LAS VEGAS, May 7 /PRNewswire/ -- DeepRockDrive
(http://www.DeepRockDrive.com), the world's first interactive online concert
venue, has launched a global free concert series in partnership with Pepsi.
Featuring five of today's hottest musical artists including multi-platinum
Disturbed, the series reinforces DeepRockDrive's prominence as the world's
most popular destination for online, interactive concerts.
Presented by Pepsi, five compelling live acts will be performing to global
audiences beginning May 16th through May 29th 2008. Kicking off with country
music's hottest new act, Lady Antebellum on May 16, the series continues with
YouTube sensation Marie Digby on May 18, singer/songwriter/ guitarist Matt
Nathanson on May 27, R&B performer Lloyd on May 25 and culminating with hard
rock's Disturbed on May 29.
Each concert will feature interaction between fans and artists using the
revolutionary service that DeepRockDrive has created.
By logging on to http://www.DeepRockDrive.com, music fans around the world
will experience a live, online, interactive exchange between performers and
their audience where the fans collaborate with artists in real-time to build
magical live experiences. Fans can send shout outs to the stage, vote on the
next song in the set, personalize camera angle selections and send digital
applause to the artists on stage in the form of emot-applause(TM), which are
video game-like icons, such as hearts, fists, and lips that blow a kiss.
These animated icons appear on giant screens in front of the artists while
Thanks to the support of Pepsi, the shows in this series are available
free of charge, bringing a front row seat to music fans from Las Vegas to
London, San Francisco to Singapore, and anywhere where a broadband connection
Of the band's participation in DeepRockDrive, Disturbed singer David
Draiman said, "We are looking forward to taking part of something this unique
The innovation extends to the marketing of the concerts, as
DeepRockDrive's service enables a direct bridge between artists and their
fans. Marie Digby, born from her channel on YouTube, created this direct
invitation to her fans to attend the show --
"We jumped at the chance to be a part of this innovative, online
experience with DeepRockDrive and the Pepsi Concert series, exposing Matt
Nathanson to a worldwide audience," said Tricia Rice, the Director of Digital
Media at Vanguard Records.
"Thanks to the early support and commitment to innovation from Pepsi,
DeepRockDrive has built the next generation of live entertainment," said
DeepRockDrive co-founder Danny Socolof.
Free tickets for all shows are available now at
http://www.DeepRockDrive.com. Fans can grab a ticket and invite all of their
friends. Live music has a new home...yours, and it's powered by Pepsi!
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About the Artists
Disturbed, which is frontman David Draiman, guitarist Dan Donegan, drummer
Mike Wengren and bassist John Moyer, self-produced their forthcoming album
"Indestructible" which will be released June 3rd on Reprise Records. The
first single from the album, "Inside The Fire," marks the band's sixth Number
One single at Active Rock, and their fastest-rising single to date. Known for
their punishingly powerful music and Draiman's passionate, socially conscious
lyrics, Disturbed has sold a collective 10 million copies worldwide of their
three albums -- 2000's RIAA-certified triple-platinum The Sickness, 2002's
Billboard album chart-topper Believe, and their second consecutive Number One
Ten Thousand Fists -- since forming in Chicago in 1996.
Lady Antebellum -- Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood -- blend
classic and contemporary country with R&B soulfulness, giving them a unique
sound that's generating a deafening buzz as one of modern country's brightest
hopes. Their self-titled debut, LADY ANTEBELLUM, debuted at the top of the
Billboard Country Charts, their debut single, "Love Don't Live Here," is a Top
Ten hit and still climbing, and the trio has been nominated for "Top New
Group" at the 2008 Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards. They've performed
on the legendary Grand Ole Opry, and have opened shows for some of the top
names in country music including Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw
and Alan Jackson. Lady Antebellum will be touring all across the country this
summer, giving their enthusiastic fan base many opportunities to see them
Lloyd is mid-stream in a solid career growth mode: his 2007 album, Street
Love, which debuted at No. 2 on both the national Billboard Top 200 album
chart and the R&B/Hip-Hop album chart, was certified gold within eight weeks
of its release, and spun off two major smashes: "You" featuring Lil Wayne, an
R&B/Hip-Hop No. 1 and Top 10 pop hit; and "Get It Shawty," a No. 4 R&B/Hip-Hop
track and Top 20 Hot 100 entry. Lloyd's upcoming LESSONS IN LOVE is in stores
on July 15th with a top-tier list of collaborators including Nelly, Tricky and
The-Dream, Polow Da Don, J-Lack, Jasper and Big Reese and Eric Hudson.
Marie Digby's recently released debut album, Unfold (Hollywood Records)
debuted at # 29 on Billboard's Top 200 album chart. The album, described by
People Magazine as "radiant guitar pop," also reached # 2 on the iTunes album
chart and # 3 on Billboard's Digital Top 100 album chart. The first single,
"Say It Again," is in heavy rotation on Hot AC stations across the country.
Since Digby burst onto the national stage in 2007 via YouTube, she has become
the 7th most subscribed artist, and her homemade videos have accumulated more
than 26 million views. Marie also became one of the faces of GAP's "The Sound
of Color" campaign, landed on top 40 radio charting with her version of
Rhianna's "Umbrellla," and has had her music featured on MTV's the Hills, CW's
One Tree Hill, and Smallville. Marie will embark on a nationwide tour kicking
off on May 20.
Matt Nathanson's current Vanguard CD, Some Mad Hope, has spawned two
singles, "Car Crash" and "Come On Get Higher" which continue to grow in
popularity with fans and radio alike. I "Come On Get Higher" was featured in
the Amazon/Pepsi Stuff national radio campaign in the past few months and the
track is currently rising up both Triple A and Hot AC radio charts. His music
has been prominent in such acclaimed shows as Private Practice, NCIS, One Tree
Hill, Women's Murder Club and will be heard in upcoming episodes of Men In
DeepRockDrive was founded in 2007 by music industry marketing veteran and
MEGA founder Danny Socolof, and former Microsoft Xbox executive producer Jeff
Henshaw. By harnessing the excitement of live performance and the
interactivity of the Internet, DeepRockDrive is creating the world's most
popular online destination for interactive live performances. The Company is
headquartered in Las Vegas and Seattle with 25 employees and a community
comprised of over 50,000 passionate artists and fans worldwide.