HIGH ROAD EASY Promoting Album Number 3

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
"III" is a modern rock album inspired by 70' and 80's classic rock as well as the current rock sound. One can tell that HIGH ROAD EASY took their time (2 years, to be precise). The songs and the production improved (again) to the
previous releases ("Hotter Than A Thousand Suns", "Drive").
The European hard rock of HIGH ROAD EASY remains diverse. On one hand there are the up-tempo rockers like the Rainbowish opening track "Faster Than The Speed Of Light" or the records final track "This Is The Life" that tells the unbelievable story of stewardess Violet Jessop.
Commercially "Higher Ground" and "Wings" are most appealing and more “radio rock” friendly. One can’t help to notice that HIGH ROAD EASY possess the rare gift to write great ballads without the usual cliché as in "Come What May".
"My Life" is more progressive and lets Swedish drummer Magnus Brandell shine.
You could tell he went to Berklee and studied with Mike Mangini. "Darkness And Joy" shows a more 70's rock side that really suits the band and seems to become a favorite of the fans. "Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea" not only is the first official lyric video release, but also a good showcase of the bands blend of rock sound past and present. 
A lot of time was invested in harmony vocals and layered choirs, both provided by lead singer Jan Knopf and main song writer / producer / guitar & bass player Sven Horlemann.
Give it a spin and you notice this album grows on repeated listens. The album was released worldwide April 4th, 2015.

Double Stop Podcast - KEN MARY

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
This week on The Double Stop Podcast....
Ken Mary (House of Lords, Alice Cooper, Impellitteri, Kip Winger) walks us through his career, starting with his early days, his first band (Fifth Angel), his time with Alice Cooper in the 80's, recording early demos with Kip Winger and Paul Taylor, the formation of House of Lords (and why he left after the Sahara tour), his first solo project - Soul Shock Remedy and the House of Lords reunion album The Power and the Myth. He also reveals the terrible back pain that prevented him from playing drums for most of the last 15 years, and how he was able to recover and commence drumming again.

CORNERSTONE European Tour Update

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
As part of their European tour, the band will attend several concerts in Austria with former world star Gary Howard! In addition to the top-hit "Only You" (# 1 in several countries with the British a cappella group THE FLYING PICKETS) and some tunes from legendary ALAN PARSONS PROJECT, which Howard was a part of, Cornerstone will present their own material and afterwards will accompany Howard as backup players through his greatest successes. The first performance will take place on 6/19 in BRUNO in Brunn am Gebirge. Special guest at this event is Austria's speediest cartoonist, Reini "Buhaha" Buchacher. Here are the complete Tour-Dates for the moment:

22.05. AT- Leopoldsdorf im Marchfelde, Shamrock
23.05. AT- Vienna, Saloon
30.05. AT- Baden, Milchstraße (Open Air)
31.05. AT- Vienna, Lions-Day 2015 (Open Air)
05.06. AT- Salzburg, Shakespeare
06.06. AT- Linz, Musikpavillion (Open Air)
19.06. AT- Brunn am Gebirge, Bruno (with GARY HOWARD)
20.06. AT- Gaenserndorf, Dakig
28.06. AT- Donauinselfest (Open Air)
02.07. UK- Northampton, King Billy
03.07. UK- Boston, The Axe & Cleaver (with KAMIKAZE HOTSHOT/ UK)
04.07. UK- Hull, Salthouse Tavern
05.07. UK- Newark- on-Trent, The Flying Circus
07.07. UK- Cardiff, Fuel Rock Club
08.07. UK- Sheffield, Colley WMC
09.07. UK- Bolton, The Railway
10.07. UK- Nottingham, The Salutation Inn
11.07. UK- East Grinstead, Sussex Arms
15.08. AT- Hausleiten, Monsters of Rock X (Open Air)
04.09. DE- Ohlsbach, Brandeck-Lindle (Open Air)
05.09. DE- Schriesheim, Street Fest Kakadu Bar Open Air
12.09. AT- Vienna, Cafe Falk (with GARY HOWARD)
18.09. AT- Schwaz, Galerie (with GARY HOWARD)
19.09. AT- Goetzis, Flax (with GARY HOWARD )
20.09. AT- Rankweil, Marktplatz (with GARY HOWARD)
25.09. AT- Amstetten, Rockbar
03.10. AT- Vienna Saloon


First Official Release for DEEP PURPLE's 'Long Beach 1971' Set Due

Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Over 70 minutes of music – remastered in 2014
Welcome to Long Beach 1971, the latest album in earMUSIC’s Deep Purple reissue series that, over the last two years, has seen the release of rare live material from the band, including “Paris 1975”, “Copenhagen 1972”, Stockholm 1970” and “Graz 1975”. Spanning over 70 minutes of music, “Long Beach 1971” has been remastered in 2014 and is going to be released on February 27th, 2015 on earMUSIC.
Recorded at Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, California, on July 30, 1971, it was broadcast on radio (KUSC 91.5 FM), a showcase for a support performance to Rod Stewart and The Faces.

An official release for a concert that has long been considered a landmark for the band, the set featured tracks (“Speed King” and “Child In Time”) from their fourth studio album, June 1970’s “In Rock”. This was a transitional release for the Mk II version of the band -  guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, frontman Ian Gillan, bassist Roger Glover, organ/keyboard player Jon Lord and drummer Ian Paice –, being their first hard rock affair as well as their commercial breakthrough as the third leading über-rock band of the day along with Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin. Completing the set that day were a considerably extended version of “Mandrake Root” from their July 1968 debut album “Shades Of Deep Purple”, and “Strange Kind Of Woman”.
Opening with an 11-minute long “Speed King”, the show actually starts off like a climax, with a frenzy of organ and batter of guitar and drums, before segueing into a fast and furious riff and some classic caterwauls from Ian Gillan. Next up is “Strange Kind Of Woman”. The piledriving central motif is a classic combination of rhythm and riff, the band hitting a bluesy, even funky, groove. Following is an impressive version of the Deep Purple classic “Child in Time”: it is 20 minutes of heavy action from Blackmore.

If you’re not too exhausted by that, there is time for one more, and it’s a good - not to mention long - one: “Mandrake Root”, a 27-minute extrapolation of the debut album track and concert standby.

All in all, the frenzy, powerful show is leaving the audience staggered, and not a little dazed, as they head towards the exit, into the warm California night, wondering what the hell just happened.

Deep Purple live just happened.

1. Speed King
2. Strange Kind Of Woman
3. Child In Time
4. Mandrake Root
All songs remastered in 2014

CONQUEST to Release New Metal Gods Tribute 'Under The Influence'

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Dark Star Records Artist CONQUEST is pleased to announce that they will be releasing a new Metal Gods Tribute Album called UNDER THE INFLUENCE. The new full length album will feature all new versions of some the greatest classic metal songs of all time like FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS by METALLICA, COWBOYS FROM HELL by PANTERA, METAL GODS by JUDAS PRIEST and Many More! All the songs are Preformed by Conquest and Produced by Conquest and Adam Long. Look for the New Album UNDER THE INFLUENCE by CONQUEST to be available later this Summer via Dark Star Records in Association with Sony Music Entertainment.
Complete Track List:
Metallica * For Whom The Bell Tolls
Iron Maiden * Wrath Child
Judas Priest * The Ripper & Metal Gods
Motley Crue * Red Hot
Bon Jovi * Wanted Dead Or Alive
Motorhead * Ace Of Spades
Ufo * Lights Out
Anthrax * Anti-Social
Black Sabbath * Children Of The Grave
Pantera * Cowboys From Hell
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Lions Pride Music Signs Brazilian Acts Marenna and Horyzon

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Lions Pride Music is going double up for Brazil with the signing of Marenna and Horyzon

Lions Pride Music is happy & pleased with the signing of the much talented Brazilian melodic rocker, Marenna, for the up and coming EP release, My Unconditional Faith, which will contain 6 additional tracks along with 3 music videos. The EP will be released in Europe sometime in June. For now listen to the official lyric video for the track, You Need To Believe.

Next up is the promising band, Horyzon, who will be releasing their 3 track EP through Lions Pride Music as well in June. The AOR band Horyzon was conceived by Daniel Vargas (Lead Singer) and Ari Gomes (Bass). The band has influences from renowned bands such as Journey, Kansas, Asia, FM, Toto, Survivor as well as from more recent bands like Work of Art, Pride of Lions, H.E.A.T and Hardline.

The band is currently formed by Daniel Vargas (Lead Singer); Ari Gomes (Bass); Leandro Freitas (Keyboards); Wagner Alexandre (Guitar); and Rod Marcus (Drums and Backing Vocals).


SERPENTINE - Circle Of Knives (Showcase)

Monday, May 4, 2015
SERPENTINE are back with their third album: "CIRCLE OF KNIVES", available on the genre’s iconic AOR Heaven label.
After the success of 2010’s ‘A Touch of Heaven’ and 2011’s ‘Living and Dying in High Definition’, Serpentine sought a break from studio work to present their material live, playing shows across the UK and Europe including slots with FM, Ten, Crashdiet, Houston and Romeo’s Daughter as well as numerous festival appearances at Hard Rock Hell, Firefest, H.E.A.T Festival, Rockfest Madrid etc.
The band then approached Ten mastermind GARY HUGHES, who took the band under his wing and into his Doghouse Studio in a producer/co-writer role to work on the album. In early 2014, with the writing sessions successfully completed, and the band having settled on a fresh lineup including ADAM PAYNE and OWEN CRAWFORD, Serpentine began recording the record which they believe represents their finest work to date; an album built on a powerful melodic hard rock sound.
SERPENTINE is: Adam Payne (Vocals), Chris Gould (Guitars), Gareth David Noon (Keyboards), Owen Crawford (Bass), Roy Millward (Drums)
Out on CD:
24 April 2015 - Europe (AOR Heaven)
20 May 2015 - Japan (Marquee Avalon)
Out on VINYL :
22 June 2015
The Vinyl pressing is a Blue Vinyl, double gatefold special edition, limited to 250 copies, all signed by the band. The first 50 pre-orders will also include personalised guitar picks from Chris and Owen.
"A winning blend of melodic hard rock, AOR, metal and pomp" - Classic Rock Magazine
"The best UK melodic rock album in years" - Planetmosh
"Possibly the best album of 2015" - Uber Rock
"Serpentine are keeping the true spirit of rock n’ roll alive, and we really like it" - Hit The Floor
"An album that will be the highlight of my collection" - Rock 'n' Roll Circus
"One of the Best Melodic Hard Rock albums of 2015" - BeRock
Album Trailer

Circle of Knives
The album is available on CD (from April 24th) and Vinyl (from Jun 22nd). The Vinyl pressing is a Blue Vinyl, double gatefold special edition, limited to 250 copies, all signed by the band. The first 50 pre-orders will also include personalised guitar picks from Chris and Owen.
USB Re-Issues
A limited edition 1GB USB stick containing all the songs and artwork from the first 2 Serpentine albums and some bonus tracks.
These contain everything ever recorded by the band before the new line-up in 2015
All of our T-shirts are available in Mens and Ladies style, sizes S to XXL



NELSON - Peace Out (Showcase)

Friday, May 1, 2015

Their music has stood the test of time. Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, revered for unforgettable past hits, explore fresh creative territory in the present with their new project, 'Peace Out'. Magical melodic songwriting and soaring sibling harmonies continue to ensure that this dynamic duo is still a vital part of the music scene's future.

'After the Rain' was the debut multi-platinum album by NELSON, the band led by twins Matthew and Gunnar in the early 1990s. They zoomed to number one with their hit song, "(Can't Live Without Your) Love and Affection,' which made history landing America's iconic Nelson family (bandleader Ozzie Nelson, rock legend Rick Nelson, and twins Matthew & Gunnar) into the Guinness Book of World Records as the ONLY family in Entertainment with 3 successive generations of #1 hitmakers. NELSON's 'After the Rain' record and tour became a phenomenon just prior to the rise of grunge.  The last major success of the good time rock'n'roll era, NELSON has had (1) Number One, (4) Top Ten, and (5) Top 40 Billboard Hot 100 hit singles, plus (5) #1 MTV videos and has sold over 6.5 million albums worldwide!

Every magazine from Rolling Stone to People did cover stories, and NELSON performed on television shows like "Late Night With David Letterman" and "Saturday Night Live."

Nelson has always been synonymous with entertainment in America. Matthew and Gunnar follow Ozzie Nelson's vision of embracing connecting with people and audiences through all forms of media. They have been doing television-hosting work for VH1 and E!Plus, Gunnar co-hosted LIFETIME Radio's nationally syndicated morning show.

Matthew and Gunnar have rare insights into what it takes to earn longevity in the entertainment world. They continue the inspiring story of a most remarkable show business family. Their grandparents, Ozzie and Harriet, achieved immortality with "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet," the longest-running live action sitcom in television history. Earlier, the couple had enjoyed big band success and had scored a number one hit in 1934.   Long before MTV made twins Matthew & Gunnar pop-rock icons, Ozzie Nelson is credited with creating the first conceptual music video for Ricky Nelson's 'Travelin' Man'.

Perhaps the most televised rock star in history, the twins legendary father Ricky Nelson emerged from the TV series' popularity to establish himself as one of the most important rock artists of the '50s and '60s with over 200 million career record sales.  Rick Nelson is in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame credited with founding the country rock music genre.  


One On One With Mitch Lafon - ISSA

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