single “I Will Not Bow,” arrived in the summer 2009. More touring followed, including legs with Three Days Grace and Nickelback, before Burnley announced a hiatus due to alcoholism-related health issues. Ensuing legal disputes within the band led to Fink and Klepaski being fired just before a collection, Shallow Bay: The Best of Breaking Benjamin, was released in 2011. Szeliga exited the band in 2013. The following year, Burnley confirmed that Breaking Benjamin would continue as a quintet, and in June of 2015, they released their first album of new material in six years, Dark Before Dawn, with Burnley (who also produced), guitarists Jasen Rauch and Keith Wallen, bassist Aaron Bruch, and drummer Shaun Foist. With a notably similar sound to prior releases, its lead single, “Failure,” cracked the Billboard Hot 100 and hit number one on the Mainstream Rock Songs chart.

PICK UP DARK BEFORE DAWN FROM BREAKING BENJAMIN FOR  $9.43 DURING THE MONTH OF JULY AT YOUR LOCAL INDEPENDENT RECORDS

Slide the City

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THE BIGGEST EVENT OF THE SUMMER IS COMING.

SLIDE THE CITY ON A 1000 FOOT LONG WATER SLIDE AUGUST 15TH NEAR BEAR CREEK PARK…
(786-798 CRESTA RD)

JOIN KILO AS WE BROADCAST LIVE ON THE 15TH FOR ALL OF THE FUN…

LISTEN TO WIN YOUR TICKETS FROM KILO AND MAKE SURE YOU’RE THERE FOR THE BIGGEST WATER SLIDE YOU WILL EVER SEE AND THE MOST FUN YOU WILL HAVE THIS SUMMER.

THE EVENT KICKS OFF AT NOON AND RUNS UNTIL 5P ON AUGUST 15th

YOU CAN RIDE ONE TIME, THREE TIMES, OR GET AN UNLIMITED PASS TO SLIDE ALL DAY..

BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE!!

KILO’s ROYAL WEDDING

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KILOS ROYAL WEDDING:

IN 94 WORDS OR LESS SEND OVER YOUR CREATIVE PLEA AS TO WHY YOU WANT TO BE MARRIED AT THIS YEARS RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL.

THE WINNING COUPLE WILL GET A

COMPLETE ROYAL WEDDING TO INCLUDE CAKE FROM BOONZAAIJERS BAKERY, WEDDING BANDS FROM LUISA GRAFF JEWELERS, FLOWERS FROM SKYWAY CREATIONS, COSTUMES FROM ZEEZO’S AND HIS AND HER TATTOO’S FROM SKIN EVOLUTION TATTOO..

MAIL OR DROP OFF YOUR PLEA TO KILO STUDIOS (1805 E CHEYENNE RD) MONDAY-FRIDAY 9A TO 5P DEADLINE IS THURSDAY, JULY 9TH 5P.

WINNING COUPLE WILL BE ANNOUNCE FRIDAY, JULY 10TH ON THE KILO MORNING SHOW.

THE SPECIAL DAY WILL BE SUNDAY, JULY 19TH..

THE 2015 COLORADO RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL RUNS SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS 10 AM – 6 PM RAIN OR SHINE THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER IN LARKSPUR, COLORADO

(650 W. PERRY PARK AVE)

RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL DATES:

(JUNE 13TH-14TH, 20-21ST, 27TH-28TH) (JULY 4TH-5TH, 11TH-12TH, 18TH-19TH, 25TH-26TH) (AUGUST 1ST-2ND)

KILO’S VIRAL VIXEN

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CHELSY S. IS THIS MONTHS KILO’S VIRAL VIXEN!!!

 

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ARE YOU THE HOT ENOUGH TO GO VIRAL?

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO IS?

KILO IS LOOKING FOR VARIOUS VIXENS TO STEP UP TO THE PLATE.

SEND US YOUR BEST PHOTO BY JULY 15TH AND SEE HOW YOU RANK AGAINST THE REST OF COLORADO!

FILL OUT THE FORM BELOW AND SUBMIT THE BEST PHOTO YOU GOT BEFORE JUNE 16TH..
**18 and older only**

THE WINNER WILL BE CROWNED AS KILO’S VIRAL VIXEN!!!

NEXT MONTH KILO IS LOOKING FOR THE MOST PATRIOTIC VIXEN IN COLORADO.

DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES? SUBMIT YOU BEST PATRIOTIC SHOT BELOW!

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In Loving Memory of Hawk

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A tribute to Rich Hawk

Click below to hear Rich Hawk interview Ronnie James Dio

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Richard David Hawk, who rubbed elbows with many of rock’s greatest musicians and was himself a radio legend, died Thursday in a Colorado Springs hospital. He was 59.

Hawk was the first program director of KILO 94.3 FM, which started in 1978. He carried out the vision to make the station, which had been broadcasting country tunes, into an edgy rock entertainment source that gained national notice.

As program director for 30 years, he was responsible for the sound of the station. He picked the albums, developed the on-air staff and arranged the music lineup, said KILO General Manager Lou Mellini.

Hawk was playing Nirvana and Stevie Ray Vaughn before just about anybody else did. In fact, he put Nirvana on the air even before stations in the grunge band’s hometown of Seattle would.

And through the years there was a steady stream of rockers through the station’s front door — Motley Crue, Steven Tyler, Aerosmith and Ozzy Osbourne to name a few.

Hawk was a mentor to many. “He was brilliant on the air, with smooth delivery and clearness of voice, and he insisted all his jockeys meet that standard,” Mellini said.

Charlie Brown, of Charlie Brown’s Goodtime Travel, was then co-owner of the station with the late philanthropist Bob Telmossé until 1984. Hawk had started as a DJ at KPIK, a country station which morphed into KILO.

“He didn’t play a song because it was a hit, but because it was good music,” Brown said.

Hawk had the perfect Colorado mindset for the job. “He was laid back, not pushing music, but helping people discover the music,” Brown said.

As a result, the station earned the highest rating of any album-oriented rock station in the country for a couple of years in the early 80s, and showed up in the Denver ratings, something unusual then. The station won many industry awards, including Billboard station of the year in 1988-1990. Hawk was named best program director for Friday Morning Quarterback, a music industry publication, and won the industry’s Golden Ears award.

Hawk had many stories of his encounters with rock stars. A favorite one that friends recount was the time Bruce Springsteen was in Woodland Park on his way to a concert in Red Rocks. He borrowed a Jeep and got stuck in the backcountry. Hawk rescued him. “They sat in a Woodland gas station parking lot for two hours talking and no one recognized the star,” Mellini said.

Once, Tom Petty flew Hawk and several other radio programmers to Los Angles to listen to his new album and get advice.

Hawk had the courage to try new things. As a result other stations paid attention to his playlist. Hawk played some of the first CDs, and created a local late night TV program where he interviewed musicians. He retired from KILO in 2006.

Hawk was born in Lamar and attended schools there, including Lamar Community college. He also worked at Columbia School of Broadcasting.

Richard David Hawk, age 59, passed away Thursday, March 7, 2013. Rich was born July 24, 1953 in Anthony, Kansas to Harry and Betty Hawk. He moved to Lamar, Colorado in the early 1960’s with his family then to Colorado Springs in 1977. Rich was preceded in death by his wife Christine Hawk, his father Harry Hawk, and twin brothers Robert and Rodney Hawk. He is survived by his mother Betty and stepfather Howard Fenske; daughter Chelsea Hawk; and grandchildren Gabe, Rhiannon, Zion, and Ayden.

Rich was Station Manager and Program Director at KILO 94.3 and KRXP 103.9 for 28 years. He won three Billboard Station of the Year awards in 1988, 1989, and 1990, Program Director of the Year in 1992, and the record industries prestigious Golden Ears award in 1990.

Hawk was so revered for his talent in the music industry that artist Tom Petty invited him to his home to listen to tracks that were to be on his next album.

In 1988 Hawk and the late Red Noise came up with the most brilliant April Fool’s joke in the history of Colorado Springs. April 1, 1988 they convinced Colorado Springs that Pink Floyd was going to play on the roof of the studio at 707 South Tejon Street. On that cold April day, over 4000 people showed up to see Red Noise on the roof with a microphone in hand say “April Fools” and play the latest Pink Floyd album. The crowd roared with laughter!

Hawk brought music and laughter to Colorado Springs for 35 years.

Rich was a teacher and mentor for many in the radio business. He leaves a lasting legacy in the stations he made successful, and in those whose lives he touched. Services will be on March 13, 2013 at 11:00am at Evergreen Funeral Home 1830 E. Fountain Blvd, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

 

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to: TESSA, PO Box 2662, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80901. Online condolences at www.evergreenfuneralhome.org

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