Dropbox Helps Celebrate Transformers 20th Anniversary with Atari

Dropbox Helps Celebrate Transformers 20th Anniversary with Atari

Friday, April 2nd, 2004 12:33pm CST

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April 2, 2004   New York, NY - DROPBOX, newly signed to Godsmack Sully Erna's  Realign/Universal Records, will help celebrate the 20th anniversary of the  popular TRANSFORMERSâ„¢ characters along with Atari, which will roll out the new TRANSFORMERS video game for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system on May 11.  Featured in the game will be several unlockable bonus tracks including the band's first single, "Wishbone" from their self-titled debut slated for April 13 release, and a specially composed instrumental version of the TRANSFORMERS theme song.  Like the rest of the band's new album, the memorable "Wishbone" has the timeless feel of vintage rock, complete with the whiskey-soaked croon of a vocalist who can actually sing and a tempo that matches the quick action pace of the new Atari game.


The popular TRANSFORMERS characters featured in the game are best known for their "fight against evil" across the entertainment spectrum.  This includes the highly rated (and long running) TV show now airing on the Cartoon Network's Toonami block, the best selling Dreamwave comic book series and the leading, multi-billion dollar toy line from Hasbro.


DROPBOX, which features vocalist John Kosco, guitarist Lee Richards, guitarist Joe Wilkinson, bassist James Preziosa and drummer Bob Jenkins, are huge TRANSFORMERS fans and see DROPBOX as a perfect fit for the game.  "TRANSFORMERS were personal favorites for many of us growing up and I know some of us still have a few of the toys lurking around in our basements," Kosco admits.  Jenkins who considers gaming to be part of his job description, says "our music is heavy and has a way of building which I think can inspire a gamer to really get into playing, especially when it comes to helping Optimus Prime!" Atari's fast-paced action video game features and brings to life all the main characters, puts the player in the TRANSFORMERS universe like never before, and allows them to join the epic battle against the evil Decepticonsâ„¢.



DROPBOX, set to deliver an explosive album of sprawling melodic rock, is just getting started.  A long standing friendship between Godsmack's Erna & Richards, Godsmack's first guitarist, held the door open and led the way to the formation of DROPBOX and extensive collaboration between them.  In fact, Erna was so impressed by the band's bluesy fire, he joined in the recording process, playing drums on the majority of the album's 11 tracks, including the blistering lead single "Wishbone."  Erna, Kosco and Richards also co-wrote and perform together on "Touché," which appears on Godsmack's highly anticipated, chart topping acoustic CD, "The Other Side (Universal Records).


Watch for DROPBOX to open Godsmack's headline tour in April with Ill Nino.

4/02     St Louis, MO, The Pageant      

4/03     South Bend, IN, Morris Performing Arts Ctr

4/04     Toledo, OH, Toledo Sports Arena

4/05     Rochester, NY, Auditorium Theater

4/07     Albany, NY, Palace Theatre

4/08     Elmira, NY, Coach USA Center

4/09     Wilkes-Barre, NC, Wachovia Center

4/10     Atlantic City, NJ, Xanadu Theater      

4/12     Springfield, MA, Hippodrome

4/13     Hershey, PA, Giant Center          

4/15     Uncasville, CT, Moghegan Sun Casino Arena  

4/16     Lewiston, ME, Central Maine Civic Center    

4/17     Syracuse, NY, Landmark Theater 

4/18     Wheeling, WV, Capitol Music Hall


About Universal Music Group

Universal Records is a division of Universal Music Group, the world's leading music company with wholly-owned record operations or licensees in 71 countries. Its businesses also include Universal Music Publishing Group, one of the industry's largest global music publishing operations.


Universal Music Group consists of record labels Decca Record Company, Deutsche Grammophon, DreamWorks Records, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Island Def Jam Music Group, Lost Highway Records, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Philips, Polydor, Universal Music Latino, Universal Motown Records Group, and Verve Music Group as well as a multitude of record labels owned or distributed by its record company subsidiaries around the world. The Universal Music Group owns the most extensive catalog of music in the industry, which is marketed through two distinct divisions, Universal Music Enterprises (in the U.S.) and Strategic Marketing and Commercial Affairs (outside the U.S.). Universal Music Group also includes eLabs, a new media and technology division.


About Atari

New York-based Atari, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATAR) develops interactive games for all platforms and is one of the largest third-party publishers of interactive entertainment software in the U.S.  The Company’s 1,000+ titles include hardcore, genre-defining games such as Driverâ„¢, Enter the Matrixâ„¢, Neverwinter Nightsâ„¢, Stuntmanâ„¢, Test Drive®, Unreal® Tournament 2003, and Unreal® Championship; and mass-market and children’s games such as Backyard Sportsâ„¢, Nickelodeon’s Blue’s Cluesâ„¢ and Dora the Explorerâ„¢, Civilization®, Dragon Ball Z® and RollerCoaster Tycoon®.  Atari, Inc. is a majority-owned subsidiary of France-based Infogrames Entertainment SA (Euronext 5257), the largest interactive games publisher in Europe.  For more information, visit www.atari.com.


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Universal Music Group is a unit of Vivendi Universal, a global media and communications company.

© 2004 Atari, Inc.  All Rights Reserved. 

"PlayStation" and the "PS" Family logo are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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