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22
Aug

JETBOY Returns With New Album "Born To Fly" On January 25, 2019

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Friday, January 25, 2019
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Founded in 1983 by guitarists Billy Rowe and Fernie Rod, Jetboy continues to crank out their brand of rock n' roll in the 21st century with the same passion that has existed from the beginning.
 
And rock ‘n roll is what you’ll get on their upcoming new album “Born To Fly”, which is set for release January 25, 2019 via Frontiers Music Srl.
 
On the song and video for the title track, vocalist Mickey Finns says, “‘Born to Fly’ is just about the feeling of being meant to do something great, and fighting and working to make it happen, never giving up, or giving in and sticking to your guns to do it on your own terms. Remember sometimes greatness comes in small accomplishments. If it feels great to you, then it is great!!”
 
This new album – put together by the band’s core of guitarists Billy Rowe, Fernie Rod and vocalist Mickey Finn, alongside former faster Pussycat bassist Eric Stacy and drummer Al Serrato – is the first fully-fledged set of new material from JETBOY since 1990. “The band wasn’t working on any new material when Frontiers approached us. Mickey and I had written one or two songs a few years back, but that’s about it. For myself, I’ve been very into writing music and got very into recording, so I had a good amount of complete musical songs that I always felt could end up as new JETBOY material, and some of it did. But, the majority of the songs on this album were written within a couple of months after we got the offer from Frontiers,” says guitarist Billy Rowe of the writing process for “Born To Fly”.
 
Rowe continues, “Writing and recording this album came so naturally, there was no struggle at all. We feel it happened at the right time and was meant to be. The spirit of the band has been at an all time high ever since we started this new album. We shared ideas via email and then demoed every song before entering the studio. Once we started tracking this album we all felt something special was going on.”
 
Best described as a blend of edgy rock and roll with a traditional blues based influence, their new album “Born To Fly” is the perfect vehicle to exploit the commanding style of the bands classic rock ‘n roll sound. “The musical inspiration for the “Born To Fly” album came from a life long list of influences from bands we all grew up on from the 1970’s. JETBOY has always approached it’s writing with a simple stripped down, no nonsense rock n roll structure, starting with a great riff and a catchy hook. This album flowed so organically, everything felt like it was meant to be. We’ve also all really grown as musicians, which really helped capture what we feel is some of our best work to date,” states Rowe.
 
Vocalist Mickey Finn says the “lyrics flowed amazingly fast, with most songs being written in one sitting. My feelings were to stay true to JETBOY'S roots and style, but to also incorporate where we are at today, pleasing old and new fans alike. My wife was the inspiration for "Every Time I Go" and my firstborn son inspired "The Way You Move Me". Our life struggles as a band and lifelong friends inspired tracks like "Beating The Odds" and "Born to Fly". "Inspiration from Desperation" covers our political climate in America these days, "Brokenhearted Daydream" reminds us that love is sometimes fickle and hearts get broken, but don't let it destroy your heart, we have to learn to move on and allow love to come into our lives again. So, all in all, lots of inspiring messages on the record, as well as some good old rock ‘n roll fun and "Party Time" lyrics make it a well rounded listen!
“Born To Fly” is a fine rock record by any measure, hinting back to the band’s ‘80s sound and 70’s influences, while adding 30 years more experience to the grooves. JETBOY is ready to fly again.
 
“Born To Fly” Tracklisting:
1. Beating The Odds
2. Born To Fly
3. Old Dog, New Tricks
4. The Way That You Move Me
5. Brokenhearted Daydream
6. Inspiration From Desperation
7. All Over Again
8. She
9. A Little Bit Easy
10. Every Time I Go
11. Smoky Ebony
12. Party Time!
 
JETBOY Lineup:
Mickey Finn - Lead Vocals + Harmonica
Fernie Rod - Rhythm + Lead Guitar + Vocals
Billy Rowe - Rhythm + Slide Guitar + Vocals
Eric Stacy - Bass
Al Serrato - Drums
 
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Upcoming JETBOY Tour Dates:
+August 31.2018 - Trash In Bradford - W. Yorkshire, U.K.
+September 01.2018 - HRH Sleaze Fest @ 02 Academy Sheffield, U.K.
+September 02.2018 - The Underworld - London, U.K
+February 24th - March 1st 2019 Monsters of Rock Cruise
 
 
Tue
21
Aug

TONY MITCHELL 'Beggars Gold' Special Edition Sept 14

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Friday, September 14, 2018
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MelodicRock Records is very excited to announce the signing of TONY MITCHELL – the voice of British hard rock band Kiss Of The Gypsy.
 
September 14 will see the release of Tony’s high-energy melodic rock masterpiece, TONY MITCHELL ‘Beggars Gold’, his first solo album since 2011.
 
‘Beggars Gold’ started off as 22 songs, later trimmed to 13, only the best of the best included on the final cut. The album hits hard and is a relentless rollercoaster ride combining strong hooks & riffs as in ‘Playing with Fire’, ‘Never Say Die’, ‘Blind’, ‘Our Song’ & ‘In Everyone of Us’.
 
Just when you think you can catch your breath, in fires the ultra-catchy duet, ‘What you Make it’ with Sue Willetts (Dante Fox) which would grace any radio station.
The album also has monster rockers like ‘Wild Side’, ‘Welcome to the Revolution’ & ‘Fire Me Up’, where Mitchell’s voice comes to the fore.
 
Tackling issues like self-confidence, bullying, drug/alcohol abuse & homelessness in songs like ‘Stone by Stone’, ‘Beggars Gold’ & ‘In Everyone of Us’, only adds more dynamics to the album.
‘Take a Look at Me Now’, highlights Mitchell’s songwriting craft, written about the disillusioned, talent show generation, with a tongue in cheek, sinister twist.
 
The ‘Beggars Gold’ album tries to give everything that any true melodic/AOR rock fan would want to hear from an album. Mitchell has thrown everything at this one, huge guitar riffs, anthemic choruses, gospel choirs, epic harmonies & raw, honest powerful rock vocals.
 
While you read the details, listen to the killer first preview track ‘Never Say Die’:
 
 
Tony Mitchell comments: “Beggar’s Gold is an album that has taken many twists & turns as I was writing & recording it. I wanted to write an album that had everything I would want from a melodic/AOR album & more, as a songwriter, I wanted to craft songs that had depth, dynamics, power & anthemic qualities.
I wanted to capture energy & attitude along with meaningful, emotional moments & I think that I have managed achieve that with this album. From the start, I wanted a barrage of songs that would get into the ears of those who like melodic rock with powerful guitars, huge harmonies & memorable hooks.
After pouring my heart & soul into the making of this album, I am very proud of it & in this age of writers/musicians not making any money from releasing their work due to free streaming/downloading etc., it’s my way of saying thanks to all the fans that have kept their faith in me & my music & to all the new fans who want to join me on this journey.
Climb aboard this rock n roll train, put the needle on the record & let’s dance!”
 
‘Beggars Gold’ will be released via MRR September 14 in two formats - regular jewel case CD and a limited Special Edition.
 
The Limited Special Edition (500 units only) will be a double CD format (jewel case). Featured on the bonus disc is Tony’s 2011 solo release ‘Far Away From Home’.
This hard-rocking release was previously only ever available for a short time direct from Tony and on digital platforms. In this format the double disc set will be housed in a special cardboard slipcase and once sold out, is gone forever.
But that’s not all - there is one more bonus! All Special Edition pre-orders of either will receive an exclusive digital download of a second acoustic solo album Tony recorded to accompany the ‘Far Away From Home’ release.
‘No Man’s Land’ features amore reflective side to Tony Mitchell the ‘rock star’.
 
Both formats can be pre-ordered right now!
 
A regular edition version will be released in Japan via AnderStein Music with the exclusive bonus track ‘Kiss Of An Angel’, date TBC.
 
 
PRE-ORDER:
 
TONY MITCHELL ‘Beggars Gold’ SPECIAL EDITION (2CD, Slipcase)(500 only) $25 (incl. shipping)
 
 
 
TONY MITCHELL ‘Beggars Gold’ Regular Edition $20 (incl. shipping)
 
 
 
 
Bio:
Tony Mitchell is a singer/songwriter best known for being the front man & guitarist of 90s Rock band, ‘Kiss of the Gypsy’. Receiving rave reviews for their 1991 debut album & live shows, Kiss of the Gypsy were a force to be reckoned with until they called it a day in 1992.
Signed to Atlantic Records & Warner Chappell publishing, Mitchell has been a sought-after writer, performer & producer for many years, writing for many bands & artists, including ‘Paul Rodgers’.
 
He has released several albums as Mitchell, One, Kingdom of Deadmen, Boneyard Zombies, Syd Zilla & the latest being with 2017 melodic rock band, Dirty White Boyz with the album, ‘Down & Dirty’.
Mitchell has also sang & played guitar for Alice Cooper, Jon Anderson, Alan Parsons Project & Tony Hadley on the British Rock Symphony South American tour in 2000.
He sang lead vocals on ‘Mr Slow’ by Rick Wakeman, from his 1999 album, ‘Return to the Centre of the Earth’.
Mitchell continued to sing for the ATP tennis player’s live rock shows with the likes of Pat Cash, John McEnroe & Jannick Noah.
He continues to write for, produce & make music videos/films for countless artists, bands & projects along with composing soundtracks for TV, Film & Media all for XGYPSY Music & Video Productions.
 
‘Beggars Gold’ Track Listing:
01. Playing With Fire
02. Never Say Die
03. Blind
04. What You Make It
05. Someone Like You
06. Our Song
07. Stone By Stone
08. In Everyone Of Us
09. Wildside
10. Fire Me Up
11. Beggar's Gold
12. Take A Look At Me Now
13. Welcome To The Revolution
 
All songs written & composed by Tony Mitchell (c) 2018.
 
Tony Mitchell – Vocals, Guitars, Bass Guitar & Keyboards.
 
Additional Musicians:
Chris Hunt – Lead Guitar
Paul Hume – Lead Guitar
James Marsh – Lead Guitar
Tim Manford – Lead Guitar
Eddie Anthony – Drums
Daniel Sings – Sax on ‘Someone Like You’
Sue Willetts – Vocals on ‘What You Make It’
Rouges Gallery Gospel Choir on ‘Stone By Stone’
 
Recorded at: XGypsy Studios
Produced by: Tony Mitchell
Executive Producer: Andrew McNeice
Mixed by: Tony Mitchell
Mastered by: Chris Clancy (Audioworks Productions)
 

 
Mon
20
Aug

POWER QUEST Announce New Guitarist

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Power Quest are delighted to welcome guitarist George “The Kid” Karafotis into the band. Hailing from Thessaloniki, Greece, George also plays in the bands Vermillion Days (Greece) and Wild Willy’s Gang (Norway) and was previously a member of Raven Lord and Exorcism.
 
Power Quest keyboardist and founder member Steve Williams had this to say on the matter:
 
“It’s fantastic news to have George as part of the band. I’ve known him for a couple of years now and our drummer Rich has known him for 5 years since they played together in Raven Lord. George obviously brings a highly skilled level of guitar playing to the table but in addition to that he also brings a wealth of knowledge and experience. On top of that he’s just a bloody nice bloke haha! I look forward to hitting the road and the studio with George in the months and years to come. Welcome aboard matey”
 
George recently travelled to Southampton, UK to meet the band and undertake his first photo shoot as a PQ member ahead of rehearsals and live shows coming later in the year.
 
George commented as follows:
 
“I can't even describe how happy and excited I am for this new era! It feels so amazing to be a part of this great group of smart, hard working and really talented musicians. I felt so welcome from the very first minute during the photo shoot that I wasn't even sure if I was a new member or if we had been playing together for a few years. I could feel the chemistry already. It was like the perfect balance of espresso and milk in a good hot cappuccino, hahaha!
When I first met Rich, he introduced me to Power Quest and I must say that I got stuck with the Blood Alliance album for many months, so when Steve contacted me about the guitarist's position some weeks ago, I felt that it was a straight "YES" before we even talked about the rest of the band's obligations.
I am really looking forward to hitting the road and the studio with my mates and deliver some high quality power metal to all of our friends/fans for many years to come! The Quest just started for me, see you all soon \m/"
 
For all the latest news, tour dates and more please check out the links below to discover more about the band.
 
Power Quest Online:
 
 
Thu
16
Aug

GLENN HUGHES Announces Live Show Downloads For Upcoming U.S. Tour

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GLENN HUGHES, Rock Hall of Fame Inductee as member of DEEP PURPLE, bassist/ vocalist with super group BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION, announces the first time ever availability of concert recording downloads for the first leg of his upcoming U.S Tour of GLENN HUGHES performs “Classic Deep Purple Live.”
 
Not one to rest on his laurels, upon a classic rock history the equal of very few – GLENN is in the midst of a 130 date, 23 country tour – debuting a project that is both an homage to his Deep Purple Mark 3 & 4 legacy and a nod to his millions of fans … 250K following him on Facebook alone.
 
9 of the 18 U.S shows will be made available for download – as individual purchases of $11.95 … regional packages of 3 each for $29.95 … and for completists – all 9 shows for $74.95, which will include a bonus show not for sale anywhere, plus additional treasures from GLENN’s archive. Available now to pre-order, the downloads can be purchased via: https://bit.ly/GHDIGITAL

 

 
Wed
15
Aug

STEVE PERRY New Album 'Traces' Out October 5

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Friday, October 5, 2018
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**UPDATED**
 
STEVE PERRY will release his brand new 10 track studio album 'Traces' on October 5 worldwide via Fantasy Records (a division of Concord Records/UMG)
 
Total length: 40:13
 
 
Track List:
 
01. No Erasin' 04:07
Writers: Steve Perry, David Spreng
 
02. We're Still Here 04:06
Writers: Steve Perry, Brian West
 
03. Most Of All 04:23
Writers: Steve Perry, Randy Goodrem
 
04. No More Cryin' 04:29
Writers: Dan Wilson, Steve Perry
 
05. In The Rain 04:06
Writers: Steve Perry, David Spreng
 
06. Sun Shines Gray 03:57
Writers: Steve Perry, John 5, Thom Flowers
 
07. You Belong To Me 04:07
Writers: Steve Perry, Barry Eastmond
 
08. Easy To Love 04:03
Writers: Steve Perry, Thom Flowers
 
09. I Need You 02:59
Writers: Steve Perry, George Harrison
 
10. We Fly 03:56
Writers: Steve Perry, Jeff Babko
 
Album Produced by: Steve Perry & Thom Flowers
 
 
Those are the fitting first words Steve Perry sings with tremendous soul and conviction on “No Erasin’” -- the life-affirming anthem that opens up Traces, his first solo album in nearly a quarter century. It is a rousing start to the most personal and emotionally powerful work yet from this legendary singer-songwriter who earned global fame as the voice of Journey before going on to significant solo success as well.
 
By any standard, Traces is an inspired and expansive work that has indeed been a long time coming. Yet in a very real way, Traces marks an extraordinary and welcome return to form that Steve Perry himself long assumed he would never make. Big and bold, yet intimate and revealing, Traces is not the sound of a veteran rock star dipping his toe back in the pool, but rather an artist who has reconnected with his music in a new way that surprised even Perry himself.
 
RELEASE DATE:
October 5th, 2018
 
TRACK LISTING:
1. No Erasin’
2. We’re Still Here
3. Most Of All
4. No More Cryin’
5. In The Rain
6. Sun Shines Gray
7. You Belong To Me
8. Easy To Love
9. I Need You
10. We Fly
11. October in New York (Deluxe edition only)
12. Angel Eyes (Deluxe edition only)
13. Call On Me (Deluxe edition only)
14. Could We Be Somethin’ Again (Deluxe edition only)
15. Blue Jays Fly (Deluxe edition only)
 
 
Tue
14
Aug

STEVE PERRY At Long Last Signals His Return

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Legendary AOR vocalist STEVE PERRY is BACK!
 
Well, not quite, but prepare yourselves for a well organised media campaign and NEW MUSIC.
 
Finally, the former frontman of Journey and driving force along with Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain behind some of the 80s biggest rock anthems, returns in 2018 after a decades long absence that has only been punctuated with a handful of brief public cameos: Hollywood Walk Of Fame Star ceremony with Journey in 2005; Baseball’s World Series in 2010; interviews in 2011 to discuss Sony’s Journey & Steve Perry catalogue reissues; joining The Eels on stage in 2014; and most recently just last year, the 2017 Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame ceremony to induct Journey.
 
He has teased fans with talk of new music along the way, in my own 2011 interview with Steve, he talked about commencing the recording process for new material.
 
Steve: “I've been sketching everything in my laptop in just a demo sketch form. And the good news is I've got some really fun moments in there, great things going. The bad news is that they're demos right now and they're just sketches.
I'm my own worst enemy. I have always been. I'll play things for friends and they just think they're really great. And they'll tell me the truth if they're not. I'll say, “Gee, my voice is a little out of tune here. I've got to sing this again. This bugs me, that bugs me.” And they'll say, “I'm sorry, I don't' hear that.” But I do. And so, you know, that's the problem.
I would never stop until I was happy. But I have been known to walk past some emotional moments reaching for things that I think could be better.”
 
So is 2018 really the year it will finally happen? Yes!
 
Steve Perry recently recorded a feature TV interview with CBS’ Sunday Morning program, which is the same outlet that did a Journey profile feature back in 2008.
The program is set to air Sunday, October 7.
 
Steve has just simultaneously launched his new social media platforms, which you can follow at the following links:
 
 
The 5 second video is a simple greeting: “I know it’s been a long time comin’…”
 
Yes it has. But I can confirm this is a definite music related publicity campaign. The long awaited new solo album is his first since 1994’s “For The Love Of Strange Medicine” and his first new music at all since the 1998 soundtrack song “I Stand Alone”.
 
Steve Perry has a new record deal, new management and as you have witnessed today, a new media presence ready to go (with new logo).
 
Stay tuned for more details ASAP.
 
 
Mon
13
Aug

DAN REED NETWORK Delivers 'Origins' Nov 23

Tuesday, October 23, 2018
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DAN REED NETWORK RELEASE NEW ALBUM ‘ORIGINS’ ON FRIDAY 23RD NOVEMBER
 
Dan Reed Network are ecstatic to follow up their UK November Tour announcement with details of their brand new studio album Origins, released on Friday November 23 via Dan Reed’s own ‘Zero One Entertainment’ Label.
 
Origins follows DRN’s hugely successful comeback album Fight Another Day (2016). Physical pre-orders for Origins are available from Friday 10th August directly from the Dan Reed Network website.  All orders will receive a digital version of the first single Fade To Light as a free download.
 
To celebrate the announcement of their new album DRN are also extremely proud to share the first single Fade To Light with a music video they feel encapsulates the whole experience of recording Origins.
 
 
“The video for Fade To Light is taken from the inaugural live studio recording session at Blueprint Studios in Manchester and is the perfect microcosm for this entire process. What I think really translates throughout is how having an audience in the room fed the band with a unique energy that pushed us to expand our creative horizons. We’re thrilled with the results,” explains Dan Reed.
 
While recording the album DRN opened the studio doors to the public and invited them in to be a part of an exclusive series of recording sessions that spanned the globe with tracks that would eventually become Origins recorded at Blueprint Studio’s in Manchester, The Power Station in NYC, Nia Studios in Portland Oregon and finally Studio 4 in Stockholm.
 
The concept allowed supporters of the band to intimately witness the whole process of recording a brand new song from scratch with the band individually tracking drums, bass, guitar, keyboards and vocals before inviting the audience to participate and provide backing vocals for the song as can be seen in the brand new video for Fade To Light. The audience were also witness to a classic Dan Reed Network being re-imagined right before their eyes.
 
DAN REED NETWOR “ORIGINS” NOVEMBER 2018 UK TOUR
Special Guests MASON HILL & HOLLOWSTAR
TICKETS www.danreed-network.com/tickets
 
Bilston, The Robin 2                                                                                        Wednesday 7 November
Newcastle, Riverside                                                                                     Thursday 8 November
Inverness, Monsterfest, The Ironworks                                                 Saturday 10 November
Glasgow, The Garage                                                                                     Tuesday 13 November
Wakefield, Warehouse 23                                                                           Wednesday 14 November
Pontypridd, Muni Arts Centre                                                                    Friday 16 November
Chester, The Live Rooms                                                                              Saturday 17 November
Stoke, Eleven                                                                                                    Wednesday 21 November
Derby, The Venue                                                                                           Thursday 22 November
London, 229 Venue - Album Launnch Party                                           Friday 23 November
*London, The Landor - Exclusivve Album Listening Party                 Saturday 24 November (Sold Out)
Manchester, Club Academy                                                                        Sunday 25th November
 
* To be a part of the Networkers private event please join DRN’s ‘Networkers’ Facebook group
 
 
Fri
10
Aug

ACE FREHLEY Releases All New Solo album ‘Spaceman’ Due October 19

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Friday, October 19, 2018
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ACE FREHLEY RELEASES NEW TRACK, "ROCKIN' WITH THE BOYS" / ALL NEW SOLO LP, SPACEMAN, DUE OCTOBER 19, 2018
 
EXCLUSIVE EUROPEAN COVER ARTWORK

Founding KISS guitarist and Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame member ACE FREHLEY has released a new song today called "Rockin' With The Boys" This is the second song Frehley has released this year, from his forthcoming all-new Spaceman album, due October 19, 2018, via Entertainment One (eOne)/SPV.  Frehley previously released the track "Bronx Boy" in April.
 
 
Spaceman, Frehley's eighth solo LP, features nine new original tracks including a cover of Eddie Money's 'I Wanna Go Back' a ripping power pop makeover of the original.

'No need to worry, I'll be home soon, 'cause I'm rockin' with the boys,' Frehley sings on 'Rockin' With the Boys,' which tells the tales of life on the road. Ace says he wrote the original version of the song back in KISS's heyday in the '70s. Both "Rockin With The Boys" and "Bronx Boys" are available on all streaming platforms today, and are iTunes instant grat tracks for fans who preorder the album.

In addition to Ace's distinctive guitar sound on each track, Ace played bass on all of the songs on Spaceman except for two. The listener might recognize the mighty dinosaur growl of a bass tone belonging to Gene Simmons on the album opener, 'Without You I'm Nothing' which Gene also co-wrote, and "Your Wish Is My Command" Both songs were recorded at Frehley's home studio in Rancho Santa Fe, California.

Ace's reconnection with Simmons and fellow KISS vocalist-guitarist Paul Stanley (who joined Ace on a cover of Free's 'Fire and Water' for 2016's covers LP Origins Vol. 1) might be chalked up to the fact that Frehley has been sober for more than a decade (he celebrates 12 years of sobriety in September). Ace's clean living no doubt has a lot to do with his productive streak, which began with the release of his Anomaly album in 2009. Spaceman (a title suggested by Simmons, himself) serves as the first collection of all new Frehley-penned material since 2014's Space Invader.

 
Space Invader received praise from critics. Rolling Stone wrote, "Gene Simmons has claimed Ace Frehley doesn't deserve to wear Kiss' Kabuki clown paint, but the former Spaceman's first solo LP in five years says otherwise" while Associated Press hailed, "...the original Kiss lead guitarist has recorded his best solo album since his groundbreaking self-titled album in 1978."
 
Widely known as the original 'Space Ace" and founding guitarist for 16 cumulative years (over 2 tenures) of the multi-platinum selling rock band KISS, Frehley is demonstrably the most popular original member. In addition to having the best-selling solo album career (vintage or current) among the original foursome, Frehley's self-titled Ace Frehley, released in 1978, went on to sell over one million copies, producing the only Top 40 single, 'New York Groove' from any of the legendary KISS solo albums (peaking at #13).
 
Spaceman will be released through Entertainment One (eOne)/SPV with an exclusive European cover artwork on October 19th, 2018 as CD DigiPak and LP version.
 
Tracklisting:
1. Without You I'm Nothing 4:07
2. Rockin' With The Boys 4:15
3. Your Wish Is My Command 3:38
4. Bronx Boy 2:51
5. Pursuit Of Rock N' Roll 4:32
6. I Wanna Go Back 4:01
7. Mission To Mars 3:39
8. Off My Back 3:37
9. Quantum Flux 6:30
 

 

 
Wed
08
Aug

STEVE N SEAGULLS Heads to 'Grainsville' For 3rd Outing

Friday, August 31, 2018
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In the current flux of the music business the new kings of the realm are the YouTube vloggers and cover artists playing the classic tracks of yesteryear. Finland’s favorite hinterland hicks STEVE ‘N’ SEAGULLS sort of unintentionally figured out how to be both.
 
A long story short: by nature, Steve’N’Seagulls is a Finnish band playing bluegrass(ish) versions of classic rock tracks with an astonishing arsenal of acoustic instruments ranging almost the whole alphabet starting from accordion, banjo, Cajon, double bass and so forth. Dressed in overalls, beaver hats and other clodhopper paraphernalia they look like preposterous stereotypes of your average moonshining, tobacco-chewing American corn-fed rednecks of bygone days.
 
Having originally uploaded their hilariously hillbillified but air-tightly played rendition of AC/DC’s seminal “Thunderstruck” on YouTube just for a laugh they found themselves in the receiving end of the shock of their lifetimes in the form of millions upon millions of viewers. The rollicking rednecks started to think there might actually be something here. After a couple more videos the joke first spun completely out of the band’s control, then grew bigger than them and has been snowballing ever since. Instead of merely cornering a predictable minuscule niche of their own, faster than a privileged internet social justice warrior can scream “cultural appropriation”, Steve’N’Seagulls ended up with a recording deal with Spinefarm Records, a continuous streak of tours and had their accomplishments plastered all over the pages and websites of all major metal media, with the likes of Guitar World, Revolver, Loudwire, Blabbermouth and Metal Sucks leading the charge.
 
After dropping their debut Farm Machine (2015) the band played 175 shows, toured in 20 countries and a dozen US states, made the audiences line-dance at the biggest rock festivals on the planet like Wacken Open Air, Sweden Rock, Summer Breeze, Rencontres Trans Musicales, Qstock, Nummirock and so on. Mere 16 months removed from the debut, the country dropped the foundations-shaking sophomore album, Brothers In Farms. The album was a revelation. Not only did it feature the first original Steve’N’Seagulls song amongst its 13 tracks, it conquered the #1 position on the BillBoard Bluegrass Albums chart in January of 2016, signifying not just the first time a Finnish band has hit #1 on ANY BillBoard album chart but also the chuckle worthy occasion that a band from a country your average American redneck has never even heard of, beats the American hayseeds in their own game.
 
After the third album the number of countries where the Gulls have burned the barns in closing in 30 and the mileage their trusty clunker of a van has had to endure can be challenged only by spaceships. And more is to come!
 
On their third outing, Grainsville,the Gulls’ musical evolution gets more risqué. The album comes armed with three originals, and the new song arrangements too feature some fresh, unexpected twists. Instead of just having fun and merriment non-stop, the songs feature curveball influences from World Music, such as Mariachi horns, stomping Balkanite beats and some flashy fiddling. The album even features a haunting version of the probably most infamous disco booty call ever…the way an obsessed stalker might sing it.

With another landmark album under their belt it’s time for the Gulls to tour again ‘til the wheels fall off the wagon!
 
Pukki: Double bass, vocals | Hiltunen: Accordion, Mandolin, keyboards | Herman: Banjo, Guitar, vocals | Remmel: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, mandolin | Puikkonen: Drums, percussions, vocals
 
Track Listing:
   01 Are You Gonna Go My Way 2:44       
   02 Digging The Grave  2:36       
   03 Panama      2:28       
   04 I'm Broken 2:58       
   05 Alive             3:03       
   06 I Was Made For Loving You 4:04       
   07 Ghost Town              3:49       
   08 Sabotage    2:47       
   09 Down to the River  2:48       
   10 Gimme All Your Lovin            2:21       
   11 Faster Than Light     3:02       
   12 Voodoo Child            3:52
 
Wed
08
Aug

TOTO Answers Weezer Covers With Smoking Rendition Of “Hash Pipe”

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TOTO ANSWERS WEEZER COVERS OF “AFRICA” AND “ROSANNA”
WITH A SMOKING RENDITION OF “HASH PIPE”
 
August 7, 2018 - Los Angeles, CA --- Toto have recorded their personal interpretation of Weezer’s “Hash Pipe.”  The smoking rendition of the song is a direct response to the run-away success being witnessed globally for Weezer’s covers of the hits “Africa” and “Rosanna.”
 
Toto’s guitarist Steve Lukather shares, “We were blown away at the response Weezer got doing our old songs.  Tthey did a good job too, but we never saw hit records coming from it.  It was all started by a sweet 15-year-old girl named Mary. Then the ball started rolling it.  They did two of ours and ‘Africa’ took OFF.  It seemed only right that WE - Toto did a version of one of their songs so we started digging around, listening to a bunch of their music, which I have grown to like a lot. My 30 something kids were flipped over Weezer recording two of our songs as they are fans and we picked ‘Hash Pipe’. The irony that we were smoking hash before these guys were alive was not lost on us, and the other is it has a killer melody and a great groove.  We wanted to do something that rocked. We give you our version -- with a little of our thing on it like they did their ' thing' to ours. It is an unlikely collaboration, but some of the best ones are unexpected. Thanks to Weezer, their manager Jonathan, and their fans as they have been really nice to us…and they didn't have to be. Now I guess we have to do some crazy mash up live someday. In the meantime, continued success.  Thanks to all and hope to meet someday.  Gratitude to the fans for embracing this fun little accident. Ours drops Aug 10th, and I hear KROQ is getting thousands of requests from the teaser we recorded the other day - who knew? Kudos to Steve Porcaro for running with this as the Producer." 
 
Keyboardist Steve Porcaro offers, “Covering Hash Pipe was an absolute blast. When I asked my neighbor, a huge Weezer fan which record we should cover, he rattled off about five of their biggest hits, but then he smiled and said ‘but there’s nothing like driving down the freeway at 80 miles an hour with ‘Hash Pipe’ cranked’.  That stuck with me when it came time to decide.”
 
Singer Joseph Williams cannot be reached at this time as he is too high on hashish, but previously when asked about “Hash Pipe” shared simply, “Yeah.”
 
From the moment of release, Weezer’s version of “Africa” was embraced overwhelmingly by the public and music industry.  At iTunes, the recording peaked at #1 in sales and continues to show strong movement.  At Spotify, the cover hit #1 on the viral chart. And just this week the track has hit #1 in the U.S on the Modern Rock chart.  
 
Los Angeles alternative juggernaut KROQ placed Toto’s recording of “Hash Pipe” on-air to break the story of the new track’s existence.  On Friday, August 10, Toto’s rendition will be up on all streaming services, and delivered to radio for airplay globally.  For more detail keep an eye on www.totoofficial.com.
 
Toto has partnered with Republic on the release of “Hash Pipe.”  The company will be spearing the U.S. release of the recording.  Toto is currently touring North American in support of the band’s recent release 40 Trips Around The Sun.

In related news - Steve Lukather talks to Variety about the new single. Here's a coupl eof highlights!!

https://variety.com/2018/music/news/weezer-toto-cover-hash-pipe-africa-1...

“We could actually have a hit record at alternative, which is the funniest f—ing thing I’ve ever lived to see,” says Lukather, who explains Republic will be supporting the release with a radio promotion campaign at the format, where “Africa” has given Weezer its first radio hit in several years. Lukather admits Weezer’s use of a heavy guitar sound in their version of “Africa” has even influenced Toto’s current live rendition. “I enjoy being able to crank out the solos on that song,” he laughs. “It’s about time we put some nuts on that tune. I’m no musical snob. I listen to Miles Davis and Slipknot.”
 
In the meantime, Lukather is having a ball, introducing Toto’s cover of “Hash Pipe” every night with the same wisecrack. “We were smoking hash before those guys were alive.” Although these days, Lukather admits, marijuana in other forms is his go-to to kill the pain. “This cannabis cream saved my life,” he boasts. “I’d put it on my c— if I thought it would help.”
 
 
Tue
07
Aug

LEAH 'The Quest' Details Revealed

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Friday, October 5, 2018
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The Celtic metal songstress LEAH will release her new album "The Quest" on October 5th in Europe and North America through Inner Wound Recordings.
 
The album was mixed and mastered by Jacob Hansen [Volbeat, Amaranthe, Evergrey] and musicians on the album includes Troy Donockley [Nightwish], Timo Somers [Delain], Chen Balbus [Orphaned Land], Barend Courbois [Blind Guardian] and Sander Zoer [ex. Delain].
 
With a strong Celtic & Fantasy connection, some prog rock elements, ethereal ambiance, combined with traditional Symphonic Metal elements, this is an album LEAH is very proud to present.
 
The concept for "The Quest" is very simple: we're all on a journey, and sometimes we lose our way. There are adventures, wildernesses, treasures, monsters, looters, people out to send us down the wrong path. Through it all, we must grow in wisdom and experience, find our compass once again and find our way back to the true path in order to reach our full potential: our destiny.
 
"The Quest" track listing
01. The Quest
02. Edge of Your Sword
03. Lion Arises
04. Heir
05. Ruins of Illusion
06. Labyrinth
07. Abyss
08. Oblivion (Between Two Worlds)
09. Ghost Upon a Throne
10. The Water Is Wide
 
LEAH online
 
Inner Wound Recordings online
 
 
Mon
06
Aug

DANIEL TRIGGER & JIM SHEPARD Albums Out This Friday

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DANIEL TRIGGER's 'Right Turn' and JIM SHEPARD's 'Jaded' both available this Friday. Preorders will ship out Thursday and retailers will get their supplies in due course. I've just been reminded that AOR Heaven is closed for summer vacations for the next two weeks, so European fans, if you'd like copies ASAP, then please order DIRECT FROM HERE and I'll ship them out as quickly as possible. They will stock after the break.
 
Pre-order DANIEL TRIGGER 'Right Turn' (Out Aug 10)($15 + $5 worldwide shipping)
 
 
Pre-order JIM SHEPARD 'Jaded' (Out Aug 10)($15 + $5 worldwide shipping)
ALL pre-orders will recieve TWO EXCLUSIVE NON-ALBUM BONUS TRACKS - Been There Before and I Wanna Know. These will be emailed to all orders with the lead singles from the album.
 
 
SUPPORT NEW ARTISTS Pre-order Deal: DANIEL TRIGGER 'Right Turn' & JIM SHEPARD 'Jaded' (Out Aug 10)
(Special Price $29 + FREE worldwide shipping)
 
 
Now, here's another full length tune from each artist!
 

 

 
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Now, here's another full length tune from each artist!

 
Mon
06
Aug

AOR Heaven Announces September Titles: NEWMAN & ATLAS

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Friday, September 21, 2018
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AOR HEAVEN sign UK Melodic Rock hopefuls ATLAS; new best of release from NEWMAN coming on September 28!
 
 
In 1997 Singer, songwriter Steve Newman formed the band Newman and since 1998 have been producing consistently high quality albums filled with hook laden songs and thought provoking lyrics. Today, the band consists of Steve Newman (Vocals, Guitar), Pete Newdeck on Drums, Shaun Bessant (Guitar, Vocals), Paul Boyle (Keyboards, Vocals), Dave Bartlett (Bass, Vocals).
 
On September 21st, 2018 NEWMAN will now release a double CD with 34 of their finest songs on AOR Heaven to celebrate the band’s 20th recording anniversary. Steve Newman says: “So here we are again, oh, but hang on, we’re another 10 years (after the decade I release) down the line on this musical journey. I can’t believe how quickly those years have gone by!! I wanted to keep the concept for this collection the same as the previous release, so once again, I am proud and excited to present to you another double CD re-performed and re-recorded featuring 35 songs from 2007 right through to 2017. 20 years since Newman first released the debut album, and I still get the same excitement and joy from recording and performing music. In the last 10 years the live band has gone from strength to strength and I am now surrounded by a bunch of really good friends who bring these songs to life whenever we play. My drive to write and perform is a selfish quest, however, my inspiration is you, everyone that supports my music, and the wonderful compliments I receive on a daily basis, thank you for your belief, this one is for you.” ~ Steve Newman
 
Disc 1 features 17 songs from the 2007 album “Primitive Soul” through “The Art Of Balance”, “Under Southern Skies”, “Siren”, and finally the 2015 album “The Elegance Machine”.
Disc 2 features another 17 songs, some that were written and even recorded, but not included on the final releases, songs that were written for other artists and 2 songs that were originally released as Japanese bonus tracks. There are some songs, as before, that were “works in progress” especially recorded for this release and also another 6 songs from the “Aerial” sessions.
 
Cd 1: 01 Hero To Zero, 02 Heading For Your Heart, 03 Ghost In The Night, 04 Feel Her Again, 05 Stay With Me, 06 The Elegance Machine, 07 Killing Me, 08 Primitive Soul, 09 Endless, 10 Fire With Fire, 11 Scar Of Love, 12 15 Minute Revolution, 13 She Walks In Silence, 14 Under Southern Skies, 15 Had Enough, 16 Tumble Down, 17 For The Man I Am
Cd 2: 01 Breaking The Barrier, 02 Girl Found Love, 03 Liar, 04 One More Night With You, 05 Fight No More, 06 She's The Woman, 07 Nightmare, 08 Angel, 09 World Keeps Turning, 10 In Too Deep, 11 The More I Love, 12 Crossed My Heart, 13 A Witness To Love's Decline, 14 Does It Feel The Same?, 15 Race Of A Lifetime, 16 Never Becomes Again, 17 My Fantasy
 
Fore more information: www.facebook.com/Steve.Newman.Music
 
Soundfiles in advance:
 
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ATLAS is a Melodic Rock band from the North of England that is comprised of 5 young musicians, i.e. James Thorley (Keyboards, programming and percussion), John Moss (Lead Guitars), Howie Little (Lead Guitars), Chris Redfearn (Bass Guitar) and Craig Wells (Lead Vocals). Keyboard player Thorley founded the band in early 2017 with the intention to create a band that centered its roots around the AOR and Melodic Rock genre whilst delving into other areas of Hard Rock, Metal, Progressive and even Jazz. 5 keyboard demos were produced by Thorley during the first few months of 2017.
               
 
The name ‘Atlas’ came from the working title for these demos, which would soon be molded into the songs heard on the bands’ debut EP ‘World In Motion’. ATLAS drew heavily on influences stemming from the AOR classic standards of Toto and Journey to the modern era of Work of Art and W.E.T with subtle progressive elements of Dream Theater mixed in to forge the early sound heard throughout their EP. The recording and mixing duties fell upon keyboard player James Thorley. Sam Millar of UK rock band Bigfoot contributed to the backing vocals on this EP which got self-released through their band camp website in late August 2017. The end of 2017 found the band achieve three awards from AOR Underground (A feature of Powerplay magazine) for ‘Independent album of year 2017’ for their release of the EP ‘World in Motion’,  ‘Best Newcomer of 2017’ and ‘Song of the year’ with ‘Lost in The Moment’. This momentum and growing social media following provided the stepping-stone for the bands next endeavor. With strong motivation and after almost a year of working together as a band they were now eager to start collaborating on new material using the stronger aspects of their EP as a cornerstone.
 
The writing sessions for the debut album officially started in December 2017 and continued for 8 months. The band were given an opportunity in June to have a break from the album production when they were approached by UK Melodic Rock band Vega to open up for them and AOR Heaven rockers Midnite City in support of their latest album tour. Rob Evans of Powerplay Magazine had helped the band get in contact with Georg Siegl, the founder of AOR Heaven, and after discussions between the band and Siegl a contract was drawn up.
The album name ‘In Pursuit of Memory’ reflects the nature and themes of the songs heard throughout the album. With a common theme throughout the album being self-reflection, healing and learning from mistakes one has made; with lyricists Thorley, Moss and Wells all penning at least one track centered on those themes. The album was recorded and engineered by keyboard player James Thorley at his studio ‘The Woodshed”. Thorley also took on the role of the producer as he did on the bands previous self released EP.
 
Sam Millar of Bigfoot provided ‘guest vocals’ on the album as well; his vocal harmony contributions can be heard throughout most of the tracks and add a much desired AOR factor that the band often desire in their songs. Christoffer Borg (Taste, Art Nation) was chosen as the mixing and mastering engineer on ‘In Pursuit of Memory’. Borg’s credit’s, which include Anthrax, Evergrey & Kee Marcello gave the group confidence that he would be able to do the variety of songs they had written the justice it sonically deserved.
 
 
Soundfiles in advance:
 
 
 
Fri
03
Aug

WHITESNAKE Unzip and Go Starkers October 19

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Friday, October 19, 2018
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5CD/DVD Set Highlights Rare And Unreleased Acoustic Performances Recorded Over The Past 20 Years, And Includes The North American-Debut Of Starkers In Tokyo
 
Single-CD, Double-CD, And Double-LP Versions Also Available On October 19
 
LOS ANGELES – It was the hard rocking sound of hits like “Still Of The Night” and “Give Me All Your Love Tonight” that brought Whitesnake worldwide, multi-platinum success. Even so, the band’s founder and lead singer, David Coverdale has never been a stranger to the occasional ballad, going back to his early days with Deep Purple on “Soldier Of Fortune” and, most famously, with Whitesnake on the 1987 #1 smash hit, “Here I Go Again.”
 
With the current summer tour with Foreigner behind them, the band will revisit some of its best acoustic performances with UNZIPPED: SUPER DELUXE EDITION. This 5 CD/DVD collection brings together unplugged and acoustic-based performances recorded over the past 20+years, including rare and unreleased studio and live recordings, acoustic demos, concert videos, interviews and more. The extensive set will be available on October 19. On the same day, Rhino will also release UNZIPPED in three other formats: single-CD, double-CD, and double-LP. All of the music will be available digitally and via streaming services.
 
The first disc from UNZIPPED: SUPER DELUXE EDITION mixes rare and unreleased versions of songs like “Summer Rain” and “Forevermore” from the band’s recent studio albums – Good To Be Bad (2008) and Forevermore(2011). Also included are songs like “Love Is Blind” from Coverdale’s solo album, Into The Light (2000); and a previously unreleased song, “All The Time In The World.” All 11 tracks are available on the single-CD, double-CD and double-LP versions of UNZIPPED.
 
UNZIPPED: SUPER DELUXE EDITION
 
Track Listing:
 
Disc One: Unzipped… In The Studio: The Love Songs
“Love Is Blind”
“One of These Days” *
“All The Time In The World” *
“Wherever You May Go”
“Easier Said than Done” *
“Fare Thee Well” *
“Summer Rain”
“Forevermore”
“’Till The End Of Time”
 
Bonus Tracks
“Wherever You May Go” (Instrumental) Strings only *
“Love Is Blind” (Instrumental) Strings only *
 
Disc Two: Starkers In Tokyo
“Sailing Ships”
“Too Many Tears”
“The Deeper The Love”
“Love Ain’t No Stranger”
“Can’t Go On”
“Give Me All Your Love”
“Don’t Fade Away”
“Is This Love”
“Here I Go Again”
“Soldier Of Fortune”
 
Bonus Tracks
“Only My Soul” (Acapella) *
“Fool For Your Loving” (Excerpt) *
 
Disc Three: Snakeskin Boots: Starkers In Europe
 
Starkers In Warsaw (Poland, April 18, 1997)
Intro
“Sailing Ships”
“Too Many Tears”
“Here I Go Again”
 
Starkers In Stockholm (Sweden, December 2, 2006)
Intro
“Give Me All Your Love”
“Ain’t Gonna Cry No More”
“Only My Soul” (Acapella)
“All I Want Is You”
“Dog”
“Here I Go Again”
 
Starkers In Cologne (Germany, November 24, 2006)
Intro
“Give Me All Your Love”
“Ain’t Gonna Cry No More”
“All I Want Is You”
“Slow & Easy”
“Dog”
 
Starkers In Paris (France, November 30, 2006)
“Give Me All Your Love”
“Ain’t Gonna Cry No More”
“Northwinds” (Acapella)
“All I Want Is You”
“Dog”
“Blindman” (Acapella)
“Here I Go Again”
 
Disc Four: More Starkers
 
Promo Tour Rehearsals (2005)
“If You Want Me” *
“Give Me All Your Love” *
“Slow & Easy” *
“All I Want Is You” *
“Judgement Day” *
“Ain’t Gonna Cry No More” *
“Dog” *
 
Starkers In New York (New York City, April 10, 2008)
“Give Me All Of Your Love”
“Can You Hear The Wind Blow”
“All I Want All I Need”
“Lay Down Your Love”
“Fool For Your Loving”
“The Deeper The Love”
“Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City”
“Here I Go Again”
“WSTV Jams” Excerpts (2012)
“Easier Said Than Done” (1:34)
“Fare Thee Well”
“Love Will Set You Free”
“Mistreated”
“Slide It In”
“’Till the End of Time
“Shake My Tree”
 
“Made In Japan” Soundcheck Versions (2011)
“Good To Be Bad”
“Tell Me How”
 
Disc Five: Up Close & Personal
“Wherever You May Go” (Demo Version) *
“Surrender” *
“Ain’t No Doubt About My Girl” *
“Scat Man Blues” *
“Love’s A Crazy Game” *
“I Will Love You” *
“Oh Baby You’re The One” *
“So Long” (Acapella) *
“So Long” *
“It Would Be Nice” *
“Slide Thingy Blues” *
“Down To The River” *
“Feel Your Love Grow Stronger” *
“Blues Jam Riff” *
“Fun Lick Blues” *
“Don’t Wanna Change The World” *
“It’s So Hard” *
“River Song” (Early Version) *
“Let’s Have A Drink Before I Go” *
“Can You Ever Forgive Me” *
“So Much To Live For” *
“Another Lick While The Missus Is Busy In The Kitchen” *
“Just The Two Of Us (Together You And I)” *
“Oh S___ Blues” (featuring Jessica) *
“Seasons” *
 
DVD
Starkers In Tokyo (1997)
Sailing Ships
Too Many Tears
The Deeper The Love
Can’t Go On
Is This Love
Give Me All Your Love
Here I Go Again
Soldier Of Fortune
Love Ain’t No Stranger
Don’t Fade Away
Only My Soul (Acapella)
12: Fool For Your Loving (excerpt)
 
Starkers In New York (2008)
“Give Me All Of Your Love”
“Can You Hear The Wind Blow”
“All I Want All I Need”
“Lay Down Your Love”
“Fool For Your Loving”
“The Deeper The Love”
“Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City”
“Here I Go Again”
Starkers In Warsaw (Poland, April 18, 1997)
 
Intro
“Sailing Ships”
“Too Many Tears”
“Here I Go Again”
Starkers In Stockholm (Sweden, December 2, 2006)
 
Intro
“Give Me All Your Love
“Ain’t Gonna Cry No More”
“Only My Soul” (Acapella)
“All I Want Is You”
“Dog”
“Here I Go Again”
 
Starkers In Cologne (Germany, November 24, 2006)
“Give Me All Your Love”
“Ain’t Gonna Cry No More”
“All I Want Is You”
“Dog”
 
Starkers In Sofia (Bulgaria, November 24, 2015)
“Soldier Of Fortune”
 
Starkers In Paris 2 (France, June 4, 2009)
“Blindman”
 
Starkers In Wolverhampton (England, June 16, 2011)
“Fare Thee Well”
 
Starkers In Glasgow (Scotland, June 15, 2011)*
“One Of These Days”
 
Bonus Features
One-on-One with David Coverdale and Adrian Vandenberg discussing “Starkers”
Poor Albert’s Last: Photographic Slideshow (featuring audio from “Sailing Ships”)
Purplesnake’s “Forevermore” Video
“Love Is Blind” Music Video
 
* previously unreleased

 

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Thu
02
Aug

JIMMY WALDO & STEVEN ROSEN Deliver 'Voices From The Past' on MRR

Friday, September 28, 2018
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MelodicRock Records is proud to announce another fantastic 'from the vaults' archive project.
 
'Voices From The Past' is a very special double CD voyage into the heyday of the Los Angeles 80s rock scene, with your hosts Jimmy Waldo & Steven Rosen.
 
Jimmy Waldo and Steven Rosen were a prolific writing duo at the height of hard rock’s popularity and were two of the go-to-guys for songs. But it didn’t stop there. This writing partnership lasted more than 30 years. And featured on these songs are the cream of the city’s musicians and singers – Jeff Scott Soto, Steve Plunkett, Billy Trudell, Keith Howland, Tim Pierce, Sherwood Ball, Tommy Thayer, Jamie St James, Marc Ferrari, Bob Kulick and more!
 
It is a story best told by Steven Rosen, who has penned a detailed essay for the liner notes. Here he summarizes:
 
Steven writes: "This songwriting partnership endured and survived the pummeling and pulverizing hammer of the music business, one that relentlessly and thoughtlessly banged you on the head with rejections and the closing of doors. Reaching out hundreds and hundreds of times to publishers, managers, music supervisors and anyone else who might listen to our music, we were summarily dismissed out of hand.
We’d sit for hours writing, recording, bashing our brains out and always coming away with something cool.
 
A handful of the songs here were things I wrote with other people and which Jimmy engineered. Jimmy had by the time we met, already played keyboards in New England and Alcatrazz and would go on to become a member in Blackthorne, Murder’s Row, Quiet Riot and ultimately Graham Bonnet’s band.
 
As time passed, we began writing with more specific artists and projects in mind. 'Naked' was written as a possible song for Heart; 'Ricochet' and 'When A Heart Beats Alone' were written for an L.A. glam rock band Jimmy was producing called Lace; 'City Of Angels' was written for the Japanese NHK network; and 'Outlaws' was written for an indie film of the same name and so on.
 
Because we were writing for certain artists, we both knew we needed to pull in guitar players and singers who could convey a specific vibe. We were able to work with mad gifted players like Keith Howland (Chicago), Tim Pierce (Rick Springfield, Goo Goo Dolls), Harry Cody (Shotgun Messiah), Tony Palacios (Guardian) and Lance Morrison (Don Henley, Rick Springfield).
 
And the singers? Oh, my god. Mona Moore brought drama and passion to these songs like no other vocalist I’d ever heard. Billy Trudell, working in Warpipes at the time, brought soaring and melodic thunder to 'When It Was A Game,' 'Runaway Fire' and '(Ain’t No) Honor Among Thieves.'
 
The songs on ‘Voices From the Past’ have remained dormant for years, residing in boxes, hidden in dusty corners. Giles Lavery, Graham Bonnet’s manager and a music historian with an encyclopedic knowledge of all things rock bordering on ultra-nerd, discovered these DATs, ADATs, reel-to-reels, hard drives and even cassettes deep within the bowels of Waldo’s garage. He started listening and was enthralled with what he heard. Giles rescued, resuscitated and resurrected these songs and for that Jimmy and I are eternally grateful."
 
Complete details of 'Voices From The Past' will be announced shortly – including the full track list and player/singer credits.
 
As per usual, JK Northrup has done his complete remastering service on the tracks and Nello Dell’Omo has put together some classy artwork to match.
 
The double CD will be released via MRR on September 28.
 
For now, how about one preview track to get things rolling?
 
Here is 'Ice' featuring JEFF SCOTT SOTO – Vocals, BOB KULICK – Guitar, JIMMY WALDO – Keyboards. (Writers: Jimmy Waldo / Jeff Scott Soto / Arlene Matza)
 
 
Wed
01
Aug

TONY MITCHELL Delivers Melodic Rock Gem 'Beggars Gold' Sept 14

Artist: 
Friday, September 14, 2018
Categories: 
 
MelodicRock Records is very excited to announce the signing of TONY MITCHELL – the voice of British hard rock band Kiss Of The Gypsy.
 
September 14 will see the release of Tony’s high-energy melodic rock masterpiece, TONY MITCHELL ‘Beggars Gold’, his first solo album since 2011.
 
‘Beggars Gold’ started off as 22 songs, later trimmed to 13, only the best of the best included on the final cut. The album hits hard and is a relentless rollercoaster ride combining strong hooks & riffs as in ‘Playing with Fire’, ‘Never Say Die’, ‘Blind’, ‘Our Song’ & ‘In Everyone of Us’.
 
Just when you think you can catch your breath, in fires the ultra-catchy duet, ‘What you Make it’ with Sue Willetts (Dante Fox) which would grace any radio station.
The album also has monster rockers like ‘Wild Side’, ‘Welcome to the Revolution’ & ‘Fire Me Up’, where Mitchell’s voice comes to the fore.
 
Tackling issues like self-confidence, bullying, drug/alcohol abuse & homelessness in songs like ‘Stone by Stone’, ‘Beggars Gold’ & ‘In Everyone of Us’, only adds more dynamics to the album.
‘Take a Look at Me Now’, highlights Mitchell’s songwriting craft, written about the disillusioned, talent show generation, with a tongue in cheek, sinister twist.
 
The ‘Beggars Gold’ album tries to give everything that any true melodic/AOR rock fan would want to hear from an album. Mitchell has thrown everything at this one, huge guitar riffs, anthemic choruses, gospel choirs, epic harmonies & raw, honest powerful rock vocals.
 
While you read the details, listen to the killer first preview track ‘Never Say Die’:
 
 
Tony Mitchell comments: “Beggar’s Gold is an album that has taken many twists & turns as I was writing & recording it. I wanted to write an album that had everything I would want from a melodic/AOR album & more, as a songwriter, I wanted to craft songs that had depth, dynamics, power & anthemic qualities.
I wanted to capture energy & attitude along with meaningful, emotional moments & I think that I have managed achieve that with this album. From the start, I wanted a barrage of songs that would get into the ears of those who like melodic rock with powerful guitars, huge harmonies & memorable hooks.
After pouring my heart & soul into the making of this album, I am very proud of it & in this age of writers/musicians not making any money from releasing their work due to free streaming/downloading etc., it’s my way of saying thanks to all the fans that have kept their faith in me & my music & to all the new fans who want to join me on this journey.
Climb aboard this rock n roll train, put the needle on the record & let’s dance!”
 
‘Beggars Gold’ will be released via MRR September 14 in two formats - regular jewel case CD and a limited Special Edition.
 
The Limited Special Edition (500 units only) will be a double CD format (jewel case). Featured on the bonus disc is Tony’s 2011 solo release ‘Far Away From Home’.
This hard-rocking release was previously only ever available for a short time direct from Tony and on digital platforms. In this format the double disc set will be housed in a special cardboard slipcase and once sold out, is gone forever.
But that’s not all - there is one more bonus! All Special Edition pre-orders of either will receive an exclusive digital download of a second acoustic solo album Tony recorded to accompany the ‘Far Away From Home’ release.
‘No Man’s Land’ features amore reflective side to Tony Mitchell the ‘rock star’.
 
Both formats can be pre-ordered right now!
 
A regular edition version will be released in Japan via AnderStein Music with the exclusive bonus track ‘Kiss Of An Angel’, date TBC.
 
 
PRE-ORDER:
 
TONY MITCHELL ‘Beggars Gold’ SPECIAL EDITION (2CD, Slipcase)(500 only) $25 (incl. shipping)
 
 
 
TONY MITCHELL ‘Beggars Gold’ Regular Edition $20 (incl. shipping)
 
 
 
 
Bio:
Tony Mitchell is a singer/songwriter best known for being the front man & guitarist of 90s Rock band, ‘Kiss of the Gypsy’. Receiving rave reviews for their 1991 debut album & live shows, Kiss of the Gypsy were a force to be reckoned with until they called it a day in 1992.
Signed to Atlantic Records & Warner Chappell publishing, Mitchell has been a sought-after writer, performer & producer for many years, writing for many bands & artists, including ‘Paul Rodgers’.
 
He has released several albums as Mitchell, One, Kingdom of Deadmen, Boneyard Zombies, Syd Zilla & the latest being with 2017 melodic rock band, Dirty White Boyz with the album, ‘Down & Dirty’.
Mitchell has also sang & played guitar for Alice Cooper, Jon Anderson, Alan Parsons Project & Tony Hadley on the British Rock Symphony South American tour in 2000.
He sang lead vocals on ‘Mr Slow’ by Rick Wakeman, from his 1999 album, ‘Return to the Centre of the Earth’.
Mitchell continued to sing for the ATP tennis player’s live rock shows with the likes of Pat Cash, John McEnroe & Jannick Noah.
He continues to write for, produce & make music videos/films for countless artists, bands & projects along with composing soundtracks for TV, Film & Media all for XGYPSY Music & Video Productions.
 
‘Beggars Gold’ Track Listing:
01. Playing With Fire
02. Never Say Die
03. Blind
04. What You Make It
05. Someone Like You
06. Our Song
07. Stone By Stone
08. In Everyone Of Us
09. Wildside
10. Fire Me Up
11. Beggar's Gold
12. Take A Look At Me Now
13. Welcome To The Revolution
 
All songs written & composed by Tony Mitchell (c) 2018.
 
Tony Mitchell – Vocals, Guitars, Bass Guitar & Keyboards.
 
Additional Musicians:
Chris Hunt – Lead Guitar
Paul Hume – Lead Guitar
James Marsh – Lead Guitar
Tim Manford – Lead Guitar
Eddie Anthony – Drums
Daniel Sings – Sax on ‘Someone Like You’
Sue Willetts – Vocals on ‘What You Make It’
Rouges Gallery Gospel Choir on ‘Stone By Stone’
 
Recorded at: XGypsy Studios
Produced by: Tony Mitchell
Executive Producer: Andrew McNeice
Mixed by: Tony Mitchell
Mastered by: Chris Clancy (Audioworks Productions)
 

 
Mon
30
Jul

DARK SARAH Return With 'The Golden Moth' Sept 21

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Friday, September 21, 2018
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The highly anticipated third album from Dark Sarah, the Finnish cinematic metal band of Heidi Parviainen (ex. Amberian Dawn). Features guest appearances by Zuberoa Aznarez (Diabulus In Musica), Marco Hietala (Nightwish) and Netta Skog (ex. Ensiferum).
 
Track listing
01. Desert Rose
02. Trespasser
03. Wheel
04. My Beautiful Enemy
05. I Once Had Wings
06. Pirates
07. Sky Sailing
08. Wish
09. The Gods Speak (feat. Marco Hietala & Zuberoa Aznarez)
10. Promise
11. Golden Moth
12. The Gate Of Time
 
Dark Sarah biography
Dark Sarah is a Finnish cinematic metal band led by classically trained singer/songwriter Heidi Parviainen. After parting ways with Amberian Dawn in late 2012, she started to build up a new project called Dark Sarah. Dark Sarah´s music combines metal, film music and theatrical elements. The albums are concept albums telling a continuing story of a young woman called Sarah and her evil half - Dark Sarah and a mystical journey through three worlds. All the three albums have been crowdfunded by the fans on Indiegogo.
 
Dark Sarah´s first trilogue - The Chronicles
 
PART 1 - Middle World The debut album called "Behind the Black Veil" was released in Europe and North America in 2015 through Inner Wound Recordings. The first published song called "Save Me" introduces the listener to the main character Sarah, a young woman left at the altar by her husband. When she is on the verge of breaking down, something wakes up inside of her and she changes into another person; her meaner half, Dark Sarah. The album leads you through the psychological adventure of Sarah, who is hovering between her two personalities. Sarah´s thoughts are at best depicted in the dialogues (duets) with the guests - Fate: Manuela Kraller (ex Xandria), Queen of No Good: Inga Scharf (Van Canto) and Moon: Tony Kakko (Sonata Arctica).
 
PART 2 - The Underworld  Dark Sarah released the second album called "The Puzzle" in November 2016 in Europe and North America  through Inner Wound Recordings. "The Puzzle" tells a story of Dark Sarah who has been sent to Underworld, an island where the banished souls live. To get off the island she needs to solve the puzzle and find three keys. On the island she meets different characters, roles sang by the guests:   Fate: Manuela Kraller (ex Xandria),  Evil Siren Mermaid: Charlotte Wessels ( Delain) and The Dragon: JP Leppäluoto (Charon, Northern Kings).
 
PART 3 - The Upper World  The new third album called "The Golden Moth" is the last part of "The Chronicles" - trilogue. JP Leppäluoto (The Dragon) has joined Dark Sarah´s official lineup for the album. The story tells about Dark Sarah leaving the Underworld with the Iron Eagles and entering the Upper World, a deserted waste land where the gods rule. The Dragon has sneaked into the new world by following Dark Sarah. First Dark Sarah thinks he wants to harm her, but soon they team up. Together they try to find their way to the gods that live on an island floating upon the desert.

In the roles of The gods you will hear The Iron Mask: Zuberoa Aznarez (Diabulus In Musica), White Beard: Marco Hietala (Nightwish) and Netta Skog (ex. Ensiferum) as Fortune Teller
 
Dark Sarah line-up:
Heidi Parviainen (as Dark Sarah) - vocals
JP Leppäluoto (as Dragon) - vocals
Erkka Korhonen - guitar
Sami Salonen - guitar
Rude Rothstén - bass
Thomas Tunkkari - drums
 
Special guests:
Zuberoa Aznarez (Diabulus In Musica)
Marco Hietala (Nightwish)
Netta Skog (ex. Ensiferum)
 
Dark Sarah discography:
2018: The Golden Moth [Inner Wound Recordings]
2016: The Puzzle [Inner Wound Recordings]
2015: Behind The Black Veil [Inner Wound Recordings]
 
Production, orchestrations and mixing by: Mikko.P.Mustonen - Pathos Music [Delain, Sonata Arctica, Ensiferum]
Mastered by: Henka Niemistö - Chartmakers [Volbeat, Sonata Arctica, Korpiklaani]
Arttwork by: Jan Yrlund, Darkgrove Design [Apocalyptica, Ensiferum, Sirenia]
 
 
Mon
30
Jul

DION BAYMAN Signs With Art Of Melody Music; New Single Released

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Friday, September 21, 2018
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Art Of Melody Music & Burning Minds Music Group are excited to announce the digital release of "Better Days", first single taken for the S/T new studio album by Aussie melodic rocker Dion Bayman, scheduled for release on September 21.
 
Buy digital / Stream "Better Days" now: http://www.burningmindsgroup.com/art-of-melody-music/buy/93
 
Dion quotes: " 'Better Days' was one of the final songs written and recorded for the album. It's about not giving up and knowing that no matter how bad things may seem today doesn't mean it will be that way forever. Wherever there's life, there's hope".
 
 

 
The single digital art have been designed appositely by Aeglos Art (Airbound, Raintimes, Michael Kratz, Firmo, Room Experience, Charming Grace). Lyric video thanks to Yellow Bang Studio.
 
 
 
Mon
30
Jul

DYNAZTY Sign to AFM and Unleash New Single 'Breathe With Me'

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Friday, September 28, 2018
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AFM RECORDS is proud and happy to announce the signing of Sweden’s most talented modern melodic metal outfit DYNAZTY! Welcome to the AFM family, mates! 
Here is what Singer Nils Molin has to say about it: ”It is with great excitement and enthusiasm that we can announce that we penned a deal with AFM Records! With a strong belief and full understanding for our music and vision, a co-operation with AFM Records could be nothing else but exciting! Can’t wait to see how this bear fruit!"
 
September 28th will mark the release of the new album, titled "Firesign"! It's time to give you a crushing first song now! Today the new single "Breathe With Me" is released. Enjoy, play it loud and bang your head!

Sweden’s modern melodic metal outfit Dynazty returns with their strongest effort so far. “Firesign” is the band’s most creative, dynamic and inspired album to date. The Swedes merge a pinch of heaviness with innovative influences and don´t lose sight of their catchy melodies. After 2016’s „Titanic Mass“, which is a chunk of an album, produced by Peter Tägtgren (Pain, Hypocrisy), this collaboration now continues its successor "Firesign”, which marks the next logical step in the evolution of DYNAZTY.

The album will be available as Digipak, clear yellow Vinyl (ltd. to 200 units), clear orange Vinyl (ltd. to 200 units) and blue/yellow splatter (ltd. to 100 units) which is exclusively available in the AFM webshop.

 “Firesign” tracklisting:
1.. Breathe With Me
2. The Grey
3. In The Arms Of A Devil
4. My Darkest Hour
5. Ascension
6. Firesign
7. Closing Doors
8. Follow Me
9. Let Me Dream Forever
10. Starfall
11. The Light Inside The Tunnel

 
Fri
27
Jul

HEARTS ON FIRE Premium Preorder Closing Soon!

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PREMIUM PRE-ORDER CLOSED
 
MRR is excited as hell to introduce a new name in pure, lighters-in-the-air, classic AOR with a modern touch – HEARTS ON FIRE!
 
And you can get on board with HEARTS ON FIRE from TODAY as we launch the HOF-Premium Preorder.
 
Those that preorder will get insights and bonuses up until and including release day. But the timeframe join the Premium Pre-order is limited as the program benefits those that jump on board. Preorder now and get all 3 songs emailed to you!
 

 
 
HEARTS ON FIRE ARE:
Jean Funes - Lead and Rhythm Guitars, Acoustic Guitar (Sound Of Eternity)
Richard Andermyr - Vocals, Guitars (Rian)
Joel Mejia – Drums (Codigo Eterno)
Dennis Ward - Bass and Keyboards
 
Mixed and Mastered by Dennis Ward
 
 
I’m proud to launch the debut single and lyric video for HEARTS ON FIRE’s ‘Hearts On Fire’:
 
 
Single ‘Hearts On Fire’:
Bass and Keyboards by Erik Martensson
Mixed and Mastered by Erik Martensson
 
Hearts On Fire are a modern melodic rock band with a sound based on the best of the 80s scene, influences including the likes of Def Leppard, Journey, Whitesnake, Dokken and Bon Jovi.
 
Hearts On Fire is about passion for life. All the songs are born from a place of true inspiration. 
We believe that music is the perfect way to express deep emotions like Love, Pain, Regret, sadness etc. and the album ‘Call Of Destiny’ is about that. 
 
The band was formed in 2017 by guitarist Jean Funes (Sound Of Eternity), and with the help of drummer Joel Mejia (Codigo Eterno) they begun to work in new songs ideas and sketches. Later they were introduced to vocalist Richard Andermyr (Rian), by MRR’s Andrew McNeice, and together they brought to life all these songs about real life experiences.
 
 
HEARTS OF FIRE debut album ‘Call Of Destiny’ will be ready for release later in the year. Those that take part in the Premium Preorder are going to hear it far sooner.
 
MRR/HOF Premium Preorder is NOW CLOSED
 
Included in that preorder price is the following:
 
- Exclusive ‘Longbox’ Cardboard Sleeve Slipcover CD Packaging
- MP3 of ‘Hearts On Fire’ (emailed within 24hrs)
- Additional fully mastered, completed song ‘Holding On’ via MP3
- 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
 
HEARTS OF FIRE are a long-term project for MRR and the guys, this is definitely going to be one of those debut albums you look back upon as a classic.
 
 
Thu
26
Jul

THE GUESS WHO Return With ‘The Future Is What It Used To Be’

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The Guess Who is responsible for countless rock classics, which still retain a major presence on rock radio - “American Woman,” “No Time,” “These Eyes,” etc. The band is set to return on September 14th with their latest album, ‘The Future IS What It Used To Be’, released via Cleopatra Records (available in CD, Vinyl, and Digital formats).
 
The band is Garry Peterson (Drums, Vocals), D# (Lead Vocals, Guitar, Piano), Will E. (Guitar, Harp, Vocals), Leonard Shaw (Keyboards, Flute, Sax, Vocals), and Rudy Sarzo (Bass, Vocals). The album’s first single, ‘Playin’ on the Radio’, will be released on July 17th. It can be heard on Spotify, Apple Music and other streaming services. Also featured on the album are several special guests including, Tommy Shaw (Styx) on vocals, Brent Fitz (Slash, Gene Simmons) percussion, Jim Kale (Guess Who founding member) and Michael Devin (Whitesnake) on bass guitar.
 
“The song is a celebration of the radio and what it meant to us all.”, explains D#. “Whenever a new great song hit the airwaves, the DJ would say a few words then off to the races! You’d tune in just to hear it over and over again. The character in the song could be any one of us as we move ahead in life. Great music has the innate power to transport you back to so many great memories in an instant. Music is healing. I see it AND feel it every single night in our audience.”
 
A music video for the track has been filmed (directed by Nigel Dick and shot in Las Vegas), and the song can be pre-ordered on iTunes (there is also a pre-order page set up on the official Cleopatra site [INSERT LINK]). The video can be viewed here:
 
 
"I love what I do, and I love trains and I love rock n' roll,” explains Nigel about the video. “So, I was honored to be asked to shoot The Guess Who. And when they told me they were available for a day in Vegas and by chance I stumbled on this wonderful rail-yard full of old engines just up the road from the strip - I was in heaven - and up to my axles in dust! It was a perfect day.”
 
And the band is pleased with the results. “My very first music video - who knew?!” says Garry. “Having the privilege of working with the legendary Nigel Dick, took me back to growing up in an era where music videos told a creative visual story that I always looked forward to seeing by my favorite artists,” adds Will. “This track was no exception, adding a colorful, action packed sequence to a great story.”
 
Garry Peterson: “I never dreamed that I would get a chance to record an album, after 40 years, in the same way, and with the same recording gear that we used in the 60s and 70s. This was truly a blessing for me and a humbling, cathartic experience for my musical soul. Thank you to all my bandmates, and everyone who helped make it a reality. I hope our fans enjoy it as much as I do.”
 
D#: “This all started when I wrote ‘Playing on the Radio’. Lyrically and musically, these songs are the soundtrack to my journey with The Guess Who over the last 10 years. This record was a joy and an honor to create. As version 3.0 of this iconic band, we had our work cut out for us. The challenge in this type of situation is always to be true to the heartroots of the original blueprint, as well as being able to journey onwards into an inspired future, incorporating the new energies that we bring to the experience, as you do in any family, generation after generation. I hope you enjoy the ride as much as we did.”
 
Will E: “I am honored to be a part of this chapter of The Guess Who. We specifically wrote and arranged the music to reflect what people have always loved about the band; great songs with big vocal driven choruses. We accomplished our own sound while maintaining the classic nature that makes The Guess Who an iconic band.”
 
Rudy Sarzo: “The Guess Who is part of the soundtrack of my life. It’s truly an honor to have performed on the new record. And I’m already looking forward to the next one.”
 
Leonard Shaw: “It has been quite the trip since I joined the Guess Who 25 years ago, but I am stoked about our new recording of original songs! These songs are fun to play live, and people are digging them!”
 
And soon, fans will be able to hear the latest work from this legendary band, upon the arrival of the rocking and inspired ‘The Future IS What It Used To Be.’
 
‘The Future IS What It Used To Be’ track listing:
1. When We Were Young
2. Runnin’ Blind
3. Talks All The Time
4. Baby Come Around
5. Haunted
6. In America
7. Playin’ On The Radio
8. Give It A Try
9. Good Girl
10. Long Day
 
The new album is now available for pre order.
 
Stream “Playin’ On The Radio" on Spotify: http://open.spotify.com/album/3S6oVVlZ2XuTO6uf6scfkD
 
FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT:
Website - theguesswho.com
Facebook - facebook.com/theguesswho
Instagram  -  @TheGuessWhoBand
Twitter - @TheGuessWho

 

 
Wed
25
Jul

DALLAS Delivers Some Classic AOR Via AOR Blvd Records

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Aor Blvd Records are proud and excited to present the signing of the future of Aor, Dallas...
 
Featuring San Franciscos Bryan Dallas, songwriter extrodinaire and all round intrumentalist. A fourteen track cd licensed to Anderstein Music, Japan will be released in July, followed by our U.K version ​with different songs in August.
 
An unstoppable force driven by over 100 songs and performing his origionals on guitar, piano, bass, drums and various other instruments, you could say he is ready to make some noise. Bryan Dallas is a trained musician and vocalist with an ear for harmony and a rhythmic sensibility.
 
Besides learning the live environment through touring and shows, Bryan has become fluent in todays music produciton tech savy environment and commercial recording studios.
 
In the beginning when bryan worked in radio he began to learn about the way music impacts culture. Even before being welcomed to the world of radio Bryan had already got a feel for the magic of the San Francisco live music scene as a stage hand for remote recording
broadcasts of major artists.  All of this experience poised him to persue the long-term goal of being a creator of music.
 
From a performance standpoint, Bryan thrives on the connection music creates. With over a decade of professional recording and performing experience Bryan states "I still have a lot to learn."
 
JAPANESE RELEASE ​TRACKLISTING
​*To be released by Anderstein Records Aug 24th 2018
 
​1) Rock N Roll Never Dies
2) This Love*
3) Rock You Like A Bomb
4) Bring The Light*
5) Rip It Up
6) I Close My Eyes*
7) Lay It All On The Line
8) Miles Away
9) I Wanna Buy You A Star
 
Bonus Tracks
10) Don't Ever Stop
11) Heaven Down
12) Forever
13) Rock Ain't Dead
14) Feel The Music
 
U.K.RELEASE
​TRACKLISTING
*To be released by AorblvdRecords Sept 24th 2018
 
1) Rock N Roll Never Dies
2) This Love
3) Rock You Like A Bomb
4) Bring The Light
5) Rip It Up
​6) Close My Eyes
7) Lay It On The Line
8) Miles Away
9) I Wanna Buy You A Star
10) Don't Ever Stop
11) Open Your Heart
12) Over Now
13) Miles Away (Neon Blue Mix)
 
Kelv Hellrazer says: "The most exciting artist I've worked with since Poison and White Lion...Think Winger, Bon jovi, Blue Tears, Def Leppard, Reckless Love meeting Danger Danger up a dark alley. ​He has a massive buzz , the boys' got so many songs ..".and looks like a star....
 
 
Tue
24
Jul

OUTLOUD 'Virtual Hero Society' out September 14

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Friday, September 14, 2018
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OUTLOUD, the international melodic hard rock sensation consisting of Bob Katsionis (FIREWIND) and NYC-based singer Chandler Mogel has released 3 albums and an EP to wide critical acclaim in the hard rock / metal world, since its debut released on Frontiers Records in 2009, has appeared in hundreds of rock & metal publications both print and online, including features in major mags such as BURRN! Japan, Rock Hard, Fireworks, Metal Hammer, etc.
 
They have become the most viewed Greek Hard Rock band on YouTube. Their songs appear on a handful of reputable compilations such as Rock Hard, Metal Hammer & Classic Rock AOR and their track ‘We Run’ was named ‘Track of the Day’ in Classic Rock Magazine. The band has toured in Europe and in its home-base country of Greece multiple times, has appeared on national TV there (on MTV Greece, MAD TV and Radio Arvyla, the country’s biggest talk show) and also twice on the cover for Greek Metal Hammer, the country’s biggest rock publication. The band begin a new chapter of their career with their fourth full-length album, ‘Virtual Hero Society’ (aka VHS) on ROAR! Rock Of Angels Records, a new, on-the-rise hard rock label out of Greece.
 
This is their first full-length since 2014’s ‘Let’s Get Serious’, and their second release on ROAR, the first being Destination: Overdrive - the Best of Outloud, which featured their popular cover of the Pointer Sisters' hit ‘I’m So Excited’, in 2015. This time, with the album title, theme and title track and first single, "Virtual Heroes", Outloud abandons their general "playful" approach and goes toward deeper subject matter, tackling what could be called the "double-edged sword" of technology in today's society, as evidenced by the album cover.
 
Chandler Mogel, the American lead singer of the band, comments on the albums concept: "I know that Outloud of course is known for all our good time rock and roll and party vibe and all that, however this is a very important subject that needs to be addressed to the masses. "Cell phones and social media in general are very convenient and allow us to communicate to a broader audience , however they have some negative aspects which stem from misuse that not all people may realize. We hope to do some good for the society at large by giving back an important message in that we really want people not to abuse them nor do we want people to lose their humanity for one another, because they are so "zoned out" by their phone screens, etc. Take the time to reach out and touch someone - for real."
 
According to Bob Katsionis: ‘This time we tried to achieve the most difficult task of all: to have a personal sound that reminds of no other production in the genre, by combing the best of the analog world with the big disco snare drum sound and the analog mixing with the virtues of the new age with synthesizers, distorted basses and metal guitars! Same thing we did with the title of the album: the nostalgia of the VHS tapes-era that also translates to the harsh reality of the Virtual Hero Society we live in!’
 
Outloud is:
Chandler Mogel - All Lead & Background Vocals
Bob Katsionis - Lead Guitars & Keys
Sverd - Bass
Jim Scordilis - Guitars
Thanos Pappas - Drums
 
TRACK LIST
Digipack CD:
1. Fools' Train
2. My Promise
3. Virtual Heroes
4. I Am The One
5. Share My Dreams
6. World-Go-Round
7. We Got Tonite
8. Borrowed Time
9. Live With It
10. ...And I Tried
11. Fallen Love
12. Fight On!
 
Black Vinyl / LTD. Red Vinyl:
 
SIDE A:
1. Fools' Train
2. My Promise
3. Virtual Heroes
 
SIDE B:
1. I Am The One
2. Share My Dreams
3. World-Go-Round
 
SIDE C:
1. We Got Tonite
2. Borrowed Time
3. Live With It
 
SIDE D:
1. ...And I Tried
2. Fallen Love
3. Fight On!
 
 
Mon
23
Jul

ROXY BLUE Sign Up For New 2019 Album

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FRONTIERS ANNOUNCES SIGNING OF MEMPHIS HARD ROCK LEGENDS ROXY BLUE, NEW STUDIO ALBUM COMING IN 2019
 
Frontiers is thrilled to welcome Memphis, TN hard rockers Roxy Blue to the family! Their legendary debut album, "Want Some" is a classic of the early '90s hard rock scene that had continued on from the '80s heyday. The band is currently busy writing and recording a brand new studio album that will be released in 2019.
 
Original members Todd Poole (vocals), Josh Weil (bass), and Scotty Trammell (drums) are joined by new guitarist, Jeff Caughron. (Original guitarist Sid "Boogie" Fletcher has left the music business for a successful career in dentistry.)
 
Vocalist Todd Poole says, "Roxy Blue fans can expect an explosive new album! I think the new record is definitely a different sound than the 1992 version of Roxy Blue, but not unrecognizable. The new record is much heavier, but still has some cool ballads and hints of early Roxy in there. I feel that it's a well balanced record."
 
Poole continues, "I have been writing songs for years for different projects I've been in, but when Frontiers called, I knew it was an opportunity to take a fresh approach to a new Roxy Blue sound. The excitement of having a new record deal actually inspired me to write the songs for the upcoming record from scratch."
 
On the band's legacy, Poole says for ""Want Some" to be recognized as one of the finest moments in the latter hard rock days is an honor. Especially being that there were so many good bands out at the time. We were just so proud to be a part of a great rock era."
 
Formed in Memphis, TN in late 1989 by Todd Poole (vocals/ guitar), Sid Fletcher (guitar), Josh Weil (bass), and Scott Trammell (drums), Roxy Blue started out playing original music from the get go, with their sights set on putting their music in front of a national and then global audience. Knowing that their dreams were not going to come easy, the guys put their all into step one of their journey, which was to get started playing every gig they could get and opening for every band they could, to get themselves noticed in the local Memphis music scene. Crammed in together in a studio apartment above Cotton Row Studios, the guys were constantly writing and recording new songs and living a 24 hour rock 'n roll life style miles and miles away for the Sunset Strip of Los Angeles. Quickly earning a name for themselves within the local Memphis music scene and selling out club shows, they soon created a buzz in the music industry. But, it wasn't until one night while playing a local bar they were approached by Jani Lane, the vocalist of Warrant, that things really started to take off. Jani loved what he heard and wanted to help get Roxy Blue's career launched. Soon after, the labels started calling and eventually Geffen Records' legendary A&R guru Tom Zutaut (Motley Crue, Guns N Roses, Tesla) flew the band to Los Angeles to sign them. The next step was to find the right producer to record the band's debut album. Mike Clink, who had produced Guns 'N Roses milestone "Appetite For Destruction" and, at the time, was finishing up on GnR's "Use Your Illusion" l and ll albums, was ultimately chose for the job. Clink and Roxy Bluewere a perfect match and the result was the 1992 release of WANT SOME. Now, 25 years later Roxy Blue is still going strong.
 
And a fun fact for fans of the Frontiers' label, Roxy Blue vocalist Todd Poole is the son-in-law of the late, great Jimi Jamison who Frontiers had a great, long standing working relationship with.
 
ROXY BLUE:
Todd Poole (vocals)
Scott Trammell (drums)
Josh Weil (bass)
Jeff Caughron (guitar)
 
Follow the band on Facebook: https://bit.ly/2Nk4hva
 
Catch Roxy Blue LIVE:
* Idaho Rockfest 2018 - August 24th Idaho Falls, ID w/ RATT, WARRANT, Dokken, Vince Neil, and more!
* Rock N Skull 2018 - October 28th Creve Couer, Il
 
Fri
20
Jul

MAD MAX Turn '35' On August 10

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Friday, August 10, 2018
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MAD MAX
- New album 35 out August 10 -
- First single and video today -
 
The first single ‘Beat Of The Heart’ stands out among the eleven songs on the forthcoming album 35 for a number of reasons. One the one hand the track could be described as the 2018 successor of Mad Max’s most important hit ‘Night Of Passion’, and on the other hand the band members have made their longstanding dream come true with the video that supports the song. “For once in the history of Mad Max, we wanted to shoot a video that has the look and the cinematic quality of a real little motion picture. Thanks to the support of our sponsor Hubert Teichmann, we got that opportunity at last.”
 
By way of explanation: Hubert Teichmann, among other things the owner of the private “Staudenbahn” railway line near Augsburg, has been a staunch patron of the arts for a number of years – again the term “idealism” comes to mind! – and supplied the financial means that enabled Mad Max to shoot a video clip in Berlin with a number of actors, among them leading man Vinzenz Kiefer (The Baader Meinhof Complex, the action/crime drama series Alarm für Cobra 11, Jason Bourne) and director/screenwriter Oliver Betke.
 
 
35 will be released as CD DigiPak version, limited vinyl version, download and stream on August 10th 2018 through SPV/Steamhammer. https://MadMax.lnk.to/35
 
Tracklisting:
1. The Hutch  01:07 (Intro)
2. Running To Paradise  4:25
3. Beat Of The Heart  3:30
4. D.A.M.N.  4:45
5. Snowdance  4:13
6. Thirty 5  4:02
7. Already Gone  3:44
8. False Freedom  4:50
9. Goodbye To You  4:18
10. Rocky Road  6:32
11. Paris Is Burning  04:08 (Bonus Track)
 

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