JACK RUSSELL TO BE FEATURED IN UPCOMING DOCUMENTARY ABOUT NASHVILLE: Jack Russell may not be the first musician that comes to mind when you think of Nashville, but the city of Nashville holds a special place in his heart, which is why he is one of the featured artists in the upcoming Music City USA¯, a documentary by Chris McDaniel. This film is about the resiliency of this legendary town, and the musicians that call it home, have been inspired there and the incredible spirit of Nashville- Music City. The film features musicians from all genres, country, reggae, rock, etc. and the antagonist in the film is the Nashville flood. Also featured in this inspirational movie are Naomi Judd, Ricky Skaggs, Vince Gill, Charlie Daniels and MANY MORE. Jack talks about the healing powers of music, which have played such a huge part in his life, his recovery and his recent comeback to once again command the stage he was born to be on.
This will be a must see for any musician, and anyone ever touched by or inspired by music. For more information go to: www.musiccitymovie.com.
ECLIPSE LIVE IN SPAIN: MetalSymphony.com has uploaded some photos from Eclipse concert May 18, 2013 at Sala Rockitchen in Madrid, Spain. Also available are pictures of support act Strangers. Check them out at this location: www.metalsymphony.com/?p=13219#gp.
Eclipse's setlist was as follows: After The End Of The World, Hometown Calling, To Mend A Broken Heart, Wild One, Battlegrounds, A Bitter Taste, Guitar solo, Bleed And Scream, Ain't Dead Yet, S.O.S, Unbreakable, Hard Time Loving You, Drum solo, The Unspoken Heroes, About to Break, Wake Me Up -- Under the gun, One love, Breaking My Heart Again.
American fans can finally witness the band live in the USA at MelodicRockFest 3 - September 27-29 as part of W.E.T. and with their own set. Tickets available now at: www.melodicrockfest.com.
KROKUS - "DIRTY DYNAMITE" GOES PLATINUM:
From the Krokus Newsletter: "Right before the first concert of our sold out "Closer Contact Doeg Tour" our record label Sony Music presented us with gold and platinum record awards. Swiss boulevard paper "Blick" reports in today's edition: For almost 40 years they have been in the charts with every one of their releases. During the presentation the band's founder, producer and bassist Chris Von Rohr points out: "We worked extremely hard on this album and gave it our all. Bottom line, it was worth it". And vocalist Marc Storace adds: "It's an incredible feeling after so many decades to still be on top of the Swiss music scene".
During the bands long spanning career they have sold over 14 million albums worldwide. All concerts of their current tour are sold out. Chris Von Rohr adds: "We would like to thank all of our fans from the bottom of our hearts for their continuous support over the years. We never had so much fun as a band with this album than any other and we will rock (for you) till the very end".
Meet Our New Drummer Flavio Mezzodi
For Flavio Mezzodi a childhood dream has come true. "At age 10 I wanted nothing more than playing in a rock band and play all over the world", he states. "And now that dream has become reality". The drummer from Solothurn, where Krokus is from, is officially the new drummer of the band. Bassist and producer Chris Von Rohr says it best: "The precision and groove of his drum work is exactly what our band needed. We are extremely happy that we found him." Three years ago Freddy Steady left the band that had sold over 14 million albums worldwide, establishing Krokus as the most successful Swiss rock band ever. The new platinum awarded CD Dirty Dynamite was recorded with a session drummer. Adds Marc "The Voice" Storace: "Now we are complete again."
Flavio learned his drum skills at the Dante Agostini Drum School in Paris. He also teaches at numerous schools drumming, whenever he is not touring with Krokus. He played professionally with Swiss acts Stefanie Heinzmann and the band Fox. Mezzodi grew up listening to Krokus. One of the first records he ever heard was the band's 1980 "Metal Rendez-Vous" release.
Over the almost four decade's time, the band's drumming job has been often vacant. Freddy Steady left the band multiple times. The other Swiss drummer, Dani Crivelli, tragically passed about three weeks ago. Marc Storace further explains: "Flavio is a great human being and musically fits perfectly into our line-up. With him on drums, we will rock with even more power."
Sold Out Shows - In support of our Platinum CD Dirty Dynamite we kicked off 5 sold out concerts in Zurich (2) and the band's hometown of Solothurn (3). It was a magic experience for us to connect with you, the fans. Zurich and Solothurn, You rocked!!
OUTLOUD SINGER CHANDLER MOGEL NEEDS YOUR HELP TO WIN "BEST UNSIGNED ARTIST OF THE MONTH": Chandler Mogel has been nominated for "Best Unsigned Artist of the Month" in the popular Australian publication Starcentral Magazine. But he needs your help! If you'd like to see Chandler win and receive a big feature in the magazine next month, please vote by clicking on the link below, scrolling down to the bottom and clicking on Chandler's name where it says "Vote". There's no registering or signup required - you simply click and vote and that's it. And you can vote once per day so multiple votes are welcomed!
Contest ends May 23rd, 2013. Click here to vote now!
A NEW BAND FOR GLYDER'S BAT KINANE: Maggy Simpson is the brainchild of Bat Kinane and Shane Counter. Having known each other for over 10 years, and sharing a passion for high quality original Rock music, this is the first major work the pair will release. There have been a few collaborations in the past: Shane wrote some music for Bat's first solo album, 'A Lifetime to Kill', and they put together a small library of production pieces in 2009, as The Random Event Factory. However, this is the first time they have been able to commit to something truly substantial over an extended period. With initial discussions taking place in June 2012, the final work steadily came together over a 10 month period, culminating in a mid-2013 release.
Guitarist, Singer & Songwriter Bat rose to prominence as leader of Classic Rock merchants, Glyder. A number of Bat's musical contributions here started as demos for Glyder albums. Shane has released several Instrumental Progressive Rock albums, and also has a keen ear for the more direct melodic requirements of Production Music. The album also features Davy Ryan (ex-Glyder) on drums throughout. Renowned for his precision, reliability and versatility, Davy is a top class session player working regularly in both the live arena and studio settings.
Today, we are delighted to announce the first public airing of the opening track from the album 'Lab Rat and Lobster'. Here are a few words to explain more about the song called 'High Time to Die': soundcloud.com/maggysimpson/01-high-time-to-die.
Bat: 'This song is about the old cliché of a drink, drugs and rock n' roll lifestyle: If you want to get high, you must be prepared to die. It's often true that the best career move any rock star can make is to die.'
Shane: 'Rage Against the Machine-inspired riff seeks belting chorus with monster sludge riff to form a meaningful relationship! Based on a song Bat wrote about the 'value' of artists once they have passed away, we played around with this one a lot to get the right tempo and key, slowing it down and making it progressively heavier. In the end we made fullest use of a 7-string tuning, taking a C# riff and re-rooting it 14 semi-tones down to a low B. The music is at times dirty and sleazy, and at other times it is buoyant and aggressive (this is Rock 'n' Roll, after all!). The outro section features a sick sounding Whammy lead, harmonised with both 1 and 2-octave shifts.'
A YouTube clip has been also released for the track "Gun Fun" A Song about our obsession with guns and how they make up so much of we watch as entertainment on TV every day, www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDkEfiBK0_0.
Friday, May 17, 2013
INTRODUCING THE THREE LIONS: Three Lions is a new project featuring the very cool trio of Vinny Burns, Greg Morgan and Nigel Bailey. More news to follow, but they have made their way to Facebook (www.facebook.com/threelionsuk) with the following introduction:
"3 Lions is the sensational eponymously titled debut album from this new British 3 piece rock band. The band consists of Vinny Burns (Dare, Ten, Asia) on guitar, Greg Morgan (Dare, Ten) on drums and introduces Nigel Bailey on vocals and bass guitar. 3 Lions features 12 brand new tracks, written by the band and also collaborations with Alessandro Del Vecchio on 2 songs. Recorded at The Viper Room, Coil Tap Studios in the UK and Ivory Tears Studio in Milan, this album combines massive guitar riffs and great hooks alongside driving rhythms and powerful, yet emotional vocals. The album was produced by Alessandro at Ivory Tears Studio in Milan.
The band was formed when Vinny, Greg and Nigel were introduced by Serafino and Alessandro at Firefest in October 2012. The guys hit it off straight away and immediately set about writing new material for the album. The first single, Trouble In A Red Dress, captures the energy of the band and is a classic foot stomping rock song with an infectious groove, soaring guitars and a chorus you have to sing along with. The video was shot on location in Milan and shows the band performing on stage, where they belong. The album is made up of songs that were written without an agenda. "We set out to write good songs, the only criteria was that all of us liked them" said Nigel, "Working with Vinny and Greg has been a blast and we were all determined to make the best album possible and are immensely proud of the songs that have made it onto the final record".
From the eastern influenced Kathmandu, to the driving power of Hellfire Highway and Twisted Soul, to the heartfelt ballads Made For One Another and Don't Let Me Fall. This album delivers passionate performances from the guys. Vinny's trademark guitar work is, as you would expect, filled with emotion and feel. "I wanted to start with a blank canvas for the guitars" says Vinny. "This album allowed me to show a different side to my playing whilst retaining the familiar sound and feel fans of Dare and Ten will recognise". "Working with Vinny again has been great fun and Nigel brings something new to the table" said Greg. "This is definitely a record made by a band, not just a studio project, and that really comes across in the songs. We had an instant connection as musicians but also as people and we cannot wait to get out and perform these songs live soon". 3 Lions is scheduled for release on the Frontiers label later this year. Hear The Roar!!!
NEW GRAND DESIGN SINGLE AND VIDEO:
For all of you 80s fanatics! Swedish melodic rockers Grand Design has today released the new digital single/video Baby It's You, a re-vamped and Grand Designerized cover of Candian band Promises 1978 hit. The video is the first release featuring the new line-up and the song also features a special guest. Since Grand Design is all about the 80s, Swedish singer Susie Päivärinta of the popular Swedish 80s pop-duo Lili & Susie does an stellar guest appearance, hitting some pretty high notes in this old classic.
The single can be purchased from iTunes, www.cdbaby.com, Rhapsody, Amazon etc. and the video is up on YouTube, to be see here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=oc_jhCLbHHw.
Grand Design was formed in 2006 by vocalist/producer Pelle Saether, and the band's first 1st album “Time Elevation” was release by AOR Heaven in October 2009. The album featured guest spots from guitarists Janne Stark and Tommy Denander. The release gained massive success and was awarded 'best album' and 'best song' by BeRockRadio and received numerous top 10 positions for “best album 2009”. Several concerts, including the prestigious FireFest in Nottingham, UK proved that Grand Design also deliver live. Pelle Saether comments: ”Since we all love Def Leppard, it will always be an influence we use to spice things up.”
Two years later, it was time for Grand Design's second album – “Idolizer”. Pelle says: “We knew we had found a formula to make an 80's rock record work in the 21st century – so why change it?” With new anthems like “Get On With Action”, “OughtoGraph” and “Your Love's A Runaway”, “Idolizer” followed up the fans expectations. Grand Design again proved that the songs and sound of 80's rock belong in your players and on the big stages.
In 2012 the line-up saw singer Pelle Saether and guitarist Dennis Vestman, now flanked by guitarist Janne Stark (Constancia, Overdrive etc), bassist Mats Vassfjord (Chris Laney Band, Scaar) and drummer Peter Hermansson (Talisman, John Norum, 220 Volt).
Early 2013 the band has finished two new songs, featuring guest singer Susie Päivärinta (of Lili & Susie) and a video of the song “Baby It's You” will be unearthed. The band also welcomes new drummer Magnus Ulfstedt (Eclipse, Jimi Jamison, Talisman, Lion's Share etc) as Peter is devoting his time to the re-united 220 Volt. Magnus makes his debut on the band's new video.
THE INFINITE STAIRCASE DEBUT MUSIC VIDEO FOR 'THE PRIDE':
The Official Music Video for The Pride¯ Featuring Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, ex- Ozzy Osbourne), Kevin Martin (Candlebox, The Gracious Few), Morgan Rose (Sevendust, Call Me No One), John JD¯ DeServio (Black Label Society, Cycle Of Pain) & The Infinite Staircase, the song written and recorded for the victims of Hurricane Sandy, is now streaming at this location: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Htf9cW6jAuo&feature=share&list=PL-18UXAop4N9vpjihk9re3Zak1tK0H26j.
The video was directed by Ralph E. Savercool lll, a musician/filmmaker from Middletown, New Jersey who briefly filled in as The Infinite Staircase's drummer following The Black Label Bash Tour in 2009. He has built up a name for himself over the years playing in local and regional acts such as Whole In One, Room 237, Stone Playground & The Rear View. He also has a predominant movie review column at www.facebook.com/SavesSceneReview
For more information on Ralph go to: www.facebook.com/Ralph.savercooliii or www.YouTube.com/rsavercool.
While the video for The Pride¯ will be available for download soon, an online store, theinfinitestaircase.bigcartel.com has been launched in the mean time where you can purchase a limited edition CD single that features the song, the music video and two special previews of the forthcoming new releases by The Infinite Staircase including demo clips of their new Ep with Morgan Rose as well as clips of their covers EP with John JD¯ DeServio.
Among other items being offered, you can also purchase a limited amount of drum heads used by Morgan Rose in the studio and signed by Rose and brothers Lenny & Jeff Cerzosie. All proceeds from sales of items pertaining to The Pride are being donated to the Carl Vincent Bini Memorial Foundation.
The Pride¯ was released digitally on February 5th, 2013 via Vanity Music Group with 100% of the proceeds being donated to the Carl Vincent Bini Memorial Foundation.
The song was recorded at Architekt Music, the state of the art recording facility in Butler, New Jersey where Sevendust recently tracked Black Out The Sun and The Infinite Staircase continue to record their new album with Morgan Rose. It was mixed by house engineer Mike Ferretti (Sevendust, Call Me No One) and mastered by Alan Douches (Fleetwood Mac, Yes) at West West Side Music in New Windsor, New York.
The Pride¯ spent 6 weeks on America's Music Charts Mainstream Rock Radio Top 40 with it's highest ranking being #27.
The Infinite Staircase plans to release their follow-up single, Just To Meet You There¯, in June. The song features, in addition to Rose on drums, Sean Memphis¯ Hennesy of Candlebox and The Gracious Few on guitar and Cycle Of Pain's Troy Cromwell on Keyboards.
The Carl V. Bini Memorial Fund was founded in honor of Firefighter Carl V. Bini, a member of the FDNY tragically taken during 9/11. The fund's mission is to memorialize the heroism of its fallen hero by providing aid to those who so desperately need it now and in the future.
WebLinks: www.theinfinitestaircase.com / www.facebook.com/TheInfiniteStaircase.
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- Pat Benetar - WW1 1989
- Steel Breeze - WW1 1982
- Tom Petty - WW1 1987
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Thursday, May 16, 2013
HOUSE OF LORDS SINGER JAMES CHRISTIAN TO RELEASE THIRD SOLO ALBUM IN JULY: Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of James Christian third solo album entitled Lay It All On Me on July 5 in Europe and July 9 in North America.
Best known as House of Lords singer, James Christian built for himself during the years a reputation as a fine songwriter and producer in his own right. His first solo album Rude Awakening was originally released in 1994 and is, to this day, regarded as a musical delight for any lover of first class Melodic Rock.
After the return of House of Lords in the early 00's, Christian released another classy album entitled Meet The Man in 2004, which featured the songwriting of several AOR luminaries such as Stan Bush, Judithe Randall (Mark Free, FM) and his then House of Lords bandmates Chuck Wright and Lanny Cordola.
Now - another 9 years later - Christian steps back with a brand new solo release Lay It All On Me, which he recorded and produced in his own studios in Florida during the second part of 2012 and early '13. This long wait for has been worth every drop of sweat and tears spilled these past years since Christian superb vocals can really offer the listener a rewarding experience.
James Christian says: “I recorded this solo album during one of the toughest periods of my life. I really tried hard not to let it influence every song as it just did not seem like the right thing to do. I was stirred with many emotions about mortality, but I knew I could get through it. Some of the songs touch upon my fears and other songs touched upon hope and faith. I made sure to throw in a few tongue and check songs to lighten the load. I have a few favorites, such as the title track “Lay It All On Me” which were pretty much the words I used when I found out that I had cancer. But the song itself is not about the Big “C”, but about trial and tribulations in life itself. I also love the two ballads, “Believe In Me” and “Let It Shine”. Both have a quality to them that will surely stand the test of time. Different from “House Of Lords” but very much ME. Then there is “A Day In The Sun” a bit more modern sounding… but what message. And my favorite of the rockers is “Sacred Heart” written by James Christian, Jimi Bell and Jeff Kent. I loved working on this album!”
With songwriting contributions from Tommy Denander, Chris Pelcer, Jimi Bell and Jeff Kent, “Lay It All On Me” is a strong personal statement from James Christian: a mature artist, songwriter, producer and performer who meets his fans with another beautifully crafted melodic rock release. Grab yourself a copy of this album and make sure you add this gem to your collection!
Lay It All On Me tracklisting includes: Lay It All On Me; Sacred Heart; Day In The Sun; Believe In Me; You're So Bad; Don't Come Near Me; Let It Shine; She's All the Rage; Sincerely Yours; Shot in the Dark; Welcome to Your Future.
You can sample some of the album tracks following this link: youtu.be/_MMVSsEETcY.
Musicians on “Lay It All on Me” include: James Christian: Lead Vocals, Background Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar; Robin Beck, Background Vocals; Jeff Kent: Keyboards; BJ Zampa, David Sherman: Drums; Jorge Salas, Jimi Bell, Shelby Stewart: Guitars. Produced By James Christian.
SAFFIRE: NEW TRACK "PARALYZED" POSTED ONLINE:
The Swedish melodic metal band Saffire have uploaded the track "Paralyzed" on YouTube - youtu.be/1GzEKfqMR_s. The track comes off their debut album From Ashes To Fire that will be released in Europe and North America on May 17 through Inner Wound Recordings. (Showcase launched today). Saffire are inspired by the 70's and 80's rock and metal bands like Rainbow, Dio, Whitesnake, Van Halen and Black Sabbath. The sound of Saffire can be described as a mix of those bands with a progressive twist, something that makes them stand out in the scene.
The debut album "From Ashes To Fire" was mixed by Fredrik Nordstrom & Henrik Udd at Studio Fredman [At The Gates, In Flames, Hammerfall] and mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios [Symphony X, Opeth, Kreator]. Needless to say, the production on From Ashes To Fire¯ is excellent. The artwork for the album was created by Anders Faustader at A Trailermade Production [H.E.A.T., Hardcore Superstar, The Poodles].
Victor Olssons intelligent songwriting and impressive guitar playing together with the bands excellent musicianship and the powerful and emotional vocals from Tobias Jansson, Saffire is a dangerous five piece with an exciting future ahead of them.
Saffire online: www.facebook.com/saffiresweden / www.saffire.se.
A new Examiner.com interview with Judas Priest's Rob Halford and Richie Faulkner, has the duo sounding off on their new DVD as well as meeting Bob Dylan, the peak of metal, cameos in animation, struggles with addiction, the infamous Madison Square Garden ban, the passing of Jeff Hanneman of Slayer, and more! exm.nr/10GlOyA.
Go "Back to Fabrizio's" via the real Marty Mcfly house circa 2013 to the next Faithsedge studio report. Lead guitarist Alex De Rosso (Dokken), keysman Eric Ragno (Fergie Fredrickson) and singer Giancarlo Floridia take you behind the scenes for the new Faithsedge video at "OC Recording" . Also a trip to Nashville to drummer Tony Morra's (Van Zant) studio "The Downtown Batterie" along with Tim Gaines of Stryper's B day party! www.faithsedgemusic.com / www.youtube.com/watch?v=e86j8n-ieDc.
L.A.-based bassist Kevin Chown (Tarja Turunen, Bombastic Meatbats) has posted a promotional video for the title track off his "Light The Way" EP, which was released digitally on May 8. The clip, filmed and edited by Dalen Muster, can be viewed at this location: youtu.be/jLyNyUPlvhg. "We Light The Way" features the talents of female lead vocalist Angel Travis, with additional vocals from Chown, as well as contributions from guitarist Jeff Kollman (Bombastic Meatbats, Cosmosquad, Glenn Hughes), drummer Jono Brown, and Marian Tomas Griffin on backing vocals.
Two new CD Showcases online today - one for the excellent new Lost Weekend album Evermore (AOR Heaven, out June 21) and one for the debut Saffire release (Inner Wound, out now). Check both out now.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
PAT TRAVERS RETURNS TO HARD ROCK WITH CAN DO OUT IN JULY ON FRONTIERS: Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of Pat Travers Band brand new original album Can Do due out for release on July 5 in Europe and July 9 in North America.
Toronto born Pat Travers has delivered one tasty release after another in his over 37 years career in music. From the powerhouse, rockin' 70's sound of such albums as Heat in the Street and Makin' Magic, to the classy melodic eighties rock before a blues period in the nineties, Pat has always kept a high standard for his musical output. “When I was contacted by Frontiers to record a new original studio album they asked me if I could create some music reminiscent of my earlier albums that were done in the U.K. and South Florida in the late '70's early '80's.” says Pat. “What made those records different was that I was allowed the luxury of spending some time in the studio without any outside influences and that's when I could get really creative. Frontiers Records let me have the time I needed to work on the songs and production. Also the beginning of 2012 was a particularly creative period for me and I believe I have written some of my best material ever for 'Can Do'".
Since the second decade of the Millennium dawned, Pat and his Band show no sign of letting up. The proof of the future are safe in the eight hands of Mr. Travers, second guitarist Kirk McKim, Bassist Rodney O'Quinn and longtime sticksman, Sandy Gennaro. “We had a fantastic collaboration and I felt very comfortable when tracking the new music. I really feel that the sound and production and also the quality of the songs and performances make this what I think my fans are going to call “A classic PT record” says Pat.
This Pat Travers Band is also one seriously tight rockin' unit, and live, they always deliver. From the streets of Toronto, to the streets of London, to the streets of the WORLD, now, here to kick your ass… The Pat Travers Band!!
Can Do includes the following songs: Can Do; Stand Up / Give It Up; Diamond Girl; As Long As I'm With You; Long Time Gone; Wanted (That Was Then / This Is Now); Armed And Dangerous; Here Comes The Rain Again; Keep Calm & Carry On; Dust & Bone; Waitin' On The End Of Time; Red Neck Boogie.
It is possible to sample tracks off the new album following this link on Youtube: youtu.be/6ythIHBvrKg.
USA dates have been announced and a full European tour is also in the works for the fall of 2013.
ROBIN BECK COMPLETES NEW STUDIO ALBUM FOR AUGUST:
American rock singer Robin Beck will release her new album Underneath on HMMR Records through Cargo Records on August 12 in the UK and August 15 in the rest of Europe. Release dates for the U.S. to be announced. The cover artwork for the CD can be seen below. To read a track-by-track breakdown of the album and to hear audio samples visit Robinbeckrocks.com.
Tracklisting for Underneath is as follows: 01. Wrecking Ball 02. Ain't That Just Like Love 03. Sprain 04. Underneath 05. Catfight 06. Check Your Attitude 07. Burnin Me Down 08. Perfect Storm 09. Ya Can't Fight Love 10. I Swear The Nights 11. Follow You. “Never underestimate what she can do… Robin is full of surprises and this album will have you begging for mercy. Passionate, intelligent and nothing short of brilliant, she's back!“
For her latest album, Underneath Beck took a chance and allowed some new writers to submit material. When she heard their work, she was blown away. “It felt so right” she marvels, “I just had to have these songs for myself!”
So, in addition to Robin and her boys Tommy Denander and James Christian writing team, along with Jimi Bell, she now has Glen Burtnik, Barry Jay and Fiona. “Underneath” includes songs co-written by Germany's Crush Boys (Daniel Volpe and Thomas Lipp, known for their work with Dutch teen idol Jeronimo and German girl group Monrose), Swedish Eurovision 2013 winners Linnea Deb and Joy Deb (Robin Stjernberg), Charlie Mason (Miley Cyrus), Mark Smith (Cinema Bizarre), Christian Rabb and Frida Molander (Nina Zilli) and more. Plus, with husband James Christian (lead singer of House of Lords) again producing the album (and dueting on “Burning Me Down” — and daughter Liv, herself a star in the making, on backing vocals — “It's a family affair” says Beck. “We just happen to be a family whose foundation is solid rock!”
WebLinks: www.robinbeckrocks.com / www.facebook.com/pages/Robin-Beck/262002007207158.
ADRIANGALE WIND UP THEIR SUCKERPUNCH:
A great little studio update from the lads in Adriangale. First - this from guitarist/producer Vic Rivera: "Finished tracking Jamie's vocals for the new AG tonight - 4 straight days of putting in 10-12 hours of work has yielded some pretty great results from an amazing singer (and even more amazing human being). Special thanks to John Kivel for all of his assistance in and out of the studio (and for being a pretty swell dude himself) and, of course, to Debby for tolerating all of us."
And from label boss John Kivel: "DONE! Next up mixing stage! Now, I want to take a moment to say something about this past week. Jamie Rowe and Vic Rivera have gone above and beyond in the studio. Productivity was on 11 around the clock, with good vibes and fun times to match. I'm amazed out the powerhouse team these two have become. Now let me just say something here. I promise and guarantee, I will swear to this and stand by every word. I am not ashamed and I am proud beyond words. To state publicly, that Adriangale is about to release their BEST album to date hands down. If you "Liked" AG before, then you are going to "LOVE!" them now more than ever!" Ring The Bell....throw a Right....Everyone gets SUCKER PUNCH!Sept 28th at MelodicRockFest III: www.melodicrockfest.com for tickets and event information.
NEW VIDEOS TO VIEW:
Two new videos to check out - the first an "interesting" teaser for Frontiers recording artist State Of Salazar. The second is Swedish metal act Denied, featuring vocalist Johan Fahlberg from Jaded Heart - their official video for the track "Dead Messiah" from the new album "Let Them Burn".
DOCKER CALLS TIME ON GUILD RELEASES:
This came through last night from Douglas Docker, the man in the middle of the epic Docker's Guild progressive rock concept album. It makes for an interesting read, which after I posted on Facebook, continued on with an informative discussion with Douglas. The statement is below and the Facebook comments are at: www.facebook.com/MelodicRockAU.
"Announcement: effective immediately, the Docker's Guild project is suspended until further notice. It doesn't mean it's canceled, but I can't justify keeping spending money with no returns. I have a hole of €50,000 between the first album and the Darwin's Tears viideo that just won't come back, and it makes no sense for me to have my wife work 40 hours a week to pay my bills. I need to focus on earning money and I can't do that while I spend my days managing and promoting Docker's Guild with no results.
We've had almost no support or coverage from the press, very little from the label, no support from most of the special guests (truly bizarre as it would have been good promo for them as well...), the "fans" have sucked us dry with piracy. To move on we need to pay to go on tour, pay to go on the radio, pay the press to get simple news out, pay for the merch, pay for the promo, pay the band, pay to record, pay for everything. This mafia has to stop and until WE get paid to lift a finger everything will grind to a halt. I refuse to be part of this game and watch this industry cannibalize itself. It's high time to put the music and its creators at the center again instead of the parasites. Because without US there is no press, no labels, no downloads, no tours, nothing!
A HUGE thank you to all the real fans that have been supporting the project by buying the CD, the merch, advertising and promoting us. YOU guys are great! I MIGHT open a crowd funding at some point to see if the next album can be financed that way. In the meantime, enjoy Season 1. I'm very proud of it and will try my best to make the next one even better. Horns up!"
NEW "OLD' BONFIRE LIVE RECORDINGS DUE: LZ Records will release a new live Bonfire record May 31 titled Live In Wacken. Sometimes you just need a little bit of luck. Because of a funny coincidence the long lost original recordings from Bonfire's appearance at the Wacken Open Air have been discovered. This almost historical piece of music has been sonically updated and will now be released officially. The German rock legend is releasing the album as a teaser before it's new studio record - planned for the end of the year. Of course, there have been some Bonfire-live records in the past, but on Live In Wacken you can really find different versions of the band's anthems like "SDI“, "Champion“ or "Ready 4 dy 4 Reaction“ as well as the song "Wake Up“. An anthem the band hasn't performed live for quite a long time.
Besides that "Live In Wacken“ offers exclusive bonus tracks. Live versions of the songs "Bells Of Freedom“, "Let Me Be Your ur Water“ and "Black Night“ from the acclaimed rock opera "The Räuber“ (previously unreleased on CD), the exclusive studio track "Thank You“ and an exciting new version of the ballad "Hold Me Now“ from the last Bonfire-studio album "Branded“.
"Live In Wacken“ has been mastered by Maor Appelbaum (Yngwie Malmsteen, Rob Halford, Queensryche) and will be released on the 31st of May 2013 on LZ Records/Sony Music.
Track list: 1. Intro/Wake Up (Live), 2. Never Mind (Live), 3. Sweet Obsession (Live), 4. In Zaire (Live), 5. The Stroke (Live), 6. Sword And Stone (Live), 7. SDI (Live), 8. Drum Solo (Live), 9. American Nights (Live), 10. Ready 4 Reaction (Live), 11. Obsessive Prelude (Live), 12. Champion (Live), 13. The Räuber/Bells Of Freedom (Live), 14. Let Me Be Your Water (Live), 15. Black Night (Live), 16. Thank You (Previously Unreleased), 17. Hold Me Now (Extended Mix 2013).
Bonfire are: Claus Lessmann - vocals, guitar; Hans Ziller - lead guitars; Chris Limburg - rhythm guitars; Uwe Köhler - bass; Harry Reischmann - drums. (Rhythm guitars (tracks 1-7, 9, 10, 12): Chris Lausmann; Drums (tracks 1-10, 12-16): Jürgen Wiehler)
The Live Tracks recorded @ Wacken (1-11) @ Ingolstadt (12-14) Mixed by Hans Ziller for LZ Records (tracks 1-12). Mastered by Maor Appelbaum Mastering, California/USA,. Produced by Lessmann/Ziller for LZ Records.
WebLinks: www.bonfire.de / www.facebook.com/BONFIREofficial.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
BLACKMORE'S NIGHT TO LAUNCH THE FIRST SINGLE OFF THE NEW ALBUM: Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the digital release of the first single from Blackmore's Night new album Dancer and the Moon entitled The Moon Is Shining (Somewhere Over the Sea). This beautiful new song is "Based on an old folk Czech melody which Candice and I thought were very melodic and haunting" says Ritchie Blackmore. "We adapted and arranged to suit more of a rock structure. We also played it as a ballad as it was originally intended. We asked several of our Czech friends what it was called but they couldn't tell us, so it remains a mystery".
The single can be downloaded now from every fine shop such as iTunes or Amazon and streamed legally via Spotify and Deezer. It is also possible to enjoy a sample of the song, following this link: www.frontiers.it/download/The_Moon_Is_Shining_sample.mp3.
Dancer and the Moon will be released on June 11 in North America and June 14 in Europe in regular cd configuration and deluxe edition in digipak, including a bonus DVD featuring a 40 mins "making of the album" documentary and acoustic versions of "The Spinner's Tale", "Somewhere Over The Sea/Moon Was Shining", "The Ashgrove" and "Queen For A Day". The album will also be made available in a super-deluxe edition strictly limited to 2000 copies packaged in a polyston frame with the cover artwork printed on canvas and including a black tote bag with Blackmore's Night artwork, 4 Blackmore's Night pins, a certificate of authenticity and of course the CD/DVD edition.
Blackmore's Night confirmed tour dates for Europe include:
Palace of Ukraine, Kiev (Ukraine) - 15th June
Crocus City Hall, Moscow (Russia) - 18th June
BKZ Oktyabrsky, St Petersburg (Russia) - 20th June
Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline (Scotland) - 26th June
Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre, Newcastle (England) - 28th June
Wolverhampton Grand, Wolverhampton (England) - 1st July
City Hall, Salisbury (England) - 3rd July
G Live, Guildford (England) - 5th July
Hugenottenhalle, Neu Isenburg (Germany) - 9th July
Serenadenhoff, Nurnburg (Germnay) - 11th July
Congresshalle, Saarbrucken (Germany) - 13th July
Kongress am Park, Augsburg (Germany) - 14th July
Burg Creuzburg, Creuzburg (Germany) - 19th July
Albrechtsburg, Meissen (Germany) - 21st July
Beethoven Saal, Stuttgart (Germany) - 23rd July
WebLinks: www.blackmoresnight.com / www.candicenight.com.
TWO CLASSIC ROBERT HART ALBUMS REMASTERED AND DUE IN JUNE: Escape Music is pleased to announce the release of a Robert Hart double album retrospective. The vocalist for Manfred Mann's Earth Band, Bad Company and The Distance), Robert Hart's two acclaimed solo albums are – Cries and Whispers and Robert Hart. Both albums are now to be released as a two CD Set – plus *2 bonus tracks fully re-mastered will be released in Europe June 21.
Track List: Cries and Whispers: White Lies And Promises / Heart / Dear Mary / Such An Easy Revolution / Cries And Whispers / This Has Got To Be Love / A Little Love Is Overdue / Mankind / High On Love / One To One / She's On The List / Heart-Arty Olive Mix / *Your Hurt As Much As Love Someone (bonus track).
Robert Hart: Heart And Soul / Angel / Ridin' On The Wind / I Don't Want To Be Here When You're Gone / Boys On The Corner / Fooled Around And Fell In Love / Someone To Watch Over Me / Better Than The Rest / Running Man / A Little Love Is Overdue / * Faster Than The Speed Of Love (bonus track).
Robert Hart is a British Rock Vocalist and songwriter. His career has seen him play with the likes of The Distance, Bad Company and Company of Snakes, as well as the Jones Gang and more recently Manfred Mann's Earth Band. His recording styles have varied and he can range from West Coast to Blues Rock to Hard Rock, such is his ability.
In 1989 Robert recorded a solo album “Cries and Whispers” which can be described as prime time AOR and has been a highly sought after recording ever since. The Album was originally released on Atlantic Records with Stewart Levine at the production desk.
Three years later Robert was the first recording artist to be signed by Hollywood Records which was owned by Disney and had the pleasure of working with the great Russ Ballard. The resulting album “Robert Hart” charted in more than 18 countries and it was a great AOR Rock Album that got him noticed by Bad Company's Mick Ralphs who then asked him to front Bad Company following the departures of Paul Rodgers and Brian Howe. In 1995 Robert Co-wrote the album “Company of Strangers” and he has since become a household name in Rock Circles.
These two albums in one package are a dream comes true for all fans of hard Rock and AOR, and it “essential” list should be placed on the “as soon as possible!
At the moment Robert Hart is working with Jim Kirkpatrick (FM guitarist) on a new project name Diesel and is due to be released in autumn 2013.
PINK CREAM 69 - SPECIAL (OFFICIAL VIDEO 2013): Pink Cream 69 "Special" is taken from the album "Ceremonial" out NOW on Frontiers Records. Special appearances from Andy Deris (Helloween), Jeff Scott Soto (W.E.T), Mike Tramp (ex White Lion)...
LITA FORD RELEASE NEW VIDEO FOR "MOTHER":
The reigning queen of Hard Rock Lita Ford releases the new video for her single Mother. The song comes from FORD's latest solo effort Living Like a Runaway that was released last summer worldwide on Steamhammer/SPV. The video was directed by former Runaway Victory Tischler-Blue. youtu.be/785eHM3OUa.
LITA says: “Mother is my song to my beautiful sons. I know they will see the truth one day. They will always have a place in my heart, which bleeds for them through this song.”
LITA will be on the road in the coming weeks, a complete list of dates can be found below. Living Like a Runaway is available in four configurations: a double LP, limited edition CD, standard CD and digital download.
Lita Ford teamed up with producer Gary Hoey and lyricist Michael Dan Ehmig to work on Living Like a Runaway. Together the team invested a lot of time and effort into this kick ass project: “We worked on the lyrics intensively to really give the songs a lot of meaning and that special emotional depth. I think that these are some of the best lyrics ever, period." Ford is referring to numbers such as 'Devil In My Head,' 'Hate,' and 'The Asylum' which see her bare her soul in a way which she has never done before.
Lita Ford Live:
5/23: Melbourne, Australia @ Prince of Wales Bandroom
5/25: Sydney, Australia @ Factory Theater
6/8: Vernal, UT @ Thunder Rocks @ Western Park
6/24: New York, NY @ Iridium Jazz Club (Lita Salutes Les Paul – 2 Shows)
6/29: Norfolk, NE @ Music Fest 2013 w/Bret Michaels and Vince Neil
7/13: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot w/Ratt
7/24: Gothenburg, Sweden @ Sticky Fingers
7/25: Malmo, Sweden @ KB
7/26: Rejmyre, Sweden @ Skogsrojet Festival
7/27: Jevanaker, Norway @ The Untouchables
8/7: Sturgis, SD @ Sturgis Bike Rally
8/15: Mankato, MN @ Stond Amphitheater w/Dokken, Sebastian Bach and Ratt
8/16: Moline, IL @ I Wireless Center w/Dokken, Sebastian Bach and Ratt
8/17: Chicago, IL @ Congress Theater w/Dokken, Sebastian Bach and Ratt
8/18: Kalamazoo, MI @ Wings Stadium w/ Dokken, Sebastian Bach and Ratt
8/23: Viroqua, WI @ Vernon County Fairgrounds “Jamming for the Vets”
9/14: Hinckley, MN @ Grand Casino Hinckley w/Dokken, Skid Row and Ratt
For More Information Please Visit: www.litafordonline.com / www.facebook.com/litaofficial / www.twitter.com/litaford / www.spv.de.
MATT FILIPPINI: TOUR WITH GLENN HUGHES AND NEW STUDIO ALBUM IN THE WORK:
Italian guitarist Matt Filippini (Moonstone Project, Ian Paice, Carmine Appice and more) will play six shows with his band and a very special guest, legendary Voice Of Rock, Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Black Country Communion). Here are the gigs:
May 25, Escenario Santander, Santander, Spain
May 26, Sala Custom, Santiago De Compostela, Spain
May 28, Sala Capitol, Sevilla Spain
May 30, Crossroads Live Club, Rome, Italy
May 31, Charly Disco Pub, Gubbio Italy
June 1, Northwind, Bari, Italy
The shows, as in the past few years, will feature a powerful selection of songs from Deep Purple MK3 and MK4 era plus some gems from Trapeze and Hughes solo career. The band will feature Filippini on guitars and Hughes on bass/vocals, Alessandro Del Vecchio (Edge Of Frever, AXE, Ian Paice,...) on keyboards, Markus Kullmann (Vodoo Circle) on drums (for the spanish gigs) and Alessandro Mori on drums (for the italian gigs).
Matt is also working on a new studio album together with singer Laura Zanitoni. Matt says: "I wrote all the basic tracks and it's gonna be a true classic rock affair with a lot of melodic and bluesy stuff. Laura's voice will embellish the most of the tracks and I'm working to have a couple of great rock singers to duet with her. That's the first important recording experience for Laura and she's really passionate about the project. She rocks and she can sing the blues with a lot of feeling. Her voice will be one of the highlights of the album. I'm pleased to announce that my friend Ian Paice (Deep Purple) plays amazing drums on one of the tracks, grooving with his elegant and unique style. It will be a real treat for every classic rock fan!"
More details will be announced soon on Matt's website www.mattfilippini.com.
MELODIC BRIEFS: Tony Harnell, ex-TNT lead singer, joins Dropping The Needle to discuss his new project Tony Harnell and the Wildflowers: youtu.be/1_RqNg_HS-w.
Def Leppard commend NxN! Today, Rick Savage said this about NxN: "Night by Night are without doubt one of the best young bands out there today. Real songs with great riffs and vocal harmonies. Packing the best of the '80s with a youthful, fresh enthusiasm." As you may know, DL are a huge influence on us; in fact, they are one of Ben and Jonny's fave bands, ever. So, this means a lot to us! More news soon on our next single and video, so stay-tuned! ~ Ben, Jonny, Damien, Henry and Tom - nxnofficial.com.
ROD STEWART HAS THE TIME OF HIS LIFE 'INTHESTUDIO':
North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands catches up with Rod Stewart as he returns to rock with Time, a great new album of original songs that brings his solo career full circle. For over four decades Rod Stewart has been an international rock/pop superstar, his music transcending generations while entertaining the masses with his trademark voice and charm. Time, Rod's first album of new original material in nearly ten years, at times echoes back to the earliest days of his solo career, but with current lyrical reflection. Rod tells InTheStudio host Redbeard the story behind one of the new tracks, "Brighton Beach", which sparked the entire project.
"Brighton Beach is about what I would consider my first love affair. When I was about 16 or 17 maybe I used to go down to Brighton on the south coast of England, and I was a Beatnik, and (the song) is sort of a reflection of my first love affair. My first child was conceived there, and (there are) also reflections of the '60s, which was a wonderful time. As I say in the song, it was a wonderful time to be alive."
ROD STEWART 'Time' / InTheStudio interview is available now to stream at: www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/rod-stewart-time-2.
MASS - 2013 LIVE APPEARANCES: Mass 2013 Live Dates:
June 1st "Boston Rocks Bash 2" @ South Shore Music Hall, Quincy, Massachusetts.
June 9th "Boston Strong Rockz On" Fundraiser @ The Hard Rock Cafe, Boston, Massachusetts.
September 7th "Mass" @ Maddy's, Saugus, Massachusetts.
September 12th, "La Guns & Mass" @ Rain, Malden, Massachusetts.
October 19th "Skull Fest" @ Scully's Shooters, North Platte, Nebraska.
October 20th, "Wolf Fest" @ Jammin Joes, Arvado, Colorado.
More Shows To Be Added...
For ticket links and more Info please visit www.massrocks.com
MELODIC ROCK RECORDS UPDATE:
Pre-orders for the Guru Deluxe Edition of White are shipping out tomorrow, so if any one still wants to be one of the first to receive the album, then purchase today! Link is...
Guru - White (Deluxe Vers. Ltd. Ed.) (MRR012)
$15 + $5 airmail shipping worldwide.
In addition - I am having a 24hr sale on MRCD7 - Forces Of Dark And Light. Only $6 + $5 shipping - that's $11 for 33 tracks, including many exclusives! (Compilation Details) Purchase link below:
Monday, May 13, 2013
JOHN ELEFANTE RETURNS WITH NEW ALBUM:
Available May 7th, On My Way to the Sun reunites Elefante with former Kansas bandmates
John Elefante is back with a new solo album, titled On My Way to the Sun. Produced by Elefante, the 10-track album is due May 7th from Kingheir Music, Elevate Entertainment and Syntax Distribution.
The 4X GRAMMY Award winner and 5x Dove Award winner is best known for his time as the lead vocalist for the multi-platinum rock outfit Kansas. And fans will be delighted to find that the opening track, This Is How The Story Goes, reunites Elefante with former Kansas bandmates Rich Williams and David Ragsdale. “Lyrically, I have more inside me that I need to say, more I need to express and convey than ever before,” says Elefante of what just may be the most personal project of his career. One of the album's highlights is the song, This Time, which tells the story of a young teen's divine encounter at an abortion clinic that ultimately leads her to save her baby. The somewhat autobiographical song touches close to home for Elefante, whose adopted daughter was rescued from abortion. “This is one the easiest songs I have ever written,” says Elefante. “I was able to put myself in the place and time where my daughter was so close to being aborted. It was so divinely vivid to me because this story was meant to be told. I don't know all of the fine details but I do know that on that day God said, 'No! You're not taking this one – This Time.'”
A music video is planned for the song and a major media push is under way, with early previewers calling this project the best of Elefante'e career. In advance of the album's release, Elefante is doing a series of media interviews, including an hour-long interview on April 26th on the top-rated talk radio show, Jay Sekulow Live, which airs on more than 800 stations nationwide as well as Sirius/XM Satellite Radio.
In addition to Kansas and his solo work, Elefante's extensive resume includes writing and performance contributions on more than 100 albums that shaped popular American music. In 1993, Elefante and his brother Dino founded The Sound Kitchen in Franklin, Tennessee, which quickly became the largest recording studio in the southeast and an instant draw for such top acts as Bruce Springsteen, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Natalie Grant, Amy Grant, Keith Urban, Third Day, Jewel, Jimmy Buffett, Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley and many more.
For more information, visit www.johnelefante.com.
Track Listing: 01 This Is How The Story Goes (featuring Rich Williams & David Ragsdale of Kansas) 02 Where Have The Old Days Gone 03 On My Way To The Sun 04 All I Have To Do 05 The Awakening 06 Half The Way Home 07 We All Fall Short 08 Don't Hide Away 09 This Time 10 Confess.
JOSEPH WILLIAMS, PETER FRIESTEDT & BILL CHAMPLIN – DVD RELEASE: TOTO singer Joseph Williams and Bill Champlin formerly of the band Chicago joins forces with renowned guitarist and songwriter Peter Friestedt. Together they did a European Tour in 2012 with an all star band featuring Bill's wife Tamara Champlin and Herman Matthews – known for his work with Tower Of Power and Kenny Loggins. The tour was a huge success with sold out venues and great reviews. One of the concerts was filmed and recorded, and here we have the magic captured on stage. Bill Champlin is a two time Grammy award winning Artist that is well known for his 28 years with the group Chicago. Bill has appeared on countless of records and is also a founding member of the group Sons Of Champlin. Bill has sung on many major hit songs such as the #1 Billboard song “Look Away”. Joseph Williams is the lead singer of Toto. He is featured on the hit albums "Fahrenheit" (1986) and "The Seventh One" (1988). He has also written extensively for films and been a session singer. He can also be heard on the blockbuster soundtrack to Disney's "The Lion King" where he is the singing voice of the adult Simba with songs like "Hakuna Matata" and "Can You Feel The Love Tonight".
Guitarist, composer, producer and major-label artist Peter Frienstedt has released two own acclaimed albums "LA Project" (2002) and "LA Project II"(2008). The album received top reviews and was called 'best Westcoast records in years. Peter has recently toured with Chicago singer Bill Champlin, Joseph Williams and Artist Michael Ruff. In 2011 Peter and Joseph Williams released the Top charting and critically acclaimed album Williams/Friestedt.
KILLER DWARFS TO REUNITE TO SUPPORT RELEASE OF "LOST" ALBUM START @ ONE:
Legendary Canadian band KILLER DWARFS, are very excited to announce that they are reuniting to support the release of their "lost" album Start @ One. The tracks were recorded in 1993 at Powerlines Studios in Toronto, Ontario, Canada with Producer/Engineer Fred Duvall. Fred also recently produced and recorded the very successful Russ Dwarf acoustic release Wireless. The album`s lineup of Russ Dwarf, Darrell Dwarf, Ronbo Dwarf, and Gerry Dwarf is the same as the bands prior Sony/Epic release Method to the Madness in 1991. The original master tapes are currently being digitally remixed and re-mastered for the release scheduled for early July 2013. This is the 20th anniversary of the recording of this never released album.
The Track Listing for Start @ One is: 1. Lonely Road 2. Solid Ground 3. Sky is Falling 4. Adelina 5. Psycho Circus 6. Start @ One 7. Down in Hollywood 8. Walk on By 9. The Crowd - Plus 2 New Bonus Tracks that are being written just for this release!
The CD will be available worldwide via iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and all other distribution channels.
After the amazing success and critical acclaim of this year's acoustic release Wireless the fans were re-acquainted with the music of the Killer Dwarfs and they demanded to hear more from the band.
The Killer Dwarfs have announced that they will be touring to support the release of Start @ One and are preparing for US, Canadian and European Tour dates. Dates are still to be finalized and will be announced over the next few months. A live CD and DVD from this tour are also planned as well as the launch of a new website for the fans to Keep the Spirit Alive!
WebLinks: www.RussDwarf.com / www.Facebook.com/RussDwarf / www.Twitter.com/RussDwarf.
HERE'S TO HALESTORM: RevolverMag.com has given an exclusive premiere of a special new “Guest Version” of Here's To Us, a track from Halestorm's latest album, 2012's The Strange Case of… .
“Here's to Us” (Guest Version) features guest appearances by: Slash (appears courtesy of Dik Hayd Records), Brent Smith of Shinedown, Myles Kennedy of Alter Bridge & The Conspirators, James Michael of Sixx: A.M., Tyler Connolly of Theory Of A Deadman, David Draiman of Disturbed / Device (appears courtesy of Reprise Records), Maria Brink of In This Moment (appears courtesy of Century Media Records).
Check out the song: www.revolvermag.com/news/exclusive-song-premiere-halestorm
Yngwie Malmsteen is the king of the neoclassical shred guitar. Since 1984's Rising Force, the Swedish musician and composer has somehow bridged centuries, from Paganini to his own arpeggiated acrobatics. His new memoir, Relentless, begins with a quote from David St. Hubbins of the parody metal band Spinal Tap, extolling Malmsteen's skill but also the use of his middle initial, J, "so you don't confuse him with all of the other Yngwie Malmsteen's in the business." Malmsteen says he considers it an honor.
Check out an excerpt from the book: www.npr.org/books/titles/182624664/relentless?tab=excerpt#excerpt.
INTERVIEWS WITH STRYPER, KINGDOM COME, DANNY VAUGHN AND DANNY BRYANT: Rich Davenport's Rock Show this week (Sunday 12th May 15:00-17:00 GMT, repeated Monday 13th May 02:00-04:00 GMT on www.bloodstockradio.com) features exclusive interviews with Stryper vocalist/guitarist Michael Sweet, Kingdom Come vocalist Lenny Wolf, Danny Vaughn (Tyketto, ex Waysted) and rising young Blues Rock guitar hero Danny Bryant, and is available now for streaming at this link: www.mixcloud.com/richdav1/rich-davenports-rock-show-stryper-kingdom-come-danny-vaughn-and-danny-bryant-interviews/
In the first hour, Stryper frontman Michael Sweet talks about the band's new collection of re-recorded classic tracks "Second Coming", and also discusses their forthcoming new studio album and US tour dates. Also in the first hour, Kingdom Come mainman Lenny Wolf talks about blending traditional Classic Rock sounds with experimental Industrial elements on the band's new release "Outlier".
Part 2 features an interview with Danny Vaughn, who tells the story behind the album that launched him on to the international Rock scene, Waysted's newly reissued "Save Your Prayers", and talks about auditioning for Skid Row! And rising young Blues Rock guitar prodigy Danny Bryant gives the low down on his new long-player "Hurricane".
The show also features classic tracks and killer new cuts from Saxon, Amaze Me, Slayer and the Spin Doctors.