Toms River Band Voted Top Ten in World
Hard Rock Rising 2013, a global battle of the bands hosted by Hard Rock International, started off with 12,000 artists and bands from around the world. The competition kicked off this year in the first week of January, scouring the entire globe for one independent act that rocked the hardest. Four months and several rounds later, our own local Toms River band, The Creeptones, is still kicking! Now in the final judging round (featuring the Top 25 acts from around the globe), raw talent and community support have catapulted our local boys to 9th place in the competition.
Their fate now lies in the hands and ears of a panel of music industry professionals. Steven Van Zandt of the E Street Band, Live Nation Senior Vice President of Music Toby Leighton-Pope, Hard Rock International’s Head of Music and Artist Relations John Kirkpatrick, and Hard Rock Records co-heads of A&R, James Buell and Blake Smith are among the judges who will choose a winner from the Top 25 acts to be announce tomorrow, May 6th.
The Grand Prize?
I got a chance to speak with Carmine Stoppiello, 23, the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for the band about how their mindset and passion helped them to accomplish this feat: