ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING MELODIC, HARD ROCK ALBUMS OF THE YEAR!
FEATURING: JEFF SCOTT SOTO, RUSSELL ALLEN, TONY FRANKLIN, VINNY APPICE AND DEREK SHERINIAN
HOLLYWOOD, CA (July 29, 2015) Joel Hoekstra announces the release of his new melodic hard rock studio album 'Dying To Live' from his electrifying new side project, Joel Hoekstra's 13. Hoekstra is best known to millions of rock fans as the currrent guitarist for Whitesnake, and also known for his work with Night Ranger, Trans Siberian Orchestra and the show Rock of Ages.
Dying To Live features an all-star cast of rockers including Jeff Scott Soto (vocals), Russell Allen (vocals), Tony Franklin (bass), Vinny Appice (drums), and Derek Sherinian (keyboards), and and will be available via Frontiers Music SRL on Friday, October 16th.
Hoekstra took charge of the creative process by handling the production, song writing and arranging (music and lyrics). The end result could best be described as hard, melodic, classic rock that is Dio'ish at its heaviest and Foreigner'ish at its lightest.
'Years ago, I released three solo albums that were mainly instrumental guitar music. I wanted to put something out that showcased my production, writing and playing in the genre that I'm known for, which is melodic, hard rock, explains Hoekstra. That's when I decided to start what I consider to be my rock side project, Joel Hoekstra's 13.' Dying To Live focuses on struggles, potential pitfalls and the art of overcoming obstacles in life to finally arrive where we are meant to be.
Dying To Live was conceived before Hoekstra joined Whitesnake. David Coverdale gave the album his full blessing. 'David wants his players to spread their wings and fly and of course be ready to rock when Whitesnake needs them, which obviously won't be an issue.'
Excited how the new album turned out, Hoekstra is looking forward to the overall reaction from fans and media. 'I hope everyone will give it a listen. I feel it showcases my production, writing and playing in essentially the same genre - The line-up of musicians is stellar! I want to thank everyone for any support in advance. Life is good!'
Enjoy the album EPK following this link:
1. Say Goodbye To The Sun
3. Until I Left You
4. Long For The Days
6. Never Say Never
8. The Only Way To Go
9. Dying To Live
10. Start Again
11. What We Believe
12. Kill or Be Killed (Bonus Track digital download)
Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake) - Guitars, Backing Vocals Jeff Scott Soto (Journey, Yngwie Malmsteen) - Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals Russell Allen (Adrenaline Mob, Symphony X) - Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Dio) - Drums Tony Franklin (The Firm, Blue Murder) - Bass
Special Guest Musicians:
Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Black Country Communion) - Keyboards
Chloe Lowery (Trans Siberian Orchestra) - Vocals
Toby Hitchcock (Pride of Lions) - Additional Backing Vocals
Charlie Zeleny (Joe Lynn Turner) - Percussion
Dave Eggar (Amy Lee, Coldplay) - Cello
MelodicRock Records is excited to announce a partnership with Swedish AOR favourites STREET TALK for a limited reissue of the band’s best three albums.
On August 30 and limited to just 500 units each, MRR will reissue the STREET TALK albums ‘Transition’ (from 2000); ‘Restoration’ (from 2002) and the AOR classic ‘V’ (from 2006).
All three albums are long out of print, highly sought after and when listed, fetch tidy sums on Ebay.
The new MRR reissues will feature exclusive ALL NEW artwork and each album will feature several bonus tracks.
'TRANSITION' - 7 Bonus Tracks
I'll Always Remember (Japanese Bonus Track)
Don't Give Up On This Love (Original 1999 Writers Demo; Fredrik Vocals)
Everything I Do Is Just For You (Original 1999 Writers Demo; Fredrik Vocals)
If Anybody Breaks Your Heart (Original 1999 Writers Demo; Fredrik Vocals)
Let Me Be The One (Original 1999 Writers Demo; Fredrik Vocals)
Always Stand By You (Original 1999 Writers Demo; Fredrik Vocals)
Someday (Original 1999 Writers Demo; Fredrik Vocals)
'RESTORATION' - 9 bonus Tracks
After The Tears (Japanese Bonus Track)
Why Is My Heart Feeling Lonely Tonight (Original Demo; Kimmo Blom Vocals)
Forever By Your Side (Original Demo; Kimmo Blom Vocals)
Language Of Love (Rough Mix)
Till The End Of Time (Original ‘Dancer In The Rain’; Peter Broman Vocals)
Why Is My Heart Feeling Lonely Tonight (Instrumental)
Dancer In The Rain (Instrumental)
Tables Turning (Instrumental)
A Place In The Sun (Instrumental)
'V' - 6 Bonus Tracks
Astray (New Track that appeared on the 'Destination' Compilation; Japanese 'V' Bonus Track Mix)
Made For Paradise (New Track that appeared on the 'Destination' Compilation; Japanese 'V' Bonus Track Mix)
If I Could (Instrumental)
Family Business (Instrumental)
Oh Maddy (Instrumental)
Soundbytes of the bonus tracks and unveiling of the new artwork will be announced soon.
PRE-ORDERS ARE OPEN NOW, WITH A SPECIAL DEAL ON OFFER FOR ALL THREE TITLES.
Each title is $15 + $5 shipping worldwide. Buy ALL 3 and shipping is FREE.
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STREET TALK is the brainchild of Swedish keyboardist/songwriter FREDRIK BERGH. Their debut came in 1997 with the album ‘Collaboration’.
The album featured, amongst others, guest vocalist Göran Edman who would continue to work with Fredrik throughout the Street Talk history.
In 2000, the album ‘Transition’ was released featuring Goran again on a set of smooth Westcoast/AOR tunes.
In 2002 STREET TALK signed to the now defunct MTM Music label for the excellent album 'Restoration'. The opus featured vocals from Goran once again and also two popular tracks from American AOR vocalist HUGO.
In 2006 the band released their fourth all-original studio album – the distinctly more powerful, pure AOR masterpiece ‘V’. Featuring Goran Edman on all vocals, the album was the defining moment of Street Talk’s history.
Since the release of ‘V’ in 2006, STREET TALK has been on hiatus, but Fredrik has been as busy as ever as a founding member of melodic metal band Bloodbound as well as writing and working with such artists as Revolution Saints, Steve Augeri, Steve Overland, Joe Lynn Turner, Rob Moratti, Harry Hess, Bob Halligan jr, Phenomena, Seven and Anette Olzon
Further details of the reissues will be available soon, but in the meantime, please enjoy one song from each of the albums:
From ‘V’ – Responsible
From ‘Restoration’ – Why Is My Heart Feeling Lonely Tonight
SIOUX FALLS, S.D., July 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Jack Blades, lead singer, frontman and songwriter for the rock band Night Ranger, has joined Badlands Entertainment in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The popular musician and personal friend of Badlands CEO Chuck Brennan will be the celebrity host of Pawn For Gold, a television game show being produced by Badlands TV Network. He will also host a weekly radio show entitled The Monday Night Ranger via the Guns, Gold & Rock N Roll Radio Network.
Filming for Pawn for Gold is scheduled to begin in January. The show will feature cutting-edge LED technology, a stage where world renowned artists will perform, and a unique open-audience setting. Visitors of Badlands Pawn are welcome to attend the shooting of the show free of charge. Contestant applications will be available in the Fall.
"In addition to my duties recording, touring, rocking America and the rest of the world with Night Ranger, I'm excited and honored to be the host of Pawn for Gold," said Blades. "When my good friend Chuck Brennan asked me to get onboard, how could I say no? Everything Chuck touches turns to gold."
Throughout his remarkable career, Blades and Night Ranger have sold more than 25 million albums, with smash hits including "Sister Christian," "(You Can Still) Rock in America" and "Don't Tell Me You Love Me." Blades also founded the multi-platinum rock group Damn Yankees.
"Jack is the perfect guest to host this show, as he possesses the same rock star mentality as we do at Badlands," said Chuck Brennan, CEO of Badlands Entertainment. The founder and CEO of such entities as Dollar Loan Center and the Brennan Rock & Roll Academy is a Sioux Falls native and said he is bringing his best ideas for entertainment to his hometown. "We are creating an unprecedented entertainment district right here in Sioux Falls that people will travel from around the world to experience."
Blades' radio show, The Monday Night Ranger, will air live from Badlands every Monday night from 7-10 p.m. beginning in January. "During the show, Jack will be playing music, interviewing bands and telling road stories," said Brennan. "He will also be interviewing the nationally known bands that will be performing at Badlands every Thursday night and talking about upcoming events at Badlands Motor Speedway."
Badlands Pawn, Gold & Jewelry opens Thanksgiving Day and will become one of South Dakota's top entertainment destinations in the new Sioux Falls Sports & Entertainment District. The complex spans 60,000 square feet of entertainment, shopping and sports opportunities including:
The largest pawn shop in the Midwest with jewelry, electronics and treasures up and down every aisle and around every corner
24/7 live FM rock radio station, the 'Guns, Gold & Rock N Roll Radio Network'
An in-house mint that makes Badlands-branded gold and silver coins and bars
Gun shop with state-of-the-art shooting range and 14 lanes
Tattoo parlor offering free Badlands logo tattoos
Badlands House Band, performing on-site and on-tour
Concert stage for guests to try out their gear, complete with 300 flying guitars
Entertainment agency, Badlands Entertainment Group
$1 million in gold on display, melted and imprinted at Badlands
Filming of several Badlands-based television shows
State of the art, 1,700 capacity, 2 level concert showroom with VIP Suites and Club Level
Badlands Pawn, Gold & Jewelry opens Thanksgiving Day, 2015 and will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day of the year. For more information, visit www.badlandspawn.com.
Frontiers Records are pleased to announce the signing of a new, super exciting Swedish melodic rock band: CRUZH!
The band came about when Anton and Butabi (both coming from the Sleaze band TrashQueen), who share a love for melodic rock and AOR, joined forces with Tony Andersson (from Dawn of Oblivion, one of the largest and most important goth metal bands in Europe), who previously worked as a studio musician on the TrashQueen record. All three operate as songwriters in Cruzh and among their influences are Def Leppard, Toto, FM official, Winger, FireHouse and Bryan Adams.
Get a taste of what you're in for with their song 'Aim For the Head' on YouTube NOW:
Cruzh Official will be assisted by Erik Wiss in the mix and production of their yet untitled album, which will be released in 2016.
Tony Andersson - keyboards, vocals
Anton Joensson - guitar, background vocals
Dennis Butabi Borg - bass, background vocals
(Session drummer Louisian Boltner will handle the drums on the record)
Due to the overwhelming success of Judas Priest's 17th studio effort overall, 'Redeemer of Souls' (which became the highest-charting album of their career, when it debuted on the Billboard 200 charts at #6), the band has announced a fall tour, which will hit the U.S. and Canada, from October 16th through November 12th. Supporting Priest on the U.S. dates and the Halifax engagement will be one of modern metal's top bands, Mastodon.
'Redeemer of Souls' also went on to become one of the most critically acclaimed releases of the band's career, with Rolling Stone stating, "Above all, 'Redeemer' is proof that Priest can still call themselves metal's defenders of the faith," while Revolver Magazine offered further praise, "Thus rejuvenated and recharged, the Metal Gods have delivered their strongest record in over a decade."
Comprised of Rob Halford (vocals), Glenn Tipton (guitar), Richie Faulkner (guitar), Ian Hill (bass), and Scott Travis (drums), Judas Priest is responsible for some of heavy metal's all-time classic anthems ("Living After Midnight," "Breaking the Law," "You've Got Another Thing Coming," etc.) and albums ('British Steel,' 'Screaming for Vengeance,' 'Painkiller,' etc.).
Ever since the release of 'Redeemer of Souls,' Judas Priest has been taking their music all over the world. And they are not finished yet, with the announcement of these new dates!
JUDAS PRIEST TOUR DATES:
October 16th, 2015 Paso Robles, CA Vina Robles Amp
October 17th, 2015 Las Vegas, NV The Pearl
October 20th, 2015 San Francisco, CA The Warfield Theatre
October 21st, 2015 San Jose, CA City National Civic
October 23rd, 2015 Fresno, CA William Saroyan Theater
October 24th, 2015 San Bernardino, CA Knotfest
October 27th, 2015 Vancouver, BC Hard Rock Casino
October 28th, 2015 Vancouver, BC Hard Rock Casino
October 31st, 2015 Regina, SK Brandt Center
November 1st, 2015 Winnipeg, MN MTS Center
November 3rd, 2015 Peoria, IL Civic Center
November 6th, 2015 Huntington, NY Paramount Theater
November 7th, 2015 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
November 10th, 2015 Halifax, NS Scotiabank Center
November 12th, 2015 Toronto, ON Air Canada Center
Australia's The Radio Sun have been very busy since they formed in 2012. With past members from the excellent Square One and some of Melbourne's best local musos, The Radio Sun are about catchy rocking songs with an emphasis on layered vocal harmonies somewhere in between Rick Springfield, Nelson, Firehouse and The Marvelous 3.
After locking in Paul Laine (solo, Danger Danger, Shugaazer) to mix the band's debut album in 2013, The Radio Sun impressed so much that Paul Laine asked the guys to be his backing band on his recent tour downunder. The Radio Sun will also do double duty at next year's MelodicRockFest 4 by again being a part of the Paul Laine band and then performing the very next day in their own showcase set. Things are definitely looking up for the boys from downunder with their debut album Wrong Things Right to be released through MelodicRockRecords May 19.
The album cover and CD package was crafted by the always awesome Swedish artist Monowasp.
Melodic Rock group China Sky have released a new video for their re-worked cover of the classic Greg Allman song "Dreams I'll Never See", from their latest album, "China Sky II."
The video was shot during recording sessions for the album, and will be the last to feature drummer Bruce Crump, who died of complications from throat cancer in March, less than a month after its release.
The new video is the second from "China Sky II", following "One Life" which was released earlier this year.
LITA discusses her relationship with Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne, her appearance at Heavy Montreal, the late Randy Castillo, her upcoming book 'Living Like A Runaway:A Memoir', THE RUNAWAYS, Kim Fowley, KISS' Eric Singer, progress on a new Lita Ford album, the Wicked Wonderland era, taking a hiatus to raise her kids, missing her children, parental alienation, and much more.
Quotes from the interview:
Sharon Osbourne: "I loved Sharon. I didn't want to let her go, but at the same time there were some things going on that were really destroying my career."
More Sharon: "She's one of 'those' that forever holds a grudge. She's not one of 'those' kinds of people that forgives and forgets.'
Her book: "I pretty much made it about Sex, Drugs and Rock N' Roll."
The Runaways: "It really was KIM FOLEY's band. He was running the show. When he left things slowly started falling apart."
More about The Runaways: "Had we have had our own television show like Hanna Montana then maybe we would have been able to fill arenas."
Her kids: "I don't get to see them anymore. I don't know where they are and I haven't spoken to them since 2010."
This episode is co-hosted by BRITNY FOX & DORO drummer, Johnny Dee. Johnny also gives an updateon the Britny Fox reunion and new album.
Dave Jerden discusses his life and career. From his early days to working with Frank Zappa, Herbie Hancock, Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones. He also discusses the creation of the Alice In Chains sound, his work with Anthrax, and the lost album by Violets Demise with Rowan Robertson and Oni Logan. He shares why he stopped making records for many years, and what brought him back.
On Rowan Robertson "I know people that don't have 100th of the talent that think they're hot shit. And Rowan is so much fucking better. And believe me, I've worked with the best guitar players in the world. I've worked with Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Pete Townsend, Adrian Belew, a lot of great guitar players. And Rowan is as good or better than all of them. I'm telling you, this guy is amazing."
THUNDERMOTHER TO RELEASE 'ROAD FEVER' THROUGH SWEDEN'S DESPOTZ RECORDS
(28 July 2015 - Stockholm, SWEDEN) There's a new female hard rock band in town and if you don't watch your back, the Swedish based quintet, Thundermother are going to be on you like roadkill as they place their smelly stamp on the rock n roll landscape everywhere they go.
Road Fever, the sophomore effort from Thundermother will hit the streets on 4 September through Despotz Records. The follow up to the critically acclaimed 'Rock N' Roll Disaster' sees the outfit treading familiar waters with their tried and true classic influenced hard rock. Frontwoman, Clare Cunningman says, "We stuck with a sound that we all love and know will work as we have gained so many fans worldwide with this winning formula. But we hope to reach out now to a wider audience as our sound drifts towards the classic Motorhead era." Guitarist, Flippa Nassil adds pointedly, "If you like 70's rock you will appreciate what we do - I guarantee you won't be disappointed. Rock and roll is not dead."
Formed in 2010 when guitarists, Flippa Nassil and Italian born Giorgia Carteri met with the same goals and passions - to put together and play in the ultimate rock and roll band. Several meetings and a few lineup changes later the duo hooked up with three others that share that same vision in the form of Irish singer, Clare Cunningham, bassist, Linda Strom and drummer, Tilda Stenqvist.
Releasing the well received 'Rcck N' Roll Disaster' in 2014 and hitting the Swedish national charts at #2, the band made their mark quickly. "I remember getting the call!" exclaims Cunningman. "It was a moment none of us will ever forget. To be received so warmly on our first record was an incredible feeling and showed that this was the beginning of something big for us."
With Road Fever, Thundermother hit back even harder than before with tracks such as "Deal With the Devil" (the album's second single and the band's tribute to Lemmy), "Thunder Machine" (the band being major supporters of feminism, Cunningham got a feminist tattoo while on tour in Spain and it was performed with the Hawk Thunder Machine, hence the song title) and the album's first single, "It's Just a Tease" ("We're female, proud of playing rock and roll and being sexy at the same time," laughs Nassil.)
The quintet headed into the studio this past May to finalize work of Road Fever, after having completed five songs in Lemon Recording Studio in Klippan (South Sweden) with Martin Ekelund. This final batch of songs were recorded at Cobra Studios in Stockholm with main engineer Martin Ehrencrona and with the band's guitarist and founder, Filippa Nässil at the helm. The vibe of the studio suited the ladies perfectly with it's pure 70s rock'n'roll analog sound and original gear.
Road Fever tracklisting:
01. It's Just A Tease
03. Alright Alright
04. Deal With The Devil
05. Give Me Some Lights
09. Thunder Machine
10. Rock N Roll Sisterhood
After more than a decade, VOODOO HILL, the alliance between Dario Mollo and Glenn Hughes returns with a new album.
Out in October via Frontiers.
Frontiers Music Srl is excited to announce the release of the eagerly anticipated new album from VOODOO HILL entitled “Waterfall” on October 16th in Europe and North America.
The new VOODOO HILL album – the third release from the musical alliance between Italian axeman and producer Dario Mollo and legendary former Deep Purple singer / bassist Glenn Hughes – is the culmination of a 30+ year career for Mollo as a musician, songwriter and producer. Dario Mollo’s career started in 1981 with the heavy metal band Crossbones, he continued to develop his abilities with musical giants like Tony Martin (Black Sabbath), Graham Bonnet (Rainbow, MSG), Don Airey (Rainbow, Ozzy, Deep Purple) and several others. The Voodoo Hill albums with Glenn Hughes has always marked a special milestone in Dario’s career though.
With the acclaimed first Voodoo Hill album in 2000, Dario, for the first time, had the chance to have a proper international release, while the follow up album “Wild Seed of Mother Earth” is probably the heaviest and strongest release ever from Dario. Both releases came out via the Italian label Frontiers with whom Dario has built a strong relationship during the years.
The new record came about as a result “of the most prolific and creative period I had in my entire career” tells Dario. “I wrote and recorded more than 35 song ideas in a very limited amount of time, leveraging from all the experiences I gathered as a guitar player, writer and producer. This creative phase had a further development when Dario Patti (keyboardist, bass player and orchestra arranger) came into the picture. He brought the songs a new palette of sounds and some superb arrangements. I also wanted the songs to sound as fresh as possible, trying my best to preserve the feeling of the overall performances, so I used very old school recording methods, including recording acoustic drums in rooms with natural reverb.”
“It was right in the middle of this creative spring that Serafino of Frontiers called me to see whether I wanted to finally work on a third Voodoo Hill album after all these years,” continues Mollo. “He said Glenn Hughes was available in principle, so the next thing I did was to choose the 11 songs which I thought suited the project the best. In comparison to the previous albums, I wanted to have Glenn more involved in the artistic decisions, so I sent him the songs before the final mixes in order to have his advices on the final result. That was a precious process that brought substantial changes, for instance on “Last Door”, where I literally changed the entire guitar riff to make it work better with the vocal melodies. In the end the song was basically rewritten and dramatically improved. It was a fabulous creative process, which I am truly confident will last more than a bunch of listening sessions and will offer a lot of enjoyment to all those will want to follow Voodoo Hill in this exciting musical venture”.
“Waterfall” is a strong and straightforward hard and heavy rock album which is equally split between aggressive and heavy moments and beautiful melodies. A stunning release which all fans of hard rock and heavy metal truly won't want to miss!
“Waterfall” tracklisting includes: All That Remains; The Well; Rattle Shake Bone; Underneath And Down Below; Waterfall; Karma Go; Evil Thing; Eldorado; White Feather; Sunflower; Last Door.
From the VIC FIRTH Facebook Page: "To our dear friends around the world: We are heartbroken to share the news with you that Vic has passed away. Vic was an inspiration to all of us. He was a visionary, a mentor, a leader and a friend. He always said he surrounded himself with the best people, but the truth is he brought out the best in all of us. His boundless passion for music and musicians drove every decision he made. Vic’s spirit and legacy will continue to live at the core of the Vic Firth Company. He will be missed beyond words."