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21
Sep

Introducing Italian Westcoast/AOR Outfit MINDFEELS

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Friday, November 17, 2017
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Art Of Melody Music & Burning Minds Music Group are proud to announce the signing of Italian AORsters Mindfeels for the release of their debut album "XXenty".
 
Born with the name of Dejanira back in 1994, Mindfeels were originally the trio of Italo Graziana (Soul Seller - Drums), Roberto Barazzotto (Bass) and Luca Carlomagno (Guitars / Keyboards / Violin). From the beginning, Mindfeels showed their love of American AOR/Westcoast legends, Toto, and built a set list of Toto cover songs for live, instrumental performances. Later, Dejanira joined forces with female singer Raffaella Miani, who fronted the band for the recording of their first, unreleased album, which they self-produced. A few years later, new frontman Davide Gilardino, replaced Raffaella on vocals.
 
The band was completed with the addition of Gloria Strippolion backing vocals, and Christian Rossetti on keyboards. This new line-up (with the exception of Gloria Strippoli) began recording the second unreleased album "XXenty", a title chosen in celebration of their more than two decades of music together. The new line-up prompted a new moniker – and Mindfeels was born.
 
They chose the name to represent their infinite love of Toto, led by guitar maestro Steve Lukather, and in particular, their timeless album “Mindfields". In 2017, Mindfeels signed with new label, Art Of Melody Music, for the European release of "XXenty"(scheduled for November 17th), and also with AnderStein Music for a dedicated Japanese release later in December. The cd version will feature liner notes written by Kenneth Bremer, editor in chief of renowned westcoast music website Blue Desert, while the first single, "Soul Has Gone Away", will be launched with an official video in October.
 
- MINDFEELS IS:
Davide Gilardino (Lead & Backing Vocals)
Luca Carlomagno (Guitars, Keyboards & Violin)
Roberto Barazzotto (Bass)
Italo Graziana (Drums)
 
- Special Guest
Christian Rossetti (Keyboards)
 
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Thu
21
Sep

MILLENIUM Feat. JORN LANDE Classic 'Hourglass' Album Reissued

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MILLENIUM Hourglass: The Complete Sessions
 
 
From the late-'90s to the mid-2000s, highly respected workhorse guitarist Ralph Santolla (Iced Earth, Deicide, Obituary, etc.) was the driving force behind four tremendous hard rock albums from his own band, MILLENIUM. Originally released in 2000 by Now & Then/Frontiers Records, the group's third and arguably most ambitious effort—the proggressive, metal-tinged, epic rock of Hourglass—was its only to include the wildlyy impressive talents of Norwegian frontman Jørn Lande (Jorn, Vagabond, Masterplan, etc.); not to mention keyboard contributions from Dag Stokke (TNT, Vagabond, etc.) and the legendary Don Airey (Rainbow, Ozzy Osbourne, Deep Purple, etc.).
 
Largely due to the spark of musical chemistry between Santolla and Lande—who instantly bonded over a shared love of similar music—Hourglass was the result of more collaborative writing sessions for the group. Recorded over the course of three months at studios as spread out as Manchester, England; Boverbru, Norway (Studio Studio Nyhagen); Tampa, FL (Morrisound Recording); as well as the band members' own homes; MILLENIUM additionally laid down several cover tunes by the likes of MSG, Rainbow, Sweet, and Jefferson Starship—only released as Japanese bonus tracks or yeaars later amidst The Best of... and More collection.
 
Predominantly well-received in Europe and Asia, limited shows supporting the release of Hourglass followed locally in MILLENIUM's home base of Florida; at the Gods of AOR festival in Wigan, England; and throughout a three-show tour of Spain with Ten and Elyte. At a certain point, however, Jorn—increasingly busy with other projects—am”amicably parted ways with the group, leading to the eventual return of their former vocalist, Todd Plant, and drawing this portion of the MILLENIUM timeline to a close.
 
17 years later, Divebomb Records is honored to bring this stunning segment of the MILLENIUM discography back to the fore with Hourglass: The Complete Sessions. Fully remastered by Jamie King at The Basement Recording, this 16-track collection finds the 10-song album and six bonus cuts from the era compiled onto a single 76-minute CD for the first time. All of which is housed alongside an extensive 20-page booklet featuring updated cover art, photographs, lyrics, and a memory-fueled interview with Ralph Santolla, conducted by Shawn Pelata (Final Sign, Oracle, etc.). For the fans, by the fans!
 
FOR FANS OF: JORN, RAINBOW, WHITESNAKE, MASTERPLAN AND EYEWITNESS
 
1. Power To Love
2. Wheels Are Turning
3. Hourglass
4. No More Miracles
5. Superstar
6. Rocket Ride
7. I Will Follow
8. I Still Believe
9. Masquerade
10. Chasing Time
11. Rain
12. Anybody
13. On And On
14. I Surrender
15. Jane
16. Love Is Like Oxygen
 
 
Wed
20
Sep

GARY MOORE 'Blues and Beyond' November 24 on BMG

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Monday, November 27, 2017
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On 24th November 2017 BMG proudly release Gary Moore’s Blues and Beyond, a remarkable collection of his powerful and emotive blues studio recordings. Blues and Beyond is released on double CD, 4 LP and as a box set, which includes unreleased live recordings and the official Gary Moore biography I Can’t Wait Until Tomorrow written by Harry Shapiro.
 
Best known for his evocative solo hits, Parisienne Walkways and Still Got the Blues (live versions feature in this set), and his on/off membership of Thin Lizzy, Gary Moore’s solo career comprises over twenty albums. Throughout the 1980s, Gary moved up the rock hierarchy, but turned his back on what he regarded as the empty flash of metal and reverted to his heart music ­ the blues ­ where ironically he scored his biggest commercial success through his 1990s and 2000s blues albums.
 
As well as running his own bands, during a successful solo career, Gary mixed with the best that rock and blues could offer, playing live and on record with George Harrison, Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker, Greg Lake, BB King, Albert King, Albert Collins and many others. Gary was also the guitarist many looked up to, not just for the terrifying speed of his fretwork, but for the passion, fire and honesty in his playing.
 
The ‘Blues and Beyond’ formats;
2 x CD: Bringing together the cream of Gary Moore’s blues studio recordings, this digipack format is the perfect Gary Moore blues collection.
 
The 4 x LP counterpart format is housed in an awesome double gatefold “AxeWax” vinyl and features a number of Gary Moore’s blues studio recordings, most of which have never appeared on vinyl.
 
The Box Set: comprises the blues studio recordings on 2 CDs plus a further 2 CDs of newly mixed and mastered live concert recordings, with two previously unheard song versions. This is the first time that this concert has been available, anywhere. Also included, is the brand new book I Can’t Wait Until Tomorrow, which offers a unique insight into the world of Gary Moore. This full length Gary Moore-authorised biography is new, unreleased and all you need to know about the man behind the guitar. For the true collector, included are a number of reproductions of ultra-rare memorabilia items including a concert ticket, album launch event invite, VIP wrist band and AAA pass. This box is the ultimate collection of Gary Moore’s blues output and documents the evolution of a legend.
 
 
Blues and Beyond track listing:
CD1
1. Enough Of The Blues
2. Tell Me Woman
3. Stormy Monday
4. That's Why I Play The Blues
5. Power Of The Blues
6. Ball And Chain
7. Looking Back
8. Surrender
9. Cold Black Night
10. There's A Hole
11. Getaway Blues
12. We Want Love
13. Memory Pain
14. The Prophet
 
CD2
1. You Upset Me Baby
2. Bring My Baby Back
3. I Can't Quit You Baby
4. World Of Confusion
5. Picture Of The Moon
6. Can't Find My Baby
7. Drowning In Tears
8. Evil
9. My Baby (She's So Good To Me)
10. Ain't Got You
11. Just Can't Let You Go
12. How Many Lies
13. Torn Inside
14. Parisienne Walkways (Live)
 
CD3 (box set only)
Blues And Beyond Live: (previously unreleased)
1. Walking By Myself
2. Oh Pretty Woman
3. Need Your Love So Bad
4. Since I Met You Baby
5. Surrender
6. Cold Black Night
7. All Your Love
8. Still Got The Blues
 
CD4 (box set only)
Blues And Beyond Live: (previously unreleased)
1. Too Tired
2. The Sky Is Crying
3. Further On Up The Road
4. Fire
5. The Blues Is Alright
6. Enough Of The Blues (Alternative)
7. The Prophet
 
‘I Can’t Wait Until Tomorrow’ book information (box set only)
 
Three years in the making, I Can’t Wait Until Tomorrow is the official Gary Moore biography written by acclaimed music writer Harry Shapiro, who was given exclusive access to Gary’s family, friends and musicians.
 
Spanning Gary’s five decades as a professional musician, the story begins with his early, troubled life in Belfast which he dealt with by honing his extraordinary talent in private, becoming recognised as one of the city’s best guitarists even while still at school. Leaving home at 16, the guitar prodigy began a tumultuous career first in Skid Row then, aged only 19, an abortive attempt at running his own band and then on through the Seventies switching with consummate ease between the hard rock of Thin Lizzy and the complex jazz rock of Jon Hiseman’s Colosseum II.
 
But even as a kid, Gary was telling his friends that he always wanted to be the frontman, never a guitar for hire. His solo career finally took off in 1979 with the chart single “Parisienne Walkways”. Throughout the 1980s, Gary moved up the rock hierarchy, but turned his back on what he regarded as the empty flash of metal and reverted to his heart music ­ the blues ­ where ironically he scored his biggest commercial success with the 1990 album, Still Got The Blues, selling over 3 million copies worldwide.
 
Gary never found life easy. He had demons to battle, could be his own worst enemy and made quite a few extra ones on the way. But when he suddenly died in 2011, the outpourings of admiration and grief from fellow musicians and fans around the world was heartfelt. As Harry Shapiro says “I would never have written a simpering hagiography. Hopefully this account will come across as honest as the man himself”.
 
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Wed
20
Sep

INTO THE UNKNOWN Come 'Out Of The Shadows' Oct 20

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October 20 sees the release of the debut album from the band Into The Unknown through Vigilante Records.  Entitled Out of the Shadows it showcases 11 songs ranging from the acoustic Breaking My Heart through the anthemic Monsters to the hard rocking Why Me?” and Once.  Throw into the mix an interesting choice of covers - Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball and Chris de Burghs’ Don’t Pay the Ferryman”- and you have a diverse album full of catchy choruses, soaring vocals and raucous riffs.
 
The core of the band is vocalist Lucie Hölzlová, with Guitarist Ryan Atkins and bassist/producer Rupert Withers. Together they have penned all the original songs on the album. 

Lucie and Ryan met Rupert when he produced a song for their previous band. Shortly after Ryan did a session for him on a recording.  The chemistry between them worked and they decided to record more material, inviting Lucie to provide the vocals.  From here songs were written and an album evolved. As they moved forward to create music, things started organically slotting into place and Into The Unknown was born.  A mix of influences, from Nightwish, Guns N’ Roses, AC/DC and Halestorm right through to Adele, have contributed to the sound of Into The Unknown, and blended together to create their own powerful rock sound.
 
Fast forward to 2017, the album is ready, recorded at Vigilante Studios in Buckinghamshire.  Live shows and acoustic sessions are being planned for the release period so watch this space.

Out  on Vigilante Records, via Nova/Universal and H'art as physical distributors; and The Orchard as digital distributor, on October 20.

 
Tue
19
Sep

REVOLUTION SAINTS Launch New Single 'I Wouldn’t Change A Thing'

Friday, October 13, 2017
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REVOLUTION SAINTS—Deen Castronovo (ex-JourneyBad English), Doug Aldrich (The Dead Daisies, ex-Whitesnake, DIO), Jack Blades (Night RangerDamn Yankees)—released the third video, “I Wouldn’t Change A Thing,” from their highly anticipated second album.
 
 
It was directed by Maurizio Del Piccolo of Moviedel, and it was shot at Villa Bossi in Bodio Lomnago, Varese, Italy.
 
“I Wouldn't Change A Thing" was originally written by Richard Page from Mr. Mister,” says Castronovo, “and Serafino wanted us to do it our way. The first time I heard it, I got a bit choked up. It’s a beautiful ballad that Doug got a hold of and put his stamp on it.”
 
"The song was filmed at magnificent historic home outside of Milano, Italy,” Aldrich continues. “It was a rainy day and really had a great vibe for the video. We spent most of the day going for the basic shots and the actors did the love scenes later. There was some steamy stuff going on in the script and I decided it was a bit too racy for me, so I decided to help the chef with his pesto sauce! It is a beautiful song and a nice video. I was very happy about how the solo guitar worked and Deen just shines!!"
 
LIGHT IN THE DARK is due out October 13 on Frontiers Music Srl, and will be available on CD, CD/DVD Deluxe Edition (includes live bonus tracks on the CD and on the DVD, footage from the band’s first-ever live performance captured at Frontiers Rock Festival in Milan this past April, a “Making Of” mini-documentary, and music videos for “Light In The Dark” and “I Wouldn’t Change A Thing”), Vinyl, and as a special Limited Edition Box Set (includes the Deluxe Edition CD/DVD, 180g Vinyl, T-shirt (size L), poster, lithograph and sticker). Pre-orders for all formats can be made at the following locations:
 
You can also listen to REVOLUTION SAINTS' newest music on Spotify here: http://radi.al/LightInTheDarkSpotify
 
LIGHT IN THE DARK builds off the classic melodic rock style of the debut, but fans should prepare for a somehow even more inspired set and a few (pleasant) surprises. Inspiring, uplifting, emotionally powerful, and thoughtful, this album WILL be the soundtrack to many a moment in your life.
 
 
 
Tue
19
Sep

PUNKY MEADOWS Releases New Video & Single Featuring Frank Dimino and Felix Robinson of ANGEL

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Punky Meadows is from one of the most striking Hard Rock band of the 70's, ANGEL, and on September 18, Punky Meadows will release the new single, "LOST AND LONELY.' 
The track features three members of Angel - guitarist Punky Meadows, vocalist Frank Dimino, and bassist Felix Robinson, as well as Punky's band members Danny Farrow, Charlie Calv and Bob Pantella, who all performed on the song. 
They also filmed a brand-new video at The Chance Theatre in New York for the song, in which it is the first time since 1980 that three members of Angel appear together in a music video.
 
Check out the video here:
 
 
The video was shot by Jeffery Moore, who co-directed with Danny Farrow. 
 
 
'Man, we had such a great time shooting our latest video with Frank, Felix and the guys,' says Punky. 'Danny and I talked about doing this video for a while. We thought it would be something special for not only the fans of my band, but for the many Angel fans as well. Frank really delivered on this track, and the whole band kicked ass!!!' 
 
Also order the autographed limited special edition of Punky Meadows' 'Fallen Angel' full CD with the Frank Dimino version of 'Lost and Lonely' at www.mainmanrecords.com
 
Punky Meadows also just launched a new merch Store with many shirts, posters and other great items you can order at https://shop.bandwear.com/punkymeadows.
 
And more exciting news - Punky and the band just signed with The Artery Foundation Artist Management, and will be working on many new exciting things together, including a slew of shows for 2018.
 
Lastly, Punky and his band will be doing a special show November 10th at the Debonair Music Hall (Mexicali Live) in Teaneck, NJ. You can get tickets and meet and greet at link for Punky’s official site below.
 
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Tue
19
Sep

JOE SATRIANI Announces The Release Of 'What Happens Next'

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Friday, January 12, 2018
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G3 U.S. TOUR SET TO LAUNCH ON JANUARY 11
 
Tour features Satriani, John Petrucci (Dream Theater) & Phil Collen (Def Leppard)
 'Beyond the Supernova' Documentary by ZZ Satriani to Premiere at Mill Valley Film Festival – October 14
 
(San Francisco, CA) September 18, 2017 – World-renowned guitar virtuoso, JOE SATRIANI, announces the release of his 16th solo album, What Happens Next, set for release, January 12, 2018 on Sony/Legacy Recordings.  Just a day prior to the album release, SATRIANI revives his G3 tour entity, inviting Dream Theater's John Petrucci and Def Leppard lead guitarist, Phil Collen to join him.  The G3 tour launches on January 11 in Seattle, WA and continues across the U.S. before winding up on February 25 in Milwaukee, WI.  There is a special tour pre-sale promotion giving fans the opportunity to buy concert tickets with the new album as well as VIP packages.  Visit  https://lnk.to/WHN for more information, pre-sale opportunities and specific market pre-sale and on-sale dates.
The new, instrumentally electrifying album features a power trio of legendary status; SATRIANI on guitar and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee bassist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple/Black Country Communion) and drummer Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), the latter reuniting with SATRIANI for the first time since their work in the supergroup Chickenfoot. SATRIANI is once again joined by producer/engineer/mixer Mike Fraser, his frequent collaborator over the last 20 years, on What Happens Next. Fraser is well-known for recording/mixing every AC/DC album since 1990's The Razors Edge along with his classic works with SATRIANI going back to the release of Crystal Planet in 1998.
These new tracks literally vibrate the soul with an energy rarely found these days. From the dynamic opening track, 'Energy', to the majestic crunch of 'Thunder High On The Mountain', and the easy, sensual cords of 'Smooth Soul'. This unparalleled rock-rhythm section gives What Happens Next a depth of groove that sets it apart from SATRIANI's other work.
 
Since its debut in 1996, SATRIANI's G3 tour has featured the world's greatest guitarists (everyone from Steve Vai and Eric Johnson to Steve Lukather and Robert Fripp) and has become a consistent concert hall sell-out attraction in the U.S., South America, Europe, Australia and Japan. 'I could say that I'm surprised at the durability of G3 and how much it's grown, but in a way I'm not,' SATRIANI says with a laugh, 'I think part of its charm and its mojo is in the chemistry of having three top guitarists share what they do on stage. It's fun, it's unpredictable, it's wild – it's everything you could want in a shoow.'
In addition to this new album and exciting tour news, a new documentary 'Beyond the Supernova' shot by SATRIANI's filmmaker son, ZZ, makes its debut at the Mill Valley Film Festival this October.  The tour documentary chronicles Joe, along with his band and crew, on their last 'Shockwave Supernova' tour throughout Europe and Asia.
Satriani's Strange Beautiful Music: A Musical Memoir first released in May 2014 will now be available in paperback.  Pre-orders are available now with the official release on November 7, 2017.  The paperback version includes a new chapter focusing on SATRIANI's last album, Shockwave Supernova. Read an excerpt from the new chapter HERE.
 
For two decades, the guitar virtuoso has traveled the world, playing to sold-out crowds as both a headliner and as founder of the all-star 'G3' guitar extravaganza.  SATRIANI's studio and live recordings have sold more than 10 million copies worldwide to date and of his many solo albums, two have gone platinum and four others went gold, with 15 Grammy nominations between them.  His side project, Chickenfoot, featuring former Van Halen front man Sammy Hagar, former bassist Michael Anthony, and Red Hot Chili Peppers' drummer Chad Smith saw their debut album certified gold and their second studio album debuted at #9.
 
'What Happens Next' Track Listing:
1 – Energy                                                                7 - Headrush
2 – Catbot                                                                 8 - Looper
3 - Thunder High On The Mountain                          9 - What Happens Next
4 - Cherry Blossoms                                                10 - Super Funky Badass
5 – Righteous                                                           11 - Invisible
6 - Smooth Soul                                                        12 - Forever And Ever
 
2018 G3 Tour featuring Joe Satriani, John Petrucci & Phil Collen itinerary:
 
January 11           The Moore Theatre                                        Seattle, WA
January 12           Historic Elsinore Theatre                               Salem, OR
January 13           Grand Sierra Theatre                                      Reno, NV
January 14           Fox Theater                                                        Oakland, CA
January 16           Delta Hall at Eccles Theater                          Salt Lake City, UT *
January 17           Brooklyn Bowl                                                   Las Vegas, NV
January 18           Mesa Arts Center                                            Mesa, AZ *
January 19           Orpheum Theatre                                           Los Angeles, CA
January 20           Balboa Theatre                                                 San Diego, CA
January 21           Fox Tucson Theatre                                        Tucson, AZ *
January 24           Historic Paramount Theatre                           Denver, CO
January 25           Uptown Theater                                              Kansas City MO *
January 26           The Pavillion at The Toyota Music Factory   Irving, TX *
January 27           Austin City Limits - Moody Theater               Austin, TX
January 28           Hobby Center for the Performing Arts          Houston, TX *
January 30           Hard Rock Live                                             Orlando, FL *
January 31           Florida Theatre                                             Jacksonville, FL *
February 1          Pompano Beach Amphitheatre                   Pompano Beach, FL*
February 2          Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall         Fort Myers, FL *
February 3          Mahaffey Theater                                           St. Petersberg, FL *
February 6          Raleigh Memorial Auditorium                     Raleigh, NC
February 8          Toyota Presents Oakdale                             Wallingford, CT *
February 9          Landmark Theatre                                           Syracuse, NY *
February 10        Palace Theatre                                                  Albany, NY *
February 11        The Palace Theatre                                         Greensburg, PA *
February 14        Warner Theatre                                              Washington, DC *
February 15        Orpheum Theatre                                           Boston, MA
February 16        Beacon Theatre                                              New York, NY *
February 17        Merriam Theater                                             Philadelphia, PA
February 18        New Jersey Performing Arts Center             Newark, NJ *
February 20        Auditorium Theatre                                        Rochester, NY *
February 21        Massey Hall                                                        Toronto, ONT
February 22        Hard Rock Live                                                   Northfield, OH
February 23        Chicago Theatre                                               Chicago, IL *
February 24        State Theatre                                                    Minneapolis, MN
February 25        Riverside Theater                                            Milwaukee, WI
 
(All dates on sale September 22 except * on-sale October 6)
 
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Fri
15
Sep

TOM KEIFER Deluxe Edition Of Debut Album, ‘The Way Life Goes,’ Out October 20

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Friday, October 20, 2017
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TOM KEIFER DELUXE EDITION OF DEBUT ALBUM, ‘THE WAY LIFE GOES,’ SET FOR RELEASE OCTOBER 20 ON CLEOPATRA RECORDS
WITH NEWLY RECORDED BONUS TRACKS OF CLASSIC BEATLES COVER AND “NOBODY’S FOOL” DUET FEATURING HALESTORM’S LZZY HALE
 
TOM KEIFER once sang, "You're only going once around the ride." 
 
He's proving that theory wrong with the highly anticipated release of THE WAY LIFE GOES - DELUXE EDITION, an expanded compilation of his critically acclaimed solo debut album, THE WAY LIFE GOES, chock full of bonus content and special artwork.
 
THE WAY LIFE GOES - DELUXE EDITION is finally set for release October 20 on Cleopatra Records. Pre-orders are now available on Amazon and on Cleopatra’s website. The package will include the original album that has been remastered by Richard Dodd (Kings of Leon, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum). It also has two brand new studio tracks recorded in Nashville by three-time Grammy® Award-winner Vance Powell (Jack White, Chris Stapleton) with KEIFER and his bandmates (#keiferband: Tony Higbee, Billy Mercer, Paul Simmons, Paul Taylor, Savannah Keifer, and Kendra Chantelle). Fans will finally get to hear the long-awaited studio recording of The Beatles’ “With A Little Help From My Friends,” which KEIFER performs at all of his concerts, plus a powerful new take on the Cinderella classic “Nobody’s Fool,” newly recorded as a duet with Lzzy Hale of Halestorm.
 
"The reason that I picked up

guitar, the reason that I sing the way I do, was all because of that guy,” said Hale of KEIFER’s influence on her at a young age. The two first performed “Nobody’s Fool” live together in Atlantic City, NJ in September 2013.

"I remember the first time seeing Lzzy perform live at the House of Blues show in Atlantic City and being absolutely floored by the power of her voice and performance,” KEIFER continues. “She's an amazing artist and has been a great inspiration to me as well."
 
There will also be a bonus DVD with music videos, tour clips, and “The Way Life’s Goin,’” a 30-minute documentary produced by Tammy Vega (KEIFER’s longtime official photographer) about the creation of the bonus tracks, exclusive interviews with the band filmed during the new recording sessions, and live footage.
 
THE WAY LIFE GOES - DELUXE EDITION will be wrapped in an all new six-panel digipak designed by artist David Calcano (creator of the Fantoons comic strip series) with 20 pages of one-of-a-kind unique illustrations depicting each song.
 
As KEIFER explains, "Everything from the new artwork, documentary, videos and bonus tracks contained in the DELUXE EDITION is a sum of all the amazingly talented people who came into our world as a result of the initial release. The two bonus tracks were specifically chosen and recorded as we felt them both to be special collaborations that came about while touring for THE WAY LIFE GOES.”
 
New band members Jarred Pope (drums) and Kory Myers (keyboards/vocals) join the #keiferband lineup in 2017. Writing has begun for a follow-up to THE WAY LIFE GOES with recording slated for Fall 2018.
 
Upon its initial release, THE WAY LIFE GOES garnered rave reviews. To wit:
 
“A collection of 14 blues howlers, Stones-y rock and, yes, big ballads, the album calls to mind Cinderella but with an even more rootsy undercurrent.”
--Joseph Hudak, Rolling Stone
 
“…14 songs that stay true to form – killer blues-rock playing and tones, hooks galore, and strong songwriting. If you’re a fan of harder-edged rock and long to hear genuinely enjoyable new tunes, it may be just the thing; the opener, ‘Solid Ground,’ offers pure Keifer guitar and vocals with a feel reminiscent the Stones’ Exile On Main Street while the remaining tracks are, much like his life the last 15 years, an up-and-down ride.”
--Ward Meeker, Vintage Guitar
 
“...the record features such vital, vibrant guitar tones and parts that are immediate and honest.  They also have that cool, interlocking, layered quality that made so many classic rock albums so, well, classic.  Keifer flat-out knows how to play vibey guitar parts with ungodly tone, and fans of the Stones, Zeppelin, Steve Marriott, and early Aerosmith should definitely take notice.  And, although you wouldn’t wish hemorrhaging vocal cords on anyone, this guy is singing better than ever to complement his great 6-string parts.”     
--Matt Blackett, Guitar Player
 
THE WAY LIFE GOES marks the first release of any kind by Keifer since Cinderella’s last record, 1994’s STILL CLIMBING. In many ways, it picks up right where the band left off. The first single, ‘The Flower Song,’ echoes ‘Maggie May,’ the familiar grit in Keifer’s voice approximating Faces-era Rod Stewart; but for the most part the album replicates the blend of pounding hard rock, soaring ballads and blues and country tinges that characterized Cinderella’s sound beginning with LONG COLD WINTER.”
--Shaun Brady, Philadelphia City Paper,
 
“’The Flower Song,’ his premiere solo offering, smacks of the Black Crowes/the Faces.”
--Katherine Turman, Village Voice (NY)
 
Here’s the complete track listing for THE WAY LIFE GOES - DELUXE EDITION:
 
DISC 1: CD
 
1. Solid Ground
2. A Different Light
3. It’s Not Enough
4. Cold Day In Hell
5. Thick and Thin
6. Ask Me Yesterday
7. Fool’s Paradise
8. The Flower Song
9. Mood Elevator
10. Welcome To My Mind
11. You Showed Me
12. Ain’t That A Bitch
13. The Way Life Goes
14. Babylon
 
BONUS TRACKS
15. Nobody’s Fool feat. Lzzy Hale
16. With A Little Help From My Friends
17. Nobody’s Fool (Piano Version)
 
DISC 2: DVD
 
Chapter 1) The Way Life’s Goin' (Documentary)
Chapter 2) Solid Ground (Music video)
Chapter 3) The Flower Song (Music video)
Chapter 4) It's Not Enough (Music video)
Chapter 5) It's Not Enough (Lyric video)
Chapter 6) Album Promo
Chapter 7) Cathouse Live
Chapter 8) Count Vamp'd Las Vegas
Chapter 9) Farm Rock Chicago
 
Check out TOM KEIFER at any of the following tour stops:
 
DATE               CITY                                         VENUE
 
Sat 9/23            Hopewell, VA                            Beacon Theatre
Sun 9/24           Big Flats, NY                            Tag’s Summerstage
Thu 10/5            Irving, TX                                  The Pavilion at Irving Music Factory
Fri 10/6             Lexington, KY                           Manchester Music Hall
Wed 10/11        New York, NY                           B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Thu 10/12          Derry, NH                                  Tupelo Music Hall
Fri 10/13           Chester, PA                              The Block at Harrah’s Casino
Sat 10/14          Warrendale, PA                         Jergel’s Rhythm Grille
Fri 10/20           Little Rock, AR                          Arkansas State Fair
Sat 10/28          Denver, CO                               Fillmore Auditorium
Fri 11/3             Galveston, TX                           Lone Star Rally at Saengerfest Park
Sat 11/4            San Antonio, TX                        The Rock Box
Thu 11/9            Pasadena, CA                           The Rose
Fri 11/10           Santa Clarita, CA                       The Canyon
Sat 11/11          Big Bear Lake, CA                     The Cave
Sun 11/12         San Juan Capistrano, CA           The Coach House
Thu 12/7            Joliet, IL                                    The Forge
Fri 12/8             Dubuque, IA                              Q Casino
 
 
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Fri
15
Sep

FOREIGNER’S 40th Anniversary Tour Finale: Original Members Reunion

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FOREIGNER’S ULTIMATE 40th ANNIVERSARY TOUR FINALEFOREIGNER TO BE JOINED BY ORIGINAL MEMBERS LOU GRAMM, DENNIS ELLIOTT, AL GREENWOOD, IAN McDONALD AND RICK WILLS AT SOARING EAGLE CASINO & RESORT, MI ON OCTOBER 6th & 7th 2017
 
MICK JONES REUNITING ORIGINAL BAND MEMBERS IN A TWO NIGHT 40TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION FOR A 2018 TV SPECIAL, DVD AND ALBUM RELEASE 
 
(September 14, 2017) – Iconic rock band FOREIGNER turned forty this year with one of the summer’s most popular tours. Mick Jones (lead guitar), Kelly Hansen (lead vocals), Jeff Pilson (bass, vocals), Tom Gimbel (rhythm guitar, sax, vocals), Michael Bluestein (keyboards), Bruce Watson (guitar) and Chris Frazier (drums) rocked crowds while headlining amphitheaters and arenas around the world. With ten multi-platinum albums, sixteen top thirty hits, and worldwide album sales exceeding 75 million, songs like “I Want To Know What Love Is,” “Cold As Ice,” “Hot Blooded,” and “Juke Box Hero” continue to top the charts forty years into the game.
 
One of the highlights of FOREIGNER’s 40th anniversary tour was a handful of surprise appearances by original band members Lou Gramm, Dennis Elliott, Al Greenwood, Ian McDonald and Rick Wills at various stops along the tour. Inspired by these individual appearance, FOREIGNER will be joined by original members on stage for two night special event on October 6 & 7 at the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort in Michigan for the ultimate toast to 40 years of rock and roll. This special event will be recorded for a forthcoming 2018 TV special, DVD and accompanying album release.
 
Says Foreigner’s leader and founder Mick Jones, “Playing alongside Lou, Dennis, Al, Ian and Rick again certainly brought back some special memories and we decided it would be the ultimate celebration to join together on one stage, and give the fans the best possible farewell to our 40th Anniversary.”
 
For tickets to this incredible event and for more information, please visit www.soaringeaglecasino.com or www.foreigneronline.com
 
To celebrate the 40th Anniversary, FOREIGNER released a 40th anniversary album that features forty FOREIGNER tracks throughout the years entitled 40 – Forty Hits From Forty Years (RHINO). This album is a comprehensive compilation of original hits and several tracks from the current lineup featuring Kelly Hansen on vocals including “Can’t Slow Down,” “Too Late,” and the Top 20 AC hit “When It Comes To Love.” The album also features two new songs, “The Flame Still Burns,” and “Give My Life For Love,” a brand new song by Jones.
 
Responsible for some of rock and roll’s most enduring anthems including “Juke Box Hero,” “Cold As Ice, Hot Blooded,” “Waiting For A Girl Like You,” “Feels Like The First Time,” “Urgent,” “Head Games,” “Say You Will,” “Dirty White Boy,” “Long, Long Way From Home” and the worldwide #1 hit, “I Want To Know What Love Is,” FOREIGNER continues to rock the charts more than forty years into the game with massive airplay and continued Billboard Top 200 album success.  FOREIGNER also features strongly in every category in Billboard’s Greatest of All Time listing.  Catalog sales often eclipse those of Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, the Rolling Stones, the Who, Def Leppard, Van Halen, Aerosmith and most of their Classic Rock peers.  (Source: Nielsen SoundScan week ending 8/3/17).
 
 

 

 
Fri
15
Sep

FOZZY (Featuring Chris Jericho) To Release 'Judas' on October 13

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Friday, October 13, 2017
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FOZZY have announced that their seventh studio album Judas will arrive on October 13 via Century Media.
 
FOZZY  have already experienced incredible success with the “Judas” single. The official music video has accumulated almost 9 million views in just a few months, and the song hit No. 1 on iTunes charts in eight countries. Vocalist Chris Jericho went to bat for the single, eventually convincing Century Media to release “Judas” as the new album’s flagship cut.After their hugest charting (#54 on the Billboard 200) and most successful record, 2014's "Do You Wanna Start A War" and subsequent tour finished at the end of 2015, the band began focusing on taking their future to a new level creatively and enlisted critically acclaimed song writer Johnny Andrews to produce the new record. With Andrews, Ward and Jericho (the team who created FOZZY's highest charting single "Lights Go Out") at the helm, FOZZY spent 2016 crafting their new masterpiece for a spring 2017 release.
 
"After the huge success of the Do You Wanna Start A War record and the tour that followed that saw us share the stage with such incredible bands as Kiss, Slash & Myles Kennedy, BuckCherry and Theory Of A Deadman, we decided to take 2016 off to recharge and write songs.  But now WE'RE BACK with our best album EEEVVVEEERRR and are so excited to destroy stages all across the globe again!  There is nothing like playing FOZZY rock n roll to our amazing friends worldwide and watching you guys smile, laugh and have a blast...after all, isn't that what rock n roll is all about?  We believe that there's only three things you can count on in life: death, taxes and the fact that if you come to a FOZZY show, you are GOING to have a great time!! That's the FOZZY money back guarantee..."- Chris Jericho.
 
 
Chris Jericho talks about JUDAS the album exclusively for Australia:
 
The success of the single Judas is mindblowing!
‘’I think it's the right song at the right place at the right time. I think there's been a lot of goodwill towards Fozzy over the years with a slow and steady build. And I think that I had such a huge year last year in 2016 in the WWE that a lot of people wanted to check out why I left the WWE to go to Fozzy and they gave us a chance when they hadn't in the past. And as a result, heard this song Judas, which is our best song. So, hooky, so heavy, so dark the lyrics are very dark. Everyone can relate to those lyrics. I think like I said it's just a great piece of timing and that so many people check out the band that never had in the past. And then hearing this amazing song with these lyrics that everybody can relate to ‘’Everyone I've Ever Loved I've Pushed Them All Away’’
It's about making the wrong decision knowing that you're making the wrong decision listening to the Judas in your mind and betraying yourself. So, I think all those things combined with a killer video, a great team, the return of Paul DiLeo. All of these things really, just all kind of compounded at the right time to create this perfect storm of Judas which is now a top 20 billboard which is awesome.’’
 
What can we expect from Judas the album:
Well I mean if you like Judas the song, there was actually a big debate with the record company as to what the first single should be. There's so many great songs on this I think if this was like 1987 in the days of Hysteria and Appetite for Destruction when you saw a band that had five or six singles. This is that type of record. There was a lot of argument about whether Painless should be the single or Elevator or Weight Of My World and now Drinkin’ With Jesus is in contention so there's a lot of great songs on the record. It's very much a more compact album. It's very much more about the songs and very much, is this song a single if it's not if it doesn't have a single potential let's not even put it on the record so we have 11 singles on this record which is the way we wanted. It took a long time to get it right. We didn't even record a couple of songs that we wrote for it, they just weren’t right. So these are the best 11 songs that we that we have, all of them could be hits. And as we’ve seen with Judas I think this record is going to take us to a completely different level, all across the board.
 
The writing process is a lot different this time around:
Before it was always Rich who wrote the music and I wrote the lyrics. We worked with Johnny Andrews last record for lights go out which was our biggest song to date and we decided we wanted to use an outside producer for this record. You know like Kiss with Bob Ezrin or Metallica with Bob Rock. Not that we’re those bands but it's the same vibe that you want to do something different and there wasn't anybody named Bob available apparently. So we went with Johnny Andrews because we had really enjoyed working with him on Lights Go Out and he produced the record and he co-wrote all the songs with Rich. I submitted all my lyrics and three of them were used which are Running With The Bulls, Wordsworth Way and Three Days In Jail but the rest are all Johnny and Rich collaborations. So they write them and I sell them. It really doesn't matter. It's just whatever's best for the song. And we had a great songwriting team in Rich and Johnny and the contributions that I made, the lyrics that I contributed. And once again every song, not worried about if there's a solo on it, Judas doesn't even have a soul it's just got a really cool middle Queen section. A lot of it would always be like well let's write a song with a crazy solo in it in a 4-minute intro and all that's gone. It's very compact is very much what AC/DC did when they worked with Mutt Lang also a Robert. Lot of Robert's man. We need to find Robert but we found Johnny and it's even better for us.
 
When can Australian fans we can expect a tour:
We've been waiting to come back to Australia since 2013. We were lucky enough to tour there twice in 2013 on the Soundwave tour with Metallica and then with Steel Panther, great times. Australia is one of our favorite places to go. We've been there I think four or five times now with Fozzy but we haven't been there since the Do You Want To Start A War Record came out which is 2014. I remember we listened to the demos for Do You Want To Start A War Record in our hotel room on that tour with Steel Panther so we got to make it back there. That's one of our goals and I know there's a lot of people waiting to see us and we are super excited about Australia. One of our favorite countries to tour in, Foztralia, Fozzy in Aussie has to happen again. So we're looking forward to doing that on this tour cycle. Hopefully in 2018 for sure.
 
We are Fozzy
Chris Jericho - vocals
Rich Ward – guitars, vocals
Frank Fontsere – drums
Billy Grey – guitars
Paul DiLeo - bass
 

 

 
Thu
14
Sep

HEAVEN & EARTH Announce 'Hard To Kill' For October 6

Friday, October 6, 2017
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Los Angeles hard rockers HEAVEN & EARTH release HARD TO KILL, October 6 on Quarto Valley Records. It’s available to pre-order via HEAVEN & EARTH’s PledgeMusic campaign. In addition to pre-ordering HARD TO KILL, fans can purchase a range of exclusive merchandise and special offerings from the band, including signed albums, guitars, posters and lyric sheets, Skype lessons with each band member, and even a Skype cooking lesson with singer Joe Retta. A lyric video for “The Game Has Changed” was recently released and can be seen on the band’s official YouTube page. It will be available on iTunes September 22.

HEAVEN & EARTH features Joe Retta (lead vocals, guitar, harmonica), Stuart Smith (guitars), Lynn Sorensen (bass and vocals), keyboardist Ty Baillie (who has played with Katy Perry and Robbie Robertson), and essential to the album with his songwriting and drumming is Kenny Aronoff, who has been a sideman to countless bands both live and in-studio including Bob Seger, John Mellencamp, and the Rolling Stones. His distinctive style and energyis one to behold on HARD TO KILL. While on tour, the band includes musicians Mike Mangan (Hammond organ and keyboards) and Steven Wilson (drums, percussion, vocals).
 
Taking HARD TO KILL as a whole, the 11 original songs ring true and the melodies unfold like you have known them your whole life. The title track serves as the band’s anthem, a testament to perseverance and the power of rock. “L.A. Blues” exposes the pitfalls of living in the City of Angels, while “The Game Has Changed” dramatically contrasts the past with the present. Meanwhile, “Til It’s Over” will earn the admiration of longtime rock listeners, just as the attitude in “Bleed Me Dry” and “Walk Away” will speak to any modern music fan.
 
With guidance from Ritchie Blackmore, Smith’s own performing career took him across Europe with various bands, through New York City, and ultimately to Los Angeles where he first formed HEAVEN & EARTH. The band released two previous albums before he met singer Joe Retta about a decade

HEAVEN & EARTH founder/guitarist Stuart Smith was born in Great Britain, the son of an RAF jet fighter pilot, and he was originally classically trained on the guitar from the age of 8. After seeing a Deep Purple concert in the early ‘70s, he got turned on to rock & roll. When he was 19 years old, he met guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and the two became fast friends. Blackmore instantly took Smith under his wing and mentored him.

ago, when both men were touring with The Sweet, known for the classic hits “Ballroom Blitz” and “Fox On The Run.” After developing a strong writing partnership, Retta and Smith joined forces to continue the HEAVEN & EARTH legacy.
A native of Rochester, NY, Retta established himself as one of the most versatile singers in Los Angeles. He has performed with The Sweet, Gregg Rolie, Dio Disciples, and Trans-Siberian Orchestra. With Retta out in front, his powerful vocals and world-class musicianship are integral to HEAVEN & EARTH’s epic sound.
 
Bassist Lynn Sorensen, a Seattle native, has performed all across the globe with Bad Company and in Paul Rodgers’ band. As a teen, Sorensen studied classical violin and viola; to this day, he maintains a passion for classical music.
“We feel that HARD TO KILL is definitely the band’s best work yet, and we’re excited to see how it’s received,” says guitarist Stuart Smith. “We’re looking forward to going on tour and playing selections from all four HEAVEN & EARTH albums, as well as a few surprises.”
 
“The reinvention of rock comes to you from HEAVEN & EARTH. A band that brings every riff you ever wanted into the 21st century"
—Chris Lord-Alge, Multi Grammy® Award-winning mix engineer
"The new album from HEAVEN & EARTH is the real deal. Many great songs start out as a great riff, and this album is full of them. Intention, intensity, and emotion. All three are in play here. Well done, guys. Keep On Rocking!"
—Edgar Winter
“On all fronts, HARD TO KILL is an album that demands your attention. I recommend a total surrender, because those who absorb its savage beauty will be rewarded with a transcendent musical experience.”
-- Michael Molenda, Guitar Player magazine
 

 

 
Wed
13
Sep

LICENCE Announce Their 'Licence 2 Rock' Oct 27

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Friday, October 27, 2017
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LICENCE, the band from Ludwigsburg/Germany is the brainchild of local guitar hero and songwriter Steam Thiess. After a break for a few years he decided he has too much musical creativity to let it go and he wants to get back into business.
 
In May 2014 he founded LICENCE and was looking for musicians who'd fit into the band. To find the singer was easy, his daughter Jacky had just what he was looking for! With an amazing presence and rocking voice the first piece to the puzzle was solved. With bassist Pappe and drummer Sammy Sin they recruited the two perfect missing links.
 
They soon played shows with bands like TERRANA, STORMWITCH, PRAYING MANTIS, STOP STOP, TRI STATE CORNER & TWENTYDARKSEVEN, followed by festivals alongside SAXON, THE POODLES and many more.
 
The pre-production in 2016 ended in recordings for their debut album „Licence 2 Rock“, which was mixed and mastered by none other than Achim Köhler, known for his work with PRIMAL FEAR, BRAINSTORM and many others. The record shows the whole facettes of the LICENCE sound. Back to the 80s without sounding outdated. Heavy, melodic and always keeping you on the edge of your seat. Once you hear the songs they will remain stuck in your head.
 
You can't buy the licence to rock, you need to own it. LICENCE does!!!
 
Line-Up:
Jacky Coke – vocals
Steam Thiess – guitar
Pappe – bass
Sammy Sin – drums
 
Discography:
Licence 2 Rock (2017)
 
Web: https://www.licence-band.com
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/Licence.band
 
Tue
12
Sep

SCHERER/BATTEN - BattleZone - Out Next Week!

Friday, September 22, 2017
BattleZone
Produced By: 
Jim Peterik
Running Time: 
52.55
Release Date: 
September 22
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Melodic Rock
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PRE-ORDER:
 
SCHERER/BATTEN - 'BattleZone' ($15 + $5 Shipping Worldwide)
 
  
 
MRR September Deal:
 
BOULEVARD - 'Boulevard IV - Luminescence' and 
SCHERER/BATTEN - 'BattleZone' ($36 including Worldwide Shipping)
 
  
 
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FULL AUDIO PREVIEWS:
 
The Sound Of Your Voice: https://youtu.be/UmAyJvq6tts
 

 
 

 

 
Tue
12
Sep

MIKE TRAMP Delivers 30 Years Of Goodies In New Box Set

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Friday, December 1, 2017
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"This & That (But A Whole Lot More)" is the brand new box set from Mike Tramp, that is being released on the 1st of December in a limited edition of 1000 copies worldwide. The box set contains 5 CDs and 1 DVD with previously unreleased material from Tramps long career, but with brand new stuff as well.

Mike Tramp himself says this about the box set:
"In the 21st century where the music business have become something like an old fashion garage sale and your loyal fans have become someone you address by first name and have a coffee with. It is with great pleasure that I give back to those who have stood by my side for so long and shared this journey with me, and now give them the key to my own personal vault of songs and projects I have done over the past 30 years. This Box set is from Mike Tramp to his fans".

The box set will be sold exclusively at: www.shop.targetgroup.dk
On November 24TH and 25th, Mike Tramp and Band Of Brothers will be playing two memorable release shows at Halmtorvet 9 in Copenhagen. The box set will be available at this show, and you will be able pre-order it when buying a ticket for the show at this link to make sure you will get your hands on a copy: Here are ticket links.

 
Brand new single "Work It All Out"  from Mike Tramp, released exclusively on the upcoming CD-box set "This & That (But A Whole Lot More)" - out 1st of December.

And watch the music video for "Work It All Out" here: 

 


 
 
Mon
11
Sep

THE RADIO SUN Debut New Single 'Heaven On Earth'

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THE RADIO SUN have released their first single Heaven On Earth from their fourth full length album ‘Unstoppable’ out October 20 via Pride & Joy Music Germany, Anderstein Music Japan and direct from the band in Melbourne, Australia. The new album was mixed by Paul Laine (solo, The Defiants).
Guitarist Stevie Janevski goes on to say “Unstoppable stands for what we believe in… we’re a hard working band that loves to write melodic catchy hard rock songs. This is our fourth album in four years – we’re all about touring and spreading the word. This new album is a great progression for the band – a collection of some of the best songs we’ve ever written that showcases our vocal harmonies.
Unstoppable features a special guest performance by Andy Shanahan (from Australian AOR pioneers Roxus) on keyboards on the track ‘Dreams Should Last Forever’. With influences such as Night Ranger, Def Leppard, Danger Danger, White Lion, Winger, Harem Scarem, Nelson, etc. The Radio Sun look forward to keep flying the flag for melodic hard rock with their new album.
Upcoming live shows in : Tokyo, Japan in November 2017, HRH AOR Wales, United Kingdom in March 2018, Melodic Rock Fest 5 Chicago, United States in May 2018….with more dates to follow.
**The band are signing all pre orders of the Australian album if ordered before the release date of October 20 via www.facebook.com/theradiosun SHOP NOW button. Unstoppable can also be purchased via Pride & Joy Music in Europe and Anderstein Music in Japan.
Hear the first single from Unstoppable – ‘Heaven On Earth’ and samples from the album below.

 

 
Mon
11
Sep

AIRBOUND Audio Teaser For Debut

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The full teaser for the Airbound's debut album is finally available on Youtube:

Pre-orders have already started on the official Burning Minds' shop, with the CD available in two different formats:
- Standard edition

- Special personalized limited edition
All infos for the purchase here: www.burningmindsgroup.com/art-of-melody-music/news/23

 
Mon
11
Sep

FIREWORKS Issue 80 Out Now - BCC & DEF LEPARD

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148 PAGE FIREWORKS #80 OUT SEPTEMBER 12 (SEPT 14 IN STORES)
 
The Autumn issue of Fireworks comes out next week, another 148 pages jam-packed with Hard Rock and Metal goodness!! This issue’s cover feature sees us sit down with Glenn Hughes for a detailed and honest look into the reformation of Black Country Communion and their superb new album. Elsewhere we have interviews with Cheap Trick, Suzi Quatro, H.e.a.t, Walter Trout, Cats In Space, Threshold, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Accept, Tony Martin, Michael Monroe, Gun, Robin Beck, Steelheart, Janet Gardner, Masterplan, Coldspell, Boulevard, Da Vinci, Martina Edoff, Nocturnal Rites, Newman, Eden’s Curse and many more, including a five-page interview with Joe Elliot and Rick Savage as they look back at the recording of ‘Hysteria’ 30 years ago.
 
Amongst our plethora of features, The Expert’s Guide takes a look at Giant, whilst Unsung Heroes highlights the wonderful Sass Jordan. Dave Reynolds continues his in-depth look at his Divine Decade, this issue highlighting 1975, the year that saw debuts for Rainbow, Ted Nugent and Dave’s all-time favourite, Angel, as well as a little double live album called ‘ALIVE!’
 
Add to this another 50 pages of reviews, the biggest in any UK music magazine, and a free 78 track mp3 CD with accompanying 51 page pdf mag, and you have a 199 page issue of thoroughly indispensable Hard Rock/Metal music!
 
Order your copy today for the fastest delivery (Subscriptions also available):   http://www.rocktopia.co.uk/index.php?option=com_rokquickcart&view=rokquickcart&Itemid=401
 
 
Fri
08
Sep

VANDENBERG's MOONKINGS Back With 'MKII'

Friday, November 3, 2017
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Adrian Vandenberg returns with his MoonKings for album nr 2!

Four years after Adrian Vandenberg made a spectacular comeback with Vandenberg’s Moonkings the band returns with a sophomore album, simply titled MK II. The album has all the qualities of the debut: once again the four-piece band manages to create a perfect mix of vintage seventies hard rock and current styles of heavy rock. Adrian Vandenberg shines as a bonafide guitar virtuoso, while the rest of the band also delivers in spades. Yet MK II has even more to offer than the highly praised first album. It shows how the band grew into a strong unit during the world tours of the recent years.

‘The last few years have been very important indeed’, confirms Adrian Vandenberg, who previously gained world fame as the guitarist and songwriter of Vandenberg and Whitesnake. ‘We just got to know each other when we recorded out debut album. I think we all exceeded each other’s expectations. But you really get to know each other while on the road. It was then that I really became impressed by the abundance of energy that this band has. We tried to capture this on our new album. At the same time, we all grew individually. I am really amazed by the way Jan Hoving has grown even more in his role as a singer and as a front man. I’ve played with the best bass players and drummers in my extensive career, but with all respect I dare to say that Sem Christoffel and drummer Mart Nijen Es form the best rhythm section I ever had the pleasure of working with.

 

Packshot_Moonkings-MK2_CD+LP

MK II

01. Tightrope
02. Reputation
03. Angel In Black
04. The Fire
05. Walk Away
06. All Or Nothing
07. What Doesn’t Kill You
08. Ready For The Taking
09. New Day
10. Hard Way
11. Love Runs Out
12. If You Can’t Handle The Heat

Get you copy at:
mlg-logo-whitePre-order T-shirt bundles available.
All pre-orders from MLG will be signed by Adrian
and will get a free poster (while stocks last)

 

 
Fri
08
Sep

Guitarist LOU DIBELLO Fires It Up On 'Heatwave'

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The art of six-stringer shredding has unquestionably come back to forefront in modern day hard rock and heavy metal music. And talented guitarist Lou DiBello will soon be leaving his own mark on the genre, with the release of his album, ‘Heat Wave.’ The album features input from current or former members of Manowar (guitarist Ross “The Boss” Friedman) and Symphony X (bassist Mike Lepond), and is chockfull of headbanging rockers and six-string showcases, especially the tune “Full Throttle,” which can be sampled here: 
 

 
"Heat Wave is my 4th solo release and by far my best effort to date,” explains DiBello. “The fact that I worked with such a great group of people was key, most notably singer Carsten Schulz, bassist Mike LePond, and legendary guitarist Ross ‘The Boss’ Friedman. It was a real honor to have Ross play dueling leads and harmonies with me on the epic track ‘Blood on the Cross,’ and he gave me valuable advice along the way as well. The record is a nice blend of hard rock/metal with vocals as well as instrumental tracks with a real emphasis on good songs with great guitar playing, as opposed to just great guitar playing. All out rocker ‘Let Me Hear You Scream - Rock & Roll!,’ as well as instrumental tracks ‘Full Throttle’ and my take on the Michael Schenker classic ‘Into the Arena’ are a few of the highlights.”
DiBello - who is an honors graduate from Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, California - has been a veteran of the Central Illinois music scene since the late ‘80s. Additionally, he has played over 2,500 paid performances, 600 in last 5 years alone, plus countless opening slots for acts like .38 Special, Slaughter, LA Guns, Molly Hatchet, Foghat, Quiet Riot, Survivor, Black Crowes, Blue Oyster Cult, and more. As an instructor, DiBello has given over 25,000 private lessons, and started one of the first streaming guitar lesson websites."
 
The guitarist also feels he has a lot to offer in the areas of instruction and collaboration with other artists, as he is a flexible player in a range of styles and enjoys playing in many different settings. Also, he is looking to place his music for licensing for TV and film.
 
“I love playing guitar! I am blessed to continue to pursue my passion and I am looking forward to further successes in this ongoing journey.”
 
Line-Up for ‘Heat Wave’:
Lou DiBello - Lead and rhythm guitars, bass guitar
Carsten Schulz - Vocals
Bobby Whiles - Drums
Mike LePond (Symphony X) - Bass guitar (Blood On The Cross/Drop Deadly/Into The Arena)
Ross "The Boss” Friedman (Dictators, Manowar) - Lead guitar (Blood On The Cross)
Tim Rixstine - Keyboards, synthesizer
‘Heat Wave’ Tracklisting:
 
1) Heat Wave
2) Let Me Hear You Scream - Rock & Roll!
3) Blood On The Cross
4) The Meeting
5) Full Throttle
6) Drop Deadly
7) When All Is Lost
8) Into The Arena
 
To order a copy of the release please visit: http://hyperurl.co/r1i8gf
 
FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT: www.loudibello.com
 
 
Fri
08
Sep

PRIMAL FEAR Add 4 New Tracks To 'Best Of Fear' Compilation

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Friday, November 10, 2017
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Frontiers Music Srl are pleased to announce the release of Primal Fear's 'The Best Of Fear' on November 10th, 2017! 
Check out the new song, 'If Looks Could Kill' (a Heart cover) here: https://youtu.be/V-R0xgaGYGY
 
'Best of Fear', as the name implies, is a new best of compilation from German heavy metal masters, Primal Fear. This double album culls together the best material from Primal Fear's last 10 years of work (including the albums 'New Religion,' '16.6 (Before the Devil Knows You're Dead),' 'Unbreakable,' 'Delivering the Black,' & 'Rulebreaker'), plus four brand new songs recorded specifically for this release.
Mat Sinner says: 'We wanted to come up with something special instead of a regular "Best-Of' album. We've recorded 4 new songs including a cover of the Heart song "If Looks Could Kill' and in my view one of the best vocal performances of Ralf Scheepers' career - crushing! We've divided the album into 2 CDs - on CD 1 the new tracks and our most favorite rockers, on CD 2 the epic stuff and the long songs including an exciting artwork by Stan Decker. This is a compilation we're proud of and much more than a collector's item!'
This comprehensive overview of Primal Fear's body of work over the past ten years is aptly split into two records which showcase the magnificence (and constantly maturing) songwriting abilities of these heavy metal lifers. The first album encompasses the heavier and more straight ahead material, while the second shows the more involved and epic side of the band's songwriting.
So, whether you're just discovering Primal Fear or you're a long-time fan, this is a really good overview of their music over the past ten years and is not to be missed!
TRACKLISTING:
CD1
1. AREA 16 (new song)
2. PREDATOR (new song)
3. IF LOOKS COULD KILL (new song)
4. THRILL OF SPEED (new song)
5. THE END IS NEAR
6. STRIKE
7. SIGN OF FEAR
8. IN METAL WE TRUST
9. WHEN DEATH COMES KNOCKING
10. SIX TIMES DEAD
11. ANGELS OF MERCY
12. UNBREAKABLE
13. RIDING THE EAGLE
14. RULEBREAKER
15. KING FOR A DAY
16. BAD GUYS WEAR BLACK
CD2
1. EVERYTIME IT RAINS (Feat. Simone Simons)
2. WE WALK WITHOUT FEAR
3. FIGHTING THE DARKNESS (long version)
4. HANDS OF TIME
5. ONE NIGHT IN DECEMBER
6. THE SKY IS BURNING
7. WHERE ANGELS DIE
8. BLACK RAIN
9. BORN WITH A BROKEN HEART (FEAT. LIV REMIX)
10. BORN AGAIN
11. THE MAN (THAT I DON'T KNOW)
BAND MEMBERS: 
Ralf Scheepers – Vocals
Tom Naumann - Guitars
Alex Beyrodt – Guitars
Magnus Karlsson – Guitars & Keyboards
Francesco Jovino – Drums
Mat Sinner - Bass & Vocals
Primal Fear Links: 
• Official Website: www.primalfear.de 
• Facebook: www.facebook.com/PrimalFearOfficial
 

 

 
Thu
07
Sep

H.E.A.T Announce November 2017 UK And European Tour Dates

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Friday, September 22, 2017
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To dovetail the release of their fifth studio album, H.E.A.T will tour the UK and Europe throughout November. The celebrated Swedish rock band will release their long awaited new album "Into The Great Unknown" on Friday 22nd September 2017 via earMUSIC.
The European leg of the tour will start in Copenhagen on Monday 30th October and the band will play their first show in the UK in Wolverhampton on Friday 17th November.
 
After one and a half years of intense song-writing, with guitarist Dave Dalone (aka Sky Davis) back in the mix, the band went on a questionable trip to record an album in Thailand, once again with Swedish Grammy award-winning producer Tobias Lindell. With 10 top songs in their cannon, H.E.A.T entered the heavenly Karma Sound studios in the outskirts of Bangkok to record what would become the fifth studio album. Once again the band continue the musical landscape with an innovative, highly explosive and refreshing melodic rock sound and an unforgettable collection of fantastic new songs.
 
"Into The Great Unknown" is the follow-up to 2014’s critically acclaimed "Tearing Down The Walls".  2012’s successful "Address The Nation" album was praised worldwide as one of the best albums of the year, and consolidated the H.E.A.T’s growing reputation as the new leading band in hard edged melodic rock.  "Into The Great Unknown" is a rock and roll journey into the great unknown. The album delivers everything H.E.A.T is loved for - frontman Erik Grönwall’s incredible vocal talent and the band’s traditional approach to melodic rock.
 
In 2009, H.E.A.T had a huge hit in Scandinavia with the song "1000 Miles". That same year the band’s second album "Freedom Rock" was nominated as one of the Top 50 albums in 2010 by Classic Rock magazine UK. Since then, they’ve toured all over the world, blowing audiences away with their outstanding live concerts.
 
Further info about H.E.A.T’s new album “Into The Great Unknown” – www.noblepr.co.uk/Press_Releases/earmusic/heat-into-the-great-unknown.htm
 
Watch the official UK & European tour trailer here – https://www.facebook.com/heatsweden/videos/10155697023354288/
 
H.E.A.T – NOVEMBER 2017 UK AND EUROPEAN TOUR
 
Copenhagen DK, Pumpehuset                   Monday 30 October
Hamburg DE, Logo                                           Tuesday 31 October
Berlin DE, Frannz Club                                   Wednesday 1 November
Munich DE, Backstage Halle                       Thursday 2 November
Innsbruck AT, Harley Bar                              Friday 3 November
Milan IT, Legend Club                                    Sunday 5 November
Bilbao ES, Santana 27                                     Tuesday 7 November
Madrid ES, La Riviera                                     Wednesday 8 November
Barcelona ES, Razzmatazz 2                         Thursday 9 November
Paris FR, La Nouveau Casino                       Saturday 11 November
Pratteln CH, Z7                                                 Sunday 12 November
Aschaffenburg DE, Colos-Saal                    Monday 13 November
Vosselaar BE, Biebob                                     Tuesday 14 November
Uden NL, De Pul                                               Wednesday 15 November
Wolverhampton UK, Slade Rooms          Friday 17 November
Glasgow UK, Cathouse                                  Saturday 18 November
Nottingham UK, Rescue Rooms                Sunday 19 November
London UK, Islington Academy                 Tuesday 21 November
 
 
Thu
07
Sep

MECCA 'The Demos' 2-Disc Compilation Due Nov 3

Artist: 
Friday, November 3, 2017
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The name MECCA is synonymous with quality AOR and melodic rock. Each of the 3 albums released to date have been crafted over several years, with each song racking up a seriously impressive number of demos, alternative versions, re-writes and re-mixes before being labelled “done”.
 
So, while we wait for a new set of songs to go through that lengthy process, Joe Vana has given MelodicRock Records the green light to delve back into the many folders of Mecca music that has built up since the 2002 debut, to bring you a very cool limited edition release –
 
MECCA “The Demos”
 
But these aren’t any old demos; these are still of the highest quality and represent a rare insight into the recording process all artists go through.
 
MECCA “The Demos” will feature songs from all three of the Mecca albums, plus the songs exclusively featured on several past MRCD compilations and several others that have never previously been released.
 
Fans will hear songs you thought you knew, but with alternative lyrics or chorus hooks, plus work-in-progress home recordings, alternative mixes and even a couple of guest vocalists lending a hand.
 
MECCA “The Demos” will be restricted to 1000 units only and released November 3.
Full details of the 2-Disc set, along with an audio preview will be announced shortly.
 
Joe Vana has asked that I make a digital download of this set available for free to all that purchased any of the Mecca 3 Tshirt and/or LP packs. Mecca 3 LP refunds are currently being discussed after plans to manufacture have been scrapped after multiple attempts to get quality units produced efficiently and economically. As a continuing gesture by Joe to get all of his fans squared away, he has asked that those few fans that still haven't received a refund AND all those that ordered the Fan Pack get the free download....and this will be expanded to free downloads of Mecca IV (in the works) and other exciting projects slated for 2018 release.
 
 
Wed
06
Sep

SHAKRA Back With 'Snakes & Ladders' Nov 10

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Friday, November 10, 2017
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On November 10th, SHAKRA will release their new studio record "Snakes & Ladders". As in the game with the same title, the goal is to climb to the top. This is what SHAKRA as a band also have in mind. It’s been almost 2 years since "High Noon" was released, the comeback album with former leadsinger Mark Fox back on the microphone. "High Noon" made it to #2 in the swiss album charts and also entered the german charts.
 
The haunting melodies, the distinctive voice of Mark Fox, the striking guitar riffs from Thomas Muster, the emotional solos from lead guitarist Thom Blunier and the irrestistible grooves from Drummer Roger Tanner and bass player Dominik Pfister are all typical SHAKRA trademarks, which can be found again on "Snakes & Ladders". The opener "Cassandra‘s Curse", which lyrically is about the current world affairs, is a perfect example of all the trademarks mentioned above. Heavy riffs, an atmospheric verse and a powerful refrain.
 
The kickass rock song "Friday Nightmare" is followed by the title track "Snakes & Ladders": Up & down and the game’s going on. Sometimes you win, sometimes you fall. Sometimes everything just goes smoothly, but there are times when you gotta try again and again to reach your goal. Just roll the dice at some point you will be where you wanna be!
 
"Together with ‚Cassandra’s Curse‘, ‚Something You Don’t Understand‘ is one of the best songs I’ve ever written", says a very proud Thomas Muster. The song is a great 80s inspired powerballad with an enthralling melodie and simple grooves that will stick in your head for sure.
 
All in all there are 12 brandnew SHAKRA tracks on "Snakes & Ladders", Shout out some singalongs to "The Seeds", feel the blues in "Rollin", listen to the straight Rock‘n’Roll song "Medicine Man" or just rock out to "I Will Rise Again" and "Fire In My Veins". We are sure every SHAKRA fan will be more than happy with the album.
 
So SHAKRA are definitely back on track! And by the way, "Snakes & Ladders", their 11th album so far, includes the Snakes & Ladders game on CD and Vinyl.
 
On November 10th the dices are rollin‘ with SHAKRA and "Snakes & Ladders"!
 
LINE-UP
 • Mark Fox vocals • Thom Blunier guitar • Thomas Muster guitar • Dominik Pfister bass • Roger Tanner drums • 
 
TRACKLIST
01 Cassandra’s Curse 02 Friday Nightmare 03 Snakes & Ladders 04 Something You Don’t Understand 05 The Seeds 06 Rollin‘ 07 M edicine Man 08 I Will Rise Again 09 Open Water 10 The Race Of My Life 11 Fire In My Veins 12 The End Of Days
 
 
Wed
06
Sep

JK Northrup & Johnny Edwards Years Packaged as GYPSY SOUL

Artist: 
Friday, October 20, 2017
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The Band:
Johnny Edwards: Lead vocals (ex Foreigner and King Kobra)
JK Northrup: Lead Guitars (ex XYZ and King Kobra)
Justin McDaid: Rhythm Guitars
Larry Hart: Bass (ex King Kobra)
Glenn Hicks: Drums
 
Produced by: JK Northrup at Alien Productions Studios except songs 8-9-10-11 Produced by Ronnie Montrose
Mastered by: JK Northrup at Alien Productions Music Studio
 
Track List: 1-Fat City  03:38 / 2-Fire And Water 03:35 / 3-Winners And Losers 04:02 / 4-Ready For The Rain 04:36 / 5-Sheila 03:44 / 6-Candy Apple Red 03:16 / 7-She’s Waiting 04:07 / 8-Survival In The Streets 04:35 / 9-Dancin’ Feet  03:09 / 10-Burning In Her Fire 03:36 / 11-Rough Life 04:34 / 12-The Kid Is Back In Town 03:59 /  13-Outside Looking In 03:39 / 14-The West 04:19
 
The Northrup Years
 
In 1987 four musicians were brought together by the legendary guitarist Ronnie Montrose  and their shared manager. Those four were guitarist JK Northrup, Lead vocalist Johnny Edwards, bassist Larry Hart and J K’s long-time friend and drummer Glenn Hicks. Within two weeks they were rehearsing writing and in the studio recording with Ronnie Montrose, who was producing their first demo. It was immediately evident that there was a lot of electricity with the band! Drawing on such influences as Bad Company, Whitesnake and Humble Pie The band’s energy was powerful.
 
Almost immediately several major labels such as Geffen, Atlantic and MCA were coming to the shows and rehearsals showing great interest in signing the band. John Kalodner himself put the band into the studio to record a further six songs.
 
Although an agreement was not reached with any of the record labels the band recorded and demoed many songs over two years. They added a fifth member; rhythm guitarist Justin McDaid and continued playing, writing and showcasing until 1989 when they disbanded resulting in Edwards joining Foreigner and J K Northrup joining up with Paul Shortino for two albums.
 
This collection of 14 songs are a small portion of songs they wrote but they capture the spirit of what a great they actually were. Many of the songs were later performed and recorded by Foreigner, “Ready for the Rain”, “King Kobra”, “Burning in her fire”, “Wild Horses”, “Fire and Water”, “The Kid is Back in Town and “Rough Life” were recorded on the classic album “Back on Track” by Shortino and Northrup.
 
During 1988 JK Northrup, Johnny Edwards and Larry Hart were recruited by legendary drummer Carmine Appice to write, record and perform the King Kobra III album.
 
This is a classic case of a band that should have been a multi-platinum success and these songs we have here are a reminder of what a great group of musicians and prolific songwriters they are.
 
 
 
Wed
06
Sep

PINK CREAM 69 Deliver 'Headstrong' Album Nov 10

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Friday, November 10, 2017
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Pink Cream 69 return with their new release, 'Headstrong' on November 10th, 2017! Hear new single, 'We Bow To None': 
 

Pre-order HEADSTRONG here: http://radi.al/Headstrong
• Frontiers: http://www.frontiers.shop
• iTunes: http://radi.al/HeadstrongiTunes
• Amazon: http://radi.al/HeadstrongAmazon
• Google Play: http://radi.al/HeadstrongGooglePlay
• Spotify: http://radi.al/HeadstrongSpotify

HEADSTRONG marks the 30th Anniversary of the German hard rockers Pink Cream 69. And what better way to celebrate than by adding yet another gem to their already spectacular discography! Produced by bassist (and renowned producer) Dennis Ward, HEADSTRONG sees the same line-up from 2013's well received 'Ceremonial' album return to deliver fans another hard rocking set of quality songs on their 12th studio album overall. As a special treat, the new release includes a bonus live album featuring songs from across the band's catalogue.

Dennis Ward says: "When we released our first album in 1989, we were proud to be a 'guitar band' that yielded powerful guitar riffs and soaring vocal melodies. Since the release of 'Ceremonial' it became evident to us that we had to take a step back to be able to make 2 steps forward so we made a 'master plan': resurrect our earliest form of songwriting incorporating these riffs and melodies, reducing the amount of keyboards and keeping the production to a minimum of sonic layers in order to be as true as possible to our sound - the sound of fat and crunchy guitars. I feel that the new album is a high-energy recording that redeems us as the powerful Rock n' Roll band we used to be. After weeks of cross checking the production, listening to the CD in my car, I take great pride in saying 'mission accomplished'. We look so very forward to presenting our new 'baby'."

TRACKLISTING:

Studio Album:
1. We Bow To None
2. Walls Come Down
3. Unite And Divide
4. No More Fear
5. Man Of Sorrow
6. Path Of Destiny
7. Vagrant Of The Night
8. Bloodsucker
9. Whistleblower
10. The Other Man

Bonus Live Album (Recorded In Ludwigsburg (2013):
1. Special
2. Talk To The Moon
3. Break The Silence
4. Do You Like It Like That
5. The Spirit
6. Livin' My Life For You
7. Wasted Years
8. Welcome The Night
9. Shame

PRODUCED BY: Dennis Ward

BAND MEMBERS:
David Readman – vocals
Alfred Koffler – guitars
Uwe Reitenauer – guitars
Dennis Ward – bass
Chris Schmidt – drums

Pink Cream 69 Links:
• Official Website: http://www.pinkcream69.de/
• Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PinkCream69Official/

 

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