UPCOMING FROM AOR HEAVEN IN APRIL: AOR Heaven's upcoming April 25 releases have been announced. They are Sunstrike and Alien. Read on -
Alien, one of Sweden's finest Melodic Rock band have released genre classics such as “Alien” (1988/89) and “Shiftin' Gear” (1990) including chart and platinum hits like “Only One Woman”, “Tears Don't Put Out The Fire” and “Brave New Love”. The original line-up was split up in 1989 and when reunited in 2010 a handful of festivals were booked to coincide with the return including performances at Sweden Rock Festival, Getaway Rock and Firefest a.o. The release of the brand new single “Ready To Fly” (Manora Rec) went down great with the fans and especially the response from the crowd at the Firefest. 2011 made the band really consider making this new album.
In 2013, the No Remorse/EMI CD re-issue (ltd 1000 copies) of the debut album “Alien” (s/t Scandinavian) reached no.1 in the Import Album Chart in Japan and was quickly sold out. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the debut EMI Music Sweden re-mastered and released the back catalogue digitally including some previously unreleased demos as bonus. To top it off the "Alien - 25th Anniversary" 2CD deluxe limited edition was put out and soon sold out as well. The re-release of the "Shiftin' Gear” CD (AOR Heaven) including four bonus tracks shed some light on the fact that the original line-up wrote and pre-produced a sophomore album, before disbanding in late 1989. Recordings of the new album started Aug 1st at Bohus Sound and continued throughout 2013, taking a break only to perform at the Firefest 10th Anniversary show.
Alien decided to add a song, “I'm a fighter”, written back in the 80's by their L.A. co-writers Pam Barlow and Janet Morrison Minto, as an homage to their co-work on the debut album. The regained contact with Pam and Janet led to them writing lyrics for this album as well.
WebLinks: alientheband.com / facebook.com/alientheband.
Line-up: Jim Jidhed – vocals, Tony Borg – guitars, Jimmy Wandroph – keyboards, Ken Sandin – bass, Toby Tarrach - drums.
Track list: In Love We Trust; Unbroken; Love Will Lead Me Home; I Believe; Summer Of Love; What Goes Up; I'm A Fighter; Wildheart; Liar, Liar; Look At Us Know; Burning Heart; In Truth.
SunStrike: A glare in the road that can temporarily blind drivers. But SunStrike will blind you with catchy melodies and big choruses! The band was formed by guitarist Joachim Nordlund and the drummer Johan Lindstedt together with singer Christian Hedgren (Twilight Force, The Theander Expression) by the fall of 2012. You also find Joachim and Johan in the Swedish metal act Astral Doors. Right from the start the three guys had a very clear image in how the music should sound like: pure melodic hard rock was on the agenda! When only a handful of songs were written they felt that the songs needed the touch of a real keyboard player. Up until then Joachim had done the keyboard parts on one or two songs. Christian knew a guy that would be perfect for the job, and after a cup of coffee and a handshake Fredrik Plahn (Prey) joined the force. They all felt that this is far too good to be just a project and after a couple of weeks a second guitar player, Mats Gesar (Thalamus) and bass player Björn Lundqvist (Twilight Force) joined the band that now got the name SunStrike.
Two demo songs were posted on the band's facebook page in the summer of 2013, and immediately the word was out about this new melodic rock outfit from Sweden. Radio stations started to play those songs and a couple of record companies showed their interest in the band. The song-writing/recording continued through 2013 in Joachim's Big Turn Studio until they had 12 songs that were strong enough for the album ”Rock your World”. For the mixing and mastering process SunStrike chose Erik Mårtensson (Eclipse, W.E.T). Cover art and the booklet design was done by no one else but Carl-André Beckston (Monowasp).
Track list: 1. Power of the Dreams, 2. Rock Your World, 3. Fireball, 4. Right Track, 5. Roll The Dice, 6. Rock It Out, 7. Never Let You Go, 8. Higher, 9. Scream And Shout, 10. Into The Light, 11. Edge Of Life, 12. Heat Of The Night.
Line-up: Christian Hedgren – Lead and background vocals, Joachim Nordlund – Guitars and background vocals, Johan Lindstedt – Drums and background vocals.
TESLA SIMPLIFY THINGS FOR NEXT OPUS:
Not sure where this was originally printed, but here I'm lifting from Blabbermouth:
California rockers Tesla last month entered the studio to record eight or nine new songs, to be included on the band's forthcoming album. Says TESLA guitarist Frank Hannon: "I must say that this new Tesla album is really gonna be awesome. We went in more prepared with the songs and ideas way more than 'Forevermore', and the style is pure Tesla back to our roots. The band is working and producing it as we did 'Into The Now'... with help from the legendary Tom Zutaut, who helped us make our best albums.
"The title of the new album is gonna be 'Simplicity' and I truly believe you guys are gonna love it! The opening track is called 'MP3' and starts off with an opus intro that orchestrates into a heavy slow groove with lyrics about technology and how we miss simplicity, vinyl albums, family values... and has a heavy-ass riff! Then we segue into a rock and roll song called 'Ricochet' that talks about Uncle Ted...Can't wait to play this stuff live!"
KEEP CALM ASK ALICE:
New York, NY (March 10, 2014)--Banger Films, in association with Eagle Rock Entertainment, presents Alice Cooper in Super Duper Alice Cooper, the brand new official Alice Cooper documentary distributed by SpectiCast. Super Duper Alice Cooper will premiere at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival and will hit theaters nationwide beginning May 30, 2014. The film is the first ever 'doc opera' – a dizzying blend of documentary archive footage, animation and rock opera that will cement forever the legend of Alice Cooper.
In order to make Super Duper Alice Cooper as interactive for his devoted fans as he possibly can, Alice Cooper is putting together a special pre-recorded “Keep Calm & Go Ask Alice” Q&A that will run following each theatrical screening. In order for Alice to give some wild answers, he'll require some burning questions from fans, so he's inviting YOU to ask him anything now via www.SuperDuperAliceCooper.com (click the “Keep Calm & Go Ask Alice” graphic). Once the submission period is closed, Alice will personally handpick select questions and answer them via video, serving as the aforementioned Q&A. So, do you want your question to be answered in the pre-recorded Alice Cooper Q&A running after each and every screening in the U.S.? Of course you do! Submit your questions now via www.SuperDuperAliceCooper.com.
Monday, March 10, 2014
SECOND VIDEO FROM PRETTY MAIDS LAUNCHED:
After celebrating their 30th Anniversary as a band and the release of their latest monumental album "Motherland", the Danish melodic hard rockers Pretty Maids are serving the fans with an album which includes eight re-recorded classic songs from the 1995 - 2006 era, plus four brand new songs specially written for this record and a special bonus DVD including archive footage from the 80's, brand new interviews and plenty of cool material for the fans!
"There were two main reasons for us to do this Album," explains singer Ronnie Atkins. "First of all we wanted to keep the ball in spin and release some kind of an 'in between' album before the next 'real' studio album. Then we were curious to hear how some of the older songs would sound like with the band line up we have today and in the hands of our current producer Jacob Hansen. The original idea was actually to do a mix of both re-recorded, re-mixed, covers and new songs, but in the end decided to cut it down to what it is. We deliberately chose not to re-record some of the eighties and early nineties material, since it's some kind of 'sacred' both to ourselves as well as the fans."
The release of "Louder Than Ever" will be followed up by a three to four weeks tour in Europe in May 2014. On top the band will appear on the bill of several festivals during the summer plus there will be the traditional Christmas Ride.
Turn Up The Volume – Danish Dynamite Is… Louder Than Ever!
"Louder Than Ever" includes the following tracks: CD: Deranged (New Song); Playing God; Psycho Time Bomb Planet Earth; My Soul To Take (New Song); He Who Never Lived; Virtual Brutality; Tortured Spirit; With These Eyes; Nuclear Boomerang (New Song); Snakes In Eden; Wake Up To The Real World; A Heart Without A Home (New Song). DVD: A Retrospective of the "Motherland" 2013 World Tour. Includes Archive footage from early stages of the band's career, interviews, backstage, Studio Footage and the usual freakiness.
Enjoy a "Louder Than Ever" presentation following this YouTube link: youtu.be/404ydIeqUHY.
Pretty Maids:Ronnie Atkins: Vocals; Ken Hammer: Guitar; Rene Shades: Bass; Allan Tchicaja: Drums; Morten Sandager: Keyboards. Produced by Jacob Hansen.
UNRULY CHILD RETURN: Unruly Child sprung back to life over the weekend with a new website and new social media presence on Facebook. Along with the launch of these new pages is news of a new independent release. The 7 track release is titled Down The Rabbit Hole and is in fact "Side One" of the new 2014 album, with "Side Two" due later in the year.
Currently the band plan to make the songs available on CD via CDBaby and Digitally via iTunes in 3-6 weeks time.
The band states: "We've been diligently working at getting our new album together over the last 14 months. It started with writing sessions in January of 2013 and has been picking up steam throughout the later part of that year. Of course the three of us have our other commitments and schedules, so we can only get creative as time allows - and we tend to be perfectionists at times. Now we're finally nearing completion of the first half (seven songs) from our newest opus. We've decided to release it one "side" at a time, so we could get it out there sooner, rather than later."
Fans can check out some audio clips through the UC Soundcloud link on the home page of their newly designed website at: www.unrulychild.net.
"Down The Rabbit Hole" features seven new songs: This Is Who I Am, Down The Rabbit Hole, She Can't See Me, Breaking Hearts, Kindred, For All We Know, Say I Love You.
TYKETTO PREPARE DOCUMENTARY LAUNCH:
After the successful 2012 worldwide release of Dig In Deep (Frontiers Records) and live appearances at Download Festival, Firefest, Hard Rock Hell, Sweden Rock and Hard In Rio, Tyketto's 25th anniversary DVD, "Documentally Yours" goes on sale Thursday, March 6th, 2014 at 9:00pm EST.
The three hour DVD will take you into the band's homes and into the recording studio while they track their classic AOR release, Don't Come Easy. See live footage from stages around the world and most importantly, from the infamously notorious New York music scene of the mid and late 80's.
Doucmentally Yours Promotional video:
The package is selling for $25.00 U.S. Dollars, which includes shipping and handling to anywhere in the world via Paypal. Log onto www.Paypal.com and send your order to Scott107Pro@aol.com.
The launch of the DVD is just the beginning for Tyketto in 2014. In addition to co-headlining this year's "Hard Rock Hell" festival (Wales), playing on the sold out "Monsters of Rock" cruise (Florida/Bahamas) and headlining the "Heat Festival" (Germany), Tyketto will be performing on England's 2014 "Download Festival" stage along with Avenged Sevenfold, Rob Zombie, Black Label Society And Tesla.
"Like" The Tyketto Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Tyketto-The-Official/272013509510636 and visit our website at www.Tyketto.de / en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyketto.
BALTIMOORE ARE BACK FOR MORE: "Musically, I think it's where this band should be – loud guitars along with Hammond organ and a vibrant rhythm section" — Björn Lodin
BLP Music is pleased to announce the 12th album from Swedish hard rock outfit Baltimoore entitled Back For More is out now and available on all leading digital music platforms. Home to 10 new tracks and led as always by enigmatic vocalist Björn Lodin, “Back For More” sees the band deliver a fresh take on the Baltimoore sound for 2014 with some new and old faces in the current line-up.
On his fellow musicians Lodin comments, “My main man for this release is guitar player Mats Attaque. He was actually in a band with me right before I started Baltimoore (Ready Steady). Several of the songs from the first album we also played in that band. Teaming up with him again has been truly inspiring… He's a great guitar player and singer - a great musician! We grew up in the same area and share a lot of the same rhythm interpretation, coming from the folk music around these parts of Sweden. Drummer Klas Anderhell, long time session player and The Guy you call when you need to get the job done. Having him joining us is a treat. Weine Johansson (bass) and Örjan Fernkvist (organ) are returning and nothing pleases me more. I'm proud of this band!” Song writing for the album originally began back in 2011 with some ideas being considered for what would have been Lodin's third release with Hungarian rock outfit Hard.
"It originally started out as a new Hard album, but as the songs developed I knew this had to be for Baltimoore. It's been a slow process since starting in October 2011. I had the songs written before I got the final line-up together and as players came along, putting their skills and input to them, it all fell into place. I just ignite and feed off others... We've been recording on and off since early 2012 but the album gained momentum in late 2013 and here we are…finished”. On the album's style Bjorn continues, “Musically, I think it's where this band should be – loud guitars along with Hammond organ and a vibrant rhythm section. Lyrically, I don't know… I bitch, bark and moan about whatever comes to mind, like always. However, there's an on-going story in our songs… I seem to end up in same 'place' over and over… That's something I want to take further and explore with visual stuff eventually”.
Just over 200 days until MelodicRockFest 4 in Chicago - October 3-5, 2014!
The line-up features so many USA exclusive and debut appearances - you simply will not find another rock festival in North America with a line up like this - H.E.A.T, L.R.S., The Poodles, Work Of Art, Stan Bush, Mitch Malloy, Guardian, Heaven's Edge, Paul Laine and so many more.
There will be no MRF in 2015, so come along to enjoy this party. Limited VIP left, including just a couple Platinum and Gold. Green VIP are sold out. VIP and regular ticket details and purchase links at www.melodicrockfest.com.
One of the great acts that will be part of MRF4 is once again, the awesome Mecca. I'm very excited to announce the live line-up for Mecca+ at MRF4:
Shannon Forrest - Drums; David Hungate - Bass; David Browning - Keys; Joe Vana - Lead Vocals; Jimi Jamison - Lead Vocals; Joey Vana - Guitars; Special Guest - Guitar; Special Guest - Lead Vocals. Joe Vana states: "We will be doing Mecca I, II & III tracks and then some Jimi Jamison and a tune or two by our other Special Special guests...I am beyond honored to have the Mecca I rhythm section of Shannon Forrest and David Hungate together as a rhythm section and back in the fold!!! They have not played live together since they were the rhythm section for the Legendary Toto Musician's Hall of Fame performance.
And to add - the line-up for the in-the-works Mecca III album Audiophile can also be announced! It is: Shannon Forrest - Drums; David Hungate - Bass; David Browning - Keys; Tim Akers - Keys; Joe Vana - Lead Vocals; Jimi Jamison - Lead Vocals; Joey Vana - Guitars.
Joe Vana continues: "We will also have a few VERY special guests playing on Mecca III as well...and will let Andrew know as they do their parts....one is our buddy and Mecca II alum Eric Ragno who busted his tail for MRF3, we were not going to do the record without him!!
The whole album is being recorded OLD school to 2" tape....all full takes only....no edits, and not an auto tune fest....if the vibe is there and it's out a bit...all cool!!!!....no guitar plug ins....no drum samples....no beat detective and is designed as a true Audiophile album...hence the title...it is the album I have always dreamed of....and we are pulling out all the stops...Produced by Shannon Forrest in Nashville...Here is a small snippet as we recorded in Nashville..."
INTRODUCING DIESEL!: Diesel: Into The Fire - Coming soon on Escape Music Robert Hart: Lead Vocals; Jim Kirkpatrick: All Guitars (FM); Jim Copley: Drums; Pat Davey: Bass; Adam Wakeman: All Keyboards special guest.
Produced by: Jim Kirkpatrick and Robert Hart. Mixed and Mastered by: Tommy Hansen.
TOTO AND EAGLE ROCK ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCE APRIL 29 RELEASE OF 35TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR - LIVE IN POLAND:
New York (March 6, 2014) --- Toto and Eagle Rock Entertainment have announced a April 29th release date for the band's 35th Anniversary Tour - Live In Poland. The title will be available in configurations that include 2CD, DVD, Blu-ray, and a deluxe edition featuring all formats with a 60-page book (Pre-book Order Date April 4, MSRP $19.98 Blu-ray, $14.98 DVD, $17.98 2CD, $79.98 Deluxe Edition).
Filmed on June 25, 2013 in Lodz, Poland, the offering captures the band in the midst of a standing-room-only European tour. The two-hour plus performance features Toto's hit stocked repertoire alongside other favorites. The complete track listing is: Intro, Medley: "On The Run" / "Child's Anthem" / "Goodbye Eleanor," "Goin' Home," "Hydra," "St. George And The Dragon," "I'll Be Over You," "It's A Feeling," "Rosanna," "Wings Of Time," "Falling In Between," "I Won't Hold You Back," "Pamela," "99," "The Muse," "White Sister," "Better World," "Africa," "How Many Times," "Stop Loving You," "Hold The Line," "Home Of The Brave." The set also includes behind-the-scenes bonus content. Eagle Rock Entertainment has premiered the band's performance of "Hold The Line" which can be viewed here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibxxkNRumN4.
The 35th Anniversary Tour - Live In Poland release captures Toto's European tour that hit 29 cities staging successful concerts Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, France, Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland, Poland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland. Toto World Tour 2013 featured Luke, David Paich, Steve Porcaro on keyboards, and singer Joseph Williams, who sang the hits "Pamela" and "Stop Loving You" on the worldwide platinum release The Seventh One (1988). Williams is also featured on the platinum certified Fahrenheit (1986), Toto XX (1998), the track "Bottom of Your Soul" on Falling In Between (2006), and the multi-platinum release Past to Present 1977-1990 issued in 1990.
Toto has revealed plans for 2014 that deliver what fans have been waiting years for. The band will record a new studio album planned for release in 2015, their first since Falling In Between (2006). Keyboardist and founding member David Paich recently shared, "The repertoire is coming together so naturally it is as though we never took a break from creating as Toto in the studio. For the fans who have been waiting patiently and continually showing the band support and love over the last decade or so, this one's for you. Collectively we can't wait to share these recordings with The World."
This April, they return to Japan for a seven show headlining sold-out arena tour that takes them through Nagoya, Osaka, Tokyo, Sendai and Sopporo. In August and September, Toto will hit the road as co-headliners with Michael McDonald, for their most comprehensive North American tour in years.
Few ensembles in the history of recorded music have individually or collectively had a larger imprint on pop culture than the members of Toto. As individuals, the band members can be heard on an astonishing 5000 albums that together amass a sales history of a HALF A BILLION albums. Amongst these recordings, NARAS applauded the performances with more than 200 Grammy nominations. With over 35 years together and thousands of credits and accolades to their names, Toto remains one of the top selling tour and recording acts in the world. They are the benchmark by which many artists base their sound and production, and they continue to transcend the standards set by the entire music community, being simply synonymous with musical credibility.
Band members have been South Park characters, while recently Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake offered a light-hearted homage via a comedy sketch around the band's hit "Africa." They are pop culture, and are one of the few 70's bands that have endured the changing trends and styles, and more than 35 years in to a career enjoy a multi-generational fan base. Toto also continues to raise awareness for ALS, for their brother and friend, Mike Porcaro, who has been diagnosed with ALS, Lou Gehrig's Disease. The band commits energies towards fundraising for Police and Fire Departments of California and the Fallen Heroes initiative (www.fallenheroes.org), and help the United Nations in their humanitarian endeavors through music.
Further on the band's recording progress, CJ Vanston (co-producing the album along with the band) posted this message and photo on his Facebook page today: "Wow is all I can say. Second day at Capitol with Toto and Keith Carlock. We're really creating something special in my humble opinion, everybody is pushing each other for the BEST. Keith raised the bar a notch, just as Csaba Petocz did engineering. We're setting the controls for the center of the sun, nothing else will do, not for this band, this group of talent. Deep day."
BRAVE NEW MEAT LOAF ALBUM TAKING SHAPE: Meat Loaf has posted some album news on his website forum. From his comments we can deduce that the album will be called Braver Than We Are and will feature a "cover (sort of) of More by Sisters of Mercy.". Mr. Loaf also added "Jim (Steinman) is writing some new lyrics for it and it will rock..."
Further on Jim Steinman's involvement on the album, Meat Loaf added: "I am doing 8 other Jim songs...Plus 6 more songs!....Jim and I have been on line together for hours upon hours!! in the last 4 weeks!! The album is going to be great !"
MICHAEL BORMANN'S MAGIC BALLADS:
News from German vocalist Michael Bormann: "On the 25th of April 2014, Michael Bormann's long-awaited Best Of Ballads-album will be released. Love Is Magic is a fantastic mixture of new songs and well known stuff with a new make-up. More than one hour of pure emotions combined with full power and more surprises are waiting for you. In limited edition, from now on till the 1st of April 2014, you'll get the chance to pre-order a special package, including a signed CD and a T-Shirt."
Pre-order here www.michaelbormannpage.de.
EDEN'S CURSE - SYMPHONY OF SIN UK TOUR SELLING FAST:
The forthcoming Eden's Curse Symphony Of Sin UK Tour in May is selling very well indeed with several shows headed for sell outs, particularly for Glasgow, Bolton & Swansea. Fans are encouraged to snap up tickets NOW as national press adverts in Classic Rock Magazine, Metal Hammer, Powerplay Magazine and Fireworks Magazine are set to start at the end of the month drive interest. The dates are as follows:
19/05/14 - Ivory Blacks, Glasgow (w/ Stormzone, Estrella)
20/05/14 - The Railway, Bolton (w/ Fahran)
21/05/14 - Snooty Fox, Wakefield (w/ Fahran, Skin&Bone)
22/05/14 - Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton (w/ Tainted Nation, Aceldaman)
23/05/14 - Yardbirds, Grimsby (co headline w/ Absolva + Babylon Fire)
24/05/14 - Static, Swansea (w/ Tainted Nation, Mayhem Messiah)
25/05/14 - Underworld, London (w/ Tainted Nation, Dendera)
Tickets for all shows are now on sale and can be purchased online from: www.edenscurse.com/uktour.
Grab yours now to avoid disappointment!
SUPER DUPER ALICE COOPER - OFFICIAL DOCUMENTARY OF A ROCK 'N' ROLL ICON TO BE UNLEASHED:
Click Here to View Official Trailer: www.bit.ly/CoopDoc.
New York, NY (March 6, 2014)Eagle Rock Entertainment, in association with Banger Films, are proud to announce the world premiere of Super Duper Alice Cooper at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by AT&T, where it will screen as part of their Spotlight section. Taking us through his life and career, Alice Cooper presents his story in the first ever "doc opera" film - a dizzying blend of documentary archive footage, animation, and rock opera. Super Duper Alice Cooper is the twisted tale of a teenage Dr. Jekyll whose rock n' roll Mr. Hyde almost kills him. It is the story of Vincent Furnier, a preacher's son who struck fear into the hearts of parents as Alice Cooper, the ultimate rock star of the bizarre. From the advent of Alice as front man for a group of Phoenix freaks in the 60's to the hazy decadence of celebrity in the 70s to his triumphant comeback as 80s glam metal godfather, we will watch as Alice and Vincent battle for each other's' souls. Alice's story is told not only by the man himself, but through exclusive interviews with members of the original Alice Cooper band, Elton John, Iggy Pop, John Lydon, and Dee Snider.
Super Duper Alice Cooper is the creation of Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn at Banger Films, producers of Iron Maiden: Flight 666 (2009 SXSW Audience Choice Winner) and Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage (2010 Grammy-nominated and Tribeca Audience Choice Winner), and much-lauded filmmaker Reginald Harkema, winner of the TIFF Special Jury Prize for his film Monkey Warfare.
The 13th edition of the Tribeca Film Festival will take place from April 16 to April 27 at locations around New York City. For more information on Super Duper Alice Cooper, please visit www.SuperDuperAliceCooper.com or like the Facebook page www.facebook.com/superduperalicecooper.
Alice Cooper needs no introduction. Still touring the world, with over 100 concerts scheduled in 2014, and hosting his internationally syndicated "Nights With Alice Cooper" radio show five nights a week for over a decade, Alice shows no sign of slowing down.
For more information on Alice Cooper, please visit: www.alicecooper.com / www.facebook.com/AliceCooper.
Banger Films is a multiple award-winning film and television production company based in Toronto. Banger's catalogue includes the smash-hit documentary Metal: A Headbanger's Journey (2006), SXSW Audience Award and Juno-winning Iron Maiden: Flight 666 (2009), Grammy-nominated and Tribeca Audience Award-winning Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage (2010), the biggest-ever heavy metal doc series Metal Evolution (2011), and the eagerly anticipated "doc opera" Super Duper Alice Cooper (2014). Currently, Banger is producing a number of film and TV projects including The Message, a double-feature doc on the history of hip-hop, and Rock Icons, a new music-bio series featuring exclusive, intimate portraits of the most legendary artists in the history of metal and rock.
Follow Banger Films at: www.facebook.com/BangerFilmsInc / vimeo.com/bangerfilms.
GUTHRIE GOVAN HEADS TO AUSTRALIA FOR CLINICS: Guthrie Govan: Masterclass Guitar Clinic - Australian National Tour July 2014
Saturday, July 19 - Adelaide International Guitar Festival
Monday, July 21- Hale School (John Inverarity Music & Drama Centre) Perth 7.00pm
Wednesday, July 23 - The Princess Theatre, Brisbane 7.00pm
Thursday, July 24 Wesley Mission Theatre, Sydney 7.00pm
Friday, July 25 - Claremont College Theatre, Hobart 7.00pm
Sunday, July 27 Gas Works Theatre, Melbourne 11.30am
NEW VIDEE FROM SHRED KING BATIO: M.A.C.E. Records has released the new music video from shred guitar king, Michael Angelo Batio. The new video for "8 Pillars Of Steel" features guest appearances by George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob, KXM), Jeff Loomis (Conquering Dystopia, Nevermore), Dave Reffett (Shredding The Envelope), and other metal icons.
M.A.C.E Records has officially released the new Michael Angelo Batio music video ,"8 Pillars of Steel". The song was written by Batio and longtime friend, Marc McNally. The video features guest solos by music icons, George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob, KXM), Elliott Dean Rubinson (Uli Jon Roth, Michael Schenker), Jeff Loomis (Conquering Dystopia, Nevermore), Craig Goldy (Dio), Dave Reffett (Shredding The Envelope), Andrea Martongelli (Arthemis), Rusty Cooley (Day Of Reckoning) and virtuoso drummer, Joe Babiak. Watch the incredible, star-studded video at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=QT_3xwqVmt0.
"8 Pillars Of Steel" is the first single from Batio's new album, Intermezzo, which features all new original music. It is filled with Michael's signature virtuoso guitar playing, mixed meters, great melodies, superb arrangements and world class production. The album features an amazing list of some of the best guitarists on the planet. This is the first album that Michael recorded using his new Dean signature MAB 7 Warrior,¯ 7 string guitar. It is available for purchase on his website, itunes, amazon, and other major online retailers.
The complete list of guest guitarists on the album includes: George Lynch, Guthrie Govan (2 solos on the album,) Michael Romeo (Symphony X), Jeff Loomis, Craig Goldy, Dave Reffett, Chris Poland (ex-Megadeth, OHM), Rusty Cooley, Mike Lepond (Symphony X), Elliott Dean Rubinson, Joe Stump (Holy Hell), Andrea Martongelli, Alex Stornello, Bill Peck, Max Carlisle, Florent Atem, Annie Grunwald (Formless), Tobias Hurwitz, Joe Rose and more!
Track listing for Intermezzo: 1. Intermezzo 2. Kaleidoscope Images 3. Oceans of Time 4. I Pray the Lord 5. 8 Pillars of Steel (featuring Elliott Dean Rubinson on Bass with solos, in order by – Dave Reffett, Jeff Loomis, MAB, then RRusty Cooley, George Lynch, Andrea Martongelli and Craig Goldy) 6. The Possession – A Tone Poem 7. 5 Four Ever (featuring Alex Stornello from 2:34 to 3:07 and then Guthrie Govan from 3:22 to 4:08) 8. Juggernaut (featuring solos in order by MAB, Chris Poland, Dave Reffett, Annie Grunwald, Guthrie Govan, Mike Lepond and Michael Romeo 9. Overload Intro (featuring Florent Atem) 10. Overload (featuring solos in order by Tobias Hurwitz, Ken and Darren Burridge, Bill Peck, Peter Ema, Joe Rose, Joe Stump, Florent Atem, Maxxxwell Carlisle and MAB).
Michael Angelo Batio is known for his technical mastery of the fretboard and his extremely fast picking and sweep picked arpeggios. He is also known for his showmanship during performances, particularly his use of the "Over-Under" technique, and for his ability to play a double and quad guitar, using both hands to play. Batio is also noted for his guitar instruction DVDs in the "Speed Kills" series which teach shred guitar techniques and how to "master the art of playing lightning fast." Batio was voted the "No. 1 Shredder of All Time" by Guitar One Magazine in 2003.
FEEL THE NEED FOR DOG CAMP?: Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan and Richie Kotzen of The Winery Dogs have announced Dog Camp, their first annual immersive program for aspiring musicians of all ages and levels, set for July 21-25, 2014 at Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY.
Produced by Dreamcatcher Events (www.dreamcatcher-events.com), this special vacation experience offers the opportunity to get up close and personal with the three legends as campers attend instrument-specific clinics, learn songwriting mechanics, and enjoy very special intimate performances and jam sessions from The Winery Dogs and special guests. Look for the daily itinerary for Dog Camp to be announced in the coming weeks and check out a video from Mike Portnoy talking about Dog Camp here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlAaHTcsuLQ.
Tickets for Dog Camp are on sale now at www.winerydogcamp.com. Attendees will have access to all workshops, seminars, gourmet meals, performances, jam sessions, and camp activities.
“We've all done clinics over the years, but it's always been something that's primarily centered around one instrument that each of us has typically done on an individual basis,” says drummer Portnoy. “Dog Camp is the first time that any of us have hosted or participated in a true 'Band Camp.' As a result of that, we've got some incredible surprises in store for everybody attending. We'll be living together, hanging together, and jamming together,” Portnoy continues. “We want you to ask as many questions as possible, and we're going to engage you on a one-on-one basis to help you realize your goals as a player.” “What's interesting is to talk about music, concepts, objectives, reasons why you're playing the instrument, what you want to achieve, and how to get to that point, rather than talking about major versus minor scales,” says lead vocalist/guitarist Kotzen. “I love that feeling of sharing concepts with people. In The Winery Dogs, we all have various experiences that a lot of other people don't have. It's an opportunity to share that and grow; the feeling of moving forward and learning and experiencing something new. That's what excites me about Dog Camp. It's the creative process and creativity that make me want to do music, and I want to share that." "I want to emphasize that players should keep an eye on what we're doing and why during the performances," adds bassist Sheehan. "In between songs or mid-song, I want to stop to make a point about what's going on and why. The expertise of being able to play ensemble is a bit of a lost art with kids today. They don't do what we did when we were growing up. Right away, we just got in a band whether we could play or not. Now, kids want to get up to a level of expertise and then join a band."
“[During the seminars] I like to have back-and-forth communication,” Sheehan continues. “I want to speak with people and hear their opinions, disagreements, and challenges. I believe anyone who attends will see a jumpstart in their quest to achieve their dreams."
Dog Camp offers a variety of pricing options, based on the variety of available accommodations. All activities will be held at Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY, which features an eclectic array of comfortable, rustic country-inn accommodations as well as primitive tent camping. All accommodations are just steps away from daily camp activities. Guests can enjoy the spring-fed swimming pool, on-site access to the Esopus Creek, and explore the splendors of the Catskills on the nearby network of hiking trails. Dedicated to the celebration of nature, music and the arts, this one hundred-acre wonderland of mountains, fields, and streams is a world of its own.
Dog Camp Website: www.winerydogcamp.com / www.facebook.com/pages/Winery-Dog-Camp-with-Billy-Sheehan-Mike-Portnoy-and-Richie-Kotzen/600934109989009 / www.dreamcatcher-events.com.
MRX UPDATED: MRX - last week for those that got a free membership when entering the MRF3 raffle last year! The good news - I'll be doing another for MRF4!!!
Today's MRX update features over 100 songs as the first part of the Billboard Rock Chart song list from 1981! MRX Membership Details.
Thursday, March 06, 2014
WINGER RELEASE VIDEO FOR DEBUT SINGLE "RAT RACE": Winger returns this week with the first video from their upcoming Frontiers Records release Better Days Comin'. “Rat Race” is the debut single from the album being released in Europe on April 18 and in North America on April 22. The high-energy song and video alternates between black and white performance footage and color montages of life's daily rat race. “Rat Race” was filmed in Nashville, TN and directed by Jason Green. "In this day and age, how quick you think, hard you try, no matter how fast you run, someone is always gaining on you" states front man Kip Winger. “We wanted to make sure the video visually represented that.”
Better Days Comin' is available for digital download via iTunes at smarturl.it/WingerDeluxe. Fans that pre-order the album will receive an instant download of the first single “Rat Race.” The album is also available for physical pre-order on Amazon.com in a standard (Better Days Comin') and deluxe configuration (Better Days Comin' (CD/DVD Deluxe Edition)). The deluxe edition comes in a glossy digipak and includes the bonus track “Another Beautiful Day” and a DVD including a Making of the Album documentary as well as the videos for “Rat Race” and title track “Better Days Comin'.” Fans can also order exclusive bundles, autographed items and more from the band's webstore at: bit.ly/1hJLPYw.
From the opening riff of album opener “Midnight Driver of a Love Machine” to the final outro lick of “Out Of This World,” it is clear Winger is back and better than ever. Hard rocking songs like “Queen Babylon,” progressive rock movements like “Tin Soldier,” and touching ballads like “Ever Wonder” show the band's diversity while always centering on great songs. The band has always been known for their incredible musicianship and the trend continues on Better Days Comin'.
Winger formed in the late 1980's and soared to immediate success with their 1988 self-titled release. The album spawned the hit singles "Seventeen" and "Headed For A Heartbreak" and achieved platinum sales status. Winger also stayed on the Billboard Top 200 chart for over 60 weeks where it peaked at #21. Their next album, In The Heart Of The Young, also achieved platinum status behind the singles "Can't Get Enuff" and "Miles Away." The change in musical climate of the mid-90's, compounded with unprovoked ridicule on MTV's popular Beavis and Butthead, led the band to go on hiatus in 1994. In 2001, the band reunited and have not looked back since. Winger has made a name for themselves with relentless touring, while winning back fans and critics alike because of their exceptional musicianship, Kip Winger's powerful vocals and the band's incredible songwriting.
WebLink: www.wingertheband.com. Winger:Kip Winger – bass guitar, vocals; Reb Beach - guitars; Rod Morgenstein - drums; John Roth - guitars.
LRS - "LIVIN' 4 A DREAM" (OFFICIAL VIDEO CLIP): L.R.S. "Livin' 4 a Dream" is taken from the album "Down to the Core". Buy the album on Amazon or iTunes: www.smarturl.it/lrsitunes.
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of L.R.S. debut album Down to the Core on March 21 in Europe and March 25 in North America.
L.R.S. stands for the new Melodic Rock musical alliance between singer Tommy La Verdi (21 Guns), guitarist Josh Ramos (The Storm, Hardline) and drummer Michael Shotton (Von Groove, Airtime). Started initially as a way to bring back to the public the amazing vocal talent of Tommy LaVerdi, a singer which came to the attention of the fans on the fabulous 21 Guns debut album "Salute" in 1992, the whole project morphed into a power band trio when two other well known musicians: guitar player Josh Ramos and drummer Michael Shotton were brought into the picture by the album producer Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline).
The writing sessions were fast and steady, with Del Vecchio managing all contributions from the band members – who lived in different places - and offering a number of his own writings and co-writings to the band, which was anyway able to develop a distinctive Melodic Rock sound in the tradition of Journey / The Storm, with hints of Canadian AOR - think mid 80's Triumph. Recording sessions happened for the most part in Somma Lombardo, Italy during the spring of 2013, with the musicians getting along extremely well and creating a spontaneous camaraderie which contributed a lot to the success of the sessions.
"I respected a lot both Josh and Michael before starting the album and it was actually very sad to leave each other after we finished recording and filming the videos" said Tommy La Verdi, while Michael Shotton added "It was like we had been playing in a band for years!". "I had the opportunity to try different styles and moods and incorporate elements of my past musical experiences in The Storm and Hardline -- I was very glad to be involved in this", concludes Josh Ramos.
The resulting album" Down to the Core" is now finally ready to be unleashed to the public. With soaring vocals from LaVerdi, a superb vocalist who comes back into the well-deserved spotlight and some exquisite guitar playing from Ramos, this is an album not to be missed and an AOR highlight for early 2014!
L.R.S.Tommy La Verdi - lead vocals / Josh Ramos - guitars / Michael Shotton – drums, backing vocals / With: Alessandro Del Vecchio keyboards, hammond organ, backing vocals; Nicola Mazzucconi bass, fretless bass; Anna Portalupi bass, fretless bass; Jamie Browne bass.
TIMO TOLKKI'S AVALON "ANGELS OF THE APOCALYPSE":
The new Timo Tolkki's Avalon album! Out in May 2014 on Frontiers Records - www.avalonopera.com.
LAST CHANCE FOR MRR PRE-ORDER DEALS:
It's the last few days of Pre-Orders for the new MelodicRock Records releases Stan Bush The Ultimate and Ferreira V. Both CDs are now in stock and will ship out from here early next week. Official release date is March 17. Meanwhile...check out Stan's brand new video for the song Unstoppable!
Stan Bush - The Ultimate (MRR018)
$15 + $5 airmail shipping worldwide. Will ship out starting early March.
Ferreira - V (MRR016)
$15 + $5 airmail shipping worldwide. Will ship out starting early March.
+ Bonus CD $32 (Includes Airmail Shipping)
TYSON LESLIE RELEASES TRAIN WRECKS, HAVOC & HEARTBREAK:
(5 March 2014 - Kansas City, MO) Kansas City pop rock artist Tyson Leslie has made a name for himself throughout the Midwestern USA through his work with acts like Pomeroy, and Baloney Ponyz, as well as his sideman duties alongside George Lynch, Carmine Appice, Corey Taylor and others. Leslie was most recently seen on the road as a member of modern rock act Red Line Chemistry, touring with rock legends, Whitesnake.
Now, however, it's time to take a leap into the deep end and unleash Train Wrecks, Havoc & Heartbreak, his debut album via own imprint, Above The Level Recordings. "Some of the songs on this album go back twenty years," muses the multi-instrumentalist. "I've been so busy working in other peoples' projects that it just took me this long to get it all together and figure out how I wanted to present it."
On Train Wrecks, Havoc & Heartbreak, Tyson tackles everything from 70's glam to upbeat rock tracks, humour and sensitive ballads, wrapping it all up and presenting it in a nice little power pop package. "I think my years of playing in cover bands and playing music that other people has written has helped me to develop my style a little more," says Tyson. "I've become a little more rounded as a songwriter."
Train Wrecks, Havoc & Heartbreak is available now through tysonleslie.com.
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
CALIFORNIA BREED SET TO RELEASE THEIR FIRST SELF-TITLED DEBUT ALBUM IN MAY:
Think of California and you think of brilliant color and bright sunlight. Think of a breed and it's all about bloodlines and brotherhood. Put the two together as California Breed, and you have the most exciting new band of 2014, built around the foundation of legendary vocalist-bassist Glenn Hughes, drummer extraordinaire Jason Bonham and 23-year-old newcomer guitarist-singer-songwriter Andrew Watt. Mixing massive riffs, gutsy vocals and gale force rhythms, this powerful three-piece band will release their self-titled debut album May 16 in Europe and May 20 in North America on Frontiers Records. It was produced by Dave Cobb (Jamey Johnson, Rival Sons, Shooter Jennings and more). Look out for future announcements on the band at www.californiabreed.com.
California Breed was recorded at Cobb's Nashville studio and features equal co-writing credits among the three-man lineup. “It's proper rock,” Hughes told ClassicRockMagazine.com (2/6), “but at the same time it's very now. Andrew is as influenced by Mick Ronson as he is Jimmy Page.” “This kid is amazing,” says Bonham. “The first time we met I thought he looked like the white Jimi Hendrix. And he plays in the studio likes he's onstage!”
Glenn Hughes, 'The Voice Of Rock', is a true original, a legendary icon whose credits include Deep Purple and guesting with everyone from Black Sabbath to Earth, Wind & Fire up to his most recent collaboration in rock supergroup Black Country Communion. No other rock musician has carved such a distinctive style blending the finest elements of hard rock, soul and funk. That astonishing voice is Hughes' calling card. The legacy of Led Zeppelin lives on in Jason Bonham, British drummer and son of Zep's legendary John Bonham. He has inherited the best of his father's skills while mastering his own distinctive and dynamic technique. Jason has followed his own distinctive path over the years, fronting his own successful outfits like Bonham, and playing with Led Zeppelin, Foreigner, Heart and, most recently, movie composer Hans Zimmer. Andrew Watt is a soulful singer/songwriter & multi-instrumentalist whose high-energy aggressive style & creative spirit are synonymous with New York City. Hughes says: “I live in the moment, it's all about NOW, California Breed is exactly where I live, breathe and where my freak flag flies.”
Here's the track listing for the self-titled debut album: 1. The Way 2. Sweet Tea 3. Chemical Rain 4. Midnight Oil 5. All Falls Down 6. The Grey 7. Days They Come 8. Spit You Out 9. Strong 10. Invisible 11. Scars 12. Breathe 13. Solo* / *Deluxe Edition includes “Solo” bonus track and a DVD including 2 video clips (“The Way” and “Sweet Tea”), plus documentary.
About California Breed: Glenn Hughes has spent the subsequent years working with the biggest legends in music, as a solo star, and guesting with everyone from Black Sabbath to Earth, Wind & Fire – up to his most recent collaboration in rock supergroup Black Country Communion, which included Jason Bonham. When Black Country Communion disbanded Hughes and Bonham had a strong desire to keep playing together. They're only challenge was finding a new guitarist worthy of their musicality. Easier said than done for these stars who between them have worked with some of the greatest guitarists in history – including Ritchie Blackmore, Tony Iommi, Jimmy Page and Joe Bonamassa, to name just a few. Then fate took a hand in things when Glenn's friend Julian Lennon introduced him to the astounding talents of a New York City hotshot guitarist named Andrew Watt. “Literally, the first day me and Andrew got together we wrote two songs,” recalls Glenn. “One was 'Chemical Rain' and the other was 'Solo', both of which are now on the finished album. I was so moved by the music, I said, 'We've got to record this!' That's when I called Jason.” Cut to autumn 2013. Recording with Dave Cobb at the producer's own studio in Nashville, added all the finishing touches, says Glenn. At Cobb's insistence, every vocal was recorded live as the band was playing. “Totally the reverse of what I'm used to,” says Glenn. “But I went into that aggressive rock soulfulness and everything down to the whispers, it was all done live! I enjoyed myself so much, just going for it. For what is on paper a three-piece, the sheer range of sounds and melodies you get from California Breed are breathtaking."
REVEALING THE MYSTERY TRACK:
This 2 minute teaser for an artist with an upcoming album was offered up late last week. The label/details and artist can now be revealed! The track is called What Goes Up from the new Alien CD Eternity which is due out on AOR Heaven April 25! A full press release and more samples are due any time now...
SUPERTRAMP'S 18 MILLION-SELLER BREAKFAST IN AMERICA INTHESTUDIO:
Dallas, TX - March 4, 2014. North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands sits down with Roger Hodgson, former singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist for Supertramp, on the 35th anniversary of their international blockbuster Breakfast In America.
On the eve of Breakfast In America's release, no one outside the Brit ex-pat band's tight inner circle living in suburban Los Angeles had any reason to see what was about to happen. Sure, their U.S. label patiently had given them the time to gel, as exhibited in the band's brilliant 1974 album Crime of the Century. But after ten years together and five albums, Supertramp's commercial success was modest at best.
All of that changed in March of 1979 when the world woke up to “The Logical Song”, making it an instant hit, followed by “Take the Long Way Home”, “Goodbye Stranger” and “Breakfast In America” all on the musical menu. The album soared to # 1, selling 6 million records in the U.S. and 18 million worldwide, becoming the Egg McMuffin of popular music. But as InTheStudio host Redbeard finds out from Roger Hodgson, who along with Rick Davies wrote and sang these hits, Breakfast In America came with a price. Roger explains, “It was a double-edged sword. I could sense the album was going to be huge, but I could also sense that the band was splitting up. I could feel it. The beginning of the end was sown.”
Supertramp 'Breakfast In America' / InTheStudio interview program is available now to stream at: www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/supertramp/
"Later this year, they'll kick off a co-headlining tour with Styx, which ex-Eagles guitarist Don Felder will open. To promote the tour, members of Foreigner and Styx, along with Felder, recorded a new version of "Hotel California." A Styx/Foreigner/Felder jam on the classic rock hit would seem to be a logical encore for the tour, but Jones says, "We haven't discussed that yet, but anything's possible, my mind's completely open. We've been hanging out together in the past few days, and playing together, and the chemistry is incredible. We've never done anything like that with anyone we've toured with before." After those dates, Foreigner will do a tour where they play their 1981 album, 4, in its entirety. "That was a close as I think we came to a perfect Foreigner album," Jones explained of the choice. "I think it is the best one, I think you can hear through the first three albums, how the band evolved, and I think we really had a clear picture of where we wanted to go with that one."
He's quick to note that the band is also planning their first new album since 2009's Can't Slow Down, featuring new material and some guest appearances ("we've gone to several friends and prominent artists"). That album will be their second with singer Kelly Hansen, who joined the band in 2005.
Last year at the Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony, Jones and Lou Gramm reunited to perform "Juke Box Hero" and "I Want To Know What Love Is." So, with all due respect to Hansen, fans are asking if a more large-scale reunion is in the cards? "The award really, in a way, validated us to our peers," Jones said. "We were both very humbled by the bestowing of that honor, and it was great to share that with Lou. It was a great chance to hang out and get to know each other a little bit again. I think anything is possible, there's more of a cordial feeling between us. I'm sure at some point, something like that could very well happen." And does he still lose sleep about that other Hall of Fame? "When I see some of the decisions they make, it's mind-boggling," Jones said. "It's quite elitist, to say the least. I just don't think they're in touch with the tastes of the audience. I just don't think they get it. Even though we were incredibly successful and popular, they continue to ignore artists of our era."
MELODIC BRIEFS: The Oddfathers video for Shake You Up is the first video from the new, Jack Douglas produced EP, Part I: youtu.be/FVeImRykPCg.
Blood Of VanGogh is a new band from Ontario, Canada. The band consists of four veteran rockers that have been in bands such as Helix, Sass Jordan, Filthy Lying Bastards and Syre. Please click on the links to learn more of Blood Of VanGogh: youtu.be/Myh30fY0rHs / bloodofvangogh.com.
Another new radio show can be heard online - this time from Sweden, featuring the latest news from the world of melodic rock and metal. The host of Metal Journalen is Fredrik Frippe Persson and the first show will be aired on Tuesday March 11 at 21.00 in Sweden. Fredrik Frippe Persson will have interviews with Johnny Öhlin from Nation, Björn Lodin from Baltimoore and Matti Alfonzetti from Skintrade in future shows. Listen on the web: www.radio943.se/radiospelare.php. Metal Journalen on Facebook: www.facebook.com/MetalJournalen.
MUSICARS TO HONOR OZZY OSBOURNE:
The 10th anniversary MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert will honor Black Sabbath's Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Ozzy Osbourne, and owner/CEO of the Village studios Jeff Greenberg. Taking place at Club Nokia in Los Angeles on May 12, Osbourne will be honored with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his dedication and support of the MusiCares MAP Fund. He is being recognized for his commitment to helping other addicts with the addiction recovery process. Greenberg will be the recipient of MusiCares From the Heart Award for his unconditional friendship and dedication to the mission and goals of the organization. All proceeds will benefit the MusiCares MAP Fund, which provides members of the music community access to addiction recovery treatment regardless of their financial situation.
Continuing to celebrate the memory of DJ AM, the evening's DJ will be Mix Master Mike. There will also be a performance by Osbourne and his touring band with special guest Slash on guitar. Additional performers will be announced shortly. "Ten years ago MusiCares merged with the Musicians' Assistance Program, originally founded by Buddy Arnold, to create the MusiCares MAP Fund," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy and MusiCares. "Since then our addiction recovery resources and programs have grown substantially, and this annual benefit provides a meaningful way to recognize artists and industry professionals who are on the front lines in the battle to fight this crippling disease. It's an honor to celebrate Ozzy and Jeff in our 10th anniversary year, and we know it will be an extraordinary evening filled with heartfelt words and serious rock and roll.""I know firsthand about the ravages of addiction and I also know that the MusiCares MAP Fund is a vital safety net for people in the music industry who need help with substance abuse," said Osbourne. "This organization literally saves lives. I've been lucky to spend my life in the music business doing things that I love," said Greenberg. "But I've also seen the serious and, all too often, fatal effects of addiction in our industry, so that's why I am an ardent supporter of the MusiCares MAP Fund."
This special dinner and concert offers Living Room Sets that seat 10 for $12,500, Individual Floor Seats for $1,250 per person, and VIP Balcony Seats for $100 per person. Contact Wynnie Wynn for ticket information at 310.392.3777 or email@example.com. General Admission Balcony Seats for $50 per person are available only through AXS beginning at 10 a.m. PT on March 7 at www.axs.com. Out of respect for the clients the MusiCares MAP Fund serves, the event will be alcohol-free.
HEARTBREAK HOTEL FOR SCREAM ARENA:
England's melodic hard rockers Scream Arena is ready with their self-titled debut album which will be released March 17. Today the band premieres a Elvis cover song! The United Kingdom has always provided its own twist on the US art form that is rock 'n' roll, from The Rolling Stones on, through Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, The Who, Queen, Def Leppard, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden et al. And drawing on such greats amongst others, England's Scream Arena take a brand of melodic hard rock with metal undertow and give it a firm twist, balancing now with the classic. A rare feat.
Formed by lyricist Andy Paul and going through the usual line-up changes until arriving at the motley but right crew the band is today, Scream Arena is a response to both the fey indie bands masquerading as "rock bands" in Britain and the studied off the shelf misery of so many metal bands championed by the fashion conscious, Scream Arena is simply a full tilt hard rock band with a lyrical slant towards narrative storytelling. "We are so tired of Smiths retreads and rewatered workings of The Clash being sold to us as the future of rock music", says frontman Andy Paul. "It was time to say "enough"."
The catalyst for the Scream Arena debut album was famed US rock producer/musician Paul Sabu taking the band under his wing and guiding them along the way. Sabu was responsible for bringing the idea of a cover of the Elvis Presley classic "Heartbreak Hotel" to the table and being keen students of history and believing that an acknowledgment of the roots allows the way ahead to be clear, the band agreed and with Sabu crafted a nod and a wink to the King. Andy recalls, "We saw no real reason behind covering "Heartbreak Hotel" but as we got into the idea we saw and appreciated the logic and indeed the song".
Listen exclusively to "Heartbreak Hotel" from the upcoming album on SoundCloud here.
The remainders of the songs on the album are self-penned originals with the basic premise being that of telling a tale, be it real or imagined, but wishing to draw audience with ideas that they can relate to. Thus full tilt opener "Born Ready" is Tarantino made rock & roll, while "The Price of Love" is based on a very true tale where the names are changed to protect the badly behaved. This is a beginning for Scream Arena, a British band that charts its own course and does not apologize for such confidence. This is hard rock from the heart and soul and all Scream Arena ask is "listen to the album cos rock and roll is back on the menu ...".
WebLinks: www.facebook.com/screamarena / mightymusic.dk/scream-arena.