Alright so you've made it through the video. I'm sure you've looked at the incentives we are offering and if you've made it through all that and are still interested first thank you and we will try to make all of this as amazing of an experience for you as it is for us!
So here it is in details: Phoenix Down has been in talks with Steve Thompson the producer/engineer of such iconic albums such as Guns N' Roses: Appetite For Destruction, and Metallica's: ...And Justice For All. As well as working with artists such as Anthrax, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alice Cooper, Anderson Bruford Wakemanand Howe(Yes), Korn, Slash and I could continue this list for 9 pages but I won't. I'll let him say a little in his own words:
To Whom It May Concern
I have produced a great number of albums for many bands through the years, and
I can easily say that Phoenix Down has the potential to become a huge success in
the music business.
It is the job of the musician to create the music product, and it is my job to make it
marketable, and pleasing for the masses. People around the world consistently
commend me for my work with many major bands and artists, because I stay focused
on current trends to accomplish not only my goals, but also those of the bands I choose
to work with.
Many bands approach me to produce their product, so I am an extremely busy individual.
That said, it becomes obvious that I am very interested in the band Phoenix Down and
would be happy to be part of their success.
I have earned five Grammy awards and two Diamond awards, over 100 gold and platinum
records and am responsible for over 250 million record sales. This shows that I am fully
qualified to make these statements regarding Phil Berger and the band Phoenix Down.
Therefore, I suggest you take a serious look at this band, and become part of the
success that is sure to come.
As I'm sure any musician out there would understand the impact working with someone of this caliber would have on a bands career. It would be MASSIVE. Possibly the greatestlearning experience we could ever wish for. Anyone who is not a musician probably still understands the significance of working with someone, not only with the experience this man, but the insight and help he can offer us to build a better musical experience couldn't even be compared to. It's a dream come true that every single person who has ever picked up a guitar, or a pair of drumsticks or tried to sing along with their favorite records(Does that date us too much?) has wished for.
So that brings us to the purpose of this kickstarter and this story? We need your help. As I'm sure you all understand working with someone of this regard isn't going to be a cheap thing and definitely as musicians coming up with that kind of money is as hard as it is for anyone else. So we are coming to you...the listener...the fan...our friends...our business associates and any one who wants to see a band that has been around for the majority of 17 years and even though there was a 6 year hiatus between our last show in 2006 and us getting back together in May of 2012 the fire and thirst to make this dream a reality. With your help we can. We're not just asking you to donate money and then forgetting about you. As you can see by the incentives that we are offering we totally want to see all of you become part of the extended Phoenix Down family as we continue to grow and become a more cohesive band.
Hey it just takes $1 to start for everyone that donates $1 or more you will get the digital download of the song Client off of our The Cycle Of Strife CD you will also get a shout out on all our social media sites.
At $10 you get a Poster done digitally by Mark Sewell of Phoenix Down and autographed by the band. It will be something along these lines except dedicated to "You" the backer. If you're name is Tom Jones that's the name that will appear on the poster. Is Your name Jane Doe that name will be on their thanking you. You will also recieve the $1 and $5 incentive as well
At $25 you will get an autographed "physical" copy of the Double disc Phoenix Down The Cycle Of Strife Deluxe Edition. As well as the entirety of it as a digital Download as well. You will also receive the poster
The next one will be limited to 10 packages but for $500 you will receivve an Xotic Electronics EP Booster, A phenomenal pedal that is designed after the preamp of Vintage Echoplex's from the amazing people at Xotic Electronics. These will all come signed but one person that gets this will get the pedal that has been on Phil Berger's pedalboard since 2010. We will include photos and all. and you will be able to hear how awesome this pedal is when you receive the CD;-) You will also get the "Primary Package"
I'm going to include 2 tracks of me just playing to a backing track using the EP Booster for you guitarists out there so you can get some idea what it sounds like. I'm playing my PRS Killer Quilt McTrem, Through a Mesa/Boogie Transatlantic TA-15 into a Mesa/Boogie 2x12 Rectifier cabinet. The only effects besides the EP Booster is a little delay and a little reverb but not a whole lot. These are clean tones with the EP Booster used to push the amp in the frontend.
The first one I do kick on my Xotic Electronics BB Preamp as well.
There's only one of these but to the person that offers up $750 you will receive what has been Chris Downs go to Ride Cymbal since he found it scouring the Cymbal racks at Dale's Drum Shop back in Harrisburg, PA. He has picked up many other Ride Cymbals and even a few more that were supposed to be identical to this one but this has appeared on The Cycle Of Strife, Absence of Tides and will be used on both the Cover CD(Self funded) and The Dawn Of Oblivion(CD we're trying to raise funds for) this one has been his "magic" cymbal!! You also will get the "Primary Package" We'll get the whole band to sign this thing for you!
One person who donates $1500 will receive Mark Sewell's Fender Geddy Lee Signature bass. We'll try to get Mark to sign this for you, it will depend on his mood(Grumpy Cat might be a close relation we're trying to find out) but you will also receive the "Primary Package"
If you donate $2500 you get a really cool package to come to Las Vegas for a weekend on us and party like Rock Stars in Vegas. There will only be 10 available but those 10 will be rewarded with an amazing incentive(If I wasn't in the band or already living in Vegas I would be extremely pissed off that I wouldn't be able to participate. The band will fly you into Vegas(From anywhere in the continental US (if you are from anywhere else we will still help you out with airfare but will have to make other arrangements for the remainder to offset cost) You wil be put up at The Luxor(or equivelant priced resort)here in Las Vegas. You will get 3 meals with the band. Hang with us around Vegas, Hang out in the studio while we are working. Go to soundcheck with us at The House Of Blues in Las Vegas get to sit in the VIP balcony and after the show we will transport you to a private acoustic show with a few special "Musical" guests to be announced soon. Unfortunately we can't support your drinking or gambling habit. That would be morally reprehensible ...not that we won't enjoy a few drinks with you;-)
For $5000 you will receive a Custom Paul Reed Smith Mark Tremonti Guitar autographed by Phoenix Down and the musical guests that are at the private performance in Las Vegas. This guitar was given to Phil by a musical associate who had it made for Phil to the specs of his main PRS Guitar. In Phil's words..."This is an amazing guitar it looks stunning and plays like a dream...and while I don't want to let it go I know someone out there will be even more in love with this than I am!!"
Flame Maple Cap
PRS 57/08 Pickups
Brazillian Rosewood Neck
There will be some more incentives that will become available as we get closer to reaching our goal. As I stated before with out you we couldn't even come close to realizing our dream. If anyone has questions about any of this please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Well this asks us what we'll do if setbacks arise...and definitely we hope there won't be any but if they do this band has already perservered so much in our 17 years. The 6 years apart helped our relationships as people grow stronger and our new found maturity has helped us see that there is a way to work through any potential problem. Anyone who knows the band knows that their work ethic is absolutely insane and they will do anything to make this dream a reality!
A one hour lesson on the instrument of your choice either via skype or live plus A limited edition Phoenix Down Shirt designed exclusively for people that donated to the Kickstarter program Plus An Autographed Copy of The Cycle Of Strife Deluxe Edition which includes 16 songs including almost 2 hours of music including the 18 minute The Cycle Of Strife itself!! and A printed version of the "Steam Punk" Inspired Promotional poster that will be individualized for each backer that offers $10 up for the band!!
Your name will become part of Phoenix Down history, beyond the CD, T-Shirt, and Poster you will get your name in the "Thank You's" in the CD plust plastered over our webpage and all of our social media pages!!! Thanking you for all you've done!!
You get the Custom poster and the Autographed deluxe edition CD plus the guitar/bass or drum lesson and Phil Berger will throw in a Xotic Electronics EP booster!!($145 street value) One person will get the one he takes right off his pedal board and autographs.
This will include The CD, The Poster, And lesson, plus Chris Downs will autograph and throw in his Zildjian 22" Ping ride($355 value) this is the cymbal that has been used on the entire The Cycle of Strife CD and will be used on I'm sure the CD that we will work on with Steve Thompson
You get to pick the show you want to come to hang out with the band through out our soundcheck and have dinner with us before the show. You get to announce us to come out on stage and Then during the show we'll call you up to accept all your stuff. Because you guys are the true star of any show we do. This doesn't matter if it's in Philadelphia, PA, Las Vegas, NV,LA or wherever if it means we bring 10 people up on stage or more we don't mind we want to make this about the true stars...YOU!!! Because without you this wouldn't be possible!
This will include the 3 "Basic" Incentives the CD, Poster, and Lesson and Mark will throw in his own Fender Geddy Lee Signature 3 Tone Sunburst Jazz Bass($1000 value) used on numerous shows live. Will include a picture of Mark playing the bass on stage. Maybe if we ask him nice he will sign the bass for you as well...not sure though it depends on his mood;-)
Who doesn't want to party in Las Vegas like Rock Stars? Well for $2500 that's exactly what you will get to do. We'll fly you into Vegas for the weekend(Continental US only others will be considered with possible changes to rest of the package) We'll put you up for the weekend at The Luxor, and you get to hang with the band and see Vegas like no one else!! Hang with the band in the studio during the day leading up to a performance that night at The House Of Blues
This package will include:
1. Roundtrip Airfair
2. Hotel accomodations(Luxor or equivelant)
3. 3 meals with the band(on the band)
4. Transportation around Las Vegas
5. Entry to The House Of Blues
6. Entry to the bands Soundcheck
7. Entry to the Private Performance
8. The Cycle Of Strife Promotional CD autographed by the band
9. A copy of a "Steam Punk" Inspired original piece of Art by Mark Sewell dedicated directly to you.
10. A Phoenix Down "Backers" only T-shirt
11. A Las Vegas inspired piece of Phoenix Down memorabilia. Only available to the 10 people who pick up this package
Phil Berger will part with a very special guitar for anyone who is willing to donate $5000 for this campaign you will receive Phil's Custom Paul Reed Smith Mark Tremonti Model Guitar. This guitar was given to Phil by a friend with close association with Mark Tremonti and the people at Paul Reed Smith Guitars after a conversation with him earlier this week they decided it would be good to use for this incentive program.
For you guitar geeks out there:
-Flame Maple Top
-57/08 PRS Pickups
-A Brazillian Rosewood Fingerboard
-Brazillion Rosewood Headstock Veneer
Absolutely amazing guitar!!!($4200 street value) This guitar will be signed by the band and a few other important people to this guitars creation;-)
You will also receive the CD, The T-shirt, and The Poster.