A Message from Disashi

Gym Class Heroes guitarist Disashi left a new message on his Myspace page. Read it below!

Hiiiiii there,

I am stoked. No silly, it’s not because I’ve been taking my vitamins regularly for the past 2 months (but as a matter of fact I have been and I feel like a champion). It’s because thanks to some serious persistence on my end, assistance from The Agency Group, and support from the kids/staff at Cornell University, Gym Class Heroes will finally be playing a show in my home town of Ithaca NY for the first time since I joined GCH in 2004! GCH has been touring like crazy across the country and much of the world for the past 4 years, so I’m excited that we were able to make space to rock out in I-Town. We will be headlining the Slope Day Festival on Libe Slope (West Campus). While admission will generally be reserved for Cornell students, I must say that it will be amazing to play on my home turf AND former university at that. I’m thankful for all the friends who helped and
supported my dreams throughout highschool/college, and to those warm-hearted people who told me I sucked at guitar and discouraged me along the way… HUGS AND KISSES!!!!!

May 2nd my friends.

Peace sign,

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GCH will Headline UCAB’s Spring Concert

Gym Class Heroes will headline UCAB’s annual spring concert April 2 at 7 p.m. at Matoaka Amphitheatre.

UCAB also announced that the Ying Yang Twins show, which had originally been scheduled for March, has been moved to April 19 at 8 p.m. at Matoaka.

Gym Class Heroes is best known for its hits “Cupid’s Chokehold” and “Clothes Off!” from the band’s 2006 album “As Cruel As School Children.” Their success earned them the award for Best New Artist at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards.

UCAB Executive Director Margo Collerd ’08 said that UCAB is hoping for a positive student response to the Gym Class Heroes.
“It’s the first concert on a weeknight, so hopefully more people can come out because it won’t conflict with other campus events,” Collerd said.

According to Collerd, UCAB is very pleased to have the funding and availability to have two concerts this spring.

“UCAB is really striving to bring diversity so it’s really great to bring two groups,” Collerd said. “It’s something William and Mary will do in the future since we hope to maximize both the number of concerts and quality and types of acts we bring.”

Because the band will already be in the area, UCAB was able to negotiate a discounted rate for Gym Class Heroes.

“We’ve been trying to book our second concert for a long time, we had a long list of ideas and had made many offers that were turned down by the artists, which is normal,” UCAB Music Chair Jeanna Occhiogrosso ’08 said. “The Gym Class Heroes … were playing at Virginia Tech and looking to add on an extra night. They offered a very competitive price, a better offer than what they would give most schools because they really wanted to add that extra night.”

Collerd also put to rest rumors that the Ying Yang Twins would be performing for free. “The website [Eventful.com] was just a way for their management to see who was interested in seeing them, Collerd said. “It was more of an opportunity for them to come here.”

Funding for the spring concerts has recently increased. The Student Assembly was able to allocate UCAB’s entire requested budget, $124,550, for the first time in recent history.

“We’ve allocated certain money from student activity fees and ticket sales, and we have increasingly more money from the Student Assembly, so we were able to budget for two bands,” Collerd said.

Advance tickets for Gym Class Heroes, with openers Tyga, I Am the Avalanche and KiDz In The Hall are $10 for students. Tickets purchased the day of the concert will be $12.

The prices for tickets to the Ying Yang Twins concert, with opener The Syndicate, are $8 for students in advance, and $10 the day of the performance. Special discount combined tickets for the two concerts will be offered at a price of $15. “It’s a really great opportunity for students to attend two great concerts at a low price,” Collerd said.

Tickets can be purchased at the College box office at Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall or at www.wm.edu/boxoffice.

By Flathatnews.com

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Gym Class Heroes to Perform At Honda Grand Prix

Gym Class Heroes, winners of the Best New Artist at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards, will bring its unique brand of hip-hop to the 2008 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. XM Satellite Radio will present the popular band in concert on Sunday, April 6, prior to the start of the 2008 Honda Indy St. Pete.

The Gym Class Heroes concert will start at 12 p.m. and will take place on the XM Stage in the Honda Plaza, located inside the race circuit adjacent to the Mahaffey Theater.

Travis McCoy said about the upcoming gig, “We play for fans of all kinds of music - from jam band to death metal to punk to hip-hop, and we’re thrilled to perform for race fans today in St. Petersburg.”

By PaddockTalk.com

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Gym Class Heroes‘ new album will be called The Quilt, according Travis McCoy. He made the announcement via a post on his blog, which included a snippet of a song called “Don’t Tell Me It’s Over.” The tune, now the second we know of on Quilt (McCoy mentioned another one, “Drunk Text Romeo,” when MTV News spoke to him in January). “Don’t Tell Me It’s Over” is sorta in the vein of Phil Collins’ “In The Air Tonight.” And it also sounds a lot like Van Halen’s “Right Now.” Seriously.

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Travie Admits To Drug Addiction

Following on the heels of Lil Wayne, Gym Class Heroes emcee Travis McCoy is opening up about his drug addiction and current attempts at detox.

He posted the following entry on his official blog about what prompted him to get sober, and the pressures of the industry:

"Baby, I'm a blur…… So I've had a little time on my hands lately. Recovering from a relatively new procedure that cleans your opiate receptors and basically gives you a new beginning. I feel like a layer of shit as been peeled off of my brain. I'm sure a lot of you who really pay attention to our music know that i've been addicted to pharmaceuticals since I was 15 years old. This is my second stint in a detox program, the first was right before we signed to FBR and it really didn't help much. Meeting after meeting i still had a thirst, a death wish. Fuck it, it is what it is."

McCoy then continues:

"I'm a little weak and achy but every hour that passes I feel more and more like me. The me i haven't seen in 10 years. There is no instruction manual to this lifestyle, the road, the cameras, the press (good or bad), the expectations, the pressure, it's enough to make an ox buckle at the knees mid-charge. I've always rolled with the punches, I'm throwing them now. If it means anything , any of this, just don't be selfish, live for yourself but know your life is directly connected and important to anyone who loves or cares for you, I can count with 2 hands how many friends i've lost to drugs, I don't want to start using toes."

It seems as if the talk of pharmaceutical drug abuse has become wildly popular in Hip Hop recently. In the past weeks it has been found that UGK rapper Pimp C's untimely death was partially due to mixing medications including syrup, Promethazine with Codeine syrup abused by people to get high. Soon after, rapper Lil Wayne spoke publicly about his various addictions.

By HipHopDX.com