SOURCE: Hobnox

December 05, 2007 09:59 ET

Hobnox Partners With The Mighty Mighty Bosstones to Broadcast Reunion

Mighty Mighty Bosstones "Road to the Throwdown" Documentary to Be Featured on Mi145

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - December 5, 2007) -


Hobnox, an artist-focused online entertainment community and media publishing platform, today announced a partnership with The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, credited with the creation of the ska-core genre that crosses high-energy ska with hardcore punk and heavy metal. The partnership provides Hobnox's recently launched online music channel, Mi145, with the exclusive broadcast rights to this New Year's Eve Throwdown reunion concert.

The partnership kicks off with a six-part documentary, Road to the Throwdown, which follows the Bosstones on their exciting road back to the stage after a five year hiatus. The episodes feature exclusive footage, rehearsals and interviews with band members Dicky Barrett, Joe Gittleman, Joe Sorois, Tim "Johnny Vegas" Burton, Ben Carr, Lawrence Katz and Chris Rhodes as well as industry influencers sharing their perspectives on the Bosstones' impact on other musicians and the evolution of punk music.

This will be the 10th Hometown Throwdown for The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. Mi145 will chronicle the Bosstones as they headline five nights at the Middle East in Cambridge from December 26 to December 30. The final show of the Throwdown will take place at Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel in Providence, R.I. on New Year's Eve and will be shown in its entirety on Mi145 in February for a limited time only.

Each episode of Road to the Throwdown chronicles the band's history, its impact on music, fan reactions to the reunion news, and the creative process of the band coming back together and rehearsing for a huge concert series. Several episodes are now available on Mi145 and additional ones will be added through January 2008. The episodes include:

  • Opening: A Brief History of the Bosstones: The band's innovative sound and style left a legacy in the industry and on the Boston music scene. The phenomenon is explained through existing footage and new interviews with Dicky Barrett and Joe Gittleman.

  • Part 1: The Decision to Reunite: Why do this concert? The motivation for the reunion is discussed through interviews with Dicky Barrett and Joe Gittleman. Additional footage includes the band's initial reunion after four years and the planning stages for the 10th Throwdown.

  • Part 2: Where Did You Go?: The changes in the music industry since the Bosstones declared their hiatus are explored, from the success of the Warped Tour to the commercialization of punk music. The episode is set to the Bosstones hit "Where did you go?" recorded on TAANG! Records, and includes short bios on each current band member answering the questions, "where did they come from?" and "where did they go?"

  • Part 3: The Rehearsals: The Bosstones boys are back making noise, and it's all captured on Mi145. This episode features early rehearsals for the Throwdown, with some time out to watch the Red Sox win another World Series.

  • Part 4: The Influence Chain: Interviews and research that explore the band's influencers and the influence the band has had on others. This episode features commentary from Jimmy Kimmel; Sarah Silverman; Adam Carolla; Thomas Lennon of Reno 911; Curtis from TAANG!; Ken Casey of Dropkick Murphys; Flogging Molly's; David McWane, Steve Foote and Ryan O'Connor of Bid D and The Kids Table; Mike McColgan, Johnny Rioux and Tobe Bean III of Street Dogs and Bosstones Tribute band Toxic Toast.

  • Part 5: HOMETOWN THROWDOWN: The Hometown Throwdown concert series from the band's performances at the Middle East will be shot and edited into a single 20 minute piece which captures live footage as well as exclusive interviews with the bands and fans.

  • Part 6: Wrap Up and The Road Ahead: Wrap up interview with the band on the Throwdown shows edited with recently shot live footage and fan testimonials. Interviews also tease what's coming up for the Bosstones and their road ahead as a newly reunited band.

  • The New Year's Eve concert finale will be added to the re-broadcast of the series premiering this February.

Additionally, the partnership includes a contest which began Monday, December 3 and offers up and coming bands an opportunity to open for the Bosstones at the sold out New Year's Eve concert. The ultimate winner will be selected by Mi145 and the Bosstones and featured on Mi145 along with five other finalists. Interested bands are encouraged to submit online for consideration until Monday, December 17 at

Hobnox launched Mi145 on November 19, 2007 with the exclusive broadcast of American Landing: Jimi Hendrix Live at Monterey, a new documentary created in Hobnox's unique HYPERSHOW format. The original program provides an in-depth look at Jimi's historic American debut. It was developed as part of the Company's partnership with Experience Hendrix, the family-owned company formed by the late James "Al" Hendrix, father of the legendary guitarist. Experience Hendrix is entrusted with preserving and protecting the legacy of Jimi Hendrix.


"Getting back together for the 10th Hometown Throwdown has been a lot of fun for us and we wanted to try and share this experience with our fans in as many different ways as possible. Working with Hobnox and Mi145 has given us an opportunity to document the process and bring it to our fans through a really cool online experience. These guys understand us and are definitely passionate about the music -- for us this partnership made perfect sense." -- Joe Gittleman, of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones

"The Bosstones have been part of my world since I booked one of their first live shows in the late eighties. They are one of the most influential bands ever to come out of Boston. They were instrumental in creating a new genre of music, "ska-core", and spreading the sound all over the world through relentless touring and successful recordings. Their work ethic and generosity helped pave the way for young bands on the fringes, allowing a new sound to develop and be recognized by the mainstream. I have always been a fan and friend of the band. When the opportunity was presented for Hobnox to be a part of this reunion and chronicle the band's journey as they return to the stage, we were thrilled to participate. -- Jeff Marshall, Hobnox U.S., Inc., Vice President Programming


Hobnox is an online video platform dedicated to finding, celebrating and pushing media from the fringes, outside the framework of traditional entertainment. It's a community built by artists for artists. Hobnox creates original programming and delivers it in a high quality, full screen video environment. U.S. headquarters are in Boston and Hobnox has additional offices in Berlin and London.

Mi145 is an online music channel that showcases the influential musicians of today, uncovers emerging artists of tomorrow and explores the provocative artists of yesterday. Mi145 features original programming including live performances, interviews, music videos and original programming covering the gamut of today's music scenes.


The Mighty Mighty Bosstones are a pioneering ska-core band from Boston, Massachusetts.

Formed in 1985, the Bosstones are credited with the creation of the ska-core genre, a form of music that mixes elements of third wave ska and hardcore punk. The band released seven full-length albums, three EPs and a live album while touring continuously before their announcement of a hiatus in December 2003. They reunited in 2007.

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