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22
Mar

ALLIANCE Return With New Album 'Fire And Grace' May 24 via Escape

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Escape Music is pleased and delighted to announce the return of Alliance with a brand new album Fire And Grace!
 
Alliance - Fire And Grace
Release date: 24th May, 2019 
 
Band is:
Robert Berry: All vocals, Bass and keyboards  (solo artist, 3, and GTR)
Gary Pihl: All Guitars (Boston and Sammy Hagar)
David Lauser: Drums (Sammy Hagar And The Waboritas)
 
Produced by: ALLIANCE
All Arrangements by: ALLIANCE
Recorded at: Soundtek Studios, Campbell, CA. 
GP Studio Boston
Engineered and Mixed By: Robert Berry
Mastered By: Alan Douches
Cover Artwork and design by: Richard Jones at web-spaghetti, UK 
 
Track listening:
1-DON’T STOP THE WHEEL TURNING 3:39  / 2- GOOD LIFE  4:03 / 3- UNCERTAIN 6:34 / 4- I'LL HAVE SOME OF THAT 4:43 / 5- FIRE AND GRACE 3:26 / 6- RAISE YOUR GLASS 3:24 / 7- TIME  4:38 / 8- REAL THING 4:33 / 9- REASON TO WALK AWAY 4:26 / 10- FAST FORWARD TO LAST NIGHT 3:13 / 11- CHANGE OF HEART 4:21 / 12- THE SAME 4:02 / 13*-YOU ARE THE HEROS 3:27 *bonus track with first pressing only
 
It seems people often have differing recollections of important events. Everyone has their perspective or a different point of view. Sometimes it’s hard, even for trained eyes and ears to trace the roots of relationships or find the source of a fire. If you were a serious musical archaeologist or perhaps simply a curious person with a shovel, and you were in San Francisco’s fog shrouded North Beach area, specifically on Columbus Ave. in the late-80s you would have been digging through the ash and sifting through the rubble of Bill Graham’s venue known as Wolfgang’s after the big fire. If you were lucky you might have found crucial evidence, tattered threads or charred clues hinting to the origin of Alliance. It was at Wolfgang’s that long time Sammy Hagar drummer David Lauser and a bandmate, both recently set adrift from the positions they had graced for years until Hagar jumped to join Van Halen, came to see the Robert Berry Band perform. It seems Lauser, along with guitarist Gary Pihl and Gamma / Night Ranger keyboardist Alan ‘Fitz’ Fitzgerald were searching for an allusive missing piece for a new project they were plotting. There was a spark for sure. But would it become a flame or a smouldering match?
 
***“It seems like just yesterday that Gary called me about forming a group for the purpose of having a band outside of our main musical commitments. After several failed attempts with male and female vocalists and bassists, the illustrious A&R man, John Kalodner suggested we contact Robert Berry. Subsequently, Gary, Fitz and I jammed with Robert at Sammy Hagar's home studio. There was a definite spark. An immediate connection. Was that really 30 years ago? Spanning three decades and an ever changing musical landscape, Alliance has been truly a labor of love for all of us.” - David "Bro" Lauser
 
***“I grew up thinking that being in a band would be the coolest thing ever. A musical oasis where everybody contributes creative parts to make a new and unique sound. Bands like Cream or Led Zeppelin had terrific guitar players but the other musicians were just as important in creating a style that was easily recognised and different from anyone else. Even different than the bands those players had been in before. The term, "supergroup" was coined to describe how several well-known players could bring their previous experiences to the melting pot of something new. A match, for sure. I'm very fortunate to be a part of what I think of as a supergroup. Fitz, David and Robert all have long histories with successful groups and Alliance has been our opportunity to take the best of what we have as individuals and create a new and unique identity.
One of my proudest moments with the band was arriving at our first gig and instead of addressing us by our individual names or past affiliations, the promoter just said, "Alliance?" ... our answer; "Yes, We Are!" - Gary Pihl
 
***As I look back on this musical journey called Alliance I can’t help but think that my band mates were, and still are, the best musical partnership I could have ever dream of. But, it almost didn’t happen. Timing is always an important ingredient for success. In 1986 Sammy Hagar left his band to join Van Halen. David Lauser, Alan Fitzgerald and Gary Pihl from Hagar’s band, were determined to continue their musical endeavours together. In their search they had come to see my band at Wolfgang’s in San Francisco. It was complicated by the fact that Steve Howe had just invited me to join him in GTR and I had planned to move to England. Gary had been invited to join Boston and David was still performing solo shows with Hagar. Jump ahead to 1989 and Gary, David and FItz still hadn’t come up with the right combination. I had just returned to the U.S. and the timing was perfect to start this new, yet unnamed band. Now, 30 years later, after all the writing and recording, the many miles traveled, and an honest, supportive friendship, we’ve done what I believe is the definitive Alliance album. Creative, non-compromising, and putting our heart and soul into every song. Alliance has all the ingredients of what a band should be. The fire still burns. - Robert Berry
 
 

 

 
Fri
22
Mar

More Audio From CANNONBALLZ Debut

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Friday, May 10, 2019
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CANNONBALLZ!
 
Who are CANNONBALZ? Check this lineup for some of the best musicians on the planet!
 
Vocals - Robbie LaBlanc (Fury, Blanc Faces, Find Me, Solo)
Guitars - Alan Friedman (The Accounting Crows, Sessions, Solo)
Bass - Doug Wimbish (Living Colour, Tackhead, Mick Jagger)
Keyboards - Vince DiCola (Transformers, Storming Heaven, Rocky IV, Staying Alive)
Drums & Percussion - Jonathan Mover (Marillion, The Tubes, GTR, Joe Satriani)
 

 
So what are this band of musicial icons doing together?
 
Only making one of the best AOR/rock/midwestern/pop records you’ll ever hear, that’s what!
There’s not one note out of place on this monster album - an eclectic mix of classic rock influences, with a level of musicianship completely off the scale.
 
MRR A&R Andrew McNeice: "I'm so proud and thrilled to have these guys and this amazing album on MRR. The crisp, sharp production allows all the many layers to breathe and showcase the extraordinary talents these guys have. This is one of the finest albums for musicianship that I have heard in years!"
 
After recording a few records with various well-known musicians, guitarist/songwriter Alan Friedman wanted to form a band with his favorite drummer, bassist, keyboardist and vocalist. His choices were easy, as he enlisted drummer Jonathan Mover (Aretha Franklin, Alice Cooper, Joe Satriani), bassist Doug Wimbish (Living Colour, Jeff Beck, TackHead), keyboardist Vince DiCola (film score composer of ‘Rocky IV’ & ‘The Transformers: The Movie’), and killer AOR vocalist Robbie LaBlanc (Find Me, Fury).
 
Together, they spent three days in L.A. studio “The Steakhouse” and wrote this entire record from scratch, including a complete rearrangement of the Beatles’ “Tomorrow Never Knows.” One of Jonathan’s many girlfriends (and there have been many) always called Alan “Kannenballs” because the name of Alan’s CPA firm is “Friedman, Kannenberg & Company.” And as they say, the rest is history.
 
MelodicRock Records is honoured to be in the presence of such company and proudly releases the album ‘8Ballz2Many’ worldwide officially May 10.
 
There is however, an exclusive offer available right now for direct pre-orders. A Limitd Edition (500 only) ‘8Ballz2many’ Special Edition offers the following:
 
- Exclusive Slip Case
- Exclusive Digital Bonus Track - ‘When I Think Of You’ (Extended) 6.54
- Exclusive Early Release Date - April 26
- Digital Delivery of the album - April 5
- Digital Delivery of two tracks right now
 
This SE release is only available via MRR and you can purchase right now.
 
CANNONBALLZ - 8Ballz2Many (MRR Limited Special Edition CD) $20 (+$5 worldwide shipping)
 
 
 
Track Listing:
01. Sari 5:24
02. Never Giving Up 4:18
03. When I Think Of You 4:24
04. Justin Thyme 6:41
05. Heart Without A Soul 6:34
06. Sammy On The Wall 4:20
07. I’ll Take The Pain 5:02
08. Lost In Time 5:09
09. URanus? MYanus! 6:22
10. Tomorrow Never Knows (Lennon/McCartney) 6:40
 
Produced by Jonathan Mover
Mixed by Fran Flannery
 
 
 
 

 

 
Fri
22
Mar

Invite To KISS Book Signing in NYC

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On Tuesday, March 26th - the day before KISS' show at Madison Square Garden, photographer Lynn Goldsmith will be signing copies of her best-selling book KISS: 1977 - 1980 at Morrison Hotel Gallery in SoHo from 6 to 8 PM.
 
We would like to extend an exclusive invitation to any of your readers that will be in NYC that night. The signing is a free event and copies of the book will be available for purchase at the gallery. But they don't have to buy the book to come meet Lynn!
 
Lynn will also be doing a Q&A and showing select images.
 
All info is below and attached. Please let me know if you have any questions. And please feel free to share this on your website and social media pages. 
 
Thanks!
Kiva
 
 
 
Lynn Goldsmith book signing and Q&A
KISS: 1977-1980
Tuesday, March 26th
6 to 8 PM
Morrison Hotel Gallery
116 Prince Street, 2nd floor
NYC
 
Thu
21
Mar

DUFF MCKAGAN Announces May 31 Solo Album 'Tenderness'

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Friday, May 31, 2019
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Los Angeles, CA (March 20, 2019) – Guns N’ Roses bassist and New York Times bestselling author DUFF McKAGAN has released “Chip Away,” a new track from his much-anticipated solo album, TENDERNESS (UME).
 
“’Chip Away’ is somewhat of a rail against cable news and divisive agendas…all for the almighty dollar,” says McKagan. “The song also highlights the fact that history repeats itself over and over, and that we will all get past this, together."
 
 
 
The full track listing for TENDERNESS is as follows:
“Tenderness”
“It’s Not Too Late”
“Wasted Heart”
“Falling Down”
“Last September”
“Chip Away”
“Cold Outside”
“Feel”
“Breaking Rocks”
“Parkland”
“Don’t Look Behind You”
 
Also available for pre-order is a special limited edition TENDERNESS deluxe book, which includes the album on 180-gram yellow & red starburst vinyl, the CD, and features an exclusive lithograph signed and numbered by McKagan. The hard cover book contains 40-pages of photos from the recording sessions and also presents liner notes written by Duff detailing his experiences with each song and the project as a whole. The vinyl features 10 tracks and a unique sequence carefully selected by McKagan and the album’s GRAMMY®-winning producer Shooter Jennings, while the CD includes 11 tracks.
 
TENDERNESS sees McKagan reflecting on his experiences traveling the globe over two and a half years on Guns N’ Roses’ Not In This Lifetime tour.  Encountering heartbreak, anger, fear, confusion and divide on his travels during this tumultuous time in our world history, McKagan channeled a collective hurt into songs of monolithic power.
 
“We’re becoming divided at a time when we need each other most,” says McKagan. “When huge industries get replaced because of modernization, it’s time to retrain and bolster up those who get swept aside. Homelessness and drug addiction are avoidable in this country if we come together and get private and public cogs turning together in a positive direction. We can at least try to tackle mental illness while we’re at it. But alas, we stump and lie, point fingers and divide. We’re way better than this. As a father, I must say and do something now because I love my girls and my wife, and I love my country, and I feel I must be strong and use my voice now, do it while I’m able or perhaps never get a chance ever again.”
 
McKagan and Jennings began recording Tenderness a year ago this month, working out of Station House studios, located in Echo Park, CA, where they wrote and recorded in-between McKagan’s tour with seminal rock band Guns N’ Roses and the release of Jennings’ eponymous album, Shooter. TENDERNESS features Jennings and his band along with appearances by The Waters and The Suicide Horn Section (which features Duff’s brother Matt McKagan on trombone), amongst others.
 
Twelve months later, they’re gearing up to take these songs on the road for a North American tour that kicks off May 30 at TLA in Philadelphia. Prior to the tour’s launch, Los Angeles-based fans can catch McKagan and Jennings discussing the album and giving a special performance at the GRAMMY® Museum in downtown LA.
 
Thu
21
Mar

METAL CHURCH Heading To Australia

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American Heavy Metal Titans METAL CHURCH tour Australia for the First Time Ever this August thanks to Metropolis Touring.
 
Born out of the West Coast metal scene of the 80’s, METAL CHURCH quickly became one of the standout talents of the genre. After signing a deal with Elektra Records, they released two critically acclaimed albums. Their self-titled release ‘Metal Church’ established the band as one of the pioneers of the thrash/metal scene and earned them a major tour with then label mates METALLICA.
 
METAL CHURCH will play highlights from 2018’s Damned If You Do along with a round of classic tracks including Gods of Wrath, Metal Church, Watch the Children Play, Beyond the Black, Start the Fire, Ton of Bricks plus more.
 
"Mike Howe was fantastic, a tornado of energy and passion… every member of the audience is smiling and celebrating” (National Rock Review)
"Fans were chanting Metal Church with every fist in the air" (The Metalist)
 
Vocalist Mike Howe originally joined METAL CHURCH in the late 80’s and released three albums with the band: The Human Factor, Blessing In Disguise and Hanging in the Balance. Mike was also the face of group’s popular music videos ‘’Date With Poverty’’ and ‘’Badlands’’ that aired during MTV’s heyday. In 2014 Howe returned and is now well and truly back in the fold and everyone has celebrated “the rejuvenation of the Metal Church nation and now it is Australia’s Turn.
 
WATCH: "Damned If You Do" HERE
 
Seeing METAL CHUCH Live is an absolute must as one of Metal’s most iconic and genre defining bands hits Australia for the VERY first time.
METAL CHURCH tickets are only $50
 
METAL CHURCH August 2019 Australian Tour Dates:
Thursday 29
th August – MELBOURNE – Northcote Social Club
Friday 30th  August – SYDNEY – Crowbar
Saturday 31st August – BRISBANE – Crowbar
 
TICKETS:
Pre-Sale - Friday March 22nd, 9am Local time - Monday March 25th, 9am Local Time
On Sale - Monday March 25th, 9am Local Time
 
 
Thu
21
Mar

KEITH REID PROJECT 'In My Head' Features Star Cast

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Keith Reid & Gary Brooker founded Procol Harum in 1967. In the same year A Whiter Shade Of Pale became a world hit. While Gary was the rockstar, the voice & face of Procol Harum, Keith was the poet and artworker who preferred to hide in the dark. At most, he flitted over a videoclip for a few seconds. Soon he decided to stay off stage and wasn't seen there for some decades.
 
Quite a unique phenomenon in the rock scene. Anyway the band's classics, their musical, lyrical and artistic entirety – such as Homburg, A Salty Dog or Grand Hotel - would be unthinkable without Keith Reid. „In My Head“ is released under the banner "The KRP" (Keith Reid Project). It is Keith's second solo album after „The Common Thread“ (2009). The album contains a fine collection of soulful songs that Keith composed together with Anders Widmark, Rob Wassermann, Steve Booker, Anthony Krizan, Matt Noble, John Waite (famous for „Missing You“) and Steve Booker (writer of Duffy's 2008 hit „Mercy“). Six singers are featured on the Album: John Waite, Steve Booker, Anthony Krizan, Jeff Young, Chris Merola & last but not least on four songs, the young and talented Maya Saxell. For appetizer check out „Ten More Shows“ or In „My Head“.
 
Track list: 01 This Space Is Vacant (vocals by Maya Saxell) 02 In My Head (vocals by Anthony Krizan) 03 Thiefes Road (vocals by Steve Booker) 04 Ten More Shows (vocals by Maya Saxell) 05 The Bank Of Worry (vocals by Jeff Young) 06 The Trial Of The Century (vocals by Chris Merola) 07 Back From The Brink (vocals by Maya Saxell) 08 All I Need To Know (vocals by John Waite) 09 Dance With Me (vocals by Maya Saxell) 10 House Of Cards (vocals by Steve Booker)
 

 
 
Wed
20
Mar

Funding Campaign For MICHAEL RIESENBECK's New Album

 
The crowd fund campaign for Fanfields chief Michael Riesenbeck's new solo album "Courage" is active for only a few days. 
 
Please click the link below, listen to/view the sound clips/video's and if you like what you're hearing, it would be so great if you would pre-order the album.
 
This will help to get "Courage" released in 2019! Only 16 more days and then the crowd fund campaign ends, so Michael can use all your help now.
 
Expect top notch adventurous melodic rock with influences by - obviously - TOTO, Journey, Giant, Whitesnake, Gary Moore, Vitesse, Powerplay and Diesel, featuring many guest musicians and singers that also can be heard on Fanfields.
 
 
 

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