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Tue
03
Dec

M3 Festival Announces 2020 Lineup

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THE INTERNATIONALLY-RENOWNED M3 ROCK FESTIVAL RETURNS TO MERRIWEATHER POST PAVILION FOR ANOTHER FULL WEEKEND OF THE BEST ‘80s ARENA ROCK ARTISTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
FEATURING THE NEW SKYLAWN VIEWING AREA
OFFICIAL M3 KIX-OFF PARTY & CONCERT FRIDAY, MAY 1
2020 M3 ROCK FESTIVAL SATURDAY, MAY 2 & SUNDAY, MAY 3
MORE ARTISTS TO BE ANNOUNCED
3-Day and VIP Packages on sale
Friday, December 13 at 10am EST through ticketmaster.com
If available, Single-Day Tickets on sale in the coming weeks

COLUMBIA, Md. (Dec. 2, 2019) – M3 Rock Festival is celebrating a dirty dozen - the 12th edition of Merriweather Post Pavilion’s internationally-renowned ‘80s metal festival promises three days of excitement with festivities beginning Friday, May 1st with the annual Kix-off party, followed by a full weekend of performances Saturday, May 2nd and Sunday, May 3rd.
M3 Rock Festival’s Official M3 Kix-Off Party Friday, May 1st features hometown heroes KIX with special guests Heaven’s Edge and Slaughter. The full-blown 2020 M3 Rock Festival begins Saturday, May 2nd and includes multiplatinum-selling internationally known ‘80s artists: Tesla, Accept, Y&T, Doro, Faster Pussycat, LA Guns, Killer Dwarfs and more. BUT THAT’S NOT ALL! Stick around for Sunday, May 3rd featuring RATT, Night Ranger, Stryper, Stephen Adler of Guns and Roses, Steelheart, Bang Tango (with the original lineup), Dangerous Toys, Tyketto and Little Ceasar. That’s still not all - stay tuned for even more artist announcements.
Take to the skies this year with Merriweather Post Pavilion’s new SkyLawn – keeping your feet on the grassy ground while soaring 43 feet above the pavilion. It’s like walking on air, with the views to match!
Over the past decade, M3 has become more than a festival – it’s an ‘80s arena rock experience. Drawing diehard fans from six continents, 20 countries, and every state, M3 has evolved into an annual pilgrimage for those who grew up with ‘80s rock (a genre of music now referred to as the “new classic rock”) as well as for younger fans who embrace the fun and excitement of the glam metal era.
Each year, VIP and Pavilion seats sell out quickly. Three-day and VIP packages go on sale Friday, Dec. 13th at 10am EST through ticketmaster.com. Tickets can also be purchased at Merriweather Post Pavilion, 9:30 Club, The Anthem and Lincoln Theatre during normal box office hours. If available, single-day tickets will go on sale in the coming weeks. For more information, visit ticketmaster.com or M3rockfest.com.
 
Tue
03
Dec

RIP GREEDY SMITH (Mental As Anything)

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The Australian music community has been rocked by the second high profile passing of a local legend in 2 days. Mental As Anything's songwriter/vocalist/keyboardist GREEDY SMITH last night passed away after suffering a heart attack.
 
 
RIP Greedy :(
 


 
Mon
02
Dec

KING OF HEARTS - King Of Hearts (Showcase)

Friday, November 22, 2019
King Of Hearts
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CJ Vanston
Release Date: 
2019
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Worldwide
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AOR
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Check out the album's soundbytes now ------>
 
MelodicRock Records is thrilled to announce the first signing in the next phase of the label’s history. On November 22, MRR will bring the brand-new self-titled KING OF HEARTS album to fans of exquisitely produced and performed melodic rock.
MRR will handle the CD release for the world except for North & South America and Japan. The band will handle those territories via their own distribution.
 
The band recently released the first single from the all-new studio record, a masterpiece of mature AOR with performances only studio veterans of this calibre could deliver. The first single, “Don’t Wait,” is a poignant reminder to reach out to those we love today for tomorrow might be too late.
 
Today we launch the pre-orders for the album and also another full length preview track.
 
PRE-ORDER KING OF HEARTS - KING OF HEARTS (OUT NOV. 22) $15.00 + $5 SHIPPING WORLDWIDE
 
 
 
 
 
 
KING OF HEARTS is:
Lead Vocalist TOMMY FUNDERBURK
Founding Member and Lead Guitarist BRUCE GAITSCH
Producer/Engineer/Keyboardist CJ VANSTON
Bassist JOHN PATITUCCI
Drummer KEITH CARLOCK
 
 
“We were so excited about this new music and can’t wait to share it with everyone!” says King Of Hearts founding member Tommy Funderburk.  The group’s lead vocalist has good reason to be elated. King Of Hearts has recorded their fabulous new album at Addiction Sound Studios in Nashville and Tree House Studios in LA with a band comprised of a who’s who of writers and players and one of the most recorded voices in music.
 
“The sound of the record is “modern classic rock.”  Funderburk explains “If you mix the sound of the Eagles, Don Henley, Bruce Hornsby with Toto and Def Leppard with a splash of Keith Emerson and Coldplay, what would that sound like?” It sounds awesome! We started referring to it as Modern Classic Rock because of all the different elements and textures to the music we were creating.”
 
KING OF HEARTS ‘King Of Hearts’ will be released worldwide November 22.
 
Please enjoy a preview of the album with this EPK:
 
 
 
Mon
02
Dec

STORM FORCE Usher in 'Age Of Fear' Jan 25

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Saturday, January 25, 2020
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Storm Force: Age Of Fear
Release Date: 25th January 2020
 
STORM FORCE is:
Lead Vocals: Patrick Gagliardi
Lead Guitar & Vocals: Greg Fraser (Brighton Rock)
Drums & Vocals: Brian Hamilton (Panik)
Bass & Vocals: Mike Beradelli
 
Storm Force is the explosive new band that fans of classic hard melodic rock have all been waiting for.
 
Led by Canadian rock legends Brighton Rock founder and lead guitarist Greg Fraser and featuring one of today’s most powerful and versatile lead vocalists in Patrick Gagliardi (formerly of Surface Tension), their debut record produced by Darius Szczepaniak (Black Crowes, Sum 41, Big Sugar) combines colossal, crushing melodic rock with hook-laden ballads and massive choruses reminiscent of vintage Cinderella, balanced by classic rock sensibilities of acts like The Who and Van Halen.
 
The group hails from Niagara Falls, Canada and is rounded out by the blistering one-two punch rhythm section of ex-Panik and Step Echo drummer Brian Hamilton and sought-after session musician and touring bassist Mike Beradelli.
 
Storm Force’s groundbreaking new record is the result of a rich blend of rock influences spanning Triumph, UFO, Thin Lizzy, Foreigner, and so many more, and will be available on Escape Music worldwide.
 
TrackList
1. BECAUSE OF YOU  4:42
2. AGE OF FEAR    4:08
3. BREATHE    4:48
4. EMBER RAIN   4:03
5. RIDE LIKE HELL   4:09
6. DIRTY VEGAS  3:35
7. MORE THAN YOU KNOW 4:06
8. MARSHALL LAW  3:53
9. DIFFERENT ROADS  4:20
10. RINGSIDE   4:56
 
Produced and Mixed by Darius Szczepaniak (Black Crowes)
Recording Engineer Brian Hamilton
Recorded at : Hamster Cage Studios - St.Catharines
Mixed at: Phase One Studios - Toronto
Edits - Brian Hamilton
Guest Keyboards - Rein Knol
Guest vocals on 'Breathe' & 'Age Of Fear' - Serena Pryne
String arrangement on 'Different Roads' - Darius Szczepaniak
 
Artwork by: Richard Jones at webspaghetti design
 
 
Mon
02
Dec

RIP Guitarist STUART FRASER (Noiseworks, John Farnham)

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RIP Stuart Fraser - one of Australia’s best guitarists ever. And a tone that could not be replicated. Stuart was simply brilliant and leaves a great legacy. My favourite Noiseworks song and that guitar tone in action:
 
 
 
From Paul Cashmere @ Noise 11: "Australian guitarist Stuart Fraser has passed away. Stuart, a founding member of Noiseworks and longtime guitarist for the John Farnham band, announced he had lung cancer in 2017 after being diagnosed the previous year.
Stuart (known as Chet to his mates) met Jon Stevens on Melbourne Cup Day in 1982. In 1986 Stuart and Jon together with Steve Balbi, Justin Stanley, Kevin Nicol formed Noiseworks.
Stuart joined the John Farnham Band in 1994 and performed with Farnham through to 2018. He has also worked with Tom Jones, Ray Charles, Boz Scaggs, Kylie Minogue, Joe Camilleri, Tommy Emmanuel, Tina Arena, Olivia Newton-John, Nick Barker, Diesel, Daryl Braithwaite and David Hirschfelder. Noiseworks’ three studio albums and Greatest Hits all went Top 10 in Australia. ‘Love Verses Money’ (1991) was a number one record.
Stuart’s guitar work is credited on Kylie Minogue ‘Kylie Christmas’, Kate Ceberano ‘Merry Christmas’, Anthony Callea ‘This Is Christmas’, David Campbell ‘Good Lovin’, The Black Sorrows ‘Roaring Town’, John Farnham’s ’33 1/3’, ‘Jack’, ‘The Last Time’, ‘Anthology’, ‘Then Again’, Jimmy Barnes ‘Hindsight’, Ross Wilson ‘Tributary’ and Mark Vincent ‘Compass’.
Stuart also worked with Chong Lim for the Sydney Olympic Games and was a member of the Dancing With The Stars band from the show’s first season."
 
Sun
01
Dec

Introducing the Melodic Hard Rock of SHAD

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SHAD are:
Kevin Figueiredo - Drums
Ryan Bruder - Bass & Vocals
Saxon Kennedy - Guitar & Vocals
Matthew Shad - Lead Guitar & Vocals
 

Following the success of his last single, 'Keep Holding On', Matthew Shad has teamed up with Grammy Award winning Producer/Engineer Bob St. John.

Best known for his work with Extreme, Collective Soul & Duran Duran, St. John has also been behind the mixing console for Sir Elton John, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Journey's Steve Perry.

Shad & St. John hit the studio this past summer to begin recording songs for a new SHAD album featuring Extreme's Kevin Figueiredo on drums. Completing the quartet is bassist Ryan Bruder and guitarist Saxon Kennedy.

'Matthew is a brilliant artist and I am SO looking forward to working on this project with him and being a part of his lifelong dream. These are amazing melodic rock songs... timelless and unforgettable. Great things will be coming from us soon!' - Bob St. John


SHAD - Fool - 2019 Matthew Shad Released on: 2019-11-14

SHAD Belittle - 2019 Matthew Shad Released on: 2019-11-14


Two SHAD songs, 'Fool' and 'Belittle' are now complete and have been mastered by the amazing Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound in Nashville! Ted's incredible body of work includes "Hotel California" by The Eagles, "The Stranger by Billy Joel, "Some Girls" by the The Rolling Stones, "Ghost In The Machine" by The Police, "Madonna" by Madonna, "Back In The High Life" by Steve Winwood, "Far Beyond Driven" by Pantera, "Under The Table And Dreaming" by Dave Matthews Band, "Supernatural" by Carlos Santana, "Come Away With Me" by Norah Jones, "Black Gives Way To Blue" by Alice In Chains, "American Idiot" by Green Day, "California" by blink-182, "Walls" by Kings of Leon, "Crooked Teeth" by Papa Roach, "Outsider" by Three Days Grace, "When Legends Rise" by Godsmack, "Vicious" by Halestorm, "Victorious" by Skillet, "Living The Dream" by Slash & Myles Kennedy, "Evolution" by Disturbed, "Young & Dangerous" by The Struts, "Order In Decline" by Sum 41 and "Appetite For Destruction" by Guns N' Roses.

"Fool" & "Belittle" are now available to stream or download on all major platforms. A limited edition Vinyl 7" will be released this December.


iTunes: Fool - Single by Shad // Belittle - Single by Shad

Amazon: "Fool" // "Belittle"

Stay up to date on all things SHAD at the links below!

www.instagram.com/Shad.Band/
twitter.com/Shad_Band
www.facebook.com/ShadBandPage

 
Wed
27
Nov

HEAT 'II' Out February 21

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Friday, February 21, 2020
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NEW STUDIO ALBUM “H.E.A.T II”
RELEASED ON 21ST FEBRUARY 2020

PRE-ORDER FROM FRIDAY 29TH NOVEMBER
H.E.A.T II” is the first album by Swedish hard rock sensation H.E.A.T to be produced entirely by the band - with Jona Tee and Dave Dalone as producers. This album goes back to the band’s beginnings, redefining the raw H.E.A.T sound – a sound that oozes classic rock coolness paired with the snotty confidence of one of rock and roll’s most talented bands today. “This is what we would sound like if we made a debut album 2019, hence the title.” “H.E.A.T II” will be released on February 21, 2020 via earMUSIC.
“H.E.A.T II” will be available as CD DigipakVinyl and Digital on 21st February 2020 via earMUSIC. The album will be ready to pre-order from Friday 29th November 2019 HERE.

Photo Credit: © Steven Christie
The first single “One By One” (released September 27th) gave a first glance into what is to come for the new album and was followed by the second single “Rise”.
Earlier in 2019 the band recently released their live album “Live At Sweden Rock Festival”.  Their second ever live recording – and for the first time on video – includes all of the band’s remarkable hymns such as “Living On The Run”, “A Shot At Redemption” or “Bastard Of Society”. Every song from this setlist is as lively and intoxicating as the next, making this a memorable show that every rock music fan will enjoy.
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.
In a time when artists like Foreigner, Journey and Whitesnake are enjoying a resurgence, teenagers are re-discovering the melodic approach to hard rock. The kids are suddenly wearing their classic rock band logos on t-shirts. H.E.A.T is the beacon of light that many say will carry this tradition into the future. They’re young, ambitious and full of energy and ideas.
H.E.A.T don’t hide their love for their classic rock heroes, but don’t try to copy it, either. They just do it and they want to be the best at it. And they are one of the best - drawing both young and old to their mesmerising, freshly sounding, energetic classic rock and bombastic melodies.
The band will play three exclusive shows in the UK in May 2020 with British rock band VEGA, award winning band Mason Hill and 4-piece Collateral. The four bands will play Wolverhampton KK’s Steel Mill (May 28), the London Garage (May 29) and Swansea Patti Pavilion (May 30). Tickets available via – www.planetrocktickets.co.uk & https://myticket.co.uk/artists/heat.
H.E.A.T is:
Erik Grönwall - Vocals
Dave Dalone - Guitar
Jimmy Jay - Bass
Jona Tee - Keyboards
Don Crash - Drums
MAY 2020 UK TOUR
PLUS GUESTS VEGA, MASON HILL & COLLATERAL
48-HOUR PLANET ROCK PRE-SALE FROM 9AM - WEDNESDAY 27TH NOVEMBER
VIA 
WWW.PLANETROCKTICKETS.CO.UK
TICKETS ON GENERAL SALE FROM 9AM - FRIDAY 29TH NOVEMBER
VIA 
HTTPS://MYTICKET.CO.UK/ARTISTS/HEAT
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Tue
26
Nov

PHANTOM ELITE Signs To Frontiers

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LABEL DEBUT DUE IN 2020
 
Frontiers Music srl is thrilled to announce the signing of metallers PHANTOM ELITE to a multi album deal! The band is fronted by singer Marina La Torraca (Exit Eden, Avantasia [live vocalist]) and features songwriting and production from former After Forever guitarist and producer Sander Gommans. Sonically, Phantom Elite is a perfect combination of symphonic, progressive, and heavy metal.
 
Originating six years ago, the seeds of Phantom Elite sprang from Sander Gomman's HDK project. While releasing the HDK album "Serenades of the Netherworld", Gommans brought together a group of young musicians with the intent of playing HDK's songs in a live setting. The natural chemistry among these passionate musicians wound up sparking a wealth of new and exciting musical ideas and Phantom Elite was born.
 
"With the backbone of a sure-fire label and its decades of history-making in the music business, we are proud to present the release of our next album in 2020,” says the band. "Impacting songs where modern meets symphonic and progressive, (very!) heavy riffs meet epic melodies, overloaded with a wide spectrum of emotions and love for music. For sure, a high note in our career!"
 
The debut album "Wasteland" (2018), and the accompanying well received tour of Europe, showed that Phantom Elite is ready to take flight.
 
The band's Frontiers debut, and second album overall, is anticipated to be released sometime in 2020. Marina, Sander, Max van Esch (guitars), and Joeri Warmerdam (drums) are currently working hard to finish work on the album, but their main goal is celebrating their shared love for music.
 
For those not familiar with the band, you can watch their video for 'Wasteland' here: https://youtu.be/OT1uKmcP7Ng
 
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