Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Tour Makes Hometown Stop in June

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony will make a tour stop in its hometown in June of this year.

The group itself was formed in Cleveland nearly 30 years ago.

One of the top rap groups of all time will be making a tour stop in its hometown.

Bone Thugs-n-Harmony will hold a concert this June 7 at Cleveland’s Agora Theatre and Ballroom. The venue made the announcement Tuesday, with tickets set to go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m.

Formed in Cleveland in 1991, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony was signed to Ruthless Record’s by N.W.A.’s Eazy-E and soon found many of its songs and albums near the top of the charts. One of those singles, “Tha Crossroads,” reached No. 1 in the Unites States and won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. The five artists worked with legends such as Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G., and MTV later called them “the most melodic hip-hop group of all time.”

Ticket prices for the concert start at $30. In addition, the Agora also announced the following shows that will take place this year:

  • Beach House – Aug. 6
  • The Starting Line – Sept. 13
  • Postmodern Jukebox – Oct. 29
  • Bert Kreischer – Nov. 22

Source: https://www.wkyc.com/article/entertainment/music/bone-thugs-n-harmony-coming-to-cleveland-this-june/95-1b629706-ba18-4870-909c-c83f4783a7eb

Seven Arts Entertainment Announces New Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Motion Picture: “It’s A Bone Thing”

LOS ANGELES, CA–(Marketwire – Sep 10, 2012) – Seven Arts Entertainment Inc. (NASDAQ: SAPX) (“Seven Arts” or the “Company”) announced today that its subsidiary Seven Arts Filmed Entertainment Louisiana (“SAFELA”) has commenced theatrical, video, digital and television distribution in the United States. This new division will be managed by Keith Leopard, an experienced executive in United States ancillary distribution, and Kate Hoffman, Chief Operating Officer of Seven Arts. Seven Arts Film Distribution has, through Mr. Leopard, an agency for physical distribution through Viva Pictures, and will handle all other media directly. Seven Arts Film Distribution will also distribute in conjunction with David Garber’s company, Lantern Lane Entertainment, an experienced distributor of motion pictures, television and digital outlets in the United States and GFM Films, Seven Arts’ partner in international distribution. Mr. Leopard will be actively seeking acquisitions for Seven Arts Film Distribution. Three acquisitions are now pending.

Seven Arts’ intends that the first motion picture to be distributed by Seven Arts Film Distribution are the following motion pictures owned by Seven Arts:

1. ”Schism” – a new psychological thriller with horror elements from director Adam Gierasch and starring Callum Blue, Vinnie Jones, Ashlynn Yennie and Nicole Lalibertie.

2. “Nine Miles Down” – a supernatural thriller from acclaimed director, Anthony Waller, starring Adrian Paul and Kate Nauta.

3. “DMX Uncut” – featuring multi-platinum Seven Arts recording artist DMX in concert and “behind the scenes.”

4. “It’s A Bone Thing” – featuring platinum Seven Arts’ recording artist Bone Thugs-N-Harmony.

Keith Leopard is an industry veteran with over 23 years of experience in purchasing, acquisitions, merchandising, marketing and analysis of major studio and independent suppliers to the home entertainment market. Keith spent 22 years at Blockbuster Entertainment and recently was at Millennium Entertainment as VP of Business Development, and spearheaded Millennium’s IVOD strategy.

Chief Operating Officer, Kate Hoffman, said, “It is a natural extension of our existing international sales and production business to take control of our destiny in the ever competitive and ever changing world of US distribution. I am thrilled that Keith has decided to join our company and very much look forward to working with him, David Garber and the team at Viva.”

Keith Leopard said, “I am excited about this opportunity to assist Kate and the folks at Seven Arts with building their distribution business. Along with David Garber, I feel certain we can build a solid business and maximize all opportunities to deliver quality content to consumers, in whichever way they want to consume it.”

About Seven Arts Entertainment Inc.:
Seven Arts Entertainment Inc. is the successor to Seven Arts Pictures Plc, which was founded in 2002 as an independent motion picture production and distribution company engaged in the development, acquisition, financing, production and licensing of theatrical motion pictures for exhibition in domestic (i.e., the United States and Canada) and foreign theatrical markets, and for subsequent worldwide release in other forms of media, including home video and pay and free television.

Cautionary Information Regarding Forward-Looking Statements.
Forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made under the Safe Harbor Provision of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the anticipated. Seven Arts assumes no obligation to update forward-looking statements contained in this release as the result of new information or future events or developments.

2012-09-10 10:55:58

Source: http://www.marketwire.com/mw/release.do?id=1699373&sourceType=3

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony on FOX 5 San Diego Morning News

If you missed it this morning, all 5 members of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony were in San Diego on the FOX 5 San Diego Morning News, promoting their show tomorrow night at 4th & B. The group also performed Tha Crossroads on the morning news program.

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony in Studio
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Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Performance – Tha Crossroads
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Videos courtesy of fox5sandiego.com

NBCSanDiego.com Releases New Article On Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

NBCSanDiego.com has released a new article on the history and reunion of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. Flesh and Bizzy describe the moments together, the impact they’ve had in the industry, and the much anticipated 20th Anniversary Rock The Bells Series Tour.

1993. Before the rap game became a maze of money, Moet and complex metaphor (à la Jay-Z/Talib Kweli), there was Bone Thugs & Harmony.

20 years since their beginning, the iconic Grammy Award-winning group is still at the top of its game, embarking on a cross-country reunion tour presented by Rock the Bells that will stop at 4th & B on Oct. 27.

Drawing root from their recent summer performance at the Rock the Bells festival, the annual hip-hop showcase, the core of this tour is a celebration of family, for it is their undeniable chemistry that has won Bone Thugs & Harmony a gold medal in longevity, a feat not be taken lightly.

Rap is a boxing match dance of survival of the fittest. Who can endure the grit of the music business, who can remain relevant, who will write the manual all the Lil Wayne’s, Drake’s and Kanye’s will try and emulate?

While learning that dance to success remains a complex routine, whatever two-step shuffle ball change it takes, Bone Thugs & Harmony know it.

“When [Bone Thugs & Harmony] come together it’s one of those special situations, it’s fireworks and sparkles,” says Flesh, joining Bizzy on the phone for an exclusive interview with SoundDiego.

Reuniting the original Bone Thugs crew (Layzie Bone, Krayzie Bone, Wish Bone, Bizzy Bone and Flesh-N-Bone), the Rock the Bells tour they’re set to embark on will keep it old school, focusing on their greatest hits, the best moments from their history. “I’m excited to go back to a moment, like we never went nowhere and time stopped,” says Bizzy.

For both Bizzy and Flesh, their rise to fame and subsequent success is nothing extraordinary. They just happened to be a group of Cleveland kids in the early ‘90s who became bound together by a shared dream to make sense of their story, a drive that would take them from the Cleveland streets to Los Angeles.

“We just met up in one cool time, in one cool place, and decided to take a chance on going to L.A. and making something of it,” says Bizzy, laughing. And from there? “The rest is history! We’re one of those stories, like ‘What do you know… [we] little knucklehead kids actually did it!”

Like anyone else, they worked non-stop, stalking down the industry heads of that era, starving for someone to listen to them. “Hey we all have our aspirations, hungers, and desires,” says Flesh. “But, there is a difference in an artist that tries to bring a certain reality to life.”

And that difference happened to make all the difference, separating them from all the rest who were trying to make it.

Creating an aural anthology of a cultural feeling, the group released its first album in 1993 and quickly began topping charts with tracks such as “Tha Crosroads,” “Money, Money” and “Thug Luv,” featuring rapper 2Pac.

Infamous for their ability to examine the world through raw, real talk, the lyrics of Bone Thugs crafted a message through songs, spinning simple words into melodies and providing a relevant soundtrack to a generation that was rapidly changing.

“Whether it’s songs about reminiscing on someone, or getting stuff off your chest, or kicking back having a good time, we have a way of talking to you where we get right to the point,” Bizzy explains.

In a society craving honesty, Bone Thugs & Harmony quickly became popular. In the face of their growing celebrity, however, the group would quickly learn a few truths of its own.

With fame came a great deal of disharmony as their careers grew quickly. Some dealt with substance abuse issues. Some dealt with jail time. All dealt with dealth as the ’90s saw a huge shift with the passing of several rap icons. Mentor and friend Eazy-E, the West Coast producer who first gave the Midwest transplants a California chance and later produced some of their most iconic songs, passed away from AIDS with little warning.

Many in the group moved onto solo projects. Some involuntarily, such as Bizzy who was forced to leave the group 10 years ago when various issues resulted in a group-wide dispute.

But for all of the challenges, the collective energy that transported them from Cleveland’s streets to universal rap titans has once again trumped their differences.

“On the outside, [people] might look at us and think, ‘Oh, they trippin,’ but they don’t know the internal,” says Flesh. The petty drama behind them, the group members are committed to one another.

“No matter what, we understand how to inspire and encourage each other,” Flesh adds.

With a focus on keeping harmony among the Bone Thugs family, Bizzy explains, “We wanna make sure nobody goes crazy. We just wanna keep a smile on everyone’s face all the time.”

“Everybody is a genius in their own right,” says Flesh. “It takes a lot of compromising,” but ultimately, he explains the audience remains the group’s “common goal.”

Blurring together groups that might otherwise stand divided, with two decades behind them, Bone Thugs & Harmony certainly attract an eclectic demographic. “It’s an older crowd, it’s a younger crowd, it’s not like what you’d expect,” Bizzy says.

For regardless of genre, music will always hold an uncanny ability to bring people together, a philosophy which Flesh attributes to the search for inspiration. “People need inspirational feedback; [they] are thirsty to be motivated,” he says. “Art? That’s the stuff that outshines everything else. Without it you wouldn’t even get out of bed in the morning,” he adds.

For Bizzy, art is an evolutionary process. Quick to shy away from overanalyzing how hip-hop might have changed from witty wordplay to a heavily club-influenced scene, for Bizzy the future is all about movement.

“You can’t say let’s get back to this or let’s go back to that. No! That’s where you came from, so you have to let it grow and take on a life of its own,” he says.

Committed to keeping it fresh and not resurrecting the past, for Bizzy the tour marks a new beginning, built on years of experience.

“All these years! It’s a beautiful thing. We work work work work, and it turns you into getting really good!” he says. “It’s sort of like one of those Charlie Sheen things, we’re winning.”

“Without getting messed up first,” he quickly adds, quoting the actor’s infamous tagline.

“We even look the same as we did 10 years ago!” Bizzy says, “But now we know what the hell we’re doing!”

“Everybody has the opportunity to succeed, but we were lucky enough to have Eazy-E who did a great service by pointing us in the path of accomplishment,” says Flesh. While talks of a new album have surfaced, manager Jamie Adler says the focus for the rest of the year remains staying on one thing at a time, and at present that is the tour.

“We’re just pursuing the same things as everybody else with a happy life,” says Bizzy. “Staying healthy. Getting rest. Eating veggies. No fast food,” he says.

With all new momentum, Flesh gives San Diego one warning, “Get ready. If you ain’t in the building SD? Get right.”

http://www.nbcsandiego.com/blogs/sounddiego/Bone-Thugs–Harmony-Keeps-it-OG-175797671.html

Press Release: Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Rock The Bells 2012 Tour Series

Boost Mobile in association with Guerilla Union presents
ROCK THE BELLS TOUR SERIES 2012

ROCK THE BELLS TOUR SERIES TO HIT VENUES NATIONWIDE

FEATURING THE 20 YEAR ANNIVERSARY REUNION OF BONE THUGS-N-HARMONY

Boost Mobile in association with Guerilla Union have announced that Rock the Bells Festival—the world-class hip-hop festival series that occurred in three major markets this past summer—will be hitting venues nationwide in the ROCK THE BELLS TOUR SERIES. Legendary hip-hop group BONE THUGS-N-HARMONY—who were billed as the festival’s “Special Guests”—will continue celebrating their 20 year anniversary reunion as headliners of the Tour Series.

The ROCK THE BELLS TOUR SERIES will kick off on October 26 at The Grove of Anaheim in Anaheim, California and continue through the rest of 2012, making stops in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Arizona, Milwaukee, Hawaii and Guam. In addition to an exclusive performance from all five original members, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony will also pay tribute to the late Gangsta Rap pioneer, Eazy-E.

Krayzie Bone, one of the group’s members, states: “It’s a wonderful thing that we were able to team up with Guerilla Union after the Rock the Bells experience was such a success. Now that the official reunion dates have been confirmed, I really look forward to getting back out there and reaching our fans and giving them what they been wanting for a very long time, and that’s a tour with all five members. With the help of Guerrilla Union we can finally make that happen. It’s going to be historical, mark my words.” Guerilla Union founder Chang Weisberg adds: “Seeing all five members on stage at Rock the Bells this summer, for the first time in years, was a moment long-awaited in hip-hop! Those that made it to the festival in San Bernardino, Mountain View, or New Jersey experienced history right before their eyes. We do understand that, unfortunately, not everyone had this opportunity, but with the Rock the Bells Tour Series, we’re able to bring the music to the fans that weren’t able to come to us. Thanks especially to Bone Thugs’ booking agent Jamie Adler and long-time manager and CEO of A2Z Entertainment Steve Lobel, who were major players in realizing this reunion, people all over the nation will get a chance to witness a milestone in not just hip-hop, but music-history.”

Tickets for the ROCK THE BELLS TOUR SERIES are now available. Fans are advised to check their local venue for info on tickets, and are encouraged to sign up for the Guerilla Union newsletter for important announcements and up-to-date information regarding the tour. For more info, please visit www.rockthebells.net or www.bonethugsnharmony.com.

ROCK THE BELLS 2012 TOUR SERIES DATES & VENUES:
10/26 – The Grove of Anaheim, Anaheim, CA
10/27 – 4th & B, San Diego, CA
10/28 – The Dome, Bakersfield, CA
11/16 – Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Maui, HI
11/17 – Kaka’ako Waterfront Park Amphitheater, Oahu, HI
11/18 – Kilohana Plantation, Kauai, HI
11/23 – Yigo Amusement Park, Guam
11/29 – Studio 503, Portland, OR
11/30 – Dos De Oro, Yakima, WA
12/01 – Revolution’s, Boise, ID
12/14 – Marquee Theatre, Phoenix, AZ
12/15 – Salt Air Pavilion, Salt Lake City, UT
12/21 – The Rave, Milwaukee, WI

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Cleveland Plain Dealer: Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Brings Rapid-Fire Rap and Smooth Melodies to Cleveland’s Agora Theatre for 20th Anniversary Show

The Cleveland Plain Dealer published an article about Bone Thugs-N-Harmony today, promoting the upcoming 20th Anniversary show at the Agora Theatre in Cleveland, OH.

The other interesting bit of information posted in the article indicates that Bone Thugs-N-Harmony is eligible to join the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2019.

CLEVELAND, Ohio — In 2019 — 25 years after their first album — Bone Thugs-N-Harmony will be eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It’s a concept that pretty much blows away Flesh-N-Bone of the Grammy-winning Cleveland-born rap group. But Flesh — real name Stanley Howse — is ready for the challenge.

“I’m gearing up for that right now,” said Flesh, laughing, in a call from a solo tour stop in Indiana in mid-September. “In 1994, [then-Mayor] Michael White declared Oct. 30 official Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Day. We’re hoping we can do something special for the city of Cleveland [by making the Rock Hall].”

Flesh and his four bandmates — Layzie Bone, Wish Bone, Krayzie Bone and Bizzy Bone; real names Steve Howse, Charles Scruggs, Anthony Henderson and Bryon Anthony McCane II, respectively — take another step toward possible enshrinement Saturday with a 20th-anniversary gig at the Agora. It’s not, as some might think, a one-time gig, either. All five original members will be on the stage.

“It’s a full-blown, Bone-is-back type of deal,” Flesh said. “We just did the ‘Rock the Bells Tour’ and we’re trying to use this momentum to take this to the next level.”

The issue, said Flesh, is that it’s not really a reunion or comeback. Bone has always been together, despite Flesh’s eight-year prison stay in California for threatening a man with an AK-47 assault rifle and despite the announced “departures” of Krayzie and Wish two years ago.

“We’re on one period, we’re off one period,” Flesh said. “From the outside looking in, the group’s in disarray.

“Right now, Wish and Krayzie, they’re by themselves in Australia. When they get back, we’re going to do what we need to do. Right now, I’m in Indiana doing a solo show, but that does not mean that we’re not together,” he said.

It’s easy to see how others could perceive the band as “the former band.” Flesh and Layzie live in Los Angeles. Bizzy spends time between Los Angeles and Columbus. Krayzie has a house in Aurora and another in Miami. Wish pretty much stays in Cleveland.

“They got houses in the ‘burbs,” said James Norton, who grew up with the guys in their St. Clair neighborhood and now works with the two siblings in Bone — Flesh and Layzie — as an executive with Flesh Bone Global group. “Everybody wants to improve their living situation. [In the ghetto] you might know everybody, but there’s still that hard criminal element, so you get your house outside the city so you can relax and put your family [in a safe place].”

There have been rifts and splits. Some have resulted in the vocal quintet at times falling off the mainstream hip-hop radar. But the group signed to Ruthless Records by N.W.A.’s Eazy-E in 1993 continues a history of creating and re-creating itself. Sometimes, those separations are necessary.

Flesh insists he and his bandmates are as relevant today as they were when “Tha Crossroads” won the best rap performance by a duo or group Grammy in 1997. Fittingly, that song, delivered in Bone’s ground-breaking mix of staccato rap over melodic harmonies, was a tribute to their mentor, Eazy E, who died of AIDS in 1995.

“It’s not about changing or evolving,” Flesh said. “We’ve matured as adults. We have children. I’m an artist and I’m a businessman. I ain’t got time to fool around.

“When I’m in the studio, it’s top-notch,” Flesh said. “I create my own lane with no gimmicks, no remakes. It’s clear-cut and creative. That’s how an artist maintains longevity.”

Bone has maintained that longevity better than anyone in hip-hop, save for Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube.

“I just did a show with 70,000 people in attendance,” he said. “I’m relevant. We created a lane, we created a style. We gave hip-hop a face-lift. We changed the whole structure of the game.”

Secret lies in melody

The band’s Wikipedia page notes that about.com has ranked Bone at No. 12 out of the top 25 rap groups in the history of the genre, and MTV has tagged them “the most melodic hip-hop group of all time.”

The origin of that sound? The doo-wop of the 1950s and ’60s.

“Our first musical influences were our parents,” Flesh said. “I was brought up in households where they’d doo-wop. We got our harmonies from our moms, our aunties and our uncles. They’d sit around the table singing, and we’d join in there and sing.”

The sounds of Marvin Gaye and Smokey Robinson can still be heard if you listen closely to Bone’s music. The trademark Bone flow, said childhood friend Norton, wasn’t so much created as evolved.

“It was something they picked up from different rap styles coming out, like D.O.C. and even some old singing like Marvin Gaye,” said Norton. “Curtis Mayfield had a high harmony almost like he was speaking, and I believe it was more Layzie and Krayzie who developed this rapid spitfire sound. It always started with a slow beat, because of all the R&B they listened to.”

Bone’s music is a kind of gangsta variation of that, with references to sex, with a proliferation of profanity and the N-word.

To some, that is offensive, and it’s easy to understand that point of view. But it’s also a reflection of just who Flesh, Bizzy, Krayzie, Wish and Layzie are: black men who grew up in the projects of Cleveland.

“In your audience, you’ve got some people who are sensitive to certain things,” said Norton. “The unfortunate truth is that these are things these same people see in front of their own eyes daily, in real and raw form.

“It’s not to turn people off, but this is how they communicate, this is how the people in their community communicate,” said Norton, who still lives in Cleveland. “It’s not to be detrimental or to set the race back. They’re speaking the language the people in their community can relate to.

“The people who get caught up in the words and think it’s negative, if they really pay attention, the message is real, the message is truth,” Norton said. “They’re speaking honestly and from their hearts.”

“Every time I go to Cleveland, I’m St. Clair-bound,” said Flesh, who now lives in Los Angeles. “I’m the type of cat, I go where I want to go. I’ve got family from St. Clair, Superior, Cedar, the 105, Hough. I was born in these streets, and I always go back to pay homage.

“You want to talk projects? Longwood, Central,” he said. “I always touch these places all the time. My old street, Remington, I go back there.”

Broad appeal somewhat puzzling

And yet, as much as Bone is a product of the projects, the band’s music belongs to a wider ethnic and economic base. It’s true today, and it was true in Bone’s heyday.

“I wish I really understood the nature of that,” Flesh said. “Why do we appeal to such a wide base and demographic?”

It comes, Flesh said after some thought, because of the songs as much as the delivery.

“We have songs with universal content,” he said. “Everybody can relate to these songs, everybody goes to work, hustling in any capacity, can relate to the first of the month, to the love of money. All the races love us.”

Norton agreed but said the wide acceptance by all races did come as a bit of a surprise.

“The devil doesn’t focus on your race or gender,” he said. “Drugs affect every community. Same with death, assault, robbery. That happens to everybody.”

Bone may not initially have been aware of the universality of all that early in the band’s career, but over time, the members have realized that “it’s not unique to us. It’s global,” Norton said.

But Bone isn’t ready to rest on its laurels, not at a time when hip-hop needs the band as much as the genre ever did.

“You can call [rap] watered down to a degree,” Flesh opined. “It’s not as [socially] conscious as it used to be. It’s more about the jerkin’ and jerk dances and all this other stuff. That’s why we’re here, to bring it back.

More songs like “Tha Crossroads,” a deeply introspective tune about crossing over from this world to the next, are what’s needed, he said. There are artists — Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, others — who are doing good work. But Flesh is convinced that rap needs Bone more than Bone needs rap.

“We will forever be relevant,” he said. “I could retire here and be happy, but we’ve still got a lot of hard work to do. A lot of this music is meaningless gibberish put up under a beat. That’s not what our communities need. Our communities need a real expression of art.”

Besides, it’ll sound good at the 2019 Rock Hall induction concert.

http://www.cleveland.com/music/index.ssf/2012/09/bone_thugs-n-harmony_brings_it.html

Flesh-N-Bone Global Presents Bone Thugs-N-Harmony – Rock The Bells Reunion 2012 DVD; To be Released Thanksgiving 2012

Flesh-N-Bone Global Presents “Bone Thugs-N-Harmony – Rock The Bells Reunion 2012”
OFFICIAL PREVIEW – performing E.1999

Produced by Stanley Howse and Isaac Carlen for Flesh-N-Bone Global
Filmed and Edited by Isaac ‘RILLAH’ Carlen for FBG/Hit Joint Records

Shot on location at:
NOS Fairgrounds – San Bernadino, CA
Shoreline Amphitheater – Mountain View, CA
PNC Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ

FULL CONCERT COMING TO DVD THANKSGIVING 2012

Flesh-N-Bone’s new album BLAZE OF GLORY now in stores.
Ducttape Gang’s DUCTTAPE EVERYTHING coming 10/16/12

Special Thanks To Guerilla Union, Live Nation, RTB, The State of California, The State of New Jersey, Jeff Joseph

©2012 FLESH-N-BONE GLOBAL