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05
Apr

AMERICAN TEARS New Album 'White Flags' Due June 21

Friday, June 21, 2019
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Escape Music and 12:12 Records are very pleased to announce the release of the American Tears brand new album "White Flags".

AMERICAN TEARS - White Flags
Release date: June 21

Track List:
1 TURN U ON   5:38
2 WAKE UP CITY  7:34
3 HELL OR HIGH WATER  5:25
4 WALTZ OF THE ANGELS  4:35
5 FIRE DOWN BELOW  9:21
6 GIVE ME MORE  3:58
7 LOVE IS LOVE  4:35
8 TURN THE PAGE (BLUE DOG) 7:48
9 PITCH BLACK 5:37
10 KEEP ON MOVIN' 5:28
11 WHITE FLAGS  4:19

Produced and Engineered by Mark Mangold
Keys, drums, bass and vocals: Mark

American Tears is an American keyboard trio that released it's first record, Branded Bad, on Columbia Records in 1974 and it's second, Tear Gas, in 1975.  Due to the very well received 2018 release last year of it's 4th record "Hard Core", the band has recorded a new record entitled "White Flags" which kicks it all up a notch.  Formed in the fertile musical environment of Long Island, New York, the band was initially made up of Gary Sonny, on bass, Tommy Gunn on drums and Mark Mangold on keys and vocals. For the second record Greg Baze took over the bass duties.  The band was a power keyboard trio, using keyboards of the day, Hammond organ, synths, mellotron, clavinet, electronic melodica and playing progressive music which showed the bands stellar musicianship.  Eclectic in their approach, their heartfelt music ranged from aggressive keyboard based extravaganzas to beautiful lush melodies circling pop of the day.

The band was fortunate to have toured major venues with such bands as Peter Frampton, J. Geils, Alvin Lee, Gentle Giant, Gary Wright, John McLaughlin and many others. They reached a wide audience and had an impressive show, topped off by Mangold doing handstands on his Hammond. Mark, surrounded by 12 keyboards, Tommy being almost invisible behind a huge battery of drums, with Gary, and later Greg, showing their bass virtuosity in front of a wall of amps, the band stressed musicianship and musicality, while exploring new sounds, and always pushing the envelope.
The third American Tears album, Powerhouse, added the guitarist and singer, Craig Brooks, and the band evolved into the critically acclaimed band Touch...but that is another story.

The fourth American Tears album "Hard Core" heralded the return by Mark to this keyboard based approach, using instruments only available in the 70's when the band made it's first foray.  WHITE FLAGS continues the flow with anthemic melodies, salient lyrics, virtuoso musicianship and creative, unpredictable musical journeys that defy formula or category.  In fact this band may be the only band on the planet playing exclusively keyboard rock.  With influences from his earlier work, tipping an occassional hat to ELP, Moody Blues and even Deep Purple, this record shows the daring, and pure emotion, that can be ripped out of those instruments.  American Tears defies the term "generic" as this purely original music, and scathing lyrics, have few if any standards for comparison.

www.Escape-Music.com and 12:12 Records
 

 

 
Wed
03
Apr

ASIA Announce New 2019 Lineup & Tour With YES

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The new ASIA set to embark on 2019 “Royal Affair” Tour with Yes, John Lodge Band, and Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy.
 
Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal joins line-up as new singer/ guitarist. Original guitarist and former member STEVE HOWE to make guest appearance each night.
 
The dragon has risen again.
 
Two years after the band’s critically acclaimed and successful US trek opening for Journey, an all-new ASIA line-up will return to concert stages across North America as special guests of the YES “ROYAL AFFAIR” tour. The influential British Rock band that rose to the top of the charts with its initial albums and a number of hits including “Only Time Will Tell,” “Heat Of The Moment,” “Don’t Cry,” and “Sole Survivor,” returns with a new line-up that includes founding members Carl Palmer on drums, Geoff Downes on keyboards and backing vocals, and current Yes bassist Billy Sherwood.
 
Joining the band for the first time is lead guitarist and vocalist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, an acclaimed solo artist and former member of Guns N Roses for eight years. Thal is also in the prog-rock band Sons Of Apollo.
The invitation to join the band came from both Palmer and Downes, after Geoff had worked with him in a project called The Platinum Rock All Stars. “Ron is a remarkably innovative guitarist,” says Downes, “with a multi-range lead vocal ability. I believe it will give our material a whole new dimension.”
 
Also appearing on the tour with YES and ASIA, will be Moody Blues member John Lodge and his band and Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy, with special guest vocalist, Arthur Brown. Founding member and original guitarist Steve Howe will join ASIA on stage each night on the Royal Affair tour to play on a few of the band’s biggest hits and honor the memory of his friend, John Wetton. It will mark the first time Howe has performed with the band since his departure in 2013. 
Asia’s debut album exploded onto the music scene in April 1982, featuring Billboard top 10 classics amongst six radio hits. It became the best-selling album in the World in 1982. Featuring Geoff Downes on keyboards, Steve Howe on guitar, Carl Palmer on drums and John Wetton on lead vocal and bass, Asia was the logical successor to their collective bands of the 70s - Yes, ELP, King Crimson, UK and The Buggles.
 
Asia became one of the most played acts during the first year of MTV. Throughout most of '82, Asia ruled the radio airwaves and MTV, selling out every date on tour as the debut album crushed all the competition in record stores around the World. 
The original line-up of ASIA reformed in 2006. It was the first time the four original members had worked together in 23 years. After Howe’s departure, the band regrouped in 2013, with guitarist Sam Coulson and a new studio album, Gravitas, followed. Tragedy struck in January 2017, when John Wetton lost a valiant battle against cancer, just as the band was about to embark on a 43 date tour opening arena shows for JOURNEY. Despite this huge loss, the band recruited old friend bassist Billy Sherwood from YES and completed the tour, triumphantly. In 2018, Coulson left the line-up to concentrate on solo projects, with sincere gratitude from ASIA for his five years of contributions.
“"The original members of Asia were progressive musical heroes of mine,” says Ron Thal. “ It's a great honor to be asked to play with these legendary musicians with a legacy of great songs, and also contribute some of my own musical ideas. Very much looking forward to our time on the road together."
 
“There is a great energy when we step on stage,” says Geoff Downes. “We can feel it and I know the fans can feel it.” For ASIA's long-devoted fans, the band’s return to the concert stage cannot come soon enough.” And Downes confirms: “It is what John would have wanted”.
As Carl Palmer has said in the past: "Performing on stage is where this band truly comes into its element. Seeing the fans reacting to our music is what makes it all worthwhile. It is the fuel that drives this train we call ASIA."
 
ASIA on THE 2019 “ROYAL AFFAIR TOUR”
with Yes, The John Lodge Band, and
Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy with Arthur Brown.
Wed. 6/12/19 Bethlehem PA - Bethlehem Event Center Event Center
Fri.6/14/19 Farmingville, NY Long Island Community Hospital Amphitheater
Sat. 6/15/19 Atlantic City, NY -Mark Etess Arena at Hard Rock Casino
Sun.6/16/19 Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
Thu. 6/20/19 Westchester, NY - Westchester County Center
Fri. 6/21/19 Pittsburgh, PA- Stage AE
Sat.6/22/19 Baltimore, MD- MECU Pavilion
Mon.6/24/19 Toronto, ON - Budweiser Stage
Tue.6/25/19 Lewiston, NY - Artpark Amphitheater
Thur. 6/27/19 Bethel, NY - Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Sat. 6/29/19 Gifford, NH - Bank of NH Pavilion
Sun.6/30/19 E. Providence, RI - Bold Point Park 
Wed.7/3/19 Rochester Hills, MI - Meadow Brook Amphitheatre
Fri. 7/5/19 Columbus OH- Express Live
Sat. 7/6/19 Aurora, IL - River Edge Park
Mon.7/8/19 Nashville, TN - Opry House
Wed.7/10/19 Cary NC - Koka Booth Amphitheatre
Fri. 7/12/19 Clearwater, FL. - Ruth Eckerd Hall
Sat. 7/13/19 Hollywood, Fl - Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 
Thu.7/18/19 St. Augustine, FL - St. Augustine Amphitheatre
Sat. 7/20/19 Irving, TX - Toyota Music Factory 
Sun.7/21/19 Rogers, AR - Wal-Mart Amphitheater
Wed.7/24/19 Phoenix AZ - Comerica Theatre
Fri. 7/26/19 Las Vegas, CA- Hard Rock Casino
Sat.7/27/19 Irvine, CA - Five Points Amphitheatre
Sun.7/28/19 Saratoga, CA - The Mountain Winery 
TO PURCHASE TICKETS: www.yesworld.com/live
 
MORE DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED!
 
To see the promotional film about the ROYAL AFFAIR TOUR please visit:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkN5R1Gh7Po
 
For all things ASIA, please visit:www.originalasia.com
 
Tue
02
Apr

BRETT WALKER 'Last Parade – The Complete Unreleased Archives' (6CD Box Set + 50 Bonus Tracks)

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Friday, November 23, 2018
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OUT NOW. LIMITED STOCKS LEFT!
 
$99 (includes airmail shipping worldwide + 49 Digital Bonus Tracks) ‘Last Parade’ is strictly limited to 500 units worldwide. 30 BOX SETS LEFT.
 
The set features 6 discs spanning Brett’s entire career. The audio has been meticulously remastered and perfected by JK Northrup, then further analysed and organised over several months by myself and has now been sequenced into what I consider six beautifully flowing albums. In total there is over 100 songs, with almost all of them previously unreleased.
 
BRETT WALKER “Last Parade” Ltd Ed Box Set is priced at $99 (includes shipping, airmail worldwide)
 
‘Last Parade’ is strictly limited to 500 units worldwide.
There is one additional option available now, due to the re-configuration of the project.
 
OUT NOW:
 
   
 

 
INCLUDED AS PART OF THE $99 SET:
 
The 6 discs are split again into 2 volumes, each housing the 3CDs in a regular size jewelcase, with the usual full artwork packaging all MRR releases have.
 
These two volumes are then housed in a longbox slipcase, accompanied by an equal sized deluxe 24 page booklet featuring photos, credits and especially written liner notes from the people that knew Brett best and/or worked with him – his wife Sheron Hope Walker, Magnus Soderqvist, Derek Oliver, David Prater, Matt MacKelvie, Tommy “Mugs” Cain, Brian Brinkerhoff, Nick Gilder, Bryan Lynn Jones and of course, my own experiences working with Brett and some insight behind the construction of this project.
 
In addition to the physical product detailed about, the Box Set price includes exclusive access to an special weblink with 50 extensive bonus tracks.
 
VOLUME ONE - FOUNDATIONS
 
Disc One:
The Early Years – Solo Demos & 91-93 Demos (Quality Varies Throughout)
 
Disc Two:
Person To Person & More – The Complete P2P Recordings
 
Disc Three:
Album Cuts – The Alt-Mixes & Alt Versions
 
VOLUME TWO – THE UNRELEASED RECORDINGS
 
Disc Four:
The Unreleased AOR Vaults – Part One The AOR Anthems
 
Disc Five:
The Unreleased AOR Vaults – Part Two More Anthems & Guest Spots
 
Disc Six:
Midwestern Moods - The Unreleased Midwestern Vaults
 
 
BRETT WALKER – “Last Parade” BOX SET TRACK LISTING
 
The Early Demos (Quality Varies Throughout)
 
01. Crossroads Motel (91-93 Demo)
02. Don’t Say Goodnight (Early Demo)
03. Better Than Goodbye (Early Demo)
04. Big Electric City (91-93 Demo)
05. Bad Time For Goodbye (Early Demo)
06. Hard To Find An Easy Way (91-93 Demo)
07. I’ll Be Seeing You Around (Early Demo)
08. Take Me Home (Early Demo)
09. No Sense In Falling (91-93 Demo)
10. More Than A Memory (91-93 Demo)
11. I’ll Never Be The Same (91-93 Demo)
12. One Foot In Heaven (Early Demo)
13. Never Gave Roses (Early Demo)
14. She Don’t Live Here Anymore (91-93 Demo)
15. Waiting For Love (Original Demo)
16. After The Tears Have Gone (Early Demo)
 
Album Cuts – The Alt Mixes/Alt Versions
 
01. Hard To Find An Easy Way (Early Solo Version)
02. It’s A Good Thing (Rock Mix)
03. Bad Time For Goodbye (Alt Mix)
04. American Dreamer (Rock Version)
05. Rain Dance (Rock Mix)
06. Everything I Want To Do (Piano Ballad Version)
07. Bring Back The Night (Alt Mix)
08. Long Way Down (Rock Mix)
09. Can’t Stay Too Long (Alt Mix)
10. Drown In Your Ocean (Edited Version)
11. Give A Little (Alt Mix)
12. Give Me Back Tomorrow (Solo Acoustic Version)
13. Rain Dance (Acoustic AOR Version)
14. Someday I’m Going To Be Famous (Original Demo)
15. Take Me Home (Raw Demo)
16. Better Than Goodbye (Rock Version)
17. Quicksand (Alt Mix)
 
Person To Person – The Complete Original Recordings
 
01. Undercover Lover (Brian Jones/Brett Walker Vocals)
02. Never Be The Same (Brian Jones/Brett Walker Vocals)
03. Lecia
04. Careless Nights
05. Hard To Find An Easy Way
06. No Shortcut To Paradise
07. Far Cry From Love
08. Waiting For Love
09. I’ll Never Be The Same
10. No Sense In Falling (Extended)
11. One Night Away
12. No Fire Without You (Keyboard Mix)
13. Outta Site
14. Eye For Love
15. More Than A Memory
16. Undercover Lover (Live)
17. Waiting For Your Love (Live)
18. Burning In The 3rd Degree (Live)
 
The Unreleased Archives – Vol. 1 – The AOR Anthems
 
01. Still A Dream Away (Demo Version)
02. Branded
03. Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of
04. Don’t Turn Out The Lights (Brett Vocals; Guitar Mix)
05. After The Tears Have Gone
06. I’ll Be Seeing You Around
07. A Far Cry From Love (Faster Version)
08. Higher Ground
09. Who’s Gonna Be In Tears
10. So Close And Yet So Far Away
11. Heaven Stops The Rain
12. In This Crazy World
13. Still A World Away
14. One Foot In Heaven
15. On The Train Again
16. Countless
17. Last Parade
 
The Unreleased Archives – Vol. 2 – More Anthems & Guest Spots
 
01. Always A Place
02. A Little Too Late
03. Fools Paradise
04. Heaven Only Knows
05. Wrong Side Of Love
06. Not About To Give In
07. All I Need Tonight (Guitar Mix)
08. Take Me To The River (Heavy Version)
09. No Reasons Of The Heart
10. Silver And Gold
11. Bring You To Life
12. Hard To Leave (Demo; Carl Dixon Vocal)
13. Don’t Turn Out The Lights (Demo; Carl Dixon Vocal)
14. She’s A Touch Like You (Carl Dixon Vocal)
15. A Taste Of Love (Demo; Carl Dixon Vocal)
16. More Than A Memory (Carl Dixon Vocal)
17. One Good Reason (Carl Dixon Vocal)
18. Don’t Turn Out The Lights (Michelle Rohl Vocal)
 
The Unreleased Archives – Vol. 3 – The Midwestern Moods
 
01. Steady Love On Shaky Ground
02. I Know You’re Still Around
03. The World
04. Hit The Dream
05. Believe Me
06. Never Too Late
07. Good Enough (from Rock For Japan Comp)
08. Hard To Break
09. Catchin’ On (from SJV Sessions)
10. Alright By Me (from SJV Sessions)
11. Rights To Yesterday (from SJV Sessions)
12. Living On The Moon
13. Wherever
14. Photographic Life
15. Shine
16. Stranger In Town
17. Feels Like Forever
 
50 DIGITAL BONUS TRACKS (All WAV Format):
 
Bonus 1 - A Little Bit Of This & A Lot Of That
A Far Cry From Love (Slower Vers)
All I Need (Less Guitar)
Alright By Me (Lower Guitar Solo)
BW Radio Plug
Didn't Mean To Say Goodbye (91-93 Demo)
Don't Mean Much
Drown In Your Ocean (Half Inst)
Give A Little Love (91-93 Demo)
I Could Be Wrong (Alt Version)
It's A Good Thing (First Mix)
Last Parade (Early Demo)
Lecia (Live Acoustic, Swedish TV4, 1994)
Living On The Moon (Remix)
More Than a Memory (Alt Mix Demo)
More Than A Memory (Demo, Carl Dixon Vocal)
No Reasons Of The Heart (Alt Mix)
No Sense In Falling (Outake)
One Good Reason (Lower Vocal)
Quicksand (Early Alt Mix)
Rain Dance (2nd Mix)
Rain Dance (Less Chorus Vox)
Rain In My Heart (Louder Backing Vox)
So Close So Far Away (Different Source)
Taste of Love (Carl Dixon Version)
Taste Of Love (Jimi Jamison Version)
 
Bonus Material 2 – Gone South: The Country Demos
Buy You A Cadillac
Don't Come Back Crying (Inst)
Don't Come Back Crying
Elvis (95)
Hollywood Rodeo
Less Of Me
My Old Friend Whiskey
Never Take My Rag Doll From Me
 
Bonus Material 3 - The Instrumentals
After The Tears (Inst)
Always A Place (Inst)
Bring You To Life (Inst)
Didn't Mean To Say Goodbye (Inst)
Don't Come Back Crying (Inst)
Everything I Want To Do (Ballad Version, Inst)
Fooled Again (Inst)
Hard Dark Music (Inst)
Hard To Find An Easy Way (Mixed For TV Inst)
Heaven Only Knows (Inst)
It Looks A Lot Like Rain (Inst)
It's A Good Thing (Inst)
Lecia (Mixed For TV Inst)
Solo Piano (Freeform 1)
Solo Piano (Freeform 2)
Stranger In Town (Inst)
Untitled (Mid Tempo Inst)
 
OUT NOW - 30 BOX SETS LEFT:
 
   
 

 

 

 
 
 
 
For those that aren't interested in the full box set with all the exclusive extras and bonus material, you can simply purchase either one of the 3-Disc sets as a stand alone product. These are packaged as regular shrinkwrapped jewelcases.
 
BRETT WALKER “LAST PARADE” CDs ONLY - Volume 1 (Discs 1, 2, 3)($35 - includes airmail shipping)
 
 
 
BRETT WALKER “LAST PARADE” CDs ONLY Volume 2 (Discs 4, 5, 6)($35 - includes airmail shipping)
 
 

 

 
BRETT WALKER “Last Parade” Ltd Ed Box Set is priced at $99 (includes shipping, airmail worldwide)
 
‘Last Parade’ is strictly limited to 500 units worldwide.
There is one additional option available now, due to the re-configuration of the project.
 
OUT NOW:
 
   
 

 

 
Fri
29
Mar

LOVE N REVENGE Sign To RFL Records

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The Hair Metal spark ignites as LOVE N’ REVENGE announce that they have inked a Worldwide deal with Pittsburgh based RFL Records. The Glam, Slam, Thank you Maam that the arena rockers deliver is set to launch a full throttle assault in 2019 with a Brand New Single firing off on April 19th. Founder, Damon Kelly (Rockarma), has delivered some of the finest songs available in the genre and is set to take it up another notch by teaming with RFL.
 
Damon adds: “We are absolutely ecstatic about teaming up with RFL Records and together pulling out every asset in our arsenals. The music world these days is so backwards to what it used to be and it's amazing to team up with a top shelf record label that is setting the standards of how it used to be... new wave old school right from worldwide distribution to loading up the tour bus and making sure we get to meet and connect with our fans around the globe on and off stage. Most of all it’s an amazing feeling to know that we are all a family and LNR / RFL will take this to the very top and beyond! Joining two unstoppable forces makes 2019 the official resurrection of pure guitar driven melodic arena rock. See ya on the road”
 
LOVE N' REVENGE has taken the industry by storm in 2017/18 hitting the biggest arenas and festivals around the world. They have shared the stage with the biggest legends such as Bret Michaels, Vince Neil, Dee Snider, Autograph, Firehouse, Warrant, Dokken, Steel Panther and the list goes on. 

For fans and industry alike, Love N’ Revenge has proven themselves to be a staple, branding themselves as The Resurrection of Pure, Guitar Driven, Melodic, Arena Rock pushing everything they’ve got into every explosive live show, leaving the crowds shocked and mesmorized. With three albums under their belt and the highly anticipated new release slated for fall 2019, this promises to deliver melodic madness and bring the power back to Pure Arena Rock. 

The boys have only begun their assault on the world and have even been making the time to give back with the healing power of music at Children's Hospitals. Most recently with the Shriner's Hospital For Children in Tampa Bay, Florida. 

Love N’ Revenge is definitely here to stay. Their class, charm and professionalism on and off the stage, declared them, globally, as one of the hottest acts in 2019. The new, fresh face and sound of Melodic Hard Rock is on a mission to “Bring It” and the masses will soon hear the power of the generation wild.

Make no mistake, all eyes are on Love N’ Revenge in 2019 – Arena Rock Will Rise Again!
 
Love N’ Revenge Is:
Damon Kelly - Primary Songwriter, Guitars, Vocals
John Lisi - Primary Songwriter, Guitars
KC Chain - Lead Vocals
Tommy John Frustieri - Drums, Vocals
Raven Blakkwell - Bass, Vocals
Johny Shandruk - FOH Engineer
 
Music Video – “Breathe”
 
For More Info:
 
 
Fri
29
Mar

Rock Candy Magazine Issue 13 Out Now - DEF LEPPARD

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DEF LEPPARD � 18 pages of new andd exclusive interviews with Joe, Phil and Viv
DEF LEPPARD - 18 pages of new andd exclusive interviews with Joe, Phil and Viv
STYX � Was ‘Kilroy Was Heree’ to blame for the pomp rockers’ demise?
STYX - Was ‘Kilroy Was Here - to blame for the pomp rockers’ demise?
GENESIS � Guitarist Steve Hackettt on the making of ‘Selling England By The Pound’
GENESIS - Guitarist Steve Hackett on the making of ‘-Selling England By The Pound’
LITA FORD � “I’mm married to rock ‘n’ roll”
LITA FORD - “I’m married to rock ‘n - roll”
TESLA � Not glam, not grunge
TESLA - Not glam, not grunge
JOHN WAITE � The Babys, Bad Englissh and ‘Missing You’ guy
JOHN WAITE - The Babys, Bad English and ‘Missing You’ guy
JOHN WAITE � The Babys, Bad Ennglish and ‘Missing You’ guy
THE FOUR HORSEMEN - So good, so not mega
IRON MAIDEN � Dream Theater guitariist John Petrucci on his undying passion for Steve Harris and Co.
IRON MAIDEN - Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci on his undyingg passion for Steve Harris and Co.
STATUS QUO � Reappraising 19733’s ‘Hello!’ album
STATUS QUO - Reappraising 1973’s ‘Hello!’- album
 
AND NOT FORGETTING-
Phil Mogg � Freelance taxman!
Phil Mogg - Freelance taxman!
Rock Candy Magazine is a bi-monthly physical mag, with a free digital download for those who buy online.

It’s the brainchild of Derek Oliver, Howard Johnson and Malcolm Dome, three Kerrang! writers who lived it all in the ’80s.

It’s aimed at the discerning fan who wants to wallow in nostalgia and relive the glory days of classic rock.

Rock Candy Mag is available from UK retailers and in shops around the world via distribution from industry giant Marketforce. Also available direct from us at www.rockcandymag.com

It’s 100 pages of the purest classic rock from the ’70s and ’80s, with no room for punk, new wave, skinny tie pop or post-industrial claptrap! And it’s all treated with respect and illustrated with the finest photography of the era.

 

 
Wed
27
Mar

Last Call For FICTION SYXX 'The Alternate Me' Premium Preorder

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MRR is excited to announce the second Premium Preorder campaign will be for the second studio album from progressive melodic rockers FICTION SYXX.
 
THIS IS THE FINAL WEEK FOR PREMIUM PREORDERS. Next week an official release date will be announced for the regular edition.
 
New this week for Premium Preorder customers are 5 rough mixes and 9 (almost) final mix tracks to check out!
 
New Video!
 
 
FICTION SYXX is dialling in on their sophomore release, ‘The Alternate Me’!
 
The line-up had one change - Larry Hart (King Kobra/Montrose) on bass guitar takes over for Tony “The Fretless Monster” Franklin.  This release is focused more on the core than their debut release ‘Tall Dark Secrets’. There are no guest artists on this one and JK Northrup & Mark Lanoue share the lead guitar duties. Prepare for a mix of melody, harmony, soaring slide, and at times SHRED!
 
Fiction Syxx is:
Mark Allen Lanoue - Lead Vocals & Guitar
JK Northrup - Guitar, B. Vocals & Production
Rory Faciane - Drums
Larry Hart - Bass
Eric Ragno - Keyboards
 
There will be 11 tracks … plus bonus material for Premium Preorder supporters.
 
MRR and FICTION SYXX are excited to launch one full track right now – the epic album opening track ‘Tall Dark Secrets’. PP supporters will get a WAV file of this track delivered to them shortly, along with another full length mixed and completed track, plus an exclusive video of JK Northrup in the studio discussing this track.
 
MRR/FS2 Premium Preorder is available today for just $30
 
Standard inclusions in the PP Packs include the following:
 
- Exclusive ‘Longbox’ Cardboard Sleeve Slipcover CD Packaging
- WAV file of debut track
- Additional fully mastered, completed song
- Weekly updates from the artist
- Exclusive Advance Release Date, receiving the CD weeks ahead of an official release
- Names included in the CD booklet
- Additional demos and completed tracks sampled along the way
- Digital Download of completed release ahead of shipping of CD
- Airmail shipping cost included
 
Stay tuned for more and PREORDER NOW!
 
 

 
Mon
25
Mar

LASTWORLD Launch Lyric Video For 'Love Is Just A Matter Of Time'

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Friday, April 12, 2019
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MelodicRock Records is excited to announce the release of the debut album ‘Time’ from new American melodic rock outfit LASTWORLD.
 
What do you do when two of your artists come to you asking for something else to get stuck into? You put them together!
LASTWORLD is guitarist/multi-instrumentalist/songwriter JIM SHEPARD and vocalist DAVID CAGLE.
 
Their paring was a case of perfect timing, with Jim recently releasing his acclaimed last album ‘Jaded’ and David Cagle looking to further enhance his vocal reputation after the monster JK Northrup & David Cagle record. Both guys wanted to keep busy, so MRR introduced the pair to see what could happen.
 
Magic it seems – with Jim delivering his best songs and performance to date and David once again delivering a flawless rock vocal showcase.
The master of mastering, JK Northrup as always has given the sonics a boost, so fans get to hear the best version of these recordings.
 
The debut LASTWORLD album ‘Time’ will be released April 12.
 
Here is new audio in the form of a lyric video for 'Just A Matter Of Time'.
 
 
Pre-order now and get the two songs previewed today delivered to your inbox. And exclusive to those that pre-order direct from MRR, a bonus digital thirteenth track to be delivered soon.
 
 
 
 
Audio Preview – ‘Over The Lie’ & ‘Cry’:
 
 
 
Mon
25
Mar

SOTO Delivers New Album 'Origami' May 24

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Friday, May 24, 2019
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SOTO, the group lead by acclaimed vocalist and current Sons Of Apollo frontman Jeff Scott Soto (ex Yngwie Malmsteen / Talisman / Journey, TSO, W.E.T.), return with their third album and InsideOutMusic debut “Origami“, which showcases 10 tunes of modern, melodic and highly versatile Hard Rock and Metal with addictive songwriting and an infectious level of catchiness.
 
The album comes packaged in classy artwork by Gustavo Sazes (Machine Head, Amaranthe, Arch Enemy) and is available as limited Digipak-CD with a set of 3 stickers and a bonus track or as LP on 180gr. vinyl with the entire album (and additional track) on CD as bonus.
 
01. HyperMania (04:05)
02. Origami (05:08)
03. BeLie (04:06)
04. World Gone Colder (03:42)
05. Detonate (04:46)
06. Torn (04:39)
07. Dance With The Devil (04:26)
08. AfterGlow (04:48)
09. Vanity Lane (04:02)
10. Give In To Me (04:39)
11. KMAG (04:16)
 
 
Fri
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
 
 
 
 

 

 
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

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

JASMINE CAIN Single 'Be Brave' Launches; Album Out May 10

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Music City Mayhem 'Female Rock Vocalist of the Year’ JASMINE CAIN Returns March 29 with “BE BRAVE”
 
Produced by Caleb Sherman (Rex Brown, The Lacs), “Be Brave” Appears on SEVEN (Cain’s 7th LP) Releasing May 10
 
 
Nashville Album Release Show, Star Wars Themed Cantina Party, May 4 at Little Harpeth Brewery
 
Coast to Coast Tour Includes Bike Weeks in Daytona Beach, Arizona, Myrtle Beach, and Sturgis

Nashville, TN: Music City Mayhem 'Female Rock Vocalist of the Year’ and bassist extraordinaire Jasmine Cain has announced the March 29 release of “Be Brave," the first single from her forthcoming album, SEVEN. With shimmering vocals and her trademark bassline, the melodic mid-tempo rocker recalls the best of Halestorm, Heart and Whitesnake. Inspired by her best friend, and lifetime co-writer, Paige Logan, Cain shaped the song with her friend’s infinite wisdom, "She has been my female inspiration for many of my transitions in life. I've seen her face almost everything life can throw at you, and each time she walked through the fire and came out of the ashes on the other side better than she was before. When I asked her how she does it, this is her only advice. Be brave."

Brave is the first taste of SEVEN, Cain's seventh album, and her first since 2016’s White Noise, a breakthrough album that featured Jeff LeBar of Cinderella and Michael Starr of Steel Panther. SEVEN is more than a number, it's a life path that she connects to on a deeply spiritual level, "The number seven is about harmony and allowing yourself to think outside the box. I needed a new direction and fresh ideas and so I created my own trinity of sound with the help of some key element players and together we pushed through the boundaries I had locked myself into a new dimension that is SEVEN."
 
Three years in the making, and due for release on May 10, Cain has delivered her magnum opus, packed with her most personal burdens, unpacked with emotional clarity and executed with a searing urgency. Anthems like “Let It Go” and “Ghost” showcase her incredible range as a vocalist, finding strength from scars while the razor sharps riffs of “Money,” Burnout” and “Real World” show that this power trio is an unstoppable force to be reckoned with.
 
Produced by Caleb Sherman, known for his work with The Lacs and Rex Brown of Pantera, the 10-track album deftly layers the edginess of Active Rock with the pop sensibilities of Adult Contemporary to create a comprehensive journey that stakes its claim as a towering achievement of classic rock and modern music. In addition to Sherman, who adds keys, synth, guitars, bass, and background vocals, Mills Logan was at the controls as recording and mixing engineer with contributions from songwriters Paige Logan, Monique Staffile (HER), and Kevin Bebout and all-star musicians including guitarists Jordan Roepke, and Kenny Olson (Kid Rock) and Accept drummer Christopher Williams.
 
In conjunction with the album release, Jasmine launched a Patreon to give her rabid “Cainiacs” exclusive access to subscriber-only videos, limited edition posters, behind-the-scenes photos and two bonus cuts not appearing on the album, the soul-baring, “Hurt” and a cover of “E.T.” by Katy Perry. Patrons will also have the opportunity to partake in VIP meetups.

Taking the show on the road is what she loves the most, logging 150 dates per year. 2019 will see her go coast-to-coast, from the beaches of South Carolina to the sands of San Diego including multi-date stints at bike weeks in Daytona Beach, Scottsdale, Myrtle Beach, Galveston, TX and Sturgis, SD. For her album release show in Nashville, she’s hosting a raucous celebration at Little Harpeth Brewery in East Bank. Dubbed “May The 4th Be With You,” her Star Wars themed Cantina Party will include a costume contest, burlesque, prop replicas, live lightsaber duel demonstrations, a Stormtrooper DJ and a full bore rock show. Also on hand will be 501st Legion (aka "Vader’s Fist"), an international fan-based organization dedicated to the construction and wearing of screen-accurate replicas of Imperial Stormtrooper armor, Sith Lords, Clone Troopers, bounty hunters, and other villains from the Star Wars universe. Gibson Guitars is donating guitars signed by Femi Taylor (Oola from Return of the Jedi) and the band for silent auction with proceeds (plus a portion of ticket sales) to benefit the Make A Wish Foundation. In addition to standard general admission tickets, a limited number of VIP passes will be offered that include a private viewing area and a special meet ’n' greet with Jasmine and Femi. For more info / tickets, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jasmine-cain-tickets-55703140593.
 
Recognized as “Artist of the Year” at the 2017 Nashville Industry Music Awards (NIMA), Cain continues to generate excitement worldwide, playing 1500+ shows/festivals over the past decade, including gigs with Quiet Riot, Great White, Jackyl, Winger, Heart, Vixen, Skid Row, Bullet Boys, Lita Ford, 38 Special, Saving Abel, Puddle of Mudd, Saliva, Blackstone Cherry, Powerman 5000, Finger 11, Theory of a Deadman, My Darkest Days and Three Days Grace. She’s endorsed by Warwick Basses, Teye Guitars, GHS Strings, Elixir Strings, Shure, Westone Audio, Traynor Amplification, Epiphone, Larrivée Acoustic Guitars, Peavey and Line 6 Wireless and sells her own line of coffee under the monikers, Suicide Blonde and Coffin Coffee. 
 
TOUR DATES
3/07 - Cartersville, GA @ Sixes Tavern (Bike Night)
3/11 - Daytona Beach, FL @ Dirty Harry’s (Bike Week)
3/12 - Daytona Beach, FL @ Dirty Harry’s (Bike Week)
3/13 - Daytona Beach, FL @ Dirty Harry’s (w/ Slaughter)
4/04 - Oklahoma City, OK @ The Root
4/06 - Scottsdale, AZ @ Dirty Dogg Saloon (Bike Week)
4/07 - Scottsdale, AZ @ Dirty Dogg Saloon (Bike Week)
4/13 - Phoenix, AZ @ Cactus Jack’s
4/14 - San Diego, CA @ Tipsy Crow (2pm)
4/14 - San Diego, CA @ Goodbar (8pm)
4/16 - Los Angeles, CA @ Universal Bar & Grill
4/20 - Cave Creek, AZ @ Roadhouse
4/26 - Las Vegas, NV @ Golden Nugget
4/27 - Las Vegas, NV @ Golden Nugget
5/03 - Atwood, TN @ Friday Night Boogie Hollar
5/04 - Nashville, TN @ Little Harpeth Brewery (Album Release)
5/10 - Daytona Beach, FL @ Hard Rock (Album Release)
5/12 - North Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
5/13 - North Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
5/15 - Murrells Inlet, SC @ Suck Bang Blow
5/16 - Murrells Inlet, SC @ Suck Bang Blow
5/17 - Murrells Inlet, SC @ Suck Bang Blow
5/26 - Sandusky, OH @ Jimmy Bukkett’s (Bike Week)
6/01 - Fairborn, OH @ Sugar Mellon's
 
Jasmine Cain - SEVEN
1. Burnout
2. Do It For You
3. Be Brave
4. Are You Ready 
5. Let It Go
6. Money 
7. Ghost
8. Real World
9. Powers
10. Longshot

 

 
Wed
20
Mar

NEAL MORSE To Release "Jesus Christ - The Exorcist" June 14

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Friday, June 14, 2019
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“Jesus Christ - The Exorcist” is a monumental project in Neal Morse’s already impressive discography. A Progressive Rock Opera 10 years in the making, it was written and produced by Morse and includes performances by Neal and an all-star cast of vocalists and musicians. “Jesus Christ the Exorcist” will be released on June 14, 2019 on a double album set featuring about two hours of music that will encompass all the spectrums and genres Neal Morse is known for and will, of course, tell the Story of Stories. 
 
Today, the first song from this masterpiece has been unveiled.
 
 
"I don’t know why it came to me in quite this way, but definitely the influences on this song are Black Sabbath and Deep Purple primarily. I even asked Rich Mouser when he was mixing the song to listen to “Paranoid“ because I thought that vocal effect would be cool on Ted’s (Leonard) voice," says Morse of the track. 
 
When asked about what fans can expect sound wise from the album, Morse explains, "Oh, it is completely diverse. There are touching ballads, rousing ensemble pieces, classical elements and dramatic Broadway musical type songs as well. It is really meant to be listened and experienced all the way through as you would a play or an opera. I hope the people will experience it in that way because I think that’s where they will really find the power in this piece of music."
 
He continues, "These songs and pieces of music were all written for this rock opera specifically. I wrote the first draft in 2008 and 2009, I believe. Then, last year in preparation for a performance at MorseFest I rewrote the whole musical again. I couldn’t be happier with the final outcome and I am thrilled that it is coming out on Frontiers this June."
 
With a cast of amazing vocalists and musicians like Ted Leonard, Eric Gillette, Nick D’Virgilio, Randy George, Bill Hubauer, Matt Smith, and others, this progressive rock opera is a landmark event that will leave its mark on every listener. “Let him who has ears to hear…let him hear!”
 
“Jesus Christ - The Exorcist”, had it’s live world premiere in 2018 and was performed by a Prog Rock all-star cast featuring Neal Morse (keys, guitar), Paul Bielatowicz (lead guitar), Bill Hubauer (keys), Randy George (bass), and Eric Gillette (drums). Featured vocalists included Ted Leonard (Spock's Beard, Enchant), Nick D'Virgilio (Big, Big Train, Spock's Beard), Jake Livgren (Protokaw), Matt Smith (Theocracy), Wil Morse and more. Also, John Schlitt (Petra) and Rick Florian (White Heart) have been added to the performance as well.
 
Widely regarded as one of the world's leading Progressive (“Prog") Rock musicians, Neal Morse is a prolific musical driving force and his desire to move people through his music burns brighter than ever before. Born in California in 1960 to a musical family, Morse played in many bands during his youth, learning and mastering several instruments along the way. In 1995, he wrote and recorded “The Light" with his then new band, Spock's Beard. It was an album grounded strongly in the then-unfashionable progressive rock genre, but the album and especially the title track became modern prog classics and brought Morse and the band global recognition. Over the next seven years, Spock's Beard released six critically acclaimed studio recordings and multiple live recordings, while establishing a passionate fan base in the Prog Rock community.
 
In 2001, Morse shocked his followers with word that he was stepping away from secular music…with no indication of where he was heading. Morse was now walking an unknown road. After success with Spock's Beard, he was starting all over again, this time boldly declaring his Christian faith and risking fan rejection and financial failure. He needn't have worried. As the “Testimony" Live DVD triumphantly documented, his solo tour was full of magical moments and was a deeply life affirming experience. Morse returned to the studio with Mike Portnoy and touring bass player Randy George to record 2004's “One", a conceptual album that was a vast, rewarding piece of music that reached new heights. Morse, Portnoy, and George stayed on this musical journey together until Bill Hubauer and Eric Gillette were added as permanent members of the Neal Morse Band in 2015 on "The Grand Experiment” album. This collective effort saw collaboration between all of the members and has subsequently yielded another studio album, the astonishingly brilliant “Similitude Of A Dream”, and two live releases. 
 
Frontiers looks forward to partnering with Neal on his continuing musical explorations and extending his progressive rock legacy with his latest creative vision.
 
Tracklist:
 
CD1
1. Introduction
2. Overture
3. Getaway
4. Gather The People
5. Jesus’ Baptism
6. Jesus’ Temptation
7. There’s A Highway
8. The Woman Of Seven Devils
9. Free At Last
10. The Madman Of The Gadarenes
11. Love Has Called My Name
12. Better Weather
13. The Keys To The Kingdom
14. Get Behind Me Satan
 
CD2
1. He Must Go To The Cross
2. Jerusalem
3. Hearts Full Of Holes
4. The Last Supper
5. Gethsemane
6. Jesus Before The Council And Peter’s Denial 
7. Judas’ Death
8. Jesus Before Pilate And The Crucifixion 
9. Mary At The Tomb
10. The Greatest Love Of All
11. Love Has Called My Name (Reprise)
 
Full Cast:
Ted Leonard – Jesus
Talon David - Mary Magdalene
Nick D’Virgilio - Judas Iscariot
Rick Florian - The Devil
Matt Smith - John the Baptist
Jake Livgren – Peter and Caiaphas
Neal Morse - Pilate, Demon 1, Disciple 1
Mark Pogue - Israelite 1, the Madman of the Gadarenes, Pharisee 2
Wil Morse - Israelite 2, Demon 3, Pharisee 1
Gabe Klein - Demon 2, Pharisee 4
Gideon Klein - Demon 4
Julie Harrison - Servant Girl
 
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Tue
19
Mar

SAMMY HAGAR & THE CIRCLE 'Space Between' Out May 10

Friday, May 10, 2019
Categories: 
SAMMY HAGAR & THE CIRCLE 
Supergroup feat Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony,
Jason Bonham & Vic Johnson
Announce Debut Album Space Between Out May 10 via BMG
Sammy Hagar & The Circle will release their debut album of original material, 
Space Between on May 10 through BMG.  

Watch the music video for Trust Fund Baby sammyhagar.lnk.to/TFBVideoPR 

Stream/Buy the track here sammyhagar.lnk.to/TrustFundBabyPR 
 
The album, written by Hagar, unfolds like a novel with each song exploring a different chapter in a saga about money, greed, enlightenment and truth. 

The video for “Trust Fund Baby,” directed by ZZ Satriani (son of Hagar’s longtime collaborator and friend Joe Satriani) is an extreme glimpse into the eighth track “nailing what happens when kids are given too much money – to early in life – and it becomes an affliction,” 

Hagar explains. “All the money in the world isn’t a guarantee for a good life.  I’m a believer in working hard and finding purposeful work – but that comes in a later chapter.” 
ZZ Satriani, said of the process, "We were lucky because Sammy’s writing style let us create the story quite literally from the lyrics.”
 
“Trust Fund Baby” has received wide acclaim, including featured placement on several influential playlists -- among them -- the cover and lead track of Spotify’s Hard Rock playlist 
as well as Spotify’s Just Rock!, Rock Nation (Topsify US), New This Week (Topsify US), Rock Now(Topsify Canada) and Apple Music’s Breaking Hard Rock (US) playlists.
 
“Trust Fund Baby” kicks off a big year for Sammy Hagar & The Circle who will launch their North American tour in support of the album on April 19.
Tickets and tour information can he found HERE

Hagar has also just wrapped production on season four of his hit TV series, Rock and Roll Road Trip with Sammy Hagar, premiering later this year.

Formed in 2014, the acclaimed supergroup featuring Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Sammy Hagar and bassist Michael Anthony, drummer Jason Bonham and guitarist Vic Johnson, quickly established themselves as one of the most emphatic and exciting live acts on tour today, seamlessly ripping through career-spanning hits from Montrose, Van Halen, Sammy Hagar and The Waboritas and Led Zeppelin
                               
Lyrically and musically, the collection of songs on Space Between build from intimate and introspective eye-openers to heart-pumping anthems. The music draws on the bands' substantial careers independently and collaboratively; presenting a veteran band still at the peak of their game.  

Sammy Hagar & The Circle will release Space Between on May 10 via BMG.

PRE-ORDER NOW! sammyhagar.lnk.to/SpaceBetweenPR 


 
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Tue
19
Mar

Rock Candy Latest - NIGHT, ORPHAN, BITE THE BULLET, RIOT

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5 new Rock Candy releases are available now as follows from https://www.rockcandyrecords.com/new-releases
 
RIOT 'RESTLESS BREED' CANDY402
 
THIS WAS RIOT’S 4th album. It followed a period of intense activity both physical and emotional, having survived a series of knockbacks over the years that would have decimated lesser contenders. The fact that they had recently survived several line-up changes, an underfunded UK tour supporting Sammy Hagar and bagged a spot on the 1st Monsters Of Rock festival was a minor miracle.
 
With interest building amongst grass roots fans the future was actually beginning to look bright. That was until frontman Guy Speranza made a decision to leave the band. Fatigued by years of touring and (literally) banging his head against a brick wall, he moved aside for Rhett Forester, a man seen as a golden ticket to bigger and better things. Now signed to Elektra Records, the band once again retreated to their management’s downtown New York studio to craft ‘Restless Breed’, a record that although well received in their circles, edged the band slightly towards the centre ground. It was less the full-on NWOBHM - inspired frenetic energy of their previous records and more disposed towards power metal.
 
Still led by guitarist Mark Reale, this record was in many respects hamstrung by a new label who really didn’t know how to market their kind of act. Previous releases had benefitted from the band’s resourceful managers and an ability to connect with an underground fan base, but this time around they were left constrained by a label that refused to support them on tour and were dropping the promotional ball at every turn. Still, hats off to the band for crafting another album that still impresses to this day.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully Remastered Audio, 16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, and enhanced artwork with unpublished photos.
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. HARD LOVIN’ MAN 2. CIA 3. RESTLESS BREED 4. WHEN I WAS YOUNG 5. LOANSHARK 6. LOVED BY YOU 7. OVER TO YOU 8. SHOWDOWN 9. DREAM AWAY 10. VIOLENT CRIMES
 
  
 
ORPHAN 'LONELY AT NIGHT' CANDY407
 
WE AT ROCK CANDY have always kept a special place in our hearts for Canadian artists, from Coney Hatch and Harlequin to Aldo Nova and all points in between. We feel there’s something unique about their songwriting and musical ability that sets them apart from their cousins in the USA. Orphan are a perfect example of this special ingredient, lending their music a magical appeal and a sound quite unlike anybody else recording at the time.
 
Formed in Winnipeg from the ashes of a band called The Pumps (who had links to obscure RCA act Max Damian) the band quickly signed to the Portrait label, an offshoot of CBS records, who were bathing in the recent and unexpected success of fellow Canadian group Loverboy. With the record label deeming their name to be too new wave leaning they switched to Orphan, a more conventional and less restrictive moniker. Recorded in New York at the world famous Power Station studios and co-produced by its owner Tony Bongiovi (cousin of Jon Bon Jovi) and Lance Quinn (Bon Jovi, Danger Danger) the album hits the melodic hard rock nail firmly on the head.
 
As one of the best Canadian albums of the era, the record embraces all the great elements that make for compelling listening; great hooks, unrelenting melody and musical ability that takes full advantage of clever arrangements. It’s a similar, but not identical, sound to both Loverboy and Aldo Nova. Check out tracks such as ‘Miracle’, ‘Saved By The Bell’, ‘Hello’ and the title track for proof. And if it’s epic widescreen songs you like then look no further than ‘Night Parade’.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully Remastered Audio, 12 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, new band interview and enhanced artwork with unpublished photos.
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. LONELY AT NIGHT 2. WHAT KIND OF LOVE IS THIS 3. MIRACLE 4. SHE TOLD ME 5. SAVED BY THE BELL 6. ANY TIME AT ALL 7. HELLO 8. ALL OVER THE WORLD 9. NIGHT PARADE
 
BITE THE BULLET 'S/T' CANDY378
 
IT MAKES LITTLE difference to us at Rock Candy whether a record sold a million copies or just a handful to a smattering of supportive friends and family. If the record is of a certain quality then facts and figures are irrelevant - all we’re interested in is shining a spotlight on music that has stood the test of time and continues to impress. Bite The Bullet are hardly a household name but to a select few who heard their one and only album they are one of the most invigorating and accomplished melodic rock bands of the era.
 
Formed by Mick Benton who had already had some degree of experience as a member of obscure NWOBHM related rock band Mother’s Ruin and a subsequent solo deal with Atlantic Records, that produced a well-received EP. The seeds of Bite The Bullet came together in 1986, their demos attracting the attention of industry heavyweight Don ‘Mr Big’ Arden, the notorious owner of Jet Records, home to ELO and Ozzy Osbourne, who subsequently signed them and financed their lone album. Sadly, by the late 80s, though, the label had contracted to the point where it was no longer a powerhouse.
 
Originally issued in 1989 and recorded in London, the record oozed class and sophistication, conjuring up immediate comparisons to other dynamic UK melodic rock outfits such as FM, Strangeways and Dare. Tracks such as ‘Change Of Heart’, ‘Edge Of The Rain’ and ‘Finished With Love’ showcase a band in full command of both their style and direction; a sound that could’ve been made for the American airwaves.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully Remastered Audio, 12 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, new interview and enhanced artwork with unpublished photos.
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. CHANGE OF HEART 2. FINISHED WITH LOVE 3. EDGE OF THE RAIN 4. FAITH HEALING 5. COLD SURPRISE 6. RUNNING TO STAND STILL 7. DARK AGE 8. PLAYING AT LOVE 9. BIG MOUNTAIN 10. SAILORS SONG 11. WATERSHED
 
  
 
NIGHT 'S/T' CANDY379
 
THE STORY BEHIND Night is arguably one of the most intriguing and, by implication, frustrating in the history of rock. As a mini supergroup, with a super-slick FM radio style, they had the potential to fit neatly into the heavy-hitting platinum rock niche occupied by the likes of Fleetwood Mac, the Doobie Brothers and Air Supply. However, despite signing to an American record label and giving birth to two hit singles, their valiant efforts to compete fell short of expectations.
 
It’s therefore surprising to know that the band were actually formed in the UK, by Manfred Mann’s Earth Band lead vocalist Chris Thompson (he sang on the #1 single ‘Blinded By The Light’), together with celebrated backing vocalist Stevie Lange (wife of ‘Mutt’ Lange). Indeed, the band were well-known faces on the UK pub and club circuit before being unexpectedly signed up by Planet Records, a US-based label helmed by celebrated producer Richard Perry (Rod Stewart, Carly Simon, Pointer Sisters). The band moved to Los Angeles, and Perry recorded the album over an exhaustive twelve months, enlisting the help of special guest players, including Bobby LaKind, Steve Porcaro and Michael McDonald.
 
The results are pretty spectacular. Musically the sound was very much in vogue with FM radio, featuring strident yet powerful rock tracks and emotive power ballads. It was an album that yielded two American hit singles with ‘If You Remember Me’ and the anthemic ‘Hot Summer Nights’. However, despite this chart success, the album failed to perform as well as it might have been expected and it was back to the drawing board for the follow up.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully Remastered Audio, 16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, new interview and enhanced artwork with unpublished photos.
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. HOT SUMMER NIGHTS  2. COLD WIND ACROSS MY HEART 3. IF YOU’VE GOTTA MAKE A FOOL OF SOMEBODY 4. AIN’T THAT PECULIAR 5. IF YOU REMEMBER ME 6. COME AROUND (IF YOU WANT ME) 7. YOU AIN’T PRETTY ENOUGH 8. SHOCKED 9. LOVE MESSAGE 10. PARTY SHUFFLE
 
NIGHT 'LONG DISTANCE' CANDY380
 
ARGUABLY NIGHT ARE one of the great lost acts of the late 70s/early 80s. Formed in London as a somewhat ad-hoc pub rock band going under the handle of Filthy McNasty, and fronted by two superlative vocalists, Chris Thompson (of Manfred Mann’s Earth Band) and Stevie Lange (wife of superproducer Robert ‘Mutt’ Lange). They secured a loyal following on the club circuit and were eventually offered a record deal from Planet Records, an American-based label affiliated to Warner Bros.
 
Night’s debut album certainly garnered critical and commercial attention, enough in fact to secure two hit singles in the lucrative American market place. Whilst the album stalled sales wise, the future still looked extremely promising and so with enthusiastic support they set about recording the follow-up record, ‘Long Distance’. Whilst the debut had been recorded during an extensive sojourn in Los Angeles, this time around, mainly for financial reasons, they opted to record in London. They also chose to switch producer and enlisted the services of bright young upstart Tim Friese-Green (Touch, Praying Mantis). It was a wise decision, as the album showcased a more strident style, moving away from the previous comparison to Fleetwood Mac, towards more forceful and harder rock laced with tougher guitars and solid hooks, a sound somewhat reminisant of REO Speedwagon and Survivor.
 
Released in 1980, the album, despite its sound quality and the undeniably good song writing displayed, failed to ignite commercial interest. It also suffered from label politics, with Planet Records dropping the band and album, despite some great reviews and encouraging reactions at several American FM radio stations. But ‘Long Distance’ is one of the best overlooked albums of the era.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully Remastered Audio, 16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, new interview and enhanced artwork with unpublished photos.
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. DR. ROCK  2. DON’T BREAK MY HEART 3. LOVE ON THE AIRWAVES 4. THE LETTER 5. CALLIN’ ME BACK 6. YOU CRIED WOLF 7. STEALIN’ 8. MISS YOU (LIKE I DO) 9. DAY AFTER DAY 10. GOOD TO BE BACK IN YOUR ARMS
 
 
Mon
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Mar

New From Rock Company: BATTERSEA, STAMINA & LEGION

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Battersea mould songs. We search for catchy choruses and riffs. They pop up where we gather: in the studio, in the rehearsal room. And when they don't come easy, we take the time. Our songs are built on strong rhythms and solid foundation of bass. De guitars set the atmosphere and add to the vocal harmonies. Every snare, strum and counterpoint we weigh. Until it's solid as a rock.
 
To the fans that appreciate the hooks and choruses by Muse, the drums of Foo Fighters, the guitars of Kings of Leon, the bass of U2 and the voice of Creedence: Battersea digests well. And everyone who ever listened to AC/DC, Slayer, Johnny Cash or Bad Religion will find our sound check a trip down memory lane. You€™ll hear where we come from. Or at least we can share a drink over music talk.
 
Erwin took the stage internationally with metal band Mangled, Bennie with a rock n roll band. Mike, Sander and Tom hit the road with hardcore punk band The Jux Junction. All that experience in the studio, all the live shows and all the song writing add up to... Battersea.
 
 
Italian melodic/progressive metal band STAMINA is the brainchild of guitarist and songwriter Luca Sellitto. Since the beginning, the band's aim has been to create a personal style of music, combining a wide range of influences ranging from melodic power metal to progressive rock, hard-rock and fusion.
 
STAMINA recorded the first unofficial demo "The Demo Songs" in February/March 2003 and the second demo "Here To Stay" in July 2004. Both demos gained exceptionally great reviews in various Italian webzines and magazines, and the band started to promote its name playing live everywhere in the South of Italy.
 
Now, after 4 studio albums, gathering a plethora of rave reviews, playing all over Europe with bands and artists such as Royal Hunt, Russel Allen, Edu Falashi, or as a headliner, collaborating with very special guest singers such as Goran Edman (ex Yngwie Malmsteen), Nils Molin (Amaranthe, Dynazty), Henrik Brockmann (ex Royal Hunt), it is time for a live album.
 
Recorded in September 2018 at 'City of power Festival' in Zgierz, the city of power in Poland, this has become an amazing CD / DVD combination, containing 9 powerful songs from their catalogue.
 
 
2019 sees the return of one of the most prolific rock bands in recent history.  Marred by mismanagement and bad contracts, Legion never reached their full potential and after 8 official releases and no return for their investment, it was time to call it quits.
 
Fast forward to 2019 and enter Rock Company Records. This up and coming label will now release the brand new Legion album 'RISING' and the world will hear what has been sorely missed in the metal genre. Welcome back Vince O'Regan, Phil Vincent, Gav Cooper, Andy Pierce, and Irv Parrot to the melodic metal world and crank the volume high. 'RISING' takes a step further into the Legion catalogue with even bigger choruses, louder guitars, and more massive hooks than ever before.
 
Self-produced by the band and mastered by Will Sterling, 'RISING' will surely satisfy the hungry hard rock masses.
Witness the new beginning of a new era…Witness Legion 'RISING'.
 
 
 
Fri
15
Mar

CANNONBALLZ Debut Feat. Robbie LaBlanc, Vince Dicola, Jonathan Mover, Alan Friedman & Doug Wimbish

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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
 
 
More about the CANNONBALLZ:
 
Tucked in somewhere between the end of Blanc Faces and the start of Find Me was a project that Robbie thoroughly enjoyed called Cannonbalz. It was the dream of Robbie’s dear friend Alan Friedman that they lockout Steakhouse Studios in LA and write and record a CD of material with Vince Dicola on Keys and Jonathon Mover on drums. Doug Wimbish would add bass later on in the final process.
With everyone’s hectic schedule and “lifestuff” happening, the CD took 8 years to get out. Robbie lost his dad and “When I Think Of You” was written. (The song was written but it wasn’t until Robbie’s dad passed the song could be written lyrically).
Vince had some great song ideas as well and Alan brought in some ideas. They were all finished melodically and structurally during our three-day studio lockout. Jonathon then produced the rest of the CD and oversaw Fran Flannery’s mixing.
So, here it is, 8 years later and the songs are holding up well!
 
Alan Friedman: “The initial working title for the record was ‘Ballz To The Wall’. That being said, even though all of the songs were written and demoed back in August 2011 (that’s right, almost eight years ago!), life events beyond the band’s control (such as work, health and family challenges) caused this project to drag on for far too long.
Needless to say, the album stalled several times for various reasons, which brought me to the point of asking/enlisting Jonathan to step in as producer, take the reins, put all the pieces together and see it through to final mixes. As the album was finally nearing completion in 2018, I said to Jonathan, “I can’t believe this record is finally done,” to which Jonathan flippantly replied, “It would have been done a long time ago if there weren’t eight ballz too many. Which, by the way, is now the name of the record”, referring to the anatomical excess of four of the five musicians in the band. Never wanting to pass up a great self-deprecating joke, the new title stuck.”
 
A little about The Ballz:
 
Vince DiCola exploded into the film arena in 1983 as co-writer on 7 songs for the movie Staying Alive (directed and written by Sylvester Stallone and starring John Travolta). The song "Far From Over" (performed by Frank Stallone) from this movie made it into the top 10 on the Billboard charts. Vince also scored such movies as Rocky IV and Transformers: The Movie. Solo albums, original bands, live performances, session work... With each new project Vince DiCola continues to demonstrate his powerful and creative force and versatility in the music world.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
 
Robbie LaBlanc started singing at the age of three years old all because his dad brought in the new Trini Lopez record named “Live At PJ’s”. The record really got to him and then the Beatles came shortly thereafter. His brother Brian was right behind him and the duo started harmonizing immediately. After forming Fury, the band was on “Star Search” in 1984 (on the same show as Joseph Williams, Toto’s lead singer currently).
Fury then called it a day until Blanc Faces was formed on the direction of Brian’s wife Rosanne and Serafino Perugino, head of Frontiers records. Their two CD’s were widely accepted and brought Robbie the Find Me project, which is currently getting great reviews with their third release, ‘Angels in Blue’.
 
At first glance, guitarist and songwriter Alan Friedman is probably the last person you’d expect to be playing guitar on a stellar record of well-known accomplished musicians. That’s because his day gig is that of a CPA and Partner in a CPA firm that services the music industry (fkco.com).
But when you dig into his background, you’ll find Alan has been playing guitar and writing & recording original music for almost 50 years.  He’s released five solo records (the latest one entitled ‘5th Piece of the Puzzle’) and has played in several rock bands throughout his music career. Most noteworthy are the accomplished musicians who’ve played on his records, including friends & clients Steve Lukather, Bobby Kimball, Pat Thrall, Corey Glover, Greg Phillinganes, Will Calhoun, Bernard Fowler, Jorgen Carlsson, Jeff Pevar, Josh Eagan, Joey Brasler, Dave Stoltz and Jimmy Biggins, in addition to Cannonballz members Jonathan Mover, Doug Wimbish, Vince DiCola and Robbie LaBlanc.
 
Yes, Alan was the magnet that attracted these great players to get together to form Cannonballz.
 
 

 
Fri
15
Mar

MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST Currently Recording 2nd Album + Announce New Drummer

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US Tour Kicks Off On April 15th At The Whisky A Go Go
 
Following the release of their successful first album Resurrection, MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST is currently recording their second album, co-produced by Michael Schenker & Michael Voss, which is tentatively scheduled to be released in August.
 
The news is bittersweet as the band recently mourned the passing of beloved MSF drummer Ted Mckenna.
 
Michael comments, "We are totally heartbroken to hear about Ted McKenna - our amazing drummer and dearest friend - passing away. It’s a massive shock and a huge loss to lose Ted so suddenly. He always had a smile on his face and was one of the most sincerely genuine people you could ever have the pleasure of meeting. One of the great rock drummers, he always played from the heart and his heart was music.  Rest in peace Ted, we will miss you x.”
 
The band also announced they will be welcoming back Simon Philipps and Bodo Schopf - who each played drums in MSG - to the Michael Schenker Fest line-up.  Simon who played on the MSG debut album will return as the main drummer on the upcoming second album. Due to his schedule, he is unable to be the live drummer for the upcoming US tour. This role will be completed by Bodo Schopf, who played on Perfect Timing and Save Yourself. With the sudden passing of Ted Mckenna, Bodo will be featured on the upcoming record but in a smaller role as he had the important job of preparing for the US tour.
 
Michael states, "We are very grateful to Bodo for being a team player and working out with Simon what needs to be done in order for us to continue as smooth as possible and also to Simon for helping us to make it all possible. Bodo is the perfect choice to continue as the permanent drummer for Michael Schenker Fest. It is a perfect balance between the musicians from the past. It includes everything as a family to continue Michael Schenker Fest."
 
Bodo comments, "I am very sorry that Ted had to leave us under these tragic circumstances, and I'm proud to rock for him and all the Michael Schenker fans. RIP Ted.”
 
MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST will kick off their US tour on April 15th at the Whisky A GO GO.  The trek will include performances in Vancouver, Chicago, and New York before concluding on May 18th in Austin. TX!
 
Before this kicks off, the MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST family is going to tour North America:
 
4/15/2019 Whisky A Go Go - West Hollywood, CA
4/16/2019 Whisky A Go Go - West Hollywood, CA
4/17/2019 Whisky A Go Go - West Hollywood, CA
4/19/2019 Palace of Fine Arts - San Francisco, CA
4/20/2019 Ace of Spades - Sacramento, CA
4/21/2019 Revolution Hall - Portland, OR
4/22/2019 Vogue Theatre - Vancouver, BC
4/24/2019 The Palace (formerly Flames Central) - Calgary, AB CANNADA
4/27/2019 Gothic Theatre - Englewood, CO
4/28/2019 The Truman - Kansas City, MO
4/30/2019 Bourbon Hall - Louisville, KY
5/03/2019 The Pabst Theater - Milwaukee, WI
5/04/2019 Concord Music Hall - Chicago, IL
5/05/2019 Piere's - Fort Wayne, IN
5/07/2019 Danforth Music Hall - Toronto, ON
5/09/2019 The Egg - Albany, NY
5/10/2019 The Palladium - Worcester, MA
5/11/2019 Irving Plaza - New York City, NY
5/12/2019 The Space at Westbury - Westbury, NY
5/14/2019 Ram's Head Live - Baltimore, MD
5/15/2019 The National - Richmond, VA
5/16/2019 Variety Playhouse - Atlanta, GA
5/18/2019 Empire Garage - Austin, TX
 
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Fri
15
Mar

ZFG Launches New Single "Special"; Announce Tour Dates This Spring

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Introducing ZFG – the next generation of rock stars…
 
"Special" landed among the Top 10 Greatest Gainers on BOTH the Billboard Indicator & Foundations Chart!
 
Serendipitous is an adjective that describes accidentally being in the right place at the right time, like bumping into a good friend in some unusual location or finding a hundred dollar bill on the ground. The word could also be used well in describing the inception of the band ZFG. Within its ranks you’ll find seasoned songwriters and performers of which you may be familiar, but sometimes the sum of the parts is beyond expectations and lends itself to being genre defining.
 
Based in Los Angeles, CA, ZFG consists of Jules Galli on vocals, Trev Lukather on guitar, Sam Porcaro on bass and Josh Devine on drums. The members were close friends in different projects, but decided to get into the studio for fun with a new approach in mind, making music with no rules or boundaries. "Zero Fucks Given" is what they called their first day in the studio, which led to their band name ZFG. After writing and recording together on day one, the chemistry was undeniable, so the decision was made to forge their individual projects into one. By melding anthemic, hook-filled melodies within funk rock guitar riffs and groove rock beats, the band shows their ability to compact a vast array of influence and experience into a signature sound with substance, style, and soul.
 
As serendipitous as the making of the band may have been, ZFG runs with a different mindset when approaching the music they write by not restricting themselves to purely rock-style songs. ZFG’s music is infused in alternative, pop, R&B and a hybrid of other styles. ZFG's radio campaign recently launched for their single "Special" and landed #2 MOST ADDED spot on the Billboard (BDS) Mainstream Rock Indicator Chart and grabbed the coveted #1 MOST ADDED spot on the Foundations (SMR) Chart. "Special" lands among the Top 10 Greatest Gainers on BOTH the Billboard Indicator & Foundations Chart!
 
The band will embark on their first tour Spring 2019 with Adelitas Way and The Winery Dogs (dates below). Fans can get a taste of their upcoming EP with the release of a lyric video for their single, "Special"
 
 
ZFG's new EP is tentatively set for an April 2019 release and the band will hit the road in full
support worldwide.
 
ZFG playing “Special” for Gene Simmons:
 
 
ZFG w/ Adeltias Way "What it Takes" Tour Dates:
4/17 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
4/19 Austin, TX @ Come and Take it Live
4/20 Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey
4/24 Heath, OH @ Muddy Creek Saloon
4/26 Tucson, AZ @ Pima County Fair
4/27 Easton, PA @ One Centre Square
4/28 Buffalo, NY @ Iron Works
5/1 Pittsburgh, PA @ Crafthouse
5/2 Flint, MI @ Machine Shop
5/3 Battle Creek, MI @ Music Factory
5/4 Joliet, IL @ The Forge
5/5 Madison, WI @ Majestic Theater
5/8 Chippewa Falls, WI @ Every Buddys
5/9 Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line
5/10 Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre
5/11 Denver, CO @ Marquis
5/12 Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
 
ZFG w/ The Winery Dogs "Who Let The Dogs Out" Tour:
5/25 Las Vegas, NV - Vamp’d
5/28 Sacramento, CA - Crest Theater
5/29 Santa Cruz, CA - Rio Theater
5/30 Anaheim, CA - The Grove
5/31 Beverly Hills, CA - Saban Theatre
 
 
Thu
14
Mar

Grammy-Winner JIM PETERIK To Star in New Episode of 'The Search For Aliveness'

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Releasing March 31, the Eye of the Tiger Co-Writer Discusses Aliveness in Episode 2 of the Docu-Series
 
Releasing March 31, Grammy-winning musician, Jim Peterik, of The Ides Of March, Formerly of Survivor and of 38 Special Fame, will star in Episode 2 of the sensational docu-series, The Search For Aliveness. The founding member of Survivor and co-writer of one of the most inspirational songs in rock history, “Eye of the Tiger”, discusses what aliveness means to him while sharing his love of music with viewers.
 
Tuthill Corporation has produced their first Internet documentary series, The Search for Aliveness, which premiered on January 31, 2019. Tuthill, “the company with heart”, is taking a journey outside of manufacturing to explore what it means to be alive. Tuthill’s summit is to Wake the World, which is a movement of discovery: discovering that you can create the life that you want to live. Episodes of the docu-series will stream on www.thesearchforaliveness.com, YouTube, and Facebook.
 
In their Internet documentary series, The Search for Aliveness, Tuthill’s creative team – made up of Tuthill’s Sherpa of Purpose, Chad Gabriel (host and narrator), Awareness Activator, Erica Magda (director of photography), and Explorer, Vito Pellicano (creator, director, and editor) -  are currently traveling the world interviewing individuals from different backgrounds, races, cultures, etc. to see if there is commonality in aliveness. The series is still in production and is being created to encourage people to slow down and think about what makes them feel alive amidst our fast-paced lives that are full of chaos, distraction, and doubt.
 
The company began their search with a worldwide casting call, and continues to find participants around the globe to share their perspective on what aliveness means to them. Each selected participant will not only appear in the Internet docu-series, but will also be featured on The Search for Aliveness website and social media. Interviewees have shared stories of love, loss, inspiration, and motivation. All of this will be used to find basic human truths, a “recipe”, made up with ingredients contributed by those who share their stories. The docu-series has been featured in a number of publications, including: Thrive Global, Hollywood in Toto, and Deadline - Hollywood. In addition, host and narrator, Gabriel, has appeared on WCIU’s The Jam, Daily Blast Live, FOX 13’s Good Day Utah and Voice of America’s American Café, Patti Vasquez on WGN Radio, to name a few.
 
The Tuthill creative team behind The Search for Aliveness, as well as Tuthill leaders, are available for interview about the documentary series and to discuss how aliveness is an integral part of the Tuthill brand. For all press and media inquiries please contact: Laura Orrico, President of Laura Orrico Public Relations, LLC to schedule an interview (lauraorrico@gmail.com or (872) 216-3781).
 
About Tuthill Corporation: Tuthill has always been a company with heart. In our early days, we made the bricks that helped make Chicago, relying on horses to carry the clay. Some days, the heat and haul were too much for their hearts – and ours – to bear. So we created an oil pump to power a truck, saving our four-legged friends and laying the foundation for our future.

Today, we make pumps, blowers, and vacuums, daring to make them better every day. But the original pump – the heart – is still at our company’s core. We’re on a journey to become a Conscious Company, inviting the entire Tuthill community to come alive in everything we believe, say, and create. And we’re extending that invitation beyond our walls. To have a seismic impact on our world, all hearts are vital. When our hearts are awake, our energy is contagious, and we make ripples that can move millions. The world needs people who are alive from the heart. Because when we come alive, the world comes along.

Learn more at: www.tuthill.com/our-story/
 
 
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14
Mar

RICK SPRINGFIELD 'Orchestrating My Life' Out April 26 Worldwide

Friday, April 26, 2019
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RICK SPRINGFIELD’s brand new album ‘Orchestrating My Life’ is due to be released March 23 via Rick’s new label August Day Recordings.
 
The full details are as follows:
 
The Grammy award winning, Australian Rocker presents brand new 'rock-meets-orchestral' recordings of a lifetime of hits.
 
'Orchestrating My Life' is career-defining re-visitation of a lifetime of hits from Australian-born rocker Rick Springfield. The album, released April 26 features all the hits you know re-recorded with an electrifying mix of rock and orchestral arrangements. Rick's seventeenth studio album features new versions of 'Jessie's Girl', 'Don't Talk To Strangers', 'Love Somebody', 'Human Touch' and eight other classics . Also included is the brand new song 'Irreplaceable', a song dedicated to Rick's mother who he lost recently. The album gets its full orchestral premiere in LA's Saban Theatre on March 30th.
 
Rick will be touring the record with symphony orchestras throughout the US and world in 2019 and beyond.
 
 
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Produced by Rick Springfield, John Bryan & Sare Havlicek.
Executive Producer: Wayne Sharp.
 
GUITARS: Robi Pikl, Tim Pierce & Rick Springfield.
BASS: Jani Hace & Lance Morrison.
DRUMS: Jorge Palacios.
SYNTHESIZER PROGRAMMING: Sare Havlicek.
KEYBOARDS: Sare Havlicek & Rick Springfield.
PIANO: Aleksandra Naumovski Potisk.
BACKGROUND VOCALS: Windy Wagner, Robbie Wykoff & Rick Springfield.
ORCHESTRA CONDUCTED BY Wolf Kerschek & Adam Clemens.
 
MIXED BY Warren Huart at Spitfire Studio CA.
ENGINEERING BY Matthew Spindel, Ju Me Chon & Slava Voroshnin.
RECORDED AT Tokyorama Studio, Magic Fly Studios, Smecky Studios, The Black Lagoon, Malibu and East West, Hollywood.
MASTERING: Gene Grimaldi at Oasis Mastering.
ORCHESTRAL ARRANGEMENTS: Wolf Kerschek, John Bryan, Sare Havlicek & Pete Whitfield.
PRAGUE PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA SUPERVISOR: James Fitzpatrick.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Elizabeth Attenborough.
ART DIRECTION: Kym DeGenaro, Sauci Creative.
 
Dedicated to the memory of my Mum Eileen Louise and my Dad Norman James Springthorpe.
Thanks to my lovely wife Barbara Jean.
 
(P) 2019 August Day
(C) 2019 August Day
 
1.            Kristina
2.            I've Done Everything For You
3.            Don't Talk To Strangers
4.            Jessie's Girl
5.            Affair Of The Heart
6.            Love Somebody
7.            Human Touch
8.            Celebrate Youth
9.            World Start Turning
10.          State Of The Heart
11.          Irreplaceable
12.          My Father's Chair
 
There is also a Ltd Ed Box Set version:
 
Rick Springfield - Orchestrating My Life - Limited Edition Special Box Set - 4 x CDs, Signed Postcard & 2 Bonus CDs
 
The Australian rocker returns with his 17th studio album. This limited edition, special box set consists of:
1) The main 'Orchestrating My Life' CD album (newly recorded Orchestral versions of a lifetime of hits and one new song)
2) Instrumental versions CD
3) Orchestra Only versions CD
4) In Conversation where Rick tells you himself, the story behind each song.
5) A postcard signed by Rick.
 
Also included for the first 200 orders are 2 x BONUS CD samplers (the 4 track, new 'Irreplaceable' and 5 track fan favorite 'Kristina').
 
There is a limited amount of these sets available to PRE ORDER now. We will ship from our New York or London office on MARCH 23.
 
CDs 2,3 and 4 will never be available in stores and are only available direct. CD 1, the main album is also available in all stores on GENERAL RELEASE day, April 26th. Phone orders US +1 (331) 684 7233 or UK +44 (0)20 3318 0912
 
 
Wed
13
Mar

LASTWORLD Debut Album 'Time' Out April 12 via MRR

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Friday, April 12, 2019
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MelodicRock Records is excited to announce the release of the debut album ‘Time’ from new American melodic rock outfit LASTWORLD.
 
What do you do when two of your artists come to you asking for something else to get stuck into? You put them together!
LASTWORLD is guitarist/multi-instrumentalist/songwriter JIM SHEPARD and vocalist DAVID CAGLE.
 
Their paring was a case of perfect timing, with Jim recently releasing his acclaimed last album ‘Jaded’ and David Cagle looking to further enhance his vocal reputation after the monster JK Northrup & David Cagle record. Both guys wanted to keep busy, so MRR introduced the pair to see what could happen.
 
Magic it seems – with Jim delivering his best songs and performance to date and David once again delivering a flawless rock vocal showcase.
The master of mastering, JK Northrup as always has given the sonics a boost, so fans get to hear the best version of these recordings.
 
The debut LASTWORLD album ‘Time’ will be released April 12.
 
 
Pre-order now and get the two songs previewed today delivered to your inbox. And exclusive to those that pre-order direct from MRR, a bonus digital thirteenth track to be delivered soon.
 
 
 
 
Audio Preview – ‘Over The Lie’ & ‘Cry’:
 
 
JIM SHEPARD is an American independent multi-instrumentalist who has recorded several solo albums as well as his band Taxi, who dominated the Northwest Indiana rock scene in the 90s.
Award-winning international singer DAVID CAGLE has recorded vocals on more than 1000 songs over the past 10 years for clients all over the world, covering multiple genres of music. Although a singer of many styles, Cagle is most known for his melodic, soulful rock voice.
 
MRR will release the debut LASTWORLD album ‘Time’ worldwide April 12. Pre-orders are available now.
 
 
 
Track Listing:
01. Time 05:08
02. Over The Lie 04:30
03. I Can Only Be Me 03:47
04. Four Leaf Clover 03:09
05. Love is Just a Matter of Time 03:52
06. Just Another Day 03:46
07. Fallen 03:47
08. Cry 04:19
09. Don't Bother Me 03:50
10. Alive 04:00
11. Walk Away 03:35
12. Don't Say Goodbye 03:50

 

 
Wed
13
Mar

JOHN KILZER Dies Suddenly, Aged 62

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We’ve lost another one. R.I.P Memphis guitarist/songwriting legend JOHN KILZER.
 
This is very sad news – he was a unique guitarist and songwriter and had a killer bluesy voice.
Folks here will know him best for the brilliant ‘Memory In The Making’ album and its sequel ‘Busman’s Holiday’.
 
John had only recently released a brand-new record ‘Scars’.
 
A very fine musical legacy has been left behind for us all to continue to enjoy.
 
From Billboard.com:
 
“John Kilzer, a singer and songwriter from Tennessee whose music career spanned 30 years and who became a pastor after undergoing drug recovery, has died. He was 62.
 
Kilzer’s death was disclosed Tuesday by St. John’s United Methodist Church in Memphis, where he served as an associate pastor for recovery ministries. A cause of death was not disclosed. The church said in a statement that it was a sudden death.
 
According to biographies on websites for the church and Archer Records, the Jackson, Tennessee-native recorded two albums under the Geffen label, “Memory in the Making” in 1988 and “Busman’s Holiday” in 1991. Roseanne Cash, Trace Adkins and Maria Muldaur recorded his songs.
 
John Kilzer and the Scars were scheduled to play at the Beale Street Music Festival in May.”

 
Tue
12
Mar

DAVE BICKLER Returns With Solo Debut, ‘Darklight’

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The voice on one of the most instantly recognizable and celebrated rock anthems of all-time is back with his first-ever solo album - with the arrival of former Survivor singer Dave Bickler’s ‘Darklight.’
 
Released on March 15, 2019 via Deko Music, the ten-track album recalls the singer’s classic rock roots with a modern sound - and features contributions by the likes of Ryan Hoyle (Collective Soul) on drums, Brad Smith (Blind Melon) on bass, Grammy nominated producer Steve DeAcutis (Vanilla Fudge, Corey Glover, Vinnie Moore, Overkill, etc.), and Grammy Award winning mastering engineer Alan Douches (Fleetwood Mac, Yes, Mastodon, Monster Magnet, etc.).
 
The album’s lead-off single is the track “Hope,” which will be released digitally on March 8, and can be ordered via this link:
 
 
Starting his musical career as lead singer of the 1970s rock group Jamestown Massacre (best known for the Billboard Top 100 Song, “Summer Sun”) and doing commercial jingle work in Chicago, Dave was the lead singer of Survivor from 1978-1984 and 1993-1999, and co-lead singer 2013-2014.
 
And his crowning career achievement was singing on the track “Eye of the Tiger” - the theme song for the hit film ‘Rocky III,’ which topped the Billboard charts for six weeks and won a Grammy Award for 'Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.' From 1999-2009, Dave served as the singing voice behind the most award winning radio campaign in advertising history ('Real Men of Genius'), for Bud Light beer.
 
‘Darklight’ will be issued on both CD and vinyl, with the vinyl version being available in both standard (black) and limited (gray swirl) editions, and if ordered online via http://www.merchbucket.com/category/DEKOMUSIC-DAVEBICK.html, it will include a bonus track. Dave will be launching a European solo tour in March, with further Euro/US dates and festival shows throughout the year.
 
And if the album is pre-ordered now via http://www.merchbucket.com/product/DAVEBICK-MEGABUNDLE.html, a limited edition bundle of only 100 will include the following:
 
One (1) Dave Bickler - "Darklight" CD
One (1) Dave Bickler - "Darklight" (AUTOGRAPHED) LTD Edition Gray Marble Vinyl
One (1) *Exclusive digital download of the song "Day and Night" (delivered at time of shipping) - not included on the "Darklight" album
One (1) Dave Bickler - "Darklight" Shirt
 
‘DARKLIGHT’ TRACKLIST:
 
  1. Hope
  2. Kaleidoscope
  3. Fear Of The Dark
  4. Magic
  5. The Gift
  6. Always You
  7. Time
  8. Sea Of Green
  9. Lights
  10. Angel Heart
  11. The Sky Is Falling
 
FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT: www.davebickler.com
 
 

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