CHICAGO Comment on Hall Of Fame Induction Without Cetera

CHICAGO Official Statement:
"The rock group, Chicago, is honored to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 8 in New York and are looking forward to performing at the event.
The four original band members, Robert Lamm, Lee Loughnane, Jimmy Pankow and Walt Parazaider, will be there as well as former original band member Danny Seraphine.
Peter Cetera, despite the best efforts of the Rock Hall and the band to reach a happy middle ground, made his decision not to participate. He has made it clear twice now that he will not attend or perform. Cetera, who was an original band member, has been gone for over 30 years.
Chicago have performed consistently every year heading into their 50th anniversary without ever missing a year.
Says manager Peter Schivarelli, “The band has looked forward to this day since they got word of their induction. They’ve waited a long time and are excited to perform for their fans and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame crowd.”

SHIRAZ LANE Debut 'For Crying Out Loud' Out April 15

Friday, April 15, 2016

Frontiers Music Srl is proud to present the debut album from SHIRAZ LANE, entitled 'For Crying Out Loud', which will be released on April 15, 2016.
Formed in 2011, Shiraz Lane is a young, energetic, ambitious, authentic hard rock group from Vantaa, Finland. Although wearing inspiration from big masters like Aerosmith, SKID ROW and Guns N' Roses on their sleeves, the band has a sound and style all their own. Members of some of the biggest bands in Scandinavia - The 69 Eyes, Amorphis, Children Of Bodom, Lordi and Sonic Syndicate among others - have all described Shiraz Lane as being one of the most entertaining bands they have ever seen in the underground music scene, bringing something new to the table in terms of both music and live performance! Notwithstanding their young age (the band members are all in their 20's), the guys are already veterans of the underground circuit in their homeland and have developed a reputation for being uncompromising, loud and genuine.
'We started working on our debut album in mid-August 2015 after receiving confirmation about details and deadlines from Frontiers Music Srl' says guitarist Miki Kalske. 'We were actually extremely busy at the time since we did an extensive Finnish tour in September, so the Shiraz factory was working pretty much around the clock. In retrospect it was good to have a tight agenda, since the songs came out very naturally and with a steady pace. After we felt confident enough with the songs, we joined forces with our producer Ben Varon and analyzed them meticulously, re-arranged parts, rehearsed, re-rehearsed etc. Before hitting the studio to lay down the final tracks.'
On the final result, 'For Crying Out Loud', the band shows they have learned all the tricks in the book and they're now ready to take on the world.
'The album is not conceptual, but it is definitely a tight knitted package so that every song has its own natural place in the running order' continues Kalske. 'All in all the record turned out to be an ass-kicking Hard Rock gem with a large scope of different emotions and feelings included. Variety would be a good key word to describe the album throughout, although bowing down to our own sound and style. An important notion would be to listen to the lyrics and message we are trying to send to the listeners out there ' we don't wan't to preach, but if our music can act as an eye-opener on some level and send positive vibrations out to the world during these darker times, I would say we have done something right!'
Shiraz Lane debuted with a two song single release, "Out There Somewhere" and "Money Talks" in October 2014. The band expanded upon those two tracks to release a five track EP, "Be The Slave Or Be The Change" in the spring of 2015. It was extremely well received by both the public and the press in Scandinavia and the single ''Mental Slavery'' could even be described as an underground hit. Following the EP release, the band has put out four music videos, played the biggest Finnish summer festivals and also performed in places like Toronto, Canada, Finland Fest in Tokyo Japan and Wacken Open Air in Germany. In the autumn of 2015, Shiraz Lane did an extensive national tour supporting fellow countrymen Santa Cruz. Although music is not a matter of competition, it should be mentioned the band won the Hard Rock Rising 2014 and Wacken Metal Battle 2015. The hype culminated with an international record deal with Frontiers Music Srl, which was signed and sealed in September.

'We have grown to fill the boots of the endangered Dinosaurus of Rock and continue the legacy of authentic, rocking and meaningful music' concludes Miki Kalske. 'We are thrilled to let you guys experience a full-length insight in our musical minds and assure that this is going to be the best possible news for the fans out there after a heartsick and grieving turn of the year. Heads up and play this record loud and proud ' we certainly will!'

'For Crying Out Loud' tracklisting includes:

Wake Up
Momma's Boy
House Of Cards
Begging For Mercy
Same Ol' Blues
Mental Slavery
Behind The 8-Ball
For Crying Out Loud
Kill Me (With Your Love) (Bonus track digital version)

Hannes Kett - Lead Vocals
Jani Laine - Lead Guitar
Miki Kalske - Rhythm Guitar
Joel Alex - Bass
Ana Willman - Drums



Escape Music Announce the Signing of Female Fronted Band EPIC

Friday, April 22, 2016

Escape Music is Delighted to Announce The Signing Of Female Fronted Band EPIC!

Track Listing: Love Will Find a way / Like a Phoenix / I can take you / Sleepless / All I need / Angels / My Everything / I need you / Save a little love / Nah Nah Nah

Tanya Rizkala: vocals / Mario Agostine: Guitars / Souheil "Sous" Moukaddem: Drums / Mike Ganime: Bass.

Produced by: Mario Agostine
Mixed by: Alessandro Del Vecchio
Mastered by: Chris Jones

Epic is Canadian, American, and Lebanese Rock band.  A power quartet drawing on years of experience and musicianship and playing in international venues and large arenas.

They are well-known for their hard-driving energy with Tanya's powerful vocal range, Mario's melodic guitar-driven riffs, and a "rock-solid" rhythm section with "Sous" on drums and Mike on Bass.  This die-hard rock formation has wasted no time getting to work as soon as they met; they have been writing, composing, and recording their upcoming Album entitled "Like A Phoenix".

Their music can be described like a super hybrid of bands such as the rocky Saraya, Headpins and Witness and also displays finesse a la Heart, and Winger . It’s a long time since we heard a powerful female fronted rock band as good as this quartet and they are already playing to massive audiences..
“Like a Phoenix” is being released soon by Escape Music and we hope you like this “old school” rock band who have brought that classic female fronted rock sound that we all love into the forefront of rock again..


DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES Announce Summer 2016 Dates



Tickets On Sale Starting Friday, Feb. 12 at

LOS ANGELES (Feb. 9, 2016) - Multi-platinum selling music artists and Rock & Roll Hall of Famers, DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES announced a summer amphitheater tour today.  Produced by Live Nation, the tour featuring Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, will kick off on Friday, May 13 and will make stops in 21 cities throughout the country including Los Angeles, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Chicago, Las Vegas, Boston, Seattle and more.  A full list of tour dates and venues is below. (Photo credit: Mick Rock)

Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets for beginning today Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 10:00 a.m. local time through Citi's Private Pass Program.* For complete presale details visit Tickets go on sale starting Friday, Feb. 12 at 10 a.m. local time at Fans with the Live Nation mobile app will have access to a password-free presale starting Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 10:00 a.m. The app pre-sale is only valid for Ticketmaster-ticketed venues.  The app is available via the App Store and Google Play.

Friends of Daryl and John, Gene (Fred Armisen) and Clark (Bill Hader) from soft rock's seminal band, The Blue Jean Committee, have created a special video announcing the summer 2016 tour: To see the whole story of the Blue Jean Committee check out the IFC app.   The second season of Documentary Now! premieres in the Fall on IFC.


Friday, May 13, 2016 Dallas, TXGexa Energy Pavilion
Sunday, May 15, 2016 Houston, TXCynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 Austin, TXAustin360 Amphitheater
Thursday, May 19, 2016 Atlanta, GALakewood Amphitheatre
Saturday, May 21, 2016 Tampa, FLMIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 Charlotte, NCPNC Music Pavilion
Thursday, May 26, 2016 Washington, DCJiffy Lube Live
Sunday, July 10, 2016 Philadelphia, PABB&T Pavilion
Tuesday, July 12, 2016 Holmdel, NJPNC Bank Arts Center
Thursday, July 14, 2016 Bangor, MEDarling's Waterfront Pavilion
Saturday, July 16, 2016 Boston, MAXfinity Center
Monday, July 18, 2016 Detroit, MIDTE Energy Music Theatre
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 Cincinnati, OHRiverbend Music Center
Friday, July 22, 2016 Chicago, ILHollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Sunday, July 24, 2016 Indianapolis, INKlipsch Music Center
Friday, September 09, 2016 Seattle, WAWhite River Amphitheatre
Monday, September 12, 2016 Morrison, CORed Rocks Amphitheatre
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 Phoenix, AZAk-Chin Pavilion
Sunday, September 18, 2016 Concord, CAConcord Pavilion
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 Los Angeles, CAHollywood Bowl*
Friday, September 23, 2016 Las Vegas, NVMGM Grand Garden Arena

*Citi presale not applicable to this date
All dates, cities and venues below subject to change.

Daryl Hall and John Oates are the NUMBER-ONE SELLING DUO in music history. From the mid-'70s to the mid-'80s, the duo would score six #1 singles, including "Rich Girl" (also #1 R&B), "Kiss on My List," "Private Eyes," "I Can't Go For That (No Can Do) (also #1 R&B), "Maneater" and "Out of Touch" from their six consecutive multi-platinum albums-'76's Bigger Than Both of Us, '80's Voices, '81's Private Eyes, '82's H2O, '83's Rock N Soul, Part I and '84's Big Bam Boom. The era would also produce an additional 5 Top 10 singles, "Sara Smile," "One on One," "You Make My Dreams," "Say It Isn't So" and "Method of Modern Love." By 1987, the RIAA recognized Daryl Hall and John Oates as the NUMBER-ONE SELLING DUO in music history, a record they still hold today.

On May 20, 2008, the duo was honored with the Icon Award during BMI's 56th annual Pop Awards. The award has previously gone to the Bee Gees, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Paul Simon, Brian Wilson, Willie Nelson, James Brown, Ray Davies, Carlos Santana and Dolly Parton.
In 2014, Daryl and John were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. 2016 finds Daryl Hall and John Oates very much at the height of their powers making their own kind of soul, with a new generation of musicians recognizing not only their historic track record of success, but also their continuing influence and achievements.


AOR Heaven Signs IMPERIUM for March Release

Friday, March 18, 2016
AOR HEAVEN is proud to announce the signing of upcoming Finnish Melodic Hard Rock act IMPERIUM, the solo project of STRIKE drummer, Mika Brushane. The album “Dreamhunter” will be released on March 18th, 2016 and feat. guest musicians from Thunderstone, Kenziner and Dreamtale amongst others.

In further news, two other AOR Heaven bands, RECKLESS LOVE and CHAMPLIN, WILLIAMS, FRIESTEDT, have released new video clips. They’re available at these links:
RECKLESS LOVE - “Monster” (Official Video)

Product: Imperium - Dreamhunter

Release date: 18.03.2016

Imperium is the solo project of STRIKE drummer Mika Brushane.

Mika has been playing drums and percussion in various bands since 1981 and has played all genres from jazz to metal and composed songs for different genres and this legacy of mixed genres can be heard in the IMPERIUM songs! The music is a combination of Hard Rock and Melodic Metal and it has a big dose of 80’s feel and sounds in it.

The project started in 2012 when Mika composed a new song for the new STRIKE album and realized that there were more songs in him that needed to be released. For this project, he wrote all songs and lyrics, and was playing all drums, bass, keyboards and singing backing vocals.
All lead vocals and guitars were taken care off by various very talented musicians from the Finnish metal/rock scene.  The album’s post production was mixed by Erkka Korhonen (Urban Tale, Northern Kings, Ari Koivunen, Raskasta Joulua) and mastered by the legendary Mika Jussila (Nightwish, Children of bodom, Stratovarius, HIM etc.) The album was produced and recorded during 2012-2015 by Mika himself at his Groovehouse studio in Vantaa, Finland.


Mika Brushane - Music, lyrics, drums, bass, keyboards and backing vocals

Guest musicians:

Pasi Rantanen - Vocals & guitars (THUNDERSTONE / WARMEN / STRIKE / KING COMPANY)
Markku Kuikka - Vocals & guitars (KENZINER / STATUS MINOR / The RAGGED SAINTS)
Nisse Nordling  - Vocals  (DIRGE ETERNAL / ex-DREAMTALE / ex-ANTHRIEL)
Samuli Federley - Guitars (STANDING OVATION / REVERSION)
Toni Huovinen -  Guitars (SENTIMENT)
Ade Manninen -  Guitars (ENFARCE / AGENESS / ANDROIDS)
Vocalists: Dreamhunter/ Markku Kuikka, Heaven is falling  / Nisse Nordling, Wasted years / Markku Kuikka, Always Forever / Markku Kuikka, Fire & Ice / Markku Kuikka, There will be light / Markku Kuikka, 80’s Love song (A.k.a Angel eyes) / Pasi Rantanen, Reach for the stars / Markku Kuikka, Starlight / Pasi Rantanen, Victory / Pasi Rantanen, Finem Vocationem / Instrumental

Soundfiles in advance:

THEANDER EXPRESSION - Wonderful Anticipation (Showcase)

Friday, February 26, 2016
Produced By: 
Andre Theander; Mixed by Thomas ”Plec” Johansson
Running Time: 
Release Date: 
February 26
Theander Expression is the AOR project by Swedish guitar player Andrée Theander, who started to work with the first album in 2012 and released it one year later. It was called ”Strange Nostalgia” after one of the songs and got critically acclaimed around the world of melodic rock in 2013.
Just over two years later the follow-up is finally here and it carries the title ”Wonderful Anticipation”, as a kind of an antonym to the frequently misinterpreted debut title.
Andrée has been producing and recording most of the album at the Theander studio, playing all the guitars and handles also most of the bass and keyboards, some percussion, drum programming and vocals.
Other musicians featured on the album are Herman Furin (Work of Art), Bengan Andersson (NIVA, Johan Randén), Kristofer von Wachenfeldt (Care of Night), Björn Lundqvist (Sunstrike, Twilight Force), Christian Eriksson (Sunstrike, Twilight Force), Erik Martensson (Eclipse, W.E.T), Sebastian Freij and Christoffer ”Foffe” Särnefält.
The record was mixed and mastered by Thomas ”Plec” Johansson at Panic Room Studios in the end of 2015 and the result is another high class rock record with classic melodies and a modern production, ready to hit the market in 2016.

LAST AUTUMN'S DREAM - Paintings (Showcase)

Friday, February 26, 2016
Produced By: 
Ulf Wahlberg
Running Time: 
Release Date: 
February 26
Melodic Rock
Mikael Erlandsson from Gothenburg is one of the best singers/ songwriters in Sweden today. Beside LAD he has since 2006 been the front man in the Swedish super group Secret Service on live tours all over the world.
He has recorded four successful solo albums and his Japanese record company together with XTC Productions came up with the idea of putting him together with the fantastic guitar player Andy Malecek from the successful German hard rock band Fair Warning for an album project.
Mikael and Andy were both hooked by the idea and a plan for the album began to grow. Ian Haugland, Mic Michaeli and John Leven of Europe-fame were asked if they were interested to join - which they did, and the band LAST AUTUMN'S DREAM was born in 2003!
Their self titled debut album resembled the best Scandinavian melodic rock heritage, but also added a distinctive Fair Warning influence coming from Malecek’s guitar playing.
The band lost 3/5's of their members due to the comeback of Europe. After the release of their second album bassist Marcel Jacob (Talisman) tragically died and was replaced by Nalley Påhlsson (Treat, Therion), and finally drummer Jamie Borger (Talisman, Treat, Secret Service) joined the band.
Andy Malecek unfortunately decided to leave the band in 2014 because of personal reasons and was replaced by Peter “Pac” Söderström, a genius guitar player that earlier used to add rhythm guitars to the band’s previous albums. Producer Ulf Wahlberg in the meantime had joined the band as keyboard player.
LAST AUTMN’S DREAM’s 12th album “Paintings” will be released in Europe in February 2015 and proposes as usual the combination of classic rock references with a modern sound. In October 2015 the band also made a successful performance at Rock City Festival in Nottingham.
Mikael Erlandsson – Lead vocals, Backing Vocals, Keyboards & Guitar
Peter Pac Söderström – Lead & Rhythm Guitars
Jamie Borger – Drums, Percussion & Backing Vocals
Nalley Påhlsson - Electric Bass guitar & Backing Vocals
Ulf Wahlberg – Keyboards

PRIMAL FEAR - Rulebreaker (Review)

information persons: 
Produced By: 
Mat Sinner
Release Date: 
Musical Style: 
Melodic Metal
Release Year: 
Friday, January 29, 2016
What we have here, is a metal monster! Yes, it’s tailor made for the metal audience, as have been all Primal Fear albums, so it’s a matter of personal taste of course. But if you have been a long time Primal Fear fan, or following Mat Sinner and Ralf Scheepers – then Rulebreaker is a buy or die release.
Contrary to the title, the guys don’t break any metal rule – instead they adhere to them to the letter. Big screaming riffs, big screaming vocals and a high impact rhythm section pounding out the tunes.
What the guys have done here is increase their credibility as one of Europe’s premiere pure metal bands.
And the energy within is hard to contain.
We have 11 tracks – all relatively concise at under 5 minutes and some under 4 – with one 10 minute epic right in the middle.
Highlights include the fast moving opener Angels Of Mercy; the darker chugging metal of The End Is Near and the more melodic Bullets & Tears (great hook); plus the anthemic Rulebreaker; the slow/fast/mid-paced/fast epic We Walk Without Fear and the brain crushing riffage of The Devil In Me.
The big metal ballad The Sky Is Burning is one of the biggest sounding tracks I’ve heard from these guys. Epic.

Everything I expected and have heard from the guys previously – just better. Really strong songs, a huge production and fabulous mix and lots and lots and lots of guitars. Loud guitars. 



WILD ROSE Deliver the Goods on Album '4'

Friday, May 6, 2016
WILD ROSE '4' Out May 6

Tracklist: 1. Desperate Heart, 2. Love Can Change You, 3. Summer Girl, 4. Time After Time, 5. Love Games, 6. Hot Wired, 7. Save The Night, 8. Broken Hearted, 9. Waiting For You, 10. Don't Let Me Down.
Wild Rose has been rockin' for over a decade. The original idea was sprung in 2004 by Andy Rock. A lot of soul-searching was required initially, as it was essential to find a suitable line up to harness the stylish and polished mellow sound of a quality A.O.R. band. Finally, after two years and several line up changes Wild Rose settled on the line up today, introduced to an unsuspecting public back in 2006, with quality songs composed by Andy Rock.

2007 Wild Rose released their first promo single CD entitled "It's All About Love" which contained the hard hitting title track and "Too Late", tracks that rapidly became accepted and loved by the A.O.R. audience. During the same period Wild Rose were picked up as support on Talisman's Farewell Tour in Hellas.

Wild Rose returned in mid 2009 and recorded a 10 track demo CD with tracks written by Andy Rock and Dirty Haris.
These songs matured through the rehearsal process and ended up in professionally recorded versions on the band’s debut album “Half Past Midnight” which was finally released on 10 October 2011 on the "Retrospect Records" label and received great results in the A.O.R. specialized press. The band also performed two successful live shows in Athens and Thessaloniki to support "Half Past Midnight" and also participated in "Rosewood Festival" and received a great response and applause from the Hellenic audience.

December 2011 and "Half Past Midnight" hits the Best Debut Release / Newcomer of 2011 on Heavy Paradise.

January 2012 and Wild Rose took part at "Brave New Love: A Tribute To Alien" project covering Alien's well known track "Feel My Love".

March 2012 and Wild Rose performed at "Rosewood Festival II" along with bands like Newman, Work Of Art, Konkurent to name a few, taking rave reviews from the music press.

Later on 2012, the band has worked on new songs and recorded their second album “Dangerous” which was released on 22 February 2013 on the "AOR Heaven" label.
Wild Rose “Dangerous” receives rave reviews worldwide from the press and in June 2013 hits No.1 on import sales in Japan (BURRN Magazine).

August 2013 and Wild Rose debut album Half Past Midnight hits SOLD OUT of it's press at "Retrospect Records" label.
"CEO Retrospect Records / Sam McCaslin: I'm very happy to announce that the Wild Rose 'Half Past Midnight ' CD is Officially Sold Out. Congratulations guys for being one of the Top Sellers ever in Retrospect's vast catalog. Great band , great music. Much respect to Andy Rock and crew for a job well done!"

March 2014 and Wild Rose sign with "AOR Blvd Records" and are celebrating their Ten Years Of Existence with the release of their third album "Hit 'N' Run" along with a tour to support it.

October 2014 first single "Through The Night" from the album "Hit 'N' Run" hits #1 on Classic Rock Chart Week #40 and weeks #43- #44- #45 / 2014! (Week #40 as first week appearence on the charts) of Melodic Net (Sweden).

February 2015 and Wild Rose's second album "Dangerous" hits SOLD OUT of it's press at "AOR Heaven Records" label.

March 2015 Wild Rose sign a deal with "Nevermore Production Films LLC" for the track "Too Late" taken from their debut album "Half Past Midnight" to take part as a soundtrack on the upcoming movie "The Barn".

April 2015 George and John Bitzios reunite with the band and Wild Rose release the acoustic version of the track “I Want Your Love” as a single.
In the meanwhile Wild Rose start writing and recording new songs for their upcoming fourth album and also complete their “Hit ‘N’ Run Tour” in October with more than 5 successful shows in Hellas taking the applause of the crowds.

November 2015 and Wild Rose sign with "Lions Pride Music" for it's worldwide release in May 2016; with "Avalon / Marquee Inc." for it's Japanese release and also with "Steel Gallery Records" for an exclusive Hellenic Press release.

Wild Rose - 4” has been recorded at EVO Studios, Evosmos, Hellas except drums recorded at Stone House Studio, Evosmos, Hellas between May 2015 and August 2015.
“4” was mixed by Pelle Saether at Studio Underground, Vasteras, Sweden and mastered by Dan Backman and Produced by Andy Rock and co-Produced by Wild Rose.
December 2015 and the new album was ready and three different front covers were taken care by C.S.M&P Designs for the triple release of it.

"Wild Rose 4"; was critically acclaimed by the press:

"Like a glorious page ripped from the book of ‘Consummate 80s American Melodic Rock’, Wild Rose’s fourth release is a monumental achievement that will have fans of Survivor and Night Ranger begging for more. Simply amazing! Bruce Mee/Fireworks Magazine UK"

"A major step up for Wild Rose in every aspect. Much bigger production, terrific performances and above all else - some truly catchy old school AOR songs that will help these guys gain a lot of new fans. Andrew McNeice/"

And the Wild Rose story keeps on rocking'...

The brand new critically acclaimed album "Wild Rose - 4" will be Available On:
Lions' Pride Music - May 6th of 2016 (Worldwide)
Avalon / Marrquee Inc. - April 20th of 2016 (Japan, Korea, Taiwan) [1 Exclusive Bonus Track]
Steel Gallery Records - May 13th of 2016 (Hellas) [300 Limited Hand Numbered Edition with 2 Bonus Tracks]

Wild Rose:
Andy Rock
Guitars, Backing Vocals, Additional Keyboards
George Bitzios Lead VVocals, Backing Vocals
Dirty Haris Keyboards
John Bitzios Guitars, Backing Vocals
Dimos Thomaidis – Drums, Percussion
Panos Barkoutsos Bass

Chris Siloma Backing Vocals & Choirs

Produced: Andy Rock
Co-Produced: Wild Rose
Mixed: Pelle Saether
Mastered: Dan Backman
Cover & Layout: C.S.M&P Designs
Artwork Concept: Chris Siloma & Andy Rock
Model: Maria Daravigka
Make Up Artist: Fotini Komianou
Photographer: Aimon Moumouris
Band Photos: Stelio Alevropoulos

Connect with Wild Rose:
Official Website:


Wild Rose Discography:
4 (Studio Album) 2016
Hit N' Run (Studio Album) 2014
Dangerous (Studio Album) 2013
Half Past Midnight (Studio Album) – 2011
It's All About Love (Single) 2007
Edge Of Your Dreams (Demo) 2005




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