Fuse, V2 Records and The Crystal Method Unleash The Legion of Boom With a 50-City Tour and Partnership

New York, NY January 21, 2004 ? Fuse, the only viewer driven, all-music network, continues to put up the music as they gain momentum in the music television world. The network announced that they have partnered with The Crystal Method (Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland) for an upcoming U.S tour in support of their V2 Record release Legion Of Boom. The tour kicks off on February 26 in Sacramento, CA and further underlines Fuse’s commitment to supporting bands, record labels and delivering music to fans. The deal will include: exclusive announcements by The Crystal Method on the Fuse signature daily show IMX: Interactive Music Xchange, behind-the-scenes access with the band, tour date announcements, streamed interviews and a dedicated The Crystal Method artist feature area on www.fuse.tv. The tour will be aggressively promoted by Fuse with on-air and online efforts to include local, and national print advertising.

“This is so great working with a channel whose main focus is playing videos, we are psyched!” explains band member Ken Jordan.

“Born Too Slow”, the first single from The Crystal Method’s Legion Of Boom album, features contributions from former Kyuss singer John Garcia and ex-Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland. The track, currently blowing up on the airwaves, has already cracked the top 25 Modern Rock singles chart. Legion of Boom sold close to 25,000 copies during its first week in release placing it at #36 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, a career high for the band. Additionally, the album has occupied the #1 spot in the main iTunes Store since its release on January 13th. The announcement of the 2004 Dancestar Awards nominations marked yet another highpoint with The Crystal Method receiving nominations in five key categories including “Best Act” and “Best Album.” Accolades and hype aside, Legion of Boom has been dubbed the duo’s best work to date. Full of dense textures, pulsing rhythms, and electric grooves, the album features innovative collaborations with Roots rapper, Rahzel, San Francisco poet/recording artist Hanifah (formerly known as Sha-key), Lisa Kekaula of the Bell Rays, and instrumental maverick Jon Brion, among others.

“Together, Fuse and The Crystal Method are about to start a journey that will rock America. The broad exposure we gain by sponsoring their tour is significant in furthering the awareness and impact of our brand among true music lovers” explains Mary Corigliano, Vice President of Marketing for Fuse. Fuse is cable television’s fastest growing digital network, nearly doubling their subscriber base from 18 to 31 million households (Nielsen Universe, April 2003), further establishing them as the new music television destination.

Dates for the Crystal Method Legion Of Boom tour are as follows (some dates subject to change):

2.26.04 Sacramento, CA @ the Empire
2.27.04 Boise, ID @ the Big Easy

2.28.04 Spokane, WA @ the Big Easy
2.29.04 Calgary, AB @ Whiskey Nightclub
3.01.04 Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
3.02.04 Seattle, WA @ the Showbox
3.03.04 Portland, OR @ the Crystal Ballroom
3.04.04 San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theater
3.05.04 Sparks, NV @ New Oasis
3.06.04 San Diego, CA @ 4th and B
3.08.04 Miami Beach, FL @ Mansion
3.11.04 El Paso, TX @ Club Xcape
3.12.04 Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
3.13.04 Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
3.14.04 Oklahoma City @ Fritzi’s Music Hall
3.16.04 Dallas, TX @ the Gypsy Tea Room
3.17.04 San Antonio, TX @ Sunset Station
3.18.04 South Padre Island, TX @ Louie’s Backyard
3.19.04 Houston, TX @ Numbers
3.21.04 New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
3.22.04 Gainsville, FL @ The Palace
3.26.04 Tampa, FL @ The Masquerade
3.27.04 Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
3.28.04 North Charleston, SC @ the Plex
3.29.04 North Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
3.30.04 Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall

As a “Thank You” to their fans, The Crystal Method is happy to announce that each person who brings along a copy of the inner booklet from their Legion of Boom CD will get to meet the band following each and every show.

About Fuse
Fuse, a network of Rainbow Media Holdings LLC, is the nation’s only all-music, viewer-influenced television network, featuring music videos, exclusive artist interviews, live concerts and specials — all rooted in the music experience. Fuse reflects the rapidly changing interests and attitudes of its 12-34 year-old audience by uniting the media platforms that are at the center of their communication and entertainment – TV, online, and interactive games – and by incorporating their opinions and suggestions into its on-air and online programming. For more information about Fuse, log on to www.fuse.tv.

About Rainbow Media Holdings LLC
A leader in sports, news and entertainment programming, Rainbow Media Holdings LLC is a subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE:CVC). Rainbow Media owns and manages national networks: AMC, Fuse, IFC (The Independent Film Channel) and WE: Women’s Entertainment; as well as the on-demand services: Mag Rack, Uncensored On Demand, World Picks On Demand and World Picks Networks. Rainbow Media’s other businesses include its regional programming services – MetroChannels, News 12 Networks and Rainbow Sports Networks – in addition to the Rainbow Advertising Sales Corporation and Rainbow Network Communications. Rainbow Media is also a 50 percent partner in Fox Sports Net.

About The Crystal Method
Since Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland left their native Las Vegas, relocated to Los Angeles, and started releasing indie 12″ singles in the mid nineties, their bass fortified, hard rolling concoctions have marked them as leaders of the American dance music scene. Vegas, their 1997 major label debut melded pounding beats with hard rock dynamics, but the most distinctive sound it made was that of ground being broken. The Crystal Method returned to record store shelves in 2001 with Tweekend, which saw the duo collaborating with heavyweights like Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello and Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland. After years of constant touring as a live act, as well as numerous DJ tours, the band signed to V2 Records and on January 13, unleashed their newest and boldest release Legion of Boom. Once again, new terrain is being explored, as the fences between rock, techno and soul are breathtakingly torn down. Throughout their career, the duo has played just about every club and festival, licensed their music out to everything from video games to major blockbusters, and all in all has sold a million-and-a-half albums to become America’s number one electronic band. And this is just the beginning?

Press Contacts

  • Dan Klores Communications (Fuse)
    Andrea Ferguson/Erica Bates

  • Sioux Z /Kip Kouri (Magnum PR)