GATHER TO SUPPORT FERGIE FREDERIKSEN:
As many of you know, Fergie Frederiksen is embroiled in a day to day struggle with cancer...his friends, Alex Ligertwood, Jimi Jamison, Randall Hall, Fran Cosmo, Bobby Kimball, Tommy Denander and Kevin Chalfant wanted to perform for him and celebrate his life...Special Opening performance by GB Leighton. Tickets are now available...Click the Link below.
If you have appreciated Fergie's life and music, you are invited to join in what will be a moving, magical evening. Reserved seating and discounted advance tickets.
JORDAN RUDESS RELEASES SOLO PIANO ALBUM "ALL THAT IS NOW": Jordan Rudess, best known as the keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire for platinum-selling Grammy-nominated prog rock band, Dream Theater, has released his latest solo piano recording, All That Is Now. The album contains 13 pieces, composed and performed by Jordan on his favorite instrument, a 9-foot Steinway concert grand piano. The album was created as part of a PledgeMusic crowdsourcing campaign in which almost 1,000 fans pledged between $10 to $5,000 in exchange for updates on his recording process and a battery of prizes ranging from private lessons to backstage passes. The PledgeMusic campaign also raised money for Rudess' upcoming orchestral album which will be released early in 2014.
Says Rudess, “This album is very close to my heart. For years, I searched until I found the instrument of my dreams that would be the perfect extension of my musical thought, playing literally every piano I could find all over the world. I found my concert grand seven years ago and, ever since, my deepest musical connection occurs when I play my Steinway. It is my lifetime goal to purely translate the music in my mind, to my hands and then onto the keyboard. This album captures the magic of that connection. The recording was done simply in the piano room of my house using just my Steinway D and Earthworks microphones. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did creating it."
In addition to his solo piano CD, All That Is Now, Rudess has also released a Wizdom Music interactive iOS app, “Jordan Rudess Explores,” which enables an interactive aural and visual experience with the music from the CD. Jordan Rudess Explores was created by Jordan with developer Joe Zobkiw to explore the intersection between the traditional and electronic world we all live in.
In addition to playing in Dream Theater, Rudess, voted "Best Keyboardist of All Time" by Music Radar Magazine, is the President of a successful music App development company Wizdom Music (www.wizdommusic.com), creators of award-winning apps such as MorphWiz, SampleWiz, and Geo Synthesizer. Jordan has worked with a wide range of artists including LMR, his newest side project with Tony Levin and Marco Minneman, Liquid Tension Experiment, David Bowie, Steven Wilson, Aviv Geffen, the Dixie Dregs, Rod Morgenstein, Enrique Iglesias, Tony Williams, Jan Hammer and the Paul Winter Consort. Dream Theater's newest self-titled album was released this fall on Roadrunner Records. The band will begin a whirlwind 14-month world tour in January, 2014. Their full-length concert DVD, Live at Luna Park, released last month went immediately to #1 on the Music DVD charts.
ALL THAT IS NOW Track List 50:18 - 1. Flash of Hope 04:33 2. Pacific Waves 03:38 3. Spectral Haze 04:23 4. A Last Goodbye 03:43 5. State of Being 03:01 6. Flying into Blue 03:30 7. A Thousand Years 03:20 8. Uncovered 03:35 9. The Telling 04:37 10. Altitude High 04:06 11. The Untouchable Truth 04:35 12. Looking Beyond 02:57 13. Eye Wonder 04:18.
SABBATH ON DVD: Black Sabbath: Live…Gathered in Their Masses (Vertigo/Republic) is released November 26. The DVD was recorded April 29 and May 1, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia when Ozzy Osbourne (Vocals), Tony Iommi (Guitar) and Geezer Butler (Bass) kicked off their world tour in support of their 13 album, which entered the charts at #1 in 13 countries (including their first #1 in the U.S.).
BLU-RAY and DVD track listing is as follows: 1. War Pigs 2. Into The Void 3. Loner 4. Snowblind 5. Black Sabbath 6. Behind The Wall Of Sleep 7. N.I.B. 8. Methademic 9. Fairies Wear Boots 10. Symptom Of The Universe 11. Iron Man 12. End Of The Beginning 13. Children Of The Grave 14. God Is Dead? 15. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (Intro)/Paranoid.
CD track listing is as follows: 1. War Pigs 2. Loner 3. Black Sabbath 4. Methademic 5. N.I.B 6. Iron Man 7. End Of The Beginning 8. Fairies Wear Boots 9. God Is Dead? 10. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (Intro)/Paranoid.
CHANDLER MOGUL UPDATES:
Happy Holidays! Chandler's new band Khaųs who have released the EP “Rising” last year to critical acclaim have just finished putting the final touches on their debut album which is slated to be released early next year. In the meantime they are in the running to play Sweden Rock next summer! But they need your help to make it! Please click on the link below and scroll down the page to vote for Khaųs….and you can cast up to two votes per day from each computer or mobile device so please feel free to vote as much as you can! www.swedenrock.com/index.cfm?pg=82.
Additionally, Chandler has a special holiday surprise for you…..a new Christmas rock song/ video entitled “She Wants the D for Christmas”! Chandler provided the vocals for this catchy new novelty song, which has been described as Motley Crue meets Sesame Street, and was written and produced by Nitram Studios in conjunction with Room 368 Productions. A few laughs for the holiday season….and the “D” is not what you think…..so feel free to let your kids watch too! Click below to watch the video and enjoy! www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZ8dqgpv0qM.
HICKS WINS EUROPEAN ACT OF THE YEAR AT THE LONDON BCMA'S:
Sunday November 24 saw Sweden's country star Hicks (aka Miqael Persson) rounding of the year of major events in London, England by winning the Best European Country Music Act with tough competition from the best in Ireland, Norway, France and Germany.
Collecting the Award at the sell-out Awards show in London was a great honour for him and for once he was nearly speechless, but he managed to thank many people who have helped with his journey. Hicks has been releasing singles to Europe, with all of them charting, building up his European profile. His current single and video 'Unreachable Dream' is Top 10 and the video being shown on various TV channels.
There were many British Awards and International winners who included Carrie Underwood, Vince Gill, Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban and for services to promote Country Music World-Wide was won by Scott Borchetta head of Big Machine Records. All the winners www.bcmawards.co.uk.
Already this June he has represented Sweden at the Global Show in Nashville as part of CMA Fest, performed at many venues around the town, radio and TV appearances and his song 'Cuts Like A Diamond' was picked up by The Little River Band' as their lead track and name of their album. Hicks has also topped the bill on various festivals throughout the summer A very good year.
WebLink: www.hickscountry.com / www.facebook.com/hickscountry.
MRX UPDATE: MRX has been updated with a great blast from the past live show - Jackson Browne - Essen Rockpalast 1986 and brand new Video Clips from: Place Vendome - Talk to Me, Jimmy Martin - Love Don't Live Here Anymore, I Am I - See You Again, Romeo's Daughter - Alive, Shakra - Save You From Yourself.
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Thursday, December 05, 2013
LET IT RAWK, AN ALL-STAR TRIBUTE TO THE SUNSET STRIP GLORY DAYS:
The Vegas strip had nothing on the Sunset Strip when it came to rock n roll, and a new multi-media show is bringing that experience to the stage in a special sneak preview. Let It Rawk will debut in the Chrome Showroom at Santa Fe Station and Casino in Las Vegas on Saturday, January 18 at 9pm PST. Let It Rawk is a loud, colorful, energetic and interactive experience of the hair metal era on LAs Sunset Strip. The showroom and stage will be infused with the sights and energy of a legendary rock club. Performed by guys who were there, shaping the scene, the shows playlist includes the greatest hits from the 80s and early 90s. From Warrant to Motley Crue the best anthems will be performed in all the glory of the day. And hits from the Let It Rawk bands careers are highlights.
The Let It Rawk band is the real deal. Its fronted by Black N Blue and ex-Warrant vocalist Jaime St. James. Guitarist Oz Fox is in the platinum-selling Christian glam rock band, Stryper. Dokken's Sean McNabb has played bass for other Kings of The Sunset Strip including Great White and Quiet Riot. Drummer Brent Fitz from Slash And The Conspirators will be slamming the skins. Brent has also played for Vince Neil and Alice Cooper. The band will also feature floating members, such as Eddie Ojeda from Twisted Sister and Bullet Boys original drummer Jimmy DAnda. The anchor of the band is Let It Rawk's creator and producer, Stacey Blades.
Stacey's ten years with L.A. Guns cemented him as a must-watch guitar player, and his final record with the band, Hollywood Forever, earned him critical acclaim for his exceptional fretwork. He left the band last year to pursue his other projects, including Let It Rawk. "I have been diligently working on this project since last March, and am super stoked to be sharing the stage with such awesome guys and talented musicians. The show will be playing a few times a month here in Vegas and then be doing casino shows nationally, Let It Rawk! See you out there!" Let It Rawk debuts in the Chrome Showroom at Santa Fe Station and Casino, 4949 North Rancho Drive, Las Vegas, on Saturday, January 18 at 9pm PST. General admission tickets are $21. VIP meet-and-greet upgrades will be available soon. Tickets are available at: www.ticketmaster.com/event/17004B798ED17265.
NEW VIVIAN CAMPBELL AND DEF LEPPARD MATERIAL COMING: Vivian Campbell has updated fans via his Facebook: "A few peeps have asked questions about my upcoming recordings, so here are some of the facts: I'm making a rock record (lots of guitar). I intend to sing, however, I may ask a real singer to help out if I fail miserably at the demo stages. I'm also writing for Def Leppard (we all are) as Leppard will be recording new music in February. So, all in all it's a busy time creatively."
WORLDVIEW SIGNS WITH ULTERIUM RECORDS: Ulterium Records are proud to announce the signing of the US melodic metal band Worldview to the label. Their debut album "The Chosen Few" will be released during spring 2014. More details will be announced during the coming months.
Formed in Los Angeles and comprised of ex-members from bands like Deliverance, Recon, Sacred Warrior and Vengeance, Worldview members are: Rey Parra – Lead Vocals; George Rene Ochoa – Guitars, BGV, Keyboards; Johnny Gonzales – Drums; Todd Libby – Bass guitar, Keyboards; Ray Vidal – Guitars, BGV.
The band--mates had always talked about at some point joining forces as they criss-crossed the country on tour with their earlier bands and finally the time has come and Worldview is ready to bring their unique blend of top-notch modern melodic metal with a message to the masses. Mildly technical, highly melodic, vocally harmonized, engaging, head pounding and fist pumping.
For more information: www.facebook.com/worldviewmetal / www.ulterium-records.com.
ROGER WATERS PLANS SOLO ROCK RECORD:
News Release: "In an interview with Rolling Stone, Roger Waters revealed he's recording a new album, not long after wrapping up his The Wall tour last September, telling the magazine he had "finished a demo of it," and that the current version is "55 minutes long." Already, the work is sounding like a concept album of sorts. According to Waters, the unfinished product is "couched as a radio play," about "an old man and a young child trying to figure out why they're killing the children."
The former Pink Floyd bassist/singer last released a new album in 2005, with the opera Ēa Ira. The upcoming album would be his fifth solo release and fourth in the rock genre. Amused to Death, his last rock release, came out in September 1992, peaking at No. 21 on the Billboard 200. Waters is scheduled to give the keynote address at the Billboard Touring Conference, happening Nov. 13-14 in New York."
ANDROMEDA: VINYL EDITIONS FOR "II = I" AND "CHIMERA" ANNOUNCED: Inner Wound Recordings will release limited 12" double gatefold vinyl editions of the classic Andromeda albums "II = I" and "Chimera". The release date is set to December 20. Both albums are remastered and contain album commentary by Johan Reinholdz and Martin Hedin.
The vinyl editions can be pre-ordered at the Inner Wound Store: www.innerwound.bigcartel.com.
"II = I" track listing: A: Encyclopedia 07:35 Mirages 05:42 Reaching Deep Within 04:50 B: Two Is One 10:09 Morphing Into Nothing 07:34 Castaway 06:16 C: Parasite 06:54 One In My Head 08:02 This Fragile Surface 08:04 D: Bonus: Album commentary by Johan & Martin 22:54.
"Chimera" track listing: A: Periscope 06:11 In the End 04:58 The Hidden Riddle 05:51 B: Going Under 06:27 The Cage of Me 07:08 No Guidelines 06:23 C: Inner Circle 07:03 Iskenderun 05:30 Blink of an Eye 09:29 D: Bonus: Album commentary by Johan & Martin 24:59.
For more information on Andromeda: www.andromedaonline.com / www.facebook.com/andromedaband.
ROBERT PLANT DOCUMENTS SOLO CAREER WITH NINE LIVES SET INTHESTUDIO:
Dallas, TX December 4, 2013. - Quite coincidentally, no less than three of Robert Plant's solo albums are marking significant anniversaries, so no better time than now to examine all three as North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands invites Plant to look at his extensive post-Zeppelin solo career.
Robert's second solo album, 1983's The Principle of Moments, provided proof of a viable and sustainable solo career with angular extended songs In the Mood and the cryptic Big Log, both of which became rock radio staples in the States, followed by Little by Little from Shaken and Stirred in 1985.
Not until 1988's Now and Zen, however, did Plant shed the self-conscious shadow of Led Zeppelin by exorcising his ghosts with the song Tall Cool One, brilliantly sampling the thunder of the gods¯ iconic licks and employing Zeppelin mastermind Jimmy Page on guitar. Robert shares with InTheStudio host Redbeard the mindset behind Tall Cool One: "Necessity really is the mother of invention. I really wanted to do something real bright, breezy and cheerful, and Tall Cool One¯ was really Real Wild Child¯ by Iggy Pop mixed with a bit of Billy Idol mixed with Rock And Roll¯ by Led Zeppelin… with a sense of humor."
Robert Plant Nine Lives/ InTheStudio interview program is available now to stream at: www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/robert-plant-nine-lives.
A new in-depth, career-spanning interview with Tony Gaynor, the original and long-time narrator of Trans-Siberian Orchestra is online now. Among the topics discussed was his acting background, his introduction into TSO for their television special, founding the narrator role and his rapport and camaraderie with the other performers on stage, the evolution of TSO and how he worked with TSO producers Taro Meyer and Paul ONeill. He talks extensively about his recording, filming, and touring with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and the details of his ultimate dismissal from the group. And finally, the interview also digs into his new group, The Kings of Christmas and their current winter tour with The Wizards of Winter.
Direct link to the interview: musicandartinterviews.blogspot.com/2013/12/tony-gaynor.html.
Bloody Heels are "glam/pop-metal band" from Northern Europe "fueled with the rock n' roll from the 80s... Playing loud, giving a great show and having a good time!" The band's first videoclip, for the song Hungry For Your Love is now on YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuz7sadeziw.
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
BERGGREN KERSLAKE BAND (BKB) – THE SUN HAS GONE HAZY COMING IN JANUARY:
Label: AOR Heaven, release: January 24 / Swedish singer, guitarist & keyboard player Stefan Berggren (M3-Classic Whitesnake, The Company of Snakes, Razorback, Snakes In Paradise & Revolution Road) met legendary UK drummer Lee Kerslake (Ozzy, Uriah Heep) for the first time 2005 in Friedrichshafen in Southern Germany when Berggren performed with M3 and Kerslake with Uriah Heep. A couple of years later they ended up in Zürich (Switzerland) and did some more shows. This time together in the same band, but not under the flag BKB yet. In 2011 Kerslake phoned Berggren up and asked if he could do to do an acoustic show with him in Helsinki (Finland). Both musicians at the time were looking for a new challenge and Berggren Kerslake Band was born. Tomas Thorberg, a Snakes In Paradise/Michael Schenker/John Norum gunslinger, was asked to take over the bass guitar. Berggren also brought in another long-time friend called Joakim Svalberg (Opeth,Yngwie Malmsteen) as guest who played some fantastic organ & Moog solos.
Drums, bass, some guitars and rough vocals were recorded live at Boo studio. The rest of the recordings took place at Berggren's studios Stockholm. Lennart Östlund (ABBA, Led Zeppelin) handled the final mixes and mastering of the album at the PolarStudio except the song "Walk Tall" which was mixed by Berggren and mastered by Pete Lyman (Rival Sons).
Tracklist: 1. Walk Tall 2. Super Sonic Dream 3. My My 4. The Sun Has Gone Hazy 5. Free 6. Fools Asleep 7. As Time Goes By 8. Rock´n´Roll Gangsta 9. Back On The Road Again 10. Born Again.
VIXEN NAME RETURNS - OFFICIALLY: JSRG are now back to officially being called Vixen. From: www.facebook.com/Vixen.
The Vixen Legacy Lives On in 2014... To Honor Its Founder and Guitarist Jan Kuehnemund. Miami, FL (Dec 3, 2013) - Singer Janet Gardner, drummer Roxy Petrucci and bassist Share Ross (Pedersen) announce they are honoring their friend and band mate, guitarist and founder of Vixen, Jan Kuehnemund by performing as Vixen in 2014. The band was committed to reunite in 2012 but Kuehnemund's cancer diagnosis caused what was thought of at the time as a delay. Sadly however after a fierce battle Kuehnemund succumbed to her illness in October 2013, thus the reunion was not meant to be.
After discussing the idea with friends and family as well as lead vocalist from most recent lineup, Jenna Sanz-Agero, it was agreed that it was the right decision for the three surviving definitive members to carry on as Vixen. Singer Janet Gardner commented, "We've been hearing the fans ask for this and while it will never be the same without Jan, we believe in our hearts it's what she would have wanted." Hits like "Edge of a Broken Heart", "Cryin'", "How Much Love" and "Love Is A Killer" helped establish the group as one of premiere rock acts of their genre and the only all-female platinum selling 80's rock act ever.
Joining forces with their JSRG bandmate, guitarist Gina Stile, Vixen will be performing at select festivals and showcase dates in 2014. We are honored and proud to announce that the first official Vixen performances will take place on the Monsters of Rock Cruise departing from Miami, FL on March 29.
WebLink: www.VixenOfficial.com / www.Facebook.com/Vixen.
RICHIE SAMBORA IN THE STUDIO WITH HEAVEN & EARTH:
A rare behind the scenes look into the recording of the Heaven & Earth song "Man & Machine" with Richie Sambora and his infamous Talk Box for the album Dig. www.heavenandearthband.com.
ROBIN BECK + HOUSE OF LORDS MARCH UK TOUR: Robin Beck + House of Lords March UK Tour dates:
Thu March 20 - London Garage.
Fri or Sat March - HRH AOR.
Sun March 23 - York Fibbers.
Mon March 24 - Bilston Robin 2.
Wed March 26 - Bristol Bierkeller.
GARY SCHUTT TACKLES BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY:
News from Gary Schutt: "Why take on the greatest rock composition of all time? “I've loved the song my whole life and over the years have learned various parts of it, the guitar part when I was young, the piano part I picked out by ear sometime in the late 1990's, but I knew the biggest challenge was going to be all the vocal harmonies in the middle opera breakdown.” “My cover band Category Three has been experimenting with re-makes of 80's pop tunes and when I decided to modernize, or punk-ify/double time Bohemian Rhapsody, I was curious if people would hate me for it. I searched it on YouTube and found a ton of covers of it note for note, some great some not so much, even another one-man-band guy like myself, but no one had double timed it. So I recorded it over the period of about three days. Then my cover band started playing it out live on the weekends and to my happiness people really dug what we did to this old classic! I was very relieved that they didn't throw their beers at us in disgust. The response was quite the opposite, thankfully! I want to share it with the world and hope more people dig it too.”
RAY GILLEN TRIBUTE:
Today marks the 20th anniversary of Ray Gillen's death. RIP Ray! The official video for the song "Stop!" from the Swedish rock band Egonaut and singer Apollo Papathanasio (Spiritual Beggars, ex-Firewind, ex-Evil Masquerade) can be seen here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0GJgQdIErg.
The video is a tribute to Ray Gillen, who died on December 3 1993 of AIDS-related complications (20 years ago today) and was originally made by Phenomena on their second album "Dream Runner" 1987.
Egonaut released their second studio album "Mount Egonaut", on February 27 via Transubstans Records. The follow-up to 2011's debut album "Electric" was engineered and produced by Egonaut & Tobias Walka, mixed by Tobias Walka & Egonaut and Mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Paradise Lost, Katatonia, Soilwork, Dark Tranquillity) at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden. .
DRUMMER GLEN SOBEL TALKS:
December 3, 2013 - Marko Syrjala of Metal-Rules.com recently conducted an interview with Alice Cooper sticksman Glen Sobel (Impellitteri, Orianthi, Beautiful Creatures, Paul Gilbert). In the interview, Sobel discusses how he came to tour and record with the legendary shock rocker, working with producer Bob Ezrin (Kiss, Pink Floyd, Jane's Addiction), and the many other records and bands he has been a part of over the years. The Q&A is posted at this location: www.metal-rules.com/metalnews/2013/11/24/glen-sobel/
Sobel finished drum tracks for the forthcoming Alice Cooper covers record in August. Due out in 2014, the collection of classic tunes will feature a variety of special guests. Alice Cooper and band have just wrapped up the 2013 "Raise The Dead" tour with several dates on the West Coast, with the final show taking place at Pearl at the Palms in Las Vegas on November 27. Afterwards, Sobel, along with Cooper band mates Ryan Roxie, Chuck Garric, and Tommy Henriksen, joined local all-stars Sin City Sinners at The Lounge at the Palms to perform several songs, including "20th Century Boy" by T-Rex and "Sedated" by The Ramones, among others. Video of the jam can be seen here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQkLhFdnGcs
Alice Cooper will resume touring next year with several worldwide dates yet to be announced. Cooper is set to headline Sweden Rock Festival on June 5, 2014.
Sobel will join L.A. guitarist Jeff Kollman (Bombastic Meatbats, Cosmosquad, Glenn Hughes) and his band this Thursday, December 5 at the Baked Potato in Studio City, CA.
Glen Sobel online: www.glensobel.com.
ROCK TO THE RESCUE EXTENDS A HAND TO THOSE IN NEED:
Los Angeles, CA & Bloomington, IL (December 3, 2013) – Styx and REO Speedwagon are proud to announce the complete sell out of tickets to Rock To The Rescue Extends A Hand To Those In Need. On Wed., Dec. 4, this benefit concert at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, Illinois will raise funds for central Illinois communities that were affected by the recent devastating tornadoes and winds. Scheduled to perform at Rock To The Rescue Extends A Hand To Those In Need are REO Speedwagon, Styx, Richard Marx, Ted Nugent, Larry The Cable Guy, Survivor, Head East and Brushville.
Although tickets are no longer available to attend this concert, artists and organizers urge the public to bid on exciting rock & roll auction items, such as signed instruments, memorabilia and experiences at ebay.com/usr/rocktotherescue, as well as to directly donate to Rock To The Rescue at rocktotherescue.net. Rock To The Rescue will distribute funds raised from ticket sales, auctions and donations to the Midwest Food Bank, Peoria Citizens Committee for Economic Opportunity, Tazwood Community Services, Toys for Tots and the Washington Rotary Club. Additional charities may be announced following the event.
Rock to the Rescue is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, whose mission is to build strong, healthy communities through the support of grassroots organizations across the country. The Midwest Food Bank gathers large food donations from nationwide corporations and distributes them to social service organizations, as well as at national disaster sites. The Peoria Citizens Committee for Economic Opportunity is a Community Action Agency and leadership organization that promotes self-sufficiency and economic security. Tazwood Community Services was organized for the purpose of reducing the causes and alleviating the effects of poverty in Tazwood and Woodford Counties. The U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to the less fortunate – a Toys for Tots toy drive will be held onsite at Rock To The Rescue. The Washington Rotary Club is a service organization located in Washington, IL and an affiliate of Rotary International.
Rock To The Rescue originally started in 2001 as a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and is the brainchild of Styx's Tommy Shaw and REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin. The two musicians brought together bands and artists such as Bad Company, Journey, Survivor, Kansas, Lynyrd Skynyrd and many others to be part of “Volunteers For America” concert events in Dallas and Atlanta that ultimately raised over $775,000 for victims of 9/11, as well as the Port Authority police department in New York City. On the bands' last tour together, the Midwest Rock N' Roll Express, Rock To The Rescue not only raised thousands of dollars for local charities at each tour stop, but also raised $108,000 which went directly to the Boston One Fund, helping victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. Hannah Shaw, daughter of Tommy Shaw, is Executive Director of Rock To The Rescue. For more information visit: rocktotherescue.net and facebook.com/rocktotherescue.
CORNERSTONE CHARITY SINGLE UPDATE:
The already announced Cornerstone charity-single is now officially released. Since 11/11, you can download "Smalltown Boy" at I-Tunes, 7Digital, Rhapsody and other download-portals on the internet, but also as physical Single at amazon.com. $0.99 for the song will be used for the research and treatment of an immunodeficiency illness called mucoviscidosis ('cystic fibrosis'). Actually, Cornerstone supports the construction of a new unit for the Nottingham City Hospital- no coincidence, because the band has been touring the UK for a couple of times, to play at festivals, club-shows and radio-shows and therefore the single is presented by a lot of radio-stations at the moment for example BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 6 ... So: Participate download help!
WebLinks: itunes.apple.com/us/album/smalltown-boy-single/id770495524 / www.cornerstone.co.at/content.php?id=1.
CLASSIC ROCKERS FOGHAT TO UNLEASH NEW DVD, 'LIVE IN ST. PETE ON DECEMBER 10:
Fans will soon be able to experience the high energy of a Foghat concert from the comfort of their living room, with the DVD release of their performance at Jannus Landing, Live In St. Pete.¯ While most classic rock bands have made it due to monster selling studio albums, Foghat has always been an exception to that rule with their 1977 Foghat Live¯ album being their biggest seller! (Double Platinum). And this holds true to this day as Foghat still tours relentlessly with their thunderous blend of blues, boogie and rock n roll. They hit the stage with all cylinders firing and still remain one of the best live bands today with not only as much energy but with 40+ years of additional experience.
One concert review stated: "There is so much talent in this band it is ridiculous."
The man who we have to thank for keeping Foghat going and never stopping is founding member Roger Earl who treats the fans to a wicked drum solo. Incredible bassist Craig Macgregor has been a Foghat member since 1975 and played on some of their most successful albums in the 70s including Foghat Live,¯ Night Shift,¯ and Stone Blue.¯ Lead/slide guitarist Bryan Bassett an alumni of both Wild Cherry and Molly Hatchet, while vocalist/guit arist Charlie Huhn played with Ted Nugent, Gary Moore and Humble Pie. All of Foghat's classics are included in this DVD - "Fool for the City," "I Just Want to Make Love to You," "Stone Blue," Drivin Wheel,¯ My Babe,¯ and of course, "Slow Ride, among many others.
A stellar review of this show states: We were in the front row which proved to be a dangerous situation as we were directly in Bassetts shred zone¯ and our faces were completely melted off. He played a cherrywood Gibson SG and was a Jedi Slide Master. Overall, the concert was exactly what you would expect from Foghat. Lengthy guitar solos, mostly the hit songs that they are known for, playing to the crowd and a 15 minute Slow Ride encore!¯
Perhaps the editor of the popular Classic Rock Revisited website, Jeb Wright, sums it up best in the DVD's liner notes - "Brilliant Simplicity is the term I use to describe the music of Foghat. As a band, they do not try to dazzle you with their virtuosity, or baffle you with their bullshit. Instead, as this DVD proves, they simply rock you to your core and put a smile on your face. "
Live In St. Pete Tracklisting: 1. Road Fever 2. Take Me To The River 3. My Babe 4. Drivin' Wheel 5. Stone Blue 6. Rollin' and Tumblin' / You Need Love 7. Terraplane Blues 8. Fool For The City 9. I Just Want To Make Love To You 10. Slow Ride.
For more information, visit: www.foghat.net / www.facebook.com/foghat.
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
PRIMAL FEAR'S NEW SINGLE / VIDEO WHEN DEATH COMES KNOCKING: Primal Fear is premiering their anticipated new videoclip When Death Comes Knocking¯ today via this YouTube link: youtu.be/qv3WvK6Amg4.
When Death Comes Knocking¯ is the first single taken from Primal Fear's forthcoming album Delivering The Black which will be released on January 24 in Europe and January 28 in North America in regular cd configuration and deluxe edition in Digipak, including 3 audio bonus tracks and a bonus DVD featuring a 20 mins "making of the album" documentary and 2 bonus video for When Death Comes Knocking and King for a Day.
The album will also be available in limited vinyl edition and a super-deluxe edition strictly limited to 666 copies including an eagle sculpture (15x16x14.5cm) made of synthetic resin and of course the CD/DVD edition in cooperation with Soulfood Music.
With nine studio albums released, two live products and a Best-Of, Primal Fear are certainly one of nowadays most beloved and respected worldwide Heavy Metal bands. Their last studio album Unbreakable¯ became their highest chart entry in Germany on Pos. 31 and charted in 7 more countries. The forthcoming new album combines the strongest Primal Fear moments ever, with a well-balanced typical Primal Fear trademark riff-vibe crushing songs and some very ambitious musical journeys. Singer Ralf Scheepers says: "We worked hard to create our best album ever. I already felt the vibe during the pre-production, that we were working on something very special this time! And now the result is just an amazing Metal album, I'm extremely proud of!"
Producer/bassist Mat Sinner adds: "The songs, the production, the sound... this album is a very special one for me and my career. In my view everybody in the band just did a killer job and Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Pretty Maids, Amaranthe) was fantastic choice to mix the album!"
Buy Primal Fear "When Death Comes Knocking" single on: Amazon: www.smarturl.it/primalfeaerwhendeath / iTunes: www.smarturl.it/pfwhendeathitunes.
Order now the forthcoming album on Amazon: www.smarturl.it/pfdelivering.
WebLinks: www.primalfear.de / www.facebook.com/PrimalFearOfficial.
NEW VAN HALEN...EVENTUALLY:
News Article: "Van Halen's next album is underway – but won't see the light of day for at least 18 months, says frontman David Lee Roth. And he insists there's a good reason the follow-up to 2012 comeback release A Different Kind Of Truth will take so long.
Roth tells Ozzy's Boneyard (via Hennemusic): “I was up at Edward's house three days ago, and we're starting to put music together. We're writing; I write lyrics routinely and the band plays together routinely, at least three times a week up at Ed's place.”
The long run-in time isn't caused by the music itself, says the singer, but by the fact the band remain so hands-on about every aspect of their output. “We really do generate all the artwork,” he explains. “We don't hire out and have somebody design a bunch of album covers for us and then choose. We start from scratch ourselves. Same thing with the merchandise: if you buy a t-shirt that was designed, literally, in my living room. Stage design, lighting rig, putting the show together – it takes about a year and a half. Any idea you have is 85 phone calls. Anybody can go, 'I got an idea: it's a stage shaped like a square on top of a circle.' My question never was, 'Were you able to dream up a stage design?' My question is, 'Are you prepared to do the 87 phone calls that are about to follow to make sure it came out the way we decided?' Then there's another 80 phone calls because we have to figure out how to take the fucking thing apart and put it in the trucks. And, and, and…So if you really want to generate the ideas from scratch and bring them all the way to the finish, you're gonna have to learn a few other languages, and you're gonna have to speak those over a lot of extra phone calls. And that's usually the break point for most artists.”
Positive news there...but don't hold your breath folks!
THE BABYS ROCK CALIFORNIA:
From Gerry G - MelodicRock.com Los Angeles correspondent:
San Diego, Calif., USA -- In America, among the biggest stories in music is the reformation of legendary classic-rock band The Babys, who tore the roof off the place on Saturday, Nov. 30 with a terrific concert performance at the Ramona Mainstage before a near-capacity crowd thirsty for all the old hits. Originals Wally Stocker (guitar) and Tony Brock (drums) are in place, and even after all these years the Brits still play the hell out of their instruments. Stocker was at his best on “Midnight Rendez-Vous” and “Back on My Feet Again,” and Brock was bashing away for all his worth on “Isn't It Time” and “Head First.”
The band has played a handful of shows since reforming during the summer, and singer John Bisaha gets more confident with every show. The Californian has a big job filling in for John Waite, and Bisaha proved in fine form. He doesn't sound exactly like Waite, but it's close enough, and he plays bass just like the records.
Bisaha is also a charismatic band leader with a good feel for the material. There is a new song called “Not Ready To Say Goodbye” -- it's available on iTunes – and Bisaha really stepped up his game on this one; the song stands tall with the Babys' biggest hits, sounding very much like a combination of “Isn't it Time,” “Everytime I Think of You” and “Back on My Feet Again.”
Guitarist Joey Sykes gives The Babys a second guitarist – something they did not have back in the day – and there is also a keyboardist and two sexy backup singers who add a lot both sonically and visually. This was a band that could have used a big break in the 1970s to keep pace with Styx, Journey and Cheap Trick – all of whom were touring partners – and it's heartwarming to see The Babys give it one more shot.
The band has more dates scheduled in Seattle, Portland and a few other cities, and it's more than worth it to check it out. Check the group's website at thebabysofficial.com.
LITA FORD REUNITES WITH CHERIE CURRIE FOR CHRISTMAS DUET:
Available as Digital Single Tomorrow December 3 on Steamhammer/SPV
Two of the most influential women in Rock and Roll have reunited for a special holiday song. Lita Ford has partnered up with her former Runaways band mate Cherie Currie for what is sure to be a new Christmas Classic. The song “Rock This Christmas Down” is the first time Lita and Cherie have recorded new music together since 1977. USA Today is hosting an exclusive premiere of “Rock This Christmas Down” as well as an interview with the LITA and Cherie here: www.usatoday.com/story/life/music/2013/12/02/runaways-lita-ford-cherie-currie-rock-this-christmas-down/3799107/
The digital single is available for pre-order and will be released worldwide tomorrow December 3. Tired of the same old Christmas songs Lita was ready for something new: "I thought the world could use a new Christmas song. The song was Written by Mitch Perry, my guitarist and Michael Dan Ehmig, my lyricist, along with Marty O'Brien on bass, and Rodger Carter on drums. We so rocked it! What I didn't know is that I'd be singing it as a duet with my long lost sister, Cherie Currie. I am blessed to have her back in my life, and what an appropriate time and song to rehash an old friendship. Christmas!!! Cherie hopped a plane from Chicago to L.A., and drove straight to the studio and threw down her vocal track on this rocking song! Needless to say, it was magic and history in the making. We were left with such a smoking track for everyone to hear, every Christmas, every year! Let's Rock This Christmas Down!!!”
Cherie was equally as excited to reunite and work with Lita again: "I have dreamed, literally, of seeing Lita again for over three decades. Even after all that time I still thought of her often. The Runaways was something that was always left unfinished to me. Especially when it came to Lita, but I only knew her as a child. What floored me more then the unbelievable gift of working with her again was the woman she had become. She is the bravest, kindest, strongest, most loving human being I have met. Lita asking me to be a part of this amazing song and a part of her astonishing life has filled that void, that hole I had in my heart that maybe we both shared. It is now filled with love, support and admiration for a dear and wonderful friend whom I am so proud to say is Lita Ford. “Rock This Christmas Down” has the flare of our Runaways legacy but its pure Lita. It rocks like only she can. We took a dim, negative and unfinished past and turned it into a positive future. It doesn't get any better then that. I know this will be the best Christmas I have had in decades. Thank you sister!"
What does “Rock This Christmas Down” signify? Possibly more collaborations between the former Runaway members in the future…only time will tell.
WebLinks: litafordonline.com / www.facebook.com/litaofficial / www.cheriecurrie.com / www.spv.de.
"DANCING WITH THE MOONLIGHT" - SCORPIONS MTV UNPLUGGED PREVIEW:
To coincide with the Scorpions new MTV Unplugged release today on Dec 2nd, Vimeo has premiered "Dancing With The Moonlight" from the performance. MTV Unplugged recorded live in Athens and featuring 24 songs is released on 2CD, DVD & Blu-ray on SonyMusic.
On 11th and 12th September 2013 and as part of their massive 38 date Farewell World Tour, Klaus Meine (vocals, guitars), Rudolf Schenker (guitars, vocals), Matthias Jabs (guitars), Pawel Maciwoda (bass) and James Kottak (drums) played two fantastic acoustic sets in the Lycabettus Theatre, Athens and made history in the process; it is the first ever open-air show in the history of MTV Unplugged.
Throughout its two-and-a-half hours, the show features an impressive range of brand new songs and classic tracks. As vocalist Klaus Meine recalls; “We played here many years ago. It is a beautiful place. I can remember that even back then the fans climbed onto the surrounding rocks. Of course we played some of the greatest classics this time, but we also performed a few new songs as well as material that we had never played live up to then. Those are songs which are very popular with the fans but which somehow never made it onto the set lists.”
The Scorpions evidently enjoyed this musical rollercoaster ride through their own history. It is equally obvious that both rock songs and power ballads display their class and style even when rendered as acoustic versions. The melodies maintain their timeless compositional appeal and the quality of the performance showcases the band at their very best.
The show opens with 'Sting In The Tail', arranged in a Cajun style. This song, taken from the eponymous album of 2010, bears witness to how deeply the Scorpions are rooted in rock'n'roll and blues. The same applies to the set of classics that follow, such as 'Pictured Life', 'Speedy's Coming' or the hymnal 'Born To Touch Your Feelings' There are even more nuggets from the sheer endless stock of hits such as 'Rock You Like A Hurricane' 'Still Loving You' 'Big City Nights', 'No One Like You' 'When The Smoke Is Going Down' and 'Wind Of Change' as well as a few welcome surprises to dazzle the connoisseur. 'When You Came Into My Life', where Rudolf Schenker plays a sitar, is one of those tracks which the Scorpions had never before played live, as are 'Where The River Flows' and 'Passion Rules The Game'. They also perform 'Love Is The Answer' a ballad for which Rudolf Schenker took over as lead vocalist a feat that does not happen very often. And immediately after this, Klaus Meine surprises us with the world premiere of 'Follow Your Heart' in this exceptional set of two dozen songs.
'MTV Unplugged' by the Scorpions is released on 2ND December 2013, available as double CD, DVD, Blu-ray and in various other digital and physical configurations.
WebLinks: www.the-scorpions.com / www.facebook.com/Scorpions.
A NOTE FROM TEN: Ten and Gary Hughes are once again proud to announce their inclusion in the acclaimed Japanese publication "The Melodious Hard Rock Disc Guide". This publication is widely recognised as 'the Bible of Melodic Rock'.
The new 2013-2014 edition sees Ten's album 'Name of the Rose' win the top album spot (on page 2 of the publication) as the most recommended album of the Melodic hard rock genre. Gary Hughes manages to also claim a number of other credits. Including an entry in the USA section for his production on the acclaimed HUGO album. In a very 'Ten influenced' UK section not only was Gary awarded for his self-titled 'Gary Hughes' album but also for the Bob Catley album 'The Tower' which he penned and subsequently produced.
The esteemed writer Masao Fujiki (Burrn! Magazine) also contributed in the book, where on pages 115-116 he goes on to explain how Ten changed the game in this genre during the mid-90s.
The book was compiled by one of Japan's 'Elite music journalists' Mr Toshio Kuroda. Mr Kuroda also runs the biggest melodic rock website Melodic Frontier. Ten and Gary Hughes thank all those involved in this prestigious publication. They are humbled by so many inclusions and graciously accept any and all accolades on behalf of their legion of loyal and dedicated fans.
JETHRO TULL ON 'IN THE STUDIO':
(Dallas, TX)- InTheStudio.NET, the web home for North American syndicated rock radio show InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands celebrates Jethro Tull and the recently released 1970 Jethro Tull album Benefit which is the under-appreciated missing link between the eclectic folksy Stand Up and the breakthrough million sellers Aqualung and Thick as a Brick. Jethro Tull's frontman Ian Anderson helps us with the back story as we feature highlights from Benefit, as well as Living in the Past, War Child, Minstrel in the Gallery, Songs From the Wood, and the delightful 2002 CD/DVD Living With the Past. Ian Anderson shares with InTheStudio host Redbeard his personal reflections on the durability of rock music for the ages. “Like a lot of people back then, I just assumed this was just a kind of short lived phenomena and Rock music would evolve into something completely different, but I now believe that's not the case. I think we actually have absolute values in this genre that are not going to fundamentally change.”
On a final note, Jethro Tull are still one of the glaring omissions to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Stream the Jethro Tull Living with the Past program this month as part of InTheStudio's Medium Rare “online-only” rockumentary series: www.inthestudio.net/online-only-interviews/jethro-tull-living-past-ian-anderson/”
Monday, December 02, 2013
NEW FROM ROCK CANDY:
The following six new Rock Candy titles are available from Monday 2nd December from www.rockcandyrecords.com for a discounted price including postage to anywhere in the world for the next two weeks ending on December 16.
REO Speedwagon 'Good Trouble' CANDY208 / What do you give the band that has achieved their dreams and more? Answer: More time in the studio. REO's thirteen year overnight success had propelled the band to the moon and beyond. 'Hi Infidelity', their previous album, achieved platinum status ten times over, hogging the #1 spot on the US album charts for an incredible fifteen weeks, whilst the hit single 'Keep On Lovin' You' became a mainstay of American radio play. From their hometown of Champaign, Illinois to drinking Champagne from crystal glasses, the band suddenly became the most talked about act in the country. Following up 'Hi Infidelity' was never going to be easy, a fact not helped by pressure from their label to deliver another album with super human speed. Internally all was not wine and roses either, front man and prominent songwriter Kevin Cronin was dealing with a bout of writers block and a growing feeling of uncertainty about the band's new found pop star notoriety. Fortunately help was on hand from the rest of the band, including guitarist Gary Richrath and bassist Bruce Hall, stepping up to the plate and providing enough material to put the project back on the straight and narrow. Issued in 1982, 'Good Trouble' is yet another fine slice of American Midwest hard rock. 'Keep The Fire Burnin', 'I'll Follow You', 'Stillness Of The Night' and the title track easily pick up were the band had left off, kicking and punching their way back to the top of the charts and our hearts. A firm foundation for even more success next time around.
Special Deluxe Collector's Edition, fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology, 16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork, rare photos and new interview with Kevin Cronin.
Track Listing: 1. Keep The Fire Burnin' 2. Sweet Time 3. Girl With The Heart Of Gold 4. Every Now And Then 5. I'll Follow You 6. The Key 7. Back In My Heart Again 8. Let's Be-Bop 9. Stillness Of The Night 10. Good Trouble.
REO Speedwagon 'Wheels Are Turnin' CANDY209 / REO Speedwagon formed in 1967 and recorded eight studio albums before hitting pay dirt with 1980's ten million selling 'Hi Infidelity'; a record containing the all-conquering number one single 'Keep On Loving You'; but the follow up album 'Good Trouble', stalled at a meagre two million copies and failed to produce a big hit, exposing the band to talk of being a spent force. Nothing, however, could have been further from the truth. There is an old adage – never write off a band until the fat lady sings. And for REO Speedwagon, historically always the underdogs, fuelled only by unswerving optimism, this was to be their finest hour. Faced with possible extinction if they were unable to come up with the goods for album eleven, they hunkered down, refocused and constructed a record every bit as accessible as 'Hi Infidelity'. Armed with better songs and a do or die attitude the results were spectacular. 'Wheels Are Turning', originally issued in 1984, was an unqualified success, going platinum several times over and producing two bonafide hit singles in 'One Lonely Knight' and the blockbusting number one, 'Can't Fight This Feeling'. It was also a record that truly married the band's historical hard rock sensibilities with their penchant for writing catchy melodic pop rock propelled by Kevin Cronin's unique vocals and Gary Richrath's searing lead guitar playing. A truly satisfying record of both power and passion.
Special Deluxe Collector's Edition, fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology, 16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork, rare photos and new interview with Kevin Cronin.
Track Listing: 1. I Do' Wanna Know 2. One Lonely Night 3. Thru The Window 4. Rock 'N Roll Star 5. Live Every Moment 6. Can't Fight This Feeling 7. Gotta Feel More 8. Break His Spell 9. Wheels Are Turnin'
Lou Gramm 'Long Hard Look' CANDY225 / As the voice of Foreigner, Lou Gramm sung on a succession of hit singles, helping to position the band as one of the most important hard rock acts of the 1970s and 80s. Of course, it was the twin ballads 'Waiting For A Girl Like You' and 'I Want To Know What Love Is' which instantly elevated Gramm's voice to worldwide recognition; a voice that was not only rich in vintage soul but also in emotion. From those hits on he was regarded as one of the world's greatest vocalists and one likely to strike out on his own. Lou's first solo album 'Ready Or Not' was a commendable affair and commercially successful enough to warrant a second release, in1989, with 'Long Hard Look'. This time around, however, the record company looked to slightly contemporise his sound by bringing in producer Peter Wolf, who had worked with both cutting edge pop acts (Wang Chung) and traditional melodic rock bands (Heart, Starship). The results were spectacular, Gramm crafting an album of concise and precise melodic rock that took as much from Foreigner as it did from traditional blues based singers. Mostly surrounding himself with expected names, including former Black Sheep bassist Bruce Turgon, guitarist Nils Lofgren and his brother Ben Gramm on drums, the surprising addition was former Dio guitarist Vivian Campbell whom, alongside Gramm and Turgon, would later go on to form the highly regarded Shadow King.
Special Deluxe Collector's Edition, fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology, 16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork, rare photos and new interview with Lou Gramm.
Track Listing: 1. Angel With A Dirty Face 2. Just Between You And Me 3. Broken Dreams 4. True Blue Love 5. I'll Come Running 6. Hangin' On My Hip 7. Warmest Rising Sun 8. Day One 9. I'll Know When It's Over 10. Tin Soldier.
Frehley's Comet 'Second Sighting' CANDY216 / He was the man with the rocket firing guitar. Dubbed the Space Ace and the coolest member of 70s rock gods Kiss, a man who attracted a legion of fan followers of his own, for reasons both good and bad. Ace's devilishly potent guitar playing lent Kiss a sense of purpose and ambition that elevated them from amusing comic book crusaders to seriously dangerous heavy metal heroes. As with most things in life it couldn't last. Down but not out, Ace left Kiss in 1982 to pursue a solo career, one that was eagerly anticipated by legions of fans keen to sample his distinctive razor sharp riffs and quirky song writing in a brand new setting. With two successful albums recorded under the banner of Frehley's Comet, Ace retired the band moniker in favour of a solo profile for album #3, the amusingly titled 'Trouble Walkin'. Issued in late 1989, the album reunited Ace with veteran Kiss Producer Eddie Kramer, helping to craft a record of high grade hard rock with all the accoutrements that you might reasonably expect from such a maverick character with an exploding guitar in hand and a point to make. With titles such as 'Shot Full Of Rock', 'Five Card Stud', 'Hide Your Heart', '2 Young 2 Die' and a brilliantly creative cover of ELO's 'Do Ya', Ace unloads salvo upon salvo of lighting fast licks and twisted riffs, proving that his talent was as explosive as ever.
Special Deluxe Collector's Edition, fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology, 16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork and rare photos.
Track Listing: 1. Insane 2. Time Ain't Runnin' Out 3. Dancin' With Danger 4. It's Over Now 5. Loser In A Fight 6. Juvenile Delinquent 7. Fallen Angel 8. Separate 9. New Kind Of Lover 10. The Acorn Is Spinning.
Shakin' Street 'S/T' CANDY219 / As the hostest with the mostest, Shakin' Street's Fabienne Shine's rock credentials were impeccable. During much of the early 70s she was the consort of Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, travelling with and directly immersed in all their sweeping grandeur. It was this baptism by fire and, later, the encouragement of both Page and Robert Plant to write songs that fuelled her creative aspirations, setting in motion the path to forming her own band, namely Shakin' Street. Of Tunisian-French origin, Fabienne's musical aspirations were further enhanced by guitarist Eric Levi who was piecing together a band in Paris. Eric had first thought about inviting the then unknown Pretenders star Chrissie Hynde to front his band before meeting Fabienne. Named after an MC5 song from the album 'Back In The USA', they scored a regional record deal with CBS in France and cut their debut album 'Vampire Rock', released in 1978. Sensing that the band needed an international boost Fabienne engineered a meeting with Blue Öyster Cult svengali Sandy Pearlman. Pearlman took the band under his wing, renegotiated their CBS deal in the USA, enlisted former Dictators guitarist Ross The Boss into the line-up and produced their self-titled second album. Recorded in San Francisco and issued in 1980, the album is a blistering example of red-hot guitar driven hard rock with roots in the kind of devil may care shoulder shrugging of reprobates such as the New York Dolls, the Ramones, MC5 and Blue Öyster Cult. Hard Rock for sure, with plenty of attitude and guitars set-to-stun.
Special Deluxe Collector's Edition, fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology, 16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork, rare photos and new interview with Fabienne Shine.
Track Listing: 1. No Compromise 2. Solid As A Rock 3. No Time To Lose 4. Soul Dealer 5. Susie Wong 6. Every Man, Every Woman Is A Star 7. Generation X 8. So Fine 9. I Want To Box You.
Dirty Looks 'Cool From The Wire' CANDY230 / There's no denying the power of great rock music to evoke the exact time and place when it was first heard. Indeed, such was the power of 'Cool From The Wire' that virtually everyone that knows this record will almost certainly testify to that theory. It is a record that made people sit up and take notice right from the opening salvo to its closing chimes, capturing the essence of a work that still resonates to this very day. Formed in San Francisco in the early 80s, the band, led by Danish born front man, guitarist and song writer Henrik Ostergaard, resettled in Pennsylvania and recorded a string of independently released albums before being spotted and signed by the powerful Atlantic Records label. With commitment and belief the label teamed the band with seasoned British producer Max Norman (Ozzy Osbourne, Y&T, Coney Hatch) who crafted an exceptionally potent record focussing on catchy hooks, killer riffs, deadly rhythm and Ostergaard's melodically inclined vocals. Issued in 1988, the album contained a number of stunning tracks including 'It's Not The Way You Rock', 'Can't Take My Eyes Off You', 'Oh Ruby', 'Put A Spell On You' and the earth shattering title track. With comparisons to early AC/DC, Rose Tattoo and Kix the album is regarded as one of the most impressive hard rock releases of the late 80s and, deservedly, continues to make its mark.
Special Deluxe Collector's Edition, fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology, 12 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork and rare photos.
Track Listing: 1. Cool From The Wire 2. It's Not The Way You Rock 3. Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You 4. Oh Ruby 5. Tokyo 6. Wastin' My Time 7. Put A Spell On You 8. No Brains Child 9. Get It Right 10. It's A Bitch 11. Get Off.
NEW TIME TRAVELLING MARCUS JIDELL ALBUM: Lion Music is pleased to unveil a video for the track “Huldra” taken from “Pictures From A Time Traveller”; the incredible debut instrumental album from guitar-master Marcus Jidell (Avatarium, ex Evergrey, ex Royal Hunt). View the video now at: youtu.be/b9f-oDns1Yc.
Marcus wanted something a little different to the thousands of “mimed” guitar videos and with the help of video producers Steff Granström and Andreas Hillerborg came up with a video which both manages to deliver the feel of this particular track but also give fans something new. Marcus Jidell has the following to say about the video: "To catch a different vibe I brought a mobile studio and a Marshall stack to the country side one early morning in November where we recorded and filmed a one take of “Huldra”. I didn't want the regular "mimed" video thing so I just played it once again, I wanted it to be raw and honest and to show how I improvise around themes when playing guitar live. I think that we captured the spirit of the song both playing wise and with the way it was filmed and I hope people who see this will think the same." Lion Music and Marcus would like to say a big thank you Steff Granström and Andreas Hillerborg for making this video and would also want to thank Martin "E-type" Eriksson for providing the location and Sigge Viking for assistance.
“Pictures From A Time Traveller” is out now on Lion Music with full album info (plus online ordering links) at lionmusic.com/cd/timetraveller.htm.
NERGARD JOINS WITH PAGAN'S MIND VOCALIST:
Norwegian Melodic Metalact Nergard announces Nils K. Rue (Pagan's Mind) as the next singer in the line-up for the follow-up album to "Memorial for a Wish" which was released in April of 2013 as the first part of a two-act metal opera. The new album, which ends the tragic story about the unfortunate man Peter O'Donnell, is scheduled for release in late 2014 and will feature a string of well-known names. So far Tony Mills (ex TNT, ex Shy) and Andi Kravljaca (Aeon Zen) have been confirmed + the up and coming Ben Rodgers (Tellus Requiem) and Thomas Lųseth (Tempo).
Follow Nergard on Facebook for updates: www.facebook.com/nergardmusic / Follow Nergard on twitter for updates: twitter.com/NergardMusic.
Musicvideo "A Question of God" feat Tony Mills: www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TqV1A4OrnI.
MELODIC BRIEFS: Royal Hunt have released an official lyric video for a title track from their new studio album (release dates: Europe on November 29 and in USA on December 3 by Frontiers): www.youtube.com/watch?v=97KICGmPzmI.
Italian rockers Eyes 'N' Lips inked a deal with Street Symphonies Records to release their debut album "Pornstar For President", whose recording session took place at Atomic Stuff Studio (Isorella, Brescia, Italy) under Oscar Burato's supervision. The album, influenced by the 80's main hair bands (Guns 'N' Roses, Mötley Crüe) and the classic AC/DC-style hard rock, will be published in 2014. www.facebook.com/pages/EYES-N-LIPS/221389967880460.
Denied, the Swedish metal band featuring vocalist Johan Fahlberg (Jaded Heart) and bassist Fredrik Isaksson (formerly of Therion and Grave), has on Friday 29th of November 2013 released the video of the song "Garden of stone" from the album, "Let Them Burn" via Sliptrick Records. The video was produced by Atomic Movie Lab and directed by Fylo. youtu.be/NOvQ5K5W0Oc.
The CD "Let Them Burn" was recorded with producer Fredrik Folkare (Unleashed) and mastered at Dugout Productions by Richard Sporrong. Artwork made by Alexander Lifbom.
A full indepth review of the new Boston album is online today. Check it out here.
Friday, November 29, 2013
MR MERCH UPDATE: Faith Circus CDs are finally back in stock after going missing for more than a week. Orders have been processed and are being sent out now. I have extended the MRCD deal to purchase any of the 3 recent MelodicRock titles in light of this delay. House of Shakira - Pay To Play Faith Circus - Turn Up The Band (2CD Edition) MRCD11 - This One Goes To Eleven (Limited to 500 pressed, not a lot left).
All MRF3 USB orders have been filled and the few remaining units are also being sent out now. The good news is that there are just 4 units left over if anyone missed out previously! Order via this PayPal link (which will automatically expire once sold out).
For those that expressed interest in buying a MelodicRock.com T-shirt, there is a very limited number available via PayPal right now. Also available are a few MRF3 T-shirts and a few remaining copies of the MRF3 Event Book. The MelodicRock.com shirts are a new design featuring the brand new logo.
I do not have any of the main event t-shirt left at all sorry to say. The prices listed include shipping worldwide airmail: www.melodicrock.com/tshirts-2013.html.
ASIA BREAK OUT NEW ALBUM EARLY 2014:
Classic rock band ASIA announces its new album GRAVITAS for release Spring 2014 via Frontiers Records.
PAVIC ASKS IS WAR THE ANSWER?:
Founded by guitarist Marko Pavic, together with Aleks Ferrara on bass and Lorenzo Antonelli on keyboards, Pavic released their debut record "Taste Some Liberty" in late 2005. The album, was distributed throughout Europe and achieved critical acclaim in their home country Italy as well as in Germany and various other European countries. The reviewers spoke in high terms of the artist's songwriting and Marko's skills to play the guitar in an exciting way awaking the listeners interest in the band's songs, while staying away from boring technical gimmickry.
The debut was enriched by the guest appearances of outstanding musicians such as Kee Marcello (Europe, guitar), Tony Franklin (Blue Murder, Whitesnake, bass), Vitalij Kuprij (Ring Of Fire, keyboards) and Daniel Flores (Mind's Eye, drums).
In 2008, Pavic returned with “Unconditioned”, the band's second release. The record was mixed by producer Tobias Lindell at Bohus Sound Studio, Sweden (Abba, Status Quo, Europe) and mastered by Dragan Tanaskovic (Evergrey, Meshuggah, In Flames, Göran Edman). Guitarist Kee Marcello was invited once again to play on the track "Just Go On". Pavic explored new musical directions with this album as it offered a mix between Classic and Modern Rock and Metal.
When the band parted ways with vocalist Chris Catena in 2010, the search for a new singer led to a temporary break during which the band members got involved in different studio and live projects. Still the band continued to develop their sound further, moving into a more contemporary direction.
In late 2012 the line-up of Pavic was eventually revived by the arrival of new lead singer Joe Calabro, the perfect fit for the songs the band was recently working on and Antonio Aronne on drums.
The fresh and modern sound of the brand new album “Is War The Answer?” required a different sonic approach, so the renowned American producer Rick Beato (Shinedown, Fozzy, Ingram Hill) was brought in to mix the songs. Rick's work on the ten tracks, which include a cover version of the Duran Duran hit single “Notorious”, lived up to his reputation as a whiz behind the mixing desk. By bringing in writer and comic book author Roberto Recchioni (Dylan Dog) to write the story for the video of the song "In Your Eyes", the bands is underlining its professional way of working. The video is one of three professionally shot clips, that will be presented to the public in the coming months.
Meanwhile Pavic, who have opened for acts such as Reb Beach (Whitesnake, Winger, Dokken) and John Corabi (Mötley Crüe) during the last year, are preparing a series of concerts for 2014 to introduce their latest effort “Is War The Answer?” to the audience.
WebLinks: www.pavictheband.com / www.facebook.com/pavictheband.
MRX UPDATED: MRX has been updated with a final instalment of the 1986 Billboard Top 40 Rock Chart series. Another stack of great classic rock songs! Get them while you can. Join MRX now.
Thursday, November 28, 2013
MelodicRock Records is excited to announce the securing of a long awaited album release from cult melodic rock outfit Loud Lion!
Loud Lion created a huge buzz several years back, but their album never appeared....until now! Loud Lion is the brain child of pop/rock icon Bleu who put together the project to pay homage to Mutt Lange and Def Leppard. The album includes 9 original songs "in the style of" classic Def Leppard and features Bleu along with Taylor Locke (Bleu's co-creator & main partner in LoudLion, most widely known as the lead guitarist for Rooney), Adam Ross (Rihanna's touring guitarist), Allison Robertson (The Donnas lead guitarist), Maclaine Diemer (Bang Camaro - keyboards, guitar), John Fields (uber producer), and Dylan Halacy (Bang Camaro - drums). All songs produced by Bleu.
Bleu comments on the Loud Lion CD: "Def Leppard hasn't put anything as good as Loud Lion out in at least a decade! If you like Pyromania and Hysteria (and f**k you if you don't) then you'll love this record - and that's not even taking into account the brain-liquidating shred-fests. An homage has never (ever) sounded so majestic!"
The tracks are currently being mastered in LA by JK Northrup for release by MelodicRock Records worldwide in March/April 2014.
Song titles (in no order): The Hills Have Eyes, Love Will Break Your Heart, Sunset Slip, Lion Eyes, None More Fast, Loud Lion Theme Song, Lion's Den, Dawn Of The Dead and Die Tuff.
You can check out some of the Loud Lion songs on YouTube - please note that the audio is from previous unmastered source and fresh previews of the new upgraded sound will come soon!
MelodicRock Records have previously announced the signing of Ferreira for the release of the band's fifth studio album V. Well, the album is now complete, mastered and ready for pressing and will feature the following songs:
1) Hit The Door 2) Heaven Is Her Name 3) No Friend Of Mine 4) Night To Remember 5) Midnight Romeo 6) Don't Let Go 7) Leaving Town 8) That's The Way It Is 9) Superstitions 10) Sometimes Love's Not Enough 11) In The End.
I seriously think this is the best record that Marco Ferreira has put together yet. the album will be released worldwide January 27. Pre-orders will be available early January.
Check out the track Night To Remember, which was also part of the recent MRCD11 Compilation.
Spanish progressive melodic rockers Airless have signed to MelodicRock Records for the physical CD release of their upcoming anniversary release Best Of + Rarities 1999 - 2014 - a 2CD set put together to celebrate the band's 15th Anniversary. Airless was formed in January 2002 and soon signed with Vinny Records Company. The self-titled debut album was released in June 2002, produced by Carlos Creator, worldwide distributed and specially released for Japan by Mellow Music. "The Truth", one of the songs of this first Airless album, was included in "Singing To The World", a 2CD special release by Frontiers Records in memory of World Trade Center's tragedy victims. That album included also songs from Jason Becker, Tesla, Bonnie Tyler, Doro, Paul Gilbert, Paul Nelson, Kane Roberts, Jimmy Hendrix, etc, and was released worldwide. Airless second album, titled "2nd Round", was also produced by Carlos Creator and released by the Finnish Company Lion Music, with the Japanese edition again by Mellow Music. Airless toured and shared stage with bands like Tyketto, Dare or Riot.
"Fight" is the title of their 3rd album that was released in December 2008, again by Lion Music. During the promotion of "Fight", Airless played on several Hard Rock-AOR Fests, and shared stage with bands like Vega, Serpentine, Houston and Reckless Love. February 2013 sees the band return with their most accomplished album to date, "Changes". Released by Lion Music once again, cover artwork by Felipe Machado, and the special collaboration of Danny Vaughn (Tyketto). As a part of "Changes" promotion, Airless toured with Jeff Scott Soto opening shows on his Spanish Tour.
MRR will release Best Of + Rarities 1999 - 2014 2CD on January 27. The CD is a limited to 500 units only! Airless: Ińaki Lazcano (vocals), Miguel Manjon (bass), Pako Martinez (drums), Robert Rodrigo (guitar).
Airless Statement: "We are very proud and excited about the idea of being part of the Melodic Rock Records family. After almost 15 years, we are sure that this will be a great opportunity to take the band to another level. Thanks Andrew for your confidence in our music."
Full track listing for the set is:
Best Of (CD1): 01-Autumn Leaves (Airless - 2001) 02-The Truth (Airless -2001) 03-Holding On (Airless- 2001) 04-It's Up To You (2nd Round- 2004) 05-2nd Round (2nd Round- 2004) 06-Now Or Never (Fight -2008) 07-Don't Give Up (Fight-2008) 08-Time To Say Goodbye (Fight -2008) 09-Crying For Your Love (Fight -2008) 10-Startr Again (Changes-2013) 11-I Don't Care (Changes-2013) 12-Upstream (Changes-2013) 13-Till The End Of Time (Changes-2013).
Rarities (CD2) 01-Matter Of Time (Demo- 1999) 02-Soul For Hire (Demo -1999) 03-Anger (RRR -2000) 04-When I Look Into Your Eyes (RRR 2000) 05-Runaway (Airless-2001 Japanese Bonus Track) 06-No Tomorrow (Airless-2001 Japanese Bonus Track) 07-Far Way (Unreleased From Fight-2008) 08-2nd Chance (Embrace The Sun Complilation-2011) 09-The Reason (Unreleased Track From Changes-2013) 10-Otra Oportunidad (Start Again Spanish Version-2013).
Details of the MelodicRockFest 4 lineup will be announced Friday 13th December.
PRETTY MAIDS RECAPTURE THE PAST: Pretty Maids have announced they will release the album Louder Than Ever, which will be a mix of new material, as well as newly re-recorded hits from the band's 30 year back catalog and a special DVD - due in the Spring of 2014 via Frontiers Records.
ROB ROCK: "RAGE OF CREATION" LIMITED VINYL EDITION ANNOUNCED: Ulterium Records are proud to announce the release of a limited 12" vinyl edition of the classic ROB ROCK album "Rage of Creation". The edition includes an insert with lyrics as well as brand new liner notes and album history written by Rob Rock. The edition is strictly limited to 300 copies and features new artwork by Felipe Machado Franco [Blind Guardian, Rhapsody of Fire, Theocracy]. The release date is set to December 20th. "Rage of Creation" is available for pre-ordering at the Ulterium Records Store; www.ulteriumstore.bigcartel.com.
Track listing: Side A: 01. In The Beginning 02. The Sun Will Rise Again 03. One Way Out 04. Judgment Day 05. Streets Of Madness 06. Media Machine Side B: 01. Eagle 02. All I Need 03. In The Night 04. Never Too Late 05. Forever.
For more information: www.robrock.com / www.ulterium-records.com.
SILENT VOICES: NEW TRACK POSTED ONLINE:
The progressive metal band Silent Voices have uploaded the track "No Turning Back" to YouTube. The track comes off their up-coming album "Reveal The Change" that will be released on November 29th in Europe and December 3rd in North America through Inner Wound Recordings. "No Turning Back" features vocals from Mats Levén [ex. Therion, Yngwie Malmsteen]. Check out the track at YouTube here: youtu.be/nvIhAU5APP0. Silent Voices feat. Sonata Arctica members Henrik Klingenberg and Pasi Kauppinen. "Reveal the Change" feat. guest vocals by Mats Levén [ex. Therion, Yngwie Malmsteen], Tony Kakko [Sonata Arctica], Mike Vescera [Obsession, ex. Loudness, Yngwie Malmsteen] and Mike DiMeo [ex. Masterplan, Riot]. The album is mastered by Ted Jensen [Bon Jovi, Dream Theater, Megadeth].
Silent Voices about the new album: "The entire band and all the people we are working with are very excited about this new album. We cannot wait for everyone to hear the new songs and to be back on tour again."
Silent Voices online: www.facebook.com/silentvoicesofficial / www.silentvoices.net.
A NEW GEORGE LYNCH ALBUM IN THE WORKS? THERE JUST MIGHT BE!:
Press Release / So here's what we have folks. Tyler Mane, the towering and menacing giant that donned the Michael Myers mask in Rob Zombie's Halloween 1 & 2, dropped a Senator from a Cliffside and into the ocean as Sabretooth in the X-Men films and even lit himself on fire for the success of Joe Dirt has something horrifying in the works, and it's got everything to do with George Lynch Fanatics!
In March of 2014, Mane Productions begins filming “Penance Lane,” simply for the sole purpose of scaring the shit out of your girlfriend at the theater, or at least to continue Tyler's growing legacy in Horror related films. “Penance Lane” is hands down, looking to be a unique and terrifying story you'll want to watch over and over! Want to know what it's all about? Stay put for a second and I'll give you the link.
Now, the George Lynch part! Here's where I'm hoping you pro-editors will take to the page and give us a hand with this one – we could all use some new Lynch, but more-so …. this is George Lynch working together with Black Label Society and Megadeth bass Player – yeah, that guy I keep sending press about – James LoMenzo! Recording and creating at LoMenzo's “Monster House” Studio, the duo are putting pen to page and cooking up a soundtrack filled with the rock and roll styling that you're begging for; along with scoring the related sound works for the films music sequences.
You might remember that Mr. Scary himself (George Lynch) and his Dokken band mates took over MTV for a few months run back in 1987 when their song “Dream Warriors” topped the charts while it hit the screens with Nightmare on Elm Street III: Dream Warriors. It was simply awe-spiring! Imagine that magic, but for an entire new Lynch album and a fan funded feature film!
You see where I'm going with this, right? Now, here's where I implore your assistance, Lords of the Content Driven Online and On-Air World!
Okay, the movie is earning its budget from fans, and there's an Indie GoGo funding for it. Here's the dire news in capital letters – THERE'S 12 DAYS LEFT! Imagine a world where we could all reach out to the masses and just get 4000 people to spend $20 and we get a new Lynch and LoMenzo album. Call it – LyMencho, or Lynch-Menzo! Whatever you call it – it ain't gonna happen if we don't get the funding!
So here's the Indie GoGo link: www.indiegogo.com/projects/penance-lane.
There are some great and entertaining videos on the page, as well as a good look in to the new face of what's going to keep you awake at night – I mean, really scare the shit out of you! Photos, videos and complete information for the film are on the link I have provided. Standard press releases will follow, right now I'm giving you the news to run free with! Now, for you insiders who always treat my news so kindly – here's what is not on the page.
Do you want an Interview with Tyler Mane, the radiant Renae Geerlings or hey – even James LoMenzo? Shoot me back and email with your direct contact info and we will put it together for your mag, radio show, podcast or whatever keeps your listeners focused YOU!
It's that time of year when we say thanks to the Men and Women who pillaged the land here in the US so we could build the Hollywood Strip and put In & Out Burger all over the landscape! I'd rather give thanks to everyone who supports these news updates from JoeDolanPR and let you all know, whatever I can do to help bring YOU to the world – just ask. I'm here to help!
Happy Holidays folks – more great news on the way – please help shine a light on this Indie GoGo link – we've got 12 days left and we need the help to get it all together!
NEW AUSSIE HARD ROCK RADIO SPECIAL DUE: Tahir Bise emailed to advise he is doing another Hard Rock Special with Simon Lukic an Triple R 102.7 on the 2nd December playing some great hard rock tracks from bands such as .. “King Cobra, ColdSpell, The Winery Dogs, Eden's Curse, Heaven & Earth, Whitesnake, Def Leppard, The Answer and many more. We will be playing a track from the upcoming The Radio Sun CD and interviewing Steve Janevski and featuring the show from Paul Laine the following night and playing some tracks from Danger Danger/Paul Laine. The show is Monday at midnight 2nd December and can be heard via live streaming as well. www.rrr.org.au / www.rrr.org.au/program/musically-incorrect/