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Liquid Blue performed at perhaps the bands biggest show ever (in terms of international exposure) on New Year's Eve in Beijing China in the first televised event for CCTV's new All-Olympics channel, CCTV-5. The sold-out concert featured many of China's biggest stars and was held at the 8200 seat China Agricultural University Sports Arena in Beijing, which will host the Wrestling competition at the 2008 Summer Games. The event was televised not only on CCTV-5 but also CCTV 1, 3 and 9 as well and seen by millions of viewers. See photos.
Liquid Blue performed at sold-out Hainan University Stadium in Haikou City, China, on Dec 28th. The concert featured many of China's hottest pop stars and was televised on CCTV. See photos.
Liquid Blue founders Michael Vangerov and Scott Stephens (Two from Blue) performed Christmas Eve day in Manger Square in Bethlehem. The event was televised by PNN (Palestinian News Network).
Liquid Blue members Scott Stephens and Michael Vangerov (Two From Blue) will perform an acoustic concert at the Bethlehem Peace Center on December 23rd. The concert marks the 100th country Liquid Blue has visited. Bethlehem Peace Center is a Cultural Center located in the City of Bethlehem next to Manger Square between the Church of the Nativity and the Mosque of Omar. Liquid Blue holds the official world record for "Worlds Most Traveled Band". See Photos.
Two From Blue will perform an acoustic concert at the "The Daila Cultural Center" in Jerusalem during the Christmas holidays on December 21st. The concert takes place in Israel which marks the 99th country Liquid Blue (and its subsidiaries) have visited. The concert has been organized by Holy Land Trust in cooperation with Peace Center. Photos.
For the 2nd year in a row Liquid Blue has been awarded "runner-up" in the Best Band category of the International Music Awards sponsored by The Music Aid Organization, in association with the United Nations UNV program. Winners were selected from thousands of artists in over 29 countries.
Kevin DuBrow, longtime lead singer of the band Quiet Riot, was found dead at his home in Las Vegas over the weekend from a cocaine overdose. DuBrow was one of the greatest rock singers ever to come out of Los Angeles and will be sorely missed. Quiet Riot made the seen in Hollywood in the late 1970's with the also now deceased Randy Rhoads on guitar. A few years later they scored a big hit with the song "Cum On Feel the Noize". Liquid Blue founders Scott Stephens and Michael Vangerov had a long and interesting history with Quiet Riot in Los Angeles. Vangerov and Stephens played together as teenagers in a Los Angeles band called Electric Warrior and once opened for Quiet Riot when Randy was still in the band. During this time Stephens was editor of "Raw Power", a heavy metal / punk rock magazine (still in business today as RPMC) that featured Quiet Riot on the cover of their 2nd issue. The Raw Power magazine cover may have been the first cover story for Quiet Riot. Stephens and Vangerov often attended Quiet Riot shows at the Starwood in Hollywood and Randy Rhoads guitar playing has influenced Michael Vangerov ever since. In 1979 Raw Power interviewed Ozzy Osbourne who had recently been expelled from Black Sabbath and was looking for a new guitar player. During the interview the writers from Raw Power (Stephens, Robert Olshever and Murray Schwartz) suggested Randy Rhoades might be a perfect fit. Ozzy auditioned Randy soon after and the rest is history. Kevin DuBrow was bitter and never forgave Raw Power for being involved in the loss of his key guitar player.
Liquid Blue performed a show at the legendary Beverly Wilshire Hotel at Rodeo Drive and Wilshire Blvd on Saturday, November 17th, the official start of the holiday shopping season. The Christmas tree and all the traditional lighting decorations were lit by the mayor of Beverly Hills. Sharon Stone was on hand to speak at the nationally televised event.
The BlueGirls sang the National Anthem as the Lakers defeated the Detroit Pistons on Friday, November 16th at Staples Center. The BlueGirls were also scheduled to sing at the Lakers pre-season game in San Diego but the game was cancelled due to the wildfires. After the girls finished the anthem, Glenn Frey of the Eagles strolled over and told them "great singing". Photo below: BlueGirls with Maroon Five lead vocalist Adam Levine at Staples Nov 16th.
Vault 350, Long Beach's hottest club, was packed to capacity for Liquid Blue's performance on Thursday, November 15th.
Two From Blue (acoustic duo) performed three shows in Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet (an autonomous region of China). The duo packed Lhasa's number one venue, the Tang Club, all three nights. See photos.
Liquid Blue will make their sixth trip to China in the past six years. The band was in China earlier this year for Chinese New Year (Feb). This trip takes the group to Zhongshan City in Guangdong province. Previously the band has performed in Shanghai, Dalian, Sanya, Hong Kong and Macau.
Liquid Blue has now performed for more than 100 corporations. The number of actual corporate shows is much higher as many are repeat clients. Roughly 25% of the over 100 companies qualify for the Fortune 500 list (Includes Fortune 1000, Fortune Global 500 and Forbes "America's Largest Private Companies"). 2007 has been the bands best year yet for corporate events.
Liquid Blue has just now been notified that the band was the 1st place winner in the 2006 "Wish You Were Here" contest sponsored by the Madison Area Music Awards and Broadjam. This particular category is for acts outside the Wisconsin Area that local music fans like so much they wish they were in the area. The award had been mailed to the band early in 2006 but returned so we are just now finding out about it!
The City of Imperial Beach is hosting a free end of summer concert at Veterans park on Saturday, Sept 30th. Highlights include a laser light show and a headline appearance by Liquid Blue. This is an all ages show starting at 5:00.
DJ / BlueGirl Layla Loxa has teamed up with five of the worlds biggest and best DJ companies; Rane, Serato, AKG, Hercules and UDG. RANE is the maker of the leading professional DJ Mixer and Serato produces the leading professional DJ software, "Scratch Live". Layla uses Rane and Serato exclusively on stage and when mixing in the studio. She has also recently been endorsed by UDG (Ultimate DJ Gear), maker of the finest DJ carry bags on the market and AKG, maker of precision headphones. Last but not least,
Liquid Blue will hit the stage at the Park at the Park immediately following the Padres / Giants game at Petco Park on Sept 14th. The band will do a one-hour post game concert of 90's music to coincide with the Padres "90's Retro Night". The game will feature new home run king Barry Bonds and a San Diego team that is making a run for the playoffs. Over 40,000 are expected to attend. Also, the BlueGirls will sing the National Anthem at game time.
Hercules Stands is Liquid Blue's newest sponsor. The band will use Hercules mic stands, guitar stands, lighting stands and speaker stands, exclusively. Hercules makes the most innovative stands on the market.
The BlueGirls have been chosen to sing the Star Spangled Banner for the biggest soccer game in Major League Soccer history. David Beckham will make his MLS/ Los Angeles Galaxy debut on July 21st and the BlueGirls will sing the National Anthem to kick-off the historic game. The team recently signed the English superstar Beckham, who is by far the most recognizable soccer star ever to play for a U.S. team. At over $250 million, Beckham's contract is one of the largest in sports history. He is married to former Spice Girl and model Victoria Beckham, who will be in attendance. The game is expected to sell out and will be televised internationally. The BlueGirls also performed the anthem for the Galaxy's opening game in 2006.
Europe has become one of the band's favorite destinations and this summer the band will spend 5 weeks in the Baltic region as well as the British Isles. Countries include England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, France, Norway, Belgium and Denmark. There will be stop in Paris and London. The band has visited all of these countries on previous tours and have now visited 48 of Europe's 53 countries. See Europe touring history and photos.
Liquid Blue founding members Michael Vangerov and Scott Stephens, who occasionally perform as an acoustic duo under the nickname "Two From Blue", have been selected as "Artist of the Week" by Listen Local San Diego. Two From Blue appears tonight at Desi n Friends in Point Loma.
Liquid Blue has been named "America's Best Dance Band" for 2007. There were a total of seven winners selected. The band also won the award in 2001.
Once again, Liquid Blue will appear at the Windmill Farms / Lake Murray 4th of July Festival. The band also headlined the 2005 event, which drew almost 10,000 fans. Bands will perform throughout the afternoon. Liquid Blue will take the stage at 6:00 and perform until the fireworks at 9:00. More information.
On Saturday Liquid Blue appeared in Hershey PA, the home of Hershey's Chocolate, the Hershey theme park and Chocolate World. The band performed at the historic Hershey Hotel and rocked the appreciative crowd. This was the band's second trip to Pennsylvania. Last year's schedule included a stop in the capital city of Harrisburg.
Armed Forces Entertainment will host Liquid Blue on the bands 8th military tour, running May 4th through May 24th. The band will perform for and visit with U.S. troops stationed on bases in Afghanistan, Bahrain, UAE, Qatar and Kyrgyzstan. The band has visited troops around the world on seven previous AFE tours, the last one back in 2002. When the 9/11 attacks occurred, Liquid Blue was on a military base in Honduras and watched the events on television with soldiers stationed there. Liquid Blue has performed on all six AFE tour circuits.
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A scaled down version of Liquid Blue heads to Eastern Europe for a three-week tour which includes 10 countries. The duo, featuring original members Michael Vangerov and Scott Stephens, successfully toured Central Europe in November of 2006. Tour stops include Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Belarus, Serbia and Moldova.
Chinese Idol, known as "Supergirl" in China made a tour stop in Los Angeles at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Sat, March 31st. Liquid Blue performed on the bill which will also included Chinese Superstar Zhang Lian Yin (Jane Zhang), who was third in the 2005 Chinese Supergirl and one of the most famous of all the Supergirls, much like Kelly Clarkson in the USA. She has recorded with Madonna, Celine Dion and Mariah Carey.
Liquid Blue performed to a capacity crowd (13,000) at the world famous Cow Palace on Sat, March 3rd. The Cow Palace has played host to the Beatles, Elvis, Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead and many others. It was the former home of the NBA Golden State Warriors, NHL San Jose Sharks and Bay City Bombers of Roller Derby. The concert was televised on CCTV-3 and available on satellite broadcast in the United States and China. The show is called "Same Song Global Music Party". View Photos
Television Schedule: CCTV-3 Airing Times for "Same Song" concert featuring Liquid Blue
Friday, March 9th, 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 10th, 9:44 pm
Sunday, March 11th, 12:26 pm
Note: CCTV-3 is broadcast in the United States via satellite.
Note: CCTV-1 will also carry the show on Saturday, March 10th at 10:38 pm and March 11th at 2:10am but this is only available in China.
Rhythm of Love has captured another honor as the song was nominated for the 2007 Golden Kayak Award by Independent Artists Company. The song was also the VH1 Song of the Year for Aug 2004 in the dance category.
Open Record Book has certified that Liquid Blue has performed in more countries (89 to date) than any other band in history. The record was set several years ago when Liquid Blue passed the Rolling Stones, who, at the time, had visited 39 countries.
Liquid Blue made another trip to China in February during Chinese New Year / Spring Festival. The band performed at the opening ceremony of the Sanya Music Festival on Hainan Island in the city of Sanya on February 17th. The concert was carried live by CCTV, China's #1 network and was viewed by millions. This is the third trip to China for Liquid Blue, who first performed in Dalian, China in 2002. The band also performed in Shanghai in 2005. Photos from Sanya Concert.
In February, Liquid Blue returned to the Philippines for the first time since 1997. The band performed a sold-out concert at 6000 seat Andres Bonifacio College in Dipolog City. Several songs from Supernova received heavy airplay in Dipolog. The city of Dipolog is hosted the event and will presented a parade with a motorcade in the bands honor the day of the concert. This was a historic moment for the city of Dipolog (pop. 100,000), as this was the first time a band from outside the Philippines has performed there. The city was plastered with billboards and posters advertising the event. Several local radio stations including DXFL-FM 88.9, hosted interviews with the band on Feb 8th and 9th. The band was mobbed by friendly fans prior to and at the concert. BlueGirl Layla Loxa grew up on nearby Aliguay Island the Dapitan region and had a large entourage of family and friends attending the event.
Liquid Blue lead vocalist Scott Stephens has been helping to train new skaters and training himself with the World Champion Bay Bombers. The Bombers will take on the San Diego Firebirds in the 2007 ARSD season opener in Escondido, although Scott will be unable to skate due to a Liquid Blue performance the same night. Scott skated four years in Roller Games with the Los Angeles Thunderbirds, many years ago. The Bay Bombers have been around since 1954. A quote from Wikipedia: "In 1954, the Derby established the most fabled team in the history of the sport, the longtime champion San Francisco Bay Bombers. Stars on this team included Charlie O'Connell, Joanie Weston, and Ann Calvello" Tickets for the game are available at Up's & Downs Roller Rink in Escondido (760) 745-5966. Be sure to check out Scott Stephens Roller Derby Page.
The San Diego Chargers just completed their best season ever at 14-2 and take on the New England Patriots on Sunday, Jan 14th at Qualcomm Stadium. Game time is 1:30. Liquid Blue will hit the stage at 10 AM and perform until 1 PM, section F2. The Chargers will also hold a playoff rally on Wednesday, Jan 10th featuring the band P.O.D., who will perform on the same stage as Liquid Blue. Go Chargers! Note: Chargers classic blue & gold logo (left) was used 1961 to 1973.
The International Music Awards has presented Liquid Blue and producer David DeVore a gold record for the song REAL. The song won "Best Production" at the IMA and Liquid Blue won a Top-5 award for BEST BAND.
Mark Schulman, one of rock's premiere drummers, is on tour with Pink and will make a San Diego stop on January 8th. Mark co-wrote "Arms of Love" with Scott Stephens and recorded the drums for "Making Up", both for the Supernova album. During the Supernova sessions, Mark was Cher's drummer. He later joined Velvet Revolver and now is Pink's drummer. He has also performed with Destiny's Child, Sheryl Crow, Billy Idol and many others. Visit http://www.markschulman.net or http://www.myspace.com/markydrumz for more information.