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A Special 
by Keavin Wiggins

Rocknworld Becomes NeuroticaWorld For July 2002!

Neurotica - One of the first bands to ever be featured on Rocknworld has an explosive new album out, the first major release from the WWE's SmackDown Records. Plus the band will be on a rampage all summer long on the Ozzfest. To celebrate we are officially changing the name of Rocknworld to NeuroticaWorld for the month of July and running several special features on the band. Here is Founder and Managing Editor Keavin Wiggins to tell you why. 

If you’ve seen Almost Famous than you know one of the biggest reasons someone gets into rock journalism is out of love for the music. God knows it isn’t the money. Part of my reason for getting into this crazy business was the fact that a lot of bands that I loved weren’t getting any press. So from the very beginning Rocknworld had a mission to cover great bands, whether they were superstars or the dudes in a garage down the street. 


Through this four-year odyssey there have been a few times when I took a real personal interest in a band. I was so excited about the music that I set out to do all I could to turn people on to them. While we are still a small fish compared to the big corporate players like Rolling Stone and MTV, we have over the years reached millions of readers and among those thousands who have picked up a CD because they heard about it from us. There is no greater joy than getting an email from a fan, thanking you for turning them on to an underrated band. It makes all the BS, long hours, and the virtually nonexistent paycheck worth it. 

Rocknworld’s association with Neurotica goes back to virtually the beginning. Back in April of 1998, literally two weeks after we launched, Neurotica’s lead vocalist Kelly Shaefer emailed me and asked if we’d be interested in reviewing his group’s debut album, “Seed”, which was produced by AC/DC’s Brian Johnson. I of course, said “Hell Yes” and a week later I had the CD and was blown away with the band’s powerful sound. 

I don’t know how Kelly found us, we were very new and only had a few thousand readers a day at that point but what’s important is the fact that he did find us and Neurotica became one of the first band’s to be featured and reviewed on Rocknworld. Since that time a lot has changed for both Rocknworld and Neurotica. What started as a small website to expose cool music to fans who cared enough to find us, turned into an online destination for literally millions of rock fans and Neurotica changed members, recorded and released a second album, toured and landed a new record deal. 

When Kelly emailed me about the band’s second album “Living In Dog Years”, I was really excited, I couldn’t wait to hear what they had come up with since “Seed” had been such a favorite. We’ll, the CD went far beyond my expectations, the band had grown by leaps and bounds musically and the CD was by far the musical highlight of 1999. I wasn’t alone, some of our writers felt the same way and when it came time to pick the Best Album of 1999, “Living In Dog Years” was the only choice for us. 

But having a killer album is only half of the battle; you have to be able to get the music heard by the masses. While, we helped turn some people on to the band, (I still get emails about it to this day) the band’s label just didn’t have the money or resources to reach a wide audience. So in 2000 Neurotica came out here to LA and did a showcase for several labels at the Viper Room, this was the first time I had ever meet the guys face to face and seen them perform live. What can I say, that show is one of my fondest memories from this journey with Rocknworld. The band blew the roof off of the Viper Room, it’s hard to imagine them improving upon their studio sound, but live they take things to a whole new level. 

Usually bands have to do several of those kinds of showcases before labels even begin to talk to them about a deal. But out of that one-up performance in Hollywood, the seeds were sown for Neurotica’s future (read more in the interview portion of this special). In the end, Neurotica landed a deal with an exciting new label that fully believes in them and their rockin potential. When the WWF decided to start a record label, they wanted to do things a little differently than the rest of the pack. In true WWF fashion they sought out bands that would excite listeners and would shake things up on the music scene, sure they could have played it safe and signed up a bunch of band’s that rip off Creed (or Pearl Jam), Limp Bizkit and Korn and had some success but they were looking for something new and they found that with Neurotica. 

So Neurotica took the first step in cementing their place in rock history by being the first band signed to the WWF’s (now WWE) record label, Smackdown Records. For their debut album with Smackdown, they went to the well of new songs and took the best tracks from “Living in Dog Years”, remixed them and the result is amazing. Now a potentially mass audience will get to hear what turned me and so many of our readers on with the group’s first two albums. 

For those who are hearing about Neurotica for the first time here, let me tell you, you are in for the “Ride of Your Life”. They may not be the heaviest band on the scene but they are one of the best. They know how to write and deliver powerful songs that are timeless. This may be the beginning of Neurotica’s long climb to the top of the rock world. I certainly hope so. Now with their self-titled debut they ARE ready to take the world by the throat and this summer fans across America will get their first taste of Neurotica live as they roar across the country on the Ozzfest. 

To celebrate the release of the new album and Neurotica’s first full national tour, we had to do something special, something we had never done before. So that is where this special feature came from. I want to share my excitement about this band and album with all of our readers, so I figured why not get people’s attention by renaming Rocknworld to NeuroticaWorld for a month. It’s a natural idea, since Neurotica’s history is so intertwined with our own. So we now have another date to put down in the rocknworld history books, the day Rocknworld was taken over by Neurotica for a month and the first day the world began to see what we’ve been telling people for so many years, Neurotica Kicks ASS! 

Neurotica World Special Features

This special is just the beginning. Check out these other Neurotica Special Features! 

An exclusive Interview with Neurotica’s Kelly Shaefer. 
Kelly gives us the inside story on the band, the new album, working with AC/DC’s Brian Johnson, the WWF and what to expect from their Ozzfest performances this summer!

Kelly’s Top 5 Things Neurotica Must Have To Survive On Ozzfest 2002. 
Kelly took over antiGUY’s Top 5 list this month to let you know what the band is gonna need to make it through this summer’s Ozzfest! 

Ozzfest Tour Diary -Diary of a Mad Band! - First Edition Posted July 3rd
Kelly will be keeping us up to date on what is happening on the Ozzfest. If you want to experience the tour vicariously through someone who is actually on the tour, this is your chance. Kelly will give us the inside story on what is happening on the tour both onstage and behind the scenes This is gonna kick ass! 

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