Elixur brings national acts to Rockford

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Solace for Now, Adema, Modern Day Zero headline Friday Rock Nights

Friday Rock Night at Elixur Nightclub kicks off the 2005 summer by bringing three national bands to the stateline.

Solace for Now, Adema and Modern Day Zero will headline three of the five Friday Rock Nights sponsored by WXRX and Budweiser this summer.

Double T, a DJ for WXRX, hosts the event every Friday. He said the national groups always bring in a large crowd, and the club is packed.

To make sure everyone could see the stage, Elixur underwent construction and built a permanent 5-foot stage that can be seen from the farthest wall.

“The 5-foot stage is cool,” Double T said. “There’s a pretty good view everywhere.”

Solace for Now, Adema and Modern Day Zero will be playing separate shows throughout June and July.

Solace for Now is a semi-new rock band that features members of two major label groups, Paul Crosby from Saliva and Johnny Sprauge. Trent Anderson, drums, played with Josey Scott and Chris D. from Saliva in their early years.

The band first met in Hollywood during tour rehearsals. However, the band was actually formed by longtime friends Paul Crosby and Jimmy Harris, lead vocals.

After months of writing and recording songs, their debut album, Places Inside, was ready to hit the market in 2005. Their official tour kicked off in April 2005 with their first show at the Motor City Music Festival in Detroit, Mich.

Solace for Now will take the stage June 24 with special guests Left 4 Dead, 420 and Sugar Fuse.

Adema came onto the modern rock music scene in 2001 with the release of their self-titled debut album. Their first two singles, “Giving In” and “The Way You Like It,” held the album at No. 27 on the Billboard Top 200 chart.

The chart level and fan base landed Adema a spot in Ozzfest 2001-2002 while they were touring with bands like Linkin Park, Drowning Pool and Disturbed. By March 2002, their self-titled album went gold.

In early 2003, Unstable was released, selling 75,000 copies in the first three weeks. Within weeks of the debut, Adema’s label, Artista Records, closed its doors, leaving the band without a label.

The band still entered the scene in early 2004 without a label. Still hitting it big, Al Dawson, Earache U.S. Label manager, offered them a deal, and they signed in July 2004.

Shortly after the signing, Adema replaced lead singer Marky Chavez with a new frontman, Luke Caraccioli and recorded their first album with him called Planets, released in April.

Adema will take the stage July 8 with special guests Face of Fury and R.S. Theory.

Modern Day Zero started to form in 1996 when singer Scott Gertken, bassist Rich Criebaum, and drummer Brian Pearia played in a band called Mesh.

In 1998, Mesh added depth with a guitarist named Rock Davis. With producer Malcolm Springer on their side, they recorded their first EP named Ripple Effect.

Mesh’s 2001 album release titled Lowercase brought their first single, “Maybe Tomorrow,” to the airwaves. This single would land Mesh a deal with a label called The Firm.

The video for “Maybe Tomorrow” was a regular on MTV2 and rose to the Top 20 on both modern and active rock charts.

Shortly after changing their name to Mesh STL and sharing the stage with bands like Nickelback, Saliva, Default and Tantric, The Firm closed shop and left the band without a label.

By 2004, the band was back with a different name, Modern Day Zero, a new album, Coming Up for Air, and a new member, Zach Broderick.

Modern Day Zero will take the stage July 29 with special guests Grit and Jaws of Life.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door for all Friday Rock Night shows. Doors open at 7 p.m. with $2 Bud and Bud Light pints and free all-you-can-eat wings until 11 p.m.

Elixur Nightclub is a 21-and-older club at 3780 E. State St. For more information: 227-0000 or www.elixur.com.

From the June 22-28, 2005, issue

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