HOUSE OF LORDS' NEW ALBUM BRINGS BACK THE MAGIC OF THE BAND'S CLASSIC SOUND!: Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of the anticipated House Of Lords brand new studio album entitled Precious Metal on February 21 in Europe and February 25 in North America.
“Precious Metal” is House Of Lords' ninth studio album, following up the critically acclaimed “Big Money”. This brand new release, recorded and produced by the band's singer and mastermind James Christian, again has a stellar sound, with solid and baroque songwriting mixed with unique melodic sensibilities and amazing musical skills.
Musically “Precious Metal” shows a return to the roots of the band's sound. James Christian as usual sings his heart out and he sounds better than ever on these new songs. Guitarist Jimi Bell shines with heavy, but melodic riffs throughout the album, with Chris McCarville and BJ Zampa bringing a solid and powerful rhythm foundation to the House of Lords sound.
In James Christian's words: “When we started to write this record, we knew after the 1st song that we were on to something special. The energy level was off the charts for all of us. Jimi Bell came out swinging and BJ and Chris were just crushing it. Recording this album was very easy as the songs already had arrangements that were complete. Precious Metal is a testament to years of being a band that loves what they do and has so much more to offer in the years to come.”
House of Lords debuted in 1989 with the release of the self-titled album, a monumental Arena Hard Rock release which showcased the soaring vocals of James Christian and instrumental capabilities of the band (which featured ex-Angel and Giuffria Gregg Giuffria, along with such luminaries as Lanny Cordola, Chuck Wright and Ken Mary), reminiscent of such frontrunners as Whitesnake, Deep Purple and Van Halen, immediately brought the band to the attention of the media and fans. After another 2 albums released until 2002, House of Lords went into hibernation until the original lineup came back together in 2000, releasing of the controversial "Power and the Myth" an album which featured a sound leaning more towards Progressive Hard Rock with 70's rock influences.
After a short European tour, singer James Christian decided to go back to the trademark Arena Rock sound of House Of Lords, putting together a new line-up. Since 2006 the band has a stable line-up featuring Jimi Bell on guitars, B.J. Zampa on drums and Chris McCarvill on bass which has been delivering impressive shows and fine releases such as "World Upside Down, "Come to My Kingdom", “Cartesian Dreams” and the recent “Big Money”.
House Of Lords have already confirmed the following tour dates in Europe (more are in the works):
March 8 – Oslo, Norway – Untouchables
March 9 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Venue TBA
March 13 – Barcelona, Spain – Luz De Gas
March 14 – Madrid, Spain - Venue TBA
March 15 – Irun, Spain – Sala Tunk
March 17 – Glasgow, UK – King Tuts
March 19 – Blyth, UK – The Blyth & Tyne
March 20 – London, UK – The Garage
March 21 – HRHAOR2 Festival – Wales, UK
March 22 – Bradford, UK – The Gaswork
March 23 - York, UK - Fibbers
March 24 - Bliston, UK – The Robin 2
July 19 - Vasby Rock Festival, Sweden
Watch out for more dates on www.jameschristianmusic.com and www.frontiers.it. House of Lords: James Christian – Lead Vocals; Jimi Bell - Guitars; Chris McCarvill – Bass; BJ Zampa - Drums.
Precious Metal tracklisting includes the following tracks: Battle; I'm Breakin' Free; Epic; Live Every Day (Like It's The Last); Permission To Die; Precious Metal; Swimmin' With The Sharks; Raw; Enemy Mine; Action; Turn Back The Tide; You Might Just Save My Life.
It is possible to enjoy an EPK presentation of "Precious Metal" below:
FLOOR JANSEN IS THE MAIN VOCALIST ON AVALON II, ALBUM AND TOUR PLANNED FOR MAY 2014:
The Nightwish/ReVamp singer Floor Jansen will appear in the leading role on the next album of Timo Tolkki's Avalon Metal Opera. Jansen is the main vocalist on the album and sings lead vocals on the first single and promotional video. The release date for both single and the video is planned for March. The recordings are currently taking place in East Sound Studios in Helsinki, Finland. Jansen joins the cast that already includes Epica singer Simone Simons and the reunion of the early Stratovarius. Lineup: Tuomo Lassila on drums (the founder of Stratovarius) and Antti Ikonen on keyboards (the original keyboard player of Stratovarius).
A European Tour is also planned for May 2014, to coincide with the release of the album. More details on the live lineup and dates will be revealed later. Timo Tolkki comments straight from the studio: “I am right now recording probably the best vocalist I have worked with in my whole career. This has been a jaw dropping experience and I thought I have already seen it all. Floor has proven me wrong. For example in the 10 minute title track of the album, she delivers in my opinion the best vocals of her career so far. This song is probably the biggest sounding of my whole career and Floor simply makes it an astonishing, almost breathtaking experience! We are both surprised of how amazing this has turned out to be and both very happy to hear how amazing it sounds.”
Frontiers Records December 2013 Releases Spot (Official) - featuring Boston, Reo Speedwagon, Royal Hunt, Angelica and Benedictum.
2014 LINING UP TO BE BIG FOR KIVEL RECORDS:
A couple of very big news items from Kivel Records for 2014 releases:
Romeo Riot: "A few months ago, we announced the return of original Farcry frontman and vocalist Mark Giovi with the promise of new music, a new album, and new band with him leading the charge. Well, the time is now to shed a little more light on things to come in the new year. Please welcome to the Kivel family (and in a way a welcome home of sorts) Mark Giovi, Ty Sims, Erik Johnson, Rob McCauley and Justin Velte. Together, this powerhouse team make up Romeo Riot!! Look for their release on Kivel Records sometime in the Spring of 2014.
Adriangale: "To celebrate years of hard work, blood, sweat and tears, on February 1st, 2014 Adriangale will release something that has been a long time coming: Final Piece – The Best of Adriangale!¯, which will encompass the band's entire back catalog and their new album with a collection of fan favorites, bonus tracks and a few other surprises!
Having said that, this compilation is far from a final bow for the band; it will instead serve to fondly send-off the past before embracing new beginnings. Over the course of their career - from the debut album Feel the Fire right through Suckerpunch! - Adriangale have introduced themselves unto a genre, defined themselves and redefined themselves through their music - their way! They will not be pigeon-holed, classified or shackled by the ideals, trends or perceptions of what modern society deems good music should be. With Final Piece, Adriangale will solider on yet again, reasserting themselves through perseverance and dedication, but most of all - through DEFIANCE!!
NEW Adriangale D E F I A N C E Fall of 2014 on Kivel Records.
Upcoming release Schedule:
1. Adriangale "Final Piece - The Best of + " Feb 1st
2. Tango Down "Charming Devil" March 25th
3. Romeo Riot Spring of 2014...
4. Maxx Explosion "TBA" Oct 1st
5. Adriangale "D E F I A N C E" Sept 27th
Also coming in 2014!! Livesay "Frozen Hell" and new No Love Lost.
FREEDOM CALL - NEW STUDIO ALBUM BEYOND OUT ON FEBRUARY 24:
The German melodic metal band Freedom Call are scheduled to release their latest studio album, Beyond, on February 24 (Germany: 21 February 2014; USA: 4 March 2014). The album will be released as a limited box set version incl. bonus CD, book and poster, as a 2LP gatefold coloured vinyl version incl. bonus tracks, a digi version and download.
Tracklisting: - Limited Box set Edition - CD Digi: 1. Union Of The Strong 5:02 2. Knights Of Taragon 4:44 3. Heart Of A Warrior 3:13 4. Come On Home 4:03 5. Beyond 7:49 6. Among The Shadows 3:45 7. Edge Of The Ocean 3:37 8. Journey Into Wonderland 3:59 9. In The Rhythm Of Light 4:03 10. Dance Off The Devil 3:45 11. Paladin 4:09 12. Follow Your Heart 3:51 13. Colours Of Freedom 4:15 14. Beyond Eternity 3:03.
Bonus CD in cardboard sleeve: Freedom Call - Live in the Black Forest 1. Back into the Land of Light - Live 05:42 2. Hero on Video – Live 03:55 3. Rockstars – Live 05:03 4. Farewell – Live 05:25 5. Mr. Evil - Special Version Live 05:13 6. Power & Glory – Live 03:32.
Freedom Call - Unplugged & Masqueraded 7. Freedom Call – unplugged 05:39 8. The Quest – unplugged 08:25 9. Warriors – unplugged 04:30 10. Power & Glory – unplugged 03:41 11. Farewell- unplugged 04:51 12. Mr.Evil - Reggae - live 04:17 13. Rockin' Radio - Killerbilly -live 04:27.
Beyond was recorded by the current line-up featuring Chris Bay, Lars Rettkowitz (guitar), Ilker Ersin (bass) and Ramy Ali (drums) at the Separate Sound Studio in Nuremberg and Freedom Call's own studio. The album was produced by Chris Bay and Stephan Ernst.
WebLinks: www.freedom-call.net / www.spv.de.
NEWS FROM MASS:
Press from Mass: "Hey, did you hear that Louis St. August, the longtime front-man for rockers MASS was invited into Tom Scholz of Boston studio to sing on the new single Heaven on Earth that hit #3 on the Classic Rock Charts last week. St. August, a long time front-man for the band Mass said, "I was thrilled to be asked to sing a song on Boston's first studio album in 11 years, Life Love & Hope" St. August contributes his signature polished metal voice on back-up harmonies on the Scholz penned and produced single.
WBCN radio personality Mark Parenteau, who conducted the very first on-the-air radio interview with St August listened to Heaven on Earth last night and commented exclusively to the Boston Globe Names column, "Wow instantly comfortable! Like a new visit from an old friend. Indeed the song lives up to it's name!!"
While the band Mass is gearing up for the recording studio and live shows in 2014, St. August is once again raising funds for Toys For Tots as he has annually since 2011. His heartfelt rendition of the David Foster classic, "Grown Up Christmas List" that appears on Mass "A Very Merry X-MASS" 2 song EP available exclusively on iTunes. All proceeds go to the "Toys For Tots" organization. "No child should go without a gift on Christmas Morning," said St. August.
Mass "Grown Up Christmas List " YouTube video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5LNOCeyfnM / "A Very Merry Christmas" iTune link: itunes.apple.com/us/album/a-very-merry-x-mass-single/id447840454.
PODCAST BRIEFS: Jon Oliva of Savatage / TSO fame will be a very special guest on this week's episode of Noize In The Attic (Where Your Past Comes Back To Haunt You) broadcasting this Friday 1-3PM EST on WNHU 88.7FM New Haven, CT (streaming live on www.wnhu.net) Jon talks candidly and in-depth about the past, present and future. A show not to be missed! Free podcasts are available on iTunes or by following the link at www.noizeintheattic.com where you can also find additional air-times and affiliates.
Decibel Geek Podcast Releases Episode 114 - 1978 Year In Review Part 1 - We're going back in time this week to an era of disco, bellbottoms, and great rock n' roll as we present the first installment of our 1978 Year in Review. Aaron and Chris had a lot of great music to choose from for this episode and you'll hear it along with all the pop culture discussion you've come to expect from these audio time capsules. January through July of 1978 was a busy time for hard rock and early metal acts and Aaron and Chris present plenty of song clips and discussion of artists such as Judas Priest, Rainbow, Kiss, AC/DC, Journey, Angel, Starz, Cheap Trick, and much, much more!
Direct Link to Episode: dbgeekshow.blogspot.ca/2013/12/episode-114-1978-year-in-review-part-1.html. To access the Decibel Geek Podcast visit www.decibelgeek.com.
EBAY AUCTION UNDERWAY:
Please check out some of the CDs (and additional bits and pieces that I will add during the week) - up now at EBay: www.ebay.com/sch/rockwombat/m.html.
Monday, December 09, 2013
MELODICROCKFEST 4 ANNOUNCEMENT WEEK:
Hi folks. Well, it's MelodicRockFest 4 announcement week.
Before I get to that later in the week I just wanted to thank everyone that supported MRF3 in any way - from a 3-day VIP to a single day general admission. It all contributed to making the event a success.
MelodicRockFest 4 is taking it one step further. It's bringing you the bands you want to see. But at the same time, it's a monster investment both financially and mentally and time wise also.
MRF4 will be the biggest project I've attempted yet and the most expensive. Everything is improved I think and there are extra VIP options too.
My hope is that everyone that was at this year's show will want to return and the positive word of mouth and buzz from this year's show - along with an even more impressive line-up - will encourage others to come along for the party. And it will be one hell of a party!
Bottom line - I need everyone's support on this to help spread the word, encourage attendance and most if all - buy those tickets when they go on sale in January!
Friday 13th - starting 11am local Australian time! (Thursday 6pm Chicago / 7pm NYC / 4pm LA / Midnight Thursday UK time)...
1 band for each of the 3 days announced every 5 minutes until the headliners announced one by one at MelodicRock.com then right here on the MR Facebook page ready for you to share!
FM LATEST VIDEO FROM ROCKVILLE TODAY WAKE UP THE WORLD: FM released their latest video from Rockville today Wake Up The World¯. The video was filmed some months ago and features Nelson Mandela along with other notable figures. It was not planned for release till the beginning of next year but in light of yesterday's very sad news that Nelson Mandela has died...The video is here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7VNkRh9oU4 or below. FM state: "We shot this video for Wake Up The World¯ several months ago and planned to release it in January 2014. Upon hearing the sad news we decided to post the video in tribute to the great man. Nelson Mandela RIP."
Speaking of which - RIP to Nelson Mandela, a truly inspiring human being.
AXEL RUDI PELL RELEASES SECOND SNIPPET FROM THE NEW ALBUM "INTO THE STORM": Axel Rudi Pell has released a second snippet from the new album Into The Storm - Burning Chains: soundcloud.com/steamhammer-spv/axel-rudi-pell-burning-chains
The new album "Into The Storm" will be released through SPV/Steamhammer in 2014 on January 17th in Germany, January 20 in Europe and on January 21 in the USA/Canada.
Configurations: limited edition digipak incl. 2 tracks + poster, double gatefold LP, standard version and download. Watch Out for the deluxe edition incl. 2 LPs, digipak edition, pick, metalpin, poster, postcard, sticker, flag and patch!
LEATHERWOLF LIVE UNLEASHED:
Southern California heavy metal Triple Axe Attack, Leatherwolf, have set a December 15 release date for their new album, Unchained Live.
Engineered by Michael "Kramarica" Kramer, mixed by producer extraordinaire, Roy Z (Judas Priest, Bruce Dickinson, Sepultura, Halford), and mastered by Tom Baker (Queensryche, Judas Priest, Sebastian Bach), the album contains several of the band's biggest classics culled from their highly acclaimed first three albums, including the MTV video singles "The Calling" and "Hideaway", as well as fan favorite "Dr. Wicked (Rx O.D.)" from their most recent studio release, "New World Asylum."
As an additional bonus, the band has re-cut their 1989 instrumental standout, "Black Knight", which originally appeared on the "Street Ready" record.
The "Unchained" packaging features striking artwork by noted conceptual designer Martin Deschaumbault ("Assassin's Creed") as well as Marc Sasso (Dio, Manowar, Rob Rock).
"Unchained" track listing: 01. Spiter 02. Kill and Kill Again 03. The Calling 04. Rise or Fall 05. Dr. Wicked (Rx O.D.) 06. Wicked Ways 07. Hideaway 08. Street Ready 09. Thunder 10. Black Knight (studio bonus).
"Unchained" is the first Leatherwolf album to feature the lead guitar duo of Rob Math and Greg Erba who are joined by original members, vocalist/guitarist Michael Olivieri and drummer Dean Roberts, and long-time bassist Patrick Guyton.
A free mp3 of "Rise or Fall" from "Unchained" can be downloaded from the official band website at: tinyurl.com/k3y5t6k.
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS WITH MICHAEL SWEET, ZP THEART AND RORY GALLAGHER SPECIAL: Rich Davenport's Rock Show this week features exclusive interviews Stryper vocalist Michael Sweet, former Dragonforce vocalist ZP Theart (I Am I) and Donald Gallagher, brother of the late guitar hero Rory Gallagher, and is available now for streaming at this link: www.mixcloud.com/richdav1/rich-davenports-rock-show-stryper-and-zp-theart-interviews-and-rory-gallagher-special/
In the first hour of the show, Stryper frontman Michael Sweet discusses the writing and recording of the band's new album “No More Hell To Pay”. Sweet also discussed the band's touring plans, and the upcoming 30th anniversary of the release of their first album “Soldiers Under Command”, and selects two songs from “No More Hell To Pay”.
Also in the first hour, former Dragonforce vocalist ZP Theart talks about the impact made in the last year by his new band I Am I. ZP talks about their touring and festival appearances, their imminent plans to record a new album, and their new single “See You Again”.
In part 2 Donal Gallagher, brother and manager of the late guitar legend Rory Gallagher, discusses the final three reissues in the ongoing series of remastered editions of Rory's entire back catalogue, “Stagetruck”, “Defender”, and “Fresh Evidence”, and chooses 2 tracks from each album.
Plus classic tracks and killer new cuts from Black Sabbath, Sinner, The Ramones, Mad Max, Spiralarms and The Ozark Mountain Daredevils. You can also listen on Sunday 8th December 15:00-17:00 GMT and Wednesday 11th December 22:00-00.00 GMT on www.bloodstockradio.com.
Friday, December 06, 2013
GATHER TO SUPPORT FERGIE FREDERIKSEN:
As many of you know, Fergie Frederiksen is embroiled in a day to day struggle with cancer...his friends, Alex Ligertwood, Jimi Jamison, Eric Ragno, Randall Hall, Fran Cosmo, Bobby Kimball, Tommy Denander and Kevin Chalfant wanted to perform for him and celebrate his life...Special Opening performance by GB Leighton. Tickets are now available...Click the Link below.
If you have appreciated Fergie's life and music, you are invited to join in what will be a moving, magical evening. Reserved seating and discounted advance tickets.
JORDAN RUDESS RELEASES SOLO PIANO ALBUM "ALL THAT IS NOW": Jordan Rudess, best known as the keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire for platinum-selling Grammy-nominated prog rock band, Dream Theater, has released his latest solo piano recording, All That Is Now. The album contains 13 pieces, composed and performed by Jordan on his favorite instrument, a 9-foot Steinway concert grand piano. The album was created as part of a PledgeMusic crowdsourcing campaign in which almost 1,000 fans pledged between $10 to $5,000 in exchange for updates on his recording process and a battery of prizes ranging from private lessons to backstage passes. The PledgeMusic campaign also raised money for Rudess' upcoming orchestral album which will be released early in 2014.
Says Rudess, “This album is very close to my heart. For years, I searched until I found the instrument of my dreams that would be the perfect extension of my musical thought, playing literally every piano I could find all over the world. I found my concert grand seven years ago and, ever since, my deepest musical connection occurs when I play my Steinway. It is my lifetime goal to purely translate the music in my mind, to my hands and then onto the keyboard. This album captures the magic of that connection. The recording was done simply in the piano room of my house using just my Steinway D and Earthworks microphones. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did creating it."
In addition to his solo piano CD, All That Is Now, Rudess has also released a Wizdom Music interactive iOS app, “Jordan Rudess Explores,” which enables an interactive aural and visual experience with the music from the CD. Jordan Rudess Explores was created by Jordan with developer Joe Zobkiw to explore the intersection between the traditional and electronic world we all live in.
In addition to playing in Dream Theater, Rudess, voted "Best Keyboardist of All Time" by Music Radar Magazine, is the President of a successful music App development company Wizdom Music (www.wizdommusic.com), creators of award-winning apps such as MorphWiz, SampleWiz, and Geo Synthesizer. Jordan has worked with a wide range of artists including LMR, his newest side project with Tony Levin and Marco Minneman, Liquid Tension Experiment, David Bowie, Steven Wilson, Aviv Geffen, the Dixie Dregs, Rod Morgenstein, Enrique Iglesias, Tony Williams, Jan Hammer and the Paul Winter Consort. Dream Theater's newest self-titled album was released this fall on Roadrunner Records. The band will begin a whirlwind 14-month world tour in January, 2014. Their full-length concert DVD, Live at Luna Park, released last month went immediately to #1 on the Music DVD charts.
ALL THAT IS NOW Track List 50:18 - 1. Flash of Hope 04:33 2. Pacific Waves 03:38 3. Spectral Haze 04:23 4. A Last Goodbye 03:43 5. State of Being 03:01 6. Flying into Blue 03:30 7. A Thousand Years 03:20 8. Uncovered 03:35 9. The Telling 04:37 10. Altitude High 04:06 11. The Untouchable Truth 04:35 12. Looking Beyond 02:57 13. Eye Wonder 04:18.
SABBATH ON DVD: Black Sabbath: Live…Gathered in Their Masses (Vertigo/Republic) is released November 26. The DVD was recorded April 29 and May 1, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia when Ozzy Osbourne (Vocals), Tony Iommi (Guitar) and Geezer Butler (Bass) kicked off their world tour in support of their 13 album, which entered the charts at #1 in 13 countries (including their first #1 in the U.S.).
BLU-RAY and DVD track listing is as follows: 1. War Pigs 2. Into The Void 3. Loner 4. Snowblind 5. Black Sabbath 6. Behind The Wall Of Sleep 7. N.I.B. 8. Methademic 9. Fairies Wear Boots 10. Symptom Of The Universe 11. Iron Man 12. End Of The Beginning 13. Children Of The Grave 14. God Is Dead? 15. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (Intro)/Paranoid.
CD track listing is as follows: 1. War Pigs 2. Loner 3. Black Sabbath 4. Methademic 5. N.I.B 6. Iron Man 7. End Of The Beginning 8. Fairies Wear Boots 9. God Is Dead? 10. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (Intro)/Paranoid.
CHANDLER MOGUL UPDATES:
Happy Holidays! Chandler's new band Khaųs who have released the EP “Rising” last year to critical acclaim have just finished putting the final touches on their debut album which is slated to be released early next year. In the meantime they are in the running to play Sweden Rock next summer! But they need your help to make it! Please click on the link below and scroll down the page to vote for Khaųs….and you can cast up to two votes per day from each computer or mobile device so please feel free to vote as much as you can! www.swedenrock.com/index.cfm?pg=82.
Additionally, Chandler has a special holiday surprise for you…..a new Christmas rock song/ video entitled “She Wants the D for Christmas”! Chandler provided the vocals for this catchy new novelty song, which has been described as Motley Crue meets Sesame Street, and was written and produced by Nitram Studios in conjunction with Room 368 Productions. A few laughs for the holiday season….and the “D” is not what you think…..so feel free to let your kids watch too! Click below to watch the video and enjoy! www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZ8dqgpv0qM.
HICKS WINS EUROPEAN ACT OF THE YEAR AT THE LONDON BCMA'S:
Sunday November 24 saw Sweden's country star Hicks (aka Miqael Persson) rounding of the year of major events in London, England by winning the Best European Country Music Act with tough competition from the best in Ireland, Norway, France and Germany.
Collecting the Award at the sell-out Awards show in London was a great honour for him and for once he was nearly speechless, but he managed to thank many people who have helped with his journey. Hicks has been releasing singles to Europe, with all of them charting, building up his European profile. His current single and video 'Unreachable Dream' is Top 10 and the video being shown on various TV channels.
There were many British Awards and International winners who included Carrie Underwood, Vince Gill, Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban and for services to promote Country Music World-Wide was won by Scott Borchetta head of Big Machine Records. All the winners www.bcmawards.co.uk.
Already this June he has represented Sweden at the Global Show in Nashville as part of CMA Fest, performed at many venues around the town, radio and TV appearances and his song 'Cuts Like A Diamond' was picked up by The Little River Band' as their lead track and name of their album. Hicks has also topped the bill on various festivals throughout the summer A very good year.
WebLink: www.hickscountry.com / www.facebook.com/hickscountry.
MRX UPDATE: MRX has been updated with a great blast from the past live show - Jackson Browne - Essen Rockpalast 1986 and brand new Video Clips from: Place Vendome - Talk to Me, Jimmy Martin - Love Don't Live Here Anymore, I Am I - See You Again, Romeo's Daughter - Alive, Shakra - Save You From Yourself.
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Thursday, December 05, 2013
LET IT RAWK, AN ALL-STAR TRIBUTE TO THE SUNSET STRIP GLORY DAYS:
The Vegas strip had nothing on the Sunset Strip when it came to rock n roll, and a new multi-media show is bringing that experience to the stage in a special sneak preview. Let It Rawk will debut in the Chrome Showroom at Santa Fe Station and Casino in Las Vegas on Saturday, January 18 at 9pm PST. Let It Rawk is a loud, colorful, energetic and interactive experience of the hair metal era on LAs Sunset Strip. The showroom and stage will be infused with the sights and energy of a legendary rock club. Performed by guys who were there, shaping the scene, the shows playlist includes the greatest hits from the 80s and early 90s. From Warrant to Motley Crue the best anthems will be performed in all the glory of the day. And hits from the Let It Rawk bands careers are highlights.
The Let It Rawk band is the real deal. Its fronted by Black N Blue and ex-Warrant vocalist Jaime St. James. Guitarist Oz Fox is in the platinum-selling Christian glam rock band, Stryper. Dokken's Sean McNabb has played bass for other Kings of The Sunset Strip including Great White and Quiet Riot. Drummer Brent Fitz from Slash And The Conspirators will be slamming the skins. Brent has also played for Vince Neil and Alice Cooper. The band will also feature floating members, such as Eddie Ojeda from Twisted Sister and Bullet Boys original drummer Jimmy DAnda. The anchor of the band is Let It Rawk's creator and producer, Stacey Blades.
Stacey's ten years with L.A. Guns cemented him as a must-watch guitar player, and his final record with the band, Hollywood Forever, earned him critical acclaim for his exceptional fretwork. He left the band last year to pursue his other projects, including Let It Rawk. "I have been diligently working on this project since last March, and am super stoked to be sharing the stage with such awesome guys and talented musicians. The show will be playing a few times a month here in Vegas and then be doing casino shows nationally, Let It Rawk! See you out there!" Let It Rawk debuts in the Chrome Showroom at Santa Fe Station and Casino, 4949 North Rancho Drive, Las Vegas, on Saturday, January 18 at 9pm PST. General admission tickets are $21. VIP meet-and-greet upgrades will be available soon. Tickets are available at: www.ticketmaster.com/event/17004B798ED17265.
NEW VIVIAN CAMPBELL AND DEF LEPPARD MATERIAL COMING: Vivian Campbell has updated fans via his Facebook: "A few peeps have asked questions about my upcoming recordings, so here are some of the facts: I'm making a rock record (lots of guitar). I intend to sing, however, I may ask a real singer to help out if I fail miserably at the demo stages. I'm also writing for Def Leppard (we all are) as Leppard will be recording new music in February. So, all in all it's a busy time creatively."
WORLDVIEW SIGNS WITH ULTERIUM RECORDS: Ulterium Records are proud to announce the signing of the US melodic metal band Worldview to the label. Their debut album "The Chosen Few" will be released during spring 2014. More details will be announced during the coming months.
Formed in Los Angeles and comprised of ex-members from bands like Deliverance, Recon, Sacred Warrior and Vengeance, Worldview members are: Rey Parra – Lead Vocals; George Rene Ochoa – Guitars, BGV, Keyboards; Johnny Gonzales – Drums; Todd Libby – Bass guitar, Keyboards; Ray Vidal – Guitars, BGV.
The band--mates had always talked about at some point joining forces as they criss-crossed the country on tour with their earlier bands and finally the time has come and Worldview is ready to bring their unique blend of top-notch modern melodic metal with a message to the masses. Mildly technical, highly melodic, vocally harmonized, engaging, head pounding and fist pumping.
For more information: www.facebook.com/worldviewmetal / www.ulterium-records.com.
ROGER WATERS PLANS SOLO ROCK RECORD:
News Release: "In an interview with Rolling Stone, Roger Waters revealed he's recording a new album, not long after wrapping up his The Wall tour last September, telling the magazine he had "finished a demo of it," and that the current version is "55 minutes long." Already, the work is sounding like a concept album of sorts. According to Waters, the unfinished product is "couched as a radio play," about "an old man and a young child trying to figure out why they're killing the children."
The former Pink Floyd bassist/singer last released a new album in 2005, with the opera Ēa Ira. The upcoming album would be his fifth solo release and fourth in the rock genre. Amused to Death, his last rock release, came out in September 1992, peaking at No. 21 on the Billboard 200. Waters is scheduled to give the keynote address at the Billboard Touring Conference, happening Nov. 13-14 in New York."
ANDROMEDA: VINYL EDITIONS FOR "II = I" AND "CHIMERA" ANNOUNCED: Inner Wound Recordings will release limited 12" double gatefold vinyl editions of the classic Andromeda albums "II = I" and "Chimera". The release date is set to December 20. Both albums are remastered and contain album commentary by Johan Reinholdz and Martin Hedin.
The vinyl editions can be pre-ordered at the Inner Wound Store: www.innerwound.bigcartel.com.
"II = I" track listing: A: Encyclopedia 07:35 Mirages 05:42 Reaching Deep Within 04:50 B: Two Is One 10:09 Morphing Into Nothing 07:34 Castaway 06:16 C: Parasite 06:54 One In My Head 08:02 This Fragile Surface 08:04 D: Bonus: Album commentary by Johan & Martin 22:54.
"Chimera" track listing: A: Periscope 06:11 In the End 04:58 The Hidden Riddle 05:51 B: Going Under 06:27 The Cage of Me 07:08 No Guidelines 06:23 C: Inner Circle 07:03 Iskenderun 05:30 Blink of an Eye 09:29 D: Bonus: Album commentary by Johan & Martin 24:59.
For more information on Andromeda: www.andromedaonline.com / www.facebook.com/andromedaband.
ROBERT PLANT DOCUMENTS SOLO CAREER WITH NINE LIVES SET INTHESTUDIO:
Dallas, TX December 4, 2013. - Quite coincidentally, no less than three of Robert Plant's solo albums are marking significant anniversaries, so no better time than now to examine all three as North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands invites Plant to look at his extensive post-Zeppelin solo career.
Robert's second solo album, 1983's The Principle of Moments, provided proof of a viable and sustainable solo career with angular extended songs In the Mood and the cryptic Big Log, both of which became rock radio staples in the States, followed by Little by Little from Shaken and Stirred in 1985.
Not until 1988's Now and Zen, however, did Plant shed the self-conscious shadow of Led Zeppelin by exorcising his ghosts with the song Tall Cool One, brilliantly sampling the thunder of the gods¯ iconic licks and employing Zeppelin mastermind Jimmy Page on guitar. Robert shares with InTheStudio host Redbeard the mindset behind Tall Cool One: "Necessity really is the mother of invention. I really wanted to do something real bright, breezy and cheerful, and Tall Cool One¯ was really Real Wild Child¯ by Iggy Pop mixed with a bit of Billy Idol mixed with Rock And Roll¯ by Led Zeppelin… with a sense of humor."
Robert Plant Nine Lives/ InTheStudio interview program is available now to stream at: www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/robert-plant-nine-lives.
A new in-depth, career-spanning interview with Tony Gaynor, the original and long-time narrator of Trans-Siberian Orchestra is online now. Among the topics discussed was his acting background, his introduction into TSO for their television special, founding the narrator role and his rapport and camaraderie with the other performers on stage, the evolution of TSO and how he worked with TSO producers Taro Meyer and Paul ONeill. He talks extensively about his recording, filming, and touring with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and the details of his ultimate dismissal from the group. And finally, the interview also digs into his new group, The Kings of Christmas and their current winter tour with The Wizards of Winter.
Direct link to the interview: musicandartinterviews.blogspot.com/2013/12/tony-gaynor.html.
Bloody Heels are "glam/pop-metal band" from Northern Europe "fueled with the rock n' roll from the 80s... Playing loud, giving a great show and having a good time!" The band's first videoclip, for the song Hungry For Your Love is now on YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuz7sadeziw.
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
BERGGREN KERSLAKE BAND (BKB) – THE SUN HAS GONE HAZY COMING IN JANUARY:
Label: AOR Heaven, release: January 24 / Swedish singer, guitarist & keyboard player Stefan Berggren (M3-Classic Whitesnake, The Company of Snakes, Razorback, Snakes In Paradise & Revolution Road) met legendary UK drummer Lee Kerslake (Ozzy, Uriah Heep) for the first time 2005 in Friedrichshafen in Southern Germany when Berggren performed with M3 and Kerslake with Uriah Heep. A couple of years later they ended up in Zürich (Switzerland) and did some more shows. This time together in the same band, but not under the flag BKB yet. In 2011 Kerslake phoned Berggren up and asked if he could do to do an acoustic show with him in Helsinki (Finland). Both musicians at the time were looking for a new challenge and Berggren Kerslake Band was born. Tomas Thorberg, a Snakes In Paradise/Michael Schenker/John Norum gunslinger, was asked to take over the bass guitar. Berggren also brought in another long-time friend called Joakim Svalberg (Opeth,Yngwie Malmsteen) as guest who played some fantastic organ & Moog solos.
Drums, bass, some guitars and rough vocals were recorded live at Boo studio. The rest of the recordings took place at Berggren's studios Stockholm. Lennart Östlund (ABBA, Led Zeppelin) handled the final mixes and mastering of the album at the PolarStudio except the song "Walk Tall" which was mixed by Berggren and mastered by Pete Lyman (Rival Sons).
Tracklist: 1. Walk Tall 2. Super Sonic Dream 3. My My 4. The Sun Has Gone Hazy 5. Free 6. Fools Asleep 7. As Time Goes By 8. Rock´n´Roll Gangsta 9. Back On The Road Again 10. Born Again.
VIXEN NAME RETURNS - OFFICIALLY: JSRG are now back to officially being called Vixen. From: www.facebook.com/Vixen.
The Vixen Legacy Lives On in 2014... To Honor Its Founder and Guitarist Jan Kuehnemund. Miami, FL (Dec 3, 2013) - Singer Janet Gardner, drummer Roxy Petrucci and bassist Share Ross (Pedersen) announce they are honoring their friend and band mate, guitarist and founder of Vixen, Jan Kuehnemund by performing as Vixen in 2014. The band was committed to reunite in 2012 but Kuehnemund's cancer diagnosis caused what was thought of at the time as a delay. Sadly however after a fierce battle Kuehnemund succumbed to her illness in October 2013, thus the reunion was not meant to be.
After discussing the idea with friends and family as well as lead vocalist from most recent lineup, Jenna Sanz-Agero, it was agreed that it was the right decision for the three surviving definitive members to carry on as Vixen. Singer Janet Gardner commented, "We've been hearing the fans ask for this and while it will never be the same without Jan, we believe in our hearts it's what she would have wanted." Hits like "Edge of a Broken Heart", "Cryin'", "How Much Love" and "Love Is A Killer" helped establish the group as one of premiere rock acts of their genre and the only all-female platinum selling 80's rock act ever.
Joining forces with their JSRG bandmate, guitarist Gina Stile, Vixen will be performing at select festivals and showcase dates in 2014. We are honored and proud to announce that the first official Vixen performances will take place on the Monsters of Rock Cruise departing from Miami, FL on March 29.
WebLink: www.VixenOfficial.com / www.Facebook.com/Vixen.
RICHIE SAMBORA IN THE STUDIO WITH HEAVEN & EARTH:
A rare behind the scenes look into the recording of the Heaven & Earth song "Man & Machine" with Richie Sambora and his infamous Talk Box for the album Dig. www.heavenandearthband.com.
ROBIN BECK + HOUSE OF LORDS MARCH UK TOUR: Robin Beck + House of Lords March UK Tour dates:
Thu March 20 - London Garage.
Fri or Sat March - HRH AOR.
Sun March 23 - York Fibbers.
Mon March 24 - Bilston Robin 2.
Wed March 26 - Bristol Bierkeller.
GARY SCHUTT TACKLES BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY:
News from Gary Schutt: "Why take on the greatest rock composition of all time? “I've loved the song my whole life and over the years have learned various parts of it, the guitar part when I was young, the piano part I picked out by ear sometime in the late 1990's, but I knew the biggest challenge was going to be all the vocal harmonies in the middle opera breakdown.” “My cover band Category Three has been experimenting with re-makes of 80's pop tunes and when I decided to modernize, or punk-ify/double time Bohemian Rhapsody, I was curious if people would hate me for it. I searched it on YouTube and found a ton of covers of it note for note, some great some not so much, even another one-man-band guy like myself, but no one had double timed it. So I recorded it over the period of about three days. Then my cover band started playing it out live on the weekends and to my happiness people really dug what we did to this old classic! I was very relieved that they didn't throw their beers at us in disgust. The response was quite the opposite, thankfully! I want to share it with the world and hope more people dig it too.”
RAY GILLEN TRIBUTE:
Today marks the 20th anniversary of Ray Gillen's death. RIP Ray! The official video for the song "Stop!" from the Swedish rock band Egonaut and singer Apollo Papathanasio (Spiritual Beggars, ex-Firewind, ex-Evil Masquerade) can be seen here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0GJgQdIErg.
The video is a tribute to Ray Gillen, who died on December 3 1993 of AIDS-related complications (20 years ago today) and was originally made by Phenomena on their second album "Dream Runner" 1987.
Egonaut released their second studio album "Mount Egonaut", on February 27 via Transubstans Records. The follow-up to 2011's debut album "Electric" was engineered and produced by Egonaut & Tobias Walka, mixed by Tobias Walka & Egonaut and Mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Paradise Lost, Katatonia, Soilwork, Dark Tranquillity) at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden. .
DRUMMER GLEN SOBEL TALKS:
December 3, 2013 - Marko Syrjala of Metal-Rules.com recently conducted an interview with Alice Cooper sticksman Glen Sobel (Impellitteri, Orianthi, Beautiful Creatures, Paul Gilbert). In the interview, Sobel discusses how he came to tour and record with the legendary shock rocker, working with producer Bob Ezrin (Kiss, Pink Floyd, Jane's Addiction), and the many other records and bands he has been a part of over the years. The Q&A is posted at this location: www.metal-rules.com/metalnews/2013/11/24/glen-sobel/
Sobel finished drum tracks for the forthcoming Alice Cooper covers record in August. Due out in 2014, the collection of classic tunes will feature a variety of special guests. Alice Cooper and band have just wrapped up the 2013 "Raise The Dead" tour with several dates on the West Coast, with the final show taking place at Pearl at the Palms in Las Vegas on November 27. Afterwards, Sobel, along with Cooper band mates Ryan Roxie, Chuck Garric, and Tommy Henriksen, joined local all-stars Sin City Sinners at The Lounge at the Palms to perform several songs, including "20th Century Boy" by T-Rex and "Sedated" by The Ramones, among others. Video of the jam can be seen here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQkLhFdnGcs
Alice Cooper will resume touring next year with several worldwide dates yet to be announced. Cooper is set to headline Sweden Rock Festival on June 5, 2014.
Sobel will join L.A. guitarist Jeff Kollman (Bombastic Meatbats, Cosmosquad, Glenn Hughes) and his band this Thursday, December 5 at the Baked Potato in Studio City, CA.
Glen Sobel online: www.glensobel.com.
ROCK TO THE RESCUE EXTENDS A HAND TO THOSE IN NEED:
Los Angeles, CA & Bloomington, IL (December 3, 2013) – Styx and REO Speedwagon are proud to announce the complete sell out of tickets to Rock To The Rescue Extends A Hand To Those In Need. On Wed., Dec. 4, this benefit concert at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, Illinois will raise funds for central Illinois communities that were affected by the recent devastating tornadoes and winds. Scheduled to perform at Rock To The Rescue Extends A Hand To Those In Need are REO Speedwagon, Styx, Richard Marx, Ted Nugent, Larry The Cable Guy, Survivor, Head East and Brushville.
Although tickets are no longer available to attend this concert, artists and organizers urge the public to bid on exciting rock & roll auction items, such as signed instruments, memorabilia and experiences at ebay.com/usr/rocktotherescue, as well as to directly donate to Rock To The Rescue at rocktotherescue.net. Rock To The Rescue will distribute funds raised from ticket sales, auctions and donations to the Midwest Food Bank, Peoria Citizens Committee for Economic Opportunity, Tazwood Community Services, Toys for Tots and the Washington Rotary Club. Additional charities may be announced following the event.
Rock to the Rescue is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, whose mission is to build strong, healthy communities through the support of grassroots organizations across the country. The Midwest Food Bank gathers large food donations from nationwide corporations and distributes them to social service organizations, as well as at national disaster sites. The Peoria Citizens Committee for Economic Opportunity is a Community Action Agency and leadership organization that promotes self-sufficiency and economic security. Tazwood Community Services was organized for the purpose of reducing the causes and alleviating the effects of poverty in Tazwood and Woodford Counties. The U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to the less fortunate – a Toys for Tots toy drive will be held onsite at Rock To The Rescue. The Washington Rotary Club is a service organization located in Washington, IL and an affiliate of Rotary International.
Rock To The Rescue originally started in 2001 as a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and is the brainchild of Styx's Tommy Shaw and REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin. The two musicians brought together bands and artists such as Bad Company, Journey, Survivor, Kansas, Lynyrd Skynyrd and many others to be part of “Volunteers For America” concert events in Dallas and Atlanta that ultimately raised over $775,000 for victims of 9/11, as well as the Port Authority police department in New York City. On the bands' last tour together, the Midwest Rock N' Roll Express, Rock To The Rescue not only raised thousands of dollars for local charities at each tour stop, but also raised $108,000 which went directly to the Boston One Fund, helping victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. Hannah Shaw, daughter of Tommy Shaw, is Executive Director of Rock To The Rescue. For more information visit: rocktotherescue.net and facebook.com/rocktotherescue.
CORNERSTONE CHARITY SINGLE UPDATE:
The already announced Cornerstone charity-single is now officially released. Since 11/11, you can download "Smalltown Boy" at I-Tunes, 7Digital, Rhapsody and other download-portals on the internet, but also as physical Single at amazon.com. $0.99 for the song will be used for the research and treatment of an immunodeficiency illness called mucoviscidosis ('cystic fibrosis'). Actually, Cornerstone supports the construction of a new unit for the Nottingham City Hospital- no coincidence, because the band has been touring the UK for a couple of times, to play at festivals, club-shows and radio-shows and therefore the single is presented by a lot of radio-stations at the moment for example BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 6 ... So: Participate download help!
WebLinks: itunes.apple.com/us/album/smalltown-boy-single/id770495524 / www.cornerstone.co.at/content.php?id=1.
CLASSIC ROCKERS FOGHAT TO UNLEASH NEW DVD, 'LIVE IN ST. PETE ON DECEMBER 10:
Fans will soon be able to experience the high energy of a Foghat concert from the comfort of their living room, with the DVD release of their performance at Jannus Landing, Live In St. Pete.¯ While most classic rock bands have made it due to monster selling studio albums, Foghat has always been an exception to that rule with their 1977 Foghat Live¯ album being their biggest seller! (Double Platinum). And this holds true to this day as Foghat still tours relentlessly with their thunderous blend of blues, boogie and rock n roll. They hit the stage with all cylinders firing and still remain one of the best live bands today with not only as much energy but with 40+ years of additional experience.
One concert review stated: "There is so much talent in this band it is ridiculous."
The man who we have to thank for keeping Foghat going and never stopping is founding member Roger Earl who treats the fans to a wicked drum solo. Incredible bassist Craig Macgregor has been a Foghat member since 1975 and played on some of their most successful albums in the 70s including Foghat Live,¯ Night Shift,¯ and Stone Blue.¯ Lead/slide guitarist Bryan Bassett an alumni of both Wild Cherry and Molly Hatchet, while vocalist/guit arist Charlie Huhn played with Ted Nugent, Gary Moore and Humble Pie. All of Foghat's classics are included in this DVD - "Fool for the City," "I Just Want to Make Love to You," "Stone Blue," Drivin Wheel,¯ My Babe,¯ and of course, "Slow Ride, among many others.
A stellar review of this show states: We were in the front row which proved to be a dangerous situation as we were directly in Bassetts shred zone¯ and our faces were completely melted off. He played a cherrywood Gibson SG and was a Jedi Slide Master. Overall, the concert was exactly what you would expect from Foghat. Lengthy guitar solos, mostly the hit songs that they are known for, playing to the crowd and a 15 minute Slow Ride encore!¯
Perhaps the editor of the popular Classic Rock Revisited website, Jeb Wright, sums it up best in the DVD's liner notes - "Brilliant Simplicity is the term I use to describe the music of Foghat. As a band, they do not try to dazzle you with their virtuosity, or baffle you with their bullshit. Instead, as this DVD proves, they simply rock you to your core and put a smile on your face. "
Live In St. Pete Tracklisting: 1. Road Fever 2. Take Me To The River 3. My Babe 4. Drivin' Wheel 5. Stone Blue 6. Rollin' and Tumblin' / You Need Love 7. Terraplane Blues 8. Fool For The City 9. I Just Want To Make Love To You 10. Slow Ride.
For more information, visit: www.foghat.net / www.facebook.com/foghat.