Fri
19
Apr

FOREVER - "Anywhere You've Gone" (Lyric Video)

 
The new single "Anywhere You've Gone" taken from the upcoming album out on April 19th, 2019 via Evil Confrontation Records. Pre-order the LP / CD here: http://www.CruzdelSurMusic.com/store Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2Vqj3VQ Facebook: https://bit.ly/2UwiYCJ The album will be available in Europe thanks to SOULFOOD Distribution and Cruz del Sur Records (Italy).
 
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Thu
18
Apr

DAMN YANKEES - The Truth Behind Their Mythical 3rd Album

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DAMN YANKEES remain one of the most loved American bands of the hard rock era. Two very popular albums and two tours were completed before the band split.
 
Recently there has once again been talk about a fabled 3rd Damn Yankees album, with one prominent American DJ claiming he had never even heard of this before, astonished with the revelation.
 
And there has been a lot of incorrect information posted over the years, as to what exactly was recorded and went on with DY3.
 
With this MelodicRock.com exclusive - for the first time, the full information and truth behind this album – what was recorded, what went wrong and why it won’t ever see the light of day.
 
 
Damn Yankees were signed to Warner Bros. in 1990. Their self-titled debut went double platinum (2 million units) and the follow up Don’t Tread in 1992 was certified Gold (500,000 units).
Aside from one additional song Bonestripper (recorded for the Nothing But Trouble soundtrack), that was it for the band.
 
In 1999, A&R guru John Kalodner moved back to Sony Music and reopened the Portrait Records imprint with plans to record new albums with classic artists. One of the bands he approached was Damn Yankees. A deal was signed and the band was to start writing and recording. Except they didn’t, or at least not in the way that the two previous albums were done.
 
Tommy Shaw was busy with Styx, so his part in the recording was considerably reduced. Michael Cartelone was also busy with Lynyrd Skynyrd.
So…in came an additional guitarist Damon Johnson, who co-wrote with Jack and even signs lead on one track and while Michael was present for some recording, Kelly Keagy also recorded some drum parts.
 
The band over the course of a year wrote 10 songs and recorded 11 – the extra being a cover of Sunshine Of Your Love.
The album was turned into Kalodner and Sony – who hated it. Kalodner had been battling cancer at the time, so had less input into the making of the record.
But the band weren’t happy either. None of the guys were familiar with the producer Sony had hired, Luke Ebbin who influenced the band to sound more contemporary, but the style didn’t suit.
 
A little-known fact was that the label sent the 11 tracks to producer Kevin Shirley, given the task to try and remix it into a record that would sound more like a Damn Yankees record should sound like.
He wasn’t able to.
 
I interviewed John Kalodner in the mid-2000s and asked him about the record. He stated “I didn't think it was quite good enough and at the time with 80's style rock you'd have to come up with something pretty spectacular. I was disappointed in the record mostly because of Tommy Shaw's non-participation. I say that was probably the greatest problem. Tommy was totally an integral part of it. He was busy with Styx and it was sort of my mistake because I just couldn't control him. It's one of those projects that I failed on. I mean the buck stops here. It lacked the input of Tommy Shaw.”
 
So the album was ditched. But only just before the full international release was planned. In fact, it was on Sony’s books in 2000 – with Sony Japan announcing a pending release on September 13, 2000.
 
 
The record was never sequenced or mastered and since then, a number of songs have appeared elsewhere among the members own projects. But there are also several tracks attributed to the Damn Yankees 3 album that weren’t in fact a part of it.
There were additional songs written – but not recorded at the time – that have also appeared on solo albums.
 
So what was the final track list (unsequenced) for the album?
 
THIS:
 
Even Though
Give Nobody Nothing
Too Much On My Mind
We Are The Ones
Sunshine Of Your Love
Mona Lisa
Don’t Say Goodbye
Shine On
Yes I Can
Damned If You Do
Don’t Stop Dreaming
 
 
The tracks from above that have been heard on other projects:
 
Damned If You Do – appeared on Ted Nugent ‘Craveman’
Yes I Can – appeared on Styx ‘Cyclorama’
Shine On – appeared on Jack Blades ‘Jack Blades’
We Are The Ones – appeared on Jack Blades ‘Jack Blades’
 
The rest of the tracks remain locked away in Sony’s vault.
 
 
 
Wed
17
Apr

Hollow Haze - "Oblivion" (Official Music Video)

 
Hollow Haze is the Italian melodic metal band put together by guitarist Nick Savio after he quit Eternal Idol, the band he had put together with famed Italian metal vocalist Fabio Lione (Angra, Rhapsody). Hollow Haze had previously released six studio albums before Nick started Eternal Idol, but the “new” Hollow Haze features a revamped line-up and a fresh, new sound. Along with longtime bassist Davide Cestaro, Hollow Haze now features Fabio Dessi (Arthemis) and Paolo Caridi (MLB) as vocalist and drummer, respectively.
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Wed
17
Apr

Drum Legend SIMON PHILLIPS Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Protocol With 6-CD Box Set!


Features two full CDs of previously unreleased demos!
 
Drum legend Simon Phillips will be releasing a 6-CD box set on April 12th on Phantom Recordings. This truly deluxe set celebrates the 30th Anniversary of Protocol, the powerhouse jazz-rock vehicle for the music of legendary drummer Simon Phillips (Jeff Beck, Toto, The Who, Mike Oldfield, Hiromi). Included are all of the previous Protocol releases (I, II, III & IV), re-mastered for an even better sonic experience. Plus two full CDs of previously unreleased demos, with the embryonic tunes that would later become finished material for the Protocol II, III & IV albums. Protocol 4, included, was nominated for a Grammy in 2018 for Best Contemporary Instrumental Recording.

Phillips himself composed the liner notes of a glorious 24-page booklet with historic photos, providing deep insight into the genesis of the band, the tunes and recording processes. An absolute must-have collector's item for Simon's devotees worldwide!

 
Wed
17
Apr

PHIL X AND THE DRILLS Announces the Forthcoming CD ‘Stupid Good Looking’

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Phil X, prolific studio guitarist, songwriter and renowned guitarist for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees Bon Jovi, releases the lead single “Something To Say,” from the forthcoming studio album by his band, The Drills. The new album, featuring Drills bassist Daniel Spree, alongside Phil X and special guests (listed below), offers 6 new songs by the band and is scheduled for release on May 3rd, 2019.

Phil X And The Drills appeared in the rock music world with their first album release, “Kick Your Ass In 17 Minutes,” in September 2009. The opening track “Air Hockey Champion Of The World” established the group as serious rock contenders with an added touch of humor and a unique blend of modern rock that stated the obvious inspirations of the classic archives the band grew up on. Garnering immediate praise from critics, the band drew a global following in a short time with sales on 7 continents.

2011’s “We Bring The Rock n’ Roll” and 2012’s “We Play Instruments n’ Shit” offered a consistent stream of new music that showcased the above the board talents Phil X maintains. These have made him sought after for studio work with artists including Tommy Lee, Alice Cooper, Orianthi, Rob Zombie and Triumph among others. Cemented into the framework of modern rock music, Phil earned a slot in the band Bon Jovi, even performing on stage with the band during their 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction.

Answering an interview after the recording of Bon Jovi’s 2016 release “This House Is Not For Sale,” Phil stated that a new album would be in the making, and it would include a host of friends recording it. Gathering the tribes and being patient has made it worth the wait.

The album is titled “Stupid Good Looking,” and has the abbreviation Vol. 1 on the corner. Phil X shared with publicist Joe Dolan that with the success of this recording and the fun he’s had making it … Vol. 2 is already looking like something to come in the near future.

The new recording features 6 tracks with vocals, drums and other performances from a variety of fellow artists.

Produced by: Phil X
Mixed by: Chris Lord Alge
Mastered by: Ted Jensen

The track listing is as follows:

 01. Something To Say

Guitars and Vocals: Phill X
Bass and Backing Vocals: Daniel Spree
Drums: Matt Chamberlain
Percussion: Everett Bradley
Gang Vocals: Steve Ferlazzo, Joe Lester, Matt Starr & Marq Torien at Atrium Studios - Engineer: Smiley Sean
Guitar overdubs at Kronos Recording - Engineer: Eric Isaacson
Cello: Adrienne Wood - Engineer: Rob Rettberg

02. No Woman Of Mine

Guitars and Vocals: Phil X
Bass and backing Vocals: Daniel Spree
Drums: Abe Laboriel Jr. at Atrium Studios - Engineer: Smiley Sean /
Guest Vocalist: Dug Pinnick at Spreeman Studios - Engineer: Daniel Spree

03. Too Much For My Own Good

Guitars and Vocals: Phil X
Bass and backing Vocals: Daniel Spree
Drums: Taylor Hawkins at Grandmaster Studios Hollywood - Engineer: Ross Hogarth
Tenor Sax & Baritone: Doug Dehays
Trumpet & Trombone: Steve Jankowski at Jankland Recording - Engineer: Steve Jankowski
Gang Vocals: Steve Ferlazzo, Joe Lester, Matt Starr & Marq Torien at Atrium Studios - Engineer: Smiley Sean

04. I Want My Money Back

Guitars and Vocals: Phil X
Bass and backing Vocals: Daniel Spree
Drums: Brent Fitz at Hideout Studios Las Vegas - Engineer: Kevin Churko
Assistant Engineer: Tristan Lee

05. Rock And Roll You All Night

Guitars and Vocals: Phil X
Bass and backing Vocals: Daniel Spree
Drums: Glen Sobel
Gang Vocals: Steve Ferlazzo, Joe Lester, Matt Starr & Marq Torien at Atrium Studios - Engineer: Smiley Sean

06. Saddest Girl In The World

Guitars and Vocals: Phil X
Bass and backing Vocals: Daniel Spree
Drums: Randy Cooke / Tamborine: Abe Laboriel Jr
Gang Vocals: Steve Ferlazzo, Joe Lester, Matt Starr & Marq Torien at Atrium Studios - Engineer: Smiley Sean
Guitar Overdub at the Tone Factory - Engineer Vinnie Castaldo
Cello: Adrienne Wood - Engineer: Rob Rettberg
Wurlitzer & Organ: Steve Ferlazzo
Mellotron: Chris Lord Alge

To celebrate and commemorate the release of the recording, The Drills are embarking on a five date mini-tour to bring the songs to the stage. This run of shows will feature Mike Dupke (Dee Snider/WASP/John Mellencamp) on drums. Performances are as follows:

May 9th - West Hollywood, CA - The Whisky A Go-Go (http://www.whiskyagogo.com)
May 10th - San Diego, CA - Brick By Brick (https://www.brickbybrick.com/)
May 17th - Scottsdale, AZ - BLK Live (http://blkliveaz.com)
May 19th - Las Vegas, NV - Vamp’d (http://www.vampdvegas.com/)
May 19th - Anaheim, CA - The Parrish Room at the House of Blues (http://www.houseofblues.com/anaheim)

 
Tue
16
Apr

KINGS X Enter Studio To Record New Album

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KING'S X
Rock Legends Enter the Studio to Record First New Album in Over a Decade
New Album Coming this Year via Golden Robot Records
Rock legends KING’S X are thrilled to announce that they are entering the studio to record their highly-anticipated new album - the first to be releeased in over a decade - scheduled to drop this year via Austrralia’s leading international independent record label, Golden Robot Records. The label announced their global signing of KING’S X in December.
 
Today, KING’S X enters Blacksound Studio in Pasadena, California with renowned producer Michael Parnin - recognized for his work withh a varied range of artists, from Rage Against the Machine and Missy Elliott, to Andrew Lloyd Webber and Barbara Streisand.
 
Commenting on how it feels to be returning to the studio after 10 years, dUg Pinnick says, “Good question! I haven’t thought about it much, been super busy. But got a ton of tunes to submit. I never know what to expect. I’m always surprised when it’s done and can see it as a whole picture. And we’re making a record after how long?! I’ve been waiting for this to happen for a very long time, and I’m totally looking forward to it.”
 
Jerry Gaskill adds, “It’s been a while since we’ve made a record together. I go back and forth between excitement and fear. But when it gets right down to it, I think excitement wins. I look forward to sharing all of our ideas together and seeing what comes of it all. If nothing else, it will be the next KING’S X record.”
 
Ty Tabor says, “I'm excited to see where we are at these days. We're all bringing ideas in.” 
 
Michael Parnin adds about recording the new album with KING’S X“A great story in the making… As a huge fan of the band from the beginning, I am unbelievably excited to work on the next long-awaited chapter. Some of my favorite and most artistically rewarding projects have been working with dUg over the past 10 years, namely “Strum Sum Up” and the fun Hendrix Tribute Album we did together- Likewise, I’m honored andd looking forward to working with Jerry and Ty who are each masters of their craft.”

Derek Shulman, Executive Chairman of Worldwide Expansion for Golden Robot Records adds, “I am delighted to finally be able to work with one of the most respected, creative rock bands of the past 30+ years. KING’S X is not only a superb rock band with an ardent fan base, but are also a ‘musician musicians’ band. Golden Robot Records is determined to finally help KING’S X receive the worldwide recognition it fully deserves.”

Since the release of their debut record, Out Of The Silent Planet, in 1988, KING’S X released over a dozen albums that have seen them rightfully earn their place on the rock royalty family tree. Fusing progressive metal, funk and soul grooves with vocal arrangements rooted in blues, gospel and even the British Invasion era influences, KING’S X created a style all their own which continues to be an inspiration for bands to this day.
 
Featuring vocalist and bassist Doug Pinnick, guitarist Ty Tabor and drummer Jerry Gaskill, KING’S X have never changed their line-up, a rarity in the music world and a testament to the band and musicians and friends.
 
Critically acclaimed from the start, KING’S X are musician’s musicians, name-dropped by everyone from Anthrax and Suicidal Tendencies to Iron Maiden and Blue Murder for their instrumental prowess. Pearl Jam's bassist Jeff Ament even declared that "KING'S X invented grunge”. They also enjoyed a long life via the David Letterman Show with their track, “We Were Born To Be Loved” (from 1990’s Faith Hope Love), also a favorite of the Paul Shaffer’s CBS Orchestra to play during commercial breaks.
 
In 1992, KING’S X signed to Atlantic Records/Megaforce Records, released three albums and toured with bands as diverse as ScorpionsType O Negative and Pearl Jam. In the early 2000’s, KING’S X released three studio albums and their first official live album via Metal Blade Records. In 2005, the band signed to German-based progressive music specialty label, InsideOut Music, and released Ogre Tones, an album described as a return to the bands classic sound. KING’S X forged ahead with new albums, DVD’s and tours up until 2012, when drummer Jerry Gaskill suffered a major heart attack. The band then quickly compiled an exclusive live release from their archives entitled, Burning Down Boston. The proceeds of which went directly to assisting Gaskill with his medical expenses. They rolled on for two more years until Jerry suffered another heart attack, which resulted in him having a double bypass operation and ultimately led to the band taking an indefinite hiatus.
 
This break didn’t last long, as they were back on the road in mid-2015, shortly afterward announcing they would begin work on a new studio album. This would be the band’s first since 2008’s XVKING’S X began meetings with Golden Robot Records management in Los Angeles in early 2017, eventually signing a global deal in October 2018.
 
While it’s been a decade since KING’S X have released a new record, the wait has definitely been worth it! Watch this space for news on the forthcoming album in the very near future.
 
FOLLOW KING'S X Web | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Spotify

KING'S X are part of an international roster that includes such iconic artists as, guitar legends John Sykes and Gilby Clarke (ex Guns ’n’ Roses), Guns ’n’ Roses keyboardist Dizzy ReedHookers & BlowLittle CaesarThe LazysTrope and the all-star A New Revenge.
 
Plus, Golden Robot Records boasts an incredible line up of Aussie acts, led by Rose TattooThe SuperjesusMisex and featuring Steve KilbeyPalace Of The KingJailbirdsFyre ByrdThe KidsDestrendsFlickertail and many more.  Watch out for more incredible names who will be joining GRR’s international roster in the near future!

Golden Robot Records now own five record labels and have teams in every major market in the world: Sydney, Los Angeles, New York, Hamburg, London, Tokyo and Auckland.  With globally experienced music industry veterans heading up key roles in A&R, Management, Marketing and Publicity, Golden Robot Records are able to give their roster maximum exposure and support.

Golden Robot Records online: Web | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

 

 
Tue
16
Apr

Alliance - "Raise Your Glass" (New

 
Raise Your Glass from the brand new album by Alliance "Fire and Grace" you can preorder your copy now from www.Escape-Music.com
 
Alliance – Fire And Grace
Release date: 24th May, 2019
 
Band is: Robert Berry: All vocals, Bass and keyboards (solo artist, 3, and GTR) Gary Pihl: All Guitars (Boston and Sammy Hagar) David Lauser: Drums (Sammy Hagar And The Waboritas)
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