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Life, band changes inform Hollywood Undead's latest music

for Journal Register Newspapers

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The members of Hollywood Undead were hoping that fans would hear a few differences between their gold-certified 2008 debut, "Swan Songs," and "American Tragedy," which came out in April and debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200.

"In two and a half years, a lot of things have happened. A lot of things have changed for us," says vocalist Johnny 3 Tears (real name George Ragan), who co-founded the rap-rock sextet in 2005. "A couple of the guys had children. I have a daughter and stuff. Those kinds of things affect you, and if anything affects the music you write, there's no reason to hold back.

"If you don't do that, you don't have any business writing music, anyway."

Also new on the Hollywood Dead front for "American Tragedy" -- which is being followed by the Nov. 21 remix album "American Tragedy Redux" -- is singer Danny, who came on board in 2009 to handle the group's "clean" vocals and, according to Johnny 3 Tears, has made his own impact on the sound.

"It's always cool to have a fresh set of ears and a fresh voice," he says. "We write differently than any of the bands he's been in, so we weren't sure he would fit. But once we figured out he was the guy for us, we were really happy. It's worked out real well so far."

The World War III Tour featuring Hollywood Undead, Asking Alexandria, Borgore, We Came As Romans and D.R.U.G.S. performs Wednesday, Nov. 9, at the Compuware Arena, 14900 Beck Road, Plymouth. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $27 in advance, $30 day of show. Call 877-271-1280 or visit www.compuwarearena.com.

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