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Hollywood Undead and Butcher Babies rock Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg on Nov. 21

Hollywood Undead and Butcher Babies rock Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg on Nov. 21
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From a press release:

It was announced today that Los Angeles rap rock group Hollywood Undead will perform with heavy metal band Butcher Babies at the Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg on Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m.

Tickets, which are $25-$28, go on sale this Friday, July 28 at 10 a.m. and will be available through the Sherman Theater box office (524 Main St., Stroudsburg), online at and, and all Ticketmaster outlets. VIP boxes and sky boxes are available for this show and include eight tickets (VIP box) or 12 tickets (sky box), a fruit and cheese platter, and waitstaff. To purchase box seats, call the theater at 570-420-2808.

The number five holds a deep significance. We have five senses. Five points adorn a star. Five represents man in theology. For the five members of Hollywood Undead – Johnny 3 Tears, J-Dog, Charlie Scene, Funny Man, and Danny – the digit perfectly encapsulates their fifth full-length offering, “Five” (Dove & Grenade Media/BMG).

“We’re five brothers, and this is our fifth record,” affirms Johnny 3 Tears. “Nothing gets to the essence of the music like this number does. Numerology has a lot of power. When we said ‘Five,’ it just made sense. The fact that we could all agree on one word codifies who we are. It also nods back to ‘No. 5’ from our first album, because it was our fifth song. Moreover, it hints at this secret society of fans supporting us for the past decade. The number is significant, and this is a significant moment for us.”

The band have just released the first single and music video from their forthcoming album called “California Dreaming.” Powered by neck-snapping guitars and fast and furious bars, the song cycles between guttural rapping and quick quips. Everything culminates on the choral chant, “We never sleep, in California we’re dreaming.”

“It dissects both sides of California,” J-Dog reveals. “You’ve got the glitz, glamour, sun, and surf. Then, you’ve got the super fucked side of people not being able to afford rent, celebrities being assholes, and that fake façade. We wanted to do a heavy song with a Red Hot Chili Peppers-esque chorus. It’s an old school vibe explored in a new way.”

Known for atomic live performances, the quintet regularly sells out shows around the world. They’ve toured alongside the likes of Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, and Stone Sour in addition to notching features from Billboard, Rolling Stone, Alternative Press, Revolver, and more. Hollywood Undead has announced a new set of dates in support of “Five,” which will begin on Sept. 30 at the Louder Than Life festival.

Since the release of their RIAA platinum-certified 2008 debut “Swan Songs,” the group’s unmistakable and inebriating distillation of rock, hip-hop, industrial, and electronic has incited the rise of a bona fide cult audience comprised of millions. Quietly infecting the mainstream, their 2011 sophomore effort “American Tragedy” went gold and bowed at No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200, while 2013’s “Notes From the Underground” seized No. 2. In 2015, “Day of the Dead” spawned another smash in the form of the title track, which amassed 21.1 million Spotify streams and 17 million YouTube/VEVO views.

Also hailing from the City of Angels, Butcher Babies offer redemption from the overplayed underground, exorcising demons with a visceral sound matched only in scope by their explosive stage show. Frontwomen Heidi Shepherd and Carla Harvey, guitarist Henry Flury, bassist Jason Klein, and drummer Chris Warner juxtapose brutal, aggressive riffs with beautiful melodies that wail with anguish and hope for redemption.

The band signed a worldwide deal with Century Media Records in December 2012, and a month later hit the road with Marilyn Manson on what proved to be one of the year’s most talked about tours. Less than a year later, in July 2013, they released their debut album “Goliath,” produced by Josh Wilbur (Gojira, Lamb of God, Hatebreed). Since then, Butcher Babies have toured relentlessly with the likes of Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Danzig, In This Moment, Cradle of Filth, and Black Label Society; played music fests like Mayhem, Knotfest, Louder Than Life, Aftershock, and Welcome to Rockville; and appeared in the film “Alleluia! The Devil’s Carnival.”

On Aug. 21, 2015 Butcher Babies released their latest album, “Take It like a Man,” and a music video for each song on the record.

“The majority of the album is very aggressive thrash metal. On this album, we wanted to go back to our roots, which were aggressive thrash, and 90 percent of the album is that,” Harvey said.

“But the thing is we’re not ever gonna sacrifice who we are for that,” Shepherd added. “What we’re attempting with this is to bring back the metal and the aggression into radio. So we kind of… We merged the two worlds. And radio stations who have heard it so far are impressed, and we’re very excited for that.”