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05
Sep

Introducing ROOM EXPERIENCE Featuring DAVID READMAN

Friday, September 5, 2014
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Press RELEASE - ROOM EXPERIENCE: First official trailer and singer announcement
 
Room Experience is the name of a brand new high profile project, born from the artistic partnership between keyboardist and songwriter Gianluca Firmo (from Brescia, Italy) and the production team composed by Davide "Dave Rox" Barbieri (Wheels Of Fire, Charming Grace) and Pierpaolo "Zorro11" Monti (Shining Line, Charming Grace, Lionville).
 
The debut album is currently being recorded in Italy under the production's oversight of duo Barbieri/Monti, while mix and mastering duties will be handled by star producer of the moment, Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline, Edge Of Forever, Rated X, Shining Line), at his Ivorytears Music Studio in Somma Lombardo (Va, Italy).
 
Firmo's songwriting skills are going to offer an exciting journey through a wide range of melodic rock styles, with influences coming from classic AOR to more up-to-date melodic hard-rock. With such a rich variety of styles to face, a powerhouse and versatile vocalist was needed in order to carry songs to completion, so UK's extraordinary singer David Readman (Pink Cream 69, Voodoo Circle) was officially approached to perform all the songs of the project.
 
The album is scheduled for a release in early 2015 on label tba. Further details regarding additional guests involved and more infos about the project will follow in the next weeks.
 
1st Official Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Fb-QNpVOes

Room Experience official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/roomexperienceofficial

 
Fri
05
Sep

ALLEN/LANDE - The Great Divide (Pre-View)

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Friday, September 5, 2014
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Russell Allen and Jorn Lande team for their forth partnership with the album The Great Divide.
 
To be honest, I wasn’t looking forward to this, even with the first three albums from the duo all ranking highly in my reviews and my great fondness for mastermind/songwriter/guitarist/producer Magnus Karlsson.
 
One reason is because Magnus is not involved in this at all. And secondly because taking over from him is Timo Tolkki, who has recently delivered two poorly received Avalon projects, both falling short with production as well as song writing.
 
Now I don’t have the writing credits for this album yet, but I do know that Timo produced and mixed it and he’s on the way to redeeming himself.
 
Despite missing that full frontal audio assault that Magnus gives us with his guitars and production, The Great Divide still manages to pack a good punch thanks to a tight Dennis Ward mix.
It’s well produced and is almost as heavy as its predecessors. Guitars still rule the day.
 
Vocally the album is every bit as impressive as Jorn and Russell deliver their usually high standard in vocals. There is less interplay between the two singers overall, but it’s great to hear both singing quality material with gusto.
 
Timo also delivers in the songwriting department. There’s some great melodic metal gems here.
 
You’ve already heard the opening track Come Dream With Me (https://www.facebook.com/frontiersmusicsrl/posts/738891939500193), and some additional snippets via http://youtu.be/gezpefzBqIA.
 
That track is a pretty good indication of what’s to come on the record. There is some blistering rockers in Dream About Tomorrow, In The Hands Of Time and The Hymn To The Fallen.
Mid-tempo ear rattlers like Lady Of Winter and Solid Ground show off the guys at their very best and then there’s a huge metal ballad to close the album Bitter Sweet.
 
So lots to look forward to here. I’m going to spend some additional time with it before my final review, but initial fears have certainly been laid to rest.
 
The album is out October 17 in Europe and October 21 in North America. Pre-order from Amazon:
 

 
Fri
05
Sep

NIGHT RANGER Continue Quest For Next Guitarist

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Friday, September 5, 2014
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Night Ranger continue looking for a permanent replacement for departed guitarist Joel Hoekstra, who has joined Whitesnake.
Jack Blades sent this message out:
 
"We wanted to give a shout out to Keri Kelli (Alice Cooper Band), who has been playing with us until we make an official lineup announcement.  Keri has been rockin' the past few shows, like only he could! He's a bro and rock n' roll family to us. Getting hit by lots of great guitar players for the spot. No one is officially locked in as of yet. We have received so many amazing messages from our fans and thank you for supporting Night Ranger!"
 
Meanwhile, Joel has spoken to Guitar World about his new job: http://www.guitarworld.com/guitarist-joel-hoekstra-discusses-his-new-gig...
 
Thu
04
Sep

RUSSELL ALLEN / JORN LANDE Return With “The Great Divide” in October

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Friday, October 17, 2014
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Jorn Lande and Russell Allen return with 4th ALLEN LANDE masterpiece “The Great Divide” in October
 
Production and songwriting by former Stratovarius mastermind, Timo Tolkki
 
 
                Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release of the anticipated fourth album from ALLEN / LANDE, the vocal alliance between Norwegian Jorn Lande and powerhouse Symphony X / Adrenaline Mob vocalist Russell Allen entitled “The Great Divide” on October 17th in Europe and October 21st in North America.
 
                Following three successful albums written, played and produced by Magnus Karlsson (of Primal Fear/Starbreaker), the new album “The Great Divide” offers a substantial change in that former Stratovarius guitarist and main composer, Timo Tolkki took on the challenge to write and produce the new recording. Tolkki also performs all instrumentation on the album except for drums, which are handled by Jami Huovinen.
 
                Work on the album started in late 2013 when the first songs were demoed and sent to the two singers, who loved the direction of the new music. Also, for the first time, Jorn Lande has contributed vocal melodies and lyrics to the album. The final result is certainly outstanding and the crisp mixes from Dennis Ward (PC 69, Place Vendome, Unisonic) have delivered an amazing sounding album. Stunning cover art created by French artist Stan Decker completes the package of the most eagerly anticipated Melodic Metal release of 2014!
 
                The opening track from the album, “Come Dream With Me”, is available for streaming via Soundcloud via this link: https://soundcloud.com/frontiersrecords/come-dream-with-me/s-k7ZzA and a 3-song trailer is available on Youtube via this link: http://youtu.be/gezpefzBqIA  Two more songs from the album will be unveiled in the coming weeks prior to the album’s release.
 
                “The Great Divide” tracklisting includes the following songs: Come Dream With Me; Down From The Mountain; In The Hands Of Time; Solid Ground; Lady Of Winter; Dream About Tomorrow; Hymn To The Fallen; The Great Divide; Reaching For The Stars; Bittersweet.
 
Fans can pre-order the album now on Amazon.com here: http://geni.us/AllenLandeAMZ
 
Thu
04
Sep

WORK OF ART: "Framework" Limited 12" Vinyl Edition Announced

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Friday, November 7, 2014
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WORK OF ART: "FRAMEWORK" LIMITED 12" VINYL EDITION ANNOUNCED

Inner Wound Recordings are proud to announce the release of a limited 12" vinyl edition of the WORK OF ART album "Framework". A deal was inked with Frontiers Records, and the release dates are set to November 7th for Europe and December 2nd for North America. The edition is strictly limited to 500 copies worldwide and includes an insert with lyrics.

"Framework" is available for pre-ordering at the Inner Wound Store: http://www.innerwound.bigcartel.com

Track listing

Side A
01. Time To Let Go
02. How Will I know?
03. The Machine
04. Can't Let Go
05. The Turning Point
06. Over The Line

Side B
01. How Do You Sleep At Night?
02. Shout 'Till You Wake Up
03. Hold On To Love
04. Natalie
05. My Waking Dream

For more information: http://www.innerwound.com

 
Wed
03
Sep

JIMI JAMISON Dies At The Age of 63

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014
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Jimi Jamison has died from a heart attack at the age of just 63. I'm beyond words at this point. I've lost a great friend and the world has lost an iconic singer and human.
Jimi is one of my favourite singers of all time who also happened to be one of the nicest guys ever. The time we spent together at MRF1, 2 & 3 will be tresured.
 
Tributes contnue to flow for the great man and the fact he is on the mids of so many people is testament to how well he was reguarded.
 
 
Some other great folks add their feelings:
 
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Jim Peterik: "I've feel like I've just been punched in the heart. I have lost a dear friend and the world has lost a massive talent and world beating singer. Shine on Jimi. Love Jim Peterik"
 
Joe Vana (Mecca): "I just talked to him last week...he sounded good...tired, but good...he always was....always working and loved his fans....was the real deal....one of my 3 mentors in Survivor....I hope and pray my other 2 can come together and do something special in his name....he looked up to those guys so much...and to hear all the fun stories of his long career makes me cry...this is a hole that will not be ever filled....he was everything he seemed to be...passionate, honest, loyal and talented beyond belief...the Mecca family has lost Fergie and now Jimi the past few months....and the world has lost an immense person....Jimi, give Fergie a hug for me.....love you...Jo Jo...."

Kip Winger: "R.I.P Jimi Jamison. A brilliant singer and a beautiful soul. We'll miss you Jimi. God Speed."

Jack Blades: "I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Jimi. He not only had a beautiful voice, but a beautiful spirit as well. I will miss his smiling face and his friendship. Shine on Jimi."

Brian Howe: "Still struggling to get over the news of Jimi Jamison. We will never share a stage again...........sad."

Howie Simon: "Very sorry to hear about the passing of Jimi Jamison. Just saw him perform recently and he sounded as amazing as ever. Condolences to all his friends, family , and fans. It's a big loss..."

Vic Rivera (Adriagale): "I'm stunned that my friend Jimi Jamison apparently passed way yesterday from a heart attack. He was a great person and a one-of-a kind singer. Debby and I are shocked and saddened beyond words. Rest in peace, Jimi. You will be sorely missed."

Mike Reno: "Hello friends: It is with a heavy heart that I announce my good friend and fellow rocker Jimi Jamison has passed away at the young age of 63. This one is especially hard for me as he was a brother to me and I loved him dearly. I am in shock right now as I'm sure many who knew Jimi are. We will miss his huge heart and beautiful smile, not to mention his awesome voice and great song writing talent. I'm gonna miss you buddy. We are all gonna miss you......Mike"

Kevin Chalfant: "Dear Jimi, Getting to know you as a personal friend truly enriched my life. Your advice in so many situations all comes flooding back to my mind now. I am so glad you called me last week or I would feel like I didn't have a chance to say goodbye. You still found it humorous to prank on me one last time by saying that you lost a great paying because I never called you back or answered my text messages when everyone knows it was you that never replied, but I played along because that brought you such joy to watch me squirm : ) I will miss your teasing and joking around more than anything, but the world will truly remember you for your gigantic talent and enormous voice. But you were a friend with a caring soul. God grant you peace my friend."

Bobby Kimball: "When I heard that Jimi had passed away, it totally broke my heart. I feel so bad now that I know he is gone. Frontiers Records sent me an e-mail 2 months ago, and they asked me if Jimi and I could do another "Kimball/Jamison" Duet CD. I really wanted to. I feel so bad that I've just lost one of my very best friends, and he was such a great singer, also fun to work with. We also lost Fergie Frederiksen not long ago, and he was one of my very good friends as well. This is all very sad for me, because I loved these two guys, and I have done a lot of concerts with both of them."

 
Frontiers Records: "To say we are deeply saddened by the passing of Jimi Jamison would be a tremendous understatement. We had the pleasure of working with Jimi on a few releases including, "Empires" (1999), "Reach" (a Survivor album) (2006), "Crossroads Moment" (2008), "Kimball/Jamison" (with former Toto singer Bobby Kimball) (2011) and "Never Too Late" (2012). He was an incredible talent and will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jimi, his family and his friends and fans."

Survivor: "The entire Survivor family is very shocked and saddened by the passing of our brother Jimi Jamison. Our thoughts, love and prayers go out to his family and friends."

Frankie Sullivan: "There is no way to explain the loss of my brother “Jamo.” Over the years we developed a deep friendship. My heart is heavy with sadness as I struggle to express the pain, suffering and deep loss. Though I rest assured that Jim is in the best of places, it still provides little comfort for those of us left behind. His voice was magic and he had a loving heart. I called him “Golden Throat” and for good reason. Jim Jamison had a voice we will never forget. It was massive and huge and yet sweet and gentle. He was a loving soul and a brother to me in many ways. I will miss him greatly."

 
Toby Hitchcock: "I'm so upset. A great friend of mine Jimi Jamison has passed. What an incredible singer...but more than that, an INCREDIBLE person. I'm honored to have met you and honored to have shared the stage with you. I love ya man!! ‪#‎RIP‬ bro. Life is so short. Never take life for granted. It's so short."
 
Jeff Scott Soto: "It is with a heavy heart we share the news of the loss of another colleague, friend and incredible singer Jimi Jamison who passed away yesterday from an apparent heart attack at the age of 63. Jimi was a good friend to most of us in the band, RIP good sir, heaven has another great tenor!"
 
James Christian: "Today I am truly heart broken, A dear friend of Robin and Mine, Jimi Jamison has passed on. There are no words to describe what a gentle soul he was, not to mention an incredible singer. Robin and I will miss him dearly, 63 years is not enough for anyone, he had so much more to share. Jimi, tonight we pray for you and wish for you eternal peace. We Love You"
 
Dave Bickler: "I'm in total shock. I can't believe I lost my dear friend Jimi. Our hearts go out to his family. He will be missed."
 
 
 
 

 

 
Wed
03
Sep

SPV Announces MAGNUM Christmas Single 'On Christmas Day'

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014
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The British melodic hard rock group MAGNUM have confirmed the release of a new digital single "On Christmas Day" on Steamhammer / SPV. The digital version contains a long version and a radio edit of the song and another track named "Born To Be King". The digital version will be available worldwide on October 24th together with the limited 10" vinyl version.
 
Guitarist and songwriter Tony Clarkin tells how it all happened: "It was Olly Hahn at SPV/Steamhammer who said that he a great idea, and could I write a Christmas song? I replied we had already had done that in the past and told him about "On Christmas Day" and that it was on the "Rockart" album.So if he wanted to check that out to see if it was suitable because it`s not the normal Christmas song that people would expect. I had not heard it myself for a long long time. We were in Germany at the time and so we all sat round the computer to listen to the track and we were all impressed and I was really looking forward to re doing it. That's really the story of how it came about, but I also thought "Born To Be King" could also fit with On Christmas Day as a strong B side for the whole package.!"
 
Bass player Alan Barrow, who also created the artwork, explains the idea behind the cover: "Based on was a series of widespread, unofficial ceasefires that took place along the Western Front around Christmas 1914, during World War I. It`s documented that German and British soldiers began to exchange seasonal greetings and songs between their trenches. On Christmas Day, many soldiers from both sides independently ventured into "no man's land", where they mingled, exchanging food and souvenirs. Several meetings ended in carol-singing. Troops from both sides would also play games of football with one another."
 

MAGNUM will embark on another European Tour in 2014. Here are the dates:

 

23/11/14
Switzerland
Zug
Chollerhalle
24/11/14
Germany
Aschaffenburg
Colos-Saal
26/11/14
Germany
Bochum
Zeche
27/11/14
Germany
Osnabruck
Rosenhof
28/11/14
Germany
Mannheim
Alte Seilerei
29/11/14
Netherlands
Patronaat
Haarlem
01/12/14
UK
Cambridge
Cambridge Junction
02/12/14
UK
Sheffield
The Corporation
03/12/14
UK
Preston
53-Degrees
04/12/14
UK
Middlesbrough
Empire
05/12/14
UK
Bilston
Robin 2
07/12/14
UK
Porthcawl, Wales
Planet Rockstock

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Wed
03
Sep

FAITHSEDGE Launch 'Saving Anything' Lyric Video

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014
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After their debut album, Faithsedge return with The Answer Of Insanity, featuring singer/songwriter Giancarlo Floridia, former Dokken lead guitarist Alex De Rosso, drummer Tony Morra (Van Zant) and two of the best keyboard players in melodic rock, Eric Ragno (Trixter /Fergie Frederiksen) and Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline). The Answer Of Insanity is simply a perfect mix of hard rock, heavy metal and progressive, with plenty of melodic old school hooks, concept songwriting and stripped-down edgy in your face production to rebel back at current trends and fads in the music business. Produced by Fabrizio Grossi (Steve Vai/Steve Lukather) and mastered by Peter Doell (David Lee Roth/Richard Marx) at Universal Mastering in Los Angeles, the album is now available worldwide.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJXH9ZRFMHw

The Answer Of Insanity tracklisting:

Now I Know The Truth
Revolve My World
The Way I Have To Let You Go
Are We Gonna Stand?
Comes Crashing Down
Saving Anything
Pray For This
Until Your Home
When I Lost You
Destroy You

 
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Wed
03
Sep

RICHIE KOTZEN 'Essential' 2CD Release Out Today

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014
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RICHIE KOTZEN
'THE ESSENTIAL RICHIE KOTZEN'
OUT TODAY ON LOUD & PROUD RECORDS;

 
U.S. HEADLINING TOUR STARTS NOVEMBER 1 IN ANNAPOLIS, MD
 
September 2, 2014 -- Guitarist/singer/songwriter RICHIE KOTZEN released THE ESSENTIAL RICHIE KOTZEN today on Loud & Proud Records. To celebrate his newest project, he's hitting the U.S. concert trail starting November 1 in Annapolis, MD at Rams Head Tavern.  Before then, he'll be spending September and most of October on a headlining tour which will take him through Europe and Mexico.

THE ESSENTIAL RICHIE KOTZEN is a two-CD and DVD career retrospective set that encompasses this iconic talent's entire career of his most essential work:  classic material; acoustic performances; bootleg material; and two brand new songs ('War Paint' and 'Walk With Me').  The DVD features music videos, acoustic performances, and bootleg material.  A new official video for 'War Paint' will premiere on MusicRadar.com later this week.  In the meantime, the video for 'Walk With Me' (filmed entirely on KOTZEN's iPhone) can be found on his official YouTube page.
 
Fans can check out exclusive full album streams of each disc on VH1 Classic/MTV.com and GuitarWorld.com.
 
KOTZEN personally curated THE ESSENTIAL RICHIE KOTZEN from his 18 solo albums in order to give listeners the most comprehensive, cohesive, and concise introduction to his extensive body of work.  'I've really changed and grown as an artist and as a person,' he says.  'I hand-selected songs so newcomers can get into my music and learn who I am as a recording artist.'
 
Rave reviews of THE ESSENTIAL RICHIE KOTZEN have already started to surface:
 
'KOTZEN is an artist with a centered musical philosophy anchored by soulful music and a perfectionist's attention to craft... THE ESSENTIAL RICHIE KOTZEN is an excellent career retrospective by an underrated songwriter.'  (Oscar Jordan, Vintage Guitar)
 
'The extensive combo perfectly captures his dynamic musicianship, his jaw-dropping guitar solos, and his tangy blend of rock, blues, and soul, and will encourage listeners to discover more of his work...'  (Bear Frazer, Arena.com)
 
'RICHIE KOTZEN is one on the most ridiculous guitar players alive today...If you have only heard RICHIE in other bands (or have no clue who he is) then you really need to hook yourself up and give him his due. RICHIE has an incredibly soulful voice and did I mention his guitar solos are other worldly?  Get the book of his musical life and discover some magic.'  (Jason Lally, Realrockreport.com)
 
Check out RICHIE KOTZEN at any of the following stops, with more dates to be added in the coming weeks on all of his official websites:
 
DATE               CITY                             VENUE

 
Sat 11/1            Annapolis, MD              Rams Head Tavern
Mon 11/3          Londonderry, NH           Tupelo Music Hall
Tue 11/4            Boston, MA                  Wilbur Theater
Wed 11/5          New York, NY               B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Fri 11/7             Poughkeepsie, NY        The Chance
Sat 11/8            Reading, PA                 Building 24
Sun 11/9           New Haven, CT              Toad's Place
Tue 11/11          Pittsburgh, PA              Altar Bar
 
About Loud & Proud Records
 
Loud & Proud Records is an independent record label founded in 2007 by Tom Lipsky whose mission is to provide a true and transparent partnership between artists and their record label.  Labels under Lipsky's direction in the past, including CMC International, Sanctuary Records Group and a joint-venture with Roadrunner Records, were responsible for new releases by Neil Young, Rush, Lynyrd Skynyrd, KISS, Robert Plant, Rob Zombie, Morrissey, Lenny Kravitz, Iron Maiden, The Allman Brothers Band and more.  Loud & Proud's current roster includes five-time Emmy' Award winning actor and musician Jonathan Jackson and his band Enation, multi-platinum alternative band Flyleaf, supergroup rock band The Winery Dogs, renowned jam band The String Cheese Incident, multi-platinum country artists BlackHawk, Seattle's alternative Walking Papers, critically-acclaimed singer/songwriter Willie Nile and powerhouse rockers KIX.  Loud & Proud Records is distributed in the U.S. and Canada by RED, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, and in the rest of the world by earMUSIC/Edel AG. Loud & Proud Records is a registered trademark of Lipsky Music, LLC.
 

 
Wed
03
Sep

Onwards And Upwards for Prog-Rockers FOREST FIELD (Feat. Phil Vincent)

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Sunday, September 7, 2014
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The second full length album from Forest Field, Onwards And Upwards will see it´s official release on September 7.
Again all songs and instruments were handled by Peter Cox. The mighty Phil Vincent (Legion, Tragik, solo, etc) delivered another stunning set of lead and harmony vocals and the wonderful Sue Straw performed Native American flutes on one track.

We are very proud to announce that the mix was done by Billy Sherwood (Yes, Circa:, etc.) and the mastering by Maor Appelbaum, both in California, USA.

An EPK will follow soon, but we have a little teaser avaiable on our YouTube channel. Of course you are welcome to subscribe.

Onwards And Upwards holds 11 tracks, instrumental and vocal, in a prog rock vein. Track list and more info on the site. A pre-sale is available on iTunes, where you get instant access to A Miracle.

 

 
Wed
03
Sep

MR. BIG Premiere Audio For Lead Album Track 'Gotta Love The Ride'

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014
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Mr. Big "Gotta Love The Ride" from the new album '...The Stories We Could Tell.' Preorder the album on iTunes:http://geni.us/TheStoriesWeCouldTell or via Amazon at: 
 

 
 

 

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Tue
02
Sep

My Tribute To JIMI JAMISON (R.I.P.)

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014
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JIMI JAMISON R.I.P.

August 23, 1951 - August 31, 2014

 
 
I'm really getting tired of this. Another legend has left us. But even more so, another great human being has gone. Another one of the good guys. Why is it always the good guys?
 
I can barely gather the strength to write as I soak up a soundtrack of songs that have shaped my life.
 
Jimi Jamison was one of several singers that I grew up worshipping. His music, the songs he sang on, from his solo work to the emotion changed anthems and ballads of the mighty Survivor.
 
I grew up listening to Survivor. Thankfully I never grew out of that. There is rarely a week where some form of Jimi's vocals don't bless my ears.
 
In most cases the lyrics and music was written by others, but in every case, it was that emotional, powerful, dominating force that was Jimi's voice that made those songs come to life.
 
It's the singer, not the song...
 
I cannot live without music. At the various times of difficulty in my life I turn to the music I need to hear to make it better. Jimi Jamison was a major part of that. I know I'm not alone in that sentiment.
 
As I have stated before, I am in a privileged position to be able to talk to many of the artists that I grew up and continue to listen to, admire and yes…worship.
 
There is an unspeakable joy when that legend you admire also turns out to be a heck of a nice guy. Jimi was one of those. Beyond the call of duty always.
 
I can't even begin to count the number of favors he has done for me and this site over the years.
He was always first in line to contribute to the CDs I put together. He didn't hesitate at the idea to put together the tracks that didn't make his awesome album with Jim Peterik onto what would become the very first MelodicRock Records release.
 
Jimi signed off on using the song "As Is" for the last MRCD only weeks ago.
 
Jimi was one of the first guys I called when it was first decided to do a MelodicRockFest event. He and Jim Peterik were among the special guests at MRF1. He was amazing of course.
So he got a call for MRF2. And MRF3 with Mecca. I couldn't do an event without calling him and he was lined up to appear at MRF4 this year before Survivor duties pulled him elsewhere.
 
But I got to spend a lot of time with him over the course of those 3 events and you know what? He didn't take one cent for doing any of them. He didn't want a fee. He just wanted to be part of the event and help support the site. "Just tell me where and when" he used to say.
 
I can't thank him enough for his generosity, his time and his spirit that he brought to the stage.
The very first event I did in 2007, I was riding with Jim Peterik to South Bend to do some pre-show publicity and Jim pulled out a CDR and said "I've got something for you to hear".
 
It was the first take demo of the song "Crossroads Moment". Jim and Jimi were finally working together again. Jim was so excited. I was instantly floored by it. Another lyric that grabbed my heart, delivered with a vocal so clear and sweet that I knew immediately it would be an all-time favourite from Jimi. Since the first time hearing it, that song has become another important part of my life and I'm glad I got to tell him that.
 
Thankfully I, and everyone else that is a fan of Jimi - whether it be as a solo artist or with Survivor, Jim Peterik, Cobra, Target, Bobby Kimball, Mecca, Scrap Metal, One Man's Trash...we will always have those songs and that voice to keep us going. So many songs...
 
As I reflect upon a loss I find hard to accept, the music of Jimi will be playing all day. I expect that will be the same for many today as he is a guy that has touched the hearts of so many.
 
Mine was one of them. Love ya Jimi. Say g'day to Fergie for me.
 
~ Andrew McNeice, September 2014.
 
 
 
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Mon
01
Sep

TEN To Release New Album 'Albion' November 21

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Friday, November 21, 2014
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TEN - 'ALBION' (Rocktopia Records) For all lovers of fine Melodic Hard Rock the wait is finally over!

British Hard rock giants TEN are returning with what is already being acclaimed as the best album in their history. ‘ALBION’ is the title of the album, the term being the earliest documented name for the collective British Isles from the time of Queen Boadicia.

ALBION’ is fine collection of songs steeped in all the trademark essences associated with the band and is instantly recognisable as TEN.

This is classic Ten in every sense of the phrase.

New European based label ROCKTOPIA RECORDS are proud that this album will carry their prestigious RTP001 catalogue number.

In an exciting development, Gary and the guys have been so productive over the past year that ‘ALBION’ will actually be the first of a two album release situation on ROCKTOPIA.

The second, as yet untitled album, to be released early next year. A schedule not unlike the historical situation when TEN was born, releasing their debut ‘Ten’ and ‘The Name Of The Rose’ in quick succession.

The collection of songs on ‘ALBION’ are destined to become Melodic Hard Rock Anthems.


The Official Release Date for ‘ALBION’ is November 21st Worldwide.
 
However ROCKTOPIA will be Pre-Releasing the Album to Direct Sales, only in Europe and America, from Monday 27th October. This follows TEN's Friday 24th October Firefest appearance where the album will be previewed and the first CD copies will be available.
 
ALBION’ will also represent another first for Ten with the release of a limited edition double gatefold vinyl album including many collectable items which will be an absolute must-have for fans of the band.
 
The name TEN is synonymous with some of the music genre's most striking album sleeves.
In keeping with this TEN tradition the artwork this time is provided by the exceptionally talented Gaetano Di Falco.

ALBION’ is produced by Gary Hughes and once again mixed and mastered by Dennis Ward.

This is an exciting era for TEN. It features all the familiar faces and one or two new ones who have integrated seamlessly, embellishing the Ten sound and taking things to yet another level. TEN are definitely firing on all cylinders.

 
More information on this will follow shortly in forthcoming TEN press releases.
We promise you that your patience will be rewarded.
 
 
Fri
29
Aug

Introducing AMERICAN TREAD Featuring TERRY BROCK

Friday, August 29, 2014
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American Tread at Real 2 Reel
This week American Tread has been at Real 2 Reel recording some great tunes for their upcoming EP, What A Ride.
Engineered by Will McPhaul, assisted by James Cobb.
Mixed by Will McPhaul and mastered by Steve Rawls
Richard Cook is the executive producer for RC Entertainment Group, LLC.
Brock & Jacobs are crafting some great tunes, supported by a smoking band!
American Tread is:
Terry Brock – vocals, guitar & mandolin
Kevin Jacobs – vocals & guitars
Chaz Butler – keys & backing vocals
Mo Dee – drums
Robb Rudd – bass
Jason Bennett – sax
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Photo by Chris Peterson.
 
Fri
29
Aug

LIVE Return With New Album 'The Turn'

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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+LIVE+ RETURN THIS OCTOBER
WITH NEW ALBUM
‘THE TURN’
CO-PRODUCED BY JERRY HARRISON AND LIVE 

PRE-ORDER OF ALBUM AVAILABLE NOW
VIA PLEDGE MUSIC

 

Multi-platinum alternative rock band +LIVE+ will return this fall with THE TURN, their first album of all-new material following a long hiatus.  Set for release October 28 on Think Loud Recordings, the 11-track album features original members Chad Taylor (Guitar & Backing Vocals), Patrick Dahlheimer (Bass and Percussion), Chad Gracey (Drums and Percussion), who are joined by Chris Shinn (Lead Vocals & Guitar).  The album was co-produced by Jerry Harrison and +LIVE+; Harrison also produced three of the band’s previous albums:  1991's Mental Jewelry, 1995's Throwing Copper and 1999's The Distance to Here.

To kick off the album’s release, the band are launching a Pledge Music (http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/live) campaign today (8-28-14) with a portion of the proceeds going to Musicians On Call.  PledgeMusic is the world's leading online, direct-to-fan music community, offering artists a unique way to engage their fans in the music making experience whilst interacting with PledgeMusic's global community of music fans.  Details of the album’s first single and video, along with U.S. and international tour dates will be released thru Pledge and +LIVE’s+ social media platforms over the next few weeks.

In describing the simple process of Shinn joining the group, Chad Taylor said we knew we needed, “a veteran artist that brought a new dimension of musical skill and credibility to the table.  The only name suggested by all three of us was Chris Shinn.  There was no audition process.  We simply called our friend and asked if he wanted to make +LIVE+ music.”

The release of the album will coincide with the 20th anniversary of the group’s eight-million selling Throwing Copper.  That album produced the band’s biggest single, “Lightning Crashes,” which was #1 at Modern Rock radio for 10 consecutive weeks.  With two #1 albums already under their belt and more than 20 million albums sold worldwide, +LIVE+ are ready to enter the next chapter of their career.

Additional details re the band’s upcoming world tour will be revealed in the coming weeks.

The track listing for THE TURN is as follows:

1.    Sirens Call
2.    Don't Run to Wait
3.    Natural Born Killers
4.    6310 Rodgerton Dr.
5.    By Design
6.    The Way Around is Through
7.    Need Tonight
8.    The Strength to Hold On
9.    We Open The Door
10.   He Could Teach the Devil Tricks
11.   Till You Came Around 


Above: album art for THE TURN  

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Thu
28
Aug

DREAM THEATER Announce Special Berklee Live DVD/CD Release

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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GRAMMY-NOMINATED PROGRESSIVE METAL TITANS TO RELEASE LIVE BLU-RAY / DVD,
BREAKING THE FOURTH WALL (LIVE FROM THE BOSTON OPERA HOUSE)

ONE-OF-A-KIND PERFORMANCE CAPTURED IN HD FEATURING 
SPECIAL GUEST PERFORMANCES FROM THE BERKLEE COLLEGE OFMUSIC ORCHESTRA AND CHOIR
“THE LOOKING GLASS” (LIVE) AVAILABLE FOR STREAMING
BREAKING THE FOURTH WALL (LIVE FROM THE BOSTON OPERA HOUSE) ARRIVES SEPTEMBER 30TH, 
PRE-ORDERS AVAILABLE NOW

AUGUST 21, 2014 - DREAM THEATER--Grammy-nominated progressive metal titans--have announced the release of BREAKING THE FOURTH WALL (LIVE FROM THE BOSTON OPERA HOUSE), a live Blu-Ray / DVD set of the band’s one-of-a-kind performance from the Boston Opera House on March 25, 2014. Produced by the band’s own John Petrucci, filmed and directed by Pierre and François Lamoureux, and mixed and mastered by Richard Chycki, BREAKING THE FOURTH WALL (LIVE FROM THE BOSTON OPERA HOUSE) is over 2 hours in length, capturing the special evening, which featured guest performances from The Berklee College of Music Orchestra and Choir. BREAKING THE FOURTH WALL (LIVE FROM THE BOSTON OPERA HOUSE) arrives September 30TH.
The collection will be available in multiple configurations including Blu-Ray, a 2 DVD set, and a webstore deluxe exclusive Blu-Ray/3 CD set with poster, all currently available for pre-order via the Roadrunner Records webstore. Furthermore, Dream Theater have premiered a video of “The Looking Glass” (LIVE) taken from BREAKING THE FOURTH WALL (LIVE FROM THE BOSTON OPERA HOUSE) which can be streamed on the band’s official YouTube Channel. All pre-orders for the webstore exclusive will receive an instant download “The Looking Glass” (LIVE).
 
Dream Theater’s John Petrucci commented on the special event saying, “In many ways, this was a huge homecoming for the band given the history of Dream Theater’s origins and ties with Berklee. With John and I both being alumni and Mike having been a professor at the college for 10 years, we saw the opportunity to perform together with the students of Berklee as a tremendous thrill and honor. We are extremely grateful for everyone's hard work in making this special event a reality and to all who participated.” He continued, “All of the Berklee College instrumentalists and vocalists did an outstanding job that night and it was awesome to have one of its students, Eren Başbuğ orchestrate and conduct them live at the Opera House after having been a part of our latest studio release in the same capacity. Dream Theater has always had a great connection to the city of Boston and we knew that against the backdrop of the beautiful Opera House, this would end up being a historic stop on our 'Along For The Ride' world tour and an evening most definitely worth capturing on video. Beautifully filmed and directed by Pierre Lamoureux and brilliantly mixed and mastered by Richard Chycki, this is in my opinion, a major highlight in our nearly 30 year career as a band. We are eagerly anticipating its release this fall and really hope that everyone enjoys it!”
 
This past year DREAM THEATER earned a second Grammy nomination for “Best Metal Performance” for the single “The Enemy Inside” from their current self-titled worldwide smash album (released September 24, 2013 on Roadrunner Records). “DREAM THEATER” made a spectacular debut this past fall, topping Billboard’s “Hard Rock Albums” chart while simultaneously entering at #7 on the overall Billboard 200. The extraordinary chart position marked the group’s third consecutive top 10 debut, and also saw "DREAM THEATER" making top 5 chart debuts in Japan, Germany, Italy, Canada, Argentina, Switzerland, Holland, and Finland, as well as top 10 debuts in Denmark, Austria, and Norway, with career high debuts in the United Kingdom and Australia. The band recently announced new tour dates which will see them bring their spectacular live show to South America, Asia and Australia later this fall.
 
For up-to-the-minute news, tour dates and ticket information, please visithttp://www.dreamtheater.net/tour.
 
About DREAM THEATER:
With total sales exceeding 10 million albums and DVDs worldwide, Dream Theater have long stood tall within the upper echelons of hard rock. Albums such as 1992’s RIAA gold-certified classic Images & Words (featuring the breakthrough top 10 single, “Pull Me Under”) have earned the band countless accolades for their visionary synthesis of melodic power and virtuosic experimentation, including being named as one of Rolling Stone’s top 10 “Best Prog Rock Bands Of All Time.”
 
For more information on DREAM THEATER, visit:
 
Thu
28
Aug

Inside Metal: Pioneers Of LA Metal & Hard Rock DVD Campaign Launched

Thursday, August 28, 2014
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THE CREATORS OF 'INSIDE METAL: THE PIONEERS OF LA HARD ROCK AND METAL' DOCUMENTARY FILM SERIES, WHICH FEATURES THE BIGGEST NAMES OF '80S METAL, OFFERS METAL FANS A CHANCE TO BE INCLUDED IN THESE HISTORICAL MOVIES THOUGH FANBACKED

The early '80s metal scene in Los Angeles has become legendary, as it spawned such worldwide headliners as M'tley Cr'e, Ratt, Dokken, W.A.S.P., and originally, Metallica (before the latter relocated to San Francisco). And the new documentary, 'Inside Metal: Pioneers of L.A. Hard Rock & Metal,' chronicles the entire scene.

Directed by Bob Nalbandian and produced by Metalrock Films, 'Inside Metal' features all-new interviews with countless bands and artists that thrived on the scene, and tell its story, first hand. To ensure that this killer documentary receives the attention it deserves, a fundraising campaign has been set up at WWW.METALROCKFILMS.COM - which will help strengthen the film's distribution, marketing and promotion.

This groundbreaking movie features exclusive and candid interviews with members of Metallica (Lars Ulrich), Ratt (Stephen Pearcy), Dokken (Don Dokken), Quiet Riot (Carlos Cavazo), W.A.S.P. (Chris Holmes), Megadeth (David Ellefson), Great White, (Jack Russel), Y&T, (Dave Meniketti), Stryper (Michael Sweet) and Armored Saint (Joey Vera).

'Inside Metal' is about giving fans the real inside story from the behind the scenes world of metal and hard rock with in-depth interviews, ultra-rare concert footage and photographs, and an original music score from that era; in this no-holds-barred, never before seen, recollection of untold stories.
To check out some sneak previews, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlzWl795u0E

Early feedback has been exceptional, including renowned video director Jonas 'kerlund (who has worked with the likes of Metallica and Ozzy) raving, "This film captures an era that catapulted metal into the spotlight and takes the audience on a wild ride down memory lane. After watching it I wanted to get in my time machine and experience those days for the first time. You're hit with a potent nostalgia, a time I thought we couldn't get back, not until I saw this film. I can't get enough of this shit, what an amazing film to watch over and over again, well done!"

Metalrock Films ask - and want - real and serious metal fans to be a part of this historic documentary and spread the word that this was the scene where it all began, ground zero.  "Our Fanbacked campaign will raise the direly needed financial support to bring this film to one and all in the US and Internationally in order to pay for the marketing and promotion to get it noticed by the general public. We want to bring this film to your theatre, town, bar, club and living room! Unite and support us. We have created some one of a kind opportunities for our friends and fans to participate with us in birth of this film. Get your name on the screen and let the world know that you support metal and the bands that create it. Help us tell the story of the music you love and let the world know you love it. Join in the festivities of our, and your, accomplishments by being at the premiere of the movie and interact with the artist that participated in its creation. Commemorate your participation with a plaque, t-shirt, poster or other limited edition merchandise items that says 'Metal Rules.' Keep checking back as we add more tasty premiums."

And thanks to you and your donation, 'Inside Metal' will finally get the true story of the scene heard - worldwide!

To make a donation, go to:

WWW.METALROCKFILMS.COM

www.fanbacked.com


 
 
Thu
28
Aug

Frontiers To Release DENNIS DeYOUNG 'And The Music Of Styx Live In Los Angeles'

Friday, October 17, 2014
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FRONTIERS MUSIC Srl SET TO
RELEASE DENNIS DeYOUNG
AND THE MUSIC OF STYX LIVE IN LOS ANGELES
Deluxe CD/ DVD combination will feature the greatest
songs DeYoung originally recorded with STYX.
 
Powerful. Majestic. Compelling.
These are some of the words that have described the unforgettable live performances given by singer/songwriter/keyboardist Dennis DeYoung. Now in 2014, the nearly five decade musical legacy of DeYoung has come full circle. Frontiers Music Srl will release on October 17th in Europe and 21st in North America Dennis DeYoung And The Music Of STYX Live In Los Angeles in 2CD/DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats, encompassing the greatest hits of STYX sung once again by the voice who made them famous.
 
Recorded and filmed for this special CD/DVD release and for an October US TV live concert special, these classic STYX songs were captured before an enthusiastic audience at the intimate El Rey Theater in Los Angeles on March 18th,
2014. The 2CD/DVD version is now available for pre-order on Amazon.com below. Preorders
of the Blu-Ray and digital versions will be made available soon.
 

 
“If you are a STYX fan this DVD CD package covers all the hits in one great concert experience,” says deYoung, who wrote and sang nearly all of that legendary band’s radio hits, as well as a number of solo hits. “The intimate setting
of the historic El Rey theater was the perfect venue to see me and the band up close rockin’ these tunes.”
 
Captured with 8 cameras in Hi Def, the show features DeYoung performing the band’s catalog of classic rock hits
that became a staple on radio during the 1970s and 80s. Among them: “Lady,”“Renegade,” “Blue Collar Man,” “Show Me The Way,” “Mr. Roboto,” “Too Much Time On My Hands,” “Babe,” “Best Of Times ,” “Come Sail Away” and many others. DeYoung, who began playing with the members of STYX in the early 1960s as a band called The Tradewinds, changed its name, wrote and sang the band’s breakthrough single, “Lady” in 1972. The group would go on to have over a dozen gold and platinum albums over the next twenty years. DeYoung left STYX in 1999. In addition to his success with STYX, DeYoung wrote and recorded several solo projects and did an album of Broadway standards, after touring as Pontius Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar.
 
 “To have this band and these songs on a Blu-Ray, DVD and two CD set is a dream come true,” says DeYoung. “I have to thank AXS Tv in the US and Frontiers in Italy for this special opportunity.”
 
 
Track listing:
 
CD1: The Message / Grand Illusion/ Lady/ Lorelei/ Blue Collar Man/ Show Me The Way/ Mr. Roboto/ Desert Moon/ Don’t Let It End/ Too Much Time On My Hands. CD2: Rockin The Paradise/ Crystal Ball/ Babe/ Foolin Yourself/ Suite Madame Blue/ Best Of Times/ Renegade/ Come Sail Away.
DVD: Grand Illusion/ Lady/ Lorelei/ Blue Collar Man/ Show Me The Way/ Mr. Roboto/ Desert Moon/ Don’t Let It End/ Too Much Time On My Hands/ Crystal Ball/ Babe/ Fooling Yourself/ Suite Madame Blue/ Best Of Times/ Renegade/ Come Sail Away.
 
View the Dennis DeYoung And The Music Of STYX- Live In Los Angeles trailer:
 

 
Preorder the 2CD/DVD version of Dennis DeYoung And The Music of STYX Live In Los Angeles at:
 
For all things Dennis DeYoung, please visit: www.dennisdeyoung.com
 
 
Thu
28
Aug

MR. BIG Announce Touring Drummer & Revised Album Release Date

Monday, September 29, 2014
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Mr Big today announced today that drummer Pat Torpey's fill-in for the band's upcoming World Tour will be Matt Starr. Matt is currently Ace Frehley's drummer and will sit in for Torpey (who was recently diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease) throughout MR BIG's tour in support of their latest album, "...The Stories We Could Tell".
 
The release for Mr. Big's highly anticipated new album, ...The Stories We Could Tell, has been moved from September 22nd to September 29th in the UK, and from September 23rd to September 30th in North America via Frontiers Music Srl.
 
"The new album rocks,' says Paul Gilbert. 'I love playing guitar, singing, and writing with Eric, Billy, and Pat. And after 25 years, I'm proud that we can make an album that is melodic, powerful, interesting, groovy, and emotional."
 
The original line-up comprised of Eric Martin (vocals), Paul Gilbert (guitar), Billy Sheehan (bass) and Pat Torpey (drums), are back with some of their most powerful material to date. The new album is the follow-up to the 2011 release 'What If,' that marked the band's return to their signature hard rock sound.
 
The new album is available for pre-order via Amazon. Mr. Big kick off their European tour on Friday October 17th at London's Koko. Visit the official Mr. Big website for full 2014 tour dates.
 

  

 
Thu
28
Aug

NEWMAN To Release Re-Recorded Debut Album

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Monday, September 8, 2014
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NEWMAN TO RELEASE RE-RECORDED FIRST ALBUM AS A LIMITED EDITION

Since the first album was released in 1997, Newman have established themselves as one of the leading UK melodic rock artists over the last 17 years. Signing to Escape Music in 1998, they subsequently released albums "One Step Closer", "Dance In The Fire", "Sign of The Modern Times" and "Heaven Knows" to great acclaim. Moving from Escape Music in 2007 Steve Newman created his own label Chrome Dome and produced another 3 albums, "Primitive Soul", "Decade", and in 2010, the well-received "The Art Of Balance". After successfully rejuvenating the live band and playing shows in the UK including Cambridge Rock and the Firefest Festival, the album "Under Southern Skies" was released through AOR Heaven in 2011. Further live dates ensued both in the UK, Europe, and the US. In 2013 "Siren" was released to a great response, many stating this as one of the best Newman albums to date.

So, here we are today, 2014, and the completion of an idea that has been driven by you, the fans, because of all your support and belief in Newman over the years. The re-recording of the first Newman album offers the chance, not only to complete that collection, but to listen to these songs re-recorded, mastered with new technology, and added bonus tracks that were written at the time of the original sessions.

Newman 2014 will be available strictly as a limited edition release exclusively from

www.newmansound.com and all Newman live shows in 2014

As well as the 10 original tracks, the album also features 4 bonus tracks:

1. If It's Love

2. A Million Men

3. Say You Believe

4. What Does It Take

5. Faith

6. Let Your Heart Rule

7. When I Wake Up

8. That Kind Of Girl

9. I Know You

10. Tears Are Not Enough

11. Backdoor Man (originally bonus track for Japan)

12. Crush On You (unreleased)

13. Love By Design (unreleased)

14. Stand Up (unreleased)

The album will be available to pre-order from 8th September 2014 at

www.newmansound.com

"I've been extremely lucky to have had the chance to release so many albums over the years, and work with some great artists, little did I know it would come to this when I was recording the first album. I actually said to myself at the time, if this is the only album I record then I will be proud of my achievement. So I can look back now, 11 albums later, and be truly humbled by all the fans I have around the world that support and believe in my music. Over the years I have had so many requests to re-release or re-record the first album, so finally, here it is !!."

"I certainly had great fun recording this again, as I did the first time, and it brought back so many memories of those times up at Universal Sound in London. I hope that if you were fortunate enough to purchase the original album then this is a good trip down memory lane or , if you are listening to these songs for the first time, they will create some great future memories. In any respect, thank you for listening, sharing, and being a part of this journey." Steve Newman

Catch Newman live with Vega across the UK in November:

1st November - Nottingham, UK - Rescue Rooms

25 Goldsmith Street Nottingham NG1 5LB -- 0845 413 4444

http://www.rescuerooms.com/

6th November - Bolton, UK - Railway Venue

37 Chapeltown Road, Bromley Cross, Bolton, Lancs. UK BL7 9LY 01204 306450

http://railwayvenue.com/contact

7th November - Swansea, UK - Static

63 The Kingsway, Swansea SA1 5HN 01792 467998

http://staticbars.co.uk/

8th November - London, UK - The Garage

20-22 Highbury Corner, London, N5 1RD 0207 6196721

http://mamacolive.com/thegarage/


 
 
Wed
27
Aug

Fireworks Issue 65 - MR. BIG Cover Story

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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FIREWORKS #65 arrives a little earlier than expected with an exclusive cover story on the new Mr Big album and a few stories they could tell us. Elsewhere Accept tell us about their wonderfully melodic new album 'Blind Rage', Extreme chat to us on their recent UK tour performing Pornograffitti in full, Ted Nugent tells it like only Ted can, Work of Art put us in the frame with their new album ' and so much more, with Skid Row, Threshold, Theory of a Deadman, Bernie Marsden, Hammerfall, Mike Tramp, Unisonic, AOR, Kix, Paul Gilbert, Helix and many up and coming new bands in the scene.

Also our usual in-depth CD reviews across 14 pages and a live section that this issue covers Sweden Rock and Download up close and personal.

100 pages of the best melodic hard rock you can find, all for the amazingly low price of '4.99.  Now also available all across Canada (see the Fireworks Facebook page for details https://www.facebook.com/FireworksMagazine?ref=hl.


 
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Wed
27
Aug

QUEENSRYCHE Starring Geoff Tate To Auction Off Queensryche Stage Backdrop

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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QUEENSRYCHE STARRING GEOFF TATE TO AUCTION OFF
QUEENSRYCHE STAGE BACKDROP FEATURED ON SEVERAL TOURS
WITH PROCEEDS GOING TO DEVOUT FAN, BRYAN STOW

 
GEOFF TATE TO ALSO DONATE PROCEEDS OF SONG,
"FACING MY DEMONS," TO STOW, WHO CONTINUES TO MAKE
PROGRESS AFTER BEATING AT DODGER STADIUM IN 2011

 
 
On opening day of the baseball season in 2011, San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow was beaten in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium by two individuals, who are currently serving a sentence for their actions.
 
Stow, a proud father of two and a paramedic, sustained severe injuries to his brain and was placed into a medically-induced coma after the incident.
 
It would be months before he would go outside and, ultimately, more than two years before he would go home.
 
Shortly after the occurrance, while Stow was in the hospital, Queensryche became aware that he was one of their biggest fans, sporting a sizeable tattoo of the Queensryche logo on his left arm.
 
At the request of a friend, the band made a surprise visit to Bryan in the hospital that September, which ended up being an experience that both will never forget.
 
"We were incredibly inspired by his love for life, his love for his family and his love for our music," states original Queensryche lead singer, Geoff Tate.
 
With a week remaining in their Farewell tour, Geoff's version of Queensryche (which will continue on as Operation: Mindcrime after the tour ends) will be auctioning off the Queensryche stage backdrop that has been featured on several tours. "It's truly a special part of our musical history and we'd like to raise some much-needed funds for Bryan so he can continue his progress."
 
The auction will begin at 3:00pm PDT on Sunday, August 31, the day after the very last performance of Queensryche Starring Geoff Tate - The Farewell Tour, and will end at 3:00pm PDT the following Sunday, September 7, 2014. "We're honored and thankful to have fans like Bryan in our life and would like to present him with a check just prior to Thanksgiving. Every little bit helps at this point and we hope to continue our efforts for Bryan and his family down the road."
 
Come Sunday, fans desiring to bid can enter "Queenryche Stage Backdrop" on eBay or go to the direct link at http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=261574477081.
 
In addition to the money raised from the auction of the backdrop, Geoff will, personally, be donating his proceeds from a song titled, "Facing My Demons," that he sings with The Voodoos, who are currently out on tour with him. The song can be downloaded at https://itunes.apple.com/ie/album/facing-my-demons-single/id788709857.
 
Earlier this month, Bryan came out for the Queensryche Starring Geoff Tate performance in Morgan Hill, California and, more recently, made a clubhouse visit with his son to the San Francisco Giants clubhouse on Sunday, August 17, where he was guided by longtime third base coach Tim Flannery and Giants relief pitcher Jeremy Affeldt.
 
Flannery, a musician himself, has performed a series of Northern California concerts over the past three years to raise money for Bryan, and plans to continue his efforts as well.
 
To all music fans... to all sports fans... to all those who just want to do some good...
 
Get out there and bid!
 
For more information, please see www.operationmindcrime.com or contact Jeff Albright at The Albright Entertainment Group - RockStarPR@aol.com.
 
For specific information about Bryan and his progress, please see www.support4bryanstow.com.
 

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Photo by Ron Lyon

 
Wed
27
Aug

DANGER ANGEL Adds SOTO Band Member As New Vocalist

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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Danger Angel are absolutely excited to announce that Brazilian powerhouse vocalist BJ is the new singer of the band. BJ comes as a perfect fit in the band’s evolution plan and we are all thrilled to welcome him to the family!
 
Moreover, Danger Angel release an all new song and video to introduce BJ to the fans and let the world take a first look at the band’s new lineup.
 
 
This new song, titled “Will You Follow”, was been prepared along with the rest of the new album’s songs but was expedited to be ready in time for BJ’s official presentation.
Danger Angel are in the process of recording the songs for a new album to be completed later in the year and BJ has already started recording vocal parts for the album, details of which will be let known in the weeks to follow.
 
Links:
Danger Angel Official Web page: www.dangerangelband.com
BJ Official Fan page: www.bjvocal.com
 
 
 
BJ is the new singer of DANGER ANGEL but his career includes so much more. He is the singer for the Brazilian hard rock band Tempestt with whom he has recorded an album and has toured extensively, he is a constant member for the Jeff Scott Soto band, acting as guitarist, keyboardist and back vocalist and also a member of the new Jeff Scott Soto project, SOTO. He is an active member of the Brazilian musical scene, touring and performing with several projects while he is also a vocal teacher and he is hosting vocal, guitar and bass workshops all over Brazil.
 
BJ started his musical career at the age of 17 singing for local bands like Henceforth and Skyscraper. He recorded his first album with the band The Pills at 18 and had his debut appearance on Brazilian MTV. In 2008, he released “Bring ‘Em On with Tempestt followed by a world tour. He recorded and released his first solo album “Acoustic Heroes” in 2013, as a tribute to his influences. In 2014 he performed in the Sweden Rock Festival as a member of the Talisman band (reunion), playing the keyboards and singing backing vocals. He has been highlighted by media such as glorydazemusic.com and melodicrock.com as “The great promise of Hard Rock”.
 
He draws influence from artists like Glenn Hughes, Steve Perry, David Coverdale, Kip Winger, Jeff Scott Soto, Jimi Jamison, Jon Bon Jovi, Steve Lee, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Phil Collins, George Benson, Sting, Brian Adams among others.
He has shared the stage with renowned artists such as Jeff Scott Soto, Billy Sherwood, Jimi Jamison, Eric Martin, Marcel Jacob, Kip Winger, Joe Lynn Turner, Tim Ripper Owens, Billy Sheehan, Steve Morse.
 
It was 2009 when Danger Angel grabbed the hard rock scene by the balls and didn’t let go ever since! Released their first, self-titled, album in 2010, receiving great reviews followed by the critics favorite and Jeff Scott Soto produced, “Revolutia” in 2013 followed by a highly popular European Tour. “Revolutia” also gave birth to two official videos, “When I’m Gone” and “Not An Angel”.
Danger Angel are now recording their 3rd album along with their new, exciting singer BJ.
 
 
Wed
27
Aug

BILLY IDOL will release Kings & Queens Of The Underground October 21

Artist: 
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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BILLY IDOL WILL RELEASE NEW STUDIO ALBUM
‘KINGS & QUEENS OF THE UNDERGROUND’
ON OCTOBER 21

 
FIRST SINGLE “CAN’T BREAK ME DOWN” IS AVAILABLE NOW
WITH iTUNES PRE-ORDER--AND IS STREAMING ON THE
NEW BILLYIDOL.NET
 
Rock icon BILLY IDOL will release KINGS & QUEENS OF THE UNDERGROUND, his first new album in almost a decade, on October 21. The album will be released on IDOL's own BFI Records, via Kobalt Label Services. The track list for the new album is listed below.
 
             
 
KINGS & QUEENS OF THE UNDERGROUND was primarily produced by Trevor Horn, with Greg Kurstin also contributing as a producer to two songs, including the anthemic lead single, “Can’t Break Me Down.”  The single is now streaming at the new BillyIdol.net and will be delivered instantly to fans that pre-order the new album beginning today on iTunes.  The iTunes edition of the album will also exclusively include “Hollywood Promises,” a new song recorded during the album sessions. Fans can also pre-order the CD on Amazon.com beginning today.
 
The artwork for KINGS & QUEENS OF THE UNDERGROUND (seen above) was designed by street artist and graphic designer Shepard Fairey.
 
The album will arrive close to the release of BILLY IDOL’s highly anticipated self-written autobiography, DANCING WITH MYSELF, which as previously announced will be released worldwide the week of October 7.
 
IDOL and his band, including longtime collaborator and guitarist Steve Stevens, will launch a European Tour in November, the first of several legs of a World Tour that will continue into 2015.
 
Link to iTunes Pre-order of BILLY IDOL’s new album: http://smarturl.it/billyidolitunes
Link to Amazon Pre-order of BILLY IDOL’s new album: http://smarturl.it/billyidolamz
 
KINGS & QUEENS OF THE UNDERGROUND TRACK LIST:
 
  1. Bitter Pill
  2. Can’t Break Me Down (listen at BillyIdol.net)
  3. Save Me Now
  4. One Breath Away
  5. Postcards From The Past
  6. Kings & Queens Of The Underground
  7. Eyes Wide Shut
  8. Ghosts In My Guitar
  9. Nothing To Fear
  10. Love And Glory
  11. Whiskey And Pills
BILLY IDOL 2014 EUROPEAN TOUR DATES (more to be announced)
 
Nov 05            
Birmingham, UK
O2 Academy
Nov 09            
London, UK
Eventim Apollo Hammersmith
Nov 10           
Manchester, UK
O2 Apollo
Nov 12           
Stuttgart, DE
Porsche Arena
Nov 13           
Frankfurt, DE
Jahrhunderthalle
Nov 16         
Amsterdam, NL
Heineken Music Hall
Nov 18           
Dusseldorf, DE
Mitsubishi Electric Halle
Nov 19           
Brussels, BE
Royal Circus
Nov 21           
Nuremberg, DE
Arena
Nov 22           
Lucerne, CH
Messe Lucerne
Nov 23         
Milan, IT
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About BILLY IDOL:
From punk pioneer to global superstar, William Michael Albert Broad, aka BILLY IDOL, has left an indelible mark in popular music and remained a household name for over three decades.  His style, music, and attitude have transcended time and trend.  Born in 1955 in Stanmore, North London, IDOL spent several formative years living on Long Island, NY as a child before returning to the UK and emerging as a central figure of the British punk movement.  As part of the infamous Bromley Contingent and a fan of the Sex Pistols, IDOL was inspired to front the pioneering British punk band Generation X from 1976 until the band’s split in 1981. Determined to break through in America, IDOL hooked up with guitar genius Steve Stevens and a crucial musical partnership was forged. IDOL created some of rock’s most enduring anthems including “White Wedding,” “Dancing With Myself,” “Flesh For Fantasy,” “Hot In the City,” “Eyes Without A Face,” “Rebel Yell,” and “Cradle of Love,” among others.  BILLY IDOL is the original punk rocker who found a way to take that sneering punk attitude into the pop and rock mainstream, carving out songs that have lasted a lifetime.

 
 

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